Saturday, July 4 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. 3rd Annual Children’s Bike Parade-2 p.m. along the White Pine Trail from South Squires Street parking lot to Squires Street Square and back (registration at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot), sponsored by the HEART of Rockford Business Association. Also included is a Bubble Gum Contest at The Sweet Tooth on East Bridge St. Monday, July 6 Kid & Teen Crafts Sales-2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Kids and teens will show off their creativity and sell their handmade goods. For more information, visit www.kdl.org. Tuesday, July 7 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 Tomas Esparza Blues Experience. Mended Hearts Meeting-7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. 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. Thursday-Friday, July 9-10 WCSG’s Summer Lifesaver Drive-8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Michigan Community Blood Centers, 1036 Fuller NE, Grand Rapids. Everyone who attempts to donate can register to win one of six family fun packages from the West Michigan Whitecaps, Craig’s Cruisers and Celebration Cinema. Food provided for donors courtesy of Max & Erma’s. For more information, visit www.miblood.org or call 1-800-MIBLOOD. Saturday, July 11 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. Sunday, July 12 Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park […]
Whether you are a little one itching to decorate your bike in red, white and blue, a parent willing to run along side, or a Rockford resident or guest who loves a parade and patriotism, plan on heading to downtown Rockford on Saturday, July 4, for the third annual Children’s Bike Parade. Festivities kick off with a 1:30 p.m. registration and line-up in the South Squires Street parking lot. The parade is open to those 12 and under; bikes, strollers and big wheels are welcome. Parents and families are encouraged to attend/assist children as needed. All children will receive a small parade gift for participating, plus three prizes will be awarded for “best dressed bikes.” At 2 p.m., Rockford Police will lead participants along the parade route (north on the White Pine Trail to Squires Street Square and back). Also included in the festivities is a Bubble Gum Contest, held at The Sweet Tooth on East Bridge Street. The parade is sponsored by the HEART of Rockford Business Association members with special assistance offered by Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, Gumballs and Overalls, A Charmed Life Nail Salon, J.T. Stitchery and Frame Shop, and Rudy Kazoody’s.
Talaski-Griffin Kate Talaski and Todd Griffin, both from Denver, Colo., will be united in marriage on October 10, 2009. The bride is a graduate of Rockford High School and Ferris State University. She is the daughter of Mike and Marcia Talaski of Rockford. The groom is a graduate of Shelby High School and Ferris State University. He is the son of Al and Becky Griffin of Shelby, Mich.
Colleen Hamilton of Rockford, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and with summa cum laude high honors-with a degree in French with a teaching English to speakers of other languages minor-May 24, made the spring 2009 Dean’s List at Manchester College, in northern Indiana. Hamilton is a graduate of Rockford High School. To receive this honor, a student must complete at least 12 hours with a grade-point average of 3.5 or above for the semester. For more about the college, visit www.manchester.edu. Michigan Technological University has released the Dean’s List for the spring 2009 semester, recognizing students who achieve grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Among the honorees was Katherine R. Henshaw of Rockford. Henshaw is a junior majoring in Communication and Culture Studies.
This spring, The Rockford Squire reported that five historic people in the Rockford area were honored at Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park. The event is a newer tradition in its second year and organized by the Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE). Each year, RACE will honor people from the City of Rockford and the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland and Plainfield. The Endowment was initially formed in the 1960s to finance a school pool and the Towers downtown. It fell dormant after those goals were accomplished and was revived just a few years ago. Among activities of the Endowment is honoring community heroes and leaders. Its purpose is to provide funding for projects in the greater Rockford area. This year the Endowment gave a $1,000 grant for National Night Out, $1,000 to the City of Rockford Police Department for a purchase, and each community in the Endowment received $1,000 for landscaping projects. The Endowment is funded by brick sales at Peppler Park, where the public is invited to purchase a brick either in their own name or business or in honor of a person. The Rockford Squire has a brick there and editor Beth Altena purchased one for Publisher Roger Allen for his 80th birthday last year. It is a wonderful, lasting gift and is appropriate for the person who “has everything.” As of this spring, 269 bricks had been sold. Bricks are just $125 each. To purchase bricks, call the City of Rockford at (616) 866-4465. Also contributing to the Endowment’s assets of $87,5000 (up from $65,000 a year ago) was a December 2008 gift from the Don Berg estate in the amount of $10,000. In addition to the gift of grants, recognizing the people who have contributed significantly to the history of the area is among the Endowment’s goals. When visiting the beautiful Peppler Park Recognition Plaza (on the west side of the dam), take the time to read the names on the bricks under your feet and in plaques on the columns in the park. The following are some of the stories of this year’s honorees, with others to follow in future issues of the Squire. Gerald Leon Kitson Gerald Leon Kitson was the son of Leon and Jenny Kitson, […]