September 17 2009

Rockford homeschool student wins $1,500 scholarship

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Matthew Newman, a 13-year-old homeschooler, was recently honored at the end of a summer barbeque as the proud first-place winner of this year’s Michigan Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest. After winning the boys’ regional title on March 3, Newman advanced to the state competition held May 16 in Port Huron. In addition to laying claim to the title of state champion for the boys’ division, he was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. “Simply put, Matthew is a gifted speaker,” stated Tina Schmutz of the Grand Rapids Optimist Club, Newman’s sponsoring organization. In the finals, Newman was pitted against competitors all older than himself. The speech had to center around the theme of “For me, optimism is…”

Letters to the Editor – September 17, 2009

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Over 50,000 Rockford Rotary chicken dinners sold Dear Editor,  Rockford Rotary Club is again serving its famous BBQ chicken dinners during the first weekend of Harvest Fest, Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-up service is available at the Rotary Pavilion at Courtland and Squires streets. Rotary’s famous chicken BBQ goes back to 1982, and has been part of the opening weekend of Harvest Fest ever since. Thanks to the great support of the Rockford area business community, this year’s pre-sales of dinners have put the all-time total of dinners sold to over 50,000. Many businesses purchase 10 or more dinners to give as employee “atta boys” or to give as customer appreciation gifts. The over $200,000 raised over this period have built the Rotary Pavilion, helped support the Rotary Park on Fremont Street, paid for lighting of the dam, helped pay for renovation of the Rockford Community Cabin, sponsored the Rockford Reading Festival, supported North Kent Service Center, and on and on. Dave Speese Chicken BBQ Chairman Rockford Rotary  

Radio personality wins $50,000 Corvette

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This makes up for the flowers he didn’t get her on their 40th anniversary this July. Gary Allen, morning host of newsradio wood 1300, was the lucky winner of a 2009 Corvette, a car that sells in the $50,000 range and boasts about 435 horsepower. The car was the prize for this year’s Grand Valley Corvette Association annual raffle, which the club has been holding for 28 years. The ticket sales for the raffle were sold out this year, and allowed the club to give a $15,000 check to an organization for Downs syndrome children and $15,000 check for a Spina Bifida foundation. In the 28 years of the raffle, the group has raised and donated just under $600,000. The couple took possession of the vehicle on Monday, September 14 at Kool Chevrolet on Plainfield Avenue. Laurie, Gary’s wife, said that in their family, she has always driven the cars without automatic transmission, so this car should be hers. “He always lets me be the one to drive the sticks, so I guess this is my car,” she stated. She said the couple has already had conversations about whether the family dog, Calvin, will be allowed in the vehicle. He says no, she says yes. “I have a sheepskin I put in the back and there is a perfect space for him right there.” Dave Bailey, sales manager at Kool Chevrolet, said he is proud to partner with the automotive club in their efforts. “I never really realized how hard they work selling the tickets to raise this money,” he said. “Members are out at car shows every weekend, trail-ering the car all over the state and selling tickets. We are proud to be part of this every year and will continue to do so.” Bailey said Allen buys tickets every year and he is happy the couple won the summer of their 40th anniversary. It is also the Grand Valley Corvette Association’s 40th year, making it an extra special coincidence. “This is a cool (Kool?) story,” Bailey said. “A Corvette is nice, but so is a 40th anniversary.” Allen said he thought the first trip in the car would likely be a nice color tour around the state. “This is a happy day,” said […]

Birthdays – September 19-25

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19th Paul Krupp, Haley Pilgrim, Roberta Sheils, Roberta Shripka 20th Alton Klinger, John Luton, Stacey Schluckebier 21st Richard Amon, Ruth Denick 22nd Jack Ferguson, Bev Maher 23rd Lois Ives, Ursula James, Lola Leder, Alyce Milligan, Fran Pleune 24th Char Krupp, Jerry Rodel, Paul Sedrowski, Andy Tidey 25th Betty Houting, Frank Phillips

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – September 17, 2009

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  Somber anniversary We’ve just come through the eighth anniversary of 9/11. Osama Bin Laden is still at large, and the war in Afghanistan goes on. Hope springs eternal: maybe the coming year will bring good news. Poor value? The President’s recent speech to Congress on his plan for health care reform contained many specifics. We needed that, but what will happen now? Over the centuries, our two-party system has worked. Too bad the health care debate has gone so far off track. The issue is extremely complicated; the number of people who really understand it would probably fit on the head of a pin. That makes exaggerations and outright lies easier to pull off. The one thing that seems easy to understand is the need for change. As it is, the U.S. has the highest-priced health care system in the world. Despite this, according to the World Health Organization, 27 nations have a better healthy life expectancy than we do. How can this be? Is it inefficiency? Greed in the American health care industry? Something else? I wish we had more facts and less partisan rhetoric about such an important issue. “Doctor will see you now” Continued from last week: More (supposedly) actual notes in patients’ hospital records: 1.She is numb from her toes down. 2. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home. 3. Skin: somewhat pale but present. 4. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid. 5. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function. 6. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy. 7. The skin was moist and dry. 8. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches. 9. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch. 10.Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities. Careers A second-grade teacher introduced a career unit to her class by asking students what their parents did for a living. “Tim, you go first,” she said. “What does your mother do all day?” Tim stood up and proudly said, “She’s a doctor.” “Thank you, Tim,” said the teacher. “How about you, Amy?” Amy shyly stood up and said, “My father is a mailman.” “That’s wonderful, Amy,” said the teacher. “What about your father, Billy?” Billy proudly announced, “My dad murders people, steals from […]

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