November 5 2009

Rockford Register — November 5, 2009

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Thursday, November 5 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. Mike Cuneo will speak on Rockford Public Schools’ additions and improvements, hosted by Joan DeMaagd and Lois Armstrong. Gaming Unplugged at the Library—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, Rockford. Play tabletop sports games, test your knowledge of major league trivia and decorate sports pennants and helmets, for ages 6 and up. For more information, visit or call (616) 647-3940. Wacky Science with Doug Scheer—1 p.m. at Cannonsburg Elementary School. Dr. Science makes science easy to understand. Scheer demonstrates how science can seem magical. Thur.–Sat.,Nov. 5–7 Huge Booksale—Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Sand Lake VFW, corner of Lake and Fifth streets, for the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. For more information, call (616) 636-4251. Saturday, November 7 Public Sight-In Day—10 a.m. at Sparta Hunting & Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. For more information, call (616) 678-4523. Holiday Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State St., Sparta. For more information, call Candy Fodor at (616) 887-1342. Fingers Chicken Dinner—3 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr., Rockford. Four-piece dinner includes mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuit and honey, coleslaw and a vegetable, all for only $9. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 7-8 RSC Annual Sight-In Days—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsmans Club, 11115 Northland Drive, Rockford (between 13 and 14 Mile roads). There will be 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges, pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders. A donation of $5 per gun is requested. For more info., visit Tuesday, Nov.10 Silent Auction Benefit—5 to 8 p.m. at Rockford High School’s cafeteria, to benefit terminal cancer patient Susan VanderMeulen. Cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family. American Sewing Guild Meeting—6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Grand Valley State University professor, Ann Keister, will present “Color Your World.” The cost is $2 for non-members and $1 for members. Refreshments will be served, and Sew and Show presented. For more information, call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669, or visit Wednesday, Nov. […]

A Message for You — November 5, 2009

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Help those in need by REV. HELEN H. COLLIN North Kent Presbyterian Church We’ve just had Halloween, which means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Christmas decorations and sale items have been in some stores for several weeks already. It is a wonderful, festive time of year, but not for everyone. For some, the holidays create stress on an already overstretched budget. For others, it’s the first Thanksgiving or Christmas without a loved one who passed away this year. For still others, holiday gatherings highlight the fact that they are lonely. I read once about two men who got together for dinner one night and started to talk about the lessons they had learned from their fathers over the years. One man remembered that every time something went wrong, his father would say, “Just remember the turtle on the post.” As a young man, he didn’t pay much attention and didn’t really have any idea what his father meant by that. Eventually, as he grew a little more mature, he heard his father say it again, “Remember the turtle on the post.” This time he stopped his dad and asked him, “What about the turtle on the post? You always say that. What do you mean?” His father looked at him and said, “Do you know how the turtle got up on the post?” “No,” the young man answered. “No?” said his father. “Well, he had help.” Think about it. Where would we be without family, friends, neighbors or fellow Christians to help, advise and encourage us. The turtle needed help, and sometimes we do too. And sometimes we are the ones called upon to help, to offer comfort to those who grieve, companionship to those who are alone and food to those who are hungry. In these tough economic times, some of us will have plenty of food on our Thanksgiving tables, and more gifts under the Christmas tree than we know what to do with. Meanwhile, the North Kent Service Center (NKSC) is struggling to meet the needs of record numbers of clients who have lost jobs this year. Several years ago at our church we started “Bring a Turkey to Church” Sunday to help provide turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. Now we’ve learned […]

Rockford Rams Check Program a success

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Rockford Community Federal Credit Union donated a check for $500 to Rockford Public Schools for their participation in the Rockford Rams Check Program. The check was presented at a recent Rockford Rotary Club meeting, following a profound speech from Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler on the desperate financial situation the Rockford school district is facing. The program is simple: for every box of Rams checks ordered, a $3 donation is made back to the school district. For more information contact Rockford Community Federal Credit Union at (616) 866-8570.

How are you protecting yourself and your family from getting sick?

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“My family plans to get the flu shot and we’re more conscious about washing our hands. It’s terrifying in school. I imagine every high school student is going to get sick this season. It seems inevitable; we touch the same things.” —Shelby Denhof, Rockford     “I’m washing my hands, not shaking hands as often, staying out of crowds, and wiping shopping carts down. I use hand wipes whenever they’re provided, like at Meijer. I’m also planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine.” —Kendra Davis, Livonia     “I’m taking vitamins, doing lots of hand-washing, and praying. I’ve always been conscious about shopping carts. I carry a spray bottle of sanitizer… I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. I don’t want to put any chemicals in my body.” —Kelly Roesner and son Kenny, 10, Rockford     “My wife washes her hands all the time and I’m keeping a close watch on my son. The H1N1 flu is being over-hyped. With my wife being a doctor, I have a different perspective. I’m less likely to freak out. I’m not getting the vaccine, but my wife had to.” —Eric Lofgren and son Clifford, 1, Rockford “I’m doing lots of handwashing, getting fresh air, and using hand sanitizer. I always wipe shopping carts down. I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine. It’ll pass. It’s being hyped by the media. They’re trying to make everyone aware, but it’s going overboard. I’d rather have those who are unhealthy and children get the vaccine. I’m healthy.” —Jennifer Meachum, Grand Rapids by ANA OLVERA, Rockford Squire intern

Rockford water polo qualifies for state tournament

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The first Saturday semifinal match pitted Rockford against a very strong East Kentwood squad. The Falcons kept the Rams off balance for most of the game, pulling away in the third period and holding on for a 5-2 victory. “We didn’t perform the way we’re capable of performing,” McWatters summed up, “and we were outplayed by a very good team.” The final challenge for the Rams was to regroup and take on the Grandville Bulldogs in the consolation match. The Rams scored three early goals, but Grandville answered each time. Grandville then pulled ahead in the second period and carried a two-goal lead into the fourth period. That’s when Rockford senior Derik Bothma put on a performance for the ages. “I took it personally,” said Bothma. “I didn’t want to see our team lose another game, and wanted to do everything I could to help us avoid that.” Bothma first found junior Jeff Schmitt open in front of the net for a goal that pulled the Rams within one and gave the team some much-needed hope. He then went on a scoring tear, putting the Rams ahead for good with a trio of spectacular shots. Rockford ended up on top 10-7. Bothma finished with five goals, and fellow senior Connor Thelen added two. In addition to a goal, Schmitt chipped in with four assists. Three Rams were honored at the end of the tournament. Junior Pat Fase and senior Kyle Peterson were named All Region second team. Bothma was named All Region first team. “We had an up-and-down weekend,” concluded Thelen, “but we ended strong. Now we want to carry that momentum on to state.”

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