March 12 2009

Main Street – March 12, 2009

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A 14-year-old boy allegedly got himself a police uniform and reported for police duty in Chicago. The teenager entered a South Side police station through an unlocked back door around 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. He was issued a radio and rode with a patrol officer for more than five hours, at times using the terminal in the squad car and responding to five assignments. Once the police figured out the kid wasn’t actually a cop, they arrested him. (He’s a bit young but he doesn’t seem to need much training.) More weird crime George Phillips, an elderly man from Meridian, Miss., was on his way up to bed when his wife yelled down that he’d left the light on in the garden shed. When George opened the back door to go turn off the light, he saw people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police. “Is someone in your house?” asked the dispatcher. “No,” George replied, “but some people broke into my garden shed and they’re out there stealing stuff.” “All patrols are busy,” said the dispatcher. “An officer will be along when one is available.” George said, “Okay,” hung up the phone, and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again. “Hello, I called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don’t have to worry about them now because I just shot them.” He hung up. Within three minutes, six police cars, a SWAT team, a helicopter, two fire trucks, a paramedic, and an ambulance showed up at the Phillips’ residence, and caught the burglars red-handed. One of the policemen said to George, “I thought you said you’d shot them!” George said, “I thought you said there was nobody available!” Weird crime wave Police in Connecticut have arrested a man with a several-pack-a-day habit – of Orbit chewing gum. Twenty-one-year-old Kenneth McManus of Stratford is accused of stealing 175 packs of Orbit from a Shaw’s Supermarket and an additional $75 worth from a CVS store. (Maybe this crime isn’t so weird; maybe he was trying to give up cigarettes.) Not weird; ordinary crime In December it was revealed that money manager Bernard Madoff bilked trusting investors out of $50 billion. The […]

Rockford Register – March 12, 2009

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Thursday, March 12 Rockford Lions Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe, Rockford – Spouses Night. Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, will be speaking about RAM Goals for 2009-2010. March 13 – 14 Friday & Saturday “Contents Under Pressure” Comedy Improv Team – 7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th Street SW, Grand Rapids. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit or call (616) 455-1001. Saturday, March 14 4th Annual Rockford Girl Scouts Daddy/Daughter Cake Auction – 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center. Open to all registered Rockford Girl Scouts and their families. Auction at 2:15 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly McLellan at or (616) 863-0350. All proceeds to benefit the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Financial Assistance Fund. Annual Community Irish Stew Dinner – 4:30 – 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Road. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children – – 12, and free for children 4 and under. Macaroni and cheese available for children. For ticket information, call (616) 874-6607. Sunday, March 15 Roast Beef Dinner – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit Metropolitan Choir of Praise – 6 p.m. at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford, for a special area-wide worship hour including a meditation based on Psalm 18 entitled, “A Psalm Suited for Our Evening.” Nursery available. A fellowship hour with refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited. Miss Sunburst Model Search & Baby Contest – Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville. Entries accepted now. Winners go to state finals in May. Everyone receives a trophy. Baby pageant is for boys and girls ages up to 3. Model search is for girls ages 4 to 27. Entry forms available at the mall and, or call pageant headquarters at (813) 839-8054. Monday, March 16 Free Food for Needy Families – 5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. […]

