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Motorcyclist injured in accident with cow

A Stanton man suffered multiple injuries last Wednesday evening, September 16, when the motorcycle he was riding hit a cow in the road.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m., on Sidney Road, near Hillman Road, in Sidney Township. They reported that Mark Olmstead, 57, of Stanton, was headed east on Sidney Road, on his 2006 Harley Davidson, when he struck a black cow that had entered the roadway. Witnesses reported seeing the cow and chasing it out of the road, but it came back on to the road and was struck before the witnesses had a chance to return to their vehicle.

Olmstead was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth and was reported last week to be in stable condition. His current condition is unknown.

The reportedly belonged to Dennis Baese, of Elsie. He had been made aware the cow was out of its pen, and was headed to the area to get it when the crash occurred.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Aeromed, and the Sheridan Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Five simple time-tested tips for aging well

HEA-Aging-well(BPT) – A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so they can live longer, higher-quality lives.

Kristen Johnson, certified personal trainer, registered dietician and nutrition expert at www.ontargetliving.com points out five time-tested strategies for aging well:

Daily exercise

“Daily movement is the real fountain of youth. It keeps us healthy from the inside out,” says Johnson.

She notes that quality over quantity is what really matters.

“When it comes to improving overall fitness, high-intensity exercise for a short amount of time may be much more beneficial than low intensity for a long amount of time,” Johnson says. “Research suggests that fat-burning hormones like human growth hormones and testosterone are stimulated by high-intensity exercise, while fat-storing hormones like cortisol may be lowered. Try increasing the intensity and frequency of your exercise, while decreasing the time spent.”


The foods you eat influence how you look and feel, from glowing and confident to lethargic and sick. Selecting foods that people have eaten historically as nutritional powerhouses can help boost overall wellness.

“Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, ancient grains, healthy fats and lean proteins,” says Johnson. “These foods naturally contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which all contribute to healthy aging.”

A few to focus on:

  • Carrots, squash and sweet potatoes are extremely beneficial for eye and skin health, thanks to high levels of beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A.
  • Any brightly colored fruits and vegetables will have an abundant amount of antioxidants, and these help prevent oxidation and cell damage. Examples: raspberries, kale and cabbage.
  • Carbohydrates like healthy grains, beans and potatoes help you produce serotonin, a calming and satiety hormone that helps fight stress and anxiety’s negative effects.


Supplements help fill nutritional gaps, especially as the aging body requires greater amounts of certain vitamins and minerals. Johnson points out the importance of omega-3s for aging well.

“Omega-3 fats are essential for getting you healthy from the inside out, all while helping improve hormonal balance, brain health, weight loss and metabolism,” she says. “Omega-3 fats are also extremely helpful for healthy skin, hair and nails.”

Her favorite? Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil. “This contains EPA and DHA, both of which contribute to a healthy heart and brain,” she says. “Cod liver oil also helps improve cellular function, energy and mood. Did you know cod liver oil can actually taste good? Try their delicious orange flavor.”


“Chronic lack of sleep is one of the fastest ways to age the human body,” Johnson says. “Lack of sleep can have a huge impact on the appearance of skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles and dark under-eye circles. Not getting enough sleep can also cause your body to release a stress hormone called cortisol.”

She notes that adequate sleep can positively influence cognitive ability, mood, weight loss and skin rejuvenation, so it should be a top priority for an aging-well routine. While the right amount of sleep will vary between individuals, the goal for most adults is around 7 to 8 hours a night.

Social activity

Human interaction can decrease as people age, but it’s more important than ever to form and maintain bonds with others. Participating in social activity is a fun way to enjoy life and reap real health benefits.

“The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause for more than 60 percent of all human illnesses and diseases,” says Johnson. ‘”When you are socially active and surround yourself with people you enjoy, you may be less likely to feel lonely, unhappy, or unfulfilled, all of which can cause unwanted stress.”

Finally, there’s no need to become overwhelmed; start an aging-well routine by taking one small step and building healthy habits over time. This is what will lead to long-term success.

“Remember that it’s never too late to start living a healthy and happy life,” Johnson says. “Give yourself more reasons to smile and laugh! Did you know research suggests that happy people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives?”

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Why Water is Your Workout Buddy



Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

(Family Features) If you think drinking water during a workout is just about keeping your mouth from drying out as you pant your way through each set, think again. In addition to keeping you comfortable, staying hydrated is a necessary aspect of any healthy workout.

