took down a big blue spruce on
Monday morning, Dec. 2, starting
the process of providing the big
Christmas tree that traditionally
decorates the big main dining room for the holiday season at
The Shack in Jugville. A photo
story of the trees journey is in
this week's TimesIndicator.
Photo by Patricia H. Wheater
Ice on the Walk
Ice sculptor Phil DeBoer of
Jenison returned to Newaygos
Christmas Walk to produce
another frozen salute to the
occasion. Plenty of people
enjoyed watching the creative
process and many, including this
youngster, took advantage of
that face-sized space at the top.
More images from the
Christmas Walk are in this
Photo by Makaela Grinzinger
Three men charged in robbery
suspects have been arrested in connection with the Dec. 2 robbery of Ashcrofts
Grocery in Bridgeton.
to a Newaygo County Sheriffs Office, three men robbed the store at around 8:30 p.m.
on that Monday night. Acting on a tip, sheriffs office detectives and members of the
countys Emergency Response Team executed three search warrants on Tuesday evening,
recovered evidence related to the robbery, including a firearm that they say was used in
the robbery. Two men, David W. Bier Jr., 21, of White Cloud and Allen D. Pittman, 26, of
Newaygo, were arrested. Police say that they confessed to their involvement in the
third suspect, Steven G. Myers, 22, of White Cloud, surrendered himself at the sheriffs
office on Wednesday evening, Dec. 4.
three suspects were charged with felony counts of armed robbery, assault, use of a firearm
and receiving and concealing stolen property. Bond was set at $250,000 cash for each
The Newaygo County Sheriffs Office was also assisted by officers from the Central
Michigan Enforcement Team and the Newaygo Police Department.
Shopping With Ken
Pedicures and other fun in Fremont
with the Shopping With Ken investigative team, tasked with checking out any and all
suggestions from the friendly readers who share the TimesIndicators passion for
supporting local endeavors, has some definite advantages.
get to know the folks behind the businesses and get a little better acquainted with how
they operate. Sometimes we are compelled to sample the goods or services, purely in the
interest of Community Journalism, to ensure a well-informed evaluation of said goods or
reached the SWK World Headquarters about Hair by Joan and Co. in downtown Fremont recently
welcoming a pair of new arrivals. These beauties are officially called pedicure massage
foot spas, I believe, but to me the one I tried, the one where I received a most amazing
pedicure, will always be known to me as simply The Chair.
Melissa welcomed me into the room with an outstanding smile and pleasant demeanor and
explained the chairs operation after I had settled my considerably battered and
bruised feet into a device that I describe as little hot tubs for your tootsers.
Chair took a bit of time to find the settings I wanted, but once we became acquainted, it
was, in a word, wonderful. I considered
making an offer and hauling it home but recalled the unfortunate incident with the barbers chair
years ago. Recognizing that even the incomparably (some say superhumanly) patient Mrs. SWK
perhaps has her limits, I passed.
a 16-year veteran of the beauty wars, also does hair and serves as the massage therapist
for the salon. She clipped, sanded and filed my feet with the precision of a surgeon,
taking care with the cuticles and applying a kind of green resin-like substance which she
massaged in to cool down my poor dogs. This systematic rejuvenation of my walkarounds went
on for an hour or so, with my feet emerging from the process looking less calloused and
free of the unsightly nail structure they are known to display when in their generally
neglected state. I even considered the possibility of putting on a pair of sandals to show
them off for the rest of the day, but the 20 degree weather made this consideration
fleeting at best.
this for a mere 27 bucks ($37 with polish, which I declined despite an offer to do a bit
of green and red on the great toes in the spirit of the season).
procedure is destined to be repeated for three reasons:
I have seriously bothersome feet. Well, they seem to bother others more than me. They
particularly annoy my daughter Biz, who often requests that I put on socks when she is
Melissa is an absolute artist when it comes to delivering a top-notch pedicure.
The Chair. It may not make it to headquarters as a permanent resident, that does not mean
that I cannot visit.
certificates for this and the other services, like hair, massage, facials and manicures,
make outstanding presents for those on your list (including yourself). The fine folks at
Hair By Joan can also put together a package that is sure to please your presentee.
there check out some stocking stuffers including the Lions Club Fancy Nuts, Miche purses,
lotions, polish and much more. HBJ is in downtown Fremont and if you go, say Hi
to The Chair for me. We kind of bonded that day.
of Fremont: The annual Christmas
on Friday evening offers an opportunity to visit some of the fine venues around and about
town while engaging in the fun activities, including the seventh annual Illuminated
entire SWK staff enjoys nothing like a good parade, and parade watching opportunities
become slim from here on out until at least late spring, unless our ongoing efforts
finally bear fruit and we can convince one of our towns to put on the Valentines Day
Parade we at Headquarters think might add to the mid-winter fun our area enjoys.
