web analytics

Archive | January, 2011

Lady Red Hawks fall to Wayland, Kent City

Red Hawk Tiffany Karger scored 9 points against the Kent City Eagles last week. Photo by R. Karger.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity girls basketball team had a rough couple of games last week, losing to both Wayland and unbeaten Kent City.
The Red Hawks traveled to Wayland to face the Wildcats on Thursday, January 20.
Cedar Springs kept up with Wayland in the 1st and 3rd quarters, but were out scored in the 2nd and 4th due to a lot of unanswered buckets. The Red Hawks trailed by a score of 14-10 in the first quarter, and while the Wildcats kept up the pace in the second quarter, scoring another 14 points, the Red Hawks only managed 2. The third quarter saw more buckets from Cedar, but they only scored 10 points to Wayland’s 11. The fourth quarter was also dismal for Cedar, with them scoring only four points to answer Wayland’s 12. Final score was Wayland 51, Cedar Springs 26.
Scoring for the Red Hawks was Rachael Ludtke and Molly Holtrop both with 8 points; Chaya Coxon with 6; and Brittany Todd and Tiffany Karger both with 2. Coxon also went 4 for 4 on free throws and Ludtke 4 for 6.
Leading scorer for the Wildcats was Molly Lameyer with 18 points.
The Red Hawks then faced an unbeaten Kent City team on Saturday, January 22. Kent City kept the Red Hawks at bay, allowing them to score only 12 points in the first half, to Kent City’s 22. The Eagles came on even stronger in the second half, scoring 16 points in the third quarter to Cedar’s 5, and 19 in the fourth. Cedar answered with 13, but it was not nearly enough and the Red Hawks lost 57-30.
Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Tiffany Karger with 9 points, and Rachael Ludtke with 7.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Anna Iwaniw with 16 points. Also in double digits were Kara Carlson and Sonnie Kumat, both with 11. Alleigh Braford tipped in 8.
The Red Hawks were back on their game Tuesday, January 25, when they pulled out a close victory over the Comstock Panthers, 49-42. Read about it next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are in second place in the OK-Blue with a 4-1 record, and are 7-4 overall. They host Belding on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym, and travel to face division leader West Catholic (5-0, 10-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at West Catholic High School.

Posted in SportsComments (0)

JV Red Hawks win one, lose one

Sommer VanDyke driving to the basket.

The girls JV Red Hawks were snowed out on January 18 but made it up in more ways than one on Saturday, January 22. It was a great afternoon of basketball with the JV Red Hawks traveling to Kent City. At the end of an exciting first quarter, the girls were behind with a score of 12-10. The Red Hawks played hard in the second quarter, scoring another 10 points and going to the locker room leading 20-16.The girls came out from halftime to play another good quarter of basketball and still held the lead 30-26. They scored 12 points in the fourth to take the victory 42-39.
“We played very intense and our free throws won the game for us in the end,” commented Coach Tom Welsh.
Jeanette Sukstas, Sommer VanDyke and Allie Veltkamp scored a combined total of 37 points with Molly Caniff, Shealyn Fasel and Abby VanDusen also scoring for the Red Hawks.
On Thursday January 20, the JV Red Hawks hosted Wayland. The game started very physical and the girls fought hard against a very good Wayland team.  The Red Hawks found themselves behind 39-23 at the halftime buzzer. The girls came out scoring in the third quarter to shorten Wayland’s lead to 14 points and end the quarter 55-41. The hard physical play was too much for the Red Hawks and they fell to Wayland 68-48.
Even with a 20 point loss coach Tom Welsh commented that the JV girls were out sized but everyone played hard and played their best.
Sommer VanDyke led the Red Hawks in total points with Allie Veltkamp. Jeanette Sukstas, Sirena Johnson, Abby VanDusen, Delaney Holtrop and Shelby Towers also scoring the the Red Hawks.
The JV girls traveled to Comstock Park on Tuesday January 25 and will play on Friday January 28 against Belding.

Posted in SportsComments (0)

What’s your financial personality?

