December 10 2009

Blythefield Country Club shares top statewide honor

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A venerable Rockford-area landmark has been selected as one of the top five sites to host a wedding statewide. InFrame Bride magazine bestowed the award upon Blythefield Country Club in its premiere issue, launched earlier this fall. The magazine lauded the club for its “tranquil whispering of the Rogue River and gentle rustling of lush trees over sweeping vistas of green” and how the site provides a “surreal and enchanting backdrop to those most momentous steps down the aisle.” “We’re very honored,” said Club Manager Patti Butcher, “but hardly shocked, since we’ve long been sharing with friends and neighbors that Blythefield is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes not only to weddings, but all sorts of events.” Butcher noted that Blythefield also was recently recognized for “Best Appetizer” and “Best Presentation” at the 11th Annual Taste of the Chamber hosted by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve worked very hard to earn the respect of our members and their guests,” said Butcher, “and that extends to everything we do—from the golf course to our superb dining to the outings which we’re proud to host all year long.” InFrame Magazine is a new publication that showcases high-end photographers, videographers and wedding vendors throughout Michigan. Blythefield Country Club, which has been proudly serving the West Michigan community for 80 years, is nationally ranked and respected for its challenging course, gorgeous views and top-notch food and event services. For more information on events or membership, call Andrea Miller at (616) 361-2661 or e-mail

Rockford Register — December 10, 2009

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Thur.–Fri., Dec. 10–11 Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Friday, December 11 Howard City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—6:30 p.m. at the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library. Enjoy a live nativity scene, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. Saturday, Dec. 12 Annual Christmas Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until gone, at North Kent Presbyterian Church, 6175 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford. Public welcome. Cookies only $6 a box. Church cookbook will also be available. Sunday, December 13 Holiday Concert—2:30 p.m. at Forest Hills Eastern High School, in the auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave. NE, Ada. Concert band music by the Forest Hills Adult Community Band. Free admission. Handicap parking and seating available. For more information, visit “On Wings of Valor”—3 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr., Rockford, presented by Rogue River Community Theatre. Donations go to the North Kent Service Center. For more information, call (616) 874-5264. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Dine to Donate—Enjoy dinner at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 5401 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids, and 15 percent of the total bill will be donated to the Bruce Clarke family benefit. A donation coupon is required. The coupon is available at The Rockford Squire, 331 Northland Dr., or by calling Dawn Taylor at (616) 365-2434 or Kathy Uzarski at (616) 361-9821. Bruce is fighting leukemia and will be off work for six months to a year. Thur.–Fri., Dec. 17–18 Grand Carriage Rides—5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Rockford. Rides are free! Load in front of Custard by the Dam. Rides are sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Sunday, December 20 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit Monday, December 21 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy […]

Motorcyclist injured in truck crash

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A Rockford motorcyclist received multiple injuries when a truck turned into his path on Wednesday, December 2. William Mong lost the tip of his left thumb, had his left leg broken and sustained multiple rib fractures when his motorcycle collided head-on into a truck turning into Northtown Motor Homes Inc, 10947 Northland Drive about 1:30 p.m. Mong, who was southbound on Northland Drive, braked his vehicle for nearly 100 feet but was unable to avoid colliding with the truck, witnesses reported. Rescue workers from Algoma Fire Department and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident. Deputy Dianna Lude said that the accident was still under investigation and additional information was not available as of press time.

Remember a loved one at lighting ceremony

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A Howard City Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. Organizers hope memories will be made and loved ones will be remembered. A live nativity scene and refreshments will also be offered at the event, which will be held at the Depot on the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library. Crystal angel ornaments are being sold for $15 with proceeds to go to the Friends of Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and Still Waters Ministry Center. Historic Howard City has plenty to offer besides this ceremony. There is a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertaining in this town located about 15 minutes north of Rockford. It is the fastest-growing community in Montcalm County, and is a destination along the Fredrick Meijer White Pine Trail. In summers the town hosts a farm market on Saturdays and a community-wide yard sale in June. There are four picturesque parks, one which holds an antiques market during the summer. Music in the park is held during summer on the banks of Schlitz Creek. A variety of music is featured at the concerts, including bluegrass, old-time rock and roll and Caribbean. The town has a winterfest that keeps the fun going even in the colder temperatures, proving the claim that the town is a year ‘round playground. There are even recycle days held annually. The town’s mission statement lists the commitment to be an attractive, environmentally conscience community that is progressive, responsive and hospitable. Like Rockford, the town has a walkable appeal with an area of 2.5 square miles and historic buildings. To find out more or to help plan your next visit, go online to

Words on Weather — December 10, 2009

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by CRAIG JAMES I want to thank the folks at The Rockford Squire for giving me the opportunity to write about two of my favorite subjects, weather and climate. Mark Twain once said, “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” That is the best summary of the distinction between the two I have heard, and I am sure rarely a day goes by when you don’t hear a comment about one or the other. It is my hope that maybe I can shed a little light on both subjects. I am a firm believer in another Mark Twain quote, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Too often it seems, especially on the subject of “climate change,” you don’t hear all the facts, frequently just the politically correct ones. So it is with this in mind—and freely admitting my own biases will enter in to anything I write—I hope to present information you may not have heard. I believe the best way to be educated about a subject is to hear both sides of an argument. The first thing I want to write about is the expected weather for this upcoming winter. You may have heard there is an El Niño occurring in the Pacific Ocean again this year, which means there is a pool of warmer-than-normal surface water located in the central Pacific Ocean. You can see in the graphic from NOAA there is an area of water along the Equator in the central Pacific Ocean between two and three degrees warmer than normal. This is a classic moderate El Niño look. It seems as if the popular belief has been if we are in an El Niño pattern, the winter will be warm, and if we are in a La Niña pattern, the winter will be cold. However, the truth is much more complicated than that. All El Niños and La Niñas are not the same. The exact location of the warm water, how much warmer than normal the water is, and whether the water temperatures peak in winter or in spring make a big difference in the downstream weather over the United States for the coming winter. There are other ocean circulations in the […]

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