May 31 2012


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Kurt Ronald May, 26, of Rockford died Friday, May 25, 2012. He was born Kurt Ronald May in Grand Rapids, the son of Ann (Norris) and Ron May on December 2, 1985. He was a member of the Chinese Association of West Michigan. He is survived by his parents, Ron and Ann May of Grant; brother, Gary May of Rockville, Md.; nieces, Grace and Abigail; brother, Justin and Amanda May of Cedar Springs; niece and nephew, Adler and Kyla; brother, Chad May and Ashley Nichoson of Rockford; niece, Rakia; and sister-in-law, Amy May of Rockville, Md. Funeral services will be held at noon from the McKinley Grant Chapel on Thursday, May 31, 2012. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery near Grant. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. For memorial contributions please consider the GVSU Study Abroad Program. Please leave online condolences at http:\\ Arrangements were made by McKinley Funeral Home, Grant.

RHS 2012 grads to celebrate their story of faith, hope, joy

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Rockford community invited to baccalaureate ceremony Sunday, June 3 by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL A baccalaureate ceremony for graduating high school students in the Rockford community has been an annual tradition for decades, yet there are many Rockford residents who are not aware of the baccalaureate service’s existence. Few understand the meaning of the ceremony. According to Wikipedia, the term baccalaureate generally refers to a nondenominational ceremony held a few days before high school or college graduation. Baccalaureate ceremonies offer a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage, hear faculty members offer advice to the graduating class (last year’s keynote speaker was RHS Principal Dan Zang) and enjoy students’ musical talents. The greater Rockford community is a community of faith and home to some 4-dozen churches of various denominations. For the past several years, the youth pastors of many of these churches have organized these baccalaureate services. As a group, the coalition of youth pastors is known as Unite. Unite meets monthly for the purpose of working together to positively impact the young people of the Rockford community. Unite also runs “Reverb”, a popular before school program for the students of Rockford North and East Middle Schools. The purpose of this year’s baccalaureate ceremony is to “recognize the success and faith of the graduating class and to send them off into the adventure that is their next stage of life,” said Rockford United Methodist youth pastor, Chad Inman. The RHS baccalaureate ceremony is open to everyone, not just parents, grandparents, extended family, and friends. Unite invites the entire Rockford community to join with the 2012 graduates during this inspirational ceremony. Those in attendance that evening are sure to enjoy uplifting music from highly talented Praise Teams along with an appearance by the Rockford Aces, the RHS men’s a cappella ensemble. A highlight video showcasing the 2012 RHS graduating class will be shown and also on the program will be pastoral and faculty challenges to the graduates. Most certainly, guests will be reminded to keep the graduates in their minds, their hearts, and in their prayers. The 2012 RHS baccalaureate ceremony will be held this Sunday evening, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the RHS Auditorium located at 4100 Kroes […]

America’s favorite farmers market returns Saturday for encore season

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On the wings of victory from winning the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, the Rockford Farm Market (RFM) proudly sails into its second decade. Since its opening day, the first Saturday of June in 2002, RFM has developed a cult-like word-of-mouth following in the greater Rockford community. In many ways, it was Rockford’s best-kept secret. All that changed with the Market’s entrance last year into the prestigious farmers markets contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust (AFT). Not only did RFM win its small market category (16-30 vendors), it also received more votes than ANY other single farm market in any category (boutique, small, medium, and large). In doing so, RFM truly could lay claim to the title “America’s Favorite Farmers Market/2011”. Recently the AFT revealed that nearly 1,700 participating farmers markets were entered into last year’s contest. A total of 90,000 votes were cast online. All the more amazing was the fact that the small city Rockford Farm Market received 6,083 votes, or in other words an incredible 6.8 percent of the total votes cast! RFM is a “Pure Michigan” farm market that celebrates and totally reflects the “farm-to-table” movement. It is all about local West Michigan farm produce. A visit to America’s Favorite Farmers Market truly rewards one with a taste of Michigan. Local regional foods simply taste better. Why? Because they are fresher, not having traveled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to our tables. That they are more healthful simply goes without saying. Because of the resulting media coverage in winning last year’s farm market contest, RFM found itself becoming a destination farm market for foodies and farm market affeciationados from near and far. Just as there are wine trails, there are also farm market trails and RFM now finds itself as a “must” market to visit. What boggles the mind is the fact that RFM operates without cost to its sponsor, the City of Rockford. It has no budget, no paid staff, and does not advertise in the media. Rockford City Treasurer Kim McKay somehow finds the time to organize and administer the June – October market during her already hectic work schedule. Saturday morning Market Master duties are performed by volunteers from the […]


