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    SATURDAY MARKED THE END OF TULIP TIME.  IT ALSO MARKED THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF V E DAY, THE OFFICIAL END OF HOSTILITIES. GERMANY'S UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER HAPPENED AT O241 MAY 7, 1945 IN GENERAL EISENHOWER'S OFFICE IN RHEIMS.  THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE BY WINSTON CHURCHILL MAY 8. MOST OF THE WORLD CELEBRATED WILDLY. I WAS AT FT. MEADE, MARYLAND, AWAITING SHIPMENT TO THE EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS.  IN THE COURSE OF A FEW DAYS, OUR COLD WEATHER CLOTHING WAS EXCHANGED FOR WARM WEATHER GEAR AND WE WERE SHIPPED ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO CAMP STONEMAN, CALIFORNIA FOR SHIPMENT OVER SEAS THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, AND WOUND UP IN THE PHILLIPINES.  THERE WAS STILL THE JAPANESE TO DEAL WITH THERE.  HITLER AND MUSSOLINI WERE DEAD, TOJO WAS NEXT.

    DID YOU REMEMBER V E DAY SATURDAY? MOST HAVE ALREADY FORGOTTEN.  IF YOU WERE ALIVE AT THAT TIME, WHERE WERE YOU?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    TOMORROW IS RAILROAD DAY IN DOWAGIAC. IT IS IN HONOR OF THE DRIVING OF THE GOLDEN SPIKE WHEN THE CENTRAL PACIFIC MET THE UNION PACIFIC AT PROMONTORY SUMMIT, MAY 10, 1869, AND GAVE AMERICA A CROSS COUNTRY RAILROAD.  DOWAGIAC, ABOUT 60 MILES SOUTH OF HOLLAND, WAS AT ONE TIME AN INDUSTRIAL CENTER, BOOSTING FOUR FURNACE FACTORIES, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS ROUND OAK FURNACE.  THE RAILROAD WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE TOWNS GROWTH.  THE DETROIT TO CHICAGO NEW YORK CENTRAL RAN THROUGH THE TOWN.  FAMOUS TRAINS SUCH AT THE " MERCURY" AND THE "TWILGHTLIGHT LIMITED" WERE PART OF THE RAIL TRAFFIC THAT DAILY PASSED AT 80 MPH, CAUSING THE STATION TO SHAKE.  

    I LIVED FOR A TIME ABOUT A HALF MILE FROM THE TRACKS, BUT I COULD SEE THOSE DAILY TRAINS FROM OUR HOUSE, AND FOR A TIME I WANTED TO WORK ON THE RAILROAD.  IT SOUNDED LIKE A FUN THING TO DO.  ALAS, THE AIRLINES TOOK OVER AFTER WWII, BUT I ENJOYED THOUSANDS OF MILES OR RAIL TRAVEL DURING THE WAR.  

    AMTRACK STILL PASS3ES THROUGH DOWAGIAC AND ITS ONLY FITTING THAT THE TOWN SHOULD CELEBRATE "RAILROAD DAY" ON SATURDAY.  

    DO YOU MISS THE AVAILABILITY OF RAIL TRAVEL?

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    TAKE TIME TO PRAY TODAY!

    ITS THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, FIRST ESTABLISHED BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN. LOCALLY THERE WILL BE PRAYER GATHERINGS FROM 12:20 TO 12:40 PM AT THE MUNICIPAL STADIUM, ZEELAND CITY HALL, FENNVILLE FIRE STATION, OTTAWA REFORMED CHURCH, HEATH TOWNSHIP HALL AND PORTSHELDON TOWNSHIP HALL. JOIN OTHERS IN THIS NATIONAL CELEBRATION.

    YOU CAN ALSO PRAY ALONE, ANYTIME, AT HOME, AT THE OFFICE, OR IN YOUR CAR. PRAY FOR THE UNEMPLOYED, THE SICK, A RELATIVE AND ABOVE ALL, PRAY FOR WISDOM IN WASHINGTON.  

    GOD'S PRAYER LINE IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY. WILL YOU USE IT TODAY?

