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60th Anniversary


September 22, 2021

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful parents. 

If you wish to congratulate them you can send them a card at PO Box 244, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Love you both,

Jenifer and Grandkids

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100th Birthday


Celebrating her 100th Birthday is Helen Beebe who was born on September 27, 1921. She was married to the late William Beebe for 68 years and moved to Sand Lake on April 9, 1953. She has 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Congratulations!

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101th Birthday


Lois Ives will be turning 101 on September 23, 2021. Lois loves to spend her time playing BINGO and soaking up the sun here at Mission Point of Cedar Springs. Lois shared that “the Lord’s will” is her secret to a long-life. Happy birthday Lois!

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Kenneth R. Meksula

Kenneth R. “Mucky” Meksula age 66 of Sand Lake, died Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home. Ken was born April 24, 1955 in Flint, MI the son of Edward and Ruth (Emore) Meksula. He enjoyed camping and the outdoors and especially loved cats. He was always helping others in need. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Agnes; children, Kristina (Troy) Reister, Kevin (Angel) Meksula; grandchildren, Devin, Tyler, Misty, Damion Reister, Michael Canfield, Katherine Meksula; brothers, Mark, Phil, David (Sue). He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Douglas; granddaughter, Makala Taylor. The family will greet friends Friday, Sept. 24 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 2:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Ryan Black officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Christian Church or Faith Hospice. 

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

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Elizabeth M. Randall

Elizabeth M. “Betsy” Randall age 77 of Sand Lake, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021. She was born March 30, 1944 in Boston, MA the daughter of Leslie James and Marg (Gilmore) Jess. She had owned and operated Lakeside Restaurant in Sand Lake retiring in 2005. She enjoyed being a wife and mother. Surviving are two sons, Patrick (Makerita Lawrence) Randall, Michael (Donna) Randall; 6 grandchildren, Nicole, Nancy, Nathan, Kylee, Alex and Sydney; 11 great grandchildren. In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no services. 

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

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Lindsay Rory Carpenter

Lindsay Rory Carpenter, 61, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Sparta passed away on September 18, 2021, succumbing to his lengthy and arduous journey with a rare cancer.  Our valiant warrior was a dedicated family man known to be persistent, bold, forthright, and quick-witted.  At TRANE Technologies as an HVAC technician, he put in hard work and laughter with friends.  He enjoyed classic rock, the great outdoors, road trips to visit family and occasionally a trip to the casino.  He proudly invested most of his time with his family.  In his words, “he had the best kids and grandkids ever.”  Seeing them grow, flourish, love and live has always been a source of great pride.  He gave his all to care for his family throughout his life, attempting to ease their burdens great and small especially those presented by his departure.  Still he was also someone who saw a bigger picture, selflessly devoting years to clinical trials and experimental treatments in the hopes his journey could positively impact the understanding and future of others dealing with GIST cancer.  His fighting spirit is cherished and will always be a source of inspiration for his family.  Gratefully, he appreciated those at Lemmon-Holton Cancer Center and Start Midwest clinical trials.  We particularly thank Dr. O’Rourke, Dr. Sharma, and Dr. Chung.  One lasting piece of wisdom from Lindsay and echoed by his family – “CANCER SUCKS!!!!” He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Sonia D (Vincent), son Kelby Jay Carpenter (Cassie), daughter Brandie Kay Carpenter (David), grandchildren Kendra Jean Carpenter, Tatiana Kay Carpenter, Ariana Dymond Watkins,  Lucas Carpenter, Zyana Angel Watkins, his best buddy Tugger, mother Alberta “Birdie” Carpenter, sisters Karen Force (Ron), Jayne Carpenter (Fred), In-laws Luke Vincent  III (June), Star TenHarmsel (Vern), Sally Miller, Clarence Vincent (Barbie), Becky Vincent, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.  Preceding him in death are father Irvin Carpenter Sr., grandson Chance Carpenter, grandparents, and in-laws Dorothy and Luke Vincent Jr.  A celebration of life memorial service will be held at the family residence on Saturday September 25th at 2-5pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family for expenses. 

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

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Bread and light

Pastor Dallas Burgeson

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

In Leviticus 24:1-8, God gave His People a couple of ways that He could show them He was with them. Present. It all begins in the Tabernacle, the movable, tent-like structure that God said He dwelt in as He led them through wildernesses and battlegrounds on the way to their Promised Land. These two ways of symbolizing His Presence came in the form of Bread and of Light.

Bread. In the Tabernacle, it was the job of those who worked there to bake bread every Sabbath that laid in the presence of God. Here’s what’s so cool about symbolizing presence with bread: It was a joint effort between God and His People. 

God was present to produce the grain. If weather didn’t cooperate, there would be no grain, and the ancients knew that only God could control weather. His presence was indispensable. At the same time, God’s People were present to harvest the grain and to take every step that lie between the harvest and the fresh Bread of the Presence that lay in the Tabernacle. Man’s presence was indispensable, too. God and Man had to be present to one another in order for the Bread of the Presence to exist at all.

Light. Once the Bread of the Presence was freshly made and placed on its golden table in the Tabernacle, it then was bathed under the light of the menorah, the seven-wicked lamp that also symbolized the warmth of God’s Presence in His House. As long as the menorah, this lamp was lit, God’s people knew that He was Home with them when they came to worship Him. And you know what God asked of those who took care of His House? That the menorah never be allowed to go out (Lev. 24:4)

God is always Home. There is always the smell of freshly-baked bread in His House, inviting us into the inner rooms of His warm hospitality. The light is always on, casting the lilting glow of intimate friendship into every time of prayer. Imagine the radiance when we come together in prayer! 

