Photo by Christine Bigney WORKERS MEET-—Tannery workers learned what their severance is at a meeting Saturday, May 8 at the American Legion Hall. Tannery ratifies severance package Wolverine tannery employees have received and ratified a severance package. They can remain eligible to become members of the Hardy Pond campground, receive disconts on Wolverine shoes, continuation of WARN pay until May 15, COBRA insurance (which they are entitleunder the Obama administration), and job opportunities at Wolverine World Wide for the next two years. Workers with 1 to 5 years will receive $1,500; 6 to 9 years $3,000; 10-19 years $6,000; 20-29 years $9,500; 30-39 $12,000; 40+ will receive $17,000.
May 14 2009
Andrea Kay Kacsits, age 15, is the daughter of John and Susan Kacsits and sister to Olivia and Victoria. She is known at her school as a person of many outstanding gifts. Teachers say Andrea is intelligent and articulate, but also physically gifted and a talented athlete. Her greatest strengths, however, are rooted in her spirit, attitude and heart. Andrea consistently demonstrates her sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others and her compassion and empathy are evident on a daily basis. An outstanding communicator, Andrea is able to put others at ease and comfortably engage peers as well as adults. A natural self-confidence and openness allow her to share her great sense of humor. She is full of life. When other students struggle at class work, Andrea is there to help. She has a sensitive heart to those who are suffering or hurting and is quick to offer support and encouragement. A member of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, Andrea is active in the church youth group. She is also a strong athlete who balances compassion with her strong competitive nature. It is not unusual to see her express concern and offer help to a member of an opposing team who has been hurt. Andrea is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a three-time state champion in 14-and-Under AAU basketball, a member of the 2007 national championship AYBT basketball team, a member of the Lakeshore Regional High Performance Volleyball team in 2008, the only freshman member of the Rockford High School varsity women’s volleyball team, athlete of the month for October 2008, Kendall College Gold Key Award winner for artwork in 2007/2008, and on the Principal’s Honor Roll in every year she has been eligible. For her balance of gifted academic and athletic talents and compassionate, caring and giving nature, Andrea Kacsits is a fine Example in Excellence at the Rockford High School Freshman Center.
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rams saw lots of OK Red action last week with games against Muskegon and West Ottawa. The results were different, but the Rams’ strengths showed through in both. Against the visiting Big Reds of Muskegon Monday night, May 4, the Rams shot the ball nearly 35 times in the first half, but only one of those balls went in-on a penalty kick. All of the rest were wide, high or caught or deflected by Muskegon goalkeeper Chantel McBride. In the second half, the floodgates opened, however, and Rockford finished with a season-high six goals in the shutout against the shorthanded visitors, who were missing seven players because of their Honor Society induction back home. The Rams’ lone goal in the opening half came with 29.2 seconds remaining. Senior captain Rachel Doud was driving to the net and launched the ball. But instead of going in, her kick made contact with the hand of one of the Big Reds, setting up a penalty kick right in front of the goal. Doud shot right on the penalty kick; McBride stayed put. The scoreboard lit up. In the second half, the scoring onslaught began when Sydney Benda sent a shot high into the net over the goalkeeper’s head one minute into the half. Senior Matti Graves made the score 3-0 eight minutes later when she finished what Kate Huyser had started. Graves was in the right place at the right time when Huyser’s shot was deflected by McBride out to Graves, who shot it in from close proximity. Lindsey Hutchings scored next when her shot hit the bottom left of the net with 26:10 remaining. By then, the Big Reds were looking mighty tired, but they kept up the fight. Although their scoring opportunities were almost nil, their junior varsity squad cheered on every good move their upperclassmen counterparts made. The younger Big Reds proved to be great fans. Jordan Diffenderfer lit up the scoreboard next for the Rams, sneaking past the Big Red defense to score with 8:14 left to play. She scored again two minutes later off a cross right in front of the net from Sondra Weaver. On Wednesday, May 6, Rockford traveled to West Ottawa’s (WO) home turf, where a […]