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Great Lakes muskellunge now a world record

From the Michigan DNR

The state-record Great Lakes muskellunge caught by Joseph Seeberger of Portage, Mich., on Oct. 13, 2012, has now been listed as a world record by the International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program (MDMWRP).

MDMWRP is a committee of muskellunge scientists, industry leaders, anglers and outdoor media personalities that formed in 2006. The program facilitates the recording and verification of muskellunge world records, covering a current void of record availability to North American muskellunge anglers for fish in the 58 to 68-pound range. This range has been chosen because it is considered the maximum ultimate range of growth for this species. Prior to Seeberger’s submission, there had not been a MDMWRP world-record entry verified.

Joseph Seeberger (center) caught a state-record Great Lakes muskellunge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire.

Joseph Seeberger (center) caught a state-record Great Lakes muskellunge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Antrim County’s Lake Bellaire.

Seeberger caught the fish on Lake Bellaire in Antrim County. The DNR verified the record and documented that the fish weighed 58 pounds. Although the DNR did not measure the length (state records are determined by weight only), the angler measured the fish at a length of 59 inches with a flexible tape. Later in the day, a taxidermist reported the length at 58 inches.

MDMWRP is listing Seeberger’s fish at 58 pounds, 58 inches long, and a girth of 29 inches. It should be noted MDMWRP rules require a bump board-style length measurement, which explains the difference between their length and the length reported in the initial DNR press release.

The MDMWRP is one of many organizations that recognize world-record catches. Many of these organizations differ on their required criteria.

Over the past year, the DNR has made changes to muskellunge fishing regulations in an effort to improve fishing opportunities and to further protect the species. Starting April 1, the possession limit will change to allow anglers to keep only one muskellunge per season, instead of one per day. Anglers must also obtain a free harvest tag that must be attached to the muskellunge they intend to keep. These tags are available wherever fishing licenses are sold and will be available March 1.

“Mr. Seeberger’s fish is another example of the capacity of Michigan waters to produce enormous, world-record fish,” said acting Central Lake Michigan Management Unit manager Scott Heintzelman. “Added protection from recent regulation changes will allow more of these magnificent fish to reach their maximum potential and provide anglers the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime.”

For more information on Michigan’s state records, visit www.michigan.gov/masterangler.

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Tips to fight the cold, cough

Cold, cough and flu season is far from over


(BPT) – People who have gotten sick report their cold and flu symptoms lasted up to six days, according to the Vicks Second Annual Global Cough and Cold Survey. While health experts advise sick workers to stay home to avoid spreading germs, few of us can afford to take that many sick days off from work or home life.

Fortunately, you can get by fighting cold and flu symptoms if you’re not able to take sick days. Here are some tips:

1. Take a multi-symptom medication. An estimated 80 percent of cold and flu sufferers experience more than one cold symptom, according to the survey. That’s why it is important to take a medication that can treat more than one symptom if you are experiencing multi-symptom discomfort. When you are sick with a cold, a multi-symptom medication can relieve your cold symptoms so you can power through your busy and hectic schedule during the day, and a nighttime cold and flu medication will relieve your cold symptoms so you can get rest.

-HEA-Colds2. Drink lots of fluids. Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and keep drinking throughout the day. The extra hydration not only helps keep your nose moist and might help you breathe and rest easier; it also helps flush toxins from your body.

3. Look for other ways to stay hydrated. Drinking fluids isn’t the only way to keep hydrated. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using cool-moisture humidifiers to help provide relief from coughs and congestion.

4. Eat … spicy, green and more. Bring on the heat! Eating spicy foods can give you a runny nose, which can be helpful because it helps break up congestion and remove irritations. Also, eating an assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables, particularly those with a high level of vitamin C, is an effective way to support your immune system. When your body is fighting off a cold or flu, it needs food to fuel your immune system. If you have a fever, try to eat a little more to keep on the road to recovery.

5. Reach for a convenient thermometer. A high fever is often one of the first recognizable signs of illness. If your children seem to be ill, take their temperature with a thermometer to see if they have a fever. With a squirmy sick child it may be difficult to ensure accurate readings, so try non-invasive alternatives like a behind the ear thermometer.

