March 17 2011


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Andrew Sagorski son, brother, husband, father, friend 6/29/69–3/11/10 This week I honor and remember my husband, Andrew James Sagorski. I am no doubt a better person because of him. He has taught me to quietly listen, cook with love, garden with pride, follow a lead in dance, smile at funny one-liners, appreciate good food, be graciously hospitable, give unselfishly, love unconditionally. Our marriage has forever changed me… and the painful loss of his earthly life has forever changed me. I am thankful for the hope in heaven we have and for a day when all wrong things will be made right. We grieve so deeply for we have loved so deeply. (I am truly humbled and thankful for my family, friends, co-workers, church, and the Rockford community for embracing our family during these last 12 months. We are blessed and eternally grateful.) Melissa and children  

Rockford Chamber director resigns

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Davis has led business organization for last six years by BETH ALTENA The Rockford Chamber of Commerce will have a new director when the resignation of Brenda Davis becomes effective March 25. According to Chamber Board President Dr. Carl Stites, Davis told the board she was resigning at their most recent board meeting earlier this month. Jeanne Gregory will serve as interim executive director for a three month period. “We were very lucky to have had Brenda as executive director of the chamber this past six years,” said Stites. “She is a big part of why the Chamber has been so successful.” Stites said that the position is very time consuming, with many night and weekend events the director is expected to oversee. “This has taken a big chunk of time away from her family,” Stites stated. Davis was hired when former director Carl Shook retired after leading the organization for several years. In his tenure, and continued by Davis, the Chamber was reinvented, with every-other-month luncheons, afterhours networking events, an ambassador program and increased membership.    

RockFit new fitness center on Belding Road

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On Friday, March 11, owner Shawn Sremba opened his doors for a sneak peak of his new fitness center RockFit, 8830 Belding Road (on the corner of Belding and Ramsdell roads). Drawings were held for free group training, refreshments were offered and Sremba was happy to explain his business to visitors. RockFit will offer one-on-one personal training, small group membership and gym memberships. Gym memberships will be available beginning April 9. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday 3 to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the open house, healthy fare was provided by The SCORE Restaurant and Sports Bar. For more information call (616) 874-3490 or visit        

David Pasciak receives national award for excellence

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David Pasciak, CLU, ChFC, CRPC, president of VantagePointe Financial Group, was recognized by John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN) with the Leading with Excellence (LEX) Award. The LEX Award recognizes outstanding leadership in building and growing a successful financial services organization, maintaining a culture where financial representatives who work with the firm can best succeed, and demonstrating a strong commitment to providing clients with exceptional levels of service. The firm is based in Grand Rapids. “I am pleased to recognize VantagePointe Financial Group for their exceptional achievement,” said Brian Heapps, executive vice president of sales and business development for JHFN. “It’s clear that David has been highly successful at creating a culture of dedicated financial professionals who offer a personalized high-touch approach to helping their clients reach their financial goals.” “It’s with great pride that I accept this award on behalf of the entire team at VantagePointe Financial Group,” said Pasciak. “Our firm is dedicated to building long-term client relationships which we know must be earned each and every day. We believe that this award demonstrates our life-long commitment to achieving client service excellence.”  


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Burgess graduates from basic training Burgess third generation to serve in Army Army PFC Adam D. Burgess graduated basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., on February 24, 2011. During basic training this soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training in drill, Army history, core values and tradition, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading, land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. PFC Burgess has moved on to Advanced Individual Training at Redrock Arsenal, Alabama. Burgess graduated from Rockford High School in 2001. He is the son of Terry and Dave Burgess of Rockford. PFC Burgess proudly follows in the footsteps of his father Dave and his grandfathers, Melvin F. Burgess and Charles J. Huffman, all RA-U.S. Army veterans.  

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