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Archive | November, 2012

Be on alert for mail theft

During the Christmas season, people are more likely to send or receive gifts of cash or smaller items in their mailbox. Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent would like to remind residents to remove mail as soon as possible from their mailbox to avoid mail theft, and to use the United States Post Office to send out mail, especially cards with gifts of money.

Parent said that they recently found mail at one of the local parks that looked as if someone had gone through it and disposed of what they didn’t want. Police returned the rest of the mail to the owner.

The United States Post Office offers these tips to protect your mail:

Use the letter slots at your post office to mail letters, or give them to a letter carrier.

Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.

Don’t send cash in the mail.

Ask your bank for secure checks that can’t be altered.

Tell your post office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

Report all mail theft to a Postal Inspector. 
Call 877-876-2455.

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Body found in barn fire identified

The skeletal remains of a person found in the debris after a barn fire in Sheridan on has been identified.

The Sheridan Fire Department was called to a barn fire at 2:34 a.m. on October 15, on M-66 near Sessions Road, in Bushnell Township. At around 7 a.m. that morning, fireman discovered the remains. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Detectives investigated and suspected that the remains were those of a local homeless man who had a history of staying in vacant buildings in the area. He had been seen in the vicinity just a few hours before the fire, and a family member had lived in the residence next to the barn several years ago.

DNA results confirmed that the body was that of the homeless man, Sidney Joseph Perry, 30. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Three arrested in meth investigation

Three people were arrested last Saturday, November 24, at the Flat River Inn in Greenville in connection with a methamphetamine investigation.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, they and the Greenville Department of Public Safety made contact with the suspects during the investigation and a consent search was made of the hotel room. During the investigation, officers discovered that the man had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, and the two female suspects were in possession of prescription narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine.

The man was arrested on his outstanding warrants, and both women were arrested for felony possession of methamphetamine. Deputies are continuing the investigation, and more arrests are possible.

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Record breaking number of Sandhill Cranes observed

Sandhill Cranes are making a comeback. Here they appear to be dancing.Photo by Tom Hodgson, courtesy of Michigan Audobon Society.

On Monday, November 19, 2012 history was made at Michigan Audubon’s Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary in Jackson County, when 8,177 Sandhill Cranes were counted breaking the previous record from November 5, 2012 of 7,483. This is the largest number of Greater Sandhill Cranes ever recorded at the sanctuary.

These numbers are promising for crane conservation in Michigan considering they were nearly extirpated by the turn of the last century due to market hunting and habitat loss. Sandhill Cranes, although experiencing a remarkable comeback, still face challenges such as habitat degradation, an increase in some natural predators and low reproduction rates. But the birds are survivalists, learning to cope with the changing environment and evading predators such as coyotes, bobcats, raccoons and even modern man.

Sandhill Cranes in cut corn. Photo by Tom Hodgson, courtesy of Michigan Audobon Society.

With more sanctuaries and wildlife refuges to protect and conserve Sandhill Cranes their low reproduction rates aren’t as hindering as they were 75 to 100 years ago. Still, Sandhill Cranes only lay two eggs per mating season; rebuilding the population takes time but conversationalists are finally starting to see their hard work pay off. Sandhill Crane numbers are now in the hundred thousand’s compared to 100 years ago when the population was only a few hundred.

Don’t miss your chance to see these majestic creatures before they fly south for warmer weather and a more abundant food supply. The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary is located at 9066 Seymour Road, Pleasant Lake, MI 49272. For directions and additional information on where to view cranes visit www.michiganaudubon.org.

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Roger on Main Street

roger on main streetWhen things get crazy

Wow. The world of hourly or daily news sometimes has dull days but there are times when everything happens at once. Last week made me glad this paper is a hometown weekly. We didn’t have to rush around to cover the explosions and deaths in the Middle East or the “storm of the century” that tore up much of the East Coast or, of course, the General scandal. All those news stories have had breaking developments that Big News operations must continue to chase.

Having had experience with FEMA, I can speak confidently that the East Coast storm story alone will last for weeks. I’ve seen lots of houses off their foundations. It will take $billions to repair these losses and thousands of print inches and broadcast hours to talk about them.

Getting a weekly paper out sometimes seems hectic but, in comparison, you’d probably have to say it’s pretty relaxing.

When things go bad

Three weeks after the wedding day, Sally called her minister. “Reverend,” she wailed, “John and I have had a TERRIBLE fight!”

“Calm down, my child,” said the minister. “It’s not half as bad as you think. Every marriage has to have its first fight.”

“I know, I know!” said Sally. “But what am I going to do with the body?”

‘Tis the season

An old man in Phoenix calls his son in New York. “I hate to ruin your day,” he says, “but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery is enough.”

“Pop, what are you talking about?” yells the son.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the old man says. “We’re sick and tired of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her.” And he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone, “Like heck they’re getting a divorce!” she shouts. “I’ll take care of this.”

