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Archive | April, 2014

Trout Unlimited receives funds to restore Cedar Creek

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Cedar Creek will benefit this summer from restoration activities funded through a federal grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to Nichol DeMol, with Trout Unlimited, Cedar Creek, which is a tributary of the Rogue River running through downtown Cedar Springs and emptying into the Rogue River near 12 Mile and Friske Road, is important to the overall health of the Rogue River. This tributary is a significant source of cold groundwater to the river. This groundwater provides stable coldwater rearing for juvenile trout and summer shelter for adult trout when the Rogue River gets warm.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized the importance of this stream, and has awarded Trout Unlimited over $27,000 for restoration activities as part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project.  This funding is provided through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Fish Habitat Partnership-Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership.

In collaboration with the City of Cedar Springs and private landowners, Trout Unlimited will plant trees and other native plants on stream banks, provide localized cattle access, fence out cattle along a portion of the creek, and construct in stream habitat structures. 

The on-the-ground restoration is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014. Volunteers will be needed to assist with this work. If you would like to volunteer or want to know more about the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative project please contact Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org.

 

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Man arraigned in road rage incident

Lawrence Talbot Allen

Lawrence Talbot Allen

An Edmore man is facing charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at a couple during a road rage incident.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, a Stanton couple was traveling east on Stanton Road, near Grow Road, in Sidney Township, about 5:37 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, when they decided to pull over to allow a tailgater to pass. However, when they pulled over, the driver of the tailgating vehicle, Lawrence Talbot Allen, 46, of Edmore, stopped and exited his vehicle with a tire iron. The couple reportedly continued eastbound towards Stanton, and the man continued to follow, then passed the couple, and immediately pulled to the shoulder of the road and parked. As the Stanton couple passed, the man pointed a long gun at them.

The man was later found in Stanton and taken into custody without incident. Police reported that he possessed a pellet gun and was also illegally transporting marijuana.
He was lodged in the Montcalm County jail, and arraigned Tuesday on a charge of Felonious Assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony; additional charges may be pending. He is being held on a $2,000.00 cash or surety bond.

The Stanton man and woman were not injured in the incident. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590.

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Stanton man charged with home invasion

Zachary Bird

Zachary Bird

A nineteen-year-old Stanton man was arrested and jailed on Sunday for a home invasion he committed over the weekend.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Office, they encountered the suspect, Zachary Allen Bird, 19, on Sunday, in response to a report he was not wanted at the home of a relative on Evergreen Street in Sheridan. Through the investigation it was learned that the Stanton man was in possession of several items, including a firearm and other belongings that did not belong to him.

A short time later, a home invasion on the
200 block of Grant Street in Sheridan was reported. A neighbor who was watching the home for the homeowner noticed a door open and called 911. Deputies determined that the items possessed by the Stanton man were those stolen during the home invasion on Grant Street. Much of the stolen property was recovered and will be returned to the homeowner.

The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of Home Invasion. He was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of Home Invasion First Degree and Receiving/Concealing a Weapon, both felony charges. He is being held on a $50,000.00 cash or surety bond.

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Lyle R. “Rusty” Martin

EPSON scanner imageLyle R. “Rusty” Martin, 87 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at his home. He was born October 23, 1926 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Russell and Katie Martin. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy. He had co-owned an auto supply store in Cedar Springs. Surviving are his wife, Doris; children, Carolyn (Bob) Schaefer, Tom Martin; stepchildren, Amy (Dan) Rothwell, Scott (Doris) French; grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Zoerhoff, Ryan (Sarah) Schaefer, Katie O’Brien, Joe and Danny Rothwell, Tyler, Tom and Tori French; great grandchildren, Ella, Michael, Taylor, Lexie, Aela, Max, Taylor, Amber and Nathan; brother, Wayne (Rosemary) Martin; sister, Alice (Leo) Gray; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and a daughter, Lynda. The family will greet friends Saturday from 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Herb VanderBilt officiating. Interment with military honors at East Nelson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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

 

