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Part 4 of 5: Concerns for parents—how to monitor your child's usage; what's your financial responsibility?

September 16, 2011

How can parents be sure that their children are doing what they are supposed to with their school-provided computer? After all, the “Internet generation” was so named for a reason: they tend to be more technology-inclined than their parents. The fact has not gone unaddressed by area schools.
“We are giving (students) a device to take home that could be harmful to them,” said Culver Community High School principal Albert Hanselman.
Now that one-to-one allows students to take their computers home, parents may experience some worry about how to monitor their child’s computer time.

August Little 500 Go-Cart race coming next year?

September 16, 2011

PLYMOUTH — If things continue to keep falling in place, Plymouth could be the site of a Little 500 Go-Cart race in August of next year.
FOP Lodge 195 has been researching the possibility of holding go-cart races in the downtown area. It has been more than 15 years since that type of race was held here.
Heading up the initial fact finding on the particulars of what a race would entail are FOP members Joe Reed and Phil Scott. Reed has made trips to various towns in and out of the state to observe races and meet with promoters.

Park board debates restroom placement in historic structure, ending swimming fees

September 15, 2011

Debate arose last week over whether to convert part of the 1880s-era railroad waiting station turned picnic pavilion at the town park into public restrooms, at the monthly meeting of the Culver Parks and Recreation board. Discussion ensued last Wednesday evening after park director Kelly Young outlined hoped-for projects in the coming months and year for the park following finalization of its budget in October or November.

Biggest Loser contestant visits Plymouth for health fair

September 15, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Marci Crozier, Biggest Loser season 11 contestant, will be the keynote speaker at the LifePlex community health fair Sept. 21. She will be speaking on women’s health and sharing some of her experiences from the show beginning at 6 p.m.
Crozier is only one of the many speakers scheduled for the day, which begins at 7 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. The free community event is designed to get residents interested in pursuing a more fit lifestyle.

Part 3 of 5: There's an app for that: Computer use in classroom, at home

September 15, 2011

With computers in front of them, students can look up assignments, use endless resources online, or download an application to help with what they are doing. Albert Hanselman, Culver Community High School principal, said that one task students use their iPads for in the classroom is taking notes on a teacher’s PowerPoint presentation electronically. Some textbooks are online, so students use their devices to read their book in class. Hanselman said that students can also download resources such as a dictionary or calculator free of charge.

No more paper savings bonds?

September 14, 2011

Beginning Jan. 1, walking into a bank and purchasing a paper savings bond will be a thing of the past. The new year will usher in a new way of handling savings bonds — the financial practice that began in 1935 is moving completely online.

Public affairs specialist Lateefah Thompson, from the Bureau of Public Debt, said that online savings bonds have been offered as an option since 2002. The difference now is that online will be the only option.

This is a continuation of the “go green” initiative that the federal government began implementing in April.

Part 2 of 5: Who pays? Finding the funds for every student

September 14, 2011

At $1,199 (the retail price for a MacBook), these computers don’t come cheap. A question in many people’s minds might be, where are schools getting the money to pay for these things?
Schools are relying on their usual budget, along with revenue from rental fees, to pay a lease for the devices from Apple. At the end of the four-year lease agreement, schools can either keep the computers or sell them back to Apple.

70-year-old follows U.S. 30 to 9/11 crash sites

September 14, 2011

PLYMOUTH — Many adults are advised to regularly walk in order to stay active. Retired Chicago police officer Phil Szpicki (pronounced spy-key), at 70 years old, recently embarked on a journey that requires him to walk more than 900 miles — all along U.S. Highway 30.

“Being able to do this at my age is a gift from God,” said Phil Szpicki, covered in sweat and grime from the road.

Szpicki, who resides in Loves Park, Ill, spent the night in Plymouth Monday before setting off again on his journey.

Interim pastor hopes to help First United, Grace see community potential

September 13, 2011

Pastor AnnMarie Kneebone says her strengths include her enthusiasm and helping people see their potential, both traits ideal for an interim pastor like herself.
Kneebone began her time as interim -- replacing Pastor Robin Keating, who left earlier this year -- at both Grace United Church of Christ in Culver and First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, in June, though she actually moved to Culver in July.

Part 1 of 5: Administrators talk about the 'Internet Generation' and the one to one computer initiative

September 13, 2011

Gone are the days of toting heavy textbooks. Instead, some area junior and senior high school students have lightened their load to about 5 pounds — the weight of an Apple MacBook computer.
This school year is the first that many area schools have embraced the one to one computer initiative, providing each student with a computer of their own for use in class and at home.
Most schools doing one to one are using MacBooks, with the exception of Culver Community — they decided to go with iPads for every student.

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