July 5 2012


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Reader shares story of neighborly kindness Dear Editor, We wanted to share a good citizen story. I ran an errand to Ric’s Market, not knowing that my husband’s wallet and car keys were on the trunk of my car. They made it all the way to Myers Lake Road and we found the wallet (mostly empty) in the dark around 11:30 p.m. The next morning, a Kent County Deputy Sheriff came to our house with the rest of the contents of his wallet and the keys, which had ended up on the side of the road. Bill Larsen (a backyard neighbor we didn’t know) had turned in everything (including cash) to be returned to us. He refused any reward, and just asked that if the opportunity presents itself, we return the favor and “pay it forward” to someone else. We will, Bill—and thanks again! Bob and Diane Jones Cannon Township residents Reelect current board members to stay on course of fiscal responsibility, community improvement Dear Editor, I am writing to urge residents of Cannon Township to vote in the August 7 primary elections for incumbents Steve Grimm (supervisor), Bonnie Blackledge (clerk), Dick Davies (treasurer), Deb Diepenhorst and Diane Jones (trustees). For the past several years, these officials have been exemplary servants to our community. These representatives have been extremely financially responsible; holding their own salaries steady while increasing employee contribution to their healthcare plans. The clerk and treasurer positions have been reduced to part-time hours, which results in a savings of $19,000 annually. Our community has continued to flourish, and under their leadership the fire barn expansion was completed and no additional debt was accrued by the township. A comprehensive plan for sewer maintenance is underway, including an ongoing improvement project for lift stations. Ninety percent of the engineering costs for the lift stations was obtained from a state grant, and further funding is being pursued at a low 2.5 percent interest rate through bonds. Thanks to a conservative spending approach, Cannon Township has increased its fund balance by almost $500,000 in the last two budgets. Rather than just hoping for the best, these people come to work every day and carefully plan and strategize to achieve these impressive results. Such dedicated board members are what […]

All-age track and field meet provides fun times

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Wednesday, June 27, the Greater Rockford Area Racing Series (GRARS) hosted its second of four events for the summer in a track and field meet at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium. “We had between 65 and 70 competitors ranging from age 3 to 55 competing in events from the shot put to hurdles to the 5,000-meter run with a bunch of other events in between,” said Race Director Benjamin Watson. In total the event drew over 100 people. Some event winners from the day were 3-year-old Christopher Williams in the age 6 and under 55-meter hurdles with a time of 11.31, Bill Fix in the age 50-59 5,000-meter run with a time of 20:28, Troy Rock in the age 19-29 400-meter dash in 53.08, Rihana Pillow in the age 7-10 800-meter run in 2:51.52, Annalise Elliot in the age 6 and under Frisbee throw in 15’ 10”, and Terrance Love in the age 30-39 shot put in 33’ 5.75”. “We had a very good turnout in just our second event of the summer, and hopefully people will take advantage of what a wonderful family sport distance running and track and field can be over our two July events,” said Watson. GRARS is hosting a cross-country 5K at East Rockford Middle School on July 11 with registration starting at 4:45 and race time at 5:30 p.m. Another track and field meet is set for July 25 at the Ted with registration starting at 4:45, field events beginning at 5:30 and running at 6 p.m. Any questions can be answered at bwatson@rockfordschools.org.

DeDamos part of dominating effort at MHSFCA game

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by RANDY GREGORY   Last year’s playing of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) East-West All-Star Game had a less-than-satisfying result for a former standout Rockford linebacker when Brett Egnatuk was forced to call it a career due to repeated concussions, and his squad lost to boot. This year’s 32nd version, played at Alma College on Saturday, June 30, featured another stalwart former Ram linebacker in Anthony DeDamos. The 6′ 2″ 227-pound DeDamos and his West teammates thoroughly dominated the East in coasting to a 59-7 victory. “I spoke with Anthony [DeDamos] earlier this week and he had been having a lot of fun,” said Rockford Coach Ralph Munger. “He had a good feeling about the other players on his team and you saw the results. He is going to be a very good linebacker at the college level. He really improved in every facet of the game during his time here at Rockford, and Wayne State is getting a solid player this upcoming year.” DeDamos didn’t know his exact stats from the game, but contributed a huge special teams play for the West. On an errant punt snap, DeDamos came off the end and sacked the punter for a huge loss that set up one of many West scores. “The practices went great all week long and I think we bonded as a team over that time frame,” said DeDamos. “We got there the previous Sunday and had one practice that day and three practices a day from Monday through Thursday. It was a great effort across the board for everyone connected to my team. It was also nice to be able to play on the same squad with two of my future teammates at Wayne State.” DeDamos received multiple accolades for his defensive prowess during the 2011 season for the Rams. He was All Conference in the OK Red, All Area for West Michigan and was mentioned in several different sites as an All State performer. He was recognized and rewarded for his efforts by signing a football scholarship with the Wayne State Warriors of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Warriors made it all the way to the NCAA championship game before coming up just short last year. He […]

Rockford varsity boys basketball players play on

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After this year’s varsity boys basketball team tied as conference champs, won districts and regionals, and played at Breslin to become state finalists, three of the players have recently committed to play the game they love at the next level while they earn their degrees. They have played together, along with several others on this year’s varsity team, since third grade in American Youth Basketball Tournaments, Gus Mackers, MVP and Courthouse leagues and many other tournaments to pursue their knowledge and passion for basketball in hopes to someday play at the next level. Ivy Johnson and Scott Nikodemski will attend Alma College. Mitch Caywood will attend Lake Forest College in Chicago. They’d like to thank all of their coaches through the years for helping them prepare to live their dreams playing college basketball.

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