March 4 2010

Social media topic of Chamber luncheon

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  Danny Beckett Jr. of Spearia was the featured speaker at the Rockford Chamber February luncheon. He talked about the value of social media and how to go about using the technology available in business. The talk began with a Wikipedia definition of Social Media: Content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. Beckett corrected the definition, which, in his opinion, should be considered more of an interactive relationship development tool. “People make content and content is important, yet is it not about people and relationships first?” he stated. Beckett talked about the popularity of social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. He compared using these Internet tools to dating and gave examples of how relationship building through such media happens. Step Three: The pursuit, and “pursue, pursue” of his program for social media networking sound a little stalky, but are about building trust and common ground. As with all good networking, following up is critical. The comparisons between dating and building business and personal relationships through social media was an interesting analogy that went well with good food served from Sam’s Joint. As with all Chamber luncheons, the event was open to Chamber members and future Chamber members. Attendance at these luncheons, as with Chamber After Hours events, have been strong. The next event for the Chamber is open to the public and is the sixth annual Expo to be held Saturday, March 20, at Rockford High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, local celebrities, live entertainment, giveaways and four $500 cash giveaways will take place. Admission is free, shuttle parking is available, and new this year will be educational workshops by local professionals, also free to attend.

Words on Weather & Climate — March 4, 2010

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Winter 2009-2010 by CRAIG JAMES The calendar says winter lasts until March 20 this year. However, meteorologists consider winter to be the three full months of December, January and February. Spring is March, April and May, etc. So winter is over, right? Any snow now is spring snow. Can’t you see the difference? So how did the temperatures turn out this winter season in West Michigan? In Grand Rapids, the temperature for the three months was 1.6 degrees above average. In Muskegon, it was 1.1 degrees above average, but in Kalamazoo it was 1.6 degrees below average. So the northern part of our area was a little warmer and the southern part a little cooler. My forecast in the December 10 edition of this newspaper was for temperatures to be “near to a little below average.” I’d give myself a “pretty close but not exactly right on” for the forecast. The snowfall season runs from the first flake to the last flake. The first flakes fell this year on November 26 and the last flakes… well, I would guess we will see flakes this year into April for a six-month snow season. We have seen snow October into May before, so don’t complain. As of the end of February, the total in Grand Rapids was 70.2 inches, in Muskegon 73.2 inches, and 69.7 inches in Kalamazoo. This gives us a snowfall that is a little above average up to this point, but certainly less than the 104.5 inches we had received by this point last winter. Muskegon’s total is almost 20 inches below what they would normally see up to this point in the winter and way below the 147.8 inches they had at this point last year. My forecast for this season was for around 70 inches in Grand Rapids. So, to be right on, I hope it doesn’t snow much more. That is possible, but not likely. Last year, from this point on in the season, we had just 0.4 inches of additional snow. The heaviest snows and the coldest temperatures relative to average this season have been to our south and southeast. In the month of February, the cities of Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia, among many others, had the snowiest month […]

Izaak Walton League holds annual banquet

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The Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is having their annual Conservation Banquet and silent auction on March 5 at The Centennial Country Club. This event is open to the public with advance prepaid reservations only. Plan to have your reservation in by March 2. Some late reservations can be accommodated. This year’s event will again be a great evening out at just $27 per person. The program speaker is Melanie Good from the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, she will bring a message on the Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) approach to combating non native invasive species. For reservations and information contact Fred Eyer at (616) 363-0253 or Bob Stegmier at (616) 866-4769. Join us for the Ike’s biggest such event of the Year! We also will give awards to Ike’s who have done outstanding work for the year and will recognize one non chapter person for their outstanding conservation/environmental effort. The silent auction is always a highlight of the evening as is the food. The Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League is located in NE Kent County.

HCNC keeps outdoors fun in every season

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Howard Christensen Nature Center continues to offer free or inexpensive ways to enjoy Michigan’s winter weather. A group of local Boy Scouts recently enjoyed their yearly Klondyke derby, the Olympics of Scouting. The boys are tested on Scouting skills such as knot tying, shelter building, cooking outdoors and more. The boys also make a sled to carry their materials from each stations. Troop leaders give the boys scenarios in which to put their skills to test, such as like first aid skills. This year the boys made a splint and  streacher as one of their medical tests. “This is really a great way for the boys to put all their skills together in a competition,” said Scout mom Lisa Budd. Howard Christian Nature Center is located north of Rockford at 16160 Red Pine Drive in Tyrone Township.

Engagement — Loveder-Burns

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Angela Loveder and Brandon Burns of Hampton, Va., are planning a wedding on June 26, 2010. The future bride is the daughter of Chris and Susan Loveder of Rockford. She graduated from Rockford High School in 2001 and Michigan State University in 2008. She is currently a teacher at Machin Elementary School in Hampton, Va. The future groom is the son of Chuck and Sue Burns of Portland, Mich. He graduated from Portland High School in 1999 and is attending Thomas Nelson College in Hampton, Va. He is employed by Digital Traffic Systems. Ceremony attendants will be maid of honor Emma Loveder and best man Charlie Burns. The wedding will be held at Spring Grove in Grandville.

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