The eighth annual Rockford Kids Triathlon featuring officers from local law enforcement, swimming, running, biking and food will take place Saturday, July 14 starting at Rockford High School. According to organizer Lt. Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police, the event is geared for youngsters up to age 17 with varying lengths of race in which to compete. The cost is $20 to participate and checks should be made out to Rockford Area Kids Triathlon and mailed to or dropped off at 345 Northland Drive, Rockford MI 49341. The idea behind the Triathlon is to both promote health and give officers and children a positive, fun-filled opportunity to interact. The event has been held in Rockford for the last seven years and is always a popular summer event. Officers from the Michigan State Police, Rockford Public Safety Department and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department participate in the running, swimming and biking and hang out with kids during the day-long event. The Corner Bar is donating hot dogs and there will be other refreshments available. Race A is for ages 16-17 and 14-15 and starts with a 9 a.m. swim of 200 yards in the school pool, a six-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. Race B for kids 12-13 begins at 10 a.m. with a 100-yard swim, four-mile bike ride and two-mile run. Race C is for kids 10-11 and begins at 10:30 a.m. with a 100-yard swim, four-mile bike race and two-mile run. At 11 a.m., kids ages 8-9 swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. At 11:30, kids ages 6-7 swim 50 yards, bike two miles and run one mile. Kids up to age 5 begin at noon with a pool-length swim, a 100-yard bike ride and 100-yard run. The top three finishers in each age group receive awards. Organizers remind participants to check to be sure bikes are in good working order and do require helmets to be worn during the biking portion of the event. “This event is for all children,” said Sweeney. “With good sportsmanship, everyone wins.” Proceeds benefit D.A.R.E. and the Michigan State Police Explorers program. Parents and guardians are invited to view the swim event or greet the child after and orient them to the […]
Next new event this Thursday with Pub & Grub Crawl Organizers estimated the crowd for the final night of Rock the Dam battle of the bands to be as much as 700 fans who enjoyed a fine evening of impressive talent. The six-band showdown for winning youth and adult bands was packed with people, dogs (see an upcoming edition of the Squire for that story) and smiles. A nice blend of ages in the crowd proved this event one that draws young and old and made use of the perfect setting of the stage and Garden Club Park. Dan DeWard of Studio D2D came up with the idea, which was readily approved by City Council in spring. As deejay of the event, with winners chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, DeWard said he was thrilled with the turnout over the three-week music series and plans to make the battle of the bands an annual event. The battle began with 26 bands in youth and adult categories, narrowed down to the final three in each group for the finale. The winning band receives cash prizes and $1,000 in professional studio recording time. All bands received professional photos to be used for promotion, free of charge by Studio D2D. DeWard said he planned the event to add to the summer menu offered in Rockford, where a different festival seems to be taking place every weekend. More importantly, he said he wanted to create a venue to offer exposure to our many very talented musicians in the West Michigan area. DeWard, along with other Rockford-area business people, organized a partnership in Rockford Events Planning to provide a range of services to those who have a gathering planned. The group debuts another Rockford event, the Pub & Grub Crawl, this Thursday, August 18. Participants must wear Pub & Grub Crawl t-shirts, at just $5, and receive fantastic discounts at participating businesses. The Crawl begins with a shotgun start at Rockford Lanes, where crawlers can bowl for $1, play games for beads, and enjoy beverage discounts. Around 7:15 the Crawl moves to the Corner Bar, then to Grill One Eleven, and finally wraps up at the Rogue River Tavern. Crawl t-shirts are available at Studio D2D, The Edge Barber […]
For the first time in 25 years, Thom Arends decided to close his “tonsorial parlor” (make that barbershop now days) during Christmas week to take a family vacation. He and his wife Sue planned to spend the holidays with extended family and friends in Sandy, Utah. When Arends asked the members of the three families they were about to visit, all formerly from Rockford, what they wanted for Christmas they responded without a second thought, “Bring Corner Bar Hot Dogs and our hometown newspaper, The Rockford Squire!” Before leaving town Arends laughingly told Andy Tidy, of the Corner Bar, of the unusual request. Tidy didn’t think the request so unusual at all and told Arends, “No problem!” So when the Arends packed their car for the trip west part of their cargo was a freezer chest full of 5-dozen Corner Bar hot dogs along with the eateries chili topping and all the trimmings, earlier assembled by Tidy. Of course, they didn’t forget the Rockford Squire! Between skiing, sledding, and holiday festivities, Thom and Sue gathered with the three families to celebrate Christmas Rockford style. Pictured at the far left is Thom and wife Sue, reading from the Rockford Squire, while the rest of the families prepare to chow down on their surprise Christmas gift, World Famous Corner Bar Hot Dogs. Also pictured are Arends’ son Scott Hay, niece Lori (Shay) Miner & daughter Ellie, son Todd Hofert & wife Deb & daughter Madison from nearby Colorado. Also present were the Strobel family, Todd & Sheryl, and children Michael, Nichole, Ben & Matthew who just moved from Rockford to Utah one year ago. Everybody present thought the Squire reading was better than “The Night Before Christmas” and young Matthew (9) proudly holding up the famous dog said, “One of my best Christmas gifts ever was the Corner Bar hot dogs!”
On Thursday, May 6, the Corner Bar in Rockford donated a $1,300 check to 10-year-old Emma Hill to support her father, Jeff Hill, in his fundraising efforts to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride for the Cure in Death Valley, Calif. Young Emma is a juvenile diabetes patient. Diagnosed at age 5, Emma is just one of the over one million children and adults who live with juvenile diabetes and the complications this disease causes. Because this disease impacts so many people, especially children, The Corner Bar held a “fan drive” on the social media site Facebook. For a designated period of time, the Corner Bar contributed one dollar for every new fan they received on the Corner Bar fan page, up to 1,300 new fans, which equaled $1,300 for the cause. Through the power of social media, the Corner Bar received an astonishing 1,000 new fans in one day and reached the cap very shortly after that. The Death Valley ride is October 15-18, 2010, and is 105 miles through Death Valley, Calif. all in one day. Average temps reach the low 90s that time of year, but have gotten into the low 100s in some ride years. There are 45 riders going out this year from all over West Michigan. About 300-400 riders participate in the Death Valley ride every year. This is Jeff Hill’s first year to participate, and already the training is intense.