Making Work Pay Credit Provisions

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By JERRY COON Spring is my personal favorite time of the year. Yes, I do like going deer hunting and that happens in the fall. I do like watching football and that happens in the fall. It can be excruciating when we have to watch the Lions, but there are other good teams to watch like our Rockford Rams and several good college teams. I like going to Knoxville, Iowa, in August to watch the World of Outlaws winged sprint cars put on their spectacular racing show. Salmon fishing in Lake Michigan gets going seriously in late summer. Going to Canada fishing in June is always a treat. We try to go camping somewhere in Michigan in the summer. Those are all good things and good times, but spring is still the best for me. Baseball is getting started. As of this moment, the Tigers have the best team on the planet. Their pitchers are healthy, their defense is the best in the league, and they are going to hit the stuffing out of the ball. This could be that World Championship year. I still play slow-pitch softball and my mind is ready to play. My mind says I can bat like Al Kaline this year, run as fast as the younger guys, play some shortstop, and maybe leg out an inside-the-park home run. The truth is my body isn’t there anymore, but it’s spring, so those things are still technically possible. I see a few guys in the river fishing already. As soon as we wrap up tax season, I will be one of those guys out there trying for that elusive Rogue River steelhead. I heard The Mines golf course was open last week and it’s a sign that golfing season is going to start pretty soon. I enjoy golfing and, who knows, this year might be the year I get a hole-in-one and break 40 for 9 holes or break 80 for 18. I might be satisfied, however, if I can just play regularly and maybe stay in the 40s and 80s. There is nothing better than going golfing for the first time in the spring, fishing for the first time in the spring, and stepping out on a ball diamond for […]

A Christian’s Response to the World

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by PASTOR MATT PUETT Faith Bible Church The Bible clearly teaches that the world hated Jesus without a reason (John 15:25). We are further taught that if the world hated Jesus then it will hate His followers (John 15:19-20). A natural response to this hate from the world is to hate back, to stand up for our rights, and to make everyone realize that we deserve to be treated better. While I want to act this way, the Bible teaches me something quite different. Luke 6 teaches the Christian how to respond to the world. Verse 27 tells the Christian, “Love your enemies.” How am I supposed to do this? Do I just have to say “I love you”? The answers come in the verses that follow. When someone hates you, you are to do good things for her. If someone curses you (wishes bad things to happen), you are to bless him (wish good things to happen). If someone uses you for their own personal gain, you are to pray for that person. Most Christians either don’t know these verses are here, or they simply choose to ignore them. The next verses (29-31) teach us to love even if someone is humiliating us or stealing the clothes off our backs. We are to be willing to lend everything we have, even if we know we will never get it back, and to treat others as we would want them to treat us. Am I really supposed to do these things? Yes, this is a command. Why would I want to do these things? Verse 35 says, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” You do these things because you will receive eternal rewards.

Classifieds – March 12, 2009

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EMPLOYMENT Customer service/general help. Local company. Over $10 average start. $1,000 bonuses. Looking for dependable and energetic workers. NO experience needed, company training provided. Progressive pay, flexible hours, incredible bonuses and paid vacations are all part of this attractive package. Limited number of positions available. All details will be discussed at interview ONLY. Call now (616) 243-1250. p11 NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Professional career opportunity with unlimited income potential. We will assist in licensing. Full-time position available for busy real estate office. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford office, (616) 866-4434. b11 JOB OPPORTUNITY – Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. The Cedar Springs Post Newspaper has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our company team. Not boring. Commission means you can make your own salary, depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Benefits available. If interested, send resume to, or fax to (616) 696-9010, or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. ftfn ADVERTISING SALES – Great income potential. Commission- and territory-based sales position available for local newspaper. No experience necessary, but helpful; will train. Come work in a fun and exciting environment! E-mail resume to: (put SALES POSITION in subject line), or call Beth at (616) 866-4465. ftfn CHILD CARE SERVICES Experienced nanny available. Excellent references, and transportation. Prefer long-term. Loves babies, toddlers, and pets. Smoke- drug- and alcohol free. Your home or mine. (616) 433-8340.   p11 ANTIQUES ANTIQUE SHOW – March 14 & 15. Barry County Fairground, located just 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. Take M-37 south from 28th St. or M-6 past Middleville. Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 admission. b11 CLASSES & LESSONS “Always the Best!” Once you go, then you’ll know! Six 1-hour golf lessons – $69. Starting week of April 13. Master teaching professional, Norm Davidson. Golf Emporium, 14 Mile, Rockford. (616) 754-2280. b21 Learn how to make stained glass windows, lamps, and more! 35 years experience. Also learn how to make your own glass beads. Lots of fun! (616) 866-2909. p11 Guitar Lessons – Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for […]

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