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Red Hawk bowlers take second in conference, regionals

Both the Cedar Springs boys bowling team and girls bowling team finished in second place in their conferences.

The post season conference was held at Northfield Lanes on February 14.

They had one girl and two boys make all conference. Rebecca Williams finished in 5th in the conference with a 166.6 average; Jacob Cartwright finished 4th in the conference with a 203.4 average; and Kyle Knarr finished 6th in the conference with a 199.9 average.

Two girls and one boy made all conference honorable mention: Emma Schut with a 160.8 average; Allyson Marvel with a 155 average and Blake Fisk with a 194.5 average.

Two girls and two boys also received medals during the post-season conference for the top 10 scores of the day. Rebecca Williams placed 4th with a 193 and 180 game for a 373 total; Allyson marvel placed 6th with a 180 and 140 game for a 320 total; Kyle Knarr placed 9th with a 235 and 160 game for a 395 total; and Jacob Cartwright placed 10th with a 166 and 216 game for a 382 total.

Regionals were at Sherman Lanes in Muskegon, on Friday, February 27, for the team event. The boys placed second, missing first by 13 pins. This qualifies them to go on to state.

The single event for regionals took place on Saturday, February 28. Kyle Knarr took second place, and Jacob Cartwright took first place, which qualifies them to go on to state.

Emma Schut took 9th place in the single event and this also qualifies her to go on to state. State will be held in Waterford on Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7.

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Middle School Grapplers 6-0 

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Story provided by Colleen White

The weather last week proved too much of a challenge on Tuesday, February 24, requiring the meet against Greenville to be canceled. However, Thursday, February 26 arrived with perfect traveling weather for the trip to Wayland. Our young Red Hawks started with an early lead. Then Wayland stepped up their game, tying the meet at the halfway point. The excitement continued as each team vied for the lead. In the end, despite Wayland’s valiant effort, Cedar Springs prevailed 51-33.

“We had a tough match tonight. Coach Wood and I are very proud of the way our team stepped up to the challenge,” stated Coach Bill VanHam.

This week the Red Hawks faced Comstock Park on Tuesday, March 3, and will face Sparta on Thursday, March 5, at Sparta Middle School. They also have a team tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, March 7.

Mark your calendars for the final home meet on March 10 at Cedar Springs Middle School. Start time is 4:15pm. Wear your red to show your Red Hawk Pride and come cheer our young grapplers as they face Northview.

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WMP grapplers place 14 in top four

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by the Allendale Falcons, where West Michigan Pursuit brought 22 grapplers to compete and placed 14 in the top four. The team battled 67 times, with 35 ending in victory.

“Hard work, dedication and perseverance are things that can’t be taught. The skills and technique that take those three qualities can be and will maximize their ability to become a top competitor,” said owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Jordan Andrus in the High School 15/16 age group in the 128 lb wt class, Aiden Bouwens in the 11/12 Open age group in the 119 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 75 lb wt class, Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Landon Demorest in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class and Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

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Youth wrestlers take top spots


Cedar Springs youth wrestlers have continued to win by wrestling in numerous tournaments during the month of February.

At Lakewood on February 8, the top placers were:

5/6    1st Veronica Tapia 40lb

3rd Analize Tapia 43lb

7/8    2nd Pistachio Gonzales 61lb

3rd Wyatt Cooper 97lb

9/10  3rd Tacho Gonzales 71lb

1st Andrew Vanessa 75lb

11/12 3rd Trever Marsman 70lb

At Holt on February 8:

1st Gage Gardner 170lb

At Sparta on February 15:

5/6     4th  Eli Gunderson 37lb

1st  Veronica Tapia 40lb

2nd Tucker Crystal 40lb

4th  Analize Tapia 43lb

4th  Taylor Gundersen 46lb

4th  Jonathan Libera 52lb

1st  Tyler Parmeter 55lb

7/8     3rd  Luke Bouwens 49lb

4th  Keaton Klaasen 55lb

2nd  Pistachio Gonzales 58lb

3rd  Owen Bouwens 72lb

1st  Wyatt Cooper 112lb

9/10   3rd  Tacho Gonzales 71lb

11/12 2nd Trever Marsman 70lb

13-15 1st Fred White 80lb

1st Logan Hull 100lb

1st Reese Gonzales 107lb

1st Allexis Gonzales 145lb

At Tri County on Feb. 15:

13-15 1st Gage Gardner 170lb

Meijer State Games on February 22:

5/6     4th Jonathan Libera 52lbs

1st  Tyler Parmeter 55lb

7/8     1st Keaton Klassen 55lb

2nd Hudson Crystal 64lb

9/10   1st Andrew VanGessel 75lb

4th Logan Troupe 80lb

1st Carter Falan 85lb

2nd Kamden Klaasen 90lb

13-15  1st Gage Gardner 170lb

Be sure to keep your eyes on the next couple weeks of the Cedar Springs Post as the MYWAY youth wrestling season is winding down to the final weeks. Regionals will be held on March 14 and 15 at Lowell High School. More information will be in next week’s Post so you can come to support your local youth wrestlers!

