August 6 2009

Road rage causes rollover on 131

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by MITCH HARVATIN Road rage contributed to a rollover accident on U.S.-131 south of 12 Mile Road on Friday, July 31 around 2:17 p.m., according to a Michigan State Police report. “They threw two McDonald cups at me,” said Bruce Huntley of Grandville, driver of the vehicle that rolled. Huntley said “I couldn’t see, and that’s when I hit them.” He said that one cup hit his windshield and another cup entered his car through the sunroof, hitting him in the face. He said the driver who threw the cups also responded with a rude hand gesture. According to the police report obtained by The Rockford Squire, Huntley was in the passing lane when we shifted off the highway, shifted back on and then struck a white Ford vehicle driven by 61-year-old Joan Starr of Florida. “I was taking my mother home from the emergency room over in Detroit,” Starr said. “I saw him in my rear-view mirror, coming at me at a high rate of speed and it looked like he was out of control.” Huntley was driving a blue Pontiac he bought just two months ago. It has six airbags in the SUV, none of which deployed, he said. Huntley did not receive treatment at the scene but later drove himself to the hospital with a fractured rib and bruising. Starr and her passenger, 83-year-old Mabel Starr, was taken to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with minor neck injures and bruising. Michigan State Police closed one lane of the highway while Algoma Township firefighters and Rockford Ambulance attended the scene. Nobody was ticketed in this incident.

Krause Memorial Library participates in Park & Read Program

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Pick up a free park pass at any Kent District Library branch The Kent District Library (KDL) is participating in the Park & Read Program through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Park and Recreation and the Library of Michigan. KDL cardholders can visit any of the 18 branch locations—including Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford—to borrow a book and a one-day vehicle permit good at any Michigan state park and recreation area. Many parks will also have hammocks available for Park & Read participants, so they can fully enjoy a great book in Michigan’s great outdoors. Michigan’s park system includes 285,000 acres of land, 13,500 campsites, 879 miles of trails, and nearly infinite opportunities for outdoor adventures. The Park & Read certificate will give people the opportunity to visit one of these many parks for the day—for free! To participate, library cardholders should look for the Park & Read posters and displays in KDL branches. If there are any cards available, take one to the library desk to check out a pass. You will then get a certificate good for a one-day park entrance within the next seven days. Passes cannot be reserved ahead of time, and they cannot be renewed. Each KDL branch will have two passes available for check-out. So grab a book, pick a park, and enjoy a relaxing day of outdoor reading. For more information, visit or

Rockford Register – August 6 2009

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Friday, August 7 Debbie Reynolds Show for Seniors—at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. The performance includes storytelling, songs, movie clips, bloopers and impressions. The day includes coffee and sweet rolls, complete lunch, and matinee performance (all taxes/gratuities included, plus motor coach driver). Cost is $119 per guest, payable in full to secure your reservation. For a detailed itinerary and registration form, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.   Saturday, August 8 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.   Blood Drive—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, gathering room, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.”   Rockford Celtic Fest—all day, vendors offer a wide array of Celtic merchandise, including foods, jewelry, clothing and more. The traditional beer tent appears beside the pavilion, with both domestic and special brews (Guinness and Harp from Ireland). Entertainment includes Celtic-flavored bands, the Grand Rapids & District Pipe Band, step dancers and audience participation “set” dancing from Scotland and Ireland. Also, a children’s area in the Garden Club Park features storytelling, historic re-enactments, face-painting and a blacksmith!   4-on-4 “Volley for Mitchell” Volleyball Tournament—starting at approximately 8 a.m. at The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids (rain date: Aug. 9). Rally-style scoring, mandatory one female per team (all-girl teams welcome), two matches guaranteed, and first place wins a prize. Entry fee is $60 per team; deadline is Aug. 5. All proceeds go to Parent Project MD. Visit   Sunday, August 9 Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice.   Tuesday, August 11 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk).   Blood Drive—3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Baptist […]

Obituaries – August 6, 2009

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Cutler Mr. Dale “Bruiser” E. Cutler, age 63, of Rockford found peace with God and died on Monday, July 27, 2009. Dale was a graduate of Rockford High School. When the call of his country was heard during the Vietnam War, Dale answered. Self was forgotten and, as a brave young man, he marched away to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He had a fierce loyalty to his men and stuck up for them whenever necessary. On every Memorial Day, you would find Dale proudly marching with his flag. Dale had a way of taking responsibility for everyone’s safety, often times endangering his life for the safety of others. He was the most decorated Native American from Michigan during Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and one Army Commendation Medal for Valor. Dale was a member of the elite Wolf Hound Unit when he was awarded his first Bronze Star in Vietnam by General Westmoreland. After the war he became a member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion and was well-known for his loyalty. He worked in construction as a drywall installer. Dale was one of the most kind-hearted individuals you could ever meet, always focusing on helping others who were in need. In his leisure time he loved listening to country music and following NASCAR racing. Dale is survived by his children, Dale Cutler Jr., Kyle Cutler-Hess and her husband Tony Hess, and Kit Cutler and his fiancée Rosemary; his grandchildren, Dominic Cutler and Corrie Cutler; brothers and sisters, Clifford (Phyllis) Cutler, Robert (Judy) Cutler, Elma Jean Wakeman, Shirley (Al) Firovich, Floyd (Georgia) Cutler, John Cutler; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Arlene Cutler, Mrs. Marion Cutler; nieces and nephews; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Corey; his siblings, Monroe Cutler, Susie Miles, Donald Cutler, Patsy Lee Cutler, Angie Pyne, and an infant brother, Richard. The service for Mr. Cutler was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment is in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., P.O. Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Arrangements were made […]

Memorials – August 6, 2009

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Chiara Wysong Howard 8/1/98–7/18/08 “Perfect,” say your brothers. “The Best sister Ever,” says your sister. “Great Love of my life,” says your Momma. Your last heroic act of sacrificing your life to save your sister’s will be admired by us for all time. You are remembered always and forever as we are challenged every minute of every day to continue without you. In your honor and for your birthday today, my love, the Chiara’s Quiet Grace Foundation is born as we continue your quiet work spreading and teaching selfless acts of kindness. Loving you more today and everyday, Momma, Giles, Landon and Elyse

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