June 7 2012

Non-profits invited to apply for proceeds

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While most people are thinking about Memorial Day and the 4th of July, those of us organizing the Happy Hounds Dog Walk can’t stop thinking about Halloween as we begin planning for this year’s walk scheduled for Saturday October 27th. Last year’s walk was a huge success raising half of the funds needed for the creation of the Rockford Dog Park which opened Friday April 20th.  With a pavilion and water being donated, this year’s dog walk will finish off the park with 50% of proceeds raised going to landscaping, agility equipment, or any other amenities that organizers feel would add to the overall enjoyment of park goers. The remaining 50% of proceeds from this year’s Happy Hounds Dog Walk will be donated to a local human charity or non-profit organization. We encourage any 501-3C non-profit organization serving Kent county to review the grant application for details on the applications requirements. Applications are due by June 4th 2012. Please send questions regarding the grant proposal or a request for an application to happyhoundsgrant@gmail.com    With the Rockford Dog Park completed after this final donation, the plan for future walk proceeds include splitting them between a local human charity and a local animal charity or rescue encouraging even non-dog owners to join in the fun and support the walk. We learned a lot last year and have many improvements planned for this year including a redesigned logo,  redesign of the vendor / sponsor layout, and a redistribution of our volunteer labor. Not everything will change, however. Many of our volunteers have already signed on to help out again this year and several sponsors have voiced an interest in participating again.  Any other previous sponsors that have not been contacted yet who would like to participate again are encouraged to contact jetchison@att.net for a sponsorship packet. For more information on sponsorship, becoming a vendor, volunteering, donation of raffle items or to offer suggestions, please contact jetchison@att.net with “Happy Hounds” in the subject line.

Rockford girls tennis competes at Division I state tennis

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Friday, June 1 the Rockford girls varsity tennis team competed at Midland in the Division I state tournament. The weather did not cooperate and it rained the whole day. Competition resumed as planned, as all games were played inside the complex; 25 schools qualified to compete. The atmosphere was tense, as everything they worked for this season came down to their first match of the day. First out on the courts for Rockford was their number one, two and three singles. Lauren Korlewitz, Rockford’s number one singles player, played Claudia Rodriquez from Monroe. The first match was up and down and good competition, but Korlewitz stuck to her guns and won 6-4, 6-2. Number two singles, Marjeanne Bothma, played against Alison Stevens from Grand Blanc. Bothma was focused and played a solid game of good shots and placements. She won 6-2, 6-1. At number three, Jenelle Miller played against Lauren Berry from Utica Eisenhower. Miller had a great game, the one where everything just came together. She ended up winning 6-0, 6-0. This was Korlewitz’s, Bothma’s and Miller’s third year competing at the state tournament. For the other nine players, it was their first. It was an eye opener for them to see the quality of tennis that was played, and they knew they were up against tough competition. At number two doubles, Renee and Courtney Fedeson played against Clarkston. They had to dig deep and did not want to give up. The game went to three sets, but at the end, Clarkston won 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. At number four doubles, Morgan Vermeulen and Melissa Bors were up against the team from Utica Eisenhower. They played hard, but lost 2-6, 1-6. Then the numbers one, two and three singles went on to play their second-round matches. This time they knew it would be their toughest games of the season. Korlewitz’s opponent was from Novi (number four seed for the tournament). Bothma’s opponent was from Clarkston (number one seed for tournament and 2011 state champion). Miller’s opponent was from Clarkston (number two seed for the tournament). The three Rams played excellent tennis. They made shots that even surprised themselves. At the end, all three lost, but they can be proud of themselves because they played great […]

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