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Maintaining a healthy perspective

There seems to be a real sense of negativity filling the minds of people today. Listen to the media and it seems to be one never-ending stream of reports of disaster, disgrace, despair, and depression. When you fill your mind with bad news, it is a natural progression from there to living a life steeped in a negative attitude. Consequently, we have multitudes of people living with what I call the “Eeyore Syndrome.” People who have this syndrome can only see the negative probabilities rather than the positive possibilities.

Thankfully, the Bible gives us a prescription, an antidote to the poison of negativity that permeates the atmosphere surrounding so many people. It is found in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (NKJV).

If you want to become a person who takes charge of their environment and rises above the negativity surrounding them, you must take this verse to heart and diligently strive to live these values on a daily, moment-by-moment basis.

It may mean some drastic changes in your lifestyle and entertainment choices. Try turning off the radio and TV once in awhile. Choose to watch movies with uplifting and inspiring stories. Immerse yourself in the Bible and learn its timeless truths and values and how they relate to you personally. Take a vacation from Facebook. Read books that stimulate your thinking. Go for walks and admire the beauty of nature. Spend some time watching a sunset and marveling at the ever changing colors that paint the evening canvas of the sky. Become involved in a ministry that helps those less fortunate than you. Do these things and you will be surprised at what it will do for your mental and emotional outlook.

As you make the effort to develop a positive thought life, please recognize the key to success in this effort. It is found in the verse we read earlier: “…meditate on these things.”

The word meditate means “to carefully consider, to calculate, and to ponder.” That means tat we are to intensively focus our attention on things that are positive and uplifting. We are to concentrate on what is pure. We are to study what is just. We are to meditate on things that are pure.

And the tense of the word indicates we are to keep on doing it. It is an ongoing process that we purposefully pursue every moment of every day. So, let me encourage you to try it. It may revolutionize your life into an upward trajectory.

Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

361 Pine St., Cedar Springs

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Happy 80th Birthday!

Happy 80th Birthday



October 6, 2015

If you see him around town wish him a “Happy Birthday!”

From your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids

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39C-obit-bliss-bwPatrick John Bliss, 69 of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cedar Springs, died suddenly Sunday, September 27, 2015 at his home. Pat was born July 31, 1946 in Pigeon, Michigan, the son of Thomas and Evelyn (Seeley) Bliss. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1964 and Michigan State University with a bachelor degree in Business. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Life changed dramatically for Pat after the automobile accident in 1979, but he remained independent until his death. Surviving are his mother, Evelyn Bliss; sisters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries, Peggy Helsel; niece, Brenna (Jake) Willis; nephew, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; great nieces, Hannah and Deliliah Willis; special friend, Anthony Frasca. He was preceded in death by his father. The family will greet friends Friday from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes, P.O. Box 805, Grandville, MI 49468 or charity of choice.

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

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39C-obit-Blower-bwCharles E. Blower of Rochester Hills, Michigan, age 65, went to be with our parents and brothers in Heaven after suffering a traumatic brain injury a year ago. He leaves behind his wife, Ramona, of 45 years of marriage; two daughters, Faith and Crystal; three grandchildren and sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill Smalley of Cedar Springs, Michigan. He was the best big brother a girl could have. As a child he was in Boy/Cub Scouts and enrolled in Civil Air Patrol. He also started working as a child. He had a newspaper route and worked at Glen’s party store, saving enough money to buy his first car. As an adult he continued to be a very hard worker, always holding more than one job at a time. Some of his other jobs included working at KFC, Arby’s, landscaper, custodial work, carpet installer, parking attendant at the Silverdome. He learned massage therapy and worked at the Pontiac Y.M.C.A. for several years, then worked at the G.M. Parts plant where he retired. He also received an award for saving a young lady’s life. He will be greatly and sadly missed but never forgotten.

