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Archive | November, 2009

Library Corner

By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library

I think of the harvest and Thanksgiving when November rolls around. At the library we are reaping a harvest of seeds planted early on—seeds of programs old and new.

Our newest program is the Travelogue Adventure Series. November’s program brought in 105 people. The preshows at 6:30 p.m. are fun, too. In October we had a small ensemble of flutists, “Flauto Accordo,” and ini November we had guitar music with brother and sister team  of Alexis and Ryan Kaiserlian. We hope to get a school choir and perhaps the jazz band for March and April.

Our goal is to have ticket sales and patron donations to cover the full cost of the four programs. So far $2,633 has come in. If the last two programs (March 8 and April 12) bring in another $1000, we will meet our goal this year. This doesn’t include money donated by our patron sponsors. Our second goal is to have money left over for our new library.

We had our 3rd annual spooky event at the Library on October 29. We called it “Nightmare on Cherry Street.” We planned some ghostly stories and poems for the 4th-6th graders who came, and for a little detective fun, nothing gets kids stirred up better than a little murder mystery and a crime scene. Local actors volunteered to play their part in being interrogated by the young detectives, and once the real murderer was evident, our own local Police Woman, Officer Mandy, came to place the culprit under arrest with handcuffs! We had 17 tweens, four staff and 10 actors that evening. Thanks to Chris Bigney for rounding up a great cast of local talent: Liz Clifford, Russ Cole, Katie Myers, Laura Johnson, Laura Bonarski, Herb Vanderbilt, Wayne and Caitlyn Pierce and Aaron and Trent.

A couple of new programs this month—Girls Night Out and Boys Night Out—happening one week apart for 4th-8th graders. The point is a really good book and a really fun party/discussion around that book. For the girls and their favorite female role model, it was “Star Girl.” For the boys it was “Leepike Ridge.” We shared some snacks, a few crafts, and a lot of laughs.

The City’s “Spooktacular” was a lot of fun and really good for the businesses downtown. The Library opened from 6-7pm and joined the fun. Sixty extra people tramped through our door that evening, some for the first time.

The “Read to Ride” program for Red Flannel Day generated 314 free tickets to students from preK-6th grade who read a minimum of 3 books. We are grateful to those who worked with us to make this happen.

The Library is blessed to have an active “Friends of the Library” group who get involved with fundraising for a new library facility. You’ve seen them grilling and selling hotdogs, working at the Red Flannel Chili Cook-off, organizing our bi-annual book sales and assisting at the Travelogue Programs.

Many were disappointed that our Red Flannel Book Sale was rained out. We are rescheduled for December 3, 4 and 5 from 10am to 5pm, INSIDE at the empty store next door to Melanie’s Creations at 37 N. Main. I hear that you can fill a bag for $4. Dozens and dozens of VHS for sale for $0.50.  2009 books for only $7. If you are looking for new gifts—the Friends also have RED 2010 calendars ($4) and nice, canvas book bags ($10) for sale. Do a portion of your Christmas shopping at the Library this year.

All of us at the Library wish all of you, our friends and neighbors of Cedar Springs, a blessed holiday season filled with joy, love and peace.

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CASSA Tri-Hawks finish on top

Kneeling, from (L to R): Taylor Holloway, Breanna White, Emily Shaft, Lauren Falicki, Shelbie Elerick, Alison Sparling, Mackenzie Weiler. Standing, from L to R: Blakely Hubbard, Shayne Mann, Kaci Clark, Jordyn Nichols, Assistant Coach Becky Topolski, Connor White, Elena Brownell, Taylor Topolski, Blaze Pratt, Brittany Yeck (hidden), Grace Price, Coach Paul Kolenda

Kneeling, from (L to R): Taylor Holloway, Breanna White, Emily Shaft, Lauren Falicki, Shelbie Elerick, Alison Sparling, Mackenzie Weiler. Standing, from L to R: Blakely Hubbard, Shayne Mann, Kaci Clark, Jordyn Nichols, Assistant Coach Becky Topolski, Connor White, Elena Brownell, Taylor Topolski, Blaze Pratt, Brittany Yeck (hidden), Grace Price, Coach Paul Kolenda

Brittany Yeck pictured with Mackenzie Weiler

Brittany Yeck pictured with Mackenzie Weiler

The U13 Girls CASSA Tri-Hawks finished at the top of the GVSA, 3rd Division this fall season. The team, coached by Paul Kolenda, assisted by Becky Topolski and Kaylee Maddox finished their season 6-0-2.

