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Archive | December, 2010

Joke of the Week

Christmas riddles

What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake!

What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary!

What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
The Christmas one has no L (Noel)!

What won’t fit through the door at Christmas?
The three wide men!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!

Why wasn’t the turkey hungry at Christmas time?
He was stuffed!

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Snow.
Snow who?
Snow use – I’ve forgotten my name again!

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite!

Where do snowmen go to dance?
A snow ball!

What carol is heard in the dessert?
Camel ye faithful!

What do monkeys sing at Christmas?
Jungle bells, jungle bells!

What is Santa’s dog called?
Santa Paws!

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
Santa Jaws!

What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a detective?
Santa Clues!

What do you call Santa Claus when he doesn’t move?
Santa Pause!

What happened to the man who shoplifted a calendar at Christmas?
He got 12 months!

What do you call an Eskimo cow?
An Eskimoo.

How does Santa take pictures?
With his North Pole-aroid.

Who is Santa’s most famous elf?
Elfvis!

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Baby your skin and hair during colder weather

(NAPS)—In an effort to balance their budgets and maintain beautiful skin during the colder months, many women are skipping the department store counter and instead visiting the baby aisle for their beauty products. As part of a growing trend, women are enhancing their beauty regimen with products that are developed for babies’ gentle skin, yet are sophisticated enough for adults.
According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by JOHNSON’S Brand, nearly 40 percent of adults said they regularly use baby products on themselves, and almost 80 percent of adults say they would feel comfortable using baby products for purposes other than those pertaining to babies.
To help temperature-related skin and hair problems, celebrity makeup expert Tia Dantzler suggests these tips:
• Don’t forget to hydrate. Stay hydrated by drinking water and using moisturizing body care products to protect your skin from the harsh winds and drying effects of indoor heating. Tia prefers an oil-based moisturizer for ultimate hydration. She recommends Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel after a shower, while skin is still wet, to lock in up to 10 times more moisture. “As a makeup artist, this is a great product to have in my kit at all times, especially when working a photo shoot. I apply it to my clients before the red carpet, to achieve a high shine to their bodies, which looks great on camera.”
• Don’t shampoo too often. Shampooing hair daily can strip essential oils and add to the dryness already caused by winter conditions. Try shampooing every other day; if you need to shampoo every day, try a gentle baby shampoo formula designed for babies’ sensitive eyes and fine hair, or use baby powder as a dry shampoo.
• Do deodorize. As women pile on the winter layers to avoid the bitterness of low temperatures, they often find themselves in a sweat before they can get to where they are going. Tia always carries Johnson’s Baby Powder to keep her feeling fresh all day long. “My favorite scent is the new Magnolia Petals. It smells better than regular deodorant and is a great base layer for my perfume.”
• Do exfoliate. Exfoliating will remove dead cells and allow the skin to absorb extra moisture. Aim to do this at least twice a week.
With so many versatile uses, baby products can provide simple solutions to cold weather beauty needs.

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A Healthy Relationship with Stress

Stress is your body’s natural response to demand or pressure. While periodic stress
is normal and can be good for you—helping you to act quickly, overcome challenges, and boost your immunity—ongoing stress can lead to a number of health problems.
Unfortunately, being “stressed out” is a feeling that many Americans are all too familiar with. During the holiday season, it’s easy for the everyday stressors such as work, family obligations, and the poor economy to seem amplified.
Stressors are everywhere. Traffic con-gestion, arguing with your partner, losing your job, divorce, the death of a loved one, personal illness or injury, being a caregiver, and major life changes such as getting married, having a baby, or moving to a new city—all are common sources of stress.
When exposed to a stressor, your body releases a surge of hormones that causes your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to narrow, which, in turn, raises your blood pressure. Though temporary, stress-related spikes in blood pressure may be damaging to blood vessels if they occur too often and can lead to long-term high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Every person has a different reaction to stress. Some people experience physical, mental, or emotional symptoms which may include headaches, fatigue, insomnia, stomach problems, anxiety, depression, irritability, crying spells, forgetfulness, poor concentration, low productivity, and confusion. Others may isolate themselves socially, feel lonely, lash out, have a lowered sex drive, or make less contact with friends. Negative habits that some use to handle stress, such as overeating, smoking, or alcohol or substance abuse, can also lead to obesity, addiction, and other serious health problems.
The way you cope with stressful events may be the key to avoiding long-term damage and improving your overall wellness. Try to identify the events or occurrences that make you feel stressed and who or what in your life they are related to (eg, family, friends, work, traffic). Take note of the physical and emotional changes—such as muscle tension, headache, or problems with decision making—that occur when you are under pressure, and use them to gauge your stress level. Plan healthy ways of dealing with stress—take a walk, breathe deeply, practice yoga or meditation, listen to music, or connect with a friend—and apply them when you start to feel stressed or anticipate a stressful situation.
If you feel overwhelmed by stress, your doctor can provide you with further information on counseling and stress management techniques.
For more information, go to www.apa.org/topics/stress/index.aspx.

