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Archive | June, 2011

Hometown Happenings

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Fall Soccer Registration
June 21 - 23: Late registration opportunity for fall 2011 will be held at McDonald’s Restaurant at 4141 17 Mile from 6:00-8:00pm. each evening. The fee is $50 per child for fall or $85 per child for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player. First time players must present a Birth Certificate for age verification. Please consider pre-registering online then take advantage of our Express Lane. Don’t miss this Final Registration opportunity for Fall Season.  #23,24,25b

SCORE Business Counseling
June 23: SCORE to present “Overview to Planning and Starting your Business” workshop in Greenville. This comprehensive workshop covers all aspects of starting a business. The workshop is being presented by the Grand Rapids chapter of SCORE in co-operation with the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce and Montcalm Community College’s M-TEC.   The workshop will be presented from 9:00AM to Noon on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the M-TEC Center, 1325 Yellow Jacket Drive, Greenville, MI.  The cost is $45.00.  Persons wishing to attend are requested to register through the SCORE Grand Rapids web site at www.123signup.com/calendar?Org=scoregr.  #24,25p

Amash to host town hall
June 29: U.S, Representative Justin Amash (MI-03) invites residents to a town hall meting on Wednesday, June 29, 5:30-6:30pm at Rockford City Hall, 7 S. Monroe St., Rockford. Amash will give an introduction and discuss current issues facing Congress. There will be a question and answer session to follow. This event is free and open to the public. #25

Pine Grove Community Church Senior Lunch
June 29: Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents Ma & Pa’s Home Cooking. Ma invites all those age 60 and older to enjoy a plate of her Baked Chicken Breast and Rice with a side of corn. Pa opens the Cafe Wednesday the 29th of June at noon in our Family Life Center on the northwest corner of Beech and M-82. Ya’ll come by now ya hear. #25

John Ball’s Traveling Zoo at KDL
July 5: If you can’t get to the zoo this summer, then visit your local Kent District Library! Z’s Kids Club will bring the zoo to you with live animals at the Library. This exciting program will feature animal demonstrations, fun and interesting facts, and animal bio-facts. This program is for families with children ages 5 and up. Each attendee will leave with a take-home bookmark. John Ball’s Traveling Zoo will visit KDL’s Sand Lake Branch, 88 Eighth St., on Tuesday, July 5 at 1:30 pm. #25

Kent Theatre Golf Outing
July 9: The11th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held at Cedar Chase Golf Course-7155 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 on Saturday, July 9th, 2011.  Shotgun Start at 2:00 pm, sign-up at 1:00 pm.  Cost is $50.00 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, free hot dogs and brats during the round and dinner with pulled pork sandwiches, salad, and dessert when round is over.  Loads of contests including a $10,000 Hole-In-One Challenge on #8 (last year we had a winner!).  Come out and have a ball!  Contact Len @ 231.750.2337 or len@laphoto.com for entry forms or more information.  Put a team together now!  And we welcome volunteers! #25

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Kent District Library to offer new eBook collection

In a bold response to the eBook revolution, Kent District Library will develop an exclusive OverDrive eBook Collection.  This collection, scheduled to be available this fall, will provide KDL cardholders access to over 14,000 new eBooks and eAudiobooks.  With the announcement that library eBooks will be accessible using the Amazon Kindle later this year, KDL has taken a proactive step to increase the availability and quantity of its digital media to meet the anticipated demand.

KDL eBook downloads increased 193 percent from 2009 to 2010. Year-to-date 2011 statistics reveal that KDL patrons have downloaded more eBooks thus far in 2011 than in 2009 and 2010 combined. The unprecedented increase in use of eBooks and eAudiobooks signifies a major shift in how library users access materials. As ownership of eBook readers, tablets, smartphones, and other such devices increases, Kent District Library aims to remain relevant by providing digital materials to meet patron expectations.

Currently, KDL patrons can access eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, but must compete with patrons from 24 other libraries for a limited number of digital titles. With this change, KDL will provide cardholders with convenient access to eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from the KDL website.

States KDL Library Director, Lance Werner, “Moving to an exclusive eBook collection for our patrons continues KDL’s long tradition of being a library leader and will result in the development of a premier digital collection, unsurpassed by any public library in Michigan.”

For more information, please call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

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Chicken scratch

A man had trouble getting his neighbor to keep his chickens fenced in. The neighbor kept talking about chickens being great creatures and how they had the right to roam wherever they wanted.
The man was having no luck keeping the chickens from trampling the plants in his flowerbeds, and he had tried everything. Two weeks later, a visiting friend noticed his flowerbeds were doing great. The flowers were beginning to bloom.
So the friend asked him how he managed to keep the chickens away. “How did you make your neighbor keep his hens in his own yard?”
The man grinned. “One night I hid half a dozen eggs under a bush by my flower bed, and the next day I let my neighbor see me gather them. I wasn’t bothered after that.”

