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Muskegon River cleanup

The 11th Annual Muskegon River Cleanup was held on August 3 this year. The event starts with registration at the Bridgeton Township Launch Area from 9 a.m. until noon.  Approximately 300 people registered this year.  After people registered, they launched their flotation devices and headed downriver, collecting trash on their way to Maple Island Launch area, where it is collected in a large dump truck.  At 5 p.m. at Maple Island Launch Area, 15 kayaks were given away to 15 lucky participants of the event this year.

This year 1,838 beverage containers, 31 flip flops, numerous lighters, 6 rafts, 11 vapes, a driver’s license, which was returned to the owner, 26 pieces of treated lumber and one tire were removed from the river.  It was reported that the river was rather murky from a recent rain and that made  it harder to see trash along the bottom.  It was still a good day.  

The event is always held on the first Saturday in August.  Next year the event will be on August 5, 2023. We would like to thank this year’s donors.  We can’t hold this event without you.  A special thank you to Bridgeton Township for allowing us the use of the Launch areas.  If you would like to help out with a donation, an account has been opened at Choice One Banks.  All money goes to purchase the cleanup giveaways. This is strictly a volunteer organization. No one ever gets paid to help or collect trash, so we like to give away as many kayaks to participants as we can afford. 

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Watch for school buses

From the Kent County Sheriff’s Office

With many schools starting please remember to watch out for school buses. School bus safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please help keep our community’s kids safe.

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Drivers admit to speeding and cell phone use in school zones

School Traffic is Back! Tips for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists

DEARBORN, Mich., (August 22, 2022) — Michigan roads are about to get more crowded – and hazardous – as millions of students and teachers return to school. This time of year is particularly dangerous due to the combination of young inexperienced drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists who will all share the road in the early morning and afternoon hours.

“Drivers should have a heightened sense of awareness from the moment they leave the driveway,” said Adrienne Woodland, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Expect more foot traffic in neighborhoods and along city streets. Since children can move quickly and cross the road unexpectedly, it’s important to constantly scan the road for people while driving and be ready to stop at a moment’s notice. You can reduce risk of injury by slowing down and avoiding distractions like using your cell phone or eating while driving.”

A new survey from AAA reveals that many drivers admit to risky behaviors like speeding and using their handheld mobile phone while driving through a school zone.

According to a new survey of Michigan drivers:

37% admitted to speeding in an active school zone.

27% admitted to using their hand-held cell phone while driving in active school zones.

“When driving through a school zone, it’s extremely important that you lower your speed and raise your awareness to ensure you can respond to any potential hazards on the roadway,” Woodland continued.

Top Safety Tips for Drivers

AAA – The Auto Club Group, through its School’s Open Drive Carefully campaign reminds motorists to:

Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.

Share the road with bicyclists. Children on bicycles are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist.

Talk to your teen. Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occurs during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.

Top AAA Safety Tips for Students

For Pedestrians

  • Pay attention at all times. Avoid texting or wearing headphones, so you can detect nearby traffic.  
  • Use sidewalks where available. If not, walk against the direction of traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
  • Make yourself easier to be seen by wearing reflective, bright colored clothing.

For Bicyclists

  • Wear a helmet and neon or bright colored clothes.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic and stay as far to the right as possible. Use bike lanes when you can.
  • Do not wear headphones so you can detect approaching traffic.
  • Cross the street at intersections. Do not pull into the roadway from between parked cars.

For Students at the Bus Stop

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
  • Stay five steps away from the curb.
  • Be alert and remove headphones so you can hear oncoming traffic.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver signals for you to board.

 School Bus Traffic Laws Explained

Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. The only exception is on a divided highway with a raised divider. Here is an explanation of the laws:

Two Lane Street – All drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street must stop for a school bus displaying overhead flashing red lights and a stop arm extended, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children, the overhead red lights are turned off AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.

Multi-Lane Paved Median – All drivers approaching in either direction must stop for a school bus displaying overhead flashing red lights and a stop arm extended, and must remain stopped until the road is clear of children, the overhead red lights are turned off AND the school bus stop arm is withdrawn.

Divided Highway – Traffic approaching a stopped school bus from the opposite direction do not need to stop if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic. However, these motorists should slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus. 

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey                        

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from July 8 – 15, 2022.  A total of 400 residents completed the survey.  Survey results have a maximum margin of error of ± 4.9% points.  Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Michigan.

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Red Hawk volleyball begins season at WMVOA

Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball opened the 2022 season on Friday, August 19th, competing in the annual Western Michigan Volleyball Officials Association (WMVOA) Scholarship Tournament in Grand Rapids.  

