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Archive | June, 2011

Gas prices falling

By Judy Reed

Drivers are finding a bit of relief from rising gas prices, although it may not be long-lived. According to grandrapidsgasprices.com, the average retail price in the Grand Rapids area fell 13.2 cents per gallon as of Monday, averaging $3.49 per gallon.
By press time Wednesday, prices in Cedar Springs had fallen to $3.43 per gallon.
But even with the bit of relief, prices were still 60-plus cents higher than this time last year, and 46 cents lower than a month ago.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum expert at gasbuddy.com, said that the prices could continue to drop for a week or two before settling. “A number of factors is working to push prices down,” he explained, “rising inventories, Saudi Arabia saying they’ll pump more oil, a stronger dollar, economic concerns, and most recently, release of emergency stockpiles.”
Visit grandrapidsgasprices.com to see the price of gas around the area.

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Bicyclist causes accident

Post photo by J. Reed

A bicyclist crossing West Muskegon Street caused an accident Sunday when it failed to yield to oncoming cars. According Cedar Springs Police, they were called to the scene where the White Pine Trail crosses West Muskegon at about 10:55 a.m. Sunday, June 26. A vehicle was reportedly headed west on Muskegon when a bicyclist rode across the road in front of them. They slammed on their brakes, causing a second car to hit the first one. The bicyclist fled the scene. Assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. There were no injuries. There are stop signs on the White Pine Trail at all intersections, and police would like to remind bicyclists that they are required to obey all traffic laws.

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American Dads

Pastor Craig T. Owens
Calvary Assembly of God
810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs
www.cscalvary.org

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.” – John Adams.
We just celebrated Father’s Day, and the celebration of Independence Day is just around the corner. I think these two days are joined together by a common thread. Without minimizing the importance of mothers in the slightest, I see a unique bond between our family fathers and our founding fathers.
Our founding fathers wanted something better for the 13 colonies. They envisioned a nation where people were free to govern themselves, provide for themselves, and better themselves. A nation free from oppressors that would enslave them or hold them back from reaching their full potential.
Likewise, family fathers envision something better for their families. They want to see their children excel, to be able to go farther and reach higher. But just as with our founding fathers, our family fathers have to overcome the societal and cultural forces that would seek to derail those dreams. As Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense, “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
So, Dads, where do we start? I don’t think it has to be on the battlefield, but it can start right in our homes. As Ronald Regan wisely noted, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Moses sounded a similar note when he advised Dads to always remind their children about what made them a great and a free people: “Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Just as our founding fathers talked about the benefits of freedom, and how we could obtain it, our family fathers should do the same. Spend lots and lots of time with your kids, talking to them about their potential, encouraging their growth, challenging them to aim higher, empowering them to live a greater life. The freedom of future generations of free and successful Americans depends on you, Dad, by the investments you make in your children.
I thank God for our founding fathers, and I ask for His blessing on our family fathers.

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Thank You

Thank you Solon Center Wesleyan Church, Pastor Tom Holloway, the committee members and all those who helped make our celebration of ministry such a great success and such a God-honoring day.  We would also like to thank the community for their love and support throughout these past 12 years.

Pastor Doug, Rhonda,
Stephen & Joshua DiBell

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Joyce “Jo” Dawn Lesperance

In memory of
Joyce “Jo” Dawn Lesperance
1946 to 2004

“Seven Years”
Greatly missed by Husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, brothers & sisters, and friends.

Love,
Jack & Riley and friends

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Lila M. Woodhull

In loving memory of
Lila M. Woodhull
Who passed away 10 years ago July 2, 2001

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy
Undying love.

Larry Woodhull
Gary and Barb Woodhull
Patrick, Kristin, Aubrey and Madeline Woodhull
Ann, Darryl, Bryant and Brenden Stock

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Hard words, but words that lead to life

Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer
“If your hand causes you to sin,” Jesus said, “cut it off and throw it away.” That’s a pretty tough surgical intervention. No, I don’t think Jesus was endorsing personal dismemberment. Rather, he was emphasizing, in rather dramatic fashion, the need for life-saving, future-salvaging initiative. Better to lose an arm than lose your whole life. Better to throw away something you consider incredibly valuable, than to throw away your future.

