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Mary Goller-Kilts age 85 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, January 12, 2018. Mary was born April 4, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Mathew and Sophia (Kalinski) Berger. Mary was orphaned at age 12 and resided at St. John orphanage until going to Villa Maria where she got her cosmetology license. She worked in the dry cleaning industry and retired as a manager in 2006. Mary never really retired and kept busy cooking, baking, birthday dinners, holiday dinners and being the chairwoman for the dinner and funeral luncheons at the Cedar Springs American Legion. She was a member of the American Legion Post #287 for 42 years and served as President in 2001-02, Dept. of Michigan Chapau from 2000-01, Auxiliary Chaplain, Membership Chairman, 8&40 Secretary. She was a member of Mary Queen of Apostles since 1951 and the Woman’s Guild. She loved playing bingo and was an avid Tigers fan. Mary was the Red Flannel Day Grand Marshall in 2013. Surviving are her children, Addie (Mike) Davison, Alan Goller; grandchildren, Casey (Megan) Morris, Carlie (Greg Glass) Morris, Amanda (Matt) Crampton; great-grandchildren, Desirae, Gage and Aiden; son-in-law, Greg Morris; stepchildren, Sherri Woodard, Mike Kilts; step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Goller in 1996, Don Kilts in 2007; sister, Barbara (Ed) Carter; in-laws, John (Peggy) Goller, Dick (Betty) Goller, Emma (Bob) Gebhardt. The family received friends Wednesday, January 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs American Legion Post #287 Woman’s Auxiliary.

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

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Cherri Ann Damer, age 41, of Holland, passed away after an extended illness, with her family at her side. She was born in Zeeland on February 28, 1976 to Robert Damer, Sr. and Diane Damer. She graduated from Zeeland High School. She was preceded in death by her sister, Angie; and her daughter, Angel. She is survived by her son Henryk Smith; her mother, Diane Damer; father, Robert Damer, Sr.; brother, Robert Damer, Jr.; grandmother, Crystal Meadows; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 12, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta with Rev. Bruce Wilson officiating. Friends met the family at the funeral home on Friday from 1 until time of service at 3:00 p.m. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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John Curtis Foss IV (aka Big Red) of Cedar Springs, Michigan passed away unexpectedly January 3, 2018. He was born to John Norman Foss and Marcia (Kroes) Foss on January 6, 1973. A graduate of Lowell High School, then Grand Rapids Community College to study Plumbing/and Pipe fitting. John continued his education and became a very respected Master Plumber. John loved the outdoors, bonfires, fireworks, playing on his big boy toys and having friends and family gather at his residence. He was well know for his delicious smoking and grilling skills. He loved the practical joke and making people feel welcome at his home. Always ready to help out a neighbor, his infectious laugh and ear to ear smile will be missed. John is survived by his children Niki (Griffard) Guerrero (Miguel), John Michael Foss, Sara Foss; grandchildren, Bryson and Peyton, as well as his children’s mother Cathy; brother Mark Russell (Barbara); stepmother Renay; many nieces and nephews and life long friends, Buster, Dawn, Sandy and Tony. John has a very large extended family and will be missed by all. He was predeceased by both parents and son, Kyle. There will be a memorial celebration honoring John in the spring, location to be announced. Those wishing offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a contribution to Chase Bank of Cedar Springs for John and Sara’s educational fund.

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February 13, 1969 – January 27, 2017

Our hearts are still hurting

but know you are not alone.

The good Lord now has you

in his home.

We will later be together 

as an entire family.

Until that time,

we continuously think of you &

all the great memories we love of you!

Love, Mom-Dad,

sisters, daughters, 

son, grandson, 


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In Loving Memory

Michael Anthony Sanderson sr. 

June 8, 1956 to January 19, 2000

Rayburn Sanderson 

August 23, 1936 to April 27, 2015

You were both very loving and caring fathers who were always there and will always be in our hearts. We love you and miss you dad and grandpa – always. 

Love, Michael Jr., 

Jeanette, Jeremy, and Jill

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May 3, 1944 – January 17, 2016

Goodbyes are not forever

Goodbyes are not the end

They simply mean, I’ll miss you

Until we meet again.

Love, Jill, 

Nancy, Cindy, 

Jasmyn, Cheyenne, 

Jeremiah, Jaxon

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Winter fun

Friends Eli Gunderson and Javen Gee had some winter fun recently while ice fishing on a lake in Solon Township. Not only did they catch this beautiful northern pike on a tip up, they also enjoyed a bonfire to help keep them toasty warm. 

