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Archive | October, 2017

Education Foundation Grants


By Tom Noreen

At their October meeting, the Cedar Springs Education Foundation reviewed 17 grant requests submitted by teachers from all grade levels. These grants are for a wide variety of items from books to classroom accessories and more. The Foundation’s goal in selecting the grants are requests that will impact the most students for the greatest period of time at the same time enhancing the classroom experience. It is a difficult task to pick from so many great ideas. 

Foundation President Audrey Debri thanked requesters, “For all of the innovative, thoughtful, and creative grant proposals that were submitted for the October round of grants!” She encouraged those not selected to submit their request again in the spring, when the foundation will review the next round of proposals. 

Funding used is based on the interest earned by the Foundation’s investment held by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. If you would like to donate to the Foundation, go to our Facebook page at Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Below are the grant recipients for this round:

  • Eddie Johns, High School, Native Plant Garden, $1,600.00
  • Kim Bolboltz, District Wide OT, Adaptive Seating, $2,244.94
  • Rhonda Bellamy, Cedar Trails, Reading is Retelling, $456.00
  • Jennifer Swift, High School, Printmaking HS Art, $888.95
  • Vicki Burke, Beach, Art Room Equipment, $1,081.95
  • Donna Dolbee, High School, Writing Center Technology, $1,840.00
  • Kelly Workman, Middle School, Talk to Text Accessibility, $418.20

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Clarence L. “Moose” Miller age 80 of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his home. Mr. Miller was born January 26, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Roy and Catherine (Newville) Miller. He graduated from Montrose High School and was a member of their Football Hall of Fame. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 – 58 and retired from AC Delco in Flint after 32 years of service. Moose enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, camping and cooking. Surviving are his wife, Maxine (Frey); children, Ron (Julie) Miller, Lyle (Brian) Miller; stepchildren, Colette Bergman, Dolores (John) Nagelhout, Kevin (Joann) Parker; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Private family interment Crandall Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Carleton E. Proctor, age 70 of Sand Lake, went home to be with his Lord on October 20, 2017 at his residence.  He was born October 12, 1947 in Jackson the son of George and Esther Proctor.  During his working years he worked in construction.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his gardens but most of all he loved to spend time with his family. Surviving are his wife Sally; two daughters, Kristina ( Mark ) Hubbard, Gail Proctor; two step-daughters, Tammy Horst, Teri Corrick; four grandchildren, Dale Hubbard, Dawson Hubbard, Lacey Poulson and Taylor Horst; three sisters, Cathy Henry, Sarah Ellison and Colleen (Bob) Burian; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Tina;  brothers, Jack and Allen and a sister, Virginia.  Funeral services will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community Church on (M- 82 ) with Pastor Dan Wolters officiating with burial in the North Ensley Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church from 1 p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Catch of the Week

Mya Hendges shows off her sunfish

The children of Rick and Amber Hendges, of Solon Township, have been reeling in some nice catches. 

Mya Hendges, age 9, caught this nice sunfish while fishing with her grandparents in Trufant. 

Hunter Hendges caught a pike.

Hunter Hendges, age 11, caught this pike while fishing in Trufant at his great-grandma’s house. 

Kylee Hendges, age 6, caught this nice blue gill while fishing with her grandparents in Trufant. Kylee loves to fish. She baits her own hook and even takes her own fish off!  

Kylee Hendges is proud of her blue gill.

Great job, Mya, Hunter, and Kylee! You made the Post Catch of the Week!


It’s back—get out those cameras!

It’s that time of year again when anglers big and small like to tell their fish tales! Send us a photo and story of your first, best, funniest, biggest, or even your smallest catch. Include your name, age, address, and phone number, along with the type and size of fish, and where caught.  We can’t wait to hear from you! Photos published as space allows. Photos/stories may be sent by email to news@cedarspringspost.com with Catch of the Week in the subject line, or mail to: Catch of the Week, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


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Another Montcalm deer suspected to have CWD

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday, October 24, that a second hunter-harvested deer in Montcalm County is suspected positive for chronic wasting disease. A sample has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmation. If confirmed positive, the 1.5-year-old buck, harvested in Sidney Township, would be the 11th free-ranging deer in Michigan found to have CWD.

“The fact that we already have another positive deer within Montcalm County is of major concern,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “We strongly recommend hunters who harvest deer in Montcalm County have their deer tested. Deer with CWD can look perfectly healthy even though they are infected.”

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in humans. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals. 

Since May 2015 when the first CWD deer was found, the DNR has tested more than 15,000 deer. Thus far, 10 cases of CWD have been confirmed in free-ranging white-tailed deer from Clinton, Ingham and Montcalm counties.

