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50th Anniversary KEN & JUDY WIERSMA


Ken and Judy Wiersma of Cedar Springs will be married 50 years on April 26, 2013. Ken and Judy both are retired from Sparta Area Schools and Ken also retired from ATL/ANR Freight where he worked over 20 years. Their children are Tracey and Joe Blackmer, Nancy Watson, Keena Briggs and Jeremy Ball, all living in Cedar Springs. They have 9 grandchildren, Melissa (Blackmer) and Charlie Dubridge; Lindsay and Zack Blackmer; Madison, Sydner and Quinn Watson; and Paden and Parker Briggs and Luke Ball. All helped celebrate at a family dinner. The secret of their success is lots of patience!

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Mrs. Eldona “Donie” (nee Weller) Allington, age 87, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Donie graduated from Creston High School in 1943. As a Charter Member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, she taught Sunday school, Women’s Bible Study, and volunteered to do whatever had to be done. Donie worked for many years as a design/layout artist for the Cedar Springs Clipper, the Rockford Register, and the Howard City Record Eagle. She was a life-long quilter, and for many years a 4-H Leader. She is survived by her husband of 68 years of marriage, George; their children, Dr. Richard and Dr. Ann Allington, Allen Allington, Len and Kimberly Allington, David and Paula Allington, Mary and Kim Coonen, and Dale and Marcey Allington; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Eugene “Spud” Ensing and Orin “Barney” (Marcie) Townes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Duard and Sylva Weller, her granddaughters, Sarah Coonen and Montego Elaine Allington, and three sisters Thelma Kunst, Alma Ensing, and Arlyn Townes. The Service for Mrs. Allington will be Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Pioneer Christian Reformed Church, 3110 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, Michigan with Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. Interment in Solon Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the World Renew of the Christian Reformed Church. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm and Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home and prior to the service at church on Saturday. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Virginia R. “Midge” Reed 82 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Reed was born February 2, 1931 in Ensley Township, Michigan the daughter of Vern and Hazel (Rogers) White. Surviving are her children, Mike (Carolyn) Reed, Sharon (Jeff) Klooster, Steve (Heidi) Reed; grandchildren, Kathy (Ron) Davis, Shannon (Rob) Rowland, David (Kerri) Reed, Trey, Thomas and Trevor Reed; great grandchildren, Nolan (Rebecca) Davis, Kurt and Kelli Rowland, Hannah and Zachary Reed; brothers, Donald White, Bob (Jackie) White; sisters-in-law, Stella White, Hattie White, Esther White and Yvonne White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 2011; 7 brothers and 3 sisters. The family will received friends Monday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Tuesday. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Happy 80th Birthday BOB TRUESDALE

Join us in celebrating Bob Truesdale’s 80th Birthday on Saturday, April 27, at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs from 2 to 6 pm. Food and refreshments provided. No gifts please.

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In Loving Memory of Benjamin N. Wall

Our dear Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa who joined the Lord twelve years ago April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many thing for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by his wife, Rosalynn; sons, Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie); grandchildren, Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall, Nate (Kalli); great grandchildren, Megan, Cody, Allie, Abbie, Maddie, Izzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, Lilly Sue and Landon Benjamin.

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Thank You

Family & Friends,
All who attended my art exhibit Saturday, April 20th, thank you! It meant so much to me. With a full heart and many thanks to the ones who planned and worked so hard to make this art exhibit a reality. Without these people it wouldn’t have happened: Claudia & Tom Mabie, Jan Hammersmith, Denise Baty and Tim Hindenach. Thru the years Tom Mabie and Dan Pascavis for their carpentry in my “Studio.” Huge thanks to Tim for his great photography for CDs, paintings and me, Sarah and her photography studio and photos, Pam’s framing shop and the Cedar Springs Post for the great article.
Alice Powell

