January 19 2012

OBITUARIES — Mr. Steve A. Janicki

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Mr. Steve A. Janicki, age 87, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Steve was a very faithful member of Assumption BVM Catholic Church. He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was the honored recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation. Steve was in the first graduating class of Rockford High School Adult Ed in 1969. For 40 years he worked for Consumers Power Company as the sub station operator (area operator), retiring in 1986. Steve was proud to be a life member of the 32nd Infantry Div., Company K of the Red Arrow serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was also a member of the Grand Rapids Red Arrow Club, Ushers Club at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Council Knights of Columbus, Grand Rapids Concertina Club, and volunteered for the Food Commodities. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Barszewski) whom he married on May 29, 1948.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Stephen J. May.  Also, he is survived by his children, Karen and Art Swartz, Patricia Hogberg and Dick Wiebe, Barbara and Mark Jackson, Mary and Robert Wismer, Gerilyn and Jamie May, Julie and Jeff Forbes, Stephanie and Stuart Cohen; proud “Dziadzi” of his grandchildren: Kara and Jason Schab and their children, Nathan and Addie, Michael Swartz and his daughter, Hayden Marie, Trapper Hogberg (fiancée Kim), Will Wismer (fiancée Jenna), Brett May, Stephen May, Dylan Wiebe, Layne Wiebe, Lindsay Cohen, and Adrienne Cohen. The Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Janicki will be offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave. , Belmont , with The Rev. Peter Vu presiding. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Assumption Cemetery . The Rosary will be prayed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Carmelite Sisters, 4300 Mt. Carmel Dr ., NE , Ada , MI 49301 or the Consolata Sisters, 6801 Belmont Ave. , NE, PO Box […]


January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Thursday, January 19 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan.  Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Friday, January 20 Low Cost Equine Euthanasia Clinic—3 to 7 p.m. in Sand Lake, Mich. Pre-registration and refundable deposit required. Disposal included. For more information and to register, call (616) 691-8415. Saturday, January 21 Annual Spaghetti Supper—5 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Rd. (at Young Ave.), Rockford. Menu includes spaghetti with sauce, tossed salad, bread, homemade desserts, and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults, and $3 for children 10 years and younger. For more information, call the church at (616) 874-7045 or Jerry Demarest at (616) 884-0448. Monday, January 23 Babytime—11 a.m. every Monday through February 27 at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Tuesday, January 24 Evening Storytime—6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through February 28 at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day, Evening Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 6 and under with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.  Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keith at (616) 866-2459. Wednesday, January 25 Toddler Time—10 and 11 a.m. every Wednesday […]

A Message for You

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

The End is Near! Or Isn’t! by PASTOR SCOTT SWIX Hope Community Church, Rockford The year 2012 is here! The world did not end in 2011 as some predicted. Though others are convinced the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, Biblical prophecy and other signs assure us that this year is the last year. Well, perhaps. But I’d not bet on it. That’d be a silly bet anyway, wouldn’t it? If you’re right, and you win, you can’t collect. So how do we live in this new year of slowly improving economy, a world of great change? With European crisis, Arab Spring, global warming, Lions winning, China ascending, presidential elections, Washington gridlock (oops, sorry, that’s not new) and on and on, what are we to do? Be faithful. Live as though Christ shall return tomorrow. And as though he won’t. Live faithfully. A faithful Christ-like life is lived the same way, either way. Love God and others, care, forgive, share the good news of the Gospel, give generously. Change a life for the better—our own, and others’. Live in the joy of the holy present moment while prudently considering the future that may come. But do not worry about it, or ignore it. Remember the past, but do not dwell upon it either. We cannot change it, nor can we recapture it. Be faithful. That’s mostly an internal thing. Focus on becoming what God is calling us to be, and less on making others into what we think God expects them to be. Concentrate on our blessings, and less on all the things we want or think we need, and we’ll find more joy and contentment and less anxious depression. Be faithful. Martin Luther said, “Even if I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” Take care of what we have, and use it wisely, for one day or for many, for we may need it for a very long time. It is a new year. Live it!

News from Cannon Township Supervisor

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Sewer absorbing topic by STEVE GRIMM You would be surprised how fascinating sewer issues can be. I found this out since becoming Cannon Township supervisor in January 2011. As part of the North Kent Sewer Authority, Cannon’s sewer customers’ waste is sent to the treatment facility on Coit Avenue in Plainfield Township. We share the system with Alpine, Plainfield, Courtland and the City of Rockford. What is really fascinating is the infrastructure involved in that utility. Most people don’t think of their sewer, nor should they. If it flushes and doesn’t come back into the house, all is good. An analysis of the mechanical infrastructure exposes a surprising complexity of the collection and treatment system involved. Pipes, connections, lift stations and the treatment facility itself all work together to take waste and convert it to water clean enough to drink. By the time the process is complete, the treated water that is put into the Grand River is cleaner than the river itself. Along with this complexity is the fact that the entire system has a limited life span. Once a pipe is put into the ground, it starts to degrade, eventually leading, over many years, to expensive replacement. Cannon Township is involved right now in developing an intelligent operation and maintenance plan that will first identify and categorize the maintenance needed and the costs involved. One of the techniques employed to accomplish this is to televise all the pipes that carry sewer. You would be surprised at how much fun it is to spend a morning traveling through a sewer pipe. By doing so, Cannon will very soon develop and implement a very aggressive plan of action that will proactively repair and maintain the entire system so that catastrophic failure caused by age of the system and lack of attention will be minimized. By implementing and sticking to this plan, the long-term future of our sewer system will be ensured. Now, what can be more fascinating than that?

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