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Archive | February, 2013

Pat Sampson

9-C-SampsonMrs. Pat Sampson, age 66, of Sand Lake, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013. She grew up in Rockford and was a 1965 graduate of Rockford High School. Pat worked at Amway, and then enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at White Sands. After serving during the Vietnam War, Pat worked for the Post Office, drove school buses, and then worked for Argersinger-Morse Construction where she drove the Readi Mix truck and worked on the bridges from M-46 north to Luther. She met Duane who was her job superintendent, and they were married on February 16, 1985. Pat was a risk taker, liked horses and all animals, camping, and enjoyed woodworking and crafting. She was a member of the Trail Riders Association and had a life-time membership in the American Legion. She is survived by her husband, Duane; children, Carl Bjork, Andrew and Patricia Sampson, Wendy Marie and Rick Pawlak, and Daniel and Patti Sampson; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more. She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Ann Bjork, and her sister, Nancy Althea. The service for Mrs. Sampson was held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service on Wednesday. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, PO Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Milo J. Schuitema

9-C-SchuitemaMr. Milo J. Schuitema, age 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Savior on Monday, February 25, 2013. He was a 1947 graduate of Rockford High School, served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, and was employed by Lear Siegler until 1991, retiring after 23 years.  Milo was a faithful member of Pierson Bible Church. He is survived by his wife, Margery (nee Beemer) whom he married on December 12, 1992; children, Marsha and Jim Powell, Mike and Kim Schuitema, Sue and John O’Dowd,/ Judy Simmons, Allen and Teresa Hayman, Richard and Lily Hayman, Robert Hayman, Rickey Hayman; many special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, Mrs. Marg Kronberg, Larry and Cosy Schuitema, Bob and Jeanne Schuitema, Bernard and Marie Schuitema, Dorothy and John Lanting; sister-in-law, Mrs. Maria Schuitema; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Patricia Pierson, on July 15, 1991, and brother and sister, Blaine and Mrs. Beatrice Winters, and brother-in-law, Ernest Kronberg. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Schuitema will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Pierson Bible Church with Pastor Thomas Sluys and Pastor Darwyn Hassert officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Pierson Bible Church, 101 W. Grand Street, Pierson, MI or Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 12:00 (noon) until the time of service on Saturday.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Walk On

Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

In ancient Jerusalem there was a pool of water called Bethesda. The location served as an impromptu hospital ward, a collection point for the sick. Jesus made a visit there and found a lame man lying alongside Bethesda’s waters and healed him.

Then, he gave the now-made-well man practical instructions: “Pick up your mat and walk.” This wasn’t to get the man’s bed out of the way. Jesus was saying, “Get it out of here so that you won’t come back to it!” This former invalid, the best we can tell, had been coming to Bethesda for the better part of four decades. That is a long time to waste lying alongside a bubbling brook. And now that he was empowered to live a better, healthier life, it would be easy for him to fall back into old habits. Jesus wanted this stretcher removed so that the man would not have the temptation to return to it.

This olden story predates today’s advances in neuroscience, but Jesus already knew what researches have confirmed in recent decades: When habits are formed, the brain actually changes. Routines—good or bad—cause neurons in the brain to alter their patterns. So in the process of breaking a habit, the brain must also be “rewired” to not only change a person’s behavior, but to change the firing of synopses inside his head.

If we are going to live a transformed life, there must be a grace-infused commitment not to return to those former ways, habits, persons, lifestyles, and behaviors that will only take us back to an unhealthy way of life. The door to the past has to be slammed shut. Obstacles have to be put in the way to keep us from returning to old ways of thinking and old ways of acting. Spiritual reprogramming and rewiring has to take place.

That is why Jesus told this man to get his mat and get out, because that was the only way he could remove himself from this dead-end, superstitious pool-sitting that would only enslave him, not heal him.

So while we all will have to carry the burden of our yesterdays, our wasted days, and our years of regret—the mats and stretchers we used to rely upon—God’s grace and healing will lighten that burden. And that same grace will help us to walk on, never returning to who we once were.

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.me.


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Hometown Happenings

Auditions for May Musical

Feb. 28:Auditions for the upcoming musical original play, Old Folks at Home, will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs, MI on Thursday, Feb 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and on Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon. This play is written and directed by Scott Phillips and this will be its first performance. Practices will begin in late March and continuing until performances on the last two weekends in May. The cast includes men, women and children of various ages. Come and try out…don’t be shy. For additional information contact Scott Phillips at 696-3746. #9


Snowmobile Museum Grand Opening

Mar. 3: The Grand Opening and Vintage Show of the West Michigan Snowmobile and Library will be Sunday, March 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. Located at 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. Our goal is to introduce the museum, to have 100 snowmobiles on display and to enjoy our old and new friends. Please join us. #9


Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 4: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, March 4, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. All dinners are $9, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking, take out is available. 616-696-9160. #9


