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Archive | June, 2012

Catch of the week


Dan Randall, of Nelson Township, caught his first fish of the year on June 19, at Lime Lake, in Solon Township. His first fish was a beauty—a 22-inch walleye that weighed 3-1/2 lbs. He said it tasted good, too!

Congratulations, Dan, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

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Soccer teams place in tournaments

Three Tri County AYSO teams placed in this year’s AYSO Section 8 Tournament held on June 22-24, 2012, at the Creal Soccer Complex & Heritage Park in Coldwater, Michigan.

Three Tri County teams all finished in third place: The U10 girls team, the U12 girls team, and the U14 boys team (which had both boys and girls on the team). Some 70-plus teams were scheduled for the tournament.

Congratulations to you all!

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Baseball Tryout & Hitting Camp

Coast to Coast Baseball would like to invite local players (ages 10-18) to one of our upcoming tryout events. At the tryout, our staff will evaluate your skills in four areas; hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed.

Since the summer of 2001, over 2,500 athletes (ages 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 & 17-18) from 46 different states have participated in the Coast to Coast Baseball program. Our alumni now compete at every level of collegiate baseball…. and even professionally.

Players who are accepted to the program, may choose to represent the USA in competition in Puerto Rico, or work with top college coaches and pro scouts at one of our Florida or Arizona Camp & Showcase events held at a MLB spring-training complex.

In addition to the tryout, an instructional hitting camp will be held the same day. The goal of the camp is to help players improve hitting fundamentals as well as their mental approach at the plate. Events will be held at:

July 20     Genesee Fieldhouse     Grand Blanc, MI
July 21     Elite Baseball     Grand Rapids, MI
July 22     Capital City Baseball Kingdom     Lansing, MI
July 23     Albion College     Albion, MI

Tryout time at all events is 10 am. Hitting camp start time at all events is 2 pm.
For more information, players and parents can visit our website. Register for one or both events on our website www.CoastToCoastAthletics.com or by calling our office 740-373-4455.

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Weekly Fishing Tip

Catching a catfish in Michigan


Rodney Akey with record catfish.

The new state record flathead catfish caught on May 22 on the St. Joseph River has brought a relatively unheralded species into the daylight. The record flathead, which weighed 49.81 pounds and measured 45.7 inches, was caught by Rodney Akey of Niles, who was fishing with an alewife for bait. That’s one of the main differences with fishing for the flathead than other catfish species. Anglers often use live baitfish when pursuing flatheads, unlike the earthworms, shrimp or various stink-bait concoctions many catfish anglers use.

Flatheads tend to live in slow-flowing rivers where they typically inhabit deep holes. Veteran flathead anglers often pursue them at night, fishing on the bottom in the leading edge of the hole or on the flats upstream. Large minnows, small sunfish or cut suckers are preferred baits. Summer is the most popular season to fish for flatheads; what better time to get out and try your luck!

For more information on fishing for catfish, check out the Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them section of the DNR’s website. Go to Michigan.gov/dnr and then click on fishing, then angler information, and then “Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them.”


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Taking a summer road trip?

Tips for making the best of nighttime driving

(ARA) Summer is a great time for a road trip. With kids out of school and longer hours of daylight, many families will head out on the highway to a variety of summer vacation destinations. For many, nighttime driving will be an unavoidable necessity if they want to make the most of their vacation time.

It’s important to keep nighttime travel as safe, comfortable and convenient as possible for everyone who rides in your vehicle. If you’ll be driving at night during this summer’s vacation, here are some tips to help ensure you enjoy good travels:

Prepare your vehicle

Before you begin your trip, make sure your vehicle is in top shape for traveling at night. Take care of any necessary repairs or maintenance, no matter how minor they seem, including things like checking that tires are properly inflated and the air filter is clean and functioning properly.

Visibility is an important consideration for night driving. All windows, headlights and taillights should be clean and unclouded. Check headlights to ensure they’re properly aimed; poorly aligned headlights can make it difficult for you to see the road, and can blind drivers in other vehicles.

Don’t overlook the importance of comfort and convenience. Outfit your vehicle with accessories that will make operating it in the dark as easy as possible. For example, the Access Truck Bed LED Light attaches to any 12V power source in a pickup truck, SUV, boat or camper, and allows you to easily see important cargo areas at night. And, since it can be difficult to reach the far corners of a large cargo area, consider a Cargo Management kit, which includes a reaching tool to help access hard-to-reach cargo, and truck bed pockets that create extra storage to secure items that might otherwise roll around in the bed of the truck.

Look after your passengers

Before setting out on your summer driving trip, be sure interior climate controls function properly and that all passengers have the proper safety restraints. Infants and children should ride in the back seat throughout the trip.

Although it may be tempting to allow children to lay down in back seats and sleep during night drives, children should be properly buckled up whenever traveling in a vehicle. Put infants and toddlers in car seats appropriate for their weight and age. If children are younger than 12, shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, or less than 80 pounds, they should use a booster seat, according to SafeKids.org.

Do provide accessories like neck pillows, nightlights and soothing music to encourage kids to rest during nighttime driving.

Take care of yourself

As the driver, you are the most important piece of safety equipment in the vehicle. Make sure you are well rested before setting out on the road. Update eyewear prescriptions and take all necessary medications with you inside the vehicle so you’re not tempted to skip a dose while driving.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, but never drink alcohol and drive. The National Safety Council also recommends you avoid smoking while driving, since the nicotine and carbon monoxide in smoke can hinder night vision.

