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Archive | August, 2009

Red Flannel Town talent show tryouts

Guitar and banjo talent Calder Baker was one of last year’s performers at the Red Flannel Town Talent show.

Guitar and banjo talent Calder Baker was one of last year’s performers at the Red Flannel Town Talent show.

Organizers of the Red Flannel Town talent show are looking for local talent to showcase this year on Red Flannel Day, October 3. Have talent? Bring it on! We are looking for singers, dancers, variety acts and theatrical skits. Tryouts for the show are at the Kent Theatre on Sept. 3, between 6 and 9 p.m. Bring your instruments and music and be ready to showcase your talents. Practices for Red Flannel Day will be held each week. The show will be held directly after the parade at the Kent Theatre.

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Dunnemans sing at North Kent Community

Gospel singers Reg and Gretchen Dunneman will sing at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes, Sparta, on Wednesday evening, September 2, at 7 p.m. (They will also sing briefly at the United worship event in Morley Park this Sunday, August 30.)

The Dunnemans, from Binghamton, NY, sing their own special blend of gospel music, including southern gospel, traditional, hymn, classical, country, bluegrass and contemporary Christian styles. Their full-time ministry presents over 350 concerts a year, from Maine to Florida to Arizona.

They have produced several recordings that will be available at the service. Their latest recording, “Before the Throne” was released in early February. CDs are $15.

Reg Dunneman, a native of Stratford, Ontario, grew up in a musical family and played piano at an early age. He organized the Victors Trio and then the Tabernacle Trio, which sang in Ontario for years. For 20 years, he sang with Canada’s Galileans, a southern gospel quartet that toured Canada and the United States.

Gretchen has been a member of the Friendship Trio, singing in churches and Bible conferences. She also sang with the Broome County (NY) Savoyards, performing Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and in the choruses of the BC Pops, the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra and the Tri Cities Opera, all in Binghamton, New York.

Both Reg and Gretchen have sung with the Binghamton Madrigal Choir, which performs a cappella choral works.

For more information, call the church at 887-2478.

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“Broadway our way”

A musical journey through Broadway’s greatest hits Sept. 11-12

If you missed your chance earlier this year to see Broadway our way, featuring Cedar Springs resident Larry Young Jr., you now have another chance!

Actors’ Theatre and Creative Edge Productions are proud to present Broadway Our Way…a musical journey through Broadway’s greatest hits! This tribute will be a pre-season opening celebration for Actors’ Theatre and will feature over twenty of Broadway’s most memorable songs from smash hit shows like: Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Singing in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, A Chorus Line, and many more!

Broadway Our Way stars award-winning actors: Kelly Carey, Cici Gramer, Stephen Grey, and Larry Young. This dazzling group is accompanied by a six-piece orchestra led by Wright McCargar.

Young is Managing Director of Creative Edge Productions, and has been working as a theatre professional for over 15 years. After obtaining a BA in Theatre from Hope College he has performed throughout the US as well as internationally (Vancouver, BC). He has shared the stage with Tony-Award winner Sutton Foster and has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall. He has won three Grand Awards for his performances as Dr. Parker in Bat Boy, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown and most recently Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman, all with Actors’ Theatre.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Actors’ Theatre kick off their 2009-2010 season with Creative Edge Productions’ presentation of Broadway our way,” said Young. “My first show with Actors’ Theatre was Floyd Collins in 2000 and I have been a faithful Actors’ Theatre performer throughout the past 9 years. I believe in their mission to bring entertaining, challenging and thought provoking theatre to the West Michigan area and am honored to be able to give back to a company that has given me the opportunity to continue to sharpen and challenge my acting skills.  Come join us for an entertaining evening celebrating the opening of another exciting Actors’ Theatre season.”

Tickets are $20.00 for the general public. All Actors’ Theatre season ticket holders will get a buy-one-get-one-free pass with season subscription. Performances will be at the Spectrum Theater on September 11 & 12 8 p.m.  both nights. The box office number to reserve tickets is 616.234.3946 (box office opens on September 1, 2009 at noon for reservations).

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Dale C. Morey

Dale C. Morey
July 14, 1943 to August 29, 2006

Dad, it’s been three long years since we last hugged and kissed you.

God saw that you were getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he placed his arms around you and whispered, “Come with me.” With tearful eyes we let you go as you slowly slipped away. Although we love you dearly; we could not make you stay. Your precious heart stopped beating, hard working hands laid to rest. All your beautiful paintings and wonderful memories will be kept the best.

For this, God has proved to us, he only takes the “Best.”

