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Archive | November, 2009

Your holiday gift could save lives

Ann Arbor, Mich. – (Nov. 16, 2009) – If you’re searching for the perfect gift this holiday season you may not realize that you have the ability to give something for free that will touch the lives of countless others.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan says 50 people can be helped when just one person signs up to become a potential organ or tissue donor.  There will come a time when you’ll have organs and tissues to spare, and now’s the time to commit that you’re willing to save someone else’s life by donating them.  It is also possible to donate a kidney or partial liver or lung while still alive, according to the foundation.

As part of its Holiday Gift of Life Campaign, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is reminding Americans that for Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa perhaps the greatest present anyone can give is the promise to save or enhance the life of another person.

Right now, nearly 3,000 Michigan men, women and children are on the waiting list for an organ or tissue transplant while more than 100,000 wait nationally. And while they wait, 18 people die each day.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is to prevent kidney disease and improve the quality of life for those living with it. The NKFM also works to increase awareness of the critical need for organ and tissue donations.  For more information on organ donation or to become an organ donor, please contact the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at (800) 482-1455 or visit www.nkfm.org.

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Holiday hints for the grieving

Expert offers ways to cope

By Tony Panaccio News & Experts Syndicate

With the holiday season comes all the commercials and media reminding us how joyful and thankful we should all feel.

However, what if we’ve just lost a loved one, and we aren’t feeling particularly joyful? The profound absence of someone we love is often illuminated at a time when others are celebrating family and other relationships. But there is hope for the holidays, said grief expert Jan Groft, author of As We Grieve: Discoveries of Grace in Sorrow from Graham House Books (www.aswegrieve.com). Her view is that there is hidden grace and peace enveloped between the tears shed in grieving those we have lost.

“For those who grieve, the essential element we must allow ourselves—however brief or vast we require it to be—is time,” said Groft. “Expectations may need to be pared back in the same way that people streamline gift budgets during an economic downturn. Expecting to ‘get over’ the sadness, especially in light of the surrounding merriment, is unrealistic. We need to treat our grieving hearts gently, whether that means an evening spent with headphones listening to music, a rejuvenating walk in the brisk outdoors, an afternoon nap in front of the fireplace or a silent prayer amidst all the fanfare.”

When asked for a holiday gift list, survivors and caregivers might take the opportunity to request something particularly meaningful, Groft suggested. For some, this might mean a meal out with a friend who will listen. For others, it might be a gift certificate for a journaling workshop, a soothing book of poetry, a Bible or a class at a local gym.

The same thinking can be applied to gift-giving. Years after losing her own father, Groft noted that she went through a box of letters and cards he had left behind.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. I am so glad that there is a day set aside for Americans to give thanks for the many blessings we have. There are probably many people who won’t pause to take inventory of their blessings and thank God for them, but I intend to give thanks for how good God has been to me. I really don’t think we should be thankful on just one day, but I believe that we, as God’s people, should live in an attitude of gratitude. May God help us to be grateful people. There are many things to be thankful for today, but let me just mention a few that may be a bit unusual. They many not all fit together but they mean something to me.

First, I am thankful today for friends. What would we do without friends? I need friends and frankly you do also. How good it is to have someone who cares when you hurt, who tries to encourage you when you are discouraged, and who calls your name with kindness when you have blown it and lets you know they love you anyway.

Friends mean a lot to me even though I may not always know how to talk to them or express myself. Just to know they are there is a lift. I am so glad to have a good number of friends here in Cedar Springs. I also want to be the kind of friend that people know they can count on.

Second, I am thankful for direction. When I say this, I mean direction from God. I am so thankful I don’t have to stumble through life blindfolded and always wondering which way to turn. God’s Word has direction for me. The Holy Spirit is able to guide me in the right way. Thank God there have been times in my life when He has let me know, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Third, I am thankful for good memories. I can look back on 53 years filled with good memories. Sure there are some that are not so good, but I don’t want to dwell on those.

Some of the good memories include my upbringing. I hear or read about some who have horror stories accompanying their upbringing but with the writer of the Psalm I can say, “I have a good heritage.” My mother and father were godly people and they are a great part of the reason I am here today. I want to help create good memories for others, including my own family. Thank God for good memories.

