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Archive | September, 2019

Thank You

Ensley Crime Watch Board and Members want to say “Thank You” to all the contributors and people that attended our Annual 2019 Race and Picnic on July 27th 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, Service Vehicles and the Sand Lake Fire Department had several pieces of equipment for everyone’s review. Of course the children enjoyed this along with the new bounce house from the Fremont Police Department. With the help of the volunteers and everyone attending we are able to turn over $3,000.00 to the Sand Lake/Ensley Township Fire Department to buy necessary equipment.

Ensley Neighborhood Crime Watch 

Thanks You.

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Pastor Bill Dixon 

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

 15671 Algoma Ave, NE, Cedar Springs 

Most families have traditions that they have learned from their parents or they developed as adults. My family has several traditions but one that stands out was started about four years ago. It’s called “hero week.” Each of our four kids are given a week out of each month where they are the one who gets to pray for each meal, get to stay up a little longer than the other kids at the end of the week (extra hang out time with mom and dad), get to choose what we eat for one meal during the week, and they get to pick the movie on family night. 

This past week, it was my oldest daughter’s hero week, and she picked one of her favorite meals, noodles with alfredo sauce and shrimp. The girl loves shrimp. For her movie, she chose to watch one of the Spy Kids movies. We have seen this movie multiple times but this time something stood out to me. The bad guy in this movie was known as the “Time Keeper.” As I paid attention to the movie this time around, it stuck out to me that everything this bad guy did was for a reason. What this bad guy wanted most of all was to get back to the time that he had lost with his dad growing up. So, he builds a time machine to take him back to the past to spend more time with his dad, but things didn’t end up the way he thought.

Watching this movie, I realized how important it is for us to use wisely the time we have been given. We have to realize that our time on earth is relatively short (Psalm 144:3-4) and if we are not careful, time will fly by and we will miss out on a lot of things that we will regret when we reach the end of our lives.

Up until three months ago, I had not used my time wisely, especially with my children. Instead of spending time with them, I spent more time working, hunting, or consumed with whatever was going on in my own world. My son is almost 13 years old and I finally taught him this past summer how to mow a yard, shoot a basketball (properly), and how to hunt. If you were to ask me six months ago, I probably would have given you several reasons as to why this was, how busy I was, etc. After I put aside all of the excuses, I realized that I was not using wisely the precious time that God has given me. After I realized this, I began to make some changes. Here are my new priorities. 

• My relationship with the Lord. This is my first priority because it is the most important (Matthew 22:37). 

• My family. Above work and hobbies is my family. Instead of making excuses, I am actually being intentional about spending time with my kids. Likewise, I’m intentional about my time with my wife and immediate family, making the most of the time that I have with them. 

• Work. My third priority is my work. I love what I do but what I have had to learn is that at the end of the day, what I do is only a job and should never take priority over my relationship with the Lord or my family. I encourage you to have the same attitude. 

Like the bad guy in the movie that we watched this past week, I had to learn a hard lesson. I had to rethink how I’m using my time here on earth. Three months ago, I was not using my time wisely but now I’ve made the decision to make the most of my time, especially with my family. I would like to tell you that it’s been an easy process but that would be a lie. I’ve had to ask for forgiveness from my family and the Lord and have had to reprogram the way I think and do things. In other words, I had to get my priorities in order. The good news is that because I have started to use my time wisely and have kept my priorities in check, I’ve experienced more joy than I have in a long time. You can too. 

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Finding monster muskie in the fall

This spotted Great Lakes muskie set a new record in Michigan at 55-pounds in 2009. 

FKnown as “the fish of a thousand casts,” the muskellunge can be a tough species to target. Have you always wanted to catch a big one? Check out this tip to try the next time you head out.

Consider when you’re out on the water focusing your efforts on the corners or inside turns of the lake(s) you’re fishing. These spots consist of bends in the bottom that cause a slight point to form. Muskie will often hide out in these spots, especially if it puts them close to deeper water, excellent cover, and access to food.

Want even more information on fishing for muskellunge? Check out their page on the DNR’s website.

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Cedar Springs tops Greenville 50-8

Zak Schmid had two touchdowns in last Friday’s win over rival Greenville. Photo by Kelly LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks swooped into Greenville’s Legacy Stadium last Friday night and snatched a victory before the Yellow Jackets were able to get off the ground.

