April 12 2012

Rohrer donates 10 inches of hair for Locks of Love

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Girl gives more inches than she has years in age Leah Rohrer, who was just seven years old at the time, has donated an amazing 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love for those who have hair loss due to illness. Rohrer made the donation on January 12 at Bangz Hair Salon. “We are very proud,” said Rebecca Rohrer, her mother.

OLC students bring home gold in Science Olympiad

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On March 24, Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) School grades six through eight competed in the 28th Annual Region 12 Science Olympiad Tournament held at Grand Valley State University. The Science Team trained under Mrs. Schuler, the eighth-grade science teacher; Mr. Parker, the middle school social studies teacher; and Mr. Lang, the middle school math teacher. The school participated in 23 events lasting throughout the entire day. OLC starting training for the science fair projects in October 2011, and training sessions were conducted on a weekly basis. There were 42 schools in attendance and over 3,000 students, coaches and family members attending the science fair. OLC competed very well in all categories. In the Catch-It event, the team of Elizabeth Urbik, Yvonne Danko and Caitlin Wilson not only brought home the gold but set a new record. Catch-It is an event where a 67-gram steel ball is dropped in intervals of 30 centimeters down a pipe. On the bottom of the pipe is a basket constructed of small wood sticks over a hole. If the wood-constructed basket catches the steel ball at 30 centimeters, the steel ball is raised to the next 30-centimeter level up. You have 10 tries or until the basket breaks until you are complete. The OLC girls completed a height of 120 centimeters until the 10 tries were completed.

Don’t get anxious with planting

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by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Well, we just had summer in March! Wow! Now we are having a reality check with April. Believe it or not, we are having average to slightly above average temps and below average on precipitation, but that is about to change. Precipitation is going to be slightly above average for the next eight days. Temps will be about average (50 to 61 degrees). We need to remember not to get to anxious with planting frost-sensitive plants, because lows are going to be around the frost mark. The average last day for frost in Kent County is about the 15th to 17th of May. It is easy to forget that the weather can change quickly in West Michigan. If you have some plants that you would like to protect and give three to four degrees advantage, you can use a product called N-SULATE to cover your plants. Also sprinkling water overnight on the plants can help, depending how bad of a frost. Regarding the use of crab grass preventer, we are getting to the end and broad leaf prevention will be starting soon. Always try to wait at least four weeks between fertilizer applications. So, have patience and enjoy the head start we got this year!

Local company offers awning options for outdoor enjoyment

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Grand Rapids Awnings reopened this year, enjoys long, colorful history David Bayne, president of Grand Rapids Awnings and sister company Muskegon Awning & Fabrication, knows how much Michigan residents appreciate our outdoor living spaces and recreation. His company is the largest awning and fabrication business and has been serving homeowners, boat owners and business owners for more than a century. It was around 1890—as the story goes—when an 18-year-old English boy, Horace Schipp, saw a way to make a living by serving both the residents and businesses of Muskegon, Mich. He began repairing feed sacks, harnesses and awnings, and eventually launched a business that would evolve over the years to become Muskegon Awning & Fabrication. Through the end of 19th century, the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, the company weathered depressions, recessions, wars and more. Various owners and their families, all as dedicated as the company’s founder, continued to lead and grow the business, expanding services, product lines and facilities to meet the needs of a diversity of customers. Today, Muskegon Awning and Fabrication and sister company Grand Rapids Awnings serve homeowners, boat owners and business owners in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Lakeshore, the state, the region and beyond. “We’ve opened Grand Rapids Awnings in order to be more convenient and accessible to Grand Rapids’ homeowners and business owners,” said Bayne. “For over a century, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication has been serving the region, and we believe we’ve lasted this long because of our commitment to providing our customers with quality products and superior service. As part of that commitment to our Grand Rapids customers, we’ve opened Grand Rapids Awnings.” The business is located at 3150 Plainfield Ave., Suite 1, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday. The company is the largest fabricator of awnings in the area, employing 14 full-time people. Bayne said most of the employees have been with the company in excess of 15 years. “This is the nice thing about having a number of people on our staff,” Bayne said. “We have more than one person qualified to complete the work. There are technical […]

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