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Archive | July, 2013

Post goes to Berlin

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Former exchange student Patrick Pender took The Post on a trip to Berlin after returning home to Germany. Check out the “property of Michigan” t-shirt!
Thanks so much, Patrick, for taking a little piece of Cedar Springs home with you. We are glad it could be the Post!

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Kent City area students win library art contest

N-Art-Library1Kent District Library’s Tyrone Township branch, in conjunction with Kent City Elementary, Algoma Christian School, and the Kent City DDA, are proud to announce the winners of this year’s Summer Reading Art Contest. Area students were encouraged to submit art based on the theme of “Reading and Libraries.” While there were a number of great entries, two students were awarded the top honors.
This year’s winning entries were created by Hunter Pitts, a fifth-grader at Algoma Christian School, and Kylie Brown, a third-grader at Kent City Elementary.
“This was a really great, creative opportunity for Kent City Elementary students,” said Sara Goodrich, Kent City Elementary art teacher.
N-Art-library2“We think that Hunter and Kylie have done a great job conveying the theme of reading and libraries and have done so in a very creative and colorful way. They are definitely two very talented artists,” added Eric DeHaan, Tyrone Township Branch Manager.
The winning art is currently displayed on banners in front of the Tyrone Township branch library, located at 43 S. Main Street, Kent City.
Both avid readers, Kylie enjoys the American Girl Doll and Rainbow Magic series, and Hunter is currently enjoying the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Congratulations to Kylie and Hunter!

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Openings still available at Creative Technologies Academy for 2013-2014

Creative Technologies Academy, a tuition free public school academy in Cedar Springs, still has some openings in a few classes for the 2013-2014 school year according to Dean of Students, David Oldebekking.
“Space is filling fast but we still have room in our middle school, high school, and FlexTrac programs,” he said.
Creative Technologies Academy is a free public school that emphasizes small class sizes and a personal educational experience.  “We have been around for 15 years and almost every day I still hear people say, ‘We didn’t know that there was this option for our students education,’” explained Mr. Oldebekking. “We are located on the north side of Cedar Springs on Pine Street, across the street from the water tower, and we have so much to offer families. We have a highly qualified and experienced staff, an innovative learning environment, and many opportunities for blended and online learning.”
One of those opportunities is in the FlexTrac program.  “Our FlexTrac program is in its third year and it has been a great success so far. It is a completely online program. The students are on campus from 3:00 pm-6:50 pm every day, and then do two hours of at home work daily,” said Mr. Oldebekking. “The program is built for students who maybe have a job that they need to attend to, have the ability to accelerate their high school learning, have a need for credit recovery, or just feel more comfortable working outside of the traditional classroom.”
Space is filling fast for both the traditional day school and the Flex Trac Program, so please contact David Oldebekking at 616-696-4905 to set up your personal meeting and school tour.

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Panhandle national night out

On Tuesday, August 6, the Panhandle National Night Out will join the rest of our country in recognizing and celebrating the relationship enjoyed between communities and law enforcement agencies. This event is an annual occurrence, the 30th since its inception, in which over 37 million people participate and promote awareness of the role law enforcement has in our communities and encourage cooperation from our residents to help prevent crime in our area.
This special event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm during the regularly scheduled “Music in the Park” in Howard City. The Howard City Police Department and Fire Department, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch will be present to offer information pertaining to crime prevention, drug awareness, and assistance in creating a safer neighborhood. Free food, door prizes, and great music performed by the Blue Water Ramblers will be provided. Further information will become available as the date of the event gets nearer.
Anyone interested in assisting us with this valuable and worthwhile event or in helping during the evening on Tuesday, August 6th, is encouraged to contact Robert Richards at 231-937-7837 or you can email the Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch at montcalmcountynwatch@yahoo.com and ask to be included.

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Man sentenced in fatal accident

 

Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett

A 24-year-old Howard City man was sentenced June 27 in the death of another Howard City man.
Ryan Patrick Bennett, 24, was charged in January with Operating while intoxicated causing death and Reckless driving causing death, in connection with the July 20, 2012 traffic crash that led to the death Scott Gregory, 25.
Bennett pled no contest in May to Operating while intoxicated causing death, and operating while intoxicated with a high blood alcohol content.