The Red Hawks have scored 146 points in their first four games, while allowing 63. They score early and often, and Friday was no exception. They scored three times in the first quarter, including on their first possession, a 63-yard drive. With 9:51 left on the clock in the first quarter, Zak Schmid ran to the left for a 19-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion run by QB Jeremy Campione was good, making the score  8-0 Red Hawks. 

They scored again on their next possession, a 54-yard drive, when Aiden Brunin ran the ball to the left and the last two yards into the end zone with 4:58 left on the clock in the first. Ben Shaw’s run in for extra points was good, making the score now Cedar Springs 16, Greenville 0.

Then, with only 8 seconds left in the first, Ben Shaw run up the middle for a 53-yard touchdown, and Da’montae Barnett ran in the extra points, making it Cedar Springs 24-0 as the first quarter ended.

Only a few plays into the second quarter, Red Hawk Kaleb Colby recovered a fumble by Greenville QB Grant Twaites, and Cedar Springs now had the ball on the Greenville 16 yard line. Two plays later they scored, with Aiden Brunin scoring his second touchdown of the night on a 12-yard run. Zak Schmid’s run for extra points was no good, and the score was now 30-0 Red Hawks, with 10:48 left on the clock on the second quarter.

Cedar Springs scored twice more before the second quarter was over. When they kicked off to Greenville with 10:48 left, they did an onside kick, and Red Hawk Nathan Male recovered the ball. That drive then culminated in Zak Schmid scoring his second touchdown of the night on a one-yard run into the end zone with 8:12 left on the clock. Kicker Owen Sweezer then kicked an extra point, something we hadn’t previously seen the Red Hawks do this year. The score was now Cedar Springs 37, Greenville 0.

The Red Hawks scored again just before half when Campione ran one-yard up the middle and into the end zone. Sweezer kicked another extra point, and with 14 seconds remaining in the half, it was Cedar Springs 44, Greenville 0.

The Yellow Jackets came out after half and played a little more aggressively. They kept control of the ball during much of the third quarter, and finally scored with 2:32 left on the clock, when Matt Laudenslager ran up the middle for a one-yard touchdown, and Zane Bigelow’s two-point run was good. Score was now 44-8.

Cedar Springs came back and scored one final time in the fourth quarter, when David Dipiazza ran up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown with 4:39 left on the game clock. QB Logan Petty’s pass to Kyle Hoort was no good, and the game ended with the score Cedar Springs 50, Greenville 8.

The Red Hawks had 315 yards rushing, while the Yellow Jackets had 111. Leading rushers for the Cedar Springs included Ben Shaw, with 61 yards on four carries including one touchdown; Aiden Brunin with 58 yards on six attempts and two touchdowns; Zak Schmid with 43 yards on three runs and two touchdowns; Jeremy Campione with 40 yards on four runs and one touchdown; Nathan Male with 27 yards on four carries; Da’montae Barnett with 25 yards on four runs; David Dipiazza with 21 yards on one carry and one touchdown; Kyle Hoort with 20 yards and seven carries; Alex Ream with 16 yards on four runs; and Jeff Clark had four yards on one carry.

The defense had 46 tackles and two assists. Zak Schmid led in tackles with eight, Nate Webb with seven, Brennan Porter with five, Seth Almas with four, and several other team members with three or less.

Cedar Springs will travel to Allendale this Friday for their third non-conference game of the season, where they will face off against the Falcons, who are part of the OK-Blue, and are also 3-1. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Boys cross country takes first in two meets

Members of the varsity squad who won the Cedar Springs Invitational.  (L to R):  Gavin Braciak, Dilan Sargent, Daniel Vermulm, Corey Bowers, Jaydon Moleski, Carter Moleski, and Austin Mann.

The Red Hawk Boys’ Cross Country team kept the momentum rolling taking first in the OK White jamboree and in both the varsity and JV divisions at the Cedar Springs Invitational held on their home course.  

On Wednesday, September 18, Cedar Springs hosted the second of four OK White jamborees. Out of six teams, the boys earned a first place conference win scoring just 29 points with Forest Hills Northern taking second at 65 points. Corey Bowers took first with a season-best time of 16:37, followed by Daniel Vermulm (5th, 16:59), and Jaydon Moleski (6th, 17:02). Both Dilan Sargent (9th, 17:05) and Gavin Braciak (12th, 17:16) ran their season bests as well.  

