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Archive | April, 2010

Cub scout pack 3222 annual flower sale

On May 1, 2 and May 8, Cub Scout Pack 3222 will be having their Annual Flower Sale at Tractor Supply, from 9-5. The pack has been around for 56 years here in Cedar Springs. The flower sale is one way they raise money for the boys to be able to do things in scouting.

“We take great pride in our boys and having them learn about the community that they live in,” said Catreal Walters. “Over the years our boys have done different projects to help out the community of Cedar Springs. We are very happy to be a part of such a great community.” She said the people of Cedar Springs have been a great help to the boys in their sales and whatever else they may have needed. She added that this flower sale will help many boys go to camp this summer.

“Please come out and get your 10-inch beautiful flower baskets, and help make our boys dreams come true,” she said.

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A case of monkey business

Pictured (left to right) are Mike Jonkman as Capt.Thigpen and Jon Lee as Dum Dum from “A Case Of Monkey Business”

Pictured (left to right) are Mike Jonkman as Capt.Thigpen and Jon Lee as Dum Dum from “A Case Of Monkey Business”

Rockford’s Rogue River Community Theatre will present A case of monkey business, at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St in Cedar Springs May 6-8. It’s a musical comedy about a jungle legend and a group of misfits who find themselves lost in the wilds of Africa. Throw in a caveman or two and pirates and you have a fun mixture of songs, laughs and high jinx for the whole family. Showtimes are May 6-7 at 8 p.m., and May 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Adults $10; students $4; seniors $8. Tickets at the door or PH: 874-5264 or 696-7469 for details.

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Youth group organizes benefit show for Neuroblastoma research

The youth group at Calvary Assembly of God, at the corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes in Cedar Springs, has organized a benefit music show with several local Christian bands to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The show is on Friday, April 30, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. There is a $2 cover charge per person.

“I’m very proud of our youth group,” said Calvary Assembly of God Pastor Craig T. Owens. “They are the heart and the hands of this show.”

The youth group first became aware of the strain of cancer called neuroblastoma while participating in “PROJECT:Smile!” This project was organized by Michael and Amy Hagerman of Muskegon, whose youngest daughter recently died from the effects of neuroblastoma. The Hagermans have two older daughters (Katy, 7, and Audrey, 4) and they wanted to find a way to bring smiles to their daughters during Bethany’s last days. The Calvary youth group was actively involved in sending cards and gifts to the Hagerman girls as a part of “PROJECT:Smile!”

Although Bethany passed away on March 10, 2010, the Calvary youth group wanted to continue to help other families who may be going through a similar circumstance. So “Rockin’ For Smiles” was born.

Several local Christian bands have agreed to play on April 30, and all of them have waived their usual booking or appearance fees to help raise money. All of the money raised will go to Noah’s Neuroblastoma Research Fund, for ongoing research through the University of Michigan. So far the following bands have confirmed their participation: Icris, Edge From Falling, Come Find The Lion, Letters From Home, Abstract Faith, Kidd Alias, and Oh! The Storm.

Calvary Assembly of God is located at 810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI. For more information, contact Craig T. Owens at (616) 667-7773.

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Huge book sale at library

Don’t forget to visit the annual HUGE book sale this weekend for the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library! The sale will be held at the VFW Hall on the corner of Fifth and Lake Street in Sand Lake on Thursday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Find some of your favorite books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, videos, and more at great prices! Donations are appreciated. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. Call 616-636-4251 for information.

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Cause and effect?

Problem solving? We hope

RogerheaderCongress finally got through the health insurance issue; now it’s regulation of the financial industry. Can you believe what some of those guys did? Selling bad mortgages likely to default, and then making big bucks by betting they WILL default?

It was SO easy for regular people to get mortgages they really couldn’t afford. Easy mortgages with low or even $0 down payments drove housing prices up into a big, fragile bubble. Some people couldn’t afford to pay their mortgages and, POP! went the bubble as house prices started to fall. Many people ended up owing more than their houses were worth and just walked away. So: lots of houses on the market; supply and demand; prices fell even more.