Thanks so much for sharing your photo with us!

Do you have a winter fun photo you’d like to send us? Email it to news@cedarspringspost.com along with some information about who is in the photo, what’s happening, and when and where it was taken. Also include what city/township you live in.



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Winter Bird Sightings

by Range Steve Mueller


What species were present or absent during the Grand Rapids Audubon Bird Count on 30 Dec 2017? No gulls were seen. Only two other years during the 31 years I have coordinated the count were gulls absent in the Kent County Count area. Carolina Wrens have become regular since the turn of the century but were only seen 7 times between 1953 and 2000. 

Both the White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows were rare sightings during the 1900s but the white-throated has been sighted most of the past ten years. I suspect some sightings might have been misidentifications like the 15 Chipping Sparrows sighted in 1992. It is highly unusual for one Chipping Sparrow to be here in the winter and 15 is not likely. 

Evening Grosbeaks were seen most years between 1970 and 1990 but were absent before and after those decades. Red-winged Blackbird populations were high during the 1960s and their numbers have declined dramatically since. I conducted a spring blackbird nesting survey in 1970 and have never again seen the density of nests I found then.

Bird populations fluctuate for many reasons. Blackbirds have been sprayed with a chemical used to cause death so they do not compete with humans for crops. Climate change is impacting bird distribution and altering survival chances. Seasonal winter weather fluctuations (different from climate change) that are warm, cold, snowy, or dry influence bird annual distribution.
Fifty-six species were seen (Table 1) by 41 field observers and 2 bird feeder watchers. One Winter Wren and one Eastern Towhee were recorded during count week. The three days before and after count day are reported separately from count day species. Count week sightings document winter presence in the area but are statistically evaluated differently from count day sightings.

Total individuals sighted was 6,161. That is down considerably from last year’s 9,342 and almost half the number sighted (11,246) two years ago. Travel conditions and weather were unexpectedly good. Only light snow fell in the morning and the sky cleared for the afternoon. 

We experienced 80 percent cloud cover in the a.m. and 20 percent in the afternoon. Temperature was between 7 and 15 F. A steady NW wind was 8-18 mph. Snow cover depth was 4 to 12 inches. Moving Water was partly open and still water was frozen.

We totaled 65.5 hours in vehicles traveling 529 miles. We spent 14.25 hours on foot, covering 16.75 miles and 9 hours at feeders. A combined total of 545.75 miles were on foot and driving. Groups totaled 88.75 hours of daytime birding. There were 16 birding parties in the morning and 10 in the afternoon, with two feeder watchers.

In the predawn, 11 miles were traveled during one and half hours looking for owls.  

Wittenbach/Wege Agri-science and Environmental Education Center (WWC) co-hosted the count with Audubon. We appreciate use of the facility as our base station. Visit and enjoy the WWC trails. 

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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Changing weather conditions prompt ice safety reminder


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers, snowmobilers and other outdoor enthusiasts to exercise caution on the ice, especially as temperatures fluctuate across the state.

The recent deep freeze has given way to a warming trend, which affects the integrity of ice. In addition to temperature changes, DNR conservation officers say other factors determine the strength of ice, and that outdoor enthusiasts should know the warning signs.

“Don’t assume the ice is safe just because a lake or stream looks frozen,” said Lt. Tom Wanless, DNR recreational safety programs supervisor. “There are several factors that can determine the strength of the ice. Understanding and recognizing these factors, as well as using common sense and caution, will allow you to have a more enjoyable outdoor experience and to make it home safely.”

According to Wanless:

You can’t always determine the strength of ice simply by its look, its thickness, the temperature or whether the ice is covered with snow. New ice generally is stronger than old ice. While a couple of inches of new, clear ice may be strong enough to support a person, a foot of old ice riddled with air bubbles may not.  

Clear ice that has a bluish tint is the strongest. Ice formed by melted and refrozen snow appears milky, and often is porous and weak.

Ice covered by snow always should be presumed unsafe. Snow acts like an insulating blanket and slows the freezing process, making the ice thinner and weaker.

If there is slush on the ice, stay off. Slush ice is only about half as strong as clear ice and indicates the ice no longer is freezing from the bottom.

Be especially cautious in areas where air temperatures have fluctuated. A warm spell may take several days to weaken the ice. But when temperatures vary widely, causing ice to thaw during the day and refreeze at night, the result is a weak, spongy or honeycombed ice that is unsafe.

