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Archive | April, 2011

Happy 65th Anniversary

Royal and Ruth Cooper

April 6, 1946
Sixty-five years of wedded life were observed April 6 by Royal “Pete” and Ruth (Joslin) Cooper. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Children of the Rockford couple are Kenneth and Debbie Cooper, Steve and Helen Smith, Donald Cooper, David and Joann Fowler, Nancy Sampsel and Dale Cooper. They have 13 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

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Happy 80th Birthday

Frances Hoxie!

Please join us in celebrating Frances’ 80th birthday on Saturday May 7th at 9378 – 120th (south corner of Newcosta and 120th) in Sand Lake from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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Susan Merlington Hernandez

Happy Birthday Susan.

Love: Mom, Barry, Noah, Nicolas, Kim, Kelly, and Lorie

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photo by Smack Photography

Brynadette Powell

Earning an Associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems Network Administration, with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, from Grand Rapids Community College.
Good Luck at Ferris State University!

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Benjamin Wall

In Loving Memory of Benjamin Wall Our dear husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa who joined his Lord ten years ago April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living your lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hears a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by his wife Rosalynn, sons Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie), grandchildren Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall), Nate (Kalli); great grandchildren Megan, Cody, Ally, Abbie, Maddie, Izzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, and Lilly Sue.

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Main Street

Roger on Main StreetDear Mr. President,
Glad you are looking into the price of gas. But it won’t help. Oil is produced and sold worldwide and we in America have no real control over the price. If you uncover some fraud contributing to high prices at the pump, good detective work. But I doubt it will make a big difference. American business $henanigans seem to go unpunished much of the time.
What we really need, instead of the yellow/orange/red National Security Warning, is a Gas Price Warning. Put some of our expensive Intelligence people on the job to give us a day’s warning when the price of gas is about to go up 20 or 30 cents a gallon. That would really be news we can use.
Libyan standoff
As citizens of a country born in revolution, we Americans tend to sympathize with the protesters demanding change in the Middle East. In Libya, protesters are having a tough time because the guy with the guns has the power. Maybe we should offer our military might to the protesters in exchange for free oil for 10 years.
Regular words
The term “O.K.” originated as an abbreviation of “oll korrekt,” a humor-intended misspelling of  “all correct.”  This kind of folksy fun became big in the US in the 1830s. The oldest written references result from its use as a slogan by the Democratic Party during the 1840 American presidential election. The party’s candidate, Martin Van Buren, was nicknamed “Old Kinderhook,” and his supporters formed the “OK Club.” This undoubtedly helped to popularize the term.
And how about “Good-bye”? The word started out as slang for “God be with you.”
This bit is brought to you as an educational offering. I looked them up. Now you, too, know about two well-used words we’ve heard and said every day with no idea of where they come from.
Sam: Dad, would you do my math homework for me?
Dad: No, son, it wouldn’t be right.
Sam: Well, at least you could try.
Sure cure
A guy goes to his psychiatrist, who says to him, “I’ve come to the conclusion you’re a kleptomaniac.” The patient is a little taken aback by the diagnosis but responds rather promptly, “Is there anything I can take for it?”
Good trip
While enjoying an early morning breakfast in a northern Arizona cafe, four elderly ranchers were discussing everything from cattle, horses, and weather, to how things used to be in the “good old days.”  – Eventually the topics moved on to their spouses. One gentleman turned to the fellow on his right and asked, “Roy, aren’t you and your bride celebrating your fiftieth wedding anniversary soon?”
“Yup, we sure are,” Roy replied.
“Well, are you gonna do anything special to celebrate?” another rancher asked. Roy pondered this for a moment, then replied, “For our twenty-fifth anniversary, I took Bea to Tucson. Maybe for our fiftieth, I’ll go down there and get her.”

