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Archive | August, 2012

Red Hawks to host pink game

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team will host a “pink” game to raise money to fight breast cancer on Friday, September 28, and they are asking for the community’s help to support the cause.

Senior Football Captain Baylee Sterling, and his mom, Wendy Guillard, are organizing the event, and said that proceeds generated from the game will go toward the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Both the football players and cheerleaders will wear pink jerseys during the game against Forest Hills Eastern, and they looking for families of survivors or those who have lost someone to breast cancer to sponsor the jerseys for $40. Victims’ names will go on the back of the jersey, and the families will be presented the jersey at the end of the game. Anyone interested in donating toward or sponsoring a jersey should contact the Cedar Springs High School Athletic Office at 696-9080 or mail it to 204 E. Muskegon, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Orders are needed by September 10.

Other ways to donate include buying a raffle ticket or t-shirt. Fans will have the chance to win some great prizes from area businesses in a raffle they are holding during the game. And, starting this week, fans can purchase a t-shirt for $10 at all JV and Varsity home games.

This will be the first “pink” event for the Red Hawks. Please show your support!

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Tri County mini Relay for Life challenges businesses

Local businesses are being challenged to participate and raise money in Tri County’s Mini Relay for Life, on Friday, September 28. The relay will take place at the Tri County High School and will bring together the school and community to raise money for the American Cancer Society in Montcalm County .

The event will be an evening to celebrate survivorship, remember those lost, and raise money for research, education, advocacy and patient support programs.

It will begin at 4 p.m. at Tri County High School, with a tailgating party that will include fun for the whole family, with inflatables, face painting and great food. Following the tailgate will be the opening ceremonies for Relay for Life at 6:45 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., the

Tri County Vikings Varsity Football team will take on the Ludington Orioles. The Vikings will be wearing special commemorative purple jerseys. Half time will include a survivor’s walk, honoring our community members who have fought and continue to fight cancer. At 10 p.m., walkers from the relay teams will take the track. The event will conclude at 12:30 a.m. with closing ceremonies.

The challenge therefore is to area businesses and community members to join in this epic community event and put a team together to participate in the Tri County Mini Relay for Life. All grade levels in Tri County Schools challenge you to try to raise more money than them! Several businesses have already signed up and organized teams.

The Tri County High School and Middle School are both participating in a Penny War to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Mac Naughton Elementary will be introducing their “Bee Your Best” schoolwide philosophy to their students, and incorporate the characteristics of caring & citizenship, by selling the American Cancer Society’s Purple Footprints to our community. The grade level raising the most money to fight cancer, will receive a banner recognizing their efforts. The school or business that raises the most money to fight cancer in our community will receive a sign recognizing their efforts.

Local businesses or community members wishing to organize a team to participate in the event may contact Mary Overbeek (616) 970-0897 or Carrie Paulen (231) 519-0562.

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From the Pulpit: Trust and faith in God

The Bible tells us that when we put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and obey His commandments, we are bound to achieve great and marvelous things through Him. However, many of us have been involved in situations that resulted in frustration and disappointment. We thought we had faith in God’s power only to see the results not go our way. Sometimes we need a clearer understanding of what faith really is.

Faith is not just a concept that fulfills a mere wish. True faith is complete confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ that makes us follow His footsteps (Hebrew 11:1). In the book of Daniel, we are reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who refused to worship the golden image created by King Nebuchadnezzar. Because of their stand for God, they were thrown into a fiery furnace. In faith, they believed that their God could deliver them. Their perseverance demonstrated the elements that are required of true faith in God, and they came out without a single burn. They trusted in God, even if things would not have turned out as they had expected. Faith in Jesus Christ calls for total reliance on Him, even when some things do not always make sense to us. The trio knew they could trust in Him because they understood His nature, which does not change. They understood that God is in control of everything in Heaven and on the earth.

