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Girl gets first deer

Breanna Duncan and her first deer.

Breanna Duncan and her first deer.

Breanna Duncan, 9, the daughter of Sara Duncan and Keith Coalter, shot her first deer during youth hunt, on Saturday, September 21. Breanna shot the deer just north of Cedar Springs, while using her new Savage 243 youth rifle. Congratulations, Breanna!


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Catch of the Week

Caleb Kwiatkowski showing off his bluegill.

Caleb Kwiatkowski showing off his bluegill.

Grace Kwiatkowski with her rock bass.

Grace Kwiatkowski with her rock bass.

These are two happy fishermen from the Kwiatkowski family, of Howard City. The kids did some fishing at their great-grandparents’ house on Little Whitefish Lake, in Pierson, last month, and came away winners. Grace Kwiatkowski, 6, was so happy to catch this rock bass, and Caleb, 3, got a thrill out of catching this bluegill! Congratulations, Grace and Caleb, you made the Post Catch of the Week!


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Michigan Trails week

Free park admission Sept. 28


Celebrate Michigan Trails Week by getting outside and getting on a trail. Held Sept. 21-28 in the outdoor playground called Michigan, the week pays tribute to the state’s 12,000 miles of trails by offering a variety of events statewide, featuring activities from hiking to biking to kayaking and more.

The week culminates on Sept 28, National Public Lands Day, with free entry to all federal and state parks and participating local parks throughout Michigan and the opportunity for volunteerism—the statewide work bee—to support and maintain these trails. This year marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Access to Michigan state parks normally requires a Recreation Passport; that will be waived on Sept. 28. The special events, trail maintenance and clean-up opportunities and free admission are made possible by communities and organizations throughout the state in partnerships with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA), and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA).

This month, Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed the recreational, health and economic benefits of the state’s trail system with his second annual proclamation of Michigan Trails Week. In his proclamation, the governor states that the trail system provides several billion dollars to Michigan’s economy and a low-cost means to improve individual health, which can, in return, reduce health care costs.

“Michigan is a national leader in the number of miles of trails, providing tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities and substantial benefits to the state’s economy,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “From our state’s extensive inland water opportunities to more than 3,800 miles of trails used by off-road enthusiasts, Michigan is home to a unique variety and quantity of trails. Trails are resources to be celebrated not just during Michigan Trails Week, but all year long.”

The governor’s proclamation also pays tribute to the most popular means of enjoying the out-of-doors through trail-related activities, including hiking, walking, snowmobiling, running, biking, horseback riding, paddling, and using off-road vehicles. According to Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, whether you’re a novice or an expert, getting out on the trails during Michigan Trails Week and each week afterward is an important part of staying active and experiencing the state’s natural resources.

“Put on your well-worn hiking shoes or experience kayaking for the very first time,” he said. “Events held during this week are a great match for both the experienced and beginning trail user. From guided trail hikes to trail runs to bike rides and free kayaking programs through Recreation 101, there is something for everyone. Make this the start of your healthy, active lifestyle.”

All Michigan Trails Week events are found at www.michigan.gov/trailsweek.

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Dux dominate Red Hawks

Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coon


On Friday, September 20, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Dux of Zeeland West at Red Hawk Stadium. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks received their second loss of the season and the final score of the game was 56-6 in favor of the Dux. The Red Hawks’ record is now 2-2.

In the first quarter, Zeeland West’s offense was on fire with Danny Bauder running for a 1-yard touchdown and a 39-yard touchdown. After the first quarter, Zeeland West was up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Zeeland West’s Grant Postma recovered a fumble by the Red Hawks and ran for a 47-yard touchdown. Zeeland West’s quarterback, Casey Brinks, then passed to Danny Bauder for a 71-yard touchdown. After the Dux received the ball back again, Casey Brinks passed to Danny Bauder for another 47-yard touchdown. At halftime, the score was 34-0. in favor of the Dux.

After halftime, Zeeland West came out strong again, with Casey Brinks passing to Jordan Vanhort for a 2-yard touchdown. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 42-0 Zeeland West.

