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Roger on the Road

RogerheaderSweeping the world

The Internet is sweeping the world, surrounding us, enveloping us, enlightening us. Although it has existed only a few years, it has infiltrated our lives. We look at it for news, weather, food; we buy and sell on it, date on it, send our letters on it.
Want siding, plumbing, gifts, books, a wife? You can become hopelessly in debt without leaving your keyboard.
The 20th century brought us electricity, cars, radio, television, and computers. Technology continues to sweep along and mankind follows, holding our cell phones.

Military time

The troops were home from WWII and a crusty Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation.
“Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be very serious. Is something bothering you?”
“Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.”
The young lady glanced at his awards and decorations and said, “Looks like you’ve seen a lot of action.”
“Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.”
“You know,” said the young lady, “you should lighten up a little. Relax and enjoy yourself.”
The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner.
Finally, the young lady said, “I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when was the last time you enjoyed female company?”
“About 1940, ma’am.”
“Well, there you are. No wonder you’re so serious. You really need to relax and enjoy life a little.” At that, the Marine seemed to thaw out. He grabbed the girl and kissed her.
“Good heavens,” she said, “you sure didn’t forget much since 1940.”
The Sergeant Major replied in his serious voice, after glancing at his watch, “I hope not, ma’am. It’s only 2130 now.”

Kids on marriage

Alan, age 10: When you get married, you got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
Camille, age 9: Twenty-three is the best age to get married because you’ve known the person FOREVER by then.
Ricky, age 10: Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
Kelvin, age 8: If people didn’t get married, there sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?

Bad memory

On my first day of school my parents dropped me off at the wrong nursery. There I was … surrounded by trees and bushes.

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Broadway, our way

If you love musicals, and you missed it last year in Holland, you now have a chance to see Broadway, Our Way, a musical journey through Broadway’s greatest hits, at the B.O.B. in Grand Rapids. It stars award-winning actors: Kelly Carey, Cici Gramer, Stephen Grey, and Cedar Springs’ own Larry Young Jr., accompanied by a six-piece orchestra led by Wright McCargar.

Young and friend Kelly Carey wrote the show after forming Creative Edge Productions early last year. Together they create customized entertainment for corporate and private events. “We put together an entertainment package that fits their needs,” he explained to the Post last year.

They have also been sponsoring the “Grand Rapids Got Talent” productions at the B.O.B.

The Broadway, Our Way tribute features over twenty of Broadway’s most memorable songs from smash hit shows like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Singing in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, A Chorus Line, and many more!

Shows are March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27 and April 2, 3, 9, 10. Cocktail reception at 6:30 Dinner at 7:00 followed by Broadway, Our Way.

Tickets are $35 and includes the show, plated dinner and martini cocktail reception from Absolut.

Tickets can be purchased at etix.com or at The B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave NW) 616-356-2000.

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Tom Rademacher visits the Sand Lake Branch of KDL

Sand Lake, MI – The Sand Lake Branch of Kent District Library will host Tom  Rademacher, long time columnist for the Grand Rapids Press, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 6. Rademacher will discuss his new book Splitting wood, a collection of 100 columns featuring stories “about ordinary people doing extraordinary thing.” Books will be available to purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the presentation.

For more than three decades, Tom Rademacher endeared himself to readers of The Grand Rapids Press as a writer with a nose for news a keen eye for detail, and a desire to provide a voice for people both struggling and soaring. He retired from The Press in 2009, and now freelances. For more information on Rademacher and Splitting Wood, please visit www.tomrademacheronline.com.

For more information, visit www.kdl.org. The Sand Lake Branch of KDL is located at 88 Eighth Street.

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Budget-friendly tips to create a new look for 2010

(ARA) – You’re working on exercising and eating better to make sure you’re healthier on the inside this year, but what about the outside? Most people have broken their resolutions by the end of January, but it’s easy to stick with it if you commit yourself to a fun way of feeling better about yourself.

Treat yourself well and make the promise to focus on enhancing your look this year. Investing in your well-being doesn’t have to cripple your bank account; there are plenty of ways to style yourself beautifully and stay on budget. Plus, there are new, exciting ways to revitalize your appearance right at home.

Beauty and style expert Polly Blitzer, founder of BeautyBlitz.com, has five tips that can help you to look and feel your best in 2010. “It’s so important that we make time to care for ourselves,” explains Polly. “Looking great doesn’t have to cost a fortune and I have the inside scoop on how to make the most of your look.”

1. Anti-aging isn’t just for your face anymore. While most women are already buying up plenty of anti-aging products for their faces, they forget about the other parts of the body that can just as easily show signs of age. Look for products that include anti-aging technology for your body skin. Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash helps fight the aging process through technology that moisturizes, evens skin tone, brightens dull skin and more.

