Flowers fade, chocolates disappear quickly. This year, make a Valentine’s Day investment in your relationship by attending the Love & Respect Marriage Conference at River Rock Church, featuring Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. The Friday, February 17, 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event is a high-energy, practical seminar designed to help couples achieve the relationship they’ve always dreamed of. According to Dr. Eggerichs, “Women need love. Men need respect. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.” One conference attendee remarked, “I know my wife truly loves me, but because she practices giving me respect on a daily basis (sometimes I’m not respectable), I have been able to feel fulfilled and my home is by far the best place I want to be at any given time. We are sure that this teaching will revive and restore many marriages.” Dr. Eggerichs has been invited to speak to the NFL owners and coaches, the PGA players and spouses at The Player’s Championship, and the New York Giants at their new stadium in N.J. But most honoring to him was being invited by the military brass to speak to the troops in Iraq this year. Dr. Eggerichs is the author of several books, including the national bestseller “Love and Respect, “which has sold over a million copies. He has graduate degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a Ph.D. in child and family ecology from Michigan State University. Married in 1973, he and Sarah live in Grand Rapids. He is the founder and president of Love and Respect Ministries. Contact River Rock Church at (616) 874-0400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit loveandrespect.com/events/details/991 to reserve your space online.
January 26 2012
by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts Today we talk about the exotic form of solar energy—the one that techies drool over. The one that gives people that far away look in their eyes, as if they are in the Mars Rover or the space station or at the communication satellites that our phones and iPads bounce off of. Well that last was a bit of a stretch. Solar electric or PV panels make all those things possible. They are also powering our lighted signs on the highways, among many other things. A solar electric installation is what I’m asked about most by homeowners. The cost is dropping dramatically, which is what has kept most of us from purchasing such wonderful technology. New inverter technology has made questionable sites more positive, and bigger panels means less mounting hardware. Inverters, by the way, change the voltage from the panels to that which we can use 120v AC to such a fine quality that we can now grid-tie them. Grid-tie means that we can sell our extra production to the utility company at the same price they charge us, so no batteries are needed. We just buy back at night what we sold them during the day. What a deal. Batteries can still be used for people who need them. The panels can be mounted on a roof, on poles and on trackers which follow the sun’s path through the sky. They work very well, are quiet, will last for many years (I have some that are 25 years old) and are beautiful to behold, at least I think so. Don’t forget: energy efficiency first.
Marie (DeRegnaucourt) and Nick Voss, of DeWitt, Mi announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Lee Vos. Aubrey was born November 17, 2011 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She weighed 7.2 pounds and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Jeff and Debbie DeRegnaucourt, of Rockford, MI and Galen and Pat Voss of Mt. Pleasant, MI.
The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) is pleased to announce the establishment of a Public Safety Grants Program made available to police, fire and ambulance services within the West Michigan area. These funds were made available through the Healing Fields Project that was sponsored by RACE. The Healing Fields Project raised $55,000, to be given back to the community through the sale of flags and private donations, as part of the 10-year remembrance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. RACE will take applications until March 1, 2012, at which time the Board will convene and make grant awards. Grants will be available in an amount not to exceed $5,000, and those agencies who participated in the Healing Fields Project will receive priority funding. Applications can be obtained at the Rockford City Hall and Plainfield, Cannon, Courtland and Algoma township halls, as well as through the Rockford Public Schools Administration Offices.
Harper Rayne Xiaoyu Zainea Matthew and Lesley Zainea, of Rockford, announce the addition to their family of Harper Rayne Xiaoyu Zana. Harper was born November 18, 2004 in China. Harper is welcomed home by Evanne, 17, Anaiah, 16, Hazen, 9, Ezra, 6, Kennedy, 6 (all Zaineas). Grandparents are Sydney Zainea of Grand Rapids and Ralph and Linda Morey of Big Rapids. Yang, Xiaoyu became Harper Rayne Xiaoyu Zainea on December 12, 2011. Her mother, father, and little sister traveled to Jingsu province (close to Shanghai) China to bring her home. She became an American citizen when she went through immigration in Detroit Michigan on December 22, 2011. She was welcomed home by family and friends at the Gerald R. Ford airport.