A Howard City Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. Organizers hope memories will be made and loved ones will be remembered. A live nativity scene and refreshments will also be offered at the event, which will be held at the Depot on the corner of Ensley and Edgerton, behind the library. Crystal angel ornaments are being sold for $15 with proceeds to go to the Friends of Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library and Still Waters Ministry Center. Historic Howard City has plenty to offer besides this ceremony. There is a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertaining in this town located about 15 minutes north of Rockford. It is the fastest-growing community in Montcalm County, and is a destination along the Fredrick Meijer White Pine Trail. In summers the town hosts a farm market on Saturdays and a community-wide yard sale in June. There are four picturesque parks, one which holds an antiques market during the summer. Music in the park is held during summer on the banks of Schlitz Creek. A variety of music is featured at the concerts, including bluegrass, old-time rock and roll and Caribbean. The town has a winterfest that keeps the fun going even in the colder temperatures, proving the claim that the town is a year ‘round playground. There are even recycle days held annually. The town’s mission statement lists the commitment to be an attractive, environmentally conscience community that is progressive, responsive and hospitable. Like Rockford, the town has a walkable appeal with an area of 2.5 square miles and historic buildings. To find out more or to help plan your next visit, go online to howardcity.org.
by CRAIG JAMES I want to thank the folks at The Rockford Squire for giving me the opportunity to write about two of my favorite subjects, weather and climate. Mark Twain once said, “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” That is the best summary of the distinction between the two I have heard, and I am sure rarely a day goes by when you don’t hear a comment about one or the other. It is my hope that maybe I can shed a little light on both subjects. I am a firm believer in another Mark Twain quote, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Too often it seems, especially on the subject of “climate change,” you don’t hear all the facts, frequently just the politically correct ones. So it is with this in mind—and freely admitting my own biases will enter in to anything I write—I hope to present information you may not have heard. I believe the best way to be educated about a subject is to hear both sides of an argument. The first thing I want to write about is the expected weather for this upcoming winter. You may have heard there is an El Niño occurring in the Pacific Ocean again this year, which means there is a pool of warmer-than-normal surface water located in the central Pacific Ocean. You can see in the graphic from NOAA there is an area of water along the Equator in the central Pacific Ocean between two and three degrees warmer than normal. This is a classic moderate El Niño look. It seems as if the popular belief has been if we are in an El Niño pattern, the winter will be warm, and if we are in a La Niña pattern, the winter will be cold. However, the truth is much more complicated than that. All El Niños and La Niñas are not the same. The exact location of the warm water, how much warmer than normal the water is, and whether the water temperatures peak in winter or in spring make a big difference in the downstream weather over the United States for the coming winter. There are other ocean circulations in the […]
At 10 a.m., Wednesday November 25, American Legion Post 102 of Rockford, in cooperation with St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church, hosted their first Mobile Food Pantry from the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Over 40 Legion members were assisted by 30 Boy Scouts from Troops 264, 282 and 228. In a brief ceremony prior to distributing the food, Post Commander Tom Plaska presented a check in the amount of $1,300 to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank. Dena Rogers who was on hand to represent the food bank, accepted the check. The $1,300 check was given as a token of the Post’s commitment, to assisting community members in need, though the Mobile Pantry Program. In all, the Post divided and distributed 5,133 pounds of food to 108 families, consisting of over 354 family members. Post Commander Tom Plaska applauded the volunteers and reminded them that the American Legion’s success depends entirely upon active membership, participation and volunteerism. And that the organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. The Post has scheduled their second Mobile Pantry for December 22 at 10:00 AM. A third is also scheduled for January 25. Those families residing in the North Kent Area who require food assistance are invited to attend. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion currently has about 2.6 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It is only through the efforts of the community that projects such as the mobile food pantry can be successful. A number of businesses, when asked, have stepped forward with needed resources. The Legion is very grateful for the assistance of Red’s on the River, D&W Food Market, Meijer, DVS Trucking and Alloy Exchange, who all contributed in some manner to the success of this project. The support of the membership of St. Stephens Lutheran Church has been invaluable, assisting the Legion members with everything from resources to coaching. They have truly been a big part of the pantry’s success.