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Archive | January, 2015

WMP places in top four at tournament

Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers traveled to the North Region last weekend, for Central Montcalm’s Open only tournament. “Competing outside of our region will give our WMP grapplers an opportunity to see what the other regions have to offer competitively and what to look forward to when we reach the State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

WMP took 26 grapplers to compete and placed 20 in the top four. The team battled 81 times with 51 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include John McKay in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 40 lb wt class and Ricky Wood in the 13/14/15 age group in the 122 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class and Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 age group in the 90 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 age group in the 138/145 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Special Recognition to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated and to Luke Egan who defeated two prior State Champions.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

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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.

 

Ice Skating at HCNC

NOW: Ice skating is available on Tadpole Pond during business hours for $1 skate rentals. No registration is required, folks can simply show up, fill out the form and skate! We check the ice daily and will have it clearly posted if/when it is unsafe for skating. People may bring their own skates, at their own risk, but we ask for a donation to help cover the costs of maintaining the “rink”. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. Hours: closed Monday, Tuesday – Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, Friday, 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 pm.  #4

Help decorate CS Library with Valentines

Feb. 2: Starting February 2, help decorate the Cedar Springs Library for the month of February. Bring in a homemade Valentine decoration and receive a box of Valentine cards (28-34 in a box) while supplies last. The library is located at 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs. #4

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 3,10,17,24: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #4

Beauty and the Beast

Feb. 5-8: Cedar Springs High School is proudly presenting Beauty and the Beast for their winter musical. Evening shows are on February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00pm, with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00pm in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $10, and can be bought from any cast member, the high school main office, or online at http://www.hprodcshs.com. Tickets can be bought at the door if they are still available on the night of the show. #4.

Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 7: Be a proud Michigander, get our and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, longest ball (golf) snowshoe walks (free) with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, try doing the hula hoop contest (going the longest), bubble-blowing (watch them freeze if below 32), make a homemade snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create your own snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chilli or some s’mores by the outdoor campfire. And yes cookies! Saturday, February 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Donation of $6/ person or $20 for family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #4

 

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Life’s not fair and that’s okay

Hillcrest-Church-picPastor Kristi J. Rhodes  

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. 

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

 

 

Life’s not fair. No big surprise right? When children are formed in the womb, a DNA chip appears in their brains. Not many scientists recognize it, but every parent knows it’s there. It’s called the “life should be fair” chip. Every child is born with it—without exception. Every parent has heard their children utter the same phrase, “That’s not fair!” It happens with birthday cake (his is bigger). It happens at bedtime (he gets to stay up later). And so on. And it doesn’t get better as they get older. The life should be fair chip doesn’t disintegrate naturally.

I’ve done it, too. How about the stockings at Christmas? We put the exact same things in each stocking, right down to counting the miniature candy bars trying to be fair. Was that fair? No! It was equal. What about the child that doesn’t like Mounds candy bars?

We want life to be fair. We think life should be fair. When someone else gets called into the doctor’s office first, that’s not fair. When life doesn’t provide us with the abilities, possessions, talents, or opportunities others have, we cry it’s not fair. But no one ever promised life was fair, nor should it be. Herb Shaffer says in his book, “From Where God Sits,” That’s okay! Life’s not fair—never will be, wasn’t created to be, and that’s okay! God’s in charge, we’re His kids, He loves us all the same, but He does not promise that life will be fair. In fact, Jesus promised just the opposite in John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” If we insist on fairness and strive to get it on our own, we often short-circuit God’s better plan. What the enemy plans for evil, God will use for good. Don’t curse the bumps. They are what we climb on.

We need to stop complaining about our trouble. Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and say thanks to God for the troubles we don’t have.

Being thankful is a state of mind. Use what God has blessed you with to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Life’s not fair, and that’s okay. When we accept that truth about life, it gets much easier to handle. We will accept the difficulties we are handed as a normal part of life instead of believing something is wrong when unfairness comes. Sometimes those who don’t deserve it are going to get things we never do. But by tossing out the lie that life should be fair, we give God the opportunity to make us grow from the unfairness into better people instead of bitter people. That’s when the life should be fair chip begins to disintegrate—and we can get on with doing life the way God designed us to do it.

 

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Will Practice Make Perfect?

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

In the coming week, the nation will gather at Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania for a uniquely American observance. The event is Groundhog Day, of course, as with bated breath we watch Punxsutawney Phil materialize from his cozy burrow.

Groundhog Day makes me think, not of plump rodents, but Bill Murray. It was more than 20 years ago that he starred in the now classic comedy film, “Groundhog Day.” He plays weatherman Phil Connors, given the assignment of covering the Gobbler’s Knob festivities. Somehow he gets caught in a time warp and must relive Groundhog Day over and over again in an agonizing time loop.

Internet nerds have watched this movie thousands of times, and painfully parsing all the events and dialogue have calculated that weatherman Phil Connors stays trapped on Groundhog Day for almost 40 years. Why? The point seems to be personal transformation. Connors must remain where he is until he is a changed man. There is no going forward until that work is done.

