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Archive | August, 2010

Do you know this pigeon?

This pigeon is a frequent diner at the bird feeder at Trevor and Salli Robinson’s house on Becker Ave, between Meyer’s Lake Road and Pine Lake Road in Cedar Springs. Trevor pointed out the bands around the pigeon’s feet.

“I’m not sure if this is somebody pet, or some class room experiment going on at a local college,” wrote Trevor. “It would be interesting to find out if any of your readers might have some information on this pigeon. “

If you know anything about this bird, email us at postnews@charter.net, or call 696-3655.

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It’s a ringer!

Residents using the Algoma Township Sports Park have a new horse shoe pit to use, thanks to Boy Scout Matthew Albano.

Scout Matthew Albano kneels in front of horseshoe pit.

When Albano, of Algoma Township, wanted to become an Eagle Scout, he researched the requirements and found some ideas for leadership projects. Because his family frequently uses the Algoma Sports Park in Algoma Township, he contacted the township and offered to do a project there, which they gladly accepted. After reviewing the township’s Park Master Plan, it was suggested he install horseshoe pits that have not yet been completed at the park.

“Horseshoe pits will give township residents, mainly families, another thing to enjoy when they visit the park,” said Albano. “It already has baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a paved .64 mile walking trail and a playground.”

After approval from the township and his Boy Scout Board, Matthew created his project, drew up the site plan, and held work sessions for his fellow scouts, family and friends. He received donations for materials and supplies from area businesses, and the remaining funding came from the township’s Parks & Recreation Budget.

“I’m glad I was able to help Algoma Township put a project in the park they really wanted and it was something I wanted to do,” said Albano.

He is a Boy Scout with the 264 Unit, Eagle Spirit District.

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Mid-life Barbie

The makers of Barbie now offer a more up-to-date collection of Barbies for us more “mature” Barbie Lovers. Be sure to look for…

1.)    Bifocals Barbie. Comes with her own set of blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors (Half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.
2.)    Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie’s bellybutton and watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of perspiration appear on her forehead. (Comes with tiny hand-held fan and tissues.)
3.)    Facial Hair Barbie. As Barbie’s “hormone” levels rise, see her whiskers grow. Available with teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.
4.)    Flabby Arms Barbie. Hide Barbie’s droopy triceps with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Also comes with two muu-muus, and tummy support under panties.
5.)    Divorced Barbie. Sells for $199.99. Comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car and Ken’s boat.
6.)    No-more-wrinkles-Barbie. Erase those pesky crow’s feet and lip lines that have appeared with a tube of Skin Sparkle-Spackle from Barbie’s very own line of exclusive age-blasting cosmetics.
7.)    Soccer Mom Barbie. All that experience as a cheer-leader is really paying off as Barbie dusts off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs and Ken Jr. Comes with minivan in robin-egg blue or white and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.
8.)    Mid-life Crisis Barbie. It’s time to ditch Ken. Barbie needs a change and Alonzo (her personal trainer) is just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac.
9.)    Bunion Barbie. Years of disco dancing in stiletto heels have taken their toll on Barbie’s dainty arched feet. Sooth her sores with the pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry mules.
10.)     Post-Menopausal Barbie. This Barbie wets her pants when she sneezes, forgets where she puts things and cries… a lot. She is sick and tired of Ken sitting on the couch watching the tube, clicking through the channels. Comes with Depends and Kleenex.

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Increased traffic brings danger

Traffic along 16 Mile Road between Northland Drive and White Creek has increased since the closing of Northland Drive for construction. And, according to Solon Township resident Kathy Crandall, so has their speed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

“Traffic is not slowing down for the bike trail,” said Crandall, referring to the White Pine Trail, which crosses 16 Mile Road.

And bicyclists don’t always come to a full stop either, though they are required to.

“Last weekend a little girl was with her family and riding ahead of her father. I heard horns honking and him screaming at her to stop,” she said.

There are yellow signs on 16 Mile alerting motorists they are approaching a bicycle crossing, but they are about 100 yards before you get there. There is nothing immediately marking the trail as you pass in a vehicle, other than white lines on the road.

Crandall asks that both motorists and cyclists pay attention to avoid any injuries. But what she’d really like is a sign at the trail. “This construction is just too much,” she said. “We need to get a caution sign up or something before someone gets killed.”

Construction is not slated to be complete on Northland until October 29.

In 2009, there were 2,027 bicycles in Michigan involved in motor vehicle crashes, with 1,648 injured, and 19 killed.

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Host families needed for exchange students

A local Non Profit Exchange Program is inviting local Cedar Springs families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year. The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Here are a few of the incoming students that are requesting families:

Silvia is 16 and comes from Piedmont in Italy. She has an older brother Simonetta. Silvia lives with her parents. Her Dad is a technical employee at a textile plant and her Mom works at home. Silvia speaks Italian and French. She also enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, photography, listening to music, drawing and reading. She has guitar lessons twice a week. Silvia also loves animals and owns a parrot, 3 cats and a dog that sleeps with her. Silvia’s Dad writes that she is sociable and has lots of friends. Her English teacher says that she is a sweet and polite student who seems to love leering new languages. Her favorite subjects are biology, English and Latin literature. She is an A student.