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Thank You

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the 300+ family, friends and community members who attended “Art with Alice” last Saturday, April 20th.  The recognition and support you gave to the creativity of Alice Norton Powell was tremendous!
We’d also like to thank the special individuals who gave tirelessly to help make the event such a success:  Sarah Mackinnon of S.Mack Photo & Design and Terry Peterson of TJP Photography provided the perfect venue for Alice’s exhibit and shared their supplies and creative expertise as well.  Pam Shears of Framed Images gave very generously of her time, talents and materials.  Thelma Morris was always helpful and supportive.  Louise King and Zane Rice shared their computer wizardry and creative talents.  Melissa Mickey provided her professional expertise in helping us hang the exhibit.  Donna Clark gave tremendous assistance with advertising.  CS Tool Engineering generously printed the flyers and signs.  Jan Hammersmith graciously served refreshments and provided post production assistance.  Judy Reed and The Post, as well as Tom Noreen and The Bugle, were very supportive in their coverage of the artist and the event.  Our husbands, Tim Hindenach and Tom Mabie, lent their patience, support, time and muscle in helping us bring the exhibit to fruition.
Last, but certainly not least, we’d thank Alice Norton Powell for sharing her creativity and spirit with us, as well as showing us how to enjoy a life well-lived for 86 years!

Most Sincerely,
Denise Baty & Claudia Mabie  

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Thank You

Red Flannel Festival Committee,
To the Committee, I wish to say thank you for selecting me to represent Cedar Springs as Grand Marshal this Red Flannel Day. I am deeply honored and thankful to our local newspapers, Post, Bugle and Advance for the very nice articles of my involvement in Cedar Springs. We will try to do as our Founders of Red Flannel Day both Grace and Nina would like us to do. To be a community that comes together as one for our City and our Pride in the flannels that has brought fame and some fortune to this small town with big hearted citizens. This year we have as our theme “Pirates.” We aim to steal your hearts and send the Red Flannels high on the Yardarm for all the world to see! Join us celebrating a wonderful 2013 Red Flannel Day.

Mary Goller Kilts

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Lady Red Hawks take fourth at track meet

Katie Weiler in the 3200 meter run.

Katie Weiler in the 3200 meter run.

The girls track team traveled to Chippewa Hills for the Warrior Invite on Saturday April 20. On a cold, windy and at sometimes-snowy day, the team took fourth place in the Big School Division, which was won by Rockford. Taking first place in the big school division for the team was Senior Katie Weiler in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Sophomore Marissa Oakes placed second in the 100 hurdles and long jump in the big school division. Taking third places in the big school division for the team was senior Abby VanDusen in the long jump and the 3200 meter relay team of Caitlin McClurken, Christina Dean, Allie Veltkamp and Maddie Pekrul.
Also placing for the Red Hawks was:
4th Place: Abby VanDusen Pole vault; 400 Meter Relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby VanDusen, and Olivia Finch.
5th Place: Jeanette Sukstas Discus; Briana Pierson High Jump; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; 800 meter relay team of Taylor Vanlangen, Emily Shaft, Kellie Spahr, and Olivia Finch; 1600 meter relay team of Emily Shaft, Abby VanDusen, Allie Veltkamp and Katie Weiler.
6th Place: Briana Pierson, Pole Vault
7th Place: Kaitlyn Twork, Discus
8th Place: Jeanette Sukstas, Discus

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Sand Lake boxers take wins in Golden Glove championships

Sand Lake boxer Zach Schmuck lost a close decision last Saturday but will box in the state finals.

Sand Lake boxer Zach Schmuck lost a close decision last Saturday but will box in the state finals.

Three Sand Lake Boxers competed in the West Michigan Golden Glove Championships last Friday. Howard City’s Jon Hawley started the night out by winning a 5-0 decision in a 235lb Jr. bout against Holland’s Zack Calverley. Hawley began the fight with quick crisp punches in the first round and continued to control the fight with hard power punches throughout the bout, which forced the referee to give Calverley several standing eight counts.
“I felt great even though I had a short notice. I was excited to get back in the ring,” said Hawley.
In the 132lb championship bout, David Lewis defeated Holland’s Isaac Flores by 5-0 decision. Lewis used his superior hand speed to dominate Flores in all three rounds. David knocked Flores off balance on several occasion with his power shots.
“I just want to thank God, my trainer and all my family and friends for their support,” said Lewis.
In the 152lb championship, Rockford’s Zach Schmuck lost a close decision to Grand Rapids’ Rafael Ferreira, after dominating the first round. Schmuck was hit with several hard shots in the second round. In the third round Schmuck was able to recover and use his boxing skills to control the round but Ferreira’s big second round was enough to give him a 5-0 decision win over Schmuck.
Both David Lewis and Zach Schmuck will compete this Friday and Saturday in the State Finals against the top two boxers in their respective weight classes from the East side of the state. The Finals will be contested in Grand Rapids at the 44th street Armory.

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Ray Winnie
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