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Archive | November, 2010

CTA Calender

November 24                   End of 1st Trimester (56 days)
November 25-26             No School Students and Staff ~ Thanksgiving Break
November 30                   Girls Basketball @ Zion Christian (Muskegon) – 5:30 PM
Boys Basketball Scrimmage @ Zion Christian (Muskegon) 7 PM
December 03                   Basketball @ Waypoint Academy (Muskegon) G-5:30 PM, B-7 PM
December 07                   Basketball @ Grand River Prep (Grand Rapids) G-5 PM, B-7 PM
December 10                   Basketball @ Lakeshore Baptist (Grand Haven) G-6:15 PM, B-7:30 PM
December 14                   Boys Basketball @ Providence Christian (Fremont) 7 PM
December 16                   Basketball @ WM Academy of Env. Science (Grand Rapids) G-5:30 PM, B-7 PM
December 17                   Last Day before Winter Break
December 20-31            No School Winter Break
January 03                     Classes Resume

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Hometown Holiday Happenings


Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 3: Santa arrives in Cedar Springs at 6 p.m. to help us light the community Christmas Tree, sing carols and meet with the children.  After singing carols, Santa and his elf will head down to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church to meet with the children.  Games and activities will be provided to entertain the kids while they wait for their turn on Santa’s lap.  Professional photography will also be available for those wishing to purchase a portrait.

Make a gingerbread house

Dec. 11: Join us to make a gingerbread house at the Cedar Springs Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 12. Sessions are 10-11 a.m.; 11:30-12:30; and 1-2 p.m. All ages welcome, preschoolers must have parent present. Please preregister at 696-1910.

Readers theatre at the Kent

Dec. 17-18: Hear live on the Kent Theatre Stage a telling of “A Christmas Carol,” a beloved Charles Dickens classic. Called “theater for the ear,” this Reader’s Theater version has all the wonderful characters telling the story, transporting you back to old London and that fateful Christmas eve night. Performances are Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and are available at the door.

Holiday bingo at the library

Dec. 22: Looking for something for the kids to do over winter break? Play holiday bingo with the Cedar Springs Library! Bingo cards will be full of activities for kids to do. When they fill up a row, they bring it in to the library and get a prize! They will then be entered into a drawing for another prize! Call the library at 696-1910 for more details.

Holiday concerts

Dec. 7: Middle School holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Dec. 14: High school holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.


Block party with Santa and hometown Christmas parade

Dec. 4: Join the fun with Santa at the Christmas Block Party in Greenville from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Cass Street (between Franklin and Lafayette). Photos with Santa, arts and crafts, reindeer, hot cocoa and more. Parade follows at 6 p.m.

29th annual Crafty Christmas bazaar

Dec. 5: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, 505 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville. Fun for all ages! Unique gifts, hand crafted items, homemade baked goods, lunch, raffles, and students to help you carry all your exciting finds to your car! Call (616) 754-4194 for more information.

John Berry concert

Dec. 5: Country music performer John Berry brings the spirit of the holiday season to Greenville High School auditorium for one performance at 6 p.m. on December 5. This show is the third fundraiser for the new Montcalm County 4-H fairgrounds. Tickets are $25 each and are available at Hansen’s Music House, 116 S. Lafayette St., Greenville, or call Hansen’s at (616) 754-3803.

Grand Rapids Symphony ‘’Holiday Pops’’ Concert

Dec. 9: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert is presented by the Education Foundation of Greenville. Greenville Performing Arts Center 111 N. Hillcrest Greenville, MI 48838. Tickets will be available at Hansen’s Music House, downtown Greenville. Contact Cheryl Willard, Production Coordinator, 616-225-6109 for more info.

“Christmas in Comfort”

Dec. 17, 18, 19: Please join us at the Greenville Area Community Center for the HCAT Christmas Play, Christmas in Comfort! Mona Malone, famous for her role as the “scream queen” in Hollywood horror flicks, must do 200 hours of community service. A judge is persuaded by Mona’s attorney to let her spend them directing the annual Christmas play in his tiny hometown of Comfort. Laughter and the traditional music of Christmas fill the stage with warmth as the people of Comfort help Mona learn a big lesson about fame, faith and the fact that a long time ago in Bethlehem, a child was born for everyone – including the famous Mona Malone. Performances are December 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and December 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 on or before December 5th and $7 after. Please call the Greenville Area Community Center for more details and tickets at (616) 754-9163.


Adopt a pole program

Nov. 30: The 5th Annual Adopt A Pole Christmas Decoration Program is underway in Howard City. For $55.00, you can “Adopt a Pole” for a Christmas decoration to be displayed in Howard City! If you would like to participate in the program please fill out and return the form found at www.howardcity.org by November 30.

Christmas parade of homes

Dec. 4: The 2010 Christmas Parade of Homes will take place on Saturday December 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Howard City. Advanced tickets are $10:00 and can be purchased at the Timothy C Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library or Kindel and Company.  The ticket price includes refreshments and prize drawings at the library from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  You may also take your ticket to Kindel and Company to receive a free Christmas ornament.

Holiday Bake sale

Dec. 11: Friends of the library are having a holiday bake sale Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Timothy Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City. Music will start at 10 a.m. with the Tri County Jazz band. Please join us for the bake sale and music.


Santa parade and visit with Santa

Dec. 4: Rockford welcomes the jolly man in the red suit with the annual Santa Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. Santa parades through the streets of downtown Rockford, and then stops at the Rotary Pavilion to hear all the good little girls’ and boys’ gift wishes.

Free holiday concert

Dec. 5: This free holiday concert helps ring in the holiday spirit. The Rockford Community Choir shares their talent with the Rockford community in this annual event. The concert takes place at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes, Rockford.

Horse-drawn carriage rides

Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17: Take a step back in time and enjoy seeing Rockford in a horse-drawn carriage from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visitors can ride through the beautifully decorated streets of downtown Rockford tucked under blankets, take in the scenery and revisit days gone by. And the best part is it is FREE, due to sponsorship by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Location: 25 Squires Street, Rockford.

Holiday evening with Matt Giraud

Dec. 11: American Idol finalist Matt Giraud returns to the Grand Rapids area for his first ever Christmas Concert, Saturday, Dec. 11th, at 9 p.m. at the Rockford Fine Arts Auditorium at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes. The concert will showcase material familiar to his American Idol fans, some new material, and some ‘Matt G’ arrangements of traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $30 or $20, and are available at www.startickets.com.


Santa parade and visit with Santa

Dec. 11: Come see Santa Claus and his reindeer in Sand Lake’s Santa parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 11. Follow the parade to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, 88 Eighth Street, where kids will have a chance to visit with Santa and see some live reindeer.

Gingerbread Lane

Dec. 18: Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. December 18. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. This is a program for families. Registration is required and participation is limited. Register online at www.kdl.org or call 1-877-243-2466 (toll free). The library is located at 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

Winter’s eve storytime

Dec. 22: Join in a festive celebration of the season with holiday stories, crafts and goodies and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, on December 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register online at www.kdl.org or call 1-877-243-2466 (toll free). The library is located at 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.

Crafts around the world

Dec. 28: Travel around the world to Mexico, China and Kenya as we make crafts, sample treats and hear stories representing each country at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library on December 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. Make your own unity cup, dragon puppet and skull mask to take home! For school age children. Register online at www.kdl.org or call 1-877-243-2466 (toll free). The library is located at 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake.


Supper with Santa

Dec. 7: Have supper with Santa at the Civic Center, 75 N. Union. $1.00 per person for hot dogs, popcorn. Pictures with Santa, craft, decorate cookie, horse wagon rides and more!

Pet Night with Santa in Santa House

Dec. 9: 6-8 p.m. Bring your furry friend to visit Santa in the Santa House!  (94 N. Union, Sparta) Pet food, blanket, or cash donations will receive a free photo of your pet and Santa!

Santa train and kids parade

Dec. 11: Enter the free raffle to see who will win a chance to ride with Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the horse-drawn wagon in the kids parade! Santa train arrives (240 E. Division) Saturday morning (check website for train arrival). Kids parade to Santa house immediately following Santa train. Santa’s reindeer 9 a.m. to noon. Free horse and wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Round again Elf workshop

Dec. 11: Kids are welcome to stop by the Elf workshop (213 E. Division) to pick out and wrap a surprise gift for free from 10 a.m. to noon.

Christmas café musical

Dec. 11: Plan to attend the Christmas Café Musical at 6 p.m. at the Nazarene Church, 655 13 Mile Rd., Sparta.

Visit Santa

Dec. 16 and 23: Visit Santa in the Santa house (94 N. Union) 6-8 p.m.
Dec. 18: Visit Santa at the downtown Sparta Choice One, 109 E. Division, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 21: Visit Santa at the Rogue River Credit Union, 485 S. State, from 1-5 p.m.
Dec. 22: Visit Santa at Independent Bank, 525 S. State, Sparta, from 3:30-7 p.m.

Living nativity

Dec. 21, 22, 23, 24: Visit the 40th annual living nativity scene at Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 10 Mile Rd, Sparta, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Dec. 24: Horse drawn trolley rides through Harper Drive in Sparta. Loading zone and treats hosted at Sparta Fire Department, 11 N. State, 6-9 p.m.


