New-Age piano sonorities

Downtown Main Street Rockford gets new curb appeal

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Just in time for Start of Summer festivities and the ensuing summer long celebration of the City’s 75th anniversary Rockford’s main drag, Main Street, received a much needed pavement renovation. With attendant curb and sidewalk restoration, where needed, Main Street was resurfaced from 10 Mile Rd. (Division St.) on the south, to just north of Courtland St. (Rocky’s). Working closely with the projects prime contractor, City Manager Michael Young believed the project moved smoothly and there was little disruption to the downtown business district. Primarily funded by Federal stimulus money, all work was completed in a timely fashion. If you’ve not been downtown in the past three weeks to notice, curb and sidewalk work (where needed) has been underway and on Friday, May21, the surface of the entire stretch of road was milled (removed) to a depth of 1-½ inches. Crack sealing of the subsurface ensued, which was followed by a tack coat sealant overlaid by a state-of-the-art polypropylene fabric known as Petromat. A new asphalt overlay, to grade, completed the roadway surface reconstruction. The key ingredient here, if you will, is the Petromat System. It becomes an integral part of the roadway forming a barrier to water infiltration and absorbing stresses to reduce fatigue cracking of the new asphalt surface layer. Petromat Systems have an outstanding record of improving pavement performance while at the same time reducing maintenance and roadway life-cycle costs. The corners of each intersection including 10 Mile Road, Maple Street, Bridge Street, and Courtland Street have newly poured concrete handicap accessible curb cuts to meet Federally mandated requirements. Sections of adjacent red brick pavers were repaired and rebuilt as needed. Pavement and parking stall striping completed the picture. Come downtown for a stroll, have a great meal, do some shopping and check it out. It looks great.

MacRaven duo performs in Rockford

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Described as George Winston meets Yo-Yo Ma, the piano/cello duo of “MacRaven” brings their combination lyric cello lines intertwined with New-Age piano sonorities to two April events. Award-winning composer and Bostwick Lake Church Music Director, Roger MacNaughton, teams with Grand Rapids Symphony cellist, Steve VanRavenswaay, on Sunday, April 12 at the 10:30 a.m. Easter Service at Bostwick Lake Church located at 7979 Belding Road. One week later on Sunday, April 19, the duo performs in support of the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ fundraiser “Arts Jam.”  In addition to MacRaven, the benefit concert includes performances by Marvin Sapp, Lazy Blue Tunas, Michelle Covington, Potato Moon, and Steve Talaga and is hosted is Gerry Barnaby. Tickets for the afternoon are $20 for adults and $5 for children and are available by calling (616) 819-2156.  The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by an art auction with food and beverage reception at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center located at 600 Forest Hills Avenue.  Parking is free.