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Archive | April, 2012

Saturday is prescription drug take-back day

Did you know that, according to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined? Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

This Saturday, April 28, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, the DEA and its partners will hold their fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Locally, the Cedar Springs Police Department will have a drop box available to dispose of medications between noon and 2 p.m., during the surplus auction behind City Hall, 66 S. Main St. They do not accept liquids or syringes. But they do accept pills in their packs or bottles. According to Police Chief Roger Parent, the bottles and pills will be destroyed in an incinerator so there is no danger of anyone getting someone’s prescription information.

If you can’t make it Saturday, the Cedar Springs Police also has that drop box available inside City Hall during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Rockford, both the Michigan State Police and the Rockford Police Department will collect medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. “Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic across the country and DEA is committed to reducing the potential for misuse by providing a safe and secure method for Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted, unneeded, or expired medication,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.  “Americans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s first three Take-Back Day events, disposing of nearly 500 tons of medication in the past two years. This nationwide community effort prevents home medicine cabinets from becoming sources of dangerous—and even deadly—drugs.”




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Hometown Happenings


Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant Kick Off Meeting

Apr. 30: Interested in volunteering for the Pageant, Queen’s Tea or Scholarship Committee? Join us on Monday, April 30 at 7 pm at 21 E. Maple St. (Red Flannel Building) for the first Royal meeting of the 2012 Season! Call 616-696-2662 or RSVP!  #17


TOPS weight loss support group

May 1: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss sport group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Exercise 8-8:30am (optional), weigh-ins from 8:30am–9am and the meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #17


Red Flannel Festival History Project

May 5: We’ve been so busy for 73 years MAKING HISTORY, we haven’t had time to WRITE IT DOWN! Join us  at the Red Flannel Office, 21 E. Maple St. on Sat. May 5 from 10 am to 1 pm to begin documentation for our RED FLANNEL HISTORY BOOK! Bring stories, photographs, your own observations.. be a part of our proud Red Flannel Festival historical project! Can’t attend? Please submit by email to president@redflannelfestival.org or mail to PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Please call 616-696-2662 or RSVP today!.  #17,18p


North Kent Toastmasters Club – Where Leaders Are Made

May 1,15: Toastmaster members enhance valuable leadership and speaking skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manual at their own pace. Guests always welcome. The meeting is at 7 pm at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., north of  Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church & 11 Mile Rd. Rockford. For directions call Sue 616-866-3509 or club website www.nkctm.org.  #17


Annual Cub Scout Flower Sale

May 5: This year the annual Cub Scout Flower sale will take place on May 5,th, 6th and 12th. They will have flowers at Tractor Supply in Cedar Spring and the Mobil station on Northland Dr. and 14 Mile. Both locations will be open from 9 am until 6 pm. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased from any Cub Scout. These flower baskets are beautiful and would make great Mother’s day gifts.  #17


Pancake Breakfast – HCNC Fund Raiser

May 6: Imagine buttered pancakes smothered in warm maple syrup, hot sausage, orange juice and coffee. What’s not to like about a pancake breakfast fund raiser event. Please help support HCNC! Keep the doors open! Sunday May 6, 9 am – 11:30 am. Donation of $/person, $4/seniors, $18 family of four or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. #17


Annual Rummage Sale

May10-12: The Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 45 W. Maple St. Sand Lake, will have its annual rummage sale on May 10, 11 and 12. 9 am – 5 pm on Thursday and Friday, 9 am – Noon on Saturday.  #17

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Doing the right thing

A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.

Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

And the drunk replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”



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Response to “Solon family held up”

Dear Editor,

What a surprise to open the Post and to read about my grandparents, Dan and Sylvia Reichelt being robbed (Out of the Attic—Solon Township family held up, printed April 12, 2012). My mom was three years old at the time, the 5th of the 6 kids, the youngest not being born until a few years later. Mom was Marie Reichelt McAnally. I vaguely remember her telling about being robbed. My great uncle was Alvin, not Albert as stated. His daughter lives in Dansville.

The farm is still owned by the Reichelt family. I grew up next door [and lived there] until I was married. My mom passed away 7 years ago, next door to where she was born and raised.

We think things like this only happen in present times!

Nancy McAnally Hanna, Cedar Springs

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Enforce snow ordinances

Just wondering what gives the City Manager Christine Burns the right to pick and choose what city ordinances to enforce? The city has an ordinance for shoveling the snow on the sidewalks in town and especially Main Street. When was the last time they wrote a ticket for not shoveling? Red Flannel Day showcases the city and businesses, and when visitors return around the holidays to shop and eat they find snow on some downtown sidewalks, with curbside snow high enough it prevents them from opening the passenger doors. The piles of snow on Main Street are high enough that people who do shovel have no place to put it, as the city waits for spring to melt the snow. Let’s take care of your own house before you worry about someone else. Maybe you could use the American Legion Hall lot for the snow.

Gerald Skelonc, Solon Township

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Save money on gas

Don’t like the price of gasoline? Drive 55 mph instead of 70 or 75 and you will save about one gallon of gasoline out of each 11 gallons. You’ll also save wear on your tires and car parts. Driving over 60 mph and you’re blowing wasted gasoline out of your tail pipe.

