May 13 2010

New family on Courtland Street

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After seeing an owl fly in and out of a hollow in their tree on Courtland Street in Rockford, Jessi and Dan Heeringa took a look to see what was up. A ladder climb of about 20 feet gave them the surprise of seeing an Eastern screech owl tending her brood of two owlets. The Eastern screech owl eats a variety of small animals. The only small owl with eartufts, the Eastern screech owl is a bird of the night and has a descending wailing sound. These owls eat from one-quarter to one-third of their own body weight in food each night. They range in length from 6.3 to 9.8 inches with a wingspan of 18,9 to 24 inches, and weigh between 4.3 and 8.6 ounces. Owls are a protected species.

Jazwiec announces candidacy for 73rd District State House race

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Steve J. Jazwiec has three reasons he is running for the State House of Representatives in the August 3 Republican Primary to represent the citizens, business owners and school districts of the 73rd District: his three granddaughters. Jazwiec, currently the City of Rockford Mayor Pro Tem, has announced that he is running for term-limited Tom Pearce’s 73rd District House of Representatives seat. He realizes that our children and grandchildren are the future of our state and that the citizens of the 73rd District have a huge decision to make this election year. His proven record of being a community and educational leader, along with being an excellent problem-solver and level-headed thinker that listens to both sides, has led to an enormous amount of encouragement and support. Jazwiec said that his platform is based on three important issues facing our state today: the economy, jobs, and fixing our structural deficit. “We need to create a climate that helps our small- and medium-sized businesses succeed in the state so they in return can hire more workers. At the same time we must fix our broken tax system so we can stabilize our funding for schools and local government,” commented Jazwiec. Elected to Rockford’s City Council in 2001, Jazwiec served as mayor from 2003 to 2006, and is the current Mayor Pro Tem. He initially got involved with the city through his appointment to the Rockford Area Arts Commission, in which he helped start and co-chair Rockford’s Celtic Fest and later planned and implemented the successful Huntington Rogue River Blues Series. Jazwiec is a graduate and proud football alumnus of Grand Valley State University, where he received his M.Ed. in administration and B.S. in education. He has been teaching since 1977. Our school districts are facing the same crisis as our local governments when it comes to state funding, and Jazwiec has experienced that first hand also. Jazwiec stated, “Our schools need equitable, adequate and stable funding for the future of our state, our children. We also need to stop legislating unfunded mandates and can’t wait any longer to address our structural deficit problems that have been offset by federal stimulus money the last two years.” Community leaders have pledged support for Jazwiec’s candidacy. Superintendent of Rockford Public […]

Discover nature at Discover! Pickerel Lake

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 15 for a free and fun discovery program at Pickerel Lake/Fred Meijer Nature Preserve! Just pull on your comfortable shoes or hiking boots, gather the family and make your way along Ramsdell Road to one of Kent County Park’s hidden gems, Pickerel Lake. This experiential family event for kids of all ages runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a scavenger hunt where kids get a trail guide to be stamped and entered into a drawing for a free “Discover! Pickerel Lake” t-shirt. There will be a series of narrated stations where participants will be able to explore and enjoy nature while learning about the truly unique ecosystem and natural resources that surround Pickerel Lake. Come learn about the birds and beavers that make their home Pickerel Lake, the variety of native and non-native trees around the lake, the tamarack swamp and turtle dock, wildflowers and native plants growing in the area, the history of the area and stories of Indian Joe, and examples of local reptiles and amphibians will be on display. The Discover! Pickerel Lake event is a partnership between the Kent County Michigan State University Extension Office and its Master Naturalist program and the Kent County Parks Department. Information can be obtained at

Rockford Register — May 13, 2010

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Thursday, May 13 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin.Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Blood Drive—4 to 8 p.m. at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd., Rockford. Concert—10 a.m. at Crossfire Ministries Church, MVP building, 515 E. Division, Rockford. Award-winning Christian recording artists Stephen Marshall and Pam Thum-Marshall. Free admission. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. “Babies” Movie Night Fundraiser—7 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North, to benefit Cradles of Grace Inc., a nonprofit Christian extended care pregnancy support organization. Tickets are $15, which include movie admission, pop and popcorn, and can be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, call (616) 295-7151. Fri.–Sat., May 14–15 Annual Two-Day Yard Sale—9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Avenue, Rockford. All proceeds are to benefit the Outreach Ministries of the church. Saturday, May 15 Rogue River Clean-Up—9 a.m. in parking lot behind Chase Bank, downtown Rockford. Picnic afterward at Richardson-Sowerby Park. Organized by Central Rockford Neighborhood Association. 31st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John Ball Park, 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids. Admission is free. Auditions—10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17, at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW, Grand Rapids, for Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” Needed are five men and four women for 16 performances from Sept. 16 to Oct. 9. Sunday, May 16 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Community Concert—3 p.m. at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Music will be performed by the Community Band, Community Orchestra and Community Choir. A free-will offering will be accepted. Monday, May 17 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556. Free Flyfishing Workshop—6:30 to 9 p.m. at Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., half mile north of Cannonsburg Ski […]

A Message for You — May 13, 2010

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Living in Kindness by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church There are a lot of places where we can—and do—spend our time: at home, at the grocery store, at work, at the gym, where we volunteer, at a restaurant… the list could go on. All of these places and many more have in common the fact that there are people there. I realize that this seems a bit elementary, but the truth is sometimes I and others seem to act like there is nobody else around. We can become so consumed with only the thoughts of what we have happening in our lives that we miss the opportunity of kind interaction with others. We find in the second part of a verse in the Bible, Colossians 3:12 specifically, the following phrase: “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” This standard is given specifically to Christians in this text. A belief in Jesus as Lord ought to change us from being absorbed in only the things of our own lives to being committed to interacting in a positive way with others. If the opportunity arises, do we wait a few more seconds to hold the door open for somebody else or do we continue on our way because we don’t have a few seconds to spare? Do we smile at other customers and employees at the store or do we rush through with our head down to be sure to complete our shopping list? Do we speak kindly to the people with whom we come in contact or do we speak rudely or even ignore them? We have an opportunity regularly to treat others with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I am going to choose to live that way not only with people I know but also with those I don’t yet know. So when you see someone you don’t know holding the door for you and greeting you with a smile, it may be me. It is my hope that I will also see you doing the same.

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