September 30 2010

Rockford Rams down Panthers in football

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Rockford pulls off 14-7 upset of unbeaten West Ottawa by TIM COOPER  It’s rare for Rockford to be considered an underdog, but going into Friday night’s game in Holland against West Ottawa, that was the case. With the undefeated Panthers tied for the lead in the OK Red, the Rams found themselves trying to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since 2002. Rockford found themselves starting their first drive from the 20-yard line after the West Ottawa kickoff went through the end zone. The Rams used 2:11 seconds to cover 80 yards, ending with Zach Schmuck carrying the ball the final six yards for a touchdown, giving the Rams a 7-0 lead after the extra point by Steve Mette. Rockford’s second scoring drive was set up by the defense when Anthony DeDamos recovered a West Ottawa fumble at the Panthers’ 45-yard line. The Rams used the next 1:13 to cover the 55 yards, scoring their second touchdown with one second left in the half on a touchdown pass from Mark LaPrairie to Neil VanderLaan, giving them a 14-0 lead. West Ottawa showed life in the opening drive of the second half, by going 79 yards in seven minutes. The Panthers’ ground attack punished the Rams’ defense for 12 plays before Zac Boersma plunged the final two yards into the end zone to cut Rockford’s lead in half. It would also be the final score of the night. Coach Munger gave high praise to the defensive play of his Rams. “This was the best defensive effort of our season. The defense looked awesome tonight. I was thrilled by the way they flew to the ball the whole game.” Munger added, “Our first drive was a beautiful thing. The backs ran the ball hard, but we’re still looking for consistency from the offense. Our offense is close to exploding; we’re just missing little details right now.” The Ram defense held West Ottawa’s ground attack to an average of 3.7 yards per carry. They gave up only 160 yards on the night. This Friday, Rockford’s game will be with the Muskegon Big Reds. The match-up of two perennial West Michigan football juggernauts will take place at Fifth Third Ball Park. Parking will be $5 per vehicle, tickets […]

Anderson named recipient of 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year Award

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Todd Anderson, the PGA director of instruction at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., and one of the country’s most respected and innovative instructors, is the recipient of the PGA Teacher of the Year Award. Anderson, 48, is a 23-year member of the PGA of America and is the third member of the Georgia PGA Section and second from his home facility to be named recipient of the national PGA Teacher of the Year Award. The award was established in 1986, honoring outstanding teachers of golf among the PGA of America membership. Anderson will be recognized at the PGA of America Awards, Jan. 27, 2011, during the 58th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Linda W. Chapin Auditorium in Orlando, Fla. “Our 2010 national award winners reflect the best values and qualities of our association,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy. “Our recipients have made an impact among their Section peers, their respective communities and influenced others throughout the country. They have inspired both juniors and young professionals, which is a rite of passage in our profession. By their hard work, we are proud to declare that PGA professionals are experts in the game and the business of golf.” Born in Grand Rapids and formerly of Rockford, Anderson has spent the past six years at Sea Island Golf Club, which also is home to 1995 PGA Teacher of the Year Jack Lumpkin. Since 2000, Anderson has been listed among Golf Digest’s 50 Greatest Teachers, and since 2002 has been one of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors. Introduced to golf through his father, Bill, a single-digit handicap player, Anderson evolved from being a multi-sport athlete in high school into focusing on golf. The PGA instruction lineage continues in the Anderson family, with his brother, Dave, 46, the PGA director of instruction at Olde Atlanta Golf Club in Suwanee, Ga. Anderson attended the University of Alabama, competing on the Crimson Tide golf team from 1980 to 1984, and serving as team captain his senior year. He turned professional in 1984, and began his PGA apprenticeship at Green Ridge Country Club, now Egypt Valley Golf Club in Ada. His mentor at the time was PGA professional Lynn Janson, now at Black […]

Rockford to celebrate heritage this weekend

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Heritage Weekend is the celebration of Rockford’s history, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a simpler life with special Harvest Fest events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. During Heritage Weekend visitors can enjoy hayrides, strolling entertainment, music, a caricature artist, scarecrow making, kids’ tractor pull, the Great Pumpkin and a variety of fall activities. Remember old-fashioned games like sack races, hula-hoop contests and the limbo? These fun games and children activities, along with the Great Pumpkin, will be set up in Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford. Best of all, participation in the good old-fashioned games and children’s activities are free! D&W Plaza is the place to be to see local emergency vehicles, including the Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines and Rockford Ambulance for bike safety. Visitors can participate in a blood drive with Michigan Blood, get a flu shot and enjoy family fun by participating in children’s games and pumpkin painting. Rockford’s 25th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-off is a sure-fired winner, and the local fire chiefs who judge the contest know all about fires. The Harvest Fest Fourth Annual Car Show is predicted to be bigger and better this year. This event has showcased incredible cars dating from Model T’s and street rods to elegant classics. Visiting families and friends share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask your firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.” The Kids’ Tractor Pull will be featured during the Car Show and is sure to be fun for all. Before the children get on their mark to get set and go, the Rockford coloring contest winners will be announced. Those interested in participating in the coloring contest may go to D&W Fresh Market, The Rockford Squire newspaper or Vorpi Chiropractic to get an entry form. Last, but not least, is the Rockford Fiddle Fest. The third annual West Michigan Fiddle Competition will be a tribute to the music of yesteryear. Talented musicians will be competing for prize money in the Junior, Teen and Adult divisions. Prize money for each division ensures the event will be very competitive […]

Hunters & Anglers — September 30, 2010

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Do you want to have better-tasting venison? Tips for hunters from Kelly’s Deer Processing Colon Kelly believes it is wrong to waste venison with improper hunting techniques and hopes a little knowledge will improve the taste of venison, the amount of venison from each deer and avoid the unfortunate handling practices that can spoil an entire deer for consumption. “Every year when there are warm hunting seasons, we end up throwing entire deer into the dumpster,” Kelly stated. With temperatures moderate as deer season begins, Kelly dreads having to throw out deer that were shot and mishandled. He pointed out that mismanagement of the animal can begin with the first shot. “The hunter needs to take a little extra time and pick the shot carefully,” Kelly advised. He said hunters who shoot into the loin, tenderloin or hind legs are going to waste meat. According to Kelly, those parts of the deer are the most prime meat on the animal and also have extra blood vessels there. Shooting into the prime meat and destroying blood vessels is shooting away the best source of prime cuts. Kelly also warns against non-lethal shots. “Don’t shoot in the wrist, ankle or face,” he said. “That won’t kill the deer but will cause it unnecessary stress an send it running for its life.” The stress of a non-lethal shot is not only cruel, but is another way to ruin the meat. “A stressed-out deer running with an injury also breaks blood vessels and the muscles go into rigor mortis, like a Charlie horse,” Kelly described. “That won’t be good meat.” Once a deer has been killed with a clean, lethal shot, the next step is field dressing. Kelly said field-dressing nose to tail is crucial. “Anything that isn’t meat and bone will sour the venison,” he admonished. Completely and carefully removing skin, entrails, fat and making sure nothing is stuck to the body is vital. Then wash the deer with water if possible, or at least wipe with wet paper towel. The next step is one he has seen hunters overlook often in his 35 years of processing game. “You have to fill the body cavity with ice,” he said. Even in cold seasons, even if snow is falling, […]

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