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Tickets available for Rockford Hall of Fame dinner

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Rockford Public Schools will induct the 2010 Hall of Fame class.

If you want to attend the gala, now is the time to buy your tickets.

This year's honorees include:

  • Carole Baker, Honorary Achievement
  • Scott Baldridge, Academic/Career
  • Linda Blackmore, Honorary Achievement
  • Clarence Blakeslee, Service to the RPS Schools/Community
  • Neil Blakeslee, Service to the RPS Schools/Community
  • Erik Douglas, Academic/Career
  • Brett Grill, Cultural/Performing Arts
  • Linda Johnston, Academic/Career
  • Michael Lepech, Academic/Career
  • Michael Shibler, Honorary Achievement

The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be on October 2nd at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

Reservations can be made for $50 per person at www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

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Rockford celebrates with 2nd annual all years class reunion

If you attended a Rockford school, no matter what year, or if you just want to celebrate Ram pride, you're invited to an all-years class reunion alumni picnic.

The event will take place at Rockford High School on August 27th from 5pm to 7pm, before the first football game of the 2010 season.

No registration is needed; just bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the fun.

There will be hot dogs, chips and lemonade available, along with discounted tickets for the football game.

Click here for more information.

Second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival will have plenty to eat, see, do

From The Rockford Squire - “This is going to be one absolute blast of a festival,” said organizer Meredith Gremel of this Saturday’s second annual Heirloom Tomato Festival held at Reds on the River from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses throughout downtown are coordinating special pricing and giveaways to go with the ‘Show us your Tomatoes’ theme.

The Heirloom Tomato festival will feature music, events and food under at tent in Red’s parking lot, a marinara contest open to the public, a Little Miss Heirloom pageant for girls under 12 and a wide variety of tomato/harvest-themed fun.

For more on this story, check out the Rockford Squire.

What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

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Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

Rockford driver dies after running off the road, hitting a tree

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a one-vehicle accident involving a pickup truck near the Rogue River killed the driver.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Summit St. near W. Prospect St.

Investigators say the driver of a pickup headed south on Summit crossed the median, drove off the road and hit a tree.

Rescuers took the driver to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Police are not releasing the driver's name until they have notified his family.

Best in the biz: Rockford water polo

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- The Rockford Rams boys water polo team has captured seven state titles in ten years. Perhaps none was more unlikely than last year's title.

"We surprised a lot of people last season," says head coach Dave McWatters. "We lost more games last season than we had in the previous six years combined. And there were a lot of teams out there that were very much hoping last year was the year to beat Rockford."

The Rams are also proud of their excellence in the classroom. They count five academic All-Americans on this year's squad.

"These young men have shown that they can be great athletes but to earn the academic All-American honor is a tremendous achievement," says McWatters.