photos by TOM SCOTT Rockford’s sixth annual National Night Out offered fun for families, free food and plenty of opportunity to play with law enforcement officers and firefighters. National Night Out 2011 in downtown Rockford included a giant cake with plenty for everyone, food grilled by local firefighters, and chances to dunk Rockford police and firefighters in the water with a popular dunk tank. The event is held annually to celebrate safety and is a time for individuals and families to get to know the local people who fight crime and help keep our community safe.
August 11 2011
Rockford’s Rogue River Rentals is teaming up with Kentwood Parks and Recreation and the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association (GRWSA) on August 12 for an advanced adaptive kayaking trip on the Rogue River. According to Audrey Stout of the Kentwood Parks and Recreation, “The advance adaptive kayaking trip is for more advanced participants who would like more of a challenge than our kayaking clinic that we also offer. We are also using this kayaking trip to give our participants an opportunity to experience kayaking on a river.” Rogue River Rentals owner Cindy Palmreuter said, “We are so honored that Kentwood Parks and Recreation selected Rogue River Rentals to host this event. It is a great opportunity for us to help give these athletes the tools to be able to utilize their abilities above and beyond what they are accustomed to through their regular kayaking clinic.” Stout explained, “Kentwood Parks and Recreation offers a variety of opportunities for people with various disabilities. We are a Paralympic Sport Club which is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity.” Kentwood Parks and Recreation currently offers activities such as adaptive water ski, archery, rock climbing, downhill snow ski, canoeing/kayaking, and wheelchair basketball. The GRWSA, Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s partner organization, is a nonprofit organization designed to help children and adults whose various physical challenges require them to use a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports. Their mission is “to provide and promote competitive and recreational wheelchair sports for persons with physical disabilities.” Palmreuter and her team are gearing up for the event and anticipate between 10 and 12 athletes. “We are really looking forward to meeting these amazing people who have made the conscious choice to overcome their disabilities and push themselves to be their absolute best,” said Palmreuter. “It’s really very inspiring!”
Charity motorcycle ride to benefit C-SNIP, ASPCA Vorpi Chiropractic, located at 11741 Cedar Rock Drive NE in Rockford, has announced the route line-up for the fifth annual Motorcycles for Mutts and Kitties Too charity motorcycle ride on Saturday, August 13. This ride benefits both C-SNIP, West Michigan’s only nonprofit spay and neuter clinic, as well as the ASPCA. Registration costs are $25 per bike or $35 with a passenger and includes a BBQ lunch for each rider. The ride will begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. with registration at Vorpi Chiropractic. The 150-mile scenic ride begins at Vorpi Chiropractic and includes stops at Flat River Grill in Lowell, then south into Middleville for lunch at Swamp Fox, west into Allendale’s Main Street Pub, and then around into Grand Rapids to visit The Muze at 4 Mile and Alpine Ave. Awesome promotions are planned at each stop as well with the Budweiser Girls, Gilmore Collection prizes, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, and so much more. The ride is a five-card “poker style” ride with the winner receiving round-trip airline tickets from AirTran to anywhere they fly! Raffle prize drawings are also scheduled for all day. Additional information can be found at www.motorcyclesformutts.com, www.csnip.org, on Facebook at the group page Motorcycles for Mutts, or call Vorpi Chiropractic at (616) 866-1081. Be sure to set the date on your calendar for this memorable and fun event to benefit C-SNIP and the ASPCA, on Saturday, August 13.
State Rep. Peter MacGregor was acknowledged for his perfect voting record in the first six months of the 2011 Michigan House legislative session. More than 300 roll call votes were taken in the first six months and MacGregor was present for every vote. Voting histories are compiled on the nonpartisan website www.michiganvotes.org for all state lawmakers. “Fulfilling my role as a state representative means being present for the people of my district and our state,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “The heavy lifting that has been done the past six months hasn’t been easy, but I was sent here to turn our state around and that involves showing up and making tough decisions. While I appreciate the recognition, I take this responsibility very seriously and am only doing what I was sent to Lansing to do.” In the first six months of this year, the Michigan House enacted a simplified tax structure, ended lifetime benefits for lawmakers and took action to curb government spending. The state budget approved this spring was the earliest a state budget has been completed in 30 years. Residents can contact MacGregor’s office in Lansing toll-free at (855) 347-8073 or e-mail to PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov.
Behind the clouds Behind the storm clouds that surrounded the debt ceiling bill, Americans found a silver lining: we all received a better idea of how Congress works (or doesn’t). The more we know about those guys, the better judgments we can make when it comes to re-election. The actual passage of the bill, however, didn’t exactly bring silver linings. One of the three debt-rating agencies (Standard and Poor’s) went ahead and downgraded U.S. bonds anyway, to a bump below no-risk (first time in 70 years). One of S&P’s stated reasons was the ongoing political gridlock in Washington. Maybe we should stick our tongue in our cheek and say that the debt ceiling storm clouds had a gold lining. S&P’s downgrade triggered a stock market plunge. Stocks down, gold up: investment money has to go somewhere. On Monday the price of gold climbed above $1,700 per ounce, an all-time record. I’m taking tongue out of cheek so I can say, “Booooo.” Standard and Poor’s called it right: Congress played chicken with America’s financial reputation. Fridge joke Doris went to see a psychiatrist about her husband. “Doctor, my husband has a problem. Almost every night now he dreams he’s a refrigerator.” “My dear,” said the doc, “that’s not really a problem. A lot of people dream that they are somebody, or something, unusual…” “Yes, but,” said Doris, “it’s also a problem for me. Jake sleeps with his mouth open and the light keeps me awake.” Newspaper joke A newspaper boy was standing on the corner with a large pile of papers, shouting, “Read all about it. Twenty-five people get cheated! Twenty-five people get cheated!” Curious, a man walked over, bought a paper, and checked the front page. What he saw was yesterday’s paper. “Hey, this is an old paper,” the man said. “Where’s the story about the big swindle?” The newspaper boy ignored him and went on calling out: “Read all about it! Twenty-six people get cheated!” Dog joke A man takes his rottweiler to the vet. “My dog’s cross-eyed,” he says. “Is there anything you can do for it?” “Let’s have a look at him,” says the vet. So he picks up the dog and has a good look at its eyes. “Okay,” he says, […]