Wed.–Thur., July 29–30 “Christmas in July” Sale—9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wed., and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thur., at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford. All proceeds to benefit the North Kent Service Center Food Pantry. Thursday, July 30 Free Child ID Program—10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockford Christian School, 6060 Belding Rd., Rockford, sponsored by the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. Each child who enters the program will receive a dental impression and a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and vital information. Parents or guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child. This program is part of the Kent County Sheriff’s Kids’ Day in conjunction with the Rockford Police Department, Greater Grand Rapids Safe Kids, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The day also includes the Mounted Unit, Bike Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, Parks Unit, Marine Division and a Kids Bike Rodeo (bring your bike and helmet). FREE ADMISSION. To register, call (616) 632-6221. For more information, contact Ron Grew at (616) 874-3182 or visit www.michip.org. Saturday, August 1 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Monday, August 3 Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Rd., Rockford. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler will give updates on what is happening with RPS. Open to the public; please RSVP by noon Friday, July 31 by calling the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 or e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $15 for Chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Community Donor Center (Rockford Community Cabin), 220 N. Monroe Street. Register to win a weekend casino getaway! Blood Drive—3 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational United Church of Christ, fellowship hall, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford. Register to win a family “Staycation.” Tuesday, August 4 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series “After the Blues”—7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features The Concussions (surf). Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. […]
July 30 2009
This spring, The Rockford Squire reported that five historic people in the Rockford area were honored at Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park. The event is a newer tradition in its second year and organized by the Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE). Each year, RACE will honor people from the City of Rockford and the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield. In addition to the gift of grants, recognizing the people who have contributed significantly to the history of the area is among the Endowment’s goals. When visiting the beautiful Peppler Park Recognition Plaza (on the west side of the dam), take the time to read the names on the bricks under your feet and in plaques on the columns in the park. The following is one more of the stories of this year’s honorees, with others to follow in future issues of the Squire. Clarence Blakeslee Not long ago, renowned newsman Tom Brokaw wrote a book entitled “The Greatest Generation.” That book recognized the generation of Americans who were born in the early 1900s, survived two world wars and the most crippling economic depression in American history. Clarence Blakeslee exemplifies that generation and all that it stands for, as well as any American. The Rockford area was truly blessed by many of that greatest generation, and the history of this community will always be much more richly colored because of the lives of those people, not the least of which is our own Clarence Blakeslee, or as he has come to be known, Mr. Rockford. Clarence was born in Grand Rapids in 1914. By 1918, his parents had divorced and he moved to Courtland Township for his first Rockford experience. He moved several times after that, including back to Grand Rapids and to Ionia, but in 1926 his mother—with a horse and wagon load of kids, furniture and a new husband—moved back to the Rockford area. It was a move that brought a lifetime of mutual love and respect between Clarence and his new home and neighbors of Rockford. Clarence graduated from Rockford Senior High School in 1932 after a distinguished high school career that included varsity letters in track, football and basketball. The classroom was a success also and it was recognized by […]
by BOB SIEGEL Principal, Valley View Elementary Being a Michigan State University (MSU) alumni and HUGE fan of the Spartans, when I first heard the phrase, “GO GREEN!” I instinctively shouted out loud, “GO WHITE!” (Green and White are MSU’s school colors—in case you missed the NCAA basketball tournament.) This past fall, Valley View Elementary School, along with other schools in Rockford, focused on educating our students about the importance of protecting our environment on our “one and only” planet Earth! At Valley View, teachers Nancy Berg (fourth grade) and Brad Davison (fifth grade) invited fourth- and fifth-graders to be leaders of this effort by joining our school’s newly created “Green Team”—a hands-on experience at helping safeguard Mother Earth. What started out as a simple group of students looking to engage in fun activities under Nancy and Brad’s leadership, became a group very serious about their efforts and highly organized. The experience culminated in the reception of the “Green Award,” given by the Kent County Intermediate School District. Valley View’s upper-elementary students truly embraced the concepts of conservation and recycling to the point where they gave up recesses to organize their tasks. A “tree-hugger” I am not, but one can no longer overlook the need to be conscious of the environment around us! As a leader of future leaders, it’s incumbent upon us as educators—and parents—to teach our children the importance of considering how and what we USE, from material goods to electronic devices. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned as a parent and educator, it’s that whatever we place a high priority and focus on is what our children will grow up to place importance on when they are adults. The way that I view this topic is analogous to how we should treat our bodies. We get ONE shot at taking care of our earthly “temples,” as the Greeks used to say. If we mistreat our human bodies by eating poorly, failing to exercise, and abuse chemicals, the result will probably not be a long and prosperous life. Unfortunately, once our body begins to malfunction, we do NOT get to trade it in for a new one! The same goes for “Mother Earth!” I’m not sure we’ll ever truly know the extent […]
Jason Baniukaitis and Mackenzie Osbeck, both of Rockford, have each been named recipients of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Baniukaitis is the son of Mary and Ed Baniukaitis. Osbeck is the son of Tim and Jill Osbeck. To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three consecutive additional years with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better. Kyle Trimble of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship to GVSU. He is the son of Jeff and Julie Trimble. To be considered for a Presidential Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.8 high school GPA, a minimum ACT score of 32, and attend a scholarship competition. This award is also renewable for three consecutive additional years with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better. All three students are recent Rockford High School graduates.
Whaley-Ingraham In the fine company of close friends and endeared family, Wendy Whaley, a 2007 graduate of Forest Hills Eastern, and Will Ingraham, a 2005 graduate of Rockford, shall commit their lives together before Almighty God in marriage. The couple will be married on August 8, 2009, and will reside in Grand Rapids. Terry and Ellen Whaley of Ada and beloved sister Stephanie will accompany the beautiful bride to the altar. Brian and RuthAnn Ingraham of Rockford, with beloved sister Lyza, will be proud to witness this sacred union. Will is a geek in the I.T. department at Amway International, and Wendy is pursuing a creative career in photography from Grand Rapids Community College. Psalm 150!