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Archive | May, 2010

Roller Hockey

Local girl to represent Michigan in National tournament

Jessica Plowman, age 10 of Cedar Springs has been chosen, for the second year in a row to represent Michigan in the National “State Wars” Roller Hockey Tournament, after attending tryout in Detroit on May 8, 2010. This year’s tournament will be held in Chicago, Illinois during the first two weeks of August.

Jessica had the honor of participating in last year’s National “State Wars” Roller Hockey Tournament held in Cincinnati OH, July 27 through August 8, 2009. The tournament consisted of 240 teams from across the country including Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada. Players are selected to represent their home state and divide into divisions based on their birth year.

The ten players selected to this team, held practices at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse in the northern Detroit area prior to traveling to Cincinnati. Last year Jessica’s team faced and defeated teams from Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and played to a tie with Florida. Other teams in this division included California, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, Louisiana and North Carolina.

Jessica was one of the only 5 girls participating in this 12 team, 120 player division. She plays roller hockey at the Cedar Rock Sportsplex located on Northland Drive between Rockford and Cedar Springs. Details and photos of the tournament can be found at StateWarsHockey.com.

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Play it safe this summer in the water

With summer recreation season just around the corner, the Department of

Natural Resources and Environment reminds Michigan residents to practice safety when swimming and boating.

May 2010 is Water Safety Month in Michigan and nationally, in an effort to remind people to follow some simple swimming safety tips, such as:

- Participate in swim lessons and water-safety classes.
- Never leave children unattended.
- Always keep basic lifesaving equipment nearby.

When it comes to boating, using lifesaving equipment – namely, always wearing a life jacket on the water – is critically important as well and could save hundreds of lives each year. The DNRE is getting that message out to boaters again this year through its “Wear It Michigan!” campaign.

“There’s no question that life jackets save lives. We want to make people aware of how important it is to be safe on the water, not just this one month, but throughout the year,” said Lt. Andrew Turner, boating law administrator for the DNRE’s Law Enforcement Division. “The changes to life-jacket designs, styles and comfort make wearing, not just carrying, life jackets easier than ever. In a boating emergency, you don’t want to have to search for a life jacket.”

More than 90 percent of the water fatalities recorded in Michigan could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing a life jacket, according to Turner.

A special team of DNRE conservation officers will be out on the water in various locations this summer, asking boaters to take the “Wear It!” pledge. Everyone who signs a pledge card will be entered in a weekly drawing to win a manual inflatable (Type III) life jacket with a “Wear It!” logo.

The “Wear It Michigan!” campaign schedule includes stops at Red Bull Air Races in Detroit June 5-6, Detroit River Days June 18-21, the Gold Cup Hydroplane Race in Detroit June 25-27, the Bayview Mackinaw Race in Port Huron July 16-17 and Quake on the Lake in Waterford July 17-18. For more information, visit www.wearitmichigan.com.

To learn more about Water Safety Month, visit www.watersafetymonth.org.

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Charter fishing tour for women

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is offering a charter fishing tour designed specifically for women on beautiful Lake Michigan on Saturday, July 17. The class, part of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program, is open to female anglers of all skill levels.

Participants are invited to come enjoy an afternoon on the water trolling for King and Coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout.

The six-hour trip, hosted by Ludington Charter Service, will leave from Ludington at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17. All boats are inspected and piloted by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, include all safety and navigational equipment and enclosed bathrooms. Fishing equipment is provided; however, anglers should bring their own cooler, food, beverage, camera, sunscreen and sunglasses and should dress for the weather, including non-slip footwear. A valid Michigan All-Species fishing license is required for this trip. A one-day license is available online at www.michigan.gov/dnr or at most local sporting goods retailers.

Registration must be received by July 2, and cost per participant is

$125. For more information and a registration form, visit www.michigan.gov/bow. Questions may be directed to dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov or 517-241-2225.

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How parents can help manage their children’s asthma

(NAPS)—Parents can do more for their children with asthma than they may realize. The best thing parents can do is to learn all they can about the disease, according to a new survey by Kelton Research, funded by Sepracor Inc.

