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Archive | September, 2016

Clarification on School Financial Review story


In last week’s story on the Rehmann Report, a financial investigation into the athletic department at Cedar Springs Public Schools, a clarification needed to be made regarding credit card limits and per purchase limits on p-cards.

This story has been updated online to show this clarification. Here is the part we clarified below:

The report also recommended lowering both the credit limit and purchase limit on p-cards, noting that they are mainly for small transactions. The AD had a credit limit of $20,000; the supervisor a limit of $5,000; and TV production of $35,000.

Many colleges and universities don’t have credit limits that large. For example, Cornerstone University p-card holders have a credit limit of $3,000 with a per purchase limit of $1,000; and Western Michigan University has a credit limit of $5,000 with a purchase limit also of $5,000.

The Rehmann report recommended lowering the purchase limit for Cedar Springs p-card holders to $50 to $100 for the majority of the cards.

We apologize for any confusion. You can find the entire story on our website at http://cedarspringspost.com/2016/09/22/financial-review-of-school-shows-tighter-control-needed/.

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What do you say…

Pastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

…when you don’t know what to say? Brainyquote.com gives credit to Abraham Lincoln for the familiar axiom, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Lincoln has a reputation as a Bible reader so he might have been putting his own spin on Proverbs 17:28a that says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise” (King James Version, no NIVs or NRSVs in Lincoln’s day).

I wonder if the editor of the Post would have indulged me if I had asked to just print my name with a few inches of white space below so that even though a fool, I might be counted wise, or at least avoid removing all doubt.

It’s just one of those seasons that come along from time to time in the lives of those of us whose vocations include public speaking and frequent writing. We might have plenty on our minds, but when it’s a mix of the unresolved and personal, knowing what needs to be said, what has the potential to be useful and productive, isn’t always obvious.

Come to think of it, anyone of us can expect to find ourselves in such uncertain moments. Are you familiar with the guideline that if it’s not true, not kind, or not necessary, it ought not be said? Right now little is coming to mind that fully passes muster.

A couple of contributors to the Bible had interesting perspectives on not knowing what to say, remaining silent, holding one’s peace. The prophet Amos ran off a laundry list of wrongs being committed by certain people of ancient Israel. He named those who “abhor the one who speaks the truth,” “trample on the poor,” “afflict the righteous, take a bribe, and push aside the needy.” Then he drew an ironic conclusion after having just spoken up so loudly and clearly. The “prudent,” he said, “will keep silent in such a time.” Who says there’s no wit along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the Bible? (Amos 5:10-13, New Revised Standard Version.)

To those who find themselves at a loss in one particular form of dialogue, the Apostle Paul writes, “We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” (Romans 8:26, Common English Bible.)

I hope you weren’t counting on this leading up to a pithy and profound conclusion. I don’t have one, unless it counts simply to pass on that the Bible seems to indicate that it’s ok not to know what to say and sometimes, saying nothing is the only way to get where we want to be. “Stand silent. Know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a, The Living Bible.)

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Martha Jane Barber


11/23/1922 – 9/26/2016

Martha Jane (Tester) Barber, 93, of Green Valley, AZ, formerly from Cedar Springs, MI, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016. Jane was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Sand Lake, MI. Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her comfort, compassion, friendship and love will be truly missed. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Harold L. Barber, grandson Samuel A. Musick and son-in-law Larry J. Carlon. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Carlon of Cedar Springs; Katherine (Murphy) Musick of Patagonia, AZ; Paula (Dave) Allington of Middleville; Julie (Ed) Ludtke of Green Valley, AZ; grandchildren Kathleen Carlon, Lisa (Aaron) Anderson, Carly (Mike) Pshenishny, Christina Allington, Maya (Andy) Musick-Listz, Kelly Ludtke, Karen (Zach) Presley; great-grandchildren Michael and Caitlin Madlener, Hannah, Abby and Brayden Anderson, Riley and Jensen Pshenishny and Grant Presley. Cremation has taken place, and there will be a private memorial in Patagonia, AZ. Memorial contributions can be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, P.O. Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-0310.