The initial story was that he saw a body lying in West Edgerton Street shortly before 2:30 a.m., on Friday, July 20. He then proceeded home (a few blocks away) and told his father, who called 911. He was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated, but not officially charged with Gregory’s death until January, after evidence recovered from Bennett’s vehicle was analyzed by the Michigan State Police crime lab and connected Bennett’s vehicle to the crash.

According to information printed in the Greenville Daily News, it’s unknown whether Bennett’s car actually caused Gregory’s death, though evidence shows he ran over him. Both men were reportedly at a bar in Howard City that evening, and Gregory, who had a blood alcohol level of .26, walked home. Bennett, who had a blood alcohol level between .18 and .19, was on his way home when he hit Gregory. The prosecution noted that medical evidence suggested the possibility that another vehicle may also have hit the Gregory.

The Daily News reported that Bennett was sentenced June 27 to 60 days in jail, with credit for 13 days served, and 30 days suspended. He was also sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment, 360 hours of community service, $7,700 in restitution and court costs.

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City Council Clips

By Judy Reed

Council reprimands mayor

The Cedar Springs City Council went into closed session last Thursday evening, July 18, to “hear complaints against a public officer.”
While council members, including the mayor, cannot talk about what is discussed in closed session, the news on the street is that council members have not been happy with recent editorials that Mayor Bob Truesdale has put in the Post—especially one where he talked about the problem of brush in the city right of ways, and the fact that there was no money in the budget to pick it up until the next pickup in the fall.
The mayor, owner of the Amish Warehouse, has been a proponent of a “kinder, gentler” city that is more business-friendly, and operates with a more common-sense approach and less rules and regulations. In the editorial he compared running the city to running a business. “I am also told that running a city is nothing like running a business, and I guess I can see that,” he wrote. “For, as a businessman, I buy the truck, I pay $75 to fill the gas tank and I pay wages to the driver, so it only makes sense to have my driver stop and correct the problem when driving by the blight. I also realize that in our present system of procedures that the few minutes of cleaning up the blight would need to be charged back to that city vehicle. It sure sounds like something that came out of Washington D.C.” He also included that his wife was looking for nominations for that city worker or any citizen that goes the extra mile to make the city a nicer place, and the winner would win a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choice.
While it was never the Mayor’s intention to make it sound as if he was blaming the city workers (he told the Post at the time he wrote the editorial that he was very proud of our city employees—that they were just following policy by not picking up the brush), his letter must have ruffled a few feathers because several of the council members included in their council comments at the end of the meeting how appreciative they were of the city employees. And one council member stated that the city could not be run like a business.
The Post asked Mayor Truesdale about the closed session, and he confirmed that he couldn’t discuss what was said. He did, however, dispute the rumor that he is stepping down. “I have no intention of stepping down,” said Truesdale. “I’m hanging in there for now. Better days are ahead. We are just going to move forward.”
In the past, the city used to pick up brush on Monday mornings, but it was changed to two pickups per year—spring and fall—due to budget cuts last year. Residents are now urged to take brush to Cannonsburg Wood Products on Northland Drive, near Rockford. They will take it for free.

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Christian school changes name

“Welcome to Cedar Christian Academy.” Those will be the words students will hear as they open the school year on August 19. The surroundings will be familiar, but the name will be different. After decades of operating as Pilgrim Bible Academy, the school board recently voted to change the name to Cedar Christian Academy.
The school, which operates under the auspices of Pilgrim Bible Church, at 361 Pine Street, in Cedar Springs, has served families desiring Christian education for their children since 1973. In recent discussions, the board felt that the time was right to change the name of the school.
“We fell strongly that there is a great need for Christian education that will instill Biblical principles and good moral values, along with quality learning in today’s students,” said Mike Shiery, pastor of Pilgrim Bible Church. “We believe there are numerous families in our community who would like to provide a Christian education for their children but really don’t know where to start. Our staff would like to have the opportunity to assist them in making their dream a reality.”
Rev. Shiery explained the reason behind the name change. “Our board felt that the name ‘Pilgrim Bible Church’ could be construed as somewhat exclusive. Some people might get the idea that only children who attended Pilgrim Bible Church could attend the academy. We want to make it clear that we are interested in ministering to the whole community of Cedar Springs, not just a select few.”
Cedar Christian Academy is located on the grounds of Pilgrim Bible Church at 361 Pine St. If you are interested in more information about the academy or enrolling your children for the upcoming school year, you can contact the school at (616) 696-1021.

