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Archive | July, 2012

Hometown Happenings

“Sonrise National Parks” VBS at East Nelson UMC
July 26-29: East Nelson UM Church will be turning our church into “Sonrise National Parks VBS.” Registration is at 6 pm on Thursday, July 26 with programming from 6:30 to 9 pm both Thursday and Friday. Saturday programming will start at 9 am with a luncheon severed to everyone at 1 pm. Final presentation of the VBS program will be able to come and share in “Sonrise at National Parks.” #30

Anime Program at Spencer Township KDL
Aug. 2: Join expert Mark Ritzema as he shows movies and television shows on the big screen that highlight anime, a style of animation that originated in Japan and is characterized by colorful graphics. After each showing there will be a short discussion of culture references and general items that do not translate easily to Western audiences. For teens grades 6-12. Thursday, August 2, 3 pm at Spencer Township Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #30

Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College
Aug. 2-4: A variety of historical activities and displays are available during the 26th annual Heritage Festival Aug. 2-4 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The three day celebration features historical displays, events, refreshments and music for all ages. The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm, Aug. 2 and 9 am – 5 pm, Aug.3-4. A pancake breakfast will be from 7-10 am, Aug. 4 in MCC’s Activities building, cost is $6. Ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist Bob Milne will perform at MCC’s Barn Theater on Aug. 3 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about all events. #30

Rummage Sale at the American Legion
Aug. 4: Rain or shine there will be a rummage sale at the Cedar Springs American Legion, 80 S. Main St., on Aug. 4 from 9 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by Glen Hill Unit 287 Auxiliary. Looking for that special something? Maybe you will find it here! For more info call 616-570-2830. #30

Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch Annual Picnic
Aug. 4: The Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch is offering an old-fashioned summer picnic for the whole family to enjoy. This year’s event will be held at the Montcalm Township Hall Complex located on M-91 in Turk Lake on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon until 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, and ice cream, plus lots of fun and entertainment. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Miles at 616-788-8602. #30

Operation Overboard VBS
Aug. 6: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church invites kids (4 years old up to 6th grade) to OPERATION OVERBOARD Vacation Bible School. Kids will go deep into God’s Word, exploring Bible stories of people who revealed deep faith by knowing how to: Depend on God, Dare to care, Claim Jesus, Choose to follow, Change the world. The adventure begins Monday, August 6 and ends Thursday, August 9 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Cedar Springs UMC at 140 S. Main St. (corner of Church St. and Main St.). Each day includes a Bible story in music, art projects, games, and a snack. To be a part of OPERATION OVERBOARD, call the church office at 616-696-1140. We hope to see you there! 30,31p

Pet Show at KDL
Aug. 7: Is your dog a star? Can your cat do cool tricks? Or do you just want to show off how smart, cute or funny your pet is? All acts must pre-register. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 am. Stop in the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township Library, 88 Eighth St. for details. For all Ages. #30

Attention Parents of the Class of 2013
Aug. 9: We have started our Senior All Night Party planing meetings. For first-time senior parents, this event is planned, organized, staffed and funded by the parents of the Class of 2013 and our business sponsors, so the more volunteers we have the better. The next SANP meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 pm at the Crazy Horse on 14 Mile Rd. If you are interested in finding our how you can help, please plan on attending this meeting. We hope to see you there. #30,31p

“SKY VBS” at Hillcrest Community Church of God
Aug. 13-17: The Hillcrest Community Church of God, 4994 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, is hosting SKY a vacation bible school program for kids from three to twelve years old. The program runs from August 13 through 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm each day. If interested or for more information, call 616-696-9333. #30,31p

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Man killed in hit and run

A man was killed in a hit and run accident early Friday morning in the Village of Howard City.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, a passerby saw a body lying in West Edgerton Street shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Friday, July 20. The passerby proceeded home (a few blocks away) and told his father, who called 911.

Police said it was evident that the man had been struck by a vehicle and was dead when emergency responders arrived at the scene. He was identified as Scott Michael Gregory, 25, of Howard City.

The passerby was arrested at the scene for operating while intoxicated. As deputies investigated the scene, they found evidence that may link the passerby’s vehicle to the accident. Crime scene technicians will be analyzing his vehicle to see if it was involved in the crash. He has not been charged in the death.

The Howard City Police Department and the Montcalm County EMS assisted deputies at the scene.

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Six Lake Erie water samples test positive for Asian carp eDNA

From Michigan and Ohio DNR

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers announced last week that six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.

Michelle Budny from the University of Notre Dame collects a water sample from Lake Erie for eDNA screening

Michelle Budny from the University of Notre Dame collects a water sample from Lake Erie for eDNA screening. Photo credit: Lindsay Chadderton, The Nature Conservancy.

The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples taken from the Great Lakes Basin since 2010. The Lake Erie batch was recently analyzed and test results were confirmed by eDNA researchers last week. The six positive samples represent less than 1.5 percent of the Lake Erie samples.

Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA.

