Bagging a bird

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  The 2009 Michigan spring turkey hunt is underway April 20 – May 31. Hunts last from 7 to 42 days, depending on the hunt unit.  According to the DNR, there are 48,138 square miles of Michigan open to spring turkey hunting. Pictured at right is Rockford resident Ken Chettleburg who bagged this 25 lb. beauty of a tom turkey at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. Not wanting to divulge any secrets, Chettleburg would only tell us it was taken from a location just east of the Rockford City limits.  Assisting Chettleburg in the display of the turkey is his proud father Bob.

Valley View Visit

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Is it hard not to plagiarize? Where do story ideas come from? How do writers decide what to put in a story? Fifth-grade journalism students at Valley View Elementary had great questions to ask Rockford Squire editor and reporter Beth Altena on Monday, April 20. The kids put out their own student-run paper and were excited to hear from a local writer.

Rockford Odyssey of the Mind

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Once again, Rockford Public Schools will be represented at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition. Twelve teams competed at the State level on April 18.  Five of those teams received honorable mentions (two Roguewood teams, a Valley View team and two North Rockford Middle School teams). The following five teams have now advanced to the World competition to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa from May 27-30: Crestwood Team: Noah Barclay (Crestwood), Paige Barnard (Crestwood), Joey Benda (Lakes), Jessica Gerkey (Crestwood), Olivier Larente (Crestwood), Courtney Lemoine (Valley View), Blake McWatters (Assumption BVM). Coaches:  Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine, Marianne McWatters. Valley View Team:  Natalie Clum, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Chase Lindeboom, Megan Lindeboom, Avery Sweeney, Paige Thompson.  Coaches: Angela Clum, Joan Lawton. RHS Team: Merry Buelken, Sammi Cook, Shannon Melick, Matt Nauta, Matt Rettinger, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea.  Coach:  Matt Zainea. NRMS Team:  Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Sarah Jamgotch, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea.  Coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine. Valley View Team: Logan Anderson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Makayla Schmetzer.  Coaches: Sharon Anderson, Kelly Hoffman. A total of 15 teams from Michigan will compete at the World level, with one-third of those teams coming from Rockford Public Schools.

Ice Cream Season Begins

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Last Friday evening, 7:40 p.m., 84 degrees-can you believe it?  Apparently somewhere in excess of 100 people did.  Rockford’s Rockys was rockin’!  Rockford is synonymous with Rockys ice-cream creations spring through fall.  The crowd was enjoying the balmy spring evening with one another while trying to figure out “just where in the heck is the end of the line?”

Hide and go seek: Outdoor sport heats up in warm weather

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

by Roger Allen Have you heard about “letterboxing”? It’s an organized game of following clues to find items that other participants have hidden. It requires good walking shoes, access to the Internet, and a sense of adventure. Letterboxing began in England in 1854 and is still a popular pastime there. The idea came to Dartmoor resident James Perrott, who placed a bottle in a wild, nearly inaccessible local area. In the bottle he included his calling card so future visitors could contact him. They could also leave their own calling cards. In the past ten years or so, letterboxing has come to America and beyond, spurred by a 1998 article in the Smithsonian magazine. Participants are both hiders and finders. At the Internet site, they post their own directions (for locating small items they have hidden) as well as retrieve the clues of other hiders. Following a printed-out series of directions usually requires a fair amount of walking, often in nature areas or parks. Once the seeker finds the “treasure,” he or she uses a rubber stamp in an included logbook to announce success. The box may also contain goodies for the finders. The letterbox is then closed (think waterproof zip lock bags) and carefully replaced for the next finder. Directions to a box (called “clues” or “the map”), can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between, depending on the hider’s personality and ingenuity. New technology has come to letterboxing. Today’s modern version, “geocaching,” involves a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit to help locate the hidden object. A geocacher can place a geocache anyplace in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology, and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can try to locate the geocache. Geocaching was imagined shortly after the removal of Selective Availability from GPS on May 1, 2000, because the improved accuracy of the system allowed for a small container to be specifically placed and located. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon. The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav as 45°17.460N 122°24.800W.  According to Dave Ulmer’s message, the original stash was a black plastic bucket buried […]

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