Wild Game Dinner

Mar. 4: Great food, good friends and lots of hunting stories. Monday March 4 at 6:30 pm at Heritage UMC, 19931 W. Kendaville, Howard City. Please bring a hot dish and either a salad or dessert to share. Free, no cost. #9


TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 5: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support 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. In case of inclemeent weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #5


Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

Mar. 9: A benefit spaghetti dinner for the Mike Tibbe Family will be held on March 9 at the American Legion Hall in Cedar Springs. Dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and the auction starts at 7 pm. $6 per plate, $10 for two and $18 for four. #8-10p


Mom-2-Mom Sale

Mar. 9: On Saturday, March 9 from 9 am to 1 pm Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church will host a Mom-2-Mom Sale, 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, just north of 12 Mile Rd. Come browse 45 tables of gently used toys, clothes, and other child-rearing gear and find the bargain you’ve been looking for. Refreshments are on the house; no door fee for shoppers. Dads are welcome too! #9,10p


Rummage Sale at Cedar Springs United Methodist

Mar. 13-14: Come check out the good buys on clothing and household items! Wednesday, March 13 from 9 am – 7 pm and Thursday March 14 from 9 am – 2 pm. Bag Day Sale on Thursday. The church is located at the corner of Main and Church Sts., Cedar Springs. #9,10p


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Heroes behind the badge


Law Enforcement Documentary to be shown in Rockford


A documentary film that takes an in-depth look at law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, is coming to West Michigan.

-ENT-Heroes-behind-the-badgeThe 90-minute film by Modern City Entertainment was produced in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was filmed throughout the United States. Heroes Behind the Badge highlights the lives of our fallen officers and the enormous impact their passing has had on their family members, colleagues, and community.

The film also features the stories of three officers who narrowly escaped their assailants. These living legends share their personal insights about how their near-fatal encounters have affected their lives. Heroes Behind the Badge also highlights National Police Week events held in Washington, DC, including the annual May 13th Candlelight Vigil and the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day service held at the U.S. Capitol on May 15.

Heroes Behind The Badge will be shown on Saturday, March 2, at the Rockford High School Auditorium Performing Arts Center at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Check out the Cedar Springs Garden Club

By Sandy McEwen


The Cedar Springs Garden Club is open to the public and there is room for you!

The Cedar Springs Garden Club is a comparatively young club, having registered with the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1998. Before that there were various citizens doing the landscaping favors for the city and schools that would make our community a pretty place. So, the Cedar Springs Garden Club has followed in that tradition and also kept the informal style that marks our country town. Original rules that are still followed are: 1) Must like to eat, 2) Like to get dirty in the soil, and 3) Must like children!

We have been discussing various horticulture topics to learn from one another at our meetings. In March, we will hear Caroline Bartlett about Episcia horticulture and African Violet propagation, and from Lynn Drown we will hear about how she grew a 517-pound pumpkin. We will also discuss whatever the president sees as current business of the club.

Soon there will be a District IV event, the Flower Show at the Home and Garden Show at DeVos Place, February 28 through March 3. At the end of May, there will be a state convention at Holland, in which we will have some part.

With both home and on-site meetings in the past few years, the club may have been somewhat hard to find. To help become more welcoming, we are now meeting at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, on the second Tuesday of most months at 7 p.m. We use the parking lot side door and the all-purpose room. Check with Sandy McEwen at 696-8660 to confirm a meeting.


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Car care tips that can extend the life of your vehicle

(BPT) – There is no truer saying than, “Take care of your car and it will take care of you.” Taking care of your vehicle should be at the top of your priority list when you rely on it to transport you, your family and friends. You don’t have to be a mechanical expert to take care of your car, you just need to be aware of what needs to occur and keep a regular schedule to ensure the safety and life of your car.

Know how to check your oil

-CAR-Car-care-tips2Checking and changing oil is important to keeping your car’s engine running properly and efficiently. Check your owner’s manual for what viscosity oil you should use and oil change interval recommendations. The type of motor oil you use is just as important as making sure it’s changed regularly. Many cars are now coming from the factory filled with synthetic oil. If your car didn’t come with synthetic, consider switching from conventional to premium synthetic motor oil like Royal Purple. Using synthetic oil will allow you to go longer between oil changes, usually up to 10,000 miles depending on your driving habits. Fewer oil changes means money saved and less oil deposited back into the environment.

It’s also important to know how to check your oil between changes. Locate where to check your oil under the hood, and make sure you’re parked on a level surface for an accurate reading. If you need to top-off your oil, make sure you don’t overfill, or you could damage the engine.

What is ATF?

If your car has an automatic transmission, the Automatic Transmission Fluid or ATF protects against transmission breakdown, corrosion system wear and oxidation. Checking your ATF level is similar to checking your oil level, but with the car running. The usual recommendation for change interval is about every 30,000 miles.

Battery check

Like other car parts that have been made to last longer, most car batteries are maintenance-free and can last more than three years. The first sign that may indicate you need a new battery is if you have trouble starting the engine.

