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Archive | April, 2010

Emmorey chosen athlete of the week

GVSU junior sets new school record in 3,000-meter steeplechase

Tyler Emmorey hit the automatic mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase and the provisional mark in the 1500-meter run.

Tyler Emmorey hit the automatic mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase and the provisional mark in the 1500-meter run.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced on Wednesday, April 21, that Grand Valley State’s Tyler Emmorey was named the Track Athlete of the Week.

Emmorey, a Cedar Springs graduate and junior at Grand Valley State University, set a new school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays April 16-17. Emmorey ran an automatic time of 8:56.62, which is the fourth fastest time in division II this year. He also hit the provisional mark in the 1500-meter run at the Long Beach Invitational. His time of 3:49.17 is the second fastest time in GVSU history.

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Red Hawk track and field climbs atop OK Blue

The boy’s track and field team has improved to 4-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall after two wins last week against Coopersville and Grand Rapids Central.  The Hawks won all seventeen events against the Central Rams on their way to a 127-7 victory.  They won fifteen events on their way to a 97-40 victory over the Broncos.  “On paper, it looked as though we breezed through these wins, but statistically, we didn’t improve a lot of our performances.  We have come off three meets in six days.  It was a toll on the boys to be physically and mentally prepared, and ready to improve,” commented Coach Myers.

Even though the Red Hawks didn’t improve in every event, there were still some notable performances to be noted.  Freshman distance runner Conner Mora continues to turn in some of the area’s best times in the 1600m and 3200m runs.  Junior Andrew Klompstra has established himself as one of the top discus throwers in the league.  Sophomore Hank Porter has set the standard high in the league’s long jump event.  Porter has not been defeated this season.  The 3200m relay team of Austin Mora, Alex Bray, Conner Mora and Achrim Tillbrooke continue to lower their conference leading time.  Junior James Putnam continues to improve his league leading 100m and 200m dash times.

“With these wins, I’ll have to give the credit to our assistant coaches.  They continue to prepare the boys and have continued to establish personal bests in our distance, throwing, and high jumping events,” added Myers.

The Hawks have a tough battle this week against an improving Forest Hills Northern team, and complete it with the Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Girls track wins dual meet

The Red Hawk girls track team traveled to Coopersville Thursday April 20, for an OK Blue Conference double dual track meet. The Red Hawks defeated Coopersville by a score of 81 to 56 and defeated Grand Rapids Central 99 to 30. The team’s record is 2-1 in the OK Blue Conference and 5-2 overall for the year. Senior Breeann Ovokaitys broke her school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:18.8.  Placing for the Red Hawks in both meets were:

1st Place: Amber TerHaar Shot Put and Discus; Haley Hawes Pole Vault;  Heather Holmes High Jump; Breeann Ovokaitys 1600 and 3200 run;  Rieley Hondalus in long jump, 100 and 400 meter dash; Katie Weiler 800 meter run; Shaelyn Fasel 100 meter hurdles; Amanda Balczak 300 meter hurdles; 1600 Meter relay team of Sommer Van Dyke, Heather Holmes, Amanda Balczak, and Katie Weiler; 400 meter relay team of Brittani Tozer, Shaelyn Fasel, Mercedes Oliver, and Abby VanDusen; 3200 meter relay team of Katie Weiler, Jessica Titus, Amanda Zinn, and Breeann Ovokaitys.

2nd Place: Rieley Hondalus 200 meter dash; Abby VanDusen 100 meter hurdles; Amanda Zinn 800 meter run; Katie Weiler 1600; Jeanette Sukstas Shot Put and Discus; Jessica Titus 3200 meter run.

3rd Place: Amanda Balczak 100 meter hurdles; Brittani Tozer 100 meter dash; Sommer VanDyke 400 meter dash; Briana Pierson High Jump; Abby VanDusen Long jump and 200 meter dash; Shaelyn Fasel Shot put and Discus.

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Runner finishes in top 100 of Boston Marathon

Sixth fastest time among Michigan runners

By Alixan Spaulding

Everyone suffers from stress on a day-to-day basis, and everyone handles it in his or her own way. One local man chooses to relieve his stress through a passion he discovered at a young age—running. That passion came through last week, when Joshua L. Miller, 26, of Rockford, competed in the Boston Marathon and not only finished in the top 100, but was sixth fastest out of the runners from Michigan.