In the 1970s, we had an oil embargo by the Arabs against the U.S. The top legal speed in Michigan and most states was 55 mph, even on the expressway. States that didn’t go to 55 mph lost all federal funds for roadwork. Deaths and terrible injuries went down dramatically.

If just 50 percent of the American people would slow down to 55, there would be so much fuel sitting in the gas stations that the major oil companies would have to sell gasoline at $2.00 per gallon just to make room for the fuel that they purchased overseas. However, the Americans are unlikely to change their driving habits.

David Viau, Cedar Springs

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Main Street

Another brilliant idea

Tourism is a big moneymaker. Locally, we draw in a few tourists with the Red Flannel Festival, Start of Summer, Harvest Festival and miscellaneous other special events. Wildly creative promotion could bring us tourists by the truckload.

Since nobody actually wears red flannels anymore, how about a Lingerie Festival? I’m envisioning models for ladies’ underwear, historical displays (such as Queen Victoria’s bloomers) and a contest for better design of men’s boxer shorts. But especially the models.

And why has Rockford never had a Shoe Festival? Just imagine five-inch-heel foot races and shoelace knot-tying workshops. Rockford has been a shoe place for a hundred years, more or less. We need to make shoes fun enough to pull in the tourists. They’d sip their libations from high-heeled slippers in the beer tent…

I’ll stop right there for now because brilliant thinking always tires me out.

The olden days, part I

Henry was playing pretend-fight. This was back in the days before indoor plumbing. During his game, the boy knocked over the outhouse. Sure that he’d get a whupping, he ran into the woods.

It was after dark when Henry sneaked back and, sure enough, his father was waiting. “Son, did you knock over the outhouse?”

“No, Pappy.”

“Well, let me tell you a story,” said the father. “Once, not that long ago, George Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out. Too late he realized he had cut down his mother’s favorite cherry tree.”

Henry’s father paused. “Just like you, he ran into the woods.” Henry felt his face turn red as his dad went on:

“When George came back, his pappy asked, ‘Did you cut down the cherry tree?’ George looked his father in the eye and said, ‘I cannot tell a lie. Yes, I did it.’ George’s father said, ‘Since you were honest with me, I won’t punish you.’”

Henry gulped. His father again asked, “Son, did you knock down the outhouse?”

“Pappy,” said Henry, “I cannot lie. Yes, it was me that did it.”

Then Henry’s father spanked him red, white, and blue. “Pappy,” whimpered Henry, “I told the truth! Why did you whup me?”

“Because,” came the answer, “George Washington’s father wasn’t in the tree when he chopped it down!”

The olden days, part II

Father Bill, the venerable old priest, visited the parish school now and then. He walked into the fourth grade class, where the children were studying the states, and asked how many states they could name. One by one they came up with about 40 names. Father Bill smiled and told them that in his day students knew the names of all of them.

Richie raised his hand and said, “Yes, Father, but in those days there were only thirteen.”

A deep thought

Do you realize that in about 40 years we’ll have millions of old ladies running around with tattoos?

And one more

Living in a nudist colony must take all the fun out of Halloween.

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Beauty regimens that won’t break the bank

Photo courtesy of Getty

(Family Features) When it comes to looking your best, it’s easy to spend a fortune. With manicures, pedicures, hair stylist appointments and facials, you can quickly run through your budget. Here are a few tricks to save money while looking great:

Skip the manicurist. Regular manicures and pedicures can be expensive, but if you’re willing to purchase the tools up front, you can save a great deal over time. To get started, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Beginning with clean nails, file or cut the nail into shape. Next, soak your nails in a bowl of warm water for about 3 minutes; for pedicures, soak feet a bit longer. Follow the soaking with a moisturizing lotion or cream. To get rid of dry skin on your feet, use a scrub or foot file. Then, using a cuticle remover, push the cuticle away from the nail gently; carefully trim any excess. Follow this process by adding polish to your nails, but before you do so, remove any oil with nail polish remover using a cotton swab, so as to protect the cuticle area. Apply a base coat, two coats of color and finish with a top coat.

Give yourself a facial. Opting for home facials can also help ease the burden of a beauty budget as well. Even the most basic of routines can really make a difference. Start by cleansing the skin and removing any makeup. Fill a pan with water and bring to a boil. Use a bath towel and drape it over the back of your head, then slowly and carefully lower your face over the steaming pot for several minutes.

Next you can use a gentle facial scrub, or you can make your own using 1 tablespoon of ground steel-cut oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of yogurt. If you’re looking to create a facial and body scrub, try mixing 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and apply before stepping into the shower.

Remember that the key to great skin is moisture, so be sure to apply body lotion and facial moisturizer just after you towel dry skin.

For information on how to save money on hair products, visit

www.suave.com/scalpsolutions or www.Facebook.com/SuaveBeauty.


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The insomnia wakeup call

Sleep deprivation is a serious health risk

(ARA) – It’s 3:30 a.m. and you’ve just rolled over in bed for what seems like the 500th time. As you watch the minutes on the clock tick by, all you can think about is how tired you are going to be tomorrow. While the cause of your insomnia may vary night to night, the outcome is still the same: you’re not asleep. You’re also not alone.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that somewhere between 50 and 70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders.

