Olympic gold medalist Shaun White visits Rockford

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Were you present last Saturday afternoon when the “Flying Tomato” Shaun White (pictured on the right) visited the business location of MD Cox Enterprises on Courtland Street across from Herman’s Boy? Thousands of people showed up for a chance to photograph or possibly score an autograph of the gold medal winner of the 2010 Winter Olympics snowboard competition. White’s PR person for the day was Rockford’s own gad-about, Jerry (pictured on the left). White is a brand ambassador for Burton snowboards and apparel. MD Cox is a wholesale-only distributor of the entire line of Burton Brand products. Saturday’s appearance by White was in conjunction with their annual end-of-season spring clearance sale, which is the only time their goods are available to the retail public. Bargain hunters were snapping up fashionable and state-of-the-art outdoor winter apparel for as much as 50% off suggested retail price. Free pizza and beverages were available, and everybody had a ball, including White himself, who promised to revisit Rockford in the future.

Food, Family, Fun — March 25, 2010

March 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Hush Puppies kicks off shoe design contest  Hush Puppies, the originator of the first suede casual shoe, is sponsoring a shoe design contest on their website at in partnership with Official rules of the contest and information about entries are outlined on the Hush Puppies website. Contest entries can be by drawn by hand or digitally illustrated and will be accepted through April 18, 2010. All entries will then be narrowed to five finalists, which will be posted online at for public voting through May 13, 2010. The top five finalists will be showcased at the fashion event “Runway on Monroe,” to be held in downtown Grand Rapids on May 15. Attendees of the “Runway on Monroe” fashion finale will be able to vote that evening, and these votes will be added to the tally of the online votes. Following the event’s runway show, the contest winner will be announced live on stage. “It’s exciting to be a global brand, based in Michigan, that is able to host an event with mass appeal, while bringing a focus to the state of Michigan. It is an opportunity to highlight all the great talent and amazing businesses that are located here,” said Dani Zizak, VP Global Marketing. “If you live in the United States, have an imagination and can put it on paper, you can enter this contest. If you attend the finale in May, you will have a fantastic time while enjoying our beautiful state.” Hush Puppies is the title sponsor of “Runway on Monroe ” and the sole footwear supplier of the event. The winning shoe design will be produced and will then be sold online at in spring 2011. The winning designer will also receive a $1,000 cash prize, free Hush Puppies shoes for a year, and a one-on-one design summit with Hush Puppies footwear designers. In addition to Hush Puppies, all other event sponsors are Michigan-based companies, highlighting the breadth of what Grand Rapids and the state of Michigan has to offer. Since creating America ’s first casual shoe in 1958, Hush Puppies has always defined cool, casual style and unprecedented comfort. Today, Hush Puppies is one of the largest casual footwear brands globally, with over 19 million pairs […]

Rockford students featured in Cinderella ballet production

March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

  The West Michigan Youth Ballet is gearing up for their spring performance of the ballet Cinderella – a favorite ballet for all ages. Three Rockford students are part of the ballet company, and they invite their friends, teachers and school mates come and see them perform this Saturday. In the title role during the 1p.m. performance,  Kathleen Bomer,  a Rockford High School senior, will play the role of Cinderalla.  Elizabeth Hekman from Ada will dance the role of Cinderella during the 4:30 show. In that show, Kathleen can be seen in the solo role of the Winter Fairy. Kathleen, who has been with the WMYB since 2007,  has been dancing since she was two years old, so this is her 16th year in ballet shoes. When not rehearsing with WMYB, she is a student and apprentice teacher at her home dance studio, Academy of Dance Arts in Comstock Park. At RHS, this honor student plays the flute and the piccolo in the Wind Ensemble. Kathleen’s college plans are not firmed up at this point, but we know that she will not just be playing a “little flute” wherever she goes.  A newcomer to the WMYB this year is Katerina Rozelle, a fifth grade student at Valley View Elementary. Katerina is a Numeral in both the 1 and 4:30 p.m. shows. She hails from Russia, and her mom said that she had the dance gene in her when she was adopted at the age of five, and joined a family of five other siblings. Katerina is a student of Rhythm Dance in Belmont. Back on stage with the WMYB is Lauren Hyink, a fifth grader at Cannonsburg Elementary. If Lauren’s name sounds familiar it is because she was recently featured as an Example of Excellence by Douglas photography, Rockford Public Schools and The Rockford Squire newspaper. In Cinderella, Lauren will be a mouse, a ballroom girl and a summer sprite. Lauren is a student at the Ada Dance Academy.  Besides dancing, she keeps busy with piano lessons and singing in her church’s choir.   We invite all children to come to the performances dressed in their favorite Cinderella costume. A drawing will be held at each show, and two girls from the audience will be […]

Cedar Springs theater group to perform ‘The Miracle Worker’

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the award winning play “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson on March 25, 26 and 27 at the Kent Theatre at 7:30 p.m. each evening. “The Miracle Worker” is the true story of Helen Keller, who was born a healthy child, only to be stricken at age 19 months with a severe illness which left her blind, deaf and mute. The play carries the audience into the daily disappointments and then into the miraculous breakthrough of the young Helen Keller at the guidance of her teacher Anne Sullivan, who is remembered as the “miracle worker” for her lifetime dedication, patience and love to a half-wild southern child trapped in a world of darkness. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Cedar Springs Library and Cedar Springs Chase Bank. Tickets are $12 at the door. Tickets are also available from any cast member. Go to the Players website at or call (616) 696-0456 for more information on this family friendly show. Kent Theatre is located on Main Street, downtown Cedar Springs.

NRMS to perform Sleeping Beauty

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

North Rockford Middle School’s Fine Arts Magnet has completed auditions for this year’s production of Sleeping Beauty. The students have elected to add an 80’s theme to the play, which made auditions all the more interesting. Auditioning students presented themselves with enthusiastic 80’s catch phrases, stone washed jeans, concert t’s and bright neon colors for the royal family. Starring in the play this year is AnnMarie Albach as Beauty, Elisabeth “Betsy” Hoekstra as Evilina, Brad Sanders as King Rudolf, Ethan Dunnum as The Prime Minister, Bailiegh Aldrich as Queen Eleanor, Lauren Butzer as Quill, Derek Haines as Prince Rupert, and Nolan Kosheba as Prince Alexander. The play begins Tuesday, March 23. A sneak peek of the show can be viewed by the public at North Rockford’s Fine Arts Night, Thursday, March 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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