April 12 2012

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Watch out for weather Weather is always on our mind. Cold winters, hot summers, storms. The really bad ones are rare, but we have had tornados, windstorms, floods and ice storms. On the national level we are recovering from the recession and changes due to the global economy. The moral; We live in a moderate climate, and compared to some parts of the world, we live pretty well. Enjoy life. It’s all we have. Speedy A tourist was being led through the swamps of Florida. “Is it true,” he asked, “that an alligator won’t attack you if you carry a flashlight?” “That depends,” replied the guide, “on how fast you carry the flashlight.” Cozy An old woman says to her friend, “You know, last night I was shivering all over from cold.” Her friend: “Do you remember if your teeth chattered?” The old woman: “I don’t think so. We haven’t slept together for ages.” Access There were two buddies, one with a Doberman Pinscher and the other with a Chihuahua. The guy with the Doberman Pinscher says to his friend, “Let’s go and get something to eat.” The guy with the Chihuahua says, “We can’t go in there. We’ve got dogs with us.” The buddy with the Doberman Pinscher says, “Just follow my lead.” They walk over to the restaurant, the guy with the Doberman Pinscher puts on a pair of dark glasses, and he starts to walk in. The bouncer at the door says, “Sorry, mac, no pets allowed.” The man with the Doberman Pinscher says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer says, “A Doberman Pinscher?” He says, “Yes, they’re using them now.” The man at the door says, “Come on in.” The buddy with the Chihuahua figures, “What the heck,” so he puts on a pair of dark glasses and starts to walk in. Once again the bouncer says, “Sorry, pal, no pets allowed.” The guy with the Chihuahua says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer at the door says, “A Chihuahua?” The man with the Chihuahua says, “A Chihuahua??? They gave me a Chihuahua?!” Primary John received a free ticket to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, John’s seat was in the last row in the […]

BIRTHDAYS — April 14-20

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14 Lindsey A. Behrend, Diana Candela, Michael Havemeier, Ellen Hunt 15 Charlotte Fisk 16 Amy Kruer, Natasha Moyer, Caleb Orr, Bob Partlow 17 Kathy Richardson, Fred Tiensivu, Mike VanOosten 18 Jim Corstange, Melody Elder, Montie Woodard 19 Sandy Herrington, Deanna Richard, Wanda Smith, Anna VanderWall 20 Brooke Didion, Alyvia English, Marie Taylor, L. TenHave-Chapman, Kathy Wisebeck

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

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by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society We will begin with a correction from last week’s column. I gave readers the wrong date for the benefit play “Ragweed Blues.” The performance by the Rogue River Community Theatre will take place on Sunday, April 29 at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. All proceeds will go toward the Rockford Area Museum fundraising effort. Tickets are available at Independent Bank, from the society at (616) 866-0530, or the theatre group at (616) 874-5264. It was my fault that the date was wrong. Let’s move on to my last trivia question, which asked for the team sport that won our first state championship. Girls gymnastics recorded the feat in the 1988-89 school year. I talked to several interested people and had some incorrect answers. However, Dick Tatebe, whose daughter Tracey was one of the top performers on the team, called with the right answer. Rockford won the state meet with a score of 140.50. Troy Athens (139.90) and Midland Dow (138.30) finished second and third in the Friday, March 17, 1989 event. The coach of the squad was John Figueroa and team members were: seniors, Tracey Tatebe and Heather Shaffer; sophomore, Jill Stuart; and freshmen, Stacie Launstein, Renee Norkoli, Michelle Ferraresse and Nancy Tatebe. Four girls, Stuart (36.55), T. Tatebe  (36.30), Launstein (34.70) and Norkoli (32.95), did all of Rockford’s scoring. What a proud event in Rockford High School history. After all, only one team can be the first! Last week at our historical society meeting, our museum director, Pat Frye, made some comments for us to consider. She mentioned that we have a lot of information on our history but that NOT much of it deals with the more recent times. Her point was well taken and her emphasis was that we needed to document our recent history now so that in 50 years we will have it, and it will not be forgotten. Yesterday, last week, last month and last year are now history, but what have we saved or written about it? With that in mind, I thought it appropriate to ask another athletic state championship trivia […]


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Thursday, April 12 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Volunteer Tutors Needed—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids, for an information session for prospective volunteer tutors. Find out more about the center and its programs. At the end of the hour-long session, there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. To register, please call (616) 459-5151 ext. 10. For more information, visit www.literacycenterwm.org. Friday, April 13 Movie: “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss—6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets only $3 each. A portion of concessions proceeds will benefit the Howard Christensen Nature Center. For more information, visit www.kenttheatre.org. Saturday, April 14 Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Spring Art & Fine Craft Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford, presented by Rogue River Artists Association. Green Fashion Show—1 to 4 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Cost is $5 donation from audience members, or $15 registration for designers. Enter your own recycled or refashioned design(s) to be viewed by the public, or come see what others have created, and learn about resale shopping and how to reuse some of your old clothes. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com. Sunday, April 15 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars […]

A Message for You

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Our Easter Attitudes by PASTOR DICK RILEY Rockford United Methodist Church The day of Easter came and went this past Sunday, but the celebration of Easter is something that can happen all year long! Easter, you see, is an historical even, but it’s even more than that. Easter is also a celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death, but it’s even more than that! Easter is really about an attitude. In fact, it’s about four different attitudes: 1. Easter is an attitude toward life. The disciples were convinced, following the resurrection, that they could turn the world upside-down—that nothing could stop them. Why? Because they knew—they had experienced—that Jesus Christ was alive—risen from the dead—and because that was true, nothing that they proposed would be impossible. Easter is the conviction that, because Christ lives, I too, through faith in Him, shall also live! What a great attitude toward life! 2. Easter is also an attitude toward death. We all know that death is real, but the Bible teaches us—and in Easter, we celebrate—that death is not final; it is not the Last Word in our lives. Life, true and abundant life, is available to all through our faith in Him who rose from the dead on that Easter morning. What a great attitude toward death! 3. Easter is also an attitude toward the future. Christians know that Easter is a foretaste of what the world ought to be—a foretaste of the Final Victory over death and despair, over hatred and hostility, over pain and poverty, and over sin and sadness. What a great attitude toward the future! 4. Easter is, finally, an attitude toward God, being aware, as Mary was in the Garden that Easter morning, of that Unseen Presence—that Holy Presence—in our lives, and knowing that He will always be there, with us and for us! What a great attitude to have toward God! I encourage you to worship this week in the church of your choice, and continue celebrating our Easter attitudes!

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