The boys continued the winning streak placing 1st out of 12 teams at the Cedar Springs Invitational on Saturday, September 21. The team scored 34 points and placed 2-3-4-10-14. Corey Bowers finished 2nd overall in 16:46. Daniel Vermulm came in 3rd running a new personal best of 16:48 and teammate Jaydon Moleski came in 5th with a season best of 16:52. Dilan Sargent placed 10th (17:18) and Gavin Braciak placed 14th (17:36). Austin Mann ran his season best at 17:47, placing 17th. Sophomore Carter Moleski ran an 18:28 placing 24th.  

The JV boys also placed first out of seven teams for their division scoring a near-perfect 18 points (1-2-3-4-8).  Gabe White placed 1st overall at 18:14 with teammates Espen Wood (2nd, 18:59), Cayden Steinebach (3rd, 19:06), Clayton Akerman (4th, 19:27), and Justin Voskuil (8th, 19:48) scoring for the Red Hawks. Running season’s bests for the day were Logan Douglas (22:40) and Caleb Menefee (21:02). 

Coach Justin Jones said, “This was a great week for our team. Despite some nagging injuries and sickness, we fought through it all and came away with our 7th consecutive conference jamboree win and our 4th consecutive Red Hawk Invite championship. This group has a lot to be proud of and they continue to accomplish great things. They also have an incredible knack for performing at the highest level even when the cards seem stacked against them. We are now at about the halfway point of the season. Demands in the classroom and at practice will start to take their toll. It will be important to stay focused and approach practice and meets with the same intensity and enthusiasm as when the season just began.”

The team will travel to the Shepherd Bluejay Invite on Saturday, September 28, for their next competition.  

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Girls cross country takes fourth at meets

The varsity girls who finished 4th at the Cedar Springs Invitational.

The Cedar Springs girls’ cross country team had a great week of racing with several individuals running either personal best or season best races. The girls ran in the OK White Jamboree and the Cedar Springs Invitational both held on their home course.

On September 18, the team placed 4th out of six teams scoring 107 points in the OK White conference meet.  Scoring for the ladies were Ally Ladd (18th, 22:01), Danika Fessenden (27th,   22:56), Isabel VanDusen (28th, 22:57), Lily Howland (39th, 23:48), and Larissa McGrath (43rd, 23:56).  

“Going into our 2nd conference meet, our goal as a team was to keep our 3rd place spot and hold off Lowell. Both FHN and FHC are the top two teams in our conference, so we wanted to get as close to them as possible. I think we ran very smart, having the girls a little more patient throughout the first half of the race, and then they started coming more together as the race went on. We finished 4th as a team. Lowell took 3rd by 2 points so we were not too far off where we needed to be. We trained through this meet, having a pretty hard workout two days prior so I’m very happy,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

At the Cedar Springs Invitational held on September 21, the varsity girls took to the course first.  They placed 4th out of 13 teams, scoring 123, with all seven ladies finishing in the top 43 out of a field of 94 runners. Sophomore Ally Ladd led the Red Hawks taking 9th and earning a new personal best time of 21:28.  Freshman Danika Fessenden also ran her personal best time of 21:44 coming in at the 14th spot.  Isabel VanDusen and Tonya Tepin ran their season bests at 22:29 and 23:20 placing 25th and 38th. Rounding out the varsity squad were Larissa McGrath (39th, 23:20), Molly Bentley (41st, 23:27), and Lily Howland (43rd, 23:27). “I’m still so fired up about this meet! We had great weather on our home turf. Every single girl either ran a lifetime or season PR or were very close to their season PR.  Each one of them had a game plan and they made their goals happen,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The JV team had a great day of running despite the warm and humid conditions with several running their personal or season bests for the day. The JV team finished 3rd out of six teams.  Placing 5th overall was Alexis Wood running setting a new personal record of 23:38.  Paige Marsman was not far behind coming in 8th running her season best at 24:22.  Keeping the streak going, Lauren Lett came in 13th also running her season best at 24:47 and Cloe Shoffner placing 17th at 25:23 running her new personal lifetime best.  Next for the Red Hawks were Madison Golliver (28th, 26:21), Marjorie Hosking (30th, 26:53), and Jade Yowtz (33rd, 27:43).   Isabella Smith ran her personal best (45th, 28:47) and Rachel Gallup also ran her season best (55th, 30:12).  

