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Archive | July, 2012

Amish Acres bus trip deadline extended

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation is offering a bus trip to Amish Acres in Napanee, Indiana, August 2. Cost is $110 per person. Price includes Admission to Amish Acres, admission to one of the largest craft fairs in the US, family style Amish lunch, tickets to see “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” in the Red Barn theatre, and transportation via deluxe motor coach.

To register, please call 616-696-7320 or email director@csaparksandrec.com.

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Backpacks and supplies needed

North Kent Community Services is preparing for the new school year. They hope to distribute 500 new backpacks with school supplies to children in grades K-12, whose families cannot afford to purchase them. They are asking you to help by donating new backpacks and school supplies by August 15. They said Backpacks are their greatest need; last year they purchased over 300 with donated funds and money from their budget. A donation of $5 will enable them to purchase a nice backpack wholesale. “Imagine how happy and successful you can make a child when they start the school year with a brand-new backpack and school supplies like everyone else,” they said.

Please consider donating the following new items:

  • Backpacks Rulers
  • Pens – black, blue, red Pencil boxes
  • 2-pocket report folders Pencils – wood, mechanical
  • Crayons – 24 packs Washable markers
  • Glue sticks College-ruled notebooks
  • Scissors (blunt edge) Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Colored pencils 3-ring binders

Erasers Filler paper North Kent Community Services is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at 10075 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information call 866-3478.

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Summer car show this weekend

Don’t miss the annual summer car show happening at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park this Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience the nostalgia of beautiful cars and trucks from days gone by! Admission is free to all visitors, and $10 to register a car. Trophies will be awarded at 1 p.m. The FFA students will sell a light breakfast at 8 a.m. and grill hot dogs for lunch. Come support this fundraiser for the museum, which helps bring programs to the community and allows them to host family programs at no charge.

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Catch of the Week

The July 4th holiday weekend proved to be a memorable one without a doubt for Jordan Ringler, age 13, from Cedar Springs, because he had two big catches in two days.  On July 7, Jordan, his dad Paul, brother Ryan and cousin Chris ventured to Bills Lake in Newaygo for a shot at some big fish. And to Jordan’s amazement, he landed a 29-inch Pike this time around. He had reeled in a 25-inch walleye, his biggest one ever, just three days prior at the same lake! This time, the guys were trying their hand at a late evening fish and never dreamed Jordan would pull in this nice 29-incher just before dark.

Congratulations Jordan, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

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Cougar photographed in Marquette County

BATH, Mich. – The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy (MWC), a non-profit organization based in Bath, near Lansing, recently confirmed the presence of a cougar in southern Marquette County. The cougar was photographed by a cased and padlocked trail camera on private property on June 1, 2012. The property owners will also share their information with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) but do not wish to be publicly identified.

Dr. Patrick Rusz, Director of Wildlife Programs for the Conservancy, and Michael Zuidema, a retired DNR forester, verified the trail camera’s location on a well-worn wildlife trail atop a wooded ridge. The camera has also photographed wolves, coyotes, fishers and numerous other species at the same site over a four-year period.

The MWC is publicizing this photograph because it may be the best and clearest photograph of a wild Michigan cougar ever taken. It is also interesting because Mr. Zuidema has recorded over twenty credible cougar sightings in the same vicinity since the 1970s. These include several sightings within a few miles of the trail camera location.

Dr. Rusz stated that “the long history of sighting reports in the area indicates the cougar photographed on June 1 may be part of a resident population rather than a wandering cat from a western state.” Dr. Rusz has studied cougars for the Conservancy for 14 years and is co-author of a peer-reviewed study that confirmed cougars in both peninsulas of Michigan by analyses of DNA in droppings. He has also identified a long list of additional physical evidence dating back to 1966, and notes that Michigan State College zoologist Richard Manville documented several cougar sightings or incidents when he inventoried the fauna of Marquette County’s Huron Mountains from 1939 to 1942.

The large volume of recent Michigan evidence includes fifteen MDNR confirmations since the agency formed a cougar team of specially trained biologists in 2008. The most recent MDNR confirmation occurred last May when a cougar was photographed with a hand-held camera near Skanee in Baraga County. That photograph was taken about 50 miles north of the Marquette County trail camera location.

“The MDNR cougar team should now look at the very good evidence of a remnant cougar population collected before 2008,” said Bill Taylor, President of the Conservancy. “They could still easily verify cougar photos taken in the 1990’s in Alcona and Oscoda Counties in the Lower Peninsula and some others. The vegetation and other landmarks needed to confirm the photos are still there.”

The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy is a non-profit citizens group established in 1982 to restore Michigan’s wildlife legacy. The Conservancy has restored more than 8,200 acres of wetlands, 2,500 acres of prairies and grasslands, and hundreds of miles of trout streams, and helped with several rare species recoveries and the creation of many backyard habitats. The Conservancy website, www.miwildlife.org, highlights some of the completed habitat restorations and other work.