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To bond or not to bond? by STEVE GRIMM Cannon Township Supervisor The communities that make up the North Kent Sewer Authority are currently in the process of upgrading and replacing aging components. Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield Townships have known since 2009 that the lift stations at Rogue River and Lake Bella Vista are in dire need of replacement. Preliminary engineering bids were requested and last year the engineering began. Working through the North Kent Sewer Authority, we were able to obtain state grants that paid for 90% of the engineering, saving the communities thousands of dollars. Again using the authority, we were able to qualify for low cost bonds at an annual rate of 2.5% that would cover the costs of the repairs, while allowing us to keep our fund balances healthy. The question was then debated: To bond or not to bond? On the one hand, it is generally a good idea to pay cash when you can, without incurring any debt. On the other hand, acquiring low cost bonds, which could be paid off early without any penalty, would allow us to keep our sewer fund balances at levels that would also allow us to handle any failure that may arise elsewhere in the system. The Cannon Township Sewer Committee and the Board of Trustees listened intently in public meetings to those who pay sewer bills. We even put some of those residents on our sewer committee. In the end, the discussion became part of a wider strategy to continually upgrade our system over time without having to drastically raise rates. We also realized that inherent issues of fairness apply. One of the residents, Mark Verwys, pointed out in one meeting that by spreading the bond payments out over a number of years, those on sewer will pay their fair share, as opposed to paying for improvements out of money saved up to now. Thus, if someone moves in, they will start paying. If they move out, they will stop and the next family will take their place. Finally, by taking advantage of the bonds, we will be able to do both lift stations now, rather than having to do one, and then save up for the next, sometime in the future—especially […]

Tent sale to benefit military families

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Wolverine Worldwide is teaming up once again with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA to help improve the health and wellness of the communities it serves. On Thursday, June 7, from 12 to 8 p.m., the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will host a tent sale on its property at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont (north of West River Drive), offering discounted prices to the general public on popular Wolverine Worldwide brands like Bates, Merrell and Sebago. All proceeds of this sale will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and the “Boot Campaign,” aiding military families with YMCA membership, child care, and other support programs and services. The YMCA is committed to providing programs and services that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides financial assistance to those who are facing economic challenges. YMCAs throughout the United States provide family members of active service men and women free membership; the “Boot Campaign” and Strong Kids Campaign help military families when they are not on active duty. The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is currently assisting 65 military families in northern Kent County, as well as underwrites more than $110,000 a year in Strong Kids financial assistance. “We are thrilled that Wolverine Worldwide is underwriting this tent sale to support our military families,” noted Dean Herried, executive director of the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA. “We couldn’t ask for a better corporate partner. It’s a win-win for all. Shoppers will get great deals on footwear, we’ll be raising needed dollars for military families, and we’ll also be providing a full day of free family fun at our YMCA for the public.” In addition to the tent sale, the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will be offering the following free demonstrations to the public: •            12-8 p.m.—fun games and activities for kids, sponsored by military recruiting officers •            12-4 p.m.—swim tests—find out what level your child is in our swim lessons and receive info on classes •            2-6 p.m.—Challenge Course—try out the Y’s 18 acres of trails and low elements course •            4-4:45 p.m.—guitar •            5-5:45 p.m.—Speed and Agility (9+ years only) •            5:45-6:25 p.m.—ballet •            6-8 p.m.—chair massages •            6-6:45 p.m.—X-fit (18+ years only) Michael Stornant, a member of […]

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