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Archive | October, 2015

50th Anniversary



Fifty years together! On October 30, 2015, Gerald (Jerry) and Nancy Bassett will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The family will be holding an Open House to celebrate this special occasion on Sunday, November 8th from 1 to 4 pm at Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Please stop in to congratulate Jerry and Nancy on this great milestone! No gifts please.

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Lela R. Spicer, 87, of Traverse City, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions with her family by her side. Mrs. Spicer was born August 18, 1928 in Barryton, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Edith (Adams) VanSyckle, she was one of 17 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 1988 and a son, Danny in 2015. Surviving are her children, Patty (Steven) Osburn, Bruce (Rose) Spicer, Roger (Pat) Spicer, Debra VandenHeuvel, Rockland (Teresa) Spicer, Theodore (Tracy) Spicer, Gail (Dave) Spicer; countless beautiful and gorgeous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. A private family graveside service was held at East Nelson Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Larry and Debbie Eadie sang and led the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimers Association.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Minnia A. Hanes, 59 of Cedar Springs passed away October 22, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. Minnia was born November 10, 1955 in Sparta, MI, the daughter of George and Bernice Loughin. Surviving are her children, Cheryl (David) Finnila, Joshua (Kerri) Hanes and Jeremy (Carrie) Hanes all of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Stephanie Finnila, Ethan and Allison Hanes and Alexander and Katherine Hanes; significant other, Daniel Towns of Cedar Springs and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and several siblings. The family received friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. No formal services will be held. Memorials to donor’s charity of choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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43C-mem-RhinebergerOctober 22, 2015

A memorial service for Dale Rhineberger will be held on November 7, 2015 from 1 to 5 pm at Pierson Bible Church, 101 Grand St., Pierson, Michigan.

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The saga of the sewing machine ad


The following is an ad from a newspaper that appeared four days in a row–the last three hopelessly trying to correct the first day’s mistake.

For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale.  Phone 948-0707 after 7 P.M. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.

Notice: We regret having erred In R. D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read “One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 p.m.”

Notice: R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: “For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him.”

Notice: I, R. D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I intentionally broke it. Don’t call 948-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper, but she has now quit.

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #43

2nd Chance School Rummage Sale

Oct. 31: 2nd Chance School will be having a rummage sale at the school building at 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs (on the corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd.) Saturday, October 31st from 8 am to 2 pm. Donations of goods for the rummage sale are welcome. Please contact us to arrange for drop off of items for the sale. Questions or drop arrangements, call 616-293-2150. #42,43p

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 31: The early bird gets the (Gummy) worm on Saturday, October 31st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper. #42,43p

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Saturday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us. #42,43p

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes – check. Oodles of goodies – check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun – doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 pm. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for the kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs. #43

Monster Mash Bash

Oct. 31: The Rockford American Legion Post #102 presents: Monster Mash Bash with live music by Trilogy on Saturday, October 31st. Doors open at 6:30 pm. There will be a costume contest, prizes, 50/50 raffle, hors d’oevres, cash bar. Costumes are NOT required. Open to the public 21 and up. Advance tickets on sale at the Legion Lounge for $15 or reserve tickets with credit card by calling 616-866-2001. $20 at the door. 330 Rockford Park Dr. NE, Rockford (between 11 and 12 Mile off Northland Drive).   Proceeds to benefit the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. #43

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 2: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, November 2nd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #43

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 3: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #43

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 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. #43

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play

Nov. 5-7: Spies, murder, love and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreate a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. Presented by the Rogue River Community Theater Company on November 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm with a special 2 pm Saturday matinee at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. #43,44p

Hunter’s Chili Dinner

Nov. 5: Howard Chirstensen Nature Center will present “Stuck in a Rut” and a chili dinner on Thursday, November 5th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Chili is served at 6 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. After filling up on Chili, join presenter David Kieft to learn basic biology details of Michigan’s favorite mammal: the white-tailed deer. Learn what really happens during the rut from the deer’s point of view.  The presentation will end with a class on scoring so be sure to bring in your own “rack” to score. Donation of $5 for the Chili Dinner and $5 for the Presentation or $8 for both. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #43

