March 11 2010

News Bits — March 11, 2010

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Applications available for Garden Club Scholarship The Rockford Garden Club 2010 Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to study horticulture, landscape architecture, environmental sciences or related fields. It is a $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a student attending college in the fall of 2010. Applications are available at the Rockford High School guidance office or by contacting Shelley Plambeck, scholarship chairman, at (616) 874-3196. Deadline is March 31, 2010. District urges–plant a tree! The Conservation District of Kent County is holding its bi-annual tree sale, with orders due on April 2, 2010. The catalog is available for download on their website at, and includes many native Michigan trees and shrubs like spicebush, redbud and dogwoods. Pick-up dates will be April 16 and 17. Support our Conservation District by planting a tree (or a hundred!) on Earth Day, April 22. Please call our office at (616) 942-4111 ext. 100 for further information. YMCA to host diversity dinner, activities Continuing a tradition going on nearly a decade, the Rockford Diversity committee invites the public to another fun day at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA in Belmont on Saturday, March 13. Beginning at 5 p.m., the YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Road, will again graciously allow free access to all facilities including the rock-climbing wall, basketball courts and swimming pool. There will also be a craft-making opportunity for younger kids. As always, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish reflecting their own heritage to share at the potluck dinner which begins at 6:15 p.m. Beverages, utensils and tableware will be provided. For those uncomfortable cooking for a crowd, bring a store-bought item or come without and enjoy the wide array of different food. To provide a better understanding of the diverse cultures in and around our community, the committee has invited Martha Gonzalez-Cortes to kick off interactive discussions and activities for guests of all ages during and after dinner. The members of the Rockford Diversity committee believe that it is difficult to find opportunities for families in the Rockford area to interact with people from other cultures. That is why they are hoping everyone will take advantage of this free and fun family event. For more details, call Diane Karasiewicz at (616) 863-6556. Online registration […]

Rockford Register — March 11, 2010

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Thursday, March 11 Rockford Lions Club Special Meeting—6 p.m. chili cook-off at the Rockford American Legion Hall. Open to all Lions, their spouses, and prospective Lions. Cost is $8 per person. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Blood Drive—1 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 East Division, Rockford. Schwan’s Sale—11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rockford High School. 20% of sales go to the high school band for their trip to Disney World. To pre-order, visit or call (888) 724-9267, option 4, by March 9. Rockford Band Parent campaign ID # is 27099 (for pre-ordering). For more information, call Chris VanZee at (616) 361-7242. Relay for Life Meeting—6 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, auditorium. Find out about serving food at the event, acquiring a temporary food license, volunteering, changes in logistics and track surface issues, new entertainment events, and more. Friday, March 12 Shamrock Cookie Bake—4 p.m. at Comstock Park High School, room A102, 150 Six Mile Rd., Comstock Park. Help White Pines United Methodist Church of Belmont make 500 fresh baked and decorated shamrock cookies to be donated to God’s Kitchen. All ages welcome. For details, call Pat O’Neill at (616) 866-5131 or visit Fri.–Sat., March 12–13 “Contents Under Pressure” Comedy Improv Team—7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre in Grand Rapids. Good, clean, family comedy. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or visit Saturday, March 13 Community Irish Stew Dinner—4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, across from Lakes Elementary School. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets for sale at the door or in advance by calling (616) 874-7045. Bridges Event & Dinner—5 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont, co-hosted by Rockford Public Schools. Enjoy free open recreation, children’s craft, dinner and keynote speaker Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Bring a dish to pass that represents the racial-ethnic heritage(s) of your family. For more information, visit or call Diane at (616) 863-6556. Great Lakes Women’s Conference—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Point, 3449 76th St., Caledonia. DeGraw Ministries invites women from every denomination and Christian walk to this free event […]

A Message for You — March 11, 2010

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Find real hope by MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church I am learning more and more in life that words have great meaning and that the use of some words can change, bringing a significant change in their effectiveness. Love is one of those words. In one sentence I can say, “I love my wife.” The next, “I love ice cream.” In no way are my priorities, desires or affection the same for both my wife and ice cream. The word love, through use, sometimes loses its rightful meaning. I have realized recently that another word like that is hope. The Bible tells me I can put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5 and 11, and I Timothy 6:17). When I compare that to other things that I hope for, I begin to question its certainty. I hope it doesn’t snow again this winter. I hope the Tigers win the World Series. I hope my children grow up to be responsible teenagers and adults. Where it is my hope it doesn’t snow again this winter, history would suggest it probably will. Where it is my hope the Tigers win the World Series, their achievements last year mixed with off-season roster changes do not stir in me much confidence. Where I hope my children will be responsible in the future, I recognize they will have the ability to make their own decisions and if they are like me, will make some irresponsible ones along the way. If this is the kind of hope the Bible talks about putting in God, it is uncertain, unsure, and in it we can have little confidence. That is not, however, the kind of hope we have in God. Hope has become a word that is much more synonymous with desire than what it really means as we look at the Bible. In the Bible there is certainty and confidence in hope. When we put our hope in God, we are not simply desiring He will be with us, but we are relying on Him to be with us. Part of Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Our hope in God is like an anchor that will hold through all of […]

Engagements — March 11, 2010

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Fitzsimmons-Czubko Mr. and Mrs. Randy Czubko of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jeremy Czubko of Jacksonville, Fla., to Kerry Fitzsimmons, daughter of Leonard P. and Susan Fitzsimmons of Orange Park, Fla. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Florida State University. She is employed by Martin Gottlieb & Associates as a computer programmer. The groom-elect is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University. He is currently employed by Global Software Services as a computer programmer. The couple is planning a wedding date of July 17, 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla., with a reception held on July 24, 2010, in Belmont, Mich. They will honeymoon in Northern Michigan.

Births — March 11, 2010

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Nina Noel Chapman Daran and Melissa Chapman of Rockford announce the birth of their daughter, Nina Noel Chapman. Nina was born on December 25, 2009, at 10:54 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Baby Nina was welcomed home by her three-year-old brother Ian Chapman. Proud grandparents are Ray and Barb Johnson, and Sue Chapman of The Villages, Fla., Dave and Marcia Chapman of Southgate, Mich., and great-grandma Betty Chapman of Naples, Fla.

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