March 10 2011

RHS to present Fiddler on the Roof

March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford High School proudly presents Fiddler on the Roof. The cast of 85 talented students, along with lighting and stage crew, will take you to a small town in the early 1900s, where there is a generational struggle over maintaining family and Jewish traditions during a time of anti-Semitic upheaval in Russia. The whole family will enjoy this show that is filled with humor, laughter, sadness, song, dance and tradition. The story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman played by senior Gabe Reitemeier , who tries to maintain the status quo while the world is changing around him. Tevye likens his life to that of a fiddler on a roof, who tries desperately to maintain balance, eke out a living, and not fall off. He clings to the ideal that life can work out in the end regardless of where you live or what you earn as long as you have love. “Being Tevye means to love big; to love your family, to love God, and to love life,” said Reitemeier about the lead character. “I love Tevye’s unshakable faith in God and his strong convictions in holding on to the Jewish traditions that his people have followed for generations.” Tevye and his wife, Golde, played by senior Molly Grettenberger, want to keep the matchmaking tradition alive for their daughters, but the three eldest daughters want to choose their own husbands. This is contrary to tradition as is the social uprising that is forcing Jewish families like theirs to leave town. Through the show, Tevye and Golde learn that often the breaking of traditions cannot be stopped. Grettenberger noted, “Golde experiences a lot of heartbreak. She is forced to say goodbye to many of the traditions, people and familiarities in her life. These farewells are especially poignant for me, because, as a senior, I will soon be saying such goodbyes and experiencing similar transitions in my own life.” Sophomore Kelli Raymond is cast as the eldest daughter, Tzeitel, who is first to break tradition and not marry the husband chosen by the matchmaker, Yente, played by Carly Funk. Tzeitel makes clear her intent not to marry the prearranged match, the older and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, who is played by seasoned actor, senior Brett Wiesenauer. […]


March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Miserable Month of March by CRAIG JAMES Isn’t there a saying that goes something like: “30 days have September, April, May, June and November. All the rest have 31, with the exception of March that has at least 80?” Or at least that’s the way it feels to me. We keep being teased by spring weather in March, but it is a long time until it actually gets here to stay. That may especially be the case this year with the current weather pattern of a fairly strong La Niña and a cold phase of the Pacific Ocean called a cold PDO. When this type of pattern exists, it is not uncommon for the first year of the La Niña to have a cold winter. But wait! The second and third year of the La Niña tend to have even colder winters. That doesn’t bode well for the next two winters unless you like snow and cold. During the spring months of this type of pattern, the storm track is usually from the southwestern part of the country right up into the Great Lakes. These storms usually bring us fairly heavy precipitation of both rain and snow. And this pattern usually lasts at least into April. Yippee! Along with this type of pattern comes an increased risk for severe flooding. At the end of February, several river gauges in Indiana and Ohio were at or near record high levels. The amount of water locked up in the snow cover across much of northern New England, the Dakotas and Minnesota is currently about 6 to 10 inches. Unfortunately, early spring storms frequently bring more snow to these areas before the warmer rain arrives, so the potential for serious flooding is quite high. You can see in this spring flood forecast issued by NOAA that the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota may again be in for severe floods. The areas in purple have a 90% chance or better of major flooding and at least a 10% to 30% chance of record flooding. The Red River Valley along the North Dakota border all the way north to Winnipeg, Canada has a history of frequent flooding. You may remember the terrible disaster in 1997 in Grand Forks, North Dakota […]

Sage School holding ‘Buy A Brick’ sale

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The Sage School Committee is holding a “Buy A Brick” sale as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Sage School, a c1870 one-room schoolhouse located on Courtland Drive in Cannon Township. Bricks cost $60 each and can be engraved with up to three lines of personalized text. A made-to-order brick provides a unique way to honor or memorialize a person or event, and make great gifts for Rockford High School grads. An order form and more information can be found online at, by e-mailing to, or by calling (616) 560-9404. Orders are due by June 1, 2011. The Sage School is a 1870s-era one-room schoolhouse now located on the grounds of Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford. In 2001, Crestwood teacher Judy Grifhorst purchased the schoolhouse, then located at the corner of Belding Road and Courtland Drive, for $1 and donated the building to Rockford Public Schools. After an extensive private fundraising campaign, the building was moved to its current location on August 17, 2001. In the following years, the exterior was secured and restored. The interior has been gutted, and awaits restoration. The mission of the all-volunteer restoration group is to preserve a piece of Michigan history by restoring the 1870s Sage School to its original condition, c1895. Upon preservation, the schoolhouse will be used as an educational site to teach Rockford students and the community at large about life in the past and rural education. Although owned by Rockford Public Schools, all work has been completed using private donations, grants and a variety of fundraising programs. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. More information can be found at the Sage School’s website.

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