June 18 2009

Rockford Ace Hardware donates to school landscape project

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Valley View Elementary students wrapped up the year with a beautification project made possible by donations of supplies by Rockford Ace Hardware. According to organizer Katy Nelson, fifth-graders there worked hard putting in eight bags of cedar mulch, eight bags of peat moss, six bags of topsoil, one crab apple tree, two lilac bushes, two spirea bushes, 10 perennials, and two flats of snapdragons. The school also purchased flats of annuals for the project. Visitors to the school will see a plaque thanking Rockford Ace Hardware from the class of 2016.

School Beat – June 18, 2009

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Have a safe, enjoyable summer vacation! by LAURA FEATHERSTON Trustee, Board of Education I can’t even believe it. As I write this, there are only five days of school left. It is such a trite thing to say, but it seems like just last week we had our welcome back assembly for the staff, the first day after Labor Day was fast approaching and I was rushing to Meijer to get school supplies. Last weekend, I was trying to find an open weekend on the summer calendar to get together with out-of-town friends. While I am excited for all the great things our family has planned, I was stressed out that there were only a few weekends that weren’t booked with graduation parties, camping trips and other “events.” So now I’ve made a conscious effort not to plan out every free moment and to leave some time for impromptu fun. Last-minute trips to the lake, bike rides and hikes on the trails, and just hanging out at home lead to just as great of memories as the planned out, “space reserved” and “tickets bought” events that fill the calendar. I hope everyone in the Rockford Public Schools community has a great summer. Students and families, enjoy the great weather and spending time together without the worries of schoolwork and a rigid schedule. Staff, I hope you get some well-deserved rest and relaxation, and I look forward to seeing you next fall. Construction crews who will be busy making significant changes to all the sites around the district, well, I don’t want you to relax, so keep up the good work! And to the 2009 graduates, I wish you all success in whatever path you are headed. September 8 will be here quickly, and many of us will be back into the school routine before that. So make it a great break, and no matter how you spend it, be safe and capture lots of memories.

A Message for You – June 18, 2009

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A constant among the change by PASTOR DICK RILEY Rockford United Methodist Church Well-known preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once told of a time when he was riding in the country and came upon a farm. As he looked at the barn, he noticed that it had a weather vane on which the arrow had these words inscribed: “God is love.” Spurgeon approached the farmer and asked, “What do you mean by that? Do you think that God’s love is changeable-that it turns and changes about just as that arrow turns in the winds?” “Oh, no,” said the farmer. “What I mean by that weather vane is that whichever way the wind blows, God is still love.” Like it or not, we all live in a world of change. Every day, something new is being invented, discovered or tried. Every day, life comes at us with some new opportunities, some new challenges or some new problems. As the old Indian proverb states, “No one can stick their foot in the same river twice.” Why? Because the river is always moving-always changing. So is life. Sometimes the changes are good, and other times they bring trouble and worry. But can you imagine how dull life would be if there were never any changes? But with all the changes that are going on around us, as well as within us, how good it is to know that there is something-Someone-who is constant, upon whom we can always depend, and who will never change. That Someone is Jesus Christ, of whom the author of Hebrews wrote, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!” Do you need an unchanging constant in your life? Worship this week at the church of your choice, and begin to develop that deep, personal relationship with Him who will never change-Jesus Christ, the author and giver of Life Everlasting!

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – June 18, 2009

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Starting summer in style The Start of Summer parade was a lot of fun and I didn’t have to walk. My daughter Beth, who now manages the Squire, provided me with a lawn chair on the trailer. In exchange, I had to wear a flowered shirt and a funny hat. Children of staff members ran around throwing candy while I sat and waved at the crowd. Life is good. I keep discovering new fringe benefits of old age. I did notice, however, that there was a lot more interest in the candy than in me sitting and waving. Paying for health Turn on the TV or radio and you hear talk about universal health care. Actually, we already have it. It’s the “fee for service plan.” Most of us can get medical care, even if it means going to an emergency room for a condition that may be short of an actual emergency. What we are talking about now is “health insurance.” There are always problems when you deal with OPM (Other Peoples Money). If there is a way to abuse the system, somebody will do it. “If I don’t have to pay directly, I want the best and money is no object.” That kind of thinking can put a huge strain on any system. If we have universal health insurance, somebody is going to have to regulate usage. Sometimes we aren’t going to like it, but the present system in this country is out of control. All other developed countries in the western world have some kind of  universal health insurance, and their health statistics and cost of care compare favorably with ours. Amazing A guy sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog for Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the back yard. The guy goes into the back yard and sees a mutt sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Sure do,” the dog replies. “So, what’s your story?” The dog looks up and says, “Well, I discovered my gift of talking pretty young and I wanted to help the government so I told the CIA about my gift. In no time they had me going from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies […]

Birthdays – June 20-26

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20th  Yvonne Alber             Roger Allen             Edith Post   21st    John DeVogel             Jim McDonald             Jim McIntyre             Chi Chi Rogers             Julie Springsteen 22nd Rachael Laage             Margaret Traxler             Meryl Streep   23rd   Steve Fusee             Dorothy Tiff             Ray Truman   24th  Martha Jean Kleinhans   26th   Cecilia Hallmark (NOTE: Italicized names denote celebrities.)

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