December 3 2009

Santa Parade this weekend

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Rockford’s 66th Annual Santa Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m.  The parade will feature floats, marching bands, carriages, the Dickens Carolers and Santa and his wife, Mrs. Claus.  After the parade Santa will take orders at the Rotary Pavilion and decide who is naughty and who is nice.  Cookies and milk will be provided for the children and they will get to learn a craft from a snowflake artist. Grand Carriage Rides The Chamber will be sponsoring carriage rides on December 10 and 11, and December 17 and 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  The rides are free and will load in front of Custard by the Dam, 25 Squires St. Custard by the Dam owners, Jennifer and Frank Kramarz, have been honored Chamber members since 2005.

RHS music department presents holiday Collage Concerts

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On Dec. 11 and 13, the Rockford High School choirs and bands will present their annual Collage Concerts. This a great way to enjoy a variety of holiday music presented by Rockford’s very talented choir and band students. They are presented in collage style, with one group performing right after another, without interruption. The performances are scheduled for: Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend these free performances, but tickets are required. Those who wish to attend may pick up free tickets at the Rockford High School Ticket Booth, located just inside the Fine Arts entrance, Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 8-11, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

TerBeek moves on to final round thanks to popular vote

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Finalist set to compete in live finale on December 8 Thank you, Rockford. One of our own is in the top six for WOTV 4’s “The Face of 4” and is one week away from possibly being selected as a new television personality. By winning the People’s Choice portion of a contest designed to find the next spokesperson for the local TV station, Emmett TerBeek, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, is moving up to the last round. If he is chosen as their number one pick, he will sign a $20,000 contract as the station’s spokesman for 2010. WOTV 4 is an affiliate of TV 8 and is produced in Grand Rapids. Carly Munoz, events organizer, said the station wanted a new way to select their spokesman, who will be a regular on television and appear at events throughout the year. She said this will be an annual event for the station and has generated a lot of excitement. Open auditions were performed and anyone was allowed to try for the job. Hundreds waited in line to give a one-minute audition and from that contestants were narrowed down to the top 20. TerBeek made the initial cut. Last week, the Squire invited Rockford readers to vote for TerBeek in a bid to win the People’s Choice portion of the final round. Five of the top 20 were to be selected to move on by the station, while one person would be chosen by votes of the public. TerBeek took that win with about 10,000 votes cast overall for the contest. Now the last round will be determined, in part, again by popularity. A final casting call party will be held at Peppino’s Downtown Sports Lounge, 130 Ionia Ave., Grand Rapids, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., although the doors open at 6 for those who want to get there early. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets can be acquired through contestants, WSNX and WOTV 4 or by e-mailing TerBeek at WOTV 4 is looking for an individual who is outgoing, charismatic, creative, stylish and has lots of on-camera personality. TerBeek hopes to be that individual, and said the final decision is made, in part, by how many people show […]

Lansing update topic of bi-monthly luncheon series

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Featured speaker Tom Pearce, House of Representatives The December installment of the Chamber’s popular bi-monthly luncheon series is scheduled for Monday, December 7 at Blythefield Country Club, 5801 Northland Dr. Belmont, from noon-1:30 p.m. The featured speaker is State Representative Tom Pearce, District 73. Representative Pearce will share his knowledge and insight into a variety of issues that the legislators are facing during these tough economic times. To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail to register on or before Thursday, December 3rd. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged.

Band director shares secrets of winning season with Rockford’s Board of Education

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Season ends with third place in state Rockford’s Board of Education heard firsthand how a winning season happens as Brian Phillips, director of bands for the district, highlighted the Rockford marching band’s season successes. He spoke Monday, Nov. 18 during the board’s regular meeting. The band had an incredible year and ended the season at third in the state. One hundred and ninety-one students participated in the Rockford marching band this season. “The band has been steadily growing over the past few years, and it doesn’t look like it is going to slow down anytime soon,” Phillips said. The first invitational of the season was a home event playing in exhibition to be judged and scored. The band did not play against other schools at this event and earned a score of 89.8. The first invitational against other bands was against Otsego. Rockford earned first place in Class AA, and earned best music, best color guard, best percussion and was grand champion for the highest score of the event. Winning continued against Belding, where Rockford’s team earned a score of 73.3, took best music, best marching, best general effect and highest score of the event. Against Allegan, Rockford scored 76.8, earned best music, best marching and took first place in flight one. Scoring 85.55 against Reeths Puffer, Rockford was in top form again. The team took home first place in flight one, best music, best marching, best general effect and again was first place in competitive scoring. Wrapping up the season in the state championship, Rockford’s marching band entered the competition in fifth place overall in ranking. They earned a score of 84.9, and ended up third in the state—an all-time best for Rockford (so far). “Practically speaking, we should not be higher than fourth, when comparing rehearsal schedules and resources,” said Phillips. Phillips attributed part of the season’s amazing success with implementing trimesters at Rockford High School. “We were able to pool all three band classes—concert, symphonic and wind ensemble—into one period for a daily full ensemble rehearsal,” Phillips said. “This has never been possible at Rockford. This left no holes on the field and all the younger students had consistent, daily mentorship throughout the season.” Phillips also reported that there were new faces […]

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