Giving thanks for freedom! by PASTOR DICK RILEY Rockford United Methodist Church Once upon a time, a man found the barn where Satan kept all his seeds of sin stored. In bag after bag, seeds were stored that were destined to grow in the hearts of people everywhere. There were seeds of envy and greed, seeds of hatred and lust, and seeds of bitterness and idolatry. In row after row, the man found all the different seeds of sin, and then, suddenly, Satan himself entered the barn. The man looked at Satan and then looked at the many bags of seed—the seeds of sin. “So, what do you think of my bags of seed?” Satan asked. “Tell me,” the man asked. “Will these terrible seeds—will they grow anywhere?” Reluctantly, Satan frowned and admitted that there was one place in which his seeds of sin would not grow. “And where is that?” asked the man. “My seeds of sin,” said Satan, “will never grow in the heart of a grateful person.” This coming week, we will celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday! What a blessing! What a gift! What a time to celebrate all of the freedoms that we enjoy in this great land of ours! And what a wonderful time to pause and, with grateful hearts, thank the Lord our God, worshiping Him in the church of your choice, and, as the Apostle Paul reminds us, “giving Him thanks and praise” (I Thess. 5). Have a great and grateful Fourth of July week!
June 28 2012
Second-graders visit Rockford by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society This week, Kathy Christensen, who is an officer (recording secretary) in our society and a long-time volunteer helper with the second-grade museum tours, has written the following information on this yearly event. My thanks go to her for her positive efforts. Usually in May, when the snow has gone and weather warms, second-graders from Rockford Public Schools have a chance to visit our town as part of their curriculum to learn about Rockford’s local government and history. Students from all eight of the district’s elementary schools participate along with their teachers and the many helpful chaperones that accompany them. Each class takes turns visiting the Little Red School House and the Pioneer Cemetery located by North Rockford Middle School. They also come downtown to tour the Rockford City Offices, the Rockford Fire Department and the Rockford Historical Museum. In most cases the students and adults walk from place to place and usually have lunch from one of our local eating establishments. At the museum, we cover early life in Laphamville, now Rockford, and the ongoing development of our area. Our primary volunteer speaker is Linda Critchell, a retired Rockford elementary school teacher. Linda speaks with the students about the logging industry, a major industry in Michigan, and how the trees were cut, floated down the river and processed at the mill. She discusses the building and running of Smith Lapham’s saw mill here on the Rogue River, and the part it played in the fundamental beginnings of Rockford. Using artifacts from the museum, she covers the many aspects of early life at home without indoor plumbing and electricity and how people coped with the inconvenience. With pictures on the wall, she makes sure they see Smith Lapham and tells them about a train wreck in Rockford when the White Pine Trail was, in fact, a railroad track for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. All of the items we have in the museum are donated by Rockford residents. So, with the help of loyal museum volunteers, the students have a chance to see and ask questions about early attire worn by women and children, the school and sports memorabilia from our schools, an antiquated […]
Stephanie Trudeau, 41, of Rockford was found by neighbors dead of electrocution in her yard on Tuesday, June 19. According to a report by Kent County Sheriff’s investigator Michael Tanis, emergency first responders were called to the victim’s home at 7636 Hessler Drive near Myers Lake Road at 6:14 a.m. Courtland Fire Rescue and Rockford Ambulance were dispatched to the address with report of a female down, possibly electrocuted. The victim apparently was working in her landscaping in the early morning hours of June 18 to 19. She was using a homemade electrical cord with a bulb on the end. She was carrying the cord, light and a wire piece of steel on a steep slope, which was extremely wet from a garden hose and a storm, which had happened earlier. It appears, with the wet ground, no shoes, bad wire light and steel they connected, she was knocked to the ground and subsequently electrocuted unintentionally.
With arguably the best view in Rockford and an incredible spread of refreshments provided by Grill One Eleven, the new Rockford office of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC had an open house on Tuesday, June 12. With a breathtaking balcony view of the Rogue River, the office in the upper level of the Promenade, is located at Suite A-6, 8 E. Bridge Street. There were many Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and township officials among visitors to the evening event. According to Rockford resident and attorney for Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, the company wanted to grow business in the area and felt a location in Rockford would be a good move. The office will be staffed by Jim Scales, Andrea Crumback, Matt Fink and John Sperla. The main office of the company, which was established in 1951, is in Grand Rapids. According to Scales, the firm’s many attorneys make it possible to offer services in all areas of law. He added that his connection to the Rockford area will be an asset to the newest branch. He said the company represents many local townships. Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC provides legal services to businesses, families, colleges, universities and public schools, and over 80 municipalities. Their broad general practice encompasses many fields of law. The firm has offices in Grand Rapids and Caledonia, and now an office in Rockford. The Rockford office can be reached by calling (616) 866-5900.
As a follow up to a Squire article in the June 7 edition (“What’s in a name?”), the 34th annual Bobby Jones Open was held in Grand Rapids June 11-13. Bob “Arjay” and Diane Jones from Rockford were the local hosts, and the group of 50+ attendees enjoyed great weather and West Michigan hospitality for the three-day event. Participants in this event must be named Bob Jones, or be a guest of a Bob. Given that there were 23 Bob Joneses in attendance, it is fortunate that each of them is required to have a chosen nickname. The Golf Channel was present during the event, in preparation for a feature to be aired in July during the British Open golf tournament, as a tribute to the famous golfer named Bobby Jones. The event raises funds for victims of the disease that Bobby Jones suffered from (syringomyelia), which is a degenerative condition of the spine. In addition to the beautiful weather, participants from around the country enjoyed staying at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, along with an evening event at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Many also took advantage of the opportunity to visit Grand Rapids museums and area shopping attractions, along with venturing to the shores of Lake Michigan. The feature is expected to air on July 16 and 17 during coverage of the Open Championship in Great Britain, one of golf’s four “major” annual tournaments.