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    In the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas near the town of Eureka Springs is a building well worth seeing.  It is the Thorn Crown Chapel, a dream of retired school teacher Jim Reed.  Built in 1980, it is glass and framing lumber structure.  Being in it is like being outside.  It is 48 feet high, seats 300 people and is used for weddings and other events and just for meditation.  If you are in the area, don't miss it.

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    THE President has come out with a budget, and we know now that the seniors will bear as least a part of his spending cuts.  The cost of living will undergo a new formula to make it less.  Last year it was 1.3 %.  How much lower can it go without hurting the very existance of those drawing Social Security?  Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary said in a press release, "Social Security is not driving the deficit, therefore it should not be part of reforms aimed at cutting the deficit." Let your representatives and senator know how you feel.

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    When will the Pesident stop barnstorming around the country preaching "Gun control"--what will it take to stop this now nauseating rant and get down to what the President should be doing, getting the country's financial situation in order?  He might also check his Czar list to see if we can get some of those people off the Federal payroll.  

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    For the past few weeks, the History Channel has telecast "The Bible,"  

    According to records, 4 in ten Americans watched at least some of the miniseries.  What happened?  Was it the new presentation or the acting?  Compared to films today, it was done on a small budget.  

    Whatever it was, many got a new, or perhaps first look at the story that has been here for centuries.  What those new possible converts do with what they have learned, remains to be seen.  Let us pray that it will be a force for good.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Did you spend a lo of time this weekend, worrying about the threat of the little termite in Korea to attack the USA and South Korea?  He has himself in a bind now and probably must take some type of action to save face.  Attacking the South would bring down the wrath of the USA and much of the free world.  Perhaps an attempt to hit Guam and miss would be his best answer.  That way he could say "Look what we did to the World"  and taper off his threats.

    Too bad, Roosevelt and Churchhill did not shut off Joe Stalin at the last big three meeting and keep him from claiming any part of the peace making in the far East. Simply because Russia jumped into the war with Japan for the last few days, we are still battling the remains of his deal.  Control of the North went from the Russians to the Chinese and then to the sucession of DESPOTS we have had to contend with for many years.  Where will it Stop?

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    I have had a lifetime fascination with bees.  They are so improtant in our food chain, in the pollination of plants and the production of honey.  The honey is a healthy addition to most diets.  Bee pollen appears to be a worthwhile diet supplement, though there has been little scientific proof of the benefits.

    Now our bee population is in jeporady.  

    something called COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER is causing many bees to disappear.  Parts of a hive may die off in a short time, or an entire hive may die or disappear.  The cause is unknown, but it is causing concern to beekeepers across the country.  Some beekeepers have chosed to quit the business, until a cause is found.  At the present, bee specialists are looking at various ingredients in crop sprays for clues, but so far no real cause has been found. 

    Honey bees add 15 billion dollars in increased crop value each year.  Treat them with respect. Buy honey from our local area for the best health results.

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    The next gun ownership blow came Tuesday when the United Nations signed off on a sweeping treaty to regulate the international arms trade, disregarding worries from U.S. gun rights advocates that the pact could disrupt the American gun market.  The teaty passed 154 to 3.  Our President signed on with the yea votes.  UN sources maintain the Treaty will have no effect on American gun ownership, since it is aimed  at regulating cross-border trade.

    The U. S. Senate will have to ratify the 'Treaty, and that is unlikely at this point, as a nonbinding ammendment has been pased opposing the Treaty.  

    Keep your Senators advised on your wishes. 

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    April 3, 1956--a day that many local people remember.  It was the day that many saw or were near the first tornado that happened locally.

    The temperature was in the low 80's and the afternoon was so pleasant, I decided to paint the proch.  I finished my job and went in to watch the sis oclock news on WOOD.  the weatherman, Frank Slaymaker, mentioned something about the possibility of tornados in the area that night.  Immediately after, My neighbor lady was knocking on the door and hollering< "Get in the basement, there's a tornado coming."  We all rushed to the basementr and waited.  She had seen the tornado coming over the dunes and we weree close o being a target.  Fortunately, it missed us and went to the north.  It had already hit the old lighthouse on the north end of the oval beach.  Next, it hit the Jim Boyce home, flattened it and left the occupants outside and alive.  The Macillester home on the B-line road was flattened.  It jumped to an area just sough of 32nd Street in Holland and then on to where it did the most damage.  HUDSONVILLE.  Many buildings,, including homes, were flattened or damaged, but worst of all, seventeen people were killed and many injured.

    It gave us a new respect for tornado warnings.

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    THE Pokagon band of the Pottowattomi Indians are the next group of be open for business with somehing called a casino. Since it is happening Dowagiac, where I attended high school, the news caught my interest.  It will be located just south of town and the supporters say it will be primarily a "local" extablishment.  I went to school wifh some of the tribe, and if it helps the Indians, I wish them well.  A lot of Holland area people like to take small trips, the casino is just a short distance from the town of Pokagon where the Old Rugged Cross was first sung.  The restored church and an adjoining park would be of intesest.

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    Despite the budget or lack of one, the Easter Egg Roll will go on in Washington, D.C.

    The First Family will host the party which is expected to total about 30,000 people.  
    A challange to get them all on the south lawn of the White House, April 1, 2013.  Firat Dog Bo will lead off the festivities with appearances by Bugs Bunny, Scobby Doo and a host of other celebrities well known the the younger set.  Thanks to the Obama Family, many kids will have the time of their lives.

     

     

     

     

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    New Orleans is a city famous for many things, Dixieland music, The French Quarter, Mardi Gras and football.  Now we can add another attraction, The World War Two Museum.  Its relitively new but already has many wonderful and changing features.  Though aimed initally at the slightly over one million vets of that war, it will serve as an great study in history that the future generations can utilize to see what the Great Generation accomplished to keep America and the rest of the World safe.  The Museum features many theaters which have daily movies of th various battles of the war.  It remains a work in progress wiith new exhibits being added constantly as funds are available.  

    For more information email WWW.NationalWWIIMuseum.org, or call 877-813-3329.

    If you go, be sure to see the Boeing Center and the ehibit honoring all 464 WWII medal of honor pictures.  Visitors can access each picture to lean more of the recipients story. allow at least three hours to get through all the exhibits.

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    Brad Kloha of Mt Pleasant Michign is going all out this summer to raise one million dollars for Alzheimers Research.  'Bruce, who works at Central Michigan University,  will put his body through several physical challenges including 100 races.  Most of these will be on weekends.  He hopes to raise not only the money,  but also awareness of the disease.

    Alzheimers is a form of dementia, now affecting millions in our country.  Recently a woman of 62 was diagnosed, an indication that younger people are seeking medical treatment.  If you or anyone in your family suspects Alzheimers, see your family doctor and a good neurologist for the correct diagnosis.  There are severl types of dementia. As one comedian put it, "Alzheimers is the disease where you can hide your own Easter eggs."