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Limits of Cold Tolerance

By Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

Mike’s water line burst in the crawl space at -23 F, Charlie and Julianne had the main water line to the house freeze at -16 F, and we had a kitchen waterline freeze. Mike replaced a 6-inch section of piping and the others, with quick attention, were thawed with no damage.

Significant below zero temperatures in the area have not occurred in 20 years. Cold air settles in the lowland at Ody Brook. During a recent week, two days experienced -15 F and another -16 F.

For wildlife the cold can be more than an inconvenience. Locally millions of animals, mostly insects, likely froze during February’s cold snap. Some survivors were probably maimed. Such events are hidden from our view. Opossums have established more northerly and we can expect frostbit, stub-tailed animals this spring unless the naked tailed animals had well protected shelters. Many opossums likely froze because they do not have a well-developed under fur and protective guard hairs like mammals better adapted to this climate.

Insect species inhabit areas with suitable climate and expand populations northward when milder climatic conditions allow. Each year Painted Lady butterflies immigrate northward, reproduce, and late season offspring succumb during winter. Other species have partial success until an extreme winter ends range expansion. Life expands, from best survival conditions in core habitat areas, to outlying fringe areas, where generations over time might develop survival adaptations to new conditions. The new local genotype adaptations get passed on to offspring.

Flowering Dogwood trees from Georgia, sold at plant nurseries in Michigan, will not be as hardy as those with local genotypes developed in a northern climate. Nursery purchasing agents probably buy appropriate plant stock but ask for stock origin when buying.

Over-wintering Giant Swallowtail butterflies spend the winter in pupae and are thought to die during Michigan winters. Most probably do but there might be exceptions. I’ve found them in some habitats year after year and not in suitable neighboring habitats. That indicates that some populations have succeeded in isolated areas. In the mid 1990’s, -30 F eliminated the Giant Swallowtail from even those limited areas. It was several years before immigrants established colonies in those areas again.

Eastern Bluebirds used nest boxes at Ody Brook but the -30 F froze a bird during the night. In the morning a survivor sharing the nest box tried to leave but its wing feathers were frozen to the dead bird and it could not break free. It was found hanging dead outside the nest box hole. I wonder if more birds had huddled in the box and survived.

Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, chickadees and many other birds spend the winter picking millions of hibernating insects from vegetation. Even one failed food-finding day could spell death and successive day failures result in starvation. Fortunately the Black-capped Chickadee has a hibernation-like torpor during the night to help it save energy and survive. Once I saw a chickadee eating a dead chickadee and it insured existence through another winter’s day.

A multitude of insects undoubtedly perished in recent cold but their bodies continue as food for other animals, fungi, bacteria, and Protozoans. Those that selected winter hibernation sites that became buried in snow have a better chance for survival. Deep snow is fortunate. The Viceroy butterfly winters as a tiny 1/8-inch long caterpillar in a curled willow leaf tied with silk to the twig. Will its nature niche adaptations developed over millennia ensure survival this year? Interestingly, Florida Viceroy genotypes have developed unique genotype adaptations to that climate and its predators.

Local aspens might not be adapted to -20 F and many could experience tree bark splitting injuries in extended cold, while those in northern Canada have adaptations to survive to -40 F. Take a walk to look for fresh splits in tree trunks and branches. They are good places to watch birds and squirrels eating sap-sickles when tree juices flow. Yes, its time for us to taste sugary sap-sickles. Any season is good for nature exploration.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net Ody Brook, 13010 Northland Dr, Cedar Springs, MI 49319-8433, or call 616-696-1753.

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DNR’s annual frog survey marks 20th year


The Department of Natural Resources announced this week that its 20th annual statewide Frog and Toad Survey would begin this spring. Michigan’s survey is second only to Wisconsin’s in longevity.

The DNR Wildlife Division coordinates and analyzes data for the survey, while volunteers throughout the state conduct the field work for the survey. These annual survey efforts help biologists monitor frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state.

“We have collected a large, valuable data set to help us evaluate Michigan’s frog and toad populations,” said Lori Sargent, the DNR’s survey coordinator. “We’re now able to start watching trends and thinking about how to slow down some of the species’ declines.”

For example, Sargent pointed out that over the past 19 years Michigan has seen a decline in Fowler’s toads and mink frogs, two species that have a limited range in the state, unlike most of the other species that occur statewide.

Declining populations of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are disappearing due to habitat loss, pollution, disease and collection.

