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Archive | February, 2012


North Kent Head Start Registration

Feb. 16: North Kent Head Start is now enrolling for the 2012-13 school year. Head Start is a FREE high quality preschool program for children who will be three years old on or before Dec. 1, 2012. Provided is nutritious meals and snacks, transportation in most areas, screenings in health and development and accommodation for children with disabilities. Call or email now! Spots fill up fast! Call us at 616-696-3990 or email lbattenfield@hs4kc.  #7


Reel Fun: A Family Movie Event

Feb. 18: Come enjoy a family movie. Call or stop by the library for details on what’s showing. For all ages. Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Library, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake, 616-636-4251.  #7


Broadway Bootcamp

Feb. 22: Attention music and theater lovers! Broadway Bootcamp is Here! There is a new program coming to Cedar Springs for 4th – 8th graders and it is held after school. The class is offered for 5 weeks and is $30. Registration forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320.  #7


Daddy Daughter Date Night

Feb. 24: Ages 5 – 16. Dad, join your favorite girl for an evening of a pizza dinner and dancing. In addition to dancing, there will be lots of games and activities being played throughout the evening. A light pizza dinner will be served between 6-7 pm. Bring your dancing shoes and have a blast! Registration maximum of 75 couples. Cost: $7 per person. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. If interested simply email cperski@lilysfrogpad.com.  #7


Pancake Breakfast

Feb. 26: Coral Fire Department Benefit – Pancake Breakfast – All you can eat. Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 am – 1 pm. at the Coral Community Center. $6 adults, $4 child 4 – 12 yrs. (3 & under free). Pancakes, sausage links, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice.  #7

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Free fishing weekend Feb. 18 and 19

The LOLA Ice Fishing Derby has been canceled this year due to warmer weather. According to organizer Pam Bradfield, they will are planning a spring event. Post photo by L. Allen.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone the annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. On that weekend, everyone can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan has been celebrating Winter Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1994 as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match.”Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, including during the winter months,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “Fishing is an inexpensive activity anyone can pursue, as an individual or as a family. We encourage you to get out this February and experience it for yourself, for free!”To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are being scheduled in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including: constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others.

Find an event occurring in your community. Visit the newly revamped website www.michigan.gov/freefishing for all things related to this unique weekend; including where you can find help on event planning and promotion and where you can identify events in your area or register an official event. 

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CS girls’ varsity gets two league victories

Cedar Springs varsity girls basketball picked up two more wins last week. In the photo above, Shaelyn Fasel dribbles the ball for the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks were twice victorious last week picking up wins on Tuesday night over Coopersville 36–21, and on Friday beating the tough Forest Hills Northern squad on the road by a 41–30 margin.  The wins put the ladies into sole possession of first place in the OK Blue conference, with a record of 8-1 (13-3 overall as of Monday).

The Coopersville game saw the Red Hawks play some more of their outstanding defense allowing the Broncos to score no more than 7 points in any quarter. On the offensive side, the team was short handed, as starting point guard Molly Holtrop was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Cedar scored first and never trailed at any point in the game.

Tiffany Karger led the way with 19 points to continue her high scoring ways.  Rachael Ludtke followed her with 11 and Brittany Todd, Chaya Coxon, and Hannah Wight each delivered 2 point.

On Friday night, the ladies headed to Grand Rapids to face the Huskies of FHN for the second time this season. CS had won the first match up at home in a tight one 44-41, with the Red Hawks needing to hold on in the fourth quarter for the win. This game was no different than the first, with each team trading baskets and trading the lead 6 times in the first few minutes.

Early in the second quarter with FHN leading 9–8, Cedar was able to get the ball inside and Rachael Ludtke scored three consecutive buckets on excellent feeds from her teammates, forcing Northern to call time out and adjust their defense.  After that the Red Hawks were in control.

As the game wound down, Northern was forced to press and when they were unable to steal the ball, as they tried to trade fouls for possessions. The tactic failed, as Cedar hit their free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger scored 17 points to lead the ladies and went 9 of 10 on her free throw attempts, many of them coming in the fourth quarter. Rachael Ludtke pitched in with 10 points, Chaya Coxon had 5, Molly Holtrop had 4 with 3 assists, Brittany Todd 3 with a giant defensive rebound near the end, and Hannah Wight scored 2 but came away with 5 offensive rebounds.

The Red Hawks played again Tuesday the 14th at home, in a non conference battle with Holland West Ottawa, and will return to league action Friday with a home game against Comstock Park.

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Cheer teams takes second in conference

The Red Hawk Competitive Cheer Team had another eventful week. On Wednesday, February 8, the Lady Red Hawks hosted the O-K Blue Conference Finals. The Red Hawks fought hard but fell short of a Conference Title taking second place behind Comstock Park. During the first round of competition the Lady hawks came out strong, leaving only a 5-point margin between them and Comstock Park. The second round is where the Red Hawks lost their high point standing due to some errors that cost them deductions that would make it difficult to rebound from in the 3rd round. The third round they still came out with their heads held high and ready to show what they had, scoring above Comstock Park in the round, but still unable to recover from the mistakes made earlier and landing them the 2nd place finish.

