Rockford Little League hoping for help this year by AL PRATT Spring is in the air. The sun is a bit warmer. Flowers are starting to emerge from their winter hiding places. More people can be seen strolling along Main Street and Squires Street… and perhaps just as evident, it is time for baseball. We aren’t talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers. We mean the baseball that is even more visible and more important in neighborhoods all across our area-the Rockford Little League, (RLL), which has been active behind the scenes since the last out was made last summer in preparation for this year’s season. The story of the Rockford Little League is an interesting one. The league offers a variety of t-ball, baseball, and softball options for over 800 boys and girls ranging in age from five to 18. It is governed and operated by an eleven member volunteer board of directors who serve year around. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s board includes an emergency room physician, a tool and die worker, a day care worker, a salesman, and an IT director, among others, but they all share one thing-a dedication and commitment to providing the best possible athletic experience for area youngsters. Signups have officially ended for the 2009 season, but late signups may be possible based on availability. Warren Lanphear, RLL president urges anyone who may have a youngster who would still like to play, to contact him at (616) 874-5429. Every effort will be made to find a spot for interested players. There is a fee for participation, but wherever possible, allowances will be made to accommodate players, regardless of their ability to pay. Practices began on March 30. A full schedule of games will get underway on Saturday, May 2. The Rockford Little League is chartered by the National Little League. This affiliation offers advantages ranging from secondary insurance coverage to rules designed to help ensure player safety. The rules cover everything from pitch counts to protect young arms and equipment specifications, to well defined age and residency requirements designed to provide equal opportunities for all area youngsters. The National Little League also gives our young players the opportunity to compete for a spot […]
April 1 2009
Racing fever was running high at the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby for Pack 3285 at Crestwood School. Twenty-nine Scouts passed their written driver’s test, eye exam and received their Pinewood Derby operator’s licenses on Saturday, March 7 with each looking to take top honors that day. Mr. Rick VandeKerhoff served as emcee for the event. Each rank of Scouts had their own division race with trophies awarded for first, second and third place. At the first-grade Tiger division, Jason Williams captured first followed by Johnathan Scofield and Richard Mortimore. Trevor Durfee led the pack for the second- grade Wolves beating out Ryan Blackburn in second and third place Liam Fryc. In the third-grade round of racing, Bear Sean McLellan took top honors, followed by Nathan Triesenberg and Jimmy Helm. The last competitive heat by the fourth-grade Webelos I had Aiden Fryc capturing first, Brayden Durfee second and Ryan Harrell third. Overall speed winners for the Pack were Aidan Fryc, Trevor Durfee and Jason Williams. In addition to the competitive racing, 10 cars were designed and raced in an open class by the recently promoted Webelos 2 and family members of the Scouts to keep the excitement rolling. Race day honors for speed in this division were awarded to Aaron Andrus, Jan Scofield and Lauren Williams. Speed wasn’t the only factor in winning at the event. The Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Bear Jake Carlson. Scout Choice awards for design were awarded to Wolf Evan Coberly’s replica of the popular video game hero Sonic in the best paint job and most creative categories. The top Scout Choice award went to Tiger Richard Mortimore for his shark designed car.
Rockford Chamber of Commerce brings Rick Hert as speaker For the past 93 years, the West Michigan Tourist Association has been serving the 41 western counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. Rick Hert has served as their executive director for the past five years as well as the executive director of Circle Michigan, a statewide group tour marketing organization in 2005-2006. Rick has recently been named film commissioner of the new West Michigan Film Commission working in conjunction with WMTA. WMFO responsibilities include advocating for and attracting filming to our region. Prior to coming to WMTA, Mr. Hert served chambers of commerce and CVB in the Pacific Northwest since 1980 earning several certificates in tourism marketing and an MBA. Join other business people on Monday, April 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at North Kent Golf Course. The golf course is located at 11029 Stout Avenue.
by BRIGITTE NELSON The West Michigan Youth Ballet Company is gearing up for its final performance of the season, appropriately titled: Spring into Dance! After a cold and protracted winter, we are all eager to put that season behind us and take a big leap into the season of spring, and what better way to greet it than with a dance. The students have prepared three ballets. The first one-sure to be a crowd pleaser-is a ballet to the ever-popular music of the Beatles. It is not just the parents of the dancers who love to hear those familiar songs that played such a role in our growing-up years. The dancers themselves, all between the ages of 6 to 18, seem to love to hear and dance to those favorites, like “Because,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mr. Kite,” “All you need is Love” and “Octopus’ Garden.” The second ballet is of an entire different nature. It is a way to honor and remember a beloved young dancer who passed away as a result of a car accident one year ago, at the age of 17. Rebecca Vogelsang, as talented as she was beautiful and intelligent, was beloved by all who knew her, including those of us at the WMYBC. The ballet The Flight, an original piece by Chieko Imada set to the music of Ralph Vaughn Williams, will give voice to the deep-felt emotions that cannot be expressed in words, and yet need to be “spoken.” The WMYBC members believe the most appropriate way to honor Rebecca is through the beautiful medium of dance, which she herself loved so much. The performance will conclude with the seven-piece Leroy Anderson Suite, including the humorous portrayal of The Syncopated Clock, as well as The Typewriter. If the new generation has no clue anymore what a typewriter actually is, and the role it played in the by-gone era, the WMYBC will do its part to make sure that this handy device will not sink into oblivion and disappear forever from our consciousness! Rockford dancers in the company are Rockford High School eleventh grader Kathleen Bomer, 10-year-old Lauren Hyink, a fourth grade student at Cannonsburg Elementary School, and third grade student Rachel Walker, who is homeschooled. Come […]
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Saturday, March 28, the Squire visited DeVos Place to attend the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show. We’ve been attending a lot of these shows lately. They are a breath of spring and a harbinger of better (make that warmer) days to come. Upon entering the Great Hall we almost stumbled into a huge sandbox! The show’s promoter, Showspan Inc., had created a humongous 900 sq. ft. indoor beach. The sandbox was dubbed the Monroe Street Beach because it fronted an area just inside the DeVos Place Monroe Ave. windows. There kids and adults alike had kicked off their shoes, grabbed a pail and shovel, and were creating sand castles. Overseeing it all was expert sand sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, The Sand Pirate. It was hard to say who was having more fun, the kids or their parents. The adults proved the old adage, “You can only be young once, but you can always be immature”. Every day of the three-day show featured a beach event and Saturday’s event was a sand castle building contest. There were grand prize winners in two age categories, 6 – 10 and ll – 15 years old. The kids were having a blast while their parents proudly snapped pictures with their phones and cameras. Schrader, acting as the official judge, chose two first place winners in each category. Remington Gross, 9, was the winner in the 6 – 10 year-old bracket and Justin Katerberg, 13, was judged champion in the 11 – 15 year-old category. What made this event of special interest to your Rockford Squire reporters was the fact that Rockford’s own Aunt Candy’s Toy Company had generously donated the grand prizes. The winners were blown away with each receiving an Ultimate Beach Package consisting of a huge wicker basket chock full of age-appropriate beach toys and games, which also included an in-store gift certificate. Each prize had a retail value of $250. During the three-day event Schrader offered lessons to budding sand sculptors, both young and old alike, and on Sunday led all interested kids in what is arguably the best part of the sand castle experience – DESTROYING IT!