On May 15, Girl Scout Junior Troop 2731 of Assumption School in Belmont successfully completed their Bronze Award, the highest award a junior-level Girl Scout can earn. The Bronze Award consists of completing badge work in skills and leadership, in conjunction with planning and executing a service project. Each girl needed to complete 15+ hours to earn this award. The troop chose their school’s music center as the focus of their project to show school spirit and give back to their school community. The music center needed acoustical and visual improvements, both of which the Scouts were eager to supply. To fund their project, the troop used their proceeds from their Girl Scout cookie sales. Together the troop created six original, music-inspired paintings to energize the space visually. To address the acoustical problems, they sewed and hung fabric to cover the room’s entire back wall to help diminish echo in the room. They also completed other improvements such as painting the doors, walls and hallway floor, building and installing coat hooks, hanging a new light, reupholstering the piano bench, and even polishing the old piano. The room and hallway were completely transformed and the troop feels that the school’s band and music programs will certainly enjoy using the newly refurbished room. Troop 2731 members who earned the Bronze Award are: Kirsten Brinkmeier, Katie Cruikshank, Heather Denton, Rachel Foster, Molly Kalinowski, Mary Novak, Aubrey Paganelli, Maddie Ripple, Kate Sakoski, Eliza Solarawicz and Margarita Whyte.
June 17 2010
The Kent District Library (KDL) has teamed up with the Great Start Parent Coalition and ACCESS Food Pantries to help families with young children in need. They are collecting one of the most basic necessities for infants and toddlers: diapers. Until June 30, seven KDL branches will have collection boxes available for diapers to be donated to families in need. Unopened packages of disposable diapers in any size can be dropped off at these KDL branch locations: Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids, Byron Township, Kentwood, Krause Memorial (Rockford), Comstock Park, and Alpine Township. The goal of this countywide diaper drive is to collect 50,000 diapers for young children in Kent County. According to the Great Start Collaborative, one of every five babies born in Kent County is born into poverty. An adequate supply of diapers for a young child can cost more than $75 per month, and programs such as W.I.C. and food stamps do not cover these costs. When families can’t afford an adequate supply of diapers, children are often made to spend long periods of time in the same diaper, which leads to increased health risks. Cloth diapers are a challenge, because many childcare centers only accept disposable diapers, and many coin-operated laundry facilities won’t allow the washing of cloth diapers for health reasons. Please help make a difference for the youngest citizens of our community. For more information, please call (616) 784-2007.
The Rockford junior varsity boys golf team concluded a very successful season by winning the OK Red postseason conference tournament at Grand Haven Golf Club (GHGC) on Wednesday, May 12 by posting a score of 181, one stroke better than runner-up East Kentwood. Jenison finished third with 187. The Rams were led by sophomore Mark Pearson, who finished with the best score in the tournament with a 43 on the challenging narrow fairways at GHGC. Freshman Seth Wells shot a 44, Sam Barnard 46, Justin Ullrey 46, Parker Derks 46, and David Dominiak 49. On the year, Coach Scott Kruisenga’s team finished with an impressive 49-11 record. When asked to summarize the season, Coach Kruisenga said, “More important than the wins/losses this year were the attitudes and work ethic of the team. Being able to balance fun and hard work is challenging for many freshmen and sophomores, but these boys were able to handle it and succeeded in becoming the JV conference champs. They maintained a conference record of 29-1 and won the preseason, midseason and postseason championships. I’m proud of you, boys, and good luck in striving for varsity status.” Sophomore Jake Stephan, who led the team with an average score of 39.6 per nine holes, earned some valuable varsity experience at times throughout the season by virtue of his outstanding play. While playing at the JV level, nine of his 13 rounds were in the 30s, including a one-over-par 36 on April 22. Completing the JV roster this season were sophomores David Anderson and Justin Wustman, and freshman Matt Dickinson.
The Our Lady of Consolation/St. Patrick seventh- and eighth-grade softball team completed the 2010 season by winning the Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council (GRACEAC) end-of-season tournament with a 20-11 victory. They also finished in first place during the regular season. In 10 games (9-1) they outscored their opponents 114-21. OLC/St. Pat’s pitchers combined for a total of 133 strikeouts. This is the second year in a row that OLC/St. Pat has won the GRACEAC seventh- and eighth-grade softball season and end-of-season tournament. Last year’s team finished 10-0. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Ally Fought, Hannah Rice, Renee Ringler, Leasha Novak, Olivia Weatherhead; (middle) Mara Egeler, Karlee Tykosky, Kathryn Pilczuk, Bethany Dean, Tara Hogue, Shelby DeClercq, Head Coach Frank Tykosky; (back) Coach Deb Hogue, Coach Tom Dean and Coach Eric Egeler.
In a repeat trip back to the championships at the Canton Cup Soccer Tournament May 29-30, the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) Kelting U20 boys lost the final game 2-1, but played a hard-fought battle. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Brennan Aulbach, Colin Kurtz, Drew Langworthy, Eric Carter, Zach Gallé; (middle row) Aiden Leverett, Donovan Jewell, Jack Faccio, Ben Swayze, Jake Anderson, Cameron Kelting; (back row) Assistant Coach Shawn Leverett, Head Coach Kelly Kelting, and Assistant Coach Mark Faccio.