Pool play began with tough back to back losses to the West Ottawa (7-25;15-15) and Pewamo-Wesphalia(21-25;9-25) and ending with a tie against North Muskegon (25-21;18-25). Results placed the team in the Bronze bracket where the Red Hawks made an impressive comeback to win the opening match against Newaygo (18-25;26-24;15-11). The Lady Red Hawks ended the day with a loss in the semifinals to Hopkins (17-25;23-25).  

Coach Ashley Lowing stated, “We kicked off the season this week scrimmaging at Kingsley where the team focused on bonding and developing on court strategy and team cohesion. We ended the week at the WMVOA tournament where we continued to learn together and build a foundation for the season moving forward. We are very excited to see what this group of girls can accomplish this season.”

Team stat leaders on Friday included Senior/Captain Kennedi Jager with 19 kills, 8 blocks, and 6 aces. Junior Outside hitter Maddison Rayburn tallied 10 kills and 8 service points.  Sophomore setter Alyssa Krol began her Varsity year with 214 sets, 57 assists and a team high 13 aces with 32 service points. Libero Aleyna Moleski topped the defense with 40 digs and 71 serve receptions.

Varsity (1-3-1) continues competition when they travel to Northview for a non-conference triangular on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00 pm. The start of conference play begins for Varsity, JV and Freshman on Thursday, September 8th when the teams travel to Catholic Central. Matches begin at 5:00 pm for Freshman and JV, followed by Varsity.        

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MHSAA rule changes 

The beginning of a school year always is accompanied by at least a handful of notable playing rules changes or adjustments regarding MHSAA Tournament competition. Among the most noteworthy this fall will be the addition of a “third half” rule in soccer, which will allow an athlete to play in a combined three halves across two matches and multiple levels (varsity, junior varsity, freshman) on the same day, any day of the week. This is similar to the fifth-quarter rules in football and basketball approved in recent years to help programs with low athlete numbers still have enough to continue fielding teams at multiple levels – generally with underclassmen playing on multiple teams to keep rosters filled.

There is also an enhanced penalty beginning this fall for violating the fifth-quarter or third-half rules: Violators must forfeit the contest during which the violation took place (either varsity or subvarsity), and that head coach in violation will be ineligible for the next day of competition.

The change to a playing rule most likely to be noticed by spectators comes in football, where intentional grounding has been adjusted to allow for a passer to throw an incomplete forward pass to conserve yardage – in essence, to throw the ball away to avoid being tackled for a loss, even when a receiver isn’t present near the pass’s destination – if the passer is outside the free-blocking zone, or “pocket,” and as long as the pass reaches the line of scrimmage or extension of the neutral zone beyond the sideline. This change makes the high school intentional grounding rule mirror those at the collegiate and professional levels and was made to conserve the amount of contact by defensive players with passers.

A second football rule change also was made with safety in mind, as the chop block – which is illegal – was redefined to include any combination block by multiple teammates against the same opponent where one of the blocks is above the waist and the other is below the waist. Previously, the knee (instead of the waist) was the determining factor on a chop block. This change also is expected to assist officials in enforcing the rule because deciding if blocks occur above and below the waste is more straightforward than using the knee to decide if an infraction occurred.

Another football rule change will be noticeable during the MHSAA 11-Player Finals, as head coaches for the first time will be allowed one challenge per game, with the play in question then reviewed with video replay. The challenge will cost that team a timeout if the original outcome is confirmed. Coaches will be allowed to challenge the following: complete/incomplete passes, if a runner/receiver was in/out of bounds, a runner who is ruled not down, the forward progress spot as it relates to the yard to gain, which player first touched a kick, the recovery of a ball in/out of bounds, if a pass was forward or backward, and penalties for illegal forward pass, targeting or illegal helmet contact, and pass interference only as it relates to the pass being previously tipped. All potential scores and turnovers will remain automatically reviewed by replay booth officials.

Three more notable rules changes for fall sports also affect MHSAA Tournament competition.

There is a new qualification process for divers seeking to advance to Lower Peninsula Finals. In each of the three divisions, each Regional will be guaranteed 10 qualifiers for the Finals, with si x more “floating” qualifier entries to be distributed to the Regionals that have one of the previous year’s top six returning Finals divers in their fields. If a team changes division from the previous season, any floating top-six spots are added to the six already allowed in the school’s new division.

In golf, the maximum number of strokes allowed per hole during MHSAA Tournament play has been reduced from 12 to 10. Also, teams will be allowed two school-approved coaches to be present and actively coaching during postseason rounds.

In tennis, the number of players who may be seeded at No. 1 singles was increased to seven if there are between 21-23 players in the field, and eight if the field includes 24 or more players at that flight. The No. 1 singles flight is the only flight that allows for individual qualifiers from Regional play, often making it larger than the other seven flights at the Finals.