I could go on and on counting my blessings, but I don’t want to bore you. I hope something I have said can be a spark to lead you to think of some of the things you have to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving! May you have plenty of food, family, fellowship and football.

Pastor Knox Bullock
Pilgrim Bible Church
361 Pine Street, Cedar Springs

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Trolla – Wolfe

Katie Wolfe and Joseph Anton Trolla, have announced their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Tim and Sue Wolfe, Cedar Springs. She is a 1998 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and graduated from Oakland University in Rochester in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. She works for Oakland University as an assistant women’s basketball coach.
The groom-elect is the son of Butch and Sue Trolla, Ironwood. He is a 1997 graduate of Ironwood’s Luther L. Wright High School, and graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He works for Rochester Community Schools as a design and technology teacher.
The wedding is planned for July 31, 2010 in Rockford.

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Emma Grace Nista

_C-Birth-Nista-colorAndrea and Rob Nista would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Grace, born on November 7, 2009 at Spectrum Butterworth at 3:36am. Emma weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She is welcomed by her big sister Evelyn Marie, grandparents William and Susan Litfin of East Tawas, MI, and great-grandparents Fred and Roberta Nista of Big Rapids, MI.

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Joshua James Grindle

March 7, 1982 – November 22, 2009

_C-obit-GrindleJoshua James Grindle born March 7, 1982, was called home after a lengthy illness on November 22, 2009, to be with the Lord. Josh lived in Cedar Springs, MI for all of his 27 years. He was a wonderful father, partner, son, grandson and brother.  He also loved the outdoors and all animals. He is survived by life long partner Melissa Y. Cook and 3 children, daughter Kylee, 7, and 2 sons, Kayden, 5, and Kamdon, 1 ½ years; parents Gerald (Curly) J. and Penny S. Grindle; brothers Jason and Jared; sister Jennifer Grindle; grandparents Earl and JoAnn Smith, David and Mary Riley and Evelyn (Jean) Grindle; uncles and aunts,  Rich Smith, Dennis Grindle, Mel and Pam DeKraker, RuthAnn Fenske; and many special cousins and friends.  Preceded in death and welcomed home by grandfather Gerald K. Grindle and grandmother Diana Smith. You will be forever and always remembered. The service for Joshua will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford, with Pastor Carl Reed officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the Family. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to help with the funeral expenses in honor of Josh. Please mail all donations to Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI 49341.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Ralph C. Crump

The Lord took unto Himself Ralph C. Crump, aged 89, of Grand Rapids, on Sunday, November 22, 2009. He was born March 4, 1920 in Ragland, Alabama the son of Mellon and Emma (Bunt) Crump. Ralph was a veteran of World War II proudly serving in the U.S. Navy. He was employed at General Motors and retired in 1979 after 27 years of service. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle the mother of his children; second wife, Ardella; two brothers, Byron and Harold, stepdaughter, Vawn Punches. Surviving are his children, Randy (Gloria) Crump, Diane (Walter) Dunbar, Donna Korstange, Linda Crump, Burdette (Jeanne) Helenius, and Sid (Nancy) Helenius; grandchildren, Ryan, Darren, Nikki, Charlie, Dena, Danielle, Laars, Kyle, Tara, Amanda, and April; 17 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. The service of praise of thanksgiving to God for the life of this honorable man will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at the funeral home. Pastor Bob Dennis officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Military honors under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for the love and care that was given to their father, particularly the staff of 2 South. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, P.O. Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com

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Mac W. Bailey

bailey2Mac W. Bailey
1921 – 2003

Dad has left a legacy of love… Mom has held 15 babies that Dad never saw… We miss you Dad!!!

Tracy • Lisa • Jimmy • Jackie • Jason • Scott • David • Nick • Tim
Penny • Aaron • Mac • Ben • Thomas • Holly • Charlie • Mike
Sara • Molly • Lee • Chris • Robbie • Heather • Heidi • Micheal
Julie • Chad • Chelsea • Tim • Abby • Jacob • Kaylah • Nick
Austin • Dani • Jason • Drew • Nick • Korrie • Emily • Dawson
Kyler • Quaden • Cason • Aleah • Alayna • Steven • Adrianna
Abram • Brody • Lucas • Alivia • Seth • Ryker • Leda • Josephine
Gabriella • Isaac • Keegan • Levi • and at Christmas baby Kyla

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Two killed in M-57 crash

Two women were killed and several other people injured Sunday, in a three-car accident on M-57 in Oakfield Township.

