Brett Wiesenauer

Troop 228 announces first Eagle Scout of 2011

April 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

Boy Scout Troop 228 is pleased to announce that Brett Wiesenauer has passed his board of review and has earned the first Eagle Scout award for 2011 from the Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council. Wiesenauer joined Troop 228 after completing four years as Cub Scout with Pack 3228, where he earned his Arrow of Light, the top award presented to a Cub Scout. Upon his crossover ceremony, he joined Troop 228. The son of James and Drew Wiesenauer, Brett has been active in Troop 228 since 2004, serving as troop quartermaster, librarian and OA representative. He has also been elected to the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society of Boy Scouts, by the members in his troop. He has also served the greater Boy Scout community as a counselor at Gerber Boy Scout Camp, working with newer Scouts, and is known by the nickname “Luigi” at camp. For his Eagle Scout project, Wiesenauer worked with Bill Armitage, former principal at Belmont Elementary School, to beautify a nature area at the school. Wiesenauer first cleared out the large overgrowth to define the area, which is located by the portable classrooms. Once the area was cleared, he then installed a sundial that he had built for the school. The sundial contains a special brass coating that was donated by the Raley family for the project. The new area gives the students at the school and the community a place to study nature firsthand and to learn how to tell time using the sundial. “I am friends with the principal [Mr. Armitage] at the school and have always been willing to volunteer and help at this level. This is just one small way I can give back to the school community,” explained Wiesenauer. In addition to Scouting, Wiesenauer is an academic honor roll student at Rockford High School (RHS) and is a member of the RHS Chamber Singers. He will be traveling later this year with the choir to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall. “We are also hoping to perform on The Today Show,” commented Wiesenauer. This high school senior has also been involved in eight theatre productions at RHS and most recently was seen in the role of Lazar-Wolf in “Fiddler […]

Reds, area high school choirs bring sounds of season to diners

December 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Since opening in August 2006, Reds on the River has partnered with Rockford Public Schools on numerous occasions, including co-op work opportunities, numerous fundraisers, benefits for the Rockford Education Foundation, and the Community Unity program with the sports boosters and Youth Initiative Community Service Club. One particular favorite for both Rockford High School students and Reds is hosting the Rockford Chamber singers, led by high school music director David Duiven. For the past three years, Rockford’s top choir students have performed holiday music at Reds in December, in exchange for Reds’ donation to the Choir Boosters to help offset some of their musical expenditures. “The partnership has been tremendous,” noted Reds Executive Chef Glenn Forgie. “The students perform in quartets and meander about the dining room, singing carols. They jazz up their concert attire with fun holiday scarves and hats and really have fun with it. Our guests love the festive spirit they create, and they love the fact that we are showcasing our students’ talent.” The music has become so popular that Reds has expanded the schedule and invited other area schools to perform. The lineup includes: • Thursday, Dec. 2: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 7: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 9: Northview High School • Tuesday, Dec. 14: Rockford High School Chamber Quartets • Thursday, Dec. 16: East Grand, Rapids Bella Voce • Tuesday, Dec. 21: Northview High School • Thursday, Dec. 23: Forest Hills Eastern Quartet Holiday carols are peformed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.