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Lady Red Hawks slip by Spartans

The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team chalked up another win last week when they took on the Sparta Spartans at home, on Friday, December 17.

The Red Hawks took charge early, and finished out the first quarter with a 15-6 lead. The Spartans were not just going to lay down, however, and came back with a quick 10 points in the second quarter, and limited the Red Hawks to 5, ending the half at 20-16 Red Hawks. Play in the third was much the same, with the Red Hawks scoring only six points and the Spartans pumping out another 10 points to tie it up. The third quarter ended 26-26.  Cedar commanded the lead again the fourth quarter and outscored the Spartans 13-5, finishing the game with a 39-31 win.

Leading scorer on the night was Red Hawk junior Rachael Ludtke with 14 points, and the Spartans’ Karen Bacon had 13.

Also contributing for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 9 points, Hannah Wight with 6, Molly Holtrop with 5, Brittany Todd with 3, and Chaya Coxon with 2. Ludtke went 8 for 8 on free throws and snagged 9 rebounds. Wight and Coxon had three steals each.

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Triumphant week for Red Hawk wrestlers

The victory march began on Wednesday, December 15, as the varsity Red Hawk wrestlers traveled to Forest Hills Northern for an OK-Blue contest. The Huskies struggled to stay in the match, as the Red Hawks earned rounds of points and pins to achieve a final score of 60-12 in favor of the Hawks.
On Saturday, December 18, the Red Hawks found themselves on top once again as they took home the first place trophy at the Freeland Team Invitational. The first round found Cedar Springs matched up with the home team Freeland. First year wrestler, Connor Ackerman (215 lb/freshman) put the initial six points on the board for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the first period. Junior Austin Wamser (160 lb) earned the last points of the match with a strong, technical win to beat the Falcons with a 54-19 victory.
Round two matched the Red Hawks with the Vassar Vulcans. A forfeit win in the initial match and a quick, first round pin by Cory Wozniak (189 lb) in the next round lead to a domino effect in the six weight classes that lead the Hawks to a 60-23 victory and sent them into the next round with Heritage High School from Saginaw.  The Red Hawks swooped the Heritage Hawks to earn their third win of the day with a 69-12 score.
The Red Hawks would find themselves going into the fourth round with Gladwin. The Hawks weren’t taking the match up lightly. In 2009, the Gladiators put up a tough fight and only allowed the Red Hawks to squeak out a four-point lead.  This year the Hawks set out to conquer Gladwin for a second time. A slow start to the match, a rally in the mid-weight classes and a speedy pin by Dom Chong (145 lb) in the first minute of his round removed all chances of Gladwin moving into the championship match. The Red Hawks defeated Gladwin 57-24.
The Red Hawks dominated the tournament to earn a spot in the finals.
Reed City and Nouvel Catholic Central each had three wins in their pool and had to go head to head to see who the Red Hawks would battle for first place. Nouvel gave a tough fight, but were ousted 33-39 by Reed City.
As the final round of the tournament ensued, senior Levi Whipple (171 lb) started the ball rolling with a pin for the Hawks. Reed City dominated the next two matches.  Heavy weight, Joe Simon (senior) countered with a pin to tie the match 12-12.
Freshman, Baron Lenardson (103 lb) earned a 29 second fall to put Cedar Springs in the lead. The Red Hawks continued to dominate thanks to a pin by Scott Stockreef (112 lb), a technical win by Aaron Brooks (119), a forfeit win by Nic Baird (125 lb) and a fall by Jared Vodry (130 lb). The Hawks were ahead 41-18.  The point of no return for the Coyotes was during the 140 lb round. Junior Matt Patin sealed the win for the Red Hawks with a pin late in the second period, which was reinforced by Jake Marsman’s (152 lb) quick fall of his Reed City opponent. The final score 53-30 awarded the Red Hawks the title of tournament champions and the first place trophy.
Joe Simon, Matt Patin, Scott Stockreef and Nic Baird wrestled undefeated for the day. Next match up for the Red Hawks will be December 30 at the Comstock Invitational Tournament in Comstock, MI.

