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Experience migration firsthand at BSBO
Written by Tammy Walro   
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 16:50

Join the Black Swamp Bird Observatory Saturdays this fall for free songbird banding and migration programs and the opportunity to see beautiful birds up close.

Bird banding is one of the techniques that helps scientists better understand bird movements, population dynamics, habitat use and migration patterns. The bird banding programs will demonstrate the methods used at the observatory’s nearby Navarre Bird Banding Station, one of the busiest banding stations in the country.

The Navarre Bird Banding Station has been monitoring bird migration for nearly 25 years and has banded more than 500,000 individual birds to date. Researchers capture birds using soft mist nets. The birds are then fitted with lightweight, individually numbered aluminum leg bands. Data is collected for each bird including species, age, sex, body condition and weight, and then the birds are released unharmed, back into the wild.  

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory bird banding demonstrations will be offered Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 and 9 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Terra's Kern Center offers "how-to" series
Written by Tammy Walro   
Monday, 13 September 2010 15:21

The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra Community College announces the return of the popular “How-To” Series.

The schedule includes:

• How to Buy on eBay – 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28. Cost: $29

• How to Take Photos for eBay – 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. Cost: $29

• How to Sell on eBay – 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for three sessions beginning
Oct. 12. Cost: $79

• Take all three eBay courses for only $109

•  How to Clean and Maintain Your PC – 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost: $29

•  How to Use a Webcam – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Cost: $24

•  How to Use Your Scanner – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9. Cost: $24

•  How to Burn CDs and DVDs – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16. Cost: $24

•  How to Backup Your Computer – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23. Cost: $24

•  How to Speed Up Your Computer – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6. Cost: $24

•  How to Protect Your Computer for Free – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13. Free

Also, the Kern Center has Student Manuals for Office 2000 (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook), Office 2002, Office 2003 and Office 2010 for $20.

For more information on courses or manuals, call Marsha Thiessen at 419-559-2255. For a complete listing of fall Kern Center courses, visit


Lake finishes Kohls Cares contest in first place
Written by Tammy Walro   
Friday, 03 September 2010 22:40

It was a roller coaster day for supporters of Lake High School who have been following  the voting in the Kohl’s Cares online contest.

Since July 7, supporters of private and public schools across the country have been casting ballots on Facebook with the hope of getting $500,000 for their favorite schools. When the voting ended at midnight Central time Sept. 3. Lake was at the top of the list with 162,500 votes.

But it was no easy ride. Despite big rally buoyed this week by a grassroots effort on Facebook and through local media to spread the word about the contest and drum up support for Lake, the school started the final day of voting near the bottom list of the top 20 finalists.

By mid-morning, Lake had jumped to eighth place and quickly up to fourth. The vote tally continued to climb and when the last ballot was cast, Lake finished at the top of the list.

Winning schools will be contacted to coordinate prize-winning details on or about Sept.7, and to review the terms and conditions for acceptance of the donations, the Kohl's website said.

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