Ski Patrol Ski & Board Swap

Nov 6-8: West Michigan II Ski Patrols are hosting the largest ski and snowboard swap in Michigan. The 44th annual sale is set for November 6-8 at Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd. Hours: November 6 from 10 am to 8 pm, November 7 from 10 am to 6 pm and November 8 from 11 am to 2 pm. The commissions earned from the sale will be used to purchase first-aid supplies and life-saving equipment used to evacuate injured guests in the event of an accident or emergency. The all-volunteer ski patrols do not receive any governmental funding. Don’t miss your chance to sell or buy from the terrific selection of new and gently used skis, snowboards, accessories and apparel for all winter activities and all season sports equipment. #43

Fall Festival at Cedar Springs UMC

Nov. 7: A Fall Festival Sale will be hosted by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Cedar Springs on Saturday, November 7 from 9 am to 2 pm. Booths are: Gifts from Grandma’s Attic, Mix Match Cookie Patch & Bakery, Jewelry Booth, Toy Booth, Crafts, and a new and used Book Booth. All proceeds go to missions. Sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women. #43,44p

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 7: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 7th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building at Sixth and Maple. For more information call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Kandy at 616-347-6122. #43,44p

Benefit Dinner for John De Kraker

Nov. 7: A benefit dinner and auction for John De Kraker will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 4 to 7 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church at 15671 Algoma Ave. NE, Cedar Springs. John is attempting to receive a liver transplant and has been incurring heavy medical bills in the process. Let’s see if we can help John and his family with the costs! The evening includes baked goods for sale, silent auction, donation jar and spaghetti dinner. The cost is $7 in advance or $9 at the door, 12 and under are $2 in advance and at the door. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Juliann at 616-560-8847. #43

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 14: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 14th from 9 am to 3 pm. 50 vendors, delicious baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, refurbished furniture and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. Come early, stay late! #43-45p

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World heroes

Ancestral perennial corn.

Ancestral perennial corn.

By Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

Honey Bees and native insect pollinators keep food on our tables. Our society would crumble without insect pollinators that keep flowering plants thriving. Pollinators are real heroes that we should honor, respect, and care for by how we treat yards, farms, forest, and fields. If you ask people who they owe their health, wealth, and security to, I expect most would not reply “insects.”

Perhaps this is because the importance of ecological sustainability is not integrated into child upbringing by parents and is marginalized in school education by political forces and narrow subject focus. Ecological literacy is integral for maintaining sustainable economic, industrial, and societal community success. That was my focus as director at the Howard Christensen Nature Center and Wittenbach/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Education Center’s cross curriculum instruction. Our survival is dependent on keeping essential workers like insects on the job.

As nice as it is to recognize the work of people we depend on, other life forms are equal or more essential. To help develop appreciation for life in our neighborhoods, Nature Niche articles highlight creatures with whom we share Earth. However, this week I would like to recognize a human world hero with whom I have had limited personal experience.

I met with Dr. Hugh Iltis at the University of Wisconsin when I was deciding a career path for graduate school. I was considering botanical studies with him as my advisor. Hugh had recently become aware of a perennial corn in Mexico, and he and his colleagues named the ancestral perennial corn Zea diploperennis.

What makes Dr. Iltis a world hero is his recognition for the importance of an unknown plant that is restricted to a few square miles on planet Earth and his efforts to preserve it. It is a true grass related to Zea mays, our domestic edible corn. Mexican and Nicaraguan governments have taken action to preserve these plants. Why?

It has potential for use in breeding insect resistance, perennialism, and flood tolerance into domestic corn. Can you imagine if farmers no longer needed to plant corn annually because it sprouted annually on it own? If we can breed domestic corn or genetically modify it to become perennial, it would have significant impacts for agricultural economics.

What if we could breed it or genetically splice insect resistance from ancestral corn back into corn that was lost during domestication 10,000 years ago? We could perhaps reduce human dependence on insecticides that pose dangerous health concerns for our families and other life forms.

The tolerance of Zea diploperennis to floods could possibly increase domestic corn survival if its genes were incorporated to help it survive when corn fields flood and soils become water logged.

Wild corn was thought extinct at the time this ancestral corn was discovered. Many people and perhaps most on Earth do not recognize the importance and need to preserve species in our neighborhoods. Their importance and value will be lost to us and future generations if we do not honor, respect, and care for the health, wealth, and security that other species provide in ecosystems that support us.

