Chamber 14th annual golf outing offers big opportunities by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Blythefield Country Club is hosting this year’s 14th Annual Community Golf Outing sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce on Monday, May 4. This is the first year that John Decker from Decker Chevrolet will be giving away a brand new car as the grand prize for a hole-in-one on hole # 5. “We’re not giving away a lease this year, we’re giving away the car,” Decker said. Decker drove the 2009 white Chevy Impala LT Sedan, loaded, valued at $28,000 up to the clubhouse. “The men are at a minimum of 165 yards, and the women are at a minimum of 150 yards. Juan Martinez, representing Blythefield Country Club, said he thought he should mention that Blythefield had 15 hole-in-one’s last year, with one guy getting three of them. “So your car may not be safe, John,” Martinez joked. Independent Bank is once again sponsoring the “Putt Fore Cash” as they have done for the last 18 years. At 6:00 p.m., golfers at the event can try to win $10,000 by sinking a 50′ putt. Tim Offer, Vice President Branch Manager of National City Bank said that for the third year in a row, someone has a chance to win $1,000,000 in the Million Dollar Shoot-out. Brenda Davis from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce encouraged early RSVP by Monday, April 27. Cost is $105 per person which entitles participants to 18 holes of golf, cart, hole events, box lunch, strolling dinner, and awards. Chamber members will receive a “perk” on the day of the event. Proceeds will support several community and chamber events. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., hole assignments at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. There will be lots of events. Davis said there is a RSVP by April 27 to participate in this great networking opportunity and fun event.
April 23 2009
The construction at Northland Drive and 14 Mile may have played a part in a rollover accident Monday, April 20. According to the Michigan State Police, an 85-year-old woman from Pierson was driving her Oldsmobile eastbound on M-57 about 12:30 p.m. Monday, when she turned north on Northland Drive and into the path of a westbound Geo driven by a 20-year-old Sparta woman. A witness reported to police that the older woman looked like she was going to turn south, saw the road was closed due to construction, and then turned north instead, crashing into the younger woman. The impact of the crash caused the Geo to roll and land sideways against a telephone pole on the northwest corner of the intersection. Both drivers were treated at area hospitals but were not seriously injured, according to police. Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.
Disappointed with handling of tannery closing I am just writing to let you know that I worked at the tannery for 22 years, my last day of work was Thursday. At that point, Wolverine World Wide, a company that had a 96 million dollar profit last year, has not made a severance package to any of its employees. I think that is pretty despicable. Since the day we were told of the closing, we have been treated very badly. We were told we would be treated with dignity, care and respect. What a joke! I am totally taken aback that WWW can treat the people that have worked for them for so many years with such disrespect. I am sure that this will never be published, but, I felt that I had to at least try to be heard. WWW is not the wonderful place of employment that they want the City of Rockford to think they are. I am sure that we will eventually all be better off, but right now, the wound is still new and raw and with no severance package in sight, it hurts, as a new wound will. Thanks for your time Marsha Pollaski
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomes two new board members and a new vice president. Char Bouwkamp (D & W Fresh Market) will fulfill John Donehoo’s (consultant) term and Bobbi Lindeman (Wolverine World Wide, Inc.) will replace the retired Michael Donabauer. Dr. Carl Stites has agreed to become vice president taking over for John Donehoo. President, Polly Von Eschen is thrilled to have the new directors on board.
Barbary Pirates For almost 1,000 years years, until the early nineteenth century, Islamic pirates from North Africa raided shipping vessels in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. They also destroyed villages and towns along the coasts, making some of them nearly uninhabitable. They took prisoners and sold many of them into slavery. Some accounts claim that more than a million people were taken as slaves. Eventually, Europe and, finally, America, had had enough. The U.S. refused to continue to pay ransom for ships and crews and sent the Navy to attack the pirates, shelling the city of Tripoli. The combined pressure reduced piracy and eventually solved the problem. Wall Street Pirates Now we have the Wall Street Pirates who got a bailout to allow our banking system to operate again. We paid them billions but don’t know who got a lot of it, or why. Although they accepted the money, we still have little credit available and a sick stock market. We paid the ransom; why can’t we get back to business? The economy is so bad… 1. CEOs are now playing miniature golf. 2. Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM. 3. McDonald’s is selling the 1/4 Ouncer. 4. People in rich neighborhoods have fired their nannies and learned their children’s names. 5. A truckload of Americans got caught sneaking into Mexico. 6. Jury duty pay is now a step up for millions of people. 7. Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting. 8. Mothers in Ethiopia are telling their kids, “Finish your plate, do you know how many kids are starving in the US?” 9. Motel Six won’t leave the light on. You can’t win #1 The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? You can’t win #2 A carpet layer had just finished installing carpet for a lady. He stepped out for a smoke, only to realize that he had lost his cigarettes. In the middle of the room, under the carpet, was a bump. “No sense pulling up the entire floor for one pack of […]