July 15 2010

Rotary to hear Civil War speaker

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Rockford Rotary Club is pleased to have Dr. Michael J. Deeb as their speaker on Tuesday, July 20 at noon. Dr. Deeb will be speaking about American society at the time of the Civil War. He is the author of a trilogy of historical novels, “The Drieborg Chronicles.” Deeb is a native of Grand Rapids. He was educated there and received his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in 1957. He earned a master’s degree in history from Michigan State University and a doctorate from Wayne State University. He was elected to the State Board of Education in 1968 and served through 1974. After 20 years in education here in Michigan, Deeb owned and operated an accounting and investment advisory business for 25 years. He is a former resident of Frankenmuth, Mich. Currently retired, he lives in Sun City, Fla. He is married to Sally Dittman, and they have five children and 10 grandchildren. “Duty and Honor” is the first novel in the trilogy. “Duty Accomplished and Honor Restored” followed this novel. They will be available after the presentation.

Cannon Township calls for stream study volunteers

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Cannon Township seeks volunteers to be part of a stream study group that will assess macro-invertebrates in Bear Creek. Kim Sapkowski, watershed administrative assistant for Cannon Township, said, “Volunteers need not have expearience or knowledge on macro-invertebrates or stream studies; just an interest in stream life and the desire to see our community take a proactive stance on watershed health.” Volunteers may do one or more of the following activities: • Put on waders and dig around the creek bottom with a net. • Remove macro-invertebrates from the net and place them in trays. • Identify the macro-invertebrates. • Place the insects in vials. • Make tabulations on sheets of paper. • Take photos. Volunteers will go out in groups on a specific date in spring and fall of 2011. If you are interested in being a volunteer, you must attend a one-day training session at Cannon Township Center in September (date to be later announced, but will most likely take place on a Saturday). “Although the stream study dates are a ways off, the September 2010 training is not. The Township would like to start gathering volunteers now,” said Sapkowski. Macro-invertebrates are animals without backbones that are larger than 1/2 millimeter (the size of a pencil dot). These aquatic animals live on rocks, logs, sediment, debris and aquatic plants. They include crustaceans such as crayfish, mollusks such as clams and snails, aquatic worms and the immature and adult forms of aquatic insects such as stoneflies and mayflies. Collecting and counting macro-invertebrates indicates the health of a stream. More diversity equals a healthier stream. Threats to macro-invertebrates are sedimentation, habitat loss and chemical pollution. “Cannon Township was recently awarded a $1,000 grant for macro-invertebrate/steam studies through the Michigan Clean Water Corps [MiCorps]. This grant will allow us to organize a large group of volunteers who will go out on Bear Creek to count and observe the macro-invertebrates. Stream studies will help the Township make better decisions regarding the creek and the Bear Creek Watershed,” stated Sapkowski. If you are interested in being a volunteer for this project, call Kim Sapkowski at (616) 874-6966 or e-mail her at ksapkowski@cannontwp.org.

Wise Photography celebrates 15 years

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On July 5, 1995 Michelle Wise opened her business, Wise Photography, never realizing what a journey the next 15 years would hold. In that time her life changed in many ways and now she looks forward to discovering what story her future holds. Just like film is developed through a process, she believes all she discovered about herself and life’s lessons were developed in the dark room of her life. Wise fell into photography as she attended school with dreams of making movies. Her first clip, a two-and-a-half minute skit, cost $400 to process. As part of her criteria for earning a degree in film, she was required to take a photography course. Because of college expenses, her first love fell by the wayside and she discovered she could still tell stories through still images. While on that journey, there was another story unfolding.  Through suffering she discovered something deep inside that wouldn’t have been uncovered with out the experience of pain and was led down a new path of faith and affirmation. “I had to go through life and experience some things,” Wise described. “Now I have a story to tell with my work with children.” Wise has written a book she decided to self publish: Discovery through the Eyes of Children, A photographer’s journey. Wise has been working on the book for five years, but it is really fifteen years in the making. The document is illustrated with the photos of children Wise has taken over the years, but the short message on each page is autobiographical.  Wise said over the years she went through some personal issues that filled her with stress and actually made her physically sick from tension. She found herself second-guessing her purpose in life and her faith in God. As she continued her work as a photographer, she noticed, over and over, how the pictures she took while working reflected a deeper meaning.  When she was questioning her belief in God, she saw children posing as if in prayer. Other, apparently coincidental happenings, kept bringing her back from self-doubt and despair, reminding her of a faith she thought she had lost. She said even electronics started to malfunction, it was if God was trying to get her attention. One day a failed email connection gave her the message: “Without the connection, […]

Backpacks, items are needed for local families

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Even though school is out for the summer, the staff at North Kent Service Center (NKSC) are already working on our back-to-school project. Their goal is to supply about 500 backpacks full of school of school supplies to their clients’ school-age children. Any donation of new backpacks, calculators and other necessary school supplies would be greatly appreciated. NKSC will be collecting backpacks and items from July 12 to August 12. The following items are needed: • BACKPACKS • pens, pencils, erasers • spiral-bound notebooks • highlighters, crayons • pencil boxes, markers • 2-pocket report folders • construction paper, scissors • notebook paper, rulers For more information, please contact Deb McIntyre, volunteer coordinator at NKSC, at (616) 866-3478 or e-mail to deb.mcintyre@nksc.net.

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