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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry

Edward Jones is collecting food Oct. 20-Nov. 17

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?

Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.

The Cedar Springs Community Food pantry, located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Main Street, works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services. They feed hundreds of local families each year.

In the past, the food pantry depended on the fall food drive with the local U.S. Post office to help stock their needs.

Now that the carriers are based in Rockford, they no longer have the big drive to benefit this pantry, so one of our local businesses has stepped in the last several years to help restock the shelves.

Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, hopes to collect 2,250 pounds of food for the pantry before November 19. Last year’s goal was 2,000 pounds, and they raised it, so are upping the goal by another 250 pounds. Let’s help them meet their goal again!

They started this annual food drive in 2010, and over the last six years, they’ve collected almost 9,000 pounds to benefit our neighbors in need.

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Edward Jones office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suggestions for the pantry include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce; baking and pancake mix; and canned meats.

Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed.

Call 696-9370 for more information.

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Girl raises money with apple cider stand

_n-lemonade-stand-alphafcEmma Nista, of Rockford, daughter of Rob Nista, wanted to set up an apple cider stand during Red Flannel Festival to raise money for the Alpha Family Center here in Cedar Springs. She raised $20 with her stand, and gave the money to Alpha.

“What an inspiration she is to all of us,” said Teresa Hathaway, Executive Director of Alpha. “And special thanks to Emma’s dad and mom for raising an extra special young lady with a heart to serve others.”

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Cherry Health Center offers integrated care for students

Cherry Health Center at Cedar Springs Public Schools celebrated their grand re-opening this week. From left to right: Chris Shea, CEO of Cherry Health; Dorothy Weller, of the Weller Foundation; Denise Gates, of ChoiceOne Bank; Tasha Blackmon, Cherry Health COO; Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn; and Kristina Paliwoda, site manager at the Cedar Springs Cherry Health Center. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cherry Health Center at Cedar Springs Public Schools celebrated their grand re-opening this week. From left to right: Chris Shea, CEO of Cherry Health; Dorothy Weller, of the Weller Foundation; Denise Gates, of ChoiceOne Bank; Tasha Blackmon, Cherry Health COO; Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn; and Kristina Paliwoda, site manager at the Cedar Springs Cherry Health Center. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

If a student gets sick at Cedar Springs Public Schools, they don’t have to wait to be picked up by a parent and then wait for an appointment with the family doctor. Instead, with a parent’s permission, they can be seen right on campus the same day at the newly renovated Cherry Health Center.

The Cherry Health Center, located at Red Hawk Elementary, celebrated their grand reopening on Tuesday, October 18, with a ribbon cutting, speakers, tours and refreshments.

“Cherry Health first opened in 2015 with a limited amount of medical and behavioral health services in a temporarily constructed space at the school, while campaign funds were raised to build out a fully functional health center,” explained Tiffany Aldrich, Director of Communications for Cherry Health. “The ribbon cutting and open house was to share the fully constructed health center with the community, which now also includes dental services.”

Cherry Health CEO Chris Shea said their partnership is not just with Cedar Springs Schools, but with the community. “We are looking toward better health for all residents,” explained Shea. “Access to health care is important. More people now have coverage, but if they have no place to use it, it doesn’t do much good.”

Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn said that Cedar Springs Schools serves a population of 48 percent low socio-economic students. “To have this is important. We now have dental, medical, and behavioral health, with DHS right next door.”

The school doesn’t pay any money toward having them on campus, they just offer the space. Instead, the expense is paid for through a grant from the State of Michigan, and donations, such as from ChoiceOne Bank and the Weller Foundation.

Services are provided regardless of ability to pay, but insurance may be billed when possible. Students must have parental consent on file to be treated.

“Any student ages 3-21 can be seen in the health center, regardless of whether or not they attend CSPS,” said Aldrich. “Therefore, if a student attends CSPS, a charter or private school, or is homeschooled, they can come to the health center.” Those younger than three must be a sibling of a student using the health center.