A lot of people are hurting from this and other disastrous financial scenarios. A few people, however, got filthy rich from such shenanigans. Let’s hope Congress can pass regulation that will protect us better in the future. Then, maybe Congress could move on to the immigration problem.

Sin? What sin?

A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”
The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. How many had read Mark 17? Every hand went up.
The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only 16 chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

A well-dressed man was accosted by a particularly grubby-looking homeless guy, who asked for a couple of dollars for dinner.

The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars, and said, “If I give you this money, will you buy beer with it instead of dinner?”

“No, I had to stop drinking years ago,” the homeless guy replied.

“Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?”

“No, I don’t waste time fishing. I spend all my time just trying to stay alive.”

“Will you spend this on golf course fees instead of on food?” asked the man.

“I haven’t played golf in 20 years!” said the homeless guy.

“Well,” the man said, “I’m not going to give you money. Instead, I’m taking you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife.”

The homeless guy was astounded. “Won’t your wife be furious with you? I know I’m dirty and probably smell pretty disgusting.”

“That’s okay,” said the man. “It’s important for her to see what a man looks like after he’s given up beer, fishing and golf.

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GRCC on the Road

By Tom Noreen

Grand Rapids Community College President, Dr. Steven Ender, and key members of his staff met with community leaders in Cedar Springs at an informal breakfast meeting on April 23. Enders said, “This is the 8th or 9th meeting we have held since I became president. We are meeting with local school districts, business and community leaders to find out what their questions and concerns are about GRCC so we can learn how to best support them with our programs.” It will take two years to do the 20 districts in the county.

He started off by explaining that GRCC was experiencing continuous growth with applications up 53 percent overall. Enders attributed this to the economy, the need for retraining and the cost of education where people are looking, as they did in the 40s-60s at community colleges as the place to take the general education courses at a considerable savings.

Dr. Ender said that acquiring the old downtown campus of Davenport came at a great time to accommodate the growth. On May 18, GRCC will formally announce a $15 million capital campaign to renovate the Davenport campus and the two main GRCC buildings.

City Manager Chris Burns asked about teaching classes in this area. Provost Gilda Gely noted that GRCC had been teaching classes at the Rockford HS for a number of years. The goal was to provide all general education courses with a student load of 500.

“Rockford plays a big role for Cedar Springs students with undeclared majors,” added Donna Kragt, of GRCC.

CSHS Principal Ron Behrenwald then asked about teaching concurrent education courses in the high school. Gely replied that there was a program in place for such possibilities.

George Waite, GRCC Work Force Developer, discussed the many programs that give GRCC students hands-on experience. CS Police Chief Roger Parents said this was an important aspect of education and he did his best to take criminal justice majors whenever he could.

Dr. Enders closed by saying, “This is your community college. My message to take away is that we are only as good as you push us forward. We have been here almost 100 years and we plan to be here another 100. We exist to serve the entire county.”

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DNRE seeks authority to use lethal control on problem wolves

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authority to use lethal methods to control problem wolves.

“The grey wolf has been fully recovered in Michigan, and the state has demonstrated its ability to wisely manage this species,” said DNRE Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason. “We are in the position to make informed, wise decisions in handling individual animals that are causing depredation.

“While it may appear that trapping and relocating problem animals is a solution, research and practice have shown this alternative to be less humane and effective in addressing depredation,” Mason added. “The state is seeking to restore its full authority in addressing wolf depredation, and we strongly encourage the USFWS to move forward with delisting this recovered species.”

The USFWS has published a public notice of the DNRE’s permit in application and will accept public comments on it through May 20.

Citizens who wish to comment may do so by writing:
Regional Director
Attn: Peter Fasbender
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling, MN 5111-4056or by email at permits.R3ES@fws.gov.

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Hunting morel mushrooms

With safety and conservation in mind, Michigan morel lovers can enjoy the hunt

As hungry morel enthusiasts head to the woods this spring in search of their favorite fungi, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment ask that they keep conservation and safety in mind.

“It’s important for morel hunters to practice conservation-friendly harvesting techniques,” said DNRE Forest Management Division Chief Lynne Boyd. “Proper collection encourages the growth of a new mushroom crop the following year.”

