May 7 2009

Meijer and its shoppers team up to feed the hungry

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Grocer’s food donation program raised nearly $300,000 for food pantries last December With local food banks facing shortfalls this spring, supercenter chain Meijer is re-launching its Simply Give food donation program to help restock the shelves of local food pantries, including the North Kent Service food pantry. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer’s co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. “The need to restock and replenish our local food banks and food pantries is greater than ever, so we are encouraging our customers to join us again in reaching out to lend a helping hand to those in need,” said Meijer. “We’re committed to making a difference in all the communities where we do business, and this is just another example of the importance we place on being an active member of the community. The program, which will runs through May 30, encourages Meijer’s shoppers to purchase a $10 Meijer food pantry donation card at special displays throughout the store, as well as inside Meijer gas stations and convenience stops. The donation card will then be converted into Meijer Gift Cards given to local food pantries selected by the store. (The $10 amount reflects a typical bag of groceries at Meijer.) Meijer will once again seed the program with overall donation of $100,000 in grocery gift cards that will be divided equally among all the participating food pantries. As part of the program, each Meijer store selected one local food pantry to receive its donations. The program was initially introduced this past November in all markets served by Meijer. The program, which ran through the holidays, raised nearly $300,000 for local food pantries, as Meijer customers donation of $187,000 and Meijer contributed $100,000 in grocery gift cards to 185 local food pantries. “The North Kent Service Center has been selected as the recipient store for the Rockford Meijer and the newest Meijer’s store opening in Cedar Springs on May 6, 2009. “The North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the ‘Simply Give’ program during the 2008 holiday seasons and received $3,000 from the community Meijer in Rockford. These funds were our saving grace during the Christmas season and assisted us purchasing a large portion of the food needed for the 1,000+ […]

Signs of spring in the city

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Jeff Hernandez (a.k.a. Jeff Ohnsman) puts up the new city banners, one of the signs of spring in the City of Rockford. Others are flushing of the hydrants and filling the planters downtown as Rockford spruces up for the new summer. This year readers might miss “curb shopping day,” a former City spring event removing large items free of charge. According to the city manager, Rockford spent about $10,000 on last year’s Spring Clean Up day and has decided to discontinue the practice.

Rockford crew displays true toughness in Wi-Hi Regatta

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by CANDY BURRIS Rowing teams from 20 schools in Michigan, Canada and Illinois converged at Wyandotte early Saturday morning, May 2, for the Wi-Hi Regatta. Weather conditions were less than ideal as high winds created whitecaps along the river and pushed waves up over the riggers as rowers attempted to race the course. Spectators watched from the shoreline as two competitors’ boats were overcome by the height of the waves-the rowers were quickly rescued by safety patrol. The women’s senior four boat (Schmutz, Kuhn, Peck, Kasper, Denike) continued to row, clearly in the lead throughout the race, but rapidly filling water within their boat dashed hopes for a first-place finish in the heat. Delays were called several times as race officials tried to better determine if the regatta could be completed within the safety guidelines of the U.S. Rowing organization. Eventually, the winds slowed, and rowers were called to the water once again to compete. The Ram rowing team took the challenge to heart and refused to let the weather impact them, placing 19 boats in the finals. When asked how Rockford’s team could do so well when other schools struggled to stay on course, men’s coach Greg Hobart stated, “Our rowers are used to these adverse conditions and row in them on a regular basis. They have practiced hard and are prepared.” Rockford will now advance to the Michigan High School Scholastic Regional Regatta in Cincinnati on May 9-10. This regatta includes schools from a seven-state region and will provide the Rams with intense competition as they compete against the best rowing teams from the Midwest.             Coming on strong with first-place finishes were: women’s novice eight:  Amy Fedeson, Julia Fraser, Lena Klienoder, Emma Korson, Kendall McConnohie, Kendra Bilardello, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson, coxswain Becca DeKorne; women’s novice lightweight four:  Kate Fugate, Kelli Borgeld, Andrea Galloway, Emily Prus, coxswain Sam Teft.             Silver medal winners were:  women’s senior eight: Shannon Schmutz, Christine Kasper, Darcy Peck, Michelle Kuhn, Alicia Dickenson, Maddie Anderson, Marie Albano, Olivia Neilsen, coxswain Jennifer Denike; women’s novice lightweight four:  Lauren Madsen, Laura Gleghorn, Carly Johnson, Lauren Rohde, coxswain Lauren Fey; women’s novice four:  K. Korson, Bilardello, Kleinoder, Fedeson, coxswain Shelby Hodges; men’s novice four:  Matt Vermeer, Bryce Vandenberg, Austin Togger, Nate […]

RHS varsity golf earns big win

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The Rockford Rams boys varsity golf team played their first home match at Braeside Golf Club in approximately 14 years on Tuesday, April 14. The match resulted in two Rockford victories, with Rockford scoring 156, followed by East Kentwood (159) and Muskegon (240). The Rams were led by Sam Gallup and Trent Davison with a score of 37 each, followed by Jake Chaffee (39), Eric Conroy (43), Adam Hoard (43), and Steven Mette (43). The Rams defeated Grandville and Hudsonville on Tuesday night, April 28, at the Meadows of Grand Valley State University. The golf course was quite soggy, but the Rams pulled it off. These are two very big wins for the boys team, as Grandville and Hudsonville are sincere competitors for the league title.   Rockford, with a score of 162, was led by Davison with 38, followed by Chaffee (40), Gallup (42) and Mette (42). Grandville scored 167, with Warren Grover leading their team with 37. Hudsonville followed with a score of 168, with their team being led by Alex Fleming (39).   On Saturday, May 2, the Rams made a valiant effort of defending their home course at the Rockford Rams Invitational held at Braeside Golf Club. The Rams finished second behind only Forest Hills Central, who may be ranked number one shortly in Division I golf. Three Rams medaled, with Davison finishing third, Gallup fourth, and Conroy tied for 15th. Next on the schedule for the Rams is a match against Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Braeside Golf Club on Monday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m.  

Lady Rams track and field prepared for conference championship

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The Lady Rams of Rockford will put their undefeated OK Red record on the line this Friday, May 8, when they travel to Hudsonville for the OK Red conference track and field championship. Having narrowly defeated rival East Kentwood this past week by a score of 70-67, the Rams find themselves in familiar territory as they look to defend their 2008 conference championship. Total team depth has been a strength for Rockford this season and will likely be the key to a successful Friday night for the Lady Rams. Some of the top performers for the Rams this season have been returning state champion pole vaulter, junior Sarah Birkmeier; the senior sprint trio of Emma Breen, Becky Caywood and Krysten Fischer along with sophomore Abby Blanchard; the hurdle duo of senior Danielle Putterman and junior Sam Mette; returning state runner-up high jumper, junior Rachel Herald; top throwers sophomore Emily Haliday, senior Hannah Readle and junior Kylie Basarabski; 400 runners juniors Katie Carlson and Rachel Jerrils; and distance runners senior Kelcie Severson, junior Alyssa Durkin, sophomores Catie Rietsema and Sarah Neideck, and freshman Jane Hawks. The Rams have enjoyed invitational championships at the Wyoming Frank Grimm Relays and the GRPS Track and Field Invitational from earlier this season and won the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Invitational along with a runner-up finish at the Don Mitchell Memorial Track and Field Invitational in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend.

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