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Archive | November, 2009

Post to collect toys for needy

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us, The Cedar Springs Post, to provide toys for needy children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys.

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are needed.

The program runs now through December 24. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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Restaurant offers free meals to those affected by economy

Michelle Worden (left) and Missy Brower (right), owners of the Halfway Restaurant on M-57, are happy to provide Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to those in need.

Michelle Worden (left) and Missy Brower (right), owners of the Halfway Restaurant on M-57, are happy to provide Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to those in need.

A Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be an occasion to dwell on temporary financial setbacks, and sisters Michelle Worden and Missy Brower, owners of the Halfway Restaurant, 10792 14 Mile Road, intend to make sure there is a hot meal for all this Thanksgiving. The sisters have owned the restaurant for 12 years. They offer the free dinner as their way to give back to the community and to express their concern for neighbors in need in these tough economic times.
The restaurant is serving a dinner at no charge to those whose financial situations have made the traditional event unaffordable. The restaurant will be serving dinner Thursday, November 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Those who wish are also invited to drop off donations of nonperishable food items now through December 14. These donated goods will be dropped off at local pantries to be given to those in need.

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Black Friday and White Saturday Adopt-a-thon

Humane Society of Kent County

Come on out for Black Friday, November 27 where all animals with black fur will be available for the special adoption prices of $50 for cats and $75 for dogs between noon and 7 p.m. And noon and 2 p.m. we will be handing out door buster coupons with additional savings on adoption fees, HSKC retail items and mircochipping. Please note: door buster coupons are only available on Friday, November 27 from 12 pm to 2 pm, but are good through 4 pm on Saturday, November 28.

Join us the next day, November 28, between noon and 4 p.m. for White Saturday, where you can still redeem your door buster coupons from Friday and all white/tan coated animals will be available for the special adoptions prices of $50 for cats & $75 for dogs. Plus, at each event we will be offering $15 pet ID mircochipping and $10 nail trims. On White Saturday we will also be offering puppy pet portraits by Terpstra Photography. Holiday Santa photos will be from noon to 2 p.m. and Puppy Portraits from 2-4 p.m. Pet portraits are $25 and you will receive a 5×7 print (express Holiday Card option available as well). The event is sponsored by Awareness Home Funding.

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Tree of life

Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffery, will be displaying a “Tree of Life” from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Family and community members are welcome to purchase a light on the tree for $1.00 and the designated name of their choice will be placed on said light. All proceeds from the purchase of a light will go to Resident Activities and Supplies. If you should have any questions, please contact Olivia Flanders, Life Enrichment Director at 616-696-0170.

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Roger on the Road


Two new things I’m thankful for this year: 1) I personally don’t have to make the tough decisions about the war in Afghanistan. 2) The president who must make those decisions is weighing all the pros and cons carefully, gathering information and insight from the experts.


President Obama faces a classic example of the thankless task. If we withdraw, the warlords and tribal chiefs will likely put the Afghan people under their thumbs. And the president’s political enemies will surely scream, “Cut and Run!”

But many across the political spectrum have noted that our dilemma in Afghanistan resembles the Viet Nam war. There are places we shouldn’t be and causes we cannot win. Much as we might like to, America can’t protect the whole world.

Sixty years ago I served with the army in South Korea. We still have 10,000 troops there. Surely we don’t want to be in Afghanistan sixty years from now.

Free at last

One evening a blonde went to a seafood restaurant for dinner. When she saw the tank where they kept the lobsters, she asked a waiter, “Why are those creatures in that tank?”

“They’re the lobsters we serve our customers,” answered the waiter.

“You mean you’re going to kill them?” asked the blonde.

“Absolutely,” said the waiter.

The blonde was so upset that she immediately left the restaurant. She drove to a nearby store, bought some strong bags, and returned to the restaurant to accomplish her covert mission. There she waited until the moment was right. She snatched all of the lobsters out of the tank, threw them in bags, and hightailed it out of the restaurant.

Later she went to the woods to set the poor animals free.


For her 41st birthday, a woman received, among other presents, an extravagantly expensive wrinkle-removing cream from her teenage daughter.

“Nice!” said a friend who was visiting. “And what did she give you last year?”

The mom replied without hesitation. “The wrinkles.”


A grandfather was telling his little grandson what his own childhood was like. “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little boy was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last he said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

The same grandson was visiting one day and asked, “Grandpa, do you know how you and God are alike?”

The grandfather mentally polished his halo and said, “No, how are we alike?”

The child replied, “You’re both old.”

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Hunter charged with threatening undercover DNR officers

A 48-year-old Linwood man will be arraigned on assault and hunter harassment charges on Nov. 30 before Judge Daniel Sutton in the 83rd District Court, in Roscommon County, stemming from a threatening incident with two plainclothes detectives from the Department of Natural Resources’ Special Investigations Unit on state-owned land.

