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Archive | September, 2010

8th grade team steamrolls opponents

The Cedar Springs 8th grade football team improved to 2 and 0 after two big wins over Belding and Wyoming Rogers. The Cedar Springs offense, led by a speedy and powerful backfield, has scored a total of 64 points and the defense has given up zero points so far this season! The team looks to improve to 3 and 0 after their game on Wednesday, September 29, at Wyoming Park.

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Girl’s golf

The Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf Team fought windy conditions and illness last week.  On Tuesday, they went over to the Elks Highlands without their number one player, Chaya Coxon (illness) yet still faired well.  Nicole Shevock had a 60, Nicole Wright a 63, Jessica Ingerson (a newcomer to the lineup) 64, and Natalie West a 69.  On Thursday, the girls traveled to the Links @ Bowen Lake to play in the very competitive Greenville Tournament.  Their team score was 450, which placed them 9th out of 13.  Nicole Wright and Natalie West shot career bests with 107 and 111, and Chaya Coxon had a 111 and Nicole Shevock a 121.

“We have been really sick,” said Coach London.  “We still gave it our all.  I hope we can recover over the weekend.”

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Deer archery season opens statewide

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters that the archery deer season opens statewide on Friday, Oct. 1. The season runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14, then reopens after the firearm deer season for late archery hunting Dec. 1 to Jan. 1.

During the archery season, an archery license, combination license regular tag or combination license restricted tag can be used to harvest either an antlerless deer or a buck. Antlerless-only licenses are also valid during the archery season.

Hunters are limited to purchasing only two kill tags for bucks each year—either an archery tag and a regular firearm tag, or a combination license with two kill tags valid during both the archery and firearm hunting seasons. Regardless of the types of licenses purchased, if two bucks are harvested, one of them must have at least four points on at least one antler. Also, if a buck is harvested in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) or DMU 487 with an archery tag, a second buck cannot be taken from that same hunting unit (U.P. or 487) with a regular firearm license. Hunters are encouraged to be familiar with the antler point restrictions in their chosen DMU before purchasing a license.

“With 75 days open for archery deer hunting in Michigan, bow and arrow enthusiasts have boundless opportunities to get outdoors and fill those deer tags,” said DNRE deer and elk program leader Brent Rudolph. “Additionally, crossbow regulations have been expanded statewide, which we believe will lead to more hunters participating in archery season than ever before.”

In August, the Natural Resources Commission voted to allow all legal hunters 10 years old and older to use crossbows statewide. All archery and firearm seasons are open to crossbow hunting, except in the Upper Peninsula, where deer hunters cannot use crossbows after Nov. 30 unless they have a disability permit. The free crossbow stamp is still required for all crossbow hunters.

Hunters are also reminded that the baiting and feeding of deer and elk remains prohibited in the entire Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

Detailed information regarding deer hunting regulations can be found in the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, available at all license vendors, DNRE Operations Service Centers and online at www. michigan.gov/dnrhunting.

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Teen shoots 500-pound bear

Most hunters never get to hunt a bear—let alone shoot one that weighs over 500 pounds. Aaron Slater, 13, the son of Steve Slater of Nelson Township, defied the odds recently when he not only bagged his first bear while hunting in northern Michigan, but brought one in over 500 pounds.

Aaron, an 8th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was lucky enough to draw a bear tag this season for the September 10 opener in the Bergland management unit in the most western part of the Upper Peninsula. Aaron and his family have close friends that operate a guide service near Ewen, Michigan, and his father Steve lends a hand there every year. They were with the guided hunt when Aaron got his bear.

Aaron, who has been hunting since he was 10 years old, filled his tag the first evening of the hunting season. Steve said they passed up a 200-pound bear, thinking they could get a bigger one. About a half hour later, Aaron shot a much bigger one that had come off the trail and was sniffing around. The bear was about 60 yards away when Aaron shot it with his .50 caliber muzzleloader.

“It came in at a whopping official weight of 432 pounds field dressed, with an estimated live weight of 518 pounds!” said Steve.  Currently Aaron is waiting for his bear to come back from the taxidermist. The bear’s skull will be measured after a 60-day period and might make it into the Pope and Young record books.

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Duck season opens in northern two-thirds of Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds waterfowl hunters that duck season opens in the North and Middle Zones on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The season in the North Zone (the Upper Peninsula) runs for 60 consecutive days, Oct 2 – Nov. 30. In the Middle Zone, the season is Oct. 2-Nov. 28 and Dec. 4-5.

Duck hunting opens Oct. 9 in the South Zone.

Daily bag limits are similar to last year. Hunters may take six ducks daily with no more than four mallards (only one hen), three wood ducks, two redheads, two scaup, two pintails, one black duck and one canvasback. Hunters may take an additional five mergansers (no more than two hooded mergansers). Possession limit is two days’ daily bag limit.

The outlook is promising, DNRE Wildlife Division officials note. The North American fall flight is predicted to be similar to last year and surveys show the Michigan mallard population is up 31 percent from last year.

Hunters are required to have small game and waterfowl licenses as well as a federal migratory waterfowl stamp.

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Charger cross country shines

The cross country teams from Creative Technologies Academy made a solid showing last Saturday at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational at Calvin College. Through a combination of a quick course and fast competition, the Chargers had almost everyone run their personal best times of the season.

