On Tuesday, Oct. 20, stylists from Hair Taylors (Northland Drive at 15 Mile Rd.) came to the North Kent Service Center and provided clients with free haircuts. Stylists Dawn, Scott and Susan provided their services to approximately 25 clients, who were all thrilled. One gentleman said he hadn’t had a haircut in about six months. Another client had her camera ready when her two-year-old daughter received her first haircut.
November 18 2009
Keep on Truckin’ If all the cars and all the trucks in America were on the road at once, we’d have a backup across the entire country. Your experiences on I-96 may lead you to think this has already happened. Trucks sometimes seem to outnumber the cars, although they don’t. In the U.S., 500 million passenger vehicles roll the roads, but only 85 million trucks. It’s inconvenient and sometimes scary to share the highway with enormous semis, but we all depend on them. Nowadays, they transport most of our needs. If the internal combustion engine had been invented before the steam engine, we might never have had trains in this country. But steam engines were invented about 100 years before the gas engine and water and coal were handy. (When oil was discovered in the U.S., people wanted it for lamps.) Railroads and steam propulsion developed separately, and it was not until the one system adopted the technology of the other that railroads began to flourish. Building railroads was expensive, so the federal government gave the railroads land. Some was sold to the public and some was offered to immigrants for their labor on the railroad. America didn’t have a real labor force; most men farmed and some ran small shops. As a result, we attracted a lot of immigrants to work on projects such as railroads. The railroads spanned the country before we had any highways. They moved heavy loads cheaply. In my long lifetime, I’ve been able to observe the steady expansion of highways and truck transportation and the steady decline of the rail system. And now we’re stuck with a need for more oil to keep the trucks rolling, not to mention our cars. This brief history lesson is brought to you at no extra charge, because I know you need the money for gas. A joke I forgot This was intended for our Halloween issue, but somehow escaped my memory: Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery, both were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they spotted an old man with a hammer […]
Juried craft show features quilt raffle A handmade, queen-size “Michigan” quilt and pillow made by women of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church is just one of many raffle items available at the church’s annual juried craft show “A Bazaar for All Seasons.” Each square in the quilt represents something significant to the state of Michigan. The raffle drawing will occur at the end of the show. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 at the show or by calling (616) 874-8893 in advance. Raffle participants do not have to be present to win. In addition to the raffle, 37 artists will be selling their crafts on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church located at 7979 Belding Road, Rockford. Unique items include Amish rugs, wood carvings, oil paintings, purses, baby items, pottery, stained glass, paper crafts, photography, felted accessories, and much more. From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. a lunch of potato soup, chicken salad, Maurice salad and baked goods will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free.
Although Judge Servaas has been prominent in the fight to keep the court in Rockford, the entire staff and the services the court provides to the northern district of the 63rd District Court will be a loss to the community. The personal and conveniently located court house closing marks a historic day. We thank the court and staff for the good work provided for so many for so long.
A ceremony in Belmont for veterans on this Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, was by far the largest held there, said Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meek. Meek read a description he found defining a veteran. He said a veteran is someone who has written a blank check in service of his country, payable up to his life. He then introduced State Representative Vern Ehlers. Ehlers spoke briefly to the crowd, recognizing that the country now mourns the loss of 13 people at Ft. Hood, an act of cowardice. “It is unthinkable to face the loss of loved ones in the safety of our own forts,” Ehlers stated. He reminded the crowd of the heavy cost of war, and said the holiday was created in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, the “war to end all wars.” “It was such a horrible war, it was vowed at the 11th hour of the 11th month that we would never have another. That’s why Veteran’s Day is always November 11,” Ehlers stated. Veterans now comprise 20 percent of our country’s population. He spoke on the heavy burden of making political decisions regarding military action in times of war. “The toughest votes I cast in Washington are military.” He said it is a time in our nation’s history where we are not safe on our own soil and have to fear attack. “Even in sweet Grand Rapids and our suburbs we are not safe,” he said. He told the crowd that of the six million Americans who will receive care from the Veterans Administration, 220,000 will have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ehlers said when the United States was attacked on September 11, we first responded with attacks in Afghanistan, since that was where the 9/11 attacks were initiated. “We should have stayed there longer instead of moving to Iraq too early and ended up fighting a major war there.” Ehlers challenged the crowd to thank veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe. Meek further reminded all to remember those veterans who have never returned home or been accounted for in the wars through the years. He listed those who have been missing in action, and further mentioned Michigan military […]