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Archive | October, 2010

Witching for water

water witchingBy Eloise Covey

I first learned that water witching (or dowsing) would work for me when we built our second house on Algoma Avenue. We had driven a well, but did not have a good flow of water.
One day, my husband Kelly’s brother, Frank Covey, came to visit. He asked if we had had the well wicked. We said we had not even considered it. He cut a Y-shaped willow branch, took the upper part in each hand and the bottom part sticking up. Where we had driven our well he got only a little pull, but in other areas it would bend way down toward the ground.
Everyone there tried it, and to my complete surprise the bark would twist in my hands as it pulled toward the ground. We drove a well where there was a strong pull and had a very good well.
The word spread about what had happened and I began to get calls to help people find water. I consider it a gift from God. I have helped many get good wells throughout the years.
One time a well-driving rig was at a house and had gone real deep but did not get water. They called me three times before I felt like I should go. Finally I went and where they had drilled I did no get any pull, but in two other areas I got a strong pull. They moved the rig and soon had a very good flowing well.
One time I got a call from a man who lived in Grand Rapids. He had bought property in Algoma and asked me to meet him there so he would know where there was a good area for a well before he built his house.
The times I have done this are quite numerous.
The last time I did it was about four years ago since I moved to Richter Place in Rockford. Some people who lived in Belding had built a house up on a hill and wanted me to come and find the best area for a well. There were three areas in their yard that had a strong pull. All I asked is each time they let me know if they got a good well. At this place, they called me later and said they almost had an artesian well. Many neighbors were there that day to see what happened.
I thank God that he has given me this ability. He has supplied all our needs, including wonderful streams of water for our use.
I know there are quite a few people who do this also and some can even tell how deep the well will be. But I do not have the ability to have this work for me.
Eloise Covey was a long-time resident of Algoma Township and has contributed several articles to the Post and the Algoma Historical Society newsletter.

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City police have quick turnaround on crash reports

Each year the Michigan State Police produces a pamphlet showing how long it takes area police departments to submit their UD-10 crash reports.  According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the Michigan state average in 2009 was 22 days.

“Officers’ work schedules and returning reports for mistakes or corrections will affect the time line when submitting completed crash reports to the state,” explained Parent. “I am very proud to inform you that our average was 9.5 days,” he told the Cedar Springs City Council last month. “I give credit to our officers for this accomplishment.”

Many area agencies averaged less time than the state average, but more than Cedar Springs: Sparta 27.6 days, Kent County Sheriff Dept. 17.6, Rockford Police 16.4, and Michigan State Police Rockford 11.2.

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Police seek help locating televisions

flatscreen tvThe Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in obtaining information regarding the thefts of four large plasma televisions.

According to police, suspect(s) broke into a delivery vehicle parked near the Millard’s Furniture warehouse at 232 W. Main Street in Stanton sometime between October 8 and October 9 and stole the televisions. Two LG 50-inch plasma televisions and two LG 42-inch televisions were taken during the incident.

Sheriff’s officials are asking that anyone with info regarding the thefts contact the Montcalm County Detective Bureau at (989) 831-7516.

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From the Pulpit

In the early days of the Tennessee Valley Project (TVA), a dilapidated log homestead had to be abandoned to make room for a lake behind the dam. A new home on the hillside had already been built for the cabin’s family, but they refused to move. The day of the flooding arrived and as the bulldozers were brought in, the family brought out their shotguns. A social worker was called in as a last-ditch effort to talk with the family. After hearing them repeat their refusal to move, the social worker pleaded with them, “Help me to explain to the authorities why you won’t move in to your beautiful new home.”

“See that fire over there?” the man asked, pointing to a blazing fire in the primitive hearth of the log cottage. “My grandpa built that fire over a hundred years ago,” the man explained. “He never let it go out, for he had no matches and it was a long way to a neighbor’s. Then my pa tended the fire, and since he died, I’ve tended it. None of us ever let it die, and I ain’t a-goin’ to move away now and let grandpa’s fire go out!” This gave the social worker an idea and she arranged for a large apple butter kettle to be delivered. She explained that the family could scoop up the live coals and carry them to the new home, pour them out, and add fresh kindling. With that possibility the family agreed to move. But they wouldn’t budge until they could take with them the fire of their ancestors (Leonard Sweet, A Cup of Coffee at the SoulCafe).

We get attached to places. And when we further attach relationships and activities with those places, they become even more important and we feel even more threatened by potential moves. When change is proposed or chosen by someone else, we can’t imagine leaving our current location. How will we function in a new place? What a graceful, creative invitation to think that we can take what is most important with us! The ability to move our fire and add fresh kindling in a new location means we can respond to new opportunities with less fear. We don’t leave the fire behind or let it go out. By faith we not only take it with us, but we find it’s inside us. The apostle Paul might not qualify as the most sensitive social worker, but he does offer the graceful, creative affirmation that “God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). May you feel free to move with your fire to the next place, and there find hope and glory.

