February 10 2011

ROCKFORD REGISTER — February 10, 2011

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Thursday, February 10 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.  Ensemble Montage—7:30 p.m. in the new Covenant Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/academic/music/calendar.  Saturday, February 12 Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Bring a snack to share and your own nonalcoholic beverage. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757.  Dinner Theater—at Boulder Creek Country Club, sponsored by Rockford Baptist Church. For more information, call (616) 866-0345.  KDL Teen Film Festival—10:30 a.m. at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Go beyond YouTube! Teens in sixth through twelfth grade were invited to meet the challenge of producing a real film for the Kent District Library Teen Film Festival. The top 10 entries will be shown on the big screen. Prizes go to three winners. Additional information can be found at www.kdl.org/teens.  Monday, February 14 Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007.  Mon.–Tues. Feb. 14–15 RHS Winter Band Concerts—7 p.m. at Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. The RHS concert and symphonic bands perform Monday. The wind ensemble will perform a joint concert with eighth-grade musicians from both middle schools on Tuesday. Tickets not required. Seating by general admission.  Tuesday, February 15 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day, this offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional! For children aged 6 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007.  Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and […]

A Message for You — February 10, 2011

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Leaving the past behind by NINA BROWN Third Church of Christ Scientist, Grand Rapids  The apostle Paul writes in the Bible (KJV Philippians 3:13-14) about forgetting things which are behind and looking forward, moving forward, to “…the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Many times I have been comforted in knowing that if Paul could forget the past, forget that he was Saul and had been an accessory to the death of many Christians, including consenting to the stoning death of Stephen (KJVActs 8:1), then I can forget my past. There was a time when fleshly things kept me from moving forward toward God. I did think about God and prayed as best I could, but I continued to be pulled off course regularly until, like Saul, I was ready to see the goodness already present in me. I thought about the words from Genesis 1:31 (KJV), “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” I realized that God made me and He made me good, so I couldn’t be fooled into thinking I was bad. I am now staying on a forward course more often than not, but occasionally feelings—grief that I wasted so much time neglecting my spiritual journey and guilt that I may have been an unsavory influence to others—overcome me and would shipwreck my progress if I let them. More words from Paul (Romans) help steady me: we are (I am—you are) “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” That means I can, you can, accept the gift of grace given through Christ Jesus, the same grace that moved Jesus with compassion to heal multitudes. As an heir of grace I have a responsibility to obey the two great commandments given us by Jesus: to love the Lord thy God with all the heart, the soul and the mind and my neighbor as myself. I find I can’t obey these when my thought is filled with regret, because the regret becomes more to me than God. Along with the Scriptures, I study Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. She writes, “A mental state of self-condemnation and guilt or a faltering and doubting trust in […]

Michigan House Republicans

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District Office Hours In order to provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person, I will sponsor “office hours” at local restaurants and township offices at least once a month. This is a great opportunity to ask me questions or bring any ideas you have for our great state. I hope you will join me on Friday, Feb. 11, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Cannon Township Office, 6878 Belding Road NE, Rockford. No appointment is necessary. Residents who are otherwise unable to meet during my scheduled office hours may contact my Lansing office at (855) 347-8073 or e-mail me at petermacgregor@house.mi.gov.  Republicans set the standards of the 96th Legislature The House Republican caucus will pursue an aggressive agenda predicated on reforms to three key areas: government spending, state regulations and our tax structure. In designing these reforms, I will take input from residents and businesses to create an economic environment that fosters job creation and economic growth. To learn more about the guiding principles of the new majority, you may download our brief, three-page overview online at www.gophouse.com/Publications/999/Guiding_Principles_2011.pdf. You can also view regular House Republican Caucus updates by friending us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichiganHouseGOP or following us on Twitter @mihousegop. As always, I will be posting updates on my personal Facebook site, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1637401686. Please check this for daily updates and scheduled events.  My Committee Assignments At the start of a new term, individual members are selected to serve on a number of important legislative committees. Each committee is made up of a fraction of the general House membership and concentrates on a particular area of legislative development. Typically, committee members are the first to take testimony on legislation before it is allowed to be heard on the floor of the Michigan House. Committee assignments are not random appointments. They are the result of a long, deliberative process which prioritizes the expertise, experience and education of every single House lawmaker. Speaker Bolger ultimately determines in which areas a lawmaker’s faculties or interests are best utilized toward the formation of good public policy. As you may know, I specifically requested to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee. I wanted this role because I saw the need to prioritize your tax dollars to only […]

