May 14 2009

Rockford student donates birthday

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Most nine year olds can’t wait to rip off the wrapping and see if they received all the gifts they dreamed of for their birthday. Danny Froumis, a Crestwood Elementary third grade student, decided he’d rather have his birthday donated to Relay For Life. Froumis asked that money that would have gone to gifts instead be donated to Relay and raised $155. The party had a Relay For Life  theme, complete with scavenger hunt, paddleboat races, pie-eating contest, an Easter egg hunt, and a buried coin hunt. Froumis’ mother, Holly, is very proud of her son and couldn’t be happier at this story of self-sacrifice and thinking of others.

Need a Hand? Lean on Me

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by RICH ZECK It’s time to spill the beans on one of our area’s biggest and best kept secrets. I can no longer look the other way and keep it hush-hush. There may even be a conspiracy or a massive cover up to keep the rest of the world from knowing about this secret. How sinister is that? It’s time to reveal to the world the truth about a place that helps people just because they ask for help without any questions asked.  Lean on Me Outreach Center located at 11555 Edgerton Road is a place like I have never experienced. Lean on Me is an outreach organization that supports our community by helping struggling families. Here is what separates this organization from anything I have ever known. If you walk through the doors you do not have to “qualify or justify” yourself in order to get help. Asking for help can sometimes be a very embarrassing and humbling experience. On top of that having to explain it to someone who will determine your eligibility can be even more emotionally draining.  When you walk through the doors of Lean on Me, the staff already knows why you are there and their only purpose is to serve and meet your needs with love and compassion. You must be thinking there has to be a catch. Who gives unconditionally to those in need without strings attached?  The answer is surprising simple: the 75 volunteers who serve over 1,600 people each week out of a simple warehouse right here in Rockford do. This outreach center, that started nearly seven years ago, is an outreach ministry of Resurrection Life Worship Center on 10 Mile Road.  While it is an outreach ministry, the church provides only a fraction of the financial support necessary to run this community machine. There are no other churches or governmental monies helping to support this huge program. The majority of the financial support comes from the community and that includes all walks of life, religions and race and on and on. This is what makes this outreach so awesome. It is an organization for the people and by the people. If you have never met the director Lisa Shaffer, please for your own safety, […]

Happy 100th birthday Jenniemae Stephens

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Jenniemae Stephens will turn 100 years young on May 19, 2009. Jenniemae lives independently in Rockford’s Richter Place. An open house will be held in her honor on Sunday, May 24 from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Rockford Sportsmen’s Club on Northland Drive. Her address is 9101 Courtland Dr. #104, Rockford, MI 49341. Cards and birthday wishes are encouraged.

Obituaries – May 14, 2009

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Dunn Mr. Vernon Dunn, age 91, of Rockford passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 7, 2009, while working in his barn. Vernon grew up on the Dunn farm (on 13 Mile Road) and helped his parents Chester and Anna with the farm duties. When their family home burned, they lived in a tent on the farm. He attended Edgerton School and graduated in 1936 from Rockford High School. After high school, Vernon worked at a gas station (M-57 and Northland). He met Dorothy and invited her to a car race. After dating, he presented her with a ring, and she accepted. They were to be married at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, but the church burned; they were married in a barn. Vernon worked at other places (Federal Mogul, General Motors, Gibsons, Lakey Foundry, and even delivered the U.S. mail), but farming was in his blood. He was so very proud of his Guernsey cattle and his 1954 Farmall “Super C” tractor. It was important for him to drive Ford cars and trucks. After Vernon sold the dairy cattle, he whole-heartedly took up golf. With humor, it is said that he went from “cow paddy” golf to the real game of golf. Vernon is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Dunaven, whom he married on October 4, 1941; children, Sandra Dunn of Rockford, Mrs. Nancy Edgecomb of Rockford, and Maxine and Dr. Frank Spoolstra of Rockford; grandchildren, Michael Winegar, Lance and Denise Edgecomb, Lisa and Rob Ford, Jacob Spoolstra, Jared Spoolstra; great-grandchildren, Taylor Edgecomb, Kelly Edgecomb, Olivia Ford, and Jade Ford; sisters, Mrs. Doris (Don) McIntyre, Mrs. Rosemary Goodell; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Dunn, Mrs. Margie Dunn; aunt, Mrs. Mary Carpenter; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Shelly McNay; his great-grandson, Christian; his brothers, Hollis, Russell, and Roger; his sister, Elizabeth Kerr; his son-in-law, Lee Edgecomb; and brothers-in-law, Robert Kerr and Donald Goodell. The service for Mr. Dunn was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Interment in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church. Relatives and friends may gathered at the Pederson Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 to 4 […]

Spring a perfect time for classic cars

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Second Cannon car show coming up Saturday, June 6 Spring is in the air and autos are on the agenda for Cannon Township. On Satuday, June 6, 12 to 4 p.m. Bella Vista Auto Service, 6533 Belding Road, will host the second annual Cannon Classic Car show. Last year the first time event featured 75 classy classic cars and voters chose their three favorites for People’s Choice winners. This year three cars will again earn trophies, and the first 100 classic cars to show up and register will receive dashboard plaques.  Ted Trocke, Bella Vista Auto owner and organizer of the event believes a car show is a nice way to spend a spring day and knows how much people love old cars. The first years event drew hundreds of visitors and, given nice weather, he hopes to top it this year, both in cars and visitors. “This year we will limit it to 150 cars,” Trocke said. The cars are all local, so visitors may see cars owned by people they know. To register your classic car prior to the event, which is recommended but not required, call Trocke at (616) 874-4444 or stop by the shop to pick up a flier. Classic car owner’s should be on site by 11 a.m. Cars will be displayed at Bella Vista Auto and Cannon Town Center (right next door).

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