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U.S. to see lowest average Independence Day gas prices since 2005


 

For first time in GasBuddy’s history, gas prices will be lower on July 4 than New Year’s Day but you could still overpay.

Motorists taking to the road for the July 4 holiday weekend will be benefitting from the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005, paying an average of $2.21 per gallon, well under the 10-year average of $3.14, according to GasBuddy, the smartphone app connecting more than 65 million drivers with their perfect pit stop.

In Cedar Springs, the price was $2.34 one week before July 4.

Although average gas prices are at historic lows, the price variance (or “spread” in industry parlance) in gas prices in any given city on July 4 will be at historic highs. This means there is a higher chance consumers will overpay at the pump over the holiday weekend. SUV drivers can save on average $11 per fill-up by stopping at the favorable end of the price spread while smaller cars can save $6. The spread between the nation’s lowest and highest priced gas stations stands at $1.29 per gallon, sharply higher than the 10-year average of 98 cents per gallon for this time of year. Among gas stations in the same state, the spread stands at 51 cents per gallon.

“It’s thrilling to see gas prices falling just in time for the most-traveled summer holiday. Perhaps we can finally get rid of the myth that gas prices go up for the holiday,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. “Most importantly, motorists are getting a well-deserved break at the pump after years of high summer gas prices. This is like Christmas in July, instead of seeing fireworks at the pumps like we saw just a few short years ago.”

While gasoline prices have fallen to new seasonal lows just ahead of July 4, that’s not the only record to talk about: for the first time in GasBuddy’s 17-year history of tracking fuel prices, the national average gas price is poised to be lower on July 4 than it was on New Year’s Day by 12 cents. Over the last decade, the national average has been as much as $1.04 per gallon higher on July 4 than New Year’s Day while the average year sees prices 47 cents higher on the holiday.

For more info, visit GasBuddy.com.

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Sand Lake 4th of July Celebration – June 29 thru July 4th


Thursday – June 29

10am-7pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale – Great deals on books, magazines, movies, music and more. Located in the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library program room. 

Dusk Firemen’s Parade of Lights line up at 8:30 p.m.

Friday – June 30

10am-7pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale

1pm-Midnight Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

Saturday – July 1

Kiddies Day • “Small Town Glory”

10am-2pm Red, White & Blue Book Sale – Great deals on books, magazines, movies, music and more. Located in the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library program room. 

10:30am-11:30am Decorate Your Bike and Celebrate the Fourth of July – Come to the Nelson Township/Sand Lake library and decorate your bike for the Fourth of July! We will have many patriotic decorations on hand to help you festoon your ride.

Noon Kiddies Day Parade Registration – Receive a grab bag and free entry for a bike giveaway for ages 6-12. Judging categories: Single (1 or 2 Kids), Bike and Float/Group (max of 5). No motorized vehicles driven by kids under the age of 17 in parade. @ 6th Street

12:30pm Kiddie Parade Starts (Judging after Parade)

1pm-Midnight Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

1pm Die Cast Car Races – All ages – Free to enter. Prizes for the winners. @ VFW

1:30pm-2:30pm Farm on the Go! Animal Petting – Visit friendly farm animals with Critter Barn of Zeeland  @ Nelson Township/Sand Lake library

2pm-4pm Kids Activities! Games, pries and fun for kids up to age 12. @ VFW

4pm Drawing for Bikes (One boy’s and one girl’s Ages 6-12) Child must be present at stage to win.

4pm Mini Tractor Pull @ Water Tower Event Area

8pm Country Music – MOONSHOT @ Lake Street Stage

Sunday – July 2

8am Registration for Classic Car/Antique Tractor Show @ corner of 4th and Lake Streets

9am-3pm Classic Car/Antique Tractor Show @ corner of 4th and Lake Streets

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

2pm Mini Horse Pull @ Water Tower Event Area

6pm-7pm Hymn Sing @ Lake Street Stage 

7pm Greased Pig Contest @ Water Tower Event Area

7:30pm Country Music – REWIND @ Lake Street Stage

Monday – July 3

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

2pm-10pm Bingo  at VFW – Smoke Free

5pm-7pm Live Music – Sand Lake Rodeo – LUKE WARM AND THE NOT SO HOTS @ Water Tower Event Area

7pm Sand Lake Rodeo – Tickets at the Gate @ Water Tower Event Area

Tuesday – July 4

11am Grand Parade Registration

12pm-10pm Midway Open – Wade Shows – Rides & Attractions @ Salisbury Park

1:30pm Grand Parade Starts

2pm-10pm Bingo at VFW – Smoke Free

3pm Gates Open for Demolition Derby – Pre-Sale tickets start at 2pm

6pm Demolition Derby @ Water Tower Event Area

8pm Live Music – LUKE WARM AND THE NOT SO HOTS @ Lake Street Stage

10:30pm FIREWORKS!

