September 30 2010

Classifieds — September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Wanted—part-time Fire Chief for Oakfield Township, minimum of 20 hours per week. Pay according to experience, up to $19,950 yearly. Current ISO rating is 7. Please e-mail for list of qualifications.         b39cp ______________________ Clifford Lake Inn is looking for experienced servers. Experience in wine services as well as banquet and catering. Strong communication skills complimented by a pleasant personality is a must. Please contact to apply.     f38.39cp ______________________ Child Care Assistant—full time with benefits. Must have experience and education in early childhood development. Call (616) 835-5868.     p38.9cp ______________________ FOR SALE 20-foot hay elevator, $350. Call (616) 874-7607.     ftfncp ______________________ GARAGE SALES Flea Market—Saturday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine at East Nelson UM Church, 9024 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Bake sale, treasures, miscellaneous household items, and much much more.        p39.40cp ______________________  CLASSES AND LESSONS New low rates! Lessons on guitar & many other stringed instruments. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________ SERVICES I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 18 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at      ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST—3 Pelican kayaks taken from our home on Bostwick Lake, 2 red and 1 pink, paddles taken too. Possible reward. (616) 884-0744.      f38 ______________________   FOUND—boat cover on Belding Rd. Call to identify. (616) 884-0744.      f38 ______________________   FOUND—two sets of keys. One set found at the Cannon Township, and one set found on the Cannon Trail. Call (616) 874-6966.        f36 ______________________   LOST­—white kitten in the Northland Dr./Cannonsburg Rd. area. It’s around 8 weeks old. Call Jenny at (616) 826-1156.    f34 ______________________   LOST—gray short-hair female cat with golden brown eyes. Last seen in the Silver Lake area. Please call (616) 481-4107.    f30 ______________________   FOUND—young female tabby cat with injured eye on Meyers Lake Rd. & Cannon  Farms. Call (616) 696-2796.     f30 ______________________   FOUND—boat keys at Wabasis Lake on July 20. Call to identify (616) 889-6253.     f30 ______________________   LOST—small black box with key in downtown Rockford during sidewalk sales. Call (616) 318-0890.    f29 ______________________   LOST—purebred Chow with a blue tongue. […]

What’s in your attic? Toy collector displays favorites at Herman’s Boy

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Show open during Harvest Fest by Beth Altena Nate Brown always loved toys and admits he never really grew up, but early on in his collecting days he learned a valuable lesson: Don’t throw out the box. Brown has hundreds of antique toys on display at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive. He is out back in a barn that was once a pig sty and former “dog house” for the man of the home years ago, when his wife would occasionally lock him out, according to a long-time neighbor. “I was at an auction sale of antique toys in Lafayette, Indiana, and they held up a farm tractor and it went for $400,” Brown stated. “I had one just like it at home, so I was surprised. Then they held up the box and it went for $500.” Brown said boxes are often priced more highly than the items they once held because nobody keeps the boxes. “Did you ever keep the boxes your toys came in at Christmas?” he asked. Once a set is separated from the box, it is impossible to know if the set is complete or what is missing. Brown is a collector of toys, trains, coins, tools and lunchboxes, and he and Joyce, his wife of 49 years, are more than happy to share the efforts of years of collecting and research with those who stop in to visit. With hundreds of pieces on display at Herman’s Boy, Brown said the selection is just a drop in the bucket to his entire collection. He brought farm-related pieces for the most part to go along with the harvest theme of the annual festival which runs through October 10. Among the oldest toys on display is a handmade plow dating to the 1870s. Made by a father who farmed on Ten Mile Road in Ottawa County, it isn’t much to look at, but has a nice story. There are other nice stories go along with each of the toys in the collection. A blue Batmobile surprises fans of the show. “Everybody thinks the Batmobile is black, but in the original show it was blue,” Brown stated. Since the show aired in black and white, the fact is little known. Brown described “sleepers” […]

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