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People In Our Times
On the Waterfront Committee announces 2003 Best of Rockford winners
More than 100 bands competed for performance slots at this years On the Waterfront Festival. Winners will perform on various stages at the festival and range from rock, jazz, blues, country, oldies, folk, ethnic and gospel. The top four performers are AGENT ZERO, THE JODI BEACH TRIO, DRY COUNTY and JUELANE FAIRBERT.
Other winners include ANAVOX, CITY OF ROCKFORD PIPE BAND, MESQUITE, SILVER CREEK BAND, THE MESH, DAN VOLL COMBO LOCO, THE BILL DOLL JAZZTET, ORANGE, RIVER CITY SOUNDS SWEET ADELINES, ERNIE & THE PO BOYS, TYRANNOSAURUS SEX, MICHELLE MAVES, BELLINIA, BAND OF THE LOST, JINGER CHRISTAL, SIMPLY FAB, CLUTCH CARGO, GREATER ROCKFORD BARBERSHOP CHORUS and CRIMSON TYDE.
The Rock River Times congratulates all those musicians who achieved this recognition.
Rockford Symphony hires new education director
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra annually provides arts education programs to more than 20,000 area students through KinderKonzerts, Symphony Goes to School programs, youth concerts, and the Rockford Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. After a comprehensive evaluation of these initiatives, the RSO formulated a strategic education plan to improve the symphonys programs, complement existing music education curriculum, provide professional development for teachers and RSO musicians, help students meet state standards, and more effectively serve the needs of public and private schools.
To accomplish these goals, the Rockford Symphony has hired LORIE LANGAN as its full-time education director. Most recently, Langan was the education director of the Rockford Art Museum, coordinating all education programs and activities including outreach programs. She holds a master of arts degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a bachelor of fine arts degree in art education, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards area student
AUTUMN MUSSER, a student at Highland Community College in Freeport, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Through the Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarships Program, the foundation awards a total of 400 scholarships annually to students attending higher education institutions granting two-year degrees. One scholar from each state receives a $2,000 scholarship through New Century Scholar Program of the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college scholastic honorary organization. An additional 350 students receive a $1,000 scholarship. All recipients demonstrate academic success and perform 100 hours of community service within the past 12 months.
The Coca-Cola Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Program gives support and encouragement to an under-served population of college students, said J. MARK DAVIS, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Rockford Writers Guild announces winners of contest
The Rockford Writers Guild is proud to announce the winners of the Spring Stanzas 2003 Poetry Contest. Coming in first place is The Orchid Child in My Kitchen, by CAROLYN KENT BAILEY. She won $100, and publication in October 2003 Rockford Review. The second, third, fourth and fifth place winning poems were achieved by out-of-state residents. The sixth place winning poem was Currents, by MARY BARTLETT CASKEY.
Local honorable mentions were given to EMILY GUFSTAFSON for The Listener, and DEB LIBERATORI for A Mothers Tribute.
Rock River Valley Council announces 2003-2004 board of directors
Art specialist, social worker, attorney, community volunteer, public school administrator, and senior Girl Scoutwhat do these people have in common? They have all been elected to serve on the 2003-2004 Girl Scouts Rock River Valley Council board of directors. With a Board of Directors composed of such dedicated and active volunteers, Rock River Valley Council will continue to provide the tools to grow strong to more than 5,300 girls in the Rock River Valley area.
The 2003-2004 board of directors is composed of officers president LISA NORMOYLE; First Vice President KAREN BROWN; Second Vice President GREG PETTY; Third vice president JOHN ALAN BORYK; Secretary CATHY WEIGHTMAN-MOORE; and treasurer RAY CAMACHO.