November 18 2010

ROCKFORD REGISTER — November 18, 2010

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Thursday, Nov. 18 Great Lakes Great Ships Presentation—6 to 7 p.m. at Frenz Coffee House, in the Promenade, downtown Rockford (across from the dam), by local photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki. Her 2010 ArtPrize photography entry will be on display at Frenz from November 6 to 19. She will also have 2011 photo calendars, books, prints and other items for sale. Friday, November 19 Adult Book Discussion—1:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. “Islam: A Short History” by Karen Armstrong. Turkey Time Bowling—6:30 p.m. pre-party at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3050 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park; 9:30 p.m. at Westgate Bowling, 4486 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park, to benefit Olivia’s Gift, a Belmont nonprofit organization to raise awareness for residential housing for adults with severe disabilities. This event is filled with crazy games, team competitions, prizes, and 100 frozen turkeys to be given away. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, visit 39 Clues Party—6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Uncover secrets, solve codes and mysteries, and enjoy activities related to the popular book series “39 Clues.” For ages 6 and up. For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit “Advocates For Senior Issues” Meeting—10 a.m. to noon at Frederik Meijer Gardens. First-time visitors receive $5 lunch voucher for the cafeteria and free visit to the Gardens. For more information, visit This month’s program includes Staci Shell, nutrition program contract coordinator of Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, presenting “Cooking Healthy, Eating Well over the Holidays and Beyond,” along with a legislative program with speakers on the 2010 election retrospective. Saturday, Nov. 20 10th Annual Holiday Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 and 13 Mile roads). Enjoy many crafters, Grandma’s Attic, a bake sale, silent auction, cookies by the pound, and lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Dawna at (616) 866-0648. Skeletal Zoo—10 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Diane Morton-Pletcher will bring her skeletal zoo for a program hosted by the Grand Rapids Junior Audubon (GRJA). She will explain how she lets nature clean the bones and why animals are built the way […]

A Message for You

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Giving gifts that matter by PASTOR Michael Cisler North Kent Bible Church  I don’t want anyone to get upset with me, but there are a lot of countdown clocks to Christmas, and many of them have already begun counting down. I would love to write this devotion with the theme of Jesus being the reason for Christmas and not losing sight of that through all of the things that we do surrounding this holiday. However, that might be better received as we get closer to Christmas itself. I would like to share with you some things that God has been putting in my heart as I prepare for Christmas. In Isaiah 58, God speaks through the prophet Isaiah concerning what He desires in fasting. Fasting had turned into a practice that was more about other people seeing our fake righteousness, than the desire that God had for it from the beginning. In this chapter, God talks about wanting people who are involved in loosening the chains of injustice, setting the oppressed free, feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, and meeting the needs of those in need. In Isaiah 58:10, it says, “…and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Now what does this have to do with preparing for Christmas? Many of us are probably already compiling lists of gifts that we need to buy for others. Our names are being compiled on other people’s lists. Have you ever considered replacing some of those gifts with gifts that really matter? What if, rather than buying a $20 neck tie for your brother-in-law, you donated that $20 in his name instead. It is amazing what $20 can do to bless those in need. North Kent Community Services can turn $20 into an astounding amount of food to give to our neighbors who may need some assistance. I recently learned that through some organizations $20 can buy enough food to feed 100 orphans in Malawi, Africa for an entire week. I think now is a good time to begin talking to others with whom we exchange gifts for Christmas and […]

REF presents Capitol Steps for fundraiser

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On Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, Washington’s own Capitol Steps will appear at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. for the 15th annual Rockford Education Foundation Benefit. The Capitol Steps began as a group of senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since they began more than 25 years ago, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 billion albums, including their latest “Liberal Shop of Horrors.” They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS. Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds the office, there is never a shortage of material. Tickets are on sale now for $35 (reserved seating) and are available by calling the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) office at (616) 863-6317 or visiting the website at The REF provides resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. Since 1991, the REF has awarded over $860,000 in grants to Rockford.