The DNR does not recommend the standard “inch-thickness” guide used by many outdoor enthusiasts to determine ice safety. A minimum of 4 inches of clear ice is needed to support an average person’s weight, but since ice seldom forms at a uniform rate it is important to check the thickness with a spud and ruler every few steps.

Deep inland lakes take longer to freeze than shallow lakes. Ice cover on lakes with strong currents or chain-of-lakes systems also is more unpredictable.

Ice near shore tends to be much weaker because of shifting, expansion and heat from sunlight reflecting off the bottom. If there’s ice on the lake but water around the shoreline, proceed with caution. Avoid areas with protruding logs, brush, plants and docks as they can absorb heat from the sun and weaken the surrounding ice.

Wanless said that anyone walking onto a frozen lake or river should wear a life jacket, wear bright colors, carry a cellphone and bring a set of ice picks or ice claws. He advises against taking a car, truck or snowmobile on the ice.

If you do break through the ice, Wanless offered the following tips:

Try to remain calm.

Don’t remove your winter clothing. Heavy clothes won’t drag you down, but they can trap air to provide warmth and flotation. This is especially true with a snowmobile suit.

Turn your body toward the direction you came from, as that ice is probably the strongest.

If you have ice picks or ice claws, dig their points into the ice while vigorously kicking your feet and pull yourself onto the surface by sliding forward on the ice.

Once out of the water, roll away from the area of weak ice. Rolling on the ice will distribute your weight to help avoid breaking through again.

Get to shelter, warm yourself, change into dry clothing and consume nonalcoholic, noncaffeinated drinks.

Call 911 and seek medical attention if you feel disoriented, have uncontrollable shivering or notice any other ill-effects that may be symptoms of hypothermia.

To learn more about staying safe while on the water or in the woods, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/recreationalsafety.

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Five reasons to pursue a cybersecurity career in 2018 

Cybersecurity is a growing—and well-paid—field for those with proper training.

(NAPS)—Cybersecurity, as an industry, is one of the highest-paying, fastest-growing and most in demand in the U.S., yet there are not enough skilled professionals in the pipeline to fill open positions, leading to a sizable skills gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that the demand for information security analysts who can prevent data breaches is expected to be very high over the next decade. From 2016–2026, BLS projects employment to grow 28 percent, with 28,400 additional jobs added by 2026. 

Despite the growing need, a University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology survey found that only 18 percent of the 2,016 U.S. adults surveyed were interested in pursuing a cybersecurity education or profession. Cybersecurity can be a rewarding career, especially for those who want to help organizations or be part of a dynamic industry. 

Maurice Gibson, assistant dean at University of Phoenix, shares five reasons to pursue a cybersecurity career in 2018.

Cybersecurity Careers Are Here to Stay

With the rise of technology comes increases in cybercrime, according to data from Cybersecurity Ventures2. Gibson believes technology has converged with nearly all industries, meaning more companies will need trained professionals to combat hackers in the future. In fact, LinkedIn listed network information security as the sixth most in-demand skill for today’s digitally advanced working world3. Cybersecurity spending is expected to exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021, finds Cybersecurity Ventures, driving the need for more qualified professionals.

Job Opportunities Across Nearly All Industries

As technology converges with business, Gibson says nearly all companies will soon become tech companies, providing cybersecurity professionals with myriad job opportunities across numerous industries. Cybersecurity jobs are no longer shoehorned into only the government, finance or technology industries. From retail and health care to media and start-ups, cybersecurity professionals may have the option to choose an industry they most want to work in.

Competition for Jobs Remains Low

With more open jobs than people to fill them, competition continues to remain low in the cybersecurity workforce. The BLS projects employment of information security analysts to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Gibson says individuals seeking a growing career with plenty of job opportunities should look no further than cybersecurity. 

Near Top in Compensation

For many Americans, a good salary is vital for job satisfaction. Glassdoor found that nearly 70 percent of people say that compensation is among their top considerations when pursuing a job. High salaries is another reason to pursue these careers, according to Gibson. BLS reports the median annual wage of an information security analyst is $92,600. Salaries can even exceed six figures in top markets as companies compete for skilled professionals. 

Skill Set Is Transferable to a Number of Industries

With a deficit of skilled cybersecurity professionals in today’s workforce, IT employees may be expected to help manage system security and infrastructure. For this reason, Gibson suggests that having cybersecurity experience can help when changing careers. He says many of the IT skill sets that cybersecurity professionals possess—such as coding, systems administration and data analytics—can be useful résumé additions for just about any job in the tech industry. 

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