Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts were honored by the West Michigan Whitecaps at their home game on Friday, August 28, for the service they give to our community. To begin the night’s festivities, leaders and kids joined together for a parade around the field. Various Scouts continued to assist with game-opening activities by throwing a ceremonial first pitch, escorting the players to the field and presenting the colors for the National Anthem. Following the game, the outfield became a field of tents as Scouts settled in for the annual Scout Campout and movie night on the stadium’s big screens.
September 17 2009
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Saturday, while Art in the Park was in full swing in Garden Club Park, art on a grand scale was being created inside of a soon-to-be-open Mexican restaurant in downtown Rockford. Guatemalan artist Carmelo Lopez (pictured below), currently residing in the U.S., has been working feverishly to meet a two-week deadline prior to the grand opening of Cinco de Mayo. Lopez has been busy painting three-dimensional murals on the interior walls of the restaurant located on Courtland Street at the site of the former Smokehouse which burned down two years ago. Lopez is depicting scenes of old Mexico, primarily the hometown of restauranteur Marco Cullar. To say that Lopez is succeeding would be an understatement. The murals are beautiful and so realistic that one feels they are in the heart of Guanajuato, Mexico. The artwork displayed in the decor is worthy of the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition! Cinco de Mayo will be a full-service restaurant with a large eclectic menu featuring authentic Mexican cuisine.
Jack and Sandra McCracken of Rockford will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on September 19, 2009. They were married at Sparta Baptist Church in 1959. Jack and Sandra are the parents of Tim and Patti McCracken of Kent City, and Terry and Brenda McCracken of Grant, and the grandparents of Dan and Brenda McCracken, Ryan McCracken, Christina Kusmierz, Troy McCracken, Christopher Kusmierz, Eric McCracken, Chad McCracken and Jack McCracken. The couple will celebrate this occasion with a family dinner on their anniversary.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As was their usual habit, far southeast Grand Rapids residents “Skippy” Waivo and her gentleman friend, Bob Shaffer, were visiting Rockford and its Farm Market last Saturday. Bob told us that one day Skippy showed up sporting a pair of multi-colored socks. Bob told Skippy they looked sexy, to which she replied, “Why don’t you get a pair yourself?” Bob responded, “Where would I wear them?” to which Skippy answered, “Why, anywhere you please!” To the admiring delight of envious market-goers, they wore them to the popular Saturday Farm Market. Which goes to show, “You are only young once, but you can always be immature.”
In 1980, Rosario and Angela Candela left their homeland of Motelepre, Sicily, looking for a new start in America. Along with their three children, Sam, Joe and Anna, the couple worked with relatives in a local restaurant as they adjusted to life in America. Gaining experience and longing for their own personal tradition preparing Italian cuisine, the family opened a restaurant in 1982. Angela’s Pizza started as a small take-out pizza place located across the street. In 1985, the restaurant moved to its present location, and by 1995 became a full-service restaurant—Angela’s Italian Restaurant, located at 240 E. Division in Sparta, offering authentic Italian cuisine. Rosario and Angela continue the tradition of preparing the finest Italian cuisine along with the assistance of family members including Sam and his wife Lucy, Anna and her husband Domenico, and Joe. With the help of employees and the support of its patrons, Angela’s Restaurant has put a little touch of old world Italy in the community of Sparta. As a close-knit family, Rosario and Angela appreciate spending time with their children and 10 grandchildren. The family regularly travels to Sicily to visit relatives and brings back new recipes to add to their menu. Angela’s Restaurant offers daily specials (see their advertisement below), and welcomes everyone to stop in for an authentic Italian dining experience.