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Archive | October, 2009

Pine Ridge to hold fundraiser

Pine Ridge Bible Camp is holding their annual Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser on Friday, November 13, 2009, at Grandville Baptist Church, 4325 40th Street SW, Grandville, Michigan. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by a large silent auction; the evening ends with a live auction.
The theme for this year is “Lights, Christmas, Auction!”  Items available will include two Mountain Bikes, Walt Disney Park Hopper Passes, a Michigan Coastal Tour airplane ride, golf gift certificates, getaway packages, photograph packages, Grand Rapids area sports and arts passes, kid’s items, electronic gadgets, health and beauty products, tools, sporting goods and many gift certificates. Child care is available at no cost for children ages 2 -12 years.
This event is a free event. For more information, please call the Pine Ridge Bible Camp at 616-696-8675 or visit our website, www.pineridgecamp.com.

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Roger on the Road

rogerheaderWord play

Bezel – a groove or flange designed to a hold a beveled edge. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Embezzle – To take for one’s own use. (American Heritage Dictionary)
Embezzlement – to take a bezzle for one’s own use. (Me)

Best money can buy

If I say to my legislator, “I’ll give you $50,000 if you vote my way on this law,” that’s illegal and, if he agrees, both of us can go to jail.
If I say, “Here’s $50,000 for your re-election campaign. I’d like to talk to you about that law before you vote on it,” that’s legal.
Why is this such a good job that political candidates spend so much of their time trying to get re-elected? We pay them to represent us. It makes sense for us to wonder who else is paying them, and for what.
Will our elected officials ever pass a law to control this?  Fat chance!

Taupe talk

I need to paint my basement floor and one of the women at the office suggested “taupe.” What’s taupe? Is it something you use to clean the chimney?  “Put a little taupe in that stove.  Clean the chimney.”
Men don’t do “taupe.”  We do red, blue, green, and black. Oh, there are also colors like “light red” and “dark red,” but no taupe. Don’t confuse us.  We have one pair of shoes and we’re lucky if our socks match.

Tips for seniors

Contrary to what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:
1. A nose ring and bifocals
2.  Spiked hair and bald spots
3.  Miniskirts and support hose
4.  Ankle bracelets and corn pads
5.  Speedos and cellulite
6.  A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
7.  Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
8.  Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
9. Bikinis and liver spots
10. Mini skirts and varicose veins
Most importantly, at some point you must give up the pieced-tongue jewelry. It doesn’t go well with the dentures.

Senior road trip

While on a color tour, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch.  When leaving, the woman left her glasses behind on the table and she didn’t miss them until they’d been driving for about forty minutes.
All the way back, the husband became the classic grouchy old man.  He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. He wouldn’t let up for a minute.
To her relief, they finally arrived back at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the geezer yelled to her,  “While you’re in there, you might as well get my hat and the credit card!

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Halloween Coloring Contest Winners!

Children and goblins alike across the land put crayola and marker to paper to color our spooky but spectacular haunted tower. With the spell of imagination cast upon our most artful of readers, an array of entries “appeared” at the Post.

The judges flew in on their broomsticks. And then things got ugly.  Left behind were bags and bags of candy, prizes for three winners, 4-year-old Aubrey Marlin of Trufant, MI, 7-year-old Jesse Nagle of Cedar Springs, MI and 10-year-old Lilly Allen of Sparta, MI (not related).

Since the employees at the Post are vowing to reduce their sugar intake (except for Bob) the bags of candy will be given out this Saturday between 6 – 7 p.m. or until gone in conjuction with the City of Cedar Springs’ Halloween Spooktacular.

Age group 3-4 winner, Aubrey Marlin - Age 4 of Trufant

Age group 3-4 winner, Aubrey Marlin - Age 4 of Trufant

Age Group 5-7 Winner Jesse Nagle - Age 7 of Cear Springs

Age Group 5-7 winner Jesse Nagle - Age 7 of Cedar Springs

Age Group 8-10 Winner Lilly Allen, age 10 of Sparta

Age Group 8-10 winner Lilly Allen, age 10 of Sparta

Honorable Mention:

Kylee Hall, Age 4 of Cedar Springs

Kylee Hall, Age 4 of Cedar Springs

Morgan Reyers, Age 7 of Cedar Springs

Morgan Reyers, Age 7 of Cedar Springs

Korrie Bailey, Age 10 of Cedar Springs

Korrie Bailey, Age 10 of Cedar Springs

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Halloween safety tips from Sheriff Stelma

Halloween is only a week away and soon our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.

To ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Kent County Sheriff Stelma offers the following safety tips:

Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.

Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume.

Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber that is soft and flexible.

To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child’s costume.

At all times, watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible.

An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return.

Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or- treating and never venture down a dark, empty street.

Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks.

Dark, unlit homes should be avoided.

Children should save their candy until they get home so you can inspect it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your family doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and which house it came from.

Keep flammable items, such as your jack-o-lantern, away from small children, pets, and flammable materials such as draperies, furniture, and paper decorations. Never leave a candle burning unattended.

“Halloween is a fun time in Kent County,” Sheriff Stelma concluded.  “Let’s make it a safe time as well.”

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Girls cross-country wins title

S-Girls-Cross-country--teamCongratulations to Coach Jennifer Kahler and her 2009 Girls Cross-Country team. They captured the OK Blue Conference title and remained undefeated for their season! The last Cedar Springs Girls Cross Country team to win a conference title was in 1997.
The girls and boys cross-country team will compete Saturday, October 31 at the MHSAA Regional.

