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Archive | August, 2010

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Thank you

To the Editor,

The residents and staff at Metron of Cedar Springs would like to thank the community and all the businesses for contributions and/or sponsorships given to benefit our Annual Family Fun Day held on Saturday, August 7, 2010.

I would also like to thank all the staff and families of Metron of Cedar Springs who made this a fun time for all.

Sincerely,
Billie Vanderlaan
Community Relations Coordinator

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Roger on Main St.

Tasty carp

We’ve been worried about the Asian Carp and the Great Lakes. Well, it turns out that these fish are a delicacy in China. There is a company that wants to buy 30 million pounds of these “wild” carp. They are reported to be tasty and have better flavor than the farm raised carp in China.  I think our problem is solved! We can sell those fish in trade for the junk we buy from China.

Real security

There is a lot of misinformation about Social Security. First passed in 1936 it has turned out to be a lifesaver for the retired. The current plan is good until 2037. At that point it would be broke. We can fix this. The Bush tax cuts to the ultra rich could take care of the shortfall. So could a small increase in the tax. Raising the retirement age by a couple of years would also put us back in the black. It’s all because we are living longer and not working more. It’s o.k. now and the fix is fairly easy.

Take care

At the end of the funeral service, the pall bearers are carrying the casket out, when they accidentally bump into a wall, and jar the casket. They hear a faint moan and open the casket to find that the woman is actually alive.

She lives for ten more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same place, and at the end of the ceremony, the pall bearers are again carrying out the casket.

As they walk away, the husband cries out, “Watch out for the wall!”

Actual federal employee evaluation quotes

1. Works well only when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap

2. His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.

3. I would not allow this employee to breed.

4. This employee is really not so much of a has-been but more of a definite won’t be.

5. Since my last report, he has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

Hobby

Dr. Cutter is veterinarian known for his wry humor.  He surpassed himself one summer day when a dog was brought to him after an encounter with a porcupine.

After over an hour of prying, pulling, cutting, and stitching, he returned the dog to its owner who asked what she owed.

“A hundred and fifty dollars, Ma’am,” he answered.

“Why that’s simply outrageous!” she stormed.  “That’s what’s wrong with you Maine people, you’re always trying to overcharge summer visitors. Whatever do you do in the winter, when we’re not being gypped here?”

The veterinarian replied, “Raise porcupines, Ma’am.”

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Leftover fall turkey licenses go on sale Aug. 30

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that leftover fall turkey licenses go on sale online and at all license vendors at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30. More than 30,000 licenses are available, the bulk of them in southern Michigan.

Most of the available licenses are for private land only, though there are some general licenses in some areas. A hunter may buy one license per day until the unit quota is reached.

Fall turkey season opens Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 14.

“Fall turkey season provides a great opportunity for hunters to get a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner,” said DNRE upland bird biologist Al Stewart. “And because the season runs through Nov. 14, it gives archery deer hunters the chance to harvest another game animal.”

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DNRE suggests alternatives to memorials on public lands

The placement of private memorials on public lands is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in northern Michigan. While it’s understandable that many people may want to honor lost loved ones by commemorating a special place – perhaps with a cross, bench or marker along a favorite walking trail or in a traditional hunting spot – the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds the public that such memorials can actually cause unintended harm.

Lynne Boyd, chief of the DNRE’s Forest Management Division (FMD), said that when people place memorials on state forest land, including state-owned land adjacent to county roads, they’re actually taking that portion of land away from truly public use. Additionally, such memorials can pose a safety concern to travelers on the roads and visitors to the public land.

“When people create their own memorial places on public land, these locations can become spots where donated objects continue to accumulate,” said Boyd.. “As friends and relatives gather to visit and leave mementos at the memorial sites, these locations often become distractions for drivers and put others in potential danger.”

Boyd said although she understands people’s motivations in placing such memorials, the Forest Management Division has to respectfully ask that such items currently on public land be removed. If they’re left on public lands, FMD staff will have to remove them.

Instead, Boyd suggested there are a number of ways that people can honor family and friends with longer-lasting tributes – ones that will not only protect Michigan’s public land and the safety of visitors, but will also contribute to the long-term beauty and preservation of Michigan’s natural spaces and great outdoors.

The DNRE’s Forest Management Division encourages people to consider the following programs:

• Adopt-a-Forest

Michigan has an abundance of forest land that is enjoyed by hikers, bird watchers and hunters. Every year, tons of trash is illegally dumped in Michigan’s forests. Adopt-a-Forest seeks to enhance the enjoyment of public forest lands by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found. For more information, contact Ada Takacs, 989-275-5151, ext. 2049, or visit http://www.cleanforests.org.

• Adopt-a-Park

Every year, millions of visitors enjoy camping, hiking, and sightseeing in Michigan state parks. The Adopt-A-Park program gives volunteers an opportunity to support the rich natural heritage of Michigan’s state park system by adopting a favorite park for a two-year period and focusing on stewardship, park beautification and construction projects and special events. For more information, contact the individual park’s supervisor or Pam Ames, 517-467-7401.

