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Happy Birthday Leona

C-B-day-Wainright-webLEONA WAINRIGHT

TURNS 80!

Come celebrate with us on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Pierson Village Hall, 190 Grand Street, from 2 to 5 pm. We will be serving cake, coffee and punch. Cards only please!

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CLYDE MENEFEE

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October 6, 1953 – March 2, 2014

Husband, Father, Grandfather

One year ago you went to be with The Lord after a long, hard battle you fought against cancer. We all miss you dearly.

Love, your wife Luanne Menefee; children, Christine, Daniel, Dennis; grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, Abbie, Emilee, Mikala, Daniel Jr., Schorian; great-grandchildren, Tyanna, Layla, Aiden

We love and miss you.

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Lora G. Castle

Lora G. Castle, 87 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Castle was born October 2, 1927 in Lakeview, MI the daughter of Thomas and Carrie (Mumby) Culver. She retired from Wolverine World Wide and was a longtime attendee of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Dennis) Buck, Bill (Judi) Castle; son-in-law, John (Barbara) Hausman; grandchildren, Melissa (Dean) Cushman, Bill (Helene) Castle, Jr., Patrick (Jeanette) Castle, Scott (Erin) Buck; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Shaylee, Lindsey, Joshua, Justin and Conner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 1998 and a daughter, Beverly Hausman. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City. The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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

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Let the water settle

 

 

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

A desperate executive sought the counsel of an old guru who lived in a mountain cave. The executive was living a hurried life and was frustrated. The holy man listened to his guest, then retreated deep into his cave, returning shortly with a basin.

He scooped water from the muddy little stream passing by the mouth of the cave and offered it to the executive to drink. The executive rejected it, even though he was very thirsty from his journey. The water was too dirty.

After a while he offered the water again, but this time, all the silt had settled to the bottom of the basin and the water was pristine. The man drank it. The wise man then asked, “What did you do to make the water clean?” Answer: “I didn’t do anything.”

“Exactly!” said the monk. “Your life is troubled; it is disturbed and muddy because you are always allowing the water to become agitated. Only when it is calm will you have peace. Be still and let the water settle.”

I don’t have to convince you that this world is a noisy place. Talking heads, viewpoint shows, 24-hour news, analysis on every hand, opinions like armpits. Court is always being held, comments are always being made, and there is a constant eagerness to share the oh-so-correct perspective. There’s always someone bloviating about something, and the pandemonium is so saturating it seeps into our souls.

Jesus, once instructing his disciples, called the noise “babble.” It is foolish rambling, tedious chattering, words that continue to stack up, but never really mean anything. You have to get away from it. It will be good for you—not to mention how everyone else will appreciate it as well.

I have a friend who noted recently that the words “listen” and “silent” are spelled with exactly the same letters (I had never noticed this) and he thinks they mean the same thing. I could not agree more. Stillness is the quickest way to hear God and find true peace.

Learn to turn down the noise. Learn to cultivate some distance from this clamorous world, because distance is a good thing when it comes to things and people who are harmful. Learn to keep the raucous environment that is contemporary society at arm and ear’s length, and you might begin to let the water of your own soul peacefully settle.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, blogger, pastor, and author of multiple books. Visit his website at ronniemcbrayer.net

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A tangled web we weave

 

A police officer pulled over a woman who had been speeding.

She didn’t have her seat belt on, so as soon as she stopped, she pulled it out, and while keeping one eye on the approaching officer in her rearview mirror, she fumbled with it until it clicked into place. She then breathed a sigh of relief, rolled down the window, and smiled sweetly at the officer now standing next to her car.

After talking to her about speeding, the officer said, “I see you are wearing your seat belt. Do you believe in wearing it at all times?”

“Yes, I do, officer,” she replied, nodding her head vigorously.

“Well,” asked the officer, “do you always wear it looped through your steering wheel?”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Cedar Springs Community Players Winter Production

Feb. 26: On February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances.” We are teaming up with Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy to bring you an evening of one-act plays. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne will be presented by Creative Technologies Academy. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School . “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8). For more information, visit our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or our website (CedarSpringsCommunityPlayers.org). #7,8p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 2,16: Dinners are about to start again on March 2nd. It will be Baked Chicken and on the 16th will be Meatloaf. Adults $9 and $4 children. We have to go boxes. American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. #8

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Mar. 3,10,17.24: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #8

Let’s Get Growing at HCNC

Mar. 3: Join seasoned gardeners in learning how to begin your garden early indoors. A great way to save money by avoiding costly plants at the nursery each spring and a wonderful way to even dictate an earlier harvest. Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood while feeding your family. Beans, peppers, tomatoes, pickles, squash and more! Donation of $8 includes pots, soil and seeds. Tuesday, March 3rd from 6 to 7:30 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #8

Creative Canvas Painting at KDL

Mar. 5, 9: Release you inner artist with the guidance of instructors from Wine and Canvas (sans wine). All supplies will be provided and no previous experience or talent is needed to create a masterpiece in our fun and relaxing environment. Pre-registration is required. Thursday, March 5 at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. Monday, March 9 at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #8