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Tough week for JV girls

On December 14 , the Cedar Springs JV girls basketball team hosted West Catholic. The girls played a strong first half with the score close at halftime and the Red Hawks were leading 19–16. The game remained close in the second half, with West Catholic taking the lead in the fourth quarter. With just seconds left in the game, Jeanette Sukstas hit a 3-pointer but the Red Hawk girls fell to West Catholic 33-34. Sommer VanDyke lead the scoring while Tamar Clark, Molly Caniff, Allie Veltkamp and Jeanette Sukstas contributed to the Red Hawks total points.
The JV girls hosted Sparta on December 16. The Red Hawk girls played a tough first half and went into the locker room behind Sparta 17 -22. The girls came back slow in the third quarter and only scored 5 points in the second half and fell to Sparta 22 -40. The girls had balanced scoring with Sommer VanDyke, Allie Veltkamp, Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas, Abby VanDusen and Shaelyn Fasel scoring for the Red Hawks. Mercedes Gonzales, Amber Freiberg, Sirena Johnson, Shelby Towers, Delaney Holtrop and Molly Caniff also saw playing time for the Red Hawks.
The Cedar Spring JV Red Hawks will travel to Kenowa Hills on January 3.

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Cedar Boys varsity has tough week

Trey Reed’s up against West Catholic along with Jason Gingrich, Derek Ash and Ryan Dines.

Cedar Springs Boys Varsity Basketball entered the week with a 1-1 record facing two OK Blue Conference opponents. On Tuesday, December 14 they visited West Catholic High School to take on the Falcons. The Red Hawks led at halftime 21-20 after Andrew Klompstra found an open Derek Ash for a lay up in the final seconds of the half. The Red Hawks were outscored 10-4 in the third quarter, and West Catholic converted on their first 13 free throws of the fourth quarter and hung on for a 43-35 victory over Cedar.
Hank Porter led the Red Hawks with 8 points, Alec Hanmer had 7, followed by Jason Gingrich with 6. Klompstra, Ash and Ryan Dines had four points each and Trey Reed chipped in with two. Gingrich had 3 assists and Ash collected 5 rebounds to lead the team.
On Friday, December 17, Sparta came to town for the Red Hawks home opener. Cedar got off to a fast start with a Trey Reed lay up, a Tyler Covell 3-pointer and a Jason Gingrich jumper. Then in the final seconds of the first quarter, Kyle Chaney found an open Gingrich, who hit a three-pointer to give Cedar a 10-2 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter a Derek Ash putback was followed by another 3 from Covell. Then Tyler Baker hit an open Ash who converted a 3-point play. The the home crowd went crazy when Jason Gingrich hit a running half court shot at the buzzer to give Cedar a 21-14 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter, after a Covell 3 pointer, a Porter jumper and an Alec Hanmer 3 pointer, Cedar still held a 29-23 lead entering the 4th Quarter. Sparta went on a 12-4 run to take the lead late in the fourth. Then Derek Ash made two free throws with 2:57 left in the game to tie it up at 35. Cedar could not take advantage of several scoring chances in the last 3 minutes, and the game went to overtime. The overtime was scoreless until Sparta scored in the final seconds to give the Spartans their first victory of the year, and their first victory at Cedar Springs since 1999. The Red Hawks’ record falls to 1-3.
Gingrich led all scorers with 10 points. Covell had nine. Ash had 7 points and became the first Red Hawk this year with double digit rebounds, grabbing Ten. Hanmer had 3 points, while Porter, Reed and Klompstra scored two each.
The Red Hawks have been bitten by the injury bug as team Captains Hank Porter and Kyle Chaney both have been slowed by knee injuries. Chaney was injured in game 2 of the season, and may be back for the next game. Porter will undergo surgery and is expected to miss a month. Porter leads the Red Hawks in scoring, assists, steals and charges taken and he will be missed by the Red Hawks. The team will have to step up and respond to the challenges of being without one of their best players.
The next test for the Red Hawks will be the 2nd annual Cedar Springs Holiday Tournament at Cedar Springs High School. Participating in the tournament are boys freshmen, JV and Varsity teams from Fremont, Kent City, and Thornapple-Kellog (Middleville) along with the host Red Hawks. There will be 6 games in the Cedar Springs gym both Monday, December 27th and Tuesday, December 28th.
On Monday, Cedar Springs takes on Kent City and Fremont faces Middleville. Freshmen games begin at noon with the Femont – Middleville match up, followed by the Red Hawks versus Kent City Freshmen at 1:30. JV games begin at 3 p.m. with Fremont – Middleville, followed at 4:30 with the Cedar Springs – Kent City JV game. Varsity Action begins at 6 PM with the Fremont – Middleville game, followed at 7:30 with the Red Hawks taking on Kent City.
On Tuesday the 28th, game times are the same. The Monday winners will face off for the championship in the late games, and the Monday losers will play in the early games.

