D.A.R.E. America is proud to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), giving the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs. To deal with the abuse of prescription drugs, D.A.R.E. America has developed a new school curriculum which addresses prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse. “The rise in prescription abuse requires action, and that is why we have worked with the manufacturers of these medicines and our own experts in developing this new curriculum,” noted Charlie Parsons, president and chief executive officer of D.A.R.E. America. This new curriculum is now incorporated into D.A.R.E.’s law enforcement officer-led classes. This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. The public can find collection sites closest to them by visiting www.dea.gov, and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon.
March 31 2011
The prestigious Boy Scout Eagle Scout rank was bestowed upon 16-year-old Kevin Clinthorne of Troop 282 at a special Court of Honor on March 13. Clinthorne, a sophomore at Rockford High School, is the son of Mary and Jim Clinthorne of Rockford. He is the 18th Scout from Troop 282 to achieve this rank since 2002. Clinthorne began his Scouting career in second grade with Cub Scout Pack 3282 at Roguewood Elementary School. He earned his Arrow of Light award, the highest Cub Scout award, as a Webelos Scout and has also earned the Parvuli Dei religious award. He has served his troop as a patrol leader and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout National Honor Society. For his Eagle Scout project, Clinthorne constructed four handicap accessible picnic tables for the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford. The Center is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding training for mentally, physically and socially challenged individuals. Each summer hundreds of riders attend summer camps hosted by the Center and the tables will be used by the riders and their families. His project was funded by donations from Rockford Hardware, pop can collections and private donations. In addition to Scouts, Clinthorne sings with the Rockford High School chorale and rows on the crew team. He enjoys building and flying radio control model airplanes. Following graduation, he hopes to receive an appointment to a U.S. military academy to pursue a degree in engineering and to train as a fighter pilot.
Ryan Siekman of Boy Scout Troop 228 was presented with Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout, at a special Court of Honor ceremony on March 6 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Siekman, the son of Dale and Cindy Siekman, began his Scouting career as a Cub Scout in 1998 with Pack 3228. During that time, he earned several belt loops, arrow points and Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 228 in 2004. On his road to Eagle Scout, Siekman hiked over 100 miles, camped 50 nights and accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service. He has served his troop as a Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader and was elected by his fellow Scouts to the Order of the Arrow, a national Boy Scout honor society. He has earned 26 merit badges and the Polar Bear and Good Turn for Scouting awards. He has also served the local Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council as a counselor in training at Gerber Scout Camp. For his Eagle Scout project, Siekman planned, constructed and installed a chicken coop for the Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center in Lowell. “Ryan exemplifies what it is to be a Scout and a leader,” according to Assistant Scoutmaster Lonnie Herrington. In addition to Scouting, this 17-year-old junior at Rockford High School is very active both in and out of school. He has earned letters in academics, sports and music. He is a member of the varsity rugby team, RHS marching band, and wind ensemble concert band. He attends Bella Vista Church and is a member of the Student Leader and Mentor program (SLAM), where he brings his leadership skills gained as a Scout to help guide younger students. He has dedicated time during summer and winter breaks to mission trips both in the inner city of Grand Rapids and the Winnebago Indian Tribe in Winnebago, Nebraska, where he is a favorite among the kids on the reservation. Siekman is looking forward to a career in which he can serve and honor God, but is unsure where that road will lead. He is currently exploring several local Christian colleges to continue his formal schooling.
Two local Boy Scouts received the groups highest honors on Saturday, March 5 and were recognized by the Plainfield Township Board and audience during the Monday, March 7 meeting at Plainfield Township hall. Mackie May and Scott Bradley are now Eagle Scouts, the most prestigious award the Scouts offer. The boys worked on achieving this honor for nearly a decade. Former President Ford was also an Eagle Scout. The young men led the board in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the regular meeting. “I couldn’t be more proud of these two young men,” said Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meek. Meek, who is the uncle of Mackie May, said the boys have been working toward this achievement for over nine years. “I think it says a lot for our little township to have not one but two boys achieve this honor.”
Special Olympics organizers loved Rockford’s efforts Dear Editor, I would like to add a note of thanks on top of what Meredith has already written. It is rare to see a community embrace the idea of Special Olympics in the way that Rockford has in these last few weeks. I am touched by the efforts that everyone put in to make our athletes welcome in your community. I have hopes that we will return to Rockford next year for our state basketball finals, and everything that was done on behalf of our athletes makes it an easy decision in my mind. We will let everyone know in the next few weeks as details get figured out, but if anyone has any ideas for how to better serve the interests of the community as well the interests of our athletes, I would be happy to accept any thoughts that you might share! Thank you again for allowing us to visit the beauty of the Rockford area. Seeing the town through the eyes of our athletes and parents reminds me of why I live in West Michigan! James Taylor Director of Development Special Olympics Michigan