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39C-obit-Brecht-bwRichard “Dick” Jackson Brecht, age 77 of Greenville, Michigan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born December 14, 1938 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Roma and Hazel Brecht. The family moved to Elmhurst early in Dick’s life. He graduated in 1938 from York High School and Southern Illinois University a few years later, with an Associates Degree in Mechanics. In 1961, Dick and his wife, Judi, were married after a lifetime of living across the street from each other. Dick was immediately drafted and served as a peacetime veteran in Thailand. The majority of his lifelong interests were related to cars and mechanics – mainly his love of his 1967 Dodge Charger. His occupational trade was as a welder and his talent and commitment to perfection were well respected within his industry. His welding and mechanical gifts were implemented in both his work, and his involvement with the local marching band and drum and bugle corp activities. Richard and Judi spent many years as member of the GWRRA where Richard often served in the capacity of Lead Tail Gunner on the annual charity event called the “Midnight Ride.” Sadly, the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis and dementia brought those activities to an early close. Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Judi, and their four children; Traci (David) Overeem of Sparta, Michigan, Brian (Heidi) Brecht, of North Carolina, Wendi (Jeff) Philley, of Greenville, Michigan, Kelli Brecht of San Diego, California, and his grandchildren; Jennifer, Emily, Moira, Olivia, Simone, Mitchell, Samantha, and Elizabeth; his brother, Dale Brecht (Penny), of Carol Stream, Illinois, and his brothers-in-law, Ray (Alice) Hughes and Michael Hughes, of Cross Village, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roma E. Brecht and Hazel E. Brecht. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 908 W. Oak St, Greenville, Michigan on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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MDARD cracking down on credit card skimmers

Two week blitz locates 12 skimming devices

In an effort to protect consumers and stop criminals trying to steal consumers’ credit card information at gas pumps, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development launched a two-week intensive blitz to locate and remove credit card skimming devices.

MDARD and MPA are offering these consumer tips to protect themselves at the pump.

MDARD and MPA are offering these consumer tips to protect themselves at the pump.

During the two-week blitz, which took MDARD’s Weights and Measures inspectors from Grand Rapids to Saginaw to Lansing to Detroit and Traverse City, nine credit card skimming devices were removed and confiscated by the department, in addition to the two removed by a local police department and one by a station owner. The devices are turned over to the U.S. Secret Service for investigation.

These credit card skimmers can’t be seen outside the pump. They are located inside where the devices make a copy of the consumer’s card information.

“Bottom line, this is fraud. This is stealing someone’s personal information for criminal use. These inspections are just another way MDARD is protecting Michigan consumers at the pump,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director. “Through the collaborative efforts with the Michigan Petroleum Association, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement, we’re letting these criminals know Michigan is not open for business. We will continue looking for skimmers with every pump inspection.”

The Michigan Petroleum Association and MDARD have been working with station owners to help them better identify skimmers inside the pumps and provide tips on how they can also help protect their patrons.

“We are urging our members to increase their dispenser inspections, and to be more aware about these attacks” said Mark Griffin, MPA President.  “If we all work together; consumers, law enforcement, and business, we can stop this from happening.”

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Red Hawks show confidence during come back win

Cedar beat Wyoming 44-28

by Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks marched on the field hungry for a win last Friday night, September 25. The team found themselves up against a conference foe this game, the Wyoming Wolves. After last week’s game ended in a loss against the Catholic Central Cougars, the Red Hawks were more than ready to claim victory against the Wolves. The game proved to be a fairly even match-up in the first half; however, the Red Hawks persevered and came out on top with a final score of 44-28.

The Hawks situation looked grim in the first quarter. The Wolves were up by 20 points to six. Sophomore John Todd was the only Red Hawk that was able to break through the Wolves’ defense for a 13-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, junior Jacob Hooker put another touchdown up on the board early for the Hawks. Senior Cameron Umphrey successfully made the two-point conversion. With a score of 20-14, the Red Hawks were beginning to close the lead the Wolves had created in the first quarter. Junior Troy Patin made a 5-yard touchdown, with Umphrey completing the two-point. With six minutes and 38 seconds left, the Hawks now began to step up and put big points on the scoreboard.

In the third quarter, the Red Hawks attacked the Wolves’ end zone. Senior Lane Gott scored a touchdown and the two-point conversion was good by Umphrey. Their strong offensive runs tied the score 28-28.

Adrenaline was running high both on the field and in the stands. The Hawks offensive line became bigger and bolder than before. Todd made a pass interception, allowing Patin to make another touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Umphrey got the two-point conversion.