6. Lessen the stress. Studies have shown that elevated levels of stress can reduce the number of T cells in your body, and T cells are important to keep your immune system strong. If you’re feeling sick, have fun and relax to help you better cope with symptoms. You could also try exercise or meditation to relieve stress. The National Institutes of Health in the U.S. has stated that it’s okay to exercise even if you have a cold. The simple act of sweating helps drive out destructive germs and toxins from your body.

For more information, visit www.vicks.com.


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Healthy foods and creative recipes provide vitamin D when sunshine is scarce

(BPT) – When days are short and sunshine is scarce, it’s only natural to feel a little out of sorts. The sun is the body’s chief source of vitamin D, and for many Americans, clouds and cold temperatures can lead to deficiencies. Fortunately, there are other sources that provide this important vitamin, some of which come in a deliciously edible form.

-HEA-Vitamin-DA handful of all-natural foods, such as eggs, can help you get the vitamin D that you might be missing due to a lack of sunshine. In fact, the USDA recently reviewed egg nutrient data and results showed that one large egg contains 41 IU of vitamin D, 64 percent higher than before. If you live in one of the statistically cloudiest cities in the country, like Syracuse, N.Y., Cleveland, Ohio, or Seattle, Wash. – or even in other places where seasonal gloom makes it hard to catch any rays – make sure you are getting enough of this essential vitamin by making a few adjustments to your diet.

“Vitamin D is a nutrient that should not be overlooked,” says registered dietitian Neva Cochran. “In addition to working with calcium to help form and maintain strong, healthy bones, vitamin D also prevents the development of osteoporosis in older adults.”

As you plan your shopping list, include items that offer a boost of vitamin D. A number of oil-rich fish species, like salmon, tuna and sardines are good sources of vitamin D. In the produce department, seek out mushrooms like Portobellos and shiitakes; in the dairy cases, look for eggs, milk and orange juice.

Once you have stocked up on these ingredients, look for recipes that combine them for an extra boost of vitamin D. Cochran suggests trying a recipe like a Cherry Tomato and Portobello Omelet, which includes two of those key ingredients – eggs and mushrooms.

Get more egg recipes and nutrition information by “liking” the Incredible Edible Egg on Facebook, following @IncredibleEggs on Twitter, or visiting the Pinterest page.


Cherry Tomato and Portobello Omelet

Ranch dressing adds a flavor spike to the already delicious egg, mushroom, tomato and cheese combination.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 1 serving


1 teaspoon butter

1 cup thinly sliced baby Portobello mushrooms

2 cherry tomatoes, quartered

2 eggs

2 tablespoons ranch dressing

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 ounce)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


1. Heat butter in 7- to 10-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms; saute until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes; sauté until heated through, 1 minute. Remove from pan; keep warm.

2. Beat eggs and dressing in small bowl until blended. Heat omelet pan over medium-high heat until hot. Pour in egg mixture. Mixture should set immediately at edges.

3. Gently push cooked portions from edges toward the center with inverted turner so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. Continue cooking, tilting pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed.

4. When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, place mushroom filling on one side of the omelet; sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Fold omelet in half with turner. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn pan and invert or slide omelet onto plate. Serve immediately.


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March is Reading Month!


March 5-7 ACT/MME (Regular School Day for all others)

7 End of 2nd Trimester

8 Weather Make Up Day for FlexTrac Students

(FlexTrac students WILL attend School; No School for All

Other Students and Staff

26 State Representative VerHeulen visits K-5 – 12 N – 2pm

29 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break


April 1-5 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

22 Family Night – 5-7 pm

22 Parent / Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 7-8 pm

23-25 K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences (by appointment)

25 9-12 Parent Teacher Conferences (by appointment)



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2013 Sweetheart Swirl

The Sweetheart Swirl was held on Saturday, February 23rd, and was sponsored by the senior class and their advisor, Mrs. Terpstra. CTA is appreciative of the efforts of Mrs. Terpstra, her husband Larry, and the crew of chaperones from CTA parents, staff, and administrators.

Highlights of the evening included crowning of the Sweetheart and Heartbreaker for each class (see photos) and stretch limo rides (contracted by Mrs. Terpstra) for everyone who attended.

Good laughs, fun, and food were had by all! Thank you, seniors and Mrs. Terpstra.

