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Archive | January, 2013

Cold weather dangerous for pets

_N-Pets-in-cold-weatherFrom the ASPCA


Brrrr—it’s cold outside! The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.

Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol.

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

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Check road conditions with State Police

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post would like to remind motorists to check the MSP Winter Travel Advisory before heading out on the roads.  The MSP Winter Travel Advisory is available at www.michigan.gov/roadconditions or by calling 1-800-381-8477.

The Winter Travel Advisory provides road conditions for the state’s freeways and trunk lines based on reports from public safety personnel working throughout Michigan. These roads are the first to be cleared during winter weather.  Road conditions for rural and county roads are not available, however it is unusual for conditions on these roads to be better than those listed for area freeways.

The MSP Winter Travel Advisory is updated at least twice a day from information provided by law enforcement and public safety personnel working throughout Michigan. The advisory is posted online from November to March each year.

As a reminder, driving too fast for road conditions is the number one cause of traffic crashes during the winter season. The MSP encourages travelers to check the Winter Travel Advisory Web site for information and use their own best judgment when traveling this winter. If weather conditions appear too severe for travel, they most likely are.

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Middle school holds geography bee

Hunter Hall

Hunter Hall

On January 17, Cedar Springs Middle School competed in its 7th consecutive Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic.

Each of the 16 Social Studies classes sent their two best geography students to represent their class in the school bee this year. The contestants were tested on their knowledge of the geographic features of the United States.

The students were given a series of questions and were knocked out of the competition when they answered their third question incorrectly—a simple three strikes and you’re out method. It took over 40 questions to get the group of 32 down to the top five. Finishing in 5th place was Patrick Fliearman.

For the first time ever, the same question eliminated 3 boys, who all ended up with a tie for second place. Brandon Kramer, Jacob Outwin and Brandyn Kirchhoff all earned their third strike on the same question.

Eighth-grader Hunter Hall executed a perfect final round to earn the victory. The final question that eliminated the boys was:

“Horse racing is an important activity around Lexington in what state?” (Check your answer at end of story.)

Hunter is an 8th grader in Mr. Glyshaw’s class and is an all-around excellent student and one day hopes to attend Ferris State University. He is the son of Kevin and Amy Hall of Cedar Springs. He will find out in the coming weeks if he is selected to move on to the second round of competition at Western Michigan University.

The answer to the Geography Bee question is: Kentucky.

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Man arrested in fatal accident case

A 24-year-old Howard City man has been charged with the hit and run death last July of Scott Michael Gregory, 25, also of Howard City.

Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett

Ryan Patrick Bennett was arraigned January 18 and released on bond on two felony charges, Operating while intoxicated causing death and Reckless driving causing death, in connection with the July 20 traffic crash that led to Gregory’s death.

Bennett was the initial target of the investigation, and it is believed he was headed home when he struck and killed Gregory.

The initial story was that he saw a body lying in West Edgerton Street shortly before 2:30 a.m., on Friday, July 20. He then proceeded home (a few blocks away) and told his father, who called 911. He was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated.

Evidence recovered from Bennett’s vehicle was analyzed by the Michigan State Police crime lab and connected Bennett’s vehicle to the crash.

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Two arrested in home invasions

Kent County Sheriff investigators have identified and arrested two subjects in connection with numerous daytime home invasions that have occurred over a four-month period.

Arrested was Patrick Arthur Keeshan, 42, of Grand Rapids, and Marwan Hassan Tawachi, 31, of Gowen.


Patrick Keeshan


Marwan Tawachi

Authorities said that the offenses have occurred all over Kent County and neighboring Ionia County, and that much of the stolen property was pawned or sold. Detectives are still attempting to identify additional victims. It is believed the two are responsible for more than 30 Home Invasions that targeted jewelry.

Keeshan was charged with two counts of Home Invasion 2nd Degree, one count of Resisting and Opposing an Officer, habitual offender-3rd offense, and habitual offender-4th offense. Bond was set at $50,000.

Tawachi was charged with two counts of Home Invasion 2nd Degree, habitual offender-3rd offense, and habitual offender-4th offense. Bond was set at $50,000.


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Fake Auto Insurance Scam

Fraudulent No-Fault Certificates through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid

The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation (OFIR) is warning Michigan drivers that they may have unknowingly purchased fraudulent automobile insurance certificates from an unlicensed individual reportedly issued through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid.

An OFIR investigation found that Mervin Graber, an unlicensed individual, was selling bogus policies through Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid.  OFIR ordered Mervin Graber and Tennessee Christian Motorist Aid to cease and desist from conducting unlicensed and fraudulent insurance activity.

“Any driver who purchased fake auto insurance from Mervin Graber needs to purchase legitimate coverage immediately,” OFIR Commissioner Kevin Clinton said. “Right now they’re driving without insurance.” Drivers are urged to contact OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442 if they believe they may have bought a fraudulent policy from Mervin Graber. OFIR can assist consumers in determining whether they have proper auto coverage.

All insurance producers (agents) and agencies in Michigan are required to be licensed to sell insurance and all insurance companies must be authorized to write in Michigan.  Consumers are advised to check to see if an insurance agent, agency, and insurance company are properly licensed to do business in Michigan by visiting: www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,7-154-10555_13251_13262—,00.html

OFIR has handed the results of its investigation over to the proper law enforcement agencies.
A copy of OFIR’s cease and desist order can be found at: www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/MGraber_TN_Christian_Motorist_Aid_408433_7.pdf

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Bring in the Light

 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn” (Isaiah 60:1-3).

