May 13 2010

Obituaries — May 13, 2010

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Adams Carl W. Adams, 75, of Nokomis, Fla., formerly of Rockford, died May 5, 2010. A private service will be held. Survivors include three children, Natalie of Port Charlotte, Fla., Steve of Arcadia, Fla., and Pamela of North Port, Fla.; two sisters, Sue and Judy of Venice, Fla.; and a brother, Dale of Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Airtroops. Mr. Adams was a dry wall texturing contractor for over 40 years in the Venice, Fla. area. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc. in Venice, Fla.

Annual Rockford Garden Club Plant Sale

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On Saturday, May 22, Rockford Garden Club members will sell their home grown assortment of “garden goods” including perennials, ground covers, small bushes/shrubs, annuals, herbs, bulbs and vines. Members will be on hand, many are Master Gardeners, to answer questions and assist with your gardening questions and selections. Funds earned from the plant sale go for community enhancemeent projects and student scholarships. The sale is being held at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion on Squires Street, Downtown Rockford. The sale begins at 9 a.m. with a live auction of remaining plants at 11:45 a.m.

Words on Weather & Climate — May 13, 2010

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Snowfall by CRAIG JAMES I didn’t see any snowflakes in our area this past Saturday, May 8, but they weren’t far away. There was a light dusting on the ground Saturday morning as far south as Cadillac. Farther north, up to four inches fell east of Atlanta in Montmorency County with considerable damage to tree branches reported. In the Upper Peninsula, almost seven inches fell in Baraga County east of L’Anse, but I’ve seen it snow there in June. Temperatures Sunday and Monday morning, May 9-10 , dropped into the teens in parts of the Upper Peninsula. We don’t usually see snow in southern Michigan in May, but it has certainly happened. On May 8, 1923, an Arctic cold front moved across the area that dropped temperatures from the low 60s at 1 p.m. to the mid 30s by 6 p.m. On the following day, May 9, 5.5 inches of snow were officially recorded in Grand Rapids. However, up to a foot of snow fell in a band from Muskegon to Greenville to Lansing. I’ve seen pictures of that snowfall and I imagine it was enough to get some people to consider moving to a warmer climate. It probably wasn’t very well forecast either. But the snow didn’t last long. By the afternoon of May 10, it had all melted and apparently didn’t cause a lot of damage to vegetation. We ended up this current season with 72.5 inches of snowfall in Grand Rapids, which is exactly average and about 32 inches less than last season. If I may say so, it is also very much in line with the forecast made in my first article for The Rockford Squire of “snowfall totals much closer to average, perhaps around 70 inches in Grand Rapids, so you won’t be shoveling as much.” We only had two inches of snow this past March and just a few flakes in April for another fairly snow-free spring. I’ve written in earlier articles about the very snowy season in places like Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In Washington, D.C., 56.1 inches of snow fell, which is more than 370% above the average of 15 inches. The 78.7 inches in Philadelphia was 407% above the average of 19 inches. To give you […]

Letters to the Editor — May 13, 2010

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Honesty the Rockford Way Dear Editor, Too often the letter section of papers is used to criticize, accuse, complain and air grievances. I too have been guilty of this and today I had an experience that, sadly, is all too uncommon. I have been out of work for several months, and have had zero success in securing ANY type of employment. To help make ends meet, I started raising chickens for meat and to sell fresh eggs. Last week a gentleman came to my home to purchase a dozen eggs, but did not have the exact amount with him and I could not make change for him. He only had exact bills for half of the price of the eggs. Against my better judgment, I took what he had and gave him the eggs, asking him to just drop off the remainder of what he owed sometime when he was going by. I was pretty sure that I had just sold a dozen eggs at half price and would not see the rest. On Friday, May 7, I received a call from the gentleman, asking if I had any more eggs available. I told him I did and he came by. Not only did he have the rest of the money, but instead of only one dozen, he purchased two. It is a sad commentary on society that the first instinct is to mistrust. But for many reasons, misgivings in situations like this are neither unnatural nor unwarranted. By a large margin, the community of Rockford is one of the few places that can be done this way. Rockford should be proud of the fact that, while other towns and cities become increasingly dangerous and suffer from increased crime rates, we have a community in which we can trust each other and someone’s word is as good as a promise. Kevin Nelson Rockford resident

Rockford girls varsity tennis wins one, loses one

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Prior to the Monday, May 3 match-up against Grand Haven, the Bucs presented the Rams with a card signed by their entire team expressing their condolences for the unexpected loss of classmate Stephen May. The kind gesture from the Grand Haven team was very much appreciated by the Ram team, coach and parents. A memorial service that afternoon made the match an emotional one for everyone. The Rockford Rams dug in, played hard and won the match 6-2. Highlights included victories by MJ Bothma (second singles, 7-6, 6-2), Alex Stembaugh (third singles, 6-3, 6-1), and Jenelle Miller (fourth singles, 7-6, 6-2). Second doubles Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger won their flight 6-3, 6-0. Third doubles Tara Murray and Nicole Strobel won their flight in third set action 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss also played an exciting third set, winning their flight 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Rockford hosted Holland West Ottawa on Wednesday, May 5, losing in this tough conference match 6-2. Winning their flights and posting strong performances were Rams Lauren Korlewitz (first singles, 6-1, 6-3) and Bothma (second singles, 6-0, 6-4). Commenting on the team performance so far this season, Coach Tom Huizing stated, “We have had some gutsy wins over Grandville and Grand Haven, that have given me and I’m sure the parents a few gray hairs.” When asked what the team needs to do moving forward, Coach Huizing added, “We need to play tough matches. Win or lose, those matches will make us stronger as we enter into the conference and regional tournaments. The teams that move on to the state tournament are the teams that can handle the pressure in the toughest of matches. I think that our team has made strides over the last couple weeks in dealing with those tough pressure-filled matches. Winning in tennis is such a mental game and when you throw in a pressure-filled scenario, your mind must be in the right place if you plan on being successful. Our team is getting to that point. We’ve done an excellent job making progress, but our season is far from done and we need to continue to make growth in all facets of our game.” The season is half over and Rockford is […]

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