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Archive | June, 2012

A chance to see a free movie at the Kent

Want a chance to see a newer release movie for free? Odds are good that if you show up this Friday or Saturday night for the 9 p.m. showing of “Dark Shadows” at the Kent, you might get in for free! Two local businesses (see Kent Theatre ad on this page) will be covering the cost of the first 50 ticket sales for the 9 p.m. showings on Friday and Saturday night. Be one of the first 50 people in line, and you’re in! One ticket per person, no saving spots. Must be present when tickets handed out. Bring your money for concessions, and if you don’t make it in for free, tickets are $3. Please note that “Dark Shadows” is rated PG-13.

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This week’s happenings…

Switchback to Play at the Kent Theatre

June 28: A benefit performance by “Switchback” will be on Thursday June 28 at 7 pm. Switchback concerts are crowd pleasers with a mix of Folk, Irish and Blues music plus some 30’s & 40’s jazz. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. Proceeds from the concert go to the digital projection fund.  #26


Beyond the Walls

July 1: On Sunday, July 1, from 10:45am to noon, The Springs Church is going beyond its walls to serve you! That’s right…YOU! We will be doing a FREE car wash at Tractor Supply (no donations accepted), all veterans are invited to the American Legion for a FREE pancake breakfast to thank you for your service, and kids can head over to Morley Park for a FREE lunch and fun! You can go beyond the walls too! A team from The Springs will be out collecting food donations for our local food pantries. Dig into those cupboards and see what you have to share! And that’s not all!  Keep your eye out for us! We will be serving all over Cedar Springs and look forward to connecting with you! See you there! #26


Dinner at the Legion

July 2: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Monday, July 2 from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, baked beans, veggies, rolls, dessert and drink. All dinners are $9, children 17 & under $4. Take out is available. #18p


MCC Offers Summer Camps for Youths

July: There’s still time to register for Montcalm Community College’s 2012 summer camps for youths. Camps include: “Camp Discovery: The Wonderful World of Nature” is July 10-12. The cost is $60. “Outdoor Recreation Camp” is July 16-20. The cost is $90. “Sports Camp” is July 23-27. The cost is $90. “ACT Test Prep Boot Camp” is July 30-Aug. 3. The cost is $150. Visit www.montcalm.edu/camps for more information. #26


Secret Garden Tour

July 14: The Friends of The Timothy Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library presents the 1st Annual Secret Garden Tour in Howard City Michigan. 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday July 14th. For information and to purchase tickets: TCH Reynolds Township Library – 231-937-5573 or Kindel & Company – 231-937-9090. $10 in advance or $12 the day of the tour.  #26


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Fourth of July humor

Q: What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?

A: The Fodder of Our Country!


Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?

A: Nothing. It just waved!


Q: What’s red, white, blue, and gross?

A: Uncle Spam!


Q: What kind of tea did the American colonists thirst for?

A: Liberty!


Q: What was General Washington’s favorite tree?

A: The infantry!


Q: What protest by a group of dogs occurred in 1773?

A: The Boston Flea Party!


Q: What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small  curly-haired dog?

A: Yankee Poodle!


Q: What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?

A: The Americans licked the British!


Q: Which colonists  told the most jokes?

A: Punsylvanians!

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Chamber of Commerce schedules meet and greet

With many area residents being transferred to the 74th District due to redistricting, voters will need to make a choice among some candidates they haven’t met before. Residents will have the chance to meet one of those candidates, Walker Mayor Rob VerHeulen, at a “meet and greet” hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday, July 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Administration Board Room (3rd Floor), on the Cedar Springs Schools campus. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email info@csacoc.com.

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Don’t be a statistic

Drowning is second leading cause of accidental death

With summer here, the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death, claiming the lives of over 4,000 people every year. Although all age groups are represented, children age four and under have the highest death rate due to drowning.

“With the proper precautions, drowning and near-drowning incidents are preventable,” said Trooper Keith Disselkoen. “To reduce the risk of drowning, it is important for parents to teach children proper water safety at a young age.”

Beach safety tips:
Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard or adult.
Stay within designated swimming areas. Don’t swim near piers, pilings, platforms, docks, fishermen or tethered boats.
Never swim alone, and don’t swim too far from shore.
Heed warning flags at public beaches. Red flags mean no swimming because of hazardous conditions.
Children or inexperienced swimmers should wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD).
Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts.  top swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Always enter the water feet-first. Never dive head first into the water.
Beware of rip currents and undertow. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then swim to shore.
Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating.

Pool safety tips:

Never leave a child alone near the pool—not even for a minute to answer the phone or doorbell.
Designate a responsible adult to watch the pool as the lifeguard.
Remove pool covers completely prior to pool use.
After swimming, remove all toys from the water and deck to avoid attracting young children into the pool unsupervised.
Keep a phone and lifesaving equipment including a pole, rope and personal flotation devices (PFDs) by the pool.
Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars.
Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence and into the pool.

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July is national blueberry month

We are just heading into July, but it’s not too early to enjoy some fat, juicy, delicious blueberries for national blueberry month! Did you know that over 18,000 acres of blueberries are grown in Michigan, the largest blueberry-producing state in the U.S.? Michigan grows more than 20 varieties. They are a favorite at farmer’s markets, and in regular grocery stores, too. They came in early this year, and Post Farms had 1,000 pounds ready to pick as of Monday.

