June 18 2009

Gift of love

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Carly Olson of Rockford hasn’t cut her hair since she was four years old-until now. The former East Rockford Middle School student cut her long hair for Locks for Love. “My aunt had to have a wig while she was fighting cancer,” Carly said. Her aunt lost her fight with the disease. Carly’s cousin donated to Locks for Love last fall and Carly thought it was a great idea to do the same. She also wanted to surprise her classmates, who have only known her with very long hair. It takes ten ponytails to create one wig of real human hair.

Letters to the Editor – June 18, 2009

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Letter to the Grand Rapids Press on sewer dedication Dear Mr. Lloyd, How is it the Grand Rapids Press completely missed the most important infrastructure news event of the decade? As the culmination of the area’s most political and controversial topic over the past 10 years, the dedication of the PARCC Side Clean Water Plant in Plainfield Township should have warranted Metro Section front page coverage-at least! Next time you or one of your reporters (Paul Kopenkosky, in particular) travels along Coit Avenue between Woodworth and Hunsberger, keep a sharp eye out for a “flying pig” weather vane on top of an attractive state-of-the-art farmhouse. I’ll let you determine “the rest of the story.” Respectfully,  Dennis R. Cole, P.E. Reader criticizes local news coverage  Dear Editor, For years I have enjoyed the local coverage Rockford receives from its two newspapers. I read them both thoroughly and feel I get pretty good reporting on local issues. Unfortunately two recent local matters have been handled poorly by everyone concerned. First, is the recent school election. We had a miserable turnout. I suppose it might be excused since there was no contested race or issue. That really misses the point. I have no other news media that is concerned about Rockford. When a school board race is uncontested it can be that the public is just that satisfied, which is very likely given the great job our school board does. But, in this case neither local paper gave any advance notice of the election that might have created interest by other candidates. You have a duty to create interest and to chastise this community when we don’t respond. You have a done neither and we are just lucky that good people continue to be willing to serve. Please reevaluate your role as a “community conscience” and help create a more dynamic atmosphere for elections. Secondly, I have been thrilled like other residents to witness the eagles. They stir us so with their majesty, but every expert has warned that too much attention will drive them away from us. Your coverage has not only increased the traffic safety risk, it has also created constant crowds. Hopefully, the eagles will ignore us, but if they don’t you must assume a […]

Lions Club welcomes The Sight Seer Radio Reading

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At the final, formal meeting of the Rockford Lions Club, the founders and managers of The Sight Seer Radio Reading Service were welcomed as new members. New Lions Ken and Ruth Van Prooyen founded this 24/7 FREE radio reading service twenty six years ago to meet the educational and informational needs of those unable to read for themselves due to vision impairment or physical disablity.  Reading a wide variety of printed material ranging from the newspapers to novels to magazine articles, this service of 130 volunteers pride themselves on bringing the printed word to life for their impaired neighbors-twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. A FREE service, The Sight Seer started as a local broadcaster but now through the magic of the Internet is heard worldwide.  Recognizing the VanProoyen’s contribution to the blind and visually impaired, the Lion Clubs of our immediate West Michigan Area have designated this service as one of their District 11C1 Projects – and the Van Prooyens, in turn, gratefully accepted the Rockford club’s invitation to membership. Information on The Sight Seer’s FREE service is available by calling 616-235-0020 or by calling up their Web Site www.thesightseer.org. Echoing the Lions motto “WE SERVE”, The Sight Seer serves those shut off from the printed word.  If this is you-or someone you know,  contact The Sight Seer and “read” again.

SOS all it was promised to be in family fun

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FIRST YOU TOUCH YOUR TURTLE-Nick Heinen, 6, brought a turtle to the frog and turtle races, but wasn’t exactly ready to pick the turtle up. As a first step, he touches his turtle with one finger (and plenty of nervousness) while family friend Nicholas Brodowski, 13, holds the turtle for him                HOMEMADE FUN-You didn’t have to spend big money on the midway to have a blast. Families had a good time on their own. This ride was called “You’re blowing in the wind!”                 TINY TAKES THE LEAD-This tiny turtle almost showed up its big relatives when it went off to a running start while the other racers sat waiting.                 WORTH WAITING FOR-Tiny future firefighters waited their chance to shoot the big water hoses with the help of local fire departments. New last year, the fire department event was another big hit this year.           THANK YOU, JOHN DECKER!-John Decker saved the Squire’s bacon twice during Start of Summer, once by loaning us the beautiful truck to pull our float, and again by fixing our little hitch problem (which made our float nearly half way to verticle). What a guy!           OUR DUCK RACE HELPERS-These kids waited so patiently for the duck race to begin. Pictured are Jacob and Tyler Kaminski, ages 7 and 9 and Alyssia and Kadyn Cooper, ages 10 and 4.

Rockford lacrosse girls earn post-season honors

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The Rockford girls lacrosse team may have fallen a goal short of the finals, but that did not stop several members of the team from garnering post-season accolades. Earning Honorable Mention All-Conference in highly competitive Rainbow Division I conference were attack player Michon Moline, who was the Rams’ third leading scorer, and goalie Gabrielle Twiest, who had a gaudy 65 percent in saves for the season and allowed less than six goals per game in conference play. Earning First Team All-Conference for the Rams were leading scorer Andi Raymond, Meagan Emery, Abbey Neerken, and Lexi O’Connor. Raymond, Emery and Neerken were repeat honorees from 2008 as sophomores. At the state level, Raymond and Emery earned First Team Division I honors. Raymond led the Rams with 100 goals and 60 assists. She added 113 draws won and 39 caused turnovers. Raymond unofficially led the state in scoring in 2009. Emery-the Rams’ second leading scorer with 58 regular season goals, 28 assists, 93 ground balls, and 22 caused turnovers-is well-known for her blazing speed. Earning Second Team All-State is the Rams’ quiet worker Neerken. While not quiet as a person, Neerken quietly snuck up on the opponents to be top five in every category with the Rams’ offense while Emery and Raymond drew attention. She had 55 ground balls and 92 draws won while scoring 18 goals. Rounding out the honors for the Rams was O’Connor, who earned All-State Honorable Mention status as the Rams’ best pure defender. Always marked up on a strong attack player, she played well all year, never being assessed a yellow card penalty. All four state award winners for the Rams will return in 2010 to form the nucleus of a team that should challenge at the state level once again.

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