An example, also in rather dramatic fashion: My brother was born with a cardiac condition that resulted in a catalogue of life-threatening illnesses. Finally, with little chance of recovery and his major organ systems in peril, cardiologists completed an open-heart surgery. But shortly after his surgery he acquired a staph infection in his right arm. The infection was unrelenting. So my parents had to make an impossible decision: Amputate the arm to save his life.
Was it a horrible thing for them to have to do? Yes. Was it unfair and unjust to have been put in that position? Yes. But it was the only real choice they had. It was better to lose the limb than to lose the life. My brother is alive and well today, now in his thirties with a family of his own, because of that brave decision. Likely, you will never face such a decision, but if you do, I pray you will do what has to be done. No, it probably won’t be a limb, but it might be an addiction, a dependence, a relationship, or a business arrangement; a place you go or an activity in which you engage. I’m not moralizing. There are just some people, places, and things that are no good for us. You will have to make the hard, brave decision to “cut off your arm,” if it means saving your future.
Aron Ralston, subject of the recent movie “127 hours,” knows a few things about finding such bravery. Speaking in the aftermath of his ordeal he said, “I left my hand behind in that canyon, but I gained my life.” Yes, these are strong words; difficult words to hear and practice. But just like the words of Jesus, these are words that lead to life, and your life is worth it.
Ronnie McBrayer is the author of “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus.” He writes and speaks about life, faith, and Christ-centered spirituality. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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Jolyn Norton

Jolyn Norton, age 30, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2011 at Mecosta County Medical Center. She was born September 14, 1980 in Grand Rapids, the daughter of L.D. and Nancy (Walcot) Norton. Jolyn graduated from Tri County High School. She loved to play Bingo, go to the casino, bowl and loved her family and always had a smile on her face. Surviving are her Mother Nancy Norton of Mecosta; one brother Donny (Stephanie) Norton of Pierson; sisters Penny (Gordon) Bassett of Coral, Melissa Boden of Howard City, Lisa Platz and Duane Hagen of Stanton, Deanna (Lonni) Willett of Howard City, Bobbie Jo Blair of Grand Rapids; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her Father L.D., her grandparents, and a nephew William Paul Boden. Memorial services will take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Howard City VFW Post. In lieu of flowers think of the family. Friends may call at the VFW Post from noon until time of services. Arrangements entrusted to the Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City.

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Tom Green

Mr. Tom Green, age 87, of Cedar Springs, our loved one, peacefully left us on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, after a courageous ten year struggle with COPD. He grew up in Harrisville, MI on Lake Huron. Tom’s parents were the owners of a meat market and grocery store. Tom often told stories about “snitching” candy but admitted that his dad probably knew and looked the other way. He was a 1941 graduate of Harrisville High School where he participated in sports. Tom served in the US Army during WWII. After the service, he moved back to Harrisville and then to Cedar Springs where he worked with his brother in the propane business. Tom sold the business and then worked for many years as a painter at Blockcraft. After Blockcraft closed, Tom and George Hunting operated Rockford Body Shop until 1987. The body shop located on Bridge Street became one of the first stores of the Squire Street shopping area in Rockford. On Farmer’s Day, which is now known as Red Flannel Day, Tom and Carolyn worked the Bingo Stand and Carolyn won the prize. Six months later, on March 2, 1947 and also the date of Carolyn’s parents 25th Wedding Anniversary, Tom and Carolyn were married (during a blizzard) at Cedar Springs Baptist Church by Pastor Hollis Tiffany. For entertainment, they went to Carolyn’s family farm for Sunday dinner. They also enjoyed camping out of their station wagon. Tom always had a second job for extra money. He was a volunteer fire fighter, a reserve police officer, served on the Cedar Springs City Council, and was a paid-on-call member of Rockford Ambulance Service. Over and above all of these duties, Tom was there for his family who considered him the #1 Best Dad. He took his daughters hunting and was “beaming with pride” when with his grandchildren. Tom enjoyed being with his family, especially the times with his extended family at the lake. He lived a quiet life with those he loved. He was a member of the Glenn Hill Post #287 American Legion. Tom is survived by his loving wife, the former Carolyn Gillette whom he married nearly 65 years ago; children, Patricia and Phil Cranney of Morley, Holly and Jack Frey of Sand Lake, and Sherry Williams of Rockford; five grandchildren, Chad Cranney, Dirk Cranney and Nicole Sabin, Nicole and Mark Robinson, Tom and Krista Frey, and Wade Green and his fiancee, Elizabeth Saynor; eight great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Brooke, Sophia, Gage, Erika, Lane, Luke, and Ethan; his great-great-grandson, Ronan; brother, Donald Green; nieces and nephews; and his cherished companion, Hogan. The service for Mr. Green was be Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Fr. John Kirkman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave., Ste. 302, Miami, FL 33133 or AMDF, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, PO Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Janet L. Taylor

Janet L. Taylor, 69 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Janet was born January 25, 1942 in Charleston, WV the daughter of Roy and Velma (Casto) Hays. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William “Bill” Taylor in 2009. Surviving are her children, Wayne (Ellie) Taylor, Scott (Jane) Taylor, Laura Ash; former son-in-law, John Ash; grandchildren, Alana, Chris (Erin), Braedan, Kelsey, Rylan, Jordan, Bryan, Samantha; great grandsons, Noah and Kian; sisters, Sara Brown, Betty (Tom) Czehowski.  The family will greet friends at a celebration of life on Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home Cedar Springs, www.blisswitterspike.com

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