Thursday, September 22 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. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group—6 to 7:30 p.m. at United Lifestyles, 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. Registration is required. To register or for more information, call (616) 754-6185 ext. 100 or (800) 406-4551. Thursday-Saturday September 22-24 Cannon Community Cleanup—8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cannon Township parking lot, open to township residents/taxpayers only. Please bring voter ID, tax or sewer bill for proof. General household items including appliances, scrap metal, and large batteries (car, boat, etc.) will be accepted. No liquids (paint, oil, etc.); latex is okay if it’s hardened. No brush or yard waste. All tires must be cut in half. No shovel-offs (smaller items should be bagged). Propane and fuel tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. No hazardous materials. For a complete list of household items not accepted and disposal options for those items, please visit www.accesskent.com/hhw. Saturday, September 24 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Assumption BVM Parish Festival & Dinner—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Assumption BVM, 6393 Belmont Ave., Belmont. Enjoy children’s games, a grocery booth, bingo and chicken or kielbasa dinner, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with takeout available. Open to the public. Monday, September 26 Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one, meets every Monday through December 5. No sign-up is necessary. Learn more at www.griefshare.org. Early Childhood Essentials: Dealing with Allergies—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Kelly Keur, M.Ed., will present early childhood information for parents and caregivers of children ages 6 and under. One hour of professional development for childcare providers is available. Sponsored by the Friends of the Krause Memorial […]
September 22 2011
Defense shines in first half by TIM COOPER and MATT WEAVER Ryan Hartley darts around the end of the offensive line. Hartley scored two touchdowns Friday night. Photo by JIM COOPER An undefeated West Ottawa Panthers football team paid a visit to the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 16, to face the Rams in a highly anticipated matchup between the two OK Red teams. A balanced offensive attack, led by Trevor VanTubbergan, effectively moved the ball down field on the Panthers’ opening drive. However, a Rockford interception by Shane Showers at the 10-yard line put an end to the series. Three plays later, West Ottawa was back in control of the ball on the Rams’ 8-yard line following a Rockford fumble. The Panthers were forced to kick a 26-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Rockford’s first score of the night was set up when KC Zenner raced 62 yards on the following kick return. A 50-yard field goal by Steve Mette tied the score when the Rams’ drive was stalled on the West Ottawa 33-yard line. The stout Rockford defense prevented West Ottawa from scoring again for the remainder of the first half. Late in the first half, the Rams’ offense found its footing as well, when Mark LaPrairie hit Brandon Lubenow on fourth down. Lubenow split the Panthers’ defense for 41 yards and a touchdown with just five seconds remaining in the half. Quarterback Mark LaPrairie is lifted up by his teammates before the game. During the game, it was LaPrairie who helped to lift his team to victory. Photo by JIM COOPER “We could have buried ourselves in the first half,” said Coach Ralph Munger. “Maybe it was a bad game plan on my part, but that touchdown was huge.” The Rams opened the second half with a 10-3 lead and the ball. An 85-yard drive was capped by Ryan Hartley’s 2-yard plunge into the end zone. After the Rams’ defense forced West Ottawa to go three-and-out, Hartley scored his second touchdown on a 10-yard run, giving Rockford a 24-3 lead. Rockford’s next score came only eight plays later when Mette hit a 52-yard field goal. “I feel very comfortable with Steve from the 33-yard line in,” Munger said […]
The Rockford Rams football team will be holding the final pop can drive of the season on September 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Head Coach Ralph Munger expects good effort and a strong finish. Players will be doing their part to raise money for their program by collecting cans, trying to meet the budget. As an important member of the team, the Rockford community traditionally does its part to make this endeavor a success. Ways to help include: • Contact a Ram football player near you, or text your address before date of drive to (616) 799-4904 for pick-up. A confirmation text will be sent to you before pick-up. • Ric’s Food Center is once again joining the effort and is providing a drop-off container near the bottle return. • Swing by D&W Fresh Market in Rockford on the day of the drive and bring us your cans or jump in and lend a hand sorting.
The Lady Rams of Rockford started their OK conference schedule with a victory over host East Kentwood Wednesday, Sept. 14. Seniors Taylor Manett, Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau led the way for Rockford in racing times of 19:21, 20:06 and 20:54, respectively. “Our seniors led the way for us and then our team depth proved too much for EK,” stated Coach Ben Watson. Following the trio of seniors were underclassmen Lauren Brasure, Maegan Roach and Kerianne Schof with times of 21:03,21:05 and 21:12. “The rest of the conference schedule gets tougher and tougher, so it was good to get started with a victory,” said Watson. Week one of state rankings had four of the eight OK Red conference schools in the top 10: Hudsonville fourth, Grandville fifth, Grand Haven sixth, and Rockford eighth. “The OK Red is extremely strong this year. Hopefully we can get some momentum from this victory and carry it into the upcoming meets against the other OK Red foes,” said Watson.