Sevil is 17 and comes from Solingen in Germany. Her Dad is a manager and her Mom is a pharmacist. Sevil has a 3-year-old brother whom she loves very much. She loves languages and speaks English, German, Latin and Turkish. Her family is originally from Turkey. Sevil’s hobbies and interests include playing volleyball, cooking, meeting friends, playing the violin, musicals and watching movies. She is part of the drama group at school and really enjoys acting and participating in musicals. Her parents say that she is a polite and responsible teenager who loves to cook and will be a real asset to her new host family.

Sarah is 16 and comes from Onsala in Sweden. She has 2 sisters and a 5-year-old brother. Both of her parents are doctors. Sarah speaks English and German. Her favorite hobbies are rhythmic Sports Gymnastics, golfing, shopping, sailing and playing the piano. Her gymnastics team has won a lot of championships in Sweden. She trains 10 hours every week in this sport. Her teachers say that she is a focused and motivated student and always has a positive attitude in class.

STS has a number of other students from Europe, S. America and Asia to choose from.

For questions about these and other students, call or email Julia Colingsworth – 810-287-4151 – info@stsfoundation.org.

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Alley resurfacing

The City of Cedar Springs is replacing sidewalks and resurfacing the alley leading to the United States Post Office (between Ash and Cherry). They will not close both ends of the alley while installing new sidewalks and will not enforce the one-way access (so you can get to the back doors of the businesses), but the alley will be closed for two days during resurfacing. Look for barricades to be installed and sidewalk replacement to begin early next week. The city emphasizes that residents do not drive around the barricades.

Damage to vehicles for driver negligence is not covered by the City’s insurance carrier. “There are plenty of on-street parking spaces as well as public lots to utilize during construction,” said City Manager Christine Burns.

Contact DPW Supervisor Jerry Hall for additional information 696-1330 x 108.

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Glen Hill Women’s Auxiliary receives award

The Glen Hill Unit 287 women’s auxiliary in Cedar Springs received an award last Tuesday, August 10, for 50 years of continuous membership. According to Unit Chaplain Mary Goller-Kilts, that is a feat that has never been accomplished before.

A plaque for 50 years of continuous membership was presented to the Glen Hill Unit 287 (women’s auxiliary) at the 5th District meeting held at the Carl Johnson Post #2 at North Park. Pictured is 5th District President Victoria VanWyk (left) and Unit 287 Chaplain Mary Goller-Kilts.

Kilts recently undertook a history of the unit, and found it was chartered in September 21, 1925 with 23 members. Dues were $1.00 each. An entry in the treasurer’s book dated September 12, 1925 showed they had already held a bake sale and reaped $23.04, a good amount for that time. Kilts found records through 1926, but no other official records again until 1949, when minutes began again.  There were, however, some mementoes from the intervening years, including a list of presidents from 1925 through 1946. Ida Reamer was the first president.

In 1951 they paid for a plaque to be put in Morley Park honoring veterans. In 1954 they applied to the state to hold lottery and bingo. No president was elected in 1959 but Thelma Gould volunteered for the position. “They were thinking about closing the unit at the time,” explained Kilts.

In 1960 they won first prize at district for Quota. “This was the beginning of our making continuous goals,” explained Kilts. In 1987, Unit 287 hosted the Fifth District Memorial Banquet at North Park, with 600 attending, and has done it each year since.

Over the years the unit has helped fund many causes and benefits, including purchase of the Glen Hill Legion Post.

Dinners are open to the public. “We serve the best Swiss steak in town, and we have on the menu four different dinners twice a month, which are well attended,” said Kilts. They also hold funeral luncheons for members and the community as a community service.

Several of their members have been Fifth District presidents, and held other positions as well.

The unit is proud of what they have accomplished over the years. “We just made our goal of 50 continuous years. It was through hard work and devoted members to keep this unit going strong for 85 years, with their belief in serving our veterans and country, with God’s help,” said Kilts.

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DNRE urges caution around syringes

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has received recent reports of syringes washing up on Lake Michigan-area beaches from Shelby to Arcadia. It is suspected that the syringes are from a major combined sewer overflow that occurred in the Milwaukee area on July 25.

Wind and lake currents are suspected to have carried the syringes and other waste across the lake, resulting in the waste washing up on the Michigan shoreline. The U.S. Coast Guard has also been made aware of the incident and is investigating its source.

“These syringes have the potential to harbor bacteria and viruses that can spread infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV, and anyone coming across one is encouraged to use extreme caution to avoid being stuck with the needle,” said Liz Browne, assistant division chief of the DNRE’s Environmental Resource Management Division.

Browne added that syringes should only be picked up with extreme caution, preferably with puncture-resistant gloves, and placed in a heavy plastic container, such as a detergent bottle with a screw on cap or a coffee can with a taped-down lid. Syringes can be taken to the Manistee County Medical Care Facility at 1505 E. Parkdale Ave. in Manistee and/or at the entrance booth to Ludington State Park. The DNRE does not recommend placing the syringes in regular household trash, as this can expose waste collection company workers to potential needle stick injuries. All other solid waste collected from the shoreline can be disposed of by property owners with their regular household trash.

Recommended disposal methods for syringes generated by individuals on a daily basis due to self-homecare treatment of medical conditions can be found in a DNRE pamphlet titled “The Point is…Needles Hurt!” That pamphlet, a list of sharps collection programs and services by county, and other information can be found on the DNRE’s website at http://www.michigan.gov/deqmedwaste.

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Rotary awards $1,000 to cow plop winner

By Nancy Noreen

A petting zoo was one of the attractions at the cow plop. Photo my J. Reed

It didn’t take long for Emmie and Trenton McNeses’ little brown calf to “plop” on one of the thousand squares on the carefully marked grid behind White Creek Lumber and Hardware, Saturday, August 7.  By 9:14 a.m she had done her job, but ticket holders had to wait until well after 2 p.m. to find out if they were the winner of the $1,000 prize.

It pays to play.

Dan Clark won $1,000 in the Rotary cow plop.

To help with the wait visitors could observe Earl Kindle as he carved works of art using a chain saw. Kids were entertained by John and Cindy Karafa’s petting zoo that included goats, kittens, rabbits and a duck.  Everyone had a chance to enjoy a hot dog from the Boy Scout’s food stand or ice cream from Kleve Casper’s KC‘s Cones and Coneys. Solon Township resident Reese Rickards, from radio station B-93, drew a name for a free cow plop ticket every half hour. You had to be there to win the extra chance at the big prize.

Promptly at 2 p.m., following the rules set by the State of Michigan, Rickards started drawing the “Cow Plop” tickets as Rotarians placed them on a grid that matched the one drawn on the pasture for the cow. After drawing 613 tickets, Rickards drew the name for the winning 614th square.  Dan Clark, of Cedar Springs, was the lucky winner of the $1,000.

“Rotary just raised $3,600 that will be used for their good works projects,” said Rotarian Julie Wheeler, one of the organizers of the event. “That’s the great thing about Rotary—every dollar supports a needed program.” Wheeler said the money would go for student scholarships and other community needs.

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Five creative tips for packing healthier school lunches

(ARA) – It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season. Amidst the jam-packed schedule of a child’s school day, it’s nice to know there is one area where parents make a difference: lunchtime.

The mission is to create a nutritious lunch that your hungry kids will look forward to eating. To help, here are five creative tips to selecting healthier options.

1. Color, color, color: Kids love color so make it a point to pick a different color for each day/week (or better yet, let them pick) and add it to your child’s lunch in fun ways. For example, on a purple day pack a small plum or handful of grapes. Red is fun if you pair raspberries and strawberry yogurt for dipping, and peaches or baby carrots make delicious orange options. It’s not only a fun way to get them excited about lunch, it helps introduce new fruits and vegetables they might have been uninterested in trying before.

2. Portion control: Finding pre-portioned snacks can help save both time and calories. Instead of reaching for bags of chips that can be higher in fat, try low-fat pretzels or 100-calorie snacks instead. For example, Snyder’s of Hanover offers a wide variety of items in its 100-Calorie Lunch Pack line, including Minis, Sticks and Snaps Pretzels as well as Eatsmart Naturals Veggie Crisps. Snyder’s also offers a variety pack of Peanut Butter and Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Sandwiches available in compostable outer packaging. Single serving snacks are perfect for on-the-go parents who appreciate the simplicity of putting a bag in a lunch box. For more information and snack ideas, visit www.snydersofhanover.com.

3. Fun surprises: Yes, some kids are content with the same lunch day after day after day, but for the ones who need variety, make it fun. Change it up and do something unexpected. For example, ever thought of making breakfast for lunch? Why not? Pack two or three small whole-grain pancakes with fruit and yogurt for toppings. To replace sugary juice, pack homemade fruit-flavored water in a reusable bottle. Jazz up a typical sandwich by cutting it with a cookie cutter, and wrapping it in wax paper tied with a bow. A knock-knock joke or little stickers can add even more fun.

4. Choose a theme: For example, create a picnic theme with turkey tortilla roll-ups and fruit kabobs. For a tea party theme, make miniature sandwiches and include sliced cucumbers with fruity-tea. The possibilities are endless, so get your kids involved and asked them what fun lunch themes they would enjoy.

5. Plan ahead and save: While packing lunches might seem too time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be. Make Sunday a preparation day for the week ahead and get the whole family involved to help out. Pick colors (see tip No. 1) you might include or prepare little note cards with jokes. By planning ahead, you’re less tempted to give in to packing more expensive, quicker options and instead you can save money by looking for deals and using coupons. Snyder’s of Hanover, for its part, is placing a special coupon book in 1 million Lunch Packs. The coupon book includes $6 in coupons from a variety of brands, as well as its own Snyder’s of Hanover products, along with a $10 subscription offer for one year of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine. For more details visit Snyderofhanover.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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