N-Fatal-Accident1According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Corine Dines, 52, of Nelson Township, was traveling east on M-57 (14 Mile) near Wabasis about 11:48 a.m. in a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville, when she attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle, a 1997 Buick LeSabre, driven by Belinda Shockley, 58, of Courtland Township. While attempting to pass, she entered the westbound lane and struck a 2005 GMC Sierra, driven by Judson Bancroft, 31, of Greenville. Dines reportedly drove onto the shoulder to avoid the truck, and the truck tried to go between the two cars, but couldn’t make it. Dines hit the passenger side of the truck and Shockley’s car hit the driver side. A fourth car, also traveling westbound, struck some debris from the crash, but no one in the vehicle was injured.

Dines died at the scene, and Shockley died enroute to the hospital via Aeromed. Bancroft sustained a sprained hand, and lacerations to his face and head. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital.

Four passengers in Shockley’s vehicle were also transported to Butterworth, including her two and three-year-old grandchildren, both of Greenville. Shockley’s boyfriend, Robert Beardsley, 56, of Courtland Township suffered a neck injury and her son, Bill Shockley, 37, of Courtland Township, suffered a broken leg.

The Oakfield Township Fire Department, Spencer Township Fire Department, Rockford Ambulance and Aeromed all assisted at the scene.

N-Fatal-accident2Dines’ husband, Rodney, stopped into The Post Monday, and said he couldn’t believe what had happened. He said that Corine had spent the night babysitting her grandchildren in Sparta, and that he was on his way home from church when he got the news. “We’ve been married 35 years,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”

This was the second serious accident at the intersection in less than a week. On Thursday, November 12, a 16-year-old Cedar Springs High School student traveling south on Wabasis pulled in front of a Ford Explorer traveling east on M-57. The SUV hit the teen’s car on the passenger’s side, causing both to roll. The driver of the SUV was airlifted to Butterworth Hospital.

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Watson voted mayor

At their first official functin, Mayor Charlie Watson (center) and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl (right) assisted at the ribbon cutting at the Amish Warehouse Saturday.

At their first official functin, Mayor Charlie Watson (center) and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl (right) assisted at the ribbon cutting at the Amish Warehouse Saturday.

The Cedar Springs City Council swore in a new mayor and mayor pro-tem last Thursday, November 12 but the voting was not without some strained moments.

Clerk Linda Branyan opened the meeting by swearing in the two trustees that won the recent election, Charlie Watson and Pamela Conley (see story on page 3). She then asked for nominations for the office of mayor, and Christine Fahl nominated Charlie Watson. He is just starting his second four-year term, and served last year as mayor pro-tem. Ronny Merlington then nominated long time council member Patricia Capek for mayor and Raymond Huckleberry seconded. Capek is serving her fourth term, and has served as mayor pro-tem in the past. Because Watson’s nomination came first, the council voted on his nomination first. The motion passed 5-2, with Merlington and Capek voting against. With the majority vote, Watson was appointed and sworn in as mayor.

Ken Benham then nominated Capek for mayor pro-tem. With four votes in her favor, the vote came to Merlington, who asked Capek if she would accept the position. After a moment’s hesitation, she answered.

“I decline the position of mayor pro-tem,” she said, without explanation.

An awkward silence hung in the meeting room until Watson spoke up and said that if Capek did not accept the position, he then wanted to nominate Christine Fahl for mayor pro-tem. The motion passed 7-0. Fahl is just starting her second year on the council.

People who know Capek and witnessed the proceedings were quite surprised by the turn of events. “I was blindsided by that,” said one resident. “I didn’t expect that at all.”

At the end of the meeting during council comment time, Huckleberry reportedly noted that he hoped he would still be on the council when Capek finally became mayor.

Capek opted not to comment publicly on why she declined the mayor pro-tem position.

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