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Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Dance

CTA-Kindergarten-Dance---3This Valentine’s Day, the CTA Kindergarten did something a little different for its celebration; we had a Kindergarten dance. Our parents embraced the idea by sending their munchkins dressed in their most fashionable duds. This dance was a complete success with the help of our amazing parents. To start the dance off, we had yummy treats that were brought in by our parents. During the feast of treats, we had a manners lesson that emphasized the needs for saying “please” and “thank you,” as well as proper eating procedures. After our bellies were full, out came our dancing shoes. When the music began, the kids had a blast dancing to the songs like “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves and “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. These songs were new to the students, but the beats still snuck in and they started moving their feet! Fun was had by all at our First Annual Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Dance!

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Student needs mementoes of Michigan

Dear Readers,

Good morning! My name is Sirriniti F. I’m a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the history and geography of the United States. I would really appreciate it if you would send me your state rock, map and a souvenir. I am so glad I picked your state, Michigan. I picked Michigan because I don’t know much about it.

My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license for a school project if possible. I appreciate your time! Thank you!


Sirriniti F.

Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. Class

Harlan Intermediate School

1401 19th Street

Harlan, IA 51537


So, how about it readers? Can we give this young lady the items she’s asked for and maybe even a few unique to our hometown? If you’d like to send her something, bring it in to the Post over the next week (maybe with a short note), and we’ll mail a box with all the items.

– Judy Reed, Editor

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Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.

The IRS has this advice for anyone who receives an email claiming to be from the IRS or directing you to an IRS site:

Do not reply to the message;

Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer; and

Do not click on any links in a suspicious email or phishing website and do not enter confidential information. Visit the IRS website and click on ‘Identity Theft’ at the bottom of the page for more information.

Here are five other key points the IRS wants you to know about phishing scams.

1. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media channels to request personal or financial information;

2. The IRS never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts;

3. The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov. Do not be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or anything other than .gov. If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus, do not provide any personal information on their site and report it to the IRS;

4. If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence. Forward a suspicious email to phishing@irs.gov;

5. You can help the IRS and other law enforcement agencies shut down these schemes. Visit the IRS.gov website to get details on how to report scams and helpful resources if you are the victim of a scam. Click on “Reporting Phishing” at the bottom of the page.

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Community’s generosity highlighted on local TV station

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs.

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs.

By Judy Reed


Cedar Springs got some positive publicity this week from a Grand Rapids area television station.

Fox 17 meteorologist Kevin Craig did a story on Cedar Springs Tuesday evening for the channel’s West Michigan Stories segment. He did the interviews about a month ago, and then did live teasers from The Kent Theatre Tuesday evening. He started out by doing the weather outside of the Kent, and then talked to people inside before each segment.

Kevin Craig interviews both Rose Powell (right wearing granny cap) and her mother-in-law Alice Powell (left wearing top hat) about their Red flannel wear.

Kevin Craig interviews both Rose Powell (right wearing granny cap) and her mother-in-law Alice Powell (left wearing top hat) about their Red flannel wear.

Craig called Cedar Springs “the epitome of giving” for the way the residents pulled together to raise $50,000 towards the new library this year, as well as funding the $60,000 for the digital projector at the Kent Theatre. He also talked about the donations that were raised for Veterans Park. Librarian Donna Clark talked about the library in the segment, and both Len Allington and Jack Clark were interviewed about the Theatre.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and Court and Cindy Patin were interviewed for a segment on the Festival.

Kevin Craig at the Kent Theatre ticket booth.

Kevin Craig at the Kent Theatre ticket booth.

A few dozen people showed up despite the snow to be a part of the festivities. The Kent handed out free popcorn, and the Red Flannel Festival gave away t-shirts and buttons.

You can find the stories online at Fox 17’s website at www.fox17online.com.


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The snowmen are back!

-N-Snowman-NederhoodWith the recent snowstorms that have hit the area, the snowmen are making a comeback. In this picture, Johanna and Jack Nederhood made their first snowman of the year, with the help of their dad. Great job! And thanks for sharing it with us!

If you have a snowman, snow sculpture or other type of winter scene you’d like to send to us, email it to news@cedarspringspost.com, with a little info about the photo. Please include a contact name and phone number. Photos will be printed as space allows.

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