• State Forest Donation Program

The DNRE receives many inquiries from the public about how to contribute to forest management programs on the state’s 3.9 million acres of state forest lands. The State Forest Donation Program coordinates those requests and every year helps to identify key areas of need, including reforestation, erosion control, trash removal and maintenance of recreational facilities. For more information, call 517-373-1275.

• Adopt-a-Highway and Adopt-a-Road

Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up over a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended. For more information, contact MDOT at 517-322-3388 or visit www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway. Adopt-a-Road is a county-administered spinoff of the statewide program; for more information, contact local county road commissions.

-Michigan Land Conservancies

Land trusts and conservancies are non-profit agencies that work to protect natural lands for current and future generations. They work closely with landowners, helping to safeguard scenic areas, wetlands, critical wildlife habitats and other significant natural areas. For more information, contact local land conservancies or visit http://landtrust.org/LTC/NatureOrgWebLinks.htm.

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Camp green at Michigan State Parks

Department of Natural Resources and Environment recreation officials are asking campers to “go green” this season by participating in the department’s Camp Green pilot program.

The Camp Green program encourages park guests to follow environmentally friendly and energy-efficient practices while visiting Michigan state parks and recreation areas. At the 10 locations participating in this pilot program – Aloha, Cheboygan, Clear Lake, Onaway, Port Crescent, Seven Lakes, Tawas Point, Traverse City and Wilson state parks, plus Bay City State Recreation Area – campers will be given information on how to camp green and will be asked to pledge to become a steward of Michigan’s environment.

In order to successfully “camp green,” guests will be asked to:

* Turn off the air conditioning when it is not absolutely necessary, and not leave doors and windows open when the air conditioner is operating;

* Make sure lights are turned off during the daytime and not left on after a camper retires for the evening;

* Ensure water is used sparingly, by taking shorter showers and not leaving faucets running while brushing teeth or shaving;

* Properly dispose of gray water and sewage, and not dump it on the ground;

* Not burn trash in the fire circle; and

* Recycle at the park.

DNRE Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson said that electricity is the largest operating expense for Michigan state parks and recreation areas, and it’s a key focus of the Camp Green effort. “Over the years, many campers have traded in their tents for larger, recreational vehicles usually outfitted with air conditioners,” Olson said. “Air conditioning is the largest consumer of electricity in the parks.”

Olson explained that Camp Green supporters will be given a “reality check” list to assess how green they camped. Anyone who fills out the registration pledging to camp green, and sends in the checklist to one of the 10 participating parks, will receive a window cling for his or her vehicle.

For more information about the GO Green program, contact Jeremy Spell at 231-625-2522.

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Business Bits

Michigan Beer Cellar

Have you ever been to an establishment that has their own microbrewery? Michigan Beer Cellar, located at 500 E. Division in Sparta, makes their own beer, wine and artisan spirits, including vodka, whiskey, rum and gin.
Dan Humphrey opened the microbrewery in June. He said they have a large selection of microbeer with 12 on tap, six wines, and a large selection of mixed drinks. They serve their own products in a 4,000 square-foot taproom along with appetizers, paninis and grilled wraps.

In the future they hope to bottle and sell their product out in the market. They also plan to add an open mic night on Thursdays and bands on Saturdays in the fall.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday noon-2 a.m. Call (616) 205-5286.

Angela’s Hair Salon and Day Spa

Looking for a new hair stylist or place to get a pedicure? A salon and day spa opening in Howard City may be just what you are looking for.

Angela’s Hair Salon and Day Spa will be opening on September 3, at 20055 W 46 in Howard City. The salon will provide all types of hair services, waxing, pedicures, nails, tanning and massages.

Owner Angela Troost said the salon would have a family friendly atmosphere. “We will always make you feel like part of our family here,” she said. She noted that they have lower prices, and want to be “the home of the $10 haircut.” They will also have later hours to accommodate busy schedules.

Troost said that their massage therapist is professional and will make you feel comfortable and will make you feel comfortable whether it’s your first or your fifth time.

Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (231) 937-7800 for more info.

Black Dog Outfitters

There’s a new sporting goods store in town, and they plan to carry everything you need to hunt, fish, camp and travel in the great outdoors.

Black Dog Outfitters, formerly Wilderness Dreams, is located at 53 E. Lake Street in Sand Lake. New owner Ryan Wheeler said they now offer an expanded line of archery and fishing gear, fly fishing, duck hunting, bow technicians, bait, gifts, and more.

One thing they specialize in is their guiding service. “We do fishing, fly fishing and duck/goose hunting guided trips,” said Wheeler. “No one provides a full range of outdoor supplies as well as the guide service.” He added that bait is available 24 hours a day.

Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (616) 636-4859 for more information.

Direct Impact Mix Martial Arts Kickboxing

If you are looking for a way to get physically fit, you might want to try Direct Impact, a new martial arts center located at 73 S. Main Street, next to Cedar Pub. Owner Carlito Rodriquez said his business provides one-on-one personal training for those interested in Mix Martial Arts, extreme fitness training and speed training. They specialize in stand-up techniques such as Muay Thai kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee techniques), speed training, pinpoint accuracy, dynamic strength training and toning, core training, balance and timing, and self-defense.