Forty years seems to be the magic number, for that is exactly the amount of time spent by the children of Israel in the wilderness. You may know the story: Moses is commissioned by God to save his people from Pharaoh’s slavery. Plagues commence. Miracles ensue. Deliverance arrives (this would make a great movie).

But the former slaves don’t know how to live as a free people. They complain, revolt, commit mutiny, and foolishly long for the false security of their chains over the constant vigilance of their freedom. They are trapped and remain as such, for forty years until the “stiff-necked,” stubborn, generation had been replaced by those ready to be free.

If we review the trajectory of our lives, we are likely to find a few common denominators in all we have experienced. That’s because there’s probably a few major lessons that God is trying to teach us, a couple of persistent chains he is attempting to break. God allows life to repeat itself, over and over, until we do the hard, inner work of the soul.

Wandering the desert is a necessity and repeating difficult lessons is required, as some things can only be learned in the hard places. But how long we replay and relive those lessons is more or less up to us. There comes a time to “get it,” and to get on with it.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, blogger, pastor, and author of multiple books. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

 

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Ellen June Middleton

Mrs. Ellen June Middleton of Cedar Springs, age 87 passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  She was born in Millbrook, Michigan to Herbert and Elsie (Oberlin) Decker. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, winters in Florida and the challenge of putting puzzles together.  However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Ellen is survived by her loving husband Harold “Buck”; sons, Alan (Betty) Palmer, Rob (Ethel) Palmer; step-children, Steve Middleton, Jerry (Laurie) Middleton, Mary Jo (Bill) Weidenfeller, Karen (Kevin) Grattan; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and brother, Cecil Decker. She was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and sisters; and step-son, Ronald Middleton. There will be a memorial visitation for Ellen from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, 3230 Eagle Park Drive NE, Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. There will be a graveside service for Ellen in the spring.

Pederson Funeral Home

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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FINCH – REEDER

C-ENG-FinchEugene Jr. and Lori Finch of Cedar Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Jean to Michael James Reeder II. Michael is the son of Rita and Michael Berndt of Grant, Michigan and Michael Reeder and Deb Campbell of Greenville, Michigan.

Miss Finch is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and is employed at the United States Postal Service. Mr. Reeder is a 2011 graduate of Sparta High School and is employed at Wynalda Packaging in the Information Technology department.

A September 2015 wedding is planned.

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50th Anniversary

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ED & JANICE HOPKINS

 

Ed and Janice Hopkins were married on February 20, 1965 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The late Rev. Fr. Felix La Pres, officiated the ceremony. Their journey together began four months earlier when two of their friends thought that they should meet on a blind date. They were right! They raised seven children in the Sand Lake area, living there for thirty-one years after moving from Grand Rapids. Their children are Jeff (Alene) Hopkins (Spencer, Jasen, Maddie and Abbey) of Cedar Springs, Melody (T.J.) Long (Jordan, Elaina, Tom and Anthony) of Wyoming, Michigan, Matt (Holly) Hopkins (Shelby, Chase, Heidi, and Ryan) of Cedar Springs, Rebecca (Jack) McHugh (Joshua and Logan) of Walker, Barry Hopkins of Grand Rapids and Mary Beth Hopkins, of Kentwood. Ed and Janice also have two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Ella. Their youngest daughter, Tammy passed away in the Fall of 1998. In 2002, the couple moved to Cedar Springs, while continuing to spend six months each year in Florida working for Walt Disney World. After leaving Florida and WDW, Ed began working at Spartan Distributing in Sparta, where he still works today. Janice is retired and has dinner ready and trips planned when he comes home. A two week Caribbean cruise was recently enjoyed to celebrate their 50th.

The secret to our success is to be willing to step outside of our comfort zones from time to time to find adventures together. But most of all, always being there for each other, not only as spouses, but as each other’s soft place to fall…..and laughing a lot and finding the silly in things, no matter how old we get….trying always to embrace that inner child.

 

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Happy Birthday DON REED

C-Birthday-ReedWe are so blessed to have you with us. You are the rock in our family. Thank you for your love, knowledge, the vacations and all you have done for us.

 

With lots of love from your honey, Barb, your kids and grandkids.

 

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Thank You

Our family would like to thank the community of Cedar Springs and surrounding areas for all of their support. The out pouring of generosity and love has been heartwarming. We have received an abundance of donations and gifts and want you all to know we are so very grateful. Thanks doesn’t seem enough, so we want to acknowledge the friends, family and community who have helped us in our time of need. We intend to pay all our blessings forward!

 

Thank you and God bless you all!

The Zain Family

Doug, Tonia, Marilyn, Gina, Alec, Dirk, William and Larraine

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Time to pucker up!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for some fun at the Post. As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female! Show us your lips by entering our 22nd annual “Best Lips” contest by February 2. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper on Thursday, February 5. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 12 edition.

Click link below to download and print your entry!

BestLips2015.pdf

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