February 24 2011

Dileo recognized as preseason All American

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford Baseball is pleased to announce that junior catcher Tony Dileo has been recognized as a Preseason  Honorable Mention All American Catcher by Louisville Slugger. Dileo, the Rams’ starting catcher as a sophomore in 2010, led almost all offensive categories. He batted .447 with 16 doubles, 36 RBIs, and four homeruns. Dileo was selected to First Team All OK Red, All District, and All Region.

Three girls sign to play college soccer

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Coach Steve Thomas (left) sits alongside three Rockford varsity soccer teammates (l–r) Emily Cowan, Sidney Benda and Melanie (Lanie) Esch on Friday, Feb. 4, as they sign to play soccer in college. The signing took place in the Rams Den at Rockford High School before families and friends. Cowan signed with Cleveland State University, Benda signed with Savana College of Design, and Esch with Costal Carolina. They are all looking forward to one last season with the Rams before going to play at their new schools.

Communications company committed to customers

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Mark VanDokkumburg, store manager of Coastal Communications, believes his company can offer customers the best of both worlds in product and service. “Our business is privately owned, but exclusive to AT&T, giving us the best of both worlds. We have the support of a large company, and yet we’re able to be as local as any other privately owned company,” he said. The business at 161 Marcell Drive opened September 1, 2010. The owner of the company is Dick Williamson, who chose Rockford because he loves the community. “Rockford is a great place geographically and its loyal citizens make it a great place to start and settle a business,” said Williamson. In addition to VanDokkumburg, he is joined in the business by Eric DeDuter, district manager, and Jerry Priest, product specialist. The staff at the company has many years of experience in communications, most specifically with AT&T. “You won’t ever catch any of us without a smile, and with our years of knowledge and experience, you can be sure you’ll get the best service every time,” said Williamson. With the exclusive support of AT&T, Coastal Communications can offer the “total package” in communication, from cell phones and home phones, to Internet and advanced TV, either through DIRECTV or U-verse when it becomes available. “Our business is great because the community is our business,” said VanDokkumburg. “We have all been in the service side of business and come to work every day to help the next person through our door. We like to make sure that everyone who comes in to see us leaves completely satisfied. We are not here to put you into a service, we are here to find which service works best for you. We are committed to our customers and our products have all made their own reputations. What we have to offer is ourselves.” Coastal Communications is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their phone number is (616) 433-3147.


February 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Don’t believe everything you hear or read by CRAIG JAMES My mother always used to tell me to believe almost nothing of what you hear and only half of what you read (except in The Rockford Squire, of course, where you can always believe what you read… right?). With the advent of the Internet, it is now getting even more difficult to believe some of the things you read. Once again this year, there are e-mails making the rounds showing some incredible winter weather, and I thought I’d address whether these e-mails are true or not. I’m sure many of you have received pictures like this first one in an e-mail stating that this iceberg occurred in Lake Michigan. It is indeed a true photo of an iceberg, but it certainly did not occur in Lake Michigan. However, icebergs occasionally do look like this in the Antarctic Ocean. Blue stripes can be created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. Salty seawater can sometimes freeze to the underside of the iceberg and if it is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black or yellow lines are caused by sediment picked up when the ice sheet slides downhill toward the sea. They are truly beautiful but you won’t ever see them on Lake Michigan. The pictures making the e-mail rounds were taken by a Norwegian sailor about 1,700 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa. Another thing you won’t ever see in the Great Lakes, regardless of what your e-mail says, are frozen waves such as in this picture. Waves like this were reported to have formed when the water froze the instant it came in contact with very cold air in northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It does get cold around there, but not that cold. Pictures like this one were taken in Antarctica and the apparent waves were actually formed by melting and not freezing. Melting produced the downward pointing spikes and the smoothly polished surfaces that look like a breaking wave. Pictures like this next one have been circulating since 2004. The first ones were claimed to be from Oswego, New York and another mailing […]

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