After the third quarter, the Hawks started to pick up speed and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Jeff Newland for an 8-yard touchdown. The Dux fought back, with Evan Macdonald running for a 71-yard touchdown. At the end of the fourth quarter, Zeeland West took home the win by defeating the Red Hawks 56-6.

“I think we played well,” stated Red Hawk Coach Kapolka. “We just need to work on not turning the ball over.”

On Friday, September 27, the Red Hawks travel to Forest Hills Eastern High school to play their first conference game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 pm. So come out and support your Red Hawks as they look for their third win of the season. Good luck Hawks!


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JV Red Hawks fall to Dux

The JV Red Hawks suffered their first loss at the hands of the Zeeland Dux last week. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The JV Red Hawks suffered their first loss at the hands of the Zeeland Dux last week. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coon


On Thursday, September 19, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks JV football team received their first loss of the season against the Dux of Zeeland West. The game was played at Zeeland’s stadium and the final score of the game was 36-14 in favor of Zeeland West. The Red Hawk’s record is now 3-1.

Even though the Hawks lost, they fought a hard battle. The offense and defense were both strong for Cedar Springs. Keenan Gosselin ran for a 60-yard touchdown and Isaiah MacDonald also ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Damarcus Barnett and Lane Gott had key interceptions to keep the Red Hawks in the game.

“We played a really good football team and made a few mistakes that costed us in the end,” said Coach Streeter. “But we never gave up and all of those mistakes are correctable.”

On Thursday, September 26, the Red Hawks take on the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern at Red Hawk Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Be there to support your Cedar Springs JV Red Hawks as they play their first conference game of the season and look for their fourth win, and don’t forget to look for details in next week’s Post! Good luck guys!

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Girls golfers in third place

The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks competed in two Ok Bronze Jamborees this past week finishing 3rd at Cedar Chase with a team score of 197 and 4th at Highlands with a 205. Bre White carded scores of 50 and 50, Conner White 48 and 52, Marisa Morales 45 and 53, Julie Schut 58 and a season best 50, Alyssa Keaton 54 and 57, and Alysha Chaney 60 and 60.

“This is a very competitive conference so we are excited to be in 3rd place right now,” said Bre White. The Red Hawks have one more jamboree Monday to wrap up the regular season.

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Kids’ Art Fest 2013 at Children’s Museum

Explore your creative side with painting, sculpting, and more, at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s annual Kids’ Art Fest, a free art festival held September 29, noon-5:00 p.m. on Sheldon Ave, Library St., and Veteran’s Park, across from the museum.

Held in the midst of ArtPrize, Kids’ Art Fest gives children of all ages hands-on experience at a variety of art mediums, including painting, pastel drawing, clay sculpture, print making, and more. In addition, there will be live performances and presentations throughout the afternoon at the entertainment stage.

“Families that have been walking around viewing all the ArtPrize work can then come down and actually do some artwork of their own. Kids’ Art Fest is a great introduction to how the pieces they have seen are created,” says Adrienne Brown, Marketing and Events Manager at the GRCM. “This year we are working more directly with ArtPrize artists, including those displaying at the Children’s Museum, to have the kids work along with them.”

This is the fourth year for this popular event. “Kids’ Art Fest gets more exciting every year! It’s inspiring to see the natural artist in children come out,” says Robert Dean, Executive Director.


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What’s “bugging” you in our streams?

These volunteers helped with the spring insect monitoring. Volunteers are needed again for the fall insect monitoring event.

These volunteers helped with the spring insect monitoring. Volunteers are needed again for the fall insect monitoring event.

In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful.  Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.

Trout Unlimited National, Michigan Trout Unlimited, and the Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited Chapter will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event in the Rogue River Watershed on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Algoma Township Hall, 10531 Algoma Avenue in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.

What will you need? Please RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions.


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Bear hunting

One Sunday, a pastor decided to skip church and go hunting in the neighboring forest. While he was hunting he saw a huge black bear that had stopped to get honey from a beehive. The pastor thought the bear was good game, so he shot at it, and missed. The bear, startled by the shot, jumped up and charged at the pastor. The pastor used his only option: he dropped to his knees and prayed.

“Dear God,” he said, “please let this bear be a good Christian, a better one than I ever was.”