2. Go to the Web for fashion ideas. The Internet has made fashion even more egalitarian, with the explosion of street-style blogs and an army of bloggers searching out great style finds for good prices. Style.com, InStyle.com and FashionWeekDaily.com are bigger sites that offer great style inspiration, while smaller sites like Fashionair.com and Coutorture.com have unique points of view and edgier perspectives on fashion.

3. Make your lips your best accessory. Everyone wants to have a great smile, and tooth whitening products are available to help with that, but your lips are what frame those pearly whites. Highlight them with a high-shine lip gloss that also has bold colors. A lot of lip glosses can be sticky, but new formulas like Covergirl ShineBlast Lip Gloss, deliver a lightweight, non-tacky feel at a great price.

4. Hair color makes all the difference. Whether you just want to try a new look or keep the grays at bay, a great hair color can really revitalize your style. The good news is that coloring your hair doesn’t have to be as harsh as it once was. Gone are the days of damaged, dry hair after coloring; now you can get a new color and healthier looking hair at once. The Clairol Natural Instincts hair color line leaves hair soft, is ammonia-free and has antioxidants and vitamins C and E to nourish your locks, plus it’s actually clinically proven to be less damaging than the leading permanent hair color.

5. High-end fashion designers are now accessible to everyone. Fashionistas with no budget limits often talk about the value of mixing high- and low-price items. The good news is that you can now get designer looks for low prices at some of your favorite stores. Collaborations between designers and major retailers have led to gorgeous lines like Vera Wang for Kohl’s, Sonia Rykiel for H&M, Kate Moss for Topshop and Target’s revolving series of designers (like Rodarte, Tracy Feith and others) for their GO International line. Now you can mix and match designer looks, all of which fit into every budget.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Olympic athletes turn to doctors of chiropractic

(ARA) – You might not think you have anything in common with the world-class athletes competing in this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, but if you’re suffering from aches and pains from shoveling snow, training for a marathon or lifting your grandchild, you’re more alike than you think.

“We’re taking five chiropractors [to the Olympic Games this year] and that just shows how far chiropractic has come since the first chiropractor joined the Olympic medical staff in 1980,” says Dr. Michael Reed, a doctor of chiropractic who serves as a U.S. Olympic Committee medical director. “It has a lot to do with the requests of the athletes; they recognize the benefits of chiropractic in helping their bodies perform at peak condition.”

Chiropractic offers a natural approach to back pain, neck pain, headaches and the myriad of aches that result from leading an active life. You’ll find health tips on the American Chiropractic Association Web site at www.acatoday.org/healthtips.

You might discover that a chiropractor can assist you in strengthening your muscles or joints, alleviating your headache or preventing your knees from aching. For more information about chiropractic or to find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA’s Web site, www.acatoday.org.

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CS varsity cheer district champs!

It’s not your mother’s or your grandmother’s cheerleading squad anymore. Instead, the Cedar Springs competitive cheer team is an athletic force to be reckoned with.

These red-hot Red Hawks were ahead by only 1.6 points going into round 3 at the District Competition last weekend. What motivated them to hang on and give their best performance ever in round 3?

“First place was in our sights and we were not going to give it up!” remarked senior Melanie Kurylowicz.

The Red Hawks were the first team to take the mat for round 3 and had to set the bar high in order to keep that first place position. “Honestly, I was a little nervous for my girls in round 3 because we have never had to go first in round 3 this season,” explained Coach Pamela Ingles. “However, I knew they could have a solid performance in round 3 because we have been getting stronger with it over the past several weeks. Their confidence level has been growing and it certainly showed when they finished that round 3 with our highest score of the season – 311.3!”

The Red Hawks certainly raised the bar for the rest of the 12 teams that had to finish the competition. Now, all they could do was wait and see how the other teams finished and see what their final place would be among the 13 teams competing. They hoped to be among the top 4 that would advance to the Regional Competition on Saturday, February 27 at Kenowa Hills.

When the final scores were tabulated, the following teams would be advancing to the Regional Competition: 4th place – GR Christian, 3rd place – Mona Shores, 2nd place – Kenowa Hills, and 1st place – Cedar Springs!  The CS Varsity Cheer Team had made history for their school, their first ever District Title!  “It was an amazing feeling to be the first CS Cheer Team to be District Champions,” said senior Ashley Bout.

Many might wonder how this team has prepared for this competition.  JV coach (former MS coach) Anna Ramirez had some insight. “The 5 seniors on this Varsity team, along with some of their other teammates, actually started preparing for this in Middle School when they were on my MS team. Watching them achieve the goals they’ve been working towards for years, makes me feel like the time we have spent preparing/coaching them for this moment was all worth it!” she said.

