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Archive | December, 2017

Two resign from CS Board of Ed


By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education is looking to fill two of its seven seats after two board members resigned at Monday night’s evening.

Michelle Bayink

Michelle Bayink resigned at the beginning of the meeting. She said that her house had sold and that she would be living in Rockford, though her children would still attend Cedar Springs Public Schools. “I love Cedar Springs and really wanted to stay,” she told the Post. “But with everything I encountered, it really wasn’t that hard to leave.”

Bayink has been vocal in her disagreement with some of the decisions of the board and Superintendent Laura VanDuyn. But she told the Post that she really had wanted the board to work together. “When we had that workshop session with MASB, I threw my heart and soul into that,” she said. “I really wanted us to find a way to work things out.”

Bayink publicly thanked VanDuyn for her leadership. “I really wanted to leave on good terms,” she said. 

She was about halfway through a 6-year term.

Ted Sabinas

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Board member Ted Sabinas resigned during the public comment time. 

He also has been vocal about his disagreement with decisions of the board and the Superintendent. “I have served on this board of education for 12 months and had hoped that my 34 years of teaching experiences in Cedar Springs could help guide this district to the high levels of education that it once had 5 or 6 years ago when our district was considered a leader in the county and state. Unfortunately this has not happened. I learned that if it is my idea, concern or issue it is quickly dismissed,” he said.

Sabinas filed a complaint against VanDuyn for bullying earlier this year, after the Superintendent said at a board meeting in April that the bus drivers felt they were being “stalked,” as a reason not to let Sabinas attend a meeting being held with the bus drivers on privatization. Several other people also filed complaints. The board later dismissed the complaints 4-2. 

“No Supt. in public education should have been allowed to lie about one of her employers. Apparently it is OK with most of the members of this board,” said Sabinas, in his resignation statement.

He has also been unhappy with the amount of spending on the “Orange Frog” program—over $100,000—to create a more positive climate at the school. 

“During the past 12 months I have listened to many lies and misleading statements and poor judgment by the Superintendent. Stating that we should spend upwards of $100,000 on training the staff to be happy when many classrooms exceed 30 or more students is poor judgment, and not what is best for kids,” he said.

Sabinas was the top vote getter out of four contestants in a hard fought election in 2016. He and Heidi Reed won the two available seats.

You can read his entire resignation letter here.

The Board of Education will now take applications for the two open seats. Submitting an application does not necessarily mean a person will be interviewed, however. See specifics on page 17. 

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Christmas season church services


Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community.

December 17, 23, 24: River Rock Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Series titled “Making Sense of Christmas” during the month of December. Sunday worship services are at 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. with childcare available at both services. Also, you are invited to one of our special Christmas Services on either Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. We are located at 6060 Belding Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. With questions, call 616-874-0400 or visit www.riverrockcommunity.com. 

December 17, 24: Resurrection Lutheran Church welcomes you December 17, at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a Christmas play entitled, Casting Call. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship will be December 24, at 7 p.m. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, MI. 49343. For questions please call 616-636-5502. 

December 17, 24, 31: Church of the Full Gospel, 180 E. Lake Street, Sand Lake, invites you to attend their “Living Cards and Christmas Story” service on Sunday, December 17, at 11 a.m., and Christmas worship service on December 24 at 11 a.m. On Sunday, December 31, they will hold “Watch Night” from 7 p.m. to midnight.

December 17, 24: South Ensley United Methodist, 13600 Cypress, Sand Lake,  invites you to attend an evening Christmas service on Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m., and a Christmas worship service on December 24 at 10:55 a.m.

December 21, 24: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church welcomes you to our Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21. This service is a safe place to acknowledge that not everyone can celebrate a happy and warm Christmas. Many have experienced loss in a variety of forms and Christmas is a painful reminder of what isn’t. Yet in the middle of all of this, we have hope, for God is here. Then on Sunday, December 24, we will have our morning worship service at 10:15 a.m. and our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be 10:00 p.m. We are located at 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs. For questions please call 616-696-1140.

December 22, 23, 24: Come to a “Live Nativity” at Algoma Baptist Church. Experience the story of Christ’s birth with actors and animals. Performances are on the lawn outside our church followed by refreshments inside. Performances are at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. each evening. This event is free and for the whole family. Our address is 10515 Grange Ave. NE, Rockford. We are located between Cedar Springs, Rockford and Sparta. For info. call 616-866-1274 or look at our website: www.algomabaptist.com.

December 24: Calvary Assembly of God invites you to join us for a family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve service at 10:30am. The whole family can join together in Christmas carols, a story for the kids, and a refreshing look at Christmas for all of us. Calvary meets in Red Hawk Elementary School on the CSPS campus. For more information check out our Facebook page or http://www.cscalvary.org/www.cscalvary.org. 

