March 19 2009

Sign Up Now for Basketball Camp

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Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star (TSAS) Summer Basketball Camp. The TSAS Summer Basketball Camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10 – 19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50 states and 11 foreign countries attended the 2008 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All-American team. Camp locations include Champaign, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Babson Park, Fla., Gainesville, Ga., Glassboro, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., Marietta, Ohio, Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys and girls ages 9 – 18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these summer camps, please call (704) 373-0873 anytime, or visit for more information.

Local Student Wins Prestigious Award

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by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Courtney Fedeson knows the importance of sticking to a project until it’s finished. In this particular case, $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. was the reward. Courtney, a seventh-grader at North Rockford Middle School, was awarded an engraved silver medallion that signified her selection as one of Michigan’s top two youth volunteers for 2009 in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. The ceremony took place at the school board meeting on Monday, March 9. The award, sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is part of a broad initiative created by Prudential Financial to encourage young people to become involved with community service. The award was presented by Douglas Kliewer, a financial planner and representative from the well-known insurance company. “We want to recognize the students who donate an insurmountable amount of hours for their community,” said Kliewer. Courtney was honored for helping her Girl Scout troop lead a project that landscaped and beautified the front entrance of her school. They raised approximately $12,000 to fund this project. “I think I understand now what a great community I live in; a place where people will pitch in and volunteer,” Courtney said. “All you have to do is take the initiative and act.” Courtney was one of 104 other top honorees from across the country to win this prestigious award. She will join them in early May in Washington, D.C. for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2009 at that time. Courtney’s father, Brian Fedeson, is extremely proud of his daughter’s accomplishments. “This is an impressive award. If Courtney wins one of the top ten, $5,000 comes back to the Rockford area to help area charities.” Courtney plans on saving her $1,000 award for college. She wants to become a lawyer. “I found out that I can make a difference,” said Courtney.

Our Greatest Natural Resource is Our Kids

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by DAN ZANG Principal, Rockford High School “Kids these days…” This statement tends to be tossed around from time to time to describe our youth; I imagine out of frustration more times than not—perhaps a statement we run to when we don’t quite understand what our young people are thinking. I assure you, in my role, I am amazed daily by “kids these days.” As the storms of economic gloom hover over us, I am excited for the future! Our greatest natural resource, our children, are ready to set out and make a difference in this world. Walking the halls of Rockford High School I encounter students who: organize blood drives for the American Red Cross; take an active role in protecting nature and cleaning the White Pine Trail; provide peer tutoring to their classmates after school; sponsor food drives throughout the year to assist the North Kent Service Center; raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association; participate in the Relay for Life fundraiser in Rockford; are working after school to assist their families, who are struggling in these difficult financial times; have helped provide assistance to community members with vehicles stuck in the snow; take the time to venture into downtown Grand Rapids to help feed the homeless; have provided warm clothes and other winter essentials to several inner-city schools; adopted several Rockford area families and made the holiday season very special for families who were unable to otherwise have gifts and essentials for the season; are active in church youth groups, providing for the greater good in our community, our state, our nation, and the world; are polite and willing to assist their classmates and their community. Do we have students who find trouble from time to time? Sure we do. With the help of parents, family members, teachers, counselors, church members, and other resources, we can generally provide students with the assistance they need. Sometimes the “school of hard knocks” will deliver the lesson that ultimately gets them on track. I could go on and on with numerous other examples. They may dress differently than we did at their age, their vocabulary is different, and they have technical skills we were never exposed to, but they do have one thing in common […]

Rockford Register – March 19, 2009

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Thursday, March 19 Spaghetti Dinner & Used Book Sale – 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Lakes Elementary School. Dinner is $5 per person or $25 per family. All books are priced under $1. Saturday, March 21 Rockford 5th Annual Community Expo – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford High School, 4300 Kroes, sponsored by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Over 180 booths on display; entertainment; celebrity emcees; door prizes; “Taste of West Michigan”; four $500 cash giveaways. Free admission and free parking. Free shuttle service is available from Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Rd., Rockford, to the high school. St. Patrick’s Day Party – 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion Post 102, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary. Tickets are $10, which include Irish entertainment, raffle, and dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and soda bread cobbler; available at the Legion bar. Open to the public. Tuesday, March 24 Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Free Legal Assistance for Seniors – 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Ambulance Center in the board room. To schedule your half-hour appointment with Jason Jansma, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Wednesday, March 25 Morning Movies for Seniors – $1 movie at Woodland Mall Celebration Cinema (movie title unavailable at this time). All movies are family-friendly and rated PG-13. Following the movie, enjoy lunch (on your own) at Red Robin. Bus fee: $2. For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Thursday, March 26 Rockford Lions Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. “Mission India” will be presented by John Roelse. Business Counseling – Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at […]

Main Street – March 19, 2009

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by ROGER ALLEN – publisher Politics as usual Winston Churchill said Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried. Someone else described Democracy as two wolves and a rabbit voting on what to have for dinner. Well, the wolves (aka Congress) just passed an omnibus budget bill to keep our government going for a while-an annual necessity. Congress (as usual) attached projects to the bill that are earmarked for specific uses. This time around, these projects number around 8,000. Some (as usual) may benefit their sponsoring Congressmen more than the country. The earmarks amount to only about one percent of the budget, but that’s still a lot of money. Hey! It’s our system! Congress has the authority to spend our tax money, and they often vote themselves some nice perks that they don’t advertise. It’s unfortunate that most Congressmen don’t read the laws they vote for.  They rely on their political party to tell them how to vote. Good thing we have a two-party system. Each can keep an eye on the other. We really can’t expect to have it otherwise. The national budget is so long and complex that no one person could be expected to read and understand the legal language in thousands of pages. A large number of Congressmen are lawyers, but even they have only 24 hours in a day. Speaking of lawyers A lawyer died and arrived at the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter asked him the usual question, “What have you done to merit entrance into Heaven?” The lawyer thought a moment, then said, “A week ago I gave a quarter to a homeless person on the street.” Saint Peter asked Gabriel to check this out in the records and after a moment Gabriel affirmed that it was indeed true. “Well,” said Saint Peter, “that’s fine, but it’s not really quite enough to get you into Heaven.” “Wait, wait!” said the lawyer. “There’s more! Three years ago, I gave another homeless person a quarter.” Saint Peter nodded to Gabriel, who, after a moment, nodded back that it was true. Saint Peter whispered to Gabriel, “Well, what do you suggest we do with this fellow?” Gabriel gave the lawyer a sidelong glance, […]

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