The Kent County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD) has partnered with CrimeReports to provide the public with online crime mapping. By connecting to www.CrimeReports.com, the public can see a daily updated crime map showing when and where the sheriff’s department has responded to calls for service. Primarily, township residents will be able to view a crime map showing activity in and around their neighborhoods. According to the KCSD, “Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities. The CrimeReports service gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.” The public can access the crime map 24 hours a day through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free as a download in the Apple iTunes store. There is also a link on the Kent County Sheriff’s Department website at www.accesskent.com/CourtsAndLawEnforcement/SheriffsDepartment/sheriff_index.htm. The CrimeReports service lets local citizens sign up for free customizable e-mail alerts, so they can stay on top of crime in their neighborhood, and allows citizens to submit tips about area crimes directly to Silent Observer. KCSD hopes that giving the community this information will help them prevent and solve crime in their neighborhoods.
April 7 2011
Jacob Hoskins, son of Dan and Laureen Hoskins of Cedar Springs and eighth-grade student of Algoma Christian School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2011 Michigan Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The 2011 Michigan Geographic Bee will be held at the Bernhard Center at Western Michigan University on Friday, April 1. The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD,” and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will represent Michigan in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters, May 24-25. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will also travel with a parent or guardian, all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galápagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
Caroline Hyde, an eighth-grade student at East Rockford Middle School, will be participating in Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s 42nd Annual European Tour this summer. Hyde is among more than 400 talented participants and staff who will be visiting nine countries from the Mediterranean Sea to the North Sea as part of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program, which began in 1969. In return, Blue Lake and nearly 100 Michigan and Midwest communities will host 20 European groups that will visit the U.S.A. throughout the summer and into the fall. Hyde will be part of a 78-voice choir under the direction of Dr. Carol Ott. Prior to departing, the groups will spend one week at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in intensive rehearsals and preparations for the tours. In each European community they visit, Blue Lake’s performing ambassadors will stay in local homes, as will members of the groups that tour Michigan. According to Gretchen Stansell, founder and director of the program, the goal of Blue Lake’s International Exchange Program is to promote peace and understanding through the universal language of the arts. Hyde is a soprano voice student in the Blue Lake Choir, and the daughter of Joel and Ann Hyde of Rockford.
9th Nathan Harr, Ben Kogelschatz, Graham TenBrink, Bruce Ward 10th Nan Ayers, Jamie Berris, Courtney English, Brad Tidey 11th Karn Crooks, Kelly Nash, Gail Smitter DeJong, Andy Tower, David Arron Zapf 12th Amy Bozek, John Ferguson, Jill Ferguson, Gerry Hannah, Melissa Jensen, Eileen Ostrander, Matt Nash 13th Ashley Hull, Brody Miller, John Venman 14th Lindsey A. Behrend, Diana Candela, Michael Havemeier, Ellen Hunt 15th Charlotte Fisk
Humor Banquet The Annual Humor Banquet was held last Saturday at noon in front of the Corner Bar. The weather was cool with light rain, which held down the attendance. However, jokes were told and a good time was had by all. Rockford is the Humor Capital of the World! Governing I see the legislature has gotten rid of the law that all products on the shelf must have a price label. I look at those all the time and now they will be gone. I suspect prices will go up! I also see that the law makes it impossible for us to have a Referendum on the issue. If we don’t like the law, too bad. Letter to God I noticed that my dog had written some letters to God on my computer. “Dear God, is it on purpose our names are the same, only reversed?” “Dear God, when we get to Heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?” “Dear God, are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?” “Dear God, Let me give you a list of things I must remember to be a good dog: I will not eat the cat’s food before they eat it or after they throw it up. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like their smell. Sticking my nose into someone’s crotch is not an acceptable way of saying ‘Hello.’ The cat is not a ‘squeaky’ toy, so when I play with it and it makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing. P.S. Dear God, when I get to Heaven may I have all of my forgotten buried bones back?” The dog’s e-mail came back: “God does not accept e-mail, only prayers.” In charge A mild-mannered man was tired of being bossed around by his wife so he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said he needed to build his self-esteem, and so gave him a book on assertiveness, which he read on the way home. He had finished the book by the time he reached his house. The man stormed into the house and walked up to his […]