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Archive | August, 2018

Library receives grant for STEM equipment

Teens play with robotics purchased with a recent STEM grant. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Public Library recently received a $1,500 LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) Public Library Services Grant from the Library of Michigan. This summer quick grant enabled them to purchase supplies and materials necessary to do STEM programs and activities for children and teens. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

“If you want to have a lot of fun, look up these thought-provoking ‘toys’ on youTube or online to get a sneak preview of how they work, then come on in to the Library and join us as we share Ozobot, Makey Makey, Dash Robot, Bloxels EDU Station, and Good Ole Botley, who has to get through an obstacle course through the Coding Kit you use to program,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “It’s all fun, creative and it will blow your mind. Teens and preschoolers who have played with the various robots and concepts were delighted and very engaged. Now it’s your turn!”

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New drinking fountain at staging area

Photos courtesy of the City of Cedar Springs

If you get thirsty or run out of water while walking the White Pine Trail, you now have a convenient place to fill your water bottle.

The City of Cedar Springs recently installed a drinking fountain outside of the bathroom at staging area at the end of W. Maple Street.

“I don’t recall seeing another one to the south until you get to Riverside Park in GR and there isn’t one in Sand Lake,” said City Manager Mike Womack. “It will be a great opportunity for runners and bikers to fill their water bottles here in the City.”

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Michigan State Police breaks ground on new building

New facility will house forensic laboratory, Sixth District Headquarters and Post

The Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the location for MSP’s new consolidated facility that will serve the greater Grand Rapids area.

The groundbreaking was held on Thursday, August 16, at 2290 4 Mile Rd NW. The new facility will be built on a previously undeveloped, 17-acre site centrally located in the city of Walker in Kent County. According to MSP, this site is ideally located to serve the public efficiently, and also allows for expansion opportunities in the future. When construction of this modern law enforcement facility is completed in the fall of 2020, it will house the MSP Grand Rapids Forensic Science Laboratory, Sixth District Headquarters and Rockford Post.

Constructing this new facility will bring three units together into a single, modern law enforcement facility, which will increase efficiency and decrease costs associated with maintaining and operating multiple aging facilities. Currently, the lab is located on Fuller Avenue near I-196. Sixth District Headquarters and the Rockford Post are located on Northland Drive in Rockford. 

Buiding features include:

  • Approximately 100,000 square feet of space
  • Will house 130 employees
  • Separate public, employee and receiving areas (for evidence deliveries and pickups)
  • Emergency generator backup for the entire facility
  • Independent exhaust and ventilation systems will be installed to prevent cross-contamination of forensic evidence
  • Segregated plumbing systems for domestic and forensic lab waste
  • As part of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable building practices, all materials and systems will be selected with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in mind.

The project was authorized by Public Act 241 of 2015, with a total cost of $57 million and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Area firefighters receive $310,500 grant

The grant will cover the purchase of air packs (SCBA’s) for firefighters. Photo by Joshua Sherurcij via Wikimedia Commons.

By Judy Reed

Three area fire departments have been awarded a regional grant from FEMA to purchase 45 SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and 12 extra face pieces for $310,500.

Capt. David Barnes, of the Cedar Springs Fire Department, researched and wrote the grant, and both Solon Township Fire and Sand Lake Fire Departments were included in the submission.

The grant is a 10 percent matching grant, which means that they will receive $279,450 from FEMA, and the fire departments will pay 10 percent, or $31,050. 

Cedar Springs will get 15 of the SCBA’s and four extra face pieces and pay $10,350; Sand Lake will get 14 SCBA’s and four extra face pieces and pay $9,680; and Solon will get 16 SCBA’s and four extra face pieces, and will pay $11,020.

Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake applauded Cedar Springs Fire Capt. Barnes for the work he put into the grant. “He has invested many hours in this project beyond his typical delegated responsibilities. He was diligent and proficient in obtaining the necessary data, from both the Sand Lake Fire Department and Solon Fire Department, as requested from FEMA,” said Drake.

“In addition, I am very proud of the ability for all three agencies to join together cooperatively to pursuit this regional award. I think there was a minimum chance of a successful grant if each agency had written individually. The discount that will be afforded by the successful vendor with this bulk purchase will be substantial and demonstrates great fiscal responsibility.”

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JAY EUGENE JEFFREY

Jay Eugene Jeffrey, of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away at his home Thursday, August 16, 2018. He was 78. Mr. Jeffrey was born February 4, 1940 in Highland Township, Osceola County, Michigan to Vern and Gladys (Britton) Jeffrey. Jay graduated from Evart High School in 1959. He married Barbara Poterack on February 14, 1969 in Wyoming, Michigan and she preceded him in death August 17, 2005. They both enjoyed traveling and had a passion for car racing. He spent most of his life in the Grand Rapids area. Jay was a lifelong mechanic. He enjoyed fishing with his family and was a member of Red Pine Bible Church in Kent City. Jay loved to tell stories and always laughed because most of them weren’t true. If everyone went out to eat, Jay would usually forget his wallet, then laugh because he got away with it. Mr. Jeffrey is survived by two sisters, Virginia (Chuck) Rose of Boulder, Colorado, Marilyn (Ron) Struble of Sears; two brothers, Robert Jeffrey of Clio, Jack (PJ) Jeffrey of Evart; long time special friend, Sandy Fleischmann of Cedar Springs, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Gladys Jeffrey, and his wife of 36 years, Barbara. Funeral services honoring Jay Eugene Jeffrey was held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with visitation 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20th. Jay will be laid to rest next to his wife in Greenwood Cemetery near Marion, Michigan.