It is said that in its hey day, the Temple of Jerusalem was like a beacon on a hill. Against the backdrop of the drab hill surrounding it, the whitewashed walls of the Temple could be seen for miles. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:14-16).

Looking back at this past year, we have seen a lot of dark. There is world unrest, natural disasters, families struggling and way too many predictions of the end of the world. When I was in Sunday school as a young boy, we used to sing “this little light of mine” and we learned not to cover our “fin-ger-light” with the cup of our hand. How can we keep the light of Christ alive in us? What needs to happen to bring the light of Christ to our fami-lies, our church and to our community? What needs to change so that the light can continue to shine?

This year we have seen a change in the marketplace because of the ban of some incandescent bulbs but new kinds of bulbs are now available. The new bulbs are supposed to be more efficient and use less energy but some prefer the ones like Edison developed over 130 years ago. It is good that we have new and better bulbs because the kinds of darkness seem to also be growing.

Our increasing addiction to technology has yielded more isolation and people lonely for a real personal relationship. If there was ever a time for the church, it is now. Like our light bulbs, people need to be connected to the source of power in order for the light of Christ to shine through. People need to grow in love in order be a help through the darkness that we see all around us.

This year let us model our mission using the different kinds of light bulbs as examples.

Incandescent-Let us be reliable and universal in bringing the light. Even though some of our models are being discontinued, let us continue to show how easy it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ and let them know that there are still a lot of us around.

CFLs (compact Fluorescent lights)-Let people know that the church can change and there are new ways of bringing the light while being good stew-ards of our time and energy. We can pack a lot into our lives and still have energy left over to help others.

LEDs (light emitting diode)-Show those around us that God’s word is still relevant, even though we live in a much different world than we did 130 years ago. Let us continue to improve ourselves and adapt to new chal-lenges with a light that cannot be easily broken.

Sometimes we need to include all the different kinds of light, including all those who are helping us light this world with the light of Christ—the one light that we all point to. May 2013 find you letting your light shine no matter what kind of bulbs you use.

Pastor Herb VanderBilt

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs

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5-27-28 – 1-24-98

In Loving Memory

It’s been 15 years since

God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around you

And whispered, “Come to Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you,

And saw you pass away,

And though we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands at rest,

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

His plan is always best.

Loving you forever,

Bob, children, grandchildren, and great



We miss you every day.

Love you,

Sue & Rod Mosher


Grandma Townes,

We will never forget what you would always say to us: A bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck.

Love you & miss you,

Ken & Peter Mosher

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Dr. Richard L. Jeruzal

4-C-JeruzalDr. Richard L. “Dick” Jeruzal born in Manistee, Michigan, December 13, 1946, departed this world and went to be with his Lord, Friday, January 18, 2013, at the age of 66 after a short illness. He was predeceased by his parents, Evelyn and Arnold Jeruzal, his parents-in-law, Minnie and Russ Hutson, and his Goddaughter, Britt Sommerfield. He is survived by his much loved wife, Rosemary nee Hutson, his sister, Patricia and Michael Brougham, of Beulah, his sisters-and brothers-in-law, Pat and Mike Piechocki, Bob and Sue Hutson, his nieces, nephews and their children, Colin and Rachel (Thomas) Brougham of Alanson, Justin Brougham his Godson of Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Piechocki (Jack, Eden, Becca and Josh), Kristine and Mike Johnson (Joe and Ashley, Tony and Sarah, and Ally), Marne and Roger Marshall-Behymer (Noah and Gabbie), Eric Hutson, Molly and Tony Campbell (Emma and Madi) and special aunt and uncle, Mary and Bud VanderWeide, his Goddaughter, Michelle Henning of Nashua, New Hampshire, his incredible CedarRock Dental Care Family, Barb, Cheryl, Jen, Lisa, Lynn, Jodi, and Dr. B and his amazing patients. He also leaves behind many dear friends, especially Barb and Dave Blanden, Judy and Paul Jensen, his four-legged kids, his boy Deuce and little girl, Elke. Announcing he would be a dentist at the age of 8, he followed that passion studying at Alma College, then The University of Detroit Dental school. He returned to teach in the dental schools at U of D and The University of Michigan after beginning his practice in 1972. He was devoted to his cherished patients. He loved all U of M athletics, time with friends and family, Lake Michigan, the “mitten”, fishing trips with Dave and Brian, history, the Tigers, travels by boat, RV or airplane. Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 4865 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be at the church Thursday and Friday from 5-9PM and one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Dr. Richard L. Jeruzal Endowed Scholarship Fund of Alma College, 614 W. Superior St., Alma, MI 48801, would be greatly appreciated. An online registry is available at OfieldFuneralHome.com

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Kenneth Robert Hunter

In loving memory of

Kenneth Robert Hunter

who passed away one year ago

May 10, 1953 to January 28, 2012


Your wish was that we who were left behind not grieve, but

party and enjoy life because you knew how precious life

truly was. So many of your dreams came true here on earth

and you shared the joy you felt with those of us who loved

you. Hearing your beautiful laugh and seeing the deep and

unconditional love in your eyes are special memories that

give me strength each day that goes by. You never hesitated

to tell us you loved us or to give a hug or a kiss or to enjoy all

of the beauty around you each day. Your reminders to live,

listen, feel, think, hope and love are lessons we continue to

learn as time goes on……you loved with nothing held back

and changed my life forever.

Deeply and sadly missed by his wife Paula and his Family

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