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The Gospel Truth

Pastor Dick Nichols
Cedar Creek Community Church
2969 14 Mile Rd., Sparta

If you are a Christian today, sometime in the past you said… (not these exact words, but your own words asking Jesus into your life),  “Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross for my sins.  I ask you now to come into my heart and make me a new creation.  Forgive me all of my sin as you are my Savior.  I promise to follow you.”
Some of you have followed Jesus from the time you were a small child; some of you gave your heart to him later in life as I did. The truth is that we made a promise to be faithful to Jesus and to serve him alone, a promise with eternal importance.
There is a problem in our human nature that we often times make promises, pledges, oaths or vows that the moment they fell off our lips we knew we couldn’t live up to them. General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said, “I want you to always bear in your mind that it is the nature of a fire to go out, you must keep it stirred up and fed and the ashes removed.”
I believe General Booth had in mind what the writer of Ecclesiastes made clear: “(4) When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. (5) Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:4-5, King James translation).
A few years back, James Patterson and Peter Kim interviewed thousands of people and then published a book called “The Day America Told The Truth.” They cited a lot of statistics of being dishonest to parents, spouses, friends, etc., one of which is that 91% of those surveyed said that they lie on a regular basis. One statistic we should take to heart is that ‘there is minimal difference between Christians and non-Christians.
I believe I can safely say that most of us know that God requires that we speak the truth whenever we speak. Honesty helps us grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ and others, while dishonesty is contrary to the character of God and undermines relationships.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 King James translation). Jesus said that we should ‘stand out’ as a beacon on a hill, not for our glory, but that others would see the difference between a practicing Christian and others. You might ask how we know what God thinks about this?  Well, I’m glad you asked. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth’  (John 4:24 King James translation).  Let us practice the example of Jesus and make truth a relevant part of our character.

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Take it outside

Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

Pastor Kyle was fresh out of the seminary—green, idealistic, and zealous. Wanting to make a difference by emphasizing the importance of world missions, Kyle invited one of his peers to be the special missionary speaker.
This peer was a young man who had been raised in Africa by missionary parents. He would soon be graduating with a missiology degree of his own, and would be returning to African soil to continue the good work. Perfect! But there was a problem. Kyle’s friend was an African. No person of color had ever stood in the pulpit of this Texas Baptist church.
Kyle pressed on with youthful enthusiasm. On the appointed day the young African arrived and spoke with passion and love for his continent. He was received well by the congregation, but not everyone was happy. At the next church business meeting, a man stood and said, “I’m tired of this preacher talking about race all the time, and I’m fixin’ to whip his #&$.”
Pastor Kyle said later, “At first the people got more upset that he said ‘#&$’ in church, than the fact that he was going to whip me!” But here the guy came, climbing over the pews like scaling a ladder toward Kyle. Just as he got to him, four big men intervened and said, “If you’re going to whip the preacher…take it outside.”
The entire congregation spilt outside and gathered in a circle to see the prize fight. Kyle had no idea what to do; but again, just as the first punch was about to be thrown, those same men intervened. “If you’re going to whip the preacher,” they said, “you’ll have to start with us.” The man backed down, never to return.
When Kyle returned to that church many years later for an anniversary service, to his jaw-dropping astonishment, half the congregation was African-American! “How could this be?” he asked a number of the “old-timers” still around from the younger days.
One man answered, “Well, preacher, after you left, the neighborhood around us began to change. And we had a decision to make: Dig in, move away, or open our doors to our neighbors. Thanks to what you taught us, we opened our doors.” Kyle’s few years at that little church in the Texas pines as an inexperienced, didn’t-know-any-better-than-to-try seminarian had really made a difference in the lives of the community – and the world.
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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Virginia Connor

C-ConnorHappy 90th Birthday
Virginia Connor

Virginia Connor, formerly from Cedar Springs, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, July 27th. She is looking forward to enjoying the day with her family. Her family would like her friends to celebrate with a card shower. If you would like to send her a card, please send it to the following address: Virginia Connor, 2520 Lake Michigan Dr. Apt. 236, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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