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Archive | October, 2011

Giant sunflower

Barbara Kilts, of Solon Township, sent along a photo of her standing next to a giant sunflower in her yard. We don’t know how tall it is, but Barbara is at least 5-foot 8-inches tall, so we know it’s a big one! Barbara planted the sunflower, and now she is drying the seeds for the birds.

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Radar unit donated to Sand Lake Police

Grand Rapids Community College donated one Decatur Genisis II radar unit to the Sand Lake Police Department on Friday, October 14. George Zeeff, Professor/Department Head of Criminal Justice at GRCC represented GRCC in making this donation.
Also present was Police Academy Student Intern Jerry Seevers. Jerry and two other academy students completed 90 hour internships with the Sand Lake Police Department this year.
The Sand Lake Police Department cannot wait to bring the new unit into service, according to Sand Lake Chief of Police Ken Williams. “The new radar features Ka band frequency, which broadcasts farther and is more reliable than the previous K band system,” said Williams.
The new system features two antennas, allowing officers to track vehicles approaching from the front of the car as well as the rear of the car, while sitting stationary or while moving. The old system had only one antenna, which allowed officers to monitor vehicles in front of the car while stationary and had limited use while moving.

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Do you have a problem with radon?

October 17-24 is radon action week

Did you know that nearly 1 in 8 homes in our state could have a radon problem, and the residents would not know it? Colorless, odorless and tasteless, this radioactive gas can increase your risk of lung cancer. Now that many families are turning on their heat, it’s time to know if this dangerous gas is lingering in your home.
October 17-24 is Radon Action Week here in Michigan and across the United States. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.
Radon is naturally occurring in rock and soil. It can enter buildings through cracks or openings in the foundation of floors and walls, around sump openings, or spaces around plumbing. It occurs in both new and old homes, or houses built over a basement, over a crawlspace or built on slab-on-grade.
Millions of Americans are unknowingly exposed to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent study by Harvard University ranks radon as America’s #1 in-home hazard. By taking simple steps to test your home for radon and fix if necessary, this health hazard can be avoided. Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined! If a home hasn’t been tested for radon in the past two years, EPA and the Surgeon General urge you to take action.
The only way to know if there is radon in your home is to test for it. Just hang a small filter in your home for about one week, and mail it for testing in a pre-paid envelope. You can buy this kit at the Kent County Health Department for just $5. Pick one up at 700 Fuller Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or call them at 616-632-6900.
Radon test kits are also available from Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, 742 Franklin St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, phone 616-241-3300.
In Montcalm County, check with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, 615 N. State Rd., Suite 1, Stanton, MI 48888, phone 989-831-5237.
The federal commitment made by EPA, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs will focus efforts on radon reduction and mitigation in homes, especially those of low-income families, many of whom do not have the resources to make the simple fixes necessary to protect their homes and loved ones.  Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at www.RadonPlan.org.

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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry

Edward Jones is collecting food through November 16

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?
Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.
The Cedar Springs United Methodist Food pantry, who works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services, feeds hundreds of local families each year. In 2010, they fed 794 families—1,589 adults and 932 children. “We actually saw a rise in single adult households,” noted Mary Ivanov, pastor at Cedar Springs United Methodist.
In the past the food pantry depended on the fall food drive with the local U.S. Post office to help stock their needs. Now that the carriers are based in Rockford, they no longer have the big drive to benefit this pantry, so a local business is stepping in to help restock the shelves.
Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, hopes to collect 1,250 pounds of food for the pantry before November 17. Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at their office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some of the supplies needed include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce; baking and pancake mix; and canned meats. Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed.
Call 696-9370 for more information.

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

On Friday morning all around Cedar Springs, people will force themselves out of bed by saying, “T.G.I.F.—thank God it’s Friday!” But why not change that to this: T.G.I.T. – Thank god it’s today!
I did a quick search in my Bible concordance, and I noticed something very telling. The word today appears 203 times; as opposed to tomorrow, which only appears 56 times. The word now shows up nearly 1200 times; but later only appears 83 times. In God’s eyes, clearly today is the day, and now is the time. T.G.I.T. – Thank god it’s today!
In the Old Testament Moses wrote a song about T.G.I.T. It’s in Psalm 90: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:12, 14, 17 New International Version).
So make today and everyday T.G.I.T. – Thank god it’s today!
Do something memorable today… do something life-altering today… do something kind for someone today… do something for God today and He will establish the work of your hands.
I love the words of Mother Teresa: “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is life, fight for it!”
Here’s to a great today! T.G.I.T.!

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Jay & Kendra McCaman

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary

Jay & Kendra McCaman
October 22, 2011

We Love You, Mom & Dad!

Jonna & Jonathan

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Robert Clayton

A Memorial Fellowship Luncheon for Robert Clayton will be held on Saturday October 22, at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson Michigan from 2 pm – ?
Family and friends are welcome. Call 616-835-7581 for more information.

