21 Donald Jackson, Marcia Jackson, Calen Palazzolo 22 Bernice Allen, Jeff Corstange, Joslyn Hernandez, Dave Hone, Joan Paepke, Merri Richardson, Ginny Welch, Steve Ziel 23 Lori Palmer 24 Jackie Cromwell, Allison Dionne, Tom Fusee, Emily Krygier 26 Arlene Hunsberger, Keith James, Jean Ostrom, Joyce Pierson
August 18 2011
Celebrate, remember, bite back! Rockford is ready to celebrate, remember and bite back against cancer. The Faithful Friends Relay for Life team is hosting the inaugural Bark for Life event on September 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will begin at 235 N. Main Street, near Rockford Footwear Depot—look for the Wolverine World Wide Hush Puppy—and will follow the White Pine Trail south to Richardson-Sowerby Park. Bark for Life is an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraising event that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions. Bark for Life fundraisers also help save lives by supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society. During this fur-friendly event, participants will walk their four-legged companions along the White Pine Trail to Richardson-Sowerby Park. At the park, they will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as dog massages, pedi-for-a-cure, contests, and games owners can play with their dogs. There will be opportunities to win prizes and purchase doggy bags of treats to enjoy once they get home. Sponsorship opportunities still remain and begin at $100. Packages include items such as signage on the White Pine Trail, logo on all day-of-event literature, complimentary registration fee, and/or ability to judge a contest. Contact event organizers for more information. Additionally, individual donations can be made to this local Relay for Life event. Participants can learn more by visiting www.relayforlife.org/rockfordmi and clicking on the Bark for Life tab or by searching “Bark for Life Rockford, MI” on Facebook.
Rockford Art Capsule–a real contest or drawing? Dear Editor, Color me a little confused here. Have the organizers of Art Capsule given any thought to how seriously flawed the contest’s voting procedures and rules are? Done properly a contest should allow only one ballot per voter. Not so Art Capsule. Pads of tear-off ballots are readily available at participating contest venues throughout the downtown area. Ballot boxes are also scattered about at many of the same merchants. What’s to stop someone(s) from picking up multiple ballots to repeatedly vote for a favored contest entrant who just happens to be a close friend or relative? In order to insure the authenticity and validity of the voting totals the contest organizers could have chosen a single manned ballot pick-up and drop off location. The City’s downtown Welcome Center, already staffed by community volunteers, would be a perfect location. As it now stands, contest entrants are being done a disservice. They will be forever left to wonder if their work of art entry won or lost strictly based upon viewer popularity and merit or, sadder still, did they simply win or lose based upon a stuffed ballot box! Sonja Alberti Rockford
As the Rockford Lions Club restores the Pioneer Cemetery next to North Rockford Middle School, they are piling up a stack of cuttings ranging from saplings to six-inch-diameter logs. While the city hauls this away during the week, this is a good opportunity for anyone handy with a saw to come to the west parking lot and cut their fall firewood supply. The firewood is free. However, any help in felling trees and clearing the brush is always appreciated. With good weather, some luck and the welcomed direction of the Rockford Garden Club, the cemetery will once again be presentable this fall. Despite good intentions, this old cemetery had become forgotten, overgrown and neglected—the Rockford Lions Club decided our forbears deserved better treatment. When finished, the Lions will hold an “open house,” allowing many of our town’s residents to once again find and easily visit Great Aunt Millie or Great-Grandpa Henry’s resting place. Unfortunately, many of the markers and monuments have suffered over the years and correcting this will become another project. For free firewood, the Rockford Lions Club welcomes everyone to the cemetery each Saturday between 8 and 10 a.m.
Friday, August 19 Hots N Brats Night—at the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, behind the home bleachers. Enjoy hot dogs, brats, munchies, desserts, beverages photos with your favorite varsity Ram (4:45–5:30 p.m.), and watch a Ram varsity practice (5:40–6:50 p.m.). Cookout begins at 6:50 p.m. There will also be a huge door prize giveaway from local merchants! Everyone is welcome. Saturday, August 20 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Sunday, August 21 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 13 Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3.50 for children. “The best dinner in town” will be prepared by the Post’s chef Fred Chambers. Take-outs and deliveries are available. For delivery, call (616) 866-2675 by 11:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Tuesday, August 23 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Thursday, August 25 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Spectrum Health United Hospital, 407 S. Nelson, Greenville, offered by United Lifestyles. The group meets the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call (616) 754-6185 ext. 100, or (800) 406-4551. Please also visit www.spectrumhealth.org/united-lifestyles. Saturday, August 27 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Habitat for Humanity 3-D Archery Event—8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. “Shootin’ for Home” includes food, door prizes, grand […]