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Rotary 4-Way Test

Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

By Tom Noreen

For eight years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club and Cedar View Elementary have partnered on the Annual 4-Way Test Essay Contest. This year we had eight Fifth Grade classes participating. Each teacher submitted the two best essays to Rotary’s review committee from which four were selected! All essays were written in 200 words or less. Carolyn Davis, Bea Hesley, and Donna Clark were on this year’s selection committee,

Students started with two topics:

1.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped to make them a better person

2.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped make CS a better community.

The committee had 16 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from.  Donna said, “We looked at the writing as a whole with special interest in a clear outcome, such as a lesson learned or character revealed.”

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Latimer noted, “This essay was a great fit for Cedar View. Our vision this year is “Building better students in our community. What they wrote about relates to the real world.”

This year’s winners are:

1st Place: Carter Falan from Mrs. Latimer’s class.

2nd Place tie: Naliya Clark from Mr. Moleski’s class.

2nd Place tie: Aleyna Moleski from Mrs. Kahler’s class.

3rd Place: Dan Dingle, Jr. from Mrs. Gallagher’s class.

Donna provided some comments teachers and parents have made over the years about the essay:

● “This essay-writing emphasis is so great each year as it gets the students to focus with purpose. It also gives the students great incentives to pay particularly close attention to their writing and their message.”

● “We love it that they get to meet Rotarians, local business people who care and work for the betterment of our community at large.”

● “This mutual project gives our students a glimpse into one organization in their community, which is very worthwhile for them.”

The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and is a code of ethics each Rotarian aspires to live by both in their business and personal lives.

“Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Donna said, “The 4-Way test and the HABITS OF MIND are basically the same. People who live by them have integrity and impact their community in a positive way.”

Carter Falan’s winning essay is printed below:

Building Better People

How I Made Cedar Springs a Better Place

By Carter Falan

One day me and my friends were sledding, and we were just about to go down and suddenly, I saw an old lady shoveling. So we went to my house and got all of the shovels we could find and then went back to her house. When we got there, she only had one eight of the driveway done, and we had been at my house for 20 minutes.

When we got to her, she had been sitting on her porch leaning on the railing. I tapped her shoulder. She looked at me and sat up and then I said, “Do you want some help, mam? [sic]

She smiled and said, “Yes, young man. I would love some,” and we pulled it out in 10 minutes! Every Monday, Friday and Sunday we shoveled the driveway.

After all of that hard work we learned, it feels good to make somebody else feel good.

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Crowd turns out for Solon park fundraiser


Web-N-Solon-fundraiser1Web-N-Solon-fundraiser2The Velzy Park Planning Committee’s first fund-raising event was a tremendous success last Friday, according to Solon Township clerk Mary Lou Poulson.

The event raised $1,000 to go toward development of the new park, which will be on the acreage surrounding the township offices on Algoma.

Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner were sold prior to the event and at the door. About 80 people packed the room decorated for Valentines Day. Park committee members manned the display of Velzy Park concept drawings and shared information with diners as they mingled.  Kevin, from Kelly’s Restaurant catered the dinner. Park Committee Chairperson Shelly Aardema introduced emcee Reese Rickards, who also ran a lively auction for the desserts donated by area residents. Some were shared at the table and some taken home to enjoy.  A 50/50 raffle was held, with one lucky township resident benefitting as well as the Park.

The next event is in the planning stages and will help to raise funds for the walking trail and celebrate its construction. The Velzy Park Committee is hoping to coincide the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the opening day of the Farmer’s Market on June 11. Watch for information at www.solontwp.org, which includes the Park’s facebook link.

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Man attempts to pick up 13-year-old


The Kent County Sheriff Department reported that a man tried to pick up a 13-year-old boy as he walked home from the bus stop after school Thursday, in Cannon Township.

The suspect reportedly pulled up next to the juvenile and said, “Boy, I’m supposed to give you a ride.” The youth said he had to call his mom first, and the man said, “No, it’s fine.” The boy then ran home, and the vehicle drove by the house and then left the area. Neither the man nor the vehicle are known to the boy or his family, and have not been seen in the area before.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 50 years old, 6-feet tall, slim build, with a short black goatee. The suspect was wearing a green winter hat and a brown leather jacket.

The vehicle is described as an older model four door sedan, black with a greenish tint and all four hubcaps were missing. There is rust covering the lower portion of the doors with several rust holes visible in the body of the car.

