Nationally renowned archer, Marie DeRegnaucourt, may have been the first Rockford archer to reach the heights of Member National Junior World Team, competing in the Czech Republic, National U.S. Open Gold Medalist 2004 and All American 2006, but she will be far from the last. Rockford has the RSC Wolverines Junior Olympic Archery Development Club, which was formed just a few years ago at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. There are 12 certified coaches with over 50 young athletes with four national champion titles held by Mikayla Venoms, Katerina Scrivener and Alice Billen. Their head coach is Glenn Meyers, who was on the 1984 USA Olympic team. An interesting tidbit: Did you know that DeRegnaucourt, her dad Jeff, and Meyers were in the movie “The Weatherman” with Nicholas Cage? Recently Josh Zuiderveen, Gordon Pickerd and Jeff DeRegnaucourt met with officials from the West Michigan Sports Commission. Their goal was to include archery in the 2011 Meijer State Games of Michigan. This year there are 26 different sports events at venues all over the state with over 2,000 athletes and several thousand visitors. Last year was the first year of the Meijer State Games of Michigan and it was a huge success. This year should be spectacular. Opening ceremonies will take place at Fifth Third Ball Park on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. There will be a parade of athletes from all sports along with opening ceremony celebrities Tom Izzo and Mark D’antonio , basketball and football coaches at Michigan State University. Ceremony will include lighting of the Olympic Caldron and a fireworks display to set the tone. The public is invited to view this spectacle for a small fee. Bring binoculars. Rockford will host the archery venue. In cooperation with Rockford Public Schools, the RSC Wolverines JOAD will hold their Michigan Cup Archery Tournament at the soccer field located at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes. Food will be available for purchase through the local boosters. A special thanks goes to Lisa Jacobs and Kris Wolpert of Rockford Community Education for their help in coordinating the resources of Rockford Public Schools. The event will be a Star FITA tournament, which is a certified event complete with registered judges. If a new national or world record is shot, […]
June 16 2011
‘The cat did just what we teach the little kids to do: stay low and go’ by BETH ALTENA A family cat survived a fire so hot and smoky that an entire neighborhood was hidden in the smoke as firefighters tried to extinguish the fully engaged blaze about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Neighbors helped the family at 137 Highland View Court remove the pet dogs, but could not locate the 14-year-old house cat. It was speculated at the scene that the fire began in the garage or outside the home and quickly ignited the entire house. According to City Manager Michael Young, who watched fire fighters battle the blaze, the department arrived quickly. The fire was so intense on the windy day that people in the neighborhood were worried their homes might also be set on fire. In addition to multiple Rockford fire trucks and emergency vehicles, trucks from the Algoma Fire Department, Courtland Fire Department and Cannon Fire Department arrived to assist. Young called this “a great example of the success of our Mutual Aid Agreement.” He also said it helped to have many of Rockford’s police and fire personnel cross-trained to be available at a major emergency. Firefighters had the blaze under control and entered the house to continue putting out burns as smoke began to clear. After the fire was contained, the family cat remarkably was found alive in the ruined home, apparently unharmed. A firewall separating the two halves of the duplex held, and the other residence was only damaged by smoke. Chief Mike Reus said an investigation into the cause of the fire will take place this week, but he thinks electrical issues may prove to be the source. He called the fire a “tough one,” which burned very hot and hard. “It was the most intense heat I’ve felt in a long time,” he stated. Reus said he was proud of his crew, who were aided by ideal placement of a fire hydrant directly in front of the home. “That makes a huge difference,” he said. “One of the other firefighters asked how Rockford is able to grow fire hydrants right in front of our fires.” Reus also said the intact firewall between the two halves of the […]
by JUDY REED A two-car accident in Courtland Township last week left one man with critical injuries and several others with minor scrapes and lacerations. The accident happened about 4 p.m. June 7, at 15 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue. According to police, a witness told them that a red Chevrolet Malibu was at the stop sign in the eastbound lane of 15 Mile at Shaner, when it pulled out in front of a white Dodge Durango traveling north on Shaner. There is no stop sign on Shaner, and the two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The Durango left the roadway and overturned in a yard north of the crash. A teen male sitting in the rear of the Durango was ejected and landed underneath the tire of the SUV in a yard just north of the intersection. The victim, Matthew John Slabbekoorn, 17, of Algoma Township was airlifted from the scene by AeroMed with a head injury. There were seven passengers in the Durango. The driver, Benjamin Creed Sullivan, 19, of Courtland Township was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Brooklynn Jenette Hommerson, 17, of Sparta was transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries. The other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined to be transported to the hospital. There were four passengers in the Malibu. The driver, Terese Clement, 42, of Courtland Township and three children, Jack Clement, 6, John Clement, 1, and Greg Clement, 1, suffered minor injuries and were all transported to the hospital by ambulance. Assisting at the scene was the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Cedar Springs Police, Sand Lake Police, Courtland Township Fire, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and AeroMed.
The Izaak Walton League Summerfest is coming up on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the club’s conservation facility and property at 5641 Myers Lake Road, just north of Cannonsburg Ski Lodge. There will be all types of outdoor activities, such as kids’ fishing, nature trails, archery, a scavenger or treasure hunt, birdhouse-building, kayaks, plus a rainbarrel workshop and information on natural shoreline preservation, and gardening with native ecology in mind. It’s all free, including lunch! The Dwight Lydell Conservation Club is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving our natural resources and a love of the outdoors. This is an open, community event and a good chance to look around. They would welcome new members, too. If you would like to help by volunteering for a couple of hours, or need more information, call (616) 773-2850 or (616) 560-2895.