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Archive | April, 2011

Drug dealer robbed

Allan McKay

An 18-year-old Cedar Springs man was robbed Wednesday evening when he met four other teens on the White Pine Trail to complete a drug deal.
Officer Paul Feutz responded to a call of an armed robbery that occurred Friday night, April 13 at 9:25 p.m. Little did he know at that time that he would eventually charge those involved in addition to arresting the victim who reported the crime.
The 18 year old victim, Allan McKay, first reported that a group of men assaulted him with boards and bottles while on the White Pine Trail behind Vanderhyde Ford. Officer Feutz did not see signs of an assault and there was no need for medical assistance. The victim told the officer that they took $120.00 dollars from him. The victim knew some of the young men by first

Cordeil Boyce-Burden

name only.

At first those interviewed denied even being on the trail. Follow-up interviews resulted in Officer Feutz getting to the truth, with the group admitting they set up McKay to come deliver drugs, with the intention of stealing his marijuana. Those involved admitted they swung at McKay, acting like they wanted to hit him, and then chased him on the trail until he fell into the brush filled ditch. He then gave up his marijuana to avoid being harmed.
Allan McKay eventually admitted that this was in fact what took place. He was mad and called the police. Unfortunately for him, he was living with a female friend who had filed a police report against him. In that case a “Bond

Austin Mosher

Conditional Release” was issued, ordering that he have no contact with this victim. Officer Feutz arrested and lodged him in jail.

The robbery investigation was reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office and resulted in charging three young men, ages 17, 18 and 19, and one juvenile, age 15, with a 10 year felony, “larceny from a person.” All of the suspects involved live in the City of Cedar Springs.
Arrested were Cordeil Lea Boyce-Burden, 18, Austin Lee Mosher, 19, and Brandon Clay Bates, 17. Boyce-Burden and Mosher were arraigned in 63rd District Court Monday. They were given a preliminary hearing date of May 3 at 3:30 p.m., and bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety. Bates was set to appear

Brandon Bates

in court Wednesday.

Allan McKay was brought before the judge and was given a $300.00 cash bond for violating his “Bond Conditional Release” order. According to Chief Parent, he was not charged with a drug-related offense because no evidence of the drug was found, and he was already headed to court on three other unrelated charges.

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Superintendent receives high marks

Superintendent Ron McDerm

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education gave Superintendent Ron McDermed a favorable evaluation Monday evening, April 18, giving him an “exceeds goals” grade in all five categories they reviewed.
The board evaluates the superintendent each year based on board goals. McDermed, who is in his second full year as superintendent, was graded on the following goals:
•    Increasing student achievement through exemplary teaching
•    Builds a shared partnership with parents and community to build shared ownership in our district
•    Oversees and ensures sound fiscal management of the district’s resources
•    Superintendent/Board relations
•    General performance
The process included a closed meeting of the Cedar Springs Board of Education for its own evaluation, and an open Superintendent advisory committee that included board members, Cedar Springs Public Schools staff, the Cedar Springs City Manager, a representative from KSSN, a community member, and a representative from the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.
Some comments from those who participated included in the evaluation noted that McDermed is a forward looking individual, keeps the bar high, is open and transparent, has a passion for the students and community, and has a distributive leadership that lets people do their jobs.
“The Cedar Springs Board of Education is grateful to Superintendent Ron McDermed for his commitment to our district…His leadership has allowed us to expand our student achievement…We believe the students and community of the Cedar Springs Public Schools District are well-served under his leadership,” the board noted in the summary of its evaluation.
For a complete copy of the evaluation, click on link: Superintendent Ron McDermed Evaluation 2010-2011.

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Community cleanup gets wash down

The weather was not kind to the 30 people who showed up to for the annual Cedar Creek clean-up in Cedar Springs, Saturday, April 16.
According to City Manager Christine Burns, all the groups that signed up showed up, except one that said they would do some picking up at a later date. It was the least amount of volunteers they have had for the cleanup, but it didn’t dampen her spirits.
“Even in the rain we put a pretty good dent in it,” said Burns, who explained that they had an hour of cleanup before the rain started at 11:15 a.m. “It really stung,” she said.
She noted they had a good showing for the E-waste, with a container that was half full.
Burns noted that all costs associated with the event were defrayed through sponsorships, except the cost of the trash bags. Choice One Bank covered the cost of the t-shirts for volunteers and Independent Bank covered the pizza party afterward.  @Home Computers sponsored the E-waste portion of the cleanup. “We couldn’t do this without all of them,” she said.
Whether this event will return next year is up in the air due to possible budget cuts.

