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June 26, 1993

Happy 20th Anniversary!


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C-HuntoonMrs. Miriam Zoe Piatt Huntoon, age 83, of Reed City, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 21, 2013. She was raised by her grandmother, went back to high school and graduated in 1962. In September of 1962, she started at Grand Rapids Junior College. Her husband died, but Miriam was persistent and continued her education, graduating from MSU in 1965 with honors. She taught at Benham and then Hilltop Schools in the Cedar Springs School District for 23 years. In the summer she finished her Masters Degree. In 1983 she married Emil Huntoon. They lived in Newaygo and then retired to Florida where she taught for 12 years. Each day she would rise early for her devotions and would faithfully study the word. Miriam is survived by her children, Joe (Marilyn) Piatt, Ruth Ann (Ron) LaDuke, Jim (Carol) Piatt, Joque (Denese) Piatt, Jeff (LuAnn) Piatt, Larry (Karen), Max (Loretta), Joyce (Harold), Jane (Jerry), Carolyn (Frank); many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Melody; sister-in-law, Mrs. Ann Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Piatt, and Emil Huntoon, and sons, Jerry and Fred. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Huntoon was held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 4151 Wild Turkey Drive, Reed City with Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment in Oakfield Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church in Reed City. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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C-MankoskiJulie L. Mankoski, 46 of Grand Rapids died Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Grand Rapids. Julie was born March 22, 1967 in Grand Rapids. She was a Clerk of the Court in Kent County and frequently attended White Caps games and was a devoted Detroit Tigers fan. She is survived by her parents Louise (Geoffrey) Lynch and James J. Mankoski; grandparents, Agnes Ludtke Skorka of Pierson; brothers, PSI “Joseph” (Helen) Mankoski of Mountain View, California; Kelly (Caitlin) Mankoski of Holland, Michigan and Bel “Amy” (Paul) Vassar of Antrim, New Hampshire; niece and nephews, Odessa, Maximus and Horatio Vassar; many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family received friends Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kenshol celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the Kent County Humane Society.

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

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In Memory of


June 2, 1946 to June 25, 2004

9 years


Deeply missed by husband Jack 

and family, relatives, & friends

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Pastor Jim Alblas

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3110 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs

About 25 years ago, a song hit the radio air waves called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and it was written and sung by Bobby McFerrin. It was a catchy and popular song that encouraged the listener to not worry about the troubles of life and instead to remain happy. In his song, McFerrin described situations in which we might struggle financially, deal with unpopularity, or even be robbed by someone, but yet it always came back to the refrain: “Don’t worry, be happy.” Maybe you remember the song; I’m sure you do and I bet you’ll be humming it the rest of the day now! Bobby believed that worry was pointless and in fact it made matters worse. In one of his key lyrics, he said “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double.”

I don’t know Bobby McFerrin’s religious background, but much of his message is certainly biblical. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus talked to His disciples about the dangers of worry. He taught that worry is unproductive by saying “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?“ One of the points Jesus was trying to make was that we cause additional stress to ourselves by worrying about things. But Jesus also included something in His message that Mr. McFerrin left out. Jesus answers the question, how is it possible to not worry? Isn’t that what we all want to know? We may agree with Bobby or Jesus, but how do we put it into practice in our lives?

Jesus empowers us by letting us know that we don’t have to worry because God is watching over us and will take care of all our needs. He used a beautiful description of how things go for the birds of the air to convey this. Jesus says: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” The implication is that, yes, we are more valuable to Him than the birds and thus all the more He will take care of us. The added benefit to those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior is that not only does He take care of us in this life, but also into eternal life.
I encourage those who already know the Lord to reflect on His caring nature and entrust your worries to Him. And to those who don’t know The Lord, to realize that not only do you have someone to handle your worries in this life, but willing to handle them forevermore.
Bobby McFerrin listed only a few examples of the troubles of life and undoubtedly as you read this, you can list many more. But through it all, don’t worry, be happy, because God takes care of us.

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You have to trust somebody


Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer


My family and I made a trip last summer to the Midwest. We stopped for lunch in the megalopolis of Carmi, Illinois, population 5,240. Most of these people must be scarecrows, because the only thing we saw there was a sandwich shop, a gas station, and cornfields.

While munching on sandwiches, our dog locked us out of our rental van. I tried to coax that little Shih Tzu over to the door locks for nearly an hour, but he was so enjoying the air conditioning, he wouldn’t budge. I went back inside the restaurant and told the sandwich-making lady that I needed a locksmith, knowing that one would probably have to come all the way from Peoria bearing a four-digit bill. She said, “I’ll call my friend, Rick. Trust me.” I cringed.

