A new twist on the 50s

For those who have been following this column, you are well aware of my public attempt to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday on Oct. 1.
Apr 8, 2013


It all started on my birthday last year, and things were going rather well. Even after the holidays were here and gone, I had lost about 15 pounds, but still needed to drop another 35.

Then around the first of February I went to my doctor (I’ve been to the doctor more this past six months then I’ve been in the past six years) for an exam prior to a routine procedure, and he discovered that I had a hernia.  It was the discomfort caused by the hernia that I thought was a result of my exercising.

The good news was that he would do both procedures at the same time, and I’d be back on the treadmill in no time at all.  Surgery was scheduled for Feb. 26.  Well, as my luck sometimes has it, the insurance company had to muddy the waters, and the surgery got delayed until March 26.  I’m happy to report that both procedures were a success even though it doesn’t exactly feel like it right now. I’m even happier to report that I have now dropped 18 of those pesky pounds with 32 more to go.

Since I’ve had to refrain from exercise for the past six weeks, I decided to take on another mission that involves a couple of more 50s. 

The Grand Haven Tribune is partnering with the Grand Haven community to conduct a campaign to raise $50,000 in 50 days for the restoration of the Musical Fountain.  The campaign begins on April 8 and goes through May 27. 

I’m excited for the Tribune to be involved is such a worthwhile project that has touched so many lives over so many years.  Nothing says Grand Haven more than the Musical Fountain. Thousands of visitors each year come to Grand Haven, many of whom find their way to the waterfront to experience the fountain. In order to keep that tradition alive, it’s critical we invest in this wonderful landmark for many more enjoyable years to come.

Those of you who wish to make a donation may do so by sending your check to the Grand Haven Area Community, One South Harbor, Grand Haven, MI  49417. You can also call the foundation at 616-842-6378 to discuss alternate giving opportunities.

The Tribune will publish ads with a list of names recognizing those individuals who contribute at least $50.  Those individuals will also be invited to attend the gala celebration and rededication of the Musical Fountains planned for Saturday, May 25, at dusk.

This community is generous and always supports worthwhile projects.  I’m confident this one will be no different.  Thank you in advance for your support.



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