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SHARON KAY DATEMA

Sharon Kay (Heimler) Datema entered into eternal life on Sunday, August 21st, 2022. Sharon was born to Iola (Spencer) & Fred Brinker on March 18th, 1947 in Grand Rapids, MI. Sharon worked many years for Evans Tempcon in Grand Rapids. Sharon is survived by her husband, Ron Datema; children, Chris (Don) Bazzett, Dody (Scott) Thorington, Sue (Scott) Ingerson, Dorothy (Mike) Cooper, Fred Jr. (Amy) Heimler; step-children, Mary (Frank) Long, Sandy Williams, Tim (Heidi) Datema, Matt (Stefanie) Ward, Dan Datema; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol Schantz, Mary Briggs, Joyce Graves, Iva Barresi, Kathy Perez; brother, Fred Brinker. Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred Heimler; and daughter, Kathy Bakauskas. A family memorial service will be held Saturday, September 10th at the Pierson Village Hall, 190 Grand St Pierson, MI at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorial contributions be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

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KATIE WRIGHT ASH

February 19, 1984 – August 26, 2021

The hardest part of losing you wasn’t having to say goodye, but to learn to live without you, and the emptiness that is left in our hearts.

Mom, Dad & family

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Unity in divisive times

Pastor Michelle Vallier 

Cedar Springs UMC

140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

The sanctuary was packed as community members gathered to celebrate the life of our beloved member, Steve Mueller. Fellowship hall was beautifully arranged for the luncheon that would follow, with specially coordinated table settings and ample food for such a crowd. Ten minutes before the service was to start, I began receiving urgently whispered messages: “Pastor, the bathrooms are flooding.” I knew I would not just dismiss the service and proceed with the luncheon as planned, so as we prayed and processed our grief, I also prayed for a miracle. During the final hymn of the service, I received a note that said, “The luncheon has been moved to the Baptist church across the street.” Praise God for good neighbors!

Another less dramatic, but equally gracious situation occurred last summer. A storm had come through, knocking out power in many areas of town, including at the United Methodist Church. I received a call from Bliss-Witters & Pike saying that their power was out, and the funeral that I was leading that day would be held at The Springs. We were welcomed into their space with generosity.

These are only two specific examples of the ecumenical efforts that take place in Cedar Springs on a regular basis. When I think of ecumenical ministry, North Kent Connect and Family Promise come to mind—wonderful organizations designed to serve our struggling community members, supported by a wide range of church congregations. 

In 1 Corinthians 10:1 (NRSVUE), Paul writes, “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you but that you be knit together in the same mind and the same purpose.” What does this mean for us, in a world that seems increasingly divided along so many lines? And how can the pastor of a denomination whose impending split has been in the news for years speak to this? Is this truly good news for our current times?

I believe it is. These words speak of a unity in the Spirit which does not require uniformity in practice or even theological perspective. It is a unity that celebrates the diversity of the body, while calling for the parts of the body to work together. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NRSVUE), “Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of services but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 

In divisive times, let us love one another more deeply, striving to appreciate the diverse ways in which the light of Christ shines in our neighbors, to be a hope in the world, for the good of all.

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A standing ovation

Eleven coworkers were hanging on a rope from a window, 20 stories up, trying to escape a burning building. 

There were 10 men and one woman, and they could see and feel the rope beginning to unravel. They decided that one of them had to leave because otherwise they would all fall. 

Several of them shouted out reasons that it shouldn’t be them. They couldn’t decide which person it would be, until the woman gave a very touching speech.

She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids, and her coworkers, and making sacrifices with little in return.

As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping…

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Hometown Happenings 8.25.22

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 Meals at The Springs Church

Aug. 25, Sept. 1: 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 free meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

CS High School 1970’s Class Reunion

Aug. 27: The Cedar Springs High School Classes of all the 1970’s will have a reunion at Long Lake Park on the west side, off Long Lake Drive. Saturday, August 27th from 12 noon to 4 pm. Bring a dish to pass. For more information call Chris, 616-255-5705. #33,34

BUNCO!

Sept. 2: Join us Friday, September 2nd at 6:00 pm for the fun and friendship. Open to everyone so bring a friend and make some new ones. Refreshments at 6:00, Bunco starts at 6:30, $5.00 to play. Bring a snack to share if you wish. Prizes for most Buncos, most Babies, most wins and most losses, also door prizes and 50-50 drawing! Proceeds go to a charity of the month. Games will always be the first Friday of the month through the year. Sponsored by Rockford Chapter 215, Order of the Eastern Star. Meets at Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Drive (near 12 Mile Rd). #34

Blood Drive at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Sept. 4: Please join us in saving lives at our community blood drive at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Sunday, 9/4 from 8 am – 12:15 pm. Appointments are preferred. Please call 866-642-5663 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome as the schedule allows. As a thank you, all attempting donors with a valid email will receive a $15 e-gift card. All donors are welcome to join us for breakfast and those who make an appointment will be entered to win a package of 2 steaks. Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. #34

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 7,14: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on Saturday, October 1st. Come in and show us what you got. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. Tryout schedule coming soon. Auditions scheduled for September 7th & 14th – at 7 pm at the Kent Theatre. Dress rehearsal on Wednesday, September 28th at 7 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Len Allington by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #33,34

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Fire burns Nelson Township home

By Judy Reed

A fire that started in the garage of this Nelson Township home soon spread to the house Tuesday. Post photo by J. Reed.
A firefighter in all of his turnout gear. Post photo by J. Reed.

