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Archive | November, 2010

Rare “buck-does” taken in Nelson Township

By Judy Reed

buck doe

Charles Navitskas of Cedar Springs was one of two men that shot a “buck-doe” on opening day of deer season. Photo courtesy of WZZM13.

Two hunters were surprised this week when the antlered “bucks” they shot on opening day were missing something important—the body parts that identify them as males.
But even rarer than shooting a hermaphrodite or possible doe with antlers was the fact that they both were taken in the same area.
“We rarely see deer come into the check station with this type of irregularity,” said Sara Schaefer, DNRE wildlife supervisor for southwest Michigan. “I can only think of seeing one other in my career.”
According to research by the Minnesota DNR, they estimated the chance of a white-tailed doe growing antlers is one in 6,000.
Both Charles Navitskas, of Cedar Springs, and Jerry White, of Allendale, hunted east of Cedar Springs on opening day last week, and both brought down deer that still had velvet on their antlers. Researchers have noted that females can have a testosterone surge caused by a hormone imbalance, first pregnancy, tumors, or degenerative conditions of the ovaries or adrenal glands. This single surge can cause the growth of antlers in velvet. But if they don’t have the male organs, or if they are underdeveloped, they won’t get the second surge of testosterone in the late summer or early fall that causes the antlers to harden and the deer to rub them off.
It’s unclear whether the deer were antlered does, males that were undeveloped, or true hermaphrodites. Navitskas’s deer had some female anatomy, while the White deer was missing its testicles.
The Post asked Schaefer if something in the environment might cause this to happen. “It is true that environmental contaminants can increase the occurrence of genetic malfunctions. The potential is there, but I don’t know of any significant environmental factors in Kent County,” she noted.
There are some geographical areas where this anomaly happens more often. In Pennsylvania, about one in 3,500 are antlered does; and in Alberta, Canada, about one in 64. According to the Minnesota DNR article, that could be because every harvested deer was examined, or because there was a genetic predisposition for female antler growth.
Whatever the reason, the DNRE said they won’t be checking into or visiting our area to find a possible cause. “It does not have any adverse affect at the population level,” she explained. “At this point it is (just) a human interest story.”

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Guess who’s coming to town?

SantaThere’s a chill in the air, snow in the forecast, and Christmas is right around the corner. That means that Santa is not far behind.
Residents are invited to create a new holiday tradition by joining the community for a fun-filled evening December 3, when the city of Cedar Springs and downtown businesses kick off their holiday promotion, “Mingle with Kris Kringle,” with a holiday tree lighting, caroling, and visit with Santa.
Santa and his elf will arrive about 6 p.m. at the northwest corner of Ash and Main. After singing some carols and helping us light the Christmas tree, everyone will head over to the United Methodist Church on Main Street for refreshments and a chance to talk to Santa. Several businesses have offered to provide activities for kids to participate in while they wait. A professional photograph of children with Santa will also be available for those who wish to purchase one.
Click here for a listing of even more area holiday happenings.

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Post to collect toys for needy


Two Marines are happy to bring a Toys for Tots box to The Post.

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us, The Cedar Springs Post, to provide toys for needy children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys.
Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are needed.
The program runs now through the first two weeks of December. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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Letters to Santa Claus

girl with letterIt’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Will you be next?

Cedar Springs Police get aid in drug raid

Mark McFadden

Mark McFadden

Timothy Slivick

Timothy Slivick

The Cedar Springs Police continued their war on drugs in the community last week when they raided an apartment on S. Seventh Street.
Working on tips called into them, the Cedar Springs Police Department used the expertise of the Michigan State Police Metropolitan Enforcement Team (MET) to conduct the raid that took place on November 17, at 3:10 p.m. Sgt. Kenny (MSP) headed the operation, with Cedar Springs officers Sgt. Ed Good and Nick Barbour assisting. Officers secured the scene without incident, temporarily taking into custody the four individuals who were inside.
Arrested and lodged in the Kent County Correctional Facility was Mark Justin McFadden, 22, of Cedar Springs. McFadden was arraigned on Thursday in 63rd District Court. He was charged with delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance/marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and “supplemented” as a second subsequent offence.  Bond was set at $6,000.00 cash/surety and his preliminary court date was set for December 2nd at 3 p.m.
Also arrested was Timothy John Slivick, 53, of Cedar Springs. He is being charged with maintaining a drug house. His arraignment is scheduled to take place this morning (Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m.
Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent is thankful for the cooperation and partnership between the law enforcement agencies that makes these types of operations possible. “I appreciate larger agencies allowing their drug teams the time and manpower to work our cases,” remarked Parent.
He noted that the state’s MET team recently conducted a raid in September that resulted in two being arrested, and they are looking at more. “In law enforcement we know that eliminating one drug house does not clean up the city. There will be more arrests.”
Parent said that another area that is on target for them to work is the illegal sale of prescription medication. “We have a number of tips coming in and know there are methadone and other drugs being sold,” he explained. “And once again I thank those who provide tips to the police department. “

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Students bring cheer to nursing home residents