The arrest culminates an investigation that was spurred by years of complaints from the public about the 7 Mag Hill hunting club, in Roscommon County, for threatening hunters who were hunting on state land adjacent to the club’s property. The threats were preventing others from using the state-owned land.

The two undercover detectives posed as hunters, and walked along a two-track trail on the state land. The club member arrested in the investigation then confronted them and allegedly threatened to kill them for being on what he considered his land. The detectives left the area and contacted uniformed DNR conservation officers, who arrested the individual. Several other members of the 7 Mag Hill club were cited for improper tree stands and other state land violations. The club member arrested also was charged with failing to wear hunter orange during firearm deer season, one count of an improper tree stand and use of screws in tree steps on state land.

The DNR reminds all hunters that state lands are open for all who wish to utilize the resource. Members of the public wishing to report hunter harassment or other wildlife violations should contact the DNR’s Report All Poaching Line at 800-292-7800.

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Give the gift of outdoors this holiday season

Gifts for the camper, boater or outdoors enthusiast on your gift list are available again this holiday season from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The 2010 state park motor vehicle and boating access site permits will be available for sale starting Dec. 1.

Michigan State Park Gift Certificates, in increments of $25 each, are also available throughout the year and can be redeemed towards a permit, camping fees or other state park or recreation area purchases.

“Most Michigan residents are located within a one hour drive of a state park, recreation area or boating access site, and these permits provide Michigan residents, and non-residents, access to 98 Michigan state parks or recreation areas and over 800 access sites located statewide,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation chief. “Giving a motor vehicle permit, a boating access site permit, or a gift certificate is giving the gift of outdoors, and it also helps support our state park system.”

Gift certificates, 2010 motor vehicle or boating access site permits, and other state park-related items can be purchased year-round through the Michigan E-store at www.michigan.gov/dnr, or by calling 517-373-9900.

Annual permits are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2010. Rates for 2010 permits will remain the same. Legislation is pending to create the Recreation Passport plan, and if adopted would not go into effect until Oct. 1, 2010.

Motor vehicle entrance permits are $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8. Resident annual senior discount permits are $6 and can only be purchased in person at a state park or recreation area, or at the main office in downtown Lansing, and will require a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration.

Boating access site permits are $24 for an annual permit, or $6 for a daily permit, for both residents and non-residents. Boating access site permits are also available at fee sites. For a list of boating access sites that require a permit, visit the Boating Section on the DNR’s Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr, or visit www.mcgi.state.mi.us/MRBIS for all boating access sites throughout the state.

Please contact a state park or recreation area near you to determine their hours and availability. Information about state parks or recreation areas, boating access sites, winter camping opportunities, events or accessibility, are available on the DNR’s Web site, under “Recreation, Camping & Boating,” or by contacting the Lansing Office at 517-373-9900 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired).

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Football finals at Ford field

The Fall sports season wraps up this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 27-28) at Ford Field with the MHSAA Football Finals.  Here’s the schedule:

Friday – November 27

Division 8 – 10 a.m. Beal City (12-1)  vs. Crystal Falls Forest Park (11-2)

Division 2 – 1 p.m. Lowell (12-1) vs. Inkster (9-3)

Division 6 – 4:30 p.m. Montague (13-0)  vs. Monroe St Mary Catholic Central (12-1)

Division 4 – 7:30 p.m. Three Rivers (13-0)  vs. Marshall (12-1)

Saturday – November 28

Division 7 – 10 a.m. Hudson (13-0)  vs. Traverse City St Francis (13-0)

Division 1 – 1 p.m. Sterling Heights Stevenson (13-0) vs. Detroit Catholic Central (13-0)

Division 5 – 4:30 p.m. Clare (13-0)  vs. Jackson Lumen Christi (12-1)

Division 3 – 7:30 p.m. East Grand Rapids (13-0) vs. Orchard Lake St Mary’s (8-4)

Fox Sports Detroit coverage of football finals – The 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. games each day of the MHSAA Football Finals will be live on Fox Sports Detroit. The Division 3 Final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will be live on Fox Sports Plus, and re-aired at 11 p.m. that evening on Fox Sports Detroit. The Division 4 Final at 7:30 p.m. Friday is the only game which will not be televised on cable live. It will air on Fox Sports Detroit that evening at 11 p.m. For the first time, all of the games will have live video streamed at Foxsportsdetroit.com.  Two of the halftime features this weekend will focus on schools fielding 8-player football teams this fall. One feature will be on the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, which used the eight-player format to field its first team this fall since 1985. The other feature will be on Carsonville-Port Sanilac, a school that kept its gridiron program alive by embracing the reduced-player game.

MHSAANetwork.com audio coverage of football finals

The MHSAA Network will provide live audio coverage of all Football Finals games this weekend at MHSAANetwork.com. All games will be archived for on-demand enjoyment.