Their tenacious defense, led by keeper, Lauren Falicki, held opponents to only 6 goals for the entire season, including five shutouts. They are a very respectful group of girls who have formed a strong team bond both on the field and off. Their team play is commended and respected and as a result they were awarded trophies for their efforts.

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Thank you

S-Football-thank-youThe Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity players and their families would like to wish the football coaching staff a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Deadline approaching

Application deadline approaches for scholar-athlete award

EAST LANSING, Mich.  – Nov. 16 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award, will again award 32 $1,000 scholarships to top student-athletes at member high schools during the 2009-10 school year, and schools will soon be closing their application periods so they can submit their nominees to the MHSAA during the first week of December.

Underwritten by Farm Bureau Insurance, the Scholar-Athlete Award highlights the value that extra-curricular activities play in the total education of a high school student, often improving their academic achievements in the process. The Scholar-Athlete Award is in its 21st year. Since its inception in 1989-90, Farm Bureau Insurance has presented $479,000 in scholarships through this program.

The first 30 scholarships will be presented on a graduated basis across the MHSAA’s traditional class structure. From Class A schools, six boys and six girls will receive scholarships; from Class B schools, four boys and four girls; from Class C schools, three boys and three girls; and from Class D schools, two boys and two girls will be honored.  The final two scholarships will be at-large minority selections, regardless of school size.  The scholarships may be used at the institution of higher learning the recipients attend during the first year at those colleges.

Applications from individual schools will be limited to the number of available scholarships in their Class.  Class A schools may submit the names of six boys and six girls; Class B schools may submit four boys and four girls; Class C may submit three boys and three girls; and Class D may submit two boys and two girls.

Students applying for the Scholar-Athlete Award must be graduating during the 2009-10 school year, be carrying an unrounded 3.50 (on a 4.0) grade point average, and have won a varsity letter in a sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a post-season tournament prior to their senior year.  The sports the MHSAA sponsors post-season competition are baseball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys bowling, girls competitive cheer (not sideline cheerleading, dance or pom pon), girls and boys cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls gymnastics, ice hockey, girls and boys lacrosse, girls and boys skiing, girls and boys soccer, softball, girls and boys swimming and diving, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, girls volleyball, and wrestling.

Applicants will be required to show involvement in other school-community activities and submit an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.

Applications are available only in digital format.  The downloadable forms on the MHSAA Web site need only be saved to a computer, filled out in nearly any word processing program – in Windows or Macintosh platforms — and then printed out to be attached to the required essay and letters of recommendation. Students should submit their applications to their school athletic director, principal or guidance counselor by November 23, 2009.  Students should check with their school administration to determine who the internal coordinator for the program is, and if the school has an earlier internal application deadline. Schools have additional materials to submit with student applications, and each school must submit all of its applications at one time. Individually mailed applications to the MHSAA office will not be accepted.

The application materials are available online on the Scholar-Athlete Award page of the MHSAA Website.

A committee composed of school administrators from across the state will select regional and statewide winners in early February, with the winners to be announced later in the month.  All applicants, finalists and scholarship recipients will be announced on the MHSAA Web site. The 32 scholarship recipients will be recognized at the MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 27, 2010.

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Hunter gets nine-point buck

Mike Stoken, of Sand Lake, got this nine-point buck, with a 17-inch spread, while hunting in Montcalm County on November 8. Congratulations, Mike!

Mike Stoken, of Sand Lake, got this nine-point buck, with a 17-inch spread, while hunting in Montcalm County on November 8. Congratulations, Mike!

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DNR reminds hunters of deer check station changes

Since firearms deer season opened statewide Sunday, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the department will operate fewer deer check stations this year due to budget reductions. Nonetheless, DNR staffers hope to check as many deer as possible to continue monitoring the herd’s health and to get good measures of the age and sex structure of the herd in various locations.

The DNR will continue to check deer at all operation service centers and at many other locations only during the firearm deer hunting season. Locations can be found on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting.

The DNR hopes hunters will make the extra effort to bring in their deer. Even with fewer check stations, DNR will be able to collect sufficient biological data to help make management decisions, but only if people bring deer in to be checked, said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Division.

