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Dirt bike rider earns second place

Trentyn Roelofs, age 8, had a great first year of dirt bike riding, earning enough points to place second in the state in both the 50cc senior class and 50cc sport class.
The Beach third-grader started practicing on his new KTM bikes in March when there was still snow on the ground and continued to dedicate time to his riding through the cold and rain until the season started in April. He traveled all over the state to compete, culminating in the SJO state fair series last month.

Trentyn is shown here with his trophies and his big family: brother Jaxen with mom Brooke, Step-dad Jeremy, sister Alyssa, Step-mom Sarah with brother Karson, and Dad Brent.

Trentyn is the son of Brooke Roelofs and Jeremy Robinson, and Brent & Sara Roelofs all of Cedar Springs.
Way to go, Trentyn!

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Red Hawks win one, lose one in district play

The Red Hawks Varsity Soccer team finished the season with a record of 13-6.

The Cedar Springs Schools hosted the district soccer games at Red Hawk Stadium. Round one of the semi-final district games was held on Monday, October 17, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawk varsity boys soccer hosted the Fruitport Trojans. The Red Hawks claimed a 2-0 victory with two first half goals by Kyle Szirovecz at 29:40 and 22:42. Robert Klein assisted on each goal. These two rival teams played a very physical game and featured a superior Red Hawk defensive effort, consistent pressure by the offense and 8 goal denying saves by keeper Kyle Coutchie.

Kyle Szirovecz (18) and Robert Klein (13) both jump for the ball. Also pictured Dontae Ensley (8) and Brandon Goodenough (15).

Several days later, bitter cold temperatures, torrential rainfall and extreme wind gusts were the miserable weather conditions that the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and Spring Lake Lakers faced during the second round of district semi-finals which was held at Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 19. These conditions not only challenged the teams physically, but mentally as well, as the players were forced to endure the 80 minutes of play with intensity and fortitude. The first half of the match proved difficult for the Red Hawks, as the Lakers attacked the ball and managed to put four goals on the scoreboard. Cedar Springs regrouped during the halftime break and entered second half play ready to battle. The Hawks offensive line of Kyle Szirovecz, Robert Klein, Brandon Goodenough, Mitch Hanmer, Jon Shaw, Ilan Cabellero, Luke Dault, and Tyler Aungst sprang into action and worked the ball upfield and made many attempts on goal, but were unable to get the ball past the Spring Lake keeper. The Red Hawk defensive squad of Aaron Dault, Dontae Ensley, Trevor Rose, Bryan Taylor, Josh Champion, Aaron White and goaltender Kyle Coutchie (20 saves) played fiercely and were able to keep the Laker offense from scoring throughout the entire second half. At the final buzzer, the Spring Lake Lakers were awarded the win and the opportunity to advance to district finals, by beating Cedar Springs 4-0.
The Red Hawks closed out the 2011 season with a respectable record of 13 wins and 6 losses. Great job guys! Coach Avink praised his team as he looked back over the season. “The guys had a great season. We really started to come together as a team and that’s always the ultimate goal! I’m excited for what the future holds for Cedar Springs boys soccer.”

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Freshman Red Hawks take first in conference

The freshman Red Hawks lost a close game to Sparta last Thursday. Pictured from the Red Hawks are #10 MavRick Cotton and #36 Alex Jacob. Photo by R. Klompstra.

Lose close game to Sparta

The freshman Red Hawk football team faced off against Sparta on Thursday, October 20. “The boys played hard like they did all season, we just came up a little short in the end. We as coaches are proud of the way they kept playing until the very end.” said Coach Covey.
Sparta scored in the first few minutes of the game. The Hawks answered with a touchdown of their own, but Sparta came right back and scored again. At the end of the quarter the score was Sparta 12, Cedar 6. Both teams scored a touchdown in the second, but only Sparta made their 2-point conversion to make the score to 20-12 Sparta.
With the rain still falling, Cedar came back out strong and evened the score with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. Sparta took back the lead with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. Cedar continued to battle and scored and Sparta immediately responded by scoring again. The third quarter ended with Sparta leading 36-26.
Going into the fourth quarter they could have given up, especially with the weather conditions, but they didn’t. The Red Hawks scored and made the 2-point conversion, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. The last game of the season ended with the Spartans edging out the Red Hawks 36-34.
The loss, however, did not alter their position in the standings. It was a great season for the freshman team with 7 wins, 2 losses—good enough to take first in the conference.
“This is a great group of kids with great attitudes, they have the ability to do great things in the future,” said the coaches. “We look forward to watching them throughout the years. Thank you to the parents and fans for their support.”

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Red Hawks’ playoff hopes dashed by Spartans

The Cedar Springs Varsity Red Hawks ended their season with a 5-4 record. Photo by R. Klompstra.