Blueberries are considered a super food. They are the fruit that is highest in antioxidants, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C and fiber. They are also a good source of Vitamin A and iron.

Eat fresh blueberries within a week after purchasing. Store berries in the refrigerator in a covered container. Do not wash until ready to eat. For long-term storage, place completely dry berries on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag or container.

To take advantage of the plentiful blueberries, raspberries and strawberries that are out right now, try the recipe on this page for a luscious Fourth of July dessert!

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Red, White and Blueberry pound cake

From the U.S. highbush blueberry council


1 package (10-¾ ounces) frozen pound cake

Raspberry-Orange Sauce (recipe follows)

1 container (8-ounces) whipped cream cheese

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

1-½ cups fresh blueberries, divided

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries


Slice frozen pound cake lengthwise in three layers

Arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet with top layer cut side up

Pierce layers with fork tines

Spread each with 2 tablespoons of the Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Let stand 10 to 15 minutes so that the cake absorbs the sauce

Meanwhile, in a bowl stir together cream cheese, sugar and orange juice until well blended

To assemble cake: Place bottom layer on a serving plate

Spread evenly with a third of the cream cheese mixture

Arrange a third of the blueberries evenly over cream cheese

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon Raspberry-Orange Sauce over blueberries

Repeat with center slice of cake

Place top layer cut side down

Spread with remaining cream cheese mixture

Decorate cake to resemble an American flag using remaining blueberries and the strawberries

Serve with remaining Raspberry-Orange Sauce

Number of servings (yield): 8


Raspberry-Orange Sauce


Stir together until smooth ¾ cup seedless raspberry jam and 6 tablespoons orange juice

Quick notes

Yield: about 1 cup

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Stroke and Osteoporosis Screenings at Solon Center

Residents living in and around the Cedar Springs, Michigan community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Solon Center Wesleyan Church will host Life Line Screenings on July 24, 2012 at 15671 Algoma Ave., in Cedar Springs.

Four key points everyone needs to know:

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability

80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke

Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke

Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.  Packages start at $149. Screenings take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

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Summer heat can be dangerous—even deadly, keep family and friends safe

From the Kent County Health Department

Heat was a factor in at least three deaths last year in Michigan. With the hot weather in the forecast, there are a few things people can do to beat the heat. Children, the elderly, and pets are especially at risk. The Kent County Health Department has a few reminders about keeping safe during hot summer days.

Never leave children or animals in a parked vehicle unattended, even with windows cracked open. “If it gets sunny and hot, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes,” says Cathy Raevsky, Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Heat stroke and death can occur in these dangerous situations.” Last year, 33 children in the United States died of hyperthermia when left unattended in a hot car, according to the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences.

Elderly people have a much more difficult time dealing with heat. Their bodies may not adjust as quickly to changes in temperature, and some medications can cause adverse reactions to heat. If you know elderly adults, check on them twice a day during these hot days. Encourage them to drink cold, non-alcoholic beverages to stay well hydrated. If they appear to be suffering from dizziness, muscle weakness/cramping, vomiting, heavy sweating, or paleness, they may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Get them to a cool area, and medical treatment as soon as possible.

Pets dehydrate fast, so be sure they have fresh, clean drinking water. Keep them indoors or provide a shady place for them to stay out of the sun. Don’t let them overheat: keep strenuous activity and playtime short.

Drink non-alcoholic fluids often, no matter how active you are. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink, you may already be dehydrated. (Some people may be limited in the amount of fluid they drink due to certain conditions or medications. Check with your doctor to see how much you should drink while the weather is hot.) Avoid alcohol or sugary-drinks, as they can cause you to dehydrate faster.

If you are looking for additional resources to help you during hot weather, the Heart of West Michigan

United Way may be able help. Call their free informational and referral service by dialing 211 for more information.

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Going for the gold? Get travel vaccinations first

From the Kent County Health Department

In just a few weeks, thousands of people will descend on London for the Olympic Summer Games. Before you travel, be sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning anyone traveling to the London Olympics to be aware of an increased risk of measles infection, and recommends immunizations before you travel. “More than 30,000 cases of the measles were reported in Europe last year, with more than one thousand cases in England and Wales,” said Cathy Raevsky,

Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “We need to be vigilant and make sure travelers are not increasing the risk of measles spreading in the U.S.”

Before traveling abroad, make sure you are vaccinated against measles:
Infants 6–11 months of age: 1 dose
Children 12 months of age or older: 2 doses (separated by 28 days)
Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or been vaccinated: 2 doses (separated by 28 days)

Symptoms of measles begin about 7 to 14 days after you are exposed to the infection, and include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and sore throat. Measles causes a red or reddish-brown rash, generally starting on the face, moving downward to the neck, arms, trunk, and legs. In some cases, measles can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and can even be deadly.

The Kent County Health Department offers foreign travel vaccines that follow CDC recommendations. Most vaccines should be received one to two months in advance, or as soon as you are aware of your destination. Our Fuller Clinic provides immunizations by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (616) 632-7200.

Many insurance companies do not cover travel vaccines, and some travel vaccines are expensive. KCHD accepts cash, check, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. For information about vaccines, vaccine administration fees, and consultation fees, go to www.accesskent.com/Health/HealthDepartment  or call 616.632.7200 for more information.

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