May 28 2009

GM Futurliner makes an appearance at local car show

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by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Mark your calendars for July 25, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to see the fabulous GM Futurliner that will be the special guest at the Cedar Springs Summer Car Show, located in Morely Park, 60 Cedar St., Cedar Springs MI (one block south of 17 Mile and Northland Dr.) This is Futurliner No. 10-refurbished to its original condition by more than 30 volunteers over a seven year period under the direction of Don Mayton of Beaverdam, Michigan. Only eight other Futurliners exist, five of which are in total disrepair.   Sharon Jett, Director of the Cedar Springs Museum procured the Futurliner for the car show. “This is a huge coup to get the Futurliner to come. It took about two months of negotiating a price before they said yes,” Jett said.   Jett, along with D. White, a fellow museum member, went out into the community to obtain over 25 local business sponsorships. “I would like to personally thank everyone who financially helped so generously with this project,” White said. To learn more about the futurliner visit their web site:

Zumba Exercise also REF fundraiser

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Second grade teacher Natalie Maj works hard to motivate the students in her Meadow Ridge Elementary School classroom. But it’s her second job that stretches the limits of her ability to motivate. Maj is a Zumba instructor, combining her ability to teach with her passion for fitness. The fast-paced, get-up-and-dance exercise program fuses Latin rhythms with aerobic dance moves.  Zumba was developed in the mid-1990s by fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez, a native of Columbia, using the traditional Latin music and dance movements he’d known since childhood. Perez’s classes caught on and soon became the most attended sessions at the health club at which he was teaching. Perez’s Zumba technique quickly caught on with Americans and spread to gyms and health clubs across the country. The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) will be joining forces with Maj, and fellow Zumba instructor Kandi Holmstrom from the YMCA of Belmont, for an exciting fitness fundraiser. “We are excited at the opportunity to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities for children,” said Maj and Holmstrom. Kandi Holmstrom and Natalie Maj are both certified instructors through either the American Council on Exercise or the Aerobics and Fitness Associate of America. Together they carry several specialized certifications including Zumba, Mad Dogg Spinning, Les Mills (Body Pump) and pilates. Both instructors represent the YMCA of Belmont where they teach classes of their own including Zumba.  In addition, Kandi is the creator of the outdoor Rock Hard Boot Camp which runs out of both Rockford and Grand Rapids with limited enrollment.  For more information regarding her classes visit Natalie has established Zumba classes through the Rockford Community Education Office. For more information contact either the Rockford Community Education office or is limited to 50. The first-annual Zumba Party is scheduled for May 29, at 6 p.m., in Rockford High School’s main gym.  Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  The night will be filled with music, Zumba dance instruction and many exciting give-aways.  The YMCA of Belmont has donated three one month memberships for either one adult or a family as a give-away.  The Philip Anthony Salon has donated some generous discounts on hair color, cuts and full […]

A Message for You – May 28, 2009

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Think before you sign by PASTOR LARRY ROWLAND Rockford Baptist Church A student of the Eagle Rock Junior High School won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair a few years ago with his exposure of a substance that he claimed threatened the well-being of the human race. The substance is dihydrogen monoxide. His exhibit illustrated many of the reasons why this substance should be banned from our planet. Among the reasons he gave were: dihydrogen monoxide can cause excessive sweating and vomiting; it is a major component in acid rain; it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state; if you accidentally breathe in this substance, it will kill you; it contributes to erosion; it has been found in the tumors of terminal cancer patients; it even decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes, causing accidents and deaths on the highway. As person after person passed by the exhibit, drinking in the potential dangers of this substance, lines of worry and anxiety furrowed their brows. One after another stooped over to sign the petition at the end of the table, calling for the banning of dihydrogen monoxide. You could hear this substance coming up in conversation after conversation, with people expressing their concerns that this substance hadn’t been exposed before. At the end of the day, a survey of all who attended the science fair revealed that 86% thought it was a good idea for dihydrogen monoxide to be banned from use on our planet. Only 2% of those who attended this science fair were for its use, and 12% were undecided on the question, wanting further information before passing judgment. It was after the survey had been conducted at the end of the day, just before the science fair was closing, that the winning student uncovered the title of his project. His exhibit was called “How Gullible Are We?” His project was really intended to expose how easily alarmists can spread anxiety, and how easily and quickly Americans accept anxiety into their lives. Dihydrogen monoxide? It’s just good, old-fashioned H2O-water. Motivated by their anxieties, 86% of the people at this Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair had signed petitions calling for the banning of water from use on our planet.

Rockford Register – May 28, 2009

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Thursday, May 28 Rockford Lions Club Meeting– 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Program by Richard Hert, executive director of W. Michigan Tourist Assoc. and CEO of W. Michigan Film Office. Friday, May 29 Rummage & Bake Sale-9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford. Kids and adult clothes, housewares, crib and bedding, toys, furniture, and much more. Proceeds help with various service projects in the Rockford area. Saturday, May 30 Blood Drive-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Blood Drive-10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Midwest Mountain Bike Summit at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Road NE. Garden Club Event-10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary (north on M-37, seven miles past White Cloud, west on 5 Mile Road, north on Felch Ave.). Garden Clubs of Michigan volunteers and U.S. Forest Service personnel will organize children’s activities, guide wildflower walks, provide native plant information, and display a butterfly tent. Free Kids’ Fishing-9 a.m. to noon at Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League, 5641 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Fishing rods, worms and help will be provided at our catch-and-release pond. For more information, call (616) 866-1061. Tuesday, June 2 Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin. Program to include Valley View Elementary teacher Brenda Holsinger’s Reader Theater. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. Mended Hearts Meeting-7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the 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. 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. Wednesday, June 3 Business Counseling-Starting a new business or […]

Spring cleaning not just for the home

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  By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Do you have a stretch of county road that leads to the front door of your home, business, or community?  Is it littered with a winter’s accumulation of road trash that harms the environment and diminishes the curb appeal of your property?  The Kent County Road Commission has an answer for you.  You can join the ranks of community minded citizens who have stepped forward to keep their roadsides clear of trash in volunteering their services by forming Adopt-A-Road teams. Adopt-A-Road groups are composed of service groups, fraternal organizations, employees of a company, property owners associations, and even groups of friends and families, to name a few of many.  This fulfilling task is as simple as making application to the Kent County Road Commission for a permit to adopt a section of road.  If accepted, your group will be assigned spring, summer, and fall pick-up dates.  The Road Commission will then place signage naming your group at each end of your adopted stretch of road to recognize your group’s commitment. Each season’s pick-up window is eight days long.  All that is required is to choose one day in each window to pick-up roadside trash.  Blue trash bags and orange safety vests are required and provided by the Road Commission.  In the Rockford vicinity Adopt-A-Road signs can be seen recognizing the efforts of the Rockford Police Department, Rockford Rotary, Rockford Jaycees, and Westdale Realty, among others.  Sharon Schmuker, Permit Clerk for The Kent County Road Commission, tells the Squire that it takes more than just Adopt-A-Road groups.  The Road Commission also greatly appreciates the individual citizens who take it upon themselves to pick-up trash along the roadside during their, oftentimes, daily walks. Schmuker tells us, “The Road Commission would love to add other civic minded groups to their roster of Adopt-A-Road teams.” So in your travels this week as you pass by roadside pick-up crews sporting orange vests be sure slow down, wave, and give a honk of appreciation.              For further information contact The Kent County Road Commission at 616-242-6920.

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