November 24 2011

Rockford hockey splits opening weekend

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford varsity hockey team opened up the 2011-2012 campaign with a two-game set in Sault Saint Marie. Rockford is led by their three seniors, Ben Glass, Keegan Knight and Justin Ullrey. Despite having only three seniors on this year’s squad, it is widely believed that Rockford should have what it takes to contend for the OK Conference Tier One title this year. Friday night, Nov. 18, Rockford hit the ice against the Lakeland Eagles. The opening two periods of play saw the Rams controlling both the time of possession and scoring chances. As the second period wound down, the Rockford crowd started to get nervous, as their opponent was able to hang around despite being outplayed, which can certainly be a recipe for disaster. Rockford continued to outshoot the Eagles at a pace of 19-9, but the scoreboard still showed a score of 0-0 at the end of two periods. In the third period, it appeared that the Rams were tired of not converting on their scoring opportunities, as just two minutes into the period, Ullrey put the puck in the net with the assist going to Jacob Smyth. Rockford continued to control the play in the Lakeland zone until about five minutes left in the game, when it appeared that they played more defensively. This allowed the Eagles to put some pressure on the Rams. With 1:30 left in the game, Lakeland got possession of the puck and drove down the middle of the Rockford defensive zone, getting off a quick shot that slipped just inside the left post for the tying goal. It looked like the game was going to go into overtime when, in the final seconds, a Rockford turnover resulted in a two-on-one scoring rush by the Eagles. Rockford junior goaltender Jake Rekucki was inadvertently upended by his own defender, leaving the net open for a shot from about 20 feet out that found the back of the net for a game winner with just 2.7 second left on the clock. It was a heartbreaking loss that certainly caught the Rams by surprise. Shots for the game were Lakeland 14, Rockford 27. One amazing stat from this game was that the Rams beat the Eagles in face-offs to the tune […]

Try Hockey for Free Day encourages youth participation

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

On a recent Saturday morning, over 40 kids put on some hockey equipment, grabbed a hockey stick and braved the ice, many for the very first time. In a nationwide event, the Rams Hockey hosted Try Hockey for Free Day in conjunction with USA Hockey and local sponsors Cedar Rock Sports Plex and Java Gym. This is an annual nationwide event, and this year over 430 sites across the country participated—all in an effort to introduce kids ages 4 to 9 to the sport of youth hockey. Rams Hockey president, Dave Bina, called the event a huge success. Offering youth in our community the opportunity to try hockey without any cost obligation is pretty special. Rams Hockey is always looking to encourage participation in the sport of youth hockey, and this event did just that. The place was buzzing with happy parents and skaters, especially when Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins showed up to play! The participants had a great time, but those presiding over the event, Rams Hockey volunteers and players, were having just as much fun. Rams Hockey, the Rockford Hockey Association, is a Redwings Premiere Hockey Association and offers options for all ages and skill levels. Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to Play programs are currently running and new sessions will start in January. Anyone interested can learn more at  


November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Quality schools, quality community… together building a tradition of excellence  by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools The above statement has been an important part of the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) logo for over 22 years. Not only is the declaration true, it is ongoing with no ending point—we live it every day. RPS and the Rockford community enjoy a real and functioning partnership, which has endured and expanded over the years. Despite the current economic challenges, which are negatively impacting state, local, school and family budgets, RPS remains an exemplary educational institution because of our people! Beginning in 1989, we began conducting focus groups and surveys of parents, employees, students and the community at large to identify priorities and expectations for RPS. Thus, the first Rockford Action Model for Success (RAMS I) was born. Every three years since that time, a new and relevant RAMS model has been created with input from our school/community. RAMS VII is nearing completion, and we are completing the process to create RAMS VIII. This ongoing strategic blueprint for continuous improvement has played a major role in our success. RPS has earned a strong reputation as an exemplary public school system based on the following facts: •            Rockford is the only school district in Michigan to require students to demonstrate proficiency in math and language arts by successfully passing the ACT WorkKeys high school competency tests to earn a high school diploma. •            All of our schools are recognized by the State Board of Education as exemplary Blue Ribbon Schools, which is based on student achievement test scores, educational programs, and parent involvement. We are the only school district in Kent County to earn this recognition. •            As defined by the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act and Michigan’s Education YES! initiative, all of our schools have earned Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and straight A’s for the past six years. •            All of our schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Schools (NCA). •            Two years ago, RPS earned the highest level of district-wide accreditation by NCA, the AdvancED accreditation. •            We offer high school Advanced Placement (AP) and honors classes in all disciplines. •            Many world language opportunities are available, including […]


November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED No Experience Required. Professional career opportunity with unlimited income potential. We will assist in licensing. Full-time position available for busy Real Estate office. Call Lew Boersma. Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office. (616) 866-4434.       b47 ______________________ Technician needed. Full-time, benefits. Apply within 360 Northland Dr., Rockford.       b49 ______________________ FOR RENT CONDO—2-1/2 baths, 2 large bedrooms, attached garage. Private, Rockford Hills Condos. Call (616) 866-0986.      p48 ______________________ SERVICES Do you want a sparkling clean home weekly, every other week, or just a one-time cleaning? Give me a call! References available. Call (616) 433-8124.        ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND FOUND—nine-foot fishing rod by Rogue Towers, downtown Rockford. Call to identify (616) 889-8793.       f46 ______________________ FOUND—women’s wristwatch in RiteAid parking lot about October 13. Call to identify (616) 866-1985.      f44 ______________________ FOUND—gift card in downtown Rockford on October 26, 2011. Call to identify. Speak with Cathy (616) 874-2000.       f44 ______________________ FOUND—one small, gray, female kitten, and one white and gray/black, male cat with 1-year white diamond on back, Northland Estates area, Cedar Springs. Both very friendly. Please call (616) 696-8626.       f42 ______________________ FOUND—Neutered male cat on the White Pine Trail between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads. Tortoise coloring, young, long and skinny. Noticeable marking. Very affectionate and verbal. (616) 874-9119.       f41 ______________________   LOST—Nikon camera in the Tiffany Rd. and 10 Mile Rd. area. Contains important family photos. (616) 481-6643.     f41 ______________________   LOST—male black cat with big fluffy fur and yellow eyes. Last seen in the 10 Mile and Courtland Dr. area at Rum Creek Condos on Sept. 30. Call (616) 292-3664.     f40 ______________________   PETS AND SUPPLIES The Rockford Squire’s “Free” and “Lost & Found” classified ads are free of charge. Call (616) 866-4465 by noon on Monday to place your ad in next Thursday’s issue.  

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