Food and Merchandise vendors will be located along lake street throughout the celebration

Please NOte:

  • Sale of knives with blades more than 3” is not permitted
  • No Airsoft Guns allowed at Carnival or Events
  • No Dogs Allowed in Midway

Download schedule here: 4thofJuly2017.pdf

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Dazzle guests with a July 4th Feast


Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Family Features

Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July Fourth with a flavorful and festive gathering. Independence Day only comes once a year, so make it count and invite your favorite guests over for a memorable event. You’ll go out with a bang when you serve up these palate-pleasing dishes at your patriotic party.

Patriotic and Perfectly Sweet

This July Fourth, serve watermelon. This yummy fruit boasts sweetness and nutrition at a great value. Loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as antioxidants and heart-healthy amino acids, it’s a welcome addition to your summer spread. For more recipes, visit www.watermelon.org.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Servings: 6–8

1 seedless watermelon

1 cup low or no fat natural vanilla flavored yogurt

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup blueberries

1 cup sliced strawberries

Place watermelon on side on cutting board.

Cut 3–5 inches off each end to create large center slice between 3–5 inches in depth. Trim off outer rind.

Cut watermelon slice into 6–8 pie-shaped wedges. Blot edges with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Dip the back (curved) side of each slice in yogurt and then almonds, re-assembling pieces on serving platter as each piece is completed.

When finished, it will look like piecrust of almonds around watermelon slices. Frost top of reassembled watermelon with remaining yogurt and decorate top with berries. Serve cold.

Fresh Off the Grill

“For a red-white-and-blue burger that tastes as good as it looks, I use ground bison on a brioche bun, topped with Castello Burger Blue Cheese,” says celebrity chef Michael Symon. For more recipes, visit castellocheeseusa.com.

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Servings: 4

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound ground bison, loosely packed into burger patties

4 slices Castello Burger Blue cheese

4 brioche-style soft hamburger buns, toasted

1 small red onion, very thinly sliced into rings

1 cup arugula

Heat your grill to medium-high heat.

Season burgers with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Drizzle with olive oil, then place on grill.

Cook 3 minutes, then flip.

Add slices of blue cheese (1 slice per burger), and let cook another 1–2 minutes.

Remove burgers from grill and place patties on toasted buns.

Top each burger with slice of red onion and 1/4 of arugula.

Serve.

Star-Spangled Dessert

Add color and crunch to your cones with a dip in red, white or blue melted Candy Melts candy and a variety of patriotic sprinkles. The Cone Cakes baking rack holds the cones for drying and serving. For more recipes, visit www.wilton.com.

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Yield: 12 ice cream cones

1 bag (12 ounces) Bright White

Candy Melts Candy

Sugar ice cream cones

Jimmies 6-Mix Sprinkle Assortment

Rainbow Jimmies

Melt candy in microwave safe bowl. Dip cones about 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Cut small hole in tip of bag and drizzle melted candy 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Tap cone lightly to smooth, and sprinkle with jimmies. Position cone in cone rack. Let chill, about 10–15 minutes.

Add ice cream scoops at party and serve in cone rack.

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Liberty and justice for all


Courtland-Oakfield-United-MethPastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford

 

I’m still thinking about Independence Day. Celebrations of “liberty and justice for all” are still fresh in mind. Even though the nation was founded with some limitations on the word “all” (African slaves, women, non-landowners, for example, weren’t originally included), I am grateful that there have been courageous, visionary leaders along the way to push us toward a full realization of the ideals on which our country was founded.

“All” is a potent little word that is particularly challenging in world made up of such a diverse collection of people. Whether by age, race, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic heritage, cultural affinities, or any of a number of other characteristics, each of us can be defined and categorized in ways such that no one is identical to anyone else.

I am a transplant to this area having grown up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and lived for more than 30 years in Grand Rapids. There are reminders of many aspects of our nation’s diversity that are more evident in most cities than one is likely to find in the town-and-country living of the Cedar Springs area.

There are, however, other reminders of the full diversity of all creation in this part of the world, diversity of a different sort than shows up in urban settings. House wrens and grackles are just about the only birds flying the skies of Grand Rapids, along with the occasional cardinal, blue jay, or mourning dove. Here there are hummingbirds, orioles, and red-breasted grosbeaks; woodpeckers, bluebirds, and indigo buntings; Canada geese, blue herons, and bald eagles.

The writer of Psalm 139 has this to say about all that God has knit together and our place in the diversity of creation: “I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart. Your works are wonderful—I know that very well” (Psalm 139:14, CEV).

We often struggle with our differences; we let them breed discomfort, fear, and resentment, but they are evidence of God’s hand in all that is (there’s that word again) and all who are.

“Liberty and justice for all” is not only a promise for Americans in civic and political arenas, it is the promise of God for those parts of our lives that yearn for wholeness and spiritual peace. The apostle Paul put it this way: “Creation itself will be set free from slavery to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children” (Romans 8:21, CEV). That’s something to hope for, something to work for, something to grow toward, and that’s something for us to do together, all of us.

 

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