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Terry Alan Shears

Terry Alan Shears, 70, of East Jordan formally of Greenville Michigan passed away November 11th 2018 in Kalkaska. Terry was born on September 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids Michigan to the late Otis and Lillian Shears. Terry is survived by his Wife Laura Shears. Married on June 20th 1969, at Algoma Baptist Church. He is survived by his children, Tina Scarbrough (Gary husband), and Laura Ensley (Patrick husband), his two grandchildren which he held close to his heart, Aubrianna Ensley and Jakon Fletcher. Survived by his brother, Harold Shears (Donna). Survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Jason Harold Shears. (Nephew) Terry worked at Gallmeyer and Livingston a number of years before opening his own business. Terry’s Used Cars in Cedar Springs Michigan. He ran the business with his daughter Laura Ensley for twenty years. He loved spending time at Lake Charlevoix during the summer, in the winter he lived in Florida. He was an amazing father, grandfather and husband. He loved fishing with his grandson and his buddy Pete. He loved riding motorcycle with his daughter Tina. He loved snowmobiling with the whole family. He really liked fast cars. He always looked forward to deer hunting every year with friends and family. He graduated from Sparta High School in 1966. A memorial service will be held at the Moose Lodge in Sparta Michigan. Greeting guests from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. November 17th. 11510 N. Division Ave.

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Vet appreciates anonymous note

This note was given to my husband, a 91-year-old WWII veteran, at the Burger King in Cedar Springs by a young lady who recently graduated from Cedar Springs High School last year. I thought it might be appropriate to post the letter to all local vets. My husband was deeply touched by her verbal “thank-you” as she pushed this note toward him as she left the restaurant.

Here is the text: 

Dear World War Two Vet,

Hi! I am a stranger, but I am indebted to you. It is because of people like you that I can do the things I do. I do not know or understand what you’ve been through, but I appreciate your commitment to keeping the country safe. You have my utmost respect and gratitude. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. Thank you for being willing to put your life on the line to keep total strangers away from harm. America is founded on men with hearts like yours. You are a true hero.

A thankful stranger.

A few people suggested that I submit the letter to the Post to not only recognize local vets but also to recognize the thoughtful young lady, who like many others these days show their gratitude long over due to vets still living, who deserve to be thanked.

Margaret Bieszka, Plainfield Township

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The Coin of the realm

By Lee H. Hamilton

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new. I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Back then, we had a colleague who invariably stepped forward at these times to remind each side that if we wanted to get anything done—rather than just shout at each other for the cameras—we had to have a measure of trust in one another. We used to call this his “Trust is the coin of the realm speech.” And though we joked about it, we appreciated it—because he was right.

Representative government depends on trust. It depends on trust among policy-makers in Congress, even when they don’t agree with one another. It depends on popular trust in the people who make decisions on Capitol Hill and in the White House. It depends on trust in those who are charged with implementing those laws. And it requires trust in the institutions in which those decisions are produced and implemented.

We might have joked about my long-ago colleague’s speech, but trust really is the coin of the realm. It is a bedrock requirement of democratic governance. If there’s nothing but cynicism, deep suspicion, and lack of confidence in the system, it cannot work.

To understand how interwoven trust must be within the system, think about it from the point of view of ordinary citizens. We have to believe that our voices will be heard, listened to, and taken into consideration in the halls of power.

This means that those in power must be accountable, and that the institutions they serve in will function in predictable, rule-based ways. Which is why it is so damaging when government acts in ways that diminish trust.

If you feel that government is just helping corporations and rich people, you lose confidence in the system. If people see a government that tolerates a high degree of economic inequality in the country, and great disparities in opportunities between rich people and middle-class people, they no longer trust that system.

Yet for representative democracy to work, public officials, politicians and policy makers have to have a sufficient level of support from ordinary people. You and I have to believe that our representatives will in fact level with us rather than present half-truths and distortions, and will act in our interests. Similarly, for government to have any standing in our lives, we have to have confidence in the experts, technocrats, and frontline staff who make the system work.

This means, in turn, that government has to be able to deliver the goods, the services, the protections that people expect. So the performance of the government—its efficiency and effectiveness—is fundamental to the success of representative democracy.

It’s the same with our elected representatives. If they can’t show they’re able to function according to the rules, traditions and norms that we expect, if they are unable to demonstrate durability in the face of adversity, if they are unable to acknowledge the facts, if they cannot rise above division and gridlock and negotiate to get things done, then we lose faith. This may explain why so many have become suspicious not just of our government, but of one another.


