Plank-Dombrowski Johnathan William Plank and Lindsay Renee Dombrowski were united in marriage on July 11, 2009, at Ballard Church of Christ in Sparta. Johnathan is the son of Tim and Connie Plank of Rockford. He is a 2004 graduate of Northview High School, is employed by One Stop Screen Printing in Walker and is a student at Baker College in Muskegon, studying aviation management. Lindsay is the daughter of Mike and Pam Dombrowski of Rockford. She is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School. The bride was attended by maid of honor Stephanie Dombrowski and bridesmaids Katie Dombrowski and Rochelle Korcal. The groom was attended by best man Jason White and groomsmen Timothy J. Plank and Steven Zykolwski, who is one of Rockford’s newest firemen. The wedding ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father, Timothy Plank. The couple honeymooned in Mackinaw and now reside in Comstock Park.
September 24 2009
Help your child build for success by JULIE DEVEREAUX Principal, Meadow Ridge Elementary A good part of success in life is to be able to set goals and then be able to attain them. During a lifetime, goals will vary from being able to tie your shoes to creating a new medical cure that will affect millions. As a parent, you have the power to teach your child the important components necessary to set goals and reach them. As we begin another school year, it is your choice as a parent to support your child’s learning, school year, and their success. Here are some suggestions to consider: • Let your child know that school is a priority. • Make attendance job number one. • Listen carefully and let them share school happenings every day. • Show you care and that you are interested in their learning. • Talk about what they are going to learn and how it will be important later in their life. • Encourage your child to treat studying as a daily routine. • Set a time and a place for studying to happen. • Spend a few minutes each evening looking over any paperwork that your child brings home. • Let your child’s teacher know if you can help them out, at school or home. • Communicate with your child’s teacher(s) on a regular basis. • Talk about responsibility and explain what it looks like at their age in life. As a parent, you are the most important role model for your children. Show them what that responsibility looks like in your life. By example is the strongest way to teach. Help your child think about choosing goals for home and school; write those goals down. Be sure to notice and praise when you see them working on their goals. Help and encourage your child to follow through. Talk about the things that you see them doing that will help them achieve their goals. Celebrate when goals are accomplished! Talk about how they feel when they are responsible and achieve their goals. Help them enjoy their success.
Enjoying the healthful and physically beneficial value of massage therapy is more affordable than ever, thanks to a new membership concept offered by Simply Massage, 6575 Belding Road, Rockford. According to owners Heidi and Scott Oostdyk the idea of paying a low membership fee—only $45 per month— for a monthly massage and special family rates for additional services, allows visitors to affordably make massage a part of their lifestyle. “I had a new idea for West Michigan to offer a membership-based massage. It’s a concept being practiced in other areas of the country but was needed here,” she said. Simply Massage opened the studio doors in July of 2009. “I love the Rockford community. Everyone I’ve met and had the pleasure to serve has confirmed my belief that this is truly what I am meant to do,” she said.
Koster Mr. Richard “Rich” Koster, age 70, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord Jesus on Sunday morning, September 13, 2009. Rich was member of Sunshine Community Church and the owner of the Auto Spa Car Washes. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ruth “Stob”; his children, Kimberly and Fred Barnard and James and Jennifer Koster; his grandchildren, Benjamin Barnard, Emily Barnard, and Kayleigh Koster; his brothers and sisters, Bill and Marlene Koster, Mary Jane and Al Walburg, Thomas and Beth Koster, David and Beth Koster, and Bob and Karen Koster; his brother-in-law, Robert Joldersma; nieces and nephews. His parents, Cornelius and Johanna (Schuitema) Koster and his sister, Barbara Joldersma, preceded Rich in death. The service for Rich was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor David Huizenga officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sunshine Community Church or Bethany Christian Services. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey is now processing passport and voter registration forms at the township’s Thursday farm market on Plainfield Avenue. “It is difficult for some customers to be able to visit Town Hall during business hours,” Harvey said. “With the success of the farm market, the clerk and staff have been present at the market every week until 7 p.m. As official United States Passport Acceptance Agents, they will be able to begin processing this week and continue until the market ends October 15. Requirements are available on the U.S. Department of State web site or at plainfieldchartertwp.org. You may also call the clerk’s office at (616) 364-8466. There will also be a special Passport Sunday at the township offices, 6464 Belmont Road, Sunday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Plainfield farm market is from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the front parking lot of Frontline Church at the intersection of Plainfield and Five Mile Road.