July 5 2012

Cedar Springs Area Chamber reborn

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The Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the organization’s resurgence. Sixteen businesses in the Cedar Springs area have banded together to found a new Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The group has been meeting regularly over the last couple of months, as well as communicating through e-mail and Facebook about what they hope to bring to businesses and the community through the new Chamber. “This rebirth is an exciting time for the business community, as they look ahead to what Cedar Springs could become,” said interim president Shawn Kiphart. “The new chamber plans to organize community events, and offer resources to businesses such as advertising, communications, a voice, representation and support with local and state government issues, business education, and more.” The chamber is now legally incorporated, and is working on adopting their bylaws and setting up a fee structure. The businesses have talked about hosting a meet and greet with legislative candidates, creating new community events to draw business downtown such as Fun Fridays (with hot dog stands and fun activities), sidewalk sales, and more. They have created a Facebook page called Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (which already has 51 members), and will be working on a new website as well. The chamber created an interim board of directors at its last meeting that will serve for six months, to get things off the ground. A new board will then be elected at its annual meeting. The interim board consists of Shawn Kiphart, Take Two Game Shop, LLC, President; Judy Reed, Cedar Springs Post and freelance writer, VP of Communications; Sally Howland, Cedar Chest, VP of Operations; Kelly Roach, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, Secretary; Brynadette Powell, Arthur K. Eggerding Realtor, trustee; Michele Andres, Red Flannel Festival, trustee; Janice Hill, re-enactor, trustee; and Keith Hall, The Grilling Company, trustee. The Chamber will meet again Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place, 90 N. Main, at the corner of Main and Maple streets, to adopt their bylaws. For more information, e-mail the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce at info@csacoc.com. Their mailing address is PO Box 465, Cedar Springs MI 49319.


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The Cost of Athletics by MIKE CUNEO Assistant Superintendent of Finance Rockford Public Schools  When we think of June, parents, students and staff are thinking about the end of the school year and making plans for a well-deserved summer break. June is, however, the time of year when we are planning the budget for the next school year and revising the current school year budget. The fiscal year of the school district is July 1 to June 30. As mandated by law, we are required to submit to the Board of Education for formal adoption the revised general fund budget of the 2011-12 school year and the proposed general fund budget for the 2012-13 school year. Preparation and planning of the general fund budget encompasses revenues received from state and federal sources and expenditures for the district’s instructional programs and support services, which include operations and maintenance, transportation, community services as well as the athletic program. One question that is often asked is, “What is the cost of athletics to the district?” During the 2011-12 school year, over 30 varsity sports were offered to students through the district’s athletic program with more than 2,600 secondary students participating. Revenue received from the various sports encompasses gate receipts, student fees for pay-to-participate and donations. The total revenue for the 2011-12 school year was $452,838. Expenditures for the athletic program include salaries for coaches, cost of officials and game staff, tournament fees and travel expenses, as well as equipment, supplies and uniforms. The total expenditures for the 2011-12 school year were $1,264,508. As you can see, the costs of the athletic program are higher than the revenues received. The difference of $811,670 is covered by a general fund subsidy. This amount equates to 1.1% of the total overall general fund budget of $70+ million. While the dollar amount may seem large as a percentage of the overall general fund budget, it is a very small percentage. As the Board of Education has implemented budget reductions over the last few years, all programs have been impacted, including athletics. With assistance from the Sports Boosters and community, the district has been able to minimize the impact of cuts to the program. Their generous donations and support have covered the cost […]

Spring 2012 OU honor roll announced

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Students from 45 states and the District of Columbia are listed on the University of Oklahoma (OU) Norman campus honor roll for the spring 2012 semester. In most colleges, students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to be included on the honor roll. Students in the College of Architecture are recognized with a 3.3 or better, and students in the College of Engineering are recognized with a 3.0 or better. Rebekah Loraine Richmond of Rockford is enrolled full time in at least 12 credit hours. She earned a 4.0 (A) grade-point average and is on the President Honor Roll.


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by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Two people contacted me with the correct answer to the last “Rockford Nugget of History” question. Helen Hessler and Carole Christensen knew that Lyle Bennett came up with the idea of having a “Golden R” reunion each year. The first meeting of the group was in 1987 when the Rockford Area Historical Society helped sponsor the event at the time of the sesquicentennial celebration in Michigan. The initial meeting was held in the building on North Main that had been our high school from 1923 to 1960 and was so well attended and enjoyed that the committee headed by Mr. Bennett and Maxine Marcott decided to make it an annual affair. The last Saturday in June became the chosen date and the group has met every year since then. The positive tradition continued last Saturday, June 30, 2012 as the graduates met for the 26th time. Rockford graduating classes become eligible for membership in the “Golden R” when they reach their 50th reunion, so this year the class of 1962 was the honored group. Many 1962 graduates were present Saturday along with hundreds of others from earlier classes. Over the years I have attended several Golden R celebrations for various reasons, but this year I was there in a more official capacity because I was one of two advisors to the class 50 years ago. Tom Weeda was the other. Readers need to know that the occasion features a luncheon at noon, where those attending sit with others from their Rockford class. Prior to the meal there is an hour-and-a-half time period set aside for signing in and then meeting and talking with classmates and friends. It is amazing to watch and take part in the fellowship and to hear the stories and memories that are part of it all. It is really a special time in Rockford history. This year Gene Berry (class of 1954) served as master of ceremonies at the meal, as he has done before, and his efforts were well appreciated because he does a fine job. When people were finished with the meal, a short program followed. Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael S. Shibler talked about the state of the Rockford school system, […]

Hall of Fame class of 2012 inductees announced

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The Rockford Public Schools (RPS) Hall of Fame Advisory Council recently announced its class of inductees. The Hall of Fame class of 2012 will be honored at a special induction ceremony and dinner September 29, and their names will be engraved on a permanent monument that is installed on the grounds of Rockford High School. There is an entire weekend of activities planned for the inductees. On Friday, Sept. 28 they will be speaking to students in classrooms across the Rockford school district. Friday evening they will be introduced to the community at the Rockford Rams versus West Ottawa football game. The weekend will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a brunch held by the Rockford Lions Club. The RPS Hall of Fame was created by RPS and Rockford Education Foundation (REF) to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their chosen field or who have made significant contributions to RPS and/or the Rockford community. The Hall of Fame dinner will also serve as a fundraiser for the REF, which awards grants that enrich the educational experience in the Rockford community. Jamie Hosford, RPS assistant superintendent of human resources, will be the honorary chairperson for the event. Information about the event and tickets will be available at www.rockfordschools.org/ref. “It is amazing to see the growth of the Hall of Fame,” commented Lisa Jacobs, director of Community Services RPS and Hall of Fame committee member. “We are stretching beyond our community of Rockford to bring home alumni. Our inductees have gone out into the world to pursue their goals and I am pleased we are able to have them come back and interact with our student body.” There are four different categories for which individual can be nominated. Cameron B. Warne, RHS 2001, violinist, will be inducted in the Cultural and Performing Arts category. In the category of Academic/Career Accomplishment, there are three inductees:  Dathan Ritzenhein, RHS 2001, professional runner; Matthew Turk, PhD, RHS 1999, astrophysicist; Ginger “Zee” Zuidgeest, RHS 1999, meteorologist, “Good Morning America.” Victor Krause, RHS 1953, former member House of Representatives, Michigan, will be inducted under the category of Service to the Rockford Community. In the category of Honorary Achievement—Contributions to the Rockford Public Schools, three people are going to be […]

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