Many local elections will be decided during the primary elections held on Tuesday, August 7 in the cases where candidates are of the same political party. The following are those who filed to run at the time The Rockford Squire began sending out notices asking for information on each of the candidates. Additional information may now be available at the website accesskent.com. For State Representative for the 73rd District, the Republican candidate is Peter MacGregor, of Rockford, incumbent, and the Democratic candidate is G. Scott Schuiling, also of Rockford. The term ends 2014. Peter F. MacGregor State Representative 73rd District Incumbent Peter F. MacGregor, Republican incumbent running for re-election as state representative for the 73rd District has been a resident of his district for 16 years. He provided the Squire with the following information: “I serve as the current state representative. I have served a year-and-a-half in this position. Prior to this role, I served as the Cannon Township supervisor for six years and Cannon Township trustee for four years. “As a former business owner and job provider, as well as a local elected official, I have the experience to create efficiencies in state government through public policy and pass legislation to improve the overall business environment of our state. I have voted and co-sponsored several important reforms including an income tax cut for all taxpayers, cut legislator pay and health benefits, cut my office budget by 18 percent, eliminated lifetime welfare benefits, and eliminated the job-killing Michigan Business Tax (MBT), to name a few. Additionally, I am accessible to my constituency, holding bi-weekly district office hours and open to hearing from everyone in my district. “I ran for office to contribute to the betterment of our state. I want to make Michigan a place where my boys and all our children can find gainful employment and raise a family. We’ve made great strides in accomplishing this, but there is much more to do and I want to continue to be part of the solution. “While serving on the appropriations committee, we passed a balanced state budget two years in a row and four months ahead of schedule. I want to continue to find efficiencies in our state spending and continue to pass legislation to […]
Saturday, June 9 during Rockford’s Start of Summer Celebration large crowds showed up at the dam and on the Bridge Street bridge to watch the first-ever Big Daddy Duck Race start at 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Rockford Rotary Club. The winning duck was Rockford Ambulance’s Big Daddy Duck. Rockford Rotary President Susan Bodenner presented $2,200 to Lisa Jacobs, director of Rockford Community Services, to provide scholarships to the Summer Reading Program. This represented 100 percent of the proceeds from the Big Daddy Duck Race. The regular Rotary Duck Race followed at 6:15 p.m. and the proceeds will support additional reading related projects for the summer. Rockford Rotarians look forward to seeing everyone come down to the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival on Saturday, August 11, starting with the Storybook Character Parade at the steps of Krause Memorial Library at 10 a.m.
‘This lets them know someone cares’ by BETH ALTENA Estelle Fessenden doesn’t know exactly how many people have received quilts stitched by a group she set in place. Pieces of the Heart was an idea she had and a group she started in 2001, sewing a little love into quilts given to those in need. Organized from her home not far from Rockford Ambulance offices on Ten Mile and Shaner Avenue, last year alone the group gave out over 600 quilts. The 15 members of the quilting group were gathered together Wednesday, April 25 for a thank-you luncheon offered by Rockford Ambulance staff in appreciation for their donations. Since members of the group mostly work from their own homes, it was a special treat to get together all in once place. Ambulance staff, including Roger Morgan, were thrilled to praise the efforts of the members and thank them for their generosity. “It started out with the Women’s Resource Center and branched out,” Fessenden said. While working at a fabric store, which has since closed, Fessenden said she thought to put an excess of scrap fabric to good use. At the resource center, the small quilts went to kids who are at a tough time in their lives and who may have arrived at the shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. More than a decade later, the group has donated quilts to medical first responders such as Rockford Ambulance, to veterans, to the elderly, to neonatal units and to dialysis patients. Over the years they have provided comfort, caring and something to hang on to for thousands of men, women and children. Rockford Ambulance Paramedic Brent Jones was there to thank the volunteer group, and said following the luncheon he was going to take one of the quilts to an elderly woman who had suffered from a brain tumor. “We like to keep an eye on her and check in with her,” he said. He described how much such a simple gesture can mean to someone. “You should see the looks on the faces of the people we give them to,” he said. “We like to take them to people in nursing homes. Sometimes they are put in there and no one comes […]
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its annual “State of the Community” Luncheon. The luncheon is part of the RCC’s popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch while featured presenters highlight their area of expertise. Special guests, and their topics, include: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Pete MacGregor, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, city manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, president The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow is unable to attend due to the senate meeting that afternoon. However, she has graciously agreed to tape a message specifically for the RCC event. Congressman Justin Amash, Senator Mark Jansen and the local townships have been asked to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for RCC members and $20 for non-members.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the “State of the Community” as its December installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch, network with other community leaders, and listen to presenters highlight their area of expertise, which includes: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Tom Pearce, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, Chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, City Manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, Superintendent RPS • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, President The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Vern Ehlers, Senator Mark Jansen, and the local townships to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please take advantage of the Chamber’s new website event registration at www.rockfordmichamber.com, click on “News & Events—Event Sign Up—December Bi-Monthly Luncheon” to register online. Or, as always, you may call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to email@example.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged.