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Archive | August, 2010

Early Canada goose season opens sept. 1

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that the early Canada goose hunting season opens statewide Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Early goose season, designed to target resident giant Canada geese, runs through Sept. 10 in the Upper Peninsula and in Huron, Tuscola and Saginaw counties, and through Sept. 15 elsewhere in Michigan.

Prospects for the upcoming goose season are excellent; the resident Canada goose population is estimated at 300,000 birds, the second highest population ever recorded. Hunters may take five Canada geese daily during the early season.

Wildlife officials remind hunters that a number of Canada geese in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties within the Kalamazoo River watershed were covered with crude oil following the Enbridge pipeline rupture in late July. Hunters who observe oil-covered geese or other oiled wildlife should report them to 800-306-6837, the Enbridge wildlife response hotline.

Geese that were rescued, cleaned and released sport double leg bands, one of which reads: “Oil Spill Bird Contact Michigan DNRE 1-517-336-5030.”  Hunters who harvest the birds can call the phone number to get more information. The Michigan Department of Community Health suggests that adverse health effects from consuming these birds are unlikely.

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Boating access sites in northern Kent set for improvements

Three boating access sites in northern Kent County will close for improvements in August and September.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Camp Lake boating access site near Sparta will close the entrance road for tree removal and road widening from Aug. 30 until Sept. 3. It will then re-open until Sept.13, when it will again close until Oct. 12 for accessibility improvements, paving and pavement painting to improve traffic flow.

Pine Island Lake and Lincoln Lake boating access sites will also close in August and September for projects that will include paving the parking and launch area to improve traffic flow and for better accessibility.

Construction for Big Pine Island Lake in Grattan Township is scheduled to begin on Aug. 23 and continue to Sept. 4, and construction at Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township is slated to begin on Sept. 7 and continue until Sept 18.

These projects are funded by a federal grant from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Fund and the Michigan State Waterways Fund, which is derived from watercraft registration fees, marine fuel taxes and user fees. This is a restricted fund and can only be used for the acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance of recreational boating facilities.

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Michigan forgot pro-life roots in election

I was disheartened over the recent pri­mary election results. We, the people of Michigan, finally received an opportunity to vote for a pro-life governor. There were three candidates running in the Repub­lican primary who had a strong pro-life stand: Pete Hoekstra, Mike Cox and Mike Bouchard. But what did we do? We chose the only Republican candidate who does not believe in the importance of the pro-life issue.

We have strayed from our long-time, firmly held belief that “all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights … Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Instead, we have made the economy our most important issue, to the neglect of being a voice for the precious, defenseless infant in the womb who deserves these same rights.

May God forgive us and help us to remember that what is of utmost impor­tance to Him must also be of utmost importance to us.
Marsha Underwood
Cedar Springs native, now of Zeeland

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Roger on Main St.

Done with oil

The Gulf spill is pretty well over, and so is our little spill in Michigan.  Now we can get on with other things. The immigration fuss in Arizona seems to be on hold; we are moving out of Iraq. The pressing news now is Afghanistan and Pakistan. We really have no business fighting a guerilla war there. It’s almost impossible to win a war with guerillas. Remember Viet Nam? Or look at Northern Ireland. While mostly under control, there is still violence, and the Basques are still fighting in France.
It’s difficult to change the society of those countries to turn them into a democracy like ours. We should re-think the idea.

Congratulations Rockford

The “City” of Rockford is celebrating 75 years.  Smith Latham had a sawmill on the river and Wolverine generated electricity. Now the dam and river are mostly scenic. A nice improvement!

Two better than one

A blonde was driving home, after a football game, and got caught in a really bad hailstorm. Her car was covered with dents, so the next day she took it to a repair shop. The shop owner saw that she was a blonde, so he decided to have some fun. He told her just to go home and blow into the tail pipe really hard, and all the dents would pop out. So, the blonde went home, got down on her hands and knees and started blowing into her car’s tailpipe. Nothing happened. She blew a little harder, and still nothing.
Her roommate, another blonde, came home and said, “What are you doing?”
The first blonde told her how the repairman had told her to blow into the tailpipe to get all the dents to pop out.

Her roommate rolled her eyes and said, “Hel-l-l-lo! You need to roll up the windows!”

Classical insults

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, “If you were my husband I’d give you poison.”
He said, “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
“He had delusions of adequacy.” – Walter Kerr
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Winston Churchill
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” – Clarence Darrow
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain
“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
“Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.” –  Winston Churchill replied.
“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop
“I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial” – Irvin S. Cobb
“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.” – Charles, Count Talleyrand
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” – Groucho Marx

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From the Pulpit

United – a community for one!

