October 21 2010

Harvest Festival Coloring Contest winners

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The Children’s Harvest Fest Coloring Contest was a great way for children to share their artistic talent. The contest was divided into three age groups: 3-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-12 years. Two prizes were awarded per age group. The winners in the 3-5 years age group: Jordan Brechting and Declan Fink; ages 6-8 years age group: Zoe Hazlewood and Jane Kettlehut; ages 9-12 years age group: Kyler Depres and Mikaydon Schnieder.

Letters to the Editor — October 21, 2010

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Open letter from the family of David Vanderlaan I would like to take this opportunity to thank my community for the outpouring of kindness and support. I grew up in Rockford, and my husband and I decided it was the obvious best place to raise our children. Little did we know at that time the Rockford community would someday come to our aid in a time of need that showed the real character, compassion and humanity of our little town. My heartfelt thanks go out to the volunteers, along with my husband’s two best friends, Brandon Stocki and T.J. Burton, that spent the countless hours searching for my husband went he went missing and then when his body was found. I want to say a personal thank-you to the Rockford Chief of Police Jones and the entire department for going way beyond the call of duty in the recovery of his body from the river. We need to appreciate them more for their dedicated service. They are among our unsung heroes. The warmth and compassion expressed by my neighbors, my Lakes Elementary moms and friends, was so comforting in my time of need—more than I can possibly express in words. The outpouring of concern and compassion from my children’s teachers and staff at Lakes Elementary has sometimes brought me to good tears. I feel reassured that my children are in good hands when at school. The teachers’ and staff’s presence at my husband’s funeral showed their commitment to the overall well being of my children and for the days and months ahead. Our school teachers are our present heroes that need our recognition and praise. I truly know now why Rockford was my choice to call home. God bless you all.  Deanna Vanderlaan and children Political ads ‘simply deplorable!’  Dear Editor, Once again we are being inundated by the unlimited political budgets available to both parties in an election year. It certainly seems suspicious that millions and millions of advertising dollars are available to candidates striving to actually get or retain a “job” in Michigan that pays $79k plus for state offices and $174k for federal offices. This letter isn’t about salaries, though elected Michigan legislators have the “second highest” pay of any state, which […]

Obituaries — October 21, 2010

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Vanderlaan  David Thomas Vanderlaan, 29, of Rockford died unexpectedly Saturday, October 1, 2010. David leaves behind his loving wife Deanna, his stepdaughter Chelsea, and his young children, Chloe, 7, Haiden, 5, and Hannah, 3; his parents, Rev. Dr. James and Eunice Vanderlaan of Caledonia; three sisters and three brothers, their families and many friends. David was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and all-season sports. David’s passion for music led him to play classical music while Deanna was carrying each of their three children during her pregnancies, then turned to a weekly Saturday morning singing ritual that the children always looked forward to. David’s enthusiasm in anything he did was admired greatly by family and friends. David’s passing will leave a huge void in his children’s and families’ lives. A beautiful memorial service, officiated by guest Rev. Joel Brooks, was held on October 11, 2010, at Ideal Park Christian Reformed Church, Wyoming, Mich. It was asked that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Vanderlaan Children’s Fund at any Independent Bank location.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — October 21, 2010

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Advertising pays!   TV’s current flood of campaign ads proves we’ll get the best politicians money can buy. This year’s Supreme Court ruling changed the game: corporations are now free to support candidates with unlimited infusions of money. It doesn’t take Einstein’s brain to figure out that big business’ preferred candidates are likely to be those who promise the most to big business. Unions can do it, too, but unions are financial pikers compared with giant corporations. Am I the only one who believes that this direct connection between spending money and winning elections is NOT what our founding fathers had in mind?  Good save A little guy gets on a plane and sits next to the window. A few minutes later, a hulking, heavy, strong, mean-looking guy plops down in the seat next to him. The huge man glares threateningly at his neighbor, crowds the little guy so much that he’s flattened against the window, and immediately falls asleep. After the plane takes off, the little guy starts to feel a little air sick, but he’s afraid to awaken the big guy to ask if he can go to the bathroom. After a few attempts, he realizes that he can’t climb over him, either. So the little guy is sitting there, looking at the big guy, trying to decide what to do. Suddenly the plane hits an air pocket. An uncontrollable wave of nausea passes over the little fellow. He just can’t hold it in any longer and upchucks all over the big guy’s chest. About five minutes later the big guy wakes up, looks down, and sees the vomit all over him. “So,” the little guy says brightly, “are you feeling better now?”  Probable cause The light turned yellow just in front of the man. He did the right thing: stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious. She honked her horn and screamed obscene comments at the man in frustration over missing her chance to get through the intersection. Still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit […]

Birthdays — October 23-29, 2010

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23rd Shirley Curtis, Vicki Klinger, Merrill Post  24th Kara Bartlett, Eileen Behnke, Bill Boyd, Betty Braunschneider, Kiana Hackbardt, Rose Mol, Bernice Wilson  25th Jane Barber, Betty Becker, Frances Domanski, Sarah Elizabeth Hill, Lou Johnson  26th Paul Bartlett Jr., Steve Corvers, Charlie Laage  28th Sharon Ellison, Connie Hanson, Joyce Smedes

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