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Extra! Extra! Movie producer looking for extras for RHS movie shoot

July 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

A Hope College theater graduate is planning to film his second movie, parts of which will be filmed at Rockford High School. Director Joel Reisig said his feature film is set to go to dvd and cable TV,and is titled Win By Fall. The movie will be a PG 13 sports film about high school wrestling.  The film will star three time UFC heavyweight champion Dan “The Beast” Severn.  Reisig’s first film, Fraternity House, is now available at Blockbuster and other DVD stores across the country.  The members of the Free Beer and Hot Wings radio show in Grand Rapids appeared in the film. His next movie, Minor League a Football Story stars Dustin Diamond (Saved By the Bell) and Robert Miano (The Fast and The Furious).  Minor League will be out shortly.  Reisig also teaches a class on independent film production called Be Your Own Hollywood.  For more information please visit  Win By Fall needs roughly 50 extras age 16 to 23 to play high school students on July 6, 8, and 9.  Please email with your age and a photo if you are interested in appearing as an extra.  Reisig said he also needs roughly 200 extras, all ages, sizes, and shapes, to play high school wrestling fans on July 8 and 9. Please email if you would like to attend. Reisig said the extras will not receive any financial compensation but will have a good time being part of a movie filming experience.

Rounds chosen for Recognition Plaza

June 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

Glenn Rounds was born July 8, 1891. He lived his entire life on the family farm at 9225 Courtland Drive in Rockford. His grandfather built the farm house, and Wolverine Worldwide corporate offices occupy this site today. Rounds attended Rounds School, the little red restored school house located in front of the North Rockford Middle School on Division. His sister Stella taught in this building. Rounds continued his education in the Rockford school system. On June 26, 1918, he married Kate Elsie Salman. To this union was born a son, Glenn William, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1957. Rounds was an active member of the Rockford Rotary Club. Upon his passing in 1962, Rounds left his estate of $75,000 to the Rockford schools to fund a scholarship program for qualified students with financial need. Since the inception of this scholarship program, approximately $843,000 has been awarded to Rockford graduates. As a result of Rounds’ vision and generosity, since 1965, an average of 28 Rockford graduates per year have received Glenn Rounds scholarships. In fact, on the front page of the April 8, 2010, issue of The Rockford Squire, there is an article about Burt DeWilde, Rockford’s 2003 salutatorian, who is working in Switzerland on the Atlas detector, a machine that atomizes protons. DeWilde was a recipient of the Glenn Rounds scholarship, attending Kalamazoo College. Glenn Rounds has made a difference in the lives of young people from Rockford for 45 years, and he is very deserving to be commemorated by the Rockford community.

New business offers low prices on outdoor gear

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

Bargain Hunter Outfitters offers new, used, and consignment on hunting, fishing, camping equipment A new family-run store with Rockford roots owes its identity to the time-honored tradition of deer camp. Jeff Winkler, a long-time Rockford resident, has enjoyed the childhood ritual of deer camp with his dad, brothers and uncles, and still loves to be in the woods hunting, fishing and camping. Winkler believes sportsmen and women would appreciate the chance to shop for new or serviceable gear at lower prices, the chance to sell their own equipment after upgrading, and a knowledgeable source of advice on what to purchase. Bargain Hunter Outfitters offers all that and more. “Consignment is a big part of our business,” said Winkler. “We currently have taxidermy, wood carvings, leatherwork, custom fishing poles and baits, hunting clothes and even firewood on consignment,” said Winkler. “We encourage our customers to bring in their quality used equipment. It’s a great way to clear out the closet and make some extra cash. Our products include a good sampling from our core lines, hunting, fishing and camping gear. We do have plans to sell firearms and carry a line of archery equipment. We’re waiting to see what our customers are looking for, and will tailor the business to their needs and requests.” Winkler opened his business on May 8 of this year. He chose the location at 3720 West River Drive in Comstock Park because he believes it is very accessible to people from many locations, including Rockford. Winkler offers his years in outdoor recreation as a source of expertise for someone just starting out or looking to improve. In addition to Winkler’s own background of a life-long love of the outdoors, other members of the family help with the business and bring their own talents to the table. Troy Winkler, Jeff’s brother, is also extremely knowledgeable in all things outdoors. Amy Winkler, a corporate financial advisor, is involved with Bargain Hunter Outfitters’ organizational requirements. Their children, Chad and Jessie, work in the store as their school hours allow. Chad is a student at James Madison University in Virginia and handles tech and online support. Jessie has just finished her senior year at Rockford High School and works as a clerk and cashier. Laurie […]

CWA students collect for moms at shelter

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

Local movers from Two Men and a Truck recently picked up six moving boxes full of toiletries, clothing and creature comfort donations that Chandler Woods Academy students collected for moms at the local YWCA women’s shelter. Two Men and a Truck dropped off the donations at the women’s shelter just in time for Mother’s Day.

Grillapalooza hot success despite daunting weather

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Big Green Egg and staff at Herman’s Boy made this year’s Grillapalooza a popular and well-attended event, despite a weather prediction of possible snow flurries and blowing rain. Members of the Rockford Sportsman’s Club were on hand to talk about the Junior Olympic Archery Program and plenty of residents tasted samples of turkey and pork with a large variety of sauces. There were also wood-fired pizza demonstrations and a little green egg hunt for the kiddies. The event was held on Saturday, May 8 at Herman’s Boy, 220 old Northland Drive, Rockford.

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