May 6 2010

Tim Robbins’ ‘Dead Man Walking’ to hit Rockford stage

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“Dead Man Walking,” a play written by actor/director Tim Robbins—who also directed the 1995 Oscar-winning film—is a gripping drama that tells the true story of Sister Helen Prejean’s remarkable journey alongside convicted killer Matthew Poncelet as he faces his impending execution. The play will be performed at the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium May 6-8 at 7:00 p.m. each night. On opening night, May 6, a panel—including an exonerated inmate, a murdered victim’s family member, and other experts in the capital punishment debate—will discuss their stories and answer questions following the show. This is a powerful evening of theatre you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults, and can be purchased at the Rockford Box Office or reserved by calling (616) 863-6031 ext. 7087.

A Message for You — May 6, 2010

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by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church You ever notice how air travel brings out the best in people? I used to be that road warrior, and my job took me on trains, planes and automobiles every week. I loved it—thrived on it, actually. Today, I wonder how I even tolerated it. Recently I caught one of those $79 deals and all the modern amenities that go with air travel these days. Everything started out fine. Security, no problem. Forecast, clear blue skies. Plane, spacious and less than half full. The flight crew was even accommodating and cheerful as if we were going on this journey together, minus of course the bag of peanuts, as that is far too much to ask these days. I was fortunate to have an aisle seat, and as I stuffed my bag under the chair in front of me, I met that person. The voice said sternly, and with a deep sense of conviction, “Watch it, I could have slammed my bag into your head.” I was stunned as I looked up to see a sweet elderly woman and her red purse. I quickly apologized and made light of the fact that I would have deserved it. I mean, everyone needs a whack in the head from time to time, and I clearly had infringed on the “no fly zone” of the aisle in her opinion. I sat there for the duration of the flight thinking, would she really have done it? The fact that she said it meant that she was clearly capable. It started to gnaw at me, to think that someone could be that cruel, that brutal. How would I have responded? Who was in the wrong here, me or this sweet old lady from Pasadena? The Bible says, “In humility consider others better than yourselves,” (Philippians 2:3). Then it hit me: don’t become that person. Be humble. Don’t be that person who compares or seeks justification for their actions. Be considerate. Don’t be that person who needs revenge or even the slightest bit of satisfaction from being “right.” Think of others better than yourself. Don’t be that person. We need to love people more and need them less, resisting the need for someone’s approval, acceptance […]

Rogue River Community Theatre presents ‘A Case of Monkey Business’

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“A Case of Monkey Business” is a musical comedy about a jungle legend and a group of misfits who find themselves lost in the wilds of Africa. Throw in a caveman or two and pirates and you have a fun mixture of songs, laughs and hijinks for the whole family. The musical comedy will be performed at the Old Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs on May 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., and May 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $4 for students, or $8 for seniors, and may be purchased at the door or by calling (616) 874-5264 or (616) 696-7469.

Three uninjured in crash that rolled van

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The other driver was at fault in a rollover accident on Wednesday, April 28, at the corner of Brewer and Cannonsburg roads at about 2:30 p.m. The crash left three young men shaken, but without serious injuries, although their vehicle was totaled. According to a Kent Country Sheriff’s Deputy, the vehicle that rolled was eastbound on Cannonsburg when a silver pickup going west turned into the van while attempting to turn north on Brewer Road. The pickup hit the back of the van, flipping and spinning it with enough force to knock the tires off the van. The deputy said the driver of the pickup was cited for causing the accident and then released. “I probably wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have my seat belt on,” stated one of the riders in the rolled van. All three were buckled up, likely the reason they were not seriously injured. “I don’t even think he hit his brakes,” said another occupant of the van. “Here we were in a red vehicle, the most noticeable color, and I don’t think he even saw us.”

Obituaries — May 6, 2010

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May Stephen May, a 17-year-old Rockford High School (RHS) senior and Belmont resident, died unexpectedly and went to be with his Lord on April 28, 2010. He went to Assumption Catholic Elementary School and was an active member of the parish. In the seventh grade, he began attending Rockford Public Schools. Despite his 5’10” lean frame, he could out-eat any of the players on the football or basketball team. He is described by his many friends as one of the most outgoing, funniest, young men they have ever met. He loved playing sports and was on the varsity football, basketball and track teams. He enjoyed working with young children, including coaching, mentoring, serving as a positive role model, and teaching children’s liturgy every Sunday at Assumption parish. His favorite hobby was fishing, and he entered numerous contests (recently staying up all night trying to win a trolling motor). Stephen was an excellent student and planned to attend Michigan State University in the fall to study business. His brother, Brett, describes Stephen as a person who always put others ahead of himself. He made his grocery list according to what his friends ate. Many RHS seniors viewed the May home as their second home where they were always welcomed. Stephen was an upbeat person who enjoyed a great practical joke; his teammates say he embarrassed them, but they enjoyed it. At an initial football retreat with dads and sons, Stephen stood in front of all and said how much he loved his family; he always put them first. With a quirky grin, like a Cheshire cat, Stephen lit up the room. The RHS school community mourns the loss. In the words of Stephen’s father, “Celebrate life. It is something to be valued and cherished.” Stephen was always kind, loving, humorous and thankful, and will be lovingly missed by his parents, Jamie and Gerilyn (nee Janicki) May; brother, Brett; grandparents, Steve “Dziadji” and Helen “Bushi” Janicki of Belmont, Mrs. Marilyn May of Sutton Bay; aunts and uncles, Karen and Art Swartz, Pat and Dick Wiebe, Barbara and Mark Jackson, Mary “Joje” and Bob Wismer, Julie and Jeff Forbes, Stephanie and Stuart Cohen, Greg May and Linda Marie Stevens, Mike and Cheri May; many cousins. He was preceded […]

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