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Trout Unlimited receives $66,000 grant for Rogue River watershed

Trout Unlimited recently received a $66,172 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to educate planning commissions on the placement and proper use of storm water practices in the Rogue River Watershed. This project is part of the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative program, a collaborative watershed restoration project established by Trout Unlimited in October of 2010. This funding from the DEQ adds to funds contributed to this project by the Frey Foundation, the Wege Foundation, Wolverine World Wide, Inc., the Schrems West Michigan Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Robert DeVilbiss.

The Rogue River Watershed features an outstanding combination of cold, cool, and warm waters, which makes it an extremely important trout fishery in southern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources estimated that angling trips to the Rogue River bring in about $485,000 per year. However, the Rogue River Watershed lies in the urban shadow of one of the fastest growing areas in Michigan. The pressures from growth and development could affect the productivity and diversity in this watershed. Fluctuating water temperature is a serious issue in the Rogue River. Warm storm water runs off impervious surfaces (roads, rooftops, sidewalks) and can force the Rogue’s various trout species to hide out in the cooler waters of its tributaries.

Storm water pollution is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, storm water pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers and lakes. Local units of government play an important role by deciding on the extent to which storm water pollution can be controlled in their community. The project’s goal is to develop a storm water guidebook to educate planning commissions and professional planners on placement and proper use of storm water management techniques in the Rogue River Watershed.

This project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012. If you have any questions about this project or the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative please contact Nichol De Mol at ndemol@tu.org or 231-557-6362.

Trout Unlimited is the nation’s largest coldwater conservation organization, with 140,000 members dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.

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Track and field summer camp

And Hershey track and field meet

This summer nearly 100 youth from the Cedar Springs area participated in the annual Track and Field camp put on at Red Hawk Stadium in June by the Varsity coaches and athletes. During the two day camp, the youth worked to learn many different track and field events, including hurdles, softball throw (mimicking the shot put), standing long jump, relays, starting blocks and more.
After they completed their training, the participants put their new skills to task and participated in the annual local Hershey meet. Hershey Chocolate puts on track and field meets around the country with various levels that allow youth to progress to the state and national levels. The event is held so that participants can explore the sport of track and field. First place winners in the local meet on June 13 were advanced to a state meet in Holt on Friday, June 29. Athletes compete in various events that are based on their age and gender.
Thank you to all of the participants at this year’s camp, the high school athletes and coaches that helped instruct them and train them, and the support of their families. We are proud of the qualifiers for the state meet in Holt and the results they achieved.

First place finishers from the local meet are as follows:

Boys, ages 9-10: 50 Meter Dash, Spencer Bray; 100 Meter Dash, Dillan Sargent (He was 5th in the state meet); 200 Meter Dash, Tyler Vanderlaan; 400 Meter Dash, Dillan Sargent (He was 3rd in the state meet); Standing Long Jump, Dillan Sargent; Softball Throw, Ethan Plummer; 400 Meter Relay, Spencer Bray, Ethan Plummer, Alex Nylaan and Tyler Vanderlaan (this team was 5th in the state).

Girls, ages 9-10: 50 Meter Dash, Abagail Buttermore (She was 6th in the state meet); 100 Meter Dash, Alli Carlson; 200 Meter Dash, Morgan Reyers; 400 Meter Dash, Baylee Mosher; Standing Long Jump, Isabella Korody; Softball Throw, Kaleigh Hull (She was 4th in the state meet); 400 Meter Relay, Tonya Tepin, Rylee Kinzinger, Morgan Reyers and Abagail Butttermore (This team was 2nd in the state).

Boys 11-12: 100 Meter Dash, Brison Ricker; 200 Meter Dash, Kaden Liggett; 400 Meter Dash, Dallas Mora, 800 Meter Dash, Dallas Mora (He was 9th in the state meet); Standing Long Jump, Jacob Outwin; Softball Throw, Brison Ricker.
Girls 11-12: 100 Meter Dash, Mackenzie Rugg; 200 Meter Dash, Sydney Plummer; 400 Meter Dash, Alexis Gonzales (She was 7th in the state meet); 800 Meter Dash, Alexis Gonzales (She was 4th in the state meet); Standing Long Jump, Sydney Plummer; Softball Throw; Maddie Nichols (She was 2nd in the state meet).


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Cord Blood And Cerebral Palsy

(NAPS)—Researchers may soon have good news for many of the estimated 2 million Americans who have cerebral palsy, a condition that is caused by a brain injury before birth or during the first few years of life. The condition can impair movement, hearing, vision and cognitive skills. There’s currently no cure—and no standard therapy that works for all patients.

Cutting-edge research is exploring the potential of stem cell–based therapies to treat neurological impairments.

Cutting-edge research is exploring the potential of stem cell–based therapies to treat neurological impairments.

New, cutting-edge research is exploring the potential of stem cell–based therapies to treat these kinds of neurological impairments. Pediatric neurologist James Carroll is the lead investigator of a new clinical trial at the Georgia Health Sciences University to determine whether an infusion of stem cells from a child’s own umbilical cord blood can improve quality of life in children with cerebral palsy. The study will include 40 children, ages 2 through 12 years, whose parents have stored their children’s cord blood with Cord Blood Registry. “The hope for stem cells, really from the beginning, is that they might serve as some type of replacement for cells in the nervous system that have been destroyed or never developed properly,” said Dr. James Carroll.