Finally, avoid frustrated driving by minimizing distractions. Plan your route before you leave home so that you don’t have to deal with confusion over where you’re going or the distraction of trying to figure out directions while driving. Ask your passengers to take any incoming phone calls or texts on your phone, unless you’re driving in an area that prohibits cell phone use in the car.

Families across the country look forward to summer vacation. With a little preparation and a few well-chosen supplies and accessories, you can help ensure every hour on the road is as safe, convenient and enjoyable as possible.

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Power take off

Many years ago I can remember growing up and spending a lot of time on my grandparents’ dairy farms. In the course of those years I learned a great deal about farming and life in general. I have always been fascinated by farm equipment, which follows me to this very day. At the ripe old age of eight, my grandfather needed me on the farm to help with the summer hay season. It would be my job to drive the tractor (AC WD45) pulling an old New Holland bailer.

On the farm, children seem to grow up much faster than other kids. I had been driving the garden tractor for a couple of years and the big rigs for minor things already. But before we went to the fields, grandpa told me there was a lesson to be learned about respecting the equipment. So he took me out to the tool shed where the tractor was hooked up to the bailer. After starting the tractor and the PTO, grandpa took a burlap sack and proceeded to explain to me how dangerous farming could be. His objective was to help me understand that I had to be alert at all times for the obvious and the unexpected.

Grandpa took the burlap bag and draped it over the moving PTO to the bailer and told me to watch. After a few seconds of watching, something snagged the bag and yanked it out of his hands faster than you could possibly imagine. The “whapping” noise the bag made as it kept hitting the draw bar is something I will never forget and a lesson well learned.
As I have aged and gained more experience in life, I have noted how temptation and sin resemble that old PTO. As human beings we have a fascination with temptation and sin. We try to see how close we can get without being contaminated or tarnished by it. And the closer we get, the more dangerous the footing and before you know it, “Whap, whap, whap!” Someone has wisely said that “sin will take you farther than you are willing to go, cost you more than you are willing to pay, and keep you longer than you wanted to stay” (author unknown).

My friend, don’t fool around with temptation and sin. The Bible tells us that we are to flee from these very things and find refuge in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And in those times when we get too close and get pulled in, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9 NKJV).

Pastor Jim Howard, Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs
233 S. Main St, Cedar Springs

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A City on a Hill

By Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

When that group of Separatists landed in the New World on the Mayflower, they landed at Plymouth Rock in a territory that would eventually become known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Colony became, obviously, the seedbed for the nation whose birthday we celebrate this week.
The Pilgrims were not very successful and, under a new charter, were replaced by the Puritans. The Puritans were governed by a man who continues to have influence on the New World—John Winthrop. Winthrop claimed that God had given the Puritans this new land in order to purify Christianity, to save this continent from being wasted, and to serve as an example to the Old World for building a model society.

John Winthrop delivered his most famous sermon to this end, before he even set foot on North American soil. Just off of the beach on the boat that had brought the Puritans to their new home, he preached: “We shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us. Keep his commandments and his laws that the Lord our God may bless us in the land we go to possess.”
This high idealism that a human nation, united with religious fervor, can serve the grand and glorious intentions of God has been written into this nation’s history and psyche; but these words have been terribly misappropriated. “City on a hill” language is verbiage that belongs in the realm of faith. No government or country can ever serve as the light of the world. Any earthly nation claiming otherwise has plagiarized the words of Jesus, attempting to use human power to birth what can only come into the world by the power of God.

Eugene Peterson makes this point eloquently clear. He says the North American church conspicuously embraces the way of the Empire while living “in Jesus’ name.” The church “replaces the Jesus way with the American way. Yes, the American way works, sometimes magnificently, in achieving grandly conceived ends. Wars are fought, wealth is accumulated, elections are won, and victories posted. But the means by which those ends are achieved leaves a lot to be desired.”

So with apologies to John Winthrop, do not expect government—any government—to be a City on a Hill. Expect great and noble things from governance; even demand it. But do not expect more than these can give.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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In Memory of My
Husband  & Grandsons

Wayne White
7-3-1915 to 7-17-1991
Joseph Wagner
3-7-1979 to 7-3-2011
Michael McCauley
7-7-1979 to 6-23-2011

Though your smile is gone forever
And your hand we cannot touch,
But we still have many memories
Of the ones we loved so much.
Your memories are our keepsake
With which we’ll never part.
And God has you in his keeping,
We have you in our hearts.

Sadly missed but not forgotten,
Your wife, Stella & grandmother
Son of Wanda & James Wagner
Husband of Carrie McCauley
And all our families

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In Memory of
Joyce “Jo”

1946 – 2004

8 Years

Deeply missed,
Husband, Family and Friends

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50th Anniversary

Curt & Lois Phillips

Curt & Lois Phillips of Sand Lake are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The happy duo were married June 30th 1962 at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs.

Mr. & Mrs. Phillips have two children, Tim (Beth) Phillips, Michelle (Jeff) Paepke. Three grandchildren, Kari (Larry) Magoon, Andrew & Nathan Phillips and one great-grandson, Dylan Paepke, all of Sand Lake.
Curt & Lois have always enjoyed traveling & camping with family.
If you would like to congratulate them, you may mail a card to 16051 Sipple Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343.

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