The girls will travel to Shepherd on Saturday, September 28, for the Shepherd Bluejay Invite.  

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Volleyball wins at Greenville

#3 Grace Wilcox and #10 Arianna Rau go up for the block at Greenville. Photo courtesy of Jamie McNinch Photography.

Red Hawk Varsity volleyball (10-10-2) had an active competition week playing two conference matches and a tournament. On Tuesday, September 17, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to state ranked Forest Hills Central to open conference play, taking a hard loss 21-25, 13-25 and 21-25. Thursday, September 19 resulted in a definitive victory at rival Greenville, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-23. On Saturday, September 21, tournament play at the Zeeland East Invite culminated in a 3rd place pool finish against several ranked teams including Hudsonville and Jenison. The ladies finished 2-3 on the day, losing in bracket play to Hopkins 22-25 and 18-25.  

“The team built a solid foundation for us to build on during the first week of conference play. The competitive play at FHC and win at Greenville are huge confidence boosters for us moving forward,” remarked Head Coach Ashley Lowing.

 Stat leaders at FHC included Kyla Andres with 6 kills and 5 digs; Grace Pavelka registered 6 kills and 2 blocks; Arianna Rau tallied 3 kills and 3 aces. Greenville match pacesetters included Kaylie Andres, who had a tenacious match culminating in 8 service points, 9 digs, 16 serve receptions and 4 kills. Grace Wilcox added 6 kills and 9 digs; while setter Madison Outwin put up 18 assists, and 2 kills. At the Zeeland East Invite, Nicole Baker showed her flexibility by playing three different positions in five matches and contributing 4 kills,16 service points, 4 aces and 15 assists. Grace Pavelka had a team high 26 kills, while Arianna Rau led in blocks with 7. Kyla Andres capped the defense recording 48 digs and 80 serve receptions.

Junior Varsity lost to Forest Hills Central 10-25 and 22-25, while taking the victory against Greenville 25-21 and 25-18. The freshman team had an exciting three set victory over Greenville 17-25, 25-20 and 15-9.   

The teams resumed conference competition this week hosting Northview on Tuesday, September 24 followed by home matches versus Lowell on Thursday September 26. Freshman and JV begin at 5 pm, followed by Varsity.  

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Bear hunting

One Sunday, a pastor decided to skip church and go hunting in the neighboring forest. While he was hunting he saw a huge black bear that had stopped to get honey from a beehive. The pastor thought the bear was good game, so he shot at it, and missed. The bear, startled by the shot, jumped up and charged at the pastor. The pastor used his only option: he dropped to his knees and prayed.

“Dear God,” he said, “please let this bear be a good Christian, a better one than I ever was.” 

When the bear drew close, it also dropped to its knees to pray.

“I knew you were a good Christian bear!” exclaimed the pastor with relief.  

“I sure am,” replied the bear. “Mama always taught me to pray before I eat.”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

Sept. 26, Oct.3: Meals are served every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Celebrate Recovery

Sept. 26, Oct.3: City Impact, 288 N. Main St. will be holding meetings every Thursday to Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, habits or hangups of any kind. 6-6:30 pm – Meet & Greet, 6:30-8pm Celebrate Recovery. For more information call 616-843-2438. #tfn

Healthy Tomorrows Program at Alpha Family Center

Sept. 26: Alpha Family Center has a new partnership with Christian Healthcare Centers and their Healthy Tomorrows program. This is a program that will provide prenatal, maternity care and well child care for mothers and children. We are planning on an Meet and Greet event on Thursday September 26 at Alpha from 4-6 pm for the community. #38,39b

Senior Fitness Classes

Oct.1,3: One out of three older adults fall each year and these falls are the leading cause of emergency department admissions. Falls can be a significant obstacle to healthy aging. There’s good news, too: physical activity has proven to help prevent falls. Senior Neighbors is pleased to be partnering with Cedar Springs Public Schools in offering a new fitness class in Cedar Springs! Open to anyone age 60 or older, these classes will focus on endurance, flexibility, strengthening, balance, and having fun. Classes began Tuesday, September 10th and will be offered each Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the board room at the Cedar Springs Public Schools hilltop building. Come when you can, do what you can do! Pre-registration is not required. These classes are available through the Kent County Senior Millage- donations are accepted, or use your Silver&Fit benefit! Call Julie Lake, Health and Wellness Coordinator at 616-233-0283 for more information. #33-42p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Oct. 1,8,15,22,29: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #39

