July 19 2012

Roguewood Spanish Immersion presents Bomer as Example in Excellence

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Maria appreciates life, always gives 100 percent in all she does Maria Bomer, 11, is the daughter of Heather and Michael Bomer and sister to Kathleen, 19, Christian, 17, and John, 14. Maria’s teachers describe her as a compassionate student with a permanent positive attitude who always tries to do her best, is honest, and is a person who genuinely cares for others. Maria serves as a volunteer ASD helper and member of the Safety Patrol at Roguewood. “She loves to make others happy, sometimes anonymously,” her teachers report. Maria is known for her polite manner and her determination to maintain a positive attitude, even when faced with a task that is challenging. Maria suffered a stroke before she was born, resulting in a weakness in her right arm and leg. Since birth she has had to work very hard at therapy and at home to learn everyday things that come naturally to most people. Throughout her eleven years, Maria has learned to give 100 percent in all she does. She appreciates life and holds a place in her heart for those less fortunate or with special needs. Her teachers believe she has a very bright future in this area. Maria loves to try anything! She has taken dance lessons, skied with the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association and also loves to ride horses at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. Among Maria’s other favorite pastimes she includes a love of reading and to ride roller coasters. Maria is a Girl Scout and also has signed up for the area’s Special Olympics Swim Team. With her determination, compassion and strength of spirit, Maria was a natural choice as an Example in Excellence for Roguewood Spanish Immersion.

Elementary students have opportunity to create works for Art Attack

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by CINDY M. CRANMER More than one-third of the students at Lakes Elementary School participated in the first-ever art competition and creativity display at the Rockford school. Art Attack, which the students considered as their version of ArtPrize, included entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade students, according to Matt Zokoe, the fourth-grade teacher who led the Lakes Elementary Student Council in putting together the event. The Lakes Student Council wanted to coordinate an event for the school as part of their mission. Art Attack allows students to express their creativity without feeling compelled to do a project in a particular manner. The entries in Art Attack were completed and on display as part of the annual Art Make-and-Take. Kenn Vidro, art teacher, has a passion for art, whether creating it or helping students learn how to express their creativity. “Art is about the students expressing their creativity,” Vidro said. Art Attack allowed students to do any type of artwork that was original. Vidro said some students did artwork to share with other people, such as paintings on canvas, which they are not able to do in art classes because of the expense and don’t want to do just for themselves. All 504 students at Lakes Elementary had works on display at the Art Make-and-Take. There were 161 entries and 190 participants in the first Art Attack. Students were able to either enter an individual piece or work with someone on their artwork. Zokoe said all students did their piece on their own time and received a ribbon for participation. “We wanted to emphasize this is about an art expression not art competition,” he said. The Lakes Elementary students were able to vote and choose their favorite 10 entries as part of Art Attack. The winners, whether an individual or a pair of students, received recognition certificates and gift cards for entry to visit the art at Fred Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park along with recognition at an all-school assembly. “This allowed students to go outside the mold and be individuals,” Zokoe said. The Lakes Elementary Student Council funds its projects, such as the costs of Art Attack and donations to Kids Food Baskets, through events such as a school store. “The students have been inspired by […]

Jansen named MMA Legislator of the Year

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Sen. Mark C. Jansen was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturing Association (MMA) at the association’s annual reception on Tuesday, May 8. “It is my true honor and personal pleasure to present Senator Mark Jansen with the MMA Legislator of the Year Award for 2011,” said MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden. “There may be no legislator who has personally done more to implement genuine structural reforms to streamline government, reduce costs and improve the competitiveness of our state than Senator Mark Jansen.” Hadden added, “Senator Jansen’s tenacious leadership, depth of knowledge and wide scope of influence has resulted in truly historic progress in reforming, restructuring and reinventing Michigan’s business climate. His accomplishments will stand tall in the history of Michigan.” The Legislative and Executive Reception, held at the MMA office in Lansing, provided an opportunity for manufacturers and lawmakers to network and discuss current legislative activity. During the event, MMA honored several legislators for their efforts to develop legislative and regulatory policies that allow manufacturers to continue expansion and job creation. “I was elected to fix a broken, ineffective state government and help reinvent Michigan into a state that is robust and competitive in the market for jobs and investment,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “It is an honor to be recognized for the months of hard work, but the most rewarding part for me is seeing our efforts already working to energize our economy and create jobs.” He added, “Michigan still faces challenges, but we have taken great strides toward putting Michigan on solid footing for long-term economic prosperity and growth.” In addition to naming Jansen as Legislator of the Year of 2011, the MMA honored Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, as House Advocate of the Year for 2011 and Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, as Senate Advocate of the Year for 2011. The MMA Legislator of the Year award and the Advocate of the Year awards are given to recognize forward-thinking, action-oriented policy leaders who understand the importance of manufacturing to Michigan’s past, present and future; a true pro-manufacturing leader.

Geocache fastest find since 1871

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These geocachers are fast and fantastic. Katie Hammond and Jim LaFleur were barely off their bicycles on Monday, June 18 before they found the geocache located at The Rockford Squire newspaper office. The cache can be found with many others from Rockford (and everywhere else) at www.geocaching.com. The Squire cache is called “Free Since 1871.”

Team Ram Black continues stellar summer play

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by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford baseball program has achieved unparalleled success in recent seasons (including a state championship in 2011). One of the pillars that the team’s success has been predicated on is the summer program that nearly every Ram freshman, sophomore and junior from last season participates in. The teams are separated into two different age groups with Team Ram Black being primarily a 16-and-under team and Team Ram Orange being comprised of mostly 15-and-under players. Team Ram Black has played 18 games so far and has amassed an overall record of 12-6. The team won their own tournament to kick off summer play and has played in various venues including the baseball stadiums at Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. Team Ram Black has toppled state powers including the Michigan Red Sox, Lakes Dodgers, Lansing #205, Kalamazoo Maroons and Elite Baseball. “We are very pleased with the success of the team so far this summer,” said Rockford head baseball coach Ian Hearn (who is the assistant coach for Steve Fusee on Team Ram Black). “We have played several 19-and-under teams that have as many as eight college players on the roster and held our own. We have seen a lot of growth from both a physical and mental perspective from all of our players while competing against some very talented competition.” Fielding a roster of players solely from one school is not the recommended path to achieving consistent success in summer baseball tourney play. Most summer teams field players from multiple high schools, who are the cream of the crop of their various programs. But Rockford has followed their formula for several years now and more than acquitted themselves decently. The team has bonded not only in the camaraderie generated from spending time together, but also in becoming accustomed to the habits and tendencies of current and future teammates on the diamond. Team Ram Black is also occasionally hampered by having several of their players participating on other elite travel teams that may periodically conflict with their schedule. But that is no big deal, according to Hearn. “We are always trying to compete and win whenever we take the field,” said Hearn. “But that isn’t what we are […]

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