Volunteer observers conduct the surveys along a statewide system of permanent survey routes, each consisting of 10 wetland sites. Observers visit these sites three times during spring, when frogs and toads are actively breeding, listening for calling frogs and toads at each site, identifying the species present and making an estimate of abundance.

“We could still use some new volunteers in all parts of the state,” Sargent said. “Please consider joining us for a fun, educational time every spring and adopt a route. The continued success of the program is dependent on strong volunteer support.”

Those interested in volunteering should contact Lori Sargent at SargentL@michigan.gov or 517-284-6216 and provide their name and address.

More information on the Frog and Toad Survey and other projects supported by the Nongame Wildlife Fund is available at www.michigan.gov/wildlife.

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Successful year for Master Angler program

Did you know there are fish this size in Cedar Springs? Richard Virkstis, of Walker, made the Master Angler list in 2011 when he caught this Northern pike in Lime Lake, just west of Cedar Springs. It was 44.5 inches long, and just under 20 lbs.

Did you know there are fish this size in Cedar Springs? Richard Virkstis, of Walker, made the Master Angler list in 2011 when he caught this Northern pike in Lime Lake, just west of Cedar Springs. It was 44.5 inches long, and just under 20 lbs.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the results from its 2014 Master Angler program—a program that has been in place since 1973 to recognize large fish caught by recreational anglers. This past year, 987 anglers representing 19 states and Canada submitted catches that were recognized as Master Angler fish. That is a decrease from the 1,208 fish recognized in 2013. Of the entries accepted, 327 were categorized as “catch and keep” and 660 were categorized as “catch and release.” The most popular 2014 Master Angler entries by species include:

84 smallmouth bass

76 bluegill

60 crappie

57 channel catfish

56 rainbow trout

54 rock bass

37 walleye

Master Angler entries for 2014 included five state records, including flathead catfish (52.0 pounds, caught on Barron Lake by Dale Blakley of Niles); white perch (1.93 pounds, caught on Muskegon Lake by Aaron Slagh of Holland); brown bullhead (3.77 pounds, caught on Alcona Pond by Jared Gusler of Fairview); black buffalo (41.25 pounds, caught on Bear Lake by Joshua Teunis of Grand Haven); and quillback carpsucker (8.25 pounds, caught on Hardy Dam Pond by Benjamin Frey of Grand Rapids).

Submissions for the 2015 Master Angler program are being accepted now through Jan. 10, 2016. To download an application, visit michigan.gov/masterangler. Anglers are encouraged to submit their applications as fish are caught, rather than holding submissions until the end of the year.

The DNR reminds anglers that it is now even easier to participate in the Master Angler program, since the weight requirement has been removed for catch-and-keep entries. Anglers will no longer need to find a commercial scale to weigh their fish, as both the catch-and-keep and catch-and-release categories will now be based only on length. However, anglers should keep in mind that state-record fish still will be determined by weight.
Dozens of photos showing a variety of Master Angler catches over the years are available on the DNR’s Facebook page in the Master Angler photo album.

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DNR recommends charges in elk-poaching case

Reward offered for other elk-poaching incidents

A Jackson County man has confessed to the illegal killing of a small bull elk during the firearm deer season in Otsego County, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers who investigated the incident.

A passerby discovered elk parts dumped along a rural road Nov. 29, 2014. A DNR conservation officer investigating the scene located a grocery store receipt among the entrails of an elk. A six-week investigation ensued, and they identified and interviewed a suspect, who confessed. The Otsego County prosecutor is now reviewing charges.

According to Lt. Jim Gorno, DNR law enforcement supervisor in Gaylord, officers from southern Michigan, a diligent Report All Poaching (RAP) Hotline dispatcher, and a detective from the department’s Special Investigations Unit assisted conservation officers from the DNR’s Gaylord Customer Service Ce nter in the investigation.

“This case started with very limited clues and evidence, but through solid investigative follow-up, in conjunction with excellent teamwork being displayed by several of our officers around the state, it was brought to a successful conclusion,” said Gorno. “It shows diligence and tenacity in investigating cases involving our high-value fish and game species.”

Elk poaching carries fines of up to $2,500, restitution to the state of up to $1,500, loss of the firearm used in the incident and loss of hunting privileges for up to three years.

Conservation officers continue to investigate a number of poaching-related incidents involving elk in northern Michigan. Anyone with information regarding any incident is asked to call the DNR Law Enforcement Division at the Gaylord Customer Service Center at 989-732-3541 or the 24-hour RAP Line at 800-292-7800.

Any fish, game or natural resources violation can be reported to the DNR’s RAP Line or with the online reporting form available at the DNR website www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

Information leading to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward funded by the Game and Fish Protection Fund. Information also may be left anonymously.

