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Thank You


The family of Lyle “Rusty” Martin wishes to express our most heartfelt thank you to all who sent a card, made a call or gave a hug at this difficult time. A special thank you to Pike’s Funeral Home and the East Nelson UMW for the delicious meal.

 

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We have a winner!


VAL-BestLipsComing in first was #13-Kissy aka Amanda McGovern, of Sand Lake, with 171 votes. She won a dinner for two at Big Boy ($30 value); a free movie for two at the Kent Theatre with two medium combos; $50 worth of makeup from the Haircraft Company; and a month of free classes for two at Moxie’s Fitness and Health.

Coming in second was #1-Succulent aka Trisha Dart, of the City of Cedar Springs with 168 votes. She won a lotion and tanning package from Awesome Tan, a shampoo and cut from B&B Beauty Salon, and free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

Coming in third was #10-Pouty aka Micki Martin, of Sand Lake, with 112 votes. She won a $25 gift certificate from Geekworx, a chair massage from Kin of Hope, tea from Perry’s Place, and a free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, those who voted, and all of the businesses that donated prizes! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Winners may pick up their prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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Snowman alert!


The heavy snowfall received last weekend caused snowmen to start popping up everywhere! Tracy Skelonc, of Solon Township, sent us this photo of the snowman that her 23-month-old son, Dalton, and her husband Martin built on our beautiful, sunny, Monday afternoon.
Do you have a photo of a snowman or other winter sculpture? Send your sculpture and winter fun photos to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Women’s Health


NOW Is the Right Time to Quit Smoking

By James N. Martin, Jr, MD
President, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

For people who smoke, kicking the habit is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Cigarette smoking kills about 178,000 women each year in the US, shaving an average of 14.5 years off the lives of female smokers.
Each puff of cigarette smoke exposes users to 2,500 chemicals and cancer-causing agents, including nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide. Smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths and increases the risk of developing cervical and other cancers. Smokers are more likely to experience heart attack, stroke, emphysema, bronchitis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts, and infertility than non-smokers are.
Pregnant women who smoke put their babies at a higher risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, poor lung function, asthma, and bronchitis. The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke are also passed through breast milk to babies. Smokers who quit can stop or reverse the damage caused by cigarettes. In the days and months after you quit, your heart rate and blood pressure drop to healthier levels, and your breathing, circulation, and sense of smell and taste may improve. Heart attack risk decreases by 50% within the first year after quitting, and the chances of developing lung cancer, heart disease, and other ailments fall to nearly that of a nonsmoker in the first few years.
Nicotine withdrawal and cravings derail 70% to 90% quit attempts. If you are thinking about quitting, nicotine replacement products—such as patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal spray—or doctor-prescribed medications, such as bupropion or varenicline, can help curb cravings and may increase your chances of quitting successfully.
Smokers can call 800-QUIT-NOW, a free national smoking cessation hotline, to speak with trained counselors who will help develop individualized quit plans. Support groups, such as Nicotine Anonymous, and other local smoking cessation resources may also be a great place to start.
Set a quit date when you will throw away all your cigarettes and clean your clothes to get rid of the smoky smell. You may want to schedule your quit date for November 17, 2011, to coincide with the Great American Smokeout. Keep busy
on your quit day—exercise, go to the movies, take a long walk, etc.—get plenty of water, and ask your friends and family to help keep you honest.
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 75% of women say they want to stop smoking. It takes most smokers several tries to finally quit for good. If your first attempt is not successful, don’t get discouraged. Get some help and get back on track. For more information on smoking cessation, go to www.cancer.org/.

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Banking on Education


By Sarah Read

Elementary students from Greenville Michigan Home Learners were taught the three S’s of money last Friday at their weekly learning cooperative.

“Share, spend and save,” explained Nancy Martin, the bank manager at United Bank of Michigan in Rockford. Martin was a featured guest speaker at the homeschool group for a Teach Kids to Save Day. A field trip to United Bank followed, where students glimpsed the workings of a bank, teller duties, how the drive-up tube and counterfeit light worked and a walk-in look at the vault and safety deposit boxes.

During the class presentation, Martin led the kids through examples they came up with for each category of share, spend and save. For share, the list included suggestions such as church, the humane society, and the Red Cross. For spend, Martin also had the students examine all the ways their parents had to spend money, on things like food, clothes, home repairs, and gasoline—with ideas of ways they can help around the house to make meeting those needs easier on the family. For save, Martin broke down the list of goals into things that take either a short time to save for, like a toy or video game, versus things that take a long time, such as college or a house.

After the discussion, the students, ranging in ages from 4-12, tossed money bean bags into a piggy bank toss and won dollar sign pencils. A drawing to give the kids “Moon Jars,” small banks divided into the three categories they had learned was also a big hit. “My kids had a blast,” said homeschool mom, Jennifer Dugan. “She did great with all the ages. They were all very entertained and learned too!”

To learn more about this home learning group, visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.com.

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