July 12 2012

Rockford youth football camp for 2012 starts July 23

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by RANDY GREGORY The anticipation for the 2012 football season has been slowly rising to a crescendo. Yet another omen of the impending season is just about here with the annual Rockford FUNdamental Youth Clinic 2012 slated to run from Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 at Rockford High School. As of June 30, there were 175 upcoming third- through sixth-graders already signed up, and there is still time and room for more. “We know that the success of our program always begins with the younger kids,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “The clinic is run in a non-contact setting and we stress the fundamentals to all of the participants. But at the same time we want everyone to have fun at every venue they partake in. This is an event that my coaches, players and I always highly anticipate and we can never have too many kids.” The staff for the camp will be comprised of coaches from the 78er programs all the way to the varsity level at Rockford. An overwhelming majority of varsity players from the 2012 team and alums from previous Ram squads will also be instructors. Third- and fourth-graders will be paired together in one group, and fifth- and sixth-graders in another. The camp will run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and there will be several Rockford football items issued to campers. The late sign-up cost of the camp is $70 and there will be no refunds issued. You can sign up your child as late as the opening day at the plaza area of Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. Checks should be made payable to Rockford Football and individual awards will be given out to selected campers for various events. If you have any other questions you may also go to www.Rockfordfootball.com. “We strongly encourage any parents or grandparents who are able to attend to be there and bring cameras, video recorders and lawn chairs,” said Munger. “We always close things out with seven-on-seven games and the kids and parents have a blast. We want everyone to learn to play football in a safe and successful manner, and this enables us to get a head start with the foundation of future Rockford football players.”

Rockford Football Team Camp kicked off July 10

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by RANDY GREGORY One of the first harbingers of the impending football season is taking place as of this week. The Rockford Team Camp is running July 10 through July 12 at Rockford High School and the numbers are absolutely staggering. There are 380 participants in all, and every member of the Rockford coaching staff from 78ers to the varsity level is part of the festivities. “We are absolutely capped out,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “We will have over 70 varsity players, and 50 each of JV and freshman players. The 78ers from Rockford North and East Middle School will be there as well. And we are also pleased to welcome Joe Schwander [former Ram assistant and new varsity coach at Belding] and his kids from Belding.” Fundamentals and drills are a major part of the three-day camp. It also gives the coaches a chance to get to know the kids and see their various strengths and weaknesses in the upcoming season. “This is a very valuable part of the preseason process for us as a coaching staff,” said Munger. “We use this to evaluate the talent level and work on our speed and quickness. You can never have enough depth and this will allow us to see who has been putting in the time necessary to become a better player. We have only seven weeks till the season starts and every time we get together is important. We don’t use all of the days the state allows us to because we also want the players to have some time for fun in the summer. That is why we need to maximize the time we do have together.”

News from Cannon Township Supervisor

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A Sacred Duty by STEVE GRIMM Cannon Township Supervisor When I was sworn in as Cannon Township Supervisor in 2011, I raised my right hand to God and promised to guard the fiduciary duty to Cannon’s taxpayers. That fiduciary duty required me and the board to zealously protect the fiscal stability of our township and to protect the taxpayers’ investment we receive through our millage. As our treasurer states on the township website, “Local government is a dynamic and changing environment which occasionally can provide unexpected challenges—not the least of which may be budget and revenue concerns.” When I became supervisor last year, our board recognized that we were seriously under-funded. We asked staff to sacrifice, we implemented an aggressive approach to spending cuts, we trimmed government, and received an unexpected and relatively small increase in state revenue sharing. Over the past year-and-a-half, this has led to an increase in our general fund balance. We are well down the road to fiscal stability, but according to our assessor and auditor, we are not quite there. On March 26, as we were about to vote on our 2012-2013 budget, our board was surprised by a motion by one board member to cut the township’s operating millage by 50%. The motion was not on the agenda, and the board was provided no supporting data analyzing the fiscal impact to the township of such a measure. While appealing politically, by a five-to-two vote, the board decided to forego the short-term political gain, and instead honor our fiduciary duty to the taxpayers. We asked the dissenters to provide a financial impact study, so we could revisit the issue, but it has not been forthcoming. So I researched it myself. Here’s what I found: There are 35 governmental entities in Kent County. Cannon Township’s operating millage is in the lowest third of all taxing entities in the county. A 50% cut in our already low millage, which has been in place and untouched since at least 1993, would amount to an average savings of $17.35 per person per year, or $1.45 per month. Because, according to our treasurer, challenges can be unexpected, the impact to the township could be devastating. The things that separate Cannon from other townships, like the […]


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