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Archive | September, 2009


Carol’s Ferals & Friendlies presents MEOWtrageous Cat & Kitten Adoption Extravaganza on Saturday Sep. 19, Noon-6 p.m. at Centerpointe Mall, Grand Rapids. Join Carol for fun, including raffle prizes, gift certificates, gift baskets, mall merchandise and more! Plus, get a free raffle ticket by bringing in a donation of cat food, supplies or ink cartridges!

There will be:

  • A yummy refreshment table
  • On-site cat & kitten adoptions
  • A kitten playroom – come play with crazy kittens of all ages!
  • Cat care education
  • Feral/Trap Neuter Return Awareness
  • Kid & Pet Portraits!

Bring your children for live 8-minute-portraits by Laird Smith. Bring clear, sharp head & shoulder photos of your furry children for pet portraits. For safety’s sake, NO pets at the event!

The event will feature Tyson, the kitten born with no eyeballs!

The purpose of Carol’s Ferals is to provide TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) services to people who wish to have neighborhood or farm cats, both feral and stray, spayed/neutered and returned. www.CarolsFerals.org · dollmouse@aol.com

Carol’s Ferals · PO Box 150186 · Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0186

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Parks and Rec Fantastic Fridays

Parents may be wondering what to do with their Cedar Springs elementary children this year when they are released two hours early on the 11 staff development Fridays spread throughout the school year. But Cedar Springs Public Schools and the Cedar Springs Parks and Area Recreation have come up with an option for those early release Fridays called “Fantastic Fridays.”

Designed for students in first through 6th grade, Fantastic Fridays is an enrichment program that will include healthy snacks, activities, and a certified teacher and daycare provider on staff. Each Friday will have a theme, and could include special guest speakers, craft projects, and recreational activities. Local businesses will help sponsor the program, and high school students will volunteer to tutor and help with students. “It truly is a community project,” said Amanda Gerhardt, Director of Parks and Rec.

According to Gerhardt, high school volunteers will go to Cedar Trails, Beach, and Cedar View and pick up registered students and walk with them to Red Hawk Elementary, where the program will be held. “Students will be accounted for at their school, and again at Red Hawk,” said Gerhardt.

Programs will run from directly after school on early release days until 5:30 p.m. Students can be picked up earlier, however.

There are only a limited number of spots available, and it’s first come first served. “We’ll have 60-80 spots available for each Friday, and those that sign up for all 11 Fridays will have priority,” noted Gerhardt. The cost is $55 for all 11 Fridays, or $8 for individual Fridays.

The first early release day is Friday, Oct. 2, which falls on Red Flannel weekend, so the theme is red, and will include a visit from the first responders at the Cedar Springs Fire Department.

Cedar Springs Superintendent Ron McDermed said they have worked closely with Parks and Rec to come up with a plan for the students. “We know this is not an easy thing for parents, and it was a difficult decision for the board,” he noted. The school used to take off an entire day for professional development, but switched to the early release this school year. McDermed said there were two reasons. One is that they need to keep up on reviewing student achievement and need to increase the time to meet together to do that, and the second reason was the late start of the school year. “If we had continued with the other way (full days off), we would have had to extend the school year well into June,” he explained.

To register for the Fantastic Fridays, pick up a registration form at the district office at Hilltop, or visit the parks and rec website at www.csaparksandrec.com.

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Pumpkin chuckin’ contest call for entries

Lowell, MI. – The sky above the Kent County Fair Grounds will soon be filled with flying pumpkins. The Kent County Youth Fair will be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Contest, Saturday, October 10. For the younger set, we have added an Apple Chuckin’ Contest this year. The setup for both contests start at 11:00 a.m. The Apple Chuckin’ contest begins at 1:00 p.m. and the Pumpkin Chuckin’ contest begins at 2:00 p.m.  Prizes and trophies will be awarded.

The contest is part of Lowell’s Harvest Festival, come on out and check out all the smashing fun!  For rules and regulations or information on how to build a trebuchet to launch your pumpkin or apple visit the Kent County Youth Fair’s website at www.kcfg.org.

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From the Pulpit

A father said to his son, “I want to marry a girl of my choice.”

The son protested, “I will choose my own bride!”

To this the father responded, “But the girl is Bill Gates’ daughter.”

“Well, in that case,” the son shot back, “ok.”

The next day the father went to Bill Gates and said, “I have a husband for your daughter.” Bill Gates told the father that his daughter “…is too young to marry.”

“But,” the father noted, “This young man is a vice-president of the World Bank.”

Mr. Gates smiled and replied, “Well, in that case, ok.”

Finally, the father went to see the president of the World Bank and told him that he had “…a young man to be recommended as a vice president of the company.”

The President scowled, “I already have more vice-presidents than i need!” “But,” the father replied, “this young man is Bill Gates’ son-in-law,” to which the President responded, “Well, in that case, ok.”

This story may well be a modern day version of Jesus’ parable of the “Shrewd Manager” (Luke 16). In Jesus’ story a man loses his job as an account manager and creatively devises a plan to place himself in the good graces of others who were greatly indebted to the man’s boss. The result will be that when the man can no longer pay the rent and ends up on the street, his newly purchased “friends” will welcome him into their homes. Dishonest as it may first appear, Jesus appears impressed with the man’s awareness and keen judgment.

