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Archive | March, 2012

Rotary chooses essay winners

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.

The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.

“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a club in our community,” said Rotary President Denise Gates. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

The Rotary 4-way test says, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.


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Solon Township briefs

Solon Township announces precinct changes

As a result of the 2010 census count and the resulting redistricting on the state and national level, Solon Township residents may find the places they have always gone to vote and who they voted for have changed.

Solon Township was part of the 73rd district in the state house of representatives, but is now represented by the 74th district (as are the Cities of Cedar Springs, Rockford, Grandville, Walker, and the townships of Tyrone, Algoma, Sparta, and Alpine). Also, the township used to be represented by both the 2nd and the 3rd congressional districts, which have now changed so that the entire township is represented in the 3rd congressional district. As a result, voters who may have liked voting for one candidate may have to decide on another.

Solon Township Clerk John Rideout said they considered two things when redrawing precinct lines: one was the size of the buildings where the elections are held; and two, they wanted to keep Kent City School District in one precinct. The reason being that the township hall, where precinct one is located, is much smaller than precinct 2, located at the Solon Wesleyan Church. As a result of the redistricting, precinct one will consist of the southeast corner of the township bordered by Algoma Ave. and 20 Mile Road. The remainder of the township will be precinct two. Additionally, keeping Kent City Schools in one district will facilitate a less confusing election.

Rideout indicated that voters should be receiving new voter identification cards in the mail shortly informing them where they need to go vote in the future. If they have any questions they are encouraged to contact the clerk’s office at 696-1718.

Barn to get facelift

The old horsebarn at 15185 Algoma will soon get a facelift—literally. The Solon Township board voted last Tuesday to tear down the first 30-40 feet of the east side of the building. “This preserves the majority of the barn,” said Clerk John Rideout. “We’ll put a face on it, fix it, close it up.” He said this would give them the room to start construction on the new township hall/community building in the front part of the property. He noted that they would be showing the final plans to the planning commission on March 28 to get their input. Solon bought the 19-acre horse farm in 2009 in a tax foreclosure sale for $28,378.



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Police seek man charged with mobile meth lab

Joshua Kuhn

A Cedar Springs traffic stop last month resulted in a man being charged with running a mobile meth lab. And now he’s on the run.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Chad Potts was on patrol on N. Main Street about 4 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, when he noticed a passenger in a vehicle that passed by, who had outstanding warrants. He made a traffic stop, and a Kent County deputy arrived to assist in the investigation.

The passenger, Joshua David Kuhn, 23, of Cedar Springs, was arrested for two of his warrants—one was “failure to appear” on a driving while license was suspended out of Newaygo County, and the other was a felony warrant through Kent County. The felony warrant was a three-count warrant for violation of controlled substances: possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy, controlled substance-operating-maintaining a laboratory, and third degree retail fraud.

Michael Woroniecki

The driver was questioned about an unusual smell coming from inside his vehicle.  Officer Potts requested permission to search and was allowed to. While conducting the search, Officer Potts found the various components needed to manufacture meth.

Michael Adam Woroniecki, 29, of Sand Lake, faces felony charges of violation of a controlled substance-operating a laboratory involving methamphetamine, and as a habitual offender 4th offense. A $25,000 cash/surety bond was set for the warrant, and the Cedar Springs Police made contact with the suspect by phone, and he agreed to turn himself in. That date has come and gone with no sign of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Woroniecki should contact the Cedar Springs Police Department at 616-696-1311 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Chief Parent said he does not believe that recent drug arrests indicate the city’s drug problem is on the rise. “I commend the officers for being alert and thorough when they are investigating complaints. We receive tips and information on a regular basis,” he remarked.

Police notified the Kent County Area drug team (KANET) about this case and the other meth arrest (Jacob Allen Ringer) by Officer Paul Feutz last Thursday.


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Truck causes outage

Cable and phone services were down for several hours last Friday afternoon into early evening, after this logging truck pulled down telecommunication wires at 17 Mile and US131 in Solon Township. Thanks to Zane Rice of Cedar Springs for sending us this photo.


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Loud music complaint leads to drug charges

Jacob Ringler

A Cedar Springs man was arrested last week on drug charges after police showed up on a loud music complaint.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, they were called to the 300 block of Carol Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, after someone called about loud music. When Officer Paul Feutz arrived on scene, there was no longer any loud music. He then saw a vehicle that he knew was owned by a person who was recently involved in a domestic assault with someone at a nearby address, and who had a no contact order with the person he had assaulted.

As the officer approached this vehicle, Jacob Allen Ringler, 22, of Cedar Springs, stood up. During a pat down check of Ringer, Officer Feutz discovered what appeared to be drugs and drug paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle then produced more drug evidence.

Ringer was arrested and lodged in the Kent County jail. The prosecutor’s office office issued a felony warrant for possession of Meth (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety. He was arraigned on Friday, March 16, in 63rd District Court.