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Roger on Main Street

Roger on Main StreetThanksgiving
Birthday No. 83 just marched by me with little fanfare. I’ve noticed that some people are farther along in the parade of life than I am. So, if you’re reading this, either you haven’t got that far yet or you’re pleased that you’ve passed me. Congratulations in either case.
I’m glad I’m still in the parade because my interest has been to add to the number of smiles in the world. This would be a pretty grim place without humor. I do what I can. And I get help from other people. (No, I don’t invent all those jokes myself, as you already figured out.) Among those who have contributed are Michell, Jim Beach, Dick Nocilla, Rita Stevens, and others. Thanks to everyone.

Substitute, sorry
Dawn, our regular advice columnist, broke a leg last Friday while scrubbing the bathtub tile in high heels. Her boyfriend John stands in for her this week.

Dear John,
I hope you can help me. The other day I headed for work, leaving my husband in the house watching TV. My car stalled, and then it broke down about a mile up the road. I walked back home to get my husband’s help and found him smooching on the couch with our divorcee neighbor.
We’ve been married for 10 years. He now admits that he and “Jezebel” have been carrying on for six months. He won’t go to counseling and I’m a nervous wreck and need advice.
Sincerely, Sheila

Dear Sheila,
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it’s clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold. Also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors.
I hope this helps, John

Good thinking
An insurance company received a letter from a lady saying that, unfortunately, they have to cancel her husband’s life insurance policy.

“We always paid on time,” she wrote, “but since my dear husband’s sudden death last year we have had some financial hardship; therefore, we would like not to make the insurance payments anymore.”

Good thinking #2
I was at the airport checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your luggage without your knowledge?”
To which I replied, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?”
He smiled knowingly and nodded. “That’s why we ask.”

Good thinking #3
My cousin lives in a semi-rural area. A new neighbor of his called the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on their road. The reason: Cars were hitting too many deer and he didn’t want them to cross there anymore.

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Inside the state house

With Rep. Peter MacGregor, 73rd District

I am pleased to announce that the 2011-2012 budget passed before Governor Snyder’s May 31 deadline. We set an ambitious goal to pass the budget early so that schools and local governments could plan for next year without any guess work. The resulting budget is fiscally responsible and structurally sound. This has not been achieved since the Reagan administration.

I want to address K-12 education because I know how important it is to our local school districts. The final agreement distributes $150 million to schools that show “best practices” and $160 million to pay down pension obligations. This restores approximately $200 per pupil from the Governor’s original $300 cut.

These “best practices” include the 1) district paying at least 90 percent of employee health care contributions, 2) the district being the health insurance policy holder, 3) bidding out non-instructional services (the district doesn’t need to necessarily take the bid), 4) creating a performance-based dashboard for parents and 5) service-based consolidation sharing. These are all potential cost saving measures for school districts and therefore can be applied for every district. If a district meets four of the five “best practices”, they will receive an additional $100 per pupil. I am confident that the schools in the 73rd district can, and will, fulfill these “best practices” and therefore qualify for the additional $100 in per pupil funding.

The agreement also provides $160 million to help districts pay for future retirement costs. I wholeheartedly believe that this is the right thing to do because we are applying funds to address long-term debt that cripples school districts. It is no secret that Michigan has pension liabilities it must address ($27 billion in pensions liabilities alone). This funding supports our retired teachers who contributed so much to Michigan’s future. We must ensure that money is in the pension system when our current teachers are ready to retire.  It is estimated that paying down this obligation will save school districts approximately $100 per pupil.

The smaller, remaining portion of funds from the revenue estimating conference is being applied to address future needs. Over the last decade, we have reacted to the economy instead of planning for it. The Budget Stabilization Fund (“rainy day fund”) is designed to help offset budget difficulties during economic downturns. In 2001, Michigan had nearly a billion dollars in that fund. Currently, the fund has a balance of $2.5 million. We are now placing $256 million back into that fund so that we can fund education, public safety and other critical departments in times of serious economic need. These dollars meet our present needs while planning for the future.

