I Answer A Question That I Am Asked Often. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .





 

Good evening everyone, I hope everyone enjoyed their Thursday!

Many have asked me a certain question several times, so I thought I would blog a bit and explain it.

Question: Since crime is high, why do i not move from the area? 

I get asked this a lot.  So here is my answer

Answer:  Yes crime may be high. But I will never leave the Rockford area.  I am here to make a difference. By keeping people informed and to help make our area better.  Only us here in the Rockford area can make a difference here.

The more informed a person is, the better they become.  The better things around that person become as well.

In return the community will turn around and become better.

With that being said, there are a lot of cool things in the Rockford area that many places do not have. We have museums, water park, zip line park, cafes, etc…  I mean there is a lot of positive stuff that is in our area.  And I am looking forward to more things becoming established here in the future.

Yes, crime is an issue. Many people are afraid to leave their homes. Some even carry guns just to go sit out on their porches or to take the trash out.   

Yes, it is a scary time we live in, because crime is high and the police shut the public out from helping them trying to combat crime and criminals use the encryption to their advantage and get away scott free to commit more crimes.

Ask yourself, why is the local media not stepped up against the encryption? They embraced the encryption and just said send us stuff when you see it. They did not step up and say hey we are against it. Ask yourself, why?

Things are run half azz backwards with city leaders and yet I have been portrayed as the bad guy because I am the one who has the balls to actually step up and say something about the situation.  I don’t mind being portrayed as a bad guy by certain people, because it brings attention to me and my voice speaks even louder then.

Which is what I am hoping to do. Speak loudly and make positive changes in the community.  That is why I choose to stay here.  Because I grew up in the Rockford area. I choose to stay here because the citizens are awesome! I choose to stay here because we have a lot of potential and growth. I choose to stay here because we will make Rockford great again!

Things do not change overnight.  Things change with baby steps. Things change when people begin demonstrations down at the city hall and their voices are heard. Things change when those baby steps turn into giant leaps.

I am proud to live in the Rockford area. And I am proud to be one of those baby steps that will make the giant leap one day. I am proud of ALL the citizens in the Rockford area for staying and not fleeing. Even if you want to flee and can not, you are still here and can be a baby step as well. I am proud of what we will become in the future. 

So to put a long story short:  I choose to not leave Rockford because I stand proud to live in the Rockford area.  I stand tall and let my voice be heard and am not afraid to speak up.  Rockford area citizens are great people and I am proud to stand tall with each and everyone of you.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Dreamlifter, More Snow, Nascar, Luge, Olympics, Clear Fire Hydrants, Etc…





 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Saturday!

Nascar is back on TV!  I am switching between Nascar and the Olympics as I type this.  Watching the Arca race and the Mens Luge.  Super excited about both!

William did an awesome video on clearing out the fire hydrants.  Please take a few minutes and watch it. Very informative!  Kudos to William!  (CLICK HERE)

Speaking of, they are predicting another 1-3 inches tonight. (CLICK HERE) So odds are they will be enforcing parking once again. So heads up.  I was told by a meteorologist that the long term forecast shows warming temps towards the end of February!  Let’s hope that holds true!  So enjoy the snow while it is here.

I am a little under the weather today. So kicking back and watching Nascar and the Olympics works out great.  Dunno what it is, maybe just a bug. Who knows. Its not like I am full blown sick, just under the weather. I have a DR appointment this week. So hopefully I feel better by then.

Speaking of DR’s I was able to take my good friend Wizard to his eye doctor appointment. He now has a date scheduled for June. I am super excited for him! On side note, I got lost on the way to his appointment. So he was a lil late. But the doctors office was understanding. Thank god. But now he has a set date to look forward too!

The Dreamlifter left Dallas and flew into Chicago a little bit ago. It is scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:42 pm. And is headed to Japan. I am hoping I can see it fly overhead when it departs.  Hopefully the clouds stay away long enough so I can see it.

