Bill allows 16-year-olds to give blood Melissa Meitz, Donor Relations Specialist for Michigan Blood, recently announced the results of the blood drive held Monday, Jan. 3, at the Rockford Community Cabin. “It was a great start to 2011,” Meitz reported. She said 67 people signed in and donated a total of 57 units of blood. This allows 171 lives to be saved. One of the donors was giving blood for the first time. Meitz reported that there were several people reaching a milestone of gallons donated. They were Sandra Mellema and Kyle Smoes at one gallon each, Michelle Blystone at two gallons, Gene Birdsall and Ronald Szokowski at three gallons each, Jacqueline Decker and C. Worst at four gallons each, Debra Rinehart with five gallons, and Lauri Calkins reaching nine gallons of blood donated. The next local Michigan Blood blood drives will be at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. “Also, I am sure you have heard the great news about 16-year-old donors,” Meitz reported. “In December a bill was passed allowing 16-year-olds to donate with parent or guardian permission. Jennifer Granholm signed it in as law at the end of the year, so we are now able to accept 16-year-old donors.” Meitz said Michigan is the 40th state to pass the legislation. “We are really excited about it,” she said. “Now we just have to spread the word.” The permission slip for 16-year-old donors can be found online at miblood.org/donating/donating-blood/16-year-old-donors/:. Michigan Blood is located at 1036 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids.
July 16 2009 news
Cub Scout Pack 3282 Roguewood Elementary Webelos recently attended Gerber Cub Scout Webelos Adventureland Camp. They enjoyed friends and outdoor activities, lots of games and had tons of fun. Participating Scouts were Maxwell Scroggs, Blake Gordon, Parker O’Brien, Conner Hoyle, Sebastian Stange, and Matt Copping. Adults in attendance were James Scroggs, Chad Gordon, Joe O’Brien, John Hoyle, and Trent Stange.
On May 15, Girl Scout Junior Troop 2731 of Assumption School in Belmont successfully completed their Bronze Award, the highest award a junior-level Girl Scout can earn. The Bronze Award consists of completing badge work in skills and leadership, in conjunction with planning and executing a service project. Each girl needed to complete 15+ hours to earn this award. The troop chose their school’s music center as the focus of their project to show school spirit and give back to their school community. The music center needed acoustical and visual improvements, both of which the Scouts were eager to supply. To fund their project, the troop used their proceeds from their Girl Scout cookie sales. Together the troop created six original, music-inspired paintings to energize the space visually. To address the acoustical problems, they sewed and hung fabric to cover the room’s entire back wall to help diminish echo in the room. They also completed other improvements such as painting the doors, walls and hallway floor, building and installing coat hooks, hanging a new light, reupholstering the piano bench, and even polishing the old piano. The room and hallway were completely transformed and the troop feels that the school’s band and music programs will certainly enjoy using the newly refurbished room. Troop 2731 members who earned the Bronze Award are: Kirsten Brinkmeier, Katie Cruikshank, Heather Denton, Rachel Foster, Molly Kalinowski, Mary Novak, Aubrey Paganelli, Maddie Ripple, Kate Sakoski, Eliza Solarawicz and Margarita Whyte.
Bridges Animal Hospital in Ada just 20 minutes from Rockford Denise Whittoft, DVM knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was just six years old. When she fulfilled her dream, she then realized she wanted to be her own kind of vet—a person like the old-fashioned family doctor who takes time to get to know her patients and can be a friend the family can count on. Dr. Whittof and fellow veterinarian Kirsten Marshall DVM, opened their own practice to offer just that kind of care for the dogs, cats, “pocket pets” and the occasional reptile in need of preventative and medical care. “Pets are such a big part of the family, we want to care for them like family,” Whittof said. Drs. Whittof and Marshall worked in a Belmont veterinarian hospital before opening Bridges in April of this year. The new office in Ada is not too far, just 20 minutes for those who choose to take a straight shot down Petis Avenue to reach the facility at 517 Ada Drive. Between Dr. Whittof and Dr. Marshall, they have a combined 30 years experience in veterinary medicine. They are joined in the practice by technician Sherry Rings. Experience is important, but Whittof believes heart is just as important. “We welcome questions and never want anyone to feel rushed,” she said of their business philosophy. Whittof said staff at Bridges believes in being proactive and preventive and in the long run keeping up with a pet’s care is less expensive—and offers a better long-term outcome—that waiting until a health issue is apparent to seek a veterinarian’s help. Must-do care includes keeping up on rabies vaccines, even for indoor cats. Also, physical exams are important. “Animals age at a rate of seven to one compared to people,” she said. Cats, especially, but also dogs, will hide evidence of pain or poor health until problems can be extreme. In addition to physical care, Dr. Whittof believes taking the family approach to veterinary medicine allows her and Dr. Marshall to hear about other issues the family and pet may be having. “Naughty” behavior—barking or destructive dogs, a cat who won’t use the litter box—can be reasons pets are surrendered to shelters. With advice and sometimes referral […]
Aaron Trapp is one of the outstanding young men in the Rockford community and has been recognized recently by Boy Scouts of America with the organization’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. Many may have met Aaron during the summer months as he worked on his family farm in Grattan Township. His family owns the Trapp Berry Farm. Aaron is now 17 years old and is a junior at Rockford High School, where he has been involved in the arts program and has been in the choir for three years, performing in several school musicals. He has also been on the high school wrestling team for the past three years. Aaron has also been involved with 4H and in the past seven years he has taken part in many 4H activities and been the president of his club for one year. Aaron has been a Scout since he was six years old—first, as a Cub Scout in Pack 3228, and then a Boy Scout in Troop 228. Both Scout units are sponsored by the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Aaron has served his troop by being Historian, Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. These leadership positions, along with those that Aaron held in 4H, have helped prepare him for the task of overseeing his Eagle project and earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts. For his Eagle project, Aaron installed two concrete pads for the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Along with the concrete pads, Aaron also installed a bench and a fire ring. One of the pads was for the church’s trash dumpster and the other for the Boy Scout equipment trailer. The concrete pads helped free up space in the parking lot, and the fire ring and bench provide an outdoor setting for the youth of the church to gather and enjoy time around the camp fire. When Aaron was asked why he chose this project, he responded, ” I wanted to do something for the church that has been supporting Scouts all these years that I have been in Scouting.” To fund his project, Aaron sought donations and received many from local businesses, including Herrington Excavating and Richard’s Electric. For the balance of needed funds, Aaron held a bake sale he in conjuction with the […]