Rockford wrestling falls to Hudsonville

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Rams crown two champions at OK Red conference tournament  by TIM COOPER  The Rams started out in a hole, after the Hudsonville Eagles won the first two matches of the dual meet between the two teams on Thursday, Feb. 3. In the 140-pound match, Carl Nystrum of Hudsonville pinned Mick DeBoer in 1:42. At 145 pounds, Rockford’s Peter Nugent battled hard with highly ranked Jared Zimmerman. Nugent kept the match close for six minutes, falling to Zimmerman, 9-6. Rockford’s Austin Scogg, at 152, gave the Rams their first points of the evening when he scored a 12-3 major decision over the Eagles’ Ryan Luyke. Rockford’s Dan Apkarian gave up an early five points to Zach VanEss in the 160-pound match. Apkarian battled back, tying the score, when he escaped VanEss early in the third period. The two wrestlers went back and forth before VanEss walked off the mat with a 16-11 decision, increasing the Eagles’ lead. Robby Gorton added six to the Ram total, with his fall over Dallas Dickson in 3:42 seconds, making the team score 15-10. The Eagles added nine points to their lead with victories at 215 and 285 pounds. Rockford pulled within 10 when Steven Jendritz (103) dismantled Austin Bechler in a 14-0 major decision. A 13-4 major decision by Cullen Maksimowski at 119 pounds, followed by a 7-2 decision by Tyler VanRooyen over Zach Nystrum at 125 pounds, helped to pull the Rams to within seven. Hudsonville won the final two matches by fall, giving them a 39-20 victory over the visiting Rams.   On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Rams traveled to Grand Haven for the OK Red conference tournament. Rockford’s A. Scogg put together a fine day, making his way into the finals, where he defeated East Kentwood’s Niko Parks in a 4-2 thriller at 152 pounds. In the 119-pound weight class, VanRooyen reached a milestone on his way to the finals. He earned his 100th win when he defeated Austin Stine of Jenison in the semifinals. VanRooyen then faced Grand Haven’s Josh Juchartz in the final round, defeating him 6-2, and earning a conference championship. Two other Ram wrestlers made their way to the finals. Nate Rojas (112) lost 7-4 to Hudsonville’s Zach Henderson, and Maksimowski (125) lost […]

Rockford gymnasts rock on beam

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by KEGAN GATES  The gymnastics season is coming to an end and the Rockford gymnastics team is continually moving forward with scores and team unity. November came quickly, and with rumor of no coach, the gymnasts worried they may not have a season. Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson made it a point to keep gymnastics alive for Rockford and sought out coaches, Emily Nelson and Kegan Gates. As rookie high school coaches, everyone knew it would be a unique season for Rockford. The team started out with a total of six girls; four of them returning from last year and two senior girls returning from their freshman year. These six recruited and found seven more girls for a final team of 13, seven of whom have never done gymnastics before. The season began with fears of not doing very well with the loss of talented last-season seniors. However, the first competition proved that to be false. The girls won the first three-team competition against Lowell and Freeland. It was a great boost for both coaches and team, and everyone wanted more. As this season continues, each girl individually progresses. Together, the Rockford team made a poster of team goals and, within the first four competitions, 75 percent of the goals were achieved. January 22 was a huge meet for the girls, who traveled to Lowell High School early Saturday morning for an invitational. Lowell hosted Adrian, East Kentwood, Forest Hills, Kenowa Hills/Grandville, Mona Shores and Rockford. “We had no idea what kind of scores Adrian posted, and Kenowa Hills/Grandville is usually four or five points out of our reach. So right before march-in during our ‘pump-up huddle,’ we decided to only worry about beating our own scores and goals that day,” commented Coach Gates. “We had consistently been scoring 128s, and one of our captains, Jenelle Miller, said, ‘Let’s get a 130 today.’ The girls agreed and excitedly put their hands in for a Rockford team chant.” The Lady Rams began on balance beam, a tough place to start, but the team handled the pressure beautifully and counted no falls. Steady beam worker and senior captain Katie Palmisano stuck a routine and received an 8.2. Senior Lexi Merchant earned an 8.4. Sophomore Colleen Conroy posted […]

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