Three students from North Rockford Middle School have been named local winners in the 43rd annual America & Me Essay Contest. Katie Mullen earned first, Carly Behrendt, second, and Isaac Younker, third place. As the school’s first-place winner, Mullen’s essay will now advance to the state competition. Several thousand eighth-grade students from over 400 Michigan schools participated in the essay contest. The topic of the contest was “My Personal Michigan Hero.” Started in 1968, the contest encourages Michigan youth to explore the greatness of America and its people. The contest is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
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As the Rockford Lions Club restores the Pioneer Cemetery next to North Rockford Middle School, they are piling up a stack of cuttings ranging from saplings to six-inch-diameter logs. While the city hauls this away during the week, this is a good opportunity for anyone handy with a saw to come to the west parking lot and cut their fall firewood supply. The firewood is free. However, any help in felling trees and clearing the brush is always appreciated. With good weather, some luck and the welcomed direction of the Rockford Garden Club, the cemetery will once again be presentable this fall. Despite good intentions, this old cemetery had become forgotten, overgrown and neglected—the Rockford Lions Club decided our forbears deserved better treatment. When finished, the Lions will hold an “open house,” allowing many of our town’s residents to once again find and easily visit Great Aunt Millie or Great-Grandpa Henry’s resting place. Unfortunately, many of the markers and monuments have suffered over the years and correcting this will become another project. For free firewood, the Rockford Lions Club welcomes everyone to the cemetery each Saturday between 8 and 10 a.m.
Four additional courts at NRMS to be added to accommodate record participation Volley for Mitchell 4-on-4 Charity Volleyball Tournament turns 5 in 2011 and is receiving a birthday present from AT&T. Tournament organizers recently announced that the 2011 event will be underwritten by a generous gift from AT&T in the amount of $ 3,500. “When we sat around the bonfire in my backyard five years ago, I would have never dreamed that I’d be standing here receiving such a generous contribution,” Jeff Hartnagel commented. “It just goes to show you the commitment that businesses such as AT&T have for the greater good of our community.” In the four years since three friends, Hartnagel, Peter MacGregor and Bill Jackson, sat around that bonfire, Volley for Mitchell, a fundraiser named for Rockford’s Mitchell Peterson who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has raised over $ 30,000 for the Parent Project in its ongoing battle against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the most devastating of the dystrophies diagnosed during childhood. To date there is no cure! The 2011 Volley for Mitchell tournament will once again be headquartered at the Score Restaurant & Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Dr. NE, which has donated the use of their courts since 2008. “The Score has been awesome, and playing on their courts is definitely a big draw for our participants,” said MacGregor. “Having the event at this venue is definitely a big factor in our success.” Saturday, July 30 is the date of the 2011 Volley for Mitchell tournament. Teams participating will be playing on the courts at the Score Restaurant & Sports Bar and beginning this year on the newly developed sand volleyball field located at North Rockford Middle School (NRMS), courtesy of Rockford Public Schools and the entire Rockford community. “These courts were built for the benefit of the community with funds from the 2008 recreation millage. I can’t think of a better event to be hosted on these new fields,” said Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. Details and an entry form can be obtained by contacting MacGregor, co-director of Volley for Mitchell, at (616) 866-3364 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going online to www.volleyformitchell.org. “We had over 150 participants last year. With four more courts, we […]
Madeline Fryc from East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and Hannah Willman from North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) were chosen as this year’s Rockford Lions Club Peace Poster winners. Both students’ work represents the incredible talent that is prevalent in Rockford’s middle schools. Madeline’s submitted artwork was chosen as both the local and district winner, which is a great honor, as it competed with hundreds of other pieces of submitted artwork. As winners of their respective school’s competition, both Madeline and Hannah received a $100 gift card from Pegasus Sports. As the winner of the Lions District comprising 50 clubs, Madeline was also awarded a $100 U.S. savings bond. Open to students 11-13 years old, the Lions Annual International Peace Poster Contest encourages young people to creatively express their understanding of international cooperation, peace and tolerance of other beliefs. Each year Rockford Lion Bob Spaeth organizes this program for middle school students with the cooperation of NRMS art teacher, Rachel Kibbe, and ERMS art teacher, Sarah Mullen. The Rockford Lions salute the talent of Madeline and Hannah and thank the Rockford school system for its continuing outstanding contribution to the development of its young people.
Erik Smoes, a junior at Rockford High School, and Beau Port, a seventh-grade student at North Rockford Middle School, put their passion for the Rogue River to work. Both are avid fishermen who also believe strongly in recycling. They really enjoy fishing in the Rogue and want to keep it clean. The two saw a need for a Rogue River cleanup north of the dam. They took time out from fishing to clean up trash and recyclable junk from the banks of the river. They concentrated on cleaning the section from roughly 11 Mile Road to the dam.