As additional deer have tested positive for CWD within Michigan, the DNR has put specific regulations in place. This deer was harvested in the Montcalm-Kent Core CWD Area, which includes Maple Valley, Pine, Douglass, Montcalm, Sidney, Eureka, and Fairplain townships in Montcalm County; and Spencer and Oakfield townships in Kent County. Starting Nov. 15, this nine-township area will have mandatory deer check.

As announced previously, the DNR will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ash Foundation Building, located within the Montcalm County Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville, Michigan.

At the meeting, Dr. Straka and DNR deer specialist Chad Stewart will provide information on chronic wasting disease, its effects on deer and deer populations, and DNR actions to date in responding to the discovery of the disease. Dr. Cheryl Collins, veterinarian from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be present to provide information and answer questions related to farmed deer.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, from environments contaminated with these fluids, or from the carcass of a diseased animal. 

Some CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation; however, deer can be infected for many years without showing internal or external symptoms. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die. 

To learn more about CWD, visit mi.gov/cwd

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Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller


The growing season is senescing. In the temperate region, it would seem that most plant life grows old at the same time and dies. Many species complete their adult life cycle by late fall. It appears life comes to an end with death surrounding us until new life and growth resurges in the spring.  

No more strawberries, raspberries, or apples to harvest. Fortunately, we are still able to pick and enjoy apples late into fall in our backyard tree. Deer also enjoy them. The raspberries are gone by late summer. Strawberries from the garden are a distant memory from early summer. Each plant has its own moment in the sun. 

Growth and life cycles in nature niches are linked with day length. More accurately I should refer to night length. It is the hours of darkness that most influences the timing of annual flowering and fruit production. As the hours of darkness increase during the fall, senescence advances.

When the girls were young, we had a wonderful raspberry garden in the front yard and a strawberry patch in the backyard. Raspberries seemed to attack with serious thorns when we tried to harvest fruit. Strawberries were not defensive in that manner but required more bending. As the girls aged, we added what I called patch gardens. They were small 4 by 6-foot flower gardens that were their responsibility. It was a good way to introduce them to the value of caring for life. They selected the plants they wanted to grow.

Plants in our produce garden served some nutrition needs and the flower gardens were feasted on by eyes. Besides glorious feasting for our eyes, flower gardens provided food for small neighbors like bees and butterflies. They attracted birds and small mammals into view that enriched our lives. 

When I was young, my mother was busy in fall canning tomatoes and other produce in Kerr jars. She aged and her own senescence arrived. A few years ago, we emptied her residence and found Kerr jars that were passed on to others. Canning from personal gardens is done by fewer people now in this age of economic richness. 

People complain about the bad economy but nearly all families have more economic resources than families had 60 years ago. People now afford warmer homes, more travel, an abundance of electronic gadgets, outrageously priced phones and service instead of party phone lines. Many have phones for each family member instead of several families sharing a party line. We have more clothes than needed and most kids no longer go to school with patches sown on pants except for stylish appearance. Most can afford to buy food and do not need to grow their own. Today, many grow food to avoid pesticides and herbicides. Our apple tree is chemical free providing healthy apples.

Looking beyond our personal needs, we see wild neighbors struggle to survive in balance with natural life cycle influences of season, precipitation, soil nutrients, predators, necessary plants and animal associates. Fall signals, it is time for plants to senesce. Their demise is hastened some years by an early killing frost. This year, frost delayed to late October. Plants still progressed with their aging and decline. 

Metabolic activity and cell growth came to a season’s end without a killing frost. Many plants die to the ground and store personal produce in roots for a spring resurgence. The roots and stems of others die completely but their kind survives because they leave behind seeds to replenish the Earth. 

Senescence comes to us all. Along the way we can experience and enjoy the abundance and variety of life when we allow wild neighbors to provide real richness in our lives. As I pen this, red leaves on maples, yellow on cherries and maroon on oaks signal the annual passage of time. I wonder how many more cycles of color and falling leaves I will experience. 

It is always sad to see summer go but I have great hope and anticipation for spring that I am sure will come.

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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New state record cisco caught

Michael Lemanski holding his state-record cisco (formerly known as lake herring).

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week that a new state-record had been set for the fish known as cisco (formerly known as lake herring). This marks the second state-record fish caught in 2017.

The fish was caught Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. by Michael Lemanski of Florence, Wisconsin, on Lake Ottawa in Iron County in the western Upper Peninsula. Lemanski was still-fishing with a homemade jig. The fish weighed 6.36 pounds and measured 21.8 inches.

Jennifer Johnson, a DNR fisheries biologist in Crystal Falls, verified the record.