“Managing a child’s asthma can be a very taxing responsibility,” said Lisa Harris, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center. “Parents go to great lengths to protect their child from asthma triggers and potential attacks.”

Dr. Harris suggests making sure your child has a rescue medicine on hand at all times and distributing rescue medicines and instructions for what to do in the case of an asthma attack to school officials, coaches and other caregivers for your child.

“As a working mom with a hectic schedule, I know what it’s like to be away from your child and constantly be worrying about whether or not he has everything he needs to prevent or control an attack,” said Mary Joe Fernandez, tennis champion, professional tennis commentator and mother of a son with asthma. “Growing up with asthma, I learned the importance of always having a rescue medicine with me at all times, just in case.”

Other parent-to-parent advice from the survey includes asking your child’s doctor about all available asthma treatments, getting your child tested for allergies and requesting a visit with a specialist. Unfortunately, nearly one in two parents in the same survey admitted they weren’t aware of other prescription asthma medications that were different from what their child was currently taking.

The survey found that the majority of parents take special measures to help ward off asthma attacks, especially around the house, by replacing carpets with wood flooring, changing linens frequently and swapping out bedding for non-allergenic materials.

For parents who have a child with asthma, there is a new resource to help them manage their child’s asthma effectively.

A new Web site for parents of children with asthma features a downloadable Asthma Action Plan to complete with their child’s health care provider; a checklist of questions for doctor visits; an Asthma Diary to record peak flow readings, asthma symptoms and medicines to bring to physician appointments; and a Caregiver Checklist to share with other caregivers when parents are not around. You can find these tools and more information at www.EveryoneBreathe.com.

Mary Joe Fernandez and Dr. Harris are paid spokespersons for EveryoneBreathe.com, which is sponsored by Sepracor.

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How to know it’s time to replace old beauty products

(ARA) – From the first day she applies new lipstick or inaugurates a new bottle of facial cleanser, every American woman is headed toward the same dilemma. How long will that lipstick tube last? Does the razor you used twice and then forgot about for a couple months have some life left? When is cleanser too old to be effective?

Many of us are unsure when beauty products expire – or even if they do at all. Consequently, we may wind up holding on to partial bottles and remnants of products because we’re not sure of their usefulness. The arrival of warm weather is a great time to purge.

Cleaning out old beauty products can be emotionally cathartic, and spare you from using expired items that may potentially irritate your skin or that just don’t work anymore. Plus, tossing the old opens up opportunities for discovering great new cosmetics, beauty items and skin care products. Here’s some advice to get you started:

Cosmetics

Because cosmetic products are used on some very germ-laden areas of our bodies, like around the eyes, nose and mouth, they can breed bacteria. Therefore, they don’t have an indefinite shelf-life. The usable life of some common cosmetics are:

* Mascara and liquid eyeliner – three months
* Cream eye shadows — three to four months
* Powder shadows — six months if you don’t reuse the applicator; three to four when reusing applicators
* Liquid, cream or powder foundation – one year if regularly applied with a new sponge or puff; six months if applied with fingertips.
* Cream and gel blush — six months. Powder blushes – about a year

Once you’ve purged old cosmetics you’ll be ready to restock with some of the season’s hottest new colors and products.

Skin care products

Skin care products can also be susceptible to bacteria growth over time, so if you don’t finish a product within a few months, keep an eye on how long you’ve had it. Discard products like moisturizers, concealers and toners that contain skin nutrients like vitamin C or alpha hydroxy acids after they’ve been open for about 12 months. Those active ingredients can lose their effectiveness after a year.

Exposure to moisture, air, direct sunlight and extreme temperatures can all affect the ingredients in skin care products, so store them in a cool, dry spot out of direct sunlight. And if a product separates or smells differently than it did when you first opened it, discard it right away.