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Dennis D. Sherman 63 of Sand Lake, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at his son’s home recovering from a recent heart attack. Dennis was born January 28, 1953 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of the late Clayton and Theresa (Thurner) Sherman. He had worked as an electrician at Electrolux in Greenville. He enjoyed attending local high school football, wrestling and sporting events. He had a great heart and cared for others, he was a great father and was excited for the birth of his grandbaby in January. He was loved by his brothers and sisters and will be missed. Surviving are a son, Brian (Ashley) Sherman; sisters, Theresa Phipps, Ruth Ann Lake, Sandra (Larry) Wilson, Debra (Bruce) Hill; brothers, William, John and Patrick Sherman; other survivors include, Shirley Mitchell, Beverly Bratcher, Howard Bratcher, and Debra (Roger) Jones; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends at a memorial visitation and luncheon at the Courtland Township Hall on Sunday, October 9 from 1-4 pm. In memory of Dennis, donations could be made to the family to plant trees on the Sherman farm.

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

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39c-obit-ford-webWinifred L. Ford 92 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Winifred was born May 13, 1924 in Sparta, Michigan the daughter of Arvid and Delma (Lauffer) Johnson. She was the Food Service Manager for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 25 years and had volunteered for many years for the Grand Valley Blood Center. She was very involved in her church, Mamrelund Lutheran, which her family helped start and was a strong woman of faith. Surviving are her sons, Dale & Jeny Ransom, Dean & Deb Parker; grandchildren, Amy Ransom & Dana Aspinall, Rick & Rene Martin, Jason & Cyndi Parker, Julie & Bob Robinson, Jeremy & Haley Parker; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Joan Johnson, Virginia Johnson, and Greta Ackerly; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands, Mervil Parker and Otto Ford; brothers, John William, Robert and Lowell Johnson. The family will greet friends Friday, September 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Kent City. Pastor Matthew Deames officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mamrelund Lutheran Food Pantry.

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

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Red Hawks suffer tough loss to GR Christian

Red Hawk defensive back Collin Alvesteffer tackles Grand Rapids Christian receiver Darius Barfield.  Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk defensive back Collin Alvesteffer tackles Grand Rapids Christian receiver Darius Barfield.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on a tough competitor, the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles, last Friday, September 23, at home, and ended the night with a hard loss, 41-16.

The Red Hawks started the game off strong with runs by sophomore Ryan Ringler, junior John Todd, and seniors Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, and Collin Alvesteffer. Midway into the first quarter, Hooker ran in for a touchdown and senior Dustin Shaw kicked the extra point, giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead. However, with three minutes left of the first quarter, Grand Rapids Christian scored a touchdown. Cedar’s defense stepped up and kept the score at 7-7.

Despite the defensive efforts by Ringler, Alvesteffer, and Todd, the Eagles scored a touchdown with a little over four minutes left of the half, and Cedar trailed 14-7. The Hawks fought back, gaining some yardage and Alvesteffer threw in a touchdown to Hooker with a minute and a half to spare. The kick was no good, making the score 14-13 but not for long. Soon after, Grand Rapids Christian came back and get a touchdown at the very end of the second quarter making the score 21-13 going into halftime.

Getting into the third quarter, the Hawks defense pulled through and stopped the Eagles from advancing. Tackles by Alvesteffer, Shaw, sophomore Lucas Pienton, junior Nate Patin, and senior Austin Ellis kept GR Christian from scoring. During the third quarter, Alvesteffer made a long run, got tackled and sprained his ankle. The injury forced him to come off the field and hand over his quarter back spot to junior Nick Campione to finish out the game. Soon after, Shaw kicked a field goal to make the score 21-16, Hawks down by five points. Tackles by Patin and Todd kept the score down going into the fourth.

However, Cedar couldn’t find an opportunity to score during the fourth quarter. Another key player, Austin Ellis, received a knee injury that prevented him from coming back into the game. The Eagles made a field goal and scored two touchdowns, one with 6 and a half minutes and one with only forty five seconds left of the game. The final score was 41-16.

After a hard loss, Cedar is ready to make adjustments and defeat Lowell this Friday, September 30.

Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in the OK-White conference, and 3-2 overall.

