Members of the Sheriff’s Department Law Enforcement Division trained with the Mounted Unit (horses) in civil disturbance techniques on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Johnson Park in Walker. The sheriff’s office has been actively training in a deployment strategy referred to as Mobile Field Force. The concept of Mobile Field Force was created in the spring of 1994 to maximize the effectiveness of initial response efforts by police when a major civil disturbance occurs. Civil disturbances, union conflicts, public demonstrations, and other events involving large or disorderly crowds require skillful response by police agencies.
October 8 2009
The Sparta Township Historical Commission (STHC) is proud to sponsor “Preserving the Past for an Educated Future” as a new museum fundraiser. On Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p/m/, join the STHC at the Sparta Church of the Nazarene to meet Fred Meijer with the authors of Stories of his Life. In the book, Bill Smith and Larry ten Harmsel offer an engaging glimpse into the life of Fred Meijer (b.1919), a prominent retailer whose Grand Rapids-based company has grown from one local store in Greenville to a chain of nearly 200 stores in five Midwestern states. Smith and ten Harmsel have gathered reminiscences from nearly 100 people who have known and interacted with Fred during the past 80 years, from U.S. Presidents and ambassadors to clerks at the grocery checkout. The result is a unique biography of an innovative and energetic businessman whose economic, philanthropic and philosophical influence has been felt across a broad segment of the Midwest. Replete with photos and captivating anecdotes, Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life is an inspiring read not only for Meijer buffs but also for students of business and management in modern America. As a courtesy to STHC, Fred and Lena Meijer, along with Smith and ten Harmsel, will graciously be available for book signings immediately following the program. For more information, please call Martin Pulsifer at (616) 887-1566 or (616) 340-7076.
On Wednesday, September 30, youngsters in a car escaped serious injury after their four-door vehicle struck a tree head-on on Young Avenue south of Ten Mile Road. The vehicle had been heading northbound over a hill. The crash occurred around 4 p.m. and at least two people were treated on the scene by Rockford Ambulance. Cannon Township Fire Department responded to the accident along with the Kent County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police. Northbound vehicles were diverted from that stretch of road until the scene was cleared. The vehicle was removed by Nelson’s Towing. Cannon Fire Captain Brian Morris said the vehicle was likely going too fast over the hill.
On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, The Second City, will appear at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. for the 14th annual Rockford Education Foundation (REF) benefit. This special performance will feature some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 50-year history. The Second City is truly a Chicago landmark and national treasure. On Dec. 16, 2009, The Second City celebrates 50 years of cutting-edge satiric revues as well as the launching pad for generations of comedy superstars. The Second City continues to develop the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and countless others. Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see absolutely hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. No topic or subject matter is off limits for The Second City. If your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are it will be made fun of in an evening with The Second City. Tickets for The Second City, which go on sale October 15, are $35 and can be purchased by calling the REF office at (616) 863-6317. The REF provides resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. Last year, the REF awarded over $95,000 in grants.
by ANA OLVERA Rockford Squire intern “Yes, if they can’t get it any other way.” —Doris Garrison, Lansing “No, because there is already Medicaid and Medicare programs in place for those without insurance. I don’t want big government to be the boss of my healthcare.” —Cynthia Pritchard, Davison Note: These two women were in town to enjoy Rockford prior to their attendance to a convention in Grand Rapids. It was their first visit to Rockford. “I love the town, it is so friendly and unique,” Pritchard said. Garrison said they found lots of gifts to purchase and had lunch at Grill One Eleven. “We have an obligation to help those in need. But the program they’re offering isn’t what we’re going to get for that amount of money. It’s also going to create shortage of doctors because their pay will be reduced. And the less doctors there are the longer we’ll have to wait to be treated.” —Ralph Dewey, Grand Rapids “The concept doesn’t fit the middle-class lifestyle. The rich are coming up with this, and they don’t know how we live. I don’t want just one company. I want the rest to be there too. I want to be able to choose who provides my healthcare.” —Mike Kaleniecki, Dearborn “If the government is running it, a bureaucrat might tell me if I should have a certain procedure done or not. I want a doctor to tell me that. Also, why should they run this program but not Medicare or Medicaid?” —Norm Konczal, Dearborn “Not the way they’re planning now. Not enough people know about it. Nobody has said what will transpire. The uncertainty is too great.” —Esther Wood, Cascade