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    ERNIE HARWELL WAS THE GREATEST!

    LAST SUMMER, I HAD THE HONOR OF BEING INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME.  THAT HONOR WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME WHEN I LOOKED DOWN THE LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS AND SAW THE NAME OF ERNIE HARWELL.  

    MANY TIMES I TALKED TO ERNIE ON THE TELEPHONE WHEN HE WOULD CALL AND RECORD SPOTS FOR OUR LOCAL SPONSORS BEFORE THE GAME BROADCASTS. OUR CONVERSATIONS WOULD ALWAYS END WHEN ERNIE WOULD INVITE ME UP TO THE BOOTH WHEN I CAME TO A TIGER GAME.  

    THAT WAS ERNIE HARWELL.

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    WATCH THE PILLS YOU TAKE.  ALTERNATIVES MEDICINES AND HERBS ARE NOT REGULATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DRUGS.  LABELS MUST BE TRUTHFUL, BUT THAT DOES NOT INSURE THE SAFETY OF THE SUPPLEMENT FOR YOU.

    GARY NULL, A HEALTH GURU, FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST A MANUFACTURER OF A SUPPLEMENT HE WAS TAKING CALLED "ULTIMATE POWER MEAL."  HE CLAIMED IT CAUSED KIDNEY DAMAGE ,FATIGUE AND BODY PAIN, BECAUSE THE VITAMIN "D" WAS AN EXCESSIVE DOSE.

    REMEMBER EPHEDRA, AN HERBAL MEDICINE USED IN CHINESE MEDICINE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS?  MANY TOOK IT IN THE BELIEF THAT IT WAS NATURAL AND SAFE, BUT IT WAS LINKED TO OVER 100 DEATHS.

    BUY YOUR SUPPLEMENTS AT A DRUG STORE, A REPUTABLE HEALTH FOOD STORE OR MAIL ORDER ORGANIZATION.

    ASK YOUR PHARMACIST OR "WHEN IN DOUBT, SPIT IT OUT."

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    THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA HAS JUST SIGNED A CONCEALED CARRY LAW, MAKING PERMITS TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS  MORE AVAILABLE TO CITIZENS OF THAT STATE.  TRAINING TO GET THE PERMIT WILL BE EASIER--SOME CITIZENS WILL REQUIRE NO ADDITIONAL TRAINING. AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THE ARMED FORCES, LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND, A CERTIFIED COLLEGE CLASS, NRA SAFETY CLASS OR HUNTER SAFETY COURSE WILL BE SUFFICIENT.  THESE PERMITS WILL NOT ALLOW CARRYING OF WEAPONS IN PLACES THAT BAN FIREARMS. ARIZONA HAS ALWAYS ALLOWED THE OPEN CARRYING OF FIREARMS.  VERMONT AND ALASKA ALLOW CONCEALED CARRY WITHOUT A PERMIT.  THE OLD SIX GUN ON THE HIP IS STILL PERMITTED.  

    MURDERERS AND THIEVES WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY THEM WITHOUT ANY PERMIT.

    SHOULD MICHIGAN MAKE CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS EASIER TO OBTAIN?

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    TOMORROW IS SCHOOL ELECTION DAY.  I HOPE YOU WILL TAKE THE TIME TO VOTE. 

    I CAST MY ABSENTEE BALLOT IN HOLLAND TWO WEEKS AGO.  I FELT THE PROPOSALS WERE SOUND.  I HEAR MANY PEOPLE SAY, "I DON'T HAVE ANY KIDS IN SCHOOL, WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR MORE TAXES." I DON'T HAVE ANY KIDS,OR EVEN GRANDKIDS IN SCHOOL, BUT I HAVE GREAT GRANDKIDS IN SCHOOL AND THEY NEED EDUCATING LIKE I DID MANY YEARS AGO.  OTHERS PICK OUT A SMALL PORTION OF THE PROPOSALS THAT THEY DISAGREE WITH, AND USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE TO VOTE DOWN THE ENTIRE PLAN.

    THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SPENT MANY HOURS DEVELOPING THE PROPOSALS TO REPAIR AND ENHANCE THE SCHOOL PLANT.  NOW ITS YOUR TURN. WILL YOU VOTE TODAY?

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    TULIP TIME IS UPON US!

    I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF TULIP TIMES PAST-LET IT BE SAID THAT I NEVER WORE A DUTCH COSTUME-NOT BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO, BUT WE COULD NOT AFFORD IT.  MY FIRST TULIP TIMES WERE DURING THE DEPRESSION.  WE DID NOT HAVE MONEY FOR EXTRAS.  MANY OF MY SCHOOLMATES AT LAKEVIEW SCHOOL HAD THEIR COSTUMES ON IN CLASS, PUT STREAMERS OF CREPE PAPER IN THE SPOKES OF THEIR BIKES AND TALKED OF THE PARADE IN WHICH THEY WOULD PARTICIPATE. 

    WEDNESDAY OF TULIP TIME WEEK WAS AIR SHOW DAY AT PARK TOWNSHIP AIRPORT AND A SMALL GROUP OF US ROWED ACROSS THE LAKE FROM LUGERS CROSSING TO THE "POINT," WHERE WE DOCKED AND WALKED TO THE AIRPORT.  IT WAS THE OLD WING WALKING AND BALLOON STRAFING TYPE OF SHOW.  THE LARGEST PLANE THERE WAS A TRI-MOTER STINSON WHICH OFFERED RIDES AFTER THE SHOW. 

    ANOTHER EVENT WELL REMEMBERED WAS THE BAND REVIEW AT RIVERVIEW PARK.  MANY BANDS PARTICIPATED AND DAD AND I HUNG ONTO THE FENCE TO WATCH THROUGH THE CROWDED BLEACHERS BECAUSE WE COULD NOT AFFORD THE PRICE OF ADMISSION.  LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, HOWEVER, WE SAW ALL THOSE COLORFUL BANDS MARCHING DOWN EIGHTH STREET.  I COULD NOT IMAGINE THAT ONE DAY I WOULD BE SITTING UP IN THE BROADCAST BOOTH DOING A BROADCAST OF THE BAND REVIEW.  MIRACLES DO HAPPEN.

    ANOTHER MEMORY IS THE BARBERSHOP QUARTET SHOW HELD IN THE HOLLAND THEATER. I WAS BACKSTAGE TAPING THE SHOW AND THE "CHORDETTES" WERE THE FEATURED ATTRACTION. THEY WERE THEN APPEARING ON THE ARTHUR GODFREY TELEVISION SHOW.  BEING BACK STAGE, I GOT TO MEET ALL OF THEM AND INVITED THEM TO JOIN ME IN THE BROADCAST BOOTH THE NEXT DAY.  CAROL HAGADORN (THE TALL CHORDETTE) AND HER HUSBAND DID JOIN ME.  

    AS I GREW OLDER, I APPRECIATED THE TULIPS MORE AND I STILL DO.  I HOPE EVERYONE WILL ENJOY TULIP TIME WHETHER YOU ARE A VISITOR OR A NATIVE HOLLANDER.  ITS A GLORIOUS COLORFUL PRESENTATION OF NATURE.

     

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    A WHITE CROSS HAS STOOD IN THE MOJAVE DESERT ON NATIONAL PARK LAND FOR MANY YEARS, A MEMORIAL TO WORLD WAR ONE VETERANS 

    ITS PRESENCE THERE WAS CHALLENGED BY A FORMER PARK EMPLOYEE, SAYING THE CROSS REPRESENTED GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT AGREED AND THEN REJECTED A MOVE BY CONGRESS IN 2003 TO TRANSFER THE SMALL PORTION OF LAND WITH THE CROSS TO THE VFW AND DECLARE IT A NATIONAL MONUMENT.

    IN A 5-4 DECISION LAST WEEK THE SUPREME COURT AGREED THAT CONGRESS ACTED PROPERLY WHEN IT TRIED TO TRANSFER THE LAND TO VETERANS GROUPS TO ELIMINATE THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE VIOLATION. THE CASE WAS RETURNED TO THE LOWER COURT TO RESOLVE THE TRANSFER.