So what does he think gives his students an edge? “Learning the skills to turn your body into a weapon and having the confidence to be your own security,” said Rodriquez. He said his mission is to teach clients the balance and focus of body and mind training, and to turn beginners into a martial artist within a four-month intensive training program. “I tailor all programs to meet the needs of my students in a professional and safe environment,” he explained.

Rodriquez said he also hopes to inspire area youth to make a positive impact on the community.

Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 4-5:30 p.m. Private appointments available by request.  Call (616) 826-9269 or email directimpactmma@yahoo.com for tuition/lesson fees. Group rates available.

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Tips for being a successful entrepreneur In A Challenging Economy

(NAPSI)-Jobs are few and far between these days, so more people are hanging out their own shingle and starting a business.

But not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Hours can be long, starting up can be expensive and there’s no guarantee for success. But for many, the satisfaction of being their own boss is priceless.

“The rewards of successfully operating a business are phenomenal,” says Jim Hogge, a business adviser in one of the most entrepreneurial states in the country–Idaho, which ranks fifth in the nation for new startup businesses.

Hogge, director of Idaho’s Small Business Development Centers, says certain factors need to come together in order for entrepreneurs to be successful.

So what does it take to be an entrepreneur?

Here are some questions to ask yourself before starting a business:

1. Can you be a leader? Do you have the vision, passion, discipline, organizational skills and the motivation to work through the good and bad times?

2. The average entrepreneur works 67 hours per week. Are you willing to devote the time to make the venture successful?

3. The founder typically provides 25-35 percent of the funds needed to start a business. Do you have access to this much money?

4. Do you have experience in operating this type of business or a similar business? It is challenging to start a business without having to learn everything about the business as you go.

5. Entrepreneurship is a family endeavor. The business will initially take much of your time and can be a lonely journey. Will your family provide the support you will need?

6. Is your location helping you? Choosing a place with low taxes, access to university assistance, a dedicated workforce and low energy and business costs is more important than ever when every dollar counts.

“The entrepreneur can build something that is enduring and financially rewarding,” says Hogge. “Most importantly, there is a great deal of enjoyment, satisfaction and even fun in building your own business.”
To learn more, visit www.commerce.idaho.gov/building-your-business.

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Bruce & Myrna Chapman

September 3, 1960 – 2010

Friends and family are invited to join us as we celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Bruce and Myrna Chapman on Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the Village of Pierson Hall, 109 Grand St., Pierson, MI. Hosted by their children and grandchildren. Your presence is a gift, we expect no others.
Bruce and Myrna’s children are Beverly (Murdock) Boring of Sand Lake, Gordon (Donna) Chapman of Lyons, Dean Chapman (deceased), daughter-in-law Vicki (Tom) Wysocki of Sparta, Belinda (Michael) Sanderson of Cedar Springs, and they are blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

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Erwin J. Cooper

Mr. Erwin J. Cooper, age 82, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2010. He grew up in Oakfield Township and left school so he could help his family by working on the farm. Erwin was drafted in to the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He first met his sweetheart, Bernice at a barn dance that her father, Claude Towns was calling. They were married on November 11, 1949 at her parents’ home in Cedar Springs. For 36 ½ years Erwin worked as a machine operator for Lear Siegler where he also served as Union Stewart. While working, he also continued to farm. Since Erwin worked seven days a week, there were times that his wife Bernice would take the kids camping. He provided well for his family and was a perfectionist in whatever he did. After retiring, Erwin worked for Carl Hessler. When there was time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Erwin was a member of the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by brothers, LaVern and Ben and a great grandson, Colten James Cassidy. He is survived by his loving wife, the former Bernice Towns; children, Bruce and Barb Cooper, Gloria and Bill Grice, Carl and Tina Cooper, Brenda and Dan Burns, Nate and Dawn Cooper; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Paul Cooper, James (Marion) Cooper, Charles (Connie) Cooper, and Roger Cooper; nieces and nephews. The service for Mr. Cooper will be Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Overton officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Relatives and friends met with the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Arthur Roberts

Arthur Roberts age 68 of Howard City passed away Aug 14 at his residence. He was born Sept. 6, 1941 in Grand Rapids the son of Herman and Isabelle Williams ( Nestle ) Roberts.   Art worked at Sparta Foundry for approx 22 years.  He then worked in Retail for another 20 years working at the Quik Stop as well as the Viking Mart. He loved playing softball, bowling, and spending time with family and friends. In 1962 he married Shirley Phelps who survives; also surviving are his children Michael (Terri) Roberts of Howard City, Christine (Scott) Jewett of Fremont, Karen (Bill) Misner of Howard City, Cheryl Roberts Parker of Howard City; 10 Grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; His brothers and sisters Pat Rosely, Herman (Sunny) Roberts, LeRoy Roberts, Fred Roberts, Ruth Ann Loftis, Carl Nestle, Gary Nestle and Dan Nestle; His mother in Law Helen Phelps; brothers in law Dan (Henri) Phelps, Kenneth (Cindi) Phelps; Sisters in law Susan (Bill) Siegel, Sandra (Bill) Ives; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services took place on Wednesday at the Croton Community Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home of Howard City

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