February 18 2010

Rockford’s Birkmeier signs letter of intent with MSU

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The best female high school pole vaulter ever in the state of Michigan has signed a letter of intent to jump for Michigan State University. Senior Sarah Birkmeier has set every record imaginable in her three years at Rockford High School. Among her accomplishments are: School Record 13’, Conference Record 12’1”, Grand Rapids Area Record 13’, MITCA Team State Record 11’11”, Indoor State Record 12’8”, MHSAA Division 1 State Record 13’, and All Time State of Michigan Record of 13’ Sarah was the first female high school vaulter in the State of Michigan to jump 13’ when she won the MHSAA Division 1 Title in 2009. She is a two time returning State Champion, after winning the title in 2008. Sarah looks forward to her time at MSU. “I am extremely excited. I loved the team and can’t wait to get started.” Rockford pole vault coach Kevin Patterson is sorry to see her go. “Sarah has been an absolute joy to coach over the past few years. Her dedication to the sport has grown and she will be sorely missed. At least I have one more season with her and we’ll make the best of it.” Patterson attributes a few other qualities to Birkmeier. “Sarah may be the most competitive person I’ve had. She is driven to be the best. She does not like to lose. Her mental toughness is phenomenal and she’s not afraid to try new poles. Sarah is one of those rare athletes who can do something after being told only once. Her body control and core strength are second to none. She will be a great jumper for the MSU program.”

Weddings — February 18, 2010

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Jones-Krueger The wedding of Lisa Krueger and David Jones took place on September 18, 2009 at the Berrien Hills Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. Lisa, the daughter of Andrew and Nadine Krueger of Rockford, is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Central Michigan University. She is employed by Abercrombie and Fitch as a visual manager. David, the son of Jerry and Deborah Jones of St. Joseph, is a 2002 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University. He is employed by Olympia Entertainment as assistant building manager at the Joe Louis Arena. Maid of honor was Amy Krueger. Bridesmaids were Ali Betcher and Audrey Trimpe. Best man was Justin Jones. Groomsmen were Chris McKisson, Michael Tompkins and George Kirby. Ushers were William Chickering and Matthew Van Dyken with guitarist Tyler Maxon. The couple honeymooned in Turks and Caicos and currently reside in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Letters to the Editor — February 18, 2010

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Fundraiser for NKSC a success I want to thank all those people who participated in the euchre tournament fundraiser for the North Kent Service Center. Thank you for your generous donations and also for your help with the pull down and cleaning of the Community Cabin. Your help was very appreciated. Thank you to the area businesses that sponsored the prizes. With over 50 people responding for the first tournament, I call that a huge success. I am looking forward to the next one. Thank you very much. LeAnn Merrills

Register — February 18, 2010

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Thursday, February 18 Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program—10:10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, for seniors ages 60-plus. Admission is $1 donation. Sunday, February 21 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Breakfast—9 to 11 a.m. at Sparta/Grand Rapids Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division, Sparta. Cost is $5 per person. Coffee, juice and milk included. Served by Moose On Bikes (M.O.B.), Lodge #50. Monday, February 22 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Auditorium at Cornerstone University, 3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids. Melanie Good, stewardship coordinator for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, will present “Grassland Birds.” Guests welcome. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446. Mon.–Fri.,Feb. 22–26 Keeping Our Kids Safe—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kent County Sheriff’s Office, 701 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids. Be a part of this nationwide campaign to educate parents across America. Bring your unused or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication to the presentation for proper disposal. Reduce the risk of mis-medication, accidental poisoning, and theft/drug abuse. Reduce the risk of pollution of our groundwater. Call 248-RXOTCWK or visit www.rxotcawarenessweek.com. Tuesday, February 23 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple, Rockford. “Gardening by the Moon” with guest speaker, John Venman, owner of Venman’s Landscaping, will present “Gardening by the Moon.” Calendars will be available to purchase for $9 at the meeting. For more information call (616) 874-0186 or visit www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com. Thursday, February 25 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. Friday, February 26 Marvel-ous Mother/Son Dance—6:30 to 8 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School Cafe. Bring mom or that special someone to enjoy an evening of entertainment. Come dressed as your Alter Ego in your favorite […]

The more you give away, the more you have

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by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford On any given weekend, we could expect to see the same scene when we looked out our window across the parking lot: a middle-aged man buffing his vintage car to shimmery perfection. We lived in a condo complex when first married, and you get a peek into other people’s priorities because you live in close proximity to each other. Clearly, nothing mattered more to him than this car. I never saw any evidence of a wife or grown children coming to visit—just him and his beloved car. We were newly in ministry in this suburb of Chicago and I knew of countless needs in our community. People in our congregation were involved in so many different forms of outreach: food banks, clothing supply, a homeless shelter in our church basement, a victim-offender reconciliation program, a street ministry in downtown Chicago. These varied ministries and so many others were giving people rewarding opportunities to deepen their faith and meet Jesus in the face of others. I imagine that those who volunteered their time slept well and found good reason to get up each day, knowing that their skills were needed. How sad that this man had no knowledge of how his skills could be used to help other human beings. This inanimate object passively received the life’s blood of his time and energy, offering nothing more than a flashy show when he would take it out for a spin—not much lasting satisfaction in that. This man is just one individual, but he represents countless others who struggle to understand what their purpose is for each day. One of the challenges to those of us in faith communities is to pray for these people, befriend them and invite them into situations where they might discover the joy of giving for the sake of another. The mathematics of Christian outreach is hard to teach: the more you give away, the more you have. However, once someone experiences this—perhaps in a smile gently offered from someone helped—they will likely find that a few smudges on their car is not so catastrophic after all.

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