Engagement — March 18, 2010

Loveder-Daniels

Chris and Susan Loveder of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Emma Loveder of Rockford, to Kord Daniels, son of Bert and Sue Daniels of Rockford.

The bride-to-be is a Rockford High School graduate and is employed by Davenport University. The groom-elect is a Rockford High School graduate

and a Michigan Tech University graduate. He is currently employed by Brunswick Corporation.

Ceremony attendants will be maid of honor Angela Loveder, best man Jason McLaren, with ushers Jason Berris and Chad Meinke.

The couple is planning a wedding date of July 9, 2010, at Blythefield Country Club. They will reside in Cedar Springs.

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Obituaries — March 18, 2010

Sagorski

Mr. Andrew James Sagorski, age 40, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 11, 2010 and is now rejoicing with his Lord and Savior.

He grew up in Sand Lake, graduated from Tri-County High School in 1988, and received his degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Andrew married Melissa (Astras) on June 22, 2001.

He currently worked in sales for Cofessco Fire Protection and previously Siemens, but cooking and farming were his passions. Andrew was an early riser, a hard worker, an innate chef, a lover of history, but most of all he was a faithful husband, and devoted father, and an honorable man. He was a member of Blythefield Hills Church.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Melissa (Astras); his children, Jordan David, Elaina Angel, Elizabeth Mary, Lara Eleaze, Jack Andrew; his father, Jim and his wife, Nancy (Ciluffo) along with her children; sisters, Mary Rose Baxter and Jeanine (Dan) Krebs; his in-laws, Tony and Rita Astras and Melissa’s five siblings, Ingrid (Tim) Ingram, Katrina (Josiah) Meyers, Elizabeth (Jeff) Geshel, Mark Astras, and Philip Astras; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Sagorski (Napierlaski); his infant brother, David and his infant sister, Angela.

A celebration of Andrew’s life was held Monday at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Zainea officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Educational Fund for Andrew Sagorski’s Children at Lake Michigan Credit Union.

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Local artist, Spectrum Health co-publish book

Stacy Niedzwiecki, a Rockford, Michigan artist, has co-published the book “Healing Images,” a collection of her 63 nature images that are part of th permanent art collection at Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Recognizing that art plays a key role in the healing journey, Spectrum Health selected artwork by local artists that is soothing and bright and cheerful when it opened the Pavilion in June of 2008.

Since then, patients have been able to personalize the art to their own healing experience. Wanting to broaden this beyond the walls of the Pavilion, Spectrum Health teamed up with Niedzwiecki to co-publish the book as a reminder of the patient’s connection to life through the healing experience.

Stacy Niedzwiecki is an award-winning artist who specialized in nature-themed photography. Her photographs depict various locations throughout the state of Michigan.

In August 2009, Niedzwiecki was awarded second place in the Pure Michigan Photo Competition, a highly competitive event sponsored through Travel Michigan. Two of her works were selected to hang on display at Governor Jennifer Granholm’s personal residence in Lansing as part of the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artists Program.

Her images have been featured in the “Michigan 24/7” photography book, “Whisper in the Woods Nature Journal,” The Rockford Squire newspaper, Michigan Blue and Michigan History magazines, and explorestlouis.com official visitors’ guide.

The books are available at Spectrum Health’s Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion Specialty Shop, purchased online at www.stacyn.com – or by calling 616-550-8107.

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Garden Pathways series free to the public

Garden Pathways began in 2007 when the Outreach Committee of Blythefield Christian Reformed Church had a vision of reaching friends and neighbors. Their motto has been to explore God’s creation through the means of bringing in experts to speak about different aspects of gardening.

Once a month, beginning in March and continuing throughout the spring and summer season, the group explores a different pathway. Some of the paths they have explored have led to pruning, composting, herbs, rain gardens, orchids, tree identification, bulbs, growing vegetables, and more. They have also visited various gardens in the summer to see wildflower fields, rose gardens and perennial gardens.

Beginning this month, Garden Pathways will go down a pathway to learn about various viburnums and where they can be used in home gardens. In April, the group will learn about growing and using ornamental grasses. Coming in the month of May is an opportunity to learn all about daylilies. Then, in the month of June, they will learn about water gardening, and where and how to build a backyard pond. All of these learning experiences are at no charge, and refreshments are included.

The public is invited to join in the Garden Pathways on the third Thursday evening of the month at 7 p.m. at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr. NE. For more information, visit the church website at www.blythefieldcrc.com or call the church office

at (616) 866-2962.

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Scouts honored at Recognition Mass

Boy Scout Troop 283’s Nathan Christensen of Belmont proudly displayed the Bishop Baraga medallion as the Grand Rapids Catholic Committee on Scouting hosted the annual Scout Recognition Mass at the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 28. Christensen was the first Boy Scout to earn the Bishop Baraga award, commemorating the celebration of 100 years of Scouting as youth ministry.

Nathan Christensen of Belmont receives the Bishop Baraga medallion at the Scout Recognition Mass on February 28.

More than 140 Scouts and adult leaders were recognized as recipients of Catholic religious awards at the Scout Recognition Mass. Recipients were recognized by the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to individuals who have performed exceptional service to the Scouting program through their contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth.

Recipients of the Bronze Pelican Award were Michael Lenz, Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3208 of Holy Spirit; Daina Luczyk, Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Pete Luczyk, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Kevin Meyers, Scoutmaster of 275 and Advisor of 2275; and Bill Mullholland, Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner of the Gerald R. Ford Council/Boy Scouts of America.

Receiving the St. George Award from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and recognized for their outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of the Catholic youth were Scott Harvey, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council, Charter Organization Representative of Pack 3283 and Troop 283, Finance Council Chairman of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Larry Wilson, Scoutmaster of Troop 230, High Adventure Advisor for Section C-2B of the Order of the Arrow, member St. Jude Church Christian Formation Committee, Fourth Degree Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus.

Honored for the Pope Paul VI Catholic Unit Award for the third straight year were Boy Scout Troop 31 of Marne and St. Mary and Cub Scout Pack 3283 of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Pope Paul VI was also awarded to Boy Scout Troop 283 for their outstanding efforts in Catholic Scouting.

Plans also are underway to celebrate the 100 years of Scouting with a Cub Scout Activity Day scheduled for Saturday, June 5, and a Catholic Boy Scout Retreat on August 6-8 at the Life Process Center in Lowell.

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