On June 22 a group of 15 Rockford area residents departed Cannon Township Offices for a 6-day, 300-mile bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. All of the participants have raised money for HIS Home for Children, based in Harrod, Ohio, which is where the riders are biking to and arrived on Saturday morning. Geoff Van Berkel, a Rockford resident and HIS Home board member and his wife Judy have adopted five children from Haiti – one of which was rescued after being found as a newborn left in a dumpster –and have organized a 300 mile bike trip to raise money and awareness of the needs of Haitian orphans for the past 5 years.
Residents are reminded to vote Tuesday, Nov. 3. On the ballot is a renewal of non-homestead millage for school funding. It will not increase taxes or affect homeowners. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. This renewal represents seven percent of the Rockford Public School’s operating budget. To find out more, go to Rockford Schools.org and click on Nonhomestead Millage Renewal to the left of the homepage.