Tip to remove ticks

Sam Hyer

Sam Hyer

by SAM HYER

Because as a groomer I am seeing more and more ticks on companion dogs, I thought I would provide this neat removal technique. Please cut this out and post it on the inside of the door of your medicine cabinet. You never know when you will need it for anyone with children playing in tall grass or hunters, dogs or anyone who even steps outside in summer.

This is great, because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. And it assures you that you have the entire tick.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for 15 to 20 seconds. The tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. Have a safe summer.

Sam Hyer is the owner of Hyer Luv Kennel and Groomers, founder of Mid Michigan Cocker Rescue, life member of ISCC, a Rockford Chamber of Commerce member, American Boarding Kennel Association (Pet Care Services Association) member, guest speaker and lecturer on companion animal topics throughout the country, proud breeder of Oprah’s first cocker Solomon, behavior consultant, parent, grandparent and mom. She can be reached at 874-DOGS or at sam@hyerluv.com.

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Families invited to host exchange students

 

Martina

Martina

Local families are invited to host international exchange students coming to the area this

Olivia

Olivia

 fall. The students are aged between 15 and 18 and will have their own spending money and health insurance. They will attend your local high school for the 2009-2010 school year.

 

 

Host families are responsible for providing meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing and safe environment. The STS Foundation places a large emphasis on supporting host families and will have a local representative who will maintain monthly contact with the family. The students are proficient in English and must maintain satisfactory academic progress while in school here.

There are over 200 students to choose from. One student is Martina, 17, from Milan, Italy. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Martina has eight years of English and French, and her favorite hobbies are golf, jogging, meeting friends and playing volleyball. She is an A student in school, and doesn’t have any allergies.

 

Idun

Idun

 

Jenna

Jenna

Another student is Idun, 16, of southern Sweden. She lives with her parents and three sisters. Idun’s biggest hobbies are cheerleading and gymnastics. She has an A average in school, and loves animals.

 

 

Felipe, 16, lives near Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has 11 years of English, with a B average in school. Felipe likes to eat healthy foods and does not smoke or drink alcohol. He considers himself to be very chatty, and his teacher says he is very mature for his age. Felipe’s favorite hobbies are soccer and swimming.

Olivia, 17, comes from Germany. She lives with her parents and older sister. Olivia’s favorite hobby is dancing, and other interests include cooking, playing cards, gymnastics, reading, cycling and photography. She goes to a private school, and knows sign language.

Another student is Jenna, 16, of Australia. She lives with her parents, two sisters and a brother. Her favorite activities include church, going out for tea, birthday parties and relaxing at home. She loves singing and plays the piano, as well. Jenna loves to talk and is very outgoing and a positive person. She also loves animals, reading, cooking, swimming, playing cards, and school clubs.

 

Felipe

Felipe

All types of families are welcome to apply to host, including empty-nesters, older couples, young couples, families with/without children and even single parents. For more information on hosting, call 1-800-522-4678, e-mail to info@stsfoundation.org or visit www.stsfoundation.org. STS Foundation is a nonprofit foundation and is dedicated to intercultural exchange.

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Rams boys golf team finishes season second

Trent Davison goes for a birdie, leading the Rams with consistent performances all season.

Trent Davison goes for a birdie, leading the Rams with consistent performances all season.

Davison selected as First Team All State

The Rockford boys golf program finished the year on a high note. Trent Davison was selected as First Team Division I All State. This is a great honor for Davison and the boys program. Davison averaged 76.8, never shot over 80, never finished out of the top eight in any tournament, and led the Rams with wonderfully consistent performances all season.

The Rams finished their season in second place in the OK Red. They were undefeated in conference matches, but two third-place finishes in the conference tournaments led to a second place finish overall. The Rams finished the season with an overall record of 86-19-2.

Everyone is invited to play in the second annual Rockford Golf Alumni Scramble at Braeside Golf Club on August 9. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and is a four-person scramble. Sign up as a team or as a single and a team can be found for you. The goal of this tournament is to reunite former Rams golfers, bring some history to the golf program, and raise money to support the Rams’ “B” team for the 2010 season. You can find registration forms at www.rockfordramsgolf.com. If you have a desire to play, sponsor or donate anything, please contact Coach Cullum at (616) 433-8417.

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RPS to unveil artificial turf at Ted Carlson Stadium

Rockford Public Schools (RPS) will formally dedicate its new artificial turf multi-purpose field on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the football home opener against Holt. Voters approved the project as part of the district’s 2008 bond issue.

After carefully studying artificial turf options, district officials contracted to install a Mondoturf Eco-fill field. This cutting-edge turf is 100 percent recyclable, free of carcinogenic substances, comprised of 17.5 percent post-consumer recycled content, and is LEED friendly. In addition, the materials maintain a lower surface temperature, provide shock absorption to reduce the risk of injury, and materials are natural-looking and durable.

One of the primary reasons for turfing the field is to maximize its availability for band, football, lacrosse and other activities. A traditional sod field must “rest” between events, which limits its availability. In addition, weather has a significant impact on the condition of sod fields and can render them unusable.

Plans are in the works for a formal dedication of the field on Sept. 3 prior to the 7 p.m. football game against Holt. Please feel free to contact Athletic Director Tim Erickson at (616) 863-6040 for more details.

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Rockford girls varsity water polo earns gold Academic All American honors

Eight players earn Academic All State honors

Rockford High School girls water polo Head Coach Al Reickard recently announced that eight players on the varsity team were honored as Academic All State players. To qualify, the individual players had to be sophomores with a nonweighted grade-point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher. Those honored include senior Ariel Beattie, sophomore Tiffany Elenbaas, junior Ashley Gremel, junior Amanda Johnson, senior Mary Keeley, senior Kaitlyn Korhorn, junior Holly Nauta, senior Kelsey Vermeer, junior Christina Weston, and senior Molly Wooldridge.

Reikhard also noted, “The varsity post-season team went on to qualify for Academic All American as a group. There are three levels:  gold, silver and bronze. We qualified for the top honor of gold with a collective team GPA of 3.848.”

The post-season team included the following players:  co-captain Beattie, junior Natalie Beeg, sophomore Taylor Downs, Elenbaas, Gremel, sophomore Lauren Hulsebus, Johnson, co-captain Keeley, senior Rachel Marshall, Nauta, co-captain Wooldridge, Weston, freshman Casey Wolfer, and co-captain Vermeer.

Special thanks goes to Coach Reikhard, who will be stepping down from his position next season. His leadership and expertise will be greatly missed.

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