Friday, October 21, was a night filled with hopes of making it to the playoffs again for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, but their rival, the Sparta Spartans, fought hard to ensure that it would not happen and outscored the Red Hawks 17-7.
The first quarter was truly a battle with both teams not allowing the other to score. As the 2nd quarter went on, the ball moving again back and forth, it was Sparta that was able to score the first points of the game. With 1:20 left in the second quarter, Cedar Springs was given the chance to tie the game when Brandon Slater picked off a pass from the Spartans quarterback, but they turned the ball back over to Sparta on downs.
The 3rd quarter looked promising for the Red Hawks when Jason Vietti recovered a Spartan fumble, but the Red Hawks then fumbled the ball and Sparta recovered it and took it in for another touchdown, bringing the score to 14-0 Sparta. The Red Hawks weren’t stopping though and answered Sparta’s touchdown with one of their own when Connor Burrows barreled through the D-line of Sparta, ending the 3rd quarter 14-7 Spartans.
The 4th quarter was a tense one as the Red Hawks fought to keep their hopes of a playoff game alive, and Sparta fought to keep the Red Hawks out. The Spartans kept the lead by intercepting a pass and taking the Red Hawks out of scoring position. The Spartans then kicked a field goal to extend the lead to 17-7.  The Red Hawks did what they could but fell short.
“I feel bad for this senior class,” said head coach Brian Busen. “These seniors are a great group and deserved a trip to the playoffs. I had a great time coaching this team and will really miss not being around them everyday. I am very proud of each of these guys and look forward to seeing where life will bring them in the future. This year’s group represented Cedar with class and the whole community should be proud of these young men.”
Jason Vietti led the defense with 8 tackles and 3 assists; Cory Wozniak had 5 tackles and 2 assists; and Brandon Slater and Allen Slagter both had 5 tackles and 1 assists. Connor Burrows led the offense with a total of 89 yards and Austin Wamser with 71 yards.

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Halloween Coloring Contest Winners

1st Place
Age group 8-10

Nicole Vanderhoef
age 10
of Cedar Springs






1st Place
Age group 6-7*

Emily Neiderheide
age 6
of Cedar Springs





1st Place
Age group 3-5*

Rachel Neiderheide
age 5
of Cedar Springs

*Due to limited entries in the 3-4 year catergory, we changed the age groups to 3-5, 6-7, and 8-10.

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Halloween happenings

Night owl walk
Oct. 29: Howard Christensen Nature Center is hosting a night owl walk in celebration of Halloween on Saturday, October 29, from 8-10pm. Walk a two mile guided night hike along a trail lit only by jack-o-lanterns. Listen to nature’s sounds of the night, like the Barn Owl—a nocturnal blood-curdling scream—screeching, possibly a bullfrog, and many other night sounds. This event is family-friendly, bring the whole brew. $5/adults, $4/students, $4/seniors, or $12/family. Located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City.

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC
Oct. 29: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting Trunk or Treat on October 29, the Saturday before Halloween, from 6-8 p.m. for members of our community. Costumed children will trick-or-treat from automobile trunks, which will be parked in our front lot, followed by free refreshments of hot dogs, chips and pop served around the bonfire. Bring our lawn chairs, or sit on folding chairs from inside the church. In case of rain, everything gets moved inside (except the fire, of course). Call the church for more info at 866-4298. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford, just south of 13 Mile Rd.

Harvest party at Cedar Creek Community
Oct. 29: Cedar Creek Community Church, located at 2969 – 14 Mile Rd NE, Sparta, will host a free harvest party on Saturday, October 29, starting at 5:30pm. They will have hayrides (straw-due to allergies), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, cake walk, games for all ages, face painting, trunk or treat, soup, hot dogs, popcorn, and lots of fun and fellowship. All are welcome to this free and fun event.

Halloween carnival in Sparta
Oct. 29: There will be a Halloween carnival from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at the Sparta Fire Department, 36 Elmwood, Sparta.

Harvest party at Northside Community, Sparta
Oct. 30: Northside Community Church (next to Family Fare in Sparta) will hold a harvest party on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. with magician, balloon artists, bounce house, fire truck, games, crafts, hotdogs and more.