Rick showed up, walking out of the cornfields like Kevin Costner, and for $20 and the words, “Trust me” (There it was again!), had us in the van quicker than you can say “Carmi.” I kissed the sandwich maker, tipped Rick an extra $40, and we jumped back on the road with grateful laughter.

Then we had a tire blowout on the rental van in a place even more remote than Carmi. Our eight-hour joy drive devolved into a twenty-hour living hell, and frankly, I never want to see another Illinois cornfield again.

Still, it could have been worse. Where would my family and I have been without the sandwich maker who knew just who to call; without Rick, and his door-jimmying abilities; without the customer service rep at the rental agency who told me over the phone, “Trust me (Again!); it’s going to be okay”?

It would have been an even more rotten experience without the unknown, unnamed person who wrote the rental van manual, explaining where to find the infernal spare tire; without the young man at a tire service center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois who was the epitome of kindness; and there was the waitress, who at the diner when it was all over, seemed to understand that ice cream makes all disasters just a bit more tolerable.

All along the way I met people—honest, good people—who asked only for my confidence. That confidence was not disappointed, and I learned again that you have to trust a few people every now and then if you are going to make it safely home.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me. 


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Tri County soccer teams place in state tournament

Several Tri County AYSO soccer teams traveled to Linden, Michigan last weekend to compete in the section 8 state soccer tournament.

The U10 boys took first place, the U10 girls took third, the U12 girls took third and the U19 boys took fourth. The U14 girls tied in competition, but lost by one bonus point and did not get to play in the finals on Sunday.

Congratulations to you all!

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Allegan Butterfly Count

This Little Wood Satyr butterfly was one of many species of butterflies seen in the Allegan Butterfly Count.

This Little Wood Satyr butterfly was one of many species of butterflies seen in the Allegan Butterfly Count.

The West Michigan Butterfly Association butterfly counts are underway, with one in the Allegan State Game Area on June 21. Twenty-four species and 191 individuals were sighted. The preference is to hold the count closer to the 4th of July when second broods and summer broods of butterflies are on the wing. Personal schedules made it necessary to hold the count a bit early this year and several species had not emerged for flight. It was still between flight periods for some. No fritillaries, one hairstreak, and few sulphurs were flying. Bog Coppers were not flying yet. Some butterflies do not have a spring brood and others do not fly until summer is well in progress.

The solstice day count was good and enjoyable. Things like the federally dndangered Karner Blue were not flying yet. Several hairstreaks like the Hickory, Edward’s, and Banded will soon be flying in large numbers. An abundance of sulphurs instead of a just a few will be emerging from pupae. A list of 24 species and numbers seen follows. The counts are a great opportunity to learn butterflies and to associate them with nature niche habitat needs. The results from the Rogue River State Game Area Count that begins at the Howard Christensen Nature Center will be reported next week. The Newaygo Count in the Manistee National Forest will be held on July 27th at 9 a.m. We meet at the Plumb’s Grocery at the corner of M-82 and M-37. Contact me if you plan to participate because weather could alter the date.

Allegan Butterfly Species Sightings

Giant Swallowtail -1

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 5

Spicebush Swallowtail – 7

Cabbage White – 43

Clouded Sulphur -4

Orange Sulphur -1

Purplish Copper -1

Edward’s Hairstreak -1

Eastern Tailed Blue – 2

Summer Azure – 6

Pearl Crescent -1

Comma species undetermined -1

American Lady -1

Red Admiral -1

Red-spotted Purple – 12

Viceroy -1

Little Wood Satyr – 28

Monarch – 2

Silver-spotted Skipper – 10

Southern Cloudywing – 6

Northern Cloudywing -1

European Skipper – 30

Indian Skipper – 7

Hobomok Skipper – 6

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at the odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433.


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Catch of the Week

OUT-Catch-of-week-PickemMichael ‘Gage’ Pickem, age 12, reeled in this 17-1/2 inch bass while fishing on Basford Lake in Newaygo County. It is his biggest catch ever, caught off of his Grandpa’s dock! Congratulations, Michael, you made the Post Catch of the Week!


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Kids fishing derby


Blayze Ludtke reeled in these nice bass at the Land of Lakes Association’s Kids Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 9, during the state’s free fishing weekend.

Congratulations, Blayze!

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