July 2 2009

Rockford High School’s Patrick Kolehouse: an Example in Excellence

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Many talents and great heart exemplify Patrick Patrick Kolehouse, age 16, is the son of Don and Debie Kolehouse and brother to Rob, Mike and Kristin. When asked to describe Patrick, teachers at Rockford High School call him determined, helpful and showing great initiative. Patrick is motivated and willing to lend a hand, as evidenced by his volunteer work for Red Cross of America and Clark Retirement Center. Patrick is also a volunteer as a camp councilor for middle school students. Patrick has the determination to be the best he can be and put forth the effort at each task he undertakes. Teachers say he is known for his indomitable spirit as well as his willingness to help others reach their goals. A member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit semifinalist and winner of the Theater Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Patrick is a young man of many talents, great heart and has a bright future ahead of him. His hobbies include acting, film-making, reading and writing. Patrick also enjoys playing guitar in his spare time. His favorite classes are government and calculus and he participated in Student Council as well as a three-week German Exchange program with the German Club. When Patrick leaves high school his school of choice is Stanford University. Rockford High School staff is proud to recognize Patrick as an Example in Excellence.

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks proposals for 2009 endangered species grants

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal grant assistance to acquire land or conduct planning for endangered species conservation efforts. For fiscal year 2010, the President’s budget request for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund includes approximately $100 million in grant funding for conservation planning activities and habitat acquisition benefiting federally protected species. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Service Regional Offices by August 19, 2009. “These grants are among the Service’s most important tools to build partnerships with the states,” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “They provide states and territories with vital funding, enabling them to work with local communities and private landowners to protect habitat and conserve threatened and endangered species.” The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act and provides grants to states and territories to support participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for species on the federal list of threatened and endangered species, as well as for species that are either candidates or have been proposed for listing. The Service is seeking proposals under the following three Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund categories: •            Recovery Land Acquisition Grants-These grants provide funds to states and territories for acquisition of threatened and endangered species habitat in support of approved and draft species recovery plans. Acquiring habitat in order to secure long-term protection is often the critical element in a comprehensive recovery effort for a listed species. One example from last year’s recipients include a grant for $840,593 to acquire a 1,242-acre tract that protects the ocelot, jaguarundi, northern aplomado falcon, and several state-protected species in Cameron County, Texas. •            Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants-This category provides funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). The purpose of an HCP is to ensure adequate protection of suitable habitat for threatened and endangered species, while at the same time providing for economic growth and development. These grants provide support for baseline surveys and inventories, document preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities. For instance, the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas received a total of $1,080,990 last […]

Team WGRD wins 12U baseball league championship

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The Team WGRD of (front, l-r) Liam Cowen, Patrick Truskowski, Travis Hoving, Nick Buursma, JJ Doman, Ian Bach; (middle) Alex Bolin, Alex Markules, Charlie Riddering, Brett Wildman, Nathaniel Bush; (back) Coach Buursma, Coach Bolin and Coach Markules pulled through a close game and won the 12U Wolverine Baseball League championship with class.

Post season honors for several Rams lacrosse players

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        by SUE POUBA The 2009 season was a series of firsts for Rockford’s boys lacrosse season. This year, for the first time since the inception of the boys lacrosse program, the Rams were victorious over both East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Central teams. These two teams are perennial state powerhouses and these victories were certainly a sign of how far the Rockford program has advanced and the level of play they’ve achieved. Given their successful 11-6 season, the Rams were well-represented in post-season honors. Nick Howard was named a recipient of the MHSLCA Gene Reilly Unsung Hero Award. This award is for players who may not get statewide recognition, but whose hustle, tenacity and competitive spirit aids in the success of their team. Other Rams receiving post-season honors include: All Conference:  Travis Guest, DJ Lubs, Shea Mills, Jeremy Pouba, Cooper Sturr; All Region:  Eric Datema, Michael DeWitt, Derek Korthuis, Pouba, CJ Scholl, Sturr; All State:  Lubs (First Team), Mills (Third Team), Pouba (Second Team), Ray Sabon (First Team), Andy Shira (Honorable Mention), and Gabe Speirs (Third Team). Lubs was a unanimous selection for First Team All State, which made him eligible for another Rockford first for the 2009 season:  a selection as a high school All American. And on Sunday, June 7, Lubs became the first Rockford player to be named a high school All American for the state of Michigan. A long-stick player, Lubs excelled for the Rams on defense as well as a long-stick midfield. Several graduating seniors are also moving on to play lacrosse in college. Speirs, Shira and Sabon will play at Michigan State University. Pouba and Scholl will play for Grand Valley State University. Gabe Stulp will play at Indiana Tech, and Lubs will be playing for Florida Southern.

Rockford Rebels announce Players of the Week

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  Brett Nelson and Seth Stephens were recently named Players of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending June 28, 2009. Nelson had a great week offensively by going 5-11 and has displayed a great attitude while working hard all season. Stephens picked up two wins pitching for the week, and was 4-10 offensively.

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