September 8 2011

Son and partner continue family business

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by BETH ALTENA When Dennis Lorincz, owner of DLI Computers, passed away in May, his son couldn’t stand the thought of closing the doors on the many loyal customers and friends who had counted on his dad to keep their computers up and running well. With the building up for sale, Jody Lorincz Member decided to follow in his father’s footsteps in business. Jody and Jeff Gallagher Member created a business partnership in July of this year and opened the doors to JNJ Geeks in the same location at 10194 Northland Drive in Rockford. “We own the business and are running it now. Hopefully in the future we can put more people to work,” said Jeff. The two see continuing the business as a legacy to Dennis, “The Computer Doctor,” who was so passionate about his profession and helping people. “We didn’t want his legacy to die with Dennis,” continued Jeff. With intern James “Manubi” Himes, the two men are able to continue the business using their long experience in the field. Jeff has been working with computers since he was very young. He worked for several companies as a network engineer, senior technician and IT manager. He brings over 20 years of hands-on experience repairing and troubleshooting personal computers and networks. Jody has been working with computers as a hobby his whole life. He has built many computers from the ground up for himself, friends and family members. During the time he worked for his father’s company, from March to July 2011, he learned that he was not only good at repairing computers, but he enjoyed the daily interaction with customers, which is just as important as being able to repair computers. James is a talented individual who looks forward to gaining experience in the technology field. He is part of a program offered by Goodwill Industries designed to help people earn job experience and develop valuable skills. Sometimes with technology, gaining experience is hard because companies are only willing to hire someone who has an impressive resume already. “Hopefully we will help James learn new abilities in whatever area of technology he decides to go into,” said Jody. “He is currently enrolled in college to become a video game designer.” JNJ Geeks works […]

Cemetery research turns up body mystery

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As the Rockford Lions continue their restoration of the Pioneer Cemetery, a mystery has developed. In 1974, a body discovered during construction on 10 Mile Road’s Prospect Hill was reburied in the cemetery. Who was it? Urban legend says maybe it was an Indian chief. Was the new grave marked? Where is it? Do you know? Questions keep popping up as the Lions cut trees, remove brush and follow the advice of Rockford Garden Club’s master gardener, Nancy Hoovler. With most of the logging completed, the work now turns to cutting brush and eliminating invasive species such as Autumn Olive. The dream is to return the cemetery to its original condition and the foremost question is: “What did it originally look like?” The Rockford Area Historical Society’s archives have some cemetery information, but no pictures. Do you? Dig out the old family album, and if you find an old cemetery photo, please call (616) 874-9615 or (616) 866-4103.


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Thursday, September 8 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Auditions—6 to 8 p.m. at Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, for Actors del Arte Ensemble (adult) Dinner Theater group’s Shakespearean comedy. For more information, please call (616) 874-5264. Friday, September 9 Charlie Rockits Performance—8 to 11:30 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Lounge (rock, oldies, country). Friday-Monday, September 9-12 Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Plainfield Township Branch of the Kent District Library, 2650 Five Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids. Find great book bargains! Hardcovers are $1, softcovers are 50¢, and paperbacks and children’s books are 25¢ each. Get a bag of books for just $2 on Sunday and Monday only. For more information, please visit or call (616) 784-2007. Saturday, September 10 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Monday, September 12 Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one, meets every Monday through December 5. No sign-up is necessary. Learn more at Rockford American Legion Auxiliary Meeting—6 p.m. at the Rockford American Legion Post 102. Tuesday, September 13 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Friday–Sunday, September 16–18 Fallfest 2011—stage shows begin at 6 p.m. Friday; workshops at 10 a.m., band scramble at noon, featured […]

A Message for You

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Brighten people’s days  by REV. LAUREL TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church of Rockford She had never had children of her own but she knew every child at the church. The college kids would come home for the Christmas Eve service and she would greet each one by name. Her fiancé had died decades earlier and she had lived alone her whole adult life. But she made a community wherever she went. She sang in the church choir until she was in her eighties. She worked her way through coffee hour, asking people how they were doing and commenting on something about their lives. Over time she became stooped almost to a 90-degree angle. She had to leave her home for a retirement facility. She had lived in the same place for 40 years. How do you begin to make new friends at that age? The answer is quite simple: you keep trying! In no time, she was greeting her new neighbors by name. I marveled over how she could know new people whose faces she couldn’t even see! Her stooped posture cast her gaze to the floor. If she really cranked her neck up, she could maybe see your waistline. How did she already know who was who in this bustling retirement home? She recognized their voices… and their shoes! In no time she was brightening people’s days by noticing them and affirming them—just as she had done in every other setting her whole life. With the start of a new school and program year we reinvest in activities. There are always opportunities to go in new directions and to meet new people. If we worry about how others will like us, we may not venture beyond the places where we are already known. When we go into a setting trusting that God has brought us there for a purpose, we will interact in a different way. Rather than waiting around for others to welcome us, we will greet folks in an effort to make them feel more at home. We will do whatever it takes to treat them as beloved children of God. If Jean could get to know them from their shoes, we have no excuses! If God’s eye is on the sparrow, God […]


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Slack Pignatello  Elizabeth Fawn Slack Pignatello, 39, of Alexandria, Va., died Sunday, August 7, 2011, in a private airplane crash. Born in Washington, D.C., on October 29, 1971, Elizabeth grew up in Rockford, the daughter of Enid L. Robinson and Robert J. Slack, stepdaughter of Collin Robinson, and sister of the late Erik B. Slack. Elizabeth lived her life to the fullest by Henry Ford’s motto: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” Her can-do attitude led to a successful career as an attorney and a fulfilled life as a mother, daughter, sister and friend. A 1989 graduate of Rockford High School, Elizabeth pursued a B.A. in American culture and history at the University of Michigan, where she served as editor of Michigan Daily and co-chair of the American Culture Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and returned to her birthplace to attend the Washington College of Law of the American University. There, Elizabeth continued to distinguish herself as editor of Journal of Gender & the Law, student attorney in the Clinical Program and member of Women’s Law Association. After earning her juris doctor in 1996, she was admitted to both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar, and specialized in civil litigation at Ashcraft & Gerel in Washington, D.C. She later joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., as a trademark-examining attorney. In 2008, Elizabeth founded an intellectual property law practice and maintained an active corporate and securities law practice, concentrating on securities regulation and compliance. She was also of counsel at Cameron LLP in Washington, D.C. While her list of academic and career accomplishments is long, Elizabeth was most proud of her role as mommy to her beautiful daughter, Isabella Firth, 8, and her exuberant son, Anthony “Nino” Robert, 4. She lit up in their presence and always put their needs first, volunteering in her children’s schools, supporting their interests in sports and the arts, and encouraging their Christian faith. As an active member of Christ Church in Old Town, Alexandria, Elizabeth sought ways to enrich her spirituality. She was an enthusiastic participant in the Christian Family Movement, whose mission is to promote a Christ-centered family life and to improve society through actions […]

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