The 2009 Michigan spring turkey hunt is underway April 20 – May 31. Hunts last from 7 to 42 days, depending on the hunt unit. According to the DNR, there are 48,138 square miles of Michigan open to spring turkey hunting. Pictured at right is Rockford resident Ken Chettleburg who bagged this 25 lb. beauty of a tom turkey at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. Not wanting to divulge any secrets, Chettleburg would only tell us it was taken from a location just east of the Rockford City limits. Assisting Chettleburg in the display of the turkey is his proud father Bob.
April 30 2009
Is it hard not to plagiarize? Where do story ideas come from? How do writers decide what to put in a story? Fifth-grade journalism students at Valley View Elementary had great questions to ask Rockford Squire editor and reporter Beth Altena on Monday, April 20. The kids put out their own student-run paper and were excited to hear from a local writer.
Maggie Isabelle McCarthy Proud parents, Cullen and Jacquie McCarthy of Rockford, Michigan announce the birth of their new daughter, Maggie Isabelle McCarthy. Maggie was born on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 4:04 p.m. at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. She weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 inches long. Maggie was welcomed home by her sister, three-year-old Grace and Molly the family dog. Grandparents are Ken and Chris Gielczyk of Rockford, Michigan and Jack and Linda McCarthy of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Aunts and uncles are Carrie Gielczyk and Andy Gielczyk of Rockford, Katie Gielczyk of Mount Pleasant, and John McCarthy and Jeff McKeehan of Longmont, Colorado.
Once again, Rockford Public Schools will be represented at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition. Twelve teams competed at the State level on April 18. Five of those teams received honorable mentions (two Roguewood teams, a Valley View team and two North Rockford Middle School teams). The following five teams have now advanced to the World competition to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from May 27-30: Crestwood Team: Noah Barclay (Crestwood), Paige Barnard (Crestwood), Joey Benda (Lakes), Jessica Gerkey (Crestwood), Olivier Larente (Crestwood), Courtney Lemoine (Valley View), Blake McWatters (Assumption BVM). Coaches: Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine, Marianne McWatters. Valley View Team: Natalie Clum, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Chase Lindeboom, Megan Lindeboom, Avery Sweeney, Paige Thompson. Coaches: Angela Clum, Joan Lawton. RHS Team: Merry Buelken, Sammi Cook, Shannon Melick, Matt Nauta, Matt Rettinger, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea. Coach: Matt Zainea. NRMS Team: Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Sarah Jamgotch, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea. Coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine. Valley View Team: Logan Anderson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Makayla Schmetzer. Coaches: Sharon Anderson, Kelly Hoffman. A total of 15 teams from Michigan will compete at the World level, with one-third of those teams coming from Rockford Public Schools.
Last Friday evening, 7:40 p.m., 84 degrees-can you believe it? Apparently somewhere in excess of 100 people did. Rockford’s Rockys was rockin’! Rockford is synonymous with Rockys ice-cream creations spring through fall. The crowd was enjoying the balmy spring evening with one another while trying to figure out “just where in the heck is the end of the line?”