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Five key facts about unemployment benefits


IRS Tax Tip 2014-30 

If you lose your job, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. The payments may serve as much needed relief. But did you know unemployment benefits are taxable? Here are five key facts about unemployment compensation:

1. Unemployment is taxable.  

You must include all unemployment compensation as income for the year. You should receive a Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments by Jan. 31 of the following year. This form will show the amount paid to you and the amount of any federal income tax withheld.

2. Paid under U.S. or state law.  

There are various types of unemployment compensation. Unemployment includes amounts paid under U.S. or state unemployment compensation laws. For more information, see Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income.

3. Union benefits may be taxable.  

You must include benefits paid to you from regular union dues in your income. Other rules may apply if you contributed to a special union fund and those contributions are not deductible. In that case, you only include as income any amount that you got that was more than the contributions you made.

4. You may have tax withheld.  

You can choose to have federal income tax withheld from your unemployment. You can have this done using Form W-4V, Voluntary Withholding Request. If you choose not to have tax withheld, you may need to make estimated tax payments during the year.

5. Visit IRS.gov for help.  

If you’re facing financial difficulties, you should visit the IRS.gov page: “What Ifs” for Struggling Taxpayers. This page explains the tax effect of events such as job loss. For example, if your income decreased, you may be eligible for certain tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you owe federal taxes and can’t pay your bill, contact the IRS. In many cases, the IRS can take steps to help ease your financial burden.

For more details visit IRS.gov and check Publication 525. You can view, download and print Form W-4V at IRS.gov/forms anytime.

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #9

Fish Fry at the Legion

Mar. 6: Now serving Alaskan Pollock! The American Legion in Cedar Springs on the corner of Main and Beech Streets, is hosting a fish fry on Friday, March 6th from 5 to 7 pm. Fish fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, coffee, punch and dessert. $8 per person, all you can eat. #9

Snowmobile Museum Show & Swap

Mar. 7: The West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library is holding a Show & Swap on the museum grounds. Saturday, March 7th from 9 am to 4 pm. All sleds welcome! Trophies for 10 classes, food and raffles. Sled Raffle in honor of board member Bob Shively. 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs, 616-636-7232. #9p

Languages of Love

Mar. 10: Rescheduled from Feb. 24th. Anne King, Teach & Motivation Consultant is the featured speaker. There are five basic love languages – five ways to express love emotionally. Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved. Learn to identify your language, the language of your family members and how to best relate to your child. Tuesday, March 10th at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 pm. Sessions are open to parents, students and community members. #9

Free Nutrition Classes

Mar. 12: Free Nutrition Classes beginning March 12th at 11 am at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave. “Eat Healthy, Be Active.” This class is presented thru the Michigan State University Extension. This will be a 6 week course. Please call the church office to register. 616-696-3229. #9,10p

KDL Lab: Get Revved Up

Mar. 12: Interested in cars? Want to learn how an engine works? Create your own rubber band car, help us build an engine model and even design you won style of car or truck. For all ages. Thursday, March 12th at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen. #9

St. Patrick’s Festival

Mar. 15: The second annual Saint Patrick’s Festival will be held 4 pm Sunday, March 15th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 South Main Street. Admission is free and includes a traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner or a Chicken Nugget with Mac and Cheese dinner. Enjoy dinner with traditional and inspirational Irish music. You may even catch a glimpse of The Saint Himself. Contributions for outreach are accepted. Free tickets are required to ensure a seat and may be ordered at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Saint John Paul II Church, The Barn, Copies Plus or Take 2 Game Shop. #9,10p

St. Patty’s Scavenger Hunt

Mar. 15: Celebrate the Holiday with a “Nature Scavenger Hunt.” There will be prizes. Fun for all ages. Hidden things will be in our center and outdoors, so rain or shine come find that pot of gold! For all ages. Sunday, March 15th from 2:30 – 4 pm. Donation of $5 per person. See our website for details. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. www.lilysfrogpad.com. #9

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 17: Michigan Blood Drive, March 17th from 2 – 7 pm, sponsored by the Solon Center Wesleyan Church Outreach Team. Anyone who attempts to give blood will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Meijer Gift Card. Appointments are appreciated, however, walk-ins are welcome! Located at 15671 Algoma Ave. 616-696-3229. Be a Hero, Give Blood! #9,10p

CS 1995 State Wrestling Championship Reunion

Mar. 21: What a season to remember! Cedar’s wrestling team traveled to Battle Creek and brought home the State Trophy! It’s been 20 years already. So, lets celebrate it again and travel down memory lane. Join the 1995 wrestling team, coaches, parents and all other supporters on Saturday, March 21st at 6 pm in the High School cafeteria for a time of refreshments and fellowship. At 7 pm we will move to the gymnasium to spend some time capturing some of the best pictures and lots of fond memories that we all experienced during that exciting season. For more information, contact Gail Armstron at 616-984-6033 or Brandon Wood at 616-916-9751. Hope to see lots of you there! #9

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