I also understand many of your frustrations, one being the transfer of money from the School Aid Fund (SAF) to Higher Education. I do not support this, but I worked with leadership to get $50 million restored into the School Aid Fund in the House version and was assured that more was on its way after the revenue estimating conference, which they have done by giving us back the $330 million in the areas mentioned above. If a school district meets the criteria for the additional funding I stated above, the overall cut in education will only be an average of 1.4 percent. If they do not meet either of the criteria, the cut will be 4.1 percent. I understand that funding for our children is critical but I am confident that our schools will continue to thrive because of how much our community values education. As I look at the funding around the state, one thing is clear: funding is not nearly as important as quality teachers, loving families and passionate communities. We can fund many schools to the gills but students succeed because they come home to a loving family that supports their education. That being said, I take the cuts very seriously and understand your frustrations.

The federal stimulus money over the past three years ($900 million for education), which came with much hope and hullabaloo, created as many challenges for our state as it solved. Please keep in mind that from 2004 to 2010 the state has added over $8 billion in spending to a collapsing and shrinking economy. State spending needs right-sizing, because it is not sustainable.

Overall, I am pleased with the budget. Despite our original shortfall, and the elimination of federal stimulus money, we were able to address long term debt that has long been ignored. It’s easy to spend all of the available money, but we must think of our children five, ten or twenty years from now and the Michigan they will inherit. As we move forward, please keep in mind that I am one of 148 legislators. I am committed to continuing the fight for our public schools, keeping in mind that I have a responsibility as your legislator to balance the budget and ensure other core functions of state government such as public safety, roads and caring for the vulnerable are protected as well. Although I am anxious to find inefficiencies in government, cutting vital programs is NOT something I enjoy. However, the state’s ability to pay is limited. We cannot settle for the status quo and my decision-making will always prioritize long term solutions rather than Band-Aid fixes. We are laying the foundation for a long-term economic recovery and job creation for Michigan.

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Understanding and Preventing UTIs

James MartBy James N. Martin, Jr, MD
President, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common problem that affect up to 60% of women. They can be painful and may cause serious illness, especially if the infection spreads to the kidneys.

UTIs usually occur when bacteria that live on the skin near the rectum or in the vagina enter the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of four parts: the kidneys which produce urine; the ureters which take urine from the kidneys to the bladder; the bladder, where urine is stored; and the urethra, which takes urine out of the body. Sexual contact or wiping back to front can transport bacteria to the urethra. The bacteria can then spread to the bladder, ureters, and kidneys. UTIs may also be caused by a blockage (stone) in the kidneys, bladder, or ureters; a narrowed tube or kink in the urinary tract; or problems with the bladder wall, urethra, or pelvic muscles or nerves.

A UTI can cause a strong urge to urinate that cannot be delayed, an urge to urinate very frequently, or a sharp pain or burning in the urethra as you urinate. Your urine may look cloudy, have a strong odor, or be tinged with blood. Additionally, if you have back pain, chills, fever, nausea, or vomiting, the infection may have spread to your kidneys. Kidney infections must be treated right away. Contact your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

UTIs can be quickly diagnosed with a urine test. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the infection. Most symptoms go away in a day or two, but it is important to finish all of the prescribed medication to lower the risk of the infection coming back. Recurrent infections may signal other problems with the urinary tract, and your doctor may need to perform more tests to make sure there is not a more serious problem.

You may be at higher risk for UTIs if you are obese, diabetic, have had UTIs before, have sickle cell trait, are post-menopausal, have diabetes, use a diaphragm or spermicide for contraception, have intercourse frequently, or have a new partner.

These tips may help prevent UTIs:

• Always wipe front to back after bowel movements and urination

• Avoid using douches, powder, and deodorant sprays

• Drink plenty of fluids, including water and cranberry juice

• Empty your bladder as soon as you get the urge, about every 2–3 hours

• Try to empty your bladder before and after sex

• Wear cotton underwear

For more information, the Patient Education Pamphlet “Urinary Tract
Infections” is available in English and Spanish at www.acog.org/publications/patient_education.

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Summer is here: tips to kick your soda routine

Kick soda for health(ARA) – We all do it—it’s the middle of the day and you just need a flavorful pick-me-up to get you to that 5:00 hour. You drag yourself to the vending machine, scan the options to make sure you’re making a sensible selection, pop in a few quarters and out rolls a diet soda to give you that boost of energy you need.

Soda may have the fizz and the caffeine you’ve been seeking, but are you really making the most tasteful selection?

Now that summer is here and the temperature is heating up, it’s the perfect time to break up with your soda. Try these simple tips to help you ditch your soda and experience the new you.

  • Whether you’re planning to be outdoors or jumping in the car for a road trip, bring along a reusable water bottle. Facilities often have water fountains where you can easily refill your bottle.
  • Caffeine and soda may go hand in hand, but sipping water throughout the day is the easiest way to stay hydrated and keep your energy up in the heat.
  • If you get bored with plain water, add flavor. Add one of the water mix-ins found in your local grocery store. With an assortment of flavors and most at five calories or less per serving, you can drink all the water you want without having to compromise.
  • Grab a friend. An accountability partner can keep you on track and motivated. What’s even better, now you can share the experience with a friend so you’ll both feel better.

