February 9 2012

Rockford Rams sign on for future football

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Six players sign letters of intent for college Six Rockford Rams football players were among athletes who signed letters of intent with the college or university of their choice at Celebration Cinema Wednesday, Jan. 31. The National Letter of Intent Day is the traditional day for athletes to make the commitment to continue their athletic career after their high school days are complete. For Rockford, kicker Steve Mette will play for Hillsdale College along with quarterback Mark LaPrairie. Ben Braden, Rockford’s six-foot, seven-inch and 320-pound offensive tackle, will be Rockford Coach Ralph Munger’s first Big Ten recruit, as he signed to play at the University of Michigan. Linebacker Anthony DeDamos and tight end Aaron Weston both head to Wayne State University. Linebacker Matt Boonstra will continue his athletic and academic career at Northern Michigan University. Coach Munger was understandably proud of all the Rockford players and praised the talent they have contributed to the Rams team.

Officers and kids eat, play together in Youth Night

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Program pairs police with middle school-age students Play kickball with cops, enjoy pizza and refreshments, Parisi speed school and pool games, win prizes and more. Kids from all around the area, not just Rockford, are invited to have a blast at MVP Sports Club this Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the seventh annual Rockford Youth Night. The event is a joint venture between local law enforcement to encourage physical activity and build positive relationships between youngsters and public safety officers. Kids in grades six through eight have a great time in a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free environment, enjoying hours of sports activities or just hanging out. This year, Rockford Public Safety Officer Aaron Sawyer organized Rockford Youth Night, but he is joined the night of the event by other Rockford officers as well as deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police troopers. Sawyer said the evening’s entertainment is a positive experience for the kids as well as an event the law officers look forward to. “It’s always a blast. We have as much fun as the kids,” Sawyer said. Dodgeball is one of the favorite sports, but kids are invited to play basketball, volleyball, swim and enjoy pizza (until 10 p.m.). The cost of the event is $6. The Youth Night is one of several community outreach events in which the Rockford Public Safety officers and other local law enforcement participate. There are also National Night Out, a kids’ triathlon, Shop with a Cop, and other programs designed to provide positive interaction between youngsters and law officers. A past organizer of the Rockford Night Out said that it is important to build good relationships between officers and kids as well as adults in communities. “We want kids up and about,” Sawyer said. For more information about Rockford Youth Night, call the Rockford Department of Public Safety at (616) 866-9557 or see page B2 of this week’s Squire.

Storied a cappella group visits Rockford

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The UM Friars are bringing their patented blend of a cappella and comedy to Rockford High School (RHS) on February 11 at 7 p.m. They will be sharing the stage with RHS’ own Rockford Aces, a 12-voice men’s a cappella group that is part of the Rockford choir program. The concert is a benefit, with all proceeds being divided to help the Aces with their trip to the World Choir Games (the Olympics of choir) this summer, and to help the Friars on their tour of China this spring. The Friars have entertained audiences all over the world and are in great demand whenever they are home in Ann Arbor. They’re back at Rockford after performing briefly as part of the UM Men’s Glee Club Concert last year. Friars member Ben Rizzo said, “We wanted to come back to Rockford after our great experience last year.” The group highlighted both the choirs and the community as reasons to want to return. The Friars have been around for nearly 60 years as a subset of the Men’s Glee Club, and have developed a strong following and a tradition of excellence, particularly as entertainers. They are known for their strong personalities and comedy on stage, including hilarious song parodies. Their concert is titled “Everything I Learned in College” and will include something for every age group. Rockford Aces director Jed Scott said, “The Friars never disappoint. They’ll put on a great show for the Rockford community. We’re excited to share the stage with them!” Tickets for the Friars/Aces benefit concert are available for $10 each, or $5 for students, online at www.seatyourself.biz/RockfordChoirs.

Squire is on the scene at the Super Bowl

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This Rockford Squire reader was at the big game with his hometown newspaper last Superbowl Sunday. He was kind enough to take a picture and send it along. We have a card good for a free classified ad to the first person who visits our office and can identify him and spell his last name correctly. He is also a business owner in downtown Rockford. Who can correctly identify his business?

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