Three sixth graders represented CTA at the meet. Brandon Beck ran an inspirational 6:27 on the 1600m course to earn a fifth place medal. Ethan Lehman (6:52) and Jarod Bouma (8:46) ran equally impressive races.

Seventh and eighth graders ran a 3200m course. Benett Tomandl (13:10) and Olivia Wortz (18:54) led the charge for the middle school teams. Ryan Smith (14:23) and Hunter George (16:39) also had solid finishes.

In varsity action, every runner ran his or her best time of the season. Andre Winters turned in a determined effort for the Chargers. His time of 18:41 was the best time the team has seen in a long time. David Irish-Empie (19:01), Jeff Spicer (19:17), Jeremiah Wortz (19:35), and Kyle Biddlecome (23:17) rounded out the top five in scoring, allowing CTA to edge out Grand River Prep in team scoring by 22 points.

On the ladies side, Maegan Roach continued her impressive season with a 12th place finish in a time of 20:13. Alicia Beck (23:39), Danielle Davies (25:32) and Dani George (29:32) all turned in excellent performances as well.

The Charger cross country team next faces competition at Carson City-Crystal this Saturday.

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Red Hawks make history with Bronco win

Fans who showed up for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks/Coopersville Broncos last Friday got a real treat. The Red Hawks not only won the contest for the first time in 31 years, they did it by a shut out 30-0. And it tasted sweet.

Cedar Springs has played Coopersville 38 times since 1950, and only won 8 times, including last Friday. Before that, the last time Cedar Springs won was in 1979, when they won 43-16 as part of the Tri River Conference. Other years were 1950, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978.

Coopersville has always been a fly in the ointment for Cedar Springs. They are the team that stood in the Red Hawks’ way when making their march to the state championship in 2000.  They beat them in a heavy snowfall at Houseman field on November 17, 2000, 38-0, ending what had been a perfect season for the Red Hawks. Cedar went 12-1 that season. Coopersville lost the next week in the state championship to Detroit Orchard Mary.

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Man killed in car crash

Gregory Struman

A Cedar Springs man was killed last Friday when the vehicle he was driving ran into a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of the one-vehicle crash on Solon Road, east of Algoma about 2:50 a.m. Friday, September 17. They found a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that had crashed head-on into a tree along the shoulder of the road. They did not know why the vehicle left the roadway, or whether alcohol was involved.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Gregory Edward Struman, 26, of Cedar Springs.

Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted police at the scene.

Gregory Struman is survived by his mother, Linda Struman, a son, Ayden Taylor, and other family and friends. (See obituary on page 6) A memorial remembrance visitation took place Monday, September 20, at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta.

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Butterflies and flying jewels at ArtPrize

By Judy Reed

Jana Boon has never entered an art contest before. And for her first effort, she took on a big one. Boon decided to show off her artistic skills in this year’s ArtPrize contest with her entry, Flying Jewels.

“I kind of did it on a whim,” explained the 35-year-old Pierson resident, who is a home health aide.

Boon said she has been making and collecting jewelry since she was in her teens. “I usually make jewelry such as necklaces and earrings,” she said. She has been making butterflies for about five years.

With ArtPrize, she knew she’d have to make something much bigger than normal. “My thought was it was a “Go big or go home” kind of contest,” explained Boon. When she was given some great wall space at Independent Bank on Monroe Center, she knew it would need to be big.  Her creation, called Flying Jewels, is about 3-foot-9-inches wide by 4-foot-9-inches tall.

Boon said she has been making the smaller butterflies for sometime, but the bigger portion took her 50-60 hours to make. “I kept playing with designs. I had peacock feathers on my living room floor for about a month,” she said with a laugh.

The large butterfly has 122 feathers on it. The largest she had ever done previously had only 14. The body is made up of beads and old jewelry that she collected over the years from second hand stores and yard sales.  “A lot of it was ugly old jewelry that would never be worn again,” she said.

But when it comes together as the butterfly, it takes on a beauty not seen before. “I am thrilled with the way it turned out,” she said.
To vote for Boon, register with ArtPrize and text 49701. Be sure to visit her exhibit!

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Buy, sell or pawn at North Kent Cash Outlet

“Gold futures closed at a record high on Monday, September 20… demand for the precious metal showed no signs of abating,” according to MarketWatch.

Now is a great time to sell. And North Kent Cash Outlet at Cedar Rock is ready to buy. “We buy gold, silver, coins and jewelry,” says Scott Clevenger, owner of North Kent Cash Outlet.

With the holidays closing in, you can score some fast cash, fast. “We check what other gold buyers in the area are paying to make sure we beat them!” says Scott.

He explained that they are not your typical pawn shop. “We’re clean, organized and we have new and used merchandise, and we’re a full service Boost cell phone dealer with the best selection of used and new phones in the area.”

Scott and his wife, Alice, invite you to visit their store/pawn outlet on Saturdays for free popcorn, while you check out their services and items for sale. Don’t forget, they do offer layaway.

Located on 14 Mile Road in the Cedar Rock shopping area, (4763 14 Mile Rd.) their hours are 10 am–7 pm, Monday-Friday and 10 am–4 pm, Saturdays. For questions call 696-PAWN (7296).

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