Twelve residents interested in serving township In the vacancy left by Trustee Rebecca Borek’s resignation from the Plainfield Township Board, a field of twelve candidates has been narrowed to two and a vote on the appointee will take place at the August 2 regular meeting. Residents Ken Chester, Jim Idema, Kimberly Bryant, Jeanne Herlacher, Thomas Cable, Cynthia Vincent, Cathy Bottema, Gordan Oosterhouse, Ruth Karnes, Robert DeLand, Timothy Beals and Jay Spencer all applied for the position prior to the deadline. According to Trustee Vic Matthews, the board is required by law to fill the position within 45 days. After interviews beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, July 18, the board had narrowed their initial choice of four residents to two. Cathy Bottema and Gordan Oosterhouse are the two remaining candidates after Jay Spencer and Cynthia Vincent were eliminated from the final choices. “We had many very qualified candidates,” said Township Supervisor George Meek. He said the field of highly talented individuals made the choice very difficult. Borek resigned last month. Matthews called Borek a very intelligent and highly thought of person who has contributed much to the township during her years of service. “She will be missed,” he said. Matthews said Borek had sited personal reasons for her departure and had asked her resignation to be accepted on June 6. The board did not accept her resignation until June 20 to give them more time to find her replacement. “She is leaving on the best of terms,” Matthews stated.
July 21 2011
Another advanced-fee loan scam in Western Michigan area Moral Lending Bureau of America was brought to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) attention on July 15, 2011. Initially, the company’s website stated that they were accredited with the BBB, which is not the case; this company is NOT accredited with the BBB of Western Michigan. The BBB contacted the company via fax regarding this issue, and the company did remove the false statement. The BBB has learned from the United States Postal Service that the address being used by the company does not exist. The company purports to provide mortgages, business loans, personal loans, home equity loans, debt consolidation loans and second mortgage loans. However, as of July 15, 2011, the company is not licensed as a lender with the State of Michigan, Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation. Based on information provided by consumers, the company requires an advanced fee in order to obtain the loan. As reported to the BBB, the fees range from $500 to $1,300 and are either wired to various individuals in Canada or automatically debited from the consumer’s bank account. Advanced-fee loans are illegal. Based on this information, the BBB advises extreme caution when dealing with this firm.
Steffes-Sella Sarah Jean Steffes and Andrew Joseph Sella, both of Grand Rapids, announce their plans for an August 27 wedding. Parents of the couple are David and Kym Steffes of Rockford and Joseph and Cecilia Sella of Grand Rapids. The future bride is a graduate of Grandville High School and Michigan State University. The future groom is a graduate of West Catholic High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College and Northern Michigan Community College.
Rian Ignasiak, an eight year old student at Lakes Elementary School, spent ten months growing out her hair in order to donate it to children suffering from hair loss. On June 13, she donated nine inches of locks. When not in school, the fourth-grader’s interests include being a member of the competitive dance team for Dance Dimensions, as well as being a member of the West Michigan Youth Ballet. She is looking forward to the Ballet’s upcoming performance of the Nutcracker in December. When Rian isn’t dancing, she loves to read, ride her bike and play with her dog, Rock-Z.
by BETH ALTENA If you haven’t seen me around town lately, it is because I and my husband Bill have been on vacation to our favorite home away from home, Maine. We drive each year to an island called Mount Desert, which has lovely small towns with wharfs, shopping and dining to enjoy. The island is also home to a great national treasure, Acadia National Park. Acadia is 47,000 acres of windswept shoreline, mountains, carriage road and waterfalls offering endless opportunities to explore breathtakingly beautiful scenery and wildlife. We began visiting Maine 20 years ago this fall on our honeymoon. I was struck with the desire to go there, as I had just read “The Cider House Rules” by John Irving (“Good night you princes of Maine, you kings of New England”). We fell in love with the island and all it has to offer. About 10 years ago we began going back with our two boys and a friend each for them to hang out with. This year was our second solo vacation as the kids are grown up enough to have schedules of their own to keep that don’t include a trip out east with mom and dad. We stay each year at the same campground after exploring all of them over the years. Our favorite is the Bar Harbor Campground with views of the ocean, acres of wild blueberries and private wooded campsites. We stay at the same site, L7, with a tent nestled among the pines and ferns. This year we had odd neighbors, who set up their pop-up in the spot next to ours and proceeded to surround their campsite with a wall of bed sheets. We weren’t sure why they did this, if they wanted more privacy, had an excitable dog or were walking around naked in there. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. We’ve hiked every mountain in Acadia, easy day trips with paths marked by blue paint or cairns. We also bike the miles of carriage roads, where motorized vehicles are not allowed but horse-drawn carriages are common. Fishing is another reason we love the island, and divide our fishing time between several wharfs where we catch mackerel and Pollock, and a lobster […]