Hello, readers! My name is Bethany Hart. I’m interning here at The Rockford Squire during the summer months. When school begins again in the fall, I will be a senior at Sparta High School. My younger sister, Emily, also attends Sparta High School and my mom is an alumna of Sparta. My dad, Mike Hart, graduated from Rockford High School. Even further in the future, I plan to attend college to earn a degree in professional writing, with minors in Spanish and psychology. My right leg is partially paralyzed due to a virus I contracted as a baby. I am an avid fantasy, science fiction and realistic fiction reader. Being a reader led me to start writing; writing eventually led me here to the Squire. I am interested in journalism because most of the writing I have done up until this point has been fictional, personal or school-related. While I am interning here at the Squire, hopefully I will learn more about the journalism industry, writing and editing, and what goes into creating a newspaper.
July 1 2010
Looking for some good old-fashioned fun this Fourth of July? Then head into downtown Rockford for the second annual Fourth of July Kid’s Bike Parade, starting at 2 p.m. from the South Squires Towers parking lot (east of the White Pine Trail). Parade participants should gather at 1:30 p.m. to line up. The parade will wind through Squires Street Square with the supervision of the Rockford City Police. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes in red, white and blue. Parents are most welcome to walk along and cheer on the participants. Each child will be given a special gift for participating, and there will a prize for the best dressed bicycle. Sweet Tooth will have a Bubble Gum Contest after the parade in front of their store. Parade organizers also will have a drop box for retired U.S. flags. The Heart of Rockford Business Association is the parade sponsor.
A Hope College theater graduate is planning to film his second movie, parts of which will be filmed at Rockford High School. Director Joel Reisig said his feature film is set to go to dvd and cable TV,and is titled Win By Fall. The movie will be a PG 13 sports film about high school wrestling. The film will star three time UFC heavyweight champion Dan “The Beast” Severn. Reisig’s first film, Fraternity House, is now available at Blockbuster and other DVD stores across the country. The members of the Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show in Grand Rapids appeared in the film. His next movie, Minor League a Football Story stars Dustin Diamond (Saved By the Bell) and Robert Miano (The Fast and The Furious). Minor League will be out shortly. Reisig also teaches a class on independent film production called Be Your Own Hollywood. For more information please visit www.beyourownhollywood.com. Win By Fall needs roughly 50 extras age 16 to 23 to play high school students on July 6, 8, and 9. Please email WinByFall@yahoo.com with your age and a photo if you are interested in appearing as an extra. Reisig said he also needs roughly 200 extras, all ages, sizes, and shapes, to play high school wrestling fans on July 8 and 9. Please email WinByFall@yahoo.com if you would like to attend. Reisig said the extras will not receive any financial compensation but will have a good time being part of a movie filming experience.
Rockford man killed in single-car accident On June 16, John Milton Clay, 58, of Rockford was fatally injured when his southbound 2002 Ford F150 pickup truck hit a tree lying across Pettis Avenue in Ada Township. Responding to the crash were the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Ada Fire Department, and AMR Ambulance. Grattan Township to hold cleanup day Grattan Township is holding a township cleanup day for township residents on July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at 12050 Old Belding Road. Some items will cost money to drop off. Batteries are $1 each. Appliances without Freon are $3 each, and appliances with Freon are $15 each. Tires must be cut into four pieces. Fuel and propane tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded. There are no liquids, brush-offs, cement, loose trash or shovel-offs allowed. All trash must be contained.