Bajema-Romsek Jerilyn Rose Bajema and Brian Robert Romsek will be joined in marriage September 26, 2009. The future bride and her mother, Rebecca Bajema, are of Rockford, and her father, Dale Bajema, is of Holland. The future groom and his parents, Steve and Alice Romsek, are of Belmont. The couple are both 2003 Rockford High School graduates, as well as honor graduates of Ferris State University. The groom-elect also has a masters degree from Purdue University. Anderson-Albright Charles and Kathleen Anderson, formerly of Rockford, announce the engagement of their daughter Mary Catherine to David William Albright. Mary, a 1993 graduate of Rockford High School, earned her bachelor of arts degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois. Before her recent move to Carmel, Calif., she worked for more than 10 years as an event planner in Chicago. David, the son of Charles and Rosemary Albright of Amelia Island, Fla., earned both his bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees from Indiana University. He was recently transferred from Chicago to Salinas, Calif. by his employer, HSBC Bank. The couple has planned a November 2009 wedding in Carmel, Calif.
August 27 2009
Air Force Airman Nicholas A. Kisielewski recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of John and Lisa Kisielewski of Rockford, and a 2008 graduate of Rockford High School.
Frederick “Tony” and Patricia Homminga of Grand Rapids are celebrating 50 years of marriage with an open house at Townsend Park Pavillion, Rockford, on Saturday, August 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The couple were united in marriage on September 3, 1959, at the Plainfield Township Fire Station Hall. Frederick enlisted in the U.S. Navy after marriage and spent a few years in Rhode Island and Antigua before returning to Michigan. He became a diesel mechanic for Contractors Machinery and ATL/ANR Truck Lines, retiring from ANR. He went on to get his builder’s license and helped to build a few Parade of Homes houses in the Grand Rapids area. Patricia worked as a phone operator for Amway for many years, and for a time was also an administrator’s assistant for a local business network communications company. She is now enjoying being a full-time mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is an avid reader, and also loves spending time in her garden. The Hommingas’ children include Deborah Homminga, Darrell Homminga, Denise Hofstra, and Darla-Jo (Mike) LeBaron. Grandchildren include; Paige, Stephanie and Matthew Hofstra; Alex Rude; Shelby, Chelsea and Ashley Homminga. The couple has one great-grandson, Marcus Brown.
A Rockford man will face charges after failing to stop for Michigan State Police officers, fleeing and then crashing into the back of a Michigan State Police cruiser. Rockford Post Commander Lt. Chris McIntire said the driver of a 2008 Kawasaki motorcycle, with a passenger, was northbound on US-131 at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 23 when a trooper noticed a rear light was not working. The officer tried to pull the motorcycle over and the driver initially started to come to a stop at the side of the road, but then sped off. Another trooper farther north was alerted and turned on his flashers. The driver tried to pass the second vehicle but instead crashed into the rear of the car. “There weren’t serious injuries,” said McIntire. “They were treated and released at the hospital.” McIntire said the driver remains free and has not yet been arrested while prosecutors decide what charges he will face. The name of the 20-year-old has not been released. “We know who the individual is and we’re confident he’s not going to drop off the face of the earth where we can’t find him,” McIntire stated. He also said he doesn’t know why the individual decided to flee. “They never get away. Bicycles are the only ones that sometimes can, but they don’t realize they will never be faster than a radio.”
During the second week of August, a group from Kent County installed 75 computers divided among eight community youth centers on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Home of the Lakota (incorrectly called Sioux) people, most of the reservation is in Shannon County, which is known as the poorest county in the United States. The project was a joint effort involving six people, Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the Rockford Rotary Club, Bostwick Lake Congregational UCC, Rockford Ace Hardware, and Van’s Delivery Service of Comstock Park. Two years ago, GVSU planned to replace many of its personal computers. Since the disposal cost runs as high as $100 per computer, GVSU looked for nonprofit organizations that could use the computers. Paul Jorgensen, of the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU, had been taking church groups to Pine Ridge since 1999, and he knew how to get things started. He contacted Carolyn Tail, wife of Eli Tail, a respected Lakota Elder. Carolyn originally lined up seven community youth centers, and in June of this year, Jorgensen visited each of them. Word spread, and an eighth community center was added (see the map). Through much of July, Jorgensen and David Lange (also of the SCIS) transported the PCs from GVSU to a warehouse at Van’s Delivery Service, where they took each computer apart, removed the hard drives and replaced the BIOS batteries. They also used a shop vacuum to blow the five-year accumulation of dust out of each PC. Also in July, Jorgensen and Todd Olson, vice president of Van’s, made a presentation to the Rockford Rotary Club, where both are active members. The result was a generous gift to rent a 16-foot truck from the Rockford Ace Hardware store. Pete Kruer, owner of the store, and another Rotarian, gave the group a rental truck at a discount price. The physical work began in the first week of August, when Pat Bailey, a professor at Calvin College, and Dan and Dave Davis of the Bostwick Lake church, joined Jorgensen and Lange to inventory 80 monitors purchased from CompRenew in Grand Rapids. The monitors and PCs all had to be packed on pallets. The first try didn’t work too well, so all the monitors were removed […]