May 31 2012

Berry named Vern L. Norris Award winner

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Rockford’s Lyle Berry, an official for more than 50 years and a longtime contributor to multiple officials associations, has been selected to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Vern L. Norris Award for 2012. The Norris Award is presented annually to a veteran official who has been active in a local officials association, has mentored other officials, and has been involved in officials’ education. It is named for Vern L. Norris, who served as executive director of the MHSAA from 1978-86 and was well respected by officials on the state and national levels. Berry continues to officiate both cross country and track and also has officiated basketball over more than five decades. He also has served both as president and rules chairperson for both the West Michigan Officials Association and the Association of Track Officials of Michigan. Berry was honored at the Officials’ Awards & Alumni Banquet on May 5 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. “Lyle Berry has dedicated a lifetime to bringing a fair and objective voice to our competitions,” said MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts. “His dedication to that mission is obvious as he continues into his sixth decade of officiating. Lyle actively recruits new officials, and through additional duties with ATOM has worked to keep his colleagues current on rules changes. We are pleased to recognize Lyle Berry with the Vern L. Norris Award.” Berry began both his education and officiating careers in 1960. Also a former teacher and coach, he worked for Tawas, Farwell, Wayland Union and Wyoming Godwin Heights schools before retiring in 1992. He was inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Berry received ATOM’s Presidential Leadership Award in 2009 and its Bob Bloomer Award in 2009. He was the WMOA Basketball Official of the Year in 1988 and continued as a basketball officials evaluator for the OK Conference. Berry is a graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School, Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University (CMU). He earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at CMU. He also volunteered as the broadcast announcer for football and basketball games on the WKTV community […]

Rockford schools rally around Relay—Part III

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by CINDY M. CRANMER This is a continued summary of what each school in Rockford Public Schools has come up with to contribute to the Rockford Relay for Life. Encouraging each school to organize their own fundraiser has been a goal of Relay organizers from year one. May 18-19 was the town’s 10th Relay for Life event. Mike Ramm, principal for East Rockford Middle School (ERMS), said the school is always actively involved with a team and works hard at raising donations especially through a mini walk-a-thon. The ERMS mini walk-a-thon raised $7,732 by the approximately 270 students who participated, according to staff members Deb Pomarius and Kelly Darling, ERMS Relay for Life captains. The ERMS “East Defeets Cancer” Relay for Life team decorated foot decals either in memory of someone or in honor of survivors during the walk-a-thon. Other fundraising activities included a hula contest during the walk-a-thon. Pomarius said this is a way for students to be involved as it can be hard for students to participate in the Rockford Relay for Life with weekend sporting event conflicts. “The ERMS walk-a-thon event has been our most successful and most profitable in funds raised to fight cancer and has allowed more middle school students to be a part of Relay for Life in a meaningful way,” Pomarius said. “One benefit of the walk-a-thon is that if the students enjoy this activity enough, it motivates many of them to attend the actual Relay for Life event in Rockford.” Sixteen ERMS students have registered as 24-hour walkers, which is a feat that is challenging even as an adult. Other fundraisers include creating and selling duct tape accessories and crazy critters, which are similar to Ugly Dolls, at the ERMS tent during the event. A used book sale and henna tattoos are two other items that ERMS will have for sale during the Relay for Life. Bob Siegel, Valley View Elementary principal, said their biggest event is a 24-minute relay where students walk one minute per every hour for the Relay for Life. “The kids’ version has raised over $5,000,” he said. Other events include a staff luncheon and jean days where staff pay $20 to wear jeans for the month of May. “Most staff members pay […]


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Rockford students earn night with movie stars

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A Rockford fourth-grader was among students who responded to an essay contest and were chosen as winners to attend the premiere of a Michigan movie. Kaleigh Blockland, who attends Valley View Elementary School in Mrs. Patzer’s class, was among winners who were treated to the movie “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy” and met the stars of the film personally. Blockland’s essay was titled “Michigan’s 4 Treasures.” She enjoyed meeting the stars, Derek Brandon, who plays Mickey in the movie, and Francesca Derosa, who plays the character Sully.


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Teen drivers by CHARLIE BROWN Director of Security Rockford Public Schools “Your son or daughter has been killed in a car accident.” These are words that will change your life forever (“The Problem”). If you want the cold hard truth, look no further. Did you know that about 3,500 teens die per year in car crashes and tons of thousands are injured? That’s the equivalent of an airplane full of teens crashing every other week. If you aren’t careful, you too could become a statistic. Learn more about the major dangers for teens: • driving at night • speeding and street racing • distractions • not wearing a seatbelt • driving under the influence The single biggest risk factor is driving at night. In 2009, 61 percent of teen crash deaths occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. As reported by a 2010 study by Texas Transportation Institute, this is primarily due to a combination of the visibility challenges caused by dark conditions, slower response time brought about by fatigue, and a lack of experience driving under such conditions. It is largely for these reasons that most states include a nighttime driving restriction in Graduated Driver License (GDL) laws. In most states with a GDL law, the nighttime restriction and a limit on the number of passengers allowed are the most widely implemented features of that law. The problem of visibility: The average person’s field of vision is smaller without the aid of light, and glare from oncoming headlights can further limit the ability to see clearly and avoid hazards. High Intensity lights are becoming more common. These lights are brighter than oncoming headlights and can further limit the ability to see. The National Safety Council says that dusk is the most dangerous time, since your eyes constantly have to adjust to more darkness. If an oncoming vehicle’s lights are too high, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide. During my career with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, it seemed many drunk drivers failed to dim their lights—beware! The problem of drowsy driving: Being awake for 20 hours has the same affect as being legally drunk! Research suggests that teens should have 9 to 10 […]

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