Klase Kody E. Klase, 16, of Belmont passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010. He was a sophomore at Rockford High School and enjoyed attending the youth group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. Kody is survived by his loving parents, Dean and Cheryl; brother, Wayne Miller; sister, Amanda Mendez; niece, Cherish Mendez; aunts, Pam (Charlie) Neihardt and Dana Moore; and uncle, Jeff (Rhonda) Moore. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Kody will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford with Pastor Tim Simon officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Grief counselors available for students after high school student found dead Kody Klase, 16, had complained of a cold The parents of Kody Klase, 16, found their son dead in his room the evening of Sunday, Sept. 26 after being out of town. Klase was described by Rockford High School Principal Dan Zang as a very pleasant young man well-liked by his peer group. “It was just devastating news to hear this morning,” Zang said. “Grief counselors are available to our students.” Klase was active in his youth group at Resurrection Life Church in Rockford. “It is a very difficult day. We have had our share of devastating events of late,” Zang said. “What amazes me is how well our kids take care of each other. In addition to the counseling staff, we have seen lots of students helping each other through this grief.” Carpenter Mrs. Mary Ann Carpenter, 106, the senior member of the Rockford community, passed away late Sunday evening, Sept. 19, 2010, at her home. She was born March 25, 1904, and lived all her life within five miles of Rockford. Mary was born to Jennie and George Dunn on a farm on Courtland Drive, where she grew up. She attended Shank Elementary School on 12 Mile Road and graduated from Rockford High School in 1922. Mary worked for Citizen Telephone Company, Michigan Bell from 1922 to 1927 and Wolverine World Wide for […]
September 30 2010
During this time period, Rockford residents may rake leaves to the parkway for pick-up and bags are not required. However, those wishing to still use the biodegradable bags are encouraged to do so. All other yard waste must be bagged as normally required throughout the summer season. Additionally, brush with a minimum length of four feet and maximum diameter of six inches can still be placed in the parkway for chipping on Mondays. The yard waste program ends, regardless of date, when the snow arrives.
“When the foundations are being destroyed, Where do we turn?” “Are the foundations really being destroyed?” Nationally, I believe this is the case, but it certainly is true here in Michigan. Between 2000 and 2010, Michigan has lost over 900,000 manufacturing jobs, creating a domino effect of lost jobs in almost every other employment sector. In that same time period, the state’s population has dropped by over one million, home values have decreased, and our children are leaving the state in droves. State government has been dramatically impacted—revenue to fund education, public safety, transportation, health and welfare services, and other programs cannot keep up with the demand. It appears society has pit its hope and trust in the wrong place. We’ve mistakenly turned to government to find solutions. Our annual federal deficit spending is unsustainable, and yearly, just to maintain Michigan’s current services, our annual budget requires an additional $1.5 billion to $2 billion. So why not just raise taxes to meet the increased demand? We tried that in 2007 and in less than two years, our budget was unsustainable again. If we continue to expect government intervention in all aspects of life, then we doom our government to failure. So, “where do we turn?” I believe the crafters of our Pledge of Allegiance were right when they stated, “When the foundations are being destroyed” is the Bible. I believe scripture reminds us again and again of two things in times of trouble: the most important place to turn is to our Creator and His word, and that God teaches personal responsibility in all aspects of life including meeting the needs of others. Personal responsibility over the past few decades has been whittled away by a well-intended government. I believe it is important that government provide a safety net for its citizens, but we as individuals must take greater responsibility for our (in)actions and utilize our God-given talents to take control of our circumstances. With the abundance of rules, regulations and fees in place, government has made it almost impossible for the citizens of this great nation and state who have a good idea to bring it to fruition. I believe government needs to get out of the way of average citizens trying to take care […]
Tuesdays through November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Wednesdays through November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. Saturday, October 2 Used Book Sale—9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Find some great bargain prices. Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the library during open hours. Rockford Area Arts Commission Strategic Planning Session—9 a.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. The Arts Commission is extremely interested in feedback from the community—what would you like to see us do in the future? What do you want to see more of? Come and give us your insight. For more information or questions call Tom Norman at (616) 863-8305. Rockford Fiddle Fest—12 noon at the Rotary Pavilion, Downtown Rockford. For more information, contest rules and registration form go to www.rockfordmichamber.com or email Brenda@rockfordmichamber.com. Registration based on first come, first serve basis. Sat.–Sun., Oct. 2–3 Fall Family Days & Herb Fest—10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. at Frederik Meijers Garden and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline, Grand Rapids. Join us at Michigan’s Farm garden for a dun weekend that features fragrant and culinary herbs, fascinating gourds and family activities. A free shuttle will run continuously to the farm throughout the weekend. Visit the children’s garden from 1 to 4 p.m. for lots of family fun. Activities include fabulous fall-themed stories, amazing autumn art projects, interesting naturalist walks and more. Sunday, October 3 Lions Club Annual Harvest Festival Breakfast—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (corner Northland and Rockford Park). Serving pancakes, eggs, sausage and toast along with juice and fresh brewed coffee. Adults are $5, children under 12 years of age are […]
When classic tall sailing ships gathered in Bay City, Mich. for the annual Tall Ships Celebration in mid-July, photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki of Rockford jumped at the opportunity to travel through the Great Lakes via an historic form of transportation. This trip of a lifetime was the inspiration for her 2010 ArtPrize entry, “Great Lakes – Great Ships – Great Concerns,” at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Niedzwiecki’s photography pieces combine a strong message of freshwater conservation and protection—the same message carried by the tall ships as they traveled from port to port through the Lakes this summer. Niedzwiecki served as a photo journalist throughout the summer, covering a variety of sailing events, starting with the Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City. Following the celebration, she boarded the sailing vessel S/V Denis Sullivan, an educational schooner based out of Milwaukee, Wis. The Denis Sullivan served as the flagship for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge 2010, and became Niedzwiecki’s floating residence over the next two weeks through Lakes Huron and Superior. Niedzwiecki traveled alongside a group of 11 high school students from three states who were participating in a summer youth program through Michigan Technological University. Niedzwiecki captured scenes of the students’ sailing adventures, along with the day-to-day life of the Sullivan’s professional crew and sail-training volunteers. Carefully skirting a large storm system across Lake Superior, the ship arrived in Duluth, Minn. on July 29, 2010. Niedzwiecki also photographed the arrival of the tall ships Europa and Roald Amundsen to Muskegon Lake. She concluded her photo project in Chicago aboard the Privateer Lynx during the glorious Parade of Sail around Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. “Upon my return, naturally I had folks asking me how my summer cruise was,” laughed Niedzwiecki. “This wasn’t your typical pleasure cruise featuring umbrella-style drinks. The sailing crew worked arduous hours, and it was the responsibility of the rest of us on board to support in the sailing operations. Often, this meant working on very little sleep, in hot, humid conditions without showers.” Niedzwiecki, who had no prior sailing experience, assisted with classroom materials, memorized various lines and sails, attempted knot-tying, charted the ship’s position and performed ship inspections. “Of course, there was plenty of dish washing in the […]