February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 28, 2015 – The second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games are quickly approaching. The Winter Games main festival is taking place Feb. 20-22, with some sports starting their competition this weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 1.The Winter Games features 19 different sports and 2,000+ athletes are expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready for some fun and competitive action. “The Meijer State Games of Michigan evokes such a strong sense of community and state pride in its participants, as well as the thousands of spectators who attend,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “Meijer is pleased to support this event because it exemplifies our commitment to supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live.” To kick off the second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games, Opening Ceremonies will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area (6800 Cannonsburg Road N.E., Belmont, MI 49306). Opening Ceremonies is free, and festivities will include a torch light parade, fireworks, a “Big Air” exhibition featuring professional skiers and snowboarders, special appearances by Olympians, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Games. Athlete check-in will be from 4-6:45 p.m. The first 250 athletes to attend Opening Ceremonies will receive a free T-shirt, and several prizes donated by some of our sponsors. For a complete schedule of the Opening Ceremonies and how to attend, please visit For complete schedule of events details and notables, see the attached document or visit Volunteers are still needed as well. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with Opening Ceremonies, operations, registration, meal delivery, as well as many more. To learn more or to volunteer, visit our volunteer page ( Press pass credentials are still available for media. To register for a press pass, please email The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Metro Health, Subway, MyWay, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, MC Sports, Peppino’s, SOS Rehydrate, GamerSaloon / Fuzzword, The GR Shop, Sibsco, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Heglund Sova Realty, Inc., and Mark’s Photo & Video. In 2014, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games offered 12 sports, bringing more than 1,600 […]

Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford wrestling team journeyed to Hudsonville for an OK Red dual meet on Wednesday, January 21st in search of their first league triumph against the Eagles. Pins were the rule of the day as the two squads combined for eleven pins in the 14 matches contested. Unfortunately for the Rams it was the home squad that garnered six of the pins en route to a 42-30 decision. “We are just giving up too many pins at various weight classes to come out on top in some of these relatively tightly contested matches,” said Rockford Coach Brian Richardson. “I was extremely pleased with the work of a few of our younger guys tonight in John Quist and Tyler Glave. They seem to be really turning the corner and now we just need a little more consistency up and down the lineup to come out on top with more regularity. We have a very young team and are going through growing pains but we are confident that better days lie ahead for us.” The four Ram wrestlers who pinned their way to victory were Jared Bennett with a pin in 3:25 at 119 pounds, Andy Hansen with a pin at 130 pounds in 5:00, Chris Bell who stuck his opponent in a quick 1:17 at 160 and Glave at 215 with a fall in 3:29. Michael Tankersley won an 8-6 decision at 112 and Quist came out on top of his match 11-5 at 140 to complete the scoring for Rockford. Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt  

North Rockford Middle school students of the month

January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chloe Dunham is a 6th grade student in our Health Quest Magnet and the daughter of Don and Shannon Dunham.  She has one sister, Lexy as well as a pet bunny and dog.  Chloe attended Roguewood Elementary and is active in cross country, basketball, lacrosse and snowboarding.  Chloe’s college of choice is Grand Valley State and she hopes to become a marine biologist one day.  Some of Chloe’s favorites include math class with Mr. Long, the movie “Captain Phillips”, the book, One for the Murphy’s, listening to One Republic and eating apples.  She is most proud of her basketball team and the people that she admires the most are her parents for always being so supportive.   Cole Swanson is a 6th grade student in our Health Quest Magnet and the son of Bonnie and John Swanson.  He has one sibling, Aden as well as a dog, Dotza, two cats, Scampers and Tonka and one bird, Beaker.  Cole attended Valley View Elementary and is active in intramural basketball at NRMS.  Cole’s colleges of choice are Michigan or Clemson and he hopes to either play in the NBA or work for NASA one day.  Some of Cole’s favorites include math class, his teachers Mr. Long and Mrs. Eppink, eating stuffed crust pineapple pizza, the movie “Dumb and Dumber 2”, the book Wonder and listening to classic rock.  Cole is most proud of getting good grades and the people that he admires the most are his parents for always being there for him.   Erin Gaynor is a 7th grade student and the daughter of Maureen and James Gaynor.  She has two siblings, Kathryn and Ryan as well as a dog, Elsie.  Erin attended Valley View Elementary and is active in basketball.  Her other hobbies include reading and playing other sports.  Erin’s college of choice is Michigan State and she hopes to become a surgeon one day.  Some of Erin’s favorites include teachers Mr. and Mrs. Barr, Mr. Stargardt, Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Truxton and Mrs. Kilbourne, eating snacks, the movie “Heaven is for Real”, the Percy Jackson book series and music from Mumford and Sons.  Erin is most proud of her reading abilities; the person that she admires the most is her best friend Claire Korowski.   […]