Ironically, one cure for this lack of trust is more exposure to the system, through engagement and participation in politics or in civic life. If people are regular participants in political parties, clubs, organizations, or associations of all kinds in their communities, they are much more likely to carry some level of trust in government. And to the extent they don’t do these things, public life seems more distant and less trustworthy.

There is no doubt that my colleague was right. If the various levels of government don’t enjoy the trust of the people, if within each level the participants don’t trust one another, then representative democracy doesn’t work.

This is why the low levels of trust we see in the United States today are so worrisome. How far down this road can we go before we lose the ability to function effectively as a democracy?


Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar of the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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Hotter than you-know-what

Two guys from Michigan die and wake up in hell. The devil stops to check on them and sees them dressed in parkas, mittens and bomber hats, warming themselves around the fire. The devil asks them, “What are you doing? Isn’t it hot enough for you?”

The two guys reply, “Well, you know, we’re from Michigan, the land of ice and snow and cold. We’re just happy for a chance to warm up a bit, ya know.”

The devil decides that these two aren’t miserable enough and turns up the heat. The next morning, he stops by again and there they are, still dressed in their winter gear. The devil asks again, “It’s awfully hot down here, can’t you guys feel that?”

“Well, like we told you yesterday, we’re from Michigan, the land of ice and snow and cold. We’re just happy to warm up a little bit, ya know.”

The devil gets steamed and decides to fix the two guys. He cranks the heat up as high as it will go. People are wailing and screaming everywhere. He stops by the room with the two guys from Michigan and finds them in light jackets and hats, grilling sausage and drinking beer. The devil is astonished. “Everyone down here is in abject misery, and you seem to be enjoying yourselves.”

The two Michiganders reply, “Well, ya know, we don’t get too much warm weather in Michigan, so we’ve got to have a cookout when the weather is this nice.”

The devil is furious. Finally, he comes up with a plan. These two love the heat because they have been cold all their lives. He decides to turn all the heat in hell off.

The next morning, the temperature is below zero, icicles are hanging everywhere, and people are shivering so badly, they are unable to wail, moan or gnash their teeth. The devil smiles and heads for the room with the two Michiganders. He finds them back in their parkas, mittens and hats,  jumping up and down and cheering. The devil was dumbfounded. “I don’t understand. When I turn the heat up, you’re happy. Now it’s freezing cold, and you’re happy. What is wrong with you two?”

The Michiganders look at the devil in surprise. “Well, don’t ya know? If hell froze over, that must mean the Lions won the Super Bowl!”

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Hometown Happenings

Fundraising Auction for Pine Ridge Bible Camp

Nov. 17: Silent & Live Fundraising Auction for Pine Ridge Bible Camp, Saturday, November 17th at the Cedar Springs High School Cafeteria. Registration starts at 5:30 pm. Silent Auction begins at 6:00 pm. Appetizers and desserts will be provided. This is an adult only event. We currently have donations, homemade items and gift baskets from many businesses and organizations. #45,46

Courtland Oakfield UMC Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 17: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (between 12 & 13 Mile Rd.), will hold its 18th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th from 9 am – 3 pm. Over 40 crafters, Grandma’s attic, bake sale, silent auction, cookies by the pound, lunch from 11 am to 2 pm. #45,46b

Michigan Blood Drive

Nov. 20: Tuesday, November 20th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S Main Cedar Springs. The drive is will go from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. To schedule an appointment visit https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/99604. Don’t forget that homemade cookies will be provided by the Cedar Springs Women’s Club. #46

Help Promote Literacy

Nov. 21,30: The need is urgent! The Literacy Center of West Michigan is offering an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 21st at 10 am and Friday, November 30th at 2 pm for prospective volunteer tutors. It will last one hour. It provides potential volunteers the opportunity to find out more about the Literacy Center and the role of a volunteer tutor. No experience necessary! We provide our volunteers with all the training they need to be successful tutors for our adult learners. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #46

Thanksgiving Dinner For All!

