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Archive | March, 2010

Board approves band uniform purchase

The Cedar Springs Board of Education approved the purchase of new band uniforms Monday evening, for the Cedar Springs Marching Red Hawks.

Band Director Adam Borst said that with the help of the band boosters and budget line items they have been saving each year toward the purchase, which is expected to be $54,855. They have saved about half that amount, and the school would pay the other half.

The band last bought uniforms in 2001 or 2002, and Borst said those are falling apart at the seams because of wear and tear, and constant altering. The band is competing in a more competitive association now (the MCBA), and finished 8th in the state this year.

The uniforms they are ordering will be machine-washable, not wool. The pants and cuffs also have snaps, so they would not need to be altered like the current ones. The uniform would also be copyrighted. “We are the only one with this design in the country,” noted Borst.

The uniforms will be ordered immediately, and should be ready for the band’s first performance in the fall.

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Roller derby benefit

Want to help the North Kent Service Center feed the needy? Or contribute to the fight against ovarian and cervical cancer? Then head out Saturday, March 27 to a roller derby benefit featuring the Badass Bettys and the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls. Many of these women are area residents and business owners, and have a heart to help the needy. A percentage of all tickets goes to the charities, and you can receive $1 off your ticket at the door by bringing a personal care item. The event will be held at Rivertown Sports in Grandville. Doors open at 5 p.m. and action begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the event. Tickets on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com. Visit www.gr-rollergirls.com for more information.

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Benefit dinner and auction for Troy Grays

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Trufant Complex

Troy is a ten year old boy that was in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day 2009, resulting in serious head injuries and a broken neck. He will have to wear a neck brace for the rest of his life and also copes with other problems from his head injuries.

Troy also lost his two sisters in the accident and is going through some very hard times in his young life. Troy’s mom is a single mother who lost two daughters and deals every day with her severely injured son. Now she faces huge medical bills.

This family needs our help! Think of how blessed you and your family are and be generous in helping to bless Troy and his mom.

Donations are needed for the benefit auction: Outdoor items, gift certificates, household items, animals… any saleable items! If you can help with any donations, please call Charles (Chuck) and Diana Petersen at 616-984-6027.

Join us on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. to ? to support Troy and his mom. Let them know they are not alone in this battle!
All proceeds will go toward outstanding medical bills for Troy.

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Students can earn scholarship to attend Constitutional Academy

Program Includes a Week in Washington, D.C.

ARLINGTON, VA—Michigan high school sophomores and juniors are being invited to apply for full scholarships to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s Constitutional Academy, a six-week summer distance learning program that culminates with a week in Washington, D.C. and earns them three hours of college credit, the Arlington, VA-based Institute announced today. The scholarships are being funded by the Rodney Fund, Southfield, MI.

The Constitutional Academy program challenges and enriches students as they read and study works written by and about the leading minds of the American Founding era.  Participating students discuss the ideals of the American Founding along with contemporary issues in weekly online reading and discussions with university scholars and other students from across the country.

Five Michigan students will receive full scholarships to participate in the program and travel to the nation’s capitol where they will, over the course of one week, work with historical documents at the National Archives and visit landmark sites including George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Upon successful completion of the program and all course requirements, students will earn three free college credits from Ashland University.

To apply, students must be a junior or senior for the 2010-2011 school year, meet the eligibility requirements listed on the program website (www.ConstAcademy.org/ApplyNow), and submit a teacher recommendation. Applications must be received by April 15, 2010. Winners will be announced April 30, 2010.

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The 24th annual Cedar Springs Community Night

A family finds themselves in the paper at the Cedar Springs Post’s booth during last year’s Community Night.

You won’t want to miss the 24th annual Cedar Springs Community Night on April 15, from 6-9 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School. An army of volunteers will set the stage for this big social event, where area businesses, agencies, organizations, and schools will showcase how they are serving our community. The Community Night volunteers are also collecting canned goods this year to help stock our local food pantries.

This social event celebrates spring and honors all the hard-working businesses and groups that participate. So treat your spring fever with a dose of Community Night fun with your family and friends! General public admission is free. But if you can spare some canned goods then you will become part of the solution in meeting the needs of the community.

For more information on how your organization can get involved, contact Isabelle at (616) 696-9543, or email izzyb9@charter.net.

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Mercy in Mamahood

Lost in the world of imagination

A stray Dalmatian wandered through our yard recently. It would not come to us, but you can imagine our 3-year-old daughter’s elation, especially since she happened to be wearing her 101 Dalmatian pajama pants at that very moment! You’d think her favorite movie came to life before her eyes, as though wearing those pants made the dog appear.

One of my favorite aspects of parenting is witnessing my children become lost in their own little worlds of imagination. The possibilities seem as endless, vast and borderless as the universe. As a child, if you are lucky enough to be gifted the opportunity and time to get lost in your imagination, it becomes as strong and vivid as any treasured memories, and more powerful than that which is concrete. As Albert Einstein explained, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

At our house, imagination goes hand-in-hand with childhood. Our dress-up chest is overflowing with costumes and props, large cardboard boxes are frequently transformed into hand-decorated fire trucks or trains, and our entire living room will occasionally become a gigantic blanket fort that is typically either a mouse hole or a dog house, but has also been known to be a cave to bears, octopuses and lions.

