June 17 2010

Engagements — June 17, 2010

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Wetzel-Siderius  Thomas and Sandra Siderius of Belmont announce the engagement of their son, Daniel, to Jennifer Wetzel. Jennifer Wetzel of Paducah, Ky., is the daughter of Conrad and Etta Wetzel of Harrisburg, Ill. She is a graduate of Harrisburg High School, Murray State University, and Kent State University. Jennifer is a library media specialist at an elementary school in the McCracken County Public Schools near Paducah. Daniel Siderius of Germantown, Md., is a graduate of Rockford High School, Michigan Technological University, and Purdue University. He is a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The couple is planning a summer wedding in Grand Rapids, and will reside in Germantown, Md., following the wedding.

Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship awarded

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The first Parkside P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Responsible Ideas and Deeds Everyday) Scholarship has been awarded to Breanna Bowen, a 2010 graduating Rockford High School senior who attended Parkside Elementary School. Founded in 2002-03, this scholarship is provided by the efforts of the Parkside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). As a long-term goal and in an effort to promote P.R.I.D.E. behavior among students leaving the elementary school environment, the Parkside PTO established the scholarship. An integral part of the application process is for the student to demonstrate how they have utilized the P.R.I.D.E. philosophy and lifeskills during their high school years. Promoting responsible ideas and deeds everyday is an ongoing effort by Parkside students, staff and parents to improve student behavior and respect for others. This scholarship is to reward Parkside alumni for their contributions to this community and their school, for high school graduation years 2010 through 2019. Scholarship awards of $550 will be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Rockford Public Schools who had attended Parkside Elementary School. Applicants must have completed at least one academic year at Parkside. The funds from the scholarship will be dispersed according to the established procedure with the scholarship office through Rockford Public Schools’ administrative office. Recipients will receive instruction for disbursement at the RHS honors convocation. Application criteria included: Demonstration of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. philosophy utilizing lifeskills, grade-point average, community service, extracurricular involvement, self-help, and personal recommendations. Consideration is given to all applicants regardless of intended post-secondary education. Financial need is not a factor. The selection committee is comprised of the P.R.I.D.E. scholarship committee. The committee received several outstanding applications from former Parkside students. Bowen was selected because she demonstrated importance of caring, having kindness and taking initiatives in her application. She has served in the local community for God’s Kitchen, Second Harvest Gleaners and North Kent Service Center, to name a few, assisted African refugee families who face monumental barriers in being relocated to another country, started the African Outreach Club at the high school to educate others, and helped others through mission trips to Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, and this summer Africa. The Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship committee is pleased to have Breanna Bowen as the first recipient of the Parkside P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship.

Chamber candidate forum set for June 22

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to announce that they will be hosting a candidate forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. The event will take place at Boulder Creek Golf Club, 5750 Brewer Ave., Belmont, and will feature the candidates running for Michigan’s 73rd District House of Representatives. The 10 candidates—nine Republicans and one Democrat—were all invited to this exciting event so they could get their message out to their potential voters. The candidates are vying for the seat that Rep. Tom Pearce is vacating due to term limitations. The seven appearing as of most recently are: Bruce Hawley (R), Jeanine Herlacher (R), Paul Hibbard (R), Steve Jazwiec (R), Peter MacGregor (R), Tom Norton (R), and Dennis Smith (R). Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, will be moderating the event. The forum format will allow for each candidate to address the crowd for five minutes and then the moderator will ask the candidates questions that the attendees will have submitted during the actual event. Cost for the candidate forum will be $10 and reservations are required. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please call Jeannie at (616) 866.2000, or e-mail membership@rockfordmichamber.com at your earliest convenience so the RCC may plan for the event. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, June 17.

Kimberly’s donates to NKSC

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Kimberly’s Boutique, a specialty retailer in Rockford, announced that it is presenting a $2,000 donation to North Kent Service Center (NKSC) as part of Brighton’s Feed Our Friends fundraiser. Kimberly’s Boutique was among retailers across the United States that joined with Brighton last summer in selling a limited-edition collection of semi-precious jewelry designed especially to help feed struggling Americans. “To help us decide where to direct our donations, we asked retailers who participated in the fundraiser to nominate their American Heroes—people in the community who lead tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that are feeding people,” said Laura Young, president of sales and marketing for Brighton, a Los Angeles-based maker of fine ladies’ accessories. “We selected North Kent Service Center from among hundreds of entries that we received because of the passion that Kimberly’s Boutique and the store’s customers showed for their work their ‘hero’ does in the community.” Donating by design is a continuing tradition at Brighton, where founder and owner Jerry Kohl and his team of designers have created jewelry collections that have raised over $3 million for breast cancer charities and over $1 million to fight women’s heart disease. With the American Heroes collection, they focused their creative efforts on the growing number of people going hungry due to the economy. “We all have people in our lives that we’re concerned about, so I decided to find a way we can make a difference in their lives,” Kohl said. “That’s how the American Heroes jewelry and additional Feed Our Friends programs came about.” Known for excellent quality and broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton produces handbags, jewelry, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, luggage, fragrances and gifts which are sold in 142 Brighton Collectibles stores and over 5,000 specialty stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.brighton.com.

Sports Commission has brought in over $140 million in revenue to West Michigan

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Townships, City learn financial opportunities of Rockford sports complex By Matt Marn  The Plainfield Township board welcomed the township boards and planning commissions of Algoma Township and the City of Rockford the evening of Tuesday, May 25, for a special combined meeting. The informational meeting discussed the project of creating a sports center, complete with a number of baseball diamonds, in an area near the current North Kent Transfer Station off 10 Mile Road, owned by the Kent County Department of Public Works. George Meek, Plainfield Township supervisor, said it was time to share the idea that has been discussed for a number of years. Meek said for now, it was simply an informational meeting, and that if further steps were taken to make this plan a reality, all three township boards and planning commissions would be involved. “If this takes place, it will have a very strong impact on the communities around us,” said Meek. Plainfield Township welcomed its speaker, Mike Guswiler, Executive Director of the West Michigan Sports Commission, the group responsible for bringing this idea to the table. Guswiler explained the commission was formed in 2007 to promote West Michigan as a premiere venue for youth and amateur sports. He went on to say another goal of the commission is to improve the quality of life for people in the area, including bringing in customers to benefit local businesses such as restaurants, stores and hotels. Guswiler said so far the commission has planned 136 events, and has already brought in $140 million in revenue for local businesses through youth and amateur sports events. “In 2007 we conducted a plan… we wanted to become the go-to organization for youth and amateur sports organizations,” he said. “Much of that effort is bringing awareness and volunteers to the sports, as well as sponsorship and venue assistance.” Guswiler said the West Michigan Sports Commission has another objective – to further develop the infrastructure of facilities in the area, from high schools to universities. He said after forming a research task force, the commission found the sports that would most benefit from such an area was baseball and softball. “In the seasonal period, you can have a tournament each and every weekend,” Guswiler said. “We wanted to […]

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