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Community share program

The Red Flannel Festival is once again offering area non-profits a way to earn some money for their organization while working the Red Flannel Festival events. According to the Red Flannel Board of Directors, they generated over $5,600 for local non-profits last year.
Some events they need help with include the 5K run, Chili cook off, Queen pageant, children’s parade, arts and crafts fair, and grand parade.
If your organization is interested in this opportunity to participate in the community share program, send an email to president@redflannelfestival.org to get a form.

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Easter Riddles

Q: What do you call rabbits that marched in a long sweltering Easter parade?
A: Hot, cross bunnies.

Q: What do you call a duck that just doesn’t fit in?
A: Mallardjusted.

Q: Why was the rabbit rubbing his head?
A: Because he had an eggache! (headache)

Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?
A: Eggercise

Q: What does a rooster say to a hen he likes?
A: Your one hot chick!

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
A: A receding hareline.

Q: What do ducks have for lunch?
A: Soup and quackers!

Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?
A: An egghead.

Q: Why are people always tired in April?
A: Because they just finished a march.

Q: Why did the magician have to cancel his show?
A: He’d just washed his hare and couldn’t do a thing with it.

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Spring Parks and Rec classes start next week

Summer camp registrations also open

Are you interested in getting in shape before the summer? There are some Cedar Springs Area Parks and Rec programs starting April 25 that can help you accomplish that goal. There are offerings for all ages and abilities, including a new program of  Line Dancing. Monday nights have youth tumbling for ages 3-8, kickboxing, yoga with an instructor with over 200 hours of certification, and open basketball for men. Tuesdays have an Intro to Ballroom Dancing class that is for couples or singles, Tae Kwon Do for children and adults, and open volleyball for adults. Take a new line dancing class on Thursdays or try out the popular programs of Body Bootcamp and ZUMBA.These programs will keep you moving and motivated, plus teach you some great skills. Registration forms for these programs can be found online at www.csaparksandrec.com , at the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation office at the Cedar Springs Public Schools district office during the daytime, or at the Cedar Springs Middle School on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdsay evening from 6-9pm.
A variety of other activities will be available this summer as well. The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Cedar Springs Public Schools athletic department to offer a wide array of sport camps including basketball, tennis, track, and volleyball. The age range for each camp may be different, but most are avaialbe to those in 3rd-12th grades.  The camp registration forms can be found online and at the Cedar Springs Public Schools district office. The pre-registration deadline for most camps is June 1, so don’t wait and miss out on a chance to work with great coaches,improve your skills, and have some fun this summer.
There are more activities on tap, so see the ad below or contact Parks and Rec at 696-7320 for more info.

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Amusing Legal Notice

Dear Editor,

I am amused to see the Legal Notice that Sand Lake Village Clerk, Judy Howard, put in the Cedar Springs Post. She explains the Moratorium on all aspects of Medical Marijuana in the Village.
When people complain regarding visible marijuana use in the downtown City Park Clerk Howard tells them that the marijuana use is hard to discipline and so the City officials and Village Police do not take notice.
In good weather the doors to the Fire Station are open and in front of it a group of Police and Fire & Rescue personnel have chairs and some stand around for most of each day, unless they receive the infrequent call. One only has to visit the ice cream store to see the group of people in the park gazebo and the police and fire & rescue facing them.
My amusement comes from knowing people who have complained, what Clerk Howard has told them, and the fact that the Village has such high hopes when their Police are incapable of doing anything about the really illegal marijuana. Theft of materials while the library was being built was clearly not dealt with either. Also evident in Clerk Howard’s Legal Notice is that she cannot spell the word marijuana.

