January 21 2010

Local donations send jerky treats to troops

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Kelly’s Deer Processing is gearing up for another Jerky for the Troops shipment. Everyone is invited to attend Friday January 29, 2010 from noon until 3 p.m. at CK’s Place Banquet Facility on Northland Drive south of Big Rapids. Anyone who is sponsoring a solider anywhere in the world will be greeted with appetizers, soft drinks and shipping boxes waiting to be labeled. You may bring personal items for your soldier, add them to a box of “Jerky Worth Fighting For” along with the latest copy of Hooks and Bullets outdoor magazine. Each box will then be closed and labeled and taken to the local Post Offices for immediate delivery to soldiers all over the world. Some of this years jerky will be marked for two local units out of Muskegon. Many more boxes will be available for any soldier until the jerky is all gone. So please come early to this event and help us send “Jerky to the Troops”. The employees at Kelly’s have been busy cutting and trimming donated venison all season. Thousands of pounds of venison and thousands of dollars in cash together equals over 1,000 pre-packed half-pound packages of tasty Michigan venison jerky. This “Jerky for the Troops” is now ready for shipment. Donations for postage are still needed to complete this year’s efforts. So please help us help the soldiers by bringing a donation for postage. We are planning on sending 75 to 100 boxes at this time. This has all been made possible through the efforts of: Jeff Morey and his Family Support Group, the Sanctuary Game Ranch, Little Town Jerky, Challenger Game Ranch, The Hired Guns from Camp Swampy, Hooks and Bullets Magazine, Bill Beach Antler Mounts, SCI National and many other generous companies and individuals. For more information about this years “Jerky for the Troops” and to find out how you can help us send this Jerky please call Colin Kelly at (231) 796-5414. CK’s Place Banquet Facility is located at 11515 Northland Drive, 3 miles south of the city of Big Rapids.

Two Board of Education terms

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Two Rockford Public Schools board trustees’ terms are set to expire on June 30, 2010 Charles Boekeloo has served as a board trustee since 1998 and has announced that he will retire upon completion of his third term in June. David Keller was first elected to the board in 2006 and has declared his intent to seek re-election at the May 4, 2010 election. Individuals interested in seeking election may contact their local city/township clerk or the Kent County Clerk to obtain nominating petitions. The deadline to file petitions with the Kent County Clerk’s office is 4 p.m. on February 9, 2010. For information on how to seek election, you may contact your city or township office, the Kent County Clerk’s Office (www.accesskent.comp), or the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Finance at the Rockford Public Schools (616-863-6555). If you have questions or would like information about what is involved with serving on the Board of Education, feel free to contact Superintendent Shibler at 616-863-6557.

Serious shopper takes big prize from downtown

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Heart of Rockford merchants put together quite a package for the winner of a holiday promotion. Jayne Remmelts visited all 20 participating merchants in a third-year event that rewards one lucky shopper for diligence. Remmelts said she finished her Christmas shopping but bought more for herself during the two days it took her to visit the stores in the Heart of Rockford holiday promotion. On Wednesday, January 13, Remmelts picked up her prize in downtown Rockford, presented by Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Company. There are 32 members in the merchant organization, 20 of which took part in the contest. Shoppers were given a business card, which had to be stamped at the participating businesses. Her card was then drawn out of a container of all the cards completed. The 1980 Rockford High School graduate learned she was the winner on her birthday. “I was very excited,” she said. Remmelts said she had no problem visiting each store and loves Rockford’s downtown. Stein said she was pleased to see a Rockford resident was the winner this year.

Rockford’s city parks matter more than ever

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL With almost two months of the “white stuff” on the ground and no end in sight, we’ve decided to “think green”—parks, that is. Through its Center for City Park Excellence (CCPE), the Trust for Public Land (TPL) reported, “American park users, consisting mostly of families with children, have increased their visits to local parks and playgrounds during this recent period of economic difficulty,” according to CCPE Director Peter Harnik. According to a nationwide poll conducted by Harris Interactive (on behalf of the TPL), more than 70 percent of surveyed park visitors say they are using parks as much, if not more so, than they did when the economy was strong. “The poll results indicate both a strong and consistent use of parks and playgrounds along with a renewed recognition of their value in tight economic times,” said Harnik. Rockford is blessed with many fine parks providing close-to-home outdoor recreational experiences. People turn to local parks in a time when fewer people have money to travel. Rockford’s parklands are well distributed around town, often only a short walk or a bike ride away. The CCPE conducts an annual survey of the 77 largest U.S. cities, comparing acreage of parklands per 1,000 residents. In the latest survey, if we compare Rockford (population 4,625) with the 77 cities (all who have populations in excess of 242,000), we find that Rockford would rank 15th.   However, Anchorage, Alaska—placing first in the survey—includes the gargantuan 495,204-acre Chugach State Park within its city limits. When we factor out the huge size of the third largest state park in the U.S., Anchorage drops out of the top 15 and Rockford moves up to 14th nationwide.   This is lofty company. By example, we can compare Rockford with 25.9 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents to our largest metropolitan neighbor, Chicago, with a minute 4.2 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. “The decision to move and reside in Rockford is based on numerous quality-of-life issues, not the least of which is our fair City’s developed recreational parklands and green space,” said Rockford City Manager Michael Young. To quote Rockford Living Magazine, “Over the past 15 years, the City of Rockford has developed, improved, or created several parks, paths, trails, and […]

Words on Weather & Climate — January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Global warming and ‘Climategate’ by CRAIG JAMES If you follow the subject of global warming, you have likely heard of what has been called “Climategate.” Back on November 17, 2009, a very large file containing over 1,000 e-mails between climate change researchers and nearly 2,000 other documents related to climate change were posted on the Internet. If you doubt how quickly information can spread over the Internet, consider that in just two weeks the subject of Climategate could be found on over 28 million websites. The e-mails and documents were released either by a hacker or by a whistle-blower inside the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University in England. CRU maintains one of the five databases of temperature records for the globe and is one of the premier climate research centers. Many of its researchers and others mentioned in the e-mails have been lead authors in reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The released information has been verified as authentic by CRU and has, so far, resulted in Phil Jones, the director of CRU, temporarily stepping down from that position. Since so much information was released, it is not easy to summarize but Lon Glazner, in a blog post entitled “Men Behaving Badly,” has captured the essence of the issue. Here are the main points of that post: 1. The scientists colluded in efforts to thwart Freedom of Information Act requests (across continents no less). They reference deleting data, hiding source code from requests, manipulating data to make it more annoying to use, and attempting to deny requests from people recognized as contributors to specific Internet sites. 2. These scientists publicly diminished opposing arguments for lack of being published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In the background, they discussed blackballing journals that did publish opposing views, and preventing opposing views from being published in journals they controlled. They even mention changing the rules midstream in arenas they control to ensure opposing views would not see the light of day. They discuss amongst themselves which scientists can be trusted and who should be excluded from having data because they may not be “predictable.” 3. The scientists expressed concern privately over a lack of increase in global temperatures in the last decade, and […]

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