January 5 2012


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Cronkright Dorothy Waterman Cronkright, 95, of West Lafayette, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Dorothy was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. and attended Davenport Business College. She married Walter Cronkright, the love of her life. Together, they owned and operated the True Value Homecenter in Cedar Springs, Mich. Walt and Dorothy were committed Christians who loved the Lord and lived their faith openly. They were active in The Gideons International and freely shared their faith and resources with others. After retiring, they lived in Zephyrhills, Fla. for over 20 years and were actively involved in the Zephyrhills Assembly of God Church. They had been married 60 years when Walter died in October 1999. In 2006, on her 90th birthday, Dorothy moved from Florida to an apartment at Friendship House in West Lafayette, Ind. For nearly five years, she led an active life with friends at Friendship House and the Upper Room Christian Fellowship Church. In April 2011, she moved to Rosewalk Village in Lafayette and enjoyed new friendships and activities there. Dorothy loved her family and made many friends, with whom she kept in touch up until her death. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings, baking, reading, and knitting sweaters for Guidepost’s children’s relief fund. Her family and longtime friends will remember her as bright, often spunky and always interested in others. She prayed regularly for her family and friends and generously supported several ministries. We will miss her greatly, but her legacy will live on. Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie (Don) Blake of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sons, Thomas (Sonya) Cronkright of Cedar Springs, Mich., and Denis (Barbara) Cronkright of Kingman, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Vanderveen; sister-in-law, Anita Bera; several nieces and nephews. Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The celebration of Dorothy’s home going will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Larry Young will be officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Instead of flowers, the family welcomes donations to The Gideons International. Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


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Williams-Jones St. James Catholic Church in Grand Rapids was the setting for the June 25, 2011 wedding of Lance Williams and Jenna Jones. Parents of the bride are Donald and Sharon Jones of Muskegon. The groom’s parents are Steve and Michelle Williams of Rockford. The maid of honor was Emily Jones and the bridesmaids were Makenzie Williams, Lynsey Rood and Lyndsey Jacobs. The best man was Andrew Wertz and the groomsmen were Ryan Nicholson, Seumas McDonald, Joe Urka, Craig Shiels and Brian LeClair. Lance and Jenna are both graduates of Grand Valley State University. They reside in Caledonia, Mich.

One person ejected during two-vehicle collision

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A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard (Northland Drive) and 11 Mile Road about 10:30 a.m. caused Wolverine Boulevard to be closed in the northbound lane on Tuesday, January 3. According to Rockford Police Officer Dave Robinson, one of the two vehicles must have run a red light causing the accident. He said three people were involved, one of which was ejected from a vehicle during the incident. “All three were removed to the hospital on backboards because of the possibility of injuries,” Robinson stated. One vehicle was northbound on Wolverine Boulevard, the other westbound on Eleven Mile Road. A Kent County Sheriff Department accident reconstructionist was on the scene along with multiple Rockford Fire and Police Department vehicles. The two vehicles involved in the crash sustained considerable damage. One of the two vehicles was spun completely around from the impact of the crash and rested southbound in the road. Rockford Police are in charge of the investigation.

Museum fundraiser just keeps getting better

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Featuring Mark Randisi and the famous Johnny Trudell Big Band being joined on stage by a local group to recreate a famous Frank Sinatra scene, “Sound of Sinatra” will be presented by the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium. The scene features Sinatra singing the song “High Hopes” with a group of youngsters. In the February 18 show, that song will be sung by Randisi and the Rockford Community Children’s Choir. Many area residents are familiar with the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) that supports a variety of area events such as the annual Ice Festival and Art in the Park, as well as performance groups including the Rockford Community Band, Rockford Community Orchestra, and Rockford Community Choir. The Rockford Community Children’s Choir (RC3) is the latest ensemble to collaborate with the RAAC. RC3 was formed in September 2011, by Renee Vande Wege, a local resident with strong credentials as both a vocalist and music teacher. Vande Wege has earned a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Hope College and a master’s degree in music education from Michigan State University. She is also certified in music learning theory. She has worked with elementary musicians and private voice students in Rockford, Cedar Springs and Grand Rapids. Vande Wege has also been a member of the Opera Grand Rapids chorus since 2001. Having been a member of the Rockford Community Choir for six years, Vande Wege now serves as that group’s director. She was motivated to form RC3 by her strong desire to provide area youngsters with the opportunity to develop their musicianship and sing with other children. She believes that, except through the efforts of a handful of dedicated churches in the area, those opportunities are too limited, especially with the current school music program reductions due to budget constraints. In 2012, RC3 will become more visible in the area as they perform in a variety of events including the “Sound of Sinatra” show for the Rockford Area Museum, the RAAC Spring Concert on April 15, and likely Rockford’s Community EXPO on March 17. The second session for RC3 begins on January 10, 2012. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 […]

Rockford Area Arts Commission receives operational grant

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Organization finances multiple artistic, musical endeavors The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs spread a little holiday cheer to Rockford this year in the form of a $6,000 grant to the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC). The money will be used to supplement the RAAC’s operating budget in 2012. The Arts Commission supports the Rockford Community Band, the Rockford Community Choir, the new Rockford Community Children’s Choir, the Rockford Community Orchestra, the Rogue River Artists Association and the Rogue River Community Theater. They also host several events throughout the year including Art in the Park, ArtCapsule, A Taste of Rockford and the brand new, inaugural Ice Festival Ball, which will take place on Friday, January 13th at the Blythefield Country Club to kick off the Rockford Ice Festival Weekend. “We strive to promote all forms of art,” says Mindy Miner, RAAC Treasurer. “It’s a challenge to showcase all the great artistic talent we have in Rockford in ways that are fun and affordable for the public. For example, all of our performing group concerts are free to the public, which we want to encourage. But, they are not free to put on. This grant will really help us get off to a good start in 2012.” Art is always happening in the Rockford Area and January is no exception. If you want to improve your acting skills, the theater group is hosting acting classes on Mondays in January at the Rockford Reformed Church. Visit Rogue River Community Theater on Facebook for sign-up information. If the short days and long nights are getting you down, dance your blues away at the inaugural Ice Festival Ball. It’s the perfect night out with a three-course dinner at Blythefield Country club, live music from Blue Star Pilot, a guest appearance by the Ice King, Randy Finch, a performance by dancers from the Rhythm Dance Center and magical entertainment by Russ Niedzwiecki. To buy tickets or get more information on this and other exciting RAAC events, visit www.artsrockford.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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