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Learn to Be a Kid Again at Adults-Only Camp

The Michigan Recreation and Park Association and state Department ...
18-20 “Camp Kitigin” at YMCA Camp Timbers in West Branch. Be prepared to disconnect. Camp Kitigin is a screen-free event, meaning there will be no phones, tablets or Wi-Fi ...

First Ride On rally to honor fallen biker

WEST BRANCH — The Tolfree Foundation will be hosting its first ...
which made him popular throughout Michigan and beyond. “He was just well-known,” she said, pointing out that many of his out-of-state friends who are unable to attend have ordered ...

First-time winners Jenner, Shipley highlight AJGA Championship at Boyne Highlands

Two Michigan junior amateurs experienced that firsthand during the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championships on Thursday at Boyne Highlands, and Austin Jenner of West Branch and Sarah Shipley of Hastings each took home their first AJGA title. 1 Petoskey News ...

Several people injured after two vehicle collision in West Branch

IOSCO CO -- Several people, including two children, have been injured in a two vehicle collision on Monday around 8:20 p.m. According to the Michigan State Police ...
driven by a 63-year-old male form South Branch. The Chevrolet collided into the driver ...

Jenner continues to turn heads at Michigan Amateur

SOUTHFIELD — For the second consecutive day 17-year-old West Branch golfer Austin Jenner had the most surprising match win in the 104th Michigan Amateur Championship at Plum Hollow Country Club. He followed up knocking off the qualifying medalist Reed ...

West Branch teen upsets defending Mich. Amateur champ Do

SOUTHFIELD — A 17-year-old is in the Michigan Amateur's final four. West Branch golfer Austin Jenner knocked off defending champion Henry Do of Canton 2-up in a quarterfinal Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile in the other quaterfinals, Ryan Johnson of New ...

Metro & state: Austin Jenner advances in Michigan Amateur

Golf:Austin Jenner, 17, of West Branch made seven putts of more than 12 feet, including a 35-footer on hole No. 1, in a win over Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon in the second round of the 104th Michigan Amateur Championship on Wednesday at the Plum Hollow ...

W. MI golfers in Michigan Amateur Sweet 16

Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Austin Jenner of West Branch plays in the Michigan Amateur on June 24 ...

'Sweet 16' at 104th Michigan Amateur features players between age 17 and 50

Austin Jenner, 17, West Branch, Skeels Christian School 4.0 student Note ...
A.J. Verekois, 19, Rockford, Michigan State University golfer Note: Beat his college assistant coach Dan Ellis in round of 32. Tom Werkmeister, 47, self-employed internet salesman ...

West Branch's Jenner advances to Sweet 16 at Michigan Amateur

Austin Jenner of West Branch advanced to the "Sweet 16" round at the 104th Michigan Amateur after downing Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon Wednesday. Jenner, 17, who is a student at Skeels Christian School in Gladwin, made seven putts over 12-feet in length ...

West Seattle Monday: Ways to keep cool, morning to night

As Anne pointed out while sharing that photo via the WSB Facebook page this morning, the haze these past few days is attributed to the forest fires up in British Columbia (have you seen the plume phot…

New Design, New Advertisers and Hot Weather in Nyon!

The temperature has been in the late 30’s in Nyon over the past few days and looks set to stay like this until Wednesday. The outdoor pool and the lake have been the place to be to cool off! Despit…
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Seven steps to keep your phone number when changing provider in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

With a simple phone call you can reach someone who has not contacted in a while. This is one reason why many people prefer to keep their telephone number when they change provider or telephone company.

You can keep your local phone number or mobile if it remains within the United States. But before finalizing any changes, you should follow some suggestions:

1. Verify that you have completed your contract , if you have one supplier. Otherwise, the current company may charge you a penalty.

2. Contact the new provider to start the transfer number.

3. Make sure the provider can keep your current phone number.

4. Verify that there are no additional charges for service change. If so, try to reach an agreement with the supplier.

5. Read through the terms and conditions of the new contract before signing.

6. Provide the new phone company your 10-digit number and any other required, as your customer account number, access code and your 5-digit zip code information.

7. Cancel the previous service after obtaining the service with your new provider. Try to do the day of your closing date to avoid monthly outstanding balance.

Note: You can also transfer a local phone number to a mobile phone, but this process can take longer. Check with your supplier before making the change.

What can you do if you have some problems to transfer your number

If the provider can not solve it, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by calling 1-888-225-5322 (English) 1-888-835-5322 (TTY for hearing impaired), or through Internet (in English).

This issue of keeping the phone number is known as Number Portability (keeping your number if you change providers). [26]


The Guardian and a warning to WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [27]

Register now and request your ballots for the year in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.


If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

PDF version of FVAP Voter Alert #1



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