Thursday, September 13 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Friday–Sunday, September 14–16 FallFest 2012—presented by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association, held at the Kent County Fairgrounds, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell, Mich. Weekend tickets at the gate are $25 (members $23); all children age 15 and under admitted FREE with adult. Day passes are $10 for Friday, $17 for Saturday, and $5 for Sunday. Jamming all weekend! All concerts indoors! Enjoy band scramble, music workshops, 50/50 drawings, bake sale, kids’ activities, crafts for non-musicians, and more. For more information, visit www.wmbma.org. Saturday, September 15 “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Little House at Blandford—2 to 3:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. Be a Pioneer as we bake a treat in the woodfire oven, harvest herbs from our herb garden, go to school in our one-room schoolhouse, and visit the blacksmith shop. For ages 7 and up. For more information, visit blandfordnaturecenter.org or call (616) 735-6240. Youth Archery Workshop—1 and 2 p.m. sessions, at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 10-16. Cost is $5 for members, or $6 for non-members. Come join Blandford and Scott Luce, a certified archery instructor, as we learn the basics of archery. There will be a booth at the event with information about whitetail deer and the hunts that will take place at Blandford during the season. Equipment […]
September 13 2012
by BETH ALTENA A Salvation Army donation truck will be parked at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 22. For the third year in a row the public is invited to pull up and donate clothing, furniture electronics, appliances and household goods, receiving help unloading and a receipt for a deduction on this year’s taxes. According to Salvation Army Public Relations Director Diane Taber, people may not realize what exactly they are helping to achieve with the simple step of cleaning out no longer needed, gently used items and giving them to the Salvation Army. In addition to stocking the eight West Michigan Salvation Army stores, where customers can pick up good-as-new items for pennies on the dollar of what they originally cost, donations are literally saving lives and rebuilding souls. Taber said she herself represents what has always been the organization’s main focus: helping individuals break away from the grips of addiction and allowing them to turn their lives around. The Salvation Army focuses on their local Adult Rehabilitation Center where people who are caught up in alcoholism or drug addiction can turn to for help. “I am like a lot of people who had a good upbringing, a good family, a good education,” she described. “I didn’t have any alcoholism in my family, but I got it.” Tabor said the Salvation Army began in the late 1800s in the slums of London where William Booth was determined to bring the word of God to those who were not allowed in the doors of churches. “Those were the drunks and the prostitutes mostly,” Taber described. She said another basis of the organization was Booth’s belief that “you can’t preach to a man with a toothache,” so caring for people’s physical well-being had to be part of bringing them to faith. Even the common phrase to be “on the wagon” came from the earliest years of the Salvation Army. Taber said the organization went through the slums with horse-drawn wagons and those in need of food, clothes, caring and a spiritual second chance literally got on the wagon. The Grand Rapids Adult Rehabilitation Center is a place where people can go and either stay six months to […]
Residents of the area who seek to better understand the community’s history will have several opportunities coming up soon. In conjunction with the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16 at the Grand Rogue Camp and Sport Resort, 6400 West River Drive, the Hyser House Museum will be open. Hyser House Museum is located adjacent to the campground at 6440 West River Drive. Visit Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon to 4:30 for craft demonstrations at the museum, an exciting addition to the historical enactments representing all periods of American history happening at the Encampment. Find demonstrations of butter churning, knitting, candle making, rag rug making, wool spinning, weaving, tatting, perhaps basket making and chair caining will take place at Hyser Museum, which was home to pioneer settler and doctor William Hyser. Another historic opportunity is offered by the Plainfield Township Historical Committee, who need help in collecting old school photographs. Anyone with an old grade school photograph is asked to allow the committee members to make a copy for historic us. In special interest are photographs from the old school districts such as Belmont, Colton, Post, Goff, Sage, D.W. Richardson, Wilson, Peach Grove, Brownell, Atwater, Comstock Park and Oakwood. Anyone with old photographs is asked to call the township hall at (616) 364-8466. Please leave your name and number or e-mail address so you can be contacted or bring photographs to the township to be scanned. Learn life lessons at Cemetery Memory Days on September 15 and 16. Township Trustee Chuck Weldon will lead a presentation and tour of the Plainfield Township Cemetery located at the corner of Packer Drive and Rogue River Drive. Meet Chuck at the north end of the cemetery at 10 a.m. on either Saturday, Sept. 15 or Sunday, Sept. 16 to learn about cemetery history.
by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society On September 6, the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) had their first regular meeting of the new season with a program featuring the new museum project update. Many questions were answered and those present were informed about the areas of fundraising, renovation and museum funding in the future. The upcoming online, silent and live auctions were covered along with the plans for the scarecrow weekends. Several suggestions for the auction were considered and sign-up sheets for auction workers were passed around. Workers are needed for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. Although many indicated that they could help, we still could use more volunteers. If you could give us some of your time either or both of those days, contact us at (616) 866-0530 or (616) 485-4144. Our program director, Jan Konkle, has set the schedule for our remaining nine meetings. A program brochure is available at the museum and Rockford City Hall. They can also be requested at (616) 866-0530. Meeting dates and activities are made available each month in The Rockford Squire about two weeks before the meeting date. To give readers an idea of what is planned, let me briefly summarize our meeting times and activity. Perhaps this column could be saved, so that the entire schedule is available. All meetings are at the community cabin as follows: Oct. 4, 2012, at 7 p.m., “One Hundred Years of Rockford Football,” by Terry Konkle Nov. 1, 2012, at 7 p.m., “Rockford’s Hidden Treasures—Hidden In Plain Sight,” by Jerry DeMaagd Dec. 6, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., Christmas Potluck—Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Jan. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m., “Different Routes to Geneology,” by Janette Konkle Feb. 7, 2013, at 1 p.m., “History of the Masons,” by John Wallstadt from the Masonic Museum March 7, 2013, at 7 p.m., “Lost On the Lady Elgin,” by Valerie van Heest April 4, 2013, at 7 p.m., “Chief Wabasis and the White Swan Community,” by Linda Critchell May 2, 2013, at 7 p.m., “History of Herman’s Boy,” by Floyd Havemeier June 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Annual Potluck Picnic and Election of Officers Next week, I will catch up on the “Rockford Nuggets of History” question, […]