Travel to Chicago with MCC

Mar. 21: Montcalm Community College offers a March 21 bus trip to Chicago. The cost is $40 for non-students and registration begins March 1. The fee covers the cost of transportation, and participants must pay for their food and for their entry fees to attractions. Participants have time to visit one or two attractions during the trip. Adult admission is $18 for the Field Museum of Natural History and $15 for students with a student ID and senior citizens; $8 for Shedd Aquarium; $12 for the Adler Planetarium and $10 for senior citizens; $23 for adults and $17 for students with a student ID and senior citizens at the Art Institute of Chicago; and $18 for adults and $17 for senior citizens at the Museum of Science & Industry. The bus leaves MCC in Sidney at 6:45 a.m., picks up passengers at the Greenville Wal-Mart parking lot at 7:15 a.m. and returns to MCC at 10:30 p.m. To register online visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment, call (616) 754-7706 or 1-877-328-2111, ext. 610. Checks, cash and major credit cards are accepted, and payment is due at registration. #8

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Firefighters on scene of house fire

Firefighters were called to this home on Harvard Avenue in Oakfield Township shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Firefighters were called to this home on Harvard Avenue in Oakfield Township shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a house fire in the 13000 block of Harvard Avenue, just south of 16 Mile Road. It started shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. The homeowner, who has a young family, said everyone got out safely.

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City letter regarding freezing pipes

Due to the cold weather, the City of Cedar Springs is sending out a letter to residents about how to avoid frozen pipes.

DPW Superintendent Tom Stressman said they have had some complaints about water lines freezing, and are advising residents who are worried about it to leave a faucet on low flow.

Residents would still pay for any extra water used, however.

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Barbara F. Pierce

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Barbara F. Pierce of Cedar Springs passed away peacefully in the care of At Home Memory Care in her home on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Barbara was born December 26, 1921 in Honolulu, Hawaii as Barbara Frances Smith. She was the mother of seven to Louis Patrick, Margaret Anita, Cynthia Sue and Martin Edward; grandmother and great grandmother and friend to many. Barbara was both mother and father to her children. She allowed her children to make their own mistakes but never said, “I told you so.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Harvey; sons, Donald, Michael and daughter, Patricia. She always had the best looking lawn in town. She was a hard worker, homemaker, gardener and all around beautiful person. Barbara loved going for walks or riding her bicycle around. She also loved a nice day when she would pull out her convertible, put the top down and put the pedal to the metal, letting her hair blow in the wind. She would like us to think of her, not gone but forever remaining in our hearts. We would like to thank At Home Memory Care for taking great care of our beautiful mother/grandmother. The family received friends Monday, February 23 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery.

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

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Judge denies Gabrion’s “emergency” request

Marvin Charles Gabrion

Marvin Charles Gabrion

Rachel Timmerman and her daughter, Shannon, who was never found

Rachel Timmerman and her daughter, Shannon, who was never found

By Judy Reed

Marvin Charles Gabrion, convicted in the 1997 slaying of Rachel Timmerman, of Cedar Springs, and sentenced to death, will not get an “emergency” psychiatric review to determine his mental functioning.

Gabrion’s attorneys sought the order as part of a claim to show Gabrion’s trial lawyers were not up to standards. They also questioned whether he was “even competent to be executed.”

U.S. Judge Robert Holmes Bell rejected the request. “The Court is reticent to enter an order allowing an expert to evaluate Defendant without some showing that such an examination is necessary,” wrote Bell. “Defendant has not provided an affidavit indicating circumstances that warrant further inquiry.”

U.S. Attorney Timothy Verhey wrote that there is no emergency in this case, and that there is no basis for a fourth mental assessment. Gabrion has been evaluated three times previously, and found competent.

Gabrion is on death row at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Although Michigan does not have the death penalty, Gabrion was sentenced to death by lethal injection, because Rachel’s body was found on federal land, in the Manistee National Forest.

Prosecutors believe Gabrion murdered Rachel to keep her from testifying that he raped her the previous fall. The rape trial was set to begin within days of her disappearance.

Rachel disappeared from her father’s house in Cedar Springs in June 1997. She had told her father she was going on a date with a man named John Weeks, who had been calling her. He asked her to bring her 11-month-old baby, Shannon, along with her. Weeks was reportedly calling Rachel at the request of Gabrion.

Her body was found in Oxford Lake, in Newayo County, weighted down by cinder blocks, on July 5, 1997. Her daughter, Shannon, was never found. Gabrion reportedly told inmates that he killed the baby, too.

Gabrion is suspected of killing at least three other people—including John Weeks, who disappeared shortly after the crime and was never seen again.

Rachel’s father, L.C. (Tim) Timmerman and his brother, John, have written a book that tells the story of Rachel and Shannon’s disappearance and Gabrion’s subsequent arrest called The Color of Night. The book can be found on Amazon in both hard cover and as a kindle e-book.

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