Each year the Rockford Community Endowment recognizes a few special people for their life-long contribution to the community. This year’s inductees to the Peppler Park Recognition Plaza were all posthumous awards. Submitted by Cannon Township, this is the biography of Fire Chief Harry Morris, Jr. Life of Harry Morris Jr. Fire Chief Harry Morris, affectionately known as “Junior” was Cannon Township’s fire chief for 39 years before he died in January 2009. He served the community of Cannon Township in the fire service for 55 years and was named fire chief on April 14, 1970. Morris was born May 12, 1925 in Cannon Township, the son of Harry and Mary (Byrne) Morris. He worked the family farm along with his daughters and sons. With his son Jim (the current fire chief) they operated the only active dairy farm in Cannon Township. Throughout his storied career, the Cannon Fire Department underwent many transitions. In the beginning, the two-stall station built by volunteers, donations and a sense of duty to the community, helped serve the tiny community. As the township grew so did the sense of duty and safety to the residents of Cannon Township community and nearby communities. He was the driving force that incorporated EMS service into the fire department. Cannon Township Fire Department has become one of the most respected and successful departments in the region and a point of pride for all of Cannon Township. On June 19, 2004 a dedication ceremony was held to rename the Cannon Township Fire Station No. 1 in his honor to recognize Chief Morris’s 50 years service to the township. His wife Partricia (Scheidel) the love of his life, died on January 12, 1984. Together they had nine children, all of whom still live in the area. He has 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His progressive style and dedication to the people of Cannon Township is dearly missed by his community and fellow firefighters.
May 27 2010
Stephen Cruickshank has graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a bachelor of science degree in history and a bachelor of science degree in foreign area studies, with an emphasis on Russian. At the time of graduation, Cruickshank accepted his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. The son of Chris and Kim Cruickshank, Stephen is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School. During his time at the Academy, Cruickshank was a manager of the Air Force Academy lacrosse team, Squadron Commander of Cadet Squadron 30 for the fall semester of his senior year. For several semesters at the Academy he was named to the Dean’s List for academics, Commandant’s List for military excellence, as well as the Athletic List. After a 60-day leave period, 2nd Lt. Stephen Cruickshank will report to Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb., to begin training for the Office of Special Investigations for the United States Air Force.
Belcher, Putnam Kristi Belcher and Doug Putnam of Nineveh, Ind., are planning a wedding on June 5, 2010. The future bride is the daughter of Larry and Janet Belcher of Rockford. She is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Grand Valley State University. The groom-elect is the son of Phil and Donna Putnam of Rockford. He is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2007 graduate of Michigan Tech University. Attending the bride will be matron of honor Carmen Boehlein, bridesmaids Jordan Bock, Gwen Morris and Riley Belcher, and flower girl Julia Belcher. Attending the groom will be best man Nick Putnam, groomsmen Mark Belcher and Colin Belcher, and ring bearer Freddy Belcher. Ushers will be Jason Belcher and Eric Belcher. The wedding will be held at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Rockford and the couple will honeymoon in Outer Banks, N.C. Pitsch-Schnautz Erin Marie Pitsch of Rockford and Ryan Paul Schnautz of Comstock Park are planning a wedding on July 31, 2010. The future bride is the daughter of Michael and Holly Pitsch of Rockford. She is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State University and is employed by Spectrum Health. The groom-elect is the son of John and Mary Jane Schnautz of Rose City, Mich. He is a 2001 graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School, a 2005 graduate of Ferris State University and is employed by Steelcase Inc. Attending the bride will be maids of honor Caitlyn and Meghan Pitsch. Attending the groom will be best men Stephen Schnautz and Kurt Lumley. Ushers will be William Pitsch and Todd Tyrna. The wedding will be held at St. Isadore’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, and the couple will honeymoon in Traverse City. They will reside in Grand Rapids.
Annual event to raise funds, awareness to support cancer patients traveling to Grand Rapids for treatment On Monday, June 7, Blythefield Country Club in Belmont will host the second annual American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational, a benefit golf outing to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids. The Hope Lodge offers no-charge lodging in a supportive, comfortable environment for cancer patients and their caregivers who are traveling from out of town to Grand Rapids for cancer treatment. Player registration and sponsorship opportunities are available online at hlgrandrapids.com or by contacting Linda Powers at the American Cancer Society at (616) 551-4052. Receiving cancer treatment in another city or state can add a financial and logistical burden to the already difficult experience of a cancer diagnosis, as few health care facilities provide lodging, and hotel bills add up quickly. The American Cancer Society (ACS) Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House, which opened in February 2008 in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood at 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, helps adult cancer patients and caregivers lessen the burden of cancer by offering a home-like environment at no charge. “The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational is a key part of our efforts to raise awareness and ongoing support of the Hope Lodge here in Grand Rapids,” said Linda Powers, distinguished events specialist with the ACS. “Our volunteer executive committee, chaired by Don Heeringa, president of Trendway Inc., is working diligently to organize a great day of golf, complete with live and silent auctions and an awards dinner. The community is encouraged to participate by registering a team, sponsoring the event, or making a donation to support the ongoing operations of the Hope Lodge and give hope to the hundreds of patients and caregivers each year who rely on the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge during their cancer journey.” Local author and award-winning newspaper columnist Tom Rademacher will join players on the course, as well as serve as the auctioneer during the evening awards dinner and reception. Signed copies of his new book, “Splitting Wood,” will be among the many unique live and silent auction items available. “Blythefield Country Club is proud to partner with the ACS in this very important […]
Thursday, May 27 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Thur.–Fri.,May 27-28 Auditions—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs Methodist Church, for “The Big Bad Musical,” a funny musical. All ages needed. Please prepare 16 bars to sing. Performances will be July 14-18 at the Kent Theatre. For more information, visit www.kenttheatre.org or contact the director Laura Johnson at (616) 696-9636 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Tuesday, June 1 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Free Rides—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tri-County Call-A-Ride, LLC which serves communities throughout Kent, Montcalm and Newaygo counties as a taxi service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days per week is offering free rides for the Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Howard City, Kent City, Pierson, Sparta and Rockford areas. Simply call our dispatch office on this day at (616) 889-4646 for your free ride. North Kent Community Toastmasters—7 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE and 11 Mile Road, Rockford. Tom Radamacher, author and Grand Rapids Press columnists, will be the guest speaker at the North Kent Community Toastmasters Club open house. The open house is part of the club’s annual membership drive. Radamacher will talk about his book, “Splitting Wood”. He’ll also sign copies and sell books. A brief presentation by a Toastmasters member will also take place. Light refreshmens will be served. The public is invited to attend. Wednesday, June 2 Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored […]