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Archive | November, 2010

Tina Marie Norton

Tina Marie Norton, 51 of Cedar Springs, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away Saturday, November 20, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. Tina was born July 17, 1959 in Detroit, MI the daughter of Charles and Eileen (Hays) Dinneweth. She is survived by her husband Robert Norton; daughters, Janelle (Chris) Zachow, Andrea Tudor and Charlene Tudor; grandchildren, Logan, Hunter, Sadie, Eli and Carson. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 27 at 11:00 am at the Howard City VFW Hall with a luncheon to follow from 12 noon until 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to In-House Hospice, 4403 Cascade Rd., Ste. 5, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com.

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Gordon Henry Sheller

Gordon Henry Sheller, 74 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, November 17, 2010 at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods. Mr. Sheller was born April 16, 1936 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Bainard and Carol (VanDuine) Sheller. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1955 and had attended Alma College. He proudly served three years in the U.S. Marines. He had worked for Wolverine Cutter for over 30 years and retired from Diesel Technology in 2001. He loved his family and grandchildren and never missed a family event. He was a gold card member of the Casino Club and enjoyed bowling. Surviving are his wife, Sharon (Baxter) whom he married on July 25, 1959; two children, Deborah & Dutch Dougherty of Walker, Michael Gordon & Amanda Sheller of Allendale; grandchildren, Monica (Gregory) Vedders, Heather (Christopher) Woy, Joshua Michael Sheller, Jordan Michael Sheller; great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Zachary, and Mackenzie Vedders; brothers, Dale (Ann) Sheller, Bryon (Nancy) Smith; sister, Brenda Shaver; sisters-in-law, Shelia (Randy) Ingraham, and Billie Jo Garlick; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, William & Betty Baxter and many other loving family members. The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com where services were  held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Interment Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids with military honors conducted by the U.S. Marines. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Oral health and diabetes—the important link

woman brushing teeth(ARA) – Did you know that people living with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, making proper oral health and hygiene a key factor to living well with diabetes. That is why dentists from around the nation want to educate the nearly 24 million Americans living with diabetes that serious gum disease may be an additional complication of diabetes.
People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing serious gum disease because they are generally more susceptible to bacterial infection and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.
“Overall, there is low awareness among the diabetes community about the association between oral health and the short and long-term implications it may have on a successful, comprehensive diabetes management plan,” says Dr. Maria Emanuel Ryan, a professor of oral biology and pathology at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y. “One of the many complications of diabetes is a greater risk for periodontal disease.”
Dr. Ryan recommends the following preventative oral health tips, in addition to regularly visiting the dentist:
* Floss at least once a day: Flossing helps remove plaque between your teeth and under your gum line.
* Brush as least twice a day and use an antibacterial toothpaste such as Colgate Total(R): Unlike regular toothpaste, Colgate Total toothpaste reduces germs that cause gingivitis, an early form of gum disease, by 90 percent versus regular fluoride toothpaste 12 hours after brushing. In addition, it is the only toothpaste approved (Colgate Total toothpaste is approved through the new drug application process for the prevention of gingivitis. It is not approved for the prevention or treatment of serious gum disease or other diseases.) by the FDA to help prevent gingivitis and the No. 1 toothpaste recommended most by dentists for gum care.
* Look for early signs of gum disease: Report any signs of gum disease – including redness, swelling and bleeding gums – to your dentist.
* Control your sugar levels: If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you are more likely to develop serious gum disease than people with properly controlled blood glucose levels.
* Remind your dentist you have diabetes: Visit your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and ask your dentist about diabetes and oral health.
People living with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing serious gum disease, but with good oral health care, they should be able to help prevent gum disease from happening. For more information about diabetes and oral health, visit www.OralHealthAndDiabetes.com.

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DNRE seeks information on elk poaching incident in Montmorency County

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is seeking information about a bull elk that was illegally killed Tuesday, Nov 16, at about 1 p.m. in Montmorency County.
The spike bull was shot near County Road 622 and East Branch Road. Witnesses reported a newer, gray Toyota Land Cruiser with a Michigan license plate leaving the area. Two white males, in their early to mid 20s with dark hair, were reportedly in the vehicle. DNRE Law Enforcement would like to talk with the occupants of the vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the DNRE Law Division at the Gaylord Operations Center at 989-732-3541 or the 24-hour Report All Poaching Line at 800-292-7800.

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DNRE announces furbearer registration hours

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced the furbearer registration hours at DNRE Field Offices and Operations Service Centers statewide for the 2010-2011 season.
Anyone taking a bobcat, river otter, fisher or marten must bring the animal to a designated furbearer check station for examination. DNRE staff members collect biological data from the harvested animals, including sex, age and physical condition of the specimen. An official seal is then attached to each pelt to show it has been inspected.
“Registration for these furbearers is mandatory, as the information gathered helps us determine proposed bag limits and season structure for the future,” said DNRE furbearer specialist Adam Bump. “Cooperation from trappers and hunters in this effort is appreciated.”
DNRE offices with specially designated furbearer registration hours are as follows:
Wakefield: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Time) on Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7 and March 10.
Stephenson: 4 to 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Dec. 16, Feb. 10, March 10 and May 4.
The following DNRE offices are open for furbearer registration during regular business hours:
Gaylord, Bay City, Cadillac, Marquette, Baraga and Newberry Operations Service Centers (OSC).
Plainwell OSC until Dec. 17, and Southfield OSC until Jan. 7.
Gwinn, Escanaba, Crystal Falls and Norway Field Offices.
Fort Wilkins, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness and McLain State Parks.
DNRE offices open for furbearer registration by appointment only are:
St. Charles, Cass City, Gladwin, Traverse City, Baldwin, Cusino, Naubinway Rose Lake, and Sault Ste. Marie Field Offices.
Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area.
Roscommon OSC.
Plainwell OSC after Dec. 17, and Southfield OSC after Jan. 7.
Twin Lakes State Park.
Non-DNRE locations open for furbearer registration include:
U.S. Forest Service Office in Manistique, by appointment only.
Settler’s Co-op in Bruce Crossing, seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Trappers and furbearer hunters are reminded that they must register their own take and cannot register for others. Complete details and instructions for furbearer registration can be found in the 2010 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available online at www.michigan.gov/hunting or at authorized license agents and DNRE Operations Service Centers.
For more information about furbearer registration, contact Bump at 517-373-1263, or call one of the DNRE offices listed above.

