State Rep. Peter MacGregor was joined in Lansing on Wednesday, July 18, by the Rockford High School men’s a cappella group, the Rockford Aces. The Rockford Aces are a 12-voice extracurricular men’s a cappella group that perform a wide repertoire, including traditional and contemporary choral, vocal jazz, barbershop, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella. The group competed in the World Choir Games against more than 350 choirs from 64 countries this month in Cincinnati, where they earned two silver medals. MacGregor recognized them on the House floor and congratulated them on their achievement at the World Choir Games. The group also performed in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning. “The Rockford Aces are incredibly talented and I’m extremely proud of their achievements locally and at the World Choir Games,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “These boys have represented our community well and I’m excited to see them go far with their academic and musical futures.” The group was founded in 2008, and was named as one of the finest high school choral ensembles in Michigan in 2010. The Aces actively performs at school, community and professional sporting events in West Michigan. The Rockford Aces made the trip to Lansing with choir director Jed Scott.
August 9 2012
Donald Hector of Rockford matched five numbers in the Mega Millions drawing of July 10 to win a very respectable $250,000! Don and his wife Gloria, who have been married for 47 years, already have plans for their windfall; they intend to help some family members. “I have a son, two grandsons, and a nephew that I’d like to help,” Hector said. A vacation trip to Alaska might also be a possibility. The winning ticket was sold at Rockford Amoco #35 located at 470 E. Division St. in Rockford. Over 95 cents of every dollar spent on Michigan Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2011, the contribution to schools was over $727.3 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed over $16 billion to education in Michigan. For information on all Lottery games, please visit the Lottery’s website at www.michiganlottery.com.
Wine Spectator announced recently that Reds on the River in Rockford has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Award of Excellence. As such, Reds will be featured in Wine Spectator’s August 31, 2012 issue, which hit newsstands on July 24. Award winners also are listed online at www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/47026. Reds’ summer wine list features over 400 wines and its knowledgeable staff also receive continuous training in order to be able to recommend wines for Reds guests. Reds also hosts a monthly Wine School (October–May) on the first Tuesday evening of the month. For additional information and a calendar of featured wines, check out reds-live.com or follow Reds on Facebook. Reds’ manager, Lance Climie, noted, “Our team works hard to find wines that are not typical or common and wines that are also affordable. The best wines are not always the most expensive. We are proud to be recognized by Wine Spectator magazine.”
Jenna’s eyes sparkle with fun and warmth and reveal her personality to everyone. She is self-motivated and wants her environment to be a little happier, a little nicer, a little more creative and a little less stressful because she is in it. Jenna Olson, 10, is the daughter of Todd and Jennifer Olson and sister to James. Jenna is described by her teachers at Lakes Elementary as wise, forgiving, hard working, fun and a leader among her peers. “Jenna reaches out to other students without being prompted,” her teachers describe. An example of her generosity of spirit is evident in her work in the Lakes’ Ram Buddies program. Her teachers say Jenna went out of her way to make a true connection, befriending other students. “This year those skills are very evident in the classroom and playgrounds as I see her quickly choose to work with others who may not normally be in her peer group,” said Sandy Knottnerus, her fifth-grade teacher. She is able to accept the differences in others with grace, innately understanding that diversity of ability, background and belief is something to be celebrated. Another example of Jenna’s maturity is her ability to understand the importance of the relationships of family. Parents tell their children often that their siblings will be their friends when they become older. Jenna is proud to announce that her brother is her best friend now. Jenna’s leadership and enthusiasm are recognized by her peers as well as teachers and staff and she was voted as president of Student Council by her classmates. n addition to her academic endeavors, Jenna is a member of the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Youth Group and the Rockford Community Theater. She includes art and drama among her hobbies. This smart, caring student makes an impression on those around her and proves that the efforts of an individual really can make a difference in the lives of others. Jenna Olson is a true Example in Excellence for Lakes Elementary School.
The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA in Belmont unveiled a military appreciation wall on Thursday, August 2, where people can put up postings where they know people serving in the military around the world. The Y offers free military memberships to anyone serving in active duty, along with their families. The wall was donated by the Wolverine World Wide Bates Boots division, as part of the “Boots on the Ground” campaign.