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Archive | June, 2013

Bicycle burglars arrested

Brandon Cook

Brandon Cook

Damone Hammock

Damone Hammock

Two Sparta men who made their getaways on bicycles have been arrested in home invasions in Alpine Township.

Kent County Sheriff Deputies responded early Sunday morning, June 16, to the 8000 block of North Division Avenue, in Alpine Township, on a home invasion in progress. During their investigation, police learned that multiple homes had been burglarized in the neighborhood. A cache of stolen property was found in a nearby wooded area and returned to the victim. Three homes were identified as having been broken into, but investigations believe there are additional victims based on the property recovered.

Police said that the suspects committed the crimes while on bicycles.

Brandon Cook, 29, and Damone Hammock, 35, both from Sparta were arrested for the incident. They have been arraigned and charged with Home Invasion 1st Degree and have $100,000 bond.

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Something doesn’t smell right


When a Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy investigated an assault complaint last week, on Huron Drive in Winfield Township, he caught a whiff of something in the air from next door.

According to police, the deputy was trying to locate a witness to an assault when he smelled the overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from a neighbor’s residence.  When the deputy went to the residence and questioned the neighbor, a 42-year-old man, the suspect told the deputy that he was a medical marijuana cardholder. Upon further questioning, the suspect admitted that he had an indoor grow operation and was a little over on his 12 plants. He said he had about 30 plants.

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team was contacted, and their investigation showed that the man had 140 plants—nearly 10 times the number allowed. He was also in possession of loose marijuana over 2.5 ounces, and a large amount of marijuana grow equipment.

The investigation was turned over to CMET, and an arrest had not yet been made.

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“Our Father who art in heaven” The mystery of prayer

Pastor Darryl Miller  

Sand Lake UMC

 65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC 

13600 Cypress, Ensley Township


Familiar words to some and a mystery to others. What is all this stuff about praying anyway? And what is prayer? I have been asked a number of times about prayer. Three questions seem to stand out. 

How can God hear so many people all at once? It’s because God exists in a way that we can’t understand. He is able to do things that make no sense to us. But His word tells us that He hears us and answers our prayers. It is a matter of faith to trust His word. But we need to remember that when our prayers are answered, that is proof our prayers were indeed heard and answered by God.

Who am I to communicate with the God of the universe? Well, in His own words, we are the children of the Living God. I cannot imagine going through life never speaking with my earthly father, and in the same way I cannot imagine going through life not communicating with my Heavenly Father. The bible tells us in the book of James, “Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”

The most often asked question is simply, “How do I pray?  Prayer is simply having a conversation with our Lord. In Matthew chapter 6 starting in verse 9 Jesus teaches us how to pray when asked the same question. We don’t need to use those exact words every time, but the way the prayer is formed is a good pattern to follow. We sometimes use little tricks to help us form our prayers such as the acronym “ACTS.” Adoration – recognizing that God is the creator of all and praising Him for all of His amazing works. Confession – admitting that we are in need of a Savior and that we are sinners who seek forgiveness. Thanksgiving – even when we feel we have little to be thankful for, God seems to reveal blessings in our lives; we use this time to recognize this and to thank Him for all he does for us. Supplication -is when we ask God to answer our prayers for the things that we ask of Him.

One thing that I try to remind people is that one of the most important parts of a close relationship is communication. We really do need to communicate with one another and also with our God. St. Patrick once wrote that he found himself praying as many as a hundred times a day and almost as many at night. That sounds like a lot and most of us would think that we would run out of things to say, but that brings up another important point. Part of communication is listening. We need to hear what the other person is saying, especially if we are talking to God! We so often pray for guidance and answers, but we don’t bother to listen for those answers! Praying is really just communicating with God. And there is no special place, position, words or anything else. The important thing is to “just do it.”. If you have more questions, ask your pastor. And if you don’t have one, I’m sure there is one nearby, ask a friend or just drop in to your local church.