LETTERS TO THE LETTER — November 18, 2010

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Reader thanks Rockford Community for support Dear Editor, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of those in the Rockford community for their continued support of my family during my wife’s four-year battle with Melanoma Cancer, who passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2010. I especially want to thank ALL of the families, teachers and staff at Roguewood Elementary, Roguewood PTO, the Rockford Spanish Immersion Program, as well as White Pines Montessori for their selfless acts of kindness while their mother fought this courageous battle. I am honored to live in such a wonderful and caring community as Rockford. Sincerely, Joe Anderson Thanks to Brian Phillips—Rockford’s unsung hero Dear Editor, In these times of economic stress, jobs lost and larger class sizes in our school district, I would like to take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on one of the district’s unsung heroes: Brian Phillips. Mr. Phillips is the Director of Bands for Rockford Public Schools. He doesn’t make a lot of money. His budget is not of a grand magnitude. And he does not receive a fraction of the recognition he deserves. Mr. Phillips is a teacher who, every day, single-handedly guides, shapes and ultimately transforms students in grades nine through twelve. Yes, he has instructors who join him on the practice field on Monday nights. The instructors serve as support staff to Brian’s daily teachings. The instructors are responsible for guiding particular groups in the band, be it flutes, clarinets, drum line or low brass. But it is Mr. Phillips who teaches all of these students, all 224 of them, on a daily basis, with no assistance. He teaches them leadership, respect, integrity, honor, pride, responsibility and that not-so-small task of playing an instrument flawlessly while moving about on a football field with exact precision. All of these things are imparted to the students through Brian’s use of humor, clarity, kindness and ultimate expertise. He is modest, humble and always turns the spotlight back on the students. Without Mr. Phillips, however, we would not have achieved the ranking of “best marchers” in the entire state of Michigan, along with placing third amongst marching bands from all over the state Saturday, Nov. 6, at Ford Field in Detroit. This was our […]

Seven-season football players, basketball in hold hotel

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Konkle presents history of Rockford athletics by BETH ALTENA Rockford Area Historical Society President Terry Konkle had some surprising facts and tidbits of the early years of the Rockford athletics as he spoke before the Rockford Area Historical Society during the November 4 meeting. Konkle has long been a participant in Rockford sports as coach and said when the district hired the new athletic director Dave Price in 1989, Price challenged all the coaches to improve Rockford’s reputation in athletics. A showcase to highlight athletic accomplishments was part of the plan for a soon-to-be-built new high school and Price asked Konkle to be the one to research the history of Rockford athletic accomplishments. Konkle explained that in researching athletics, there were two avenues to explore: town sports and school sports. Rockford had a town baseball team in 1871 called the Pioneers and, in the 1900s, the town team was called the Redwings. Konkle said he has fruitlessly tried to discover a field in Rockford where the team played, looking over aerial maps and old plat maps, but has been unable to discover its location. “A lot of important games were held at Ramona Field in East Grand Rapids,” Konkle said, noting old-timers will remember the field. The location of the field was about where East Grand Rapids High School’s football field is now. Rockford and Sparta were long-time rivals and in 1911 challenged each other to a five-game baseball series with bragging rights over which town had the best team. The teams were tied at two wins each after four games, but the fourth game which was held in Sparta was declared by Rockford to be flawed. The field they played on had a creek running through it and Rockford claimed the umpire cheated. For the fifth game, the two teams met at a neutral location at Ramona Field. Cuppy Groeschow was umpire and the game was so hotly contested that bets totaled over $2,000. The Sparta team manager bet $500 on his team, and Seymour Hunting, the Rockford team manager, took the bet. E.W. Dickerson, the Grand Rapids Evening News sports editor, took certified checks from each of the men and locked them in a safe. One thousand sixty-three fans came in on train […]

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