There isn’t a day that goes by without you in our thoughts. All the memories we shared will never be forgotten. And in our hearts we know you will always be by our side, making sure we follow down the right path leading to you. One day we will all be reunited with you up in heaven with Our Lord and Holy Father.

Until then, you are still missed and loved here on earth.

Until we meet again…..your loving family: Minnie, Bob & Cheryl, Nathan, Trevor, and Tyler, Mario & Kris, and Mason, Jenny & Steven, Madeline and Brice.

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Carissa Crystal Shelton

baby0001Christopher and Emily are excited to announce the birth of their baby sister Carissa Crystal Shelton, born on August 8th, 2009. She was 7lbs 9 oz. and 21 inches long. Her parents are Jenni and Curtis Shelton of Cleveland, OH. and her grandparents are Tim and Lorrie Shelton of Cedar Springs, MI and Joe and Lora Leber of Kentwood, MI.

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Where eagles dare

Many years ago a WWII film was introduced called, “Where Eagles Dare.” The story line was of an allied general being held by the German army on a mountain peak in a stone castle. The castle was only accessible via a cable car, mountain climbing, or a helicopter. It was thought to be impregnable due to its inaccessibility and the troops left to guard the cable car and the base of the mountain.

Though that castle was high, remote and thought to be impregnable, it was never the less, overcome by an elite force of men. These men were no strangers to danger and the rigors of this type of warfare. They had their orders and would seek to fulfill those orders not matter the cost.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Within this familiar verse, we find five orders given to the Christian that will enable us to succeed where others fail.

“Wait” – Some would interpret this to mean to sit around and do nothing. Nothing could be further from the truth. This instruction involves the idea of hope; looking for something; trust; or an earnest expectation. We do this through meditation (Rev. 1:8, 11; Psalm 1; Heb. 10:23; Phil 1:6), prayer (phil. 4:6; Jms. 5:16), and bringing glory to His name (I Cor. 10:31).

“Renew” – This involves the concept of change, exchange or altering something. For what purpose must we renew our strength, simply to contend for the faith (Eph. 6:11-17). We are engaged in a war and we fight battles every day with temptation and sin. The real question is, are we willing to obey orders no matter what the cost, knowing that victory is assured?

“Mount Up” – Someone has suggested that these wings are the wings of faith and love. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (11:1) And later in the same chapter (11:6), “But without faith it is impossible to please him (God)…” Without these two elements, it is impossible for the child of God to live and demonstrate the truth of the Word.

“Run” – When in high school, it was my privilege to run on the track team. We would begin practices and work outs right after the first of the year in preparation for the spring track season. In those initial weeks, we would all suffer the rigors of soreness and lack of stamina due to our being out of shape. As the weeks would go by, one could begin to notice the changes that were taking place in each of us. We were able to run a little bit further and a little bit faster each week. Before long, after a lot of hard work, we were ready and in shape.

In every race that I have ever been a part of, we would always race toward the finish line. In the Christian life we are running a race. Paul’s encouragement to us is that we stay the course and finish the race (I Cor. 9:24; 15:58; II Tim. 4:7). The race that is referred to here is not salvation, but the rigors of the Christian life itself. In order to finish and to finish well, we must be in “shape.” I recall one physical ed class in which myself and one other track team member were a part. We were required to run a mile around the track. You could hear the moans and groans run through the class. All 35 of us went out to the track and proceeded to run. It was very apparent within the first quarter mile, who was in shape and who wasn’t. Those who are in shape “shall run and not be weary.”

“Walk” – This involves the simple concept of faithfulness and endurance. We all recall the story of the tortoise and the hare. Wm. Carey, once said when asked how he could accomplish so much, “I can plod; that is my only genius. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.”

When running the race of the Christian life, we must be careful to not allow distractions to cause us to falter or slacken our pace. Our strength and encouragement can only come from on high.

Pastor Jim Howard
First Baptist Church
233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

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Roger on the Road

The good news

With all the bad news in the world, I’m happy to see that we’re getting off the gasoline kick. Crude oil was formed from living things buried under prehistoric seas and eventually it will all be used up. The automobile made use of cheap petroleum but, a century later, it’s not so cheap anymore. One look at the Interstate and you can see the results of supply and demand.

Transportation has drastically changed our lives and we can’t easily give it up. But it looks like the human race is getting serious about exchanging gasoline for renewable-source electricity. (Thank you, Thomas Edison!) We’re on our way to an oil-free future. That’s good news!

