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Archive | January, 2010

Red Hawk cheer rated fifth in state

Junior Varstiy

Junior Varstiy

It was a new competition site for the Red Hawks as they traveled to Mt. Pleasant on January 16 to compete against many teams that they normally don’t get a chance to compete against until later in the season. The competition started at 11:00 for both the JV and Varsity teams and they were ready to go. “The Varsity team would be competing against Mt. Pleasant and Mason, both of which competed at the State Finals last year. I wanted to get the girls in a competition where they would compete against them before they see them at the Regional competition,” said Coach Pamela Ingles.

The trip to Mt. Pleasant proved to be a good adventure for both teams. Both teams finished in 2nd place. JV was 2nd to Division 1 Grandville JV and Varsity was 2nd to Mt. Pleasant, who finished 2nd place last year at the State Finals. The Varsity team also had a record high round 3 score of 308.5. This was the highest round 3 score ever for Cedar Springs. “We went on the mat and did our best to own it. That was the most pumped up I’ve been all season!” remarked Senior Melanie Kurylowicz.

Varsity

Varsity

The Lady Red Hawks also hosted the 2nd OK Blue Conference Meet on Wednesday, January 20, with the Varsity placing 3rd, and the JV taking first. Seven varsity teams that include a variety of division levels make up the OK Blue Conference. Division 1 Forest Hills Co-op, division 3 State Champion Comstock Park, and other division 2 and 3 schools make up the OK Blue. Each competition for the OK Blue is a battle for the Varsity teams. Currently, Comstock Park is in 1st place, but there is a 3-way tie right now for 3rd place between Cedar Springs, Forest Hills, and Sparta. With only 2 conference meets left, it will be a battle to see how the final standings end for the teams that are currently tied for 3rd. The JV team has had a great season in the OK Blue conference meets as they have won both meets and are currently in 1st place for the JV conference title.

Both teams will be competing on Saturday, January 30 at the LMCCOA Scholarship Competition at East Kentwood High School.

The Varsity team is currently ranked #5 in the State in Division 2.

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Globetrotters serve up fun

Kids of all ages had fun Sunday when the Harlem  Globetrotters hit the floor and entertained a crowd of 6,000 kids and their parents January 24 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Area resident Tom Scott was on hand to snap a few photos as the team showed off their ball-handling antics.

“The event was probably my most enjoyable event at the Van Andel because of the continuous laughter and the looks on the kids faces (and their parents),” said Scott. “It’s an event they will never forget.”

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Youth wrestlers take fourth at Morley

On January 17, a group of ten Cedar Springs youth wrestlers went to Morley-Stanwood High School in pursuit of the coveted Morley Mohawk Team Trophy. They competed against over 400 wrestlers from 20 different clubs. As a team Cedar finished fourth behind first place Spartan Lightning, second place Maple Valley and third place Bullock Creek.

Aiden Bouwens took first in the 5/6 year old 61lb division.  In the  7/8 year old division, placers were Trenton Snoeyink 55lb/4th, Reese Gonzales 58a/4th, Logan Hull 58b/1st, and Ryan Ringler 77lb/1st. In the 9/10 year old division, placers were Allexis Gonzales 75lbs/4th and George Gonzales Jr. 100lb/1st. In the 11/12 year old division, placers were Jordan Ringler 65lb/1st and Patrick Depiazza 158lbs/2nd. Logan Hull also won a trophy for the Fastest Pin with a time of 12.2 seconds.

Sparta also hosted its own tournament on the 17th at Sparta High School. Placers in the 5/6 year old division were Landon Demorest 37lb/1st, Jakob Hendee 46lb/4th and Trenton Wachter 52lb/1st.  In the 9/10 year old division, placers were Austin Emmorey 58b/3rd, Austin Wier 67lb/2nd, Cody Gott 97lb/3rd and Jeremy Wildfong HWT/ 2nd. Michael Smith took 3rd in the 13 to 15 year old division.

Please visit www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com for more up to date information regarding the club.

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Winter triathlon at Muskegon State Park

Muskegon State Park, in conjunction with the Muskegon Sports Council, is offering a family-friendly, “GO-Get Outdoors” winter triathlon on Sunday, Feb. 7. The event is non-competitive and geared toward those who have never participated in one of these exciting winter Olympic sports—the luge, ice speed skating and cross-county skiing.

The winter triathlon is a fun competition with no pressure. The entire family is encouraged to participate in this unique winter adventure along the shores of Lake Michigan. Serious competitors are welcome to participate, but the main focus is to introduce participants to a new sport. Instructors will teach each sport in continuous, 20-minute clinics at each venue.

All are also invited into the warming lodge to watch the Super Bowl, or to simply warm up so they can keep on luging, skating or skiing into the night at the fully-lit sports complex.

Check-in and registration for all events will be held at the warming lodge from 10 to 11:30 a.m., located at the north entrance of the park. The skating and luge events begin at noon and continue until 2:30 p.m. The cross-country ski race will begin at 3 p.m., and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

There are age divisions for everyone. The entry fee is $20 for ages 12 and under; $25 for ages 13 and over; and $50 for the family rate (which includes the mother, father and children living in the same house).

