The Rockford seventh-grade boys AYBT basketball team won the AYBT May Madness State Championship in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. on May 28. They had to play three games on Memorial Day and beat a very strong team from Pickney, Mich., a team from Detroit, the Detroit Magic, and in the championship game they beat J.D.I.A.H from Grand Rapids, 37-27, for the championship. They had to play a total of eight games over three days to win the championship. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Harry Hevelhurst, Mason Phillips, Clay Landsman, Teaque Farley; (back row) Zac Holman, Nolan Darby, Cole VanSetters, Coach Zach VanSetters, Jack Gabridge, and Tyler Brenner. Not pictured are Coach Steve Majerle and Jason Majerle.
June 14 2012
The Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) U16 boys soccer team went undefeated this season and were the Canton Cup champions. This is their first year playing Premier, and they are ranked 28th among all Premier teams in Michigan. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Bill Potts, Jared Sweet, Nate Henderson, Jacob Sweet, Michael Lubs; (middle row) Coach Nicu Milotin, Neil Frank, Alex Antonakis, Andrew Anderson, John Flickinger, Drew Mogg; (back row) Nate Rozegnal, Drew Chrisman, Nick White, Kelvin Pearson, Michael Pontius, and Micah Swanson. Not pictured is Michael Krogman.
Four local boys from Ram Hockey changed out of the orange and into pink to show their support for those celebrating recovery, and those who lost the courageous battle with cancer. On April 20-22, there was a three-on-three hockey tournament at Ferris State University for many age groups. Aidan Hoffman, Riley Pitcher, Theo Thrun and Corbin Venckus played in the Squirt Travel AA bracket as Team HotShots (pictured). They dedicated their efforts to raise $905 for Susan Komen Foundation and $815 for Oncology Nurses Reach Out (ONRO). Susan Komen Foundation will use funds to provide mammograms (cost $150) and wigs (cost $50). ONRO helps patients and families from out of town with the basics of gas, food and shelter. More important than the championship trophy—which they proudly brought home—was being able to serve others while playing the game they love.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Over the past several years, the residents of the greater Rockford community have been treated to “The Blues” and the “Open Mic”. And now those same residents will be able to enjoy another genre of music. Christian music will now fill the air of Rockford’s Garden Club Park on twelve consecutive Sunday evenings this summer. “What better way, for Rockford residents and visitors from out of town, to spend a warm summer evening than in the beautiful Rogue River setting of the park while enjoying music dedicated to the Creator of all things,” said City Councilman and event organizer, Rich Moll. The idea for “Praise in the Park” entered Moll’s mind a few years ago, but he was unable to get needed support to make the idea fly. Moll placed it on the back burner but couldn’t get it out of his mind. All that changed recently when Ethan Ezikian, the Worship Director from Rockford Reformed Church, asked Moll what it would take to hear some Christian music in downtown Rockford. With that simple question and Ezikian’s support the dream galvanized. Numerous churches in the area were contacted and a large enough pool of churches readily agreed to play a part in this inaugural event by filling the twelve weeks that were planned. The Sunday evening programs may include Praise teams, duets, solos, instrumental music, and even good old-fashioned traditional hymn sings. Your reporters, the Hills, were on hand last Sunday evening when the Praise Team from Rockford Reformed Church performed a blend of vocal and instrumental music before a large appreciative crowd. Many on hand that evening were first time visitors to Rockford’s annual Start of Summer Celebration weekend. “My family and I had a blast in Rockford this weekend,” said Cayden Tanner from Orlando, Florida. “And this wonderful evening of music was the icing on the cake.” Moll envisions each of the Sunday evening performances to be a wholesome event for the “entire family” to enjoy, saying, “The God given faith based talents of the musicians and singers of our area churches are simply awesome. Mark your calendars for the remaining eleven weeks of the “Praise in the Park” schedule. You won’t be disappointed.” “Praise in the Park” […]
by STEVE GRIMM Cannon Township Supervisor The Cannon Township Board has always focused on being open and transparent in the conduct of your business. When I became supervisor in January 2011, the Board allowed public comment in the beginning of every board meeting, and every person was allowed three minutes to comment. As of my first meeting as supervisor, we added public comment at the end of each meeting and removed the time limit. I have always felt that there should be no limit in Cannon Township on free speech, and if something was important enough for someone to take the time to come to a meeting, they should not be limited in the amount of time they have. We have said, however, that if a person has five minutes of something to say, they should to do it in five minutes, not six or ten. We recently had over a hundred people at a board meeting when we were considering a revision to the Special Land Use Ordinance for recreational areas in Cannon Township, like, but not limited to, Cannonsburg Ski Area. Everyone at the meeting had an opportunity to address the Board, and everyone, without exception, had something meaningful to say. That was a very important moment for our township, because it proved that the changes I mentioned above work very, very well. Everyone was courteous and respectful, and the Board appreciated every word that was said. As a result of this exercise in representative democracy, the Board was able to glean very important information and pass our concerns on to the Planning Commission for analysis and input. The Planning Commission then appointed a subcommittee to analyze those concerns. Then a subcommittee of the Board met with representatives of the Planning Commission, and came up with a very good ordinance, as well as an amended Outdoor Assembly ordinance. Best of all, we had input and advice from interested citizens in the subcommittee as well. In Cannon Township, we realize that the collective wisdom of her residents far outweighs that of her Board. Taking things one step further, we recently changed the make-up of our sewer committee to include a board member who actually pays a sewer bill, Deb Diepenhorst, as well as residents […]