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Coats for Kids campaign

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has teamed up with The Salvation Army’s “Coats for Kids” campaign to help Michigan’s kids “GO-Get Outdoors” safely this winter.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., anyone delivering a “Coats for Kids” donation to select Michigan state parks or recreation areas will receive free access to the park for the day to enjoy late fall recreation opportunities, such as hiking, biking, walking, geocaching and more. A total of 16 state parks and recreation areas in the Lower Peninsula are participating in the campaign. The closest one to our area is Muskegon State Park in North Muskegon.

The Salvation Army has been supporting those in need since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans and 9,000 communities nationwide receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services, ranging from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach for the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more than 24 years, the “Coats for Kids” campaign has provided new or gently used coats to families who cannot afford them. With the economic downturn this year, the need has more than doubled.

“We are extremely pleased to join the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in the ‘Coats for Kids’ campaign this December,” said Major Ralph Bukiewicz, the Salvation Army’s Western Michigan Northern Indiana divisional commander. “This campaign allows each local community to assist their neighbors in need, and provides an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and resources available at Michigan state parks and recreation areas.”

Through this partnership, the DNR and The Salvation Army offer the opportunity for families to enjoy a free day in a Michigan state park or recreation area. It also provides a way to give to other children or families in need, and pass on the same opportunity to “GO-Get Outdoors” and enjoy the winter season.

“There are already so many reasons kids don’t interact with nature, such as time spent watching television, playing video games, using the Internet, fear of the unknown, and more,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “This partnership allows us to remove barriers that too many kids face in Michigan. We saw an opportunity to help, and we hope Michigan’s outdoor enthusiasts will join us in this effort to get youth, and their families, outdoors. We also hope this campaign will inspire people to make helping kids and enjoying nature with family an annual holiday tradition.”

Park visitors who make a donation also can enter a drawing for a free weekend at the Traverse City State Park cottage in 2010, a three-bedroom, two-bath house with a view of Grand Traverse Bay and easy access to the beach. Reservations are subject to availability.

The only day to make a donation in lieu of a $6 daily permit is Dec. 5. For a list of participating state parks and recreation areas, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr, under “Recreation, Camping and Boating.”

For more information on the Coats for Kids campaign, contact the local Salvation Army Corps Community Center in your community, or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Three beauty looks to get ready for the holiday party season

(ARA) – With the season of soirees upon us, the ultimate look is needed to stand out among the crowd of little black dresses. With a few simple steps, it’s easy to have the appearance of professionally done makeup without emptying your wallet. Be your own makeup artist by trying these three looks from the pros to accent your best features.

Smokey eyes

International makeup artist, Jemma Kidd recommends a dramatic smoky eye to pump-up the glam.

Step 1 – Sweep a light highlighter shade over the whole lid to the browbone.
Step 2 – Apply a dark and intense shade along the lashline, blending up and smoking outwards to the socket line.
Step 3 – Smudge eyeliner across upper and lower lashline; use black for ultra intensity.
Step 4 – Finish off with dark, black mascara, and for a full on look, go for false eyelashes. For an ultra-modern take, add a touch of glitter to lower lids and lashes.

Tip: To finish off the face, use a nearly-naked base, with barely-there flush on cheeks and a nude color for the lips.

Natural perfection

Petra Strand, makeup artist and creator of Pixi, firmly believes that makeup should make a woman look like herself – only more gorgeous.

Step 1 – Prime the skin with a primer – skin will look youthful, glowing and hydrated.
Step 2 – Switch to a base that is sheer and use a concealer for those areas that need a little extra help. Your complexion will look naturally flawless.
Step 3 – Use a cheek gel instead of regular blush to give an instant “lift” with a transparent touch of color on the apples of the cheeks.
Step 4 – Switch from full coverage lipsticks to a tint of color that has both the moisture and treatment of a balm for a perfect pout.

Tip: The next generation of powders is here with a diffused matte finish that is truly perfect to “set your makeup” so that it goes the distance yet you look “fresh as a daisy.”

Sophisticated glamour

For classic holiday glam, celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis recommends being bold and brilliant.

Step 1 – Prime your skin for a flawless canvas for makeup application and follow with your perfect foundation match for full coverage and matte skin.
Step 2 – Make a lip statement. Red lips are the most glamorous trend of the season. Pick your favorite red and make sure to always apply lip liner to prevent bleeding. To give the illusion of fuller lips, dab some gloss only on the center of the pout, over lipstick.
Step 3 – To perfectly complement your bold lips, keep the eyes neutral. Use a neutral and easy palette of taupe eye shadows for a seductive eye.

Tip: Complete the look with black mascara – always remember that three coats is the magic number, and a look is never complete without show-stopping lashes.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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