March 18 2010

Valley View undefeated in book battle

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Valley View Elementary School recently took first place in the Rockford Public Schools Battle of the Books tournament. The students were required to read 27 books within two to three months. They first competed within in their school and the top eight students from each school were chosen for the district-wide battle. Those eight students were then quizzed by the librarians on the books. The students competed in rounds against different schools until all but two schools were eliminated. Valley View Elementary School was undefeated.

Words on Weather & Climate — March 18, 2010

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Spring? by Craig James What a great way to start out the month of March. It was certainly windy and gloomy this past weekend but prior to that, every day from the 2nd through the 8th had 93 percent or more of possible sunshine with three of those days receiving 100 percent of possible sunshine. Compare that to February when only one day had 100 percent of possible sunshine and on 17 days, we received no sunshine at all. Since the snow cover was slow to melt, golf season didn’t start quite as early as last year when I golfed on March 6. I did practically have to use a hammer to get the tee into the still partially frozen ground and there was ice in one of the cups, but hey, it beat sitting indoors and writing a newspaper article. I was able to golf all the way to December 2 for golf in 10 of the 12 months of 2009. Last year, we hit the first 70 degrees of spring on March 17. Looking at the last 116 years of records, it turns out we have a 51 percent chance of reaching 70 in March, and a 74 percent chance of hitting 60 degrees. That means in one out of every four months of March, the temperature never gets as warm as 60. That’s depressing. With all of the cold weather in the southern states this year, the tornado season has gotten off to a very slow start. In fact, it looked as if we were going to see the only month of February on record with no tornadoes reported in the entire country. However, according to the National Weather Service, a weak tornado that lasted all of three minutes was spotted, in of all places, California on the 27th to spoil the record. There have only been twelve tornadoes so far this month. Since we are on daylight saving (not savings) time now, it is staying light until 8 p.m.. Astronomical spring arrives on the 20th this year, which is of course when there is equal day and equal night across the globe. However, if you look at sunrise and sunset tables you will see on that date we have 12 hours […]

Engagement — March 18, 2010

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Loveder-Daniels Chris and Susan Loveder of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Emma Loveder of Rockford, to Kord Daniels, son of Bert and Sue Daniels of Rockford. The bride-to-be is a Rockford High School graduate and is employed by Davenport University. The groom-elect is a Rockford High School graduate and a Michigan Tech University graduate. He is currently employed by Brunswick Corporation. Ceremony attendants will be maid of honor Angela Loveder, best man Jason McLaren, with ushers Jason Berris and Chad Meinke. The couple is planning a wedding date of July 9, 2010, at Blythefield Country Club. They will reside in Cedar Springs.

Obituaries — March 18, 2010

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Sagorski Mr. Andrew James Sagorski, age 40, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 11, 2010 and is now rejoicing with his Lord and Savior. He grew up in Sand Lake, graduated from Tri-County High School in 1988, and received his degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Andrew married Melissa (Astras) on June 22, 2001. He currently worked in sales for Cofessco Fire Protection and previously Siemens, but cooking and farming were his passions. Andrew was an early riser, a hard worker, an innate chef, a lover of history, but most of all he was a faithful husband, and devoted father, and an honorable man. He was a member of Blythefield Hills Church. Andrew is survived by his wife, Melissa (Astras); his children, Jordan David, Elaina Angel, Elizabeth Mary, Lara Eleaze, Jack Andrew; his father, Jim and his wife, Nancy (Ciluffo) along with her children; sisters, Mary Rose Baxter and Jeanine (Dan) Krebs; his in-laws, Tony and Rita Astras and Melissa’s five siblings, Ingrid (Tim) Ingram, Katrina (Josiah) Meyers, Elizabeth (Jeff) Geshel, Mark Astras, and Philip Astras; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Sagorski (Napierlaski); his infant brother, David and his infant sister, Angela. A celebration of Andrew’s life was held Monday at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Zainea officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Fund for Andrew Sagorski’s Children at Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Local artist, Spectrum Health co-publish book

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Stacy Niedzwiecki, a Rockford, Michigan artist, has co-published the book “Healing Images,” a collection of her 63 nature images that are part of th permanent art collection at Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. Recognizing that art plays a key role in the healing journey, Spectrum Health selected artwork by local artists that is soothing and bright and cheerful when it opened the Pavilion in June of 2008. Since then, patients have been able to personalize the art to their own healing experience. Wanting to broaden this beyond the walls of the Pavilion, Spectrum Health teamed up with Niedzwiecki to co-publish the book as a reminder of the patient’s connection to life through the healing experience. Stacy Niedzwiecki is an award-winning artist who specialized in nature-themed photography. Her photographs depict various locations throughout the state of Michigan. In August 2009, Niedzwiecki was awarded second place in the Pure Michigan Photo Competition, a highly competitive event sponsored through Travel Michigan. Two of her works were selected to hang on display at Governor Jennifer Granholm’s personal residence in Lansing as part of the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artists Program. Her images have been featured in the “Michigan 24/7” photography book, “Whisper in the Woods Nature Journal,” The Rockford Squire newspaper, Michigan Blue and Michigan History magazines, and official visitors’ guide. The books are available at Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion Specialty Shop, purchased online at – or by calling 616-550-8107.

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