Along with the years of practicing for many of these girls, also comes the time spent practicing and competing this season.  After each competition, the team reviews the scores and watches their video from their previous competition to see what needs to be improved upon for the next competition.  All of this hard work leads up to the end of the season competitions that will hopefully lead them to the State Finals.

“I feel like some of the mistakes we have made throughout the season led us to our win on Saturday because without those mistakes we wouldn’t have made the changes that helped lead us to our victory,” said junior Brittani Tozer.

With one more week to make improvements to prepare for the Regional Competition, the CS Varsity Cheer Team will be focusing on the small details that could help them advance from Regionals to the State Finals on March 6.  “There’s no better feeling than seeing that everything you have worked hard for has finally paid off,” noted junior Taylor Denslow.  The Regional competition will be a tough competition with the top 4 teams advancing from 3 District Competitions.  CS will compete against Mount Pleasant, Mason, Haslett, DeWitt, Lakeshore, Portage Northern, Byron Center, Mattawan, Kenowa Hills, Mona Shores, and GR Christian. The top 4 teams will advance to State Finals. The upcoming Regional Competition will be the toughest competition the Red Hawks have competed in this season.  They are one step away from reaching their goal of advancing to the State Finals.

“I am extremely proud of this team and how they have continued to push themselves to work harder.  They have been working really hard as a team to improve all 3 rounds, and it is showing!” said Coach Pamela Ingles.

The Regional Competition is on Saturday, February 27 at Kenowa Hills and starts at 10:00.

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Red Hawk wrestlers advance to state finals

Cedar Springs advanced three varsity wrestlers to State after the final matches of the regional tournament on Saturday. Two districts came together in Mount Pleasant to battle it out on the mat to qualify the top four wrestlers in each weight class for the state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 4-6.

Five Red Hawk wrestlers competed during the event: seniors Scott Vodry, Jeremy Stellema, Ricardo Rios, junior Nic Baird and Sophomore Austin Wamser.

After the first round, two Hawks advanced to the championship bracket, while the others dropped into the consolation bracket to wrestle their way into the 3rd and 4th place finals.

Red Hawk wrestlers, in the championship semi-finals, had grappled hard but fell just short of earning themselves a spot in the “blood rounds.” Two more wrestlers in the consolation rounds, Jeremy Stellema and Austin Wamser, advanced their way to fight for the final spots to make it into state. Wamser (145 lb) had an intense match against Kurth of Gaylord.  Coming from behind, with a score of 8-11, Wamser earned a fall at the buzzer. The referee reversed the call and awarded Wamser only points and not the win.  This started the third period with Wamser ahead and he continued to earn points and a pin before the end of the match.

Jeremy Stellema (189 lb) earned a place in the finals after going against #3 state ranked Bandon Wrzesinski of Bay City John Glenn. The end of the first period found the score 0-0. Wrzesinski was strong, but not tough enough to keep Stellema from earning 9 points and finally pinning him to victoriously move on to the State finals.

Nic Baird (103 lb) managed a quick round against Alex Meyers of Manistee. Baird initiated a takedown that brought the score to 2-0 at the end of the first round. Another takedown and near fall earned 3 more points for Baird. A quick pin execution with just seconds left in the second round earned Baird a trip to the Palace.

Scott Vodry earned his place on the podium after a win by decision against Mickey Emenhiser of Charlotte. A score of 4-2 in favor of Vodry ended the first round. Vodry continued to build the points using nearly every move in his arsenal to bring the final score to 12-3.
At the end of the day, Nic Baird, Scott Vodry and Jeremy Stellema earned 4th place medals, a trip to Auburn Hills and the opportunity to become state champions.

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Gust hits 1000 points

Jason Gust is presented with the “1000 Point Club” basketball by Atheletic Supervisor Autumn Mattson. The ball is permanently displayed in the Cedar Springs High School trophy case and is inscribed with the names of all the school’s 1000 point scorers. Jason has scored 1,053 points as of February 24.

Jason Gust is presented with the “1000 Point Club” basketball by Atheletic Supervisor Autumn Mattson. The ball is permanently displayed in the Cedar Springs High School trophy case and is inscribed with the names of all the school’s 1000 point scorers. Jason has scored 1,053 points as of February 24.

The Red Hawk Varsity basketball win against Sparta on February 16 was especially sweet for senior Jason Gust. Gust opened the second half scoring with a long 3-pointer with 7:19 left in the 3rd quarter. With that basket, Gust became the 6th player in Cedar Springs Boys Varsity basketball history to score 1000 points.

