Weaver Wilma Juanita (Lawder) Weaver, 87, passed away February 2, 2011. Born September 10, 1923 in Woodville, Miss., to Pearl (Swartz) Lawder and Rev. J. (John) Clyde Lawder, she was the eldest of four sisters. An itinerant childhood through Enid and Neodesha, Kan., Tonkawa, Okla., and Normal Ill., culminated in Lansing, Mich., with an education degree from Michigan State University in home economics, which she taught in the South Haven, Sparta and Rockford school systems. In 1949, she married Kenneth Garrett Weaver, a Michigan State Police Trooper and the older brother of one of her South Haven students. Two daughters ensued and she focused her skills on her home, working part-time. An avid gardener, composter, and recycler, she was preternaturally conscious of her carbon footprint decades before the phrase was coined. She could whistle Sousa marches like the clarinet-playing band member she had been and she could recognize most birds by sight and song. Her love of piano playing and classical music accompanied her fervent and prodigious knitting (mittens were a specialty). Her strawberry shortcake, peach cobbler, crumble-topped apple pie and turkey stuffing were seasonal favorites while the quality of her sartorial creations far surpassed store-bought. At Chinese checkers she was undefeated until the age of 87. She studiously imparted these skills and interests to her, at times, resistant daughters along with the imprimatur to make their own choices and lead independent lives. As a member of the Rockford community since 1949, and the Rockford Methodist Church since 1962, she developed enduring and valued friendships, in particular Billie Hunt, a caring friend since 1955. Her husband’s retirement from the Michigan State Police in 1973, and from Michigan Bell in 1982, allowed them the good fortune of splitting their leisure years between Rockford and Colony Cove in Ellenton, Fla. Wilma often told her girls that if she could spend her final years at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, she would consider herself very lucky—and that she was. Since 2004 she enjoyed Clark’s social programs, Euchre nights and the camaraderie, care and concern of all her special friends, dear neighbors and the Clark staff as well. Wilma is preceded in death by her parents, J. Clyde and Pearl Lawder of Pensacola, Fla.; her daughter, Margo Lynn […]
February 10 2011
Rockford-area residents defied incoming foul weather to donate blood at the Rockford Community Cabin on Monday, Jan. 31. According to Melissa Meitz, donor relations specialist, 60 people signed in and 49 units of blood were donated. This is the equivalent of 147 lives saved. Three residents were first time donors. Meitz reported that many people reached new donor gallon milestones. Elizabeth Hatt, Gary Liggett and Susan Rowe all have donated one gallon of blood for the use of others in need. Susan Clements has reached a total of three gallons donated. Elizabeth Howell has donated a total of four gallons. Todd Galloway has reached an amazing eight gallons donated. Brian McNamara has donated 12 gallons and Charles Burch has donated15 gallons. Michigan Blood and other organizations which run blood drives say winter is a time of great need and supplies can be low due to poor weather conditions. The next Michigan Blood community blood drive is Monday, March 7, at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street in downtown Rockford from noon to 7 p.m.
Katie Underwood’s first-grade students learned firsthand about people in their community as they toured Rockford in search of gingerbread men they had made earlier in the day but had come up missing. The youngsters had read Jan Brett’s book “Gingerbread Baby” as part of their curriculum to learn about community workers. The children visited locations downtown to meet the people who work there. They visited the library, City Hall, Ward’s Hair Care and other locations, each time receiving a clue to the next stop. The final clue brought them to Arnie’s, where they were able to decorate their gingerbread men and eat them.
Snowmageddon by CRAIG JAMES Snowmageddon. Snowzilla. These are both terms I have heard used to describe some of the snowstorms of the past couple of years. How many more ways can the media hype winter weather? It is generally agreed that this past storm in our area was not as bad as either the 1967 or 1978 blizzards. If we have another storm to top those two, the media would go absolutely berserk trying to come up with a new word to out-hype the new catastrophic words they’ve already invented. To put things in perspective, the storm produced no more than the third highest snowfall totals from a single storm anywhere along its path. Chicago received 21 inches of snow, with five-foot drifts at O’Hare Airport, while Kenosha, Wisconsin, just north of Chicago, received 23 inches for the highest amount at any location. You can see from this map the snow totals recorded in our area. The official total in Grand Rapids was 16 inches. The highest amount in our area was reported at South Haven with 20 inches. The 1978 blizzard produced over 19 inches in Grand Rapids—although I have always felt that number is too low—and around 30 inches in Muskegon. The historic cold weather that plunged all the way into Mexico was more notable than the snowfall with all-time records broken in many areas. Over 80 locations had never experienced a colder February afternoon and over 30 locations had never experienced a colder afternoon in any month. El Paso, Texas on February 2 had a high temperature of just 15°F, which is the coldest high temperature ever recorded for any day of the year and a full 45 degrees below the average high for the date. The temperature fell to 36 degrees below zero at Angel Fire, New Mexico. Even Phoenix experienced what must have been frigid weather for those folks. The high on February 2 was just 44°F with a low of 32°F and wind chill temperatures near 20°F. It was the coldest day ever recorded in that city in the month of February. I don’t imagine the golf courses were crowded. Wind chill temperatures dropped below zero as far south as Monterrey, Mexico. The locals have apparently never experienced weather […]
Resident thanks City for snow removal Dear Editor, Many thanks to the snow removal team from the City of Rockford. As we all dealt with the major snowstorm on February 2, making my way out of the city limits was not a concern for me at all! The city streets were plowed and even my neighborhood was plowed early in the morning. As my coworkers all called in stranded (not me) and I heard evening news reports of people that had yet to see a plow and weren’t sure of when they would see a plow, I was thankful once again that my family had chosen to live in the City of Rockford 12 years ago. Thanks, City workers. You ROCK! Holly Young Rockford