by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Sunday afternoons and evenings used to be pretty quiet in downtown Rockford. Other than White Pine Trail users and those canoeing or kayaking on the Rogue River along with the faithful addicted to Sunday evening Custard by the Dam or Rocky’s desserts, not much goes on. All that changed this summer with a series of Sunday evening concerts in Garden Club Park with a different genre of music, that being Christian themed contemporary praise music. This summer, the talented musicians and vocalists of the Praise Teams of nine Rockford community churches volunteered to showcase their God-given talents during twelve scheduled Sunday evening performances of the first “Praise in the Park” concert series. City Council member and event organizer, Rich Moll, has been more than gratified to see attendance increase during each of the seven concerts held thus far. “Rockford is a faith-based community of many church denominations that are interwoven in the eclectic mix of a community we are proud to call home,” said Moll. City Hall has received numerous calls and emails of thanks and appreciation for granting approval for an event that further adds to the quality of life we all enjoy here in Rockford. Moll is hopeful that the weekly series of “Praise in the Park” concerts will become an ongoing annual event in ensuing years. Judging from the enthusiastic response of those in attendance thus far, that shouldn’t be a problem. Your reporters were in attendance at the beautiful riverside Garden Club Park venue, a few Sundays ago, to take in the concert presented by the multi-talented Praise Team of Rockford United Methodist Church. Wow, they were as hot as the 90-degree temperature! For one hour and thirty minutes, without a break, they sang their souls out in praise of the Lord. Approximately 250 people were in attendance that evening. When you add to that the unknown numbers of trail users who stopped and were caught up by what they were witnessing and hearing, it was an inspiring summer evening indeed. Four scheduled Sunday evening concerts, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., remain. Next up on Sunday, August 5, is the team from Rockford Reformed Church. Following in ensuing weeks, will be the team from Dick Rounds, […]
The West Michigan Sports Commission reported that the third annual Meijer State Games of Michigan, Olympic-style competition held throughout venues in Rockford, Sparta and the greater Grand Rapids area, was better than ever and a huge success. Sports in the 2012 event included archery held here in Rockford at the Rockford Freshman Center Saturday and Sunday, archery 3-D, basketball, BMX, BMX freestyle, bowling, boxing, cricket, cycling, disc golf, fencing, figure skating, golf, governor’s run, fun run/walk, hockey HS, hockey 14 and under, hockey 12 and under, judo, karate, lacrosse, mountain biking, pickleball, racquetball, rowing, rugby, skateboarding, shooting sports, softball adult, swimming, tae kwon do, track and field, volleyball, wakeboard, water polo and wrestling. Next year, flag football competition will be added.
FYI: playing possum We all know possums pretend to be dead to avoid being eaten by bigger animals. Farm folks know that if you lay a chicken on the ground and draw a line in the dirt away from its beak, it will lie there for a while. There has been scientific study of this phenomenon, known as tonic immobility. It’s a natural state of paralysis some animals enter, in most cases when presented with a threat. Tonic immobility is a survival tactic that evolved long before human beings invented the automobile. So… what do you call a possum playing possum in the road? Right! Misunderstood At the dramatic peak of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney thundered, “Isn’t it true that you accepted ten thousand dollars to compromise this case?” The witness stared out the window as though he hadn’t heard the question. “Isn’t it true that you accepted ten thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated. Still the witness did not respond. Finally the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.” “Oh,” said the startled witness. “I thought he was talking to you.” Help is on the way Hank, an employee at a package-processing center, found himself trapped in a small restroom by a faulty lock. When Hank was finally discovered, two fellow employees, Dave and Jim, were able to open the door with some difficulty. The lock was still jammed, so they blocked the door open while a maintenance worker was called. A bit later, Dave noticed the door was closed again. He jiggled the doorknob and a voice from inside called, “Get me out!” “Don’t worry,” Dave replied. “Maintenance should be sending somebody.” “They did,” said the voice. Age appropriate joke An elderly man went to his doctor and said, “Doc, I think I’m getting senile. Several times lately I’ve forgotten to zip up.” “That’s not senility,” replied the doctor. “Senility is when you forget to zip down.” Party time This is a thank-you to the amazing neighbors, friends and newspaper staff who helped me celebrate my birthday last Saturday. They made me think being 84 isn’t so bad. I was especially impressed by my neighbor Len Carpenter, who made it up the street and […]
Squire thanks friends for float The Rockford Squire staff would like to thank those who contributed to their Start of Summer Celebration parade float. Thank you to Ed Koehn Chevrolet for lending the truck, Post Berry Farms for the bushel baskets and crates, Rockford Ace Hardware for the beautiful plants, Pegasus Sports for the quick printing of t-shirts, and to Buckley Farms for the sturdy trailer. The Squire received many wonderful compliments from the community along the parade route. The Squire also thanks their many loyal readers and advertisers, and hope they continue to “Grow With Us!”
Dear Editor, The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) would like to thank this great community, the businesses, and all the volunteers for their participation and support of another fun-filled Start of Summer Celebration. The RCC would like to sincerely thank the Start of Summer Celebration committee for all their hard work, tireless efforts and dedication to excellence—and their continued commitment—to this event: Polly VonEschen, Event Chair; Gay McDonald, Entertainment Chair; Linda Southwick, Craft Chair; Lynda Nance, Fireworks Chair; Ruth Reickard, Clean Up Chair; and Candy Lancioni, Children’s Tent Chair. We would also like to thank Dr. Mike Shibler, John and Mike Scheidel, and City Manager Michael Young for their help in bringing the event to the community. Every year the Start of Summer Celebration is seamlessly ran and it is due to their combined efforts that it happens year after year. We want to extend a special thank-you to the staff of the City of Rockford, Rockford Department of Public Safety and the Rockford Department of Public Works. The kindness, professionalism and hours of hard work that were extended for this event were a huge contributor to its success. Rockford Ambulance, Scheidel Electric, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, ASP team from RUMC, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department also contributed to the event and were a factor in creating a safe, clean, fun and very successful Start of Summer Celebration. We would like to extend our thanks to Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc., Wynalda Packaging, Meijer Inc., and D&W Fresh Market for sponsoring the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday night. Our sincere thanks also goes to our Chamber sponsors, who help us bring these amazing events to Rockford—gold: Byrne Electrical Specialists, Wolverine World Wide Inc.; silver: Grand Rapids Controls LLC, United Bank of Michigan; and bronze: Action Tax Service, CedarRock Dental Care, Kellermeier Plumbing, and Macatawa Bank. If you see any of these companies’ representatives around town, please give them a big thank you for their support of the community. We would also like to thank the wonderful Rockford community, who came out to help us welcome the start of summer 2012 with smiles, laughter and fun. It was a great way to close out the school year and celebrate the start of […]