Seventh annual EXPO packed with fun, give-aways Four visitors will walk away with $500 and no one else will leave empty-handed unless they choose to do so. This year’s Community EXPO is the seventh, and promises to be the best so far with give-aways, entertainment, educational workships and the chance to meet the people who offer goods and services in your town. It’s the biggest one-day event in Rockford and it happens this Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect chance to see just what the Rockford area has to offer. With a Norman Rockwell-like downtown shopping district, people who live and work in this area may be lulled into thinking the business community is also quaint rather than cutting edge. Nothing could be farther from the truth and visitors will see for themselves when they meet merchants, business owners, and people who offer a wide variety of services, from your local law enforcement to area bankers, artists and veterinarians. Local business professionals will again offer workshops that can help you improve your health or your financial well-being. New last year, the workshops proved popular. Booths are on both levels of the high school as well as outdoors. Visitors can sign up to be one of four lucky $500 winners, play games for prizes and take home a bagfull of goodies. Entertainment will be around the clock, and celebrity MCs will run the show. Children can interact with a variety of mascots and best of all, the EXPO is free of charge and open to the public. Rockford High School is located at 4100 Kroes Street. Shuttle service is offered from Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Road. Admission, parking and shuttle are all free.
March 17 2011
Honor Guard to carry flag made by Rockford woman by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL An annual harbinger of spring returns to DeVos Place this Thursday through Sunday, March 17-20. The Showspan-produced Ultimate Sport Show is eagerly awaited every year at this time by winter weary West Michiganders. Michigan sportsmen never miss this show and readers may recall how, last year, we hooked up with “Walleye Wayne” Stevenson for a guided walleye fishing charter out of Monroe, Michigan on Lake Erie. Reporter Nancy became a bona fide walleye “aFISHionado” on the morning of the early June outing as we quickly limited out with keepers all exceeding 18 inches. At this year’s Ultimate Sport Show, we are looking forward to a special ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. during opening night on Thursday, March 17, honoring a group of war veterans, all of whom have been awarded the Purple Heart for combat wounds. An Honor Guard representing U.S. military branches will officially thank the veterans for their sacrifices. A 3×5-foot American flag containing 1, 021 thumbprints taken primarily from veterans in West Michigan will be presented as part of this very special ceremony. Rockford resident Sherrie Coke collected the thumbprints and designed the flag entitled “Freedom” using as a model antique 48-star flag predating 1958. “Freedom” was entered in last summer’s Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition. “There’s a story behind each and every one of those thumbprints,” Coke said. “They belong to servicemen and women whose rank runs from Private through Colonel.” Coke’s father and brother are both veterans and were a motivating force in the creation of the flag. Additionally, Coke taught art classes in oil painting at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans during 2005-2006. We were fortunate enough to see “Freedom” proudly displayed in the Waters Building during ArtPrize 2010. Ironically, it was housed in the same venue as “Pandora,” the stained glass lamp creation of Rockford’s Eric Brown. “Freedom” was a heartfelt creation celebrating the bravery and sacrifice of American heroes in recognition of those who have given of themselves to protect our freedom. “Lest we not forget.” Every red stripe in the flag was composed of hundreds of veterans’ thumbprints along with blue thumbprints creating the field around the stars. It was beautiful and […]
19th Jean Moerman 20th Tom Baer, Phyllis Good, Cliff Hill, Will Ragsdale 21st Randy Oostdyk, Sandy Oosrdyk, Bill Walsworth 22nd JC Dygert, Erna Gross, Carson Klima 22nd Helen Platt, Calli VanDorp 23th Susan Bodenner, JP Venman, Lori VerMerris 24th Neta Buckley, Heather Mervenne, Timothy J. Poddig 25th Karla Thompson
After winning the Division I OK Red swimming and diving conference title for the third consecutive year on February 26, the season didn’t end for 12 Rockford competitors. The Rams will continue to stir up the waters at Oakland University for the March 11 and 12 state preliminaries and finals. Representing Rockford are (pictured in the front row, l–r) junior Bryan Wasberg, senior Jared Martella, junior Harrison Webb, senior Ben Fredrickson, junior Eric Chisholm, sophomore Nick Willison; (back) sophomore Mike Arend, freshman Craig Wasberg, senior diver LJ McCauley, senior Jeff Schmitt, junior Josh Travis and sophomore Trenton Babcock. Congratulations, Rams, and good luck!