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Red Hawk bowler places 10th at invite


Trevor Ruark, from the Cedar Springs boys bowling team, placed 10th out of over 85 boys for individual games at the Wyoming invitational on Saturday, December 3. Trevor bowled a 188 and a 175.

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Wrestlers bring home medals

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club competed in the Falcon Claw Classic last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club competed in the Falcon Claw Classic last weekend. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club kicked off the 2016-17 season at East Kentwood High School for the Falcon Claw Classic on December 4, where 389 grapplers represented 56 teams.

“The kids exceeded our expectations today,” said Coach Goike. “We brought 23 wrestlers. For 7 of them, it was their first ever tournament and 4 took home medals! We had kids who pushed their limits and are starting the season off by winning matches over past nemeses. It was a great start to the year!”

They had 69 matches over the course of the day with 37 wins, 21 being pins.

For the 2010-2012 age group, Tucker Crystal finished 1st place in the 52 lb Open division and Luke Ball finished 2nd in the HWT Open division.

For the 2008-2009 age group, Cade Troupe placed 4th in the combined 46/49 lb Novice division, William Dickinson placed 3rd in the 61 lb Novice division; Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 61 lb Open division; and Jonathan Libera placed 3rd in the 67 lb Open division.

For the 2006-2007 age group, Zackery Haack placed 4th in the 71 lb Novice division; Hudson Crystal placed 4th in the 85 lb Open division; and Thomas Prins placed 3rd in the 90 lb Novice division.

For the 2004-2005 age group, Ryan Meredith placed 1st in the combined 60/65 lb Novice division; Ben Brunner placed 1st  in the combined 95/100 lb Novice division with 3 pins in a total time of 4:27; Cole Haack placed 3rd in the combined 95/100 lb Novice division; Thomas Stevens placed 1st in the 80 lb Open division with 3 pins in a total time of 6:04; Logan Troupe placed 3rd in the 100 lb Open division; and Carter Falan placed 2nd in the 105 lb Open division.

For the 2002-2003 age group, Trevor Marsman placed 2nd in the combined 80/85 lb Open division; and Andrew VanGessel placed 1st in the combined 90/95lb Open division with 3 pins in a total time of 5:04.

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Results from Kentwood and Hawkeye Nationals

Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

Champion Landon Foss, 59 lbs, in the 9/10 open division at Kentwood last weekend. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2016-2017 MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Kentwood wrestling this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought twenty grapplers to compete with two entering Novice and the rest entering the Open division. We also had one grappler travel to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals. Our team placed 18 of our young competitors in the top four. Out of 72 battles, WMP claimed 44 victories.

“Each year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to be a part of the continued success here at WMP. Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2016 season brings”, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:
4th Place Medalists include 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 Novice division; 62 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division (Hawkeye Nationals); 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 Open division; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 Open division and 133/158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 division.

3rd Place Medalists include 155 lb Aidan Dowdell, 13/15 Open division; 49 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 Open division and 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division.

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 Open division; 72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 63 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, come check us out. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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The Canada goose

Giant Canada geese were once thought to be extinct, but today are very plentiful around Michigan.

Giant Canada geese were once thought to be extinct, but today are very plentiful around Michigan.

Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial featured bird

Perhaps one of the most recognizable birds in Michigan is the large, regal-looking Canada goose. Once a rare sight in Michigan, Canada geese are now very plentiful in the state.

With black heads, beaks and necks, grey-brown bodies and a white chin strap, these birds can weigh between 5 and 14 pounds. The female Canada goose is slightly smaller than the male and weighs as much as 12 pounds.

The subspecies of goose that is most plentiful in Michigan is the giant Canada Goose or Branta canadensis maxima. Other subspecies of Canada goose pass through the state during spring and fall migration, but the giant subspecies is the only one that breeds in Michigan.

Geese are herbivores and prefer grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, seed heads and various grains. They will also feed in shallow water by tipping up and reaching into the water for aquatic roots and tubers.

