December 15 2011
The Rockford Police Department reminds homeowners to keep homes and garages securely locked and valuables safely stored after three daytime home invasions occurred Thursday, Dec. 8. The incidents occurred in the 5100 block of Egypt Valley NE, the 10800 block of 3 Mile Road NE, and the 6600 block of Blakely Drive NE. Each home was broke into while residents were not home between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Electronics, guns, cash and jewelry were stolen from the residences. Police advise to always keep doors and windows locked, including garage doors. Keep guns and high-end valuables secured in a safe. Report any suspicious persons/vehicles. Beware of and report any persons who come to your house asking for directions or who claim to be lost. If possible, obtain a license plate number of any suspicious vehicles. Residents who have any information about these crimes are asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 632-6100.
Seventy-one people signed in at the Michigan Blood drive on December 5 at the Rockford Community Cabin and donated 51 units of blood, potentially saving 153 lives. Melissa Meitz, donor relations specialists, said she believes Rockford residents have every reason to be proud of their donations in 2011. This year at blood drives held by Michigan Blood in Rockford, 700 people signed up to give blood. They donated a collective 566 units of blood, including donations by 18 first-time donors. These units of blood equal the potential of saving 1,698 lives. The following residents reached gallon milestones: Polly Voneschen has donated four gallons of blood, Alan Matheny has donated three gallons, Brenda Bera-Alters has donated six gallons, and Michael Breen has donated an amazing seven gallons. Opportunities to donate in January include a blood drive on Monday, Jan. 2, at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street in Rockford from noon to 7 p.m.
Long-time columnist for The Grand Rapids Press lauded for reminding readers of ‘the love, hope and humor in our own lives’ Nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist Tom Rademacher of Rockford has launched a second book of stories culled from the thousands he authored during his 30-plus years for The Grand Rapids Press. Entitled “Knocking At Your Door,” area bookstores are bracing for brisk sales this holiday season in the wake of his debut book “Splitting Wood,” which at one point was outselling Sarah Palin’s memoir at area Schuler Books & Music outlets. “We’re proud to partner with Tom as he continues to share his storytelling skills with readers who embrace his unique ability to connect with everyday people,” said Grand Rapids Press Publisher Dan Gaydou. “He has a gift, and it deserves to be shared not only in the Sunday Press, where he continues to be published, but in another anthology of collected works.” “Knocking At Your Door” includes more than 80 columns, including stories of: • a youngster whose discovery of a motherless fawn helped heal his own pain; • the Air Force vet who agonized for 52 years over what happened after bombs from his plane took out another U.S. aircraft directly below him; • Jackie, the woman who endured a coma for more than half a century; • an area man whose life was changed when his dog chewed off his toe; • and memories of The Glass Hut… an ArtPrize artist who ekes it out from a 12-by-12-foot log cabin… a gentleman who worked 18 years for his community college degree… “Hattem’s Cocktail Room”… and many more. “I’ve rubbed shoulders with billionaires and movie stars and sports icons, but I’m convinced that my best stuff has always been in the telling of stories about people who live next door, around the corner, both gently and demonstratively in our midst,” said Rademacher. “Give me a woman who still hangs laundry on a line, kids who volunteer, the dad who coaches a t-ball team after working a 10-hour day. Those people are real.” Rademacher came up with the title “Knocking At Your Door” while reliving a day early in his Press career, when he was assigned to return to the newsroom with an interview […]