June 2 2011

BIRTHDAYS — June 4–10

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4th Allie Hickox, Rosemary Jeruzal, Susan Laage, Irene Ryba, Anna Truman 5th Jared Gauss, June Hulsebus, Jay Shaddeau, Lorraine Smith, Dorothy Stocks 6th Sandi Franklin 7th Lois Knoor 8th Pete Brucki, Bill Cutler, Mark A. Mackie, Caroline Rowley, Debra Smitter, J. TenHave-Chapman, L. TenHave-Chapman 9th Madison Kunkle, Collin P. Mackie, Peter Schluckebier 10th Joanne Case, Phyllis Klomparens, Tom Laage, Wanda Northcutt, David Steffes    


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Thursday, June 2 Rockford Area Historical Society Annual Picnic and Election of Officers—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. For more information, call (616) 866-2235. Rockford High School Jazz Band Concert—7:00 p.m. at Rockford Freshman Center, cafeteria. Admission is free. Saturday, June 4 Shopping Extravaganza—9:00 a.m. to noon at First Congregational Church, 192 East Bridge Street, Rockford. Several vendors will display their wares: makeup, jewelry, purses, food products, sunglasses, and more! Each vendor has agreed to donate a share of their profits to the Christian Education Building Fund. There will also be a used book sale and refreshments will be served. Classic Car Show—Lot opens at 9:00 a.m. and the show starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Rockford American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive (off Northland Drive), Rockford. Proceeds are to benefit local veterans, the American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project and Pets for Vets. Awards presented at 3:30 p.m. Each car requires a $10 entry fee. Enjoy BBQ and food specials all day. The Post will be open to the public. Prizes include: goodie bags and dash plaques for the first 100 cars, Top 20 awards, Best in Show, Commander’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Free fun for the entire family all day! Climb a 30-foot rock wall with the U.S. Army. Enjoy a chili cook-off, contests, raffles, and auctions. For more information, call (616) 866-1081 or visit www.rockfordmicarshow.com. Sunday, June 5 Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Drive. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, choice of vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, piece of pie, and beverage. Open to the community. Tuesday, June 7 North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7:00 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Drive (at 11 Mile Road), Rockford. Members enhance valuable public speaking and leadership skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manuals at their own pace. Guests welcome. For directions, call Sue at (616) 866-3509 or visit www.nkctm.org. Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This […]

A Message for You

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A Living Part of Something Bigger Than Us by REV. JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church “Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life,” 1 Peter 2:5a; The Message. The Grundtvig National Church in Denmark was started in 1921 and completed in 1941 by seven handpicked masons. The masons, in turn, rejected all bricks that were not perfect. There is an entire community surrounding the church built from the bricks, which the masons rejected (Henry N. Huxhold, Access to High Hope). While we can appreciate the value of using quality materials for our physical structures, I am more interested in the people living around the church because I believe that we are their neighbors; people whose lives are built with broken spirits, ideas that don’t fit or beliefs that are judged unacceptable. Thankfully, the good news is that in such a life we can get acquainted with and be welcomed by another neighbor, Jesus Christ, who the writer of 1 Peter describes, using Psalm 118:22-23, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” I am leaving White Pines and Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist churches to begin serving at Hartford United Methodist Church on July 1. Our life here since 2002 has been full, challenging, blessed, burdened and beautiful. We have built up and worn down each other on the journey. The energy and potential of White Pines partnering with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is exhilarating, and the country, traditional Courtland-Oakfield faith family truly offers “hope on the hill” along Myers Lake Avenue. The heart of faith is accepting God’s grace and love with a willingness to be built in to something bigger than us, a sanctuary vibrant with life. Building and restoring churches and communities calls for great investment, commitment and resources. Thankfully God has already provided a sure foundation for us in Jesus Christ, “a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame,” 1 Peter 2:6. God bless you, and may you find joy in giving yourself to a purpose that inspires and outlives you.  

MacGregor connects with 7,400 constituents in first tele-town hall meeting

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Lawmaker appreciative of constituent feedback on tough decisions State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, was pleased with the turnout of his first telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday night, May 17. MacGregor hosted the meeting to connect with local residents and answer questions about the state budget, specifically, education-related issues. He answered many constituent questions including several on changing the way schools operate and true reforms needed to not only meet budget shortfalls but also achieve student success. During the meeting, MacGregor obtained direct feedback on a variety of topics through surveying participants. “An overwhelming majority of respondents felt public school employees should contribute more toward their health benefits and felt we should transition public employees from a pension system to a 401k,” MacGregor said. According to the Mackinac Center, the average public educator contributes 4 percent toward their health insurance, while the average private industry employee pays 21 percent toward their health insurance. “I know constituents are worried about education funding and I’m glad so many people took the time out to participate in the meeting and share their ideas and concerns with me,” MacGregor continued. “I take constituent concerns very seriously and truly appreciate their input at a time when we’re finalizing the budget. I plan to share this feedback with my colleagues and Governor Snyder.” Residents with additional questions for Rep. MacGregor can contact his office toll free at (855) 347-8073 or via e-mail at PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov.  

Rockford grad opens new business

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Sight Optical offers full exam services, line of glasses by BETH ALTENA Rockford graduate Michael McConnell has over 20 years of experience in the eyewear and optical field and has opened his own business, Sight Optical. He believes people will recognize the differences that set his business apart in the field. “Due to the nature of what I have been doing over the last ten years, I have been fortunate to forge personal relationships with many of the designers of some of the best collections from around the world. It is these great collections that have become the foundation of what we are doing at Sight Optical,” McConnell stated. The office offers the services of optometrist Dr. Sarah Weeks, and optician and office manager Marcie VanEss in addition to McConnell and co-owner Corey VanDuinen. Established in January 2011, Sight Optical is located at 934 Cherry Street, downtown Grand Rapids in the East Hills Business District, a location McConnell chose because of its central location and proximity to quality retailers and great restaurants. McConnell believes those who try Sight Optical will appreciate the atmosphere, which he said is different than other West Michigan-area offices. “Our feeling is that shopping for eyewear should be first and foremost fun,” he said. “That is why when you visit our store you will get a laid-back atmosphere where the music plays, people laugh and we make the process of picking out eyewear an enjoyable one.” Each of the members of the team at Sight Optical bring a high level of experience and professionalism, and have the added bonus of loving what they do. “There are very few things in life we like more than helping someone find that ‘perfect frame,’” McConnell explained. “So many times we see people who have looked everywhere for something different or who have had a hard time finding a frame to fit properly. When we are able to make them happy, it brings a smile to our faces.” McConnell said his team is very different from other optical service providers. “A lot of times when people walk into an optical store they have a preconceived notion of what they want based on what they have worn in the past. If a customer walks in and […]

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