Nov. 22: We will be serving a full dinner on Thanksgiving at The Springs Church. We will eat at 1:00 at the corner of Oak & Grant Streets. The football game will be on and we would love to have you join us! #46,47b

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 24: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 24th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church ED building. Located on the corner of 6th and Maple Streets. Antiques/Vintage collectibles and crafts, quality used clothing, miscellaneous items. #46

Sand Lake Tree Lighting and Caroling

Nov. 25: The Village Churches and Sand Lake Chamber invites you to come out on Sunday Nov 25th from 5:30-6:00 pm for a Caroling and Tree Lighting at the SE Corner of the Park. Special Music by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. Come early for Children’s Games and Face Painting and Hot Dog Fund Raiser at Mary Queen of Apostles Hall beginning at 4:30 pm.  Hot Dog Fund Raiser will be 4:30-7:30 pm. Proceeds go to United Methodist Hall Repair. #46,47b

Hot Dog Fund Raiser

Nov 25:  4:30-7:30 pm. At Mary Queen of Apostles Hall.  Proceeds go to United Methodist Hall Repair. #46,47b

Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You

Nov. 30: Friday Nov 30th  6:00-8:00 pm & Saturday Dec 1st  1:00-3:00 pm. Shepherds watching, Angels singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments & Stay as long as you like at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church. #46,47b

Christmas Card Making Class

Nov. 30: Christmas Card Making Class will be held on Friday, November 30th from 9am-Noon at the Cedar Springs Public Schools Administration . Participants will create up to 20 cards using stamp, punches, embellishments and more. These are a great way to send special notes over the holidays or attach with gifts. The course is $35 and includes most supplies. Please bring you own adhesive stickers and scissors. Registration deadline is November 19th and can be done through Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at their office in the CSPS Hilltop Building. #45,46b

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Grammy award winning artist returns to Greenville

“Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry Tour” date announced

Grammy winning singer/songwriter, John Berry is bringing his “Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry Tour” to Greenville High School on December 8 at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be two opportunities to meet him. He will kick off the day with a free meet and greet at Olivera’s Restaurant in Ionia at noon. Then at 6 p.m., fans can engage in a VIP Experience at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center for $20. 

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and concert tickets are $35. VIP and concert tickets are available www.johnberry.com/tour. Concert tickets are also available at Chemical Bank in Greenville.

John’s legendary Christmas show, “Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry” will benefit Have Mercy, a faith based, non-profit organization whose purpose is to keep families together and off the street while helping them solve the issues that led to homelessness. To learn more, visit HaveMercyMI.org.  

 The hour and a half show is filled with traditional Christmas songs (including his a cappella version of “O Holy Night”), some of his biggest hits, and a few of his childhood stories sprinkled in.

John Berry’s Christmas song, “Do Not Be Afraid,” is included on the 2018 release of “Country Faith Christmas Vol. 2” by multi-faceted brand, Country Faith. The CD features top Country Music artists like Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr, Darius Rucker and more. Distributed through Curb/Word Entertainment, the album is available now through digital retailers, including Apple Music and Amazon.

“I am beyond excited to have a song on the Country Faith Christmas project,” said John Berry. “Christmas is the most special time of year and I believe Do Not Be Afraid is a perfect song for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.”   

“I can’t wait to get back and see my friends in West Michigan, we always have a great time in Greenville,” Country music singer/songwriter, John Berry, declares. “That we help a great organization like Have Mercy is icing on the cake.”

It is no surprise that John Berry quickly sells out venues all over the country. The Entertainment Nexus once described the award-winning entertainer as “one of the most remarkable voices in music.”  

Actively recording since 1979, John has one platinum album and two gold albums. Berry has also landed 19 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one single Your Love Amazes Me from 1994 and six additional hits making the top five.   

More recently, Mr.Berry’s 2018 single, Beautifully Broken, is the featured title track for the highly acclaimed movie of the same name. The song put Berry back on the music charts for the first time in 22 years. “Beautifully Broken is moving, emotional, relatable, and inspiring,” said Missy Wolf, Center Stage Magazine. “John Berry’s ability to deliver is what makes this song so much more powerful than the lyrics alone. It sends chills down your spine.”

“This song has opened doors and hearts in ways no one has expected,” states John Berry. “To be on the charts again with such an inspiring song is a gift and I am so grateful to be a part of this movie and all that has happened because of it.”

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All conference athletes for fall

Cedar Springs had several All Conference first team athletes for the fall season. Congratulations to you all!

