May 12 2011


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Thursday, May 12 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Friday, May 13 Annual Spring Yard Sale—Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Donations also accepted. Saturday, May 14 Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Sunday, May 15 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults or $3.50 for children. “The best dinner in town” is prepared by the Post’s own chef Fred Chambers. Visit “Turkey Shoot” Family & Friends Day—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. Enjoy trap, archery, b-b gun/22 ranges, crafts, food and a raffle. For more information, contact Morrie at (616) 678-4523 or “First Shots” Introduction to Sport of Rifle Shooting—1 p.m. at Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. Hands-on seminar for everyone of all ages. All equipment will be provided. Pre-registration required. To register, call (616) 240-1537 or e-mail to Project Memories Class—1 to 3 p.m. at 925 Northland Dr., Rockford (Navigator building, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads). Project Memories is a system that will help you preserve your memories in any format (digital, hybrid, printed photos, etc.). See how easy and fun it is. To register, visit and select the Workshop tab, or call (616) 828-2402. Space is limited. Monday, May 16 Dogs for Dollar$—5 p.m. to close at the Corner Bar, corner of Main and Courtland streets, Rockford, to raise funds for the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC). Let the server know you’re participating in the fundraiser and 15% will be donated to the RAAC. Tuesday, May 17 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Retribution Terrorists who threaten “retribution” because we killed Osama bin Laden have short memories. When I think of retribution, I think of 3,000 innocent people killed in the World Trade Center. I think of those who died in Washington on the same day. I think of those in a field in Pennsylvania. And I think of the tens of thousands of human beings, military and civilian, dead or maimed because of bin Laden’s plans. He wanted to destroy Western civilization, especially America. Well, we’re still here and he’s gone. Presidential candidate Donald Chump will no doubt demand the “long form” death certificate for Osama. (Donald is not my favorite candidate!) Stimulating The economic stimulus checks we Americans have received are puzzling to some. Puzzle no more. I’ll explain it by using a Q&A format: Q. What is an Economic Stimulus payment? A. It is money that the federal government sends to taxpayers. Q. Where does the government get this money? A. From taxpayers. Q. So the government gives us back our own money? A. Only a smidgen of it. Q. What is the purpose of these payments? A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy. Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China? A. Shut up. Commanding A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her six- and seven-year-olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family of five) answered, “Thou shall not kill!” Budgeting A man saw a friend at a table in the bar, drinking by himself. Approaching the friend, he commented, “You look terrible. What’s the problem?” “My mother died in February,” he said, “and left me $10,000.” “Gee, that’s tough,” he replied. “Then, in March,” the friend continued with a tear in his eye, “my father died, leaving me $50,000.” “Wow. Two parents gone in two months. No wonder you’re depressed.” “And last month my aunt died, and left me $15,000.” “Three close family members lost in three months? That’s incredibly sad.” “Then this month,” […]


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Baseball and recreational gambling I needed some event to get me interested in baseball this year. The Tigers have been playing poorly while winning less than half of their games. They are second in the league in strikeouts. Their lead-off hitter Austin Jackson, their starting third baseman Brandon Inge, and their starting right fielder Magglio Ordonez all have batting averages that have been under the dreaded “Mendoza” line, meaning their averages are below .200. Not good. The prized free-agent hitting signee, Victor Martinez, has been hurt, affecting both his playing time and hitting production. There just has not been much to get excited about—until Saturday night. In one game, Justin Verlander single-handedly got Detroit back on track. He pitched his second career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays. How rare is this? The Tigers are charter members of the American League, starting play in 1901. In their 110-year history, only five pitchers have thrown a total of seven no-hitters. Their first one was thrown in 1912 by George Mullin. Forty years passed, until 1952, when Virgil Trucks threw two no-hitters in the same season—none for 40 years, then two in one season. They had another by now-Senator Jim Bunning in 1958, and then went until 1984 when Jack Morris turned the trick. Then nothing until Verlander pitched his first no-hitter in 2007 and followed up on that with Saturday’s overpowering performance. That puts him in pretty elite company. Only 30 pitchers in all of baseball history have two or more no-hitters, led by Nolan Ryan with seven. Before we think the Tigers haven’t had many good pitchers, we have to remember there have only been 249 no-hitters and many of the best pitchers ever don’t have any no-hitters. Some Hall of Fame pitchers who never threw a no-hitter include Lefty Grove, Whitey Ford, Don Drysdale and Dizzy Dean. Dizzy’s brother Paul Dean, got his, but Dizzy couldn’t pull it off. Some Hall of Fame pitchers who have one no-hitter include Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver, Juan Marichal and Carl Hubbell. In the second All-Star game in 1934, Hubbell consecutively struck out future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin. Hubbell was one of the most effective pitchers […]


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14th David Dingman, Chuck Pearson, Connie Potter, Lynda Ringelberg, Rose Sickrey 15th Steve Douthett, Kurt Hazlewood, Cyndy Len, Linda Richard, Darlene Thorington 16th Kristi Anderson, Marjorie Brooks, Terry Guinnup, Patte Carter Hevia 17th Evelyn Hoekwater, Roger Stotz, Joyce Wagner 18th Mary Jane Kohls, Randy Sivins 19th Dorothy Conran, Janice Quinn, Phyllis Tpma 20th Bruce Caylen, Jim Eadie  

Rogue River Rentals offers new opportunities for downtown visitors

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Kayak, bike, picnic or just have a seat by BETH ALTENA Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take Resale shop, and her husband Steve were sad when Powers Outdoors closed their doors in downtown Rockford last October, and they thought town visitors would miss the ability to rent kayaks to cruise the Rogue River, a service Powers offered. Then the idea came to them. Located just a stone’s throw from the White Pine Trail and two stone’s throws from the Rogue River, Palmreuter realized her shop’s location was perfect for offering outdoor gear for rent. Her brainchild, Rogue River Rentals, officially opened May 1. The new business already offers eight kayaks, eight bikes, some camp chairs and an assortment of other rentable items to make a trip to Rockford more of an adventure. With gas at a roadtrip-discouraging $4-plus per gallon and expected to stay high this summer, Palmreuter believes more people will be staying close to home this vacation season, but that doesn’t mean an end to summer fun. “There are lots of cool things to do right close to home or even in your backyard,” she said. Palmreuter believes even regulars to downtown don’t realize everything that is going on in the town, especially in summer. Every Tuesday during the Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues Series, people pop their heads into her shop to ask what the crowds are for by the dam. The unprepared will be more comfortable, thanks to Rogue River Rentals, as Palmreuter now offers an array of chairs, throws and even a picnic basket for those who would like to stay and see the live music. One of the benefits of Rockford’s cohesive downtown merchant community is the shop owners like to work and plan together. In this spirit Palmreuter has enlisted the cooperation of other merchants, such as Laura at Twisted Vine and Nick at Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, who will sell goodies to fill the rented picnic basket after they are referred over by Palmreuter or her staff. Palmrueter said business at the resale shop has been brisk and her sellers appreciate that she offers cash on the spot for quality clothing and accessories seven days a week during business hours, and no appointment required. Setting Double Take apart […]

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