Jesus tells us that the worldly are more creative in working toward their goals than are those enlightened by trusting God in pursuing the aims to which He would call them. A Jewish commentator, David Stern, says, “Many well-intentioned people (“Christians” in this case) are bound by lack of imagination, freedom, and grounding in reality when equivalent to the description giving of the serpent in Genisis 3 – “he was more crafty than any of the animals God had made,” and he sure could ask good questions (hough not well-intentioned).

This economic environment needs people who can think with clever discerning. An employer simply looking at numbers on a spreadsheet and slashing workers is careless, irresponsible, and lacking of intelligence. Equally so, people felling sorry for themselves and speeding to the unemployment line is void of the shrewd cunning that impresses Jesus. We would do well to devise creative plans and work hard. That is the art of acting shrewdly, and like my opening story, it’s how business gets done! It also sends the right message, and makes the “teaching about God our Savior attractive” (Titus 2:10). Furthermore, the friends we gain from doing so, God the Father and His Son, will welcome you into eternal dwellings of their own.

So, since I am soon to be out of work, does anyone have Bill Gates’ cell number?

Pastor Chad Wight
The Journey Church

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John and Barb Wiles

Wiles-Anniversary003John and Barb Wiles will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary September 23rd.

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Daniel C. McAnally

Daniel C. McAnally, 60 of Lansing, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at his home. Dan was born March 19, 1949 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Howard and Marie (Reichelt) McAnally. He was a 1967 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Surviving are two daughters, Heather and Kathleen; one granddaughter, Audrey Pollok; two sisters, Nancy & Don Hanna, Mary & Gary Bessemer; nieces, Shelli & Robert Hall, Sandra & Alan Balcam and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents. A graveside service was held Monday 11:00 am at Solon Township Cemetery with viewing at 10:30 am. Pastor Duaine Reichelt officiating.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com

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Darcey D. Raymond, Jr.

C-Obit-RaymondDarcey D. Raymond, Jr. 44 of Cedar Springs died Friday, September 11, 2009 at his home after an 18 month battle with cancer. Darcey was born October 28, 1964 in Harbor Beach, MI the son of Darcey and Diana (Heiss) Raymond, Sr. He had owned and operated Unity Foods and enjoyed woodworking. He was a great husband and father and will be greatly missed. Surviving are his wife Debora, 1 son, Steven Thompson; 1 sister, Darla & Ricki Myers; father and stepmother, Darcey & Sandra Raymond, Sr.; grandfather, David Heiss; grandmother, Wanda Raymond; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Mary Ivanov and Gary Meyers officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com

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Geraldine Van Liew

Van-LiewGeraldineGRPressMrs. Geraldine Van Liew, age 92, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Cedar Springs, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 10, 2009. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Her church and family were her full time commitment. For 27 years she worked at Meijers as a meat wrapper, retiring in 1980. She was a loving, caring, hardworking lady. She is survived by her children, Beverly and Jean Rainville, Sue and Arthur Rosenberger, Sharon and James Bowers, Robert and Marilyn Van   Liew, Carol and David DeHaan, Michael and Jill Van Liew; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sharon Van Liew; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lois Larson, Mrs. Lorraine (Charles) Wood; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband J. Stuart Van Liew in 1965, a son, Gerald in 2004, grandson, Stuart Van Liew in 1997, and her brothers, O.J., Elwood, and Carl Larson. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Van Liew was Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs with Pastor James Howard officiating. Interment in Elmwood Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Relatives and friends gathered from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church on Saturday.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Carole M. Fisher

Carole M. Fisher, age 44, passed away September 12, 2009 from accidental injuries.  Born in Big Rapids, she graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1982.  With her family she enjoyed yearly tent camping trips to the Upper Peninsula.  Prior to an accident in 1991 she loved to dance and roller skate, and later played Bingo, a variety of card games, and computer games.  She had a deep love for her sons who survive her, Edward Roger Fisher, Jr. and Jess Bennett.  Also surviving are her sister, Debbie and Lee Bliss of Cedar Springs, her nieces and nephews, and her long time companion, Virgil Turner.  She was preceded in death by the father of her sons, Edward Fisher, Sr.  A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:00 at the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs, with Pastor Keith Hemilla officiating.  Inurnment in Mecosta-Austin Cemetery.  Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider the needs of the family.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Walter E. Ridout

Walter Edward Ridout age 69 of Cedar Springs died at home Saturday September 12, 2009. He was born in Grand Rapids on July 22, 1940 the son of Albert W. and Nettie Frijman Ridout and was retired from Steelcase with 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Navy, a member of East Nelson United Methodist Church where he was active with the prayer shawl ministry and also a lay speaker. He also was a Red Cross blood donor for many years. He married Mary Baumgras in Grand Rapids on August 25, 1973. He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Timothy Walter Ridout, Grand Rapids, his daughter Mariel A. (Mark) Maitland, Fruitport, grandchildren, Liana Lynn Maitland and Ian Zane Maitland, brothers; David (Kathy) Ridout, Grand Rapids and Albert (Connie) Ridout , Cedar Springs, Mary’s family; Janina (David) Lewkowski, Grand Rapids, Carl (Jan) Baumgras, Cedar Springs, David (Jan) Baumgras, Midland, Julie (Max) Northouse, Grand Rapids, Edward (Jeanette) Baumgras, Troy and Lisa (Larry) Hansen, Dorr. Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10 AM from the East Nelson United Methodist Church with Rev. Herb VanderBilt officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 AM Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to East Nelson United Methodist Church Building Fund. Messages of condolence may be sent via hurstfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, www.hurstfuneralhome.com.

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