April 7 2011

Shibler receives glowing review in 22nd year

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The Rockford Board of Education issues the following summary of Superintendent Dr. Shibler’s performance evaluation, conducted on Monday, March 14, 2011: This year, Dr. Shibler will complete his 22nd year as Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. As in previous years, Dr. Shibler received an excellent evaluation from the Board of Trustees continuing his professional and exemplary leadership of the district. Dr. Shibler is committed to the continuous improvement of the Rockford Public Schools (RPS). Evidence of this includes his continuing leadership in creating and implementing the district’s strategic plan. This year the district completes RAMS VII and begins work on RAMS VIII. RAMS VIII will represent the eighth three-year strategic plan during his 22 years. Other examples include the Education YES! grades for the district of all A’s for the sixth straight year, AdvancED District Accreditation for the entire district, and continuing efforts as chair of the KISD Grass Roots Network. Dr. Shibler has continued as a leader and vocal advocate for K12 education locally, statewide and nationally. His leadership is sought out and highly valued in education circles, as well as by the media, the legislature, and other external sources. He is a tireless advocate for RPS and public education. Dr. Shibler’s leadership and management skills are results-oriented and his team has performed well during a challenging economic and budget environment. Teachers, staff and administrators perform at a high level under his leadership. He continues to focus on the district’s vision in providing an opportunity for a high quality education in the district for all students. He is an excellent leader and manager. Dr. Shibler has developed excellent professional relationships both inside and outside the district. He continues to lead teachers, staff and administrators to continuous quality improvement despite flat and sometimes reduced funding from the State of Michigan. While he advocates for equitable funding, he does not use lack of funding as an excuse for performance, instead focusing on continuous improvement throughout the district. Dr. Shibler possesses excellent personal qualities that help make RPS a great district. The Board once again noted his honesty, passion and confidence, noting that his honesty and integrity serve the district well in any environment, but especially the current environment. Dr. Shibler has formed close relationships with business, […]


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Thursday, April 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, hosted by Jan Trapp and Janette Konkle. Bob Boyer will share “The Lighter Side of World War II and Other Things.” For more information, call (616) 866-2235. The Chamber Music Series: Chamber Winds—7:30 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, presented by the college’s music department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/academic/music/calendar. Thur.–Sat. April 7–9 Festival of Faith and Music—at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, featuring musicians My Brightest Diamond, Matisyahu, Jon Foreman, and The Civil Wars, as well as speakers Shara Worden, Gregory Wolfe and Luke Powery. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/admin/sao/festival/2011. Saturday, April 9 Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Leisure Village Expo—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leisure Village, near the corner of Cannonsburg Road and Chauncey, Rockford. Leisure Village is a local retirement community. For more information, contact Beth at (616) 874-7444. Student Recital with Baritone Jonathan Van Eck—3 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, presented by the music department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/academic/music/calendar. Self-Defense Free Clinic—1:30 to 4 p.m. at 3rd Law Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Grand Rapids. Class is limited to 30 women. For more information and to register, call (616) 558-3620 or visit www.3LBJJ.com. Sunday, April 10 Campus Choir—7:30 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, presented by the music department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/academic/music/calendar. Monday, April 11 Rockford American Legion Auxiliary Meeting—6 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE) at Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Dr. Meetings are held every second Monday of the month. For more information, call (616) 866-2001. Mon.–Thur. April 11–14 Annual Spring Pasty Sale—10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Pasties are $3.50 each. Volume and early pick-up discounts available. Monday and Tuesday: $3 each for […]

A Message for You

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Going for the Highest Good by PASTOR MARK W. LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockford “Silence is a text easy to misread.” These words taken from the “Quotable Quotes” in Reader’s Digest speak a great truth about the way people communicate with each other. The lack of communication in any relationship leaves those in the relationship to be guided by ignorance, assumptions and guesswork. The lack of honest and continuous communication is the chief cause for relationships to breakdown, whether in marriages, families, friendships or faith. Jesus Christ was born into the flesh for the purpose of accomplishing several things. One of the most important purposes was that God might speak to us in these latter days by His Son (Heb.1:2). This Jesus did and still does to make sure that there is no lack of honest and continuous communication from God to us. There is no silence on the part of God for us to misread. God offers us no reason for our relationship with Him to be guided by ignorance or guesswork and no reason for it to break down. This is not to say that God tells us all, that is, He tells us everything there is to know. God tells us all that is necessary for a vibrantly living faith life with Him. Let’s be clear, there are many areas where God would have us be ignorant, because our minds cannot grasp what He is able to do in every single thing, nor are we able to comprehend the “how” or the means through which He does things. God’s communication with us is living and fresh every day. While this seems hard to believe, we must remember, “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12. As we approach the Holy Week it is important we do not travel with a “been there, done that” attitude. This journey is with the living and active Word of God, a Word that will speak with a freshness that is new every day. This God promises us “His mercies are new every morning,” Lamentations 3:22-23. Now if His […]

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville rated as one of 100 top hospitals in nation

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An annual study recently released by Thomas Reuters recognized Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospital as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country, based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals. United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 924 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance. The winners were announced in the March 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to superior quality and patient satisfaction at lower costs as compared to the majority of other hospitals in the nation. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission to bring the absolute best medical care possible to the communities we serve,” said Paul Bonis, president, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This award belongs to our physicians and staff as a result of their dedication and commitment to excellence and compassion for every patient, every day. I would also like to thank Spectrum Health and our community for their outstanding allegiance and support, without which awards like this would not be possible.” The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, […]

See Rockford on Food Network feature

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Ice Festival featured on television Thursday, April 7 Rockford’s Ice Festival will be featured on the Food Network’s “Ice Brigade” this Thursday, April 7 at 10 p.m. The station sent news crews to the Rockford event in January and will feature some of the ice creations here in town. The show will highlight ice creations that were located throughout downtown Rockford until mother nature removed them. Chainsaws and pinball create the perfect marriage when Randy Finch and the “Ice Brigade” crew put their artistic skills to work and sculpted a pinball machine for Stella’s Lounge. The Ice Festival in Rockford challenges the Grand Rapids crew to design a “Rube Goldberg-inspired” putt-putt hole; golf has never been so chilly. Also among the evening’s entertainment will be a backyard bash turning into bowling when the “Ice Brigade” lights up the lanes with an ice-bowling alley. “Ice Brigade” follows Michigan-based chef Randy Finch and his team of renegade ice artists as they blow the lid off ice sculpting by developing original designs that defy the imagination. To these frozen outlaws, the standard wedding swans are simply huge ice cubes. The real thrill of their bone-chilling craft is to make life-sized and interactive creations like pool tables, bowling lanes, grand pianos, carousels and miniature golf courses. Armed with chain saws, chisels and sledge hammers, each episode features Finch and crew sculpting rock-solid ice blocks into out-of-this-world art and delivering them to awestruck clients. No matter the job or locale, the mission remains the same: get the job done, before it all melts away. The “Ice Brigade” show will also air on April 8, at 1:00 a.m. and April 11, at 11 p.m.  

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