OBITUARIES

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Wells Mrs. Alma Wells, age 79, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She was a 1950 graduate of Rockford High School. Alma’s sister invited Tom to a gathering and that is where Alma met her future husband, Tom, who happened to be very bashful at that […]

Meadowlark residents enjoy renowned singer

On March 24 at 6 p.m. Jon Troast, singer/songwriter, gave a one-hour performance for about 45 residents and family members at Meadowlark Retirement Community. Troast traveled from Nashville, Tenn. to perform this concert. Jon’s website is Jontroast.com. 	Troast said he used to dislike Mr. Rogers’ song “I Like to Take My Time,” but now has a different attitude. “As funny as it might sound, Mr. Rogers’ message is found in a lot of my songwriting—taking time to notice what’s going on around you, taking time to think about what’s important in life, taking time to enjoy what you have, taking time to ‘do it right.’ It’s been my motto since becoming a full-time musician six years ago,” Troast said. 	Troast started out playing in coffee shops, bars, churches and other such venues in the Midwest, slowly building his repertoire. He started doing house concerts, such as his visit to Meadowlark, a couple years ago. 	“You connect with your audience a lot more when you’re singing in front of their fireplace and sleeping on their couch,” said Troast. 	The idea took off, and Troast has since played in hundreds of homes all over the country, including one extended coast-to-coast tour of 100 concerts in 100 days. He also has performed on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” 	Melissa Chambers, director of Porter Hills Retirement Community & Services and Meadowlark, said the concert was very much enjoyed by those who attended. 	Porter Hills Retirement Community has been recognized as “West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” eight years in a row.

On March 24 at 6 p.m. Jon Troast, singer/songwriter, gave a one-hour performance for about 45 residents and family members at Meadowlark Retirement Community. Troast traveled from Nashville, Tenn. to perform this concert. Jon’s website is Jontroast.com. Troast said he used to dislike Mr. Rogers’ song “I Like to Take My Time,” but now has […]

Rockford choirs shine at State Solo and Ensemble Festival

Scott, are (front row, l–r) Peyton Wells, Jill Nelson, Emilee Bodien, Maddie Dix; (back) Carly Funk, Christine Scales, Shannon Pinner, Molly Grettenberger, Sarah Ombry and Mrs. Scott.

Students from Rockford High School (RHS) choirs once again made a strong showing at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival on March 19 at Aquinas College. Every ensemble from RHS received a “I” rating, the best possible score, in both performance and sight reading. These ensembles included: Chamber Singers, Chorale and Advanced Women’s Ensemble directed […]

Tree climbing has its ups and downs

High up in one of Georgia’s live oaks, Lucas Drews of Woodland Tree Services in Rockford reaches out to ring a cowbell during February’s North American Tree Climbing Competition held in Savannah, Ga.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Tree climbing has its ups and downs, but for Lucas Drews, 29, of Rockford’s Woodland Tree Services it seems the sky’s the limit! Representing the Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM) in the recently held North American Tree Climbing Competition (NATCC) in Savannah, Ga., Lucas placed first in a field of […]

WORDS ON WEATHER & CLIMATE

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What a Difference Snow Cover Makes by CRAIG JAMES We had a very bright and sunny weekend March 26 and 27 with 100% of possible sunshine both days, but it certainly was cold. In fact, from the 24th through the 28th, temperatures were more than 10 degrees below average even with all the sunshine each […]