She calls Phoenix immediately and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced! Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back right now and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” And she hangs up.

The old man turns to his wife. “Okay,” he says. “They’re coming for Christmas and they’re paying their own way.”

’Tis the season, blond edition

The blonde goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. She says to the clerk, “May I have 50 stamps?”

“What denomination?” asks the clerk.

“God help us,” says the woman. “Has it come to this? Give me six Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists.”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Christmas Musical at the Kent Theatre

Nov. 29-Dec. 2: The Cedar Springs Theatre Association’s presents “Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Kent Theatre, which is located in downtown Cedar Springs. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games shop, or by calling 616-696-SHOW. #46-48p


Senior Christmas Potluck Dinner

Dec. 1: There will be a Senior Potluck Dinner on Saturday December 1 from 1 to 3 pm at the Spencer Township Hall, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. Bring a dessert or dish to pass. Meat, rolls and coffee provided. For more information call 616-984-0035. #46-48p


Resurrection Lutheran Bazaar

Dec. 1: The Resurrection Lutheran Church will hold a Bazaar on Sat. Dec. 1 from 9 am – 3 pm. There will be 25 crafters, a Library sale, bake sale, knife sale and White Elephant sale. Lunch will be available. 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake. #47.48p


Cookie Walk

Dec. 1: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies is hosting a Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from 9 am until the cookies are gone. 310 E. Division St. NE, Rockford. #47,48p


Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec. 1: The Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township presents the 2012 Christmas Tour of Homes on Sat. Dec. 1 from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Library or at Kindel & Company. Tickets the day of the event are $12. Ticket price includes one Christmas ornament. There will also be a reception following at the Library from 4:30 to 5:30 pm with door prize drawings. You need not to be present to win. #48


Special Study in December at Cedar Springs UMC

Dec. 2: Christmas is not your birthday! This is a provocative statement in light of our consumer-driven culture, and a deep truth that we need to reclaim. We’ll begin a series called “A Different Kind of Christmas” that will challenge us as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus, Emmanuel. Join us for worship at 9:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. along with a special Christian Education class at 10:15 a.m. May we each have a renewed appreciation of the Gift we have been given, Jesus Christ! #48,49b


Free Blood Pressure Check at Metron

Dec. 3: Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffrey, will be providing free blood pressure checks on Monday, December 3, from 1-3 pm at Rite Aid. #48


Dinner at the Legion

Dec. 3: The American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meat loaf dinner on Monday, December 3, from 5 – 7 pm. This meal is a customer appreciation special. All dinners are $7, children 17 and under $3. Take out is available. #46


DNR Deer Check at Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club

Dec. 3: There will be a DNR Deer Check Station on December 3 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information call 616-696-2252. #48


Gingerbread Lane

Dec. 6: Stroll down Gingerbread Land and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen.


Cossin Fund Christmas Distribution

Dec. 7: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available to assist families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, c/o Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be submitted, post marked and received NO LATER THAN, December 7, 2012. #47,48p


Christmas Flea Market

Dec. 8: Come join us at Renner-Lobker VFW Post 3306, 1001 S. Ensley, Howard City, on Saturday December 8 for our Christmas Flea Market. Garage Sale, Yard Sale and Craft items. For more information call Dee Becker at 231-937-5504. #48,49p


3rd – 6th Grade Boys Rocket Basketball

Dec. 8: Does your son want to become a basketball star? Get them started with this program that begins on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Cedar View Elementary. Times and prices range depending on grade. Please find registration forms online at www.csaparksandrec.com or stop by CS Public Schools District Office and register in person. For more information you can call the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Office Monday – Wednesday, 8:30 am – 3 pm at 616-696-7320. #38,49p


Christmas With Santa

Dec. 8: Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts and treats. Gifts aplenty for the first 200 children! Prize drawings will be held. Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 am to 12 noon. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Library, 88 Eighth St. #48


Christmas concert at the Kent Theatre

Dec. 8: Spend quality time with the family and show some Christmas spirit while supporting a good cause by attending a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the Kent Theatre for their Digital Projector Fund. There will also be a bake sale that day. Admission is $3, or $10 per family (parents and their children $17 and under). #48


Winter Adaptations of Animals!

Dec. 9: Discover the basic “Three” winter adaptions of animals in Michigan winters. Find where they sleep hibernate, and see if we can find some animal tracks. Enjoy the winter be being active, learning of new awesome animal environments. Bundle up for the outdoors, then come inside for hot chocolate and goodies! Sunday, December 9 from 2 – 4 pm. Donation of $5 per person. Best suited for ages 5 – 15. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Pre-registration is NOT required, however registering is greatly appreciated. 616-675-3158. #48


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MSP offers tips for safe winter driving

With winter weather now upon us, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Hart Post is reminding motorists to be aware of several factors during winter driving.

