The first king on the throne was RPS’ own Dr. Shibler, recipient of a traveling AfterGrad fundraiser that will be seen soon on a lawn near you. The traveling toilet features instructions on what to do if it comes to you and how much to pay to send it on to the next home. Donations to get this creative display away to the next location all go to Rockford’s annual AfterGrad party, designed to keep our graduating seniors entertained and safe as they celebrate. For those who would like to donate to this great cause and don’t get the Royal Flush at home, send donations to: Rockford After Grad, c/o Michelle Coleman, 260 Glen Arbor Dr., Rockford, MI 49341.
March 5 2009
The Rockford Area Community Endowment is accepting grant applications for consideration by April 1, 2009. The Endowment mission is “to provide grants and gifts for charitable programs and organizations to encourage scientific, literary, recreational and educational activities throughout the Rockford community, including the encouragement of the arts.” It is the intention of the Endowment to provide funding opportunities that fill voids rather than compete with already established organizations. The Endowment serves the greater Rockford area, which includes the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield and the City of Rockford. Past successful grant applications have included the funding of trailhead improvements to the new Cannon Township Trail, landscaping improvements to the entrance of North Rockford Middle School, National Night Out activities, and improvements to Algoma Townships Veterans Memorial Park. Grant applications can be found at www.rockford.mi.us, click on community and then Rockford Area Community Endowment.
The Rockford Area Community Endowment is accepting nominations for its annual Community Recognition Award. The Community Recognition Award is given to an individual or community organization that has achieved significant accomplishment in their lifetime through career, community or personal success. Nominees must be or have been a resident of the Rockford Public School district. Desirable characteristics may include the following: Courage – exemplifies courage and determination. Initiative – demonstrates drive and initiative in his/her approach to accomplishing a goal, project, objective, etc. Achievement – has achieved something of lasting significance. Time Commitment – volunteers a significant amount of time and energy to the community, to further a cause, project or issue. Effectiveness – generates positive results from their actions. Nominations are accepted from the public at large and should be submitted in writing to: Rockford Area Community Endowment, attention: Awards, PO Box 561, Rockford, Michigan 49341 by March 30, 2009. The written nomination shall outline, in one typed page or less, these qualities that exemplify why the candidate should be considered for the award. The Board of Directors will consider each nominee on his/her merits. The Community Recognition Award will be presented during the May meeting of the Rockford Area Community Endowment. The award will include an engraved plaque with the recipient’s name placed on a column in the Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park (Rockford Dam).
The first try was a winner for a quartet of Rockford High School musicians who took top honors in Battle of the Bands. Their band, Tribune, won the competition Friday, February 27 at The Springs Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. The event was sponsored by EnGedi Youth Center. Six bands competed, each playing three songs. Tribune played all originals. The four Rockford High School sophomores have played together for over a year and will be performing at Rockford Lanes on Friday, April 17. Another Rockford band, “Jonny on Fire” finished second in the competition. This is the inaugural battle of the bands for this particular organization, although there are some others in West Michigan. This is the first competition of any type for Tribune so they were thrilled to come out on top. The boys have been playing together for 14 months. They first performed publicly at Rockford Dinner Theatre in May 2008 when they did the Stevie Wonder song, Superstition. They performed during the pre-game and half-time of two RHS varsity basketball games during the month of February.
After years in the pizza business Jim Sebree decided to strike out on his own. He and wife Karen opened Fireside Pizzeria at 8460 Algoma Avenue in Rockford 16 months ago and have been happy with their family-owned business ever since. “We selected this location because of the proximity to the growing side of Rockford and because it is close to our house,” said Jim. The small business is typical of a family-owned operation, with quality and consistency as the motto and a team effort put forth to ensure an enjoyable and satisfying experience for every customer. Karen and Jim do all the prep work in the kitchen and doing all deliveries. Regular employees Allison and Calli are also on staff with two other on-call employees for busy times. Enjoying their mom and pop reputation, Fireside invites diners to stop in for pizza by the slice for a quick lunch while watching the news or enjoy the Fireside service anytime for a leisurely meal. The couple enjoy being away from the mall pizza business and serving the community where they live. Their children attend Lakes Elementary and one of their reasons for going into business here was to become more involved in community. Known for signature pizzas, the restaurant features sauce and dough made from scratch, freshly-cut cheese and generous toppings, including fresh vegetables and cut meats. In addition to pizza, fresh hot ten-inch subs are available, along with hot pasta, fresh salads, hamburgers and plenty of side items. “We want to make sure that every customer gets a lot of topping in every bite,” said Karen. “We feel very fortunate to have the customers we have, especially in this “” said Jim. “They’ve been consistently showing their own care by asking us how we’re doing and that they keep spreading the word. In turn we’ve brought back our $6.99 pizza on Mondays to give back to the community.” Fireside Pizzeria is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 for lunch. On Sunday through Thursday they are open for dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. Call at (616) 866-9675 or visit online at firesidepizzeria.com.