May 20 2010

Engagements — May 20, 2010

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Belcher-Putnam Kristi Belcher and Doug Putnam of Nineveh, IN, are planning a wedding on June 5, 2010. The future bride is the daughter of Larry and Janet Belcher of Rockford. She is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Grand Valley State University. The groom-elect is the son of Phil and Donna Putnam of Rockford. He is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2007 graduate of Michigan Tech University. Attending the bride will be matron of honor Carmen Boehlein, bridesmaids Jordan Bock, Gwen Morris, Riley Belcher and flower girl Julia Belcher. Attending the groom will be best man Nick Putnam, groomsmen Mark Belcher, Colin Belcher and ring bearer Freddy Belcher. Ushers will be Jason Belcher and Eric Belcher. The wedding will be held at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Rockford and the couple will honeymoon in Outer Banks, NC.

Sage & Roses celebrates fifth anniversary in Rockford

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Proprietor has always had an interest in nature When the harsh day-to-day of a corporate job wore on Jeannie Marvin, she toyed with the idea of giving up her career of many years in management. It wasn’t until she realized people were willing to pay for the dried florals, wreaths and bouquets she created that she saw a way to give it up. “I used to make them as a hobby and give them away,” she said. “Then I found out people would buy them.” That was 15 years ago. Since, Marvin has built upon her business with a wide variety of items, many of which celebrate the beauty of nature. From artificial and dried florals to teas, spices, household wares, even fixtures and tasty spread mixes, Marvin said she “blossomed into the business.” At first, Marvin worked from home and sold her creations at shows. Eventually she took the plunge and opened her own store in Sand Lake. Five years ago she settled in at 36 E. Bridge Street, downtown Rockford, in the cheery yellow building with room for indoor and outdoor displays. Marvin didn’t jump into self-employment unprepared. Before embarking on her journey, she attended a business course through Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), which is still active. Marvin said attending the course made a world of difference for her. Charging on a sliding scale, the organization is designed to help would-be women entrepreneurs, especially displaced women. “I very much felt displaced after leaving the corporate world,” Marvin said. “I gave up a good job with great benefits to working for myself with virtually nothing.” From her roots as a from-home craft maker, Marvin quickly learned she had to be very inventive in order to attract customers. Her ingenuity and versatility as a merchant is evident by the inventory of the store. Free samples of the food and beverage products she carries are available every day. Customers can buy her home décor or do it themselves by picking up supplies and creating a masterpiece of their own to suit their own style. Bins carry dried rose hips and lavender blossoms—it smells great and repels ants and deer—and in the spring, live plants are ready to go home and into gardens. Shoppers will […]

Rockford father who caused fatal accident sentenced to a maximum of 180 months in jail

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by RANDY R. COTTON A sentencing hearing in the case of People vs. Todd Michael Benoit took place Thursday, April 22 in a courtroom filled with emotion and tears in the 61st District Court of Grand Rapids before Judge Dennis Lieber. According to Kent County court records, the 36-year-old Rockford resident was charged with one count of operating while intoxicated (OWI) last December in the 63rd District Court and was released on a personal recognizance bond of $50,000. A fatal accident occurred at about 10:25 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2009, when Benoit was driving a red jeep northbound on White Creek Avenue before pulling into the path of a westbound pickup that had a flashing yellow light, according to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent. Derrick Mitchell “Ricky” Holstege of Wyoming, who was Benoit’s 19-year-old biological son, later died at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Holstege was a 2008 graduate of Covenant Christian High School and had plans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also liked to sing and was a member of the Calvin College Oratory Society. The driver of the other vehicle, a 33-year-old Howard City man, was not injured. An agreement between the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office and Benoit’s defense team was reached when Benoit agreed to plead guilty to the 15-year felony. Paul McDonagh, the Grand Rapids-area defense attorney who represented Benoit, approached the podium and argued, “I have reviewed the pre-sentencing report and current psychological report from the Department of Corrections and have no additions or deletions. I recommend that my client continue to receive Hope Network services to help highlight some of the stressors that Todd has faced throughout this horrible tragedy and that he continue some form of mental health services.” Leonard Holstege, the stepfather of the deceased, told the court during a crime victimization and impact statement, “I want to thank the court for giving us the opportunity to describe the impact this has had on two families.” As he sat in the witness stand, Holstege told the court, “Todd was not there to give encouragement when Ricky was sad. He was not there when Ricky did not make the basketball team.” According to Holstege, “October third was a good day for me and […]

Words on Weather & Climate — May 20, 2010

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Cold Spots by CRAIG JAMES It was a very cold start to the month of May in much of the western part of the country. Subzero low temperatures were recorded as late as the morning of May 7, making this the latest date for such cold temperatures in at least a decade. In fact, a place called Peter Sink, Utah, dropped to 15 below zero on May 7, which tied the record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in May in the United States. Peter Sink is not a town. It is just a place located east of Logan, Utah. According to Wikipedia, “Peter Sink is located 8,100 feet (2,500 m) above sea level, in the Bear River Mountains east of Logan. Due to temperature inversions that trap cold nocturnal air, it routinely produces the coldest temperatures in the state. Even in the summer, the bottom of the sinkhole rarely goes four consecutive days without freezing. It is so cold near the bottom of the hole that trees are unable to grow.” Once the sun sets on clear calm nights, the dry air quickly radiates energy to space and cold air pools in the basin. Back in February of this year, the temperature fell 32 degrees in just 15 minutes and a total of 78 degrees, from 32 above zero to 46 below zero, in four-and-a-half hours. On February 1, 1985, a temperature of -69.3°F (-56°C) was recorded there, the lowest recorded temperature in Utah, and the second coldest temperature ever recorded in the 48 contiguous states. The coldest was -70°F at Rogers Pass in Montana. The coldest in the entire U.S. was -80°F at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska in 1971. There are other spots similar to, although not as extreme as, Peter Sink. There is a place near Penn State University, where I went to school, called the Barrens. The Barrens is just four miles west of the main campus located in State College, Pa. The daytime temperature is usually the same as in State College, but the nighttime temperature can often be 30 degrees colder. In the 1800s, the mining of iron ore plus widespread fires deforested the area. Many remaining trees in the Barrens were cut a second and third time to […]

Solon market expands to crafts

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Due to public interest, Solon Township has decided to expand their farmer’s market/craft show to include an outdoor flea market beginning this Saturday, May 22.  The market will be located north of the stable at 15185 Algoma Ave.  Venders can apply with Linda Badgerow at Solon Township 616-696-1718.  A refundable $20.00 deposit  will be required to ensure prompt removal of any unsold items.  The market will run concurrent with the existing farmer’s market every Saturday through September from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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