Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler said the crowds were a little less for this year’s eighth annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community EXPO, which was Saturday, March 17 at Rockford High School. Nonetheless, the event was obviously a success, and Shibler said every exhibitor he spoke with was pleased with the event. “This year it was a little less crowded and hectic,” Shibler said. With performances from the current Rockford High School play “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and other musical entertainment on the stage, four people winning $500 cash drawings and one nearly lucky winner coming close to taking home a free Chevrolet, the EXPO was “obviously a success,” in Shibler’s opinion. He said the weather doubtless played a role. Winners of the five hundred dollars were Terri Byrne, Alice Taylor, Suzanne Kanuscewski and Dave Baker. “Usually people come here to get out of the weather and see what’s going on. How many times in your life do you have a winter like this? It’s more like June outside than March,” Shibler commented. Dr. Shibler predicted next year’s EXPO to be held in snow and cold as in the previous seven years of the event. “Everyone I’ve talked to is very happy with today’s event.” Performances of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will take place March 23-25 at the Rockford High School Auditorium for those who enjoyed the sneak peek look at the amazing talent from Rockford High School students.
Keynote speaker describes huge growth opportunities in store for Rockford Photos by TOM SCOTT The cost of the “Taste of Rockford” buffet at the annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce ceremony was likely the best dining deal members’ have ever experienced. The evening’s entertainment, included election of board members, an awards ceremony recognizing Business of Distinction and Business of the Year, and a humorous Year in Review. The restaurants who provided food and beverages included D&W Fresh Market, the Corner Bar, Jody’s Restaurant, Herman’s Boy, Epic, Polly’s Passions, the Gristmill, Twisted Vine, and Grill One Eleven. Dad’s Tents provided the linens and centerpieces for the tables. Floral arrangements were provided by Polly VonEschen. Andy Tidey, of the Corner Bar and Chamber Board member, announced he is leaving Rockford and moving his family out west. Businesses and individuals received recognition in a variety of categories with Blaine Kellermeier of Kellermeier Plumbing, Inc. receiving the highest honor of Business of the Year. Other winners were Dan Biemer in the new category of Networker of the Year. Lynda Nance and Polly VonEschen tied in the category of Volunteer of the Year. Beth Altena, Managing Editor of the Rockford Squire newspaper was struck speechless at the announcement that the newspaper had earned the Business of Distinction Award in the Community Service category. Joel Koch of Bluegrass Promotional Marketing was recognized in the category of New Business. Keynote speaker Mike Guswiler, Executive Director of the West Michigan Sports Commission, touted the economic benefits of the sports complex which will be built in Plainfield Township off Ten Mile Road. He said there was “no better community than Rockford” for the sports venue. Hosting baseball, softball, cross country skiing, archery and more, the complex will be a boon in visitor spending and an economic engine for the greater Rockford area. Guswiler said a complex of similar size in a town comparable to Rockford made a huge difference in economic vitality. He said the sports complex there spurred the growth of three hotels to fifty hotels with an eighty-five percent occupancy rate. “It’s all about economic growth enhancing our quality of life.” The annual meeting, open to members of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, was held at the American Legion banquet facility, 330 Rockford […]
Photos by TOM SCOTT The Rockford High School music department presented its annual Christmas show, “A Holiday Collage” on December 10th and 11th with Brian Phillips and David Duiven as directors, Peggy Odren as choir accompanist and Gayla Fox, and Chris Teller as technical directors. The 75 minute full house shows were both impressive and professional.Thanks to the Rockford music department for your dedication, professionalism and bringing the Spirit of Christmas back into our lives!