Miller has been running for many years. He ran track and cross country during his enrollment at Belding High School and later at Aquinas College. “It was a great group of people,” he said, in reference to the Aquinas team.

Joshua Miller  (pictured right) with his friend and running companion Robert Rinck.

Joshua Miller (pictured right) with his friend and running companion Robert Rinck.

Miller enjoys running so much that he has run in several marathons, including the La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon of 2006, where he finished in 125th place. On April 19 he joined over 25,000 men and women to run in the 118th annual Boston Marathon. Miller ran the 26.3-mile race in 2 hours, 30 minutes and 15 seconds. He placed 78th overall, 73rd among men, and 68th in his division. Among Michigan runners, he had the sixth fastest time. The top Michigan runner was Drew Polley of Rochester Hills, who finished 16th overall, with a time of 2:16:36.

Miller’s wife, Lisa, joined him at the finish line. Lisa was there for any encouragement her husband needed, and was tolerant of his training schedule. She also joined him occasionally in his training, which included running approximately 75 miles a week, biking, swimming, and other core exercises. His friends and family were also supportive. “They were all really excited, not so much when they found out I was participating, but when I finished,” said Miller. Miller’s friend, Robert T. Rinck, and his wife traveled with the Millers, and Rinck also ran in the marathon, placing 1755th with a time of 3:04:34.

When asked how it felt to cross the finish line, Miller replied with a laugh. “It hurt. After running a race like that all the muscles in your back and legs are tense. You want to cry, you are so happy you finished,” he explained.

Miller also ran in the 6th Annual Kent City Ridge Run on March 27, and placed first in the 15K run.  To anyone thinking of running in a marathon Miller says, “You have to start out small, then build up your mileage. You can’t overdo it!”  Advice from someone as determined and experienced as him is something to hang on to!

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Growing your first rose garden

(NAPS)—Millions of people send roses to loved ones on special occasions. But when dinner-table talk turns to growing your own roses, one thing comes to mind—you consider running away because you’ve heard it’s just too difficult.

“Growing roses has gotten a bad rap over the years because homeowners are basing their opinion on old information,” says Bayer Advanced™ Rose Care Expert Lance Walheim, author of Roses for Dummies. “There are new roses and products that make it easy to grow Rose Parade–quality roses in your own backyard.”

Landscape roses like “Knockout” can make the front of your home stand out and add curb appeal in a competitive real estate market. Knockout roses are the best-selling roses in North America because they’re beautiful and easy to grow and come in a wide variety of colors that can fit into any landscape.

Here are a few tips to help make your first rose garden a success:

Pick a sunny spot to give you the most bang for the buck: Roses should be positioned to create the “wow” factor when visitors see your home. They require 6–8 hours of sunlight a day to grow big and healthy.

Roses require six to eight hours of sunlight a day to grow big and healthy.

Roses require six to eight hours of sunlight a day to grow big and healthy.

The melted-box-of-crayon look is out: It’s best to choose a color theme for a border, either with the same color rose or with colors that complement each other.

Mulch and water around the roots: Mulch keeps weeds out and roses moist. Water deeply around the roots once or twice a week during dry spells. Stick a finger in the soil to check for moisture. If your finger comes out dry, it’s time to add water.

Save money on rose care products: Roses need to be fed and protected against destructive diseases and insects. In most cases, that means buying three different products. One money-saving option, Bayer Advanced All-in-One Rose & Flower Care, provides all three solutions in one easy-to-use product. Just measure, mix with water and pour around the plant base every six weeks. It’s tested and endorsed by the American Rose Society. Always read and follow all label directions. (Product not registered on Long Island, N.Y.) For more gardening information and how-to videos, visit BayerAdvanced.com or call (877) BAYERAG.

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Gardening With Charlie

Kathy Bond-Borie, Guest Columnist

Selecting Tomato Varieties

(Family Features) – With store-bought tomatoes nearly devoid of flavor, growing your own is the best way to truly savor the taste of this vegetable that captures the essence of summer. But with thousands of varieties available—from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids—how do you narrow your choices?

Ripening time. If you’re buying seeds to start your own plants, read catalog descriptions carefully to discover “days to maturity.” This indicates approximately how soon you can expect ripe fruit once you’ve transplanted seedlings to the garden. Plants sold at garden centers are often labeled “early,” “midseason,” or “late” to indicate when the variety should start ripening.