“We are still very proud of our girls and excited to see what they will bring to districts,” said a spectator. “The girls have continued to improve and even though they have had set backs, still come out strong.”

The Lady Red Hawks also traveled to the Delta Plex on Saturday, February 11, where they participated in a PR Cheer Tournament, to help familiarize the team with the complex and scoring that they may face if able to attend a state tournament.  The Lady Hawks faced a lot of new competition there that they had not seen yet this year—many of them teams they will face at the regional level, if they place at districts. The Red Hawks did what they could but were only able to place 9th out of the 13 teams in the Division 2 seatings.

“It was a great experience to have,” said Lauren Oehme, a cheerleader on the team. “We were all a little nervous because of the size of the building and, for many, it was their first time there and it was a little overwhelming.”

The Lady Red Hawks will host the District competition on Saturday Feb. 18, at the Cedar Springs High School.  Come and Cheer the Lady Red Hawks on as they attempt to advance out of districts to the regional competition.

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Wamser claims conference and district champ titles

Red Hawk wrestlers place at regionals. (L to R) Sophomore Jared Vodry 4th, senior Austin Wamser 1st, and junior Cody Oehme 3rd.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Team traveled to Coopersville on Saturday February 4th to compete in the OK Blue Conference Tournament.

The Young team with its few seasoned wrestlers put up a good fight with many placing. Senior Wrestler Austin Wamser led the Red Hawks by taking 1st and claiming the Conference Champ Title in the 152 pound weight class. Cody Oeheme took 3rd in the 125 pound weight class, as well as Nate Dorr claiming a 3rd place finish in the 135 pound weight class. The following Red Hawk wrestlers were able to fight and win their 4th place finishes:  Brett Bouwens in 119 pound class, Sean Thompson in the 140 pound class, Logan McGahnin the 160 pound class and Dominick Chong in the 171 pound weight class. Congratulations to all out conference placers.

The Red Hawks then traveled to Greenville on Wed. Feb 8 to compete in the Team Districts where Cedar Springs ended up being named the winner at the end due to Sparta, the #8 ranked team in the state, sending in an illegal wrestler in the 2nd to last match, forcing Sparta to forfeit the dual to Cedar Springs.  The Red Hawks then had only a mere 10 minutes to get ready to take on Greenville’s #5 state ranked team. The Red Hawks did what they could but fell to Greenville, giving them the Distict Champ Title.

On Saturday Feb. 11, the Red Hawk wrestlers then headed to Gaylord, where they competed in the Individual District Competition.  The Red Hawks came against many wrestlers that they had not wrestled throughout the season. Three Red Hawks were able to take places and move on to the Regional Individual Competition in Mt. Pleasant to be held on Feb. 18. Clinching the title of District Champion was senior Austin Wamser, taking 1st, in the 152 pound weight class.  Junior Cody Oehme placed  3rd in the 125 pound weight class and sophomore Jared Vodry placed 4th in the 145 pound weight class. When these Red Hawk wrestlers head to Mount Pleasant next week, senior Austin Wamser will also continue to strive toward his goal of 150 career wins, of which he is only 4 away.

“The kids did a great job wrestling all season for being such a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost.

Good luck to the three wrestlers headed to regional to continue shooting for their chance at a state title.

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Youth wrestlers take medals

Youth wrestlers of West Michigan Pursuit left the West Region and traveled to Central Montcalm last week where they competed against MYWAY members from the North Region. Traveling to other regions gives them an opportunity to wrestle a wider range of kids they could potentially see again later this year at State Finals in Battle Creek.

“WMP wrestlers had their best showing so far this year,” said owner Dave Andrus. “We entered 11 wrestlers and placed 10.”

Taylor Andrus, Anthony Brew, Gage Gardner, Corbin Orange, Nate Webb, and Nathan Elliston all took home first place medals. Anthony Ggoodfellow, Michael Jordan,and Nathan Male took second, and Mayson Levondoski took 3rd.

This Sunday they’re close to home in Tri County where they’ll continue in their pursuit of the podium.

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Cedar youth wrestlers rock

Cedar Spring Youth wrestlers continue to rock the house, bringing home awards from two different tournaments held on Sunday February, 5.

Medal winners from the Grandville tournament were Samuel Couturier, with a first place, and Aiden Bouwens, with a second place.

On the other side of the state, Holt held its Rock-N-Wrestling tournament, where wrestlers were awarded a custom license plate for first and second place finishes, and a custom dog tag for third and fourth place finishes. Ryan Ringler, George Gonzales Jr. and Jordan Ringler were all champions in their weight classes.  Landon Demorest and Reese Gonzales finished second. Allexis Gonzales took third and Tacho Gonzales ended the day with a fourth place finish.

Keep watching the weekly results as youth wrestling regional championships are only four weeks away. Cedar is looking to send quite a few wrestlers to state again.

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First Daddy/Daughter Dance is big hit at CTA

On Thursday, February 9, Creative Technologies Academy (CTA) had their first Daddy/Daughter Dance. Students in grades K-6 were allowed to bring that special male in their lives for a night of dancing, refreshments, crafts, and fun. The event was a huge success. Everyone had an amazing time, and both students and adults were dancing most of the night.

