John Decker can’t wait to give away a free car. This year’s Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community Expo, scheduled for March 20 at Rockford High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. may be his chance. “There will be very, very good odds,” Decker said of the opportunity that one Expo visitor will walk away with a 2010 Chevy Malibu. Decker said he has been offering a free car for various golf outings for a hole in one and has never given a car away. The winner will be responsible only for the tax, license and insurance costs. Those who walk away without a new car will not leave empty-handed. Four people will win $500 in cash and there will be other prizes throughout the day. Many of the nearly 200 exhibitors will have giveaways or prize drawings. New this year is what visitors will take away in smarts. Throughout the day free educational workshops will be held. Visitors can sit in and learn about real estate investing, financial tips, estate planning, sources of toxins in the home, staying young your first 100 years, and more. “It will all be really good information,” said Brenda Davis, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. In its sixth year, the Expo is again a sellout for exhibitors, and each year the attendance has increased. Last year just under 11,000 people attended the event. Local celebrities, mascots, live radio remotes, and non-stop entertainment by Rockford students are among attractions. “We have a wonderful community. We are well-supported in all our events, not just Expo,” Davis said of the popularity of the annual event. Starting at 10 a.m. and on the hour up to 2 p.m., two entries will be drawn as semifinalist for the free Malibu drawing. Visitors need not be present to be chosen as a semifinalist, but need to be on hand at 2:30 p.m. when the single finalist is chosen. The lucky person will draw from 20 envelopes. Two of the 20 will be matching and indicate the car. If the person draws the right two, they will win the $25,000 vehicle. “These are probably better odds than the golf outing hole-in-one odds,” Decker said. “I really want to give away a car.”
March 11 2010
A 41-year-old Rockford man who was originally charged with driving on a suspended license is now facing a 23-count warrant, after leading several law enforcement agencies on a pursuit through Montcalm County last week. During a court appearance Wednesday, March 3, for driving on a suspended license, Mark Dwayne McCuaig, 41, who uses addresses in both Rockford and Greenville, was ordered into custody for contempt of court. According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, as McCuaig was being taken from Montcalm 64B District Court to the lock-up room, he struggled with the officer and fled through the door into the courtroom. Once in the courtroom, an assistant Montcalm County prosecutor and a state corrections officer, who was serving as a juror, stopped him. When they let McCuaig up to be taken into custody, he took off on foot. “At this time, the court officer deployed his Taser with no effect,” said Bellinger. The man then fled to the front door of the court complex where a second court officer confronted him. Mace was deployed on the suspect and he ran through the front doors into the parking lot. Police said McCuaig got into a van owned by a friend and locked the doors as officers approached. He then started the van, and as he backed out of the parking spot, officers broke out the driver’s window and deployed another Taser. The suspect then went forward and out of the parking lot on to south M-66. The Stanton Police Chief spotted the vehicle and took up the pursuit. The vehicle was chased on various back roads, with speeds approaching 80 miles per hour, heading in a southwest direction toward Greenville. A Michigan State Police trooper slowed the suspect by putting down stop sticks on Peck Road, between M-91 and Vining Road. However, McCuaig was only a short distance from his home. He drove up to the house and barricaded himself inside the home. Bellinger said authorities tried to contact the suspect to no avail. “Due to the concern that the suspect would cause injury to himself, an entry team of four officers and a K-9 team was formed and entered the home,” he explained. McCuaig then fled the home and into a pole barn garage where […]
The competitive dancers at Rockford School of Dance (RSOD) have once again claimed top honors at the annual DanceAmerica regional competition in Chicago. Dancers from across the Midwest came to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Ill., to compete in the varied dance categories. RSOD is thrilled with their success, as all their dance numbers have qualified for the July 2010 DanceAmerica nationals at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The Primary team was awarded first-place trophies for both their tap and jazz performances to “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “3-6-9,” as well as an Overall High Score Line merit award for Primary/Junior “Little Bitty Pretty One.” Members of the RSOD Primary team are Madelyn Butts, Carmen Goodson, Kelsey Howard, Whitney Howard, Arianna Hyink, Kalyn Jones, Kassidi Krzykwa, Madeline Konsdorf, Hannah Miller, Madeline Newman, Emily Page, Jillian Roney, Madison Schilling, Haley Smith, Sydney Stites, Annika Trierweiler and Isabel Wood. The Junior team received a first-place trophy for their tap dance, “Wall Street,” as well as an Overall High Score Large Group merit award for Primary/Junior and Best Precision award. They also received a third-place trophy for their ballet performance of “Pokinoi” and a fourth-place trophy for their jazz dance “Make Me.” Members of the RSOD Junior team are Abigail Anthony, Brianna Brugel, Lauren Dilly, Jacklyn Eding, Ilene Gould, Alexis Hall, Hali Maybank, Amanda Schultz, Ashley Serbenta and Paige Wolterstorff. The Advanced team brought home two first-place trophies for their jazz performance of “My Same” and tap dance to “PYT,” which also earned an overall award for Best Precision Intermediate/Senior. The RSOD Advanced team members are Ona Andrews, Ashley Day, Kendall DeVries, Anna Dood, Savanna Fisher, Kara Greenberg, Kenzie Hansen, Shannon Kelly, Hannah Maroe, David Maybank, Riley Thomas, Kaylin Walters and Hanna Watters. The Junior and Advanced teams combined forces for a jazz production number to “Glee” and “Steppin’ Out” tap production performance. Both dances received second-place trophies. Several RSOD competitors performed solos and duos. David Maybank’s “100 in a 55” received a first-place trophy and he also qualified for DanceAmerica’s prestigious Dancer of the Year program, as did Kaylin Walters, who also received a third-place trophy for her “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” performance. Kara Greenberg’s “I Want to Go to Hollywood” received third place, […]
Algoma Baptist Church’s Annual Wild Game Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the church gym. The speaker this year is Vern Oosterhouse, who is a hunting and fishing guide in Alaska. He will tell about and show pictures of his experiences. Tickets are $5. To purchase or reserve tickets, please call the church office at (616) 866-1274 or Pastor Dave at (616) 866-4760. Please bring a wild game dish to pass. Dishes at past dinners have included caribou, elk, bear, moose and always plenty of venison. There will be wild game mounts, displays and door prizes. The church is located at 10515 Grange Avenue NE, south of 13 Mile Road, between Algoma Avenue and Pine Island Drive. Everyone is welcome!
On March 2, 2010, Thomas Alan Heugel, age 56, of Sparta was arrested and charged with Health Profession-Unauthorized Practice and Occupational Code-Performance Occupation Without a License. Heugel was performing circumcisions on adult male subjects, as well massages and body piercing. He portrayed himself as a medical doctor to his patients and performed these procedures at his residence. Heugel was arraigned in the 63rd District Court and bond was set at $5,000 personal recognizance. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department believes Heugel may have performed these procedures on many unsuspecting victims. Anyone who has additional information regarding Heugel and his performing illegal medical procedures is encouraged to contact Detective Ed Kolakowski at (616) 336-5179, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 632-6100, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.