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Archive | July, 2010

Tips for keeping your garden truly organic

(ARA) – The trend for gardening at home continues to grow – and people are taking a particular interest in raising their flowers and vegetables organically. With such prominent figures as Michelle Obama taking public initiatives in organic gardening, more and more products that cater to the trend are appearing.

Unfortunately, the increased interest in organic gardening has led to some confusion – and some deception – about what it means for a product to be “organic.” The labeling of products has become a minefield for consumers who are interested in eco-friendly agriculture. It can be difficult to know exactly what is meant by products labeled “natural,” “plant-based” or “organic.”

Official organic labeling comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Their seal comes in a few forms, denoting whether a product is “100 percent organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic” ingredients. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence suggests this multi-tiered labeling system is also contributing to consumer confusion.

For example, for a product to be labeled 100 percent organic, everything in it must be certified organic. If it says just “organic,” that means that it must contain 95 percent certified organic ingredients. If a product contains 70 percent organic ingredients, it can be labeled as being “made with organic [ingredients].” Any product with less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot carry the USDA seal.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a product labeled “natural” is not organic. While there might be some naturally occurring ingredients in the product, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe or earth-friendly – not to mention organic.

Perhaps in an effort to simplify the consumer’s “organic” label options, the USDA also directs consumers to other organizations that can help them determine whether or not the products they’re buying are 100 percent organic. One of those, the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a non-profit, independent organization that gives reviews of products and how they stand up to the National Organic Standards from the USDA.

For concerned consumers, they provide a comprehensive list (available online) of products that pass the test. “OMRI’s list is an invaluable tool for gardeners who want to keep their plots organic,” says Claude Boisvert, president of Tree World Plant Care Products. “It makes it easier than ever to find gardening supplements that are not harmful to the environment.”

If your main concern in planting an organic garden is providing your family with safe-to-eat, healthy food right from your own back yard, you’ll want to take the trouble to make sure you’re using truly organic gardening products. At the same time, you want your garden to look great and produce well.

One of the biggest challenges to organic gardening is keeping pests away in a way that is humane and safe. For smaller pests, it is increasingly easy to find organic insecticidal soaps that are safe unlike some traditional pesticides. Larger garden plant browsers can really wreak havoc unless you use a rabbit or deer repellent. An OMRI listed solution, developed in eco-conscious Sweden and now made in the United States, is Plantskydd. Its effectiveness and environmental soundness as an organic repellent have made it popular for farming and among gardeners, professional landscapers, nurseries, foresters and state conservation agencies.

It’s important to remember that you have the power to influence the products that are available to you. If keeping your organic garden truly organic is important to you, discuss your concerns with local retailers. By asking them to stock products that have been subject to rigorous standards, like those of OMRI, you’ll make it easier for everyone in your community to have access to verified organic materials.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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From the Pulpit

Jesus loves you

The love that God, the Creator of all things has for mankind seems beyond human perception. God created man and placed him in a perfect environment. However, man rebelled against God and sinned, thus sin has entered into this world since the disobedience of Adam. The Bible says all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death.”  The question then arises, “Ye serpent, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Hell?” (Matthew 23:33).

The answer is found in the Word of God. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:36).  Because God loves us so much, He sent His only begotten son to take on the sins of the World. This is the importance of God being born of a virgin, not taking on the seed of an earthly man. By shedding His innocent, sinless blood on the cross we are redeemed.  The shedding of blood is an act God uses to redeem, thus Christ was the unblemished Lamb of God, and the final sacrifice that needed to be made as His blood was shed on the cross.

This redemption does not involuntarily fall on man. This redemption is a choice God has given to us. He cannot force us to take it. One of the biggest misconceptions is that God sends people to Hell. Hell was created for Satan and his angels, not man. It wasn’t until sin entered the world that man was appointed to go there. However, God loves us so much that He did not want to see us go to Hell, therefore he sent His son, Jesus Christ, to be that bridge back to God. Therefore, if we ask Christ into our lives He saves us from going to Hell, thus God has not left us to go to Hell, we have the choice as to whether or not to send ourselves there.

Jesus loves you, and wants to be there to connect you back with God. The Bible let’s us know that the only way to the father is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This is done by repenting and confessing the sins in your life to God. Tell Him you want to live righteously and follow His word and want to be apart of His eternal Kingdom. By doing this you are free from your debt of sin and will live with the Father eternally in Heaven forever. Jesus loves you and the Bible tells us all so!

“Jesus Love Me”
“Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong, They are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.”