Once you clear out old cleansers and moisturizers, reward your hard work by trying something new, like Olay Professional Pro-X Cleansers, which offer exfoliating and cream formulas. Both are designed to purify and renew skin for a refreshed, smooth texture. Or, pamper dry skin in areas that often get overlooked, like under your arms. Secret Soothing Effects antiperspirants and deodorants use soy and acai berry to soothe sensitive skin and hydrate that underappreciated skin under your arms.

Shaving products

Warm weather means getting a good shave is more important than ever for anyone who wants to wear shorts, tanks, miniskirts or bathing suits. Old shaving products, like razors and creams, not only become a breeding ground for bacteria, they can also leave your legs looking like you’ve been through a battle.

Depending on how often you shave, a razor should last a couple of weeks or a little longer. A good rule of thumb is to discard disposable razors when the moisture strip on top wears off. If a blade is visibly rusty, toss it immediately. To avoid rust problems, don’t leave your razor in the shower where it will repeatedly get wet every time someone showers.

Gather up old razors and any leftover shaving products older than a year and trash them. Then, treat yourself to a new shaving experience by trying Venus Embrace, a woman’s razor that gives a close, comfortable shave using five spring-mounted blades surrounded by a protective ribbon of moisture.

Cleaning out old cosmetics and skin care products can help you feel and look better this season. Plus, it’s great inspiration to reward your cleaning efforts by trying something new.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Skin care that puts safety first

(NAPSA)-Each time you eat a meal or apply something to your skin, a percentage of both the good and bad ingredients are ingested into your body, whether it’s a juicy burger, a lipstick or a night cream. That means we need to be conscious of all the preservatives found in foods and in cosmetic products. If you read the ingredient list on the back of the bottles in your bathroom cabinet, you’ll probably see preservatives such as formaldehyde and parabens, along with perfumes, all of which have been known to cause allergic reactions as well as possible health risks.

With a growing trend in safety, from the food people eat, to the water they drink and the cars they drive, more people are looking for a safer alternative to preservative-filled foods and products, prompting a shift in the way they are formulated, manufactured and packaged.

Skin care products are not an exception when it comes to making safe choices. The fast growing incidence of skin sensitivity is one factor spurring the demand for safe yet effective products that won’t cause skin irritation. Skin care products formulated without preservatives, parabens and other known irritants such as fragrance help to eliminate skin reactions.

In addition to creating more- natural products, some companies are taking it a step further and creating products that are 100% preservative free, even excluding natural preservatives such as alcohol, while remaining completely sterile from the first drop all the way to the last.

Taking technology beyond the inconvenient mono dose for sterility, the new Tolérance Extrême two-product skin care range from Eau Thermale Avène features a 100% sterile formula with minimal ingredients (only nine ingredients in the cream and six in the cleansing lotion) to ensure safety for the most sensitive of skin types and those looking for a safer alternative to moisturizing and cleansing, as fewer ingredients translates to fewer chances of irritation.

To deliver skin care in the safest possible way, they use the patented D.E.F.I. (Device for Exclusive Formula Integrity) system, which locks down after each dose (like an airtight safe) so that it remains completely sterile and bacteria free-as if you were using a new product with each application. This groundbreaking technology makes today’s widely used, preservative-dependent, airless pump and screw-top jar antiquated. With the prevalent focus on safety and growing awareness of ingredients, this system could change the way cosmetics are developed in the future.

For availability and more information, visit www.aveneusa.com.

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Know more about common infections

(NAPSA)-Taking some time to learn about common infections can save women critical time and money. After all, when an infection strikes, today’s busy women want to deal with it quickly and accurately so they can get back to their normal daily routines.

A Prevalent Condition

It’s a little-known health fact that bacterial vaginosis, or BV, is actually the single most common vaginal infection among women between the ages of 18 and 50-even more prevalent than yeast infection.

Surprisingly, health care professionals estimate that BV is twice as common as yeast infections, yet awareness about yeast infections remains significantly higher-partly due to the wide array of over-the-counter yeast infection products available to women.