The health center offers on-site Medicaid enrollment assistance, well- child checks, immunizations, same day appointments for acute issues, referrals for more serious illness/injuries, hearing and vision screenings and more.

For many years Cherry Health has provided general dental services such as exams, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride and sealants in the Cedar Springs schools with their school-linked program, where students are treated at their school. However, students needing follow up treatment or emergency care can now be seen at the health center. Parents should have received a blue dental consent form for the school-linked program with school registration information. If they do not have a blue consent form, they can stop into the health center to pick one up.

The health center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to make an appointment call (616) 696-3470.

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Sand Lake residents will vote on street improvements

This drawing shows a more upscale version of the Village of Sand Lake streetscape project, which would not include as much red brick and the curbs would not jut out as far. This drawing is looking east from 5th Street (at the Park) toward Northland Drive. Drawing by Fleis & VandenBrink

This drawing shows a more upscale version of the Village of Sand Lake streetscape project, which would not include as much red brick and the curbs would not jut out as far. This drawing is looking east from 5th Street (at the Park) toward Northland Drive.
Drawing by Fleis & VandenBrink

By Judy Reed

When the residents in the Village of Sand Lake head to the polls November 8, they will vote on a street improvement bond that would take effect in June, 2018.

They are asking voters to approve a bond that would allow them to borrow up to $775,000 to pay the costs of designing, constructing, reconstructing, and paving streets, streetscape improvements, and costs of related improvements.

According to Village President Roger Towsley, the bond would be used to pave Lake Street from Northland Drive to 5th Street. It would include new sidewalks, curb and gutter, and more decorative street lights.

He said it’s been at least 25 years since they’ve done a project like this. “We want a nice 6-inch curb,” explained Towsley. “We’ve just been putting bandaids on, and there is no curb left in spots.”

“The sidewalks will also be wider than they are now,” explained Towsley. “We want the sidewalk to be a connector between the White Pine Trail and Salisbury Park.” He said it would one to one-and-half feet wider, which would make parking a bit narrower, but not much. They may also install a bike path.

The goal, he said, is to make it a more walkable community, which is something that the State of Michigan looks for when awarding grants for this type of project.

The streetscape project would not have as much red brick as seen in the photo, nor would the curbs be bumped out as far. “We scaled it back a bit,” he said.

The proposed millage of 3.8035 mills ($3.8035 for each $1,000 of taxable value) would generate the funds to pay for the project, along with a $352,950 grant from Grand Valley Metro Council.

The engineer on the project is Fleis and VandenBrink.

If it passes, the millage would not begin until the current 5 mills they are paying for a road pavement project in 2003 is completed. That will be paid off in June 2018.

In addition, the road project plans for spring 2017 include the crush and reshaping of Lake Street from 5th to Ritchie Avenue. That project will be paid for with a $250,000 grant from the State of Michigan, and a $130,000 loan from the State Infrastructure Bank. That loan will be paid back over a period of 10 years using Act 51 revenue from the State of Michigan.

For more information, call the Village Office at (616) 636-8854 Monday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Land donated to city by CBDT, CS Manufacturing 

The City now owns all of the land in the Heart of Cedar Springs project after it was officially donated to them earlier this week. From left to right: Kurt Mabie, CBDT President; Carolee Cole CBDT Secretary; Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack; and Mayor Gerald Hall.

The City now owns all of the land in the Heart of Cedar Springs project after it was officially donated to them earlier this week. From left to right: Kurt Mabie, CBDT President; Carolee Cole CBDT Secretary; Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack; and Mayor Gerald Hall.

The Community Building Development Team (CBDT) and Cedar Springs Manufacturing officially donated land that is part of the “Heart of Cedar Springs” project to the City this week.