Montcalm Community College holiday celebration

Dec. 5: Montcalm Community College hosts its 29th annual Santa’s Super Sunday on Dec. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Santa available until 4 p.m. Attendees may visit and have photo taken with Santa, enjoy refreshments, holiday music, swimming, clowns, crafts and musical activities. May also visit historic Heritage Village, and see an exhibit of cultural holiday traditions. All activities are free.


Gingerbread Lane

Dec. 2: Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy some tasty gingerbread stories at the Spencer Township Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. December 2. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. This is a program for families. Registration is required and participation is limited. Register online at www.kdl.org or call 1-877-243-2466 (toll free). The library is located at 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen.

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CTA Charges-Up for 2010-2011 Basketball Season

The boy’s varsity team from Creative Technologies Academy has been eagerly preparing for the upcoming season. A rigorous week of tryouts and practices kicked off the season last week. The team knows it will have to keep a strong daily focus as game-action quickly approaches at the end of this month with a scrimmage against an always competitive Zion Christian.
Opening the regular season are games at Waypoint Academy and Grand River Prep. Both will be good indicators on how tough is this CTA team, as each team has given them struggles in the past. However, the Chargers have a lot to be optimistic about as the team consists of an assortment of experienced returning players as well talented new faces. Of the returning players, two are seniors Tim Hubbard and David Irish-Empie. Look for them to take a leadership role with their on-court performance, as well as be vocal mentors to a fairly young but talented team.
The Chargers are led by new head coach, Aaron Kenemer and assistant coach, Gerry Verwey.  “The focus right now for us is practicing hard and being great each day,” commented Kenemer. “With losing no players to graduation last year, we virtually have the same robust team we had last year with the addition of a new weapon, depth.” Kenemer and Verwey have taken advantage of their team depth to run intense practices that will hopefully pay off throughout the season.
Get a complete CTA Charger game schedule at: http://www.ctaschool.com/Athletics/Basketball.html

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CTA girls basketball off and running

The Creative Technologies Academy girls’ basketball season is underway and looking forward to the opener against Zion Christian on November 30. This will be the Chargers’ second season with head coach Robin Greene and new assistant Bethany George.  The team returns eight players from last year, and looks to improve their overall record. Seniors Ashley Witherspoon, Trisha Davies, Heather Harris, Evie Ramirez, and newcomer senior Danielle Davies are excited about the potential of this team.

“I’m really excited about seeing the improvement from last year, and I think we have a great group of girls who have worked hard in the off season,” said Witherspoon. Coach Greene agreed. “We have come a long way from last year, and I am looking forward to seeing every player meet their full potential,” she said.

This year the Chargers will extend their season into late February.  They will be traveling to a tournament in Traverse City in mid-January, and then finishing at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science for their End-of-Season Tournament.  Greene says, “We are improving our schedule every year by gaining more games which will continue to build a successful, well-established program here at Creative Technologies Academy.”

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America’s Christian History

Tim Bauer, Capstone Ministries


As we near Thanksgiving, we are reminded of our forefathers’ extreme struggle in coming to this land, and the foundation they laid, for future generations to build upon. The firm foundation of the Pilgrims was the Lord Jesus Christ. I, for one, am very grateful for America’s Christian history.

In their book, “The Light And The Glory”, Peter Marshall and David Manuel trace our nation’s deep Christian roots through the 300-year period leading up to our independence from Great Britain in 1776. It is an incredibly well documented writing that I highly recommend to anyone who is serious about understanding the Christian heritage of the United States of America. It will give you great confidence, based upon factual evidence, that God’s hand was undeniably on the forming of our nation.

In their research, it became quite clear that God did have a plan for America and that He had put a “specific call” on this country and the people who were to inhabit it. Through divinely led investigation, they discovered that “in the virgin wilderness of America, God was making His most significant attempt since ancient Israel to create a new Israel of people living in obedience to the laws of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.”

As they read the personal correspondence of some of the Puritans it became evident that they understood New England to be “a type and emblem of New Jerusalem.” According to Marshall and Manuel, as Americans we were intended to be living proof to the rest of the world that it was possible to live a life together which reflected the two great commandments and put God and others ahead of self.

From the Pilgrims on, many have suffered for this nation’s freedom. They understood the call from the Lord to continue the work and establishment of an outward expression of the Kingdom of God for others to observe. For the most part, we have forgotten that call, choosing instead to live out our lives for our own self-preservation and comfort. If unrepentant, we will pay dearly for this.

The huge cost of their daily commitment to God and to one another that they willingly paid, including some of their own lives, laid a foundation for the religious freedoms and democracy that we enjoy today. In his book “Of Plymouth Plantation”, William Bradford would remind future generations of the reasons for the difficulties encountered by the Pilgrims. He prophetically wrote, “As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shown unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation…We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship.”