Arrangements by Corey Funeral Home, Evart

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BRUCE E. ARMSTRONG

Bruce E. Armstrong, age 92. of Sand Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. He was born November 8, 1925 the son of the late Milton and Minnie (Eldred) Armstrong. Bruce worked for Wolverine World Wide for 20 years and then as a mechanic for East Sparta Equipment for 20 years. He was a lifelong and active member of Huggard Bible Church. He had built his own home and enjoyed collecting and restoring old cars. Surviving are his children, Glen (Wanda) Armstrong, Joan (Howard) Kepple, Amy (Klint) Beck; grandchildren, Tabitha (Matt) Akkerman, Jackie (Tom) Cato, Neil Armstrong, Bridget (Andy) Moul, Chris Armstrong, Sam (Heather) Armstrong, Tera (Bruce) Woode, Mike (Amanda) Knapp, Ryan Kepple, Alicia (Tim) Kelley, Brandon Beck, Seth (Tricia) Padilla; 17 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bernice (Schnicke) Armstrong; son, Jack (Barbara) Armstrong; brother, Clifton (Lavora) Armstrong; sister, Eloise (Kelly) Covey. The family greeted friends Sunday, August 19, from 4-6 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday 11:00 a.m. at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 – 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorials may be made to Huggard Bible Church.

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

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Thank you

Ensley Crime Watch Board and Members want to say “Thank you” to all the contributors and people that attended our Annual Race and Picnic July 28th at Baptist Lake. We had a very successful event and a good time was had by all. We could not have asked for better weather. The Newaygo Sheriff was well represented by the K9 Patrol, Marine Patrol and the Fire Department had several pieces of equipment for everyone’s review. Of course the children enjoyed this along with playing in the bounce house. Due to the volunteers and everyone else we are able to turn over $3,400 to the Sand Lake/ Ensley Township fire department to buy necessary equipment.

Thank you!

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Why we should lie every day

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist churches 

616-636-5659

This may seem like a strange thing for a preacher to encourage you to do. But I think that it is important to the Christian life. Paul gives the Phillipians some great advice: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

One of the benefits of following this advice is that we can focus all of our thoughts away from the trials and tribulations of the world, and the turmoil that may be going on in our lives. When we focus on God and the things that He is a part of, we don’t have time to focus on those tempting things that we know that we shouldn’t. We can check on a neighbor and a person or two who may need some help. We can call someone who may just want to talk to someone. And we can turn our thoughts away from the television and the worries that invade our minds and concentrate on having a conversation with God. We can hear the birds singing and see the trees and flowers around us.

And when the day is done, we can lie. 

We can lie without guilt because we didn’t do the things that would push us away from God. We can lie with peace because we spent the day serving God’s people and staying in constant communication with God. We can lie in prayer because the weight of the world and all of its pressures have been lifted from our shoulders and we have been set free from them, clearing our minds so that a pure conversation with our Lord is possible. And we can lie in rest because we have done a good job in God’s eyes and He will provide the rest that we need. 

It is a wonderful thing to be able to lie at the end of the day and to feel that sense of God’s warmth. Not because we have earned it but because God desires to give it to us. How we live our days reflects our gratitude for God’s wonderful grace and love. And when we are immersed in His grace and love we can lie down each night in peace. 

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Back to School information

2018–2019 Orientation and Open Houses

Monday, August 27 – High School Orientation

9th Grade – 12:00 pm

10th Grade – 8:00 am

11th Grade – 9:15 am

12th  Grade – 10:30 am

Tuesday, August 28 – Open Houses

Middle School – 7th & 8th Grades 5:00 – 6:30 pm

New Beginnings – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 29 – Open Houses

Cedar Trails Elementary – K & 1st Grades

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Beach Elementary – 2nd & 3rd Grades

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Cedar View Elementary – 4th & 5th Grades

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Red Hawk Elementary  – 6th Grade

Team A & B – 5:30 pm:  Pfeifer, Elenbaas, Jarrett, Alvarez, Willette, Kloe

Team C – 6:30 pm:  Ludwig, Sheckler, Scott

First Day of School Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2018 – 2019 School Calendar available at www.csredhawks.org

Enroll TODAY!  

2018—2019 Kindergarten Class Enrollment 

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2018 to register for Kindergarten. Visit www.csredhawks.org select K-12 Enrollment. Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

SCHOOL BUS STOPS—School buses are like traffic signals 

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow—PREPARE TO STOP! 
  • When overhead lights are flashing red—STOP 
  • When the hazard warning lights are flashing—PROCEED WITH CAUTION

2018 – 2019 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40

Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50

Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00

Milk—$.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org

Cedar Springs Health Center 

Open 8 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday. For students ages 3-21. Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance. Call 616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhealth.org

Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education.  The health center’s professional staff includes a medical provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00 am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary.  We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.  Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and Cedar View students may attend at Beach.  In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2018 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found online at csredhawks.org.  

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.   Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus.kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

Building/Department Telephone Numbers

Administration Building 616-696-1204

Superintendent Smith

Assistant Superintendent Spry

Business & Finance Director Malloch

Services

Campus Kids 616-696-1716

Food Service 616-696-0372

Facilities/Maintenance 616-696-0464

Pre-School/Early Childhood 616-696-9884

Special Services 616-696-0580

Transportation 616-696-1450

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Summer fun in school

Cedar Springs Public Schools hosted Summer School for grades K-5 from June 11 through 28.  Highlights of this year’s programming included educational field trips to our community’s new Cedar Springs Public Library and Cedar Springs Museum.  Daily learning activities in both math and reading featured direct instruction and use of interactive technology, along with fun brain breaks and muscle activities.  

Students enjoyed a new addition to our programming this year, and each receiving brand new “free” reading books.  These books supported our District’s focus on early literacy and were paid for by grant funding as part of the “Kids Read Now” programming.  Summer School also included snack breaks, lunch and transportation to and from school.  It all added up to Summer Fun in School!!!

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