According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep disorders account for approximately $16 billion in annual health care costs, and Cornell University psychologist and sleep expert James Maas estimates that sleep deprivation and sleep disorders cost the American economy at least $150 billion a year.

Sleep deprivation is not only costly, but dangerous too. After a review of national behavioral health data, the CDC found that one in 20 adults reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in 30 days.

Short-term sleep loss can lead to slower reaction times, headaches, aches and pains, irritability, shorter attention span and hindered decision making.

The health effects of chronic insomnia are more difficult to study, largely because individuals with insomnia are oftentimes simultaneously suffering from other health ailments, and it becomes difficult to determine the difference between a direct correlation and a mere statistical association. However, there is documented association between sleep deprivation and diabetes, weight gain, hypertension, and lower immunity. All of these maladies can lead to even greater health problems, including heart failure, stroke, kidney disease and death.

Considering the risks of not sleeping, it is not surprising that so many people turn to pharmaceuticals for help. According to IMS Health, Americans spent about $2 billion on prescription sleep drugs in 2010. In 2010 alone, 60 million prescriptions for sleep aids were written.

Unfortunately, sleep aids carry their own medical risks. As is the case with many prescription drugs, there is a chance of increased tolerance and physical and psychological dependency. Many sleep aids on the market come with side effects that range from bizarre to dangerous. Sleep aids have been connected with various incidents of sleepwalking; everything from night eating to actually getting into vehicles and driving, while still asleep.

Most recently, a study by researchers at Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Centre in San Diego has linked hypnotic sleeping pills to a 4.6 percent greater risk of death and a 35 percent increased risk of cancer among regular pill users.

So is there another answer to alleviating insomnia? Maurice Bard, founder and CEO of Mediflow Inc., a company that makes waterbase cervical pillows, is hopeful. “Before turning to prescriptions or other more drastic measures, you should examine some non-pharmaceutical remedies that could help your sleep problems. The answer to your insomnia may be simpler than you think.”

Consider the following sleep tips:

Think of a relaxing place. Go on a virtual trip in your mind by picturing a place from childhood. Trace the roads and paths of this region until you arrive at a certain place. Usually, you’ll be sleeping before you arrive at your destination.

Expose yourself to bright lights when you wake up. Exposure to bright light early in the morning, typically for 30 to 40 minutes, has been shown to promote healthy habits and a good night’s sleep.

Change your pillow. The ideal pillow is one that helps you maintain natural alignment between your neck, head and spine as you shift positions during the night. Because people tend to change sleeping positions at multiple times during the night, finding the right pillow is not always easy. A waterbase pillow is a good solution, because the water gently disperses and fills the region between your shoulder and jaw, to maintain proper cervical support, no matter what position you sleep in.

Establish a routine. By keeping a regular bedtime, your body becomes trained to ritually wind down and speed up, thus bringing on sleep more consistently. Consider avoiding daytime naps, as they may alter your body’s natural sleep cycle. Abstaining from naps helps to keep the body on schedule.

“There is no single answer to insomnia,” Bard says. “But at Mediflow, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep. We firmly believe that combining the right products with a healthy lifestyle can help individuals create an overall sleep strategy that should help lessen sleep woes.”


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Losing with TOPS

Congratulations to the 2011 TOPS winners. What a great year!

Verta Giddings lost 18 lbs. to reach her goal and is our Chapter Royalty. She is the KOPS that lost the most weight to obtain goal. Bruce Hill also lost 8.25 lbs. to reach his goal and became a KOPS. Great work Verta & Bruce.

Division winners are: 

Division 1 first place with a loss of 32 lbs. was Tina Hansen.

Divison 3 first place with a loss of 14 lbs. was Barbara Lloyd-Trietch and Linda Sprik.

Division 3 second place with a loss of 13.50 lbs. was Leona Kroes-Benson.

Division 4 first place with a loss of 13.75 lbs. was Barb Smith.

Division 4 second place with a loss of 13.00 lbs. was Pat Fisk.

Tina Hansen holds the honor of being the top loser of the year with her loss of 32 pounds.

Bea Marvin and JoAnn DeKlyen received their 5 year KOPS pin and Donna Ripley received a 4 year KOPS pin. Debra Hill received a 2 year KOPS pin and a 1 year KOPS pin was given to Rhonda Hill and Ruth DeYoung. The KOPS pin represents the number of years one has maintained their goal weight.

TOPS also has 2 members Alice Powell and Yvonne Hendricks who have been members in TOPS MI 1229 Sand Lake since the 1970s. All members honored received a corsage, certificate, pins and money for their accomplishments.

TOPS MI 1229 Sand Lake is please to have several men in their chapter. They extend an open invitation for all men and women to join TOPS. This could be your year!

TOPS meet at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake on Tuesday mornings. Weigh in is from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. with a 45 minute meeting following weigh in. TOPS has many interesting programs to teach how to eat right and be more healthy. Anyone wanting additional information please call Martha at 616-696-1039.

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