I did not take the road to study plants under Dr. Iltis’s direction. Instead, I chose graduate study in entomology and ecology, with a subsequent career in environmental education. I focused energies toward environmental stewardship essential for sustaining society and life on Earth, by following Dr. Iltis’ lead and that of other heroes that help sustain society. Hail Hero to Dr. Iltis, who is now 90.

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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Weekly fishing tip



Lake whitefish not just for commercial anglers

From the Michigan DNR

Although extremely important to Great Lakes commercial fishers, lake whitefish are becoming more and more popular with recreational anglers throughout Michigan. But you really have to know how to catch this delicious species!

The lake whitefish has a small, exceedingly delicate mouth and is confined to dining on insects, freshwater shrimp, small fish and fish eggs, and bottom organisms. Most feeding takes place on or near lake-bottoms. Keep that in mind when selecting your bait.

If you’re interested in staying inland and looking for lake whitefish, stick with deep, clear-water lakes. If you’re interested in heading to the Great Lakes, they can most often be found in deep water, either on or near the bottom.

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DNR reminds deer hunters of license structure


With Michigan’s archery deer season in full swing and firearm season set to begin Nov. 15, the Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters of changes to the state’s hunting license structure that took effect in 2014.

Available deer licenses include:

  • Single deer license, valid throughout archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons. This license has replaced the separate archery and firearm licenses. Hunters who buy a single deer license may not buy a second single deer license or the deer combo license.
  • Deer combo license, which includes two kill tags, one regular and one restricted. Hunters who want two deer licenses must buy the deer combo license instead of the single deer license. The deer combo license is valid for use during the archery, firearm and muzzleloader seasons. A hunter can use both kill tags in the firearm seasons, both in the archery season or one in each season.
  • Antlerless deer license, available based on license quotas set for each Deer Management Unit (DMU).

To see how the single deer and deer combo licenses may be used in each deer season, based on which DMU a hunter wishes to hunt, see the Antler Point Restriction Regulations map and chart on pages 32 and 33 of the 2015 Hunting and Trapping Digest.

A base license now is required for all hunters. The base license provides critical funding for habitat and conservation work on both public and private land and supports the work of conservation officers and field staff to ensure safe, legal hunting practices are followed. The purchase of a base license includes small game hunting. Whether they choose to hunt small game or not, hunters’ base license dollars will be used to enhance and expand hunting opportunities, which benefits hunters of all species.

More information about Michigan’s hunting license structure—including license prices, frequently asked questions and details about how license dollars will be invested—is available at www.michigan.gov/dnr under “In the Know.”

For more details about hunting seasons, licenses and regulations, see the Hunting and Trapping Digest and Antlerless Deer Digest at www.mi.gov/dnrdigests.

Those who have questions or need help determining which licenses to buy may contact their nearest DNR Customer Service Center. The closest center to our area (Region 4) is the Plainwell Customer Service Center, 621 North 10th Street, Plainwell, Michigan, phone number 269-685-6851.

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Keep fire safety in mind when heading into the woods 


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters, and everyone else outside enjoying the fall weather, to be cautious while lighting campfires and using woodstoves this season.
A warm beginning to autumn has increased the chances of a wildfire. In fact, the DNR recently responded to several fires, both in the Upper and Lower peninsulas; the largest of those was a 17-acre fire in Sanilac County.
Dan Laux, DNR fire prevention specialist, said remembering the basics of fire safety will help ensure that this hunting season isn’t ruined by a wildfire.
“Our main concerns have to do with falling leaves and dry grass, combined with embers from woodstoves and campfires,” Laux said. “The beginning of the hunting season has been a bit warmer and dryer this year, so that causes a little concern. If folks take a few extra minutes to keep fire safety in mind, it’ll help ensure that the only blaze in this woods this hunting season will be the blaze orange on our hunters.”
The DNR recommends following a few general precautions to ensure fire safety:

  • Never leave a campfire or woodstove unattended.
  • Clear the area of leaves and dry fuel before lighting a campfire.
  • Don’t park a vehicle in dry grass.
  • If a campfire gets out of control, call 911 immediately.
  • Avoid outdoor burning when it is windy to prevent escape and spread of a fire.

So far this year, the DNR has responded to a total of 341 wildfires, which have burned 2,920 acres.

To learn more about the DNR’s firefighting efforts, and how to prevent wildfires, visit www.michigan.gov/preventwildfires.

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