Rockford Mich

Neumen selected to Girls All Tournament Team

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Alyssa Neumen of Rockford was recently selected to the Girls All Tournament Team at the Indian Prairie Lacrosse Showcase in Napersville, Ill. Neumen was one of 11 girls selected from the three divisions, which is comprised of approximately 30 teams from around the country. The players are selected to this team by the opposing team coaches. Neumen plays primarily defense, which is often a forgotten position because they do not accumulate the statistics that the offensive players do, but are as equally important. She felt extremely honored to have been selected from among so many good players. Neumen plays for the Michigan Cyclones Elite lacrosse team, which plays around the country during the summer and fall, along with Rockford High School teammates Meagan Emery, Abbey Neerken, Lexi O’Connor and Andi Raymond.

News Bits – September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Cannon Township to close portion of trail Cannon Township will soon be closing a section of the trail while repair work is performed, hoping that the repairs will be completed in a two-week period. During that time, no traffic will be allowed on the section of the trail running west from Sunfish Lake Avenue to Dix Farms. Please do not try to go around this area by walking on the private drive or through the woods. These repairs should solve the township’s water problems. Wolverine World Wide Inc. announces new appointments Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) recently announced the appointment of Bill Dodge as vice president of product development for the Outdoor Group, and Mark Sandquist as president of Global Apparel. These senior leadership roles will help accelerate several of the company’s key growth initiatives for the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco businesses. Both Dodge and Sandquist will report to Jim Zwiers, president of the Outdoor Group. Commenting on the appointments, Zwiers stated, “Wolverine remains focused on executing its global growth initiatives, which includes growing Merrell into our first billion dollar brand and capitalizing on the potential of the Chaco brand. We are privileged to have Mark Sandquist and Bill Dodge enhance our already strong senior leadership team, and look forward to their contributions to drive innovative product creation and future growth. Mark’s experience and past success in outdoor apparel will be instrumental in helping us grow our apparel platform. At the same time, the alignment of all Outdoor Group footwear product development under Bill’s leadership will provide synergies and help us realize the potential of the Merrell, Patagonia Footwear and Chaco brands.” For additional information, please visit

Rockford Register — June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thursday, June 25 Seniors Unlimited “Out To Lunch Bunch”-tour Canteen Services in Comstock Park, a third-generation, family-owned, Michigan-based company that provides food service solutions in vending, dining and catering, office coffee and water programs, senior meals, and correctional commissary and food services. After the tour, lunch (on your own) will be at Alpine’s Olive Garden. Cost is $2 per guest (bus fee). For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at 616) 863-6322. Friday-Saturday, June 26-27 3rd Annual Rummage/Bake Sale– 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at Grattan Township Hall, 12050 Old Belding Rd., Grattan. There will be home-baked cakes, cookies, pies and breads, antiques, collectibles, knickknacks, clothing (all sizes), toys, stuffed animals, books, sports equipment, games and small household items. All proceeds to be used for the Veteran’s Memorial and other FFN-sponsored programs. Lunch will be available. For more information, contact Dianna at (616) 826-1872 or Vivian at (616) 691-7105. Saturday, June 27 Rockford Farm Market-8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Summerfest-10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League (Dwight Lydell Chapter) Conservation Center, 5641 Myers Lake Ave., just north of Cannonsburg Rd. on west side of Myers Lake Ave. Enjoy activities for all ages, food, and information on natural landscaping and invasive species. Activities include scavenger and treasure hunts, birdhouse assembly, wildflower identification and woodlot management. For more information, visit Tuesday, June 30 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series-7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers. Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Wednesday, July 1 Business Counseling-Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and […]

Obituaries — June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Markham Mr. Glenn E. Markham, age 88, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Luella “Lu” (Brown) Markham; children, Darayl and Terry Markham of Rockford, Mrs. Sandra Ratajczak of Rockford, Janet and Larry Goemaat of Knoxville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Jay C. Markham, on April 9, 2001; his grandson, James Matthew Markham, on August 9, 1997; and his son-in-law, Jerry Ratajczak, on July 29, 2005. Glenn was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, having served in WWII, wounded in action twice, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. His wounds occurred during the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He served Oakfield Township as a trustee on the Board of Supervisors in the ’50s. Glenn and his wife developed Poplar Point Plat in 1945, using what tools they had at the time. He also developed the west side of Angel Lake. Besides being a farmer all his working life, he owned two businesses: The Beer Vault in Grand Rapids and part owner in Long’s Farm Machinery. Following an accident in which he was severely injured, Glenn worked for the Board of Education in Grand Rapids as a maintenance engineer. Glenn and his wife have been members of Voyagers Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., where their winter home was, and were also members of the Apple Blossom Good Sam’s Club, Chapter 51, for many years. The service for Glenn was Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Conklin officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in White Swan Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Home Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Wylie, Bravo-Ortiz

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mari E. Wylie and Christian A. Bravo-Ortiz are engaged and plan to wed on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Mari is a graduate of Rockford High School and attended Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing. Christian graduated from Univer and the Universidad de Especialidades, both in Guadalajara, Mexico. Parents of the bride are Robert and Rose Wylie of Rockford. Parents of the groom are Jesus Bravo of Holland, Michigan and Luz Ortiz of Guadalajara, Mexico.