May 21 2009

Rockford most succesful Relay in the nation

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

  In seventh year, American Cancer Society event tops $2 million When the American Cancer Society (ACS) promotes Relay For Life, they will be using Rockford to do it. Videographers and photographers from the national organization were on hand this past Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16. The images they captured will appear in brochures, commercials and other promotional material. “They realized we have something special here,” said organizer Carol Delp-Korzeja. Carol said the story of Rockford’s Relay, this year the seventh, is inspirational.   It is also nothing short of amazing that Relay ’09 brought in $336,992, bringing the seven-year total to  $2.1 million. There were over 300 cancer survivors (up from 263 last year) at the survivor reception and  84 teams participated (up from 77 last year). The top money-raising team was Friends For Life, which raised $24,000.   There is a story behind every person who chooses to participate in Relay For Life. This year five City of Rockford employees, including the City Manager Michael Young, walked the whole 24 hours to show support for police officer Ian Graham, diagnosed with lymphoma this spring.   Carol shared another story that should give goose bumps to even the most hard-hearted. Rockford’s Relay was started by good friends Shannon Oulette and Brent Deuel. Shannon had lost her mom, Paula Banfield, to cancer. Shannon’s brother, Jason Banfield, recently lost his mother-in-law to cancer. Jason’s son, Carson Banfield, having lost two grandmothers to cancer before the age of 9, decided to raise money this year by writing letters to everyone he knows, asking for donations for ACS. His efforts alone netted over $1,600.     “This is a third-generation Relayer,” said Carol. Carson received a Relay Champion award this year for his efforts. “Our kids are becoming our next generation of Relayers. We bring them and they see what it’s all about.”   Rockford Relay has enjoyed the strong support of both the Rockford School District and the City. On the committee from day one were both Young and Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler. Rockford has teams from every school in the district and has always had a City team. This year there were 84 teams participating, up from 77 last year, and the event […]

Classic Car Show promises family fun

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

It doesn’t cost a lot of money to have a good family day out. On Saturday, June 6, it won’t cost anything at all. The second annual Cannon Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) will be from noon to four in the parking lot of Bella Vista Auto Service, 6533 Belding Road and Cannon Town Center, right next door. Again this year see classic cars-25 years or older-and enjoy booths from many area businesses. Watch Dee-Jay the Clown perform for the crowds and enjoy the festival atmosphere. New this year is a pizza eating contest by Pizzeria Grandé at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 with half of that going to a local charity. Contestants (limited to 20) will be challenged to eat a 14 inch cheese pizza as fast as possible with a prize and bragging rights to the first finished. Sign up for the pizza eating contest at Pizzeria Grandé, 6575 Belding Road or call (616) 874-1111. Trocke displays his own 1979 Corvette, which he purchased from a customer whose wife wanted the garage space. Other classic cars also have a story to tell, many restored from a dire condition to a pristine condition. Dennis Spitler said classic cars draw a crowd because people love the history and nostalgia of them. “They bring back memories from when these cars were new for many of us,” he said. Younger people enjoy seeing how different  older cars look compared to today’s models. “I’d like to see more of the older cars this year,” said Trocke. He hopes local people who have a  classic car to show will call him beforehand or show up at 11 a.m. the day of the show to register. There is no charge to display your classic car and the first 100 will receive dash plaques. The show will be limited to  the first 150 cars. Visitors the day of the event will vote on their favorites and the three Peoples Choice winners will receive trophies. Last year’s winner was a 1912 Ford delivery truck. The oldest car in the show was a 1901 Ford Roadster. Many other classic makes and models are sure to be represented. Each year the organizers chose a charity to benefit. […]

Rams girls tennis wins regional tournament

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford High School’s girls’ varsity tennis team capped its remarkable season last week by winning a regional tournament for perhaps the first time ever. “As far as I know, we’ve never won a regional championship,” Coach Tom Huizing said, “I’m extremely proud of my girls for how they played and how far they got. It was a team effort.” This week, the squad was to head back onto the courts to prepare for the Division I state finals in Midland. It’s the second year in a row that Huizing’s spring players have made the trip, another unprecedented milestone for Rams girls tennis. The Midland Community Tennis Center and Northwood University are scheduled to host the finals on May 29-30. Nineteen teams from across the Lower Peninsula will participate, including teams from two other OK Red conference high schools, Grandville and West Ottawa. “We’re proud to be representing Rockford,” Huizing said, following Rockford’s May 14 win at the regional tournament at Jenison High School. “We’re going to work hard.” At the regional contest, the Rams brought home the hardware in three flights. Fourth doubles players junior Lindsay Gauger and senior Meliah Mead topped off their undefeated season with a flourish by beating West Ottawa High School in two sets. Alex Stembaugh, sophomore at three singles, made her championship match against Grandville High School a nail-biter, but came up the winner on a third-set tie-breaker. Senior Michaela Young and junior Mackenzie Young, relying on a nearly flawless record, set back West Ottawa in two sets. With three freshmen and a sophomore filling out the singles flights, the team’s storybook season wasn’t anticipated back in March. “It’s cool, because we weren’t expected to win with such a young class,” said senior co-captain Jillian Haverkate, adding that the Region I, Division I championship “took a lot of hard work.” Rockford tallied 22 points and came in first, qualifying the team for the state finals. Tied for second at 18 points apiece were teams from Grandville and West Ottawa. First singles players Robyn Power of Grand Haven and Maria Tran of East Kentwood qualified as individuals. Coach Huizing brought home his own honors with recognition as Regional Coach of the Year. He offered the credit to his players as well […]

Internet Safety

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grattan Academy learn internet safety. Everyone loves ACE Hardware, but would you raise your children there? The answer is yes, apparently, for a robin who has, for the past three years, chosen one of the hanging baskets in the greenhouse as a nursery. According to employee Jim Tol, the bird picks a different type of basket each year and raises her brood without fear of summer storms or too much sun.

Robin nest nursery

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

Everyone loves ACE Hardware, but would you raise your children there? The answer is yes, apparently, for a robin who has, for the past three years, chosen one of the hanging baskets in the greenhouse as a nursery. According to employee Jim Tol, the bird picks a different type of basket each year and raises her brood without fear of summer storms or too much sun.

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