Planning Your Move

first_imgRelocating to a new home can be one of the most stressful situations in life. Whether moving across town or across the nation, preparation and organization can make all the difference. First, decide whether to use a professional moving company or make it a do-it-yourself (DIY) operation.For a DIY move, consider distance, labor help and the costs to rent the moving van, gas, lodging during the move and insurance. A transportable storage unit can bridge a professional and DIY move. When the unit is delivered to your residence, you load and secure it for transport and then unload it at your new residence.Whatever the method, be sure to obtain as many quotes as possible from professional movers as well as cost estimates for a DIY move. Next, compare the costs for each type of move, factoring in the stress and physical exertion involved. Ask any company you are interested in for references and use them to inquire about reliability and customer service.Regardless of which method you choose, the first step should be to inventory your personal belongings. The list, with photographs of any valuables, will be important for insurance purposes and to help keep you organized during transit.Plan for one full day to pack each room — though the kitchen and garage may take longer. Make a rough estimate of your packing schedule and then add 50 percent more time. It always takes longer than predicted to pack. Toss or donate unused items to lighten your load. Visit www.goodwill.org, www.salvationarmyusa.org or www.clothingdonations.org for locations near you or to arrange a pickup.Pack for success:Consider what you’re packing and control box weight. Books should go in small boxes while bedding can easily fill a larger box.Wrap fragile items with cardboard dividers, tissue paper or air bubble wrapping.Use bright colors when wrapping small items so they don’t get thrown out accidentally.Use crumpled paper or newspaper to line the top and bottom of boxes.Tape a copy of your inventory list to boxes to identify what’s inside and where it should go.last_img read more

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New spread offense is clicking for Conner Kilbourne and his Ravenna teammates

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ENDS IN RAVENNA – When Ravenna junior quarterback Conner Kilbourne learned that new head coach Doug Samuels was implementing a new spread offense, with a heavy focus on the passing game, he had mixed feelings.None of his thoughts were necessarily negative. But for a player who operated out of a run-heavy I-formation or wishbone since he started playing quarterback in second grade, it was uncharted territory.“I was excited at first, but also a little nervous,” Kilbourne said. “I was worried that since it was so new to us, we were going to make a lot of mistakes.“But then we started getting everyone together for drills at the end of the school year, and then working out in the weight room. And by the time we got to team camp during the summer, everything was clicking.”The new spread offense has worked out quite well for Ravenna through three games.Conner KilbourneKilbourne is flourishing in distributing the ball to a talented cast of receivers, and the 2-1 Bulldogs are lighting up the scoreboard for an average of 46 points per game. They’ll look to go to 3-0 in the West Michigan Conference on Friday when they battle Shelby.Kilbourne (5-11, 165 pounds) has passed for an impressive 749 yards and nine touchdowns, and has also added two more scores on the ground.It’s been a stunning change for a program that built a reputation as a dominant running team under former coaches Dusty Fairfield and David Smith.“We haven’t had more than one wide receiver in the last 35 years,” Samuels said with a laugh.When Samuels took over in late February, he knew he couldn’t throw a ton of new information at his players and expect it to stick. Some of the concepts, he said, would be like a foreign language.Connor Kilbourne winds back to make the pass during Ravenna’s Week 3 win over North Muskegon. Photo/Mitchell Dixon MSD Photography“The kids were really receptive to it from the get-go,” Samuels said. “I think they were ready for some change. I knew there were a lot of basketball kids on the roster, so I tried to use some of the verbiage based on basketball, just so it could be easily recalled. Eventually, you want them to react instead of having to think about what they need to do.”The passing game has flourished because Ravenna returned a lot of quick-twitch, athletic players who thrive as receivers in the spread, including Grant Parker, Calvin Schillo, Josh Cox and Jack Emery. Each has hauled in touchdown passes from Kilbourne.Senior running back Garry Johnson is the X-factor in the offense, adding a strong ground element to the attack. He tallied 197 yards on 32 carries in the Bulldogs’ 53-26 comeback win over North Muskegon last Friday.“We’ve shown we can win in different ways, which is encouraging going forward,” Samuels said.But it’s Kilbourne who is running the show at the quarterback position. Samuels said his skill set stood out during early spring drills and throughout the summer, when he was a leader in the weight room and at 7-on-7 passing camps.“He’s very accurate throwing the ball, and that’s what we need to be effective offensively,” Samuels said. “There’s a lot on his shoulders, because we trust him to make a lot of the calls at the line of scrimmage. He’s a very smart player.”While he doesn’t possess breakaway speed, Kilbourne is still a capable runner, according to Samuels. He’s patient waiting for holes to develop and decisive when bursting through them.Kilbourne credits Ravenna’s offensive line, which he says has allowed him to be hit “only once or twice” this season. The unit, led by massive senior left tackle Dale Young, also includes senior tackle Alex Straub, junior guards Chase Shelly and Derek Place, and junior center Hunter Funk.“When we execute, it’s just exciting to think about, because I think we can play with anybody and we can be one of the top teams in our league,” Kilbourne said. “Every day, we talk about championship effort. Coach always says we have to bring it every single play. And when we’re watching film, the list is getting shorter and shorter every week of those who didn’t.” $0.00 Otherlast_img read more

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