April 7 2011

ENGAGEMENT — Krueger-Johnston

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Krueger-Johnston The marriage of Amy Lynn Krueger and Sean Michael Johnston will be celebrated on August 27, 2011. The bride-to-be, of Cleveland, Ohio, is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2009 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in dietetics, and a 2011 graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a M.S. degree in public health nutrition. She is the daughter of Andrew and Nadine Krueger of Rockford. The groom-elect, of Vero Beach, Fla., is a 2007 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in civil engineering, and is employed by Kimley Horn & Associates as a civil engineer. He is the son of Steven and Teresa Johnston of Rockford. Amy and Sean are high school sweethearts. Both ran for Rockford’s track and cross-country teams. The wedding will be held at the North Garden and Conservatory at Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens in East Lansing.  

ENGAGEMENT — Sundstrom-Laninga

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Sundstrom–Laninga Kambra Sundstrom and David Laninga II of Rockford are engaged to be married in May 2011. Kambra is a 2003 Rockford High School graduate and a graduate of Grand Valley State University. David is a 2001 Rockford High School graduate and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Their parents are Thomas and Wendy Sundstrom and David and Susan Laninga, all of Rockford.  

Business counciling offered

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Is starting a business right for you? If you wish a hands-on opportunity to learn more, then attend a SCORE Business Workshop, “Overview for Planning and Starting your Business.” Topics covered range from how to register your business, marketing and sales, to financial information to seek a business loan. Dates offered are Friday, April 8 or Wednesday, April 20. Cost is $45. Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop covers all aspects of starting or improving your own business. Includes steps to get started to a Business Plan overview. The SCORE Office: (The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Facility), 111 Pearl St. NW Grand Rapids. Contact website to enroll www.scoregr.org Call (616) 771-0305 or e-mail to scoregr@grandrapids.org.

Squire photographer catches Seger act

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Squire photographer Tom Scott was again granted a media pass with the understanding The Rockford Squire be the only publication to publish his photos. This is his second big concert at the Van Andel, following a photo shoot with Lady Gaga in concert last month. As expected, Bob Seger rocked the house for a sell-out crowd of well over 12,000 fans. Opening the show was Battle Creek’s own country music star Larry Ballard. Fans heard through the grapevine that Kid Rock was attending the show to enjoy the rock and roll of Seger and, sure enough, Rock joined Seger on stage for an electrifying rendition of “Real Mean Bottle” that brought the house down and the fans to their feet. The show went well over two hours and, of course, Seger played all his favorite hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. At 65 years old, Seger still has his energy from the yesteryears and, with his raspy voice, fans were all taken back some 30 years ago, at least for the two-plus hours of the show.            

Rockford American Legion distributes 103,665 pounds of food to area residents in need

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It seems like yesterday that Dena Rogers of Feeding America Food Bank approached the Rockford American Legion Post and encouraged them to host a mobile food pantry. Though the membership unanimously voted to proceed, little did they realize the impact they would soon have upon the community. The Post has provided fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods to more than 124 families at each of 17 regularly scheduled mobile food pantries since that meeting. Beginning with a 5,000-pound truck, the membership rallied to participate in what would become Operation Cornucopia. On March 22, the total food distributed by the Post reached 103,665 pounds, an estimated total of $224,991.00 worth of groceries on the table. Members of the Post are quick to agree that it would not have been possible without the help of local community members. Funding and supplies for the pantries not only come from member donations but from local businesses and civic organizations. Volunteers from local schools, churches and Boy Scout Troops help make hosting the pantries possible. Members were excited to have students from Algoma Christian School assist them during the March pantry. “As thrilled as we are to be a part of this operation, it wouldn’t bother us a bit if it stopped being necessary tomorrow. However, hunger, like a terrorist, has no regard for a person’s age or sex. It will steal the health of an old man as quickly as from a young girl. As long as hunger is a threat, we need to keep fighting it,” said Clyde Sinclair, commander of the Post.  

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