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Archive | July, 2011

Ron Middleton

March 13, 1956 – July 30, 2005

Time heals the pain that was given to us the day you left this earth, but the memories we made with you will be strong in our hearts forever.
We love and miss you very much.

Love,
Jess, Grandpa and family

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Carl A. Gorby

In loving memory of

Carl A. Gorby

It’s hard to believe that it’s been one year ago on July 27, 2010 that you left us so abruptly, that we never even got to say “Goodbye” properly.
We have shed a lot of tears this last year and have an empty space in our hearts.  But, one thing is for sure that you are in a more pleasant & peaceful place and free of pain.  There are fond memories shared often of you that are shared with family & friends as often as possible.  We miss your laughter, smiles and most of all your story telling abilities.  We love and miss you so very much that there are no words that can express that.  We are told that only time can heal and we look forward to the day when we will all be reunited.  Until then….

All Our Love,
Jeff, Deb, Sean & Keegan Gorby
Greg Gorby,
Special Friend Maggie Eaton

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Hawks win National AYBT championship

The winning AYBT team.

Our Cedar Hawks traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana last week for the National AYBT (American Youth Basketball Tour) Tournament, from Wednesday July 20, through Saturday July 23. The team was comprised of freshman, sophomores and juniors from Cedar Springs High School. The Hawks took first place in Division III Girls 10th-11th grade, after winning their bracket games on Saturday. Their first match was against the Kalamazoo Storm, the Semi-Finals against Wyoming Park then a tough battle against the Spiece Gym Rats in the finals to take the National Championship 52 to 50.

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Sign ups for mud volleyball tournament

Do you like volleyball? Do you want to have some fun in the mud? This event is perfect for you! The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is working to put on the 3rd annual co-ed mud volleyball tournament. The tournament is held in Morley Park and will be on Saturday, August 13. The tournament is divided by age groups and has staggered start times depending on age range. The cost is $100 per team and teams can consist of 4 to 8 players, with 6 playing at any time. The teams are co-ed in nature and are bracketed based on the oldest player on the team.

The tournament brings players from around the state and is growing in size each year. Awards are given to the top two teams in each division, and all players receive a commemorative shirt for playing in the tournament. The deadline for registration is August 5. Forms are available online at www.csaparksandrec.com and at the Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office (where the parks and rec office is located).  It is suggested that teams wear shoes during the event and even duct tape them on, it gets pretty muddy!

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, and Solon Townships, the City of Cedar Springs and the entire Cedar Springs School District. The six organizations work together to offer  recreational and enrichment activities. For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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Kent Theatre golf outing

The winning team from the 2011 Kent Theatre Golf Outing at Cedar Chase Golf Club. L to R : Nick Thome, Jim Emmorey, Tom Matecun, Eric Emmorey.

The 11th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing, held on July 9 at the Cedar Chase Golf Club, was a great success. With sunny weather in the high 80s, 60 golfers teed off with the dream of a lot of fun and a lot of great shots. When introduced just prior to the start of the round, last year’s $10,000 Hole-In-One winner, Frank Pelak, was cheered by the entire field.

A dozen volunteers catered to the golfers, and the personnel at Cedar Chase provided a great course and a great dinner for all.

This year’s highlight was a runaway victory by the Jim Emmorey team, coming in at 16 under par in the 4-person scramble format. No one won the Hole-In-One Contest this time, but there’s always next year!

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Rotary golf outing

First place team Choice One Investments.

The 2011 Annual Rotary Golf Outing brought out a rousing group of area golfers on Wednesday, July 20. The event was hosted by Cedar Chase Golf Course and the major sponsor was Vander Hyde Ford who donated a Hole-in-One Prize Package on all four par three holes. Sixty-eight men and women participated in a scramble format with Choice One Investments winning the tournament with a score of 16 under par. The winning team consisted of Larry Wheeler, Ray Averill, Cindy Watson, and Don Christy. Other prize winners included Sara Dryer with women’s longest drive, Brian Talbot, men’s longest drive and closest-to-the-pin, and Larry Wheeler with the longest putt.

“The Rotary Club is grateful for the tremendous support of area residents and businesses. It appeared everyone had a great time with the cloud overcast creating perfect weather conditions. All profits from this tournament will be put back into the community on various Rotary service projects,” reported Mark Gebhardt, Event Chairman.

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Tips to put a stop to early aging

(NewsUSA) – Dermatologists can’t stress it enough: How you treat your skin now will affect its future appearance. While it may seem silly to worry about wrinkles long before you have any, it’s true that preparation pays off.

According to dermatologists, more women in their twenties are asking for anti-aging tips.

So, what can you do keep your skin looking young and healthy? Kiehl’s Since 1851, a company that specializes in skin and hair care formulas derived from natural ingredients, offers the following tips:

*Rest up. There’s a reason “you look tired” and “you look great” aren’t synonymous. But did you know that the position in which you sleep can also affect your looks? If you sleep face-down, fluid can collect beneath your eyes. Try sleeping face-up with your head slightly elevated with pillows. If you do wake up with facial swelling, try tapping the skin beneath your eyes or applying a cold compress.

*Apply vitamin C. Your skin contains more vitamin C than any other antioxidant, including the much-touted vitamin E. To keep vitamin C at an optimal level, make sure you are applying a skincare formula that contains plenty of vitamin C.

“Vitamin C helps keep skin even and bright, and it offers potent antioxidant protection from environmental stressors, such as pollution and sunlight,” said Dr. Adam Geyer, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Instructor in Clinical Dermatology at Columbia University and Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador.