God has given us an opportunity to choose and to decide. Sometimes we are bound to be tested and he again assures us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that he will never let us be tempted beyond what we can endure. After the great challenges that we must all undergo, we can be victorious and emerge as stronger men and women of God. It’s not necessary that we go looking for trials and tribulations. They will find us. But when faced with them, our Heavenly Father gives us strength to overcome.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 -10, Paul was assured by the Savior that His grace is sufficient and that his strength is made perfect in weakness. Paul’s response was amazing. He said, I take pleasure in my infirmities, in accusations, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for the sake of Christ. He realized that during his very weakest moment it is when he became very strong. Not strong in his own might, but strong in the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower and live in him.

When we trust in God, He is more than willing to provide help when we desperately need it. It doesn’t matter how challenging the situation is. This gives God’s spirit room to live in our heart so that He can constantly talk to us and lead us in the right direction. True faith is based on trusting the Lord Jesus Christ and His ever willing desire to meet our needs. Daniel 3:15 says, “For surely He blesses and prospers only those who fully trust in Him.”

Faith in Jesus Christ is more than a system, tradition, or belief. He is a Person who knows our needs, feels our pain, and sympathizes with our weaknesses. In exchange for our trust, He offers to forgive our sins, to intercede for us, and to bring us to His Father. He cried for us, died for us, and rose from the dead to show that He was all He claimed to be. Conquering death, He showed us that He can save us from our sins, live His life through us on earth, and then bring us safely to Heaven. He offers Himself as a gift to anyone who will trust and follow Him (John 20:24-31).

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

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Thank You

We would like to thank everyone for the love and support we receive as we continue to heal from the loss of Todd. To our family, friends, community, Msgr. Stewart, Sister Bernie, Holy Family Parish, Cursilistas, Knights of Columbus, Brent Beuschel and Beuschel Funeral Home, the staff at Metron; you all have been amazingly supportive and helpful.

Thank you. God Bless.

Carl & Deb Allen

Laura, Drew & Piper Felsted

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Thank you Howard City Fire Department

Thank You Howard CIty Fire DepartmentThe family of Gordon R. Smith would like to thank the Howard City Fire Department, the Morley Area Fire Deparrmnet and rescue squad, and the many friends and relatives for the honorable show of support to Mr. Smith. He served on the Morley Area Fire Department for 52 years. The American flag was displayed in the center of the street from the ladder of the Howard City Fire Deparment’s large truck which led his funeral procession, and followed by the Morley Fire Department and rescue squad trucks. The Morley Fire Department trucks were in the front of the station as they passed by. Mr. Smith was in the US Marines during the Korean conflict and a member of the American Legion #554 in Morley and serverd on the Deerfield Township Board for many years. He was 79 years old when he lost his battle with cancer on August 15, 2012.

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Roger on Main Street

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The fight over building a new U.S./Canada bridge is kind of funny. The owner of the current bridge has become mega-rich from tolls. He’s now spending millions to convince us that another bridge would cost us a fortune in tax money. He claims the tolls would not cover the cost.

Well, Canada thinks there’s money to be made and it wants to foot the entire bill for the bridge and highway access. So the current bridge owner has offered to pay for another bridge himself. If it is such a bad moneymaking deal, why would he want to build another?

Very suspicious. Maybe that first bridge has been so lucrative he’d do anything to keep his monopoly.

My advice: keep an eye on any Michigan legislators who vote against a second bridge.

Senior thinking

A worried senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know,“that the medication you prescribed for me has to be taken for the rest of my life?”

“Yes, I’m afraid so,” the doctor told her.

There was a moment of silence. Then the lady replied, “I’m confused about how serious my condition is, because this prescription is marked NO REFILLS.”

Truck driver thinking

Brian was driving his truck down the highway when he approached a bridge with a sign saying, “12 foot max headroom.” He slowed down, wondering if he could drive under it or not.

“Oh, let’s give it a try,” he thought, only to discover that his truck got stuck underneath.

Brian looked things over, then got back in his seat, poured out a cup of coffee and lit a cigarette. A cop arrived a short time later and knocked on the cab door.

“What do you think you’re doing?” demanded the cop.

“I’m having a break from work,” Brian said.

The cop looked skeptical. “What kind of work is that?” he asked.

“I deliver bridges,” replied Brian.

Crazy thinking

Sam went to a psychiatrist. “Doc,” he said, “I’ve got trouble. Every time I get into bed I think there’s somebody under it. So I get under the bed and I think there’s somebody on top. I’m worried sick. You gotta help me.”