Pastor Ryan Black
Cedar Springs Christian Church
340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

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Mason Thomas Paul Grossett

Born July 1, 2010 at 8:14 a.m.
7 pounds 14 ounces
21 inches long
Son of Jeremy and Cassie Grossett of Cedar Springs and brother to sisters Hailey and Morgan.

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Burkett-Marvin

Sara Burkett, of Cedar Springs, and Nickolas Marvin, of Dorr, are proud to announce their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Michele Burkett of Rockford and Christopher and Shelley Burkett of Greenville. Sara is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, a 2009 graduate of Montcalm Community College, and she is currently working as a Registered Nurse. The groom to be is the son of Dale and Sudan Marvin of Dorr and Betty Scherencel of Coopersville. Nick is a 1999 graduate of Hopkins High School and is currently working at Couturier Iron Craft. The couple has set a wedding date of August 28, 2010 at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The couple will reside in Comstock Park.

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Jacob J. Grover

He passed away July 30, 2004. He’s deeply missed by his wife and children and grandchildren and friends.
Sincerely,
Riley M. Grover

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Ronald M. Middleton

March 13, 1956 to July 30, 2005

Fathers hold their children’s hands for a little while…

But they hold their hearts forever.

I love and miss you so much Dad.

Love, Jess
And the whole Middleton family

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In Memory of Ryan Evola

May 5, 1985 to July 29, 2000

I miss…

I miss your big brown eyes,

I miss your everyday hair,

I miss your goodbyes,

And the way you never seem to stare.

I miss your big smile,

I miss the way you make every day feel new,

I miss your sense of style,

And your sense of humor, too.

I miss my nickname,

I miss our days with each other,

I miss that most times we felt the same,

And no matter what, you will always be my brother.

But most importantly…

I miss you!

-Kaitlyn A. Evola
In loving memory of Ryan Michael Evola, who passed away 10 years ago, on July 29. God took you away, It doesn’t seem fair, but in our hearts, you will always be there.
Love forever and always,
Dad, Mom, and sister Kaitlyn

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Carl A. Gorby

Carl A. Gorby 72 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at Spectrum Health   Butterworth Campus. Carl was born November 2, 1937 in Tyrone Township, MI the son of Lyle and Lucille (Johnson) Gorby. He worked for Pioneer Construction and retired from J.C. Carlson Construction as a Foreman. Surviving are his special friend, Maggie Eaton; children, Jeff (Deb) Gorby of Cedar Springs, Greg Gorby of Grand Rapids; grandsons, Sean and Keegan Gorby; sister, Betty (Henry) Brunins of Waupan, WI; brothers, Bud (Ellamae) Gorby of Fruitport, Mel (Leta) Gorby of Jansen Lake; many nieces and nephews and their children; close friend, Bob Grice. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Dick Bouwkamp. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 100 Michigan Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs,
www.blisswitterspike.com

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Justin W. Marble

Justin W. Marble, 36 of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, July 23, 2010. Justin was born August 19, 1973 in Lansing, MI the son of Scott and Cynthia (Miller) Marble. He was very involved in The Springs Free Methodist Church and in helping others. Surviving are his loving wife, Jennifer (Cooper); stepdaughter, Felicia Cooper; mother and stepfather, Cynthia & Roy Rizor; stepmother, Vicki Hafner-Marble; brothers, Bryon Marble, Ed Rizor; stepbrothers, Randall Rizor, Alan & Kim Rizor; stepsister, Mary & Jerry Hubbard; nieces and nephew, Annalyssa Marble, Taylor Rizor, Savannah Rizor, Landon Rizor; aunts, Derry Marble, Sara Marble, Joyce & Ronald Carns; uncles, David & Pamela Miller, Randall & Betty Miller, Bradley Miller. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will take place on Monday, August 2, at 5:00 pm at  The Springs Free Methodist Church with dinner to follow. Pastors Jim Tol and Barry Briggs officiating.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs,
www.blisswitterspike.com

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Happy birthday to the Post!http://cedarspringspost.com/

The Cedar Springs Post

The Post is celebrating our 22nd birthday this week, and we have all of you—our faithful readers and the loyal businesses that support us—to thank for it! With businesses going under left and right, we don’t take another year here for granted, and that’s why we’re celebrating!

People have been leaving comments for us on our Facebook wall this week on what they like about the Post, and you can, too. So write on our wall, comment on our website at www.cedarspringspost.com, or send us an email to postnews@charter.net. We’d love to hear from you!

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