North Kent Community Services (NKCS) is collecting items in February and March to make 500 Easter baskets for the children they serve. NKCS would appreciate donations of the following items by March 31: • candy or fruit snacks • Easter baskets and grass • small stuffed animals—Beanie Baby size • bubbles and sidewalk chalk • jump ropes and balls • markers, colored pencils and coloring books • small cars and trucks—Matchbox/Hot Wheels size • any other suitable Easter basket items for children ages 1–10
February 24 2011
ChoiceOne Bank recently donated 45 computers to Love INC of Newaygo County. The computers were given to support Love INC and their commitment to helping those in the community succeed by fulfilling unmet financial needs. “When we received a call from Michelle at ChoiceOne Bank, offering us 20 computers, we were thrilled,” said Executive Director of Love INC Newaygo County Michele Zimmerman. “Just imagine our surprise and joy when we arrived to pick up the computers and there were more than 45 available.” Love INC will offer families taking their financial management classes a free computer as well as offer free computers to partner churches. “With such a large computer donation, not only will families in need benefit, but some of our partner churches will benefit as well. We can accomplish so much when we work together,” added Zimmerman. “Knowing these computers will be given to community members taking the initiative to complete financial classes at Love INC certainly makes this donation even more meaningful,” said President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, Jim Bosserd. “As the local community bank, we want to do all we can to help the families in our communities succeed. In our profession, we know taking charge of your financial future is an excellent first step toward success.” Love INC is a national ministry carried out by more than 9,000 churches in over 135 affiliates across the United States. The congregations and community partners that make up each affiliate are addressing serious unmet needs in their local area. Love INC reaches out to these vulnerable community members, providing tangible assistance, encouragement and hope. ChoiceOne Bank is a full-service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at www.choiceone.com.
The Dwight Lydell chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America—defenders of soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife—will hold its annual Conservation and Awards Banquet on March 4 at the Centennial Country Club. This event is open to the public but attendance is by advanced reservation only. The “Ikes” will recognize some members for their dedicated conservation work and will honor non-members Stu and Nancy Cok for their wise stewardship of 126 acres of woodland with a small feeder creek in the Rogue River watershed. Their stewardship culminated with the Coks putting the land into a conservation easement under the guidance of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. This action keeps the land in a natural state forever. The banquet will include guest speaker Dr. Howard Tanner, retired DNR director. “The father of salmon fishing” will tell the exciting story of how and why salmon were introduced into the Great Lakes. The evening will also include a buffet dinner, silent auction and bucket raffle. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and programs at 7 p.m. Admission by reservation only is $27 in advance. For reservations, please call Bob Stegmier at (616) 866-4769 before March 1. For more information, visit www.iwla.org and www.michiganikes.org.
Looking for the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow? Look no further! Hugh Keppler, chef extraordinaire, will be directing the leprechauns in preparing a scrumptious old-fashioned Irish stew. Keppler has been preparing delicious Irish meals for Bostwick Lake Congregational Church’s community dinner for many years. The church members invite the public to join them in this traditional Irish meal and find all of the fun that Keppler and his leprechauns bring to the table. On March 12 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., get your “pot o’ stew,” bread and dessert for only $7 per adult, $3 per child ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. The church is located at 7979 Belding Road, across from Lakes Elementary School in Rockford.
Looking at our choices The politicians promised JOBS! Now, federal, state and local governments are eliminating jobs. Police, fire, public service: all are being cut or salaries reduced. The politicians promised lowered taxes, right? Fees for public services are going up and we have to pay for some services that are no longer provided. But those fees aren’t taxes, are they? Of course, in a recession we can expect our standard of living to slip a bit. If the money isn’t there, we can’t buy everything. All those government programs were sustainable when we had the money. Now we don’t. When you go to vote next time, remember they will promise anything to get re-elected. But don’t expect the results to be exactly what we’d hoped for. Plug for the Squire I put in a small classified ad last week. I got 21 calls. Ms. America They wanted to allow divorced women to compete in the Miss America pageant. Do you really want to hear, “My dreams for the future include world peace, no more poverty, and that my ex-husband gets hit by a bus”? Gone fishing A man calls home and says to his wife, “Honey, I’ve been asked to go fishing with my boss at a big lake up in Canada. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion, so would you please pack enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box? We’re leaving from the office, but I’ll swing by the house to pick up my things. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk panamas.” The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but, being a good wife, she does exactly what her husband has asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good. His wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. “We sure did,” he says. “Lots of walleye, some bluegill, and a few pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk panamas like I asked you to?” “I did. They’re in your tackle box.” It was so cold… It was so cold… hitchhikers were holding up pictures of thumbs. It was so cold… roosters were […]