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Red Hawks take a beating from Falcons

Photo by Mitch Elenbaas

Photo by Mitch Elenbaas

Going into last Friday’s showdown against West Catholic with high hopes and a slogan of “We Believe,” the Red Hawk varsity football team was looking to finish the season with a victory. Hopes were quickly dashed as the undefeated Falcons put up 42 points in the first half. The Red Hawk running back trio of Shane Bratt, Alex Hemry, and James Putnam, that led the vaunted Red Hawk running attack this year, were held to under 40 yards in the first half, no first downs, and zero points.
With the second half starting with a running clock, Cedar did our community proud, by playing with heart, determination, and pride. The Red Hawks were able to avert a shutout with a 2 yard touchdown by Josh Zwinger, closing out the scoring in a 49-6 defeat. Cedar closed out their season 3-4 in the OK Blue and 4-5 overall.
The 2009 season foreshadowed positive things to come for the Cedar football program, including the OK Blue championship for our JV team. Thanks to the following Seniors who have helped lay the foundation for future success at Cedar Springs;  Kirk Moore, Scott Vodry, Andrew LaPree, Kenny Mitz, Zach Wittle, Jeremy Stellema, Sam Bekins, Darren Link, Warron Armock, Kyle Spencer, Josh Black, Nate Stein, Canlon Bruer, and Mitch Elenbaas.

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Red Hawk soccer season comes to a close

S-SoccerThe weather was ideal for the Red Hawk’s first district game of 2009, held on Tuesday, October 20, at the Fruitport field. The Cedar Springs boys varsity team completed a great season, resulting in an 11-7 overall record and a 7-7 record in the conference, placing the team 6th in the O-K Blue conference rankings. These stats are only numbers, but there are no numbers to evaluate the spirit and desire exemplified by this team during their final game against Fruitport.
The Red Hawks came fired up and ready to challenge the Fruitport Trojans. Cedar lit up the scoreboard first at the 31:07 minute mark, when freshman Kyle Szirovecz knocked in the first goal, when he lofted the ball from outside the 18-yard line, placing it in the far upper 90 of the goal. Freshman Robert Klein was credited with the assist. The Cedar Springs defensive unit,  consisting of Ron Fisk, Aaron Dault, Steven King and Jake Rickner, was kept busy, as the Fruitport offense maintained continuous pressure on the Red Hawk’s net, manned by freshman keeper Kyle Coutchie. Coutchie played an outstanding game, and was credited with an incredible 30 saves for the night. With lots of congestion in front of the Cedar net, Fruitport tied up the score with 19:32 remaining until the half.
Shortly after the half, Kyle Szirovecz blasted in his second goal (assist Bo Cook) from a throw in by Zach Hawkins, once again giving Cedar the lead 2-1. The teams battled back and forth, until Fruitport managed to tie up the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. After 80 minutes of regulation play, the score was tied at 2-2. The teams continued to play two scoreless 15 minutes overtime periods. Finally it all came down to a five man per team shoot out. During the shoot out, the Red Hawk goals were scored by Austin Mora and Cody Cook, however, Fruitport managed to score three goals, giving them the win with a final score of 3-2.
“It was a really tough loss against Fruitport, but the guys played with a lot of heart and left everything they had on the field, that’s all I can ask,” commented Coach Kyle Avink. “They had an awesome season and I have high expectations for all of these guys next season!”
Coach Avink and the varsity soccer team want to thank all the parents for their continued support, the AYSO program and the Cedar Springs community for being behind them this season!

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Brooks helps lead Lakers to championship

Ben Brooks placed in the top 20 twice this season for the Grand Valley Lakers.

Ben Brooks placed in the top 20 twice this season for the Grand Valley Lakers.

Cedar Springs High School grad Ben Brooks and the Grand Valley State men’s golf team recently completed their fall season, and the Lakers finished in the top four, in four of the five tournaments in which they played.
The highlight of the fall season for GVSU was clinching back-to-back GLIAC Championships, marking the third time in the last four years that Grand Valley State has won the league title. GVSU also had strong showings at the SVSU Al Watrous Memorial Tournament (2nd), the Great Lakes Region Invitational (3rd), and finished the fall portion of its schedule with a fourth-place finish at the Motor City Invitational.
Sophomore Ben Brooks, of Cedar Springs, placed twice in the top-20 in the fall season, including a tie for 15th place at the GLIAC Championship. He recorded a score of 230 (+17) in helping GVSU to its second consecutive conference championship. Brooks also tied for 20th at the Motor City Invitational with a 226 (+13) and finished 32nd at the Division II Preview.

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Gust signs on to play basketball at Aquinas

Cedar Springs Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Andrew Secor, Jason Gust and Aquinas College Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Hammer.

Cedar Springs Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Andrew Secor, Jason Gust and Aquinas College Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Hammer.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Jason Gust, son of Jeff and Barb Gust, signed his letter of intent to play college basketball at Aquinas College. Jason is a four-year varsity basketball player for the Red Hawks, Student Activities Council President and a National Honor Society member. Congratulations to the Gust family.

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More bear photos

The man in Nelson Township that caught a bear on camera out near his deer blind has sent us more photos of the bear. The bear has been habiting the area near Cedar Springs Avenue and 21 Mile, and often getting into garbage. Experts recommend locking up all garbage to keep bears away. They are naturally shy of human contact, but may lose that if they begin to associate humans with food. In the photos above, the bear is shown with garbage he took from a nearby can.
Bear sightings have been rare here, but according to Adam Bump, bear specialist with the DNR, he is not surprised to hear about the recent bear sightings in the area. “There probably is a regular population there,” he noted. “We’ve heard of them even as far down as Battle Creek.”


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