April 16 2009


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Kronemeyer Edward B. Kronemeyer, aged 65 of Melbourne Beach, passed away suddenly during an automobile accident on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Ed was a graduate of the 1961 class of Rockford High School. He is survived by his mother, Estella M. Kronemeyer of Melbourne Beach; his brothers, James Arthur Kronemeyer of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Jack M. Kronemeyer of Rockford; and his sister Betty A Kronemeyer of Grand Rapids.

Celebrate Mother’s Day early at kick-off

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In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, crews of women volunteers will be pounding nails, raising walls and laying bricks at more than 175 Habitat for Humanity construction sites across the U.S. These non-traditional, pre-Mother’s Day activities are part of Habitat’s second annual National Women Build Week, May 2–10, sponsored by Lowe’s. You are invited to join in the fun with a Women Build Day on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some half day shifts are available). This nationwide celebration during National Women Build Week brings together women from all walks of life to learn construction skills and then use those skills to build simple, decent affordable homes for families in their local community. It also helps Habitat for Humanity to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing by enlisting the help of new women volunteers. Women (and men too!) of all skill levels can play a vital role in eliminating poverty housing. Site supervisors will be on-hand to provide training, assistance, and encouragement. To register for Women Build Day, contact Colleen Mahon-VanDoren at (616) 774-2431 ext 224 or email cmahonvandoren@habitatkent.org. Lunch, t-shirts and a few surprises are in store for the day!

A Wise move for Rockford

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by RICH ZECK For over 12 years, Wise Photography has brought life and emotions to one-dimensional pictures at her studio on Bridge Street. You can say owner Michelle Wise has had her eye on hundreds of area families lives. She has been there to take pictures at our children’s births, weddings, anniversaries, senior class memories and countless of other special times. Her finger has been on the pulse of some of the best of our times. Taking a huge leap of faith Michelle has moved the new and improved Wise Photography Studio & Gallery to the prime window spot of Rockford at 1 N. Main. Two doors down from her old location, the new location not only has more space and higher visibility, but gives passersby an opportunity to put their eye and pulse on Rockford. A deeply spiritual person, Michelle, says, “photographs talk to the soul because they are not just words.  Pictures can take you back to a place and time of fond memories.” Wise is not just a photographer but a storyteller.  This new location will give her the opportunity to expose her many hidden gifts and talents for others to enjoy. What makes her work so different from others? Her work is very emotional and is reflected in the colors, settings, composition and personality of her pictures.  Her photo shoots are an intimate and personal time that she spends connecting with people to maximize the beauty within every person or animal. Yes, not only does Michelle love taking baby and people pictures but she loves animals too.  The animals and she connect just as well as people do and she brings their personality to life in print.       The new studio and gallery will offer all kinds of personalized greeting cards for all sorts of occasions and the ability to purchase her artwork.  The one thing you will notice when you visit this business is the sense of peace and calm that envelopes the four walls.  Michelle sees her business as a light on the hill that shines hope and comfort to those who may be lost and lonely.  After visiting her new location, I would have to say, that her move is certainly a Wise move for Rockford.

Secrets of a Sunken Cannon Revisited

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by RICH GELDHOF The older we get the more powerful our minds become and when we don’t use what the brain has stored we “lose it.” Our short-term memory capacity is normally from five-nine number digits.  This explains why phone numbers and checking accounts are kept to seven numbers and a social security number doesn’t exceed nine numbers, because we have great difficulty remembering them the older we get, like a driver’s license of 12 numbers. Bob found that when you reach 55 you don’t always remember what you’ve heard correctly. That’s why it’s so important to write things down and store hard copy.     Can you remember your credit cards 16 numbers in proper sequence?  Probably not, but we are walking computers of information and our living brain is more active when sleeping than watching mindless video games and TV.  We awaken fresh as daisies, that’s some of us, not all of us. Like computers we must discard the trash and junk, but retain important information. When children come home from school we’ve all heard them say,  just as you said when your parents asked you, “how was school today or did you learn something new?”  The answer was, “fine, I hate school or I’ll be glad when I’m done with high school.” Chances are you’ve heard and felt the grumbling and experienced the frightening years as a wild teenager, who viewed teachers as dispensing mindless dribble. If you dismiss them without finding out what interesting thing they taught in class each day you’ve helped de-program their thinking ability. It takes the first 18 years or more to increase the knowledge and memory retention.  Teenagers can’t swallow wisdom pills at age 16 and can’t tell parents they are smarter. They should have committed three new things (adults six) each day to memory. In doing this you are sharpening their minds and teaching them the art of storing memory by concentration.  Teachers are challenging them to see, think and retain useful information. Teachers use their skill to energize and program their minds for the future. Mindless video games for hours after school de-programs them and renders anything they might have learned as useless fodder.  Learning will help prepare them for success. Dowsers need to […]

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