Extinction

Not us! Charles Darwin, in postulating the theory of evolution, noted that plants and animals best adapted to the environment were the ones who survived. He never figured on the changes humans could make on the environment. We have species disappearing because humans are taking away their habitat. You know what happened to the passenger pigeon, the bison, the great auk, and many others too small to notice. Humans are the worst enemy of lots of plants, birds, and animals. We hunt them, eat them, and change them by breeding. We have to live, too.  About all we can do is keep a few samples around to remind us. I guess that’s what zoos are for.

Health Insurance confusion

There’s too much misinformation floating around to figure out what’s going on with the 3-5 bills in Congress. It’s too much to cover in one fell swoop. Medicare has been a successful program, although expensive. It can be expanded and made less expensive. Congress should concentrate on “Medicare for all.” Frankly, I trust the government more than the competing, for-profit insurance companies.

Abby strikes out

Dear Abby admitted she was at a loss to answer the following:

Dear Abby,

A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together and I’ve never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?

***

Dear Abby,

What can I do about all the sex, nudity, foul language and violence on my VCR?

***

Dear Abby,

My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist $100.00 an hour, every week, for two-and-a-half years. He must be crazy.

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Packing healthy school lunches for kids

BACK-Healthy-Lunches(StatePoint)  Packing nutritious school lunches that kids will eat can be tricky. You want to make sure that all those healthy foods you carefully selected are not traded away for junk food or tossed into the trash.

With childhood obesity a growing problem, many parents are determined to find healthful but tempting school lunches for their kids.

“Just because a bagged lunch is nutritious doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun. Include a variety of foods your kids enjoy and get creative by packing colorful vegetables and fiber-rich fruits. And since kids love snacks, don’t fight it, pick healthy snacks and avoid junky chips and empty calories,” says Josh Schroeter, co-founder of Sahale Snacks, a producer of healthy, all-natural snack foods.

  • Make Favorites Even Better: Choose whole grain bread over white bread when making your child’s favorite sandwich. Substitute a whole wheat tortilla or pita pocket and kids won’t notice a difference. Choose lean lunch meats such as turkey or chicken and low fat cheeses. Use mustard instead of mayonnaise. Home-made bean or yogurt dip with vegetable sticks can be a tasty source of protein and fiber.
  • Go Nuts with Nutrient-Rich Snacks: Nuts and seeds make terrific protein- and fiber- rich snacks in lunchboxes. They contain heart-healthy fats and satisfy the craving for crunchy foods. Choose nut mixes with low sodium and no trans-fat or heavily processed sweeteners — and go beyond boring trail mixes. Liven things up with all-natural, kid-friendly glazed nut blends, such as Sahale Snack’s “Almond PB&J” blend of nuts, strawberries, raspberries and ground vanilla beans. “Parenting Magazine” recently recommended this treat as a calcium-rich energy booster. These snacks are available in grocery and health food stores, and won’t get traded away in the lunchroom.
  • Make Calories Count: Avoid packing refined carbohydrates and high fats together in one lunch. Substitution is key. If the main dish runs high in carbs or fats, add a side of veggies or fruit instead of chips or cheesy puffs. This cuts down on obesity-inducing foods that also might leave your child sluggish for the rest of the day. Substitute water for soda or juice, avoiding empty calories and sugar.
  • Play Dress-Up: Just because it’s made of vegetables, doesn’t have to mean boring. Dress-up a salad with nuts and dried fruit to make it more fun by adding crunch and sweetness. Mix in nuts, dried cranberries or apple slices. Or, opt for a pre-packaged nut blend that combines tree nuts with dried fruit like pomegranate or berries. Just be sure it’s not loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Select one with organic evaporated cane juice or some natural honey instead.
  • Let Kids Choose: Have children help with the shopping and preparation. Take a visit to the local farmer’s market where the kids can taste test and choose their favorite seasonal produce. Cut fruits and veggies into fun shapes, add happy faces with raisins and nuts, and make items bite size for small hands and mouths.

For more healthful food ideas and recipes, visit www.sahalesnacks.com.

“Getting kids to eat right can be challenging, but you can make it easier by only buying things you want them to eat and instilling healthy eating habits at an early age,” stresses Schroeter.

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Beauty basics to help you embrace autumn

HEA-Beauty-basics_rgb(ARA) – Fall is a time of transition. Not only do you need to prepare your skin for the cold months ahead, but it’s time to transform your look from light and airy to soft and classic.

Focus on a few beauty basics – skin, make-up, fashion and fragrance – and you’ll have all you need for a fantastic fall.