Your body is composed of 60 percent water, but on average, you lose 2-5 percent of your body weight from water loss every time you work out.

Once you get into your workout groove, you may find it hard to stop, even for a water break. What you may not realize is that water is an essential nutrient that keeps your muscles primed, blood flowing and the nerves in your brain firing. Taking a break to replace what you lose while exercising is actually a good way to keep your workout going.

The evaporation of sweat helps cool the body during exercise, but this diminishing hydration can lead to poor performance and even possible injury. Make the most of your workout and stay fit with these helpful hydration tips from the Army National Guard’s Guard Your Health campaign:

  • Cool, plain water is the best drink to replace the fluid lost as sweat and help regulate your core body temperature.
  • Plan to drink water before, during and after exercise to prevent dehydration and help enhance performance. Sip a 16-ounce bottle of water every hour while working out.
  • Outdoor workouts require extra hydration, even during cooler weather. The water content in your skin helps it perform its protective functions, including limiting damage from the sun. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after any time spent in the sun.
  • Learn to recognize signs of dehydration, so you can take steps to reverse it. Early signs include muscle cramps and fatigue, while a dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, slurred speech and confusion all signal advancing dehydration. If your extremities become swollen or you become feverish, medical attention is necessary.
  • Another way to check your hydration level is by monitoring your urination. Urine should be clear or light yellow, and you should urinate every two to four hours.
  • If you find yourself dehydrated and water isn’t available, a melon, orange, celery, cucumber or bell pepper can help replenish your body’s water content.
  • Make it a post-workout practice to replenish electrolytes with a banana, dates or coconut water.
  • It’s important for everyday health to keep well-hydrated away from the gym, too. Staying properly hydrated helps regulate your body temperature, weight and mood. Keep a refillable bottle of water with you wherever you go, and if you need a touch of flavor, add lemon, lime, pineapple or cucumber for a refreshing twist. Aim to drink 50-75 percent of your body weight in ounces of water each day to stay hydrated.

For more health-related tools and information, visit www.guardyourhealth.com.

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Red Hawks lose against Cougars

Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

by Lauren VanDenHout

Last Friday, September 18, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced off against the Catholic Central Cougars. In this match, the Hawks weren’t only battling the opposing team, they also found themselves pitted against the natural elements. The severe downpour that took place in the second half of the game was a major challenge the team had to overcome. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell to the Cougars 29-6.

Scoring the only touchdown for the game was senior Cameron Umphrey. In the second quarter, the halfback sprinted for a 33-yard touchdown, after he snatched the ball with only one hand on a pass.

Defensively, the Hawk’s line was impenetrable for two quarters. The boys denied the Cougars into their endzone during the first and third quarter. In the first quarter, senior Da’Marcus Barnett punted the ball to the 11-yard line, making it quite the challenge for the Cougars to return it for a touchdown. Powerful tackles made by seniors Barnett and Taylor VanDyke, and freshman Ryan Ringler were key in stopping Catholic Central on the offensive.

Mother nature decided to step in during the second half of the game. This drastic weather change made it difficult for either team to score. Catholic Central is considered to be more of a passing team, where as Cedar Springs takes more to running the ball for its offensive strategy. The rain worked out more in the favor of the Hawks since their sense of offensive style isn’t affected as much as Catholic Central’s. This factor enabled the Hawks to put more pressure on the Cougars to keep their lead.

In the last quarter, Cedar Springs quarterback Collin Alvesteffer reinjured his ankle. While attempting to advance the ball up the field, Alvesteffer appeared to have almost slipped in response to the heavy rain around him as he tried to avoid the Cougar’s defense.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks now have a record of 2-2. Their next game is home at the Red Hawks Stadium, at 7:00 p.m. They will host the Wyoming Wolves, who have an overall record of 1-3.

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CS Tennis Wins big against two OK Bronze teams

Jared Liggett, #1 doubles, goes for the ball in a home match against Greenville.

Jared Liggett, #1 doubles, goes for the ball in a home match against Greenville.

The Cedar Springs varsity boys tennis team continued their season with three separate matches last week. On Monday, September 14, the Red Hawks traveled to Lamar Park for a match against Wyoming Park that resulted in a 7-1 win for the team. All flights won their matches except for #4 singles Austin Nielsen, who is out with an injury.