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Understanding it could help your retirement nest egg grow

(Family Features)
More than 90 percent of people aged 44 to 75 feel the United States is facing a retirement crisis, yet most have a limited understanding of how much money they’ll need and fear they’ll outlive their income, according to a 2010 survey from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life).
The study, “Reclaiming the Future: Challenging Retirement Income Perceptions,” found that although 61 percent of these people fear outliving their money in retirement more than death, nearly one third (31 percent) say they are not too clear about what their expenses will be in retirement, and 36 percent have no idea if their income will last.
“These results are troubling not only because people are fearful about retirement income, but also because of how little they know about how much money they’ll need,” said Gary C. Bhojwani, president and CEO of Allianz Life. “We hope that this study will shed some light on the issue and inspire Americans to take control of their retirement planning today.”

Your Financial Personality

Nearly half (47.2 percent) of baby boomers aged 56 to 62 could be at risk of not having sufficient retirement income to pay for basic retirement expenditures as well as uninsured health care costs, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Understanding your financial personality can help you take the appropriate steps to start building a better financial future.


• Tends to be in financial survival mode.
• Has high credit card debt and meager assets.
• Feels unprepared for retirement.
The overwhelmed personality is unsure when — or if — they’ll be able to retire. And when they do, they expect to significantly reduce their living expenses and possibly to continue working.
What to do:
• Get control of spending.
Keep track of your spending during the next month — everything from rent or mortgage to your morning coffee at the café down the street. Looking at those expenses will show you how extra spending begins to add up. A $5 lunch every weekday can cost you nearly $1,300 over the course of a year. That $1,300 could help you get closer to your financial goals — if you stop spending it. You can find helpful expense tracking and spending worksheets at www.smartaboutmoney.org.
• Reduce debt.
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling recommends paying at least double the minimum required credit card payment. High interest rates and only paying the minimum due will cause you to pay more in interest and extend the term of your debt. For example, if you have a credit card balance of $3,000, with a 17 percent APR, it will take you 126 months to pay it off, and you will pay $2,241 in interest charges alone. Calculate the true cost of paying just the minimum at www.creditcard.com.
• Strategize savings and investment.
The National Endowment for Financial Education recommends saving money in three categories — money for an emergency fund, money for short-term purchases, and money for long-term goals, such as retirement. Emergency fund and short-term spending money should be kept in a savings or money market account that is easily accessible. Long-term funds can be invested in mutual funds, stocks or bonds. Paying yourself first — putting money aside before you spend any — is one of the best ways to start a strong retirement planning program.


• Still working.
• Moderate income, moderate assets.
• Concerned about outliving income.
The resilient personality tends to be in their late 50s and is worried that the U.S. is entering a major economic depression. They know they need to invest for retirement, but might not have time to save enough.
What to do:
• Reduce spending.
Here again, examining your spending habits can pay off. Look at what you’re spending, particularly on bigger ticket items. Having that money automatically deducted from your paycheck and put into a retirement, savings or investment account now will help you build your nest egg for the future. The American Institute of CPAs has a Benefits of Spending Less Calculator that shows you how much your budget reductions could be worth (www.360financialliteracy.org).
• Delay Social Security benefits.
If you start receiving benefits before your full retirement age, your benefits will be reduced. For example, according to the Social Security Administration, if you choose to retire at age 62, it could result in a reduction as much as 30 percent. You’ll get your largest benefits at age 70. Calculate your benefits at www.ssa.gov.
• Invest now.
Are you contributing as much as you can to your 401(k) at work? Do you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)? If you are 50 or older before 2011, you can contribute up to $6,000 to your IRA account each year. Consulting with a financial planner is a good way to navigate your options and figure out a solid investment strategy. Get tips on choosing a financial planner from the Financial Planning Association at www.fpaforfinancialplanning.org.


