For the fourth month in a row, students from Rockford Christian School (RCS) brought excitement and energy to the Mobile Food Pantry held on April 28 at the Rockford American Legion Post. Led by science teacher David Buth, 25 students assisted with the distribution of 5,006 pounds of food to 117 families. Whether removing food from the truck, working the tables or pushing a shopping cart, the students cheerfully went about their work. More than anything else, they brought smiles to everyone’s face. The membership of the Merritt Lamb American Legion Post is grateful for the help and encouragement so graciously given by the students of RCS.
May 20 2010
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Architects and builders of upscale homes sometimes reward their clients with a framed watercolor portrait of their home. Rockford resident Sharon Bennett has a better idea. People love their homes and Bennett has carved a niche for herself by duplicating homes of friends and patrons as a birdhouse replica. You read it right, “birdhouse,” not dollhouse. For the past few years Bennett, a retired Rockford elementary school teacher and principal, has been crafting these beautiful one-of-a-kind creations. How she came by her woodworking skills is a story of love. Bennett’s husband, Roy, had a wood shop attached to the rear of their home that was the envy of all who knew them. “Roy had five of every wood-crafting tool imaginable,” said Sharon. “He was an extremely talented woodworker who could create, among other things, custom crafted wooden golf clubs.” One day Roy told Sharon it was time for her to learn the use of these tools, and one at a time she herself became very skillful with their use. Sharon said that one night a few years ago Roy told her, “I’m feeling real tired and I’m heading to bed early.” Roy passed away that night. It was as though he possessed an inner sense to the end of his time on Earth when he passed on his woodworking skills. And what a gift he gave her. The birdhouses she creates are not just any run-of-the-mill birdhouse. They are literally works of art that duplicate in exacting detail the four sides of the exteriors of the homes of those lucky enough to be a recipient. Through the use photographs of all four elevations—and visits to the home if necessary—nothing is missed. From roofing materials and the roof’s pitch, to siding materials of wood, masonry, stucco or vinyl, the exterior is reproduced exactly. Paint colors are perfectly matched. Porches and decks, including their spindle railings constructed of toothpicks, are replicated. Not to be forgotten are patios complete with outdoor furniture. To top it all off, the home is circled by every landscaping feature that surrounds its immediate perimeter. These birdhouses have become Sharon’s passion. Each one takes approximately 200 hours to create. “I fall in love with each one and am […]
Thur.–Sun., May 20-23 “Hamlet and Eggs” Comedy—7:30 p.m. on May 20-22, and 3 p.m. on May 23 at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 at the door; $5 for Sunday matinee for 18 and under. Friday, May 21 Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting—10 a.m. to noon at Frederik Meijer Gardens. First-time visitors receive a $5 lunch voucher to be used in the cafeteria, and will be treated with a free visit to the gardens. The agenda includes a discussion panel of the five candidates who are running for the 3rd Congressional District presently held by Rep. Vern Ehlers, and Mary Ablan, executive director of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan, will inform us of the Older Michiganians Day 2010 rally in Lansing on June 10, 2010. For more information, visit www.Advocates4Seniors.org. Saturday, May 22 Special Film Screening of “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn”—2 to 5 p.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene, 665 Thirteen Mile Rd., Sparta, sponsored by the Sparta Historical Commission. Come view the film about Sparta and Michigan’s beloved WWI soldiers known as “The Polar Bears.” Admission is free and refreshments will be available. For a five-minute preview, visit www.polarbeardocumentary.com/preview.html. Cloth It Up Fashion Show—3:17 p.m. downtown Rockford in front of the dam. VIP seating is $5 (tickets sold one hour before the show); general admission is free (bring your own seating). All fashions are created by Rockford High School students, with all proceeds going to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. Annual Rockford Garden Club Plant Sale—9 a.m. open sale of items, with live auction or remaining plants at 11:45 p.m., at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, corner of Squires and Courtland streets, downtown Rockford. Rockford Garden Club members sell their homegrown assortment of “garden goods” including perennials, ground covers, small bushes/shrubs, annuals, herbs, bulbs, and vines. Members (many are master gardeners) will be on hand to answer questions and assist with your gardening questions and selections. Funds earned from the sale go for community enhancement projects and student scholarships. Open to the public; rain or shine. Tuesday, May 25 Rockford Garden Club Meeting—7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Melanie Good, stewardship coordinator of the Land Conservancy of […]
Optimism No. 1 A 16-year-old Australian teenager, Jessica Watson, just finished sailing around the world alone, the youngest ever to do so. The trip took seven months. Her sailboat was 34 feet long—and pink. According to news reports last October when she started out, “She smiled and waved to scores of well-wishers on land and in boats that had gathered on the harbor.” Now that she’s back, she says, “I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl who believed in her dream.” Apparently Jessica never had any doubts about her success. That kind of optimism should carry her a long way. Yay for Jessica. This story is an upper. But, as a parent myself, I wonder how Mr. and Mrs. Watson enjoyed themselves during those seven months. Optimism No. 2 My thanks to Sally Thompson for this story: My husband and I were taking groceries from the car when a little neighbor boy came over to talk and offered me some of the potato chips he was eating. “No, thank you. I can’t eat them because I have no teeth.” I opened my mouth to show him. He took a look and said, “Oh, not having any teeth is okay. They grow right back in, see?” And he opened his mouth and proudly pointed to his newly sprouted front tooth. Optimism put to the test A news reporter heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site. She watched him pray, and when he turned to leave she approached him for an interview. “Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall every day to pray?” “For about 60 years.” “60 years! That’s amazing! What do you pray for?” “I pray for peace between the Christians, the Jews and the Muslims,” he said. “I pray for all the wars and the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man.” “How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?” she asked. “Like […]