Erika Vaughn Lang of Rockford and Bradley John Beckett of Grand Rapids were united in marriage on August 6, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids. The couple then took a horse-drawn carriage to the reception held at the Eberhard Center at the downtown Grand Valley State University campus. Parents of the bride are Rob and Lori Lang of Rockford. The groom is the son of Scott and Joedy Beckett of Grand Rapids. Maid of honor was Jennifer Erickson and best man was Michael Beck. Bridesmaids were Sarah Beckett, sister of the groom; Kate Connor, cousin of the bride; Sarah Dietrich, cousin of the bride; and Amy Munslow and Kelsi Zuk, friends of the bride. Groomsmen included Jonathon Beckett and Stephen Beckett, brothers of the groom; Luke Beckett, cousin of the groom; Kevin Lang, brother of the bride; and Brian Johnson, friend of the groom. Master and mistress of ceremonies were Kim and Gene Hamilton and Terry and Kris Kilgore. Erika is a graduate of Grand Valley State University College of Education and just completed her student teaching at Lowell High School. Brad is a graduate of Hope College and has a degree in both business and communications. He is employed at the Gordon Food Service corporate office. Erika and Brad traveled to Hilton Head, South Carolina for their honeymoon. The couple currently reside in Grand Rapids.
December 22 2011
Event organizers plan full weekend of family fun What does a mini Mackinaw Bridge that lights up, an old-fashioned water wheel, a giant ice beaver, a momma polar bear and her cubs, ice cream sundaes, dancing and entertainment, chainsaws, nail polish, animated movie characters, and World Records have in common? ICE—as in the 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival, to be held January 13-15, 2012. As the New Year unfolds, picturesque downtown Rockford will be transformed into a vision of ice, offering winter wonderland fun for folks of all ages and stages. Just imagine, a gigantic ice cream sundae ice bar serving up tasty treats while competing for a world record… chainsaw-wielding ice carvers transforming huge blocks of ice into amazing sculptures… miniature ice golf… interactive ice games… a scavenger hunt throughout the town to locate dozens of sculptures… snow wall art… ice skating… a food drive… music and entertainment… hot cocoa and contests… voting for best of show… a throwback Ice Festival Ball… bustling shops offering festival fare and fun… and thousands of guests discovering downtown Rockford’s Norman Rockwell-like charm and enchantment. The 3rd Annual Rockford Ice Festival promises to be bigger and better than last year, which is not an easy act to follow. Randy Finch and his team from www.icegurus.com (stars of the Food Network’s “Ice Brigade” series) are on board for carving demonstrations, as well as pre-carving the scavenger hunt and showstopper ice sculptures. Area culinary students also will showcase their ice-carving talents. Meredith Gremel, event manager, noted, “We are thrilled to have the support of the Rockford businesses to make this free, family fun event possible. So often we find ourselves telling family and friends, ‘Let’s get together after the holidays.’ Well, here’s the perfect opportunity to do so, whether friends live across town or across state. We love showcasing Rockford—its wonderful shopping and dining district, school system, City and Chamber services, natural beauty and outdoor activities along the Rogue River, and most of all, the great people who live here and volunteer throughout the year to make our community extra special.” Festive features include: • Friday, Jan. 13—Inaugural Ice Festival Ball—a ticketed event to benefit the Rockford Area Arts Commission, to be held at Blythefield Country Club. The event includes […]
The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is a non-profit, United Way agency devoted to reducing illiteracy in our community. Based on 1990 census figures, at least 19,000 adults in Kent County cannot read at a functional level. At least 6,000 adults cannot speak or understand English well. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The information session will be held at the Literacy Center of West Michigan, located at 1120 Monroe Ave., N.W. Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call us at (616( 459-5151 (ext. 10) to register.
Derek Wheeler delivers an astonishingly large bag of toys to The Rockford Squire Toys for Tots box. Looking like Santa himself, toting the haul, Wheeler explained the donations came from the members of the Grand Rapids Scuba Club, of which he is also a member. Wheeler said the club numbers about 35, so many of the members contributed many toys. Wheeler happens to be the son of Barb Wheeler, familiar to Squire readers as she was pictured after she retired from her position at the Post Office Annex and was driven away in a Pederson Funeral Home hearse by her boss, Postmaster Fred Farage.