October 15 2009

Classifieds — October 15, 2009

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HELP WANTED Supper cook/dishwasher—one day a week and every other weekend. 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. (616) 866-2002. b42 ______________________ FOR SALE Nice entertainment center, $50; round/oval dining table with five chairs, $100; DVD player, $20; VCR, $5; rocking chair, $10; small drop-leaf table, $10; circa 1950 Lane cedar chest, $100; two antique chiming wall/table clocks, $75 each. (616) 401-5266. p42cp ______________________ ANTIQUES Beautiful walnut Train Masters desk, cubby holes and drawers, $675; large punch tin buffet, $375. (616) 863-0694. p42 ______________________ Antique Victorian desk, 5 ft. tall, 4-1/2 ft. wide and 2-1/2 ft. deep, $775. Call (616) 866-1478 and leave a message. ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Huge, huge moving sale, all inside, too many items to list, come see for yourself! Open noon to 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. (616) 874-7901. p42cp ______________________ Moving Sale, inside and out—furniture, collectibles, guns, musical instruments, and lots more! October 15-17, Thursday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., 9610 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford, 1-1/2 miles north of 10 Mile Rd. p42cp ______________________ Sale—Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 208 S. Main St., Rockford. Clothes and household items. p42cp ______________________ Rockford: 8566 10 Mile Rd., 3-1/2 miles east of McDonald’s. Huge inventory sale. Child care and preschool closing. This is a huge sale with many, many items. Inside and outside sale. Rain or shine. October 21-23, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; October 24, 8:00 a.m. to noon. p42 ______________________ ESTATE SALES Estate Sale Rockford—antique furniture, household items, over 100 years old, and much, much more! Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Inside sale, next to Carstar Collision, 260 Northland Dr. NE, Rockford. p43cp ______________________ FOR RENT Tri-County Schools—3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2 acres, $800/month. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, $500/month. Pets optional, now vacant. Call Ron (616) 450-9546. b42cp ______________________ Rockford Hills Condo—8771 Courtland Drive, 2-bedroom, 2-bath, garage, walk-out, deck. $975/mo. (616) 458-8200. www.gr4rent.com. b42 ______________________ One-bedroom little house with garage and sunporch, $475 plus utilities. Non-smoking, no pets. Great for mature adult, private. (616) 866-2902. p43cp ______________________ House for rent in Rockford area—3 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, appliances, 2-stall garage. $1,200/mo., includes lawn and snowblowing. Contact Tim at (616) 291-7557. p42 ______________________ A spacious one-bedroom ground-floor apt. located in beautiful and quiet Victorian home at 110 N. […]

Rockford arborist an international champion

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by M. SOLLE Rockford has turned out its fair share of elite athletes over the years, and now we have one more to add to the list. He may have even been at your home before, but you didn’t even know it. Lucas Drews is an elite, internationally ranked professional tree climber. Not a sport, you say? It’s definitely not a “traditional” sport like football, track or baseball, but if you’ve ever seen a professional tree climber in their daily work, you would be convinced that not many could do an activity like that. It’s rough, it’s physical, it’s technically challenging, and it’s demanding. Being a tree climber takes precision and skill and is definitely not for the faint of heart. As a certified arborist for over 10 years and a competitive tree climber for over six years, Drews knows trees. He knows how to quickly get up one and quickly get down. In any given tree-climbing competition there are five different events: the throw-line, the secured foot lock, the work climb, the belayed speed climb, and the aerial rescue. Competitors are scored based on speed, accuracy, and safety/awareness. Judges are placed around the tree and up in the tree being used. At the end of all five stations, points are tallied and a winner is determined. In 2008, Drews competed in the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Southern Regional Tree Climbing Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed the belayed speed climb (60 feet) in 28.877 seconds. He also finished the secured foot lock (49 feet 2.5 inches) in 19.657 seconds. Overall, he finished first and was ranked 12th in the world. What sets this sport apart from so many others is the way it integrates into a competition what tree climbers do on a daily basis. The events are actual methods and processes the participants use in their daily work, only done much more quickly and for bragging rights. There is rarely trash-talking or bad-mouthing, and more often than not there is a spirit of camaraderie, where fellow tree climbers root each other on and give advice. Bill Drews, Lucas Drews’ father, said it best, “These men are a brotherhood of elite athletes. They are all athletes in their own right. What we do […]

