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Archive | February, 2011

One little, two little, three little chickadees

Homeschoolers learn how to identify birds and give three cheers for feeding their outdoor feathered friends during national bird feeding month and in preparation for the nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count begins this weekend

By Sarah Read

The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual four-day event that, “engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent” begins this Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. Anyone can participate in the survey, from beginning bird watchers to experts.
Homeschool students from Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for HomeLearners prepared for the count last Friday morning at their weekly learning cooperative with a “Get to Know Your Backyard Birds” workshop. They learned tips for identifying birds starting with size, color, markings and song. They were also given complimentary bags of bird seed with guidelines for good feeder locations, along with full-color posters depicting common eastern North American birds donated by Wild Birds Unlimited, located on Northland Drive.

A downy woodpecker is one bird you might see in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. Photo courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

“My kids are so excited,” shared Jennifer Vermeulen who is using the opportunity to put up a new feeder. “They can’t wait to count the birds.”
According to the GBBC website, it is free to participate and takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the four-day event. Counting helps determine how each species is doing year by year, how weather is affecting flocks and if conservation efforts are needed for a species receiving an alarmingly low count for the year.
February is also national bird feeding month, as it is the toughest time for birds to find food in the wild. For more information about The Great Backyard Bird Count, visit http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc.
Greenville Michigan Inclusive Connection for HomeLearners consists of approximately fifty homeschool families and has weekly co-op classes, monthly field trips, holiday parties, park and sledding days, mom times, community service opportunities, curriculum discussion days and more. To learn more about G-MICH, please visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.webs.com

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Police seek home invasion/assault suspect

The Kent County Sheriff Department is looking for a man that broke into a home on White Creek Avenue in Solon Township Monday morning and then assaulted an elderly relative who arrived on the scene.
According to Det./Sgt. Marc Burns, a 77-year-old relative of the homeowner arrived at the house in the 17000 block of White Creek Avenue, near 20 Mile Road, about 11 a.m., as the suspect was exiting the home. The suspect attacked the victim, and then fled with several items from the home. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
The suspect is described as a black male, 30-35 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, with a large build. The vehicle he used was described as a gray, newer style passenger car.
Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Investigative Division at (616) 632-6125, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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Best lips winner

Congratulations to our Best Lips 2011 winner, Tracy Salisbury, of Cedar Springs! Tracy won a dinner for two, courtesy of the new Main Street Restaurant (at the corner of Main Street and Muskegon), two tickets to the Kent Theatre (courtesy of the Kent) and flowers with a balloon and teddy bear from the Cedar Springs Post.  Thanks to all of you that entered, and a BIG thanks to the Main Street Restaurant and Kent Theatre for partnering with us on prizes!

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Baseball in heaven

Two senior citizens, Abe and Sol, are sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons and talking about baseball, like they do every day. Abe turns to Sol and says, “Do you think there’s baseball in heaven?”
Sol thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I don’t know. But let’s make a deal: if I die first, I’ll come back and tell you if there’s baseball in heaven, and if you die first, you do the same.”
They shake on it and sadly, a few months later, poor Abe passes on. One day soon afterward, Sol is sitting there feeding the pigeons by himself when he hears a voice whisper, “Sol…Sol…”
Sol responds, “Abe! Is that you?”
“Yes it is,” whispers Abe’s ghost.
Sol, still amazed asks, “So, is there baseball in heaven?”
“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”
“Give me the good news first,” says Sol.
Abe says, “Well, there is baseball in heaven.”
“That’s great!” says Sol. “What news could be bad enough to ruin that?”
“You’re pitching on Friday.”

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“Fawlty Towers” at the Kent Theatre

The Tri County Theatre Group (student-directed) will present “Fawlty Towers” at the Kent Theatre on Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19. Both shows are at 7 p.m., and will feature different episodes than performed last November at Tri County High School.
The show is based on the British television show with the same name.  Out of 100 British television shows, Fawlty Towers placed #1 in the year 2000!
Fawlty Towers is the best-loved bad hotel in the world and here we meet the snobbish, manic Basil; his over-coiffured domineering wife, Sybil; the hopeless but ever-hopeful waiter Manuel; the calm and capable Polly – and of course the steady stream of abused guests.
The show stars Brandie Hoyt, Andrew Jason, Paul Bradley, Becca Brooks, Shayna Gross,  Christine Scharphorn,  Melody Gage, Devin Harold, Bryan Ronk, Jade Tafe and special effects by Taylor Ronk.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Half of the proceeds will be going to TC Theatre Group.

