April 22 2010

Rockford donors reach gallon levels at local blood drive

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

If you see any of the following residents, you may want to thank them for their donations. Maybe they will save the life of someone you love. At the recent Michigan Community Blood Drive held at the Rockford Community Cabin, the following people reached new gallon levels of donations. They are Karen Albano with three gallons, Brenda Allers with three gallons, one gallon each from Roger Carr, Mary Gabrick and Dirrindia Garska, four gallons from Jill Mahoney, 13 gallons from Scott Mazur, and six gallons from Rick Vanhorn. The Rockford American Legion Post 102 has also scheduled some blood drives with the next one scheduled for Tuesday, June 8.

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros celebrations held at KDL

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Celebrate Día de los Niños/Día los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with Kent District Library. Children of all ages are invited to come enjoy traditional Mexican crafts, music and other activities. Celebrations will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, at the Krause Memorial Library in Rockford. Children’s Day/Book Day, founded by author Pat Mora in 1996, focuses on a commitment to link all children to books, languages and cultures. For more information, please call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. The Krause Memorial Library is located at 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford.

Rockford annual golf outing to be held May 7

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its 15th Annual Community Golf Outing on Friday, May 7. The Chamber is happy to showcase another member for this annual event, with this year’s outing taking place on the rolling links of Boulder Creek Golf Club. The golf club has been an honored RCC member since December 1999. The $95-per-person fee includes 18 holes, golf cart, hole events, continental breakfast and lunch buffet. The winning team will enjoy ownership of the beautiful crystal traveling championship trophy for a year—and the bragging rights that go along with winning it. Proceeds from the golf outing support the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund. Sponsorships, donations for door prizes and promotional giveaways are welcome and sincerely appreciated. Sponsorship pledges are due by April 21. At the present time the Chamber is honored to have the following sponsors: This year’s event Gold Sponsor is United Bank of Michigan; Silver Sponsor is Byrne Electrical Specialists, Inc.; Bronze Sponsor is Action Tax Service; Putt-Fore-Cash Contest is PNC; Hole-In-One Contest is John Decker Chevrolet; Golf Ball Sponsor is Rockford East Business Association; Game Hole Sponsor is Nance-Martin Accounting Service. Don’t miss out on this great networking opportunity. Registration deadline for golfing is April 26. For more information, please contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000, or visit www.rockfordmichamber.com.

Be on the lookout for pink teeth

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Pink teeth are popping up everywhere in the Rockford area. And it’s all because of one orthodontist Dr. Mark Brieden. “We’re having a lot of fun with it. My wife, Dixie, came up with the idea and, with the help of the whole staff, we’re doing something positive to help fight breast cancer,” said Brieden. “We are asking all of our patients to wear pink ties on their braces. For each patient that agrees, Brieden Orthdontics is making a donation to Relay for Life. It’s more of a challenge for the men and boys, but they seem to be glad to help us in this worthy cause and search for a cure.”

Words on Weather & Climate

April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

Global Sea Ice by CRAIG JAMES Last week I wrote about the Arctic Sea ice extent and how it was very likely to have been significantly lower in the past than during the recent period of satellite observations begun in 1979. Let’s take a look today at the sea ice extent on a global scale, not just in the Arctic Ocean. You may be surprised. The graphic above is from the University of Illinois Cryosphere Today website. The line across the bottom of the chart shows how the daily global sea ice has deviated since 1979 from the overall average between 1979 and 2008. You can clearly see that the global sea ice area is currently sitting right at average. How can that be when all we have heard about is how much the ice is melting? The above chart clearly shows that since satellite observations began, the extent of sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere declined until 2007 when it reached a minimum. However, it has recovered back almost to the average since then. I wrote about this last week. This last chart is of the Southern Hemisphere sea ice. You can see that in 2007, when the Arctic ice was at a minimum, the Southern Hemisphere was at a record high extent. The ice in the Antarctic was not cooperating with the alarmist point of view. What is really interesting is that the long-term ice increase and decline at the two poles tends to be out of phase. When ice is increasing at one over several years, it is decreasing at the other. Several studies have been done on this, but no known reason for this behavior has been found. I’m sure common experience has taught you that ice melts quicker when it comes in contact with warm water rather than warm air. If you have a sink full of ice, the quickest way to melt it is to add warm water, not turn up the heat in the room. However, all the alarmist predictions about the Arctic becoming ice-free were assuming the melt was due to warm air temperatures from global warming. If you take a look at any year from the website of the Danish Meteorological Institute at ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php, you will […]

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