Archers, crew, rugby represent district by BETH ALTENA Students from Rockford were well represented at this year’s Meijer State Games and during opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark, a blaze of Ram orange filled the stands. Archers from the Rockford Sportsman’s Club led the parade of athletes Friday, June 24 and teams from Rockford included rowing and rugby athletes. Olympic archer Glenn Meyers shot a blazing arrow across the ball field to ignite the cauldron after the special tip of his arrow was set alight from the torch. The second annual Olympic-style games for the first time included archery competition, which took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Rockford High School. Begun last year in Michigan as a way to stimulate economic growth, this year’s event is estimated to have brought more than a million dollars in spending. According to Hank Meijer, CEO for the company that is the major sponsor for the state games, Michigan’s is the fastest-growing state games in the nation, with 24 different games and venues across the state. The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) is responsible for the annual event, which had over 5,000 athletes of all ages competing in events from wrestling to pickleball. Competition is completed by 2 p.m. at each venue so visitors have the opportunity to visit the town or city which is the host. In addition to Rockford High School, Cannonsburg Ski Area and The Score Restaurant & Sports Bar held events—mountain biking and sand volleyball, respectively. “This is an opportunity for athletes, young and not so young, to set goals,” said Meijer. “I wish all athletes a great weekend of accomplishment, competition and fun.” Wayman Britt, WMSC vice chair, introduced a cast of speakers including Michigan’s Luietenant Governor Brian Calley and Michigan State University basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio. “The state games are a signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission,” Britt said. He said the games encourage economic development and quality of life. The archery tournaments were organized by Rockford’s Jeff DeRegnaucourt and will be held in Rockford each year. DeRegnaucourt said all visitors, both athletes and fans, were provided a packet of coupons and information from Rockford merchants. The home of the state’s only Junior Olympic Archery […]
June 30 2011
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Every year the July edition of On-the-Town, the arts and entertainment magazine of West Michigan, published monthly by Advance BCI Inc., announces their Townie Awards. Each year the magazine’s readers are asked to think local and vote for their favorites in multiple categories. Readers are asked where they like to eat, where they like to shop, and who they think is best at what they do. You name it, this year the Townie Awards were comprised of 48 categories such as Best Burger, Best Museum, Best Clothing Store and many, many more. Simply put, it’s a popular vote. Whoever gets the most votes wins. Two awards are presented in each category, one gold and one silver. In the Best Farmers Market category, the magazine’s readers cast enough votes for Rockford’s farmers market to garner the silver Townie Award. Grand Rapids’ Fulton Street Farmers Market took the gold. This is high praise indeed for the Rockford Farm Market, especially so when you consider Rockford’s trail and riverside jewel of a farm market was competing against the likes of Grand Rapids’ venerable and iconic Fulton Street Farmers Market, the oldest and largest farm market in West Michigan. So with this in mind, allow us to “preach to the choir” by reminding Squire readers that the Rockford Farm Market is also entered in a much more prestigious contest, that being the 2011 America’s Favorite Farm Market contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. Four farm markets, based upon market size (boutique, small, medium, and large), will be able to boast themselves as America’s Favorite Farm Markets. Rockford is entered in the medium-size market category. Let’s go, Squire readers. You’re all tech savvy and very intelligent people. After all, you read the Squire, don’t you? Let’s show our pride in all things Rockford and cast our votes for our hometown market for this signal award. Simply go to www.farmland.org/vote to cast your vote. (No time, or need a little help? Ask your computer-hip kid. They’ll know how to do it.) Or simply stop at the Lions Club’s Market Master booth while you are shopping the Rockford Farm Market on Saturdays between now and August 31 to register your name and e-mail address, and a […]
Experience the magic of visual and performance arts The Rogue River Theatre, sponsored by Rockford Area Arts Commission, is holding the eighth annual Summer Theatre Arts Camp July 18-22 at North Rockford Middle School. Several children from the Rockford area schools entered the camp’s t-shirt contest for best design to be used on the 2011 camp t-shirt. Pictured is first-place winner Destiny Batchelder from Roguewood Elementary School. Earning second place was Elise DenBraber, taking third was Peyton Heowski, and Keelyn Fife earned fourth place. To register for the camp—the theme this year is “Fairytales, Myths and Lore”—with classes in visual and performance arts by professional instructors, call (616) 874-5264. The camp is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Rockford Band parents offer annual car raffle Band fans are again preparing to raffle a free car for a great cause. They are cruisin’ with the Chevy Cruze again! The car that will be raffled off in the fall will be parked in the Pegasus Sports parking lot at the corner of Squires and Bridge streets every Tuesday during the Tuesday Blues Series in Garden Park, downtown Rockford. Stop by and check it out. Tickets will be available for purchase at $20 each or six for $100.