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again” (John 6:35, NLT). He said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12, NLT).  Then watch this: Paul said, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? …God bought you with a high price.” The price was the life of Jesus sacrificed on a cross so that you, you and your church, could become a Temple where God is always Home. Fresh bread coming out of the oven… with the glow of a lamplight that never has to go out. 

Please don’t miss His Presence today. He’s Home. Are you?

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Red Hawks rule the Knights

Coach Kevin Martens

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs football was fresh off a record-setting win over Ottawa Hills (70-36) and preparing for last Friday’s game against Kenowa Hills when they were blindsided by a tragic event—the death of longtime assistant football coach and middle school teacher Kevin Martens. 

Martens, 46, of Sparta, passed away of an unknown heart condition on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his home in Sparta.

Martens had been a teacher at Cedar Springs Middle School since 1999. He coached middle school track and was a Cedar Springs High School assistant football coach for over 20 years. 

“Kevin was the first coach I hired when I became the head coach 9 years ago,” said Cedar Springs Head Coach Gus Kapolka. “His passion for young people and helping them succeed was obvious the first time I met him.”

Ryan West runs with the ball.

Martens made a big impact on both Kapolka and the athletes. “I will miss Kevin’s calming, positive personality that was a foundational rock of our football program,” said Kapolka. “We will all miss Kevin’s ability to make strong, deep, personal connections with children from different backgrounds. Kevin served as a great role model to our boys as to what constitutes being a ‘good man.’”

How is the team dealing with the loss of their coach?

Quarterback Aiden Brunin with the ball.

“The grieving process is different for everybody, so we are trying to give our guys as much support as we can, while at the same time, giving them the time and space they need to work through this. Our CSPS Mental Health Crisis Team has done a great job providing support to all of our players through this difficult time,” he explained.

The Red Hawks were pumped up to win the game Friday, in spite of the loss. They took the field like they were on fire. They scored five times, racked up over 400 yards total, and limited Kenowa Hills to only 48 yards in the 38-0 win.

Antwuan Nicholls with the ball

“I couldn’t be prouder of how our guys were able to focus and come out and dominate Kenowa Hills on Friday.  It is a credit to them and to the culture of our program that we were able to perform at such a high level,” remarked Coach Kapolka.

Leading rushers for Cedar Springs were Antwuan Nicholls (133); Carter Falan (92); Ryan Mitchell (66); Aiden Brunin (29); Ryan West (17); Kyle Hoort and Alex Ream both had 9; Nolan Myers had 4; and Nate Slager had 1. Brunin also completed two passes, a 20-yard pass to Carter Falan, and a 21-yard pass to Ryan West.

Heading into the fifth week, Cedar Springs is now tied with Catholic Caentral for first place in the OK-Gold conference. The Red Hawks are 2-0 in conference, and 3-1 overall. 

This week’s game will be at home against Forest Hills Eastern. It could be an emotional one without Mr. Martens there on the sideline.

“Friday will be the first home game since Kevin’s passing,” said Kapolka. “It will be difficult, but we will get through it together. The outpouring of support from the Cedar Springs community has been amazing. I’m sure we will have great support Friday night and that will make things a little bit easier.”

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From Spartan to Sparta, Boys Cross Country races with heart

The Red Hawk boys cross country teams split competitions on Friday, September 17, with one group traveling to Michigan State University while the rest of the team took on West Michigan rivals in Sparta. 

Like many Cedar Springs students and athletes, the runners traveled with heavy hearts after the passing of Kevin Martens, a middle school teacher and track coach. Martens had played a pivotal role in the development of many current team members. 

At the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, the competing Red Hawks found themselves in perhaps the largest-scale race since the 2019 season. Leading the pack once again was Espen Wood with a time of 18:12. Seniors Gabe White and Carter Moleski finished within five seconds of each other to break into the top 100 of the race. Fellow senior Gabe Minnich battled for a finishing time of 19:01, while freshman Jack Sherburn rounded out scoring for the Red Hawks. The team finished 19th overall.

“One thing I know about our boys is that effort has never been an issue,” said head coach Justin Jones. “This time around we didn’t run very efficiently and used most of our gas in the first mile. Our boys walked away better runners because of it. Sometimes ‘bad’ races can be a gift in disguise.” 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the state, the remaining Red Hawks toed the line at the annual Sparta Invitational. Similar to East Lansing, the heat was apparent in West Michigan, but the runners pressed on. Sophomores Eli Kleynenberg and Zach Reed crossed the line in 12th and 13th respectively, while freshman Quinton Bell earned a top-20 spot. 

Next up is the Cedar Springs Invitational, hosted at the Cedar View elementary course on September 25. The Red Hawks will be seeking fast times on familiar territory. 

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Volleyball loses to Kenowa Hills, Zeeland East quad

The Red Hawks Varsity volleyball team lost 1-3 (14-25; 25-21;16-25; 19-25) at Kenowa Hills on Tuesday, Sept.14 bringing their conference record to 1-1 and overall record to 5-5. Junior Varsity and Freshman teams lost in two sets to the Knights on the night also.  Varsity Volleyball also traveled to Zeeland East on Saturday, September 18th for a tough quad competition, displaying focus and method with host team Zeeland East, Northpointe Christian and Jenison in a day of resolute competition.  Varsity went 0-3 on the day losing each match in narrow and relentless battles. The opening match to Zeeland East ended 25-27 and 14-25, followed by a Northpointe Christian 23-25; 23-25 loss, and ending with Jenison 18-25 and 25-27.     

Volleyball was back in conference action at Thornapple Kellogg (Middleville) on Tuesday, September 21,  and is at home Thursday, September 23 against Wayland.  JV and Freshman start at 5pm followed by Varsity.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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