The USA Gymnastics Michigan State Meet was held in Holland on March 26 and 27, 2011. The event featured over 300 of the state’s top gymnasts competing for titles within their age divisions for levels 8-10. Olivia Dopkiss won the all-around title with a score of 37.425. She also won the beam gold, silver on the vault and bars, and bronze on the floor exercise in her junior age division. This was an exciting accomplishment for Dopkiss when you consider the fact that last February she suffered a severe hamstring injury that took eight months to fully heal. Despite her injuries, she still practiced five days a week, sometimes twice a day in the summer. She then worked through physical rehabilitation exercises to strengthen her hamstring muscle. She participated this year in an advanced training program at her gym that required her to be at the gym two mornings a week at 8 a.m., which means getting up at 6:15 to make the trip to Lansing. Dopkiss trains in Lansing over 25 hours a week at Gedderts’ Twistars Gymnastics Club. Geddert’s Twistars also took top honors as Level 8, 9 and 10 team champions. Dopkiss is 12 years old and is a seventh-grader at Chandler Woods Charter Academy. She has two sisters and a brother. She hopes to someday be a collegiate gymnast. Dopkiss is dedicated and committed, both gymnastically and academically and was recently recognized as a “Star Student” at Chandler Woods for being a role model by her teacher Ms. Hesley. Chandler Woods has been instrumental in giving Dopkiss this athletic opportunity while remaining a student. Dopkiss’ mother, Lisa, said, “Her father and I are very proud, not only because of her achievements in gymnastics, but because she is a truly kindhearted person with a very strong work ethic.”
April 14 2011
Women just back from spring break vacation now have plenty of reasons to stick around town, at least on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. If you are one of the out-of-towners who frequent the downtown shopping district, this is a great time to spend a few days here as well. The Heart of Rockford Business Association again this year is offering a Girlfriends StayCation with plenty of special offers and events. The StayCation kicks off April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues April 16 during regular business hours. In addition to specials designed to spoil and pamper, one lucky winner will receive a Best of Rockford prize package plush with gift certificates, gifts, movie passes and more. According to organizer Christine Gault of A Charmed Life Nail Salon, the event is designed to highlight the many goods and services our little town has to offer. “This is a time of year when there isn’t a lot happening usually, but the weather is changing and it’s a great time for women to get out and celebrate that spring is coming,” Gault said. This is the event’s second year and last year resulted in a great turnout. With even more downtown shops participating, this year’s StayCation is even more exciting. Visitors to A Charmed Life Nail Salon can enjoy a free five-minute chair massage with the purchase of any service from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a free hand paraffin with any specialty manicure, pedicure or shellac manicure. In addition the first 10 appointments booked will receive a Heart of Rockford shopping bag for future savings in downtown Rockford. At Baskets in the Belfry, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase and food-tastings (some exclusions may apply). On Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a free demonstration on hand-tied bouquets at Rockford Flower Shop. At Great Northern Trading Company, join in their celebration of 34 years of serving Rockford and beyond. Everyone who enters the store will be allowed to choose a candy bar with a discount hidden under the label, ranging from 20 to 50 percent off the entire purchase. Dars Gems and Jewelry is offering 20 percent off one item and many in-store specials. […]
Poker walk/run a family activity with prizes, information The public is invited to the fourth annual Poker Walk/Run/Ride at Cannon Township Hall this Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with plenty of prizes, including the grand prize of a $440 bike from Village Bike and Fitness, and the ultimate goal of finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. Chris and Julie Radford organize the event. The couple have been passionate about finding a cure for the disease since their son Scott was diagnosed at the age of 11. Now a college student, Scott manages his diabetes with an insulin pump—technology that was not available when he was younger. According to Chris, research has been coming up with new ways to manage the disease, which affects more and more of our nation’s children every year. “I’m excited about doing this again,” Radford said of the Family Fun Day. The public is invited to take part in the walk/ride/run along Cannon Township Trail, which runs through beautiful scenery between the township hall and Townsend Park. Participants sign up for a minimum $25 donation and then hit the trail. Stations set up along the way provide playing cards and, at the end of the event, those with the best poker hands win. This year the Radfords have a goal of raising $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Also at the event will be many representatives from the medical industry to provide information about the disease, fun for the whole family and plenty of prizes. The Family Fun Day is Chris’ idea to raise money for five members of his family to take part in a 100-mile bicycle ride, this year through Death Valley. The rides, which take place all over the country, are part of the JDRF’s campaign to fight juvenile diabetes. Each participant must donate $2,000 to participate and all funds go to the JDRF to find a cure. Last year the West Michigan chapter of the ride team—about 50 people—raised a half a million dollars. “This year I really want to promote the walking and exercise aspect of the event,” said Radford. He said the fun day this year will have even more giveaways and prizes for participants, ensuring no one goes […]
Rogue River Community Theatre is presenting “Sunset Moon” a Western musical comedy at Kent Theater in Cedar Springs on April 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and April 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is also playing at North Rockford Middle School in Rockford on April 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets at the door are adults $10 and student $4. For additional information call (616) 874-5264.
Local citizens are banding together to tackle litter in the Rogue River. The Rogue River Project, founded by Andrew Kersting, and Trout Unlimited, through the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project, are working together to conduct a stream cleanup along the Rogue River on April 23, 2011. Garbage along stream banks is not only unsightly, but it also can be harmful to wildlife. Many plants and animals depend on access to the water for survival. Waste can prevent animals from reaching what they need. Sometimes animals can confuse garbage for food or a suitable home. Waste enters a stream in a number of ways. Storm drains collect storm water from our neighborhoods, parking lots and other public areas, and this water is not treated before it reaches our local waterways. This means that garbage that ends up in a storm drain is washed directly to our streams and rivers. Litter from recreational use and sometimes intentional dumping also pollutes our water resources. You can help by volunteering a few hours of your time to collect garbage along three miles of the Rogue River below the Rockford dam on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please meet at Richardson Sowerby Park in Rockford. Morning refreshments and a pizza lunch will be available for volunteers. You will also be entered into a drawing to win free tickets to Celebration Cinema or the Coopersville and Marne Railway Company. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring gloves if you have them. For more information visit therogueriverproject.org/default.aspx. If you are interested in attending, please contact Nichol De Mol at (231) 557-6362 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to the following businesses for supporting this event: AAA Canoe Rental, BC Pizza, Celebration Cinema, Coopersville and Marne Railway, D&W, and The Corner Bar. Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.