Out of all the aircraft in the world, the Dreamlifter is my favorite. I catch a lot of heck from friends for it. Because they like fighter jets, etc… And they think the Dreamlifter is big and ugly. To me, it is unique.  Thats why I like it!  It is unique and has special purposes. It has a special role and one of a kind aircraft.  It is always best to stand out as one and be yourself and unique, than to be just one of hundreds.  😉

National Holidays Today

February 10th
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
National Home Warranty Day
National Umbrella Day

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Warning, Everyone Please Be Safe





 

Good evening everyone!

I thought I would make a quick blog on the weather real quick. 

National Weather Service is now forecasting up to 12 inches of snow in the area now.  (7-12 inches) This will be the biggest snowfall of the season    😎

I am doing a time lapse video of the snow event, hopefully the video turns out good. My luck, probably not lol.  But going to give it a try. It be a cool video if it does work right.

Speaking of, if you have photos or videos of the snow, email them to me at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

Pretty much every jurisdiction has enforced the snow parking ordinance.  That means you can not park on the street, without having consequences. So get your vehicle off the roads. Or if you have too, they are doing the odd/even parking.  CLICK HERE

As I type this (just after 6 pm) the snow is starting to fall. The heaviest will be after midnight. 1-2 inches per hour is in the forecast. That is a lot of snow!  Friday morning commute is going to be very dangerous.  Officials have already made it clear to not drive, unless you absolutely have too.  At those amounts, the snowplows probably won’t come out until 3 am (like usual) and start their rounds then. Even at that, it will be hard for them to keep up.

Be prepared for possible power outages, being snowed in a day or two, etc…  This can be a life threatening event, if you do not prepare and use commonsense. Stock up on water, food, wood, charge your cell phones, battery backups, etc… The usual stuff.  Also if you need to travel, make sure you have a fully charged cell phone, extra clothing and blankets, flares, roadside emergency kits, etc… If you have a winch, that would be a good addition to add as well.

We have had worse storms in the past. So it is nothing new to our area. But this is the first “big” snowfall of this season. And you know how some people can act and also forget things.  So I wanted to remind everyone, to please use commonsense and be safe out there!

Hopefully the schools that do have school tomm. will cancel for a snow day. And the kids can go out and enjoy the snowday and go sledding and stuff like that.  I know some workplaces said come hell or high water they were staying open. My opinion, I feel that is the wrong thing to do.  Safety first.

Check on your neighbors and elderly.

Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service below

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
impossible at times, including during the morning commute on
Friday. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches, with
localized higher amounts are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…While heavy snow is likely across much of
northern Illinois tonight, there is likely to be a sharp cutoff
in snowfall amounts to the south of Interstate 80.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Watch, X-Files, Website Updates, Etc…





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Good afternoon everyone! 

It is looking like via the forecast models that Thursday Night and Friday we are going to have the biggest snowfall yet of the season.  On the low end (as in the lowest possible) it appears to be around 5 inches.  On the high end it will be 13.5 inches.  So in all probability we will get somewhere in the middle.

The system has shifted to the North more, which means that we will be getting more snowfall than originally expected. We currently do have a Winter Storm Watch out for us. They said 6-9 inches. I think they are sitting on that 13.5 forecast right now and not making that public.

We all know it is Mother Nature, and she will do what she wants. And I think they are sitting on that forecast right now, because that sure is a lot of snow and they probably don’t want the public to panic.  But the latest models are showing an increase in snowfall amounts since the system has now shifted.

I would suggest everyone to start preparing for a lot of snow. And possibly being stuck home a day or two.  Go get extra food, water, salt, shovels, gas, etc…  The typical stuff.  Make sure your snowblowers are running.

Enough about the snow for now, I am sure I will be posting photos and videos of the event in the next few days


 

Guess what day it is?  It is X-Files tonight!   So heads up, do not bother me from 7-8 PM tonight, lol.  I turn off all my gadgets and don’t answer the phone or doors while the X-Files is on (also Walking Dead, which will be starting up soon too)   So kick back and watch the X-Files tonight 🙂


I have been updating my website here in the last few days. I been updating the pages. And messing around with stuff. I am going to be adding new fonts probably later on tonight or tomm.   I like to have a blog that has color and spice to it. Instead of the plain fonts. Yes, it is easier to read with it being plain. But I hate being plain, I like to be unique.  🙂  So be on the lookout for the new font styles in the near future!