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Author publishes photographic history of Rockford


By Hope Cronkright

N-Rockford-bookShe’s in the business of “family history mysteries.” On August 10, 2009, Cedar Springs native and Local Family Historian Roberta Schirado put her first book on the shelves. The book, titled Rockford, is part of the Images of America Series preserving the history of communities throughout the country.

N-Rockford-book-buggy“You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you have been,” said Schirado. Her passion for writing and history are well displayed in the book.

Rockford is a collection of photo-essays covering the late 19th and early-to mid-20th century. Done in conjunction with the Rockford Historical Society, the scans from the book will be kept on permanent record at the museum.

By knowing the history of a location, Schirado explains, “you can avoid making the same mistake over and over and over. Not only being aware of the mistakes, but remembering them.”

Schirado resided in Cedar Springs for 18 years until moving to Rockford. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Central Michigan University. She has also served eight years as an editor for Michigana, a quarterly journal for the West Michigan Genealogical society.

Currently, Schirado is working on her second book, a mystery. “It’s about a woman who is a genealogist and a mystery that comes along, with several of her friends,” said Schirado. She explained that the book shows people what you have to do to figure out your family history.

To order Rockford or find out more information on the book contact:

Rockford, $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.

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Special speaker at Crossfire harvest celebration


David Ogren, International Russian radio and television North American representative to speak

ENT-Speaker at Crossfire dave ogrenEach year Crossfire Ministries celebrates a Harvest Celebration featuring a key international speaker from an effective Missions Ministry.  On Sunday, September 20, Reverend David Ogren will be the special speaker at the 10:00 a.m. worship service, in the conference room adjacent to MVP Health Club at 515 E. Division, Rockford. The public is cordially invited to attend this service.  Special music will be provided by Crossfire’s Worship Team led by Pastor Judy Hemmila. Chili, cornbread, and pie will be served for lunch following the service.

Dave Ogren has pastored four congregations over the past 35 years. He pastored two churches on the West Coast in Washington State and two congregations in the Midwest. Pastor Dave has been married for 37 years to his wife Colleen and is the father to three children and the grandfather of four. While pastoring Philadelphia Church in Seattle, WA, from 1996-2007, Pastor Ogren served as the Mission’s Director for International Russian Radio and Television.  After he resigned his church in 2007, IRR/TV asked him to be the U.S. and Canadian representative for this Mission’s Ministry. He now travels throughout North America casting vision for IRR/TV and ministering to pastors and churches.

International Russian Radio and Television is a non-denominational, modern mission’s organization, which focuses on taking the Gospel to the nations of Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Missions are the heart of God for all people groups in our world today.  This service will help you understand how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is communicated in a different culture.  Pastor Ogren will inspire and challenge you to make your Christian witness relevant in the world in which you live. Don’t miss this opportunity.

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Rockford Rebels Cooperstown trip a success!


The Rockford Rebels 12U travel baseball team recently returned from Cooperstown, NY with a lifetime of memories.

S-Rockford-Rebels-at-CooperThe Rockford Rebels 12U travel baseball team recently traveled to Cooperstown New York to play in a national baseball tournament hosted at the Cooperstown Dream Park, minutes from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 5-day baseball extravaganza, limited to 12-year-old and younger teams, draws over 100 teams weekly from all over the country throughout the summer months.  During tournament play the Rebels faced teams from as far away as San Diego, California and finished with 3 wins and 4 losses.  “The boys played great ball the entire week and grabbed a couple of impressive victories over top-rated teams from around the country,” commented Mark Stephens, head coach.

The week was topped off by a team visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame after tournament play was concluded. “We didn’t come home with a trophy, but playing at Cooperstown and visiting the Hall of Fame was really cool, and something I will remember all my life,” said Connor Jackson, Rockford Rebel.

The Cooperstown Dream Park is home to weekly tournaments beginning in early June and running through September each year.  More information about the Dreamspark can be found at www.cooperstowndreamspark.com.

The Rockford Rebels Travel Baseball organization was founded in 2007 and for 2010 will be expanding to three teams encompassing 13, 12 and 11 year – old age groups.  The 2010 12U team will be returning to Cooperstown, New York, in addition to playing in the 7 to 10 Michigan weekend tournaments.

Tryouts for the 2010 Rockford Rebels travel baseball team will be held on Saturday, August 15th from 10 AM to 2 PM (participants should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to warm-up), at Rockford Christian School on Belding Road.  More information can be found by visiting www.rockfordrebels.com.

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