According to Deputy Pat Frederick, with the Community Services Unit, the young man responded very well to the incident. “He did not approach the car, told the suspect he was calling his mom and then ran home and locked the door. He remembered a good description of the suspect and vehicle. His mother called the Sheriff’s Department in a timely manner to report the incident,” said Frederick.

He added that parents should remember to talk to their children about “Stranger Danger.” Suspicious vehicles can be reported to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 616-632-6100.

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Rockford man dies in crash


A 76-year-old Rockford man died Tuesday in an accident in Courtland Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, William Leroy Billings was westbound on 10 Mile Road, about 2:20 p.m., February 16, when he lost control of the silver 2006 Mitsubishi Galant he was driving. The car spun around and struck a power pole in the 5600 block of 10 Mile Rd NE. The impact was severe enough that it snapped the wooden pole, and power was out in the area for several hours.

Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance both assisted at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

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El Shaddai

Rockford-Springs-Church-webPastor David Vander Meer

Rockford Springs Community 

14 Mile Road NE • Rockford


El Shaddai is one of the wonderful names of God. This two-part name is usually translated from the Hebrew into English as “God Almighty.” The first time God shares this name is with an old man who is no longer the strong man of his youth. His name is Abram. He is about to be given a new name from the one who is now to be understood as the “God Almighty.”

In Genesis 17, God comes to Abram to renew a promise He had made with him years prior. In Genesis 12, God had promised Abram, who had no children, that He would make him into a great nation, that He would bless Him, and make his name great. He promised to protect him and ultimately use him to bring a blessing to all nations. But as the years went on waiting for this promise to unfold, there were times that Abram and his wife failed to fully trust the Word of God. In Genesis 17, he is a 99-year-old man. His strength is no longer sufficient. His stamina is no longer vigorous. He is no longer capable of carrying out this promise on his own. Now comes the El Shaddai to bring His power to an old man.

So Abram (exalted father) becomes Abraham (father of many) because of the El Shaddai. God Almighty is able to take the powerless and bring them power. He is able to bring the barren a family. He is able to make the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf to hear. He is able to raise the dead and make them live abundantly. The El Shaddai of Genesis 17 will be displayed from this first book of the Bible to the last book of the Bible in such amazing ways that His glory will be unmatched by any.

This almighty power of the “God Almighty” is best revealed in Jesus Christ through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. In His life, His power stands against all sin so that He is fully righteous. In His death, His power takes upon Himself the sins of His people and satisfies the just wrath of God. In His resurrection, His power is seen with the open empty tomb. And today His power is exhibited as He sits on the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning over His kingdom. Jesus is “God Almighty.”

Remember that this God Almighty used His power to fulfill every promise made to Abraham. Abraham is the father of all those that take up his faith in El Shaddai. He is able to meet all our needs as we come to His power and admit to being powerless without Him. May God Almighty now bring blessing to your life. AMEN.

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Thanks to all the wonderful people

Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out on a blustery February night last Friday to show their support at the first fund-raising event for Velzy Park. It was an awesome success, raising over $1,000 for park construction. Also a big thank-you to the volunteers, the local residents who donated the delicious desserts, B93’s Reese Rickards for wonderful emcee and auction work, Kevin from Kelly’s Restaurant for a fantastic dinner, and park committee chairperson Shelly Aardema for all her work behind the scenes. We are excited to begin construction of the walking paths this Spring and hope you’ll join us at our next event. Keep watch for information on our website and facebook page on upcoming plans – www.solontwp.org.

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Thank You

The family of Donald White would like to say “Thank You” to our family, friends, and neighbors for your prayers, support, cards and other acts of sympathy. How wonderful you are. Thank you to our church family at The Springs Free Methodist Church. Your prayers, love and support have helped to ease our loss. Thank you for the nice funeral luncheon as well as all the delicious meals. We especially want to say “Thank You” to all of the staff at Metron of Cedar Springs. Your loving care of our father and grandfather the last four years of his life was wonderful. There are just not enough words to adequately express our appreciation for how you have also taken care of our family, especially the last few days of Dad’s (Grandpa’s) life.