On Wednesday, September 16, the Red Hawks played a home match with Greenville that resulted in a 5-3 win for the team. Number 1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Karsen Dingman, #3 singles Drew French, #1 doubles Jared Liggett & Dylan Kolasa and #2 doubles Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs all had wins against Greenville.

The next day the boys were back in action when they traveled to Sparta for a match that began with a change in their line-up due to two players out for illness and injury.  Number 1 doubles Jared Liggett & Dylan Kolasa were moved to singles and all doubles teams moved up a spot. The Red Hawks played their best at new positions but lost 2-6.

Dylan Kolasa, part of the #1 doubles team for the Red Hawks, gets ready to return the ball at Wyoming.

Dylan Kolasa, part of the #1 doubles team for the Red Hawks, gets ready to return the ball at Wyoming.

Coach Katie Unsworth was proud of the way the boys handled the line-up change with Sparta and said, “The boys were very busy this week, with their toughest match being against Sparta because of the missing players at #1 and #4 singles. Rather than forfeiting two flights, the team decided that they would slide up and play at the position above them. This was the best match so far of the season! Play was spectacular and every court had a very competitive match! Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs playing at #1 doubles and Tim Shovan & John Baculy playing at #2 doubles came away with wins. Dylan Kolasa rocked at #3 singles, losing in an incredible third set tie breaker (6-1, 1-6, 6-8). Jared Liggett made his #4 singles competitor work extremely hard for his win (4-6, 4-6) and #3 doubles team, Dane Conely and Alex Robinson came in with a very respectable score of (2-6, 4-6).”

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CS volleyball suffers losses at home opening quad


The lady Red Hawks were host to Belding, Sparta and Reeths Puffer in their home opening quad on Thursday, September 17.

The Red Hawks fell short to Belding in the first match, 16-25 and 10-25. Sophomore Sydney Plummer led with 4 kills, 1 block and 4 digs. Samantha Taylor recorded 3 aces, 6 service points and five aces. Senior Lauren Vandenhout racked in 3 kills and junior Sienna Wight had 5 assists.

In the second match of the night against Sparta, the Lady Red Hawks suffered a 23-25 and 10-25 loss. They were led by Brooke Morris who recorded 5 kills, 2 blocks and a dig, along with Lauren Vandenhout, with 3 kills and 5 service points.  Samantha Taylor tallied 2 aces and six digs. Sophomore Kaitlyn Coons led the defense with 8 digs. Alyssa Stull also contributed offensively for the Mounties.

The final match of the evening was an exciting and competitive series resulting in the Red Hawks tough final loss 27-25, 23-25 and 13-15. Outside hitter Sydney Plummer led this match with 10 kills and 8 digs while Sara Kriekaard chipped in 8 kills and a block. Lauren Vandenhout tallied 8 service points, 3 aces and 3 kills while Kaitlyn Coons put up 20 digs.  Setter Sienna Wight had 23 assists.

Cedar Springs is back in action Tuesday when then travel to Forest Hills Eastern for their first conference match at 6 p.m. and then host Wyoming on Thursday, September 24, for the first home conference match in the OK Bronze League. Freshman and junior varsity begin at 5:00 p.m. The Lady Red Hawks have a 2-9-2 overall record.

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U14 Lady Tri-Hawks remain undefeated


CASSA was founded in 1998 to help area soccer players who had played recreational soccer advance their game to a higher level known as “Select.” This U14 Elite Girls Team, comprised of 16 players and 3 coaching staff, not only took their play to the next level but also made CASSA history in the process. For two   consecutive years, they have remained undefeated in their league play. Headed into this season as Elite they remained undefeated, and on September 19, they won their game against a tough club from St. Joseph, Mich., to become the most winning team in CASSA history. Go lady Tri-Hawks!

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Be the referee


By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.


In all contact sports, the biggest issue of the day continues to be concussions. Game officials play a vital role in keeping athletes safe on the field, court, ice and mat.

While officials are never placed in the position to diagnose a possible concussion, the officials can often see when a player first becomes injured. When that possible injury is noticed by an official, all game rules require the contest be stopped and the student is evaluated by the school’s health care team.

It then becomes the call of the school to determine if the player has suffered a possible concussion. If yes, the player is out for at least the rest of that day. If no, the player can return to the contest.

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Man suffers injuries in black bear attack


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that a 46-year-old man was injured Thursday evening, September 17, in a suspected attack by a black bear in Greenwood Township, Clare County. The man was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the man was alone in a ground blind, hunting for porcupine. The man said a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. Using his hunting knife, the man stabbed the bear, which scared it off. The bear is thought to be injured.