Great skin is always in

As the weather gets cooler and drier, your skin needs extra moisture to keep it supple. Keep warm weather memories alive with a scent reminiscent of summer and try Coconut Milk Body Lotion from The Body Shop. Treat yourself to the finest ingredients – ethically sourced community trade virgin coconut oil from Samoa – and get soft, smooth and deliciously scented skin.

Pucker up

Autumn lips are washed in soft color. International make-up artist Chase Aston says this fall is all about the perfect pout and recommends Colourglide Lip Color from The Body Shop.

Aston shares his tips for luscious and gorgeous lips:

  • Use a lip liner for added definition and to help prevent feathering.
  • Enhance the natural color of your lips by gently gliding on lip color. For added pout power, use a lipstick/concealer brush.
  • Look for a shade that complements your skin tone. With 37 shades, you can easily find Colourglide Lip Color that works for you.

Ultra-modern eyes

This fall, dramatic smoldering eyes are what’s fabulous. To achieve fall’s hottest eye looks, Aston gives these sizzling tips:

  • Smudge together forest green, shimmering grey and lilac to create a chic, modern, smoky eye.
  • To create an intense, sultry eye look, look for a palette that features a warm trio of rich brown, golden copper and shimmering sand hues.
  • Try a metallic eye definer. Alone, it can be used to line and define or use it to complement your favorite eye shadow. “Choose shades that contrast your eyes to make them pop,” says Aston. “Apply color to the eyelid or along the lash-line as an accent for impact.”

Bundle up

Classic, “back to basics” clothing was all the rage on the fall runways. This season’s must-have piece is the crisp white jacket that works with everything from jeans to a little black dress. The key accessory to sport is perfectly fitting with the chill in the air – gloves. Half gloves, fingerless gloves and long gloves are gracing the arms of starlets walking the red carpet and go with everything from rugged parkas to dainty and ladylike skirts. If you’ve got a special occasion to dress for, or if you’re just plain feeling glam, the gold dress, inspired by the rich tones of autumn, is the choice for your holiday parties.

For more information on fall beauty basics, visit TheBodyShop-USA.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Health Department gearing up for flu season

Grand Rapids, MI – In preparation for the upcoming flu season, the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is making plans to educate and vaccinate Kent County residents this fall. The novel H1N1 flu that garnered much attention last spring is expected to circulate with seasonal influenza viruses during the 2009-2010 flu season.

“There has been much speculation that this fall and winter could bring more severe illness related to the flu,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “By planning now, we hope to increase awareness of the flu this fall through education and vaccination, and mitigate the effects of seasonal and novel influenza A H1N1 in our community.”

H1N1 emerged as a new type of flu last spring and in June, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that a global pandemic was underway. The virus continues to spread. Infections have been comparable in severity to those of seasonal flu but because influenza viruses can mutate, it could become more severe.

Symptoms of both types of flu include fever, chills, cough, runny nose, headache, body aches, and fatigue.

KCHD will work with schools to educate students and staff on flu prevention; run ads to heighten awareness of the flu; work with partners like 2-1-1 to make sure information on seasonal and H1N1 flu is available; and prepare to make H1N1 vaccine accessible to everyone in Kent County. This vaccine will be separate from seasonal flu vaccine.

Everyone can take measures to avoid becoming sick this year. The number one way to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot each year. Other protective measures include:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Stay away from others to avoid making them sick.

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Taste the local difference: New potatoes

By Jeannine Taylor, Community Outreach Coordinator, Grand Traverse County Health Department

One potato. Two potato. Three potato. New potato? What in the world is a new potato?

SUM-new-potatoesNo, they’re not a strange new breed of alien-like vegetables with spirally nodules protruding from their fluorescent green skin. They are actually any variety of young, immature potato that is harvested not long after the plant flowers, usually in the spring or summer.

So what’s the fuss all about? New potatoes have very thin skin that can sometimes be rubbed off with your fingers. They are high in moisture content and have a particularly creamy texture. Often cooked whole with the skin left on, they are well suited for boiling, steaming and roasting.

The downside is that they have a very short shelf life and should be used within a few days of harvesting. They typically cannot be stored, so you won’t find “true” new potatoes on your grocery store shelf. Baby red skinned potatoes are often confused for new potatoes, but in actuality, they have to go through a hardening process in order to be stored properly and to survive the long journey to grocery stores.

Regardless, these sweet and tasty morsels are so tender and delicately flavored they’ll melt in your mouth.

