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Archive | January, 2010

Senior all-night party

A new year has arrived for the Senior All Night Party Class of 2010 for Cedar Springs High School. Many of you do, or can have a huge stake in this celebration. Each year a group of volunteer parents provide a safe and fun filled event for the graduating class with the help of donations from community members and businesses. These seniors are then able to celebrate their achievement the same night they graduate without the influence of drugs or alcohol.

You can help by donating monetary goods or services to the party. Please help to catapult these students into the “real world” with a positive experience, lasting memories and a life long purpose. For further information or if you have any questions please contact Jill Johnson, Donations Coordinator, C.S.H.S  Senior All Night Party Committee, 616-696-0240. Certificate/monetary donations may be sent to Cedar Springs High School, c/o Senior All Night Party, 204 East Muskegon, Cedar Spring, Mi 49319.

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Adult comedy presented on Kent Theatre Stage

Timothy and Cheryl Madden read lines during recent rehearsal for the upcoming Kent Theatre production of “For Marrieds Only.”

Timothy and Cheryl Madden read lines during recent rehearsal for the upcoming Kent Theatre production of “For Marrieds Only.”

The adult comedy “For Marrieds Only” by J. Thomas Graham will be presented at the Kent Theatre on Feb. 12 and 13. Laugh at the hilarious reenactment of an older couple’s memories of their 1930’s wedding night and the troubles they encounter when she wants to follow a doctor’s prescribed “sex” manual while he wants to just let “nature” take its course! You don’t have to be married to enjoy “For Marrieds Only.”

Playing lead roles are Timothy Madden and Cheryl Madden, real life husband and wife, who reside in Grand Rapids. Other cast members include Cedar Springs area resident Kim Johnson, Stephanie Wade and Patty Becker, both from Fremont, Timothy Burke also from Grand Rapids, and Kathy McFarlane from Howard City. Director Kristian Phillippy is debuting his first production at the Kent and hales from Fremont.

The performances start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the door for $10. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 and are available by calling 616-696-7469 or can be purchased at Independent Bank, Chase Bank, Cedar Springs Public Library or Soul Infusions.
It should be noted that this production is not suitable for younger children because of adult content and situations.
For more information call 231-924-0248 or 231-335-6834.

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Make professional improvement your goal for 2010

Toastmasters Invites Public to Open House Feb. 2

It’s the New Year and you’ve made your annual list of resolutions. Perhaps you’re trying to eat healthier. Or spend less time in front of the TV. Or maybe you’d like to boost your career. Toastmasters International, a thriving organization with 250,000 members in 106 countries, can help you develop the communication and leadership skills needed to reach this goal.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the public is invited to visit North Kent Community Toastmasters for a fun, informative open house. The event takes place at Preferred Prudential Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE & 11 Mile Road, in Rockford, 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

To stand out in today’s job market, you need effective leadership and communication skills. Toastmasters can help you attain both, in a supportive and fun atmosphere.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

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Roger on the Road

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Democrats struck out last week. Another nay-saying Republican to replace Ted Kennedy isn’t what they wanted. Sixty Senators can vote to allow debate; Fifty-nine isn’t enough. Now 41 Senate Republicans can say “NO” to everything and make it stick. So much for the people of this nation who want healthcare reform and better international relations.

The Supreme Court, in another 5 to 4 decision, capped off the week by allowing corporations to pour unlimited money into election campaigns. Experts all along the political spectrum say we’ll see the down side to this. The only winners (besides the already mega-rich corporation executives) will be the political advertising industry.

Good news

So far the President has not been blamed for the earthquake in Haiti.

Gene pool rejects
Continued from last week*:

No. 1: A man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Mich., at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because, he said, he couldn’t open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren’t available for breakfast. The would-be robber, frustrated, walked away.

No. 2:

A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer – $15. [If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, has a crime been committed?]

Moral of the story

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.

The kids came back and, one by one, began to tell their stories. They related all the regular type of stuff: spilled milk and pennies saved. Then the teacher realized that Vernon hadn’t yet participated.

“Vernon, do you have a story to share?”

“Yes ma’am. My daddy told me a story about my Aunt Rhonda. She was a pilot in Desert Storm and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory, and all she had was a flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife.

“She drank the whiskey on the way down so the bottle wouldn’t break. And then her parachute plunked her right in the middle of twenty enemy troops.

“She shot 15 of them with the pistol, until she ran out of bullets, she killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then she killed the last guy with her bare hands.”