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Girls basketball ends successful season

The Creative Technologies Academy girls’ basketball team wrapped up their season by winning the WMAES tournament for the second straight year, ending the season with a record of 11-6. The Chargers defeated Potters House in the semifinals and then took down Lakeshore Christian in the championship game, 33-25. It was the best record for the team in the program’s short three-year history and they have improved every year.

Junior Esther Hubbard led the team with 12 points and junior Grace VanEnk led the way in the post with 10. The Chargers held a lead at halftime 12-9 and a late third quarter charge was too much for Lakeshore Christian to overcome.

Coach Robin Greene credited the back-to-back championships to the hard work and dedication of her team. “Our girls worked hard to improve in the off season, responded to adversity, and came together as a team at the end,” explained Greene. “I speak for myself and my co-coach, Mae Hill, when I say that it is a pleasure leading a great group of girls and watching them mature into young women and basketball players.”

Captain and junior Grace VanEnk sums up the season with this, “Before every game, as a team, we would come together and pray that God would watch over our team and help us to do our best. This I believe was a key factor in helping us be a family and pull out the best season yet!”

The Lady Chargers will be strong in 2012-13 as they return the starting five and they do not lose anyone to graduation. CTA looks to build on this season’s successes and thanks the parents, fans and school for their support and dedication to the team.



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Youth wrestlers qualify for state

MYWAY Western Regionals were held in Muskegon on March 10 and 11 at Orchardview High School. Over 600 wrestlers in attendance were vying for the four top spots in their weight classes in hopes of advancing to the MYWAY State Finals. Competition was the toughest it has been all year and the Cedar Springs youth wrestlers rose to the occasion with a grand total of twelve state qualifiers. Of those twelve, five of them were crowned regional champions!

Regional champions were Landon Demorest, Logan Hull, Trevor Marsman, Ryan Ringler and Jordan Ringler.  Wrestlers who took second were Samuel Couturier, Reese Gonzales and Trenton Snoeyink. Maston Wood took third. Aiden Bouwens, George Gonzales Jr and Jeremy Wildfong took fourth. Allexis Gonzales just missed the qualifying spot by taking fifth. These wrestlers will be attending the state finals to be held this weekend, March 23, 24 and 25, at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Let’s go Red Hawks!


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What’s “bugging” you in our streams?

Stream insect monitoring event


Trout Unlimited National, Michigan Trout Unlimited, and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Chapter will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Avenue in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader.  Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.

Why monitor insects in our streams? In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.

What will you need to participate? Please RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend. Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.



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Leave wildlife in the wild

From the DNR


Unseasonably warm weather may have Michigan’s black bears and recently born cubs out roaming earlier than usual. Great-horned owl chicks are already hatched and will be out of the nest before long. Spring is the season for wildlife to give birth. The Department of Natural Resources reminds Michigan residents to resist the instinct to try to help baby animals that may appear to be abandoned because in nearly every case a parent is nearby and the baby animal is not abandoned.

“The truth is, the animal doesn’t need help. For example, even if a fawn appears to be abandoned, its mother is almost always nearby,” said DNR wildlife ecologist Sherry MacKinnon. “We appreciate the good intentions of those who want to help, but the animals are better off left alone than removed from the wild.”

MacKinnon said it’s not uncommon for does to leave their young unattended for up to eight hours at a time; an anti-predator strategy that minimizes scent left around the newborn animals. “The same holds true for rabbits, ground-dwelling birds and other wildlife,” she said. “Even avian parents will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from a nest.”

The DNR advises that:

*Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment, and some have diseases or parasites that can be passed on to humans or pets.

*Some “rescued” animals that do survive become habituated to people and are unable to revert back to life in the wild. It is illegal to possess a wild deer or any other wild animals in Michigan, and every day a deer spends with humans makes it that much less likely to be able to survive in the wild.

*Eventually, habituated animals pose additional problems as they mature and develop adult animal behaviors. Habituated deer, especially bucks, can become aggressive as they mature, and raccoons are well-known for this, too.

“If you come across a deer or other animal that you are certain has been orphaned early in the year—for example, if a doe is dead nearby—please call your local DNR office. They can refer you to a licensed rehabilitator,” said MacKinnon. “Licensed rehabilitators are trained to handle wild animals and know how to release them so that they can survive in the wild.” Michigan licensed rehabilitators are also listed on the DNR website at http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/.



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CTA Fifth Grade Writing Contest

Front L-R Charles Wortz and Matthew Davison; Back L-R CTA Director of Student Services Kyle Bohl and CTA 5th Grade Teacher Aaron Kenemer.

The CTA Fifth Grade was given the opportunity to participate in a writing contest sponsored by the Cedar Springs Rotary Club and the Cedar Springs Library. Students had to write about a character trait. CTA fifth graders Matthew Davison and Charles Wortz chose to write about “Integrity.” Matthew and Charles were both recognized as semi-finalists for their essay writing. Matthew is the son of Donald and Denise Davison of Sparta. Charles is the son of Jeremy and Laura Wortz of Cedar Springs.  Congratulations to these two young men for their writing accomplishments!


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