February 17 2011

Local school recognized for parent loyalty, satisfaction

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Parental support is critical to a child’s success in school. Understanding the importance of this, charter school operator National Heritage Academies (NHA) has encouraged parent loyalty by recognizing its schools that demonstrate high levels of parental satisfaction and loyalty. NHA recently announced its 2009-2010 Eagle Award winners for parent loyalty, including Chandler Woods Charter Academy of Belmont. To receive this award, 60% or more of the school’s parents must be very satisfied with their child’s school—a statistic measured in an NHA parent survey. In total, NHA rewarded 22 schools with an Eagle Award in this category. For more information about National Heritage Academies, visit heritageacademies.com/.

Ram football stars commit to college

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by BETH ALTENA Six Rockford senior football players put it in writing and have committed to the college of their choice. On Wednesday, February 9 Rockford head Football Coach Ralph Munger invited the public and the media to an honorary signing of letters of intent, delayed one week from the first legal day student athletes can commit to a college or university. The event was cancelled a week prior because of the blizzard. “We have a much nicer day for this than last week,” Munger noted, before introducing Nate Sanders, Tyler Pratt, Neil Vanderlaan, Brett Egnatuk, Colin Remtema and Parker Ehinger to a crowd of family and friends at Rockford High School. “Each of these young men have represented us well,” he stated. “Your parents, staff, community and teammates are proud of you and the team.” Munger spoke about each of the athletes, noting that Parker Ehinger received high praise from coach Butch Jones of Cinncinati, his choice. Jones stated during a sports radio program that he couldn’t wait to get Parker down to Cincinati and that he knows he is getting a quality student-athlete when he accepts a Rockford player. Parker, #78, six-feet, eight inches and 270 pounds, plays offensive lineman and has been one of Rockford’s star players during his high school career. Parker is the son of Ric and Michelle Ehinger At Cincinnati he plans to pursue an education in criminal justice. Colin Remtema, #29, six-feet, one inch at 191 plays offensive linebacker for the team. He was a two-year starter for Rockford who Munger described as a “pillar of our defense.” He said the athlete had an “unbelievable senior year.” Colin committed to playing football for Hillsdale College. Colin is the son of Dave and Diane. He chose Hillsdale because he immediately felt at home on the campus. In addition to continuing his athletic career he hopes to study in the medical field. Tyler Pratt, #45, at six feet, one inch and 220 pounds was also a two-year starter for Rockford and played linebacker. Coach Munger also called him a pillar of the team’s defense. Tyler, along with Neil VanderLaan, committed to Saginaw Valley State University. Pratt’s position was offensive lineman. Tyler is the son of Jim and Janet. He hopes […]

Public asked for help with pavilion remodel

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by BETH ALTENA The Rotary pavilion on the corner of Squire and Courtland streets has seen decades of visits with Santa, housed the $1,000 Event, Fiddle Fest, Resolution Walk, Start of Summer and Harvest Festival events and much more since Rockford Rotary built the structure in 1985. It has been a gathering place in the heart of Rockford and has always been offered free of charge. Now in its 26th year, the building needs some TLC and Rotary is asking for help to fund it. “Since we built the pavilion, Rockford Rotary has given over $400,000 dollars back to the community,” said Rotary President Rick Schroder. As part of Rotary’s 2011 budget the service club voted to dedicate $12,000 toward renovations to the building, which should include painting the roof and exterior, installing radiant heat, retractable walls and windows and full-vision overhead doors. Rotary sent a mailing out to Rockford Chamber members as likely donors, but would welcome contributions from any business or individual. Expected costs of the project are about $20,000 and donations are tax deductible. Schroder said those who want to picture what the improvements would look like to see the Comstock Park Vitale’s restaurant which recently put on an addition with full-vision doors and heat. “The pavilion gets a lot of use and it needs a lot of work,” Shroeder said. He noted that the City of Rockford approached Rotary with suggestions that would help the landmark structure see more year-round use. The timeline for the project is to have the work done and the building ready for use in June prior to the Start of Summer celebration. Rotary contributes financially to many local good works, such as D.A.R.E. and Shop with a Cop. The club is also responsible for Rotary Park off Fremont Street, donated the public restrooms at the Welcome Center, and maintains the Little Red Schoolhouse on Ten MIle Road. Rockford Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the Community Cabin. An organization of business professionals, Rotary welcomes visitors. Those wishing to find out more about the pavilion project or about Rotary may visit online at rockfordmirotary.com.

Special Olympics state championship coming in March

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Volunteers needed for event The Grand Rapids Jaycees will be hosting the 2011 Special Olympics Michigan State Basketball Finals and Skills Competition on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, at Rockford High School, Rockford Freshmen Campus, and Rockford North Middle School.  More than 500 athletes from across the state will travel to Rockford to participate in this event. To make this event a success for the athletes, they need your help. Volunteers are needed for: Arts and Crafts Monitor (Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 12:00-4:00 p.m.) Awards (Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 2:00-5:30 p.m.) Credentials Checker (Friday: 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) DJ (Friday: 4:30-7:30 p.m.) Experience is preferred).  Dance Monitor (Friday: 7:00-10:00 p.m.) Dance Set-Up (Friday: 5:00-7:00 p.m.) Floater; Meal Server (Friday: 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.); Medical (Current First Aid/CPR certification required); Movie Room (Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) Officials (MHSAA certification preferred) (Friday: 4:30-7:00 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 12:30-5:00 p.m.) Scorekeeper (Experience preferred, but training is offered). Special Smiles (Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:00-3:00 p.m.) Timekeeper; Volunteer Registration (Friday: 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.) If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail to grjcsomivolunteer@yahoo.com. Please include in your e-mail: 1) your name, 2) your preferred position, 3) the shift you are available and 4) your telephone number. Your contact information will not be used for any other purpose than this event. Please note that this event fills up very quickly and volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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