January 12 2012

Free childrens dental clinic

January 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Give Kids a Smile is a national day of donated dentistry endorsed by the American Dental Association and designed to bring dentistry to underserved children in their communities. The staff at Frey Family Dentistry will be donating their time, skills, and the supplies necessary to provide underserved children (age 14 and under) with free complete oral exams, cleanings, fluoride, and preventive fillings (sealants). Our event will begin at 8 a.m. at my office located on 6220 Jupiter Ave in Belmont. All appointments are scheduled in advance. Parents or guardians will need to register their children over the telephone to ensure their treatment on February 3. The office telephone number is 616-222-0202. Feel free to download our brochure or get directions to their office by visiting their web site at www.freydental.com.


January 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

Solar hot water collection by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts This week we are writing about solar hot water collection. This is the most cost effective way of using the sun’s energy in our existing homes. Most people don’t realize that about 20 percent of your total annual heating bill is used to heat water. It can be more depending on the fuel you use and the number of teenage girls you have in your house (personal experience, of course—I like an occasional long shower myself, so I can’t blame her too much). Electric energy is the most expensive, with propane close behind and natural gas the cheapest per BTU. Solar hot water panels and controllers have been around a long time and have been improving along the way. I’ve serviced 25-year-old systems and got them back on track by re-insulating and replacing a few worn parts. The new ones will last just as long or longer, I’m sure. Basically, the panels lay flat on a south-facing and unshaded roof. There are insulated pipes that go to a solar storage tank which uses any heat collected to preheat the water going into your existing hot water heater. When you ask for hot water from your faucet, the hot water goes from the solar tank into your existing tank and heats that water so that your conventional energy doesn’t need to. Spring, fall and summer give me gas bills that are mostly fees. In winter, I take what I get and am thankful for it.

History of weapons during Michigan’s frontier recounted

January 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Weapons changed as settlers arrived and the state developed by BETH ALTENA As big game disappeared from Michigan’s landscape and the needs of pioneer settlers changed, so did the weapons they used in day-to-day life, explained Rockford resident and firearms historian Jon Stamp. Stamp was the presenter during the November Rockford Area Historical Society meeting at the Community Cabin on Thursday, Nov. 3. He described the evolution of the weaponry the state’s earliest settlers relied upon as they increasingly conquered the wilderness of Michigan since the early 1600s. Stamp said Michigan is unique and has history of non-native American activities as far back as there is for the country’s east coast. When the first white settlers arrived, Michigan was home to about 15,000 Indians. They were Algonquians and included regional tribes of Miamis, Chippewa, Menominee, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Wyandot. White settlers came to the area as far back 100 years before the Revolutionary War because the area was rich in the fur trade industry. Stamp said he is a shooter and historian and not really a historical reenactor. Original guns are far too valuable and many times too rare to use for shooting and reenacting. Therefore, replicas or custom-built weapons are used for these purposes. He showed the crowd a replica of a gun that would have been typical to early settlers, a smooth-bored flintlock musket, that could be loaded with whatever was available—round lead ball, birdshot, buckshot or in extreme cases even tacks or pebbles. It was fired by a piece of flint gripped in the hammer hitting a piece of steel, creating sparks to fire off the weapon. The British had a paper cartridge in which gunpowder was wrapped. The sparks lit the packet of gunpowder, firing the gun. They used the weapon for fighting and had the typical technique of standing a certain distance from the enemy line, shooting at them and then rushing forward to fight with the bayonet on the end of the weapon. The lack of open fields here confused the British and French. Settlers more typically stored their gunpowder in a horn and poured a measure into the barrel of the weapon. The pretty big caliber ball often used in the musket meant the user had to be […]

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