Sand Lake Resident
Beth Williams

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Main Street

Roger on Main StreetAugust 14, 1935

What’s it like to get old in America? I’m an expert on this topic. Yep, aches, pains, and various ailments are part of it, but generally speaking, elderly Americans can afford food and shelter.
For most Americans, getting old once meant spending the remaining years in want after a lifetime of work. Then, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. It rescued America’s elderly, at least from the worst kinds of poverty. No wonder we hear people voice distress about Social Security being not so secure.
The system isn’t broken; it has simply become obsolete because of our increased longevity. That’s a good thing! In 1935, the average lifetime was a lot shorter than now. My grandfather Allen retired and got one Social Security check before he died. I’ve received 216 (so far!).  He and I contributed part of our wages for the same length of time before retirement.
If we want to live longer and collect for a lifetime, we have to pay in more. Raising the age of retirement is one way, and a logical one. Another solution is to pay more in taxes while employed. I don’t think it would take punitive taxation to guarantee the Social Security safety net. Personally, I think it would be worth it.

Use it or lose it

A woman was talking on the phone with a friend: “My body has gotten totally out of shape. I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided on an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got those leotards on, the class was over.”

Two more old folks

An elderly couple, childhood sweethearts, had married and settled down in the old neighborhood.
To celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, they take a stroll down to their old school. Holding hands, they find the desk they shared. There he had carved, “I love you, Sally.”
On the way back home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car practically at their feet. Sally quickly picks it up. They don’t know what to do with it so they carry it home with them. She counts the money and discovers it’s $50,000.
John says, “We’ve got to give it back.”
Sally says, “Finders keepers,” stuffs the money back into the bag, and hides it up in the attic.
The next day, two FBI agents go door-to-door in the neighborhood, looking for the money. They knock on John and Sally’s door. “Pardon me,” one says, “but did either of you find some money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”
Sally says, “No.”
John says, “She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic.”
Sally says, “Don’t believe him. He’s getting senile.”
But the agents sit John down for questioning: “Tell us the story from the beginning.”
“Well,” John says, “when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday…”
At this, the FBI guy looks at his partner and says, “We’re outta here….”

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U + GOD = :)

Pastor Mary Ivanov
Cedar Springs United Methodist Church
140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

My family and I traveled to Orlando, Florida during spring break.  This was our first trip there, and there was a lot to see: people from all over the United States, Disney characters from every movie, rides, and special shows. One of the most interesting things that caught my attention, though, was up in the sky one afternoon.
It was a small plane flying around and spelling out a message: U + GOD = :)
The letters vanished quickly, but not before my eyes were fixed on this small plane and the message it offered to anyone who was looking.  I don’t know who the pilot was or who sponsored the message, but the message was clear.
It was a message of faith and hope for everyone who could see it. It was an invitation to “look up” and recognize that true joy comes from God our Creator who desires a relationship with us.  At Disney World, a place where “happiness” is marketed heavily, the Good News of God—the source of true joy—was shared in a very special way.  It was there for everyone to see as a reminder and an invitation to seek God.
I don’t think as many people would’ve seen it, heard it, or paid as much attention if someone had stood at the gate into the Magic Kingdom with a sign or tried to shout over the crowd. Somehow skywriting the Gospel seemed to be the best way to get everyone’s attention.
This week is Holy Week. We walk with Jesus. We remember how the people shouted “Hosanna!” as he rode into Jerusalem. They thought he would be a Messiah who would overthrow the Roman government and save them, but it did not go as they planned.  Instead, Jesus is the Messiah who is the Suffering Servant and who gives his life willingly for our sake.  Jesus is the Messiah who is raised again that we might have forgiveness for our sin and new life in him.
In the Gospel of John 20: 17-18, Mary Magdalene meets Jesus in the garden. And when she clings to him, he says, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” So, she goes to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!”
Maybe we won’t skywrite the Gospel, but we have great Good News to share: Jesus died for us while we yet sinners, and that is proof of God’s love for us! Jesus lives again! God has overcome the power of sin and death, and we have a reason for hope!
Mary Magdalene had a powerful message, and there was something certain about her witness. The challenge for all of us is how we will share the Gospel. Sometimes it’s through conversation and a willingness to listen to others.  Sometimes it’s through loving actions. How will you share the Good News of Jesus this week?
On behalf of the CS Ministerial Association, I invite you to join us for worship on Good Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. at CSHS Auditorium.  And if you don’t have a church home or have been away for a while, consider getting back to church or trying it out for the first time. I invite you to worship with us this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.  We share the love and hope of Jesus Christ!

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