Pastor Jeff Williams
Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist
10295 Myers Lake, Rockford

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Thank You

A great big thank you to all who donated food, household items, and money

to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry during the Countywide Food

Drive on October 9, 2010. Over 1,200 pounds of food and $171 in cash were

given to benefit the clients who come for emergency food needs to the

Pantry. All that was given serves people and families right here in our

community.

Your continued support is very much appreciated. Thank you to all who

have given. This service to our neighbors in need continues because you

care!

Your friends at the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry

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Thank You

Family and friends; thank you for making our 50th Anniversary Celebration an event we will cherish forever.  Your presence at our party and the beautiful greetings received mean so much to us.  A gigantic thank you is due our son Larry’s family for planning, hosting and all the other things done which made this so special.  October 1, 2010, will be a treasured memory thanks to all of you.

Fondly, Guy and Karen Hayden

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Memorial

Beth Miller

October 20, 1958 – February 19, 2010
In loving memory of the woman who gave us everything.


We miss you more than words can say.
We miss your laugh, your smile and your amazing sense of humor.
We miss having someone to talk to who seemed to understand everything and always had the answer.
We miss hearing the love in your voice, seeing the patience in your eyes, and feeling the comfort of your shoulder.
We miss the way you seemed to burst with love every time you saw us.
We love and miss you every second of every day.
All our love,
Your spoiled children, boyfriend,
friends and family

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Free screening for a silent killer

A free screening will be offered on Saturday, October 30, for a deadly vascular condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). More than one million Americans are living with an undiagnosed AAA, and if it bursts, only 10-25 percent of people will survive. It presents no symptoms, and is the leading cause of sudden death in men over age 60. However, it is easily detected in a simple test. When detected early, 95 percent of AAAs can be managed and successfully treated.

Risk factors for AAA include being over 60 years of age, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of the disease.

A free screening will take place on Saturday, October 30, at the Kmart Pharmacy, 4111 North Kent Mall, NE, Grand Rapids, between 7 a.m.-4 p.m. At risk individuals should call (866) 371-3592 to register for a free screening. For more information, visit www.Findthe AAAnswers.org.

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Popular kids yo-yo ministry at Rockford Reformed Church

A very popular children’s yo-yo ministry will perform at Rockford Reformed Church, on Wednesday, October 27, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. Beth Jennings, Director of Children’s Ministries a the church, hopes that many families will come out to see this special performance.

“The Yomen do a fabulous job of reaching out spiritually to our youth and keeping adults captivated with a toy we all love,” said Jennings, “and we hope lots of families and kids come out for a fun evening.”

The King’s Yomen present a unique program combining drama and yo-yo skills that has proved captivating and compelling to all ages. Children are fascinated by their yo-yo skills, youth will identify with their testimonies, and their humor and entertaining performance can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. The yo-yo is unique because every generation can identify with it. The Yomen push this skill to the next level, creating an exciting program that can be enjoyed by all.

Kids and their families are invited to attend a simple supper before the performance at 6:00 p.m. and a special dessert and yo-yo demo after 8:00 p.m. For more info, contact Beth Jennings at the church at 866-2308, ext. 16.

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Roger on Main St.

Advertising pays!

TV’s current flood of campaign ads proves we’ll get the best politicians money can buy. This year’s Supreme Court ruling changed the game: corporations are now free to support candidates with unlimited infusions of money. It doesn’t take Einstein’s brain to figure out that big business’s preferred candidates are likely to be those who promise the most to big business. Unions can do it, too, but unions are financial pikers compared with giant corporations.

Am I the only one who believes that this direct connection between spending money and winning elections is NOT what our founding fathers had in mind?

Good save

A little guy gets on a plane and sits next to the window. A few minutes later, a hulking, heavy, strong, mean-looking guy plops down in the seat next to him. The huge man glares threateningly at his neighbor, crowds the little guy so much that he’s flattened against the window, and immediately falls asleep.

After the plane takes off, the little guy starts to feel a little air sick, but he’s afraid to awaken the big guy to ask if he can go to the bathroom. After a few attempts, he realizes that he can’t climb over him, either. So the little guy is sitting there, looking at the big guy, trying to decide what to do.

Suddenly the plane hits an air pocket. An uncontrollable wave of nausea passes over the little fellow. He just can’t hold it in any longer and upchucks all over the big guy’s chest.

About five minutes later the big guy wakes up, looks down, and sees the vomit all over him.

“So,” the little guy says brightly, “are you feeling better now?”

Probable cause

The light turned yellow just in front of the man. He did the right thing: stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious. She honked her horn and screamed obscene comments at the man in frustration over missing her chance to get through the intersection.

Still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so I assumed you had stolen the car.”

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