December 1 2011

Two Rockford runners qualify for national race

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Bos, Manett qualify for nationals at Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest regional Local students Julia Bos and Taylor Manett, both of Rockford, placed in the top 10 at the 33rd annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) Northeast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 26. They will go on with the top 10 boys and the top 10 girls in this weekend’s seeded races to compete against runners from the Northeast, South and West Regional meets in the FLCCC National Finals on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Morley Field, Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Bos earned second place in the FLCCC in 17:08. A junior at Grand Rapids Christian High School, she placed second in 17:14. Mannett, also a Rockford runner and a senior at Rockford High School, took an amazing fourth place with a time of 17:35. In the 3,200-meter her personal best time is 11:08, and in the 5,000-meter her fastest time is 17:14. In addition to her race at Kenosha, Wis., she finished the 5K Gainey Course in Grand Rapids on September 24, 2011 in 17:19. The highlights of Bos’ career in cross country include earning Division II Michigan state champion in 2011. She set the Portage meet record with time of 17:32.5 in 2011 and she came in second at the Foot Locker Midwest meet with new personal record of 17:14. She was an All State runner three years in a row. In track she broke her school record in the 3,200-meter with time of 11:08 (2011). Bos enjoys drawing, gardening, playing with young children, running and yard work. The person she would most like to meet is Jesus. She considers her mom to be her hero and her dad to be her most influential person. Mannett also had an impressive times in recent races, finishing the 5K Cougar-Falcon invitational at the Gainey Athletic Facility in 17:23 and the 5K Michigan High School Athletic Association state meet at Michigan International Speedway in 17:24. Her hobbies, in addition to running, include painting, whistling, making crafts and riding bikes. The person she would most like to meet is Lisa Koll. Highlights of Mannett’s cross-country career include OK Red conference champion, MHSAA regional champion, MHSAA state runner-up, Rockford High School 5k record holder, and Michigan […]

Christmas Taste of Ric’s offers samples, live music, more

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Celebrate store’s fourth year serving Rockford by BETH ALTENA Taste the experience of dozens of vendors serving you their very best—all for free Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at the annual Christmas Taste of Ric’s event at the local food center at 6767 Belding Road. Store Director David Brickner said the event has evolved naturally through the excitement and enthusiasm of his staff and customers. “It happened on its own,” Brickner stated of the generosity of vendors who seem to almost try to outdo one another with the impressive quality and quantity of free samples they hand out with wide smiles. The store holds the Taste of Ric’s events twice a year and this one is a special event as it also serves as a birthday party to the local store, which opened its doors four years ago. As many as four thousand people visit during the Taste events, but Brickner said an exact count is difficult during the busy occasions. Live entertainment always adds to the party-like atmosphere. This year the Rockford High School choir will share their voices as they perform holiday favorites. In the past, horse-drawn carriage rides have added to the holiday festivities. Santa will be ready with his elf helpers to hear youngsters’ Christmas wishes and pose for a photo or two. Brickner said those who stop in to the store—either regular customers or people who have yet to experience what a family-owned, customer-service oriented store like Ric’s has to offer—are always pleasantly surprised. The samples vendors offer are always generous portions, a marked contrast to the typical tiny-spoon tastes provided at food shows. “I don’t think they are shamed into giving more,” speculated Brickner of the vendor generosity. “I think they realize this is a big deal.” A chance to interact with thousands of customers and show off what you do best is a big deal to any local product provider, as is proof by the continuing success of the Rockford Community Expo each March, but also proved by the turnout for each Taste of Ric’s. Brickner said the store invites as many of their vendors as can be comfortably accommodated for each event—a choreography of no mean feat. He said the Tastes are so popular […]

Rockford Preschool grooms future chefs

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Watch out Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray!  by LYNN BEGIN along with CLIFF AND NANCY HILL               The Child Development Lab (CDL) Preschool is a popular and unique 36-week program offered every school year. This well-received preschool is held in a ground floor wing of the Rockford High School (RHS) with its own private entrance and fenced outdoor playground. Warm and nurturing teachers, with degrees, who provide a kindergarten-readiness curriculum, staff the CDL The CDL encourages curiosity, a love of learning, and the development of kind friendships in a safe and secure environment. This “state of the art “ program focuses on literacy, discovery, art, nature, field trips, and special events. One such special event recently held on Thursday, November 17 was a “Slurping Soup Grandparents Day” where the 3 and 4-year old classes became “cooks” as they helped to peel and chop the potatoes and carrots, and snap green beans—all necessary ingredients for a hearty and delicious vegetable soup. While the soup was simmering Grandparents arrived and the children, in an hour of fun, led their “papas” and “nanas” throughout the classroom while playing with their favorite toys. The beautiful brisk fall day came to a close as everyone sat down to slurp soup in the warm and cozy CDL preschool room. The kids unanimously agreed that Grandparents are “soup-er”! Parents considering enrolling their preschoolers in future CDL classes will be encouraged to know that RHS students play a valuable role in the CDL classroom. As part of the curriculum for their high school child development class, parenting class, or living skills class, high school students learn about various aspects of a young child’s development. From an observation room they are able to observe and explore positive guidance techniques and activities for preschoolers before they, too, can begin to interact with the young children. The interactions between the high school students and the children allow the preschoolers to receive additional attention as the high school students work with the children and use their newly learned knowledge in a realistic situation with the ever-present support of the preschool staff. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved! For CDL information or class enrollment contact Rockford Community Services at: or call […]


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GOP mourns Fred Meijer Dear Editor, With our deepest sympathy we extend our thoughts and prayers to the Meijer family following the passing of Fred Meijer. Mr. Meijer cared deeply about our community and he was a generous and thoughtful philanthropist in each and every endeavor he pursued. May God bless the entire Meijer family during this difficult time of grieving. Sam Moore Kent GOP Chairman Groups’ tactics questionable  The CRNA (Central Rockford Neighborhood Association) and/or a sub-group of CRNA called Concerned Citizens for Responsible Re-development appear to have an “End Justifies the Means” attitude when it comes to their perceived contamination of the site of the former Wolverine World Wide Tannery. In spite of scientific testing, due diligence on the part of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and private soil and water testing laboratories, the CRNA refuses to accept the empirical data and results indicating no unacceptable levels of contaminates on this site. In a recent 100+ page petition to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the group(s) made numerous false statements and knowingly lied in several instances. When confronted by city staff and elected officials about these lies, they responded “yeah, we probably shouldn’t have put that in there, sorry about that”. I can only assume, that by petitioning the EPA, they wish to have this agency also involved with assessing the site based upon the falsehoods, misrepresentations and outright lies found in their petition. It seems as though they wish to have the site declared contaminated and will not accept any other outcome to their efforts, misguided as they may be. On a personal note, these concerned citizens claim that the reason the City of Rockford built a new ground/well water treatment plant and abandoned the surface/river water treatment plant, where Reds on the River currently stands, was due to the increasing contamination from the Wolverine World Wide Tannery. This is blatantly false. I was involved, from day one in the process of exploring options and the building of the new water treatment facility. During my years as superintendent of the Rockford water treatment plant and as Director of Public Services for the City of Rockford, the surface water treatment plant never had any violations […]

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