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Archive | September, 2012

Sisters score bucks in youth hunt

The 2012 youth hunt was a success for two Sand Lake sisters. Morgan Platz, 11, a 7th grader at Tri County Middle School, shot her first buck Saturday evening. She got an 8-point with the single shot .243 she has been practicing with.

Her sister Karlie, who is 10 and in the 5th grade, at Sand Lake Elementary, did not see any horns Saturday night. Her chance came Sunday evening and she took her first deer—a 5-point buck—with the same single shot .243 that Morgan had used the night before.

Both girls were so excited to be able to take part in the hunt this year. They come from a long background of hunting and hope to see many more successful seasons. Both girls were hunting with their Grandma Trudy at the time, who video-taped the events.

Parents of the girls are Tim and Deana Platz, of Sand Lake.

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Doctor Doctor

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

I recently had my annual physical; and I had been dreading it. But my dread was for reasons beyond the obvious. The backless gowns, vinyl examination tables, and being put into positions – literally – that rob you of all dignity: No, I hate going to the doctor because of a different kind of exposure not related to physical nakedness.

When put under the stethoscope-bearing, X-ray-shooting, blood-sucking, prescription-writing interrogation of a skilled physician, your life has a way of telling on you. You can no better hide your secrets than you can hide your rear end while wearing one of those tie-behind frocks. Having you been smoking? It will show up in the blood tests. Been boozing? Your liver will rat you out. Are you under too much stress or exercising too little? Your blood pressure reading will tell the tale. Have you been stretched out on the sofa eating cheesy puffs every day? Then your LDL cholesterol will backstab you quicker than you can scarf down a Ho-Ho cake.

I prefer to keep my secrets, secret; but this is what my doctor cannot abide. He wants everything bare and in the open. Honestly, I should appreciate my physician’s nosy persistence, because his goal is not to punish, embarrass, or shame me. His goal is that I be well, free from disease, and make any necessary changes to maintain a fitness for life. He is working to accomplish one of the most difficult things imaginable with human beings: forcing me to face the truth about myself and how I live my life.

That is the same point made by the writer of Hebrews when he speaks of the Scriptures as “Sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it reveals the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Bible isn’t a giant stick used to bash in the brains of those who do not believe or behave as we wish they would. It’s not an instrument of shame whereby violators of our interpretations are exposed and left hanging in the breeze (though some practitioners use the Bible exactly that way).

No, it is a powerful tool of personal examination. It opens up our hearts, spirits, and minds revealing how we have lived our lives. And when necessary, the Scriptures give us the required intervention – the ability to change our lives– and improve our health and well-being.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.


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Cole – Ash

engagement Cole and AshRussell and Carolee Cole are pleased to announce the engagement of their dauther, Alyssa Cole, to Lester Ash, son of Cheri Doyle and Lester Ash.

A January wedding is planned.

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James Harthorn

Mr. James Charles Harthorn, age 65, passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012. He was a 1965 graduate of Holland High School and received his B.S. degree from Ferris State University. Jim was vocationally certified in Auto Mechanics and taught Small Engine Repair for Jordan College, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Rockford Public Schools, and other places. He worked part-time at Rowland Parts in Cedar Springs and then in 1986 became the owner of Cedar Rock Automotive. Jim was a work enthusiast and would relax when caring for two farms with cattle, horses, goats, and chickens. He is survived by his loving wife, Ann, whom he married on June 30, 1967; children, James and Suzanne Harthorn, Lisa Molt, Brian and Tara Harthorn; grandchildren, Stephanie Harthorn, Justin Harthorn, Christopher James Harthorn, Jacob Molt, Brandon Harthorn, Jordan Harthorn; brothers, Steven (Linda) Harthorn, Mark (Roxanne) Harthorn; brother-in-law, Larry Tibbet; and nieces and nephews. A family graveside service was held. The gathering to celebrate Jim’s life will be at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation Great Lakes Chapter, 2680 Horizon Dr., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook, NE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI 59546. Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www. pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Marc Gunnell

08/05/54 – 03/19/71

Scott Gunnel

09/19/55 – 09/29/11

Our hearts still ache in sadness,

And secret tears still flow.

What it means to lose both of you,

No one will ever know.

