The Rockford men’s water polo team excels in the classroom as well as in the pool. Rockford Public Schools is honored to announce that 10 team members have been selected as Academic All Americans for the 2010-2011 school year. Dan Zang, Rockford High School principal, stated, “We are very proud of these fine young men and this very prestigious recognition. We wish them continued success in polo and so appreciate their commitment to excellence in the classroom.” To qualify for this honor, the selectees must have participated in a national water polo event. The Rockford Aquatic Club traveled to California this past summer to compete against teams from around the United States in the Water Polo Junior Olympics. Nominees must carry a minimum 3.6 GPA. Water polo coach Dave McWatters is very proud of the 10 students. “These young men represent the best of the Rockford student-athlete: succeeding in the classroom and in athletic competition. They are great role models for younger kids who want to accomplish great things both academically and athletically.” Gaining the honors are seniors Cody Brown, Eric Chisholm, Nick Dulak, Mac Finnie, Allyn Kinney and Alex Savage. Juniors honored are Mike Arend, Grant Beach, Corey Fase and Nick Willison. Further recognition goes to Arend, Beach, Dulak, Finnie, Kinney and Willison, who made “outstanding” recognition, which is carrying a GPA above 4.0. The water polo team has currently compiled a 19-1 record and is a model program in the state of Michigan. Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools Dr. Michael Shibler congratulates the team on their success and the 10 academic honorees. “The Rockford High School men’s water polo program is considered one of the most successful in the state of Michigan, if not the Midwest. This is because of our outstanding coaches, parent support, and our student-athletes, who excel in the classroom and in the pool. Without hesitation, I believe our men’s water polo program to be a ‘point of pride’ for the Rockford community.” Following are the plans of the senior recipients: • Cody Brown expects to attend Grand Rapids Community College for pre-med. • Eric Chisholm expects to attend Mercyhurst in Pennsylvania to study criminal justice. • Nick Dulak expects to attend Michigan Tech University to pursue engineering. • Mac […]
September 22 2011
‘Besides the kids and grandkids, nothing was more important to them than the township’ by BETH ALTENA Jim McIntyre served Courtland Township first as a trustee from 1998 to 1992 and then as supervisor until his unexpected death in 2010. On Friday, Sept. 16, family members, firefighters and township and county officials joined in remembering the service of Jim and wife Kletis. The township dedicated Fire Station II in their honor with a ribbon-cutting unveiling a new sign, memorial and plaque. “Besides the kids and grandkids, nothing was more important to them than the township,” said son Doug. MaryAnn Anderson said she, current supervisor Chuck Porter and Jim all ran for office the same year in 1998. The dedication Jim and Kletis showed for their community was profound and made many improvements to the township possible. Porter said Jim had the qualities that make a supervisor successful, which are character traits that also make farmers successful. “He knew there is a time for planting and for harvesting,” said Porter. “He had honesty, humility, a strong work ethic, and was conservative financially. He had the principals to take chances and to take risks.” Porter used the example of the North Kent Sewer Authority as one risk McIntyre believed in, and also building the second fire station. “Because of his personality, things ran smoothly for the township,” Porter noted. He joked that there have been very few residents during the meetings under McIntyre’s reign, a sign of good leadership. Kletis was supportive of all the efforts of the township and always provided refreshments at events and decorated the township offices for holidays. She was the driving force behind a celebration of the township’s 150th birthday. Daughter-in-law Phylis McIntyre was touched deeply by the township’s desire to create a permanent memorial for Jim and Kletis. She called the celebration bittersweet. “We’d rather still have dad, but this is wonderful for the township to do,” said Phylis.
First weekend of annual festival features family fun As the crazy heat-filled days of summer wind down, Rockford is preparing for yet another Harvest Fest. The 2011 festival will be celebrating its 35th year of gathering a bountiful harvest. The three weekends will be packed with plenty of activities, entertainment, music and contests—all designed with the family in mind. The festival is scheduled for the last weekend of September and the first two weekends in October. For a full schedule of events and times, check out The Rockford Squire each week or visit www.rockfordmichamber.com. Two favorite activities—the hayrides, hosted by Dufort Farms, and the Make It and Take It Scarecrow building—are back all three weekends due to popular demand. The Visiting Nurses Association will also be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three Saturdays at the Welcome Center to give flu shots. The first weekend, Family Fun Weekend, will feature the ever-popular Rotary Chicken Dinners and Aaron Zainea of Grill One Eleven will be raising a tent in his back parking lot with plenty of entertainment and activities. On Friday, the tent will feature live entertainment from 4 to 11 p.m. featuring Dave Hardin, Jack Leaver and the Lazy Blue Tunas. The Rotary Club will be serving up their famous chicken dinners from noon until 8 p.m. at the pavilion. Cost of the dinner is $9, with proceeds funding various Rotary programs. Saturday’s events under the tent will feature children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with the entertaining Jeff Schroeder. There will also be a Cornhole Tournament from 2 to 7 p.m. Sam Kenny will take the stage from 4 to 8 p.m., followed by Nobody’s Business from 8 to 11 p.m. Herman’s Boy will feature coffee-roasting demonstrations, informational coffee and tea seminars and samples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chicken Dinners will be served in the Rotary Pavilion from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and at the Grill One Eleven tent until 11 p.m. Rockford Hardware also has plenty of fun planned with an Antique Tractor Show from 9 a.m. until 12 and live music by Heaven’s Sake from 10 a.m. until noon. An Antique Tractor Parade will wind through downtown Rockford at 12:30 p.m. Back at the […]
‘It deserves a pat on the back’ by BETH ALTENA When Linda Mazur and her family toured Italy in 2000, she picked up some shoes and a jacket. She should have bought a dress. The last one the family purchased from that country has served through four family weddings and is still beautiful 69 years later. There is a mystery behind the family wedding gown that will probably never be solved. When Joseph Fabiano came to the United States as an Italian immigrant and proposed to Madeline Johnson, his father back in the old country—also named Joseph Fabiano—commissioned an extravagant and beautiful wedding gown for his future daughter-in-law. Back then, the $250 cost of the dress, and extra expense to have it shipped to America, as the story goes, was an expensive, perhaps even extravagant gift. “She probably had no idea what a big deal that dress was,” said daughter Linda Mazur today of the gown, made from yards and yards of Italian lace and satin with a thousand buttons down the back. Her mother, Madeline Johnson, married Joseph Fabiano on February 14, 1942, somewhere in Detroit (if anyone can tell from the photo where it was taken, she would love to know). Five years later Madeline’s sister, Delores, wore the gown on her special day as she married Walter Mikulski on September 27, 1947, also somewhere in Detroit. The dress was professionally preserved and packed away from the damaging elements of air and light. Thirty-three years later when Linda Fabiano unpacked the dress, it looked as lovely as the day it was completed. “My mother was all of 90 pounds when she was married,” laughed Mazur. She wanted to wear the dress on her wedding day when she married Cary Mazur on August 18, 1978. The gown was a little tight, so she had it altered somewhat and the dress served for the third time here in Michigan. This year, the daughter of Linda and Cary, Missy Mazur, also wanted to wear the dress. Linda took it to Pam Mauric of the Red Flannel Factory in Cedar Springs where alterations were again made. “She reused every stitch of the fabric,” said Linda of Mauric’s creative use of the material. When the dress served its […]