The score was now 36-28 leading into the final quarter. After senior Blake Fisher’s pass interception, the Hawks made one last final touchdown by Gott. The final conversion was made by Umphrey.

“The reason for our comeback was that the kids really stayed positive,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “We were energetic and confident that we would keep scoring. Getting stops on their offense helped us convert them into opportunities.”

The Red Hawks’ next game is this Friday, October, 2, at home once again against Forest Hills Northern at 7:00 p.m. It’s also their 4th annual PINK game.

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Chargers take 2nd in Fremont Cross Country Invitational

CTA Chargers with their 2nd place trophy L to R: Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Dawson Ingersoll, James Hofstra, Johnathon LeTourneau and Dawson Armstrong.

CTA Chargers with their 2nd place trophy L to R: Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Dawson Ingersoll, James Hofstra, Johnathon LeTourneau and Dawson Armstrong.

The Creative Technologies Academy Chargers boys cross country team took second in the Fremont Invitational on Sept. 24. Five runners medaled and placed in the top 15, including: junior Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Casen Armstrong; and seventh grader Tony Buchanan.

“For a meet that is known to be our most difficult course of the season to run, we ran it like we have been training on it,” commented Coach Danielle Davies. “I cannot begin to express how proud I am of all of our Chargers.”

Coach Davies encouraged the team to focus on position—rather than time—for the race and saw the team members push themselves to hold their running positions, which brought them out with a second place trophy for their hard work.

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Cedar ties Northview in tennis match

The Cedar Springs varsity boys tennis team traveled to Northview last week for a match, on Wednesday, September 23, that resulted in a 4-4 tie.

Winning courts were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Karsen Dingman, #3 singles Drew French and #2 doubles Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs.

Cedar Springs #3 doubles Jon Baculy following through after a return hit.

Cedar Springs #3 doubles Jon Baculy following through after a return hit.

“The match against Northview turned out to be one of the most competitive matches the boys have had against the Wildcats in four years,” remarked Coach Katie Unsworth. “Relatively easy wins for CS were courts 1, 2 and 3 Singles (Blake Fisk -6-2, 6-2, Karsen Dingman 6-0, 6-0, Drew French 6-0, 6-1). Fighting a little harder for the win was #2 Doubles (Ethan Brown, Nick Hibbs). It’s always an exciting match with these two. They pulled out the win 7-5, 6-2. #1 and #3 Doubles had a tougher time of it but still had incredible match play. #1 Doubles (Dylan Kolasa, Jared Liggett) lost 7-5, 6-3.  #3 Doubles (Jon Baculy, Tim Shovan) had an epic battle stretching the match out to three full sets but were unable to secure a win with a final score of 6-0, 0-6, 6-3.  Dane Conely and Alex Robinson at #4 doubles had a decent match but their competitors were just slightly more seasoned players. Their final score was 6-1, 6-2. Our final conference record this year is 2-2-1. We are looking forward securing 3rd place or better at the conference tournament on Saturday, October 3.”

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Red Hawk volleyball falls to Wyoming

The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team suffered defeat on Thursday, September 24, in their opening home conference match against Wyoming, losing 1-3 (24-26, 20-25, 25-23 and 20-25).

Leading the team on the night was Brooke Morris, who tallied 11 kills and 1 block, alongside fellow hitter Sydney Plummer, who had 14 kills, 1 block and 10 digs. Senior co-captain Lauren VandenHout added 9 kills, 2 blocks and 3 aces, while setter Sienna Wight contributed 28 assists. Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs on the night, while Brooke Bennett tallied 2 aces, 5 service points and an assist. 

The Lady Red Hawks then traveled to Zeeland East to participate in their Varsity Invitational on Saturday, September 26, falling to host Zeeland East 0-2 (14-25 and 11-25), Greenville 0-2 (16-25 and 15-25), Buchanan 1-2 (25-18, 22-25 and 8-15) and Wyoming 0-2 (17-25 and 21-25) resulting in elimination for the day and dropping their overall record to 2-15-2.

The Lady Red Hawks resumed action on Tuesday, September 29 by hosting Greenville, and will host Northview on Thursday, October 1.

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