Boyd said that when harvesting mushrooms, hunters should pinch them off at the stem, slightly above the soil. This technique minimizes the amount of dirt on the mushroom and encourages re-growth. She said to avoid raking the forest floor, because raking has a negative impact on the ecology of the forest and over harvests the mushrooms.

Some of DNRE activities also promote a healthy yield of morels. “In forests where we have had a prescribed burn, we typically see a larger crop of morels the following year,” said Boyd. The DNRE publishes a list of prescribed burn and wildfire areas as a service to morel hunters.

In addition, mushroom hunters must be certain they can identify what they are picking. Some false morels are poisonous and can cause people to get sick, sometimes fatally. The Michigan State University Extension has identified at least 50 types of poisonous mushrooms that grow in Michigan.

“Please be certain you are familiar with mushroom species before picking and eating wild mushrooms,” said Boyd. “If you’re not certain a mushroom is safe to eat, don’t pick it.”

Those who wish to search for mushrooms on state land do not need a permit. Mushroom hunters who use off-road vehicles to get into state forest lands are reminded that ORV use in the Lower Peninsula is restricted to designated and signed trails, routes and use areas. Persons who use state forest lands for camping are reminded they must fill out and post a free camp registration card, available at most DNRE offices.

To find maps with suitable ORV trails, public lands available for mushroom picking and types of vegetation, check out the new innovative application Mi-HUNT. To access the application, learn more about poisonous mushroom species and find a list of wildfire locations, visit www.michigan.gov/mushroomhunting.

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DNRE collecting angler information

As fishing season shifts into a higher gear, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds anglers that department personnel will be collecting data at lakes, rivers and Great Lakes ports about anglers’ fishing experiences.

DNRE creel clerks will ask anglers about how long they fished, what species they were targeting, how well they did, and where they live. In some cases, they may ask to measure or weigh fish and take scale samples.

The efforts are part of the Statewide Angler Survey Program.

“The point of the whole program is to characterize how many fish are harvested, how many hours anglers spend fishing, and what fish they’re targeting,” said DNRE fisheries biologist Tracy Kolb. “The primary goal is to ensure we have enough information to manage our fisheries across the state.”

Biologists will also try to determine “which lakes are really important to people, which lakes they’re willing to travel long distances to fish, and which lakes are mostly just local fisheries,” Kolb said.

It usually takes only a couple of minutes to answer the questions. The DNRE appreciates anglers’ cooperation.

Anglers interested in seeing the results from surveys of Great Lakes in previous years can find them on the DNRE website at www.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.

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DNRE announces new bowhunting program

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced the launch of the new Explore Bowhunting program. Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program that focuses on the interactions of people with wildlife.

The program, developed by the Archery Trade Association (ATA), teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing the basic skills used to bowhunt, which focus on getting close to animals. Not only does Explore Bowhunting teach students how to interact with nature using ageless hunting skills, it also teaches students an appreciation of what is around them and enhances their encounters with the outdoors.

The program is designed for students ages 11-17, however, this does not limit the use of the program. Adults and younger students would also enjoy this innovative curriculum.

“The Explore Bowhunting curriculum is more than a tool to teach bowhunting. It is designed to teach students how to feel comfortable in the outdoors whether the goal is to bowhunt, photograph wildlife, or interact with nature for any purpose,” said Mary Emmons, DNRE Archery Education coordinator.

The activities within the curriculum can be used from start to finish, individually or in units to teach the basics of bowhunting or to teach students necessary skills to get close to wildlife. “However, Explore Bowhunting is not a replacement for Hunter Education or the International Bowhunter Education Program (IBEP),” Emmons said.

The DNRE is currently seeking teachers, after school and recreational program leaders and others who are interested in implementing the Explore Bowhunting curriculum. Educators will be required to attend a free one-day instructor workshop prior to program implementation.

For more information on Explore Bowhunting or to register for a workshop, contact Mary Emmons at (517) 241-9477 or e-mail her at emmomsm@michigan.gov. You may also visit the DNRE website at www.michigan.gov/explorebowhunting.

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