In response to these findings, electro-shocking and netting began Friday in Sandusky Bay with no evidence of Asian carp found. However, additional testing and monitoring are planned by the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources in conjunction with partner agencies.

The findings indicate the presence of genetic material left behind by the species, such as scales, excrement or mucous, but not the establishment of Asian carp in Lake Erie. Positive eDNA tests are regarded by the scientific community as an indicator of the species’ recent presence, however, positive results can occur whether the organism was alive or dead.

While the eDNA findings suggest the possible presence of the invasive species, officials have no physical evidence the fish have migrated to the Great Lakes. Prior to 2003, three individual bighead carp were collected in Lake Erie. No additional observations have been reported during the past decade.

“The results from these water samples are certainly concerning, as this marks the first time Asian carp eDNA has been detected in water samples from Lake Erie, or any of the Michigan waters intensively surveyed for the presence of invasive carp,” said Michigan DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “Protecting the Great Lakes from the threat of Asian carp is critical to the health of our sport and commercial fisheries and to the quality of life in Michigan. We are actively engaged in Asian carp surveillance programs throughout the Great Lakes, including Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie, and the Department stands ready to take the necessary and appropriate actions to investigate and respond to these test results.”

Asian carp, including bighead and silver carp, pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy. Anglers are urged to become familiar with the identification of Asian carp, including both adults and juveniles, as the spread of juvenile Asian carp through the use of live bait buckets has been identified as a potential point of entry into Great Lakes waters.

A video demonstrating how to identify bighead and silver carp can be viewed on the USFWS YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/B49OWrCRs38. Identification guides, frequently asked questions, management plans and an online reporting form are available online at www.michigan.gov/asiancarp and www.wildohio.com, or call 800-WILDLIFE.

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Weekly fishing tip

From the Michigan DNR

A Little Nighttime Fishing

With summer in full swing and the temperatures pushing record highs across most of the state, fish become quite lethargic. Even the classic warm-water large and smallmouth bass move slowly and show less interest in feeding during daylight hours when the sun is high in the sky. However, they still can be caught by the angler looking for a little adventure!

This week’s tip for bass is, when summer is in full swing and the temperatures soar, go nocturnal! Some of the best bass fishing this time of year occurs during the first hour or so after dark. Dusk and dawn can still produce fish but that first hour or two after dark can be exceptional.

After dark, bass tend to move shallow in search of an easy meal. Target them near the same areas you would during other times of the day while also casting and targeting the shallows. You’ll also want to change your technique. Since after dark you can’t see the weed line or other underwater structures, fishing subsurface lures is not recommended. It is time for surface presentations. Frogs and poppers work great and rarely catch on anything, other than fish. After the cast, work them aggressively with a jerking motion making sure they pop and gurgle across the surface of the water during your retrieve. Pay close attention during the retrieve, watching and listening for the strike, which can be explosive.

This type of fishing can be lots of fun and the darkness and solitude of the lake you’re fishing adds a new aura/mystery to the whole experience. So if you are feeling adventurous, get on the water at 10:00 p.m. and fish the shallows for bass until midnight or 1:00 a.m. The results can be spectacular!

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Catch of the Week

Luke Stevenson, a junior at Cedar Springs High School, caught this 20-½ inch bass on June 23 at Long Lake in Harrison, Michigan. Wouldn’t that make a nice meal! Luke is the son of Bob and Norma Stevenson, of Oakfield Township.

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

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City residents may vote on millage for community events

By Judy Reed

Residents in the City of Cedar Springs may get to vote this November on whether they want the City to fund community events, such as the Red Flannel Festival.

The City passed a resolution last Thursday, July 12, directing their attorney, Jeff Sluggett, to draft ballot language for the November 6 election. The proposal would ask for .25 mills (a quarter of a mill) per household. That would be about $25 per year for someone that owns a $100,000 house.

“I’d gladly pay a couple of dollars of month to fund some of these community events,” said Councilor Neil Gomez. “It would be great to have a little more money in a strained budget.”

Councilor Pat Capek agreed that helping fund community events would be a good way to boost the community’s image. “I think there’s a lot of ways we can boost the community’s image with not a lot of money and this is one of them.”

All funding for community events was cut last year to help balance the city’s budget.

If the millage goes on the ballot and passes, it would bring in about $17,929 for community events.

The Red Flannel Festival, who has been trying to work out a fee agreement with the city over trademark use, spoke out against the millage in a letter presented to the City Council. President Michele Andres said it’s unfair to request that only the taxpayers of the City of Cedar Springs pay the additional $8,000 for what the city does for the festival. She also noted that they still plan to pick up the cost (not exceeding $8,000) under the agreement they made with the city when the budget was cut. That contract is good through 2015.

However, Andres questions whether what they’ve been billed is the real cost of the services and called the fees “erroneous.”

Mayor Pro Tem Christine Fahl pointed out that the millage for community events would cover more than the Red Flannel Festival, although that’s where the idea started, with asking the taxpayers if they wanted their money to go toward funding the Festival.

