Kevin Tomasunas, 19 months, doesn’t know what to make of OPUS Mime (Michael Lee). Keeping a safe distance, he must surely be thinking, “Are you for real?” On the first Saturday of Harvest Fest, Kevin stood transfixed for 20 minutes while deciding to come a little closer to the mime extraordinaire or turn and run away as fast as his little legs would carry him. As it turned out, he never moved. More Harvest Festival fun is coming, see inside. photo by CLIFF HILL
October 1 2009
The Rockford High School Marching Band hosted its 27th annual Rockford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 19. Twenty-three high school bands from across the state participated in the event, a Scholastic Marching Band Competition. Each band performed a show and was judged on music performance, music effect, marching performance and visual effect. Otsego High School took top honors in Class A, and also won the Grand Champion Award for the day with a total score of 88.3 out of 100 points. Godwin Heights High School placed first in Class B with 85.3, and Hartford High School was first in Class C with 81.2. Rockford’s marching band performed in exhibition during the invitation and was also judged, although was not eligible to receive awards due to its role as host. According to Patt Clement, president of the Rockford Band Parent Association, the exhibition gives the students an opportunity to receive valuable feedback from judges to further polish their performance. “The students work so hard, starting in the previous spring and throughout most of the summer,” said Clement. “Most people just are not aware of how much work and practice this takes.” The Rockford Invitational is the band’s major annual fundraiser, and this year was no exception with $19,500 in proceeds. More than 170 volunteers, primarily band parents, pitched in to help the invitational run smoothly. Band director Brian Phillips is pleased with the turnout as well as the skill level Rockford’s own marching band has already attained. “It’s always exciting to see these area bands perform year after year,” said Phillips. “It’s truly amazing to see the annual improvement of each organization. “I am especially proud of the progress our Rockford band students have made this year! Their outstanding performance Saturday is a testament to the hard work they’ve put in to the early season.” The band is competing in a total of four additional invitationals this fall, with an eye on qualifying for the Michigan Competing Band Association State Championship contest at Detroit’s Ford Field on November 7. In order to qualify for state finals, bands must compete in at least two MCBA sanctioned contests and place among the 10 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining […]
Bonding The health care debate has reinforced what we all knew anyway: people like their own doctors and want to keep them. On the surface, this seems a little strange. We don’t feel that way about our plumbers or auto mechanics or cashiers at the grocery store. We may have good relations with them, but not like those with doctors. Our doctor makes us feel better, takes away our pain, and helps us through life’s difficult times—like Mom. Maybe that’s the reason: the doc is like Mom. Fighting words The fighting words are “yes” and “no.” They come out of Washington, Lansing, Sacramento, and other legislative locales. Legislators can’t seem to approach agreement on important issues: they remain adamant, clinging to “yes” or “no.” Stubbornness isn’t a virtue. We can’t seem to get health insurance resolved, or budget problems. We have a two-party system so one side can keep a rein on the other, but the intention is that the two parties will work things out. If my dishwasher didn’t work, I’d replace it. Maybe our professional legislators should keep that in mind. “Country over party” seems like a no-brainer. Food for thought What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant? Would a fly without wings be called a “walk”? Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them? If a turtle doesn’t have a shell… is he homeless or naked? If the police arrest a mime… do they tell him he has the right to remain silent? Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines? How do they get deer to cross the road only at those yellow signs? What was the best thing before sliced bread? One nice thing about egotists: they don’t talk about other people. How is it possible to have a civil war? If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry? If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you really done? Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have “s” in it? Can an atheist get insurance against acts of God? More food You know it’s time to diet when: • your driver’s license says, “Picture continued on other side.” […]
Boy Scout Troop 228 held a Court of Honor Thursday evening, Aug. 27, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. The evening began with a pot-luck dinner, followed by the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor opened with the presentation of the flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Scout Master Jim Grissom conducted the meeting and was assisted by Assistant Scout Master Lonnie Herrington, recognizing both Scouts and adult leaders for their leadership and accomplishments. The following Scouts were introduced as the newly elected troop leaders: • Senior Patrol Leader, Brandon Sinclair • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Isaac Blenman • Patrol Leaders, Adam Trapp, Andrew March, Kaeleb Brown and Andrew Manning Scouts and adult leaders, inducted into Scouting’s Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow (OA), were also recognized. The OA sets out to recognize those youth and adult Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The following individuals were “called out” this summer while at Camp Gerber: Jeff Agar, John Agar, Isaac Blenman, Nate Finneran, Brett Garchow, Britt Gauthier, Andrew Manning, Rick Manning, Brandon Sinclair, and Ryan Sinclair. The following individuals advanced to the Brotherhood level of the OA: Evan Cederquist, Jim March, Adam Trapp, and Kaeleb Brown. The following Scouts advanced in rank: • Tenderfoot—Trevor Carlson, Jacob Clapp, Ryan Yarger • 2nd Class Scout—Ryan Yarger • 1st Class Scout—William Gauthier, Nathaniel Gomez, Thomas Gomez, Austin Walters • Star—Kaeleb Brown, Gregory Clapp • Life—Andrew March, Tyler Winkles Eagle Scout Taylor Grissom received the Bronze Palm for additional achievement and his leadership. A total of 128 Merit Badges for subjects such as Citizenship in the Nation, First Aid, Camping, Space Exploration and Personal Fitness were awarded to 38 Scouts. With more than 100 Merit Badges to choose from, Scouts are encouraged to increase their skills and to learn about new areas of knowledge. The evening ended with the announcement of coming activities and the retiring of the Colors.
3rd Iona Klinger, Kimberly Smith 4th Suzanne Grover, Matthew Mawby, Nicole Renee Poddig, Linda TenBrink 5th Ellie Landheer, Marion Miller 6th Rebecca Bartlett, Shirley Gilman, Michael Kunkel Jr., Donna Mitchell, Nancy Seeley 7th Judy Raible 8th Sandra Doyle 9th Ruth Grudzinskas, Opal Hanson, Bryan Havemeier