September 1 2011

A Message for You

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Not Disappointed  by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church “…in you they trusted and were not disappointed,” Psalm 22:5. Hello, fellow Rockfordian. Here is something for you to think about: People who went before you trusted in God and they were not disappointed. Is there anyone else about whom you can say that? …government? …business? …family? …school? …spouse? …any individual? …any organization? I thank God for every person and organization in whom I have trusted and not been disappointed. My wife and I just traveled to Africa. We trusted airlines and taxi drivers and bottled water, and we were not disappointed. We do business with Rockford businesses, and we are not disappointed. But it is inevitable that someone you trust will let you down. That is why you learn to celebrate and recommend the trustworthy ones. I point you to the only one I know who has an unblemished record of trustworthiness. And don’t take just my word. Generations of people before you discovered the same. Place your trust in God and you will not be disappointed. About what do you need to trust God? Two related ideas: 1.  On Labor Day weekend, thank God for all those workers you rely on who do trustworthy work. It is a godly way to be in a world that needs trustworthiness. 2.  Your community churches exist to help you connect to this God who will not disappoint you. If you are not actively involved in one, ask around, select a few options, and visit them. Then pick one and get involved. A trustable God is waiting for you.

Double amputee Iraq soldier supported by USSA, local outfitter

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On Saturday, August 20, the United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA) held a fundraiser in Middleville at the Swamp Fox for Sgt. Nick Koulchar from Montrose, Mich. The USSA is a nationally recognized 501(c)3 organization that helps send disabled veterans and children with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses on hunting and fishing trips of a lifetime totally free. All staff members are volunteers, so all monies raised in Michigan stay in Michigan, and go directly toward the person’s hunting/fishing trip. Sgt. Koulchar is a double amputee due to an IED bomb in Sadr City, Iraq on August 26, 2008, resulting in the loss of both his legs. After filling out a short application, Sgt. Koulchar was chosen to be sent to Africa for his hunt. A new sponsor, Bargain Hunters Outfitters, in Comstock Park, has stepped up and outfitted Koulchar for his hunt with numerous items that he will need for his trip. The USSA would like to thank Bargain Hunters Outfitters, the Swamp Fox, and all the sponsors who donated toward Koulchar’s hunting trip to Africa. If you know of a disabled veteran or child with a disability/life-threatening illness, please go online to and fill out an application. Michigan applicants are sought to send on a “dream wish outdoor adventure.”


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Jansen supports much needed reforms Dear Editor, The Legislature recently approved reforms that will provide schools and local governments with the necessary tools to address the rising cost of benefits and keep education dollars in the classroom. Senate Bill 7, which I sponsored, limits the amount a public employer can spend toward health care unless employees increase their contribution. The measure caps public employer contributions to employee health care costs at a fixed dollar amount, or it divides the costs so employees contribute 20 percent of the costs. The legislation will save an estimated $500 million in benefit costs for school district, local government, and community college employees. This change is long overdue. Private-sector employees in the Midwest are responsible for an average of 21 percent of their health care benefits for single coverage and 30 percent for family coverage, while public employees’ share in the Midwest is on average only 10 percent of the cost for single coverage and 15 percent for families. Taxpayers burdened with high unemployment, lower personal income and falling home prices shouldn’t be paying more to maintain public employees’ benefits. This legislation will help us stretch our tax dollars. It is also important to note that the money saved by local units of government stays within that government entity. This could be used to hire more police officers or pay for more local services. The money saved by local school districts remains in that district and could be used to put more teachers in the classroom. This is the best benefit of all.   Mark C. Jansen State Senator 28th District

OBITUARIES — Mrs. Ruth Mae Cooper

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Mrs. Ruth Mae Cooper, age 84, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born November 11, 1926, to Glenn and Edith Joslin near Anamosa, Iowa. She went to a small school in Stone City, Iowa, and came to Grand Rapids at the age of 17 for a two-week vacation with her sister’s family. After two weeks, the country girl decided she liked the big city, so she got a job at Joppe’s Dairy Bar on Plainfield Avenue. There she was introduced to Royal “Pete” Cooper, who was only 16 years old. They dated until April 6, 1946, when they married and were blessed with a family of three girls and three boys. She is survived by her husband, Royal “Pete”; her three daughters and three sons, Helen and Steve Smith of Sand Lake, JoAnn and David Fowler of Petoskey, Nancy Samsel of Cedar Springs, Kenneth and Debbie Cooper of Rea, Mo., Donald Cooper of Sparta, and Dale Cooper of Rockford. Ruth also leaves 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jeanne Cooper of Sparta. Ruth wrote a neighborhood news column called “The Edgerton Events” for many years for the Rockford Register and then The Rockford Squire. Ruth’s family has a lot of praise for Metron of Cedar Springs. She and her family enjoyed a lot of country music at the old McDonald’s in Cedar Springs, Harvest Way of Sparta, and the Rockford Ambulance guest room. The service for Mrs. Cooper was at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2011, at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Craig Bryan officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Patient Activity Fund, designated for hair dressing at Metron of Cedar Springs. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Fire department douses children for fun

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                        The Rockford Fire Department helped make the last few days of the Rockford Public Schools Summer Kids Rock program full of fun as they brought two fire trucks to the Parkside Elementary School playground and sprayed water into the air for the kids to play in. According to organizer and teacher Steve Brown, it was the highlight in a week of fun activities to celebrate the end of the summer camp. “Every year the fire department does this for us at no charge,” Brown said. He noted the department brings two trucks in case an emergency requiring the attention of the fire department should occur. Fire Chief Mike Reus said the department is always happy to accommodate the request. The camp is attended by about 200 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to playing in the spray from the fire truck, the children enjoyed a day of track and field events, a scavenger hunt through downtown Rockford, and an ice cream social. Brown said the program is offered by Rockford Public Schools Childcare Services each summer. He came up with the name Summer Kids Rock because it sounded more fun than Summer Care. Brown said Chief Reus also offered to bring a truck in for a cooling spray if next summer has extremely hot days such as this summer did.

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