For the folks who love to admire or show off their classic cars, the Rockford American Legion Post will be the place to be Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For the people who aren’t so keen on cars? Be there anyway. With music all day, two fire trucks flying giant American flags, the United States Army’s 30-foot rock-climbing wall, a chili cook-off, Minute To Win It games for kids, a Chinese auction, Bear Claw Jack demonstrating wood carving, fantastic food specials and a blood drive, there isn’t likely to be anyone who can’t find something fun to do. The show is also an opportunity to admire the American Legion’s facility at 330 Rockford Park Drive (off Northland Drive). “This should be a great day for the whole family to come out and not spend a lot of money,” said organizer Lori Vorpi. “We want to show off the new legion and perhaps garner some new members.”
May 26 2011
ROCKFORD 8:45AM Opening Flag Raising Ceremony—Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford 9:00AM Parade—FromCommunity Cabin north to Lewis St., west on Lewis St. toMain St, south on Main St. to Bridge St., east on Bridge to Lincoln St., south on Lincoln St. across 10 Mile to Rockford Cemetery. 10:50AM Wreath Laying Ceremony and Open House—Merritt Lamb Post. Food and beverages will be provided. ALGOMA 1:00PM Algoma Township Memorial Park—10515 Grange Ave., (south of 13 Mile Rd., between Pine Island Dr. and Algoma Ave.). The memorial service will include the American Legion, V.F.W., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. There will be a tribute to Algoma Township servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. They include Daniel Louis Behm (Vietnam) and Craig Yates (Vietnam). BELMONT 2:00AM Veterans Memorial Park—5747 Belmont Ave. NE. Welcome given by Plainfield Charter Township Supervisor George Meek, followed by invocation by Pastor Jeff Williams and the Pledge performed by Tim Cooper, followed by State Representative of the 73rd District Pete MacGregor. Color Guard (Sons of American Legion Squad #258) and placing of the wreath are followed by the 21-gun salute and the playing of the “Taps.” A Scholarship presentation will be given by Sons of the American Legion Squad #283. Supervisor George Meek will give the closing remarks, followed by the closing prayer. CEDAR SPRINGS The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 30, with Michigan state Representative Peter MacGregor as guest speaker. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetary at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. There will be no program at the senior center this year. In case of bad weather, services will be held in the American Legion Hall at 9am. SAND LAKE The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 30. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and then in Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also participate if weather permits. SPARTA The Sparta American Legion Post #107 will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Lamoreaux Park, 150 Park Street, in Sparta. Services will include the Sparta high School Band, Color Guard, […]
Why Chocolate Milk? by JOHN HENRY, Food Service Director Rockford Public Schools As the food service director for Rockford Public Schools, I listen to both students’ and parents’ nutritional questions. A lot of the questions lately have been a result of President Obama signing into law the Health, Hunger-Free Kids Act this past December. Since then, the Department of Agriculture has proposed new nutritional standards. With regard to that, milk has been getting a lot of press coverage. A question frequently asked is, “Shouldn’t schools serve white milk only for nutritional purposes?” Nutritionists agree, milk is an important part of a student’s diet. Low-fat chocolate milk provides the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium, which are three of the top concerns. In addition, recent data shows that students choose flavored milk 70 percent of the time. Yet some schools are eliminating these choices. This same study reveals that when schools remove flavored milk, the milk consumption drops 35 percent on average. This is a substantial loss in nutrients and could take up to three or four food items to match in nutrient contribution. This adds, rather than reduces, more calories and fat to the diet. When you consider only 29 percent of families on average serve milk at dinner time, milk variety seems the better option.
Quinn wins MSU Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Alex Quinn, a senior at Rockford High School, has won the Michigan State University (MSU) Alumni Distinguished Scholarship competition. The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship offered by Michigan State University. This scholarship covers the costs of tuition, room and board, and a $1,000 annual stipend, making this among the most valuable awards offered by any university. Alumni Distinguished Scholars participate in the programs of the Honors College at MSU in addition to academic work in their majors. The Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (ADS), first offered in 1956, is awarded to individuals selected from the set of high-achieving high school seniors who have applied to MSU and who come to campus in February to take an intensive general knowledge examination. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators selects recipients based on results of the ADS examination, high school programs and achievement, other standardized test scores, and interviews of the finalists. Quinn is also invited to participate in MSU’s Professorial Assistantship program. The MSU Honors College targets the top 1% of students in the nation to be involved in MSU’s most selective undergraduate research program. Each year, up to 100 freshmen are appointed as Professorial Assistants (PAs). PAs work with regular members of the teaching faculty on tasks directly related either to scholarly research or to innovative teaching. PAs work an average of eight to ten hours per week and are paid a stipend of approximately $2,000 for the academic year. Quinn is also a Mowbray Scholar finalist at MSU. In any two terms before graduation, Mowbray Scholars who are upperclassmen will be eligible for up to $3,750 per term in supplementary stipends. These award terms usually occur during the summers before the scholars’ junior or senior years. The stipends finance the scholars’ research or international study, as approved by the dean of the Honors College.
The Missing Hot Spot by CRAIG JAMES This headline is not meant to be a description of Rockford’s nightlife. It is a description of one of the problems with the computer models in regards to global warming. I’ve written many times before, the supposed catastrophic effects of human-induced global warming from increasing CO2 have only been seen in computer model forecasts. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article showing how the computer models were making false assumptions about the atmosphere and coming up with incorrect forecasts about warming. Let’s take a look at one of those forecasts and see how the models are performing. One of the main tenants of global-warming theory is that if greenhouses gases are warming the planet, that warming will happen first in the layer of air 20,000-40,000 feet above the tropics. All 20-odd-climate models predict warming there first—it’s the fingerprint of greenhouse gas warming, as opposed to warming by some other cause. The hotspot is not incidental to IPCC climate theory—it lies at its heart, because the same water vapor feedback I wrote about earlier produces the hotspot and doubles or triples the temperature increases predicted by the IPCC climate models. So what does this hot spot look like in the computer models? The first graphic shows the hot spot as forecast by four of the global models. You can clearly see the warm colors indicating where the hot spot should be, which is between 100 and 300 millibars or approximately 20,000 to 40,000 feet above the ground. The second graphic shows balloon, or radiosonde, data at those levels going all the way back to 1958. The balloon data shows that the area in question has not warmed but has actually cooled, especially since the 1970s. This data shocked the alarmists who expected a hotspot to confirm their theory. Alarmists now dispute the data, saying it is so poor that it cannot show any pattern. But radiosondes can reliably detect temperature differences of 0.1°C, and the hotspot would be at least 0.6°C warmer. There are currently nearly 800 sites worldwide that release radiosondes twice each day—they cannot all have missed the hot spot. We have been reliably using this data to make weather forecasts since the 1950s and […]