June 23 2011

Water tower paint job comes in $10,000 under budget

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The low bidder on an exterior painting of the North Rockford Middle School water tower asked to withdraw his bid after he learned his Google picture of the structure was out of date, Rockford City Manager Michael Young told Rockford City Council at the Monday, June 13 meeting. The tank’s interior was painted last year and it has been 13 years since the outside had last been painted. The structure is starting to show some rust. “It is very important to take care of our elevated storage tanks,” Young said. The six cellular phone providers with transmitters on the structure were given the option of removing their equipment during the job or paying the cost of painting around their devices. It would cost several hundred thousand per transmitter to remove them and have them operate from Cellular Towers on Wheels during the project. The cost to paint around the devices is estimated at a total of $3,000. “They were real happy with that,” Young stated. Council was likewise happy to hear the results of the bids on the painting, for which the City had budgeted $72,000. MC Sandblasting gave the City a bid of $66,900 for the job. With the $3,000 coming from the cellular phone service providers, the cost to the City equaled $63,900, nearly $10,000 less than budgeted.  


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Runyon Mr. Larry L. Runyon, age 65, of Rockford passed away at his home while surrounded by his loving wife and children on Saturday, June 18, 2011. He was born at home with the help of his family on Long Street in Grand Rapids. In 1954, his parents, Orville and Beatrice purchased a farm on Ten Mile Road near the expressway in Rockford. Larry grew up helping on the farm, which gave him great work ethics. While attending Rockford High School, he left and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Nancy and Larry were sweethearts and, while he was in the Navy, they wrote love letters. In December 1964, they were married at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. When he came home from the service, Larry went to work at Steelcase, working there for 28 years. He left Steelcase to care for his mother. After she died, he worked for Spec Tool Company for another 16 years. To make extra money, Larry would work on fixing engines. He loved music, was a fisherman, golfer, and would spend time tinkering with cars. Nancy and Larry loved their Saturday excursions. For years, they showed their cherished Monte Carlo, which won many awards, and also his Corvette. Family was very important to Larry. His advice to his children was to “work hard, and your marriage will be forever.” He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Nancy Squires; children, Todd and Susan Runyon of Jenison, Tom and Dori Runyon of Allendale, Kimberly and David Benedict of Rockford; grandchildren, Joshua Runyon, Michelle Runyon and her fiancé Jon Hesselink, Tyler Runyon, Christopher Runyon and his fiancée Sarah Hugg, Robert Runyon, Ashley Benedict, and Brooke Benedict; great-grandson, Christopher “Junior” Runyon; sisters, Mrs. Jackolynne Rose and Mrs. Jean Muncy; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville “Eddy” and Bernice Runyon; his sister, Dawn Hill and her husband Robert; infant brother, Butchie; and brothers-in-law, Ron and Yotes. The service for Mr. Runyon will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked […]


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Johnston-Brieden Selina Ann Johnston and Camden Markson Brieden will exchange wedding vows on July 16, 2011 at Rockford United Methodist Church. Selina, of Holland, Mich., is the daughter of Dick and Motu Johnston. She is a graduate of Rockford High School and Michigan State University, and is currently employed as a teacher at West Ottawa Public Schools. Camden, of Rockford, is the son of Dr. Mark and Dixie Brieden. He is a graduate of Rockford High School and Hope College, and is currently employed by Mercantile Bank. The couple will reside in Holland, Mich.  


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Laninga-Sundstrom Kambra Lee Sundstrom and David Paul Laninga II were united in marriage on May 7, 2011 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont. Parents of the bride are Thomas and Wendy Sundstrom of Rockford. The groom is the son of Dave and Susan Laninga of Rockford. Matron of honor was Christie Wilkerson, sister of the bride, and best man was Ben Laninga, brother of the groom. Flowergirl was Kaleigh Wilkerson, niece of the bride. Ushers were Kyle Sundstrom, brother of the bride, and Keith Wilkerson, brother-in-law of the bride. Officiating was Rev. Nelson Morren, who is the great-uncle of the groom. Kambra and David enjoyed a honeymoon in paradise on the island of St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean.  

BIRTHDAYS — June 25–July 1

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26th Cecilia Hallmark 27th Len Carpenter, Andy Havemeier, Charles Traxler 29th Megan Blakely, Frank Nelson, Roberta Shripka, Shelia Tidey 30th Mark Blakeslee, Fred VandenBoogert, Sue Wobma JULY 1st Sonia Andrews, Jean Karloski, Lorraine Rohan  

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