Determinate vs. Indeterminate. Determinate plants stop growing once the flower buds emerge. Because of their more restrained size, many determinate varieties need no staking or caging, but providing support can improve the quality of the fruit. All the fruit ripens within a relatively short period of time, usually about a week to 10 days. This can be a boon if you’re canning, but for the gardener who prefers to have a fewer number of tomatoes over a longer period of time, indeterminate varieties are a better choice. The vines continue to grow and set fruit throughout the season and won’t quit until the weather turns too hot or too cold to sustain fruiting and growth.

How you will use the fruit. When selecting a tomato variety, keep in mind what you plan to do with the fruits. There are varieties suited for just about every purpose—eating fresh, making tomato paste, canning, drying—even for grooming into a county fair prizewinner.

Seeds or transplants. The easiest way to get your tomato patch started is to purchase young plants, also called transplants or starts. You can pick up plants at garden centers or order them through catalogs or the Internet.

That said, starting your own seed gives you an almost endless list of varieties to choose from, allowing you to get just the type that will suit your growing conditions and tastes. Starting seeds gives you a chance to exercise your green thumb earlier in the season, and nurturing plants from seed to harvest is a rewarding experience.

Plant seeds six to eight weeks before the last frost date for your region, and place them under fluorescent lights. Contact a nearby Extension Service office or your local weather service to find out your last spring frost date.

Disease resistance. By planting tomato varieties with built-in resistance to diseases, you can have a bit more control over your garden’s success.

For instance, many tomato varieties are resistant to soil-borne diseases such as Verticillium and Fusarium wilts and nematodes. Most seed catalogs indicate resistance to these diseases by putting F (Fusarium), V (Verticillium), N (nematodes) after the variety name. You’ll also see varieties with resistance to viruses such as tomato mosaic virus (T), and to Alternaria (A), the fungus that causes early blight.

Talk to a nearby Extension Service office or to other home gardeners to find out if any tomato diseases are common in your area.

For more tips and garden information visit www.garden.org

A former floral designer and interior plantscaper, Kathy Bond-Borie has spent 20 years as a garden writer/editor, including her current role as Horticultural Editor for the National Gardening Association. She loves designing with plants, and spends more time playing in the garden planting and trying new combinations than sitting and appreciating it.
Courtesy of Family Features

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Tips To Spring Clean Your Health Routine

(NAPSA)-Go beyond typical spring cleaning this year and pledge to get your family fit and healthy.
Dr. Joshua Riff, Target medical director, shares helpful tips to ensure health and wellness throughout the seasonal changes.
Seasonal Sniffles

Is your nose sore and red from constantly blowing it? Many people think they have a reoccurring cold but it may actually be allergies. If you frequently suffer from symptoms, stock your medicine cabinet with over-the-counter medications before symptoms get severe.

Look to save on your supplies by purchasing private-label brands-such as up & up All Day Allergy Relief from Target. The quality is equivalent to that of national brands, yet you’ll save on price.

Don’t forget to address indoor allergens. Vacuum dark corners and under furniture to clean up small dust mites. Don’t overlook where you sleep, as bedding and pillows can serve as allergen hosts. Wash sheets, pillow covers and bed skirt in hot water and replace pillows every five years. Also clean miniblinds thoroughly, as blinds are traps for dust mites. In addition to ensuring that you’ll breathe easier, cleaning efforts can burn 200 calories an hour.

Nutritional Super Foods

Spice up your summer salads and snacks with seasonal items. Fruits and veggies such as blueberries, strawberries, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts and dates are loaded with antioxidants that enhance the immune system. Not a salad fan? Add side items such as sweet potatoes or carrots, as they also pack antioxidants.

Add a healthy grill twist to your barbecue by replacing hot dogs and hamburgers with wild Alaskan salmon. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acid, which studies show helps lower the risk of chronic diseases. Don’t deprive yourself of snacks that aren’t completely healthy-it’s all about portion control.

Get Outside and Exercise

If you’re not up for a high-impact activity such as swimming laps or running on the beach, walking can be a great way to burn calories. Add simple extras every day, such as parking farther from an entrance, getting off the bus a few stops early or walking during your lunch break. Use a pedometer to track step progression and set goals. Start by aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day and continue to increase the number each week for a self-challenge.

Target is your one-stop shop with everything from exercise equipment to healthy snacks. Visit your local store or www.target.com.

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Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign Meets Teens On Their Level

(NAPSA)-For many teens, the teenage years are a time of rebellion and experimentation-and smoking is one way teens challenge authority.