Dane Conely-Boys Tennis

Ryan Ringler-Football

Kolby Swank-Football

Lucus Pienton-Football

Ben Shaw-Football

Landon Totten-Football

Sage Serbenta-Football

Gage Gardner-Football

Grace Pavelka-Volleyball

Corey Bowers-Boys Cross Country

Dilan Sargent-Boys Cross Country

Jaydon Moleski-Boys Cross Country

Austin Mann-Boys Cross Country

Abe Winkels-Boys Soccer

Easton Mooney-Boys Soccer

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Business, community working together

The football parents provide team dinner for the players and coaches every week on the evening before game day. In the week before the first playoff game, a group of football moms were contacting local businesses asking for donations for that week. Anne West, mother of Varsity player Ethan West, contacted Tom Goldsmith, franchise owner of Culver’s,  because her son and other football players work there. Anne said Tom responded back immediately with what they could donate, and it was way more than she expected. It included 300 chicken tenders, 15 pounds of pot roast, 90 buns, 80 concrete mixers, and ranch and barbecue cups.

“He was very generous with his donation as he’s only been in the community for a little over 3 months and we were asking to provide for 70 players and coaches,” remarked Anne. “When we arrived on Thursday, he had one of his crew leaders, Owen, meet us in the back and brought out a large warming cart with all the hot and cold food items. He even loaded up the vehicle with all the food so we were in and out of there within 10 minutes.” 

Because the team wanted to show their appreciation, they had all the varsity players sign a autographable photo matte which included a picture of the team and coaches after beating Forest Hills Northern and clinching the OK White Conference Championship. They also provided some other items and took a picture with a couple of his crew members underneath the Culver’s sign after the meal.

“This is such a great example of how great our small town community is in supporting our football team,” said Anne.

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Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche Different Kinds of Birding

By Ranger Steve

Are you a window watcher? That means most of your bird watching is done through a window. Much of my birding is casual with glances out the window. I used to leave for work before sun up and arrive home after dark. I still fed the birds all winter for their benefit even though I was not present to enjoy them. 

On occasion, a friend and I travel to interesting locations in West Michigan to see birds that are not found in our yards. Lake Michigan shoreline is a great place to see winter waterfowl. Binoculars are needed. A closer view in the open water where rivers like the Grand and Muskegon empty into the big lake provide good views. 

During the winter, my friend and I pick a January or February weekend when we can make a trip to the Upper Peninsula to enjoy the snowy scenic beauty and birds that do not come this far south in winter. The Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay, Northern Hawk Owl, and Sharp-tailed Grouse require us to visit their winter range to see them. This is referred to as “target birding” where people go somewhere to see a specific species. 

Birds end up in places where they are not expected. Some have been seen only a few times in our region. Why they are there is a mystery. Perhaps their navigation system has been confused. Their survival can be precarious. We observed a Rufous Hummingbird visiting a sugar water feeder the last week of December one year. The home owner saw a hummingbird and promptly put out a feeder to help it survive. It stayed for a couple weeks before disappearing. It was never known if it made the trip south or died in the stark cold winter weather. The Rufous Hummingbird is a western species that winters in the extreme southeastern states or farther south. 

I find exploring bird nature niches an exciting and rewarding endeavor that can shed new information for understanding bird behavior, ecological adaptations, and normal daily habits. Forging my way into difficult areas people tend to avoid is fun and challenging but reveals things not generally observed. 

The American Woodcock has a wonderful ground dance followed by an aerial spiral flight, plunges toward the earth, levels before crashing and resumes the ground foot stomping and spinning display at dawn and dusk. This can be observed during the late March and April breeding season at Luton Park and many area locations. We manage habitat for the bird at Ody Brook and always enjoy its performance. I occasionally keep records of the vocal calls called peents during the ground dance between aerial flights. They vary from a few to more than fifty. Peents increase in number as dark settles in. I note where they land and what they do on the ground. 

A different kind of birding is to discover woodcock activity before their breeding displays begin. I have tried to determine how early they arrive north. In late February and early March, I have forced my way through thick swamp shrubbery in hopes of flushing one when thick snow still covers the landscape. Trudging in such habitat is not easy and I have never encountered another person on such adventures. To my joy, I have come upon a woodcock feeding along a tiny rivulet of open water where it can probe its long bill in to mud in one of the few places where food can be found at that time of year. My observations indicate the species returns earlier than most people expect but they remain hidden and focus on feeding and shelter until breeding time. 