Officers remind motorists to take precautions when stopping and turning in winter weather. Remember to do all of your breaking before the turn is made and take proper line of travel through the turn to reduce the potential for a skid to occur. If your car begins to skid, let off the throttle and brakes and use quick hand over hand steering technique to turn the front tires in the direction you want to go.

“Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of the year, but especially during the winter months,” said F/Lt. Kevin Leavitt Hart Post commander. “The most important factor to remember is the handling capability of your car is drastically reduced in winter weather so it is best to use a slower speed to compensate for decreased handling.”

Safe driving tips:

• Keep tires at the car manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.

• Keep windshield solvent at full strength and make sure the reservoir is full, and keep new wiper blades on front and rear wipers, if so equipped.

• Wash your car for better visibility to other drivers, and remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and the license plate before driving.

• Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary.

• Prepare a winter driving survival kit with items such as: an extra winter coat, pants, hat, boots and gloves; a flashlight with batteries; candle and candle holder; dry container of matches; jumper cables; tow strap; first aid kit; shovel; salt or kitty litter; road flares; and a spare tire and jack.

• If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

The MSP encourages travelers to check the Winter Travel Advisory web site at http://www.ohsp.state.mi.us/rw/home.htm to check road conditions before traveling. The public can also access weather and road conditions by calling the MSP Travel Hotline at 1-800-381-8477. The MSP asks that you utilize the web site or the Travel Hotline rather than calling your local MSP post.

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Journey to Bethlehem

Were you one of the 44 million people in the U.S. who traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday? My family made our annual three-hour journey back to southeast Michigan to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Throughout the holidays, many people will take trips. Most will travel by car or airplane. But on the very first Christmas, there was a young family that took a journey by foot that changed their lives forever.

We find the story in Luke 2. “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” (Luke 2:1-5 NIV)

The story of Christmas doesn’t actually begin in a stable in Bethlehem but starts weeks earlier in a small, rural town called Nazareth, located 80 miles north of Bethlehem. In Nazareth there lived a poor, hard working and honest carpenter named Joseph. News of this census caused great concern for Joseph, for he knew that he must somehow make the long and dangerous journey to his hometown of Bethlehem. But how? There was no money for food or lodging. The roads were long and arduous, and robbers lurked behind rocks all along the way. It would not be a pleasant journey.

To make matters worse, the woman that Joseph loved dearly was nine months pregnant and in no condition to walk the 80 miles through desert and mountainous terrain. She would have to ride on the back of a donkey. But they had no choice. She had to go along. The questionable nature of her pregnancy made it more dangerous for Mary to stay behind in Nazareth than it was for her to make the journey.

And so Mary and Joseph loaded clothing, food, water and what little money they had, and began the long journey to Bethlehem. There were no McDonalds or Holiday Inns, and no money to pay for such conveniences. Each day for two weeks they stopped frequently to rest, cook their own meals, bathe in cold streams, sleep on the ground and keep moving until they reached Bethlehem.

The road was hard but God protected them along the way. And there, in Bethlehem, 80 miles from home, in a city whose name literally means “House of Flesh,” the Word became flesh and made His home among us. There in Bethlehem—the city that the Prophet Micah predicted hundreds of years earlier would be the birthplace of the Messiah (Micah 5:2)—Jesus was born, into the care of two young and courageous parents, who trusted God even when it seemed like the cards were stacked against them.

Like Mary and Joseph, we are all on a journey. I don’t know what difficult roads you have traveled down or what challenging paths lie ahead, but I do know that God has a plan for your life. Will you trust your journey to the Lord? If you do, you will find joy in the journey, even when enduring hardships. This Christmas take your own journey to Bethlehem—not literally, but spiritually—and discover how following the Lord is the adventure of a lifetime.

Pastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

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Woody Avis turns 80

Hey everybody, Woody Avis is the BIG 80! Since he is in Florida, my siblings and I would love for his friends and loved ones to send him a card shower. His address is Woody Avis, 129 Bowlegs Dr., #J-13, Bowling Green, FL 33834. Lets celebrate a great guy!

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Thank You!

Special thanks to Mary Hall, Ann Brott, Deputy Kimbrough of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and Kevin Pike for their care of our mother on November 16, 2012; Pike Funeral Home for outstanding service throughout the planning and funeral processes; Cedar Springs Floral for the beautiful job on the casket spray; all the family and friends who sent flowers and cards, gave memorial contributions, attended the visitation and/or funeral, and otherwise expressed condolences; Pastor Larry Young for the funeral service; the Brott, Hall and Parker families whose watchful care gave us peace of mind and were a blessing to our mother; Birchville School friends, class of 1942 CSHS friends, North Kent Seniors, and others whose friendship enriched our mother’s life; and to God for giving us this special woman to be our mother, allowing her to be here for 89 years, and giving her the gift of health and independent living right up until her last moment on earth.


The family of Helen Valiket

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