May 6 2010

Chamber of Commerce gears up for Community Golf Outing

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual Community Golf Outing. This is the 15th year the Chamber has sponsored the event and it is scheduled on the rolling links at Boulder Creek Golf Club Friday, May 7. Shotgun start begins at 9 a.m. The event features 18 holes of golf, competitive hole events, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, a raffle, door prizes and networking opportunities. The teams will be working for bragging rights and ownership of the new Chamber crystal trophy for an entire year. Proceeds of the golf outing support the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund. This year’s recipient of the $1,000 Chamber Scholarship is Rockford High School senior Brian Ginebaugh. The Chamber would like to thank their sponsors and Boulder Creek Golf Club for hosting the event, the Golf Outing Steering Committee and the many volunteers who make it the huge success it always is. Boulder Creek Golf Club is located at 5750 Brewer Ave. NE in Belmont, and has been an honored Chamber member since 1999. For more information about this event, or any other Chamber-sponsored event, please go to and click on “events.”

Memorial service held for Dave Kendall

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This year the Rockford community, including the Squire, lost one of its greatest fans. Dave Kendall, who grew up in Rockford and graduated from Rockford High School in 1959, lived most of his adult life in and around Sydney, Australia, where he developed a very successful ministry to youth through music and humor. He was widely known there as a popular speaker and gospel singer. His CDs of original stand-up comedy routines and gospel music, some of which he composed himself, are still on the market (Google Dave Kendall, Australia, Frayed Edge Communication for more). He died suddenly of a stroke on January 4 during a full ministry career, leaving behind three grown daughters, his wife Donna and 11-year-old daughter Madison. Dave’s Rockford friends remained special to him. To his Rockford High School classmates at their 45th reunion he wrote, “You have no idea how the memories of those formative years have been a source of delight and strength to me over the years.” He read The Rockford Squire online every week from Australia. His hometown held the same place in the hearts of many long-time Rockfordians, too. Some of them have planned a gathering to honor him, to which everyone is invited. On Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m., a memorial service for Dave Kendall will be held at Rockford Baptist Church, his second home as a teenager, where he was a member. The service will be informal, as accounts of Dave’s stories and jokes, his music, and above all, his intimate walk with God will be shared. Betty Wonders and Gracia Scholton will recreate some of his music, and Pastor Larry Rowland of Rockford Baptist Church will lead the service. Those who knew Dave will be blessed and comforted. Those who did not will be inspired by this glimpse into his life. All are invited to the service and the luncheon afterward. Those desiring will have opportunity to contribute to a memorial gift for Dave’s widow Donna as she raised their daughter alone while working toward a teaching degree to better provide for her. Those unable to attend the service may send their gift to Marge Dickinson, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW, #A-205, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Please make checks payable to Marge, […]

Words on Weather & Climate

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Glaciers by CRAIG JAMES In North America’s Glacier National Park there were about 150 glaciers when the park was established in 1910. By the beginning of this year, the number was down to 37. Here are comparison pictures of the Boulder Glacier in 1932 and in 2005. You can see in this picture of the Easton Glacier in the Cascade Mountains in the state of Washington the difference between the leading edge of the glacier in 1985 and 2008. Indeed, a recent survey has shown that at least 83% of the world’s glaciers are losing mass, or shrinking. But that means 17% of the world’s glaciers were not melting; they were stable or increasing. You can see a list of these glaciers online at You probably weren’t aware that in 2008 all of the glaciers in Alaska gained mass for the first time in 250 years. Still, the majority of the world’s glaciers are melting, but is this melting natural as we come out of the Little Ice Age or is it caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide? The poster child for glacier-melt has been Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. In Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Gore expressly attributed the loss of ice on the mountain to human-induced global warming. He even forecast that “within the decade, there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro.” That was in 2005. A British Court has since ruled Gore’s point about Kilimanjaro is not true. Deforestation seems to be causing Mount Kilimanjaro’s shrinking glacier. Researchers think deforestation of the mountain’s foothills is the most likely culprit. Without the forests expelling humidity into the air, previously moisture-laden winds blowing across those forests now blow drier. The summit, no longer replenished with water from those winds, started shrinking. Studies show the ice is not melting; it is evaporating through a process called sublimation. You can witness this effect at home—have you ever noticed that ice cubes left in your freezer tend to shrink with time? As a confirmation of this research, satellite measurements have shown temperatures near the summit of the 19,340-foot mountain have not been above freezing since measurements began in 1979. But what about all the other glaciers that are melting? It appears this has been […]

Thank You

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Thank You! Thank you to all who sent cards and gifts for my 90th birthday. Also to those who attended my party, making it a special day. Dorothy Christiansen

Rams finish second at Mid-Season Tournament

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On April 27, the Rockford Rams golf team competed in the OK Red Mid-Season Tournament at L.E. Kaufmann Golf Course, hosted by Grandville. The Rams fell to the Bulldogs by five shots to finish second. Three Rams golfers made it into the top 10 but couldn’t make up the difference, as Grandville shot 324 to the Rams’ 329. The Rams golfers who medaled were Trent Davison with 79 for second place, Sam Gallup with 81 for fifth, and Jake Chaffee with 83 for seventh. This brought the Rams to second place, one point behind Grandville in the OK Red standings. This Saturday, May 1, the Rams competed in the Forest Hills Central Invitational at Grand Valley State University. This was the strongest field the Rams had competed against yet this year with a total of six state-ranked teams out of a strong field of 17 teams. The Rams showed their depth with four out of five golfers breaking 80. Gallup took 10th with 77, and Steven Mette, Chaffee, and Eric Conroy all tied for 16th with a score of 79. This gave the Rams a total of 314, which fell short of only Forest Hills Central and East Grand Rapids. This should be a nice stepping stone for the Rams squad as they move into the bulk of their season. Their OK Red record is currently 11-1, with an overall record of 59-4. Rockford’s Spring Classic will be held May 8 and the Rockford Invitational May 15. These are two very good golf tournaments in which many of the best teams in the state of Michigan will be competing. The Spring Classic will be held at Cedar Chase with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Four of the eight competing teams currently hold a top 10 state ranking in their respective divisions. Rockford’s Invitational includes many top-ranked teams competing, such as Forest Hills Central, East Grand Rapids and Rockford. • • •

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