November 18 2009

School Beat — November 18, 2009

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Look for the silver lining by JACQUIE FASE Director of Transportation “How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss. Generally speaking, I’m a fairly positive person. I look for the silver lining, sport my rose-colored glasses, and believe that my coffee mug is always half full. As the scholarly Dr. Seuss once said, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” I see this mantra embedded in the “Rockford Ram Culture” through its inspiring teachers, motivational administrators, and through all the great staff members, parents, coaches and volunteers. The transportation department believes in obtaining this level of positivity and enthusiasm as well, because each department is an essential aspect of the greater Rockford Public Schools (RPS) family. We believe that character-building goes far beyond the classroom, so just as the teachers uphold an expectation of behavior and safety, the bus drivers do as well. As the leaves fall and the bus garage prepares for yet another Michigan winter, I can’t help but reflect on how quickly the past 15 years have gone. Just like you, I have climbed several mountains with my children, whether it be the frantic, last-minute poster board presentation, the issue of affordable prom dresses and cool jeans, or the bully on the bus. However, I was never alone with my goal to instill positive character traits within my kids, and I’m thankful for the support of the RPS community. As a member of the transportation department, I want to encourage you to seize the moment, “climb the mountain,” seek out support, and get involved as well. For over a decade I have been a member of the extended Rockford High School family. In 2011 my youngest son will graduate, and my years as a band, choir, theatre, swim, and polo parent will come to an end. I’m not sure what I’ll do with all my spare time! Who will I make cupcakes for? Will I miss the countless hours spent behind the concession stand? Will I not have the opportunity to buy yet another Rams sweatshirt or sell […]

Adult book club begins soon

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The Kent District Library will again offer its “Let It Snow” adult book club beginning December 1. The program offers prizes and more for readers and runs through March 31, 2010. Sign up at your local branch to receive a bingo card with squares representing various kinds of books. Play bingo while you read, and enter to win prizes such as gift cards. Winners of two bingos receive an ice scraper and all completed bingo cards will be entered into the final drawing Wednesday, March 31 for a $50 gift card to the Gilmore Group restaurants. For more info call (616) 784-2007 or online at

Halfway Restaurant offers free meals to those affected by economy

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Michelle Worden (left) and Missy Brower (right), owners of Halfway Restaurant in Rockford, are happy to provide Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to those in need. A Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be an occasion to dwell on temporary financial setbacks, and sisters Michelle Worden and Missy Brower, owners of the Halfway Restaurant, 10792 14 Mile Road, intend to make sure there is a hot meal for all this Thanksgiving. The sisters have owned the restaurant for 12 years. They offer the free dinner as their way to give back to the community and to express their concern for neighbors in need in these tough economic times. The restaurant is serving a dinner at no charge to those whose financial situations have made the traditional event unaffordable. The restaurant will be serving dinner Thursday, November 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Those who wish are also invited to drop off donations of nonperishable food items now through December 14. These donated goods will be dropped off at local pantries to be given to those in need.

Letters to the Editor — November 18, 2009

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Feeding, baiting ban should be obeyed Dear Editor, I am surprised to note today that several gas station convenience stores (I found five within a five-mile radius of downtown Rockford) are selling large bags of shelled corn, corn on the cob, apples, carrots and beets. While no further cases have been made public by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a few stores appear to have chosen short-term gain over the potential devastating effect that an outbreak of CWD could have on the economy supported by deer hunting. It appears to be a severely short-sighted view that has significant implications for themselves and the community. I would hope the inconvenience of not hunting over a bait pile could be endured at least one more year and would be outweighed by the possible consequences of an outbreak of CWD. Many have argued that the feeding and baiting ban should be lifted, but again that is a short-sighted view if you look at the impact that CWD has had on deer herds in neighboring states. But that doesn’t matter. The law is the law and should be obeyed as well as the spirit of the law—2009 Michigan House Bill 4198 (Extend ban on deer feeding). If you do business at a store that is selling deer feed/bait, ask them why they are, since it is illegal to feed or bait deer in the Lower Peninsula. Tom Kuehl Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Dear Editor, On behalf of the Rockford United Methodist Church, I would like to thank The Rockford Squire for their excellent article on the history, making, baking and selling of the pasties that happen here at RUMC twice a year. Once again this November, almost 6,000 pasties were made, baked and sold, with lots of happy faces from the customers who got to enjoy them, and your article allowed some new faces to experience them as well. Thank you! In Christ’s service, Dick Riley Senior Pastor Editor’s note: The Squire was told that, as a direct result of the pre-pasty sale article, the pasties sold out in four days for the first time ever! Community comes through for those in […]

Weddings — November 18, 2009

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Mette-Mazur John Patrick Mette and Amanda Suzanne Mazur were united in marriage on October 17, 2009, at North Park Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. John is the son of Dr. Robert and Kimberly Mette of Belmont. He is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2004 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, and a 2009 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Rockford Community Schools and MVP Sports. Amanda is the daughter of Scott Mazur of Rockford and Mary Jo and Kent Schmuck of Rockford. She is a 2004 graduate of Rockford High School and is employed by Tender Loving Care Daycare. The bride was attended by maid of honor Liana Mazur and bridesmaids Katie Cooper, Jessica Robertson, Anna Price, Erin Mette and junior bridesmaid Maria Price. The groom was attended by best man Mike Mette and groomsmen Mike Morrissey, Dean Nesbitt, Nick Ringelberg, Scott Mazur and junior groomsman Bryan Bigelow. Ushers were Billy Fegel, Charlie Price and Nick Moore. Ring bearer was Jack Fegel. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, and now reside in Rockford.

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