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Subscription winners!

Have you subscribed yet to the Cedar Springs Post? If not, you are missing out on a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses!
You, too, can win by subscribing to the Post for only $25 per year. Fill out the entry form on this page and mail, or subscribe through our website (www.cedarspringspost.com) using Paypal.
This week’s winners are:
*Ronald and Pamela Stonehouse, of Spencer Township, won a Valentine gift bag from the Cedar Springs Public Library, filled with a brand new book and other goodies.
*Ivan Nemecek, of Algoma Township, won a free hat and key chain from Tri County Body, in Sand Lake.
Winners must pick up their prizes HERE at the Post within 30 days or the prize will be awarded to someone else. We are open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Please call 696-3655 to make other arrangements.
Thanks so much to the businesses partnering with us in this drive! If you are a business who would like to donate a prize, call us at 696-3655.
*Subscribers are assigned a number, and then chosen at random through a computer website, www.random.org.

Thank you to all of this week’s subscribers!

Arnold & Sharon Magoon
Steven & Pamela Ziny
Patrick & Carole Rettig
Helen Valiket
Philip & Patricia Starr
John & Cynthia Wolfe
Jill & Jerry Johnson
Sheryl Fleser
Deborah Grimes
Thomas & Kristin Hamernik
Richard & Nancy Pajak
Richard & Eleanor Bell
Eugene & Shirley Nielsen
Audrey Earhart
Constance & Clare Kidder
Merlin & Alice Holton
Iva Barresi
Paul & Sharrel Bailey
Keith & Linda Sawade
James & Beth Kieling
Lawrence & Margaret Burch
Ivan Nemecek
Thomas & Maureen Herman
Dominic Merlington
Betty Morris
Freda Robinson

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DNRE seeks help to detect presence of wolves

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment today announced it will conduct a survey in the northern Lower Peninsula Feb. 15 through March 14 to detect the presence of gray wolves in that region of the state.
“The purpose of the survey is to verify the presence of wolves both where we have previously confirmed animals and to detect new occurrences in other areas,” said DNRE wildlife biologist Jennifer Kleitch. “Given the low probability of observing a wolf or tracks in the Lower Peninsula it’s helpful to have as many eyes looking as possible. That’s why public reports are so important.”
Wolves are a federally protected species that began naturally returning to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula via Canada and Wisconsin in the early 1990s. Since that time populations have increased and continue to expand their range.  Evidence of range expansion into the Lower Peninsula came when a gray wolf was accidentally killed in Presque Isle County in 2004.  More recently, wolf breeding was verified in Cheboygan County in 2010.
The DNRE is asking the public to report any recent sightings of wolves or tracks they believe were made by wolves to the Gaylord Operations Service Center at 989-732-3541, ext. 5901 during the survey period. Reports of observations can also be submitted online at www.dnr.state.mi.us/wildlife/pubs/wolf_obsreport.asp.
Survey teams will be searching areas where there have been one or more observations. Priority will be placed on recent reports and those submitted during the survey period.
“It’s important that observations are reported in a timely manner so we can work with fresh evidence. If the public finds what they believe are wolf tracks, they should preserve the physical evidence and disturb it as little as possible or take a photo of the tracks alongside a ruler,” Kleitch said. “If someone has a photo of a wolf in the Lower Peninsula, we’d certainly be interested in that as well.”
Information on wolves in Michigan and links to other wolf-related web pages can be found at www.michigan.gov/wolves.
The DNRE is partnering in this survey effort with US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the Little Traverse and Grand Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and The University of Michigan.

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Red Hawk football player signs with GVSU

Andrew signs his letter of intent at Celebration Cinema with 39 other West Michigan college bound athletes. From Left: Rebecca Klompstra, Andrew Klompstra, and Chuck Klompstra.

Cedar Springs senior Andrew Klompstra has signed his letter of intent to play football at Grand Valley State University. He is the third Cedar Springs football player to receive a scholarship to play college football in the past 4 years and the first at GVSU.  Andrew was selected All-Conference and All-area this past football season as well as Academic All-State HM.
Coach Brian Busen says that he will miss Andrew, and his leadership and work ethic that he grew into over his high school career.
“I am very proud of Andrew. He has worked hard and is very deserving of this great opportunity. I look forward to see the growth and improvement in college for Andrew.  Andrew is not only a great football player but he is also a great student and I think GVSU is a perfect fit for Andrew both academically and athletically,” said Busen.

