The Original Rosie’s Diner located on 14 Mile Rd. (M57) in Rockford is getting a new neighbor. The Ice Cream Shoppe at Rosie’s Diner is having its grand opening this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19. What began life as Uncle Bob’s Diner in Flint, Mich., is the original 1947-built Jerry O’Mahony dining car. The diner car was moved to Rockford in 1987 and was joined by Rosie’s Diner from Little Ferry, New Jersey and the Garden of Eatin’ from Fulton, New York. Rosie’s Diner and the newly renovated Ice Cream Shoppe, as well as the 18-hole diner-themed miniature golf course, are owned and operated by Jonelle Woods and her family. Rosie’s Diner gained fame through the 1970’s Bounty paper towel commercials featuring Nancy Walker, as well as recently being featured on FoodNetwork’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Shoppe will offer timeless soda shop favorites that are known and loved, including hand-dipped milkshakes and malts, banana splits and towering sundaes. They’ll also be serving premium Michigan-made ice cream as well as soft-serve confections. Visit this the local landmark that boasts the only place in the country with three original diner cars—and now a great stop to enjoy your favorite ice cream treats, too!
September 16 2010
On September 8, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Kent County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to a car crash on Cannonsburg Road in Plainfield Township. A 16-year-old Rockford man was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango West on Cannonsburg Road near Chauncey Ave when he collided, head-on, with a 2007 Buick Lucerne driven by 56 year old Jari Morris of Cedar Springs. Morris was pronounced dead at the scene and the 16-year-old driver of the Durango was transported to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Investigators are still investigating trying to determine who is responsible for this crash.
Michigan Blood recently announced the results for September’s blood drive at the Rockford Community Cabin, including milestone donations by Rockford-area donors. At the monthly event, 68 people signed in and 54 units of blood were donated. This generous donation of blood means that 162 lives were saved. Among donors was one first-time donor. Rockford-area donors who reached milestone donations were the following: • Steven Gladu, 5 gallons • Deborah Neson, 2 gallons • Kathleen Powell, 2 gallons • Laura Robinson, 3 gallons • Barbara Rodebeck, 2 gallons • Timothy Rood, 1 gallon
Shripka Mr. James Shripka, age 82, of Rockford passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010. He was born in Zilwaukee, Mich., and served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the Destroyer USS Cone. Jim spent most of his working years in the bus business and was known throughout the country for his knowledge of bus garage maintenance and management. After many years on the east side of the state, he joined GRATA (RAPID) as assistant general manager. He left GRATA to form his own company, Midwest Bus Rebuilders in Owosso, Mich. with his partner, Dan Morrell. After Jim retired, he became involved in many volunteer activities such as North Kent Service Center (NKSC) where he along with Bishop Jos. McKinney started the People Helping People golf benefit for NKSC, established Rockford Area Transit System, was a volunteer for the G.R. Police Senior Volunteer Program, served on the United Way Board, and many other activities. Jim served his beloved Our Lady of Consolation Parish in several capacities, one being president of the Pastoral Council. He loved people, was a great joke teller, and loved to hear others laugh. After mass, Jim was known for his “Yea God!” The words he would most like all of us to remember is that love is everything, and what a wonderful world this would be if everyone would just love. Jim was a devoted Cursillista and a member of the Bishop Richter Council #7761 Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gay Shripka; parents, Hugo and Mathilda Shripka; brothers and sisters, Commander Harold Shripka, USN, Bernard Shripka, Norris Shripka, Truvie Leonard, and Leona Shripka. Jim leaves his loving wife of over 27 years, Roberta (Smith Tiffany) Shripka; daughter, Carolyn (Mark) Reinhart of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jennifer Carner of Gilbert, Ariz., Scott Carner of Tucson, Ariz., Lauren (Chad) Nowell and HM3 (FMF) Corpsman USN Gregory Reinhart of Okinawa, Japan; adopted son, Charlie (Lynne) Creech of Ft. Collins, Colo.; many nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends. The mass of Christian burial for Mr. Shripka will be offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Tony Russo and the Rev. Paul Milanowski presiding. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. The […]
Hydrant flushing to begin soon The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual fall hydrant flushing and maintenance program beginning September 20, 2010. This process will be completed by October 1, 2010. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply. The City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560. Bishop Hills thanks Rep. Tom Pierce at annual pig roast Jim and Sue Bodenner took the opportunity at their annual Bishop Hills Pig Roast to thank Rep. Tom Pearce for his service to the 73rd District. He was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Plaque and a ceramic cookie jar. “He has been so easy to contact whenever we have had a question or a need from his office,” stated Sue. Pearce was not able to rerun for the office because of term limitations. “Tom knows the community so well and really welcomed input from everyone in order to be more thoughtful and collaborative in the legislative process, and we just wanted to thank him for the way he served.”