As fascinating and powerful as my children’s imaginations are, still more enthralling is what is imagined by our Creator. This beautiful world and all that we able capable of imagining or creating within it was first envisaged by Him. Even our wildest imaginations cannot grasp the full essence of God, nor, for that matter, what He has planned for our lives. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

What we are capable of imagining, as beautiful and creative as it is, and as alive and wondrous as it is in children, is but a small reflection of the creative beauty He imagines. From the smallest speck of splashed color on an isolated wildflower, or cloud-captured rays of a sunset, to the genius workings of the circle of life—His Mind’s Eye is ever joyous, His abilities beyond measure. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Whether a paper towel roll turned telescope is transporting them across the ocean to buried treasure or dogs are coming to life from the magic of their pajamas, I truly hope the essence and beauty of imagination lives forever in the hearts of my children. Perhaps tomorrow, if our daughter wears her Ariel shirt, a mermaid will splash out of the neighbor’s pond. We can only imagine!

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EASTER Community Church Services

YOU’RE INVITED! COMMUNITY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, April 2

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them,” Matthew 18:20.

Everyone reading the Post is invited to attend the annual Community Good Friday Easter Service. The annual community worship service is an event where Christian neighbors of all denominations come to worship as one voice and one mind in celebration of the resurrection of their savior Jesus Christ.

“The community service will be a powerful and meaningful time to remember that God’s grace is sufficient for our lives,” said Mary Ivanov of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

Other Easter Services in the area…

Calvary Assembly of God
810 17 Mile Road, CS     696-8708
Pastor Craig Owens
Easter Sunday Breakfast &
Drama Performance     9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

CS United Methodist

140 S Main St., CS      696-1140
Pastor Mary Ivanov
PALM SUNDAY, March 28
Worship with Choir    10:00 a.m.
Worship with Praise Team    11:30 a.m.
HOLY THURSDAY, April 1
Simple Seder meal    6:00 p.m.
WORSHIP    7:00 p.m.
HOLY SATURDAY
Sanctuary open for prayer     6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Easter SUNDAY
Sunrise Service    8:00 p.m.
Easter Breakfast    8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Worship with Choir    10:00 a.m.
Worship with Praise Team    11:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs

233 S. Main St., CS     696-1630
Pastor Jim Howard
Sunrise Service     8:30 a.m.
Easter Service    10:45 a.m.

Pierson Bible Church
101 Grand Pierson, Pierson, MI    616-636-5542
Pastor Thomas Sluys
Good Friday Service     7:00 p.m.
Easter Morning Early Service    8:15 a.m.
Easter Breakfast (free)    9:00 a.m.
Sunday School    9:45 a.m.
Easter Service    11:00 a.m.

Pioneer Christian Reformed

3110  17 Mile Road, CS    696-9120
Pastor Jim Alblas
Easter     10:30 a.m.

The Springs (Free Methodist Church)
www.thespringschurch.info
135 North Grant Street, CS     696-2970
Easter Celebration Service         11:00 a.m.
Easter Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 a.m.
Kid’s Church Check-in     10:30 a.m.
(see advertisement)

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake      696-5502
Easter Sunrise Service    8:00 a.m.
Breakfast to follow

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 ½ Algoma Ave., CS     696-3229
Pastor Doug DiBell
Easter Breakfast (it’s free!)    9:45 a.m.
A Celebration Service     11:00 a.m.

Victory Baptist
16415 Meddler, Sand Lake    984-2525
Pastor Jeff England
Sunrise Service     8 a.m.
Easter breakfast    9 a.m.
Sunday School    10 a.m.
Easter Service    11 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free Church
4714 13 Mile Road     866-2647
Pastor Kevin Reed
Sunrise Service     8:00 a.m.
Easter breakfast (free!)     9:00 a.m.
Easter morning service    10:30 a.m.

East Nelson United Methodist
9024 18 Mile Road, Spencer Township    696-0661
Pastor Herb VanderBilt
Easter Sunrise Service     9:30 a.m.
Easter Breakfast following service

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Younger-looking skin, without breaking the bank

(NAPS) It may be possible to postpone those inevitable wrinkles without spending much money. Dermatologists say that you can keep your skin looking young with high-quality drugstore products.

Many anti-aging products are now fortified with ingredients that can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, treat acne, even out skin tone and improve skin texture. Here are some skin care regimes to help keep looking healthy and glowing:

Dry Skin:

  • Avoid caffeine, smoking and alcohol.
  • Make sure you get at least eight glasses of pure water a day to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Protect your skin from wind, sun, heat, cold and indoor air. Apply a moisturizer before exposing yourself to any of these moisture-sapping conditions.

Sensitive Skin:

Consume a healthy diet containing fresh fruit and vegetables to help skin look healthy; avoid hot and spicy foods, which are particularly likely to cause a negative effect.

