July 30 2009. Top News Story

Scouts prepare gardens for Memorial Day

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

Local Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered on Thursday, May 27 at Blythefield Memory Gardens for the annual decorating of the veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. The event opened with a memorial flag ceremony conducted by local veterans as “Taps” was played. The young people then gathered handfuls of flags and went row by row, ensuring all veterans were honored. “This is a great opportunity for our kids to connect the past with present by honoring the men and women who have fought for our country,” said Scout Coordinator Kelly McLellan. “Having the veterans join us this year is an added bonus.” Following the placement of the flags, everyone was treated to a cookout dinner by the Gardens’ staff.

Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series to feature Mike Guswiler

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce another installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series for 2010. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 7 at the Rockford Ambulance Community Room, 8450 Shaner Ave. NE (on the northeast corner of Ten Mile Road). The event will feature the culinary delights of long-time Chamber member The Corner Bar, complete with grill and tent for a tailgating atmosphere. Mike Guswiler, executive director of the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC), will discuss the impact this organization has had in its first three years and how they have created a signature event to continue the momentum of generating visitor spending in our region through youth and amateur sporting events. Guswiler was named the executive director in June 2007 and has been leading the organization in all of it daily operations. His primary responsibility is to champion the mission of the WMSC to the state, region and nation as a premier destination in the effort to promote sports tourism and secure sports-related business. If you would like to attend the luncheon, please register by Friday, June 4 by contacting the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail Jeannie at membership@rockfordmichamber.com with your reservation. The luncheons are open to everyone. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. Please note that if you are unable to attend the luncheon and have registered, you are urged to contact the Chamber office prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged. The bi-monthly luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food, expert advice and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.

Rockford woman killed in rollover

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Alice Bronswell Phillips, 58, died when the vehicle which she drove was struck by that of a 19-year-old Grand Rapids woman on Alpine Avenue just south of Lamoreaux,  on Sunday, July 26. According to the Michigan State Police, Phillips lost control of her car after the impact and ran off the right side of the road and overturned, hitting a utility pole. She was taken to Butterworth Hospital by Life Ambulance and died. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor and all parties had their seatbelts on.