• Has the highest income, but net worth has dropped.
• Has cut back spending, but not changed retirement or investment strategies.
• Does not have a plan for growing savings.
This group is the youngest (40s to 50s), generally counts on receiving full Social Security benefits and is relying on 401(k)s more than any other group. While they are worried that their savings won’t be adequate for the future, they are content to live for today.
What to do:
• Evaluate your retirement plans.
Do you have realistic expectations for your retirement lifestyle? It’s time to get a better handle on how much you’ll really need to retire, especially if you don’t take inflation into account. Use the Ball Park Estimate at www.choosetosave.org to see if your plans fit your budget, or if you need to adjust your plans.
• Reexamine investments.
Give your 401(k) a checkup. Is it growing enough? The site www.morningstar.com tracks mutual fund growth and can show you how well yours are performing. Look at all your investments and make sure they are growing. If not, it may be time for a change.
• Make changes to secure retirement income.
Living longer than expected, unforeseen health problems, job loss, more market downturns, and inflation can all drain away retirement funds before you know it. Protecting your assets and guarding against outliving them needs to be a priority. “In our study,” said Bhojwani, “the majority of respondents said that the safety of their money matters more now than it did a few years ago. The attributes people are looking for now in investments are the ability to create a stable, predictable standard of living, and the ability to provide a guaranteed income stream for life — one that won’t lose value. Without realizing it, they described an annuity-like solution.”
An annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company. In exchange for your purchase payment, the insurance company provides you income, either immediately or sometime in the future. To find out more about annuities and whether they are a good fit for you, visit www.allianzlife.com.
Whatever your age, whatever your financial personality, it’s time to give your retirement plans a checkup and take action to secure the nest egg you’ve worked so hard for.

Retirement Resources

• Retirement Nest Egg Calculator — www.aarp.org
• Guidebook to Help Late Savers Prepare for Retirement — National Endowment for Financial Education — www.smartaboutmoney.org
• Saving on a Tight Budget — www.americasaves.org
• Advice on Getting Out of Debt — National Foundation for Credit Counseling — www.debtadvice.org

Posted in FeaturedComments (0)

Maintain Healthy Habits Year-Round

(Family Features)

Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers

According to the National Pork Board’s “Healthy Habits 2011” survey, while 60 percent of dieters have made a health-related resolution, sticking to that goal will be harder than quitting smoking or even winning the lottery.
Luckily, finding nutritious foods, like pork, which taste great and can help you feel fuller longer, is a delicious recipe for long-term diet success. However, the survey also showed that seven out of ten people are not aware that incorporating lean pork into their diet can decrease distracting thoughts about food.
“One of the keys to weight management is managing hunger,” said Dr. Heather Leidy, currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. “There is a growing body of evidence that suggests increasing the amount of lean protein, like pork, in your diet can help decrease distracting thoughts about food to help you achieve long-term healthy eating goals.”
Here are a handful of tips to help you control your appetite:
•    Choose cuts of pork that come from the loin – including chops and roasts – and 96 percent lean ground pork, which are the leanest cuts of pork available.
•    Think about meal frequency. A recent study, published in the journal “Obesity,” suggests that sitting down to eat a real meal three times a day may be a better strategy for weight loss than grazing on several smaller “mini-meals.”
•    In addition to protein, look for foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help keep you fuller.
For more information, including recipes to help you maintain a healthy diet year-round, visit www.TheOtherWhiteMeat.com or Facebook.com/TheOtherWhiteMeat.

Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers
12     ounces 96 percent lean ground pork
1/2     cup water
6     tablespoons couscous
4     large red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, or a
3/4     cup prepared salsa, plus more for serving (optional)
1     cup frozen corn, thawed
2     teaspoons chili powder
Salt and pepper
1/4     cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar, Monterey jack, or         Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 500°F.
In small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover, remove from heat, and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork, stirring occasionally and breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
Also while couscous is softening, remove tops from peppers and scrape out seeds. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine couscous, pork, salsa, corn, and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill peppers with pork mixture. Arrange peppers in a shallow baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle cheese on top and continue baking until peppers are tender and stuffing is heated through, about 5 minutes.
Serve peppers with additional salsa on the side if you like.
Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories: 280; Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 55mg; Sodium: 470mg; Carbohydrates: 55g; Protein:  26g; Fiber: 5g

Posted in NewsComments (0)

Fifth-graders participate in mini medical school

Event comes together as result of community partnerships

Dr. Jusith Amparo and Fifth Grade Students at Mini Med School

Fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville operated on “bodies” they made from papier-mâché and Twizzlers, on Thursday, January 20, transforming the school’s gym into a “Mini Medical School.” The Mini Med School concluded a four-week science unit focusing on the human body and its systems.