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Volunteer hosts needed at state parks and state forest campgrounds

The Department of Natural Resources & Environment is offering free camping in the summer of 2011 for outdoor lovers who volunteer as campground hosts at Michigan state parks or state forest campgrounds. The Campground Host Program, established by the DNRE, allows individuals to camp in a state park or state forest campground at no charge in return for providing visitor assistance in the campground.
“Being a campground host combines the fun of camping, with the satisfaction of helping fellow campers,” said Ron Olson, DNRE Recreation Division chief. “Hosts stay as our guests and, in return, help welcome other campers to our beautiful state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds.”
Hosts direct visitors to their campsites, answer questions about the park or state forest, arrange campground activities and perform light maintenance and other services, depending on the host’s talents and interests. Retired couples, teachers and students, as well as families, are just some of the people who have enjoyed volunteering as campground hosts.
Campground hosts can be individuals or teams. Hosts must be at least 18 years old, provide services five days/30 hours per week (including weekends and holidays), serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items. State park hosts must attend a two-day training session the end of April 2011 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.. This training is not required of state forest campground hosts.
Campground hosts are chosen by park and forest managers who may require an interview or request additional information. Selection is based on the individual’s familiarity with the state park or state forest system, their camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the area and the needs of the specific park or forest campground.
Hosts especially are needed during the busy camping season, which can begin as early as April in state parks located in southern Michigan. Many of last year’s campground hosts will be returning this year; however, vacancies still exist at park and forest campground locations throughout Michigan.
Many rustic campgrounds found throughout Michigan’s six state forests located in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula also are in need of hosts. Information and applications are available from the DNRE’s Web site at: www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers. Persons interested in being a campground host at a state park should apply directly to the park of their choice. For more information on campground host positions in state parks and recreation areas contact Pam Ames at 517-467-7401; for state forest campgrounds please contact Ada Takacs at 989-275-5151 ext. 2049.

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DNRE returning walleye fry production to historic levels

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment has begun gearing up to return hatchery production of walleyes to historic levels.
The DNRE plans to take some 50 million eggs this spring to produce fry for pond-rearing and direct stocking, an eight-fold increase over the last two years.
Since 2006, the DNRE has cut back on most of its walleye rearing activities because of the presence of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in the brood-stock waters. Now, after several years of testing, a technique has been found to disinfect walleye eggs and prevent spreading VHS. As a result, the DNRE will now resume large-scale rearing and stocking of walleyes.
“In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have cut our walleye fry production,” DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries said. “But the specter of bringing VHS into our hatchery system or transferring VHS to new waters was just too risky. The ecosystem is constantly changing and our management practices must change with it. We are pleased that an effective treatment for walleye eggs against VHS has been found and we’re ramping up our production accordingly.”
The DNRE expects it to take two years to return to full production of walleye fry. A number of the rearing ponds, which have been idled for the last several years, are in need of maintenance before they can be brought back on line for production.
Nonetheless, the DNRE expects to produce at least 80 percent of the total capacity for walleye fry in 2011 and be back to full production in 2012. For more information, visit http://www.michigan.gov/dnrfishingwww.michigan.gov/dnrfishing.

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Roger on the Road

Its Christmas

Many Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before Christ was born: the 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the Yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals (parades) with floats, carolers going from house to house, and holiday feasts – all can be traced back to the early Mesopotamians. The holiday that has evolved into Christmas is the most cheerful time of the year. We know a good thing when we see it.
A bishop of Rome, Julius I, chose December 25 as the observance date. This was in 350 A.D. No matter what the origins, our current celebrations are good for us. We can all wish each other Merry Christmas with all the good will that goes with it.

Parenting

Becoming a parent changes everything. Parenting also changes with each baby, as many of us have discovered on our own.
Clothes First baby: Mom starts wearing maternity clothes as soon as the doctor confirms the pregnancy. Second baby: Mom wears regular clothes as long as possible. Third baby: Maternity clothes ARE the regular clothes.
Preparing for the birth First: Mom practices the breathing religiously. Second: She doesn’t bother practicing because last time the proper breathing didn’t do a thing.
Third: She asks for an epidural in the eighth month.
The layette First: All the newborn’s clothes are color-coordinated and folded neatly. Second: Parents check to make sure the clothes are clean and discard the ones with the darkest stains. Third: Boys can wear pink, can’t they?
Worries. First At the first sign of distress – a whimper, a frown – the parents pick up the baby. Second: They pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake the firstborn. Third: They teach their three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
Pacifier First: If the pacifier falls on the floor, the parents put it away until they can go home and boil it. Second: When the pacifier falls on the floor, they squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle. Third: They wipe it off on a sleeve and pop it back in.
Diapering First: Parents change the baby’s diapers every hour whether they need it or not. Second: They change the diaper every two to three hours, only if needed. Third: Parents try to change diapers before others start to complain about the smell.
Activities First: Parents take their infant to Baby Gymnastics, BabySwing, and Baby Story Hour. Second: They take him to Baby Gymnastics. Third: They take the baby to the supermarket and the bank.
At home First: Parents spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
Second: They spend a bit of every day watching to be sure the older child isn’t squeezing or poking the baby. Third: They spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.

Last Comments

1) Have a wonderful Christmas, one and all!
2) Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

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