Pvt. Benge graduates combat training Army Pvt. Wayne A. Benge has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. During the nine weeks of training he studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Benge is the son of Scott Benge of Rockford and grandson of Golda Benge of Madison Heights, Mich. He is a 2008 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Pvt. Greenwood graduates from Army basic training Army Pvt. Spenser S. Greenwood, a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School, has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The course is designed to train service members to maintain, prepare and load ammunition for firing; operate and perform operator maintenance on prime movers, self-propelled Howitzers, and ammunition vehicles; store, maintain, and distribute ammunition to using units as a member of battery or battalion ammunition section; perform crew maintenance and participate in organizational maintenance of weapons and related equipment; and establish and maintain radio and wire communications. Greenwood is the son of Prospero I. and Merrita J. Tumonong of Rockford. His wife, Lisa, is the daughter of John M. and Suzette Bruha of Grand Rapids.
September 9 2010
Rockford comes from behind in Battle of the Rams by TIM COOPER On Thursday, September 2, the Rockford Rams made the one-hour trip down I-96 to play the Holt Rams. Rockford would fall behind early to one of the better teams in the Lansing area, trailing 14-0 before the first quarter ended. Rockford’s defense would be tested all night as their offense would struggle to come from behind. “I wasn’t really in the best of moods when that happened, but it was early,” said coach Ralph Munger. “We had a lot of time left on the clock. The bottom line is, you have to keep slugging it out. You have to get back into the game.” With 5:18 remaining in the first quarter, Rockford’s offense began to rise to the task. Using a potent ground attack, Rockford completed a 53 yard drive on the first play of the second quarter when Zach Schmuck dove into the end zone for Rockford’s first points of the night. Rockford held Holt to three points in the second quarter, giving Holt a 17-7 lead, after a 37 yard field goal from Holt’s Evan Fischer. Using a smash mouth style of football, Coach Munger’s Rams again cut into the Holt lead when Connor Darby crashed through the line for six yards and a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the half, bringing Rockford within three. A Holt fumble with time running out gave Rockford’s Steve Mette the chance to complete the comeback. Mette’s kick was good, barely crossing the uprights after being tipped by Holt’s defensive line. With the score tied at 17, Holt again pulled ahead with their opening drive when Curtis Nick crossed into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night early in the second half. After trading possessions with Holt, the big Rockford line smashed their way down field, allowing Mette to tie the score after a Nate Sanders touchdown with 2:20 left in the third quarter. Rockford’s defense then created three turnovers, allowing the offense to wear Holt’s defense down. The final turnover came with 1:07 remaining in the game, when Shain Showers picked off a pass from backup quarterback Jake Bozzo. Six plays later, Munger’s Rams found themselves at the Holt 2 yard […]
Summer 2010 I’ve mentioned before that meteorologists consider the full months of June, July and August to be the summer season. I guess that means summer is over and it is now fall. It certainly felt like fall last Friday and Saturday. The older I get the longer winter seems to last and the summers go by more quickly. It seemed like a warm and humid summer this year so let’s take a look at the numbers. According to the National Weather Service, this was the fourth warmest summer of record in Grand Rapids. It was warmer in 1921, 1901 and 1933. In Muskegon, it was the warmest summer of record. What is amazing is that there were no record high temperatures set across the area. Grand Rapids had eight days with highs of 90 degrees or more. The average is nine. The highest summer temperature was just 93 degrees. In the hot summer of 1988, the last time it hit 100 degrees, there were 37 days with highs of 90 or higher and 14 days with highs of 95 degrees or higher. What made this summer so warm were the warm nights caused by high humidity. The warm nights produced some of the tallest corn I have ever seen. Grand Rapids had 20 days with lows of 70 degrees or higher, which is tied with 1921 for the greatest number of summer days with lows of 70’s degrees or warmer. There were very few cool Canadian air masses this summer to give us cool nights and beautiful blue skies during the daytimes. At least it was sunny. We received 71 percent of possible sunshine. Out of the 102 days between June 1 and August 31, there were only 12 cloudy days. There was measurable rain on just four days in August. How did the rest of the country turn out? Here is a map showing temperature departures from average across the U.S. for the summer season. You can see that from the Central Plains to the East Coast, this was a hot summer, especially just south of the Ohio River where some of the heaviest snow fell last winter. It was the warmest June & July of record in Washington D. C. and […]