September 1 2011

Rockford graduates complete AmeriCorps NCCC service

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They’ve lived in tents, provided relief to tornado-devastated communities, mentored disadvantaged youth, coordinated tens of thousands of volunteers, and developed into our nation’s future leaders. With over half a million hours of service and 138 projects behind them, Meghan Pitsch and Rose Marie Fulbright, both of Rockford, are two of 284 members of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), who have completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need. Pitsch and Fulbright, who arrived at NCCC’s Southwest Region Campus in Denver on October 13, 2010, to begin their term of service, graduated from the program on Friday, July 29. Most Corps members departed Denver and began travel to their home of record immediately following the morning ceremony. Pitsch, Fulbright and their respective teams of about 10 other members completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country. NCCC projects support disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. The graduating class completed 51 projects in disaster services this year, including a major response following the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo. AmeriCorps NCCC certifies 100 percent of its members in disaster relief, and has responded to every national disaster since the program began in 1994. There are four other NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vicksburg, Miss., Vinton, Iowa, and Sacramento, Calif., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country, though teams will travel to other regions for disaster relief projects. Before joining the NCCC, Pitsch graduated from Rockford High School in May 2008 and attended Aquinas College for two years, studying political science and international studies. Michael and Holly Pitsch are her parents. Before joining the NCCC, Fulbright graduated from Rockford High School in June 2010. Kathy Fulbright and Dave Fulbright are her parents.

Actors of all ages needed for upcoming play

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Rogue River Community Theatre is getting ready for their fall production. They will be holding auditions for “The Light Of Heaven’s Dove,” a musical drama about the life of Christ, on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Theatre is looking for actors, singers and musicians of all ages, including adults, teens and children, to fill roles of major characters in the drama. Tryouts are at the Community Center, 8450 Shaner, in Rockford. Please phone (616) 874-5264 for more information. Actors del Arte Ensemble (adult) Dinner Theater group auditions for Shakespearean Comedy are set for Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Rd., Rockford, as well.

Cars, crafters needed for Hope event

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Cars and crafts—what a combination! Hope Community Church of Rockford will be hosting a unique event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 1. Cars and Crafts for Hope is a benefit to raise funds and collect food for North Kent Community Services, who serves our neighbors in need every day, providing food, clothing and household goods, nutrition counseling and other services. The Craft Fair vendors will be displaying their wares inside the worship center, classic cars of all ages will be exhibited on the grounds, and the The Silver Spork (new to Rockford) will be offering food and beverages. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please visit Hope’s website to download a craft vendor application, or crafters contact Maddie at (616) 285-4690 and car owners contact Michael at (616) 874-1553. Advance car registration is required because spaces are limited. Hope is located at 7000 Myers Lake Avenue NE, Rockford, a quarter mile north of Belding Road/M-44. For more information, visit Hope Community’s website at or call (616) 874-4673.

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Living well Hey, old folks. I’m celebrating my good health! I’ve noticed that lots of people in the obituaries didn’t make it to my age. So far I’ve had no hip or knee replacements. No sign of cancer yet. Not one of the myriad diseases that creep up on us and bring us to the end. Except for that little kidney problem, which dialysis takes care of with an inconvenience I’d call minor for my age. It’s good to be here. However… If my body were a car, this is the time I’d be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. I’ve got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull. My headlights are out of focus and it’s especially hard to see things up close. My traction isn’t as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather. My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins. The worst of it is my fuel rate burns inefficiently. It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. And don’t expect me to start up before noon. Driving, No. 1 A couple, traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, bucking a 30 to 45 mph crosswind, came to a tollbooth. “What do you people in Kansas do when the wind quits?” asked the driver. The tollbooth attendant didn’t miss a beat: “We take the rocks out of our pockets.” Driving, No. 2 An off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate. The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again and even more slowly. Another flash. He did it for a third time, at an even slower speed. Same result. “These settings must be screwed up,” the off-duty officer thought. A few weeks later when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt. Driving, No. 3 A blonde, a brunette and a redhead all work at the same office for a female boss who always goes home early. “Hey, girls,” says […]

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