“I can handle that,” said the doctor. “Come to me three times a week and I’ll cure your fears.”

“How much do you charge?” Sam asked.

“A hundred dollars per visit.”

“I’ll sleep on it,” said Sam.

Six months passed and the doctor met Sam on the street. “Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?” asked the doctor.

“For a hundred dollars a visit?” Sam said. “A bartender cured me for ten bucks.”

“Is that so! How?”

“He told me to cut the legs off the bed.”

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Postscript to the Editor

The truth and nothing but the truth

Our former City Manager is now history, and as the dust settles from the fallout of the Red Flannel Festival vs. the City of Cedar Springs, we will probably never know who falsified or told the whole truth. As a merchant on Main Street, it sure leaves me disillusioned as to where we all go from here. I, for one, having lived here all of my life, can’t seem to comprehend how we can have one without the other. History proves that nations fall when divided, so I am sure cities do the same.

Written with a saddened heart,

“Amish Bob” Truesdale, Cedar Springs

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Journey coming to Grand Rapids

With special guests Pat Benatar and Loverboy Nov. 10

Classic American Rock band Journey is heading out on a spectacular tour that will bring them to Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on November 10. Journey will be joined by Grammy winner Pat Benatar, featuring Neil Giraldo, and Canadian rockers Loverboy.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at The Van Andel Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are $45, $65 and $99.50 with the largest percentage of the house only $30.

Journey’s current tour comes after the release of “Eclipse,” which marked the latest chapter in a career that started more than 35 years ago. The band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. Its Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times Platinum. Top tunes include “Any Way You Want It”, “Faithfully”, “Wheel In The Sky”, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” and of course, “Don’t Stop Believin.’”

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo can be classified as one of the most successful couples in rock and roll. With an impressive collection of multi-platinum albums, Top 40 singles, Grammys and American Music Awards, plus rave reviews and countless sold-out concerts, the Benatar/Giraldo partnership remains an unstoppable force in the music industry. Iconic 80’s anthems that never seem to fade include “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” among others.

Loverboy, introduced themselves to the world in 1980 with their self-titled debut album. They quickly became one of MTV’s most popular rock bands. From 1980 through 1987, the band garnered four multi-Platinum albums and numerous

international Gold albums. Last week Tuesday, Loverboy released “Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival” and features nine newly rerecorded hits, as well as three brand new songs.

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Play about life of Ernie Harwell comes to Grand Rapids

Hospice of Michigan is bringing Mitch Albom’s family-friendly play honoring the life of Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell to West Michigan, for a two-week run in September as a special fundraiser.

“Ernie,” which played to sold-out houses when it debuted in Detroit last summer, is set on Ernie Harwell’s last night at Comerica Park, when the Hall of Fame broadcaster is about to give a moving thank you to a grateful city. Just before he walks onto the grassy field, he encounters an unusual boy who is eager to know all about him, coaxing Harwell into giving one final broadcast—the broadcast of his life.

Albom, a longtime friend of Harwell and his family, has had many inquiries about taking the play on the road, but turned them all down until Hospice of Michigan asked him to bring the show to Grand Rapids. The play kicks off its 12-performance run at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Sept. 12, with an Opening Day event that will feature Albom, Harwell’s son Bill and well-known Detroit Tiger alumni.

Tickets for opening day are $250 and can be found at www.hom.org. Tickets for other performances are $30 each, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Proceeds from the play will benefit HOM’s Open Access Program, which provides care to those who need help, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay. Each year, HOM provides end-of-life care for more than 200 West Michigan residents each day.

“Ernie Harwell has been a true treasure for the state of Michigan,” said Marcie Hillary, executive director of Hospice of Michigan/West Michigan. “Throughout his life, he served as a role model for what’s truly important: family, graciousness, civility and giving back.”

“Ernie” debuted in April 2011, nearly a year after Mr. Harwell lost a 10-month battle with cancer. It played to sold-out houses at the City Theatre in Detroit, just one block from Comerica Park. It was brought back by popular demand for a three-month run in Detroit that ended a few weeks ago.

