Tuesdays, through November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Wednesdays, through November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. Thursday, October 28 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Friday, October 29 Fundraiser Showcase Banquet—6:30 p.m. at the Postma Center on the Pine Rest campus, 300 68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, for a dinner and entertainment by Master Arts Theatre. Donations will be received to directly support the work of the ministry. Please RSVP by calling (616) 455-1001 or by e-mailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.masterarts.org. Saturday, October 30 Craft/Bake Sale, Lunch & More—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Leisure Village Lodge, near the corner of Chauncey and Cannonsburg roads. Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squire Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigand-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Halloween Party—7 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr. (corner of Northland Dr.), to benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. This year’s theme of “Hollywood” includes live music by The Outer Vibe at 8 p.m., a costume contest (prizes awarded at 10 p.m.), a cash bar, food and raffles. Tickets in advance are $15, or $20 the day of, and are available at the Rockford American Legion Lounge. Must be at least age 21. Open to the public. For more information, call (616) 745-4896 or visit www.rockfordlegion.org. Saturday–Sunday, October 30–31 Annual Sight-In Days—10 a.m. to 3 p.m., also Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 6-7, at Rockford Sportsman’s Club, 11115 Northland Dr., Rockford. A donation of $5 per gun includes 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges for pistols, shotguns, rifles […]
October 28 2010
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL along with LYNN BEGIN One popular and unique program offered by Rockford Community Services is the Rockford Child Development Lab Preschool (RCDL). The 36-week program, for three and four-year olds,is offered every year in the “state-of-the-art” Rockford High School facility. In a safe and secure environment with its own private entrance, playground, and observation room, enrolled preschoolers are under the guidance of warm and nurturing teachers with degrees. The program provides a kindergarten-readiness curriculum that includes creative learning, problem solving, literacy, discovery, art, nature, field trips, and special events. At this year’s special event, held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the RCDL Preschool celebrated family fun, with parents and friends in attendance, by holding a rodeo complete with steer roping, barrel racing, stick horse racing and learning about real ponies. The featured guest for the rodeo was Amy Risner from “Farm Animals on the Go” who demonstrated the care and feeding of her pony and mini horse. (Kids love horses their size!) “It was a beautiful sunny fall day and everyone in attendance, including parents and friends and especially the kids, kicked up their heels and enjoyed horsing around”, said RCDL Aide Lynn Begin. Parents of preschoolers interested in learning more about and/or future enrollment for this innovative preschool program should contact Rockford Community Services at 863-6560 or go to:www.rpssignmeup.com.
Rockford High School recently announced that three seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered next spring. The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Christine Scales, daughter of Jim and Cheryl Scales, is planning to study arts administration, psychology and literature after graduation. She has narrowed her choices to Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Butler, and Northwestern. Molly Grettenberger, daughter of Louis and Karen Grettenberger, is planning to study harp performance after graduation. She is narrowing her college choices to Michigan State University, University of Michigan, IU Bloomington, and Arizona State. Haley Pilgrim, daughter of David and Peg Pilgrim, is planning to study sociology and women’s studies after graduation. She is narrowing her college choices to universities in the Chicago area.
A Tale of Two Lakes by CRAIG JAMES This is a tale of two lakes, not two cities. The first lake is Devil’s Lake in North Dakota. Since 1940, this lake has risen nearly 50 feet! It has risen almost 29 feet just since 1993, but it is still not quite as high as it has been in the past, as seen on this graph from the North Dakota State Water Commission, showing water levels over the past 4,000 years. The lake experiences what appear to be normal fluctuations from dry to overflowing, which have little to do with global warming. Since the lake has no natural outlet, excess snow melt and rainfall remain in the lake until it rises another seven feet, where it can then discharge into the nearest river. The last time it spilled into the river was a little less than 2,000 years ago. Since the 1940s of course, communities have built up along the lakeshore, not taking into consideration the past history of the lake. These communities are now being flooded and over 10% of the population has moved out of the area. Over 400 homes have been moved or destroyed and not without considerable cost. By the end of 2010, the federal government will have spent more than $1 billion to ease the threat, buying flooded property, building dikes and making other improvements. That figure does not include a $27 million floodwater-diversion channel built by the state on the west end of the lake. It also costs $330,000 a month for the electricity for pumps to take one inch off the lake. Those are all our tax dollars spent so people could live on a lake that history has shown has always fluctuated this much. The other lake is Lake Mead in Nevada. This lake is experiencing the opposite problem: water levels are falling. The lake has dropped an amazing 126 feet since 1985, at one point losing 60 feet in just three years! The graph shows the fluctuations in the water level since the lake was filled behind Hoover Dam in 1937. The lake receives 96% of its water from snowmelt that drains into the Colorado River basin. During the past decade of drought conditions, the amount of […]
Karen Salyer of KarenJPhotography was at Fallasburg Park in Lowell Saturday, Oct. 23, to photograph the release of a female juvenile bald eagle. Susan Stamy of the Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center had been caring for the eagle since July and deemed it worthy to release back into the wild. The bird was found with four broken bones. The Rehabilitation Center was originally going to use the eagle as a demonstration bird to show school kids, but the bird showed such potential to be released that it was decided to work toward releasing it. The release took place at Fallasburg Park because the river running through it would be a good food source for the eagle. “It was pretty amazing to see,” said Salyer. “People were cheering and clapping when it flew away to freedom!” She said the eagle weighed about 10 pounds and was almost the size of an adult eagle. There was a small ceremony that took place before the release. Stamy’s brother passed away in February, and a Native American was there to perform a ceremony to dedicate the release of the eagle to her brother. Photos by KARENJPHOTOGRAPHY