Eric Nelson and Fifth Graders at Mini Med School

Surgeons and surgical employees from Spectrum Health United Hospital assisted the students in performing mock surgeries on the replica bodies. Nursing students from Montcalm Community College, parent volunteers and additional teachers also helped.
The fifth-graders were dressed head-to-toe in scrubs, including surgical masks, gloves and shoe shields. Students were divided into groups based on a specialty area—one consisted of cardiologists, one of gastroenterologists, another of neurologists, one of orthopedic surgeons and finally pulmonologists. The groups rotated through six stations, each hosted by a surgeon, surgical professional or nurse.
At five of the stations, groups role-played specific surgeries, each within their specialty area. Each student carried out roles such as lead surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical assistant. Types of surgeries portrayed were a heart transplant, lung transplant, appendectomy and cerebral aneurysm repair. At the sixth station, the students used a portable heart defibrillator to simulate treating a patient suffering from cardiac arrest.
Mindy Hepinstall, fifth-grade science teacher at Baldwin Heights and originator of the idea for the school, hopes this event can become an annual component of her science unit on the human body. “This has been such a rewarding experience. Not only because the students have learned so much, but because it also exposes them to careers in health care and may spark interest for some to pursue careers in health care.”
Hepinstall also acknowledged the teamwork it took to implement the Mini Med School. “I am grateful to the employees of United Hospital and for all of the support we received from the school board and teachers. Also, I can’t thank the parents of my students enough—many of them have volunteered and donated supplies to make this event a reality,” said Hepinstall.
Spectrum Health United Hospital was equally pleased with the Mini Med School. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with our local schools to help kids understand the importance of good health. Our surgeons and surgical employees enjoyed working with these kids. Seeing their determination and focus was really inspiring for us,” said Adam Post, director, surgical services, Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Posted in NewsComments (1)

Terry & Sandra Afton

Terry & Sandra Afton of Kent City will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb 3rd, 2011. Family & friends are invited to an open house on Feb 5th from 2:00-6:30 at Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave, Kent City. No gifts please. Children of the couple are Kim & Kris Randall, Cory & Ann Afton, John Afton & Connie, Linda & George Mollien. They have 9 grandchildren.

Posted in Anniversary, Church ConnectionComments (0)

Tips for treating a sick child

(Family Features)

Once the winter months set in, it seems there’s always some sort of “bug” going around school. Between colds, flu, strep and other common illnesses, kids are lucky to escape this season without coming down with something. But if they do get sick, what should you do? These tips will help parents and caregivers see kids through the illness and get them back on the way to health.
Treating a Fever. Not every fever needs treatment. Fevers are part of how the body fights off infection. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) says that if your child is eating and sleeping well, and has periods of playfulness, he or she probably doesn’t need any treatment. But consult with your child’s doctor to find out what’s best in each case. The AAP has these tips for taking care of a child with a fever:
•    Keep his room and your home comfortably cool, and dress him lightly.
•    Encourage her to drink extra fluid such as water, diluted fruit juices or commercially prepared oral electrolyte solutions.
•    If the fever is a symptom of a highly contagious disease such as chickenpox or the flu, keep your child away from other children, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are compromised.
Treating Colds and Flu. While it’s tempting to seek medicinal treatment for every ailment, there is no cure for the cold or flu, and antibiotics don’t work on the viruses that cause colds and flu. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that headaches, muscle aches, sore throats and some fevers can be treated with pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure you give the correct dose according to his or her age and weight.
•    Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children, especially those younger than two.
•    Make sure your child rests and drinks plenty of fluids.
•    A humidifier can help moisten the air in your child’s bedroom and will help with nasal congestion.
Medicating Children. When a doctor does prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication, there are several important things to be aware of. The AAP recommends finishing all prescribed doses of an antibiotic, even if the child starts to feel better soon. They also recommend:
•    Sticking with the schedule – don’t skip doses and ask the doctor what to do if a dose isn’t given on time.
•    Giving the right amount – Never give a child more medicine because you think it might work better or faster. It could do more harm than good.
•    Don’t try to hide the medicine – If a child hates the taste of the medicine, or tries to spit it out, it might be tempting to try to hide it in milk or food. But this could affect how well the medicine works, so do not do this unless specifically directed by your child’s doctor.
For liquid prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that your child does hate the taste of, pharmacies can add Flavorx flavors to improve the taste. There are 15 to 20 flavors to choose from, including bubblegum, grape, strawberry and watermelon. Giving kids the power of choice when it comes to the taste of their medicine really makes a difference. The flavoring service is available at 40,000 major chain pharmacies across the country. Go to www.flavorx.com/locator to find one near you.
If your child is prescribed medication in pill form, there are ways to help the medicine go down. A flavored spray such as Pill Glide helps medications, vitamins and supplements go down without giving kids a stuck-in-the-throat feeling. It is available in grape and strawberry flavors and can be found in several national chain pharmacies. Find out more about both products at www.flavorx.com.