Quilt & Crafts at the Cedar Springs Library 

Oct.2,9,16,23,30: Bring your fiber-based projects and work along with your friends. Lots of fun! Everyone welcome! Every Wednesday from 10 am-6 pm at the Cedar Springs Library, 107 N. Main St. #39

Used Book Sale at CS Public Library

Oct. 4,5: Cedar Springs Friends of the Library invite you to a  Used Book Sale on Friday, October 4 from 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday, October 5 from 9 am – 3 pm. Held at the Community Room in the CS Public Library. Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 25¢. DVD’s and Books on tape also $1. All proceeds supplement the Library’s programs and special needs. #39,40p

Huge Book Sale at Spencer Twp. KDL

Oct. 5,6: Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen, will be holding a huge book sale on Saturday, October 5th from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, October 6th from 11 am to 1 pm. All types of books! Paperback and hardcover. Large selection of children’s, mystery, teens and fiction. #39,40p

Mom2Mom Sale at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 5: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford will be hosting a Mom2Mom Sale & Halloween CostumeExchange on Saturday, October 5th from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring in your old costumes and find new ones! At least 50 costumes currently available. For more information contact Janet at 616-874-8220 or email courtlandmom2mom@gmail.com. #39,40p

2nd Chance Fundraiser – Riding for the Brand

Oct. 5: 2nd Chance is having a fundraiser and will enjoy the music of Riding for the Brand, a family of muscians who play traditional cowboy and gospel music. They will also be sharing some cowboy poetry and cowboy lifestyle stories. Saturday, October 5 at 5:30 pm at 2nd Chance School, 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Included in the evening will be a bucket auction, door prizes, music and food. Come join us for this fundraiser after the Red Flannel Parade, a perfect way to end the day. For questions call 616-293-2150. #39,40

Christmas Acoustical Instrumental Group

Oct. 7: Please join us for fun and fellowship through Christmas Music. Every Monday evenings in the sanctuary of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 140 S Main Street. We will be meeting October 7 thru December 2 at 7:00 pm. All instruments welcome! Sheet music is furnished for all woodwinds and strings at many playing levels. For information, call Keith Caldwell at 616-696-1246. #39,40b

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First queen recalls pageant

The first Red Flannel Queen, Maxine Smith Townsend, tries on a pair of the red longjohns that made Cedar Springs famous. This photo was taken in 1939. 

This article is a partial reprint of an article that appeared in the Cedar Springs Clipper on October 4, 1977, 38 years after the first Red Flannel Festival.

Maxine Smith Townsend, the first Red Flannel Queen, lives quietly with her husband in nearby Rockford. 

Mrs. Townsend was 16 when she became Red Flannel Queen in 1939. A tiny 4-foot 10-inches, she appeared in the contest in a hunting outfit. Because of her small stature, she recalls, “I had a problem with those hunting clothes.” Fitting men’s hunting garb on a 4-foot 10-inch frame was far from easy she says.

“I remember looking at all of us in those hunting clothes,” Mrs. Townsend says, “and wondering how the judges could even tell us apart.” 

The next year Red Flannel Queen contestants appeared in long gowns.

In 1939, Mrs. Townsend says Cedar Springs businessmen picked a girl to sponsor as a contest entry. Selection, she says, was mainly based on interviews.

As Red Flannel Queen, she not only presided over the Red Flannel Day festivities, but also presented red flannels to Michigan Governor Lurel Dickinson, who passed them on to his legal advisor, Judge Emerson R. Boyles. Dickinson’s summation of red flannel underwear: “It itches.”

During the year she rode the Snow Train to Petoskey for the Winter Sports Festival. Cedar Springs residents had chartered a car, she recalls. At Petoskey, she presented red flannels to Snow Queen Adelyne Eustrom.

She has fond memories of the Clipper Girls, Nina Babcock and the late Grace Hamilton, credited with starting the Red Flannel celebration.

“The Clipper Girls were dolls,” Mrs. Townsend says, “just terrific.”

Many thanks to Leonard Cadwell for bringing in this issue of the Cedar Springs Clipper.

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