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The Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf Team shot a season best 205 and finished 7th in their OK White Jamboree yesterday at Indian Trails.

Michaela Tawney led the way with a 48; Audrie Davis shot a 51; Courtney Pienta a 52; and Skye Pate a 54. “It was a solid day for us,” said Coach Glen London.

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Blind Side Blocks 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

There may be no hit in football that generates more oohs and aahs than the blind side hit. It’s also one of the most dangerous hits in the game.

A defensive player in pursuit of the runner, who does not have a reasonable opportunity to see the oncoming blocker, is considered defenseless. In keeping with putting player safety first, national high school rules, now allow blocking form the blind side only when contact is initiated with the hands – achieving the same effect without all the contact.

That big blind side hit will now result in a 15-yard penalty and possible ejection form the game.

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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Seussical, Jr.

Over two dozen kids from ages 7 to 14 have worked hard to bring Suessical, Jr. to the stage at the Kent Theatre Sept. 22-24. Photo by Linda Christiansen.

By Tom Noreen

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present Seussical, Jr. on September 22-23 at 7 p.m. and a September 24 matinee at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre.

Directed by Lori Koester, with musical Director Eli Koester, 27 kids from 7 to 14 will perform. In addition to acting, they are helping prepare the set by painting all of the props and background scenery. Eli knows how to teach the music to the kids, plus he plays Horton.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly Horton Hears a Who!Horton Hatches the Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz) that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play’s story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books. Seussical, Jr. is written especially for youth performers.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be reserved by emailing ticketscscp@gmail.com.

Look for the CSCP’s next show, Harvey, scheduled for October.

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The Moped and the Ferrari


A doctor buys a brand new Ferrari GTO that costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops at a red light.

An old man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?”

The doctor replies, “A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars!”

“That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?”

“Because this car can do up to 250 miles an hour!” states the doctor proudly.

The Moped driver asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?”

“No problem,” replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my Moped!”

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds, the speedometer reads 150 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear window and wonders what it could be and then…

WHHHOOOOOOSSSSSHHH! Something whips by him going much faster!

“What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?” the doctor asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 175 mph.

Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the Moped! Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the moped at 210 mph.

He was feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN! Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 250 mph.

Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there’s nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end. The doctor stops and jumps out, and unbelievably, the old man is still alive. He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh my gosh! Is there anything I can do for you?”

The old man whispers, “Unhook my suspenders from your side mirror.”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Dave Ramsey – Financial Peace University

Sept 14: What if you could always buy what you need interest-free? What if you could actually keep a percentage of your paycheck? Guess what? You CAN! With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your money, we’d like you to join us at Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus (16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake). Classes run every Thursday evening, Sept. 14 through Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can register online at www.daveramsey.com. Contact Leslie Wood at leslie@lawood.net or 989-287-0167 for more info. #37

Dinner at the Legion

Sept. 18: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Meatloaf dinner on Monday, September 18th , from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #37

TOPS weight loss support group

Sept. 19: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #37

Michigan Blood Drive

Sept. 19: A Michigan Blood Drive will be held on September 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Now that Fall has settled in and the Summer rush is over, be sure to schedule an hour to donate blood. One hour of your time has the potential to save 3 lives in Michigan. The Michigan Blood Center thanks all the people that donate. #37

Social Media 101 CSACoC Mixer

Sept. 21: Join the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce on September 21 at the historic Kent Theatre (8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs) from 7pm to 9pm to mingle with other business owners/community leaders and hear Matt Muscat (Treadstone Mortgage) explain the ins and outs/dos and don’ts of using social media to help grow your business or organization. Evening agenda: 7pm – Welcome, tour, and brief history of the historic Kent Theatre, 7:20pm – Matt Muscat Social Medial 101 presentation, 8:20pm – Business Networking. This event is limited to the first 295 seats. Please RSVP to csacocsecretary@gmail.com. #37p

Mom-to-Mom Sale

Sept. 23: Join us on September 23, 2017 from 9am to 4pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church for our Mom-to-Mom Sale. Gently used baby items. Bring your friends and just shop! Free • Prizes • Snacks. #37,38p

Mobile Food Pantry

Sept 23: Mobile Food Pantry at Red Pine Bible Church, 17195 Red Pine Dr, Kent City, Mi 49330 through Feeding America West MI. Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 1:00pm, registration starts at 12:30 pm. Contact person: Jerry Miller – phone # (616) 262-5769. #37

Solon Center Wesleyan Church 

AWANA Kicks Off

Sept. 27: The Solon Center Wesleyan Church will kick off its AWANA Clubs program on Wednesday, September 27 from 6 -8 PM.  AWANA is an action-packed program for children ages 3 years through 5th grade , from September 27, 2017 through March 28,2018.  It’s where kids learn God’s Word and have fun doing it!   Registration begins at 5:45 PM or you may preregister www.scwchurch.org.  Student Ministry Discipleship  (6th-12th) and Adults Small Groups will also meet.  There’s something for everyone!  The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, just north of 19 Mile Road.  Questions?  Call 616- 696-3229.  All welcome! #37,38p

Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant “Rockin’ Round the Clock”

Sept. 30: Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium for our 73rd Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Pageant! (Note time difference.) Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets available now at the Cedar Springs Library during open hours. Tickets also available at the door prior to the pageant. 50’s attire welcome!! #37,38p

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City to consider beekeeping ordinance

By Judy Reed

The City of Cedar Springs may soon join the ranks of other progressive cities that are helping to support the environment by allowing residents to keep bees. The City Council will consider the first reading of the ordinance at their monthly meeting this Thursday, September 7.

City resident Joe Frank asked the city to consider allowing beekeeping in the city earlier this summer. He has kept honeybees as a hobby for several years. He had several hives on property he owned in Hesperia, and when he decided to sell the property, he re-homed all of the hives, except one, with other beekeepers. He had previously asked a city official if he could keep a hive on his property here, and was told he could. He moved the hive to his property, but was later told that he couldn’t have it under the current ordinance. That ordinance, Sec. 8-1 Domestic Animals and Fowls reads: “No person shall keep or house any animal or domestic fowl within the city, except dogs, cats, canaries or animals commonly classified as pets which are customarily kept or housed inside dwellings as household pets, or permit any animal or fowl to enter business places where food is sold for human consumption, except for leader, guide, hearing and service dogs as required by MCL 750.502c.”

“Bees are animals and no animals shall be kept except for the ones listed or are commonly classified as pets, which bees are not,” explained City Manager Mike Womack.

Womack gave the council a copy of the beekeeping ordinance in Traverse City, and a draft ordinance for the Planning Commission and City Council to consider.

This green box is Frank’s beehive, and the two white boxes are honey supers, which collect honey. Courtesy photo.

Frank’s hive is a green box inside a shed on his property. There are ports from the hive for the bees to travel through to get outside. They do not fly around inside the shed.

“They are not dangerous,” he explained. “There are already bees flying around outside. They have to live somewhere. Better in a hive than in the wall of your garage,” he noted.

At the August 10 council meeting, former Mayor Mark Fankhauser stated that he supports and recommends allowing bees in the city. He said he has seen a direct increase in the number of flowers as a result of Frank’s bees.

According to Ranger Steve Mueller, our resident wildlife and biology expert, bees are more important than butterflies as pollinators and are not dangerous. “Bees are experiencing population decline for a variety of reasons and can use human help. They are of great positive economic importance. People have an unreasonable fear of bees. Riding or driving in a car is a greater health threat than bees in the neighborhood. Why people develop unhealthy fear of bees and other insects makes little sense but many are taught unreasonable fear as a child and hold on to those fears throughout life,” he explained.

“[Bees] are a community-building, economic resource that benefits people, plants, and wildlife. I encourage people to maintain a portion of their yard for wildflowers and native species to help maintain and sustain biodiversity. Bees are an essential component if we want plants to reproduce,” he remarked.

Mueller said he has a friend that lives close to downtown Denver, Colorado and she has a small beehive in her backyard. “The bees fly about the city in nearby areas pollinating flowers, gathering nectar, and make honey. We eat at their picnic table in the backyard and are not disturbed by bees. We watch them at flowers in the garden that surround the picnic table. We sit on their deck to enjoy the day and have had not problems with the bees that are about 30 feet away. She suits up to open the hive to extract honey and uses normal bee keeping practices for safety,” he said.

Under the proposed ordinance, residents would need to apply for a permit. They could keep no more than a total of two hives on real property less than 10,890 square feet, no more than 4 hives on real property less than 21,780 square feet, no more than 6 hives on real property less than 43,560 square feet and no more than eight hives on real property more than 43,561 square feet. Honeybees must be housed in a properly designed and constructed hive, which may be located only in the “rear yard” of the property. They also cannot be any closer than 10 feet to any property line of an adjacent property.

Frank said he was happy with the draft ordinance the council is considering.

“The State of Michigan has guidelines for beekeeping and the proposal is in line with the State of Michigan Agriculture guidelines, which I think is a good way to go,” he said.

A few of the other cities that allow bees in West Michigan include Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland.

Please note that this article has been updated to refer to the specific ordinance under which bees are not currently allowed in the City of Cedar Springs. We also removed Rockford as a city that allows them. It should have read Muskegon. We apologize for the error.

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Courtland Supervisor retires

Courtland Supervisor Chuck Porter retired as Supervisor August 31.

Charles (Chuck) Porter, a longtime member of the Courtland Township board, retired from his position as Supervisor on August 31.

