Nawrot Mrs. Helen Joy Nawrot, age 70, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 21, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband John on June 4, 1998; her parents, Joseph and Susanna (Huisman) DeKraker; her sister, Karol Edgar; and her brother, Willard DeKraker. Helen is survived by her children, Michael and Conney Posthuma of Bedford, Ind., Debora and Terry Nawrot of Big Rapids, Sandra Murray and Mick Lantis of Rolling Prairie, Ind., and Cheryl Nawrot and James (Harpo) Richard of Rockford; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Kathleen (Jerry) Haagsma, Sharon (Larry) Wagner; sister-in-law, Mrs. Charlotte DeKraker; nieces and nephews; Rose Plummer and Sandy and Jerry Patton. The service was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Stradtner officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Service Center, 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI 49341, Faith Hospice of Trillium Woods, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, or Merritt Lamb Unit #102 American Legion Auxiliary, 330 Rockford Park Drive , Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
April 28 2011
The public is invited to coffee to celebrate 30 years of service Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec reads a mayoral proclomation recognizing the 30 years of service of Lt. Scott Mazur, of the Rockford Police Department. There will be a public coffee and celebration of Mazur’s career at City Hall this Friday, April 29 at Rockford City Hall from 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a presentation at 2 p.m. Those wishing to thank Mazur and wish him well are encouraged to attend.
Williams to compete in military skills competition Army Cadet Rambi K. Williams is a member of one of only eight teams throughout the U.S. Army Cadet Command to compete in this year’s Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. The military skills competition includes cadets from selected ROTC detachments as well as cadets from West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School and international teams from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Britain, the Royal Military College from Canada, the National Military Academy from Afghanistan, the Royal Military College from Australia, the Military Academy of Taiwan and the Chilean Military School. Each team consists of a nine-member squad, each with at least one female, that must complete a series of military tasks during a rapid, non-tactical move along a prescribed seven-mile course. The cadets are tested on first aid, traversing a rope bridge, marksmanship, navigation and fitness. They are also tested on their mental agility, ability to assimilate problems, decision-making in a complex, stressful environment, teamwork and communication. Williams is currently attending Michigan State University, East Lansing. She is the daughter of Sterry Williams and W. Rambi Williams, both of Rockford. The cadet graduated in 2008 from Rockford High School.
Rockford Sportsman’s Club sponsors charity event for Honored American Veterans Afield Ruger Rimfire Series—Michigan State Championship will be held at the Rockford Sportsman’s Club on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Ruger Rimfire shooting competitions are designed to be fun and safe shooting matches for the entire family. Incorporating both .22 LR pistols and rifles, courses of fire are created with safety as the top priority and scenarios that meet any shooter’s skill level. Pre-registration is required. A Ruger firearm is not required. This event is open to the public and will benefit Honored American Veterans Afield. There will be two divisions: open and limited .22 long rifle only. Open: any firearm (rifle, pistol or revolver) with scopes, optical sights, light gathering scopes, battery powered optics, lasers, compensator or muzzle break. Limited: guns with iron sights, adjustable sights and fiber optics are allowed but no electronic sights (aim tots or lasers). Registrations are 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. There will be three classes—mens, ladies and juniors (12-18). Shooters under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Minimum age is 12. Courses of fire are a rimfire rifle, handgun and minimum of two magazines for each are required. Four magazines per gun are recommended. Competitors must have a range bags/cases for all guns. The shoot is limited to the first 120 paid entry fees. You must pre-register by Saturday, May 14, 2011. You can register online or download Rockford Sportsman’s Clubs registration form. Adult entry fee is $40 per division. Shooters under 18 years of age: only $10 per division and will be registered for prizes, but will not be able to win a firearm unless they pay and adult entry fee. A minimum of three Ruger Firearms will be awarded by random drawing. A Maximum of two entries/divisions per person (one open & one limited). Trophies will be awarded to the top shooters in each class. Check out complete match rules at rockfordsportsmansclub.com.
by TOM SCOTT photos by TOM SCOTT The Rockford Area Arts Commion (RAAC) kicked off its 2011 summer seasonwith the Rockford Performing Arts Spring Concert featuring the Rockford Community Choir, The Rockford Community Orchestra & the Rockford Community Concert Band. The event was held at Rockford High Schools Fine Arts Auditorium Sunday, April 17. The Choir was led by conductor Renee Vande Wege with Suzanne DeVries~Zimmerman as accompnist.The Orchestra was lead by conductor KevinLewis and with Tiffany Engle leading the concert band as conductor. Rockford Community Music Ensembles are made possible by the generous support of the Rockford Area Arts Commission, The Rockford Public Schools and the patrons who support the Arts. Those interested in more information and possibly becoming a memberof the RAAC may go to the organization’s new website, www.artsrockford.org.