On Saturday, April 25 look for the big pink tent at D.A.D.’S Tents and Party Rentals, 555 Northland Drive, Rockford. Rain or shine from 9 to 3 D.A.D.’S is hosting a multi-team Relay For Life rummage sale with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Relay For Life. All items not sold will be donated to the North Kent Service Center. “Cancer touches everyone, it’s everywhere,” said Dave Parish, owner. Parish said there will be concessions such as cotton candy and popcorn, and snow cones if the weather is warm. The tent is available for rental with 100 percent of that money going to Relay For Life as well. Parish said he bought the $2,000 tent to support Relay, in which he has participated since the first Rockford Relay six years ago. “This is a community that cares,” he said.
April 23 2009
Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Thursday, April 23 Rockford Lions Club Meeting– 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Rockford High School’s Beyond the Rock Video Production will present “Introduction to the Rockford Lions Club.” Thursday-Saturday April 23-25 Used Book Sale-Thur. 10-7, Fri. 10-4 and Sat. 10-2 at Timothy C. Hauenstien Reynolds Township Library, 117 Williams St., Howard City, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Book donations are needed and appreciated. Friday, April 24 Remodeled Homes Open Houses-1 to 9 p.m. (and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at two homes: 7241 Belding Road, Rockford (park at 6878 Belding Rd., Cannon Twp. offices), and 356 Glen Carin Drive, Rockford. Win a door prizes of an hour-and-a-half of professional organizing. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; free for ages 12 and under. Saturday, April 25 Auction-doors open at 4:30 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Drive NE, Rockford. Live auction along with hot dogs, chips and drinks start at 5 p.m. There will also be silent and raffle auction items. Proceeds to benefit repairs to the church. For more information, call (616) 866-9888 or visit www.northkentbiblechurch.com. 16th Annual Bear Creek Waterfest-8 a.m. to noon at Townsend Park, corner of Ramsdell Drive and Cannonsburg Rd., featuring family activities such as Creeky Critters, fish pond, rain sticks, microscope magic, watershed maps, prizes, bake sale, Rubber Ducky Races and much more! Pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; $5 adults, $3 kids 12 and under. Musical group Hawks & Owls will perform. All activities are free. Sponsored by Cannon Township. Art & Fine Craft Sale-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, fellowship room, held by Rogue River Artists Association. Halo 3 Xbox 360 Tournament-9:30 a.m. registration at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Funds raised to support the senior high mission trip. For […]
Chandler Woods Charter Academy is competing in the Science Olympiad state tournament for the first time. Over 500 high school and middle school/junior high teams competed at the Science Olympiad regional competitions during February and March, and 96 advanced to the 27th Michigan State Finals to be held Saturday, May 2 on the Michigan State University campus. The MSU campus will be host to 46 competitive events in various locations. Some events are Robo-Cross, Crave the Wave, Science Crime Busters and Forensics (CSI-type events), and a variety of events in between. Team shirts, medals and trophies are all part of the discovery hoopla. State champions and runners-up will go on to the National Science Olympiad Tournament at Augusta State University in Georgia on May 15 and 16. These young people, their coaches and teachers represent a strong dedication to science education and have worked hard all year to meet the competition of their peers and win.
by JOHN HENRY Food Service Director Rockford Public Schools The school lunches are still a great value both nutritionally and economically! Nationally, the school lunch price is under $2.30 and is a well-balanced meal. Every school lunch includes five great choices: milk-fat-free or one percent vegetable-fresh to frozen fresh fruit of all kinds grains-more whole-grain items like rolls and sandwich bread meat or meat-alternate-white meat chicken, beans, lean beef Parents can save money when a student takes the school lunch. On average, it costs less to buy a school lunch than to bring a lunch from home. The estimated national average last year of a lunch taken from home was $3.43. Also, there is such a thing as a free lunch (and a reduced price one, too)! All children at participating schools may purchase meals though the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Families with incomes at or below 130 percent of poverty level are eligible for free meals. Families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of poverty level are eligible for the reduce-price meals-these students can be charged no more than 40 cents per meal. Contact your food service department to fill out a School Meal Application. Healthy meals feed eager minds. Meals served under the NSLP must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. No more than 30 percent of the calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. School lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories over the course of one week of menus. Students who eat school lunches consume fewer calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home, based on recent studies. Compared to lunches from home, school lunches contain: three times as many dairy products; twice as much fruit; seven times the vegetable amounts. NSLP participants have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than do non-participants. For more information contact your district’s food service director.
Rams open conference play with win over East Grand Rapids The Rockford girls lacrosse team picked up where they left off as they returned to action April 15 after spring vacation. The Rams took on the previously undefeated team from Lansing Waverly (combined Waverly, Lansing Catholic and Grand Ledge) at the Rams’ home field at East Rockford Middle School. The night belonged to the Rams from the onset, as they scored early and often, leading 6-0 at the half and 14-1 as the final buzzer sounded. Giving up one goal in the game of lacrosse means the Rams were relentless with their defense all night . When Waverly did manage to get off a shot, it was vacuumed up by the goalie tandem from Rockford, senior standout Gabrielle Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray. Rockford out-shot Waverly 44-7 as the Rams moved the ball at will. Andi Raymond was the Rams’ leading scorer with six goals, and two assists. Meagan Emery scored four goals, and Michon Moline had a goal and a team-leading four assists which helped Raymond keep the pressure on the Waverly goalie all game. Kelsei Streeter added two goals for the Rams, and Abbey Neerken tallied one. The Rams controlled the game from the initial draw, winning 14 of the 17 center draws in the game, frustrating the opposition and preventing them from having any ability to get in the flow of the game. Neerken won nine draws and Raymond five. Ram stalwarts Roxy Rosema, Raymond, Emery and Neerken were aggressively controlling every loose ball, handily winning the ground ball battle. Coach Jeff Neerken stated, “This was our best team effort of the year and will give us something to build on as the conference season gets underway.” The Rams traveled to East Grand Rapids (EGR) to open conference play on Friday, April 17. The scrappy team from EGR hung tough and kept the game scoreless for the first few minutes, but then the Rams found their stride behind an offensive onslaught from leading scorer Raymond and Emery. The Rams led 12-2 at the half and the game ended 22-4. The Rams’ defense remained tough even though they played shorthanded due to the illness of defensive leader Shelby Smith. Rockford’s playing […]