December 24:  Rockford Springs Community Church invites you to join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 24, at 9:00 p.m. RSCC is located at 5815 14 Mile Rd.  Rockford, MI 49341. Please contact the office at 616.696.3656 or office@rockfordsprings.org with any questions.

December 24: East Nelson United Methodist Church invites all children to participate in the NO-rehearsal Christmas Pageant at our 9:30 a.m. worship service. Costumes provided upon arrival at church at 9 a.m. We also welcome everyone to a Christmas Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Join us as we sing and worship and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. The church is located at 9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs. 

December 24: Sand Lake United Methodist, 65 Maple Street, Sand Lake, invites you to a 9:25 a.m. Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 24.

December 24: You’re invited to celebrate the birth of the Savior with Solon Center Wesleyan Church at 10 a.m. and experience a special Christmas Eve morning service, allowing you to enjoy time with family and friends throughout the rest of the day. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find us on the web at http://www.scwchurch.org/www.scwchurch.org. 

December 24: The Springs Church invites you to their morning worship service on Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 a.m. and later that night to their Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Kids are welcome to come in their pajamas! Please join us! We are located at 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant). 

December 24, 25: St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, will hold the following Christmas Services: December 24 at 7 p.m. Vigil, Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord; December 24 at 10 p.m. Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass at Night; December 25 at 10:00 a.m. Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass during the Day.

December 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1: Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 1 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake, will hold the following Christmas Services: December 24 at 5 p.m. Vigil Mass Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord; December 25 at 8:00 a.m. Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. Sunday, December 31, at 5:30 p.m. Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; January 1 at 8 a.m. Mass of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.

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Tour of lights 2017


There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. 88 N. Grant Street (SE Corner of Maple and Grant).

2. SW corner of Maple and Grant.

3. 79 E. Beech St.

4. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

5. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights on the trees and decorations on the lampposts. 

6. 71 N. Main Street, the Ensley Team.

7. 19 N. Second, the corner of Cherry and Second, across from old library.

8. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

9. 345 Tall Grass Drive, Cedar Springs. Lights and beautiful angel silhouettes. A lot of nice lights in Prairie Run neighborhood.

10. Waxwing Court, and others in the Pines development. Take Main Street, to Pine Street (by Wesco), to Needlewood, to Waxwing Court.

11. 15581 Cedar Springs Avenue. Take Main St north to Cedar Springs Ave. 

12. 12222 Edgerton Dr, Cedar Springs, the home of Eugene and Lori Finch.

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Did you mail your letter to Santa?

Josie (4) and Everlie (2) Bielecki visited the Post last week and mailed their letters to Santa! Have you mailed yours?

There is still time for your child to mail a letter to Santa. Just come to the Post, at 36 E. Maple Street, Cedar Springs, and drop it in the big red box out front that says “Santa mail.” Your child’s letter just might appear in next week’s paper! See below for this week’s Letters to Santa.


Dear Santa

Peese baby Cece.

Baby Cece bottle too.

Thank you Sani Clause

Love  Everlie Bielecki

age 2


Dear Santa,







JOSIE B. (Bielecki)

age 4

For Landon

Calling watch

birt bike

and presents

and more

Dear Santa

I am almost 4 years old my name is Zeke. I really love Santa and cookie’s. So mom and I are going to make extra cookies to share with Santa and the Reindeer!

This year I’m really into Paw Patrol and a baby doll for my new cousin “Baby Willow.” 

Merry Christmas 


Zeke Miles





LEgo gummY




age 6 years old

Cedar Springs MI

Dear Chris Kringle I would like a movie

gauaridians of the galixy vol 2. I would also like 

a trans formers master pice and for you

to wright back to me

from timothy



FroM: JoRDAn Enbody

The List





PS4: Games


gTA5 • KIDs gAMes

PJ Mask Neclaces

remote BoAt

TABLeT pHone

neW house for my fAmILy


To: Santa

From: Emma

Dear Santa

My name is Emma

I like horses, hot wheels

I would like for Christ-

mas is playdoh, 

Big toy horse, playdoh Equip- ment,



Dear Santa

I would like

a horse for




for Santa

from, Holly

Santa Clause I want for Christmas is 

word search

I want 3 Dollar bill in a enevlope

and under my pillow

Dear SantA.  I want a robot dog for

Christmas thats it.

from Elizabeth (Van Syckle)

Dear Santa, 

Hope your doing well and getting 

ready for Christmas.

I would like a transformer, pokemon 

cads and the monai movie. 

