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Archive | September, 2013

Krumm named Commander

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division 

 

Michael Krumm

Michael Krumm

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the promotion of Insp. Michael Krumm to captain and commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED). As commander of the CVED, Krumm is responsible for providing leadership and administrative oversight of statewide commercial vehicle enforcement operations and special programs for the MSP.

Krumm enlisted with the department in 1995, graduating as a member of the 112th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Training Academy and Paw Paw and Jackson posts. Most recently, Krumm served as assistant division commander of the Special Operations Division. During his 18-year career, Krumm has held the ranks of trooper, sergeant, first lieutenant and inspector.

Krumm holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. In 2009, Krumm graduated from the 239th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Krumm and his wife, Hilarie, reside in Okemos with their four children.

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End-of-summer crackdown nets 267 drunk drivers

Law enforcement officers arrested 267 drunk drivers during an end-of-summer drunk driving crackdown Aug. 16-Sept. 2. This includes 45 drivers arrested for a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 or higher under Michigan’s High BAC Law.

“Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over, and more than 250 drivers failed to heed that advice,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Enforcement efforts like this save lives by putting extra officers on the road to stop and arrest impaired drivers and prevent other dangerous driving behaviors.”

A traffic stop made by Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office deputies resulted in the driver being arrested for possession of cocaine, transporting open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and improperly transporting medical marijuana in a motor vehicle. In addition, a passenger was arrested for possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Tri-City Post arrested two fugitives during the crackdown, including one who had 16 outstanding arrest warrants.

This year’s crackdown also included seat belt enforcement during which officers issued 4,119 seat belt and child restraint citations. Other enforcement activity included:

2,206 other traffic citations

816 uninsured motorist citations

784 speeding tickets

556 suspended driver license citations

266 fugitives apprehended

74 drug arrests

68 texting citations

43 felony arrests

The crackdown was coordinated by OHSP and paid for with federal traffic safety funds. Law enforcement officers from 155 state, county and local agencies in 26 counties participated in the extra patrols.

Preliminary results from the MSP Criminal Justice Information Center show there were eight traffic fatalities over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Alcohol was a factor in three crashes, one crash involved a bicyclist struck by a car and two other crashes involved unhelmeted motorcyclists. During the 2012 Labor Day holiday weekend, eight people died in traffic crashes and four of those deaths involved alcohol.

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February.

 

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MARY BETH (KLOOSTER) OPPER

13 long years, so many things have happened, some wonderful and some not. Just knowing you are up above watching over us everyday, keeping us safe, puts our minds at ease. We miss you and love you very much.

 

Love,

Your family

 

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BONNIE J. ROWLAND

39C obit RowlandMrs. Bonnie J. Rowland of Cedar Springs, age 88, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She grew up in the Cedar Springs area and worked at her Grandma Hanna’s restaurant where she met her future husband, Ken. They were married January 27, 1942 by Rev Cox. In 1952 they moved to Cedar Springs where she and Kenneth raised their 3 sons along with Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horses. She loved her horses and all of the people she met. She had a special love for all of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping and going to the horse races. Mrs. Rowland returned to high school to receive her High School diploma later in life. She worked at Esch IGA Store, Stout’s Service Station as a bookkeeper, Holton LP Gas and Meijer. She also worked as a Tupperware Manager for many years. Bonnie is survived by her children; Tom and Judy Rowland, Bob Rowland and Jodi Coates, Bill and Karen Rowland. Her brother and sisters; Dick and Joan Morris, Sally and John Fortuna, Sandy and Mort Reed, her sister-in-laws; Mrs. Betty Morris and Erma Thompson; 8 grandchildren; Lauri and Gordon Waller, Scott and Penny Rowland, Rob and Shannon Rowland, Lisa Santoya, Shane and Tracy Rowland, Troy Rowland, Devin Nagle and Brett and Michelle Rowland; 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband R Kenneth Rowland September 15, 1999, her parents DJ Morris and Meryl Hannah and her brother Rex Morris. The Service for Mrs. Rowland will be Thursday September 26, 2013 at 11:00am at Pederson Funeral Home 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford Michigan. Visitation was held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 4:00-8:00pm at the Funeral Home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Spectrum Health Hospice 4500 Breton Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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CHARLOTTE ELLEN TISDEL

