After 30 years of service on the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC), Joyce Torrey has decided it’s time to pass the paintbrush to someone new. During her tenure on the RAAC, she helped launch the Rogue River Blues Series, Celtic Fest, the Rockford Creative Arts Center, Rogue River Artists Association and the Rogue River Community Theater. She has received recognitions from the City of Rockford and Kent County for her efforts. RAAC unanimously elected Kayle Clements to fill Torrey’s seat as president of the commission, effective October 1. Clements, a local musician and founder of Clementunes, has been a member of the commission for the past two years and organized this year’s Art in the Park event with his wife Suzy, also a commission member. Clements is involved in the arts throughout West Michigan, working with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; Actors, Civic and Circle theatres; and area high schools. He was a finalist in both the 2009 Great American Song Contest and the Great Lakes Song Contest and has just released “Simple Pleasures,” a piano jazz compilation of new and classic music. And although she’s no longer president, Torrey is not quite through with her service for the arts. She was elected president emeritus of RAAC for a term of one year.
October 15 2009
Steve Klein of Klein’s Cider Mill on Ten Mile Road east of Alpine Avenue has grown his first double pumpkin. He has seen this phenomenon with gourds and summer squash, but never in a pumpkin. The vegetable weighs about 40 pounds. Klein’s offers a variety of items and activities at the mill. He makes his own apple cider, which is a Honey Crisp blend. Klein’s also offers a variety of apples from the orchard on his 80-plus-acre farm. He grows gourds, squash, vegetables and more. During the harvest season Klein’s offers horse-drawn wagon rides on the weekends, a seven-acre corn maze, you-pick pumpkins, and fall decorations. The farm teams up with Keyboard World on October 24 (rain date of Oct. 31) for a day of piano music, refreshments and more. There will be specials on apples and cider as well. Klein’s raises their own cattle on the farm and have beef available for sale at the mill. Steve’s parents, Lenis and Dorace, are still active in the family business along with other family members who help out.
17th Jim Bennor 18th Melissa Posci, Helen Poulias, Mark Williams 19th Beth Colvin, Joyce Torrey, Kristie Lynn Zaph 20th Ryan DeLarme, Millie Thornton, Caroline Ward 21st Jason Barton, Virginia Fowle, Faye Nelson 22nd Joanne Cooper, Kathy Rule, Todd VanBelkum 23rd Shirley Curtis, Vicki Klinger, Merrill Post
Irony We owe a great deal to dynamite. Alfred Nobel made a fortune from his 1860s invention of its detonator; he left his money to fund the Nobel prizes. Nobel’s detonator invention helped build most of the roads, bridges, mines and dams in the world, taming the rough surface of the globe. The Nobel awards have spurred innovations in medicine, the sciences, literature, and peace. It’s ironic that explosives are also used to kill people. Slippery slope After WWII, the United States was the strongest economic and military power in the world. Now Saudi Arabia has more oil, the Indians are taking our work home, and the Chinese have a big chunk of our money. The world changes. FYI In 2000, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kim Dae Jung; 2001, The United Nations and Kofi Annan; 2002, President Jimmy Carter; 2003, Shirin Ebadi; 2004, Wangari Maathi: 2005, The International Atomic Energy Agency and Mohamed El Baradei; 2006, Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank; 2007, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore; 2008, Martti Ahtisaari; 2009, President Barack Obama. Delay Fifteen minutes into the flight from Kansas City to Toronto, the captain announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, an engine has failed. Our flight will take an hour longer, but we still have three engines left.” Thirty minutes later the captain announced, “One more engine has failed and the flight will take an additional two hours. We can fly just fine on two engines.” An hour later the captain announced, “One more engine has failed and our arrival will be delayed by three hours. But don’t worry… we still have one engine left.” A young blonde passenger turned to the man in the next seat and exploded, “If we lose one more engine, we’ll be up here all day!” Entrance Exam A woman who died found herself being greeted by St. Peter. She asked him, “Did I really make it to heaven?” “Yes, my dear,” St. Peter replied. “These are the gates to heaven. But you must do one more thing before you can enter.” The woman asked St. Peter what she must do. “Spell a word,” St. Peter replied. “What word?” she asked. “Any word,” answered St. Peter. “It’s your choice.” The woman […]