I would also like a candy cain for 


Dinosour Toy

Thank you, Stephen

 (Van Syckle)

Dear Santa 

I want A PS4 A gold iphone A 19 inch tV.

Thank you from

Schorian MeneFee

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Kindergarteners collect Toys for Tots

For the past few weeks, numerous Kindergarten classes at Cedar Trails did a “Games for Tots” drive and collected over 100 games, which were dropped off here at the Cedar Springs Post this week. The following classes participated: Mrs. Bellamy, Ms. Birdsong, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Dault, Mrs. Debri, Mrs. Matthew, Mrs. Schipper, and Mrs. Wolfe. Way to go Cedar Trails Kindergartners!  

It’s not too late to drop off your toys! You can still drop them off here at the Post on Friday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are located at 36 E. Maple Street. Our boxes will be picked up sometime during the day on Monday, December 18. Please bag your toys if possible.


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New K9 teams in Kent County

Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

The Kent County Sheriff Department has announced the addition of three new K9 teams. They recently activated two additional teams (for 24-hour K9 coverage) on patrol and one in corrections. 

“From left to right, meet Blu, Duke, and Shadow, who were each picked after an extensive selection process by their respective handlers,” it said in an announcement of the KCSD Facebook page. “This is a first go-around for Deputies Whelan, Wierda, and Gonzalez, too, who kicked their K9 handling career off with a tedious 6-week training academy in Indiana, in which they were only able to come home to see their families on the weekends which was a huge commitment.

“These dogs come to us from Germany and Hungry through Von Liche Kennel in Denver Indiana, and they have already proven to be absolute rock stars on duty as they hit the ground running (quite literally) right on their first shifts. We are excited to share their progress with you in the coming months, and again want to thank our donors who have made this program possible. The K9 Unit remains 100 percent donation funded, which is incredible, and it speaks to this community’s commitment to engage in its own safety and well-being by investing in one of the most valuable and effective tools that we have in law enforcement.”

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New traffic light at M-57 and Myers Lake

A new traffic light at 14 Mile and Myers Lake will soon be operational. Photo from Courtland Township Fire Department Facebook page.

We reported back in February that the Michigan Department of Transportation would be installing a new traffic light at M-57 (14 Mile) and Myers Lake Avenue, and it has finally been installed.

 “The traffic signal study showed significant delays on Myers Lake Rd, high enough traffic volumes, and a lack of gaps in the M-57 traffic stream,” explained John Richard, with MDOT, as to why the light was needed.

That’s music to the ears of people traveling Myers Lake Avenue that have a hard time crossing M-57. 

The traffic light should be operational soon.

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Winter activities keep FFA busy 


By Olivia Martinek

The Cedar Springs FFA has been very busy in these past months, and the FFA has a packed full winter! Now that they are well into the school year, events have really gotten going.

Some of their members, Heather Beverwyk, Cecelia Brandt, Alyssa Marshall, Olivia Martinek, Dylan McConnon, Evan Young, Zack Cardinal and Jared Smith had the amazing opportunity to attend the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, IN. Also, a special thank you to the chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. Babbitt, Mrs. Brandt and Mr. Reyburn the FFA advisor. The National FFA Convention is an event where FFA members and advisors from all over the country attend sessions, competitions, a expo,  workshops, and many other activities. Members stayed at a campground near the Convention Center from October 24-27. The FFA also had the opportunity to see country singer Rascal Flatts in concert, attend the World’s Toughest Rodeo, and, as an extra, visit the Indianapolis Zoo. National Convention is always a great, educational, exciting event to be a part of.  

The PALS kickoff is coming up soon. Although an official date has not been set, all of the members are ready to meet their 2nd grade pals and are excited to help them work towards success. PALS is a branch of the FFA where high school students mentor 2nd graders. Members are very eager to get the program rolling! Members include: Heather Beverwyk (chairperson), Chloe Boomgaard (co-chairperson), Ayline Zavala, Adrian Zavala, Josh Canfield, Grace Anderson, Angel Shears, and Shiyong Zheng (a Chinese exchange student).

They have recently started up a middle school FFA to help boost interest. Mrs. Catherine Smith has been a huge help to the launch of that, volunteering as the advisor. The middle school FFA meets every Tuesday in the small group room of the middle school. This a phenomenal opportunity for the middle school students, and we are ecstatic to work with them together as an FFA chapter!

The high school FFA has started something new this year as well. With Christmas approaching, they are doing a secret santa activity. Each person participating filled out a survey about themselves, put it in an envelope, and then randomly chose an envelope. Participants then have to buy a gift ($30 limit) for the person that they drew. No one is supposed to know who each person has, this makes it mysterious and exciting! Participants are exchanging gifts on December 18th after our last regular FFA meeting of 2017.  