39C obit TisdelCharlotte Ellen Tisdel, 86 of Rockford, formerly of Greenville and Sand Lake, went to meet her Lord and Savior on September 20, 2013, at the AdvoCare Assisted Living Facility in Belding, Michigan. The daughter of Emerald L. and Irene A. (Hansen) Jones, she was born August 25,1927 at her grandmother’s home on Montcalm Street in Greenville, Michigan. She was a 1945 graduate of Greenville High School and attended Davenport McLachlan Business School in Grand Rapids. She was a secretary at American Seating Company from 1946 to 1949. She married Gailard Dale Tisdel on September 17,1949 in Gowen, Michigan at the Settlement Lutheran Church. She helped her husband on the family farm located on Tisdel Ave in Sand Lake, Michigan until 1959, when she was employed as an accounting and billing manager by Gibson Refrigeration, which later became White Consolidated Industries, retiring in 1984. She and her husband lived at Turk Lake for 40 years before moving in 2003 to live next door to their son in Rockford. She moved to Assisted Living in June 2010. Charlotte always loved music, singing her first solo in 1930, when just 3 years old. She also learned to play the piano and tenor saxophone at a young age. She was in the band during her school years. She was voted “Class Musician” of her senior class. She began playing piano and organ at the Huggard Bible Church, where she and her husband were members in the late 1950’s to 1963. When they moved their family to Turk Lake, they began to attend the Langston Church in 1965, where Charlotte became the choir director and played the organ She was the music director there for 36 years. Charlotte sang and played for many weddings, funerals and special events over the years. Charlotte was a member of Ashley Baptist Church in Belding for the past 15 years, where she played the organ and sang in the choir. She had always been busy with her hands, making beautiful items with embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, macramé, crochet, knitting and plastic canvas. She was devoted to her family, making family heirloom wall hangings for her children and baby afghans for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren until 2012. Charlotte also loved cross-word puzzles. She was preceded in death by a baby brother, Carlton on September 9,1933; her parents Emerald Jones on Dec 31,1960, and Irene (Hansen) Jones on Sep 29,1995; a son Richard on Sep 29, 1968; her beloved husband of 54 years, Gailard on Dec 29, 2003; brother-in-law, Mervil Tisdel on Aug 31,1998 and 3 sisters-in-law, Helen Bowersox Tisdel on Dec 21, 1994, Doris Jones on March 21, 2004 and Phyllis Sears Tisdel on Aug 7, 2013. She is survived by two sons, Keith (Sheryl) Tisdel of Rockford, Duane (Marcia) Tisdel of Spring Lake; four grandchildren, Amy Jo (William) McDonald of Gowen, Daniel(Cristina) Tisdel, stationed with the US Air Force in Colorado Springs, Mark (Krista) Tisdel of Spring Lake, Darcie (Richard) Jackson of Spring Lake; eleven great grandchildren in whom she delighted, Joseph, Micaiah and Benjamin McDonald, Danica Tisdel, Grace, Joy, Christian, and Luke Jackson, Gavin, Mason and baby due Tisdel; one brother Francis(Denise)Jones of White Cloud; two nieces, Suzan Wilburn of Dallas Texas, and Janet (Don) Medler of Grant; one nephew, Roger (Cathy) Jones of Belding, three nephews on her husband’s side, David( Jill) Tisdel of Cedar Springs, Dennis (Connie) Tisdel of Tempe, AZ and Brian Tisdel of Sand Lake, and many cousins. Funeral services were held on Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 1 pm at Ashley Baptist Church in Belding with her pastor, Rev. David A. Oliver officiating. A luncheon followed the service, with interment taking place privately at Riverside Cemetery, Langston.

Relatives and friends met the family from 6 to 8 PM at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville on Monday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Ashley Baptist Church Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Charlotte’s online guest book or share a favorite memory, please visit hurstfuneralhome.com.