Now that you’re prepared to kick the soda routine, fill up your water bottle, grab your friend and toast to drinking more water all summer long. This small change can help you have a vibrant, flavorful summer.

Need even more motivation? Crystal Light is sponsoring the Flavor Over Fizz Challenge to reward consumers who choose flavor over fizz this summer. Join the movement on Facebook to declare yourself soda free for a chance to win fun prizes this summer.
To take the Challenge and declare yourself soda free, connect with Crystal Light on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/CrystalLight). No purchase necessary. Visit the Facebook page for complete details and official rules (http://bit.ly/l5LIA8)

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Crystal Light

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From the Pulpit

Valley Forge—the crucible of freedom

As we near our nation’s Independence Day celebration, it is important for us to remember the price that was paid by so many, for the freedoms we experience today. For an example of suffering together, Americans need not look any further than the “crucible of freedom,” as it was called. The horrors encountered by the colonial Continental Army in Valley Forge, during the rugged New England winter of 1777-78, speak volumes to us today. It is one of the greatest examples of extreme difficulties endured by those who fought and died for our nation’s independence.
The British sat comfortably by their firesides sipping brandy after dinner, while disease and exposure took one in four Americans’ lives. There were men who were literally naked, with nothing to wrap around themselves. Many had their blackened feet and legs amputated. General George Washington said that their marches could be traced by the blood of their bare feet in the snow. The amazing thing of Valley Forge is that they stayed—considering the extreme circumstances they went through. An army was forged out of the suffering endured by its soldiers. They came through as one unit, committed to stay the course until the job was done.
God’s people today must have the same resolve to endure the coming hardships that lay before us. What difficulties will it take for us to truly come together as one? As Christians, we must look back at their nightmarish ordeal, remembering the cost they paid as they stood firm until the end. From the Pilgrims on, many have suffered for this nation’s freedom. They understood the call from the Lord to continue the work and establishment of an outward expression of the Kingdom of God for others to observe. For the most part, we have forgotten that call, choosing instead to live out our lives for our own self-preservation and comfort.
The fullest expression of the Kingdom of God will soon be ushered onto this earth by the covenanted, committed soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many are now in training, being sifted by the Lord in preparation of what is coming next. With His help and empowerment we will be victorious, but through very difficult circumstances. The church in America is presently being confronted by the Lord to make a crucial decision that will affect all who live under our constitution. The immediate question is, “Who will you deny, yourself or the Lord?” Will we act by faith upon the revealed will of the Lord to begin to not just say we are Christians, but prove it by the way we live out our lives as those in covenant with God and, therefore, one another?
The continuation and fulfillment of the covenant promises given to our forefathers by God, in this nation, for its inhabitants, are dependent upon His children’s response. The decisions we make today determine the direction we will take tomorrow. As a nation that has waded deep into depravity, may God have mercy, granting us a spirit of repentance for His name’s sake.

Tim Bauer
Capstone Ministries

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Thank You

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to have been a teacher in Cedar Springs. I wish to thank the School Boards past and present. I wish to thank the following Superintendents: Mr. McCarty, Mr. Tackmann, Mr. Elliott, Mrs. Rypma, Mr. Booth, and Mr. McDermed. I wish to thank the following principals: Mr. Nielsen, Mrs. Marvin, Ms. Abuhl, Mrs. Engblade, Mrs. Rypma, Mr. McDermed, and Mr. Duffy. I wish to thank the Cedar Springs Public School Community (support and teaching). I wish to thank the students and their parents who I was allowed to serve. I wish to thank my family, also.
I have been truly blessed to work in my district. The district I grew up in. The district I live in. The district I worship in. The district that puts our students’ education first.
Our district, with limited funding, is continually creating educational opportunities for our students that are noteworthy. Our district has a professional commitment at all levels with all staff to constantly improve. Our district sets the standard for others to follow.
This is why I am thankful to be associated with Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Sincerely,
Paul Stark

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Announcement

90th Birthday Celebration for
Ralph Wolfe

90th Birthday Celebration for Ralph Wolfe on Monday, July 4 between 4 – 6:30 pm at the East Nelson Methodist Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs. A light meal and drinks will be served. A Memory Book will be created from your cards and photographs. You can bring the personal note to Ralph and photographs of you, your family, or perhaps a previous moment spent with him to the celebration or mail it in advance to Tim Wolfe, 15290 Tisdel Ave., Cedar Springs, MI  49319. No gifts please.

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