Love, Mom, Brent, Denny, Tammy, Mandy,

Marcus & Mike

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Hometown Happenings

White Elephant and Craft Sale

Sept. 29: The Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be having their annual sale on Sat. Sept. 29th. The sale will be held at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, in the multipurpose room. Many gently used housewares, decorating items and crafts in addition to dip mixes from Amos and Maude will be available for purchase. The sale hours will be from 9 am to 3 pm. All proceeds from this sale will be used for annual donations to community such as the Women’s Club Scholarship Fund, the Food Pantrty, as well as many other organizations in Cedar Springs. #38,39p


Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 1: The American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, Oct. 1, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing veggies, roll, dessert and drink. All dinners are $9, children 17 and under $4. Take out is available. #39p


Auditions for Christmas Musical

Oct. 1,2: The Cedar Springs Theatre Association is pleased to announce that its fourth annual Christmas production will be “Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol.” Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2 at the Kent Theatre, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Twenty-four roles are available for people between the ages of 10 and up and include such characters as Ebenezer Scrooge, the ghost Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and his family, the ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, as well as many townspeople and street urchins. Be prepared to read from script and sing. Performances will be Dec. 6 -9 at the Kent which is located in downtown Cedar Springs. If you have any questions, please call Terri at 696-0949 and leave message. #38-39p


Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Oct. 3: This is the last day before the Red Flannel Talent Show to get involved! Have your act ready to go for this last rehearsal before the big day on Oct. 6th. Don’t miss out on being a part of Red Flannel Day’s Talent Show. Come to the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs at 7 pm on Wednesday Oct. 3. If you are interested please call Len Allington at 231-750-2337. #39


Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 8: Come join us for worship & fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm, October 8 thru Nov. 26 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell 616-696-1246. #38,39p


Casino Bus Trip Fundraiser

Nov. 17: If hunting isn’t your “game” you might want to gamble your way to fame! The CSHS Senior All Night Party committee is planning a fundraiser with a trip to Soaring Eagle Casino on Nov. 17th. The cost is $40 per person and will leave at 10 am and return aroung 6 pm. You will receive $20 in game play as well as a $5 food voucher. There will be raffles and auctions on the bus as well as a “goodies” for sale. Contact Angie Taylor at 616-460-2499 or BJ Towers at 616-894-3346 to sign up for the trip. Must be 21 years old to participate. #39,40p

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Language to recall Mayor rejected

Petition language to recall Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson was rejected this morning by the Kent County Election Commission.

According to Kent County Elections Director Susan deSteiguer, the Commission felt there were two concerns with the language. One, the language stated that it was to recall Mayor/Councilperson Charlie Watson. It came out in the hearing that citizens can not recall the Mayor, because citizens don’t elect the Mayor—the City Council does. Watson’s term as Mayor ends in November, and his term on the council ends in November 2013.

Sue deStiguer said the second reason it was rejected was that they felt the language was insufficient to allow the Mayor to justify his conduct to his constituents. (A spot would be given to him on the ballot for him to do that.) The language read “fiscal mismanagement regarding Red Flannel logos, resulting in a larger expense to the taxpayers.” She said that one of the comments made was that it wasn’t clear whether he didn’t buy enough logos or what the problem was.

deStiguer said that new language was filed immediately after the hearing by the petitioner, Cedar Springs resident Molly Nixon, and that a new clarity hearing was set for Wednesday, October 10, at 8:45 a.m. in the second floor training room of the Kent County Administration building. The new language reads “Failure to reach an agreement with the Red Flannel Festival regarding the city’s use of their logos. Rejecting an offer to keep using the logos for $4,000 per year of in-kind services. Causing the city’s legal bill alone for this matter to top $6,000, which is more than if we had just kept using the logos.”

The Kent County Elections Commission is made up of the Chief Probate Judge, the Kent County Clerk, and the Kent County Treasurer.

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ArtPrize 2012 features area artists

ArtPrize opened Wednesday in downtown Grand Rapids, and this year there are at least 14 artists from our area (and maybe more) showcasing their work in the 19-day event.

For nearly three weeks, three-square miles of downtown Grand Rapids become an open playing field. Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it’s all free and open to the public.

It’s different than other art competitions, in that the public gets to vote on their favorites. There is $360,000 in public awards, and $200,000 in juried awards given to various artists. Voting happens in two rounds. You can register to vote online, but must activate it at ArtPrize. Round one voting opened Wednesday, and ends on Saturday September 29. The top ten will then be announced September 30, and round two voting will begin that day. Round two voting will close October 4, and awards will be announced Friday, October 5.

Two local artists from the area are Doris Vinton and her daughter, Sarah Goller. The two women from Sand Lake have created something they call “The Wall Project.” It is a birds-eye view, pen and ink line drawing of downtown Grand Rapids, during the Art Prize festival. “It illustrates a wide variety of art, activities, and art lovers. We’ve included art from past festivals, along with a variety of viewers to create a loose, fun filled, festive experience,” they said. “The Wall Project” is approximately 9-feet tall and 14-feet wide. “We hope to create intrigue with this detailed and playful piece.”

If you’d like to see the piece it is located at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott at 11 Monroe Avenue. Their vote # is 53249.