See clearly

One of the most neglected basic car care tips is taking care of your windshield wipers. You should change your wipers every 12 months or if the rubber becomes worn. You will also want to check the wiper fluid reservoir and keep it full.

Basic car care is an easy first step in making sure your car stays on the road longer. Regular maintenance checks can also catch needed repairs before they become big dollar items.




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Tips to avoid tow truck rip-offs in the snow

From Angie’s List


Slide-offs are common during heavy snowfall. The majority of towing calls during a heavy snow will be pulling cars out of ditches. Some shady tow truck drivers may try to profit from your misfortune. Here’s how to avoid towing disasters:

1.    Reputation matters: Do a little research before the snow flies. Ask if the company accepts credit card payments. Some may require cash. Add the numbers of a couple of reputable towing services to your cell phone so you have good help literally at your fingertips.

2.    Don’t call me; I’ll call you: Beware the truck driver who shows up unannounced in an unmarked vehicle offering to drag your car out of the ditch. Reputable towing companies will display their Department of Transportation certification number on their tow truck. That certification indicates the company is insured and certified for the job. Should something go even more wrong, you’re covered.

3.    Fair weather pricing: You shouldn’t have to pay a surcharge because it’s cold. If your vehicle is in a really tricky spot and will require a lot of extra work or time, expect that cost to grow. Get a cost estimate upfront before you arrange for the driver to come to you, and if the estimate seems out of whack from the average, call another company.

4.    Oh Snap! If you have a smart phone, take a picture of your car before the driver gets there so you can have a record of what it looked like before and after the work.

5.    Sign off: When you sign off on the job, make sure your signature is right below the dollar amount you’re to be charged to minimize the chances that additional charges will be added in there without your knowledge.

6.    Document: Once the job is done, insist on both an invoice and a copy of your receipt to ensure you’re billed for authorized charges only.

7.    Already covered? Check your auto insurance to determine if you’re paying for roadside assistance and the process you follow. If you belong to a third party assistance organization, be sure you understand your coverage.

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Varsity cheer ends season at regionals

-S-Cheer2You can always count on the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Cheer team to excel, and they did that again this year by advancing to regionals for the sixth straight year. In those six years, they also made two state finals appearances. But it was not meant to be this year.
“Advancing to regionals was a goal the team had from the beginning of the season,” said Coach Anna Ramirez. “The girls have worked hard and earned the spot they received to compete last Saturday.”
She said it is slowly becoming an expectation that Cedar Springs Cheer advances out of Districts, and a yearly goal the team has had for themselves. “For only six years has this semi final competition taken place, and Cedar Springs has advanced from Districts in all six years, winning the district title in both 2010 and 2012,” explained Ramirez. She added that since 2010, Cedar Springs Cheer has made two state finals appearances and were hoping for their third this season, but fell short with some tough competition in this west side region.
DeWitt finished on top with St. Joseph as runner up. Advancing to state finals with them will be Grand Rapids Christian and Mt. Pleasant. Competition will be held at the Delta Plex at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Cedar Springs finished 9th out of 12 teams to end their season.
“I am really proud of how far my team made it and how hard everyone worked to get there. I’m also really thankful for the support in the stands because it means a lot to have our community behind us,” said senior Briana Pierson.
-S-Cheer3“They are a young team, with tons of potential. I look forward to the years to come,” remarked Ramirez. “They held a strong performance, showcasing their best in all three rounds. I am very proud of each and every one of them.” The make up of this team was 13 new varsity members, 9 of which were freshman.
“As a freshman, I was honored to be able to have such an amazing opportunity. Our group of seniors were so encouraging throughout the whole competition. I wanted to do my best for them,” said freshman, Kaylee Mihlethaler.
This competitive cheer team will be back next season, once again, competing for one of the top spots. As for the four seniors who led this team, Briana Pierson, Katie Maka, Nicki Luevano, and Jacy Wasoski, they will all be heading to college this fall. “Being part of the Cedar Springs cheer community has been a long journey for them,” remarked Ramirez. “Hopefully one that will bring a lifetime of memories.”

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Time to remove ice fishing shanties

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching, and that regardless of date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely hold them.
In Kent, Montcalm, and other southern Lower Peninsula counties, shanties must be removed from the ice by midnight on Friday, March 1.
For Newaygo, which is considered in the northern Lower Peninsula, the removal deadline is midnight on Friday, March 15. Other counties included in the northern Lower Peninsula are: Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montmorency, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford.
On Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight of Friday, March 15. In the remainder of the Upper Peninsula, shanties must be removed by midnight on Sunday, March 31.
After the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties may be used but must be removed daily.
Shanty owners whose structures fall through the ice are subject to penalties of up to 30 days in jail, fines of $100 to $500, or both. If a shanty is removed by a government agency, the court can require the owner to reimburse that agency for an amount of up to three times the cost of removal.
To learn more about Michigan’s ice fishing regulations and shanty removal dates, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.

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