Lawmaker present for all votes in 2011 State Rep. Peter MacGregor posted a perfect voting record for the 2011 legislative year, never missing any of 619 roll call votes taken during the first year of his first term. “Voters in the 73rd District sent me to Lansing to represent them, and being present for all legislative votes is part of my job,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I look forward to continuing to work to revitalize Michigan in 2012 and am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a voice for our community in Lansing.” Since the beginning of the year, lawmakers have balanced the state budget, reduced red tape, cut over $1 billion in spending, and cracked down on waste, fraud and abuse in the welfare system. The nonpartisan website www.michiganvotes.org compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in Michigan House and Senate.
January 5 2012
Time travel Samoa skipped last Friday entirely, and landed on the other side of the International Date Line. They are only about 10 miles from it. They wanted to be in sync with Australia and other populated areas closer to them. On February 29, 1948, I was on a ship heading home from Korea. It was leap year, so we had an extra day. That night we crossed the date line and it was February 29 all over again. So, 30 days hath February. My first and only. Out of tune Submitted by a correspondent: As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently a funeral director asked me to play at the graveside service for a homeless man with no family. It was to be held at a paupers’ cemetery way out in the country. Not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. An hour late, I finally arrived and saw that evidently the funeral guy had gone. The hearse was nowhere in sight. Only the diggers and crew were left, and they were eating lunch. I felt bad and called out an apology to the men for being late. I walked over to the graveside, looked down, and saw the vault lid already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches. I played heart and soul for that man with no family or friends. As I played “Amazing Grace,” the workers started to weep. In fact, we all wept together. Finally I packed up my bagpipes and headed for my car with a full heart. As I opened the car door, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothing like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.” Sweet stop Another reader contribution: Returning from a trip to visit my grandmother in California, I was stopped in Kansas by a state trooper for exceeding the speed limit. Grateful to have received a warning instead of a ticket, I gave him a small bag of my grandma’s delicious chocolate chip cookies and proceeded on my way. Later, I was stopped by another trooper. “What have I done?” I asked. “Nothing,” the trooper said. “I heard you […]
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Thursday, January 5 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 Area Historical Society Meeting—1 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Terry Konkle will speak on Julia Moore, “The Sweet Singer of Michigan.” Hostesses will be Madge Bolt and Kathy Christensen. Friday, January 6 Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 Five Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids. Sale also Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with special “bag of books for $2” on Sunday and Monday only. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Saturday, January 7 Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 Five Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids. Sale also Friday, Sunday and Monday, with special “bag of books for $2” on Sunday and Monday only. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Sunday, January 8 Spectacular Book Sale—1 to 4 p.m. at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 Five Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids. Sale also Friday, Saturday and Monday, with special “bag of books for $2” on Sunday and Monday only. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Monday, January 9 Be a Miner 49’er—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Mosey on down for some good, old-fashioned, Gold Rush-inspired fun! Crafts, games and activities for all ages. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. 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. Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 Five Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids. Sale also Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with special “bag of books for $2” on Sunday and Monday only. For […]