CS senior Andrew Klompstra and Coach Busen.

“I wish Andrew and GVSU great success, with the exception of the Ferris State game!”

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McDonald’s holds grand reopening

Cedar Springs City officials, the Cedar Springs Fire Department, and company officials from McDonalds gathered for a ribbon cutting for the store’s grand reopening last Friday. Post photo by J. Reed.

People in Cedar Springs love their McDonald’s.
That was evident last Friday, February 11, when the restaurant celebrated its grand reopening by offering a free breakfast entrée a week for an entire year for the first 50 customers starting at 6 a.m. Restaurant manager Brian Miller said that cars were backed out to the street when he came in at 6 a.m. and the 50 cards were gone in a flash. “People came in at 6:11 thinking they were going to get a card,” he said.
They also offered other specials over the weekend and all this week.

L to R: Cedar Springs Firefighters Brien Velting and Greg Seeley, Mayor Charlie Watson, and Mayor Pro Tem Christine Fahl display a check for $500 written to the fire department and signed by none other than Ronald McDonald. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs McDonald’s, one of the busiest in West Michigan, underwent renovations on both

the outside and inside. The newly restored restaurant includes increased seating for 107 customers, a new side-by-side drive-through for fast, accurate and friendly service and a new PlayPlace with three levels of fun.
According to operations manager Brian McKenzie, Cedar Springs is the second McDonald’s to undergo the new design. The first was in Plainwell a week ago, and there will be four or five more next year. “It is great to do this in a community that has supported us so well,” he said. “It’s nice that we can freshen up your McDonalds.”
The store, which is corporately owned, currently employs 70 people, and McKenzie said they could eventually employ 80.
To celebrate, the store held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. with city officials, and presented a check to the Cedar Springs Fire Department for $500.
Miller invites the public to come in and check them out. “When people come in they will be pleasantly surprised at the great specials we are offering to welcome our customers,” he said.
There are more specials on tap for this week. Check out their ad on page 16.

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Lady Red Hawks win two

Brittany Todd foes for the ball.

The Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team hosted both the Tri County Vikings and the Coopersville Broncos and grabbed wins from them both.
On Tuesday, February 8, the Red Hawks fell behind the Vikings in the first quarter 14-12, but they pulled ahead in the second 23-20 and never looked back. They scored 12 more in the third and held Tri County to 5, and both teams scored 9 in the last quarer to give the Red Hawks the win, 44-34.
“We [coaches] noticed something different about the girls’ energy tonight even coming out of the locker room before warm-ups. And it’s a good thing because Tri-County came ready to play,” said Chad Wight, assistant coach for the Red Hawks. “Tri-County was scrappy, had some good shooters, and wouldn’t go away. But our girls found a rhythm tonight and played a fun game to watch. Rachel Ludtke did some good work for us scoring and rebounding—another double-double. As a team, our shooting percentage was up. We shared the scoring when Tiffany Karger had 8 (and 7 rebounds), Chaya Coxon had 8, Hannah Wight had 6, and a few others hit shots at helpful times to keep us up.”
Coach Wight noted that the team’s defensive rebounding also grabbed their attention. “We began to dominate on the defensive boards in the second half, particularly late in the game, and that was great to see as coaches. Our defense did well keeping Tri-County out of sync on the offensive end. We forced turnovers and kept their shooting percentage down (28 percent).”
The Red Hawks then faced the Broncos on Friday, February 11. It was a slow start for both teams, with Cedar leading at the end of the first quarter 5 to 2, but from there on out, the lead remained with the Hawks, finishing the 4th quarter 32-20.
Leading scorer was Chaya Coxon with 10 points, followed by Tiffany Karger with 9 points, Rachel Ludtke with 8 points, Molly Holtrop with 3 points and Amber Milligan with 2 points.
On Tuseday 2/15 they traveled to West Ottawa for a non-conference game, but lost 42-34. Read about that game in next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are now 6-2 in the OK Blue and 10-6 overall.  Their next conference game is at Forest Hills Northern on Friday February 18. The Huskies’ record is 6-3 in the OK Blue and the out come of the game could decide who will take 2nd place behind the undefeated West Catholic Falcons. The Red Hawks will return home on Tuesday, February 22, to face Comstock Park.

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