by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts I said earlier that wind was a form of solar energy, and I stand by that. Reread my past column if you need an explanation. The most economical way of capturing the wind for producing electricity is by using large towers with huge blades—as many as possible—called wind farms. They are being used throughout the world as a very dependable source of electricity. They work very well if placed in an area where the wind is pretty much constant. Michigan has areas that will work very well, yet people seem to be afraid of them. It can’t be the size, because no one is afraid of cell towers. It can’t be the looks, because… those cell phone towers again—those things are ugly. So what is it? Maybe it’s change. Northeastern Michigan is embracing this change. The thumb area has many wind farms and the energy is sold as fast as these farms go online. I’m not going to get into the idea of putting them in Lake Michigan. I’m just saying I have mixed feelings. I happen to think wind generators are beautiful—kinetic art even—maybe because I’m so Dutch and windmills are a part of my heritage. They work very well and will help us use less conventional energy.
February 9 2012
Accidents and cardiac emergencies happen all too often, and being prepared for them saves lives. Hope Community Church is welcoming back instructor Tim O’Connor for a third annual CPR-First Aid class on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “This popular class provides the first-response skills we need at work, in the home or on the road,” shared Pastor Scott Swix, “and Tim O’Connor is an excellent, enthusiastic and humorous instructor.” At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to provide infant, child and adult CPR and first aid, including stating the warning signs of a heart attack, operate an Automatic External Defibrillation (AED), demonstrate CPR techniques on a mannequin, protect themselves against blood-born pathogens, perform an emergency situation scene survey, and treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. Certificates will be issued at the end of class, valid for childcare providers and others. O’Connor, certified by the American Heart Association and National Safety Council, is a firefighter/emergency medical technician and a member of the Kentwood Professional Firefighters Union. He has been conducting classes for 16 years. A $10 fee covers the cost of the class and completion certificate. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Hope Community Church by Wednesday, Feb. 22, by calling (616) 874-4673 or e-mailing to email@example.com. Hope Community Church is located at 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford, a quarter-mile north of Belding Rd.
Shaun M. Wolf, 17, of Cedar Springs has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award. Wolf will be recognized in ceremonies on Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Howard Christensen Nature Preserve in Kent City. A member of Troop #282, chartered by North Kent Presbyterian Church, Wolf is one of approximately five percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or school-related service project to earn his Eagle. Wolf chose to build a camping area at Howard Christensen Nature Preserve. He directed the project, which included clearing an area for camping, installing four fire rings, and putting down wood chips on the path from the parking area to the camping area. Wolf has served as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, librarian and Order of the Arrow representative. He is active in the Chess Club and Rocket Club and has received three academic letters at Rockford High School, where he is a senior. He is the son of Tim and Vickie Wolf of Cedar Springs.
It was a blackout fundraiser for Haiti and a Battle of the Fans that brought the Rockford student section to a new level as they cheered and stomped the Rockford boys varsity basketball team to victory on Friday, Feb. 3. If ever a student section could make a difference in the outcome of a basketball game, it was Friday night at the south end of the Rockford gym. From the opening tip that saw Mitch Caywood line up and hit three three-point shots to Ivy Johnson and Aaron Weston working hard for rebounds, it was the loud student section that kept the team momentum at its best. The game saw Rockford take a 18-11 halftime lead into the locker room and holding its largest lead early in the third quarter at 22-11. Hudsonville would not let up, as they finally took the lead late in the fourth quarter at 33-32. With the clock winding down, Mark Pearson hit a critical three-point shot from the left baseline to tie the game at 35. With less than a minute to play, Chase Fairchild was fouled and sent to the line. Hitting the first of two free throws, Fairchild put Rockford ahead 36-35. With 9.5 seconds left, Hudsonville Coach Eric Elliott decided to try to win the game with a last shot attempt. Hudsonville’s Blake Hibbitts got the ball in the right baseline corner but was guarded so closely by Caywood, his shot bounced off the rim, giving Rockford an exciting 36-35 win and sole possession of the OK Red conference. That’s when it happened: the blackout student section filled the gym floor, surrounding the team and led the celebration. Rockford was led in scoring by Chad Carlson with 11 points and Caywood with nine points. Hudsonville was led by Hunter Prince and BJ VanLoo with nine each, and Hibbitts with seven. Rockford was home again on Tuesday to take on Grand Haven, and will travel to Jenison on Friday, Feb. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. start time.