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Ruth Lehmoine-Hiler


Mrs. Ruth Lehmoine-Hiler, age 79, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Ruth married Jack Lehmoine, and they were blessed with five children. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who lovingly cared for her children and served other family members, her church and community. They were longtime members of Rockford Baptist Church. She later was a member of the Prime Timers at Algoma Baptist Church. Ruth was very proud that many of her grandchildren attended Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Jack Lehmoine, and her second husband, Ken Hiler, sister, Mary June Baird, brother, Art Houck, and son-in-law, Gary Stevens. Ruth is survived by her children, Jackie and Don Smith, Connie and Terry Betz, Gerry and Bob Buckowing, John and Chris Lehmoine, Dan and Karla Lehmoine; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Chuck (Barb) Houck; nieces and nephews; and special cousin (sister) Sonia Widmayer. A service for Ruth of  Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Algoma Baptist Church with Pastor David Fernlund officiating. Interment in Pierson Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Building Fund at Algoma Baptist Church or the Lincoln Lake Baptist Youth Camp. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

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


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EPSON scanner imageLinda L. Steele, 68 of Belmont, died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Great Lakes Specialty Hospital Grand Rapids. Linda was born January 23, 1945 in Cedar Springs, the daughter of Maurice and Delores (Inman) Streeter. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and attending their sporting events and activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert whom she married on September 28, 1963; children, Kevin (Christine) Steele, Debbie (Eric) Townes, Thomas (Crystal) Steele, Kyle (Cheryl) Steele, Andrew (Branin) Steele; 12 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; siblings, Beverly (Terry) Sheldon, Douglas (Laurie) Streeter, Marcia (Tom) Hovey; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a great grandson, Jesse Lewis. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A luncheon will follow at the Cedar Springs American Legion. Private family interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs


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C-Mem-CastineJune 22, 1988 to July 13, 2000


Deeply missed,

Dad and Joe (JoJo)

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*C-MEM-GinaCramerJanuary 21, 1932 – June 18, 1998


In loving memory of my mom/best friend, who passed away 15 years ago. Time marches on, but the memories of my Mom stand in my heart forever. I miss her so much.


Your loving daughter, Robin


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July 11, 1923 to June 22, 2011


Two years ago today a golden heart stopped beating and broke our hearts forever.


We often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon our cheeks.


Remembering you is easy, we do it every day, but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. We hold you tightly in our hearts and there you will remain. Our lives must go one without you but it will never be the same. There is such emptiness now, and empty house with an empty chair and bed.


You left behind our broken hearts by many beautiful memories to cherish. Your love will always be our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.


Carolyn, Pat, Holly, Sherry & Families


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Robinson/Parker Anniversaries

Happy Anniversary to three couples in the same family that share the same anniversary!


By coincidence or design these three couples can celebrate their anniversaries on the same day and no doubt the day is sweeter because they do.

BOB SR. & KAREN (Hammer) ROBINSON June 22, 1968

June 22, 1968

BOB JR. & JULIE (Parker) ROBINSON June 22, 2002

June 22, 2002


Julie’s parents: DEAN & DEB (Schalk) PARKER June 22, 1974

Julie’s parents:
June 22, 1974


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June 22, 1968


There once was a pair of lions.

A pair proud of their pride of youngsters and their little ones.


The Female lion was a busy gal.

Taking care of all, and keeping everything and everyone in order.


Her day was filled non-stop and seldom time for herself.

However, somehow she managed to get all things done, and

Somehow managed to always keep her appearance wonderful.

She was a foxy lioness. Efficient, Clever, and Beautiful.

She was a great life mate for the Male lion.


The Male Lion was also a proud leader.

Always industrious to take care and provide for the pride as needed.

He enjoyed doing so.

On occasion, the male lion would lay back and ponder.

He would observe all that the lioness would do in a day.

He also would enjoy watching the lioness in her chores.

Sometimes, she would catch him eyeing her sleek and beautiful shape.

He would toss her a wink, as she returned a loving glance with a special “look in her eyes”.


The Male Lion would lie back again.

Chest swollen with happiness, thinking to himself.

I don’t know what I did when I was younger to become so fortunate

And blessed with my life.

What a wonderful family and terrific life partner.

But, I am one very lucky boy!


There was another story of a young couple.

Much the same story as above.

The young man in the story has grown older and is very proud of his family.

And on occasion, he also lays back pondering.

I don’t know what I did when I was younger to become so fortunate

And blessed with my life.

But, I am one very Lucky Lion!


Happy Anniversary Karen,

I Love You.

You have that same smile and that look in your eyes from the day we met.

I Love You.

Your Husband of 45 years (Wow!), and Forever,


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