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Celebrate grand re-opening of Nature Center

Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt fundraiser on May 14

Supporters of the Howard Christensen Nature Center did not hibernate during the dark months of winter. They were busy making plans to re-open the nature center, at 16190 Red Pine Drive, which closed at the end of January due to budget issues. The popular nature center is experiencing a re-birth under the operation of a new non-profit organization called Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. The public is invited to participate in a “Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt” fundraiser on May 14, 2011 to celebrate the center’s Grand Re-opening. The Howard Christensen Nature Center occupies 135 acres owned by the Kent Intermediate School District and located west of Cedar Springs in the middle of the Rogue River State Game Area.
Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. is the creative idea of Cindy Perski, who is the President of the independent, 501c3 non-profit organization formed for the purpose of managing Howard Christensen Nature Center. Perski came up with the Lily’s Frog Pad name to initiate a fun, new image for the nature center that is well-known for providing environmental education field trips to West Michigan students since 1976. The Field Station, one of two “interpretive” buildings on the property, is expected to be re-opened as “Camp Lily” to provide a site for group overnight retreats. Other programs to serve the community’s needs are planned such as summer nature day camp, crafts classes, and fitness programs.
To “jump start” the nature center’s re-opening, Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. received a $3,100 grant from the Jimmy F. New Foundation. This Indiana foundation honors the founder of JF New, an environmental restoration and consulting firm with eight offices throughout the Midwest including three in West Olive, Ann Arbor and Holt, Michigan.  The grant was awarded in January, but wasn’t disbursed until recently when the new non-profit board was established, and matching start-up funds were acquired from Cindy Perski. Former director and Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. Vice President, Kathy Reed, says this grant allowed the nature center to offer field trips again this spring, but additional grants, donations and fundraising events are critical to the continued operation of the nature center.
The first fund-raising event is the “Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt” on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Participants must register in advance and make a $25.00 donation which allows them to hunt for 51 treasure “blocks” that have a value of $2.00 to $25.00 and a total value of $1,000.00! Rules and registration forms are available at the nature center and local libraries, or request one by e-mail. Lunch will be available for both visitors and participants to purchase from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Red Pine Interpretive Building at Howard Christensen Nature Center is now open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional exceptions due to field trips or other scheduled events. For more information call the Howard Christensen Nature Center at (616) 675-3158.

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Subscription winners!

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If you were a winner in our contest and have not picked up your prize, it will go into the “second chance” drawing after next week, so give us a call or come in and pick up your prize.
This week’s winners are:
*Jill and Jerry Johnson, of Solon Township, won a large one-topping pizza from Hungry Howie’s on the corner of Main and Muskegon Streets in Cedar Springs.
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A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”
The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and from them came the whole human race.”
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered,  “Many years ago there were monkeys, from which the human race evolved.”
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, why is it that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”
The mother smiled and answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

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Mother son movie night and Wee Hawks basketball

Two programs put on by Cedar Springs Parks and Rec are underway in the next week.
The Wee Hawks Basketball Program begins this Saturday, April 30, from 9-10:30 am at the Cedar View Elementary Gym and runs four weeks. Cedar Springs High School basketball coaches work with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to help them get a good fundamental start at the game. They will work on some basic ball handling skills and drills, dribbling and work on making a few shots. The program is held at Cedar View Elementary gymnasium and there are special baskets put up so that the youth do not have to shoot as high to get their two points. The participants will receive a basketball at the end of the camp that will allow them to keep practicing on their newfound talent over the summer. Registration forms can be found online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at the CS Public Schools District Office.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, there will be a mother-son movie night at the Cedar Springs Middle School on May 6, from 6-9 p.m. The event features the movie “Megamind,” while enjoying pizza and popcorn. It also includes fun activities that give the boys a chance to make a meaningful gift and card for the holiday, and a chance to go into the gym and play together or sit in the cafeteria and have a few moments away from television and distractions of home to play a game together. The night is filled with opportunities for the boys to play with their friends and spend time with their mothers. Tickets are on sale now during normal daytime office hours at Hilltop and Monday-Wednesday evenings at the Middle School from 6-9pm. Tickets in advance are $12 for two people, or $15 for three or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional fee, $15 for two people, or $20 for three or more.

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