June 3 2010

It rained out our parade (and roads)

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Many area Memorial Day Services were cancelled due to severe weather. In Belmont, the show went on, despite a deluge that began minutes after the 2 p.m. event began. Rockford and Belmont received the worst of the flooding after five inches fell in about an hour.

Record champs among 2010 grads

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by TIM COOPER On Tuesday, May 25, Ram fans and family members gathered at the Rockford Freshman Center to celebrate a record-breaking group of graduates. “Over 40 members of Rockford’s senior class are going on to participate in athletics at the next level at Division I, II and III. This is a record for Rockford High School,” said Athletic Director Tim Erickson. During their athletic career at Rockford, these student-athletes excelled, putting many trophies in the display cases outside the gymnasium. Among these are forty-seven conference championships, thirty district championships, thirty-four regional championships, and nine state championships. While all of these individuals showed excellence on the playing field, many of them are among the top academic achievers as well. Some even participated in student government or other extracurricular activities in addition to a full schedule athletically and academically. “We are proud of all our students here at Rockford High School,” said Erickson. “But we are especially proud of these men and women who have chosen to continue their athletic careers in college.” The following are the 2010 graduates who were honored at the evening ceremony and their sports and schools. Basketball Jacob Greene, Calvin College; Brent Henry, Calvin College; Megan Kelley, Hope College; Caitlyn Patterson, Calvin College. Cheer Torri Mills, Michigan State University. Crew Olivia Kacsits, Notre Dame Golf Trent Davidson, Ferris State University Football Taylor Masiewicz, Ferris State University; Paul Mudgett, Central Michigan University; Josh Pribble, Grand Rapids Community College; Joe Stefanski, Ohio University. Lacrosse Meagan Emery, Drexel University; Alexia O’ Connor, Grand Valley State University; Andi Raymond, Towson University;  Kelsei Streeter, Grand Valley State University. Softball Lauren Pasciak, Cornerstone University; Haley Pattock, Davenport University; Morgan Ruchy, Ferris State University; Karliane Showers, Grand Rapids Community College. Swimming/Diving Erica Cutler, Bowling Green State University;  Jessica Cutler, Bowling Green State University; Alex DeVries, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Brian Ginebaugh, Stevens Institute of Technology New Jersey. Soccer Samantha Decker, Grand Valley State Unviersity; Sean Lewis, Western Michigan University. Track Charlie Anel, Grand Valley State University; Sarah Birkmeier, Michigan State University; Katie Carlson, Hope College; Grant Gunneson, Aquinas College; Rachel Herald, United States Air Force Academy; Nick Shear, Taylor University; Margaret Smiley, New York University; Chris Wierengo, Northwood University. Volleyball Kylie Basarabski, Northern Michigan University; Cailie Johnson, […]

More Storm Damage

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One rainy day can do a lot. The White Pine Trail was not spared the effects of a violent downpour Monday, May 31 that flooded streets and homes. Parts of the trail were washed right out and other sections suffered serious damage.

Studio D2D offers more than photographic memories

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Dan and Amanda DeWard have been shooting photos professionally together for years, and are now open for business in downtown Rockford. Studio D2D is located at 25 Squires Street in the space that was formerly Merle Norman and Accessories Ltd, and prior to that was a bridal store and for many years home to Aunt Candy’s Toy Company. “We’ve been looking for a location in Rockford for a couple of years,” Dan DeWard confided. He said many spots have come available, but none of them struck him as just what he was looking for. Now, with a prime location with the dam and the White Pine Trail just out of the back door, Studio D2D has found a home. Studio D2D has been in business since February 1997, and DeWard said the pair already do a lot of business in Rockford. Previously the studio has had locations in Grand Rapids and Comstock Park. The couple have long been fans of Rockford’s downtown. “We love the feel of downtown Rockford and the trendy boutique style of the shops,” DeWard said. “There are so many wonderful places to shoot outdoor photos. We felt it would be perfect for our unique style of photography.” Dan and Amanda are joined in business by Studio D2D staff, including Nicole VanderZyl, Rich Kotarba, Natalia McDonald, Stephanie Larson, Emily Plants, Eric Smith, Nick Plunkett, Addam Clack and Mike Baribeau. “Our photographers have had many years of experience, including educational classes at Kendal College of Art and Design,” DeWard stated. “Our Disc jockeys have over ten yeas of experience and our videographers more than 20 years experience. DeWard say he and his wife are the lead designers of the business. Dan, Rich and Nicole are the main photographers for weddings and Natalia, Stephanie and Emily are also photographers. “Each one also photographs families, seniors and babies,” DeWard explained. Eric, Nick and Addam are the studio’s disc jockeys and run the photo booth at events. Mike is the main videographer and Andrea is the studio manager. DeWard described the business atmosphere as relaxed, fun, trendy and creative. He said he likes to sit down with clients before a photo shoot and learn their style and what they are looking for. “We absolutely love what […]

Downtown Main Street Rockford gets new curb appeal

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Just in time for Start of Summer festivities and the ensuing summer long celebration of the City’s 75th anniversary Rockford’s main drag, Main Street, received a much needed pavement renovation. With attendant curb and sidewalk restoration, where needed, Main Street was resurfaced from 10 Mile Rd. (Division St.) on the south, to just north of Courtland St. (Rocky’s). Working closely with the projects prime contractor, City Manager Michael Young believed the project moved smoothly and there was little disruption to the downtown business district. Primarily funded by Federal stimulus money, all work was completed in a timely fashion. If you’ve not been downtown in the past three weeks to notice, curb and sidewalk work (where needed) has been underway and on Friday, May21, the surface of the entire stretch of road was milled (removed) to a depth of 1-½ inches. Crack sealing of the subsurface ensued, which was followed by a tack coat sealant overlaid by a state-of-the-art polypropylene fabric known as Petromat. A new asphalt overlay, to grade, completed the roadway surface reconstruction. The key ingredient here, if you will, is the Petromat System. It becomes an integral part of the roadway forming a barrier to water infiltration and absorbing stresses to reduce fatigue cracking of the new asphalt surface layer. Petromat Systems have an outstanding record of improving pavement performance while at the same time reducing maintenance and roadway life-cycle costs. The corners of each intersection including 10 Mile Road, Maple Street, Bridge Street, and Courtland Street have newly poured concrete handicap accessible curb cuts to meet Federally mandated requirements. Sections of adjacent red brick pavers were repaired and rebuilt as needed. Pavement and parking stall striping completed the picture. Come downtown for a stroll, have a great meal, do some shopping and check it out. It looks great.

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