By Sarah Read

Residents at Metron of Greenville have been greeted monthly by local homeschool students as part of a new program started by Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for Home Learners, called, “Mondays at Metron”.
Elementary-age children from G-MICH, have attended craft time with the elderly residents of Metron for two months now and plan to continue through the school year. “It gives [the residents] some variety, we’re always looking for different things to do,” shared Jeanine, one of Metron’s Activity Room coordinators.
In October, students and residents made paper-bag scarecrow puppets and for November they mixed and shaped a bird food cake recipe together. In December they plan to make Christmas ornaments. “I’m really excited to be a part of the Mondays at Metron program,” shared homeschool mom, Marya Jones. “My hope is that by spending time and sharing experiences together with the residents, our kids will not only learn to be more comfortable with people of different ages and health conditions, but form meaningful relationships as well.”
Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for Home Learners is a support group offering connection for families who value home education. Along with various community service activities, they hold weekly cooperative classes for shared learning, monthly field trips, pizza parties, clubs, mom times and other social events. Members consist of families in Greenville, Stanton, Ionia, Cedar Springs, Howard City, Rockford, and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.webs.com.

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Teen charged in fatal accident

Jari Morris

Jari Morris, of Cedar Springs, died in September after another vehicle hit hers head-on.

A 16-year-old Rockford High School student has been charged with negligent homicide in the September death of a Cedar Springs woman.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Jari Morris, 56, was driving a 2007 Buick Lucerne east on Cannonsburg Road in Plainfield Township about 9 a.m. September 8, when she was hit head-on by a 2004 Dodge Durango traveling west on Cannonsburg near Chauncey Avenue.  Mark Schwanzl, 16, of Rockford, the driver of the Durango, reportedly didn’t make the curve and wandered over the center line, causing the collision.

The student was charged in juvenile court with negligent homicide. According to the prosecutor’s office, negligent homicide does not usually result in jail time, but penalties could include probation, community service and restitution.

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Hometown Hero

hero SnyderCorey Ryan Snyder, 19, of Cedar Springs, Michigan has graduated from Military Police Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Snyder, a member of the 1776th Military Police Company, Taylor, Michigan Army National Guard, attended Advanced Individual Training for 11 Weeks.

Snyder is the Son of Don Snyder of Cedar Springs, and Sherry and Tom Carney of Grandville. Proud grandparents are Don and Kathy Snyder of Cedar Springs.

Corey graduated in 2010 from Cedar Springs High School.

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Fun Facts

How much do you know about Thanksgiving?

(SPM Wire) In addition to stuffing your guests’ stomachs this Thanksgiving, here are some fun Turkey Day facts to fill their minds:
* Thanksgiving wasn’t a national holiday until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last day in November a national day of thanksgiving.
* President Franklin Roosevelt amended the holiday to fall on the fourth Thursday of November (avoiding the occasional fifth Thursday), in order to allocate more.
* More than 232 million turkeys were raised in the United States this year alone.
* There are five places and townships in the country named Cranberry or some variation thereof.
* An estimated 117 million households will celebrate Thanksgiving this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Tips for a happy holiday season

holiday fireplaceThe holidays are meant to be a happy, enjoyable season. Yet the stress of shopping, decorating and entertaining can sometimes dampen the spirit.
Here are some easy tips to help you make this a great, stress-free holiday season:
•    Before heading to the mall, make a list of everyone you want to give a gift to and some ideas of gifts they may like. This will help you organize a budget and streamline your experience once you hit the stores.
•    Start early so you’ll have more time to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list.  After all, you’re less apt to select a great gift if you are rushing through a store before they close on Christmas Eve.
•    Try to shop during the week to avoid long check-out lines.
•    To help keep the holiday budget in check, consider making handmade gifts or personalized coupons. These gifts are sometimes the most remembered and most valuable to receive.
•    Enlist the kids to help you decorate. It’s a great way to spend time together as a family and lets everyone feel more a part of the holiday celebrations.
•    Wrap gifts as you go rather than leaving everything until Christmas Eve.
And don’t forget the stockings. Pouring out the contents of a stocking is a big part of the Christmas morning tradition. While the stockings will always have candy and fruit, the small stocking stuffer gifts are what make stockings most memorable.
•    To make bath time more fun for all the kids, stuff their stockings with a selection of inexpensive bath art items. You can find bath paints, markers and crayons that let the little ones unleash their inner Picassos. Bathtub clings and foam letters, shapes and numbers let them create a new masterpiece every time they get clean.
•    Need a last minute stocking stuffer idea for your spouse?  Pick up the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Proclean, which provides practicality in a sleek package.  This toothbrush removes up to 70% of plaque in hard-to-reach places and will leave their mouth feeling clean and refreshed.  And after all, fresh breath is necessary when you’re standing under the mistletoe!
•    Combine functional with fun by adding kid-favorite Arm & Hammer Spinbrush battery-powered toothbrushes to your children’s stocking this year. For the girl who loves decorating everything from her notebook to her bedroom, the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Kids My Way! battery-powered toothbrush is the perfect stocking stuffer. With more than 140 water safe stickers that can be applied to the toothbrush handle, she can create her own custom one-of-a-kind toothbrush, making brushing time more fun.
•    For little boys who have been good this year, Santa can include an Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Kids Thomas & Friends’ toothbrush to their stocking.  Featuring the much-loved Thomas the Tank Engine, the toothbrush will help place kids on the express track to the bathroom sink to brush after a full day of holiday sweets.
For more information, visit www.spinbrush.com.

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