Dance your troubles away with free classes at Rockford Ambulance

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  “It’s a natural for paramedics to endorse it.” Chuck Premer, media coordinator and paramedic at Rockford Ambulance, referred to a series of classes coming up at the Rockford Ambulance facility at 8450 Shaner Avenue. The public is invited to sign up for free waltz lessons taught by the Emergency Medical Technicians and staff of Rockford Ambulance. According to Premer and his co-workers, the dance lessons are appropriate for all ages and are a very healthy form of exercise. “This is a starter course, anyone can take it. If they can walk, they can dance,” said Su Gray, Operations Supervisor at Rockford Ambulance. Gray demonstrated some moves—lifts and swings—but pointed out that the program is actually very simple and waltz is much easier to learn than people might think. Paramedic Andy Andresen began the program at a different location and has been teaching and competing in dance for years. He is associated with Silvestro Studios dance center at Plainfield and the Beltline, where he teaches. He is happy to offer his time for free in these dance classes. “We offered it for firemen, EMTs and police and it was kind of popular,” Andresen said. He said it is important for rescue personnel to keep in good physical shape and first came up with the concept as a fun way for first responders to keep fit. The classes were such a hit with those who took them Andresen thought it might be a good idea to open them up to the general public. Rockford Ambulance’s CEO Roger Morgan heard about Andresen’s idea to offer it through the Rockford office and was happy to approve the plan. The classes are free and will be open to the first 20 couples that sign up. Someone without a dance partner is invited as well. “We have plenty of EMTs here to help. Even Chuck has some real nice moves,” Gray stated. Andresen said dance television shows have increased interest somewhat, but not as much as he’d like to see. The enjoyable activity is a fun hobby that couples can do together. He pointed out that it is an activity that can continue on into later years, unlike many sports or other physical activities. “You can have some hot Latin […]

Superintendent sick of ‘lip service’ to education

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“It’s like threatening to tear off your leg, and when they only tear off your foot you are supposed to feel good about it,” said Rockford Superintendent of Schools Michael Shibler. He referred to last week’s per-student funding cut of $165, passed by the legislature Thursday evening and signed by the governor Friday. Shibler said that Rockford already implemented $2.1 million in cuts in anticipation of the funding freeze districts across the state were expecting. In last week’s Squire, Shibler said an earlier proposed $218 cut per student would be catastrophic for our state’s education system. “The spin lawmakers are putting on this is that we only cut $165. It could have been $218,” he said. Shibler said the cut comes three months into the district’s fiscal year, which runs June to July. “It will have to be personnel and programs,” he said of an additional $1.7 million he is now forced to trim from the district’s budget. Shibler said he and financial analysts, such as those at the University of Michigan and the Citizen’s Research Council have been saying for years that school funding is flawed. “There is a structural deficit in the School Aid Fund. You don’t save it by making cuts,” he stated. “The state legislature has come up with one-time fixes year after year to get schools money. It’s over. There are no more one-time fixes.” Shibler praised Rockford Representative Tom Pearce, who was one of very few who did not vote for the cuts. Pearce explained his stance. “I still feel there are sources within our current revenues that this could be done without needing to raise any new taxes or fees for this school year. I also feel that if we are going to make any cut to the School Aid budget it needs to be accompanied by cost saving reforms,” Pearce said. “The reason I was unable to support the final package is because it represented cuts without the reforms I felt should be there.” Senator Mark Jansen voted for the cuts. He said many districts took an earlier proposal of $110 per student cut that did not pass and built their budgets with that in mind. He also said the difference between the proposed $218 cut and […]

‘Great Balls of Fire’ directs man to treasure’s location

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Joe Longo, of Grattan Township, said he enjoys treasure hunts and mental exercises, and it was putting thought into this year’s clues that put him ahead of the pack in finding treasure. Longo was the winner of this year’s Cannon Area Business Association treasure hunt worth $1,000. He found the coin in wood chips at the reproduction of the township cannon located in Cannonsburg. Longo didn’t have any luck with the first few clues: Before the river and the rapids you’ll see, figure it out and you’ll find me and To get ahead on your chase, see the local dentist without haste. According to clue writer Carl Stites, the first clue was to give treasure hunters the word Grand, which is the name of the company that gave the cannon to Cannon Township (LeGrand Cannon). The second referred to the fact the cannon was hidden after a young man was injured and died when it misfired, sending him to the doctor. Clues three and four referred to a well-known anchor and an annual event where people cheer. The anchor he referred to is anchorman Walter Cronkite, who has the same first name as the young man killed and the fourth of July, the day of the year the death happened. “You really had to know the history behind the cannon to find it this year,” Stites said. It was clue five and six that sent Longo along the right direction. Add one to eighty-four gives 85, the year the cannon misfired (1885) and Mr. Miller’s due in clue six refers to the practice in which millers kept a portion of ground grain as their fee. The coin was hidden near the Gristmill. “That’s when I got out the history book and saw in 1885 the young man lost his leg,” Longo said. The final two clues led him right to the cannon. This clue is no lark, but it does involve a spark and Get down on one knee, hum a tune from Jerry Lee and the coin you may see. Spark referred to the cannon fire, as does Jerry Lee’s tune, Great Balls of Fire. Stites said he was nervous this year that the coin would be found too soon. A photo in the […]

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