“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher. “What kind of moral did your father draw from this terrible story?”

“Stay away from Aunt Rhonda when she’s been drinking.”

*Ed. Note: While humorous, neither these nor the ones printed last week have been verified as actual events.

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First Aid classes offered

The Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA will be offering a first aid class Thursday, February 4. This first aid class will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m.

The YMCA instructors will be teaching the first aid class through the American Red Cross. After the participant successfully completes the class they will receive a first aid certification card from the American Red Cross.

This first aid class will also be offered again that evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kent City Middle School through the YMCA and American Red Cross.

The cost of the first aid class is $25 and registration can be done at the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA.

If you are interested in additional information or would like to register, please call the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA at (616) 363-3000.

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Family Hope Foundation offers support to special needs children and families

A group of West Michigan community leaders has formed the Family Hope Foundation, a new organization that offers support to special needs children and families. Grants will be awarded to children to receive therapy that is necessary for their bodies and brains to grow and develop, and to cope with the world around them. The foundation, an autonomous nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, will fund grants through donor gifts that are tax deductible.

“Family Hope Foundation was created to support families in the West Michigan area that lack insurance support or have limited access to more intensive therapeutic treatments,” said foundation chair, Lara Kitts. In February, Family Hope Foundation will kick off its Charter Donor Campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 in 2010.

“Families who are struggling with medical bills and uninsured therapies and equipment will feel some relief from the financial burden. With our grant program in place, our goal is to begin assisting families as soon as possible with the donations we receive from our Charter Donor Campaign,” Kitts says.

More information is available by contacting Lara Kitts, (616) 682-1234, 768 Longleaf Court, Ada, MI 49301, lara.kitts@comcast.net.

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Getting to the heart of the matter: women and heart disease

Free session on Monday, Feb. 1

Do you and your doctor know your risk for heart disease? Guidelines for a woman’s risk of heart disease have changed. Join JoAnne Foody, MD, a nationally known cardiologist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will dispel myths about risk levels of heart disease in women, discuss how stress and vitamin D levels affect women’s hearts, explain how to talk to your doctor and teach women how to lower their personal risk.

This event is put on by the Spectrum Health Women’s Healthy Heart program. It takes place at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Preregistration is required for this free session. Call (616) 267-2626, option 4, or toll free (877) 495-2626. For more info about women and heart disease, visit spectrum-health.org/womenandheartdisease.

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Ringing in the new you

Taking care of your skin is a resolution you can keep

(NAPS)—It’s resolution time again, so this year, start a campaign of self-improvement from the outside in. A key first step is having healthy skin—and the best way to keep your resolutions going strong is to have a plan to achieve your goal.

To help your resolve to have radiant skin this year, Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at New York University, offers this simple checklist:

• Set the date: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone over the age of 21 should have a full-body skin examination at least once a year. Dr. Hale also suggests that you visit a dermatologist more frequently if you have a history of skin cancer in your family, have a lot of dark moles on your skin, or have accumulated a lot of skin damage over the years. When detected early, skin cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. Put a recurring yearly reminder into your cell phone calendar on January 1st to keep yourself on track.

• Don’t be a “fair weather” fan: One of the biggest skin sins a person can commit is wearing sunscreen only when it’s sunny or warm outside. Dermatologists recommend applying a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, regardless of the season. UV rays are present all year long and can penetrate through clouds; plus, in the winter, snow reflects 80 percent of UV rays. Choose a light, oil-free moisturizing sunscreen, like Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 30, that can be applied under makeup and won’t clog pores. Keep a bottle somewhere that’s highly visible (like next to your toothbrush) so you never forget.

• Don’t ignore your nails: You may not think of nails this way, but, like the rest of your skin, your nails are susceptible to sun damage. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, sun exposure can weaken the nail bed, damage the area from which new nail grows, and even cause skin cancers to form under or around the nail. To help keep nail beds protected from UV exposure during the winter months, wearing gloves is an easy fix. When it’s warmer out, make sure to use sun protection on your entire hand, including the area over, around and under the nails. Also, if you see anything suspicious, like a dark streak in the nail, bring it to the attention of a dermatologist immediately.

• Care for your hair: Since the top of your head is the closest part of your body to the sun, it’s important to make sure your scalp gets as much TLC as the rest of your skin. According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, putting sunscreen directly onto your hair and rubbing it into your scalp can help prevent burning. Opt for an oil-free sunscreen to avoid the dreaded “greasy scalp” effect or wear a hat to help protect your part.

