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Archive | October, 2014

City Candidate Forum

 

About 30 people turned out Tuesday evening for the Cedar Springs City Council Candidate Forum hosted by the Community Action Network and The Cedar Springs Post newspaper.

Six of the seven candidates running for City Council were on hand to answer questions from the emcee and the audience. Candidate Ashley Bremmer was missing due to illness.

The Post and the Community Action Network would like to thank all who attended, and both Metron and Alpha Omega Coffee and Games for their donations of refreshments and other supplies for the evening.

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Don’t forget to vote!

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Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4. There a lot of races on the ballot, at the state, county, city, and township levels. We ran candidate profiles last week for City Council, and many candidate profiles in last August’s primary. All of those can be found on our website by clicking here. Please vote at your local city or township polling location. See your local ballot, go to https://vote.michigan.gov/mvic/SelectPublicBallot.aspx

 

Here are some other races area residents will vote in:

Sand Lake: 

Roger Towsley is running unopposed for the Village President seat.

Four people are running for three trustee seats: Incumbent David Dewey, Bette Towsley, and write-in candidates Thomas Norton and James Ward.

Cedar Springs Board of Education

Three people are running for three seats: incumbents Matthew Shoffner and Shannon Vanderhyde, and appointee Michelle Bayink.

63rd District Judges 1st Division: Brent Boncher, of Rockford, against Jeffrey O’Hara, also of Rockford.

28th District State Senate: Peter MacGregor (REP) of Rockford, against Deb Havens (DEM), of Grand Rapids.

73rd District State Rep: Chris Afendoulis (REP) of Grand Rapids, against Mary Polonowski (DEM) of Rockford.

74th District State Rep: Incumbent Rob Verheulen (REP), of Walker, against Richard Erdman (DEM), of Grandville.

3rd District Rep in Congress: Incumbent Justin Amash (REP), of Grand Rapids, against Bob Goodrich (DEM), of Kentwood.

US Senate: Terri Lynn Land (REP), of Grandville, against Gary Peters (DEM), of Bloomfield Township.

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Ballot issues

 

Voters will have several proposals to vote on in next ‘Tuesday’s election.

State: There are two proposals on the ballot in regard to wolves.

Public Act 520 of 2012 would: Allow an open hunting season for wolves and allow the Natural Resources Commission to schedule annual wolf hunting seasons. Require a person who wishes to hunt wolves to obtain a wolf hunting license.

Provide criminal penalties for unlawful possession or taking of wolves; and create a Wolf Management Advisory Council for the purpose of making nonbinding recommendations to the legislature regarding the proper management of wolves.

Public Act 21 of 2013 would: 

Allow the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to designate animals as game for hunting purposes without legislative action.

Allow the NRC to establish the first open hunting season for newly designated game animals without legislative action.

Allow the NRC to schedulde a wolf hunt.

Grant the Legislature the sole authority to remove a species from the list of designated game animals.

Eliminate the $1.00 hunting and fishing licensing fee for members of the military, whether stationed inside or outside of Michigan, subject to any lottery.

Give the NRC the sole authority to regulate fishing.

Kent County: There are two proposals at the county level.

Dedicated millage for Veterans services: Shall Kent County levy .050 mill which is equal to five cents per $1,000 of the taxable value on all Real and Personal Property subject to taxation for the period 2014 through 2021, inclusive, for the purpose of providing dedicated services to veterans of active United States military service and their dependents? The amount raised by the levy in the first year is estimated at $1,001,290.

Nelson Township: Nelson is asking for an additional 0.1068 mill ($0.1068 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of ten years, beginning in the year 2014 and continuing through the year 2023, both inclusive, to provide library services and support and maintenance of the Township library. It is estimated that a levy of the additional 0.1068 mill would provide revenue of $12,718 in the first calendar year. The revenue from this millage levy will be disbursed to the Township of Nelson for distribution to the Library Fund.

School districts:

Cedar Springs Public Schools: Is asking for a renewal of its operating millage. Homeowners will NOT see an increase in their taxes. This renewal is for the 18 mills currently established on non-homestead property. ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation.) It is not a new tax. A Yes vote allows for the continued quality education programs offered at Cedar Springs Public Schools, with no additional cost to homeowners. A no vote does not mean a reduction in homeowner taxes, but it would mean a loss of over $2 million used to maintain current educational programs and services. They are asking for a 10-year renewal.

