July 19 2012


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Thursday, July 19 Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch at 220 Northland Dr., Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Creepy Crawly Slimy Marsh Critters?—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and up. Join us as we investigate those creepy, crawly wetland and terrestrial critters. We will provide real scientific investigation tools. All you have to bring is your curiosity! Cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org. Saturday, July 21 “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Rockford Football Golf Outing—1:30 p.m. shotgun start; four-person scramble. For more information, call (616) 874-5592 and leave a message. Invasive Species Control—9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 13 and up. Let’s uncover some natives under all those invasive plants. Learn about the beneficial native plants that can replace those aggressive non-natives as we control the invaders. Free/Volunteer. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org. Sunday, July 22 Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012. Nature Stroll—Noon to 2 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Spend some time as a family and grow closer to nature. Bring your lunch and picnic at our pavilion with other nature-loving families. After your stroll, join one of our naturalists for talk about native birds, amphibians and spiders. Please pre-register. Not pets, please. Cost is donation of $5 per person or $15 per family of four or more. For more information or to pre-register, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com. Monday, July 23 Adult Boot Camp—6 to 6:45 p.m. for three Monday classes, July 23–August 7, at […]

A Message for You

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LeBron James, Jerry Sandusky, and things that matter by REV. ROBERT ECKERT Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church I was a fan of LeBron James when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I like to root for underdogs, and the Cavs—until James arrived—had been as unlikely title contenders as the NBA has ever known. Even if it would have come at the expense of the Pistons, I would have been happy to see him carry his team to a championship. Then came “The Decision” and I’ve hated LeBron James ever since. Yup, I said “hate.” I know it’s a strong word, but that’s the beauty of professional sports in America. We can love and hate whomever we want for whatever reason we want; it’s totally arbitrary. So naturally I was disappointed when the Miami Heat won the NBA championship back on June 21 and dreaded the hoopla that began as soon as LeBron had his ring. But the spotlight was soon pointed elsewhere. On June 22, Jerry Sandusky, Penn State University football defensive coordinator, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. “THAT will get LeBron James off the front page,” I thought. “If he had to win, at least he won’t get to bask in the afterglow.” What!? Was that really the first thing that came to my mind upon hearing the next painful chapter in a devastating tragedy that will have an impact on its victims, its perpetrator, their families and other personal and professional friends and acquaintances for years to come!? I’m embarrassed that I’ve allowed the hype of our national obsession with sports to blur my vision of what’s silly and what’s significant. I’m saddened to realize that I’ve allowed the over-saturation of lurid stories that bombard us daily to anesthetize me to the real pain that lies behind such stories. The unexpected death of a member of our church three days after the Sandusky verdict helped snap me back to what really matters. But that shouldn’t have been necessary. In Hebrew scripture, the prophet Ezekiel attributes to God this intention for the people of God’s creation: “I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” How is it that any of us can hold […]

Rockford Boy Scout earns Eagle Scout rank

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Ryan Sinclair, 18, has earned the highest and most coveted award presented by the Boy Scouts of America: the rank of Eagle Scout. He began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in Pack 115 of Traverse City. Upon moving to Rockford, Sinclair continued Scouting in Boy Scout Troop 228, which is chartered by Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Sinclair is a member of the Nacha Tindey Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. When asked what he enjoyed the most, Sinclair enthusiastically replied that his favorite experiences were, in addition to camping, spending his summers on the Cub Scout staff at Gerber Scout Camp in Twin Lake. He is currently beginning his third year as the Trading Post manager at Cub Scout Adventureland. For his Eagle project, Sinclair saw a need for spectator and player benches at a local ball diamond. He designed and managed the building and installation of these benches at Ashley Baptist Church in Belding, where he is a member. During the execution of the project, he demonstrated his leadership abilities and organizational skills. He is now one of approximately five percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle Scout and joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Roger B. Chaffee, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Robert Gates. Sinclair is a 2012 graduate of Rockford High School and plans to pursue a career in computer technology. He is the son of Clyde and Deborah Sinclair of Rockford.


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Dunn Mr. Robert Howard Dunn, retired GRPD sergeant, age 82, of Belmont passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Bob is survived by his loving wife, JoAnn; children, Robert Dunn, Bonnie and Dave Smith, Donna and Mark Ecklesdafer, Michelle and David Dohm, and Kimberly and Bob Doran; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. The service for Mr. Dunn was Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


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Bixel-Hahn Cara Lynn Hahn and Andrew Philip Bixel were united in marriage on June 2, 2012 at Dimnent Chapel on the campus of Hope College. Parents of the bride are Mark and Kay Hahn of Rockford. The groom is the son of Richard and Gera Bixel of Bluffton, Ohio. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2009 graduate of Hope College. The groom received his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University and his master’s degree from University of Miami of Ohio. Maid of honor was Amy Weber, and best man was Peter Bixel. Bridesmaids were Lizzy Haworth-Hoeppner, Elizabeth Haynes and Sydney Morris. Groomsman was Luke Cole. Cara and Andrew enjoyed a honeymoon in Hawaii, and currently reside in Rockford.

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