18th Gen Waid, Tom Wybranowski 19th Marquita Campbell, Cathy Fusee, Timothy J. Lewis, Phyllis VanderKolk’ Ann Ziel 20th Yvonne Alber, Roger Allen, Zaccary Bennett, Edith Post 21st Jeremiah Briggs, John DeVogel, Jim McDonald 21st Jim McIntyre, ChiChi Rogers, Julie Springsteen 22nd Nathan Briggs, Rachael Laage, Margaret Traxler 23rd Helen Jane Freese, Steve Fusee, Dorothy Tiff, Ray Truman 24th Lily Breeanna Fase, Martha Jean Kleinhans
June 16 2011
Thursday, June 16 Open Mic Night—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garden Club Park stage, downtown Rockford, behind Arnie’s. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Monday, June 20 Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Wednesday, June 22 Preschool Storytime—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Preschoolers enjoy stories, rhymes, music, movement and more as they build their early literacy skills and develop a love of reading. For children ages 3-6. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Toddler Time—10 and 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop their language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Thursday, June 23 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Open Mic Night—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garden Club Park stage, downtown Rockford, behind Arnie’s. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more.
by CRAIG JAMES We had our first Ozone Action Day of the season last week, except they are now called Clean Air Action Days. According to the website of the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition, they are just “thrilled to announce that its Ozone Action program has now become the Clean Air Action program.” I guess they really get excited by this stuff. The change means we will now be getting Clean Air Action Days, not only in the summer due to ozone levels, but year round when fine particulate matter exceeds certain levels. Fine particulate matter is defined as having a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller. A single hair from your head is about 70 micrometers in diameter, which means a hair is 30 times larger than the largest fine particle. These particles are present in haze, smoke and pollution, and are small enough to enter the lungs, causing respiratory problems in some people. Thankfully, West Michigan doesn’t very often have a problem with fine particulate matter and ozone levels only reach unhealthy levels a few days each year. Actions to lower ozone or fine particulate matter are voluntary at the current time. These actions include things I’m sure you’ve heard many times before, such as not mowing the lawn, not filling up your gas tank, or using a grill during the heat of the day, as well as curtailing driving. If air quality standards, which keep being strengthened, are not achieved by voluntary action, then the government will step in and mandate certain actions such as automobile emission inspections, which will be a cost to everyone. We did set a record high temperature in Grand Rapids last week on June 7 at 94 degrees. It is the warmest temperature in June in the past two years but, more notably, it is the first time since 1953 that we have set a record high in June. Bill Steffen went back through the records and found out: “Most all of our summer season record high temperatures are old and not recent. If you take the months of June, July and August… those 92 days… only 14 days have record high temperatures that have been set or tied since 1959. The other 78 days all […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Jeannie Gregory has been hired as the new Executive Director of our organization. After a three month interim period, the board removed the interim tag from Jeannie’s title and is proud to announce that she is officially our new Director. “Jeannie has been our interim director for the past three months and has truly excelled in that capacity. Her interpersonal skills, work ethic and dedication to our area have been evident to not only our board of directors, but to our membership as well. “ We have really thrown in her into the fire over the last three months which is typically one of our busiest times of the year. Our biggest Chamber events each year are the Rockford Business Expo at Rockford High School and The Start of Summer Celebration in downtown Rockford. We also have had many other events that she has adeptly overseen including our annual golf outing that benefits our Chamber Scholarship, the creation of a map of the entire Rockford school district that will be in print soon, numerous networking events, our new Chamber University classes, The West Michigan Healing Fields project, our interactive Chamber Web Site and a Chamber Facebook page. “We have the utmost confidence in Jeannie’s abilities and are looking forward to working with her in the coming years.” She is a life-long Rockford resident and has numerous established relationships with area residents and businesses. “I am very excited to be able to take all the information that has been gathered through focus groups, surveys and our newly established Strategic Plan and help to promote and grow Rockford businesses,” Gregory said. “There is no place I would rather be than in a position to let people know what a wonderful and highly supportive community Rockford is.”