    THE ACLU DID NOT WIN THIS CASE--LETS HEAR A CHEER FOR THE VETERANS!!

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    EVERY TIME I FILL MY GAS TANK, MEMORIES OF EIGHT FOR A DOLLAR COME BACK TO ME.  THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS WHEN GAS PRICES WERE RELATIVELY STABLE. FOR MANY YEARS THE PRICE HOVERED AROUND FIVE GALLONS FOR A DOLLAR.  THEN THE SEVENTIES CAME ALONG AND THE PRICE AT THE PUMP CREPT UP, UP, AND UP.  THE TWO GRADES OF GAS WERE REPLACED  BY THREE GRADES. WHEN GM BEGAN MANUFACTURING DIESEL CARS, DIESEL SUDDENLY BECAME MORE EXPENSIVE.  IT HAS REMAINED THAT WAY.  EVERY THURSDAY, THE PRICE AT THE PUMP GOES UP.  WHEN WE GET USE TO BUYING GAS ON WEDNESDAY, THE OIL COMPANIES JACK UP THE PRICE ON TUESDAY.  IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS THEY WERE SERVICE STATIONS.  THEY CLEANED YOUR WINDSHIELD, PUMPED YOUR GAS, CHECKED YOUR OIL AND SMILED.  POLITICIANS TELL US WE CAN'T DO MUCH ABOUT THE PRICE OF GAS.  THE OIL COMPANIES SEEM TO BE IN CONTROL OF OUR ECONOMY, OUR TRAVELS AND MUCH OF OUR RECREATION THAT INCLUDES TRAVEL. WE COMPLAIN, BUT IT DOES NO GOOD.

    SHELL OIL JUST ANNOUNCED A 50% INCREASE IN PROFITS.  NOW DOESN'T THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD THIS MORNING?

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    CON-CON-PROPOSAL 1 ON THE BALLOT.

    THE NOVEMBER ELECTION WILL ALSO BRING WITH IT A VOTE ON WHETHER TO HAVE ANOTHER STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.  A REQUIRED VOTE TO LOOK OVER OUR STATE CONSTITUTION EVERY SIXTEEN YEARS WAS WRITTEN INTO THE 1963 CONSTITUTION.  GEORGE ROMNEY AND 147 OTHER ELECTED DELEGATES REVISED THE 1908 DOCUMENT INTO WHAT WE HAVE TODAY.  THE CONSTITUTION CONVENTION ISSUE WAS VOTED DOWN IN 1978 AND 1994.  NOW IT IS YOUR CHOICE, HOWEVER MANY LOOK AT THE POSSIBLE 45 MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG FOR THE CONVENTION AND WILL MAKE THEIR CHOICE ON THAT.  

    WILL THE 45 MILLION PRICE HAVE A BEARING ON YOUR PROPOSAL 1 VOTE IN NOVEMBER?

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    I RECENTLY READ A BOOK ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR THAT REALLY BROUGHT IT HOME. IT'S CALLED "THE GOOD SOLDIERS" AND ITS WRITTEN BY DAVID FINKEL.  DAVID WAS EMBEDED WITH ONE FIGHTING UNIT FOR MONTHS, GATHERING MATERIAL FOR THE BOOK.  IT TELLS ABOUT THE MONTHS AFTER THE "SURGE" WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE PRESIDENT, THE FRIGHTENING RIDES IN THE HUMVEES, THE HIDDEN EXPLOSIVES THAT WOUNDED AND KILLED AND THE AFTERMATH IN THE MILITARY HOSPITALS.  THE AUTHOR GIVES GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF INJURIES, AND THE EFFECTS OF THE TROOP PRESENCE ON THE NATIVE POPULATION.  IF YOU ARE SHOCKED BY LANGUAGE, YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE BOOK, BUT IT WILL GIVE YOU A CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT OUR INFANTRYMEN ENDURE IN THE MID-EAST WAR.