Crews from multiple fire departments battled a fire at a home on Becker Ct in Nelson Township Tuesday.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, they were called to the scene of a garage fire at 13514 Becker Court NE, east of Ritchie, at 12:36 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16.

Two people were home at the time of the fire—a mom and child, and the husband was at work.

“We were told that they heard beeping from the smoke alarm, and the child smelled smoke seeping into the home. He/she ran out the front door, yelling for mom, and she grabbed the dog and ran out the back,” said Fraser. 

Cedar Springs and Sand Lake were first dispatched to the scene, and on arrival, saw that the fire had spread into the north side of the house and into the attic from the garage. Courtland and Algoma fire departments also joined them at the scene.

He said there was a lot of fire in the kitchen area, and up into the attic. “We had some firefighters inside the house and part of the roof started sagging,” said Fraser, “so we pulled the people out. We didn’t want it coming down on anyone.” 

They were able to get back inside later once that part of the roof came down.

Fraser said it took about 25 minutes to get the fire knocked down, and then they battled hot spots.

They cleared the scene at 3:45 p.m.

A firefighter puts on his oxygen tank. Post photo by J. Reed.

“We think it started in the northeast corner of the garage, but we don’t yet know what caused it,” explained Fraser. “We’ll be working with fire investigators to determine that.”

Tonya Goslee, the mom who was home at the time of the fire, posted on our Facebook page to let us know their status.

“Thank you for the kindness of the community. This was our home and while devastated we are blessed to be ok and the firefighters were able to salvage clothes, family photos, and important documents.

We are so thankful for the responders who were kind and efficient, and (we) are definitely feeling the love from this town.

Donations are being accepted at Cedar Springs Brewing Company. They will also be hosting a community night soon – date to be released shortly.

I so appreciate everything everyone is doing. We are blessed to live in this community,” she said.

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Mastodon bones discovered in area

Dr. Cory Redman, the Museum’s science curator, leads a crew of museum staff, volunteers, and experts from the University of Michigan. Photo from GR Public Museum Facebook page.

By Judy Reed

Workers on a Kent County Drain project north of Kent City unearthed an unexpected treasure last Friday, August 12—the bones of a juvenile mastodon.

According to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, mastodons went extinct 11,700 years ago, at the end of the last ice age.

Kent County Drain Commissioner Ken Yonkers said that workers were upgrading a culvert under 22 Mile Rd, between Sparta Avenue and Tyrone, as part of the Geers Inercounty Drain maintenance project, when someone saw a bone.

Dr. Cory Redman, the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s science curator, was called to the scene, and led a crew of museum staff, volunteers, and experts from the University of Michigan to excavate the site on the Clapp family’s property. Several volunteers from the area worked on the dig as well. 

Yonkers said he was told that the Mastodon was between 15 and 20 years old, and is the youngest one they have on record. “This one will give them a lot more insight to the development of these large animals,” he said.

A post from the Grand Rapids Public Museum on Facebook Wednesday noted that all the bones appear to come from a single, juvenile mastodon.

A ruler shows the length of some of the mastodon bones. Photo from Kent County Drain Commission.

“All known bones have been excavated and brought to the Museum, but the museum is in regular contact with the construction crew in case they expose any more bones as they continue their work,” they said.

They also said that the remains were not found in “life position,” meaning the animal most likely had not died in that location. They did not expand, however, on how they think the bones ended up there.

It is hoped that in the future, residents will be able to see the Clapp Family Mastodon, as its being called, on display at the museum. But more work must be done on the bones before that happens. “Dr. Cory Redman and the GRPM staff will be working with Dr. Daniel Fisher and Dr. Scott Beld from the University of Michigan to follow best practices for carefully cleaning and drying out the bones,” they explained on their Facebook post.

A dig volunteer with a bone. Photo from GR Public Museum Facebook page.

The Post asked Yonkers how he felt about the find. “This is the first for a Drain Commissioner in Michigan. For me, I would have never imagined the possibility of uncovering any kind of ancient skeleton. But it was a very surreal experience,” he said.

He noted that the story even made national news. “Friends in Florida e Gwatched a live interview I gave on their local nightly news,” he said. “I think any news that represents Michigan and Kent and Newaygo County in a positive way is something we as a community can be proud of.”

Follow the Grand Rapids Public Museum Facebook page for more updates on the Clapp Family mastodon.

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