October 21 2010

Anniversaries — October 21, 2010

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Reeds celebrate 50 years James and Beverly Reeds of Rockford will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on October 29. The couple were joined in matrimony October 29, 1960. The Reeds are the parents of Wendy (Larry) Harr, Randy (Linda) Reeds, and Christopher Reeds (deceased). They have five grandchildren: Jacob, McKenzie and Michael Reeds, and Nathan (Brandi) and Emily Harr. An open house in their honor will be held on October 29, 2010, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club, 11115 Northland Drive, Rockford.

Kent Metro Cold Case Team awarded federal grant to pursue cold cases with DNA

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The Kent Metro Cold Case Team is the recipient of a $407,449 federal grant awarded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The grant, “Solving Cold Cases with DNA,” provides funding for the cold case team to investigate violent crime “cold cases” that have the potential to be solved through DNA analysis and to locate and analyze biological evidence associated with these cases. The 18-month award provides funding for personnel overtime, investigation, travel costs, equipment and outsourcing to private DNA laboratories. Since 2006, the Kent Metro Cold Case Team has solved six cases. This includes their most recent arrest of Russell Vane for the 1976 homicide of Kathryn Darling and 1979 homicide of Diane Holloway. The Kent Metro Cold Case Team was formed in 2006 through a cooperative effort of state, county and local law enforcement. It is currently comprised of full-time detectives from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Michigan State Police. The team office is located at the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Rockford Register — October 21, 2010

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Tuesdays, through November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6.  Wednesdays, through November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver.  Saturday, October 23 Bailey’s Doggie Dash—9 a.m. at Wabasis Park. This 5K run/walk for owners and their dogs is a benefit for the Kent County Parks Foundation. For a registration form or more information, contact Kevin Sweeney at (616) 863-0669 or e-mail sweeneykevin10@yahoo.com.  Harvest Party—5:30 p.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Rd., Sparta. Enjoy hayrides (straw), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, a cake walk, games for all ages, face painting, “trunk or treat,” soup and sandwiches, popcorn and lots of fun and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-9829.  Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squire Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigand-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.  Sunday, October 24 Forest Hills Adult Community Band Fall Concert—2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Forest Hills High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Ave., Ada. For more information, contact Denise Antonopulos at (616) 682-1560 or Greg Christensen at (616) 493-8830 or visit www.fhacb.org.  Open House & Dedication—2 p.m. at a new adult foster care home, 2387 Banner Dr. SW, Wyoming, hosted by David’s House Ministries, a Christian organization which provides an array of services to developmentally disabled men and women. The home has been built for men and women with significant disabilities. For more information, call (616) 247-7861.  Traditional African Dance & Music—5 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, presented by the African Drum and Dance Theater Bi-Okoto. This free event is part of the church’s annual concert series “Sacred Sounds at St. Mark’s.” For more information, visit www.bi-okoto.com.  Charity Lunch & […]

Beautiful calendar supports charities

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No one likes to see another year resigned to history, but the Rockford Volunteer Service members say now is the time to start penciling in next year’s activities and appointments. Just published is the Rockford 2011 calendar for sale for just $10, with all proceeds to support charities and families in need “adopted” during the holidays. These men and women give their time generously to help keep our town running smoothly and help Rockford police officers better use their time fighting and preventing crime. They also create this calendar to fund donations to a variety of charities. Most recently they donated money for playground equipment for the Rockford Public Schools childcare program. The volunteer police visit shut-ins, watch for parking violations, patrol our parks and the White Pine Trail, keep an eye on people’s houses when they are out of town, and staff the Welcome Center. They began selling a calendar last year and those were a great hit and sold out. This year’s calendar features the work of Michelle Wise of Wise Photography. Police Chief Dave Jones said the volunteer patrol is in its fifth year and has been a great success. “Originally they were to provide services our officers couldn’t fit into their day. The biggest result we’ve seen is the Welcome Center [located on Squires Street, in front of Great Northern Trading Company]. The Welcome Center didn’t exist prior to our volunteers,” Jones said. “They provide an extra sense of security and serve as ambassadors of the City and the police department.” The calendar is available at the Rockford Police Department in City Hall, at the Welcome Center, and at other shops downtown. It contains pictures of our parks, downtown, the Rogue River, and local festivals. Each photo was taken in the month in which it is featured, proving that Rockford has events and things to do all year round. In the back of the calendar is a handy reference to many of the events that take place each year, so you will be sure to make it to the Bike Parade on July 4, the National Night Out celebration on August 2, and over 20 other must-do events. The best part is the money goes to help those in need in the Rockford […]

Engagements — October 21, 2010

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Reed-Osbeck Mike and Colleen Reed of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Holly Reed to Corey Osbeck of Rockford. The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2010 graduate of Taylor University, and is currently completing her masters degree in social work at Grand Valley State University. The groom-elect is the son of Tim and Jill Osbeck of Rockford. He is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State University, and is currently employed by the IRS. Attending the wedding will be maid of honor Stacy Hoeksema, best man Kenny Osbeck, along with bridesmaids Danielle Schmutz, Jill Geyer and Leah Mattson and groomsmen Craig Gurr, Kris Shear and Mathue Osbeck. A November 13, 2010 ceremony is planned at West Cannon Baptist Church, officiated by the groom’s grandfather, Rev. Russell Osbeck. The couple will honeymoon in Playa del Carmen and reside in Grand Rapids.

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