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Wrestling Hawks beat Coopersville, fall to Comstock Park

Red Hawks also take second at home invitational.

Cody Oehme (125 lb) in Championship match against Spring Lake at Cedar Springs invitational.

Cody Oehme (125 lb) in Championship match against Spring Lake at Cedar Springs invitational.

The Red Hawks took to the road on January 20 to go head to head against Coopersville and Comstock Park.

The Hawks started the night out on top with a 40-28 win against the Broncos of Coopersville. The starting weight was 145 lb class. Austin Wamser put the first points on the scoreboard for Cedar. The Broncos came back to win by pin in the next round.   Throughout the match the Broncos proved a formidable opponent, but the Hawks remained triumphant. Cedar won 9 of 14 rounds with pins by Jeremy Stellema,  Joe Simon and Ricardo Rios, a technical fall by Nic Baird, major decisions by Wamser and Cody Oehme and decision wins by Scott Vodry, Dominic Chong and Jake Blackmer.

The Hawks had been anticipating the match up against Comstock Park.

The team knew going into the meet that Comstock Park would be tough. Cedar Springs gave the Panthers a good run, but they weren’t quite strong enough to win. Cedar gave up 6 points right at the start, then recouped them when senior Scott Vodry pinned his opponent half way into the second period.

Senior Jeremy Stellema earned 6 more points in the 189 lb class with a pin early in round one. Cedar was ahead 12 -9. The next 4 weight classes were in favor of Comstock Park.   Tough matches in the 119 lb, 135 lb and 145 lb weight classes would give Cedar 9 more points, but not enough to dominate Comstock Park who won the meet with a score of 44-21.

Scott Vodry (160 lb) in match against Coopersville. 

Scott Vodry (160 lb) in match against Coopersville.

Hawks take second at home invitiational.

The Cedar Springs wrestling team finished second in its own invitational with a 3-1 record, losing only to Spring Lake, 48-26 on the last match of the event.

The Red Hawks defeated Creston 72-4, with freshman Brett Bouwens earning his first varsity victory. Cedar Springs found themselves in a battle with Plainwell after 5 rounds with a tied score 15-15. The Red Hawks kept the Trojans on their backs and won 53-15.  Traverse City West was an aggressive team but proved no match for the Hawks as the match ended with a 42-26 score in favor of the Cedar Springs.

Cedar Springs came face to face with Spring Lake in the championship round. The Hawks struggled in the first two rounds to find themselves down 0-9. The highlight of the bout was in the 130 lb class. Freshman Dominc Chong pulled off a pin with 33 seconds left in the match after a few close calls and being down 0-8 going into the third period. A quick reversal and a large amount of fortitude put Chong in the dominant position as he held his Lake opponent to the mat. Cedar hung in for five more wins but it wasn’t enough to hold on to first place. Nic Baird, Jake Blackmer, Jeremy Stellema and Scott Vodry all went 4-0 for the day.

Cedar traveled to West Catholic on Wednesday to meet up with Forest Hills Northern in a conference meet and then they head to Grand Haven on Saturday, January 30, for an individual meet.

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Byron Center defeats Cedar Springs

Kyle Chaney goes up for 2 against Aaron Hillesheim (#50) of Byron Center

Kyle Chaney goes up for 2 against Aaron Hillesheim (#50) of Byron Center

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk boys varsity basketball team traveled to Byron Center last Tuesday to take on the state ranked Bulldogs. The intense pressure and trapping defense by the Bulldogs proved to be too much to handle for the Red Hawks.

Ryan Dines drives to the basket

Ryan Dines drives to the basket

Byron Center took a 15-7 lead after one quarter of play. Then a 22-6 Bulldog advantage in the second quarter gave Byron Center a commanding 37-13 lead at the half. Cedar Springs shot only 2 for 23 from the floor in the first half, with both field goals made by Seth Coxon. Byron Center extended their lead in the second half and came away with a 68-34 victory.

Coxon and Alec Hanmer led Cedar Springs with 6 points each, Jason Gust had 5 points, Kyle Chaney and Trey Reed netted 4 points each. Jake Holtrop and Ryan Dines had 3 points each, Tyler Baker scored 2 points and Hank Porter 1. Baker led the Red Hawks with 8 rebounds.

The Red Hawks travel to Comstock Park on Friday to take on the defending league champion Panthers.

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