The FFA has really been getting into the Christmas spirit lately! Along with secret santa, the group has picked a place and date for the annual Christmas party. The Christmas party planning committee was made up of Tyler Schoen (Chairperson), Taryn Troupe, Carly Dunham, Alyssa Roelofs, Melody Hughes and Dylan McConnon. The Christmas party will be held at Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming on Wednesday December 20th for wristband Wednesday which includes many activities and even the pizza buffet. All Cedar Springs FFA members, including the middle school, are welcome to attend. Members will be meeting at the high school at 4 p.m. to carpool. 

Keeping up the Christmas spirit, the Cedar Springs FFA is also helping out Second Chance Schools with selling Christmas trees as their community service project. Second Chance schools is located on 17 Mile Rd. and Olin Lakes. They are beginning a new school for kids who have struggled with staying in school and are referred by the court system. They are selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser for their new school. So, if you are still in need of a beautiful Christmas tree, stop into Second Chance and  purchase one. The trees range anywhere from $35-$75 and are sold every Thursday-Sunday until December 17. 

The club also started selecting a member of the month again. This month our member of the month is a 10th grader, Angel Shears. She is in Animal Science class, and she wishes to become a veterinarian. She loves everything thing about FFA, including the people, the activities, and learning about the future. She attends all of the meetings she is able to, volunteered to coordinate Harvest Day, and is participating in PALS.

Lastly, members are conducting a fundraiser. They are selling soybean candles for $14, the FFA receives 50 percent per candle sold ($7 each). The candles burn for 60 hours and are totally biodegradable. Members have vials of sample smells, and if you’re interested feel free to contact Mr Reyburn at 616-696-1200 Extension 6331. Orders need to be in by December 20! Although you will not receive your candles until after Christmas (sometime in early January they will be delivered), they would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

The FFA membership would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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New Apple Queen crowned

l-r: 2018 Michigan Apple Court, Sarah Rasch, and 2018 Michigan Apple Queen, Emily Kropf, were crowned at the Michigan Apple Grower’s Luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Emily Kropf of Lowell, Mich. has been crowned the 2018 Michigan Apple Queen. Sarah Rasch of Grand Rapids, Mich. is first runner-up. Contestants for Michigan Apple Queen must have a connection to the Michigan Apple industry in order to serve as its ambassador.

Emily Kropf is the daughter of Chris and Kim Kropf, and is a senior at Lowell Senior High School. She is the daughter of a fourth generation apple grower.

“The Michigan Apple Industry has crowned a queen every year since 1952. Each year, the winner of the prestigious title is given the great responsibility of serving the Michigan Apple industry as its ambassador,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “The candidates go through a rigorous interview and essay writing process for the competition. Emily will be very busy in 2018 representing the industry at various parades, schools, festivals, grocery store events and more.”

Kropf will spend the next year attending events and festivals as the face of the Michigan Apple industry. She will also travel to schools throughout Michigan teaching students about apples.

Sarah Rasch is the daughter of Barb Rasch and the late Ed Rasch, and is a student at Grand Valley State University. She is the daughter, niece, cousin, and granddaughter of apple growers.

The 2018 Queen was crowned on December 5 at the 15th annual Michigan Apple Committee grower luncheon. It marks the 67th year of the competition that awards an apple representative based on poise, beauty, apple knowledge and public speaking ability.

Queen contestants must be between 17 and 23 years of age and have a link to the Michigan Apple industry. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors the annual event. The queen and first runner-up each receive scholarships from the Michigan Apple Committee and the Michigan State Horticultural Society.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.


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Solon Fire receives lifesaving equipment

Solon Firefighters with new equipment. (L to R) FF Rich Hays, FF Jordan Nielsen, FF Matt Schievink, FF Scott Johnson, Captain Doug Gabrielse, FF Jack Schmidt, FF Taylor Hunt, Deputy Chief Chris Paige.

In October, the Solon Fire Department was awarded the purchase of an Automatic Chest Compression Device through the generosity of the Firehouse Subs Community Foundation. Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake said that this equipment recently arrived at Solon Fire Department, and that fire personnel completed the manufacturer’s recommended training. “We have added this equipment to our cache of tools to provide quality service to our customers,” said Drake.

He told the Post that this grant would enable SFD to provide high performance cardiac arrest treatment with three personnel versus the current need for optimally six persons rotating and performing manual compressions. It will give SFD the ability to deliver better CPR and provide a greater likelihood of patient survival.

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