The City Council will approve the ballot language at their next meeting on August 9.

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Bikers give back to veterans

By Judy Reed

Hot temperatures, thirst, and little downtime took its toll on the bikers involved in the Giving Back Memorial Run last Saturday, July 14, but organizers Doug Pickel and Kirt Lampman aka Bubbaglide were still pleased with the results.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster. There were tears at every stop,” noted Pickel. “It did a lot of good toward helping people remember our heroes. I know it did Kirt’s and my heart good.”

While they had projected 800 or more, 129 bikers took off from the Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans Saturday and honored Purple Heart veterans and gold star families in Sparta, Newaygo, Croton, Morley, Howard City, and Cedar Springs. By the time they reached Cedar Springs, only about 25 bikers remained. “We lost a lot of them after Howard City,” explained Pickel.

VanLampen said it was the hot weather that did it. “Plus with it being a first time event, you don’t get as many as you’d hope,” he said. “But I heard a lot of good things about it.”

The bikers rolled into Cedar Springs about 6:30 p.m. The American Legion Glen Hill Post  #287 Honor guard was on hand to help honor our own fallen soldier, Timothy Brown, and his parents, Tim and Cindy Brown, with a special Purple Heart plaque made by Pickel.

“I was disappointed there weren’t more bikers at Cedar Springs, but the Brown family knows their community loves them,” said Pickel. “Mr. Brown said the plaque means the world to them.”

The events and plaques were sponsored by businesses and individuals in each community. Pickel said that they learned some things from the run, and plan to do another one in May, but this time with only three stops, more down time, and with hopefully more donations of water for the bikers. He said the run would be a “Fallen Heroes run” honoring policemen, firefighters, and veterans.

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Wolverine Skyhawks land in Cedar Springs

Have you ever wanted to fly your own airplane? How about a remote-controlled airplane? There’s a new club in town that can get you started!

The City of Cedar Springs just approved a lease of property at the end of West Street for a flying field for the Wolverine Skyhawks Model Club, a remote-controlled airplane flying club.

The airshow for the library was a big hit.

Last week the Skyhawks did a program at the Middle School for the Cedar Springs Library summer reading program, with 83 attending.  They will do another air show on Wednesday, July 25, from 2-4 p.m., at Skinner Field, while the Summer Reading Library carnival is going on in Morley Park.

Weather permitting, expect to be treated to airplanes and helicopters of all shapes, sizes and colors as they loop and roll for your enjoyment. If you like what you see, the pilots will be available to discuss how to get into the exciting hobby of R/C flying; and, the Skyhawks offer free flying lessons.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the air show. At 4 p.m. the Skyhawks and the Library will be drawing the name of one lucky person who will walk away with “The Champ” (a special model airplane) and flying lessons! The airplane comes complete with everything you need to get started in R/C flying in your back yard or the new field on West Street.

The Skyhawks enjoy sharing their love of flying so don’t be afraid to stop by the West Street field to see if anyone is there. Members often drop by spontaneously to enjoy a few hours of flying.

For more info, visit www.wolverineskyhawks.com.

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Fireworks start grass fire

Police said that a fire that burned 7 acres in Spencer Township last Wednesday afternoon was started by two young men lighting off fireworks.

The Kent County Sheriff Department and Spencer Fire responded to a grass fire near Keller Avenue and 16 Mile Rd NE a little after 3 p.m., on July 18. Spencer called in Sand Lake, Courtland Township, Oakfield Township, Cedar Springs, and the Maple Valley Fire Departments to provide water and help put out the blaze. It consumed about 7 acres of grassy land and came within 75 yards of several homes.

Police said the fire was caused by fireworks being lit on a trail that follows power lines. A 20-year-old male and an 18-year-old male were charged with reckless use of fireworks, which is a misdemeanor.

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Sixth grader raises money for library

And you can, too

Emily Brown raised $46 for the library matching grant fund.

The Cedar Springs Public Library has a contest going on to see what grade levels can raise the most money for a new library. It’s called “Who Wants a Bigger Library?” fund drive. The answer to that question seems to be Emily Brown.

According to Library Director Donna Clark, Emily took it upon herself to make brownies, cookies and lemonade, and to launch her own fundraiser to help the library. The $46 she raised went into the box for the 4-6th graders. Thanks to Emily, the 4-6th graders have just shot way past all other age groups.

If Emily can do it, so can the rest us! The library just has until the end of the year to raise the rest of the money towards a $50,000 matching grant. Fundraisers and donations have currently netted about $32,000. But there is another fundraising opportunity on the horizon. There is a contest between the City of Cedar Springs and Solon Township to see who can contribute the most money to a new library. And remember, your donation gets matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000!

Designate your donation as for either Cedar Springs or Solon Township. Send check or money order to Cedar Springs Public Library, attn: Challenge, 43 West Cherry St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or hand deliver your donation to the library. You can also donate via Paypal at cedarsprings.llcoop.

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