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Archive | August, 2011

Military Retiree Appreciation Day

A Military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens, Mich. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are eligible to attend. The day’s program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Dining Facility, building 164, and will conclude at 3 p.m.

Retiree Appreciation Day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Morning refreshments and a hot, buffet-style lunch will be offered for $10 per person. If interested, please include a check with your registration. Registration and payment for the luncheon must be received by Sept. 13. For additional information or registration forms, call the Retired Activities Office (586) 239-5580 or visit the Honors Newsletter at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/HONORS_2011.pdf. A complete listing of Retiree Activity Day events being held throughout the Midwest also is available at this website.

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West Michigan officers cracking down on drunk drivers

Motorists are being warned not to let their summertime fun end with a drunk driving arrest as law enforcement agencies in 13 West Michigan counties will be cracking down on drunk drivers through additional patrols Aug. 19-Sept. 5.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is coordinating the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown by administering federal traffic safety funds to more than 200 agencies in 35 counties. Grant-funded counties in West Michigan are Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Van Buren.

“Extra officers will be out on the road, looking for drunk drivers,” said OHSP Director Michael L. Prince. “Motorists need to be aware that it’s simply not worth the risk. If they are caught over the limit, they will find themselves under arrest.”

During last year’s Labor Day drunk driving crackdown, more than 500 motorists were arrested for drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses.

About 38 percent of all traffic fatalities in Michigan involve alcohol and/or drugs, and last year, 357 people died as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. Over the 2010 Labor Day holiday weekend, 21 people died in Michigan crashes. Ten of those fatalities involved alcohol, including five people who were killed in one crash, according to the Michigan Department of State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center.

Motorists face severe penalties for driving drunk. Those convicted of a first drunk driving offense face up to 93 days in jail, up to a $500 fine, up to 360 hours of community service, six points on a driver’s license and up to 180 days’ license suspension.

Anyone arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 blood alcohol content or above faces increased penalties including the possible installation of an ignition interlock device preventing the car from starting if the driver has been drinking.

In addition, convicted drunk drivers will be subject to a $1,000 fee for two consecutive years, for a total of $2,000 in additional costs.  Anyone who refuses a breath test the first time is given an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension.

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Leading Ladies performed at the Kent Theatre
Aug. 18: Ken Ludwig’s uproarious comedy, Leading Ladies performed by the Cedar Springs Community Players opens tonight, August 18 and also plays Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20. All performances begin at 7:30 in the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., downtown, Cedar Springs.  Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased from the Cedar Springs Public Library, Cedar Springs Chase Bank, a cast member or by calling 616.696.0949.  For more information check out our website:  www.cscommunityplayers.org. #33

Lyons School Reunion
Aug. 19: Lyons School Reunion – Friday, August 19 at 6pm at the Victory Church  on Meddler Ave. Please bring a dish to share, beverages, and table service. For more info contact David Jensen 696-9632. #32,33p

Roast Beef Dinner at Rockford VFW
Aug. 21: The Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946 at 4195 13 Mile Rd is hosting a Roast Beef Dinner on August 21 from 11:30 to 2pm. Adults $8.00, children $3.50. The best dinner in town, prepared by our chef Fred Chambers. Take outs and deliveries are available. For deliveries call (616) 866-2675, call by 11:30 the day of the dinner. Check out our website www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. #33

Red Flannel Queen Pageant Tickets
Aug. 22: The Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant is back at Cedar Springs Public High School this year, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Monday, August 22, 2011, at the Cedar Springs Public Library, during open hours.  Tickets are $10 each advance purchase; $13 at the door. Two complimentary tickets will be given for any donation to the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund over $100. #33

Cedar Springs United Methodist Youth Rummage Sale
Aug. 24-25: Check out the good buys on clothing and household goods at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Youth Rummage Sale. Wednesday, August 24, 9am-7pm and Thursday, August 25, 9am-2pm, Bag Day Sale on Thursday. Cedar Springs United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets, Cedar Springs. #32,33

Habitat for Humanity 3-D archery event
Aug. 27: “Shootin’ for Home” on August 27 8:00-4:00 at the Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club. Food, door prizes, grand prizes, and raffles. 30 target 3-D course, novelty shoots, free kids’ shoot. Call Jeffrey at 616-696-9666. #33