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Log cabin destroyed by fire

remains of fire

This log cabin on Lime Lake burned Monday evening.

By Judy Reed

Jack Emmorey always wanted a log cabin in the woods, and 14 years ago he built one—with his own hands—on the edge of Lime Lake. “We pulled all the logs out of the woods, using seven mule teams,” explained Emmorey. “And I hand treated the logs, too.”
His dream was shattered, however, Monday evening, November 15, when his 1,100 square-foot log cabin, at 1446 16 Mile, burned to the ground.
According to the Solon Township Fire Department, the call came in at about 8:20 p.m. and the fire was fully involved when they arrived on scene. Solon, Algoma, and Kent City Fire all fought the blaze. They also called in Rockford Fire for their aerial device. The fire was declared out at 12:30 a.m., but Solon Fire returned again the next morning to spray foam on the hot logs.
According to Solon Fire Chief Joyce Vandermey, the fire started in the back of the house near a woodburner, but they don’t know if that is what caused the fire. “It burned so hot and so quick that it will remain undetermined,” she explained.
Emmorey was not home when the fire started, and a neighbor across the lake saw the flames and called 911. “The first I knew about it was when I drove up and saw the flames and fire trucks everywhere,” said Emmorey.
fireman at sceneHe lived in the house alone, except for a couple of cats, who were not injured in the fire. “No one got hurt. We were blessed there,” said Emmorey.
Many members of Emmorey’s family were on the scene as the fire burned. “I came running down the driveway to see if there was anything we could get in and save, when I saw the huge flames,” said Emmorey’s nephew, Brett Rowland.
Emmorey’s home was a favorite family gathering place for a sledding party each winter, and other activities.  He said he does plan to rebuild, but for now he is staying with his son, Cory. Emmorey lost everything he had, and the Red Cross did help find him some clothing.

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Police seek person of interest in Pierson murders

Police are seeking this man as a person of interest in the murders of Michael and Kathleen Greene, of Pierson.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office has released a composite drawing of a man who may have been in the area the day Michael and Kathleen Greene were murdered in their home at Whitefish Lake in Pierson. The couple was found in their burned out home on October 29, but did not die from the fire. Police are not yet releasing how they died. The man was seen in the area in the early evening driving a light-colored passenger vehicle.

Anyone with information should call Detective Sergeant Tom George with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7516 or 989-831-7590.

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Crash results in serious injuries

This vehicle rolled after t-boning a pickup that ran a stop sign at Myers Lake Ave. and Sand Lake Rd. Tuesday evening.

A deer running across the road may have been the cause of a two-car accident Tuesday evening, at Myers Lake Avenue and Sand Lake Rd, in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a red Chevrolet pickup truck traveling northbound on Myers Lake Avenue ran the stop sign at Sand Lake Rd about 6:20 p.m. and was t-boned on the driver’s side by a Suburban heading eastbound on Sand Lake. Police said that Bradley Ball, 19, of Vergennes Township, was distracted by a deer running across the road, and did not see the stop sign. Both vehicles skidded off the roadway, into a yard on the NE corner of the intersection, with the Suburban landing on its side.

Ball was unresponsive and was flown by Aero Med to Butterworth hospital with multiple injuries. His passenger, Kayla Stanford, 19, of Lowell, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Butterworth by ambulance.

The driver of the Suburban, Marilyn Anderson, 73, of Sand Lake, had minor injuries, but refused any medical treatment or transport to the hospital.

Both the Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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American Legion performs Veteran’s Day services

Veterans Memorial ParkCedar Springs American Legion Post #287 presided over two Veteran’s Day services last Thursday, November 11.
The first service was held at Veteran’s Memorial Park in honor of all veterans, with Commander Bill Gregones officiating. They dedicated a new flag pole, American Flag, and POW flag that they purchased for the park.
MetronThe second service was at Metron nursing home. They were accompanied by the Cedar Springs High School Marching Band, who played several songs. Many of the residents came out on the warm sunny day to listen to the service and pay their respects. Commander Gregones read Red Skelton’s essay on “I pledge allegiance” as part of the service. Many of the residents could be heard saying how wonderful the service was, and really seemed to enjoy it. Metron served refreshments afterward to both residents and guests.

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Trial set for teen charged in Audra Brownell’s death


Audra Brownell was killed by a rock that was allegedly kicked off a cliff above her in Estes Park, Colorado.

A 16-year-old Texas teen pleaded not guilty last Friday, November 12, to manslaughter charges in the death of Cedar Springs high school student Audra Brownell.
Freddie Henderson Bailey III of Katy, Texas, allegedly kicked the rock that killed Brownell off the cliff above an open space in Estes Park, Colorado. Brownell was resting under the cliff last summer with members of her church youth group when she was hit by the rock.
Henderson’s jury trial will start February 1. If convicted, he could face two years in a juvenile facility.

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