Canada geese usually nest in March and April. The female lays three to eight eggs and incubates them for 25-28 days. Downy goslings can walk and follow their parents shortly after hatching. The youngsters grow quickly and acquire their adult plumage at about four months of age. The young birds stay with the adults for almost a year after hatching.

Adult Canada geese have very few predators, though raccoons, skunks, fox and crows sometimes prey on their eggs.

Because Canada geese are so plentiful, many would never suspect that the giant Canada goose subspecies was believed to be extinct in the 1950s. This subspecies was nearly extinct due to the effects of unregulated overhunting and wetland habitat loss.

By 1920, however, waterfowl enthusiasts had located a small population of giant Canada geese in Rochester, Minnesota. The Michigan Department of Conservation—now the Department of Natural Resources—raised geese at the Mason State Game Farm. Between 1928 and 1964, the DNR released 2,500 geese on 30 sites. That resulted in 14 breeding areas by 1969, with an estimated population of 9,400 birds.

In recent years, the giant Canada goose has experienced population explosions in areas throughout North America. This trend is due in part to the success of wildlife management programs and the adaptability of these magnificent birds.

In Michigan, the number of giant Canada geese counted each spring numbers over 300,000 today. They nest in every Michigan county but are most common (78 percent of population) in the southern third of the state.

In general, geese have benefited from the way humans have altered the landscape. Canada geese are attracted to areas that provide food, water and protection. Urban areas with lakes and ponds offer all the resources that geese need to survive. During the summer months, Canada geese can be a problem for some property owners.

Goose hunting in Michigan helps to keep goose populations in check. Michigan regularly ranks in the top three states in the nation for Canada goose hunters and harvest. The plentiful geese provide excellent opportunities for goose hunters.

Many of Michigan’s Canada geese migrate south in the winter in large V-shaped flocks. In the southern third of the state, some Canada geese remain all winter, feeding on waste grain in agricultural fields and aquatic vegetation on open waterways.

The Canada goose is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds (also called the Migratory Bird Treaty), signed on Aug. 16, 1916. Three other treaties were signed shortly thereafter with Japan, Russia and Mexico. The Migratory Bird Treaty, the three other treaties signed later, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act form the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders.

The 2016 Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial celebration has included monthly featured bird stories to our DNR Wildlife Viewing email subscribers, celebration events including a weekend of bird-based programming at state parks and visitor centers in June of 2016, and an education program for schools and conservation groups, and more.

To learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial, visit www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100.  To sign up for DNR Wildlife Viewing emails, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on the red envelope.

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Teen gets first buck


Gavin Lewis, 13, the son of Jake and Amy Lewis, got his first buck recently in Solon Township. This big guy is an 8-point with a 17-1/2-inch spread. Gavin is a 7th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School.

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Ranger Steve Mueller

Ranger Steve Mueller

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche

By Ranger Steve Mueller


When seeing a family member or friend in a crowd from behind, we can often recognize them based on the general impression perceived. Their size, overall shape, and where they are or what they are doing helps us zero in on who we see. We do not need extensive detail to identify them.

Wildlife can be identified in a similar manner. Under our bird feeder a sleek smooth gray furred mammal popped out of a hole, grabbed a seed and ducked into its tunnel. It was in view for seconds but it was adequate to identify it as a short-tailed shrew. It was about as large as a mouse with solid gray color, short tail, and pointed nose. The masked shrew is smaller with a long tail. Deer mice have tan coats with a white belly and long tail. The meadow vole looks similar to the shrew but has a heavier body without a pointed nose.

Characteristics to take notice of quickly when trying to identify something when we only get a quick look is referred as GISSS (General Impression, Size, Shape, Seasonality).

When we see a deer, we usually do this naturally. I know a person that saw several deer in winter along a road and thought it was a large group of coyotes. He needed to develop his senses to key into important features. First capture a general impression and associate with what you know. When seeing a deer like animal, determine if it horse size like a moose or smaller. Does the shape appear deer-like with long thin legs and no obvious long tail or is it more dog-like with shorter legs and longer tail like a coyote?