Gust joins Norm Hill, Nick Wolfe, Tyler Wolfe, Austin Thornton, and Luke Walker in the 1000-point club. The fact that Jason surpassed 1000 points on a long three pointer was appropriate. Gust is known for his 3 point shooting and currently has made 164 threes in his career. Jason played on the 22-2 OK Blue and District Championship team, as a freshmen, in 2007. That team featured three of the six 1000-point club members, including Cedar Springs’ all time leading scorer Austin Thornton, along with Luke Walker and Gust. Jason will continue his basketball career next year for Aquinas College.

“What a great accomplishment by Jason to put himself with those other Cedar greats,” said Coach Andy Secor. “He has played on some great teams, and had great teammates, and all his hard work has paid off.”

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Youth wrestlers win at Caledonia and Ionia

Winning wrestlers at Ionia meet.

Winning wrestlers at Ionia meet.

The regular season for the Michigan youth wrestling is almost half over.  Competition is getting intense as wrestlers are preparing for the Youth Regional and State meets coming up at the end of March.

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers were found wrestling at Caledonia High School February 7, 2010.  The results of that tournament speak for themselves as Cedar continues to be a force in the youth wrestling world.

In the 5/6 year old division, placers were Landon Demorest 37lbs/1st, Trenton Wachter 52a/1st and Aiden Bouwens 61lbs/1st.  In the 7/8 year old division, placers were Trenton Snoeyink 55lbs/2nd, Reese Gonzales 61b/1st and Ryan Ringler 77lbs/1st.  In the 9/10 year old division, placers Aaron Smith 59lbs/4th, Allexis Gonzales 75b/2nd, George Gonzales Jr 100lbs/1st, and Jeremy Wildfong 150lbs/4th.  Jordan Ringler took first in the 11/12 year 65lb division and Vance Demorest took fourth in the 13-15 100/107lb division.   Logan Hull and Connor Goike wrestled at a tournament in Shepherd hosted by North Eastern Michigan Wrestling Association.  Logan took a solid first in the 7/8 year 58lb division.  Connor took third in the 11/12 year 119/126lb division.

Youth wrestlers took home medals at the Caledonia meet.

Youth wrestlers took home medals at the Caledonia meet.

Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, found Cedar Springs youth wrestlers doing what they love, winning matches. The team traveled to Ionia to wrestle at the annual meet hosted by the Ionia Bull Dogs.  Competition was tougher than usual as many of the finest wrestlers from the east side of the state came to compete in the west region.  The results for the Red Hawks are as follows: In the 5/6 year division placers were Landon Demorest 37lbs/2nd, Trenton Wachter 49a/1st, Jakob Hendee 49a/3rd, Maston Wood 49b/3rd, and Aiden Bouwens 61lbs/2nd.  Placers in the 7/8 year division were Reese Gonzales 58a/1st, Trenton Snoeyink 58b/1st, Ricky wood 67lbs/4th, and Ryan Ringler 77lbs/ 1st.  Placers in the 9/10 year division were Aaron Smith 59lbs/3rd, Allexis Gonzales 71lbs/2nd and George Gonzales Jr. 100-110/1st.  Undefeated in the Western Region and in search for a challenge, 12 year old, Jordan Ringler gave up about 10lbs by “bumping” up two weight classes in the 11/12 year division. He faired quite well, taking home a third place finish in the 70/75lb weight class.

Red Hawk Michael Korody ventured out to the northern region, wrestling at Central Montcalm. He took 2nd in the 9/10 year 67lb division.

Check out the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Website address:  wwww.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com.

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Red Hawk plays in hockey tournament

Wayne Gretzky’s Dad, Walter Gretzky, poses with the Kentwood team.

Over the Christmas holiday, one local Cedar Springs student, Mitch Hawes, of Cedar Springs Middle School, who plays on the Kentwood Falcons Bantam A travel hockey team, had the rare and enjoyable experience of receiving an invitation to play in the prestigious Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament in Brantford, ON, Canada.

This is a select tournament of teams made up of 14 & 15 year-olds—all except for Mitch and his Kentwood Falcon team who are made up of 12 & 13 year-olds. Not only were they playing against top-notch competition, but older boys as well. They finished initial pool play in 2nd place, which qualified them for the semi finals. They were one of the final 4 teams, and the only American team to advance this far in the tournament (in any age bracket). Over 100 teams in various age brackets were invited to this tournament.  Unfortunately, they lost in the semi-final game to Norway (all 15 year olds) by a score of 3-1.

This was quite an accomplishment for this young team and an incredible international experience for all!

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