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John A. Patin

Mr. John A. Patin, age 87, Sand Lake, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2011. He was raised on the family farm in Ensley Township where they had milk cows, pigs, and crops to feed the animals. John was the oldest of ten siblings, and they all worked on the farm. He left the farm at the age of 24 and purchased his farm where he has lived since 1949. His farm was his whole life. There were no hobbies; just the love of what God provided so he could make a living from the land. John was very devoted to his Catholic faith and attended Mass daily and every Sunday. As a young man and even later he was an altar server. John was very friendly and enjoyed visiting with folks. For over 50 years he was a member of the Newaygo Farm Bureau, serving in many capacities. For 26 years he was an Ensley Township trustee and was a member of the Ensley Township Farm Bureau. Throughout his lifetime, John was just amazed at the changes in farming, especially in the equipment. He was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church a Professed Member of Mary Queen of the Apostles Secular Franciscan Order, the Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society. He is survived by the love of his life, best farm wife and helper whom he married on November 21, 1959, Rosie; brothers and sisters, Sister Mary Philip, OSF (Dolores Patin), Margaret and Henry Kalman, Frederick and Mary Lynn Patin, Sister Mary Phyllis, OSF (Elizabeth Patin), Peter and Carole Patin, Anthony and Patricia Patin; sister-in-law, Mrs. Marian Morrow; aunt, Agnes Patin, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Mary Patin, his siblings, Joseph (Ruth) Patin, Alfonso Patin, and Mary Louise Patin. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Patin will be offered on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Mary, Queen of the Apostles with The Rev. Joseph W. Kenshol and The Rev. Dennis Morrow presiding. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301.  Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM on Wednesday and prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Monica Bills

Mrs. Monica Bills, age 40, of Howard City, passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, October 16, 2011. She attended school in Cedar Springs and worked at Speedway, Grand Rapids Control, weekends at the hotel bar, but more recently for Angel Care. Monica was recognized as one of the best caregivers at Angel Care and had a passion for caring for others. She made friends easily and continued to give of herself even if she was in pain. Monica enjoyed swimming, boating, water skiing, mowing her lawn, horseback riding, and was a member of the Moped Mafia. She especially enjoyed being with Jimmy, even sitting quietly under the pavilion. Monica never missed a football game or band activity that her children were involved in. The most special night in the family was when she married Jimmy. Monica was the glue that held everything together. She will be remembered for being a loving person with a beautiful smile. Monica is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy; children, Darren Trader and Katelynne Bills; mother, Marthalynne (Marty), (Bill) Davis; Father, Bill (Theresa) Phillips; sisters, Lisa Marie (Michael) Cook, Jr., and Amy (Rex) Shaw; nieces and nephews, Ashley (Dustin) Slominski and Landyn, Richard Phillips, Michael Gryzen, Michael Cook III, Shawnda (Andy) Starr, Carissa McGarvey, Tori McGarvey, Melissa Bills (Rob) and Audrey, Victoria Bills; brother-in-law, John and Peggy Bills; sister-in-law, Diana and Doug McGarvey; and “bestest girlfriend,” Holly and Dan Metzger. The service for Monica will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. Interment in Reynolds Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and from noon until the time of the service on Friday.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Main Street

You’ve heard the joke. Here in Michigan we have four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. If you’ve been on the road lately you’ve noticed all the road and bridge work.  Some politicians complain that the federal stimulus was a waste of money. However, it was the stimulus that got Michigan’s act together to start fixing our crumbling roads and create those construction jobs. And the Michigan legislature actually got a bit bi-partisan about the situation. A spokesman said, “I don’t ever remember running into a Democratic p aothole or a Republican pothole.”

Good words
The Washington Post has revealed the winning submissions to its contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. Here are some of the selections:
• Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
• Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you’ve gained.
• Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
• Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
• Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
• Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
• Flatulence (n.), emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
• Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

More good words
The English language has some wonderful collective terms for the various groups of animals. We’re all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese. Less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.
Now consider a group of baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all the primates. And what is the proper collective term for a group of baboons? Believe it or not … a Congress. That explains much of what comes out of Washington.

Wrong number
After directory assistance gave the lady her boyfriend’s new telephone number, she dialed him and got a woman.
“Is Mike there?” she asked.
“He’s in the shower,” the woman responded.
“Please tell him his girlfriend called,” she said, and hung up.
When he didn’t return the call, she dialed again. This time a man answered. “This is Mike,” he said.
“You’re not my boyfriend!” the lady exclaimed.
“I know,” he replied. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell my wife for the past half hour.”

Two elderly gentlemen
Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center are sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says, “Slim, I’m 83 years old now and I’m just full of aches and pains. I know you’re about my age. How do you feel?”
Slim says, “I feel like a newborn baby.”
“Really!? Like a newborn baby!?”
“Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.”

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