Over the past three years, the CBDT, comprised of two dozen organizations and businesses in Cedar Springs, along with dozens of individual volunteers, has acquired six parcels equaling approximately 7.5 acres of land through a donation from CS Manufacturing, and from land that was bought at a substantially reduced price from Rob and Jodi Coxon. The donated land connects to the City-owned property on the northwest corner of Maple and Main Streets where the library is being constructed.

The entire area will be part of the ongoing development that will be known as the “Heart of Cedar Springs.”

In an effort to better serve the Cedar Springs Area, the CBDT decided now was the best time to donate the land to the City of Cedar Springs. Cedar Springs is quietly taking its place as the next up-and-coming community in Kent County, and entrepreneurs and developers have noticed. The official closing documents were signed with donated services of Jodi Ellis of Sun Title on Monday, October 17, with City Manager Mike Womack, and Mayor Jerry Hall, representing the city, and Kurt Mabie, CBDT President and Carolee Cole, CBDT Secretary.

“The City is grateful for all the hard work already put in by the CBDT on the Heart of Cedar Springs project and we look forward to working together to make downtown a better experience for everyone,” commented Womack.

Donating the land to the City not only benefits the community, but it also opens many new avenues for grant-funded projects. Once the DEQ permits are finalized, the CBDT and City hope to submit an April request for the Michigan DNR Recreational Grant for up to $300,000. The exact projects to be requested will soon be determined, but will focus on fulfilling the City and the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Plan. The City is a participating member of the Cedar Springs Areas Parks and Recreation (CSAPR), which is in the process of updating their Recreation Plan. For many years the plan has included a boardwalk/walking trail along Cedar Creek and bridges over the creek. Lack of funding has prevented the City from completing this portion of the jointly supported plan. Other features of the Recreation Plan include an amphitheater, which is the CBDT’s next project, as well as a Community Center and Recreation Facility.

“The City is excited to help invest in improvements that benefit the entire area, City and Townships included,” explained Womack.

Hall added that he was “Happy to take another step forward” in improving the City.

The CBDT has met monthly over the last three years and continues to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December) in the board room of Hilltop School at 6 p.m. This is a time when community members come together to share ideas, formulate sub-committees for specific projects, and pursue the dream for better community facilities and opportunities.

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The Post travels to West Virginia

_n-post-travels-west-virginia-reedfcSteve and Judy Reed, of Cedar Springs, traveled to Summerville, West Virginia over Labor Day weekend with their grandson, Landon Prater, 11, and Steve’s sister, Sandy Martin, to move her back home. While there they visited some of the sites around the area, including the Summerville Reservoir, the Gauley River National Recreation Area, and the famous New River Gorge and New River Gorge Bridge, which is also part of the National Park Service.

The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. Previous to the bridge being built in 1977, it took 40 minutes to get across the gorge in the Appalachian Mountains, and the only way was by traveling a pretty scary long, narrow, winding road down one side and back up the other. The Reeds took that road, but don’t think they would like to do it again! It now takes less than a minute to get across the gorge with the bridge.

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Festival raises funds for local teen

Brison Ricker attended the festival for a short time last Saturday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Brison Ricker attended the festival for a short time last Saturday. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Last weekend’s Music Festival and Family Fun and Games event at Skinner Field in Cedar Springs raised $9,000 for Brison Ricker, a Cedar Springs High School student diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

The event featured several live bands, a peek inside a hot air balloon, games for kids, a cake walk, a dunk tank, a baked good sale, silent auction, many items that were raffled off, concessions, and a lunch provided by The Grilling Company.

The event was organized by teen Kevin Galloway, and Perry Hopkins, owners of Perry’s Place. Galloway wanted to do something for Brison, and approached the CBDT last summer, and Hopkins, who is part of the CBDT, then worked with him to plan out the Festival with the help of Team Brison, the group helping to fund medical treatments for Brison through various events.

“It was a success,” said Galloway. “We had a lot of fun and we were able to raise some money for a great family.”

Hopkins said he was pleased with the turn out, despite the weather.