Early registration is encouraged, and a full refund will be given to all registrants for any cancelled event.

The sports complex requires everyone to show proof of health insurance and, for safety reasons, persons interested in trying the luge must attend a luge clinic. Skiing and skate clinics are not mandatory.

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is located at 462 Scenic Dr. in North Muskegon, within Muskegon State Park. Information about this event, other events taking place at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, or to obtain a triathlon entry form, contact the Muskegon Sports Council at 231-828-4627 or MadMarkJ@verizon.net, or visit www.msports.org.

For more information about the park, accessibility or persons needing accommodations to attend this event, contact the park supervisor at 231-744-3480 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or visit www.michigan.gov/muskegon.

All motor vehicles entering a state park or recreation area must display a Motor Vehicle Permit, available for purchase at the entrance. Cost is $24 for a resident annual and $6 for a resident daily. A non-resident annual is $29 and a non-resident daily is $8.
“GO-Get Outdoors” is a series of continuous, special events designed to encourage all people, especially families, to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities that are available in this great state. For a list of events taking place at Michigan state parks, recreation areas and boating sites, visit the Get Outdoor Calendar at www.michigan.gov/dnrgogetoutdoors.

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Whitetails Unlimited fundraising event

Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Cedar Springs Area Banquet on Saturday, February 20, at the American Legion 287, 91 1st Street, Cedar Springs. This special event will feature a buffet dinner, auction, and prizes with a wide array of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor related equipment, artwork, and collectibles only available at WTU events. Proceeds will go toward projects that uphold WTU’s mission.

The social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each, $20 for a spouse, or $25 for juniors 15 and under. Ticket order deadline is February 15, and tickets will not be sold at the door.

To order tickets locally call Brian Egan at 616-696-4932 or 291-5335, or WTU National Headquarters at 800-274-5471, or go online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com

Whitetails Unlimited Inc. is a national, nonprofit, conservation organization, with members in all 50 states that strongly believes in working with its local chapters in addressing local, state and national issues involving whitetail deer and their habitat. Unique among conservation organizations, Whitetails Unlimited returns 50 percent of net event proceeds from all Grassroots events to the local chapter to use on local conservation-related projects. For more information on Whitetails Unlimited please visit our website at www.whitetailsunlimited.com.

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Winter Nature Events

Snow Shoe Rentals Dec-March 10:00-2:00

Snowshoes are available on Saturdays when six or more inches of snow is present. (Closed February 6 for Boy Scout Klondike Derby) Snowshoe rentals are $4.00 per person, first come, first served (reservations for members. Coffee, hot chocolate and tea are also available (donation of $0.50.

January 30th, 2:30 p.m. – John Ball Zoo Comes to You: Raptors Rule the Sky, at Howard Christensen Nature Center, Kent City.

Some rule by day and some rule by night. Raptors are magnificent creatures admired for their strength and beauty. Get an up close view of some of nature’s incredible feathered hunters. Cost is $4 per adult/$3 per child (3-12 years old). Group discounts available. Visit http://www.kentconservation.org/activities.php for a registration form.

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Report snowmobile trail sign damage or theft

The Department of Natural Resources and Enviroment is asking for assistance from the public to report any damage or theft they may witness or are aware of related to snowmobile trail signs.

Each fall and during the snowmobile season, 68 snowmobile trail grant sponsors take to the trails to replace stolen/broken signs on the more than 6,546 miles of Michigan’s designated snowmobile trail system. Replacing these signs takes a significant amount of time, and is a big financial cost to the snowmobile program.

“In addition to the cost, this is a major safety concern” said Steve DeBrabander, DNRE’s state trails operations supervisor. “A missing stop sign, stop ahead sign, or yield sign could lead to a serious accident. The individuals who steal or vandalize these signs may have some liability if there is an accident.”

The DNRE requests that anyone who witnesses or is aware of theft or vandalism of trail signs, please contact the DNRE’s Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800.

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New tax credit includes current homeowners

Your home can house a terrific tax credit.

Your home can house a terrific tax credit.

(NAPS)—Many current homeowners can now qualify for up to a $6,500 home buyer tax credit. The initial success of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit convinced Washington to expand the program and extend it until April 30, 2010. This extension, however, will be the last.

Under the extended home buyer tax credit, current homeowners are eligible as long as they have lived in their present residence for five consecutive years within the past eight. First-time home buyers who haven’t owned a home in the past three years are still eligible for up to an $8,000 tax credit. Singles who make up to $125,000 and married couples who make up to $225,000 can qualify for the full credit. Those who exceed those income limits may qualify for a reduced amount.

“The new provisions and modifications make an already enticing real estate market even more attractive and accessible. Interest rates are low and home prices are more affordable now than they have been in decades,” said National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “There’s never been a better time for potential buyers to invest in their future through homeownership.”