The Porter family has been active in the politics of Courtland Township for many years. Chuck was carrying on the family tradition by serving his community. Darcy, his father, was first elected in 1960 as Trustee, before becoming Supervisor in 1976. Darcy continued as Supervisor until 1988. It was then that Chuck ran for office and became a Trustee. He was elected Supervisor in 1992 and served one time. He then ran for trustee again in 1996, and served in that position until 2010, when he was appointed as Supervisor to finish out the term of James McIntyre, who had passed away. He continued to serve as Supervisor from 2010 until his resignation.

Porter thanked Board members for their years of support, and stated that he was truly a “farmer at heart.” He manages Porter Grain Farms along with his son Andy, and his farm operation continues to grow. Chuck also serves on the Kent County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. “Porter served Courtland Township for many years, always treating people with courtesy and respect. He will be missed,” said township officials, in an announcement on Courtland’s website.

The township has been accepting applications for a replacement.

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First human cases of West Nile virus for 2017 confirmed in Michigan

Activity is high throughout the State 

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the state’s first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2017.  Four cases of WNV have been confirmed; two residents of Montcalm County, and one each from Oakland and Macomb Counties.  Their illness onsets range from August 6-11, and all have been hospitalized with neurologic disease.

“This is an important reminder to stay vigilant and protect against mosquito bites throughout the summer and into the fall,” said Dr. Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive at the MDHHS.  “All residents should take steps to prevent bites, such as use repellent and take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours between dusk and dawn.”

Surveillance for mosquito-borne diseases is being conducted by the MDHHS and Departments of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).  In 2017, WNV activity appears to be widespread statewide in Michigan. In addition to the four human cases, five Michigan blood donors have had WNV detected in their blood.

To date, 148 birds have tested positive for WNV from 44 of Michigan’s 83 counties.  In addition, 86 WNV positive mosquito pools have been detected in seven Michigan counties. MDARD has reported eight horses that have tested positive for WNV (Clinton, Jackson, Livingston, Missaukee, Mecosta, Midland, Ottawa, and Wexford Counties). Also one horse has tested positive for Eastern Equine encephalitis virus (Wexford County). Vaccination is the best way to protect horses from both WNV and EEE. Horse owners should work with their veterinarian to make sure their horse is properly vaccinated. Finding infected birds, mosquitoes and horses in a community is an indication of risk for human infection.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness. However, some become sick three to 15 days after exposure. About one-in-five infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about one in 150 infected people will become severely ill.

Mild illness may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include: stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis. People 50 and older are more susceptible to severe WNV disease symptoms.

Residents can stay healthy by using simple, effective strategies to protect themselves and their families. The following steps are recommended to avoid WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases:

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer’s directions for use.

Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.

For more information and surveillance activity about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses, visit www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus.

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Post travels to Big Bay

The Post recently traveled with Art and Linda Gould, of Nelson Township, to Big Bay, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior. They went there to visit with friends. While there, the couple said they had good weather and a good time.

Thank you Art and Linda, for taking us with you!

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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Courts to waive jail time, late fees in special program


The Kent County District Courts announced this week a new waiver program for anyone with outstanding criminal and/or traffic warrants for non-compliance with a court order of fines, fees, court costs and any outstanding traffic and/or parking tickets that have gone into default or suspension. This new waiver program will be in effect from October 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017.

The Courts will guarantee those who make payment in full will not be incarcerated. Additionally, the Courts will waive all court-imposed late fees and/or warrant fees except for the $45 License Suspension Reinstatement Fees. An individual can avoid jail if they make a significant payment with an approved payment plan to pay off the remaining balance, however their suspension will not be lifted until paid in full. If there is non-compliance of the approved payment plan, the warrant will be reissued.

“This waiver program allows individuals with certain warrants and/or outstanding tickets an opportunity to start fresh with reasonable cost, while avoiding jail time and/or additional driver’s license sanctions,” said 62-B District Court Judge William G. Kelly. “We see this as a great opportunity to not only alleviate a burden on those facing the possibility of jail time, additional driver’s license sanctions, collections, and/or mounting court costs, but also on court and jail staff, as well as taxpayers for having to house inmates for non-violent violations.”

Courts will accept cash, money orders, or cashier’s checks. No personal checks will be accepted. Please do not mail-in Cash.

This new Kent County District Court’s waiver program is an opportunity for citizens to comply with court orders by settling their debts without further penalty or incarceration.

For additional information, please contact the courts listed below:

59th District Court Grandville/Walker 616-538-9660 or 616-453-5765

61st District Court 616-632-5700

62-A District Court Wyoming 616-257-9814

62-B District Court Kentwood 616-698-9310

63rd District Court Kent County 616-632-7770

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