Other area artists featured include David Huang, Amita Modzelewski and Carol Parlow DeChamplain, all of Sand Lake; Jenny Dood, of Pierson; Darryl Love, of Howard City; Ronald G. Campbell, Nancy Wanha, Andrea Lucas, Matthew Metoxen, Ronald Hampton, and LeAnne Sowa, all of Cedar Springs. Read about all of these artists and their projects, find their vote numbers and venues at http://www.artprize.org/.

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Language filed for recall of mayor

By Judy Reed

A resident working to recall Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson over the Red Flannel issue has filed petition language with Kent County.

According to Kent County Elections Director Sue DeStiguer, a clarity hearing has been scheduled for Friday morning, at 9:45 a.m., in the Kent County Administration building 2nd floor training room. The Kent County Elections Commission, made up of the Chief Probate Judge, the Kent County clerk, and the Kent County treasurer, will decide if the language is clear and understandable to anyone reading the petition. The meeting is open to the public, and a decision will be made at the meeting. Both the petitioner and the defendant, and one or two supporters, are allowed to address the board.

According to DeStiguer, the language, filed by Molly Nixon, lists the recall as due to “fiscal mismanagement regarding Red Flannel logos, resulting in a larger expense to the taxpayers.”

“If approved, the language will be valid for 180 days,” explained DeStiguer. “If they start obtaining signatures on the petition, all the signatures must be obtained within 90 days of the 180-day window. We will then verify the signatures, and it would go on the next ballot, depending on when it was turned in.”

Nixon must obtain 170 signatures, which is 25 percent of the votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election.

Nixon began working on a recall after the Cedar Springs City Council voted to no longer use the Red Flannel logo last month.

There was an ongoing disagreement this year between the City and the Red Flannel Festival on whether the City has the rights to use the logos, which the Festival has trademarked. They had requested that the City pay a licensing fee of $4,000, but the City refused, on the grounds that they have used the logos for identification for 70-plus years, and that the current city’s budget does not allow it. The Red Flannel Festival then sent a letter to the City on August 8 with a notice to file claim for trademark infringement. They reiterated their offer to accept $4,000 for use of two trademarks. The letter said that if the city did not agree to their proposal, they had to remove and destroy all logos on city property within 45 days of the date of the letter. The City Council then voted 6-1 to no longer use the logo. Pamela Conley was the lone dissenting vote.

None of the other council members that voted to stop using the logo have been targeted for recall.

Watson, who is in his seventh year on the council, said he will not seek to be mayor again in November, and he will not run again in 2013. “It’s not because of what has taken place, but it does make my decision easier,” he said.

He told the Post last month that he was trying to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer money by not prolonging the issue, and that a special election will only cost the taxpayers more money. “If people are truly concerned about fiscal expenses, it doesn’t make any sense to hold a special election, if I’m only going to be here for a few month after the recall anyway,” he said.

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Good Samaritan pulls man from burning car

By Judy Reed

Mike Baczewski might not think of himself as a “Good Samaritan,” but not everyone would have the courage to do what he did last Saturday morning—pull a man from a burning car.

The 72-year-old Sand Lake man was sleeping in the wee hours of Saturday morning, September 15, when he heard what he thought was an explosion about 3 a.m. Baczewski got up and looked out his window, which is at the intersection of 22 Mile and Ritchie, and saw a van burning on the bottom. It had hit the tree near his home. He called 911 while running out the door, and heard a man calling, “Help me! Help me,” he said.

A man ran this stop sign and crashed head-on into the tree.

“The van was full of smoke and the man’s right leg was twisted,” said Baczewski. He said he then reached through the window and put his arm around the man and started trying to pull him through the window, though he was on a restricted limit of lifting no more than 10 pounds, due to having a pacemaker implanted after he nearly drowned in Sand Lake last month. “I got him up on the window and then asked another neighbor to help me,” recalled Baczewski, “but he just walked away.”

Right about that time a guy in a pickup truck stopped and helped him pull the driver through the window. “We got him about six feet from the vehicle when it burst into flames,” he said. “The fire department got there about a minute after we pulled him away from the van.”

Baczewski said the man was lucky to be alive. “The whole front end was smashed with the tree all the way to the backseat. From the steering wheel over, there was nothing.”

According to the Kent County Sheriffs Department, the driver of the van, Calvin Sikes, 27, of Gowen, was traveling north on Ritchie when he failed to stop at the stop sign at 22 Mile, and crashed head on into the tree. He was sent to the hospital with serious injuries, but no burns.

Undersheriff Jon Hess said that Sikes would be arrested and arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated.

Baczewski ended up spending a day in the hospital himself this week, due to tearing some muscle and tissue around his pacemaker, when he pulled the driver from the van. “Now I’ll be restricted for at least three months,” he said. “And my Medicare won’t pay for it.” But he knows it was for a good cause. “I didn’t think I was going to get him out. But either he was coming out, or he was burning.”

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