Condominium development at Burch Body Works property approved by Planning Commission

January 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA The Rockford Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to recommend approval of a condominium development proposed for mostly vacant property that was formerly occupied by Burch Body Works. Commissioner Tammy Bergstrom was the lone nay vote on Thursday, January 22. Rockford City Manager Michael Young opened the evening meeting with a preliminary introduction of the proposed Planned Unit Development. It will be eight ranch-style homes, 15 two-story units and 28 units as stacked, flat residential. The 51-unit development will go up on a 7.32-acre site, but because of wetlands, 62 percent of the property will remain open space. Young spoke to commissioners and a full audience of residents, mostly neighbors who live on Monroe Street between Lewis Street and Courtland Drive. He said the evening’s deliberations were the first in a two-step process, leaving the ultimate yes or no in the hands of Rockford City Council. Young said the City’s Master Plan allows ten units per acre under guidelines for multi-family developments. He noted that this project proposes 6.9 units per acre, and with 62-percent open space, falls well within the requirement of 15-percent open space. “Ultimately there would be a development agreement which is a legal document that will spell out the conditions of maintenance, bylaws, utilities, etc.,” Young told the commissioners. He said the street running through the development would be a private one, not maintained or plowed by the City. Young said an important component will be the storm sewer system because of the developments immediate proximity to Rum Creek bordering the northern edge of the property. Police Chief Dave Jones was present to discuss a traffic study that took place in May, theoretically the peak time for traffic because Parkside School, nearby on Lewis Street, was still in session. The survey counted 750 to 850 cars daily during the week, 450 to 550 on weekends. The fourteen-day average totaled 650 cars per day. Jones compared this to Bridge, Fremont and Courtland streets at 1,200 to 1,800 per day. A traffic research company reported an average of five vehicle trips per unit per day. With the proposed 51 units that would put an additional 250 vehicles on the road to total 900 total cars on Monroe on any given […]

Governor signs Main Street Fairness bills

January 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Michigan will begin to level the retail playing field this fall when certain out-of-state merchants, including online giant Amazon, are required to collect sales tax just as the state’s retailers do. Governor Rick Snyder signed Michigan Retailers Association’s Main Street Fairness legislation into law on January 15, capping MRA’s long battle to close a tax loophole that has favored out-of-state merchants over Michigan-based retail businesses. “This Main Street Fairness legislation levels the playing field for local businesses, helping Michigan job providers better compete with online retailers,” the governor said during a public signing session in his Lansing office. “Local, brick-and-mortar businesses drive our economy, and without implementing this fix they would continue to serve as showrooms for online retailers.” The bipartisan legislation, enacted by lawmakers in the final, frantic hours of the 2013-14 legislative session, takes effect October 1. “This is history-making legislation and a great victory for the home team,” said MRA President and CEO James P. Hallan. “The governor and lawmakers agreed the state will no longer give ‘remote sellers’ a built-in 6 percent price advantage over our Michigan-based retailers. On behalf of the thousands of Michigan retail businesses and their hundreds of thousands of Michigan workers, MRA thanks lawmakers for stepping up and doing the right thing, the fair thing.” “It’s not just retail businesses that will benefit from this legislation. We are part of the fabric of our local communities, and our communities and our residents are hurt when we are hurt by unfair competition,” said MRA board member Barb Stein, of Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford, who spoke at the signing ceremony. “All we asked for was that out-of-state merchants no longer be given an unfair competitive advantage over those of us doing business here in Michigan. And that’s what this legislation does. It treats us fairly.” Under federal law, out-of-state merchants are not required to collect a state’s sales tax on goods they sell to residents unless the remote sellers have “nexus” – a physical presence such as a store or warehouse – in that state. The new Main Street Fairness law would redefine physical presence to include certain practices that out-of-state companies are using to generates sales in Michigan either online or through phone or catalog sales. […]

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