Head collections for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis will be significantly reduced this fall for much of Michigan, though the DNR will continue to monitor large numbers of deer from suspect areas: the five counties in the northeastern Lower Peninsula within the TB area as well as Iosco, Shiawassee and Kent counties.

Hunters are also reminded that it is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail, to feed or bait deer across the entire Lower Peninsula.
For a list of deer check stations and their days and hours of operation for 2009, please visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting.

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Delayed corn harvest could impact deer harvest

The Department of Natural Resources wants hunters to know that the corn harvest is further behind schedule this fall than at any time in the last 20 years.

As of Nov. 8, only 16 percent of the field corn crop had been harvested statewide. Although the corn harvest can proceed rapidly if the weather allows, the moisture content in the corn is still very high and some farmers have suggested they do not intend to harvest until after firearm season begins. The last five years, an average of 80 percent of the corn harvest occurred by Nov. 15.

“If substantial amounts of standing corn remain as of opening day of firearms season, the bulk of Michigan hunters in areas with corn production, particularly in southern Michigan, can expect to see fewer deer,” said DNR deer research biologist Brent Rudolph. “Where there is standing corn, deer will not be restricted to seeking cover in brushy or forested areas.”

For more information about deer hunting in Michigan, go online to www.michigan.gov/dnrhunting.

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How to catch lake trout

From the Michigan DNR

OUT-How-to-catch-Lake-troutPrior to the introduction of salmon and non-native trout into the Great Lakes, lake trout were the alpha predators. Although they were once heavily parasitized by sea lampreys and have been supplanted in places by salmon, lakers continue to be one the most important sport species in the Great Lakes, particularly in Superior and Huron.

Lake trout prefer cold water and are often found at significant depths, though they can be taken in relatively shallow water in spring and fall. For the most part, lakers are caught by trolling anglers using spoons, flashers and flies, or cowbells and minnows, often near bottom. The establishment of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the subsequent water clarity has changed lake trout behavior and they are now being taken well up in the water column, often just subsurface. Reefs that extend high in the water column in otherwise deep water, such as Standard Rock or areas around Isle Royal, produce well for jig fishermen.

Lake trout spawn in the fall, often on shoals and reefs but some migrate upstream creating angling opportunities on piers, where anglers fishing with spawn, smelt or minnows on the bottom or casting with spoons can sometimes connect. Similarly, short-term fisheries are created in the drowned river mouths just inshore of the Great Lakes and in rivers, where lake trout often are caught by steelhead fishermen. In the winter months, anglers fishing deep water in Great Lakes bays—Grand Traverse Bay, for instance, or Keweenaw Bay—with spoons or jigs tipped with cut bait take lake trout through the ice.

A number of inland lakes have been stocked with lake trout or have natural populations that produce excellent fishing all year long, typically for those who are adept at Great Lakes tactics. Higgins, Elk, Torch and Crystal Lakes are among some of the better-known inland lake trout waters.

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Amish WarehouseFurniture and Gifts opens

BUS-Amish-warehouseAnyone who has bought Amish furniture from Bob and Betty Truesdale know they can count on quality. The couple celebrated the grand opening last Saturday, November 14, of an all new beautiful building and showroom, located at 141 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs, at Church Street. The Truesdales provide quality Amish furniture and a multitude of gifts to choose from. They guarantee customer satisfaction on all Amish-crafted furniture for every room in your home, and display it in a unique way. “Our furniture and accessories are displayed in room settings that can be duplicated in anyone’s home,” said Betty.

Betty said that in the future, they hope to give residents of Cedar Springs and the surrounding area unique gifts, for all occasions.
For more info and hours of operation, call them at 696-2060.

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Nu2u resale store opens

BUS-nu2uMany people are trying to stretch their clothing dollars farther than ever before, and a new resale shop in Cedar Springs may be the business that can help them do just that.

Located at 60 N. Main Street, Nu2u (pronounced new to you) offers affordable, gently worn, name brand clothing for kids and adults. “We also have tons of purses, and it’s the only place you can get ‘Red Hawk’ jewelry,” said owner Kristin Cooper.

Cooper said shoppers can expect to see variety, since they get stuff in all the time. Stop in or give them a call today!

Hours are Monday through Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 10-3. Phone 696-1115.

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