Brison has been undergoing alternative medical treatments to treat his DiPG, after conventional medical treatments failed. The treatments appear to be working, but cost $17,000 a month and are not covered by insurance.

For anyone who would like to donate to Brison, you can visit his gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/brisonricker.


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Cedar Springs Brewing Company beer wins award

Celebrating at Cedar Springs  Brewing Company, from left, David Ringler, Matt Peterson, Manda Geiger.

Celebrating at Cedar Springs Brewing Company, from left, David Ringler, Matt Peterson, Manda Geiger.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company is pleased and humbled to announce that its Küsterer Original Weissbier was the recipient of the bronze medal in the “South German Wheat Ale” category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, held earlier this month in Denver, Colorado.

In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 96 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Neither a gold nor a silver medal were awarded in the Pumpkin/Squash Beer category.

Winners were chosen from 7,227 competition entries (nearly 9 percent more than the 6,647 entries in 2015 and surpassing all previous participation records) from 1,752 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

The competition also saw its biggest-ever panel of judges, with 264 beer experts from 12 countries, including the U.S., and 170 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 88 Pro-Am entries, which were judged in three rounds over four days.

The category  CS Brew won in included five distinct styles:

German-Style Wheat Ale

a. Subcategory: South German-Style Kristal Weizen

b. Subcategory: German-Style Leichtes Weizen

c. Subcategory: South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes (antique) Weizen

d. Subcategory: South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

e. Subcategory: South German-Style Weizenbock

Küsterer Original Weissbier was the highest rated beer in Subcategory C: Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen. Silver and Gold were awarded to Dunkel Weizen and Weizenbock, respectively.

“We are immensely proud to have brought home this award to Cedar Springs and Beer City, USA in our first competition,” stated owner David Ringler. “We are passionate about this style, along with Bavarian brewing traditions, and we continue to strive to get better every day. We thank everyone who has supported us along the way as this wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The Cedar Springs brewing staff includes: Benevolent Overlord of Brewing, Matt Peterson; Fräulein Brewster, Manda Geiger; Director of Happiness, David Ringler; and Kellertyp, Adam Evans.

For a complete list of winners: https://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

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Halloween and Harvest Happenings

A Trick or Treater from last Halloween in Cedar Springs.

A Trick or Treater from last Halloween in Cedar Springs.

Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area for Halloween this weekend and next weekend!

Pumpkin/Carving Trail Walk

Oct. 21: Howard Christian Nature Center is hosting a Pumpkin /Carving Lit Trail Walk on October 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per person includes pumpkins and everything you need to carve them. Also includes donuts, cider and coffee. The event starts with pumpkin carving, and trail walks begin promptly at 7:45 and again at 8:15. Open to all ages, preregistration required to be guaranteed a pumpkin.

KDL Lab: Mad Scientist

Oct. 22: Pull on a lab coat and get ready to think like a mad scientist. Create a plush Franken-Beanie creature to take home, create slimy bugs in the Creepy Crawlers Oven and plan your next mad scientist creation with a Franken-creature collage! For ages 6 and older. Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St.

Awesome Autumn Adventure!
at Spencer Township Library

Oct. 22: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts and games. Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spencer Township Branch of Kent District Library, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen, MI 49319.

Halloween Open House
at Van Andel Arena

Oct. 23: Celebrate Van Andel Arena’s 20th anniversary with this free family event on Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The first 5,000 people through the doors will enjoy a free hot dog, popcorn, and Pepsi, and the first 2,000 people will be given a 20th birthday cupcake. Other activities to enjoy are costume contests, a live DJ, trick-or-treating and bag decoration stations, Halloween photo stations, self-guided tours of the building, ticket giveaways, and more, including a chance to take a slapshot on the ice, shoot hoops on the basketball floor, and have your picture taken with a Zamboni. The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly day and guests are encouraged to show up in costume to get into the Halloween spirit.

