July 16 2009 news

Garden Pathways series free to the public

March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

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.

Man pleads guilty in traffic death

March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

A Rockford man pled guilty last week in the accident that caused his son’s death. According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Todd Michael Benoit, 35, was heading northbound on White Creek Avenue in a red jeep, about 10:25 p.m. October 3, and had stopped at the stop sign at 17 Mile before pulling out into the intersection in front of a westbound, full-size Dodge pickup truck. The Jeep was struck in the front passenger’s door. Benoit’s son, Derrick Mitchell Holstege, 19 of Wyoming, was a front seat passenger in the Jeep and died in the crash. Benoit was arraigned in 63rd District Court on Friday, December 4, on a charge of OWI (Operating while intoxicated), a 15-year felony. He will be sentenced on April 29 in 17th Circuit Court at 2 p.m.

What is kennel cough?

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Kennel cough is also called canine cough, bordetellosis and infectious tracheobronchitisis. Kennel cough in dogs will stimulate a coarse, dry, hacking cough about three to seven days after the dog is initially infected. It sounds as if the dog needs to “clear its throat” and the cough will be triggered by any extra activity or exercise. Many dogs that acquire kennel cough will cough every few minutes, all day long. Their general state of health and alertness will be unaffected-they usually have no rise in temperature, and do not lose their appetite. The signs of canine cough usually will last from 7 to 21 days and can be very annoying for the dog and the dog’s owners. Life-threatening cases of kennel cough are extremely rare and a vast majority of dogs that acquire the infection will recover on their own with no medication. Cough suppressants and occasionally antibiotics are the usual treatment selections. Actually, clinical cases of kennel cough are usually caused by several infectious agents working together to damage and irritate the lining of the dog’s trachea and upper bronchii. The damage to the tracheal lining is fairly superficial, but exposes nerve endings that become irritated simply by the passage of air over the damaged tracheal lining. Once the organisms are eliminated, the tracheal lining will rapidly heal. The most common organisms associated with canine cough are the bacteria called bordetella bronchiseptica, two viruses called parainfluenza virus and adenovirus, and even an organism called mycoplasma. The causative organisms can be present in the expired air of an infected dog, much the same way that human “colds” are transmitted. The airborne organisms will be carried in the air in microscopically tiny water vapor or dust particles. The airborne organisms, if inhaled by a susceptible dog, can attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages, find a warm, moist surface on which to reside and replicate, and eventually damage the cells they infect. The reason this disease seems so common, and is even named “kennel” cough, is that wherever there are numbers of dogs socializing together in an enclosed environment such as a kennel, animal shelter, dog park, day care, or indoor dog show, the disease is much more likely […]

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