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LINNIE A. SICKMILLER

EPSON scanner imageLinnie A. Sickmiller, 91, formerly of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Capitol Area Health & Rehab in Lansing. Linnie was born May 11, 1922 in Mecosta County, Michigan the daughter of Manily and Flora (Johnson) Brown. She was a member of Pilgrim Bible Church and a dedicated Christian all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Elmer Sickmiller; her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Surviving are a brother, Nahum (Viola) Brown; step children and step grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; best friend, Dorothy Zank. Visitation and funeral was held Wednesday, April 23 at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Michael Shiery officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pilgrim Bible Church.

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

 

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Thank you

The family of Ronny R. Merlington wishes to express our most heartfelt thank you to all those who supported us through the difficult time surrounding his passing. We are so grateful for the family members, friends and colleagues from his professional and public service life that gave us strength.

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Love saves the world from death

by Ronnie McBrayer

by Ronnie McBrayer

I pulled from my bookshelf a few systematic theology books that I had not opened for a long time. I blew off the dust, cracked the stiff binding, and dove into the hundreds of pages filled with declarations about the attributes and characteristics of God. As I skimmed the pages I was made freshly aware of how distracted we have become.

For all of Christianity’s theoretical words and defenses, the Apostle John was simple and winsome with his definition of God: “God is love,” he said. If Christians daily practiced this definition instead of declaring and defending how right we are, I imagine the world would be a much different place.

Granted, love-talk is about all it is—just talk. The late George Carlin said, “Love is incredibly powerful…But love can’t change the world. It’s nice. It’s pleasant. It’s better than hate. But it has no special power.”

I’m not yet ready to agree. Instead, I’m going to take John at his word: Love is God’s nature and love comes from God. Once this love gets planted in our hearts, it spills out to others, resulting in transformation; it changes the world, one person at a time.

To that end, there was a rabbi who became friends with a Persian fortuneteller. Every morning the two sat together and watched people head out of the village to work. As a man walked by, the fortuneteller said, “I foresee that this man will not come back. He will be bitten by a snake and die.”

But at evening they saw the condemned man re-enter the village! The Persian ran at once to him, grabbed his backpack, and emptied it on the ground. An enormous snake spilled out of the bag; a snake very much dead. So the rabbi asked the man, “What did you do today to avoid misfortune?”

The man answered, “I cut trees in the forest. Every day at lunch the workers place our food in a common basket and eat together. Today, one of us had no bread and was ashamed. So I told my friends, ‘Let me collect the food.’ When I came to him I pretended to take bread from him, so that he would not be embarrassed.”

To this the rabbi burst out laughing. He said, “My son, today you obeyed God’s commandment to love! You saved your coworker and also saved yourself!” And turning to his fortuneteller friend, the rabbi said, “When one loves from his heart, he changes the fates. Love saves the world from death.” Indeed, it does.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me. 

 

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Choosing to rejoice in difficult circumstances

Pilgrim-BibleRev. Mike Shiery

Pastor: Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine Street • Cedar Springs • 696-1021

 

Given a choice, I’m sure that almost everybody would prefer the moments in life where everything seems placid and calm. Those days when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and all seems right with the world. The cheerful words of the old song come to mind:

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-a, My oh my what a wonderful day. 

Unfortunately, reality is that many times our days aren’t like that at all. Perhaps it’s a marriage that has dissolved from a dream to a nightmare. Or it could be a child that has deeply disappointed us, a family member that is terminally ill, the loss of a job and financial security, or any other number of possibilities that haunt the corridors of our mind and threaten our peace and joy.

How are we supposed to handle events like these? The human instinct is to complain, gripe, and even grow bitter. God’s Word gives us a drastically different conclusion.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” (James 1:2) (NKJV)

When trials hit, count it all joy because you can discover the power of prayer. We are not talking about little ritualistic prayers that are little more than words uttered as mere form. This kind of prayer comes from the depth of who we are and shows a desperation. We instinctively understand at moments like these, that we are not infallible or invincible, and that we really do need help from God. The beautiful part of prayers like these is that God promised us:

“Call to Me, and I will answer you.” (Jeremiah 33:3) (NKJV)

Understand that inherent in that promise is the understanding that we must be surrendered to the will of God. Also, we must realize that His answer may not be what we expect, but He does all things well.

When trials hit, count it all joy because you can gain an unshakable faith in God. True, mature, and deep faith is formed not in the calm and peaceful sunshine, but in the howling winds amid the dark night of the soul! Faith in our fellow humans if often found to be a let down, but faith in God results in more faith as we find Him to be absolutely trustworthy. You can trust the character of God!

When trials hit, count it all joy because you can discover the real values of life. Two years ago, I sat in an oncologists office and listened in stunned disbelief as my father was informed that he was now a cancer patient. It truly seemed that the life of our family had been turned upside down for the worse!

I’ve learned to hate the word cancer with a new passion since then. As a family, we’ve run the gauntlet of that disease together. We’ve uttered impassioned prayers, shed gallons of tears, faced the uncertainty of surgery, waited with bated breath for every test result, and stared into the darkness hoping this was all a bad dream.

We’ve also discovered that God is faithful, His grace is sufficient, and that a vibrant relationship with Him is the most important thing in life. We’ve learned to cherish every moment together as a family, spent a lot of time reminiscing about our favorite family memories, made some good new memories, and determined that we’re in this together on this side of eternity and that we’re resolved (by God’s grace) to someday stand on Heaven’s shore together as a family. We’re learning to live with eternity’s values in view. It’s not been easy, but we’re finding out that you can face a trial head on and still be joyful.

 

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Apology

 

My apologies: It was brought to my attention at the April Council Meeting, that I needed to apologize to others for my private e-mail sent to Patricia Troost, which was read by a citizen of our community at the public forum. I had thought that an earlier e-mail apology to Patricia was received by her in good truth and that my mistake in judgement had been forgiven. It was never my intention that this e-mail would be made public and ultimately involve hurt feelings to those who were mentioned in the e-mail.

Therefore, I am asking that those involved please forgive my mistake in judgement.

 

Bob Truesdale, 

Cedar Springs City Council

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Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance

CAR-Tips-and-tricks(BPT) – Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100.

To cut insurance costs, the first thing to do is talk to your agent. Your agent can tell you about discounts and other painless ways to reduce your premiums, says Charles Valinotti, a senior vice president with insurer QBE North America.

“Insurance companies reward drivers for behaviors that reduce risk,” Valinotti says. “But you have to ask your agent which discounts and savings apply to your situation. You may be surprised to learn the number of ways you can lower your premiums.”

For example, if one of your teenage drivers earns As and Bs in school, you may be eligible for a good student discount, Valinotti says. You may also be eligible for a discount if your son or daughter attends college more than 100 miles from home, and does not have a car at school.

Other ways to save include:

* Owning two or more cars and covering them on one policy.

* Owning a vehicle that’s outfitted with safety equipment like anti-lock brakes, air bags or a security system.

* Having a passive anti-theft device, such as a “smart” chip embedded within a car key.

* Paying the full cost of the premium up front.

* Safe driving. Keep your driving record accident-free for 36 months.

* Buying your auto and homeowners, renters or condominium insurance from the same company.

Whatever you do, don’t cut corners with coverage. While it may be tempting, it is best not to buy a policy that offers bare bones coverage. A savvier way to save money would be to increase your deductible, Valinotti advises.

“Rather than buying minimal coverage, think about increasing your potential out-of-pocket cost if you have an accident,” Valinotti says. “If you can handle it, raising your deductible can lower your premium without reducing the amount of coverage on your vehicles. Your agent can tell you exactly how much you’ll save in premiums by choosing a higher deductible policy.”

Don’t focus strictly on cost when choosing an insurer. A company that offers auto insurance at rock bottom prices may not be your friend if it takes forever to handle claims. Do your homework on a company’s record of claims service before you buy coverage.

 

 

 

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