The 90-minute play boasts many unmistakable Harwell calls and features actual footage from historic baseball moments, supplied courtesy of Major League Baseball. Tiger fans will get a glimpse of the time that Ernie met the Great Bambino and Ty Cobb. They’ll witness how he recreated games in his early days, and what was behind his broadcasts of the Tigers’ 1968 and 1984 World Series.

In real life, Harwell and Albom spoke often about doing a stage play one day. Albom, the hugely successful playwright behind “Tuesdays with Morrie,” was willing to collaborate with Harwell, but in 2009 Harwell’s health faded and the project had to be shelved. After Ernie’s death in May 2010, Albom picked up the pen again, and the result reached audiences in April of the following year.

“Ernie’s story transcends sports,” Albom said. “It’s a story of 20th century Americana and a love affair with baseball and a childhood sweetheart. Ernie went through the Depression, World War II, and the segregation of sports. He also called some of the grandest moments ever witnessed on a ball field. It’s an honor to bring such a rich character to the stage, especially for so many fans who loved him.”

“Ernie” features the talents of Will David Young, who portrays the legendary announcer with an uncanny and often startling similarity to his one-of-a-kind voice. Young has appeared in many of Michigan’s professional theaters including The Purple Rose, the Performance Network, the Detroit Repertory Theatre and the Boarshead Theater.

Young is joined by Timothy “TJ” Corbett, who plays the Boy in this 90-minute retrospective of the famed broadcaster’s life. A recent theater graduate, Corbett founded and ran a small theater company, Hole in the Wall, which then went on to perform at the college circuit and in Southeastern Michigan.

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Tips for Buying Kids’ Shoes

(Family Features) When it comes to buying shoes for your children, there are so many different styles available; it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which one to choose. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your child needs proper foot support during childhood’s growth years is critical.

A child’s foot can grow up to about the age of 18, and the most important development happens in the first seven years. Here is a quick look at how fast kids’ feet grow:

Under 12 months old, every 2 months.

12 months to 2.5 years old, every 3 months.

2.5 to 4 years old, every 4 months.

From 4 to 6 years old, every 6 months.

Shoes that do not fit properly can be uncomfortable and unhealthy. That is why it is important to always measure a child’s feet before buying shoes. Every shoe fits differently, so do not buy shoes based solely on the size printed on the shoebox. Make sure your child tries on every shoe and watch them as they walk to make sure they seem comfortable and fit properly.

Shoe Buying Tips

When you find shoes that you like, hold them in your hand and examine them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), experts in foot health and development, recommends you look for the following features:

Flexibility. Typically, the younger the child, the thinner and more flexible the soles should be. The sole should be easily flexible and be able to bend in your hand without effort. It should bend with your child’s toes – where the ball of the foot will be, rather than in the middle of the shoe.

Toe room. While your child is standing, you should be able to press about a half inch, roughly a finger’s width, between the longest toe and the front of the shoe. The area of the shoe just below the laces should crease when your baby takes a step.

Materials. The upper part of the shoe should be made of breathable materials such as leather, rather than synthetic materials. The insoles should be cushioned for comfort. Feel around inside the shoe for irregularities in stitching, glue or stapling. Look for a stiff heel cup. Press on both sides of the heel counter. It should not collapse.

To help parents find shoes that fit properly, here are some helpful shoe buying tips:

Make sure to see a professional trained in fitting shoes for infants, toddlers and young children. For example, Stride Rite’s Fit Training Program received the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The seal recognizes products evaluated by a committee of podiatrists that contribute to better foot health.

Have your child’s feet measured every 2 to 3 months until toddler years, then every 3 to 4 months after that.

Feet are seldom precisely the same size. Always buy for the larger foot.

Do not buy shoes that need “breaking in.” Shoes should be comfortable from the beginning. Observe your child walking around in both shoes for longer than a few minutes. Then, check each foot to make certain there are no irritation marks.

Make sure the shoe is not too heavy. A heavy shoe can make your child walk irregularly, preventing the development of a normal walking pattern.

If a child complains of foot pain or discomfort, schedule a check-up with your local podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care.

To learn more, and to find a retail store near you, visit www.striderite.com. To learn more about APMA, visit www.apma.org.

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