 

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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VERNON DALE VAN WAGONER

Mr. Vernon Dale Van Wagoner of Cedar Springs, age 76, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  While at Cedar Springs High School, he played noon basketball with his friends. He also worked assisting area farmers baling hay, picking up potatoes, for $0.50 a bushel, weeding carrots at $0.25 an hour. He met his future wife, Barbara Cramer, and she was so nice and sweet. He was smitten right away and he chipped a tooth ice skating on one skate showing off for Barbara. Then there is the jumping over the bike. His first job out of school, he worked for Stanley Whittal at the Dodge Plymouth in Rockford, Michigan. Then he worked for Art Borgman, who taught him the trade of welding and carpentry. He learned the trade also from George L. Davison. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and car races. He also enjoyed camping with his family.  The family also has many wonderful memories of spending time at the cabin.  Vernon was very competitive and his specialty was croquet.  For many years he cared for six cemeteries along with his children.  He instilled good work ethics in his children, Vernon is survived by his children; Tim (Barbara Jo) Van Wagoner, Vickie Hovey, Nick (Joy) Van Wagoner; grandchildren, Courtney (Brandon Morgan) Van Wagoner, Ryan (April Carter) Van Wagoner, Amanda (Eric) Morse, Steven Hovey, John Van Wagoner, Rachel Van Wagoner; great-grandchildren, Jayden Van Wagoner, Addilynn Morgan; sisters, Marie (Jim) Jorgensen, Vera (Clinton) Sanders; brother, Thomas Van Wagoner.  He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; Granddaughter, Nicole Renee; his parents Verne and Mary Van Wagoner. The funeral service was held at 2 pm on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home.  The visitation was held from 2-6 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2013.  Memorial contributions can be made to the family to offset funeral expenses.

 

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home Rockford

 

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“Finding” Jesus

cs-united-methodistPastor Mary Ivanov

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

Read John 1: 29-50

 

“Mom, can you help me find Jesus?” My young son asked from the other room.  I was a bit shocked and confused until I investigated and saw that he was doing a word search and needed some help. “Sure,” I said, and proceeded to help him find a “J” and go from there.

My son was content once he had figured out where “Jesus” was. But his simple, yet very profound question struck me and stayed with me. The witness of John the Baptist and the first disciples came to mind and then many who came after them to tell the Good News of Jesus. I wouldn’t know Jesus as my Lord and Savior if others hadn’t helped me “find” Jesus along the way. My parents understood their responsibility to nurture me in the faith by their own witness, but they also knew that they needed the support and help of the Body of Christ. They couldn’t do it by themselves. I was baptized, and the congregation promised to support me and nurture me along with my parents.

And they fulfilled their promise. They prayed for me. They served as Sunday School teachers, Youth Group leaders, and music ministry leaders. They were encouragers.  They affirmed God’s gifts in me and helped me to accept God’s grace for myself. When I confirmed God’s claim on my life as a teenager, the congregation witnessed that holy moment and celebrated with me. As I continued to discern God’s call, they encouraged me and kept on praying for me.

Yes, a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ is absolutely vital for salvation. But it doesn’t end there. We need to be in community with each other to nurture our faith as we live it out every day. We need to be with real people who struggle with real issues just like we do. We have to be willing to share with each other, be vulnerable, and be aware of others’ needs. We pray for each other and encourage each other.

I don’t believe that Jesus is ever hiding from us, but sometimes it feels like we have to “find” him. And so there’s my son’s question again: “Can you help me find Jesus?”  Who’s asking you that question? Who is God calling you to reach out to today? Where do you have an opportunity to share your faith and tell your story of God’s grace?

We help one another to see Jesus and recognize that he’s real. We help each other understand that he offers life that is really life—new life, abundant life, eternal life that goes beyond the cares of this world. Thank God for your church family and the power of God at work in those around you and in your own life!

If you don’t have a church home or have been away for a while, consider getting back to church or trying it out for the first time. I invite you to worship with us at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We share the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

 

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At the Brink

by Ronnie McBrayer

by Ronnie McBrayer

Thirty years ago this month, life as we have known it, came perilously close to ending. It was September 1983, and the Cold War was anything but cold, as the USSR had shot down Korea Air Flight 007 when it strayed near Soviet airspace, killing all 269 civilians on board including Georgia Congressman Larry McDonald.

With passions running high in both Russia and the US, and with thousands of nuclear warheads aimed at each other, one of the greatest heroes of our time quietly went to work at a Soviet military base just outside of Moscow. His name was Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov.

It was Petrov’s duty to monitor the Soviet alert system in the event of a preemptive nuclear attack by the US. The responding protocol was to launch an immediate counterattack. At Colonel Petrov’s station on September evening, the computer alarms sounded, warning that an American missile was heading toward Moscow.

Petrov waited. He reasoned that it was a computer error. But then, a second warhead was detected; then a third; a fourth, and a fifth. Still, Petrov had a “feeling in his gut,” that the alert system was malfunctioning. Further, it was unthinkable, for him, that he would be the final reason that would end human civilization.