United Community Worship Service
Aug. 28: On the last Sunday in August all of the churches in the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association unite for a city wide worship experience. Come out to Morley Park at 11am and enjoy uplifting songs, inspiring messages, games for the kids, free lunch and a live worship concert. Check it out @ www.unitedcedarsprings.com. See you there! #33,34b

Red Flannel Day Talent Show tryouts
Sept. 7: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 1st. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wed. Sept. 7 at 7pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #33

CSHS Class of 1971 reunion
Sept. 10: A casual night to reminisce will be held at Long Lake on Saturday, September 10. Please contact Sue Wolfe for details at SueQ@hughes.net or call 696-2246. A list of missing classmates can be found on the Church Connection, page 4. #33

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Kid’s birthday party

A lady is giving a party for her granddaughter, and has gone all out. She hired a caterer, band and a clown to entertain the kids.

Just before the party starts, two bums show up looking for a handout. Feeling sorry for the bums, the woman tells them that they can get a meal if they will chop some wood out back. Gratefully, they head to the rear of the house.

Guests arrive, and all is going well, with the children having a wonderful time. But the clown has not shown up and she unsuccessfully tries to entertain the children herself. She happens to look out the window and sees one of the bums doing cartwheels across the lawn.

She watches in awe as he swings from tree branches, does midair flips, and leaps high in the air. She speaks to the other bum and says, “What your friend is doing is absolutely marvelous. I have never seen such a thing. Do you think your friend would consider repeating this performance for the children at the party? I would pay him $50!”

“I’ll ask him,” says the bum, then he shouts at his friend, “Hey Willie! For $50, would you chop off another toe?”

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Roger on Main StreetNews department
All the news is bad. Going straight to the jokes:

Dog department
A guy is driving around the back roads of Montana and sees a sign in front of a broken-down house: “Talking Dog For Sale.” He rings the bell. The owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy walks into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever. “You talk?” he asks.
“Yep,” replies the Lab.
It takes the guy a minute or two to recover from the shock of hearing a dog talk.
“Well,” answers the Lab, “I was pretty young when I discovered I could talk. I notified the CIA about it and they quickly offered me a job. They had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.
“For eight years I was one of their most valuable agents. But the jetting around tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger. It was time for a change. The airport hired me to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.
“Then I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I’m just retired.”
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
“Ten bucks,” says the owner.
“Ten bucks? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”
“Because he’s a liar,” says the owner. “He’s never been out of the backyard.”

Advice department
A man goes to see his rabbi. “Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk with you about it.”
“What’s wrong?” says the rabbi.
“My wife is poisoning me,” answers the man.
Surprised, the rabbi asks, “How do you know?”
“I’m telling you she’s poisoning me!” says the man, obviously distressed. “I’m absolutely certain about it. What should I do?”
“Tell you what,” offers the rabbi. “Let me talk to her. I’ll see what I can find out and let you know.”
A week later, the Rabbi calls the man. “I spoke with your wife,” he says. “I spoke with her on the phone for three hours. You wanted to know what you should do, is that right?”
“Yes!” says the man. The rabbi looks him straight in the eye and says, “Take the poison.”

Dog department, continued
Entering a small country store, a stranger noticed a sign that said, “Danger, beware of the dog” posted on the door. Inside, he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor beside the cash register.
“Is this the dog folks are supposed to beware of?” he asked the proprietor.
“Yep, that’s him,” came the reply.
The stranger couldn’t help but smile. “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why the sign?”
“Because,” the owner explained, “Before I put up that sign, people kept tripping over him.”

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Congress doesn’t like making hard choices

By Lee H. Hamilton

If you paid attention to the debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington, you may have noticed something interesting. For all the partisan division, there was bipartisan agreement throughout the debate on one point: It’s safest politically to defer hard choices to the last possible moment—and maybe avoid them altogether.
In the negotiations, Democrats and Republicans alike offered proposals that avoided the details of cutting budgets or increasing revenues. They suggested commissions and committees that would make the hard choices for them; they favored caps on spending, without saying how caps would be enforced; they floated the idea that the President could unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, allowing Congress to avoid the entire problem; they favored voting on a balanced-budget amendment, which is a way of telling voters you’re for a balanced budget without actually being held accountable for the spending and taxing choices that produce one.
There’s nothing new here, of course. Politicians love to find creative ways to avoid actually resolving difficult policy questions. Once you make a choice, you inevitably alienate one or more constituencies. Most politicians don’t like to alienate people. So it is not surprising that they love to give you a process answer to questions seeking hard, substantive choices. Process approaches make it look like a member of Congress is taking action when, in fact, he or she is skirting the key questions: Do you cut defense spending? Rein in Medicare spending? How much of the taxpayers’ dollars should the government spend on education, environmental regulation, social welfare?
I don’t suggest that debating procedure, opting for further study, or preserving flexibility are always ill-advised. There’s a place for them. But as a voter, you have both the right and the responsibility to not let political leaders off the hook when they’re avoiding making a choice. If they tell you they fought for a line-item veto or a balanced-budget amendment, ask them specifically what they would cut.
Lawmaking should be about making hard choices. Don’t let our lawmakers avoid them.
Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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Mary J. VanWagoner

