by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest community service organization, with 1.3 million members. Today there are more than 45,000 Lions clubs in approximately 200 countries and geographic areas. Regardless of the language Lions speak, religion they practice or politics they support, they all share a common dedication to service. The extremely active and successful Rockford Lions club is the envy of every Lions club in the State of Michigan. Nowhere is the dedication to service more apparent than right here in the Rockford Lions club. Lions get things done and are always ready to help where they see a need. The services they provide oftentimes “fly under the radar.” In other words, they go quietly about their tasks with no greater reward than the self-satisfaction that comes from helping others. Locally, the Rockford Lions have been clearing Rockford’s oldest cemetery—Pioneer Cemetery, along with reclaiming the old Rum Creek Mill Pond skating rink in order to provide a new generation an old-fashioned Rockford wintertime tradition. Most recently, the Rockford Lions have been spearheading efforts to assist the Rockford Historical Society in a fundraising campaign to raise monies to relocate the antiquated and overcrowded Rockford Area Museum (RAM) to the larger and vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall. However, the Rockford Lions may be best known by acting for many years as Market Masters of the Rockford Farm Market—“America’s Favorite Farm Market.” The Lions volunteered to relieve the City of the responsibility of overseeing the Saturday morning operations of the Farm Market at no cost to the City. So it was with great pleasure that Michigan 73rd District State Representative Peter “Pete” MacGregor showed up at the January Lions Club meeting in order to surprise Lion Bob Winegar and the Rockford Lions with a framed Special Tribute from the Michigan Legislature honoring the Club for their unselfish service to the Rockford Farm Market. The Tribute, in part, reads: “Many people understand that without the Lions valuable service and volunteer hours the Rockford Farmers Market would not be what it is today.” Perhaps there is no State Legislator more interactively involved with his constituents than Pete MacGregor. Sponsoring this Tribute and having it read on the floor of […]
January 19 2012
Good news Employment is up. Car buying is up. So are retail sales. This recession (or depression), although deeper and more painful, is similar to many business cycles we have experienced. We’ll be out of this one soon. More people have become aware that we must have cleaner air and water. The same is true of global warming: it’s real. Most of the world is trying to deal with the reality because it’s our only planet. Only 10 months to go and the election will be over! True Progress Dave turns to his friend Kevin and asks for a cigarette. “I thought you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking,” says Kevin. “I’m in the process of quitting,” says Dave. “Right now I’m in the middle of phase one.” “Phase one?” asks Kevin. “Yeah,” replies Dave, “I’ve quit buying.” True Solutions Three pastors in the South were having lunch in a diner. One said, “Since summer started, I’ve been having trouble with bats in the church loft. I’ve tried everything—noise, spray, cats—nothing seems to scare them away.” Another said, “Me, too. Hundreds are living in my belfry and the attic. I’ve even had the place fumigated and they won’t go away.” The third said, “I baptized all mine and made them members of the church. Haven’t seen one back since.” True Romance A husband and wife in their early 60s were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in a romantic little restaurant. Suddenly a tiny, beautiful fairy appeared on their table and announced, “For being such an exemplary married couple, I will grant each of you a wish.” “Ooh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband,” said the wife. The fairy moved her magic wand, and two tickets for a deluxe cruise on a luxury liner appeared in her hand. The husband thought for a moment and said, “Well, this is all very romantic. But an opportunity like this occurs once in a lifetime, so, I’m sorry, my love, but my wish is to have a wife thirty years younger than me.” The wife and the fairy were both deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish. So once again the fairy moved her magic wand and the husband became 92 years […]
Tax season is here, winter is not Winter had to get here sooner or later. Usually, we get some of it, snow at least, during the deer season, but it didn’t happen this year. For the gun hunters, that lack of snow helped to make it a bit of a rough season. I think the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will conclude that about 20% less deer were harvested this year as compared to last year. That’s a lot of car-deer accidents waiting to happen over the next year. The spring fishing might be real good this coming spring. Since there isn’t any ice so far, no fish are getting caught through the ice. If I remember right, the best ice fishing occurs during the first ice. There might not be any first ice this year, so that will leave lots of fish for us non-ice fishermen to catch later. For the downhill snow skiers, the tubers, and the cross-country skiers, it has also been a bit of a tough season. Tough is not exactly the word the owners of various ski lodges might use. It has been a brutal season for them, and some of them might not make it until next year. I think, weather-wise, we are becoming Indiana. I have family down there. They take great fun in rubbing in to me the fact that they can golf year around. Over the span of the winter, the golf courses down there close for a few days now and then due to snow and cold weather. Last week the Grand Rapids Press reported that Maple Hill Golf Course in Grandville has been open this winter except for a few days. I wouldn’t claim to expertly know if this is a part of a pattern of global weather change, but it definitely looks like to me our weather is becoming more Indiana-like. The weather guys argue about the data collected, if it is technically correct, and if the conclusions made are correct. I’m not that sophisticated. What I look at is the items I discussed earlier. There is less snow during the deer hunting season. The only ice I see is being made by my refrigerator. Outdoor enthusiasts have less snow, and there is less […]
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Bartlett Mr. Frederick C. Bartlett, age 92, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Fred was a long-time teacher at Rockford Public Schools and was very instrumental in the advancement of the agricultural program. For over 60 years he was a member of Rockford Baptist Church. Fred is survived by his daughters, Carol Isaacs of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Lois and Stephen Wier of Comstock Park; grandchildren, Melinda (Jason) Horst and Amanda (Mark) Ogden; great-grandchildren, Tobias Horst and Amelia Horst; nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Cynthia (Glen) Perry, Russell (Sarah) Gray, and Anita Gray and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Edith; his wife of eight years, Frances Gray; great-grandchild, Logan Horst; sister, Dorothy Hill; and brother, Arnold. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Bartlett was Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Bartlett officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or the Memorial Fund at Rockford Baptist Church, 221 Courtland St., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.