The truth(r) youth smoking prevention campaign reaches teens effectively by never telling them what to do-or what not to do-even when it comes to the decision to smoke. Instead, the campaign seeks to become a part of teens’ everyday lives through the television programs they watch, the Web sites they visit, and by having a presence at concerts and events where teens naturally gather.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the successful public health campaign-most known for a series of iconic, provocative television ads highlighting tobacco-related information and tobacco industry tactics.

According to research recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, truth was responsible for 450,000 fewer youth smokers in a four-year period.

Every year, the campaign sends out a team of young adults to travel the country and meet up with teens at concerts, skateparks, malls and other events. The truth crew members create a fun, dynamic atmosphere that makes it easier to discuss tobacco issues in a nonpreachy way. Most tour stops feature the distinctive orange truth truck and zone, where teens gather to have fun. In the zone, crew members:

  • Hold fashion shows, dance contests and freestyle rap “battles”;
  • Teach DJ lessons through “Scratch Academy.” A group of DJs school newcomers on the fundamentals of DJ’ing, scratching and mixing music;
  • Play games;
  • Distribute truth “gear”- fashionable, trendy items like T-shirts, hats and backpacks reflecting tobacco facts.

Every year, the tour reaches more than 500,000 teens in person during the course of its 70-odd-city cross-country tour.
To learn more, visit www. thetruth.com.

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The Christian Burka

My wife and I recently attended a fund raising event for an international women’s charitable organization. Through wellness, educational, and economic programs they meet the most pressing needs of women in the developing world. As their founder and president shared her heart concerning the plight of the world’s poorest women, the Lord began to share His heart with my wife, Shelley. Afterward, as she discussed with me what came to her, we began to receive an even greater revelation.
At one point in her discussion, the founder of this organization shared a couple of stories about the ladies she encountered who were wearing what is called a burka. According to Wikipedia, the burka (also spelled burqa, or burkha) is described as “an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions for the purpose of hiding a female’s body when out in public. It is worn over the usual daily clothing (often a long dress) and removed when the woman returns to the sanctuary of the household, out of the view of men that are not their husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, sons and grandsons. The burqa is usually understood to be the woman’s loose body-covering, plus the head-covering, plus the face-veil.”
In her stories, the founder spoke mainly about the oppressive nature of, in particular, the face covering. Talking with the women behind the veil proved to be very difficult, not being able to see any type of body or facial expression. They are the faceless women whose identity is hidden behind a veil that separates them from the outside world.
They are not the only oppressed women in the world. Strangely, a similar tragedy is found within the church in America. Christianity has its own version of a face covering. The Christian “burka” has also been around for years, oppressing the Bride of Christ under its identity removing “head covering.”
Frank Viola, in his book “Who Is Your Covering?” states; “It is my contention that a great deal of confusion and subnormal Christian behavior is connected with a modern teaching known as ‘protective covering.’ This teaching holds that Christians are protected from doctrinal error and moral failure when they submit themselves to the authority of another believer or organization.”
In Matthew 20:25-28 Jesus said to His disciples, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Our leadership model in the church should be the opposite of the world’s. Presently, our leaders are on top of the organizational flow chart when they should be on the bottom, serving and under girding everyone else.
The Greek word for “lord it over” in this passage is “katakurieuo”. It means “to bring under one’s power, to hold in subjection, to be master of, to exercise lordship over.” Total control often lies in the hands of a select few who bring everyone under their control. Unfortunately, many of God’s children like it this way. They have less responsibility, choosing instead to sit complacently in their usual pew.
The Bible clearly teaches us to submit to one another, but never through a top-down, clergy-laity system modeled after the world. In the present system, a leadership’s positional authority becomes threatened when the sheep begin to grow up in Christ, realizing that they too have a face to bear and a voice to be heard. They are often told to kindly put their veil back on and be quiet, deferring to the “anointed authority” over them who knows what’s best. The Bible says that all true Christians have been anointed by the Holy Spirit, not just a select few. We must break the silence and remove the oppressive head covering in order for others to see the Lord’s glory through His Body. (To read the full article, go to http://capstone-ministries.com/articles.html)

Pastor Tim Bauer
Capstone Ministries

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Roger VanMale

Nifty at Fifty
Roger VanMale

Wish Roger a Happy Birthday this week!

Love you,
Lisa

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