The DNR was informed about 45 minutes later. Sgt. Jon Wood spoke with the individual and advised him to seek medical attention. The DNR’s Law Enforcement Division is continuing to investigate the incident.

OUT-Bear-attack-Clare-County-webThe DNR is placing a bear trap in the area. The DNR is asking the public to be mindful of the department’s efforts to capture the bear. If a bear is sighted in the area of Greenwood Township where the incident occurred, please contact the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline, 800-292-7800.

Michigan has an estimated black bear population of 8,000 to 10,000 bears, with 90 percent of the population in the Upper Peninsula. Bear frequent locations in this area of Clare County, where this attack occurred.

The DNR reminds the public that black bears are generally fearful of humans and will usually leave if they become aware that people are present. Here are some important facts to remember when you are in an area where bears may be present:

  • To avoid surprising bears, travel in small groups and make noise.
  • If you encounter a bear, stand your ground and then slowly back away. Do not turn away. Do not show fear and don’t run. Do not play dead.
  • Make yourself look bigger and talk to the bear in a stern voice.
  • If actually attacked, fight back with a backpack, stick, or bare hands.
  • Carry pepper spray, which has been shown to be effective in fending off bear attacks.

For additional information on living with bears, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/bear.

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Birds plummet to the ground

OUT-Nature-niche-Ranger-Steve-Head-ShotBy Ranger Steve Mueller

After supper at about 7:20, I sat on the back the porch. There was little bird activity. A lone darner dragonfly was hunting at tree top height. Small birds too high to identify flew over. A robin, hummingbird, and morning doves perched in the trees.

Suddenly there was commotion in a tree top and a bird appeared to plummet to the ground. A Sharp-shinned hawk had a Mourning Dove in its talons. The dove struggled but did not get free. The hawk was immature, with dark barred feathers running vertically on its light breast. Adults have transverse bars across the breast.

The young bird began plucking feathers from its prey in preparation for dinner. Feathers were flying in all directions. The hawk’s tail raised in the air and I saw tail feathers were all the same length. That confirmed it was a Sharp-shinned Hawk instead of a similar looking Cooper’s Hawk.

Cooper’s Hawks have tail feathers that are successively shorter outward from the center of the tail. The Sharp-shinned’s tail feathers are all the same length and make the tail appear squared at the end instead of rounded. Sharp-shinned hawks are slightly smaller but size is hard judge. The head on Sharp-shinned is not as bulky as that of Cooper’s.

Suddenly more commotion while the hawk was plucking its prey. The hawk must have loosened its grip and the dove escaped. I thought the dove was dead and maybe the hawk did also. The two were about 50 feet from me, as I watched the drama with binoculars. The hawk pursued the escaping dove and the dove managed to bank to tall grass and irises by the porch, about 15 feet from me. The hawk was right on its tail, but the dove entered and hid in the vegetation. The hawk attempted to reach the dove as it moved to protect itself and the hawk jumped backwards.

I could not see the dove in the vegetation. The hawk moved around the clump figuring out how to recapture its prey. Though I was sitting 15 feet away as still as a statue, the hawk saw me. The hawk’s attention was divided between me and the dove. The hawk was nervous with my presence and flew up and landed on our picnic table. It continued to watch me while I pretended to be invisible.

The hawk flew to a low branch on a dead ash tree in the yard. A Mourning Dove perched at the top of the tree departed. The hawk surveyed the area and must of have felt too threatened by my presence to return to the grass clump for its dinner. It flew over the house and out of sight.

I felt badly for the injured dove and would prefer the hawk had killed it for a filling meal. By departing, the young hawk will need to capture another live bird. I went into the house with hopes that hawk would return to finish what it started before it was completely dark.

Hopefully the young hawk learned the hunting lessen that it needs to kill its prey before plucking feathers. I once witnessed a Peregrine Falcon capture a dove and it almost immediately opened the skull and began eating the brains. It left plucking for later. This young bird might go to sleep hungry because darkness was closing the day.

We attract birds to seed feeders and hawks to feed on live birds. People generally do not mourn the sunflower seed embryos eaten by birds but they mourn the loss of birds we feed. In healthy nature niches, there is a place for seedeaters, and for predators that eat the seedeaters. When niches are healthy, there is an abundance of life to provide nourishment for migrating hawks that need adequate energy for their southward migration.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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