If you’ve strolled or biked along the Frederic Meijer White Pine Trail lately, you may have noticed plenty of comings and goings at The Carriage House, located on E. Bridge Street, just west of the Trail. Drywallers and painters have been on overtime, working nearly around the clock to finish the building for Rockford’s newest business, Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace. Slated for a mid August grand opening, owner Nick Poindexter notes he and his family have fallen in love with Rockford and he is working 24-7 to get his equipment moved in, signs hung, staff hired, and products delivered. “This is an incredible town, and to be located right in the heart of downtown with the Trail and so many family activities, it is the ideal spot for our market. We want to open in time to capture the summer crowds and set the table for fall regulars. We will be offering specialty smoked products, jerkys, salads, dips, seafood, and deli meat selections – perfect for a picnic, tailgate party, or lunches and dinners when you want quality products but are short on time.” Carriage House owner Andy Gremel noted Poindexter’s Marketplace is a perfect fit for downtown Rockford. “There is nothing like Poindexter’s in West Michigan— we are excited that Nick an his wife Nicole have chosen to move their family to our community and open up this unique business.“ Poindexter noted the official opening date has not been set as it depends on final equipment and product deliveries. Stay tuned to your local paper for further details.
July 30 2009
Have confidence in yourself by JEFFREY S. O’MALLEY Director of Golf Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club Just the other day, I read an article written by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D., involving a surfer and his mental confidence or lack of. After reading the article, I realized that it totally related to us golfers, too! Cohn’s article was about a surfer who didn’t have full confidence in his own abilities. Around others, he always worried about what his peers and friends thought about his game. He would compare himself to other surfers and feel he didn’t match up to them. He was constantly concerned and guessing what others thought about his game. The bottom line is he was his own worst enemy. He was way too hard on himself, tried to be too perfect, and his mind-reading affected his performance in a negative way. Mentally, he thought he was a bad surfer. So, to better himself, he had to quit thinking about what others thought and not compare himself to others. He started to think positive thoughts about himself. I believe we should always focus on the task at hand and stay in the moment. What others think should not affect what we do. Can you imagine comparing ourselves to Tiger Woods in ability? Now that is a total letdown. We should just tee it up and do the best we can on every shot, so when the round is over we will post the best score that we could shoot that day. Remember that golf is 90 percent mental, so we should work on this more than the physical part and the same as a worse case scenario.
It isn’t everyday that a college located in the lacrosse hotbed of America, Baltimore, Md., recruits a girl from Michigan. Rockford lacrosse standout Andi Raymond has verbally committed to taking her skills to Towson University beginning in the fall of 2010. Raymond, a rising senior, is the first girl from West Michigan to be offered a lacrosse scholarship by a Top 20 NCAA Division I university. Towson ended the 2009 lacrosse season as the NCAA’s 14th-ranked team in the nation and they have won two consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championships and played in two NCAA Division I tournaments in a row. “I am really excited to be going to Towson,” said Raymond. “Their program is outstanding and the coaching staff is excellent.” Recently, Raymond returned from two East Coast tournaments and a week at the Towson Lacrosse Camp. “Playing with incoming recruits as well as some of the Towson players really helped me feel like this is where I could see myself playing for my four years of college,” Raymond commented. “Choosing a school was much more difficult than I thought because there were so many good options.” Five Division I schools expressed interest in Raymond, and probably her most challenging decision was to turn down a scholarship offer from Northwestern University, the NCAA’s top-ranked women’s lacrosse team and five-time national champion. As a team captain and MVP at Rockford, Raymond comes off an outstanding junior season where she set several school records and led the Rams to a 21-4 season. She was a unanimous First Team All State and All Conference player as well as garnering recognition as a U.S. Lacrosse All American. Her All American honorable mention selection is a first for a girls lacrosse player from West Michigan. Coach Mike Emery believes Raymond was the leading scorer in all of Michigan this year. Her 117 goals and 80 assists gave her an unheard-of season total of 197 points. If the MHSAA kept good records, she may very well own the state records as well. Though the Rams ended their MHSAA tournament as a state semi-finalist, Raymond believes that they have the potential to go all the way in the 2010 season. The Rams will return nine starters from the 2009 season. […]
It has been a great summer season for the Rockford Riptide swim team. During eight weeks of dedication and hard work, 21 athletes qualified to swim at the state meet in 91 individual and six relay events. Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Cutler, with assistance from Megan Hirn, David Carson, Tom Parks and Kevin Brown, the club is delighted to showcase these athletes as they proudly represent Rockford Riptide at the state level. Rockford Riptide is a community-based United States Swimming (USS) competitive age group swim team. Their purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills.