October 4 2012

Three Rockford artists impact Grand Rapids ArtPrize

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by Cindy M. Cranmer Rockford watercolor artist showcases moose print Bright colors and larger sizes often attract people to ArtPrize entries. A Rockford watercolor artist has both going for her in her 2012 entry. LeAnne Mawby Sowa uses her unique watercolor style, which uses colorful washes and bold details to show off her artwork. “The small painting Moose Bath has been one of my most popular paintings. I’ve sold quite a few prints and I’ve gotten lots of smiles and laughs from people who see it,” Sowa said. “This inspired me to create a larger than life painting similar to it.” Moose Bath II consists of nine panels, which are stretched watercolor paper on foam board and attached to each other to make a seven foot by nine and a half foot painting. This is the fourth year that Sowa has had an entry in ArtPrize. Sowa is a self-taught artist but has enhanced her natural talent through attending various professional workshops and college classes. One opportunity she enjoyed was studying in England while residing there with her family. After pursuing a degree in mechanical drafting and several years of drafting, Sowa wanted to “get back to my creative roots and become a fine artist.” Sowa, a member of the Rogue River Artist Association of Rockford and the Pentwater Art Club, is now a full-time artist with artwork displayed at Our Gallery of Pentwater, the Frame and Mat Shop in Rockford, E3 in Rockford, the Eclectic Gallery in Ionia and the Saugatuck Artists Collective. “This has been such a popular print that I decided to go big for ArtPrize,” Sowa said. “This is the biggest thing I have ever done.” Sowa, who has been working on the piece since May, hopes that someone will purchase Moose Bath II for display somewhere that children could appreciate it such as at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “That will make me feel good,” she said. “ArtPrize is so much fun. I love being a part of it. It gets you a lot of exposure as an artist,” Sowa said. The size and bright colors of her 2012 entry are definitely drawing attention to Moose Bath II. The approximately 30-foot by 40-foot oil painting by Linda Bassford, appropriately titled Dog […]

Harvest Fest breakfast next community event for Rockford Lions

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The Rockford Lions Club had a very busy and fun week. We were the proud host of district’s semi annual meeting. Lions members came to Rockford to represent our district Region 11-C1. In attendance were fellow Lions from Rockford, Ravenna, Marne, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Wyoming, Allendale, Greenville, Sparta, Casnovia, Lyons-Muir and Muskegon (Northside). Ideas and stories were shared over dinner and a guest speaker. A great time was had by all! The Lions Club regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Community cabin starting at 6pm with a social time. Everyone interested is invited to attend and learn more about the largest service organization in the world! Rockford Lion’s next activity is the Annual Fall Harvest Breakfast (formerly the Pancake breakfast) to be held at the American Legion Hall on Northland (Rockford Park Drive) this Sunday, October 7 from 9 am until 1pm. It will be a delicious feast for all. Tickets are available from any Lions member and will also be available at the door.  

Letter to the Editor

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Vote no on the 25×25 ballot proposal Squire Editor; I can appreciate the fact that Mr. Dan Vos of Vos Energy would devote his entire September 20th column to support the “25×2025” proposal, since he and his business would be the eventual recipients and winners of renewable energy alternatives. The “funding” for this proposal, if it passes, is not going to come from a magical money tree or “big money” as he likes to make reference to. The money will come from each and every individual, household & business in Michigan in the form of a surcharge, some hidden and perhaps not so hidden. An example of the latter is the “EO” (energy optimization) surcharge I see on my electric bill every month. In the last 12 months I paid $40.47 to support PA 295, passed in 2006, to achieve the mandate that 10% of energy produced in Michigan comes from renewable resources. Increasing that 10% to 25% may double or possible triple our “EO contribution.” The price tag to achieve this goal has been placed at 12 billion and that does not include the new transmission lines needed as well as back up sources of energy when those renewable source based plants are unable to produce electricity because of cloud cover or lack of steady winds. Lastly, special interests should not attempt to amend our State Constitution to pass independent laws… in this case, the Constitution should not be amended to enact special interest energy policy proposals. I strongly urge a NO VOTE on proposal #3 20×2025. Tom Wybranowski Bois Blanc Island, MI

Networking to help each other topic of Chamber luncheon

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8, at the Wolverine World Wide YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of Twisted Vine. This month’s luncheon will be sporting the new format and features more networking opportunities for the participants. This luncheon will spotlight Chamber members and how they help each other to attain their business goals. With the new format, there will also be three tables available for highlighting your business. This includes setting up a display at the table, placing literature at the luncheon tables and three minutes to give an overview of your business to the attendees. To find out more about this opportunity call Linda at the Chamber office. To attend this luncheon, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail membership@rockfordmichamber.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. If you bring a friend, you may purchase their lunch for just $10. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event.

A peak into the Bradley family history and Rockford history

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Readers expressed interest in the history of the Bradley family following last week’s story on the Scarecrow Make It and Take It event which continues this weekend, October 6 and 7 and the weekend of October 13 and 14 as part of Rockford’s Harvest Festival events. The following information about her family was provided by organizer Denise Bradley for your enjoyment: My family has lived in the Rockford/Cedar Springs area for generations.  The immediate family ancestor names are, Bradley, Schoonmaker, Shaw, Round, Spring, and Morgan.  There is an old stained glass window at the Rockford United Methodist Church, that was donated by my third great-grandparents, Jared and Catherine Cronk Spring. The Rockford Cemetery has many ancestors.  I walked the Cemetery one day and took over 100 pictures of grave markers from direct and indirect family members.  My great grandparents Lafayette and Laney Bradley are in the Cedar Springs Cemetery.  Lafayette was in the Civil War and I have copies of his civil war papers.  I have shared some of my information with the Rockford Area Historical Society and I have also gotten information from them to help with my family tree. One of the reasons the RAHS is so special to me, and it’s so important to help raise money for the new museum through the Scarecrow Make-N-Take is because of their wonderful genealogy area.  They have about 95 percent of the old Rockford Register newspapers (and the Rockford Squire), in hard copy and on microfiche.  I have gotten so much information from these old newspapers to help with my family tree. They have filing cabinets full of birth, death, marriage and more items in between. Plus, walking through the museum is like walking through my ancestors lives.  There is an World War II bomber quilt that was made by Rockford residents.  Their names including my grandparents were signed and embroidered on the squares of the quilt.  They made about $242.00 ,from it to help buy bombers for the war. There are old tools that my uncle donated to the museum when my Grandpa Dale Bradley died.  But, not just my family, it’s all of our families, it’s our heritage and we need to preserve it and share it with everyone, especially for our children […]

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