Another different kind of birding is documenting where nests are constructed, how many eggs are typically laid, the height of nests, plant species used for nest placement, and behavioral interactions with their own species and others. I waded in a marsh from nest to nest during a Red-winged Blackbird nesting season. Attached is an abbreviated table of observations from that venture into the wild wet world of blackbird nesting territory. Some data fields were deleted for space limitations and to prevent losing your interest with too much information. I keep bird nest records annually as shown in the accompanying sample table. That year I had records for 65 nests. This year, I have records for 49 nests. 

A different kind of birding is the life blood for sustaining a naturalist. I also keep records for plants, insects, weather, and more so we can best manage Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary to “Enhance Biodiversity.”

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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Hunters reminded of “Do Not Eat” deer advisory

For five miles around Clark’s Marsh, Oscoda Township

LANSING, Mich. – With firearm hunting season kicking off on Nov. 15, the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Natural Resources (DNR) are reminding hunters of the “Do Not Eat” advisory for deer taken within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township. The advisory is due to high levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) found in a single deer taken about two miles from Clark’s Marsh, which borders the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base (WAFB). PFOS is one type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemical.

The State of Michigan took samples from 128 deer across Michigan to test for PFAS. One of those deer, taken near Clark’s Marsh, came back with elevated levels of PFOS, which resulted in the “Do Not Eat” deer advisory. The advisory encircles the five-mile radius around the Wurtsmith base property and covers what the DNR has estimated to be the expected travel range of deer living in or near the Marsh. The area covered by the deer consumption advisory issued can be described as:

From Lake Huron west along Aster Street, west on Davison Road, north on Brooks Road, east on Esmond Road, north on Old US 23, north on Wells Road, west on River Road, north on Federal Forest Road 2240, north on Lenard Road, north on Indian Road, and East on E. Kings Corner Road (along the county line) toward Lake to Lake Road, to Lake Huron (map attached).

Michigan residents should not eat any deer that came from within five miles of Clark’s Marsh. In addition to the Clark’s Marsh deer advisory, MDHHS continues to recommend not eating kidneys or liver from any deer because many chemicals including PFAS can accumulate in their organs. The advisory does not apply to cattle, chickens, or other livestock raised in the area. It is not expected livestock are drinking water from Clark’s Marsh.

While PFAS testing is not possible locally, the State of Michigan did confirm three labs that will analyze PFAS samples from deer tissue at the individual’s expense. The State does not endorse or recommend any lab. Contact the following labs for information on the cost and how to send deer tissue: 

• Vista Analytical Laboratory, 916-673-1520, www.vista-analytical.com 

• Battelle, 781-681-5565, www.battelle.org 

• GEL Laboratories, LLC, 843-556-8171, www.gel.com

On Oct. 19, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the U.S. Air Force with a violation notice for PFAS contamination in the waters of Clark’s Marsh near Oscoda, the second violation notice issued to the U.S. Air Force this year for this site.

The DEQ has found the Air Force to be in violation of Part 31 under the water resources protection section of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. Under the violation notice, the DEQ is requiring the Air Force to increase pumping and treatment of contaminated groundwater at the base and to increase the size of the capture zone of the PFAS plume coming from the WAFB. In January, the DEQ issued the Air Force with a violation notice for failing to meet a 2017 deadline to start-up a second granular activated carbon filtration system at the WAFB to address discharges of PFAS-containing groundwater to the Au Sable River and Van Etten Creek.

PFAS are chemicals that are in Class B fire-fighting foam that was used at the Air Force base near Wurtsmith and other sites in Michigan. These chemicals are also found in stain and water repellants, personal care products, and many other consumer goods. Some health studies have linked PFAS to health issues such as thyroid disease, increased cholesterol levels, impaired immune system function, reproductive issues, high blood pressure in pregnant women, and increased chance of kidney and testicular cancers.

A deer that has been exposed to PFAS may not show any signs or symptoms of being sick. If you see a deer that appears to be sick, contact the DNR hotline at 800-292-7800. If you have health related questions contact MDHHS at 1-800-648-6942.

In Michigan, to date, only fish and deer have been sampled for PFAS. The State of Michigan is creating a plan to sample more deer for PFAS, as well as further exploring contamination in other wildlife such as turkey and waterfowl.

For more information about PFAS in wild game and fish, visit Michigan.gov/pfasresponse and go to the Fish and Wildlife button. For more information about wild game consumption, visit Michigan.gov/eatsafegame and go to the Eat Safe Wild Game button.

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