Christians are known for many things, but unfortunately being united is not one of those things.  It seems that, now more than ever, there are divisions within our churches, that people are making such a big deal out of, that we often forget to proclaim the cause of Christ to a world in need, because we are so busy dealing with so much division.  Just take a look around.  Have you ever wondered why there were so many different churches just in our community of Cedar Springs?  We have the Baptists, the Methodists (United and Free), the Reformed, the Independent Bible, the Wesleyans, the Church of God, the Full-Gospels, the Evangelical Frees, and the list could go on.
Each of these denominations and different churches are a result of division. To put it plainly, church leaders couldn’t agree on what the Bible taught about certain subjects, and so instead of just agreeing to disagree, they divided.  It’s sad, but true.  Now, each of these churches plays a vital role in our community, and my intention is not to put one above another. My intention is to simply point out that the unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17:20,21, is unfortunately not present among the body of Christ as a whole.  This is not uncommon; most communities across America are experiencing this same problem. Usually church leaders are known more for their disliking of other church leaders and their disagreement over other doctrines, than they are known for their cooperative effort to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Well, it’s not going to be that way in Cedar Springs! The Cedar Springs Ministerial Association believes that there are way too many things that unite us, and it would be a shame to spend all our time bickering about the things that we disagree on. On August 29, we are going to have our 2nd annual community worship service.  We have set aside this Sunday as a Sunday to unite. We will be holding a morning worship service in downtown Cedar Springs at Morley Park.  The service will begin at 11:00 and will be followed by a free community picnic and a praise and worship concert afterwards.
The purpose of this event is for the body of Jesus Christ to come together for one Sunday and praise His Holy Name. We simply want to lift high the name of Jesus, because after all, He is what it’s all about! I want to encourage you to consider being a part of this event, and if you know someone who doesn’t know Jesus, bring them along and we’ll introduce them to Him. As children of the One and Only True God, let’s join together and make a statement, we are united – a community for one!

Pastor Kevin Reed
Grace Evangelical Free Church
4714 13 Mile, Rockford

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Hollie Watson of Cedar Springs and Adam Stout of Kent City are proud to announce their engagement. The bride to be, is the daughter of Joe and Connie Watson of Cedar Springs.  Hollie is a 2003 graduate of Kent City High School, and a graduate of the Great Lakes EMS Academy. The groom is the son of Bill and Tammy Stout of Buchanan GA, and Jeff and Tracy Anderson of Kent City, MI. Adam is a 2003 graduate of Kent City High School, and is currently employed with Buist Sheet Metal. The couple have set a wedding date of September 25, 2010 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. The couple will reside where they receive their mail.

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Nicholas Emery and Pamella Crystal both Graduates of Cedar Springs High School were married August 13th 2010 in Las Vegas, NV at the Hollywood Wedding Chapel. Parents of the Couple are Clifford and Janet Crystal of Cedar Springs and Allen and Cathleen Emery of Cedar Springs. Congrats!!!!

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Keira Kay Tagg

Susan and David Tagg, of Cedar Springs, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Keira Kay Tagg, born on July 9, 2010 at Saint Mary’s Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and measured 21 inches long.  Baby Keira is welcomed by big brother Lucas; grandparents Todd and Marnie Swan of Cedar Springs, Margene Tagg of Barlow Lake; and great-grandparent Roseanne Swan of Ada.

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Cedar Springs man drowned in lake

A Cedar Springs man drowned last Thursday, in a Montcalm County lake.

According to the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview, they responded to the scene at Winfield Lake at 6:12 p.m. August 19, on a report of a possible drowning. Initial attempts to locate the victim were unsuccessful, and he was later located about 30 feet from shore by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office dive team. The Howard City Police Department, Alpha 8 and Rescue 29 also assisted at the scene.

The victim was reported to be a white male, 36, from the Cedar Springs area. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of his family.

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Man dies after industrial accident

UPDATE: Pat Underhill, the man injured last week at High Grade Materials in Sand Lake, passed away on Saturday at Butterworth Hospital.

PREVIOUS: A 46-year-old man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after possibly being electrocuted while on the job at a plant in Nelson Township.
According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Aaron Brown and Sgt. Thomas Raymond, the man was working on a truck at High Grade Materials, on the corner of Northland Drive and Coan, just south of Sand Lake, when he fell about four or five feet to the ground and injured his head. A witness reportedly heard a pop before he fell, and deputies said the truck may have gotten too close to an overhead power line, but they haven’t confirmed he was electrocuted.

The victim, Pat Underhill, of Mecosta, did not have a pulse when first responders from Sand Lake and Cedar Springs first arrived, but once they got a pulse they transported him to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford ambulance in critical condition.

Sgt. Raymond said the incident would be referred to MIOSHA since it was an industrial accident.

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