Robert Rogers, of Hartford, Wisconsin, set the previous state-record for cisco (lake herring) in 1992, when he caught one while trolling the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. That fish weighed 5.4 pounds and measured 25 inches.

“Although this fish was caught in June, we only recently verified it as a state record,” said Gary Whelan, the DNR’s fisheries research manager. “The reason for the delay stemmed from the fact we wanted to ensure this fish was not a hybrid between a cisco and a lake whitefish. These fish look extremely similar so we gathered DNA from the fish to test its compatibility with what we know about cisco. That test, done by Michigan State University, proved to be a match.”

State records are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state-record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

To view a current list of Michigan state-record fish visit  michigan.gov/staterecordfish.

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Red Hawks roll over Tigers and into playoffs

Red Hawk junior Ethan West runs with the ball. Photo by Rob LaLone/Brittany Todd.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, October 20, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs squared off against the Tigers of Ottawa Hills, hoping to earn their spot in the playoffs. With a final game score of Cedar Springs 56, Ottawa Hills 12, the Hawks will move forward into the postseason, facing off against the Pioneers of East Grand Rapids at the Pioneers’ home stadium on Friday, October 27. 

In the first quarter against Ottawa Hills, the Red Hawks began on a high note, with 10 points on the scoreboard in their favor within the first 28 seconds of game time. The Hawks acquired their first points from a safety after a run by Tiger Jaier Harden. The Hawks then went on to score their first touchdown, ran in by junior Ryan Ringler, and followed by Nicholas Campione’s completed two-point conversion. Additional points in the first quarter were scored by Red Hawks Darius Barnett, Lucas Pienton, Gage Gardner, and Ethan West. 

The second quarter began with a score of Cedar Springs 26, Ottawa Hills 0. The Tigers were unable to take their place on the scoreboard until the second half of the game, leaving the stage to the Red Hawks. When the second quarter ended, the score stood at Cedar Springs 36, Ottawa Hills 0. 

In the second half of the game, the Tigers were able to score a total of 12 points, with their first touchdown ran in by Jaier Harden, and the second by Dajalon Copeland after a completed pass from Jaquise Jackson. 

The Hawk’s final touchdowns were scored by junior Ethan West and senior Hunter Daniels. These touchdowns were both followed by PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Moritz Lerch. 

Get ready for a white out! Dress in white to show your support for the Red Hawks when they play the EGR Pioneers this Friday, October 27. Photo by Justin Harnden.

The Red Hawks hope to bring in a win in the pre-regional round of the playoffs this Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. at East Grand Rapids, and they need your help to do it. They are asking all Red Hawk fans (kids and adults) to come dressed in white for a white out! Be ready to cheer on your Red Hawks and help usher them into the regional finals next week with a win against the Pioneers. Go Red Hawks!

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Lady Red Hawk Volleyball

The Lady Red Hawks Varsity Volleyball team had their share of ups and downs in competition last week. 

On Tuesday, October 17, they fell to Forest Hills Northern 0-3.

Then, on Thursday, October 19, Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball honored senior Sydney Plummer and her parents, when they hosted Forest Hills Central in an exciting final home match (18-25; 23-25; 26-24 and 11-25) with the Rangers. 

The ladies completed the week traveling to Sparta for the Varsity Invitational on Saturday, October 21, where they fell to the host Spartans 25-19, 14-25 and 18-25. The Red Hawks came back to beat Hastings 25-21, 25-19 and 25-14, before losing in single elimination Gold bracket play to Comstock Park 20-25 and 23-25. 

Senior outside hitter Sydney Plummer led the day with 33 kills, 29 digs, 4 aces and 21 service points. Libero Brighton Miller tallied 25 digs, 5 aces and 2 kills. Setter Maddie Outwin contributed 54 assists, 7 aces and 29 service points while Middle Hitter Grace Pavelka had 5 blocks and 12 kills. Lauren Kostus added 11 kills and 16 digs. Ashley Wise added 3 blocks and Arriana Rau put up 2 blocks.

The Lady Red Hawks return to action on Thursday evening, October 26, at 6 p.m. when they travel to Northview for their final conference match of the season.

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Band takes fourth in competition

By Kelli Hamilton

Saturday, October 21, was a gorgeous day to be in marching band. At 6:15 pm the Cedar Springs Marching Band took the field in Jenison, along with 42 other bands from around the state. All the shows were wonderful and well worth the price of admission. Cedar Springs placed fourth in flight III competition with a score of 86.95. Great job Marching Red Hawks! We are all proud of your hard work!

Next week the Marching Red Hawks will compete at Rockford in the Reeths Puffer Invitational.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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