Continuing health insurance We are all creatures of habit. For me, the day after the end of tax season, usually April 16, is the perfect example. I always take that day off work. I really enjoy preparing taxes, as do my co-workers, but the pressure is so intense during those last few weeks that a day off is needed to at least partially recharge the batteries, so to speak. Since Meijer opened on Ten Mile Road several years ago, my first stop of the morning has been there to buy an all-species fishing license. All fishing licenses expire on March 31 and, since I am rather tied up from April 1 through April 15, in order to legally jump in the Rogue River, I need a new license. I was rather pleased to see that 28 dollars bought me that all-species license-the same fee as last year. I thought I had heard the fees were going up by 10 dollars, but the state legislature must have felt sorry for us fishermen and decided to leave the fees the same. After getting that license, I head back home and take stock of what my garage looks like. It can take some straightening up, to say the least. It’s also time to switch recreation pursuits. Since bowling is finished, that must mean it’s time to start golfing. I get out the golf clubs and analyze the equipment in my bag. I’m still holding out hope for a round in the 70s and a hole in one, so I have to figure out what piece of technology is out there that just might allow me to get into the 70s and get that hole in one. It’s also time to think about playing softball. My expectations are substantially lower when it comes to softball. I plan to not pull any muscles this year, not make too many fielding errors-no more than six for the year-and to have an on-base percentage of at least 0.500. With proper stretching before each game, I might not pull any muscles. With a rather loose definition of “not too many” fielding errors, I most likely can meet that goal. Finally, I use the “on-base” percentage of calculating 0.500 instead of straight […]
April 23 2009
Mrs. Patty R. Collins, RN, age 80, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 20, 2009. Patty accepted Christ at the age of 11. She knew a lot of people who were missionary nurses, and they encouraged her to become a registered nurse. She was a 1946 graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, and then attended Indiana University School of Nursing, graduating in 1950. Patty met Frank at the 31st Street Fundamental Baptist Church where they were later married on June 27, 1948. On their honeymoon they used her father’s 1947 Ford. After moving to Grand Rapids in 1949, Patty’s first job was as a registered nurse at Butterworth Hospital, and then she switched to Blodgett Hospital. For many years she was the night supervisor of nursing. Patty was very knowledgeable of what went on in the hospital and retired in 1986. She joined Rockford Baptist Church in 1972 where she worked in the library, taught Sunday school, and was Deaconess. Prior to that, she attended Trinity Baptist Church where she took charge of the nursery. Patty enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, and reading. Both Patty and Frank enjoyed being together and being with the family. After many long hours at the hospital, Patty was the person who always encouraged and helped family and friends recover from an illness or accident. She was a very compassionate, caring, Christian lady. Patty is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Sheryl and Mike McKeel, Steven and Stephanie Collins, and Susan and William LaFollette; grandchildren, Laura Collins, Joseph LaFollette, Beth Collins, and Brittany LaFollette; brothers, Marshall Mitchell, Leon Mitchell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrna Mitchell; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Mitchell. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Collins will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford Baptist Church Mission Fund or Gideons International. Relatives and friends may gather at the Pederson Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, […]
July 30, 1969 – April 20, 2008 Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free, I’m following the path that God laid for me. I took His hand, when I heard Him call, I turned my back, and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone, they stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If parting has left a void, Then fill it all with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened now with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. Charlie “Char,” son of “Joan,” Mr. and Mrs. Gardner, loving father to Taylor and Trever Benham, beloved brother to many siblings, began his new life in heaven one year ago. You are truly missed by all and will never be forgotten. We will especially remember your free spirit, kind heart and contagious smile. We miss you and love you forever. Alysse, Mikelle, Charlotte, family and friends
Last year the Accents Hair Design Cut-A-Thon raised $2,500 for Rockford Relay For Life. The second annual Cut-A-Thon will be held at Accents, 6575 Belding Road, on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature $10 cuts and manicures, complimentary food from Pizeria Grandé and Bostwick Lake Bakery as well as $10 chair massages at Simply Chiropractic, located right next door. All proceeds benefit Rockford Relay For Life. For more information call Accents at (616) 874-9215.
Extras available at 25 percent discount Due to an ordering error the Kent Conservation District has extra seedlings remaining from its sale. Because these seedlings must be planted or tended to within the next week, we are offering a 25 percent discount on all purchases made this week. If you are interested in making a purchase come to the Howard Christensen Nature Center on Red Pine Drive in Kent City on Wed. from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seedlings will also be available in Cedar Springs Morley Park on Sat. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this point we have most of our fifty species available.