Shain Showers of Belmont has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Showers, majoring in finance, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity. Members of the freshman class averaged 1,176 on the SAT’s critical reading and math components. (The national average, as reported by SAT, is 1,011.) They also scored an average of 26 on the ACT, compared to a national average of 21. Members of the University of Evansville’s 2012 entering class represent 31 states and 17 countries. “For more than 150 years, the University of Evansville has provided life-transforming educational experiences, preparing students for lives of personal and professional service and leadership,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Motivated students such as Shain Showers, who have a strong commitment to academics and personal development, are a pleasure to welcome to the University and the Evansville community.” Founded in 1854 and located in Evansville, Ind., the University of Evansville (UE) offers nationally renowned programs in liberal arts and preprofessional disciplines for its student body of approximately 2,400 full-time undergraduates. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UE in the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest, as well as the top three “Great Schools at Great Prices.” UE also has been named a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, ranked among the top master’s universities by Washington Monthly, and declared one of the nation’s “Coolest Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Magazine. To learn more about UE, please visit www.evansville.edu.
Restaurateur Tony Griffin, owner of B.C. Pizza Belmont, isn’t timid about telling people how great his food is. “Our gourmet pizza selection is untouchable,” he said, “…Greek-Mediterranean pizza, Southwest Portabella and Steak, and the fan favorite Chicken Parmazeti, just to name a few. People rave about our crust. It’s a little on the sweeter side, which consequently makes the best bread sticks you’ve ever experienced.” But Griffin strives to make his restaurant more than just a place to eat. Located in the center of town, B.C. Pizza Belmont has become a fixture in the local nonprofit scene, offering fundraising opportunities to youth sports teams, churches and schools, and hosting an annual block party called the Heart of Belmont. The latest nonprofit to collaborate with B.C. Pizza Belmont is Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, headquartered in Comstock Park. When Griffin learned about Feeding America West Michigan’s Million Meal March campaign—a six-month push to send a million meals to families in need from Benton Harbor through the Upper Peninsula—he quickly arranged a two-night benefit at his store. On August 15 and 16, B.C. Pizza Belmont donated 20 percent of every purchase for customers who mentioned Feeding America West Michigan. In the 40 counties that Feeding America West Michigan serves, one in six people is food insecure, and in Kent County alone, nearly 85,000 people don’t know where there next meal is coming from. B.C. Pizza Belmont is the first restaurant to host a benefit night under Feeding America West Michigan’s Million Meal March campaign. This multifaceted campaign will showcase the hunger-relief efforts of local restaurants through March 2013, channeling West Michigan’s passion for top-flight cuisine into a passion for feeding the hungry. Participating restaurants include Brick Road Pizza (Aug. 22), Honey Creek Inn and Grist Mill (Sept. 22) and Reds on the River (TBA). “Nothing beats throwing a pizza dough in the air and spinning it around like a tilt-a-whirl,” Griffin rhapsodized. But making pizza to help struggling families—that might come close. For more information about Feeding American West Michigan Food Bank, visit www.feedingamericawestmichigan.org. For more information about B.C. Pizza, visit www.bcpizza.net.
Mr. William D. Workman, aged 71 of Belmont, passed away Monday, August 20, 2012. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Shirley Workman; children, Michael (Julie) Hall, Patrick (Vicki) Hall, Daniel Hall, Steven Workman, Karen Workman, Jim (Patty) Workman; grandchildren, Alicia Hall, Michael Hall, Patrick Hall, David Workman, Alexandra Workman, Tyler Workman; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd Workman, Donald (Rita) Workman; sisters, Alice Daniel, Darlene (Roger) Fox; several nieces and nephews. William retired from Michigan Plating and Stamping after many years of service. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr. NE. The family will greet relatives and friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery. Please share a memory and sign the family’s guest book at www.stegengafuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Michigan.
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.
Sixth-grader Jake Engelkes of Belmont has been chosen as one of 12 baseball players in the state to represent Michigan 11U in the USSSA Jr. All-State Championship Tournament to be held in Fishers, Indiana August 9-12. Engelkes plays travel baseball for Elite, and will attend East Rockford Middle School this fall. He is only one of six players chosen from the west side of the state, with the other players coming from Detroit. Engelkes started his baseball career in Rockford Little League, but has played travel ball for the past two years. “It is an honor to play with the best players across the state,” said Engelkes. “I will try to represent Michigan, and Rockford, well.” Jake is the son of Ross and Barb Engelkes and sister to Lauren, a sophomore at Rockford High School.