September 29 2011

Historical encampment brings flesh and blood to the history books

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by MATT MARN From German WWII trucks to working British Revolutionary War cannons, the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment helped history come alive. From excited young children to individuals who lived through some of these time periods, everyone who walked through the encampment stepped through to another time. What’s more, they all learned something about what shaped our country and the people in it into what they are today. The encampment was held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, at the Grand Rogue Campground and Paddle Sports, 6400 West River Dr., Comstock Park. “The encampment was an example of many held around the country,” said Dave Schmid, a 34-year reenactment veteran at the professional level, working before classes and crowds on a regular basis. “Most have a hard time understanding how life was like back then,” Schmid said, who joined the ranks of reenactment participants right out of high school. “As you watch their faces… then they get it, like a light was switched on. They start to ask questions, and they go home and learn about their own past, and they learn from that. There’s the reward.” The encampment portrayed a wide array of time periods, from a World War II German camp to colonial times and Revolutionary War soldiers from both sides of the field to French and Indian War time period with authentic Native American camps and tents. Schmid, dressed completely in traditional frontier explorer attire in the Native American camp area, said he was portraying and studying Champlain, the founder of Quebec. “In dealing with both royalty and the colonials, and keeping everyone happy… His story was amazing,” Schmid said of Champlain. “So many heroes of the past, they turned out to be ordinary, nondescript people who just stepped up.” Encampment visitors Robert and Cammi Adams and their children know this better than most. Their family travels to all kinds of reenactments, and appreciate this one is locally based, and covers more than one time period. One of the kids went to the encampment as a class trip Friday, so the family decided to make the trip out the following day. Exploring the German World War II campsite in the encampment, Cammi said she has been all over the world, including a […]

Equest Center joins ArtPrize, view display at Children’s Museum

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Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding riders traded in their saddles for paintbrushes and enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the center to become part of an entry for the ArtPrize event. Artist Corey VanDuinen is pictured with his entry for the ArtPrize event (as well as something special for Equest Center), which is exhibited in front of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon scheduled for October

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Rockford Ambulance Center, 8450 Shaner Ave. Lunch will feature the delicious fare of the Grist Mill. This month’s luncheon will be the second sporting the new format and features more networking opportunities for the participants. The August luncheon drew more than 50 avid networking enthusiasts who learned how to hone their networking skills with “elevator speeches.” This luncheon will spotlight Networking Committee member Lynda Nance, as she continues what was started by Michael McGovern at the last luncheon with more steps to successful networking. With the new format, there will also be three tables available for highlighting your business. This includes setting up a display at the table, placing literature at the luncheon tables, and three minutes to give an overview of your business to the attendees. To find out more about this opportunity, call Jeannie at the Chamber office. To attend this luncheon, please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event.

Rockford, Sparta students complete summer pharmacy science program

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Students from Rockford and Sparta high schools were awarded the honor of being accepted into a highly competitive summer science program hosted by Ferris State University (FSU) and CVS Pharmacy this past summer. These students got the opportunity to learn about pharmacy, drug design, chemistry and science by working in local CVS pharmacies as well as Dr. Boncher’s research laboratory at FSU. Among the brightest and most talented of the Rockford and Sparta area, these students got the opportunity to work right next to pharmacists in area pharmacies and learn about drug interactions, filling of prescriptions as well as day-to-day operations in a pharmacy. After this experience, they traveled up to Big Rapids and got involved in diabetic research synthesizing analogues to better improve upon drugs such as Avandia. While at FSU, they also learned how products such as toothpaste, Chapstick and various gels are made. Students presented all their work at Kendall College of Art and Design after the completion of the summer program. “These students were such fun to work with and their excitement, passion and curiosity for learning is very refreshing,” said Dr. Boncher.

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