Halloween Spook-tacular
Oct. 31: Businesses in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Main Street Halloween Spook-tacular on Monday, October 31. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with a reading of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Perry’s Place, 90 N. Main, from 5-6 p.m. Kids can then pick up a trick-or-treat map from the Cedar Springs Library, at the corner of Cherry and Second, and trick-or-treat at various businesses from 5:45 to 7 p.m. There are more scary stories at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, 32 S. Main, from 6-7 p.m.; a carnival at the corner of Main and Ash put on by Calvary Assembly of God; trunk-or-treat at the Springs Church (corner of First and Maple) from 6-8; and the Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad will hand out candy, cider and donuts at the firebarn at W. Maple and Second St.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs
Oct. 31: When kids are out trick-or-treating in Cedar Springs, they can swing by The Springs Church for Trunk-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m. There will be a puppet show, donuts & cider, carnival games, a 20-foot giant slide, decorated trunks & lots & lots of candy!  It will be fun for the whole family in a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

Family harvest celebration
Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp will be holding its annual Family Harvest Celebration on Monday, October 31. Come anytime between 6-8pm to check out the decorated cabins and enjoy a night out with the family. This is a free family event that includes wagon rides, puppets, games, cider, treats and a trip through treat town for some candy. Pine Ridge is located just 5 miles east of town on 17 Mile Rd. Call 616-696-8675 for more information.

Spencer Fire Department
Oct. 31: The Spencer Township Fire Department will be handing out candy at the fire department from 5:0-8 p.m. The fire department is located at 12131 18 Mile Road, NE, Gowen.

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A “wooly” good friend

Nevin Mills, age 2, the grandson of Gary and Rosemary Mills, of Cedar Springs, befriended a woolly “bear” caterpillar that he named “Bob.”
This type of caterpillar is the larval form of the Isabella Tiger moth. They hatch during warm weather from eggs laid by a female moth. Mature woolly bears search for sites under bark or inside cavities of rocks or logs where they can stay the winter. (That’s why you see so many of them crossing roads and sidewalks in the fall.)
When spring arrives, woolly bears spin fuzzy cocoons and transform inside them into full-grown moths.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, woolly “bear” caterpillars became famous when Dr. C.H. Curran, curator of insects at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, performed an experiment at Bear Mountain State Park on the woolly “bear” caterpillars to predict the weather. From 1948 to 1956, he collected as many caterpillars as he could in a day, determined the average number of reddish-brown segments, and forecast the coming winter weather through a reporter friend at The New York Herald Tribune.
According to legend, the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter. During Curran’s experiments, he found the bands to be wider, and the winters were somewhat milder. He knew, however, that he was testing a small amount of data, and it was an excuse to have fun more than anything scientific.

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Mow don’t rake fall leaves

Eco-friendly landscape tips for the fall season

by Melinda Myers, gardening expert

Go green, or should I say brown.  Recycle fall leaves into compost, a soil amendment or a nutritious topdressing for the lawn. It saves time, improves your landscape, and is good for the environment.
Shred fall leaves with your mower and leave them on the lawn. As long as you can see the grass blades for the leaf pieces your lawn will be fine. Those shredded leaves will break down adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
It is also a good time to make your last application of fertilizer for your lawn. Use a slow release organic nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite, that won’t burn the lawn. Plus, the phosphorous is non-leaching and recent research found when the micro-organisms break down this fertilizer, some of the phosphorous and potassium tied up in the soil is released for plants to use.
Northern gardeners with bluegrass, fescue and rye grass lawns can make their last application in late fall before the ground freezes. Those in the south growing Bermuda, St Augustine and other warm weather grasses can make their last fertilization about one month before the lawn goes dormant. That’s about the time of the first killing frost. Fertilizing later can result in winter damage.
Bag any leaves you don’t want to leave on the lawn and dig them into annual flower and vegetable gardens. They will break down over winter improving the soil.
Use any remaining shredded leaves as mulch on the soil around perennials, trees and shrubs. The shredded leaves help conserve moisture, moderate temperature extremes and reduce weed problems. And once decomposed, help improve the soil.
Still leaves left? Start a compost pile by mixing fall leaves with other yard waste.  Don’t add aggressive weeds or those gone to seed. Leave insect and disease infested or chemically treated plant debris out of the pile. Don’t add fat, meat and other animal products that can attract rodents. Moisten and occasionally turn the pile to speed up the process. Soon you will have a wonderful soil conditioner to put back into your landscape.
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including “Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening.” She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on 89 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Myers’ web site is www.melindamyers.com.

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Catch of the Week

Alyssa Balcam, 4, daughter of Al and Sandra Balcam, of Coral, caught this bluegill at Cowden Lake with her Barbie fishing pole. Her parents said that somehow she always manages to catch the first fish! Alyssa attends preschool at Cedar Trails Elementary.

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More deer photos

Ed Bremmer, of Cedar Springs, sent us this photo of a deer and one of her fawns, taken right here in Cedar Springs. The other photo, though a little out of focus, shows something rare—a piebald deer. Less than 5 percent of Michigan’s deer population are piebalds, which have a brown and white spotting pattern. He said that photo was taken somewhere in Solon Township.

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