Tri County Area Schools: Is asking for a renewal of its operating millage. Homeowners will NOT see an increase in their taxes. This renewal is for the 18 mills currently established on non-homestead property. ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation.) It is not a new tax. The first year would bring in $661,000. They are asking for a four-year renewal.

Other school districts asking for renewals in our area include Rockford, Greenville, and Montcalm Community College.

 

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The Lesson of the Blue Jay

The Rev. David Meyers

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr., Belmont, MI  49306

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I stopped at one of the many harvest markets in the area. Committed to supporting our local farmers and orchardists, we loaded up our car with all sorts of goodies. One of our purchases was a nice bunch of Indian corn. What lovely reds, oranges, blacks and yellows on those ears! With careful arranging, a nice bow, and florist wire, it looked beautiful hanging outside, next to our back door.

This week, as I was backing out of the driveway, a big, beautiful, bold blue jay swooped down from the trees and landed on that prized bunch of corn. He thought we had sent out invitations and prepared a feast for him. Upon closer look, I noticed this was not his first visit. One of the ears was entirely stripped of kernels. While I was tempted to shoo the bird away, I started chuckling at the lesson of the blue jay.

What better use for that beautiful decoration than to feed God’s creatures? Sometimes we put much thought into the frills and decorations of our lives, forgetting that there could be more important needs. I know I like to adorn my life with extras and luxuries, occasionally forgetting that some others are concerned with basic survival. That is not to deny the validity of beauty in our lives. “Art for art’s sake” is a legitimate goal. It is important, however, to examine what we have and how we employ it. Maybe we treasure too many things that could be put to better use. This is an important question that should be asked, knowing that there are wonderful resources in our cupboards, our buildings, in our bank accounts. It is prudent to weigh the private satisfaction our possessions provide with the possibility that God may have another idea—a higher purpose.

The Gospels talk about not burying our talents, not keeping our lights under a bushel, not letting our salt lose its taste. Jesus told us if we had a couple of coats, we should give one away to the person who has none. Those are pretty important lessons. People easily get overly focused on the fluff of life. Christians have to be mindful of the stewardship of possessions. We have to ask ourselves, “Where will the corn do the most good?”

I know I got more pleasure watching that old blue jay gobble up my Indian corn than I ever did when it hung quietly on the side of the house.

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NATALIE GRACE BENNETT

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Kirk Bennett, Lacey Wyn, big sister Dalanee and big brother Brody of Grant are welcoming home their daughter, Natalie Grace. She was born on October 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm. Little Natalie weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 ¼  inches long. Proud grandparents are Karen and Gene Bennett, Betty and Larry Wyn. Great-grandparents are Ann and Ken Mitz, Leona and Art Bennett, Linda and Lloyde Combs. Great great-grandparents are Christina and Clifford Wright and Myrtle Bean.

 

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Happy 90th Birthday

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ALGER NIELSEN

 

The family of Alger Nielsen, retired Cedar Springs High School teacher and coach, invites you to help celebrate his 90th birthday at an Open House on Saturday, November 8th from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, at the D.B.S. Community Center in downtown Trufant, MI. A supper buffet will be served from 5 to 7 pm. Join us for a great evening, but NO GIFTS, please!

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TIMMY BROWN

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October 7, 1982 – November 4th, 2005

 

Because of love you remain with us,

For love itself lives on.

Our cherished memories will never fade,

No matter how long you’re gone.

Because of love we can never part.

For as long as there are memories,

You will always live on, in our hearts.

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ALICE MAE HOLTON

C-MEM-HoltonOctober 31, 1927 to October 21, 2013

 

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they’ve shared and the love they brought into our lives. You gave all of us these gifts in abundance.

 

Lovingly remembered and missed by your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Thank you

 

Thank you so very much for the lovely cards and flowers that were sent to me from friends and relatives during my recent illness.

 

Ruth I. Andrus

 

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Thank You

We would like to thank all our friends and relatives that attended our 50th Anniversary party on September 7th. A special thank you to our children and sisters for all the planning and work they did. The food was delicious! A big thank you again for a day to remember.

 

God Bless you all

Jim and Verna Smigiel

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