Awesome Autumn Adventure!
at Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library

Oct. 25: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, games, and pumpkin decorating on Tuesday, October 25, at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake KDL branch, 88 Eighth St, Sand Lake, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please bring your own pumpkin.

Fall Festival at Solon Center
Wesleyan Church

Oct. 26: The church presents its Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. for families with kiddos 0 to 5th grade. Put on those costumes and come and enjoy games, prizes, snacks, candy, and lots of fun. Bring your friends along too! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome!

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 29: Enjoy an early start to your Halloween celebrations Saturday, October 29, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 29: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, will have its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy games, walking tacos, treats and fun.

Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum

Oct. 29: Don’t miss Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. This special evening is for teens and adults, a little to scary for the little ones but loads of fun for our older visitors.

Haunted School House

Oct. 31: On Halloween night be sure to visit the Haunted School House, at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park. This Spooktacular  event will be open from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm. Our volunteers Marie and Nolan Patin along with Phil Mann will transform the one room school next to the museum into a fun and spooky place to visit. This event is suitable for all ages.

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. at area businesses and City Hall, with maps available at the Library; The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m; warm up at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with hot chocolate and treats.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes—check. Oodles of goodies—check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun—doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up and rest station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Monday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn.

Solon Fire at White Creek Country Estates

Oct. 31: Solon Township Fire Department will hand out candy for kids at the office in White Creek Country Estates from 5-8 p.m. The park is located at 15851 White Creek Ave. Cedar Springs Mich. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters, see the fire trucks, and get some candy. Fun for all!

Algoma Township Halloween party 

Oct. 31: The Algoma Township Historical Society will host a Halloween Party for trick-or-treaters at the Chalmer’s building on the corner of Fonger St. and Pine Island Drive, on Monday, October 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. They will serve hot dogs, chips, punch and candy.

Trunk or Treat at Resurrection

Oct. 31: Parents and kids can both stay warm and dry by trick or treating at Resurrection Lutheran Church’s indoor trunk or treat, from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween. The church is located at 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake.

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Red Hawks battle hard but lose to Rangers

A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers this past Friday, constantly pushing themselves and their teammates, but was defeated 31-20.

The Red Hawks came out into the first quarter ready to go with runs by junior John Todd, sophomore Ryan Ringler and senior Jacob Hooker. The Hawks got the first touchdown within 4 minutes, with a pass from quarterback and junior Nick Campione to Jacob Hooker. The kick from senior Dustin Shaw was good, giving the Hawks a lead of 7-0. The Rangers came back a few minutes later with a touchdown at 3:28 left of the first quarter. Carries by Hooker, Campione, and Todd showed they weren’t giving up, and major tackles by Todd and Shaw shut down the Rangers.

Right into the second quarter, Central ran in a touchdown, taking the lead 14-7. Tackles by Ringler, Shaw and sophomore Lucas Pienton slowed down the Rangers for a little while, but they came back with another touchdown with 6 minutes and 44 seconds left of the first half. The Hawks refused to give up and continued to run the ball. Seniors Dylan Ostrom-Howell, Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, as well as Todd and Ringler make their way down the field, but couldn’t get the touchdown.

Going into the second half, junior Nate Patin and senior Collin Alvesteffer got in some good tackles before the Rangers scored another touchdown, 3 minutes in, upping the score to 31-7. Carries by Hooker, Ostrom-Howell, and Todd led to a touchdown by Hooker with 3 minutes remaining of the third quarter. The two-point conversion was no good making the score 31-13 Rangers, going into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks found some stamina and completely shut down the Rangers in the last quarter. Runs by Ringler, Campione, and Ostrom-Howell as well as tackles by Alvesteffer, Patin, and senior Jordan Ringler get the energy up. In the last minute of the game, Junior Darius Barnett made a huge run, leading to Campione’s touchdown with 4.2 seconds remaining. With Cedar’s efforts, the game ending up being closer than expected, with a final score of 31-20.

This coming week, Cedar Springs hosts Ottawa Hills in the final game of the season.

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