Rockford Community


September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED NEAT PEOPLE WANTED. Large market share leader is looking for truly neat people who want to focus on entrepreneurial business and develop success strategies. No experience needed. Extensive Real Estate training provided. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434. b38 ______________________ Old World Olive Press is hiring. The perfect person is someone with a passion for food, events and excitement! Join our team of individuals who enjoy our private in store parties, various wine dinners, working with customers while demonstrating our products in stores, farmers markets, and many other exciting employment opportunities. A positive attitude, and the desire to help develop an energetic and welcoming environment a must. Sales experience preferred, and a knowledge of cooking a plus. f38 ______________________ WORK WANTED Experienced Christian caregiver looking for a part-time or more position. Would be ideal to help care for an elderly parent or individual. Great references, Red Cross training, cooking, errands, etc. Please call Brenda at (505) 504-1617. f28 ______________________ NOTICE Big Rapids Gun & Knife Show at the Fairgrounds. September 22 & 23: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 22 rifle door prize. J&J Sport Shows, (800) 968-5016. p38 FOR SALE Outdoor wood furnaces—Eliminate your heating bills with Central Boiler Outdoor Wood Furnace. Fall sale. Call SOS, (616) 554-8669. b43 ______________________ Bed—queen pillowtop mattress set. Still in plastic with warranty. Must sell! $150. (616) 805-9282. p38 ______________________  WANTED TO BUY Buying Cars!—Bel Air Auto Service is looking to buy running or non-running vehicles for repairable projects or parts. Please call us for a chance to buy your unwanted cars and trucks, (616) 647-8699. p46 FREE Free J&J Recycling has now expanded to the Rockford area! We take all household appliances, cars, boats, snowmobiles, batteries, etc., any metal. We will be picking up on Wednesday and Saturday. Please call (616) 719-9742 to make an appointment. f35 FOR SALE Rockford Barn Sale—uniques and antiques for home and garden decor. September 20-21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; September 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8463 Squires NE. east of Young. p38 ______________________ Rockford—Wednesday-Friday, September 19-21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8415 Pleasant Meadows Dr., off 10 Mile Rd., west of Myers Lake Ave. Many families. 1979 Pontiac, […]

Rockford firefighter graduates from Police Academy

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA “It was a challenge, especially being older. If I was in my twenties like everyone else in the class, it would have been easier,” Bob Berkstresser, 51, made the statement about a grueling 16-week, 594-hour police training academy. Berkstresser just completed the class, allowing him to join the ranks of Rockford’s relatively new Department of Public Safety as a fully trained firefighter and police officer. City Manager Michael Young described the achievement by saying, “This is one of the significant milestones we have accomplished as we move to the ultimate phase-in of the consolidation at the end of the year.” Young was talking about the consolidation of police and fire first responder with Department of Public Works employees also cross-trained as first responders. At a rollover accident in Rockford on August 22, there were 15 first responders on the scene helping to extricate a driver pinned in a rollover vehicle. The training of City of Rockford employees to take advantage of existing staff in a variety of emergency situations is the goal Young, Police Chief Dave Jones and Fire Chief Mike Reus had in mind when they planned the merger. “The majority of our calls take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. so it only makes sense that the Department of Public Works people trained to respond to fire, police and medical,” said Berkstresser. Berkstresser said it will be a challenge for the multi-trained staff to keep up on all ongoing training that is required, since fire, medical and police all have different ongoing training requirements. For example, this week Berkstresser has to attend a two-day conference required to maintain his certification as a fire inspector. Berkstressor said the police academy, offered by Grand Valley State University over a 16-week period, wasn’t easy. A firefighter for Rockford since 1992, Berkstresser found himself learning a whole new set of skills. Prior to joining Rockford as firefighter he was an employee of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Berkstresser included among his recent training, law, defense tactics, firearms training, physical fitness and training, court procedures, report writing, field sobriety testing, Operating While Under the Influence testing, emergency vehicle operations, high risk felony stops, domestic violence training, role playing scenarios for a […]