Mary J. VanWagoner, 69, peacefully left us Saturday, August 6, 2011 at her home in Cedar Springs.  Mary was born July 15, 1942 in Traverse City, the second daughter of Einar and Rose Muhonen. She graduated in 1960 from St. Francis High School then served in the Women’s Army Corps.   After her military service, she did clerical work for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids.  She returned home for several years to care for her children, then worked at the former Keeler Brass Company until retirement.  During retirement, she worked part-time for Weight Watchers.  In 1994, Mary met Tom VanWagoner at a singles dance in Greenville.  They married the next year.  During their sixteen years of marriage they enjoyed browsing yard sales, camping, playing cards and dominoes, and going to see her brother-in-law when he was playing in a band. Mary was known and loved for her great generosity and fun-loving spirit, her energy, and her willingness to help out in times of need. She is survived by her loving husband, John Thomas VanWagoner, her children Kimberly (John) Hooper, Timothy Steinebach, Teresa (Brent) Jones, Lynette (Doug) Smith, Karl Steinebach, her sister Helen (Dave) Cheeseman, her brother George Muhonen, nine grandsons, two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.  She was preceded in death by brother, John Edward Muhonen, and sister, Barbara Rose Stachnik. A Celebration of Life is planned September 17 from 2pm-4pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.  Remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends, or as contributions to the church or the American Cancer Society.

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Cedric Rhoades

Cedric Rhoades, 82 of Howard City died Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at his home in the presence of his loving family. Cedric was born March 18, 1929 in Wyoming Township, MI the son of Cedric and Clema (Longcore) Rhoades. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and was employed in the trucking business. In Cedric’s later years he enjoyed hauling for the Amish who became very close friends in the Morley-Stanwood area. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Glenn, Raymond and Arthur; and 2 sisters, Geraldine Morris and Maxine Wilcox. He is survived by his wife Edna Cole; children, Cedric Martin (Lola) Rhoades of Midland, Dianna L. (Roy) McCafferty of Yuma, AZ, Susan (Brian) Amacher of Howard City, Karen (William) Keuhs of Howard City, Sandra K. (Robert) Bergstrom of Howard City, Sharon (Brian) Brown of White Cloud, Larry D. (Renee) Rhoades of Howard City, and Jeri Lynn (Eric) Hayden of Pierson; many grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Lois Rhoades of Kalkaska, Donna Rhoades of Kalamazoo. Cremation has taken place.  Memorial services will be held at Pine Grove Community Church in Howard City on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Bill Vis and Pastor Scott Rhoades officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, MI www.blisswitterspike.com

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Chuck Christensen

Happy Birthday
Chuck Christensen

Come help us celebrate Chuck’s 80th Birthday on Sunday August 28th from 1 to 4 pm at the Trufant Community Center. No gifts please.

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CSHS Class of 1971 Reunion

CSHS Class of 1971: A casual night to reminisce will be held at Long Lake on Saturday, September 10. Please contact Sue Wolfe for details at SueQ@hughes.net or call 696-2246. If you know how we can reach the following classmates please contact Sue:
Debbie Probst–Adams, Kathy Adams, Dave and Paula Allington, Mike Aungust, Debbie Chee-Bassett, Suzanne Miller-Brace, Tim Christianson, Dan Clock, Shannon Wiersum-Fitzgerald, Tom Frechette, Mike Hansen, Nancy Drier-Haskell, Wanda Heiss-Reslin, Marlene Hockeborn-Levine, Nancy House, Ruth Hunter, Ernest Merritt, Dale Miller, Debbie Osbon, Lila Robinson, Frank Sheldon, Dennis Sherman, Bruce Smith, Jeff Tate, Neil Winchel

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