So, Petrov sat on the alert, overrode the system, and prevented the USSR from retaliating. Seconds passed, then minutes, and finally an hour: There were no missiles. The warning system had indeed malfunctioned with near cataclysmic consequences. Singlehandedly, Petrov had prevented nuclear war, simply by not becoming a participant in it.

The Pauline admonition is fitting upon the anniversary of Petrov’s heroics: “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” This is redemptive counsel for us to do all that we can to protect harmony and neutralize conflict.

Not every individual skirmish has the potential to balloon into a global apocalypse. But worldwide wars are not that much different than private ones in the end. It’s the same tit for tat game. The same wounded pride demands to be assuaged. And likewise, at some point, there is an opportunity for someone to step away from the brink.

There is opportunity for someone to refuse to perpetuate the ruthless cycle of attack and counterattack; for someone to reject the established protocol of retaliation; for someone to practice peace. Let that someone be you. You might save the world.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, 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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Flu vaccinations at Health Department

Injections and mist protect against seasonal flu

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From the Kent County Health Department

 

Flu season is fast approaching. While Kent County has not had any cases reported at this time, now is the time to schedule an appointment to get immunized. The Kent County Health Department seasonal influenza program provides vaccinations for all individuals six months of age and older. The cost of the vaccine is $25 for injectable three strain vaccine, $29 for preservative free three strain vaccine, $30 for preservative free four strain vaccine or $33 for FluMist nasal spray (a live, preservative-free, four strain vaccine).

“Last season, there was a steep increase in the number of confirmed flu cases in Kent County, in comparison with the 2011-2012 season,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Last season’s flu packed quite a punch for those who caught it. KCHD received dozens of calls from people looking to get vaccinated in December and January.” Since it can take about two weeks to become effective, now is the time to think about vaccinations. The flu can have serious complications for children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with already-weakened immune systems. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age to protect against flu viruses.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu viruses can spread when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. Someone might also get flu by touching a surface or object (like a phone) that has flu virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose. It impacts schools and workplaces, but it can be prevented.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, it can be deadly. Signs and symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults). Not everyone with flu will experience all of the symptoms.

Children from six months through eighteen years who have no insurance, or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, will pay a sliding scale administration fee of up to $15. The Health Department can only bill Medicaid and Medicare. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover are accepted.

To make an appointment at any of our five clinic locations, call (616) 632-7200. You can also schedule online at www.stickittotheflu.com. Flu information is also available on our information only line at 742-4FLU (358).

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Health Department reminds adults to “Rethink Drinks”

Effort focuses on community awareness

 

The Kent County Health Department is continuing to work in partnership with Network180 to reduce adult heavy drinking. The partnership is entering its second year of the campaign to inform adults about the harmful effects and risky behaviors associated with excessive alcohol consumption. The campaign is hitting the road… in more ways than one.

Year two of the campaign has included bus boards on The Rapid, billboards, Johnny Ads and drink coasters distributed to bars and restaurants throughout Kent County, advertising at Fifth Third Ballpark, an end-of-season agreement with the West Michigan Whitecaps, and outreach at local schools and colleges.

“Alcohol abuse and heavy drinking can be a problem for all populations in West Michigan, especially this time of year,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “There are many short and long-term problems associated with heavy drinking, from risky behaviors to obesity and organ damage. Encouraging healthy behavior in places where alcohol is consumed helps us reach those most at-risk.”

Adult heavy drinking is a major public health concern. According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Assessment in 2008, 18 percent of those who were surveyed between the ages of 18-64 admitted to binge drinking in the past month. Binge drinking is higher among men (20.8 percent) and in residents between the ages of 25-34. The assessment also found 22.7 percent of adults in a higher income tax bracket ($75,000/year) admitted to binge drinking in the past 30 days. Many people do not realize the long-term harm they are doing to their bodies when they engage in heavy drinking.

The website www.rethinkdrinks.com includes:

· How to determine if your alcohol consumption is a risk to your health;

· How much alcohol is in a drink;

· How many calories are in a drink;

· Online calculator to assist in determining your blood alcohol content.

This partnership between the Kent County Health Department and Network180 is supported by a grant from the Behavioral Health and Departmental Disabilities Administration/Bureau of Substances Abuse & Addiction Services.

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