Many areas are already seeing a rise in home prices and demand, with multiple bids on properties becoming more common. According to the NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, first-time home buyers became homeowners in record numbers over the past year, comprising 47 percent of all home sales between July 2008 and June 2009. This flood of activity helped shrink housing inventory levels. Reduced inventory is a sign the market is returning to a more balanced state and helps sustain home values.

Yun said that while the housing crisis isn’t over, the extended and expanded tax credit is a step in the right direction.
“The bottom line is that the housing market is doing much better now than one year ago, and the home purchases using the tax credit should continue to reduce inventory to acceptable levels. The extension is a big win for consumers, but to take advantage of this rare opportunity, would-be buyers need to get the ball rolling and contact a Realtor® who can help them on the path toward owning a home.”
For more information about the tax credit, visit www.HouseLogic.com/homebuyertaxcredit.

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Unconditional worship

Job 1:20,21: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’”
It is easy to worship God when things are going well.  We have no problem praising the Lord when the paychecks are steady, the bills are paid, the refrigerator is full, and our bodies are healthy. But, when life throws a curveball at us, worshipping the Lord becomes a little harder. Our natural response is to question God, and ask Him why all these bad things are happening to us, and unfortunately many times we become so preoccupied with what is going on in our life that we neglect to worship God. Sadly we become conditional worshippers. We may not audibly say it, but the message we send to God is that we will worship Him as long as everything is going well, but as soon as life doesn’t go the way we planned, our worship becomes conditional.
In Job, we find the well-known story of a man named Job. The Bible says that Job was blameless and upright, and that he was the greatest of all the people of the east. Satan is given permission to test Job, and in chapter one we read the account of Job losing everything. All of his donkeys (500), camels (3,000) and oxen (500) were taken by force, all of his sheep were consumed with fire (7,000), all but four of his servants were murdered, and all of his children were killed when the wind blew the four corners right out of their house. Job lost everything! In verse 20 we are told that Job’s response was one of worship. In the midst of losing everything, when he could have grown bitter, angry, or resentful towards God, we find Job falling down on his face and worshipping God saying, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” What in the world could possibly have driven Job to worship at a time like this?  Why wasn’t he angry with God? Why didn’t he begin to question God?
Job understood a fundamental truth that we all would do well to remember when life isn’t going the way we wish it would. Job knew that the nature, character and worthiness of God was not dependent upon his circumstances.  He knew that regardless of what was happening in his life, God was still God, and God still deserved to be worshipped, after all, He alone is worthy of worship.  Job could have allowed his circumstances to cloud his view of who God was but he didn’t.  He chose to focus on what he knew to be true about God—that whatever life may bring, God still deserved to be praised. And his response was “Blessed be the name of the LORD!”
We are all living in the same, fallen, sinful world. Things don’t always go the way we think they should. But we must remember, that no matter what is going on in our life, God is still the same. He has promised to never change, and He is still worthy of our worship.  Don’t let the circumstances of your life place conditions on your worship. No matter what is going on today, take some time to stop and worship our great God!  Blessed be his name!

Pastor Kevin Reed
Grace Evangelical Free Church
4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford

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Rowland “Ron” Ream

Mr. Rowland “Ron” D. Ream, age 92, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 21, 2010. Ron accepted Christ in the early ‘40’s and was led to the Lord by Pastor Doug and Doris Beach. On a nice warm summer day he was baptized at Baptist Lake.  Since 1947 he had been a member of Huggard Bible Church (formerly Huggard Gospel Center) where he taught Sunday school, drove the bus for the bus ministry, served many terms on the church board, and was involved with the softball team. Ron studied and cherished the whole Bible. He worked as a mechanic for John Deere’s tractors at Denton’s in Cedar Springs and later for Morrisey’s. Ron was a godly husband, father, and a gentleman. He farmed and spent many hours in the outdoors enjoying God’s creation. Ron raised harness horses and loved to fish. When he was a “tadpole”, his nickname was “Mike.” His children remember the special times that the family would travel to Round Lake where dad would fish, and later to Rice Lake in Canada where dad would fish. He use to play the fiddle with Bruce Armstrong and Clarence Weeks and also played the harmonica and saw, all by ear. Ron is survived by his loving children, Mrs. Janeice Wellman, Keith and Barbara Ream, all of Sand Lake, Duane and Ellen Ream of Newaygo, Connie and Ron Bennett of Cedar Springs, Ron and Linda Ream of Pierson; 20 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren plus the anticipated arrival of another; 1 great great grandchild with the anticipated arrival of one more; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Orpha Fern Ream on March 4, 2001, his brother, Jess Ream, his sister, Gladys Price, his son-in-law, Virgil Wellman on December 23, 1996, and his grandson, Ronald Ream, Jr. on October 31, 2000. The Service of Praise and Thanksgiving to God for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mr. Ream was Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Huggard Bible Church with Pastor Jonathan Williams and Pastor Dan Nave officiated. Interment in East Nelson Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Huggard Bible Church Memorial Fund, 8860 21 Mile Road, NE, Sand Lake, MI 49343. Friends celebrated Mr. Ream’s life with his family at the Pederson Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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