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Local girl competes for Miss Pre-Teen Grand Rapids/Lansing title

April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rachael Nemic of Rockford was recently selected to participate in Nationals’ 2010 Miss Pre-Teen Grand Rapids/Lansing pageant competition that will take place on May 15, 2010. Rachael learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Rachael submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by Anna Klejnowski, this year’s Grand Rapids/Lansing Pageant Coordinator. Rachael will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Rachael will be competing in the Miss Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Rachael will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Grand Rapids/Lansing judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition. If Rachael were to win the title of Miss Pre-Teen Grand Rapids/Lansing, she would represent Grand Rapids/Lansing and the surrounding communities at the Cities Of America National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $60,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida. There is no cost to Rachael for participating in the pageant competition. Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Rachael in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Rachael to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Grand Rapids/Lansing Pageant. Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Rachael may contact her pageant coordinator, Anna Klejnowski at 1-800-569-2487.

Voter registration deadline nears for May 4 election

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds residents that Monday, April 5 is the last day to register to vote for the May 4 election. “You can register to vote by stopping by your Secretary of State branch office or your local clerk’s office,” said Land, the state’s chief election officer. “It’s fast and easy. By taking this simple step, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard at the ballot box on Election Day.” To register, applicants must be at least 18 years-old by Election Day and be a U.S. citizen. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register. Additional election information can be found at

Sen. Jansen introduces retirement reforms for state employees

March 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Legislation designed to save the state money by encouraging eligible state employees to retire was introduced in the Michigan Senate recently, said sponsor Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “This is a reform measure that we must consider during such challenging financial times,” said Jansen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The state is facing a $1.4 billion shortfall this year and we must control costs to help stretch taxpayer dollars.” Senate Bill 1226 would reform the Michigan State Employment Retirement System (SERS) to provide incentives to retire for eligible state employees with 30 or more years of service. To help ensure SERS remains financially sound, Jansen’s measure also would reinstate a three percent employee contribution. The Michigan Office of State Budget estimates that the three percent employee salary contribution for SERS participants would produce $23.6 million in gross savings during fiscal year 2010-2011 and a total of $289.6 million in gross savings from FY 2011 to FY 2020. Measures to encourage state employees who are members of the defined benefit plan to retire include: • Capping the earned service credit at 30 years. State employees continuing to serve beyond 30 years will be moved to a defined contribution plan for any additional years of service accrued after September 30 (excluding what is purchased by the employee). • Eliminating state-subsidized retiree vision and dental coverage as part of the health plan for state employees retiring after September 30. Employees retiring after that will be able to purchase coverage for a monthly fee. The administration has unveiled a retirement incentive plan to reduce the size of the public workforce by offering incentives to approximately 7,000 state employees and 39,000 public school employees eligible for retirement. Jansen’s bill is modeled after of the governor’s proposed changes to the retirement system. SB 1226 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. • • •

Man arrested for illegal circumcisions

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

On March 2, 2010, Thomas Alan Heugel, age 56, of Sparta was arrested and charged with Health Profession-Unauthorized Practice and Occupational Code-Performance Occupation Without a License. Heugel was performing circumcisions on adult male subjects, as well massages and body piercing. He portrayed himself as a medical doctor to his patients and performed these procedures at his residence. Heugel was arraigned in the 63rd District Court and bond was set at $5,000 personal recognizance. The Kent County Sheriff’s Department believes Heugel may have performed these procedures on many unsuspecting victims. Anyone who has additional information regarding Heugel and his performing illegal medical procedures is encouraged to contact Detective Ed Kolakowski at (616) 336-5179, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 632-6100, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

The Squire visits Africa

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

  ALL THE WAY-The Bowman family took a copy of their hometown paper along as they went to Africa to help with a hospital built with inspiration by Dave Bowman (left) and, according to him, plenty of miracles. The Bowmans and their children continue to look for ways to improve the lives of their family in Christ with their work in Sudan. See to find out more.

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