RHS senior story one of work, reward

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by TAYLOR BUSKARD For most high school students, senior year is a year to remember: A time for friends, and a time for relaxing. It is the time to go fishing, and the time to stay out late. Many look back on their senior year with memories of parties, trying to find the right dress for prom, and of course the classic senior pranks. But for me, my senior year will always be something more than that. Imagine a hole dug in the ground for a bathroom, a room with a dirt floor, and a crowd of quiet strangers full of despair. This is my glory; this is what will without a doubt be one of the most unforgettable memories in my life. From 1960 to 1996 the country of Guatemala experienced heartbreak and warfare. A civil war tore through the land and left behind in its path thousands of orphans and widows. They were alone, frightened, with no place to call their own. Victims watched their children and spouses suffer; they smelled the smoke as their very own homes were burned to the ground. Cries of sorrow rang throughout the villages as young children ran for their lives into hiding. Although the worst may have ended in 1996, the despair has still yet to be extinguished. People struggle day to day to survive, living in places that are not sufficient enough for survival. Last week, I, as well as 16 others from BridgeWay Community Church, had the chance to reach out and help these innocent people. Our high school youth group raised enough money to travel to Guatemala and purchase building materials. We then traveled 10 hours by bus to a remote village where we were able to build 10 homes for widows who had almost nothing. Although they had no way to pay us back, they gave me so much more than they could ever know. When first arriving at the village, everything was in slow motion. As we all stepped out of the bus together, we were met by dozens of curious eyes. I can imagine we looked like quite a sight with our light complexions and big goofy rain boots. My eyes gazed the crowd, stopping when I noticed little girls […]

Rockford group to submit entry, perform at ArtPrize

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER A Rockford woman is working to turn her dream into reality with an ArtPrize performance that will feature 90 area singers as well as a song entry the public can vote on at the event. ArtPrize, which runs this year from September 19 to October 7, was founded in 2009 and has been restructured over the last four years but still features the world’s largest art prize along with being the largest art competition to decide its awards by public vote. There will be 16 prizes totaling $550,000 that will be distributed in 2012. Of this amount, $350,000 will be decided by a direct vote of attending visitors and $200,000 by a panel of jurors. The top public vote awards will be for $200,000 for first, $75,000 for second, $50,000 for third and $5,000 for fourth through 10th places. For more information on ArtPrize, visit “It is my dream to organize a 90-voice choir from the Rockford community to perform at ArtPrize 2012,” said Renee Vande Wege, Rockford Community Choir director. Members of local church choirs, professional singers, high school choir members or individuals who have a singing talent but are not currently involved in any group all are welcome to join the Rockford Community Choir for the performance. “We’re excited. We’re probably a little nervous. We’re feeling all the things you feel before you perform,” she said. The choir that is being put together features a gamut of voices from a fifth-grader through a 75-year-old area resident. Vande Wege took over conducting the Rockford Community Choir from Kayle Clements, a local composer. The ArtPrize entry the public can vote on will be a piece that the Rockford Area Arts Commission commissioned Clements to write. The vote code is 53416. Two Roads is a four-part a capella piece that will be performed at St. Cecilia Music Center at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. A four-person recording will showcase the entry so the public can vote when the group is not performing. Two Roads uses the text of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” Vande Wege said. “The idea for this song evolved out of my life journey this past year and my desire to draw together the multitude of […]

BIRTHDAYS September 15–21

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

15 Wendy Harr, Bonnie Hyder 16 Joyce Bolthouse, Sheryl Deyoung, Sarah Didion, Wilma Ingham, Colin Kalemba, Allyson Meester 17 Kellie Roblee, Sabrina Jade Tiensivu 18 Nate Brown, Gil Clark, Jaden DeVogel, Susan Eckert, Jane Kettelhut, Mike Moore, Phyllis TenBrink 9 Don Geldersma, Paul Krupp, Haley Pilgrim, Roberta Sheils, Roberta Shripka 20 Nora Harmony Angle, Alton Klinger, John Luton, Stacey Schluckebier 21 Richard Amon, Ruth Denick, Macy Ruchty, Myles Ruchty

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