Dr. Carroll states that the outcomes of both preclinical research and anecdotal evidence in patients have made umbilical cord blood an intriguing source of stem cells for researchers to pursue—as has the safety profile of using a child’s own cord blood. He adds, “We’ve found in our animal experiments that adult stem cells can greatly assist in recovery from brain injury, so we wanted to try to apply this in children and cord blood; that is, the cord blood of the child being treated provides a safe place and a safe way to do that.”



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Hot flashes and summer

Tips for beating the heat

 Dr. William Koltun, Medical Director for the Medical Center for Clinical Research in San Diego, CA.

Dr. William Koltun, Medical Director for the Medical Center for Clinical Research in San Diego, CA.

(NAPS)—After a long, cold winter, most women look forward to the warm days of summer and enjoying some fun in the sun. But if you’re among the approximately 75 percent of postmenopausal women who suffer from the symptoms of hot flashes, the added heat of summertime may be too much of a good thing, leaving you desperate to find relief.

Hot flashes, which are sudden feelings of warmth over areas such as the face, neck and chest, can occur a few times a week or several times a day. And since hot weather tends to be a common hot flash trigger, these sudden feelings of warmth can be exacerbated. Fortunately, there are a variety of self-care methods that women can turn to for relief. William Koltun, MD, Medical Director for the Medical Center for Clinical Research in San Diego, CA, has some helpful tips for managing hot flashes in the intense summer heat:

• Keep cool. Slight increases in your body’s core temperature can trigger hot flashes. Dress in layers so that they can be removed when feeling warm; use a fan or open a window to keep air flowing; decrease the room temperature; or sip a cold drink.

• Watch what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can trigger a hot flash.

• Relax. Yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques can provide relief.

• Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to an increase in hot flashes.

• Improve your diet. Many women find relief when they improve their diet.

If self-care methods don’t do the trick, you and your physician can explore treatment options.

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Driving smart can mean significant savings at the gas pump

(NAPS)—As gas prices continue to fluctuate, it’s always a good time to evaluate your driving habits and take steps to keep yourself and your car on the road to savings at the pump.

To demonstrate the 10 common mistakes that drivers make to affect fuel economy, General Motors conducted a driving test. Two of their fuel economy engineers, Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning, drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs on a typical workday commute. They each drove 20 minutes with city and highway driving, including a stop for coffee.

Wenzlick averaged 37 miles per gallon using efficient driving habits and by maintaining her car and Nunning averaged 21 miles per gallon. On average, that was a $100 price difference at the pump. Here are some of their tips based on what they learned:

• Get out of the drive-through lane. Idling for 15 minutes burns through about a quarter of a gallon of gas. Parking your car and going into the store to get what you want can actually help to save money on gas.

• Take it easy. Jumping on the gas at every light, only to hit the brakes, isn’t going to get you home any faster. However, driving smoothly can improve your mile­age by 20 percent.

• Drive 70, not 80. It may not sound like much, but it’s likely a 10-mph difference can save you up to four miles per gallon when driving on the highway.

• Use cruise control. It turns out that maintaining a constant speed over time is much more efficient than speeding up and slowing down over and over again.

• Roll up the windows. At slower speeds, turning off the air-conditioning can save you a little, but on the highway, it’s better to roll up the windows. If the windows are down, the increased air pressure can slow the car and consume more energy than air-conditioning will.

• Get rid of that extra stuff in the trunk of your car. Every 100 pounds of weight you carry in the car can reduce fuel economy by 2 percent.

• Don’t ignore the “check engine” light. Serious engine problems can cut your fuel economy by up to 40 percent.

• Try to bundle your errands. Plan ahead. An engine at operating temperature can be up to 50 percent more efficient than a cold engine. So, when possible, it’s much better to run five errands in an afternoon than running one errand every day of the week.

• Make your tires last. Properly inflated tires will improve your fuel economy and they will last longer. Also, rotate tires at manufacturer-recommended intervals.

• Use the grade of motor oil recommended for your vehicle; the same goes for the octane level of gasoline. Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.

For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher-than-recommended-octane gas offers no benefit—and costs more.

• Ditch the roof ornaments. At highway speeds, up to a third of your fuel is used to overcome wind resistance, so even small changes to your vehicle’s aerodynamics can have a big impact in fuel economy.

• It pays to be prudent. According to Roger Clark, manager of the GM Energy Center, “With a well-maintained car, the best drivers get up to 25 percent more miles per gallon than average. When you combine a poorly maintained car with inefficient driving habits, the fuel economy of the worst drivers can be 50 percent below average.”

Clark added, “The fuel economy of every vehicle is greatly affected by how you drive and how you care for your vehicle. Often, relatively small changes to your driving habits and vehicle maintenance can make the difference between being on the bottom or the top of the fuel-economy scale.”

To learn more and for more tips, visit www.chevrolet.com.


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