September 22 2011

Rams overpower Bulldogs in water polo

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams men’s water polo team opened up their conference season by traveling to Grandville on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to meet the Bulldogs. Rockford played solid tough polo, overpowering the Bulldogs and coming away with an 18-3 victory. Once again, the Rams’ depth was evident as nine different players scored, six players had assists, and 12 different players had steals. Aedion Patino was high scorer with four, Alex Savage led the team in assists with four, and Joshua Travis was the steal leader with four. The Rams’ record improved to 13-1. The weekend found the Rams traveling to East Kentwood to compete in the Falcon Invitational. Eight teams from around the state faced off on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Friday evening, the Rams drew the home pool East Kentwood Falcons. The Rams’ depth once again proved too much for the opponent. Rockford was able to substitute in fresh legs, which led to seven players scoring on the way to an 11-5 team victory. This victory set up an 8 a.m. Saturday rematch with the only opponent to defeat the Rams this year, the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats. The Rams pulled out to an early lead, but with 4:00 left in the contest, the River Rats clawed back and tied the game at 6-6. At the end of regulation play, the contest was knotted at 7-7, forcing a shootout. Junior goalie Corey Fase blocked the Rats’ first shot. Fase’s block turned out to be the only and deciding block in the shootout. “I told myself to focus on one shot at a time. When I blocked the first shot I was excited, but realized I needed to stay focused on my job. Our five shooters all scored and we were thrilled to come away with the win,” Fase said. Fase tallied 14 saves during the tournament. Rockford carried the shootout for a final winning score of 12-11. The Rams defeated Jenison 11-3 in their third game to enter the invitational final to face Hudsonville. In the final, the Rams exploded from the first whistle and never let up, overpowering their OK Red rival 16-4 to capture the title. Senior standout and Ram co-captain, Eric Chisholm scored an amazing “triple double” for the tournament. […]

Rams volleyball win five

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams volleyball team finished a strong week of play, winning five matches while not giving up a single set loss in any match. The number two ranked Rams in Class A improved to 2-0 in the OK Red and 25-7 overall on the season. The Rams beat Muskegon in conference play Thursday, Sept. 15, and then won the championship of their own Rockford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Rams face OK Red rival East Kentwood at the EK Fieldhouse this Thursday, Sept. 22, in a match of conference teams who both sit atop the OK Red standings. Rockford then travels to Kalamazoo Saturday, Sept. 24, to play in a tournament at Portage Central High School filled with the top teams in the state in both Class A and B.

Roersma joins Farm Bureau Insurance

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Nathan Roersma of Rockford has joined Farm Bureau Insurance as a new agent serving this area from 4150 East Beltline, Grand Rapids. Roersma recently completed an extensive career development program for new agents, which prepared him for the state licensing examination and provided instruction in all areas of property/casualty and life/health insurance. Roersma also attended training at the Farm Bureau Insurance home office in Lansing. Farm Bureau Insurance agents are licensed to sell all lines of insurance, including life, home, auto, farm, retirement, and business. Prior to joining Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent, Roersma had a career in banking. Roersma joins a statewide force of over 400 Farm Bureau Insurance agents serving nearly 500,000 Michigan policyholders.

Indian chief cemetery mystery solved

September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

The”mystery body” answer came from the Rockford Area Historical Museum, Pederson Funeral Home’s Dave Pederson and from Rockford’s’ Christine Marcus Stone. Questions of “Who and why?” are the norm as the Rockford Lions Club and the Rockford Garden Club bring this forgotten cemetery back to life. Hidden under brush and undergrowth are long-forgotten, broken and illegible headstones that once meant “the world” to their children and spouses. Stone was the instigator of the reburial of the Grand River Indian Tribe’s Chief Ogema. His skeleton was unearthed in 1974 during the construction of a home on Prospect Hill at the corner of Ramsdell and Ten Mile Road. Turned over to the police, the remains found their way into Pederson’s care after Michigan State University had determined they were of a Native American. Somehow the plans to rebury the chief came to the attention of Stone and she, a Navajo descendent, asked that his spirit be put to rest properly with traditional Native American burial rites. In the dark of the morning on April 30, 1975, Stone, Ross Morgan, a Mohawk, and John Bosin of the Kiowa people gathered in the basement of Pederson Funeral Home and wrapped Chief Ogema in a traditional Native American blanket along with their traditional “medicine.” Dave Pendelton and Father Cusak joined the trio in starting the ceremonial fire and watched as the traditional sunrise burial ceremony took place. Stone remembers her surprise at the large gathering of families and children who rose early on that frosty April morning to be part of this traditional rite. Prominent among the throng were Rockford legend Clarence Blakeslee and Homer Burch, who had both played a major part in the retrieval, burial and placement of the stone honoring Chief Ogema. In the ‘60s, the Daughters of the American Revolution determined that there were 119 graves in the cemetery starting with 1849 and ending in 1926. However, Pederson recalls that, up to about 25 years ago, he had handled the re-interment of three or four more similar Native American remains. So, the questions continue as the work continues to make the cemetery presentable. Perhaps, the biggest question is: “When finished, what do we want it to be?” It’s the community’s treasure. What do you want it […]

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