Native American pottery bowl This Native American pottery bowl was donated to the Rockford Histoical Museum on April 5, 2000 by Simon Francis, a spiritual leader of the Grand Rapids Band. The clay pot is believed to be 2000 years old, possibly from the area of Indiana. Items were traded near and far, even thousands of years ago.
December 8 2011
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its annual “State of the Community” Luncheon. The luncheon is part of the RCC’s popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch while featured presenters highlight their area of expertise. Special guests, and their topics, include: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Pete MacGregor, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, city manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, president The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow is unable to attend due to the senate meeting that afternoon. However, she has graciously agreed to tape a message specifically for the RCC event. Congressman Justin Amash, Senator Mark Jansen and the local townships have been asked to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for RCC members and $20 for non-members.
Kristan Elizabeth Allen Born February 27, 1954 in St. Johns, Michigan, Kristan died on November 21, 2011 in Sparta, Michigan. Beloved daughter of Alice and Roger Allen, she resided at the Ida Red Group Home in Sparta, Michigan. Kristy was much loved and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She is survived by her mother, Alice Fairweather Allen of Cedar Springs; her father Roger Allen of Rockford; her sisters, Lois Allen of Cedar Springs and Elizabeth (William) Altena of Rockford; her brother Mark (Michelle) Allen of Seattle, Washington; nephews Will and Ethan Altena and Benjamin and Andrew Allen. Also surviving are her aunts, Emily Driver of Howard, Pennsylvania, May Houtenville of Plainsboro, New Jersey and Nancy (Bill) Rodgers of San Rafael, California. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Mealy Jane Hilton Mealy was born and raised in Bangor, Maine. She attended Bradford Junior College and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. She returned to Bangor, where she met and married J. Judson Mealy in 1950. Over the course of the next 55 years of marriage, Jane and Jud raised four daughters and lived in Garden City, N.Y., Sandusky, Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and East Grand Rapids, Mich. Two years ago, Jane moved to Portland, Ore. from Rockford, Mich., where she and Jud had lived since 1986. She departed this life on Saturday, November 19, 2011, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by her four daughters. Jane was a quietly creative force in a multitude of service-related volunteer activities in every community in which she resided. In Rockford, that included being on the board of Krause Memorial Library and many hours at the North Kent Community Services, as well as dedicated service within the Episcopal Church and active membership in Collector’s Club. Her daughters and their families treasure the memory of Jane and Jud dancing to the music of Benny Goodman—her feet barely touched the ground. Also treasured are memories of daily walks in many places and any kind of weather. Watercolor painting, golf, and gardening were other favorite outdoor pastimes. Jane’s artistic gifts and commitment to serving her family and the larger community sustained her during her life. Her paintings will sustain those she leaves behind, continuing to show us a lyrical and beautiful way to look at the world. She will be missed. Private services were held in Portland, Ore. An open house for friends and family will be held at the home of Linda and Karl Koivisto, 231 South Main Street, Rockford, Mich., on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from noon to 4 p.m. All who knew and loved Jane are welcome. There will also be a celebration of Jane’s life in the spring in Maine. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (Boothbay, Maine), St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Krause Memorial Library or the North Kent Community Services (Rockford, Mich.).
City lights awed visitor Dear Editor, Thanks to the City of Rockford and the employees for decorating the City with sparkling lights. They left me in awe, a 93-year-young lady, with a renewed spirit of the holiday season. Gramma Anne DeRuiter Another option for holiday giving Dear Editor, I read “What Gift to Give” by Pastor Michael Cisler, and would like to add one more idea: If you don’t want to donate money to a charity in their name as a gift, how about adding another name to your Christmas list: Jesus. As a present for Christ on His birthday, I’d like to suggest that you give to a charity of your choice an amount equal to the cost of the wrapping paper you used on the gifts you gave to others on His birthday. Mary Toft Rockford resident