When the bear drew close, it also dropped to its knees to pray.

“I knew you were a good Christian bear!” exclaimed the pastor with relief.

“I sure am,” replied the bear. “Mama always taught me to pray before I eat.”


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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.


Cedar Springs Class of 2003 Reunion

Sept. 27: The Class of 2003 will be celebrating its 10 year class reunion on Friday, October 4 at 7 pm at McFadden’s in Grand Rapids. The cost is $25 per person and must be received by September 27. Check out our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Class of 2003) or contact Anita Niemi with questions: 616-889-1041 or anita.niemi23@gamil.com. #37,38,39p


CS Women’s Club Hosts Huge Indoor Yard Sale

Sept. 28: Attention shoppers, buyers, customers, and bargain hunters of all ages! The Cedar Springs Women’s Club will hold their annual “Indoor” Yard Sale on Saturday, September 28 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Cedar Springs. Just follow the signs to the entrance. Hundreds of household items, small appliances, books paintings, holiday items and pieces of furniture will be waiting for just the right bargain hunter to take them home. All items must go! Sorry no clothing, shoes or person care items. Check you calendars for Sat. Sept. 28th from 9 am to 3 pm and come shop indoors regardless of the weather. #38,39p


“Ring the Bell” at Victory Baptist

Sept. 28: A smooth-talking sports agent gets stranded in a small town while trying to recruit a high school basketball star, and finds the faith of the locals having an unexpected effect on his cynical outlook of the world in this uplifting religious drama. Featuring Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mark Hall. Join Victory Baptist Church at 16415 Meddler Ave, Sand Lake on Saturday, September 28 at 5 pm to enjoy this movie and fresh, hot pizza. Free. Call 616-984-2525 with questions. #39


Fall Craft Fair

Sept. 28: Rockford Springs Community Church is having their Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, September 28th from 9 am to 3 pm. Hand crafted items and unique gifts. Start you shopping early. 5815 – 14 Mile Rd., about 2.5 miles east of US-131 (exit 101). #39


Red Flannel Day Talent Show

Oct. 4: Come see great local talent perform on stage at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, October 5th, right after the Red Flannel Parade at about 4:30 pm. Tickets are only $3 per person. #39,40p


Green Flying High Kite Day

Oct. 6: Howard Christensen Nature Center will help you make a homemade kite or bring an already made kite and then we will fly high in the sky! Sunday, October 6th from 2 to 4 pm. Donation of $4.00. Family fun for all! #39


Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 7: Come join us for worship and fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm, October 7 thru November 25 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell 616-696-1246. #39,40p


MCC Hosts College Day

Oct. 8: High school students and adults considering attending college can gather information from more than 40 colleges, universities and the military during the 23rd annual College Day on Tuesday, October 8 at Montcalm Community College, in the Activities Building gym, Sydney. Between 9 and 10:30 am, attendees can discuss courses of study, costs and other college information with college and military representatives. Admission is free. Visit www.montcalm.edu/collegeday2013 or contact MCC Recruitment Specialist Ryan Wilson at ryan.wilson@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1245 for more information. #39


Babysitting Certification Class

Oct. 11: A babysitting certification class will be held on Friday, October 11th from 2 – 5 pm at Cedar View Elementary. You will learn about the basics of CPR, rescue breathing, what are appropriate foods for children from the instructors from Spectrum Health Lifestyles of Greenville. This class will help babysitters learn about safety for children, safety for themselves, and do some roll playing of various situations. Great for nursery workers, big brothers/sisters, as well as the average babysitter. Must be in at least 4th grade to attend. Cost is $35 and registration deadline is October 4th. Contact CSAPR at 616-696-7320 or online at www.csaparksandrec.com to register. #39,40


Write Michigan Short Story Workshop

Oct.12: Got a super story idea, but don’t know where to start? Dreaming of being the Write Michigan Short Story Contest winner? Local author-illustrator Ryan Hipp teaches teens secret tricks to writing dynamic, compelling and downright awesome short stories. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited. For teens grades 6 – 12. Saturday, October 12 at 11 am at the Sand Lake KDL branch, 88 Eighth St. #39


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