Winter is a great time to practice GISSS with birds. Red-breasted Nuthatches recently arrived at our bird feeders. White-breasted Nuthatches are present all year. The general impression helped identify it as a nuthatch by its overall size, long thin bill, and straight alignment of head, body, and tail. Tufted Titmice or Black-capped chickadees have more contour between the three body parts. Generally associate size as sparrow, robin, and crow size. That helps narrow the choices.

Blue Jays, crows, and doves can be quickly dismissed because their size is much too large for consideration when looking at a nuthatch. The Red-breasted Nuthatch is smaller than chickadees, titmice, and the White-breasted Nuthatch. Look at the shape for how the head, body, and tail align and the tail length. Tail length will eliminate many choices. Nuthatches have a short tail. Seasonality is important. Generally, Red-breasted Nuthatches are only seen in our area from fall to spring. They move north in spring similar to how robins generally move south in winter.

It does not matter whether you are trying to identify mammals, birds, butterflies or even plants, the GISSS will help. Plants have a characteristic size, shape, and seasonality. The Fall Frost Aster blooms late into October with small white ray flowers that look like petals on plants about knee high. The New England Aster is about three to five feet tall with long purple ray flowers. Some plants like trilliums seasonally bloom in May.

Butterflies might be large like a monarch or swallowtail, medium sized like a cabbage white butterfly, or small like the little blue flyers that are only about the size of a dime. Use those for size comparisons. Once you have the general impression with size and shape ideas, you can consider unique details. The tiny Spring Azure butterflies fly from April into June. The nearly look-a-like Summer Azure begins flight in June and continues throughout the summer. The more iridescent Eastern Tailed Blue flies summer to fall with increased numbers in fall. As the name indicates it has tiny tails on its hind wings but the tails often break off.

Associate species with their nature niche habitat. Both azures are found near dogwood shrubs while the tailed blue is common in open fields. The small number of bird species at the feeders in winter will help you practice GISSS before spring when over one hundred bird species move through the neighborhood. About 150 species of butterflies make Michigan home. Simply enjoy the vast number of plants and animals and have fun trying to identify them. Visit various plant habitats and notice associated animals found in each. GISSS! Isn’t that fun?

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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Michigan’s muzzleloader deer hunting season opens 


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2016 muzzleloader deer season opened across the state last Friday, Dec. 2.

Zones 1 and 2 will remain open to muzzleloading until Dec. 11. Zone 3 is open to muzzleloader deer hunting until Dec. 18.

Hunters are reminded that archery deer season also is open statewide during this time. Archery season started again on Dec. 1 and runs through Jan. 1, 2017.

Hunters should be aware of any applicable antler point restrictions in the areas where they are hunting. Check the antler point restriction map and chart on pages 32 and 33 of the 2016 Hunting and Trapping Digest for details.

In the Upper Peninsula, only deer hunters with a certified disability may use a crossbow or a modified bow during the late archery and muzzleloader seasons. This restriction applies to the Upper Peninsula only.

All deer hunters are required to wear hunter orange when participating in the muzzleloader season. The hunter orange requirement does not apply to those participating in the archery season.

For more information about deer hunting in Michigan, visit mi.gov/deer.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” at the Kent this weekend


Don Hunt, RJ Moore and Jerry Hoye are preparing for their upcoming appearance in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show which opens at the Kent Theatre Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, Dec. 10. Tickets available at the CS Public Library or you can reserve them by calling 616-307-9473 and leave a message.

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Christmas Fund Distribution


Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O – Jennifer August.

All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be received no later than, Wednesday, December 14.

**Note: If awarded some assistance, we will notify you of your pick up times of 10 a.m.-noon or 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 at Cedar Springs UMC. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance.

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The cure for lateness


Bob had this problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work.

After a few weeks of this, his boss was mad and threatened to fire him if he didn’t do something about it.

So Bob went to his doctor, who gave him a pill and told him to take it before he went to bed. He got a great night’s sleep and actually beat the alarm in the morning. After a leisurely breakfast, he cheerfully drove to work.

“Boss,” he said, “The pill my doctor subscribed me actually worked!”

“That’s all fine,” said the boss, “But where were you yesterday?”

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