Selecting and storing

  • Select firm potatoes, free from soft spots or sprouting. Some bruising is common with young vegetables; however, large squashy patches and discoloration could signal disease or rot.
  • Avoid any potatoes with a greenish tint to them. New potatoes are prone to sunburn due to their thin skin, which looks like a green patch. Discard them or cut away the green patch entirely before cooking.
  • Discard any new potatoes with large sprouts protruding from their eyes.
  • New potatoes should come fresh from the garden and never be placed in storage. They have two to three-day shelf life and should be eaten within that time.
  • Do not refrigerate.

Fun Facts

  • The potato is more universally grown than any other food crop.
  • At one time, the Scots refused to eat potatoes because they weren’t mentioned in the Bible.
  • The Incas used the potato to treat injuries. They also thought it made childbirth easier.
  • Potatoes were often eaten aboard ships to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by a deficiency of Vitamin C.
  • Eighteenth-century agronomist Antoine-August Parmentier used reverse psychology to convince the French to accept the potato as a safe food. He posted guards around potato fields during the day to prevent people from stealing them but left those same fields unguarded at night. Every night, thieves would sneak into the fields and leave with sacks of potatoes.

Nutritional Information:

  • Potatoes are one of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods.
  • They are low in fat and calories, have zero cholesterol, and are rich in carbohydrates.
  • Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, potatoes are loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamins B1 and B6, fiber, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and they’re a great source of folic acid.
  • A serving of boiled new potatoes in their skins has more iron than a serving of steamed spinach.

Recipe:

New potato salad in red onion dressing

  • 2 lbs. small new potatoes
  • salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise, homemade or high-quality
  • 3⁄4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1⁄2 cup sweet red onion, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup dill, minced
  • Dill for garnish

Instructions:

Wash new potatoes under running cold water, scrubbing well enough to remove all traces of soil. Cook by boiling them until fork-tender, then cool and dry the potatoes.  Transfer them to a  bowl and cut into halves, quarters, or slices if desired.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Cool slightly before dressing.

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, onion and dill and blend well.  Pour over the warm potatoes and toss gently to mix thoroughly.  Garnish with herb springs and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Serves 6

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Storm leaves thousands without power

By Judy Reed

Post photos by J. Reed

Post photos by J. Reed

Sheets of rain blew sideways, trees were toppled, fires started and quarter-size hail pelted northern Kent County Sunday, August 10, as a storm with “straight-line” winds blew through the area between 6:45 and 7:15 p.m. When it was all over, thousands were without power, and debris littered yards and roadways.

N-Storm-front-MapleStorm damage could be seen all across the area. On 16 Mile Road, just west of Northland Drive, a huge tree was pulled up out of the ground by the roots. On White Creek near Indian Lakes, there was a report of two trees down causing at least two accidents, and several large trees down on 17 Mile as well.

Someone reported on WZZM13.com that he and his wife were just turning west on to 17 Mile from Algoma when they had to pull over. “(We) couldn’t see anything but the hood of our cars so we stopped on the shoulder of the road. When the worst of it hit, we had hail the size of marbles, very heavy rain, and winds so strong that my full size 3/4 ton truck was not only rocking but the front end was starting to lift up. When it passed all we saw were trees and power lines down on 17 mile,” he said.

According to the National Weather Service, the worst damage in Kent County occurred in Kent City and Sparta, with winds up to 70 mph. Winds of 60-65 mph were reported in the Cedar Springs area.

The city of Cedar Springs also had its share of downed trees and power lines. The intersection of Maple and Park Street was closed for a couple of days after a large Maple tree blew over, along with top of a big Pine tree. “It busted two power poles that had to be replaced,” said Department of Public Works superintendent Jerry Hall.

The Cedar Springs DPW will be chipping brush this week in response to Sunday’s storm.  Please stack all brush with the cut end facing the street (up to 6″ in diameter).  No vines, stumps or roots will be chipped.

Post photos by J. Reed

Post photos by J. Reed

Some motorists noticed a problem with water pooling on the newly redone portion of S. Main Street during the storm. According to Hall, it was because there are still silt bags in the storm drains. “They have to stay there until grass along side the road grows. They catch the sand and dirt that gets washed down there and that causes it to drain slow,” he explained. Hall said that the tidal waves of water blown up alongside the road by cars washed a lot of seed and dirt down, and now they will have to reseed there.

Consumers Energy and Charter Communications crews were out in force following Sunday night’s storm. Consumers Energy reported that 48,000 of its customers were without power at one point, with 16,000 of them in Kent County. Most customers were back up and running by late Tuesday evening.

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