January 6 2011
More on December by CRAIG JAMES In last week’s article, I wrote about some of the interesting weather that had occurred in December, but it was written before the month ended. The final week of the month also had some newsworthy weather I want to tell you about. I’m sure you heard about the major storm that buried much of the Northeast the day after Christmas. This storm produced 24 inches of snow in Newark, New Jersey and in Brooklyn, New York. Up to 32 inches of snow fell in northern New Jersey, which may be the largest snowfall total ever recorded for that state from a single storm. I think it would be really neat to get a storm like that around here, but it has never happened. The storm gave Atlanta its first white Christmas since 1881 and, at a number of locations in the Southeast, it was the first white Christmas ever recorded. It was a Christmas miracle for some folks in North Carolina who ended up with free diamonds. A jeweler in Wilmington pledged to refund every purchase made at his store between November 26 and December 11 if three inches of snow fell at the Asheville, N.C. airport on Christmas Day. Statistically, the odds of snow falling in Asheville on Christmas Day are roughly three percent. It has only happened twice in the past 60 years. I don’t imagine his insurance company was very happy to learn that 8.5 inches fell there this year resulting in over a half million dollars in purchases having to be refunded to customers who have never been so happy to see snow. Behind the storm, another shot of very cold air plunged all the way into Cuba and the Bahamas. At Freeport, Bahamas, the low of 40 degrees on Monday the 27th was just one degree shy of the coldest temperature ever recorded in that country. The state of Florida has now confirmed that this past month of December was the coldest December of record. In California, a final storm for the month on the 29th upped the monthly rainfall total in Los Angeles to over eight inches for the wettest December of record. It was very cold behind the storm. I was in […]
Doug and Sue Daschner of Davidson, N.C. (formerly of Rockford), are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Lynn Daschner, to Chad Lewis E. Wells, son of Dan Wells and Deb LaCombe of Sheridan, Mich. Stacey is a 2005 Rockford High School graduate and received her bachelor of science degree in graphic design from Ferris State University. She is currently working as a graphic designer for the Southwest YMCA and is also a marketing administrator for NextStep E-Solutions. She also enjoys doing freelance design projects on the side. Chad is a 2005 Central Montcalm High School graduate and received his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. After recently graduating from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Academy, Chad is a deputy for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently working in the Santa Clara County court system and will soon start his field training. Stacey and Chad met while attending Ferris State University. They were friends at first, then their friendship blossomed into a romance. They have become inseparable as their love has grown even stronger since they moved to San Jose, Calif. together last December. Chad and Stacey will marry on April 8, 2011, and will reside in San Jose, Calif.
Peggy Schneider of Plymouth and Bill Stickney of Stockbridge announce the engagement of their daughter Kelli Stickney to Brandon Carlson. The bride-to-be is a 1996 graduate of Plymouth Salem High School and a 2001 Grand Valley State University graduate. She is employed by Walker Charter Academy as a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher. Brandon Carlson of Howard City is the son of Mike Carlson of Newaygo and Fran Carlson of Howard City. He is a 1999 graduate of Tri-County High School and a 2003 Michigan State University graduate. He is the owner of Carlson Arbogast Farms. The couple are planning an August 13, 2011 wedding at Fountain Street Church and St. Cecelia’s Music Society in Grand Rapids. They will honeymoon in Italy, and will reside in Rockford.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The unseasonably warm weather during the days leading up to New Year’s Day morning conspired to create unbelievable conditions for the 10th annual Friends of the White Pine Trail Resolution Walk. As a result, a record crowd of well over 300 people stepped off under a bright sun and blue skies to enjoy nature and a morning of good cheer and fellowship. Greetings of “Happy New Year” were the order of the day. To add icing to the cake, the temperature was 43 degrees and the trail was totally clear of ice and snow. It was almost surreal. The geese, along with the white swans and ducks on the Rogue River and in the air, were in total agreement. Their calls and honks could be heard joyously in the background. Believe it or not, we even saw a small frog hopping across the trail! So many people participated in the walk that Dave Heyboer, chairman of the “Friends,” had to rush to the supermarket to pick up additional hot dogs that were being provided with all the trimmings, free of charge, to all in attendance. The Friends, in appreciation to their many members and the peoples and businesses of the communities through which the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail passes, host the annual walk.