October 22 2009

Four inducted into Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Twently years ago, then Athletic Director Dave Price instituted the Rockford Athletic Hall of Fame. He believed Rockford should recognize some of the outstanding athletes, coaches and community members that make the athletic program the success it is. Now that elite membership includes 92 individuals, four of which joined the ranks on Wednesday, October 14, in a ceremony at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson opened the evening by reminding the audience that nominations are always welcome, and the distinction is open to athletes, coaches and community members. Athletes must be students who graduated at least ten years before they can be nominated, coaches must have coached at least five years, and all candidates must have made a significant contribution to the Rockford athletic program. First to be recognized was Fred Rowley, receiving the award posthumously. Presenter Terry Konkle said Rowley was one of the young men who graduated Rockford High School to join World War II. “He was a great athlete of his era,” stated Konkle. Konkle said he went through the old Rockford Registers and found Rowley’s name often from 1939 to 1941, when Rowley graduated. “I noticed in the ‘40s about every week there was mention of athletes who were going into war. Then I would see the write-ups about how they died,” Konkle said. Rowley’s obituary ran September 2, 1943 after he was killed in the south Pacific. Konkle said Rowley was All Conference for football in the 1940 season, which was the first season at the “new” stadium on Lewis Street. He was also known to hit homeruns that went on the roof of the school on Main Street, now the administration building. Multiple people mentioned he did this about ten times a year in baseball, often going right over the school into the road. Tammy (Staudacher) Daly was the next to be inducted. Daly was a three-sport athlete who graduated in 1993. Don Seifert said Daly was described by her teammates as a dedicated athlete. “The word dedicated came up over and over again,” Seifert said. She was four years in swim, track and volleyball while also participating in band and the honor society. She said at the time she wanted to pursue a career in […]

Herman’s Boy has reinvented, reinvested for success

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Family business celebrates 30 years When Floyd Havemeier purchased his first building in downtown Rockford, he had no intention of opening up his own shop, much less starting a family dynasty in Herman’s Boy, a roastery, bakery, confectionery and smokehouse located at 220 Northland Drive. Now his store employs three generations of the family, has a total staff of 20 and is in the 30th year of operation. “It’s hard to talk about how good things are when so many people are having a hard time,” Havemeier said. “It’s not that we work hard, lots of people work hard and it doesn’t work out for them. It’s timing and blessings.” Havemeier said he was working in the insurance industry when he purchased the building at 63 Courtland, now Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, as an investment. As Havemeier became familiar with the town and its shops, he thought it might be nice to have a business where his wife Sharon and kids could work while he was away long hours at his job. Havemeier said he was often out of town Monday through late Friday and had to work from his office Saturdays. He didn’t see much of his family. He thought a little shop might be nice for them. It was 1979 and things in Rockford were different than today. Back then Harvest Festival was only one weekend and it was sponsored by the Squire’s Street merchants association. There were just as many stores, but more of the merchants made what they sold. Havemeier’s kids were young—Jeff, the oldest, was 17, Doug was 15, Heidi was ten or 11 and Brian was five or six. “People who want to have a business of their own think about what they are willing to put into it, not what it is necessary to put into it,” he said. “They think about what they owe their family, what they owe their children. I think one thing you owe them is to support them.” In the beginning, the business, then the Melting Pot, sold hand-made items such as children’s clothing and other small products. Havemeier had heard of a buisiness that was going under, the Coffee Ranch, and purchased it, so the shop sold coffee as well. “I kept […]

All eyes on you

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Students at Crestwood Elementary were riveted by the wild bird show put on by Joe Rogers of the Wildlife Recovery Association. They learned that loons are not closely related to ducks but are related to penguins. Students had many questions about the owls, hawks and turkey vulture they were able to see as well as a pigeon and chicken they were able to pet. The visit was paid for by a donation to the wildlife program by the family of Lance Urbanski, a student at the school. The Wildlife Recovery Association is a non-profit 501c3.

Local families join global effort to help 8 million suffering children

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

A local church church is the drop off point for a world wide children’s program. Crossroads Church, 8331 Meyers Lake Road, Rockford is part of Operation Christmas Child. U.S. kids have no time to waste helping bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of West Michigan families, right now! Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, is calling on local kids, families, churches, businesses, schools and community groups to fill shoeboxes full of gifts for children overseas who are suffering from disease, famine, war, terrorism and natural disaster. “My shoebox gift might be the only gift a child has ever received,” said Jennie Nichols, who has been happily packing shoebox gifts for the past seven years. “A shoebox can make a difference. It lets children know that someone really does care about them.” Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has collected and hand-delivered more than 68 million shoebox gifts to hurting kids in some 130 countries since 1993. “It’s amazing how much simple gifts like small toys, pencils, toothbrushes and a handwritten note mean to children who may have nothing to call their own,” said Lori Hoyt, who volunteers and packs shoebox gifts. Here’s how you can help: • PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, community groups, and businesses to take part in making shoebox gifts for needy children. • PACK—Fill shoe boxes with toys, necessity items, school supplies, candy and a letter of encouragement. • PROCESS—Sign up to join thousands of Operation Christmas Child volunteers this fall, at one of hundreds of collection sites across Michigan, to collect and prepare millions of shoebox gifts for delivery to underprivileged children on six continents. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

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