May God bless each of you,

Suzanne & Jennings Johnson and Family

Bonnie & Tom Reynolds Sr. and Family

Donald C. White and Family

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Patrick J. Randall, 82, of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at his home. Patrick was born April 13, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoyed his occupation as a police officer. He loved life and the beauty of the earth, gardening, wood working and painting. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” whom he married on March 16, 1963; sons, Patrick (Makerita) Randall, Michael (Donna) Randall; grandchildren, Nicole, Nancy, Nathan, Kylee, Alex and Sydney; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Michalyn “Mickey” (George) Keen, Kay (Ross) Merlington; brothers, Earl (Judy) Thomas, Ross (Deb) Thomas. Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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

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Web-mem-MorrisfcREX MORRIS

January 16, 1931 – February 22, 2010


Thinking of you today and always

Though so much time has passed

So slowly at first and now just so fast

Looking back at the time that slipped by

You left us with thoughts both happy and sad

Knowing you gave your all with all you had

We thank you for cherished memories to last

till we pass.

Your loving family

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Sorry to see best lips tradition end


This comment was posted on our website on February 5, regarding our story on canceling the Best Lips contest. In the story, we mentioned a set of “imposter” lips that were once sent to us, supposedly belonging to then school finance director Frank Verhoven, and how we called the FBI to investigate. — Editor

I remember the FBI coming to my office to check my DNA. They wanted to make sure the lips really were not mine. They ruled my lips were not as pretty as those published. Too funny. Sorry to see this tradition ending.

Frank Verhoven

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Use your extra day to leap into retirement

By Stephanie Holland, Social Security Public Affairs

It’s leap year and that means one thing—you can add one extra calendar day to your February schedule. Many people are preparing for the upcoming elections. Others might be getting a jump on spring-cleaning. What will you do with your extra day?

You could use a few of your extra minutes to check out what Social Security offers   www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can:

Apply for retirement, disability, and other benefits;

Get your Social Security Statement;

Appeal a recent medical decision about your disability claim;

Find out if you qualify for benefits;

If you’re planning or preparing for retirement, you can spend a fraction of your extra 24 hours at my Social Security. In as little as 15 minutes, you can create a safe and secure my Social Security account. More than 21 million Americans already have accounts. Sign up today at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. With a my Social Security account, you can:

Obtain an instant, estimate of your future Social Security benefits;

Verify the accuracy of your earnings record — your future benefit amounts are based on your earnings record;

Change your address and phone number, if you receive monthly Social Security benefits;

Sign up for or change direct deposit of your Social Security benefits;

Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season; and

Obtain a record of the Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.

If you have a little time to spare, you can always check out our blog, Social Security Matters, at blog.socialsecurity.gov. There, you will find guest posts by Social Security experts, in-depth articles, and answers to many of your questions about retirement, benefits, and healthcare. Each post is tagged by topic so you can easily search for what matters most to you.

Leaping from webpage to webpage, you can easily see that Social Security has you covered all year long, not just on that extra day in February. Remember, you can access our homepage that links to our wide array of online services any day of the — socialsecurity.gov.

Stephanie Holland is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan.  You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 455 Bond St, Benton Harbor MI 49022 or via email at stephanie.holland@ssa.gov

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DePiazza earns District title

Varsity wrestling team comes up short at Districts

Heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, showing his infividual district bracket, and other teams members.

Heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, showing his infividual district bracket, and other teams members.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted the 2016 Team Districts last Wednesday, February 10. The Red Hawks came out strong and defeated Forest Hills Eastern, 48-16. They then took on the Yellow Jackets of Greenville for the District Finals. There were unanticipated losses for both teams. The Red Hawks proved to be a strong competitor with a young team, but fell short with a loss, 35-34.

Logan Hull 112 lb, Jacob Galinis 135 lb, Lucus Pienton 145 lb, Anthony Topolski 152 lb, Gage Gardner 160 lb, Ryan Ringler 171 lb, and heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, all went undefeated. Jordan Ringler 125 lb, Jordan Andrus 130 lb, and Jesse Empie 140 lb, each secured a victory.

Saturday, February 13, the team traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza remains undefeated and secured the 2016 District Championship title. Ryan Ringler 171 lb, finished the day in 2nd Place; 119 lb Jordan Ringler and 145 lb Lucus Pienton finished in 3rd Place and 112 lb Logan Hull and 135 lb Jacob Galinis finished in 4th Place. Congratulations to these six individuals!

If you enjoy wrestling and would like to support our Red Hawks, Regionals is next Saturday, March 19 at Byron Center high school.

“The boys put together a memorable season. We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Anthony Topolski and Jesse Empie, that I will miss in the room everyday, but will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Intandem Credit Union


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