  • Read the labels of skin care products. Look for “for sensitive skin” and check the ingredients.
  • Try herbal remedies that are free from harsh chemicals.
  • Acne:
  • Whether you have actual acne or just occasional breakouts, avoid heavy oil-based products and try a foam-based cleanser.
  • Introduce acne products gradually. Start with a cleanser.
  • Shampoo regularly, shower after exercising and wash your face and remove any makeup before going to bed.

Anti-Aging:

  • Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid. It helps smooth wrinkles by adding volume under the skin. One anti-aging facial option is called Perlabella Hyaluronic Acid, an injection-free wrinkle filler that gives elasticity to the skin. It uses PureDose Pearls that are airtight, preservative-free and deliver single doses of anti-wrinkle serum for the skin to help reduce lines.

Follow a daily regime that works for your skin. Stay out of the sun and use an adequate amount of sunscreen to help reduce your risk of wrinkles and keep your skin feeling soft and smooth.

For more skin care solutions, visit www.perlabella.com.

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Michigan Blood to host 15K trail run to benefit Marrow Program

Grand Rapids, MI (March 11, 2010): Finding a marrow donor for a patient with a life-threatening disease is often a race against time. But this is one race that will actually benefit those who need a lifesaving marrow transplant. On May 21, Michigan Blood will host Moonlit Miles for Marrow, a 15K trail run at 7:30 p.m. at Klackle Orchards, 11466 West Carson City Road in Greenville. All the proceeds will go to help pay for tissue-type testing of prospective marrow donors for the Marrow Program at Michigan Blood.

“This is going to be a beautiful and challenging run for runners of all skill levels,” said Melissa Turtelotte, recruiter for the Marrow Department at Michigan Blood. “It’s also a great chance to help patients who need marrow/stem cell transplants find a matching donor. Their race is always the hardest. And with initial testing costing $165 per person, each runner can make a big difference.”

Moonlit Miles for Marrow will also feature a 2-mile family fun run/walk and a post race party featuring live bands, food, and refreshments. Spectators are encouraged to join the race as well by cheering on their favorite runners and registering to become marrow donors at the race. Any healthy person between the ages of 18 and 60 can become a prospective marrow donor.

Runners can register online and collect donations at www.moonlitformarrow.com. Race packets will be available for pick-up the day before the race at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th Street in Grand Rapids from Noon to 7 p.m. For more information about Moonlit Miles for Marrow, please contact racedirector@moonlitformarrow.com

Registration fees (includes commemorative gift, refreshments, and prize drawing entry):

  • 15K: $35 until May 1, 2010
  • $38 May 2-14, 2010
  • $40 May 15-21, 2010
  • 2 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk: $15

About the Marrow Program

Michigan Blood’s Marrow Program recruits prospective marrow donors throughout Michigan for the National Marrow Donor Program’s (NMDP) Be the Match registry, and also provides supportive services to marrow donors and to patients who need transplants. Marrow/stem cell transplants may represent the best hope of survival for people with life-threatening blood diseases such as a plastic anemia and some kinds of leukemia. Donors can be found within a patients’s family only about 30% of the time. The other 70% of patients need to find unrelated volunteer donors. The NMDP estimates that more than 10,000 adults and children a year with life-threatening diseases could benefit from a marrow transplant.

About Michigan Blood

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit, community service organization that is the provider of choice for blood and blood products for hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Blood is committed to serving the needs of Michigan hospital facilities first. In addition to its blood donation program, Michigan Blood offers a number of different services, including a cord blood bank, marrow/stem cell program, transfusion medicine consultation, transplant center support, and other programs. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.

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Know the facts about colon cancer—it could save your life

(NewsUSA) – Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United Sates, yet it is a preventable and treatable disease if diagnosed in its early stages.

As a cancer that almost always develops from abnormal growths, called polyps, in the colon or rectum, screening through a method known as a colonoscopy saves lives by detecting and removing the polyps before they become cancerous.

In celebration of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is dispelling the myths so you have the facts about colon cancer.

Myth: Colon cancer only affects men.

According to Dr. Grace Elta, president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, colon cancer affects both men and women. More than 26,000 women die every year from colon cancer. A more reliable indicator is actually age. In fact, your age is the single most important risk factor. As a result, both men and women should undergo testing for the disease starting at age 50. For individuals 65 and older, Medicare will cover the cost of colonoscopy screening. Still not convinced? A 2007 study showed a 5 percent drop in colon cancer deaths per year, and prevention was among the key factors credited for the decline. So, talk to your doctor about your screening options.

Myth: You don’t need to be screened for colon cancer if you feel fine.

Usually there are no symptoms to rely on. When there are symptoms, the cancer may be at an advanced stage. When colon cancer is caught early, most people can be cured. If, however, warning signs are present, they may include: blood in stools, a change in the pattern or frequency of bowel movements, abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss. While these symptoms may be caused by other benign conditions, you should consult your doctor.

Myth: You don’t need to get screened if there is no family history of colon cancer.

Most people with colon cancer do not have a family member with the disease. In fact, only 10 to 20 percent of people who have colon cancer have a family member who has also had it.

To learn more about the disease or to find a qualified physician in your area, visit www.screen4coloncancer.org.

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