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Local BMX family extends state championship reign

Noah Salisbury is BMX state champion in 14 Expert and 14 Cruiser classes.

Noah Salisbury is BMX state champion in 14 Expert and 14 Cruiser classes.

On August 28, 2016, the Michigan BMX State Championship Finals were hosted at Rock City BMX in Rockford. Noah and Abbey Salisbury both successfully defended their titles as State Champion.

Noah “Dirt Hawk” reclaimed state titles in both the 14 Expert and 14 Cruiser classes for the second year straight, and currently claims both #1 plates in the District, too. He also plays halfback and free safety for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks freshman football team. On September 25, Noah won the Indiana BMX State Championship Finals, also a repeat of last year.

Abbey Salisbury (far right) is BMX state champion in12 Girls and 12 Girls Cruiser classes.

Abbey Salisbury (far right) is BMX state champion in12 Girls and 12 Girls Cruiser classes.

Abbey “Bombshell” also captured victory in both the 12 Girls and 12 Girls Cruiser classes. She now holds an impressive 8 State Champion designations, as well as two District titles.

“Gnarly” Marley Salisbury, a part-time racer, finished the season at #4 in the 8 Girls class.

Marley Salisbury took #4 in the 8 Girls class.

Marley Salisbury took #4 in the 8 Girls class.

BMX is a year-round sport in our area, racing outdoors all summer and indoors in Greenville all winter. Anyone interested in trying BMX can find more info at rockcitybmx.com, rockcityindoorbmx.com, or search for Rock City BMX on Facebook.

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Middle School football schedule


Middle school football is back! Gate fee: $3.00 adult and $2.00 per student. Rocket football players with jersey get in free.

Game times: 7th grade 5:00 p.m., 8th grade 6:30 p.m.

See schedule for next Wednesday, October 5, below:

Week          Date                Venue                Opponent

4        October 5           Northview              Northview

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Rocket Football


Rocket Football schedule for next week Saturday, October 8, for grades 3-6. Home games are at Skinner Field.

GAME 5 – October 8th
9:00AM HOME CS Team 1 Austin vs Coopersville Team 1 Kiphart
10:30AM HOME CS Team 3 Slager vs Coopersville Team 2 Kiphart
12:00PM HOME CS Team 4 Austin vs Coopersville Team 3 Kiphart
1:30PM HOME CS Team 5 Crouch vs Middleville Team 1 Kiphart
12:00PM HOME CS Team 7 Dipiazza vs Kenowa Hills Team 1 Kip/Dew
1:30PM HOME CS Team 8 Kiphart vs Kenowa Hills Team 2 Deweese
9:00AM AWAY CS Team 2 Egan vs Montabella Team 1 Dew/Nien

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Fourth annual ladies’ guided pheasant hunt 


Oct. 23 in Belding

The Department of Natural Resources, along with Pine Hill Kennels and Sportsman’s Club and the Grand Valley chapter of Pheasants Forever, will offer a guided ladies’ pheasant hunt Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3329 Johnson Road in Belding, Michigan.

Beginners are welcome. Space is limited to 12 ladies, 18 years of age or older, and preregistration is required. Please call Scott Brosier at 616-874-8459 to reserve a spot.

The cost for the day is $45 per person. Firearms are available for beginners, if needed. All participants will go home with memories and a special gift.

Registration and coffee begins at 9 a.m. The day’s events will include warming up by shooting clay pigeons on the skeet range, hunting with a guide for three pheasants, learning to clean the birds, and enjoying a gourmet lunch.

“The hunt was such a success last year and all the ladies had a great time. Some had never shot a gun before, and were shooting birds out of the sky by late morning,” said Donna Jones, wildlife technician at Flat River State Game Area. “We look forward to making this experience available again to ladies who want to try out pheasant hunting.”

Established in 1975, Pine Hill Sportsman’s Club offers its members some of the finest upland bird hunting anywhere, on four farms totaling over 600 acres. Pine Hill’s intensive land management program not only benefits the population of free-ranging upland birds, but also enhances habitat for deer, turkey and waterfowl.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have 140,000 members and more than 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, making it the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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