Two of Kiehl’s products, “Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate” to improve tone and texture all over the face and “Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate” formulated specifically for the eye area to boost radiance and minimize wrinkles, contain 10.5 percent vitamin C. Unlike many retinol products, they won’t cause photosensitivity and irritation and are gentle enough for twice-daily use. Apply them after cleansing, both day and night to obtain the greatest results.

*Reduce your sodium intake. You can make your doctor and your skin happy at the same time! When you eat too much sodium, you can cause your body to shift fluid into extracellular spaces, especially beneath your eyes. Avoid excess sodium intake to benefit both your health and your skin.

For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

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Roger on Main StreetThe Tenure fuss
Tenure is a lifetime job-guarantee much offered in academia.  It is a benefit that must be earned by performance.  It was designed to ensure freedom of thought. Tenure can be revoked for cause but it is a valuable employment benefit sometimes offered in lieu of pay. Strangely, job guarantees are not available to any other occupation.  Except for union contracts, we’re all pretty much on our own. Real security in life is not available to anyone.  There are cutbacks, firings, business failures, and health failures.  All can abruptly end jobs and the security we all desire.
Lightning change
Change is constant and lightning fast. New government in Tunisia and Egypt.  Revolution in Syria and others. We are dropping phone lines and three billion cell phones are in use. General Motors and Chrysler went bankrupt. Credit cards are eliminating money. A whole world of information is available with a computer or I-phone. Much food comes pre-prepared and frozen. Clothes are all wash-and-wear. The services and products I grew up with are gone with the buggy-whip.
Order in the Court
A New York man was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard.
When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the next day and he would have to return the next day.
“What for?” he snapped at the judge.
His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query roared, “Twenty dollars contempt of court. That’s why!”
Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented. “That’s all right. You don’t have to pay now.”
The young man replied, “I’m just seeing if I have enough for two more words.”
Vivid
The stockbroker received notice from the IRS that he was being audited. He showed up at the appointed time and place with all his financial records, and then sat for what seemed like hours as the accountant pored over them.
Finally the IRS agent looked up and commented, “You must have been a tremendous fan of Sir Arthur Doyle.”
“Why would you say that?” asked the broker.
“Because you’ve made more brilliant deductions on your last three returns than Sherlock Holmes made in his entire career.”
Change of mind
After a trial had been going on for three days, Finley, the man accused of committing the crimes, stood up and approached the judge’s bench. “Your Honor, I would like to change my plea from ‘innocent’ to ‘guilty’ of the charges.”
The judge angrily banged his fist on the desk. “If you’re guilty, why didn’t you say so in the first place and save this court a lot of time and inconvenience?” he demanded.
Finley looked up wide-eyed and stated, “Well, when the trial started I thought I was innocent, but that was before I heard all the evidence against me.”
Semi-perfect
A woman, standing nude, looks in the bedroom mirror while her husband reads in bed.
“I feel horrible, I look fat and ugly…pay me a compliment,” she said.
The husband replied, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.”
He never heard the shot.

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Trying to beat the heat

The Alblas family, of Solon Township, got creative trying to beat the heat Wednesday. Alex, 11, pours water down on top of Dominique, 9, and Isaac, age 7.

By Judy Reed

It’s the talk of town—no matter where you go, people are talking about how hot it is. We’ve been under an excessive heat warning since Tuesday, and it’s expected to last into Friday. By Tuesday, there were no air conditioners left within a 100-mile radius. On Wednesday, it reached about 92 degrees with a heat index of 107, according to a weather station in Cedar Springs. The city of Grand Rapids was probably in the mid-90s.

So what have you been doing to beat the heat? Some of the answers on our facebook page included chillin’ in the air conditioning, drinking ice water, eating ice cream and enjoying the pool.

Don’t forget to check on the elderly, young children and pets. All are more susceptible to dehydration. Move them to an air-conditioned location, spray them down or have them take a cool shower or bath, and help them remember to drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-sugary liquids.


According to the Center for Disease Control, everyone should drink more fluids during the heat regardless of activity level; don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. And avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors, and if at all possible, in air conditioning. If you don’t have it, go to the store, public library, movie theatre or somewhere that has air conditioning for a few hours.

If you only have fans, take a cool shower or bath.

And NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

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Chinese students visit Cedar Springs

Submitted by Shellie Bauer

On Monday, July 11, 24 students and two chaperones arrived in Cedar Springs from the city of Chongqing, China for a two-week cultural exchange.

The city of Chongqing is situated in the southern part of China and has over 30,000,000 people. They were amazed at our small town.

The two weeks consisted of English class in the morning, followed by activities in the afternoon. The students all stayed with host families that were from Cedar Springs and the surrounding area. Many students shared that they attended middle school five days a week, for 10 hours each day, so they really enjoyed the interaction they had with their host family and with each other. China has a “one child” policy so they also enjoyed having siblings.

The students commented on the friendliness of the people and were amazed at the smiling faces they saw. Many people asked them where they were from.

The activities included Mac Dune Rides, a trip to Country Dairy (which some will not forget), shopping, a White Caps baseball game, several picnics, a sports day with a brief golf lesson at Cedar Chase, a scavenger hunt, and a family softball game.

Families and students shared with the group the fun they had together in the short time they were in Cedar Springs. Many of us hate to see them leave. We know we may never see them again. We’re reminded of the quote that says, “You can meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”

Our lives have become richer because of our friends from the other side of the world!

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