“I was so excited to see everyone having such a great time; I don’t think it could have gone any better,” stated Miss Burton, fourth grade teacher at Creative Technologies Academy.

As a K-12 school, CTA was able to have the high school students volunteer to dress up, open doors, and help with the crafts. One high school student even commented that it was better than prom. Maggie Solomon, a senior at CTA, spent over 45 hours painting a 35-foot fairy tale mural that covered an entire wall. “This has to be a new tradition,” stated the School Leader, Dan George. CTA is very excited and hopeful that this dance will continue for years to come.

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West Michigan Blues Society Brings “The Blues” to Life at CTA

Local blues artist Jimmie Stagger and retired educator and musician David “Dr. Hamfat” Marin made a return trip to CTA on Friday, February 10 and once again “wowwed” our students with two assemblies, one for grades K-5 and one for grades 6-12.  “The wealth of historical knowledge of these gentlemen, combined with their love of the blues and expert musical performance, make this our most popular assembly of the year,” said School Leader Dan George.  “It also fits in with our classroom emphases this month on contributions made to America by African Americans.”

Marin and Stagger offer the program free of charge to area schools and their love for what they do is apparent to the students they teach.  They get all the students involved by singing and clapping to songs from blues artists including Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly, Charlie Patton, and B.B. King. Their slideshow includes historical photographs and biographical information on each artist.  The duo play a variety of instruments ranging from a homemade “Diddley Bow” and a cigar box guitar to a harmonica, a guitar made of steel, and a traditional 12 string guitar. CTA teachers received information in advance with lesson plans for art, creative writing, and history.

“Our kids love listening and participating with Mr. Stagger and Mr. Marin,” said Kyle Bohl, CTA Director of Student Services.  “We want them to come back as often as possible.”

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CTA 1st Trimester Honor Roll 2011-12

CTA Middle School

Name     Grade      GPA

Allen, Lillian 07 3.00

Armstrong, Dawson 06 4.00

Beck, Brandon 07 3.78

Bouma, Jarod 07 3.84

Bouma, Richard 07 3.00

Caldwell, Anna 06 3.84

Davison, Joshua 08 3.75

Foster, Lyndsey 07 4.00

Grabinski, William 06 3.59

Heukels, Destiny 08 3.08

Hofstra, James 06 4.00

Howard, Austin 06 4.00

Keech, Kaleigh 08 3.17

Knott, Ryan 07 3.33

Konrad, Arabelle 07 4.00

Korody, Michael 06 3.44

Kyser, Jordan 08 3.33

Kyser, June 07 3.11

Lange, Emily 07 3.00

Lehman, Ethan 07 4.00

Miner, Leslie 06 3.75

Rogers, William 06 3.17

Salmon, Dennis 07 3.00

Schullo, Brittany 06 3.25

Schultz, Jesse 08 3.33

Shelagowski, Autumn 07 4.00

Stahle, Jared 08 3.00

Thebo, Tayler 06 3.33

VanEnk, Annalise 08 3.75

Watson, Autumn 06 3.33


CTA High School

Name     Grade      GPA

Armstrong, Austin 11 4.09

Batey, Monica 10 3.00

Beck, Alicia 10 4.00

Biddlecome, Kandice 12 3.15

Bricker, Brianna 09 3.52

Bulatnikova, Darya 10 4.00

Burgess, Traci 11 3.33

Chilcote, Cole 12 3.45

Coffman, Chelsea 12 3.38

Colburn, Lydia 10 3.89

Colburn, Naomi 11 3.85

Couturier, Esther 11 3.47

George, Dani 10 4.09

George, Jonathan H 09 3.95

Holmberg, Matthew 12 3.00

Hoops, Jonathan 09 3.76

Howard, Emily 12 3.13

Hubbard, Esther 11 4.09

Hubbard, Hannah 09 3.86

Huizinga, Maria 11 3.42

Ingersoll, Skyler 11 3.92

Johnson, Travis 11 3.70

Kibitz, Cassie 10 3.00

Knott, Stephen 10 3.53

Marek, Ashley 11 3.09

Marek, Caitlin 11 3.45

Mead, Justin 10 3.64

Munger, Erin 10 4.00

Nutt, Aaron 10 3.82

Patchett, Sage 11 3.76

Schaner, Amber 10 3.82

Schutter, Jacob 10 3.03

Smith, Michaela 10 3.58

Solomon, Margaret 12 3.61

Spoelhof, Ashley 12 3.61

Taber, Hope 12 3.03

Temple, Rachelle 09 3.43

Tomandl, Benett 09 3.82

Tomandl, Mikayla 10 4.03

Tow, Jacob 12 3.92

Tow, Kathryn 10 4.08

Uplinger, Amber 10 3.13

VanEnk, Grace 11 4.03

White, Zachary 12 3.15

Whitlatch, Robert 12 3.78

Whitney, Cecelia 10 3.45

Winters, Andre 11 4.09

Winters, Derek 09 3.33

Wortz, Jeremiah 11 3.64

Wortz, Olivia 09 3.13

Yarrington, Dylan 09 3.56

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