Posted in NewsComments (0)

Tips for fresh, clear skin

Even during the harsh winter months

(ARA) – Cold temperatures and dry air can make it difficult to keep your skin clear, hydrated and looking beautiful during the winter months. After dealing with the pain and embarrassment, the last thing you want to do is to head into spring with dry skin and breakouts.
With these easy winter skin care tips, you’ll feel more confident and proud to show off your clear, beautiful skin:
* Don’t scrub dry, sensitive skin during the winter months. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin is drier than normal during the cold months and vigorous washing can irritate skin, making issues like acne even worse.
* For those who suffer from acne, try the MaxClarity Acne Management System to kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin and exfoliate dead and damaged skin cells. The system’s combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid will promote new skin growth and let your healthy, clear skin shine through.
Made with VersaFoam technology, MaxClarity is a three-step process that includes:
– Deep cleanser that cleans and treats acne on the face, chest and back.
– Advanced acne treatment that dries quickly and fights acne during the day.
– Rejuvenating toner, a leave-on foam that exfoliates dead skin cells overnight to reveal a healthier, glowing complexion.
* Don’t assume you can trade the swimming pool for a tanning bed while it’s cold just because the sun isn’t shining. Continue to keep your skin healthy by avoiding UV radiation – indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging according to the AAD.
* Be sure to use moisturizers when treating acne in winter months. In order to effectively treat your skin, dermatologists recommend gently washing your face first, applying acne medication and moisturizer and finally applying makeup.
Approaching your skin with gentle care during the cold, dry months is sure to help tackle your breakouts and allow you to happily expose your fresh skin just in time for warmer weather.

Posted in NewsComments (0)

Selma L. Nagle

Selma L. Nagle, 66 of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully at her home with her sons at her side on Friday, January 21, 2011. Selma was born January 13, 1945 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Ford and Lola (Anderson) Nicholson. Surviving are her sons, Randy (Kim), Jamie (Devin), John (Kelly); grandchildren, Corianne, Ryan, Charlie, Melissa, Emily, Johnny, Jarrett, Joseph, Jaken, Jesse, Jimmy; 1 great grandson, Brayden; siblings, Audrey, Valerie, Barb, Butch and Danny; step father, Arthur Schoenborn. At her request there will be no services. She will be laid to rest next to her mother at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

Posted in Church Connection, ObituaryComments (0)

Thank You

Thanks Sand Lake DPW for all of the work you do to keep our streets and sidewalks safe & cleared. You folks really do a heck of a job and I tip my hat to you all.
Lloyd L William Jr
Sand Lake, MI

Posted in Church Connection, Thank YouComments (0)

Kent Theatre
Advertising Rates Brochure
Cedar Car Co

Get Your Copy of The Cedar Springs Post for just $40 a year!