So what exactly is BV? As implied by its name, bacterial vaginosis is an infection caused by bacteria in the vagina. There are typically both “good” and “bad” bacteria in any healthy vagina-with the good types helping to control the overgrowth of bad types. The balance between the two can be disturbed by a variety of factors, causing an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria, which results in BV. A yeast infection, on the other hand, is caused by an overgrowth of yeast cells. Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina, but when it becomes too prevalent, a yeast infection will occur.

It is very important for women to realize that yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are two very different conditions, which also must be treated differently.

How To Identify BV

While only a physician can provide a definite diagnosis, the easiest way for a woman to differentiate BV from a yeast infection is the presence or lack of odor. BV infections typically produce an unpleasant, potentially embarrassing vaginal odor while yeast infections are usually odor-free. Yeast infections are also more likely to be accompanied by painful itch and burning, while these symptoms are less common in BV. Finally, BV often produces a much thinner, gray discharge as compared to the white, lumpy discharge often associated with yeast infection.

New Treatment Option

Up till now, women had no over-the-counter treatment option for BV symptoms, but that has changed. vH essentials, a new brand in the feminine hygiene aisle, is offering the first over-the-counter BV treatment available at drugstores including CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens. This affordable, all-natural BV-treatment option is a homeopathic vaginal insert that provides fast and effective relief from the odor, discharge and discomfort associated with BV.

An added benefit for women is that, unlike antibiotics, vH essentials’ BV Treatment does not indiscriminately kill healthy bacteria. Rather, it works with a woman’s body to naturally restore balance.

For additional information, call (800) 635-3696 or visit www.vHessentials.com.

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Farewell

Eight and a half years ago, my wife and I, and our youngest son, Bennett, moved to Cedar Springs to pastor Pilgrim Bible Church. A few weeks ago I accepted the call to pastor a church in Connersville, Indiana, and we moved last week. As it was my turn to write the pastor’s article, I felt that I should take the time and express my appreciation to all of you for the wonderful years we have spent in your community.
We have enjoyed pastoring a great group of people at Pilgrim Bible Church. They have been so kind to us; supporting us and encouraging us and working with us in so many ways. They are people who love God and we formed lifelong friendships with many of them. We have cried together these last few days as we have parted and we wish them the very best in the days ahead.

We have enjoyed being a part of the Cedar Springs community as a whole. I have had the privilege of serving on the Library Board with Joanne Furhoff and the other board members, and, as a consequence of that, I have worked with Donna Clark and her staff at the library. These are all wonderful people and I appreciate working together with them. I also served for sometime on a committee looking to build a new library in Cedar. A new library is such a need here and I hope that things come together to make this a reality. Thank you to the city officials for being easy to work with. I also was privileged to serve on the Alpha Family Center board for a while. Lorrie Shelton and her staff are to be applauded for their work on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community.

Thank you to the Ministerial Association for allowing me to be a part. Craig Carter and the fellow pastors are doing a fine work in lifting up the name of Jesus and leading our churches to greater fellowship and discipleship. Thanks to Judy and the Post for providing a column each week for the pastors to express their hearts to the community.

Thank you to everyone who has been so kind and friendly. Cedar Springs is a wonderful town and I am thankful that I was able to spend these years here. We just wish all of you God’s very best. We are taking away a boatload of good memories and friendships. Hopefully our paths will cross again sometime, somewhere.

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

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Letha Jane Hemmes

Letha Jane Hemmes, 88 of Howard City, died Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at Spectrum Health – United Memorial Campus, Greenville. Letha was born January 9, 1922 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of Lewis and Della (Seevers) McKay. Surviving are her children, Larry Kilts of Howard City, Ron (Shirley) Kilts of Greenville, Patricia (James) Tompkins of Morley, Pam Hansen of Greenville, Robin Soules of Howard City; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Kilts. The family received friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Doug DiBell officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery.

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James A. Welch

In loving memory of James A. Welch

In loving memory of James A. Welch who passed away on May 30, 1998.

Often a lonely heartache,
many a silent tear;
but always a beautiful memory,
of the one we love so dear.

Remembered and missed by family

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