Deur not only has a host of gifts available for perusal in the back browsing area of her Koffee
but among her ample array of exceptional eats exists the bar-none best vegetarian wrap to
be found in the universe, or at least at any parts of the universe where we have dined.
The Kuppe also has year-round ice cream cones, but that is another story altogether. It
remains intriguing to me how many people do a bit of a double take when you eat ice cream
through a ski mask. There are Michigan Made products, including foodstuffs, and little
surprises abound everywhere. Many are the times I have found just the right gift while
either awaiting or having just polished-off the aforementioned wrap.
next door to the KKC and accessible without going outside is Quilt
SWK became significantly more enlightened and educated on the culture of quilting that
exists and the extensive and ever-growing army of aficionados of the art when covering the
Tall Pines Quilters show this past fall. Quilters numbers are legion and they are a
discriminating group when it comes to the quality of their materials and tools. Those I
met at the show each sang the praises of Quilt Something, the shop owned and operated by
the extremely congenial Debra Becker. As one who cannot tell a fat quarter from a fussy
cut but relies on the opinions of the experts, I believe we can safely give QS an SWK Five
Star rating. Besides, did I mention how pleasant Debra is?
Key Component of the SWK staff has been diligent in her support of small businesses that
involve clothing. When not serving as fashion advisor, primary photographer and courtesy
consultant, said supernaturally patient staff member moonlights at her full
time job in Grand Rapids, which occasionally brings her into Fremont for the day. On those
days, she frequently returns to headquarters
with a sack or two from Rivers
a shop she prefers to the plethora of options available to her when in GR. Again deferring
to more expert opinion, the high regard held by Mrs. SWK toward Rivers End is ample
evidence of its desirability in fulfilling your gifting desires. However, as I have droned
on incessantly in these situations, gentlemen, think gift certificate please. The fact
that you might possess a dram or two of taste has nothing to do with it. Just trust me
here. Gift certificates.
Chris Youker is legendary when it comes to helping you select just the right kind of
sparkle to put a twinkle in the eyes of your giftee. She also does hint cards,
a great idea for those of us who in the past may have badly misread verbally delivered
hints, almost as if we were not listening carefully.
is perhaps the most precisely and accurately named place around. There are literally
boatloads of intriguing collections of stuff everywhere. It is a place for
gifting inspiration and a memory trigger as well sometimes. Check them out.
Creek, Health Smart, Haveman Hardware (Scrapbooking capital of the Near North), Ryans
Cards and Coin (very, very cool) and all the other vendors welcome you on Stroll night, so
bundle it up and get out there and shop.
I mention the parade?
to White Cloud lately?
time you are cruising the county seat, pay a visit to one of the newest arrivals in town, Frenchies
Owners Abigail and Joshua Davis named this gem of a shop the same as their nickname for
their one-year-old daughter Francesca and have put a shine on the outside and inside of
the former Factory Surplus store while loading it with new and gently used articles from
clothing to furniture (check out the armoire if it remains) and new stuff from MP3 players
to shoes to lace rompers and tutus for little ones and more. I had my eye on a used
trombone, but deferred a decision for the time being, since a consultation with Mrs. SWK
might be in order before bringing a T-bone home and proceeding to self-teach the art of
are also offering rental space for entrepreneurs in search of a venue, so check out what
new surprises might be appearing soon.
Saturday, Santa will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for photo
opportunities and a small gift. Customers are also invited to bring in or purchase toys at
the store for Toys for Tots and receive gifts. In-store drawings will offer more chances
to receive gifts.
has very cool stuff and the Davises are gracious hosts. Besides, they have opened a
business in White Cloud, and it is important to patronize them to support efforts at
revitalizing our county seat.
live nearby and felt as though White Cloud could use something new, said Abigail
Davis. We bought the building to spruce it up a bit and make it an attractive part
of the town. Our hope is that other businesses will come in as well and help create a
thriving downtown area.
has opened its doors too, located just south of Sallys (really large and tasty
cinnamon rolls) Family Restaurant, with a full line of tobacco products including what
might be the most extensive offerings of flavored cigars SWK has ever encountered. The
store also offers a variety of snack foods and candy, along with other articles of
interest including the electronic or e-cigarettes that are growing in
popularity among smokers.
are trying to offer what people want at competitive prices, said owner Dan Abid.
If theres a particular product someone wants, we can order it for them. We try
to respond to whatever our customers needs might be.
been supplying area residents with all their hardware needs, an ample inventory of gifting
opportunities, stocking stuffers and much more for many years. They also are the local UPS
provider, so while mailing packages to all parts of the country you can check out their
substantial supply of stuff and maybe even get waited on by the amiable Pat Ebenstein when
she is not cruising in the convertible with husband Orrie.
friendly shoppers. If you have a suggestion for the SWK staff, contact us at the T-I by
land or sea, uh, I mean by phone, email or in person. With Shotgun in tow, we will check
the meantime, you should all know the lyrics by now:
Local. Be Local