December 23 2009

Engagement — December 23, 2009

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Williams-Haskamp Taryne Williams of Rockford and Adrian Haskamp of Rio Rancho, N.M., announce their engagement to be married. Taryne is a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy and currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Va. She has just returned from Afghanistan. Adrian is a captain in the U.S. Marines and stationed in San Diego, Calif. The wedding is to take place in San Diego on January 15, 2011, where they will be living and stationed. Taryne is the daughter of Norman Williams of Rockford and Kathleen Kurtz of Belmont. Adrian is the son of Reid and Daisy Haskamp of Rio Rancho, N. M.

Letters to the Editor

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Crestwood kids explain grant Dear Editor, We are the Turquoise Team at Crestwood Elementary School that received the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) grant for the “skylights” that was written about in the REF article in November. We were so excited to see our grant written up for all of Rockford to read about. We would like to give you some additional details about these “skylights” so everyone understands why REF gave them to us. We want to share with all of you what our grant will do! Our team would like to explain: The skylights will help us concentrate because they make the florescence lights less bright in our room. Florescence lights flicker and make buzzing noises. The skylights get rid of the buzzing and the flickering. They help us to concentrate more. They will make us feel like we are outside and nature makes us feel calm. It will make us feel like we’re in the forest. Thank you again, REF, for your support for our idea and we can’t wait until the day they are installed! Mrs. Sanders’ and Mrs. Schroeder’s second-graders Crestwood Elementary School Rockford

Wolverine World Wide Inc. names Krueger as chairman of board

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Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) today announced the appointment of Blake W. Krueger as Chairman of the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2010, succeeding Timothy J. O’Donovan, who will continue to serve on the Board of Directors. Krueger has been an executive of Wolverine World Wide for more than 16 years and, in addition to this new appointment, will continue as the company’s chief executive officer and president. Krueger commented, “I am honored to be appointed chairman, and look forward to working closely with the board and our seasoned management team to execute our strategic growth plan and to consistently deliver exceptional returns to our shareholders. Wolverine has a 126-year history of building strong global brands, and we are poised to take full advantage of the available global growth opportunities and to build on our track record of operational excellence.” Krueger continued, “I am especially pleased that Tim O’Donovan will remain a director of the company. His countless contributions to the company’s success in his nearly 40 years in the footwear industry make Tim an integral and invaluable resource. We’ve been partners for a long time, and I look forward to continuing to work with Tim and the rest of our board.” “Blake is a proven leader and the board could not have made a better selection for the role of chairman,” stated O’Donovan. “I am pleased to have served the company as chairman these last several years and I look forward to continuing to serve as a director. Blake has the vision and dedication to lead the team as the company leverages its opportunities and accelerates its strategic growth plan.”

News Bits — December 23, 2009

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Crestwood Elementary School bus time changes One of the items included in the recent budget cuts was shortening the travel time between Rockford Public Schools’ (RPS) secondary and elementary school bus runs. Effective Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Crestwood Elementary School’s start time will change from 8:40 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and their dismissal time will change from 3:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. RPS’ secondary school start and dismissal times are not affected by these changes. The morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off bus times will be handled and communicated by the transportation department. Rockford Spanish Immersion Parent Information Night coming up At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write and speak in Spanish. Rockford Spanish Immersion currently enrolls 246 students and is beginning its fifth school year with a new enrollment of kindergarten students. For parents who would like to provide their kindergarten child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish by the time they reach middle school, immersion is a research-proven educational option. If interested in this option and enrolling your future kindergartner for next school year, plan on attending the Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary School. Details for enrollment and the application process will be shared at this meeting. Additionally, Immersion classroom tours will be held on Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 2 starting at 9 a.m. Please contact the Roguewood office at (616) 863-6374 if interested in a tour. Open kindergarten enrollment will begin on Feb. 1 and last until March 5, 2010. An application must be submitted during this timeline to be considered. You can learn more about Rockford Spanish Immersion at

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher— December 23, 2009

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  Merry Christmas! This is the time of year we are filled with hope and joy. We are warmed by friends, family and neighbors. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could keep this feeling all year long? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had peace on earth? Let’s all hope and work for it. Nagging problems We will get a health care bill and then Congress will start working on what they did wrong. We can’t fix it, so we can forget it and enjoy the season. We will get out of Afghanistan someday. People are working on it. We can’t fix it, so we might as well enjoy the holiday season. Global warming is looming over us as the most serious risk to our way of life. We can take steps at home to help fix the problem. We can start now while we enjoy the season. Merry Christmas to all! Mistaken identity We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Year’s Eve party. We turned on a night light, covered our pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard. We phoned the local cab company. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house. The cat scooted back into the house. We didn’t want the cat shut in the house, because she always tries to eat the bird. My wife went out to the taxi, while I went inside to get the cat. The cat ran upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife didn’t want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night. So, she told the driver I will be out soon, “He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.” A few minutes later, I got into the cab. “Sorry I took so long. That stupid thing was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked! I hauled her fat butt downstairs and threw her into the backyard!” The cab driver […]

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