October 8 2009

Kent Humane Society announces new hours

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Beginning the week of October 11, the Humane Society of Kent County (HSKC) will have new hours of operation for the public. The adjustment in hours is to better serve the animals and the public. HSKC will now be open an extra day each week—Monday. On Wednesdays, HSKC will be open until 4 p.m. For individuals who are unable to visit during the day, HSKC still offers evening hours three days a week. The new public hours for animal adoptions and animal admitting are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m. (closed Sundays). If you need to bring an animal to the Humane Society, stray or owned, please call (616) 453-8900 extension 216 to schedule an appointment. Animal admitting and owner-requested euthanasia is by appointment only. Lost-and-found and adoption services are on a walk-in basis. HSKC is located at 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. If you have any additional questions about the new hours of operation, please call (616) 453-8900. For further information, visit www.hskc.org.

Canine blood drive to benefit veterinary clinics

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The West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP) is hosting a canine blood drive to benefit Animal Blood Resources International on Saturday, October 17. The blood drive will be hosted at Great Lakes Hospital for Animals, 6273-A West River Dr., Belmont, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Your canine’s donation will provide blood products to veterinary clinics both locally and nationally. The donated blood is processed into packed red blood cells and plasma, therefore your dog will actually be helping two dogs when he or she donates. Blood donation is a simple procedure. It does not require anesthesia or sedation and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. Giving blood does not require fasting nor will it hinder your dog’s normal activities. Your dog will not receive orange juice after donating, but he or she will receive treats! You will also receive copies of your dog’s blood work, tick-borne disease screen, and their blood type by mail within three weeks post donation. The WMASAP is looking for dogs that are healthy and friendly, weigh 50 pounds or more, are aged between 1-7 years, are current on vaccines and parasite-free, are not taking medication except heartworm and flea preventatives, and dogs who do not have a heart murmur. If you own a dog fitting this description and would like your pet to become a donor, please call (616) 361-0220 to schedule your appointment. For more information, visit www.midwestabs.com. • • •

Paull celbrates 100th birthday

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Wilfred (Bill) Paull will turn 100 years old on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Bill has been a resident of Rockford since he was 15 years old. He was born near Calumet in the northern upper peninsula. He worked at Wolverine World Wide all his life. On his birthday, Bill will be attending First Congregational Church of Rockford, where he has been a member for 85 years and his father was once a pastor there. Family and friends are invited to attend an open house for Bill at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on October 11 from 1 to 2 p.m., or may send cards to him at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 Eleven Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Bill is the father of two sons and he has three grandchildren

Happy birthday, Mr. Clean

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Rockford’s “Mr. Clean,” Gerry Pike, will celebrate his 99th birthday on Monday, October 12, 2009. Part, if not much, of his longevity can be attributed to his ever-abiding upbeat attitude. This life-sustaining personality trait was dealt a serious blow recently. The love of his life, wife Dorotha, passed away on Sept. 8, just two days before her 98th birthday. The couple would have been married 78 years on Nov. 19 this year. A note or a card would go a long way toward reviving Gerry’s spirits on his special day. Greetings may be sent to: Gerry Pike, 8777 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

Obituaries — October 8, 2009

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Beauchamp Mrs. Letha Beauchamp, age 85, of Rockford was welcomed home on Friday, October 2, 2009, to be with her Lord and Savior whom she faithfully served and trusted. As a young woman, she accepted Christ into her life. Letha always made sure her children and grandchildren attended Sunday school. Her Bible was used a lot, with many verses committed to memory. During WWII, she served her country in the Army Air Corps. Her family has many precious memories of Letha playing the banjo while her husband played the guitar. She enjoyed drawing and painting; many of her artworks were of her early childhood. After Letha traveled to Israel, she captured many of those scenes in her art. She volunteered at the Mel Trotter Mission as a cook, and later in life, Letha took college courses in art. She is survived by her loving family: her children, Dick and Wanda Beauchamp of Sparta, and Mrs. Dixie VanderMey of Rockford; grandchildren, Melinda Barajas, Lori Danko, Julie and Jason Neumann, Bill and Traci Beauchamp, Bethany Beauchamp and Chris Helmholdt, Brook and Richard Speck, Richard and Deb VanderMey, Marshall VanderMey, Michael and Roni VanderMey, Mrs. Cindy Baldridge; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald and Betty Westbrook; sister-in-law, Helen Platt; sister, Joyce Westbrook; daughter-in-law, Deborah Beauchamp; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beauchamp, on September 28, 1984; her son, Kenneth Roy Beauchamp, in 1981; her grandson, Caleb Matthew Neumann, on February 11, 2003; her son-in-law, Robert VanderMey, on October 14, 2006; her grandson-in-law, Dr. Rob Baldridge on July 9, 2007; her brothers, William Westbrook, Fred Westbrook, and Merle Westbrook; her sisters, Mary Munson, Jane Kessler, and Dorothy Westbrook. The service for Mrs. Beauchamp was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Sparta Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sparta Church of the Nazarene or Friends of Michigan Veterans Home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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