For this reason, I believe it is extremely important for all of us to know and understand America’s Christian history. I would like to know if anyone would be interested in a class on this subject. Pine Ridge Bible Camp has agreed to let us use their office. It will be some time after the first of the year. I know what a better understanding has done within me, stirring me to the core concerning God’s undeniable guidance in the establishment of America. This truth must be reintroduced so that we will not be known as the generation who relinquished the freedoms God graciously granted us. Let me know if you are interested at capstone.ministries@yahoo.com. May the Lord stir you as well.

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Lafayette Ensemble in concert

The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church invites you to a Concert by the Lafayette Ensemble, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.
This ensemble is a woodwind quintet from Muskegon and has been in existence for over 30 years. Over these years, the individual players may have changed, but the fun-loving musical spirit of the original group lives on. The current group has been performing together for a little over a year and includes: Flute (Anita Lauterberg), Clarinet (Dick Tindall), Oboe (Kathy Bolthouse), Horn (Allen Beck), and Bassoon (Mandy Johnson).
During their November 30 performance, they will be playing a selection of entertaining and heartfelt pieces. “We look forward to the opportunity to share our gifts of music with you in a unique and powerful way!” they said.
The public is invited to come and bring a friend. Refreshments will be served after the program.

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Bailey Cronn and Eric Axdorff were pronounced husband and wife on Oct. 9, 2010 at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. Parents of the couple are Blaine and Darcie Cronn of Cedar Springs and Rich Axdorff and Wajma Saka of Rockford. Maid of honor was Chelsea Cross, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Blodgett, Darleena Haukedaul, and Jessica Branch, friends of the bride. Flower girl was Fionna Noori, cousin of the groom. The Best man was Alex Axdorff, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Blaine Cronn, brother of the bride, David Bond and Sam Bogard, friends of the groom. The Ringbearer was Keith Spicher, cousin of the groom. Ushers were Jake Kelley, Kyle Lienesch, Kole Daigle and Ryan Egnatuck, friends of the groom. Guest book attendants, Megan Rahn and Kyle Cushman, friends of the bride and groom.

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Joke of the Week

Six-legged turkey

An industrious turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding. His mission was to produce the perfect turkey.  His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone.
After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store. “Well, I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has six legs!”
They all asked the farmer how it tasted.
“I don’t know,” said the farmer. “I never could catch it!”

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Main St. by Roger AllenGive thanks

A long time ago the citizens and the immigrants gathered for dinner. They were thankful to have plenty to eat and to be together in peace. And how’s everything now? Not too bad for most of us immigrants and descendents.
We’re recovering from a recession sometimes compared with the Great Depression of the 1930s. Most of us can afford turkey and cranberry sauce. Because of Social Security, old people usually don’t huddle their lives away in poverty. Unemployment benefits help many people get through the unemployment phase of the recession/depression.
We descendents of immigrants are a generous bunch. Singly or within organizations, we sponsor sources for food and clothing for the less fortunate.
We have a lot to be thankful for.

On the other hand…

Business has been doing a lot of out-sourcing to save money. If you’re unemployed because of it, you probably don’t feel especially thankful. However, the idea may have possibilities beyond corporate profits. How much could we save if we out-sourced the Federal Government to China?
I can hear you thinking: maybe we’ve already done it. My suggestion: go eat some more turkey and mashed potatoes.

At the supermarket

A woman shopping for Thanksgiving dinner is pushing her cart behind a grandfather and his badly behaved three-year-old grandson.
It’s obvious to her that he has his hands full, with the child screaming for sweets in the sweets aisle, biscuits in the biscuit aisle, and for fruit, cereal, and pop.
Meanwhile, Granddad is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, “Easy, William, we won’t be long. Easy, boy.”
Another outburst, and she hears the man calmly say, “It’s okay, William, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”
At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart, and Granddad, in a controlled voice, says “William, William, relax, buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes. Stay cool, William.”
Impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car.
“It’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there,” she says. “I don’t know how you did it. That whole time you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”
“Thanks,” said the grandfather, “but I’m William. The little stinker’s name is Kevin.”

Sorry, Larry

In closing, I want to confess that I’m several years late with the news that Larry LaPrise passed away at age 84. Larry was the author of that great American song, The Hokey Pokey. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in… and then the trouble started.

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Dawn A. Vanderlaan

Dawn A. VanderLaan 52 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, November 20, 2010. Dawn was born May 19, 1958 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Gordon and Hanna (Jonsson) VanderLaan. Surviving are two sisters and two brothers, Kathleen (Tony) Hall of Cedar Springs, Anna (Johannes) Helgasson of Iceland, Bruce VanderLaan of Maryland, Gordon (Denise) VanderLaan of Grand Rapids; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Inga Rose; niece, Sabrina Hall. The family greeted friends Tuesday at 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Rosedale Memorial Park Chapel. Interment will be beside her mother at Rosedale Memorial Park. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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