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Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit


Spring Theater Production May 18 & 20

Announcing CTA’s spring play, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit. CTA Drama students have been hard at work on their first ever full-length play. You will not want to miss this funny spoof on the Law and Order series. This story focuses on Detective HD (Humpty Dumpty) and Detective Cindy (Cinderella) as they investigate the mysterious destruction of the three little pig’s houses.

Many well-known fairy tale characters such as Hansel and Gretel, the Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill and more become suspects in the story. To see how the mystery plays out, come see the performance!

May 18 & 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

CTA Auditorium

Tickets are $3 in advance/$5 at the door

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APRIL 17 4th & 5th Grade Health Curriculum

Parent Meeting

20PA Meeting

24 Town Hall Meeting 6-7:00 p.m. – CTA


24-27K-8 Student-Led Conferences

Book Sale

28 Early Release


Popcorn Day

MAY 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week

2 Elementary Spring Concert

8 Coffee Time with the School Leader/


12 Early Release

18&20CTA Drama Club Spring Production

19 Wall of Honor Induction

CTA PA-hosted Carnival

19 Wall of Honor Induction

PA Spring Carnival

22-24 Student-Led Conferences (HS Only)

22 Girls Charging Ahead 5K

24 Last Day of School for Seniors

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

● 3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

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Cedar loses to Lowell, wins at N. Muskegon

Peyton Newman turns back from a lead off in Friday’s win over North Muskegon.

Peyton Newman turns back from a lead off in Friday’s win over North Muskegon.

JV Baseball

The JV Red Hawks baseball team lost a three-game series against the Lowell Red Arrows last week. The games were led by the bats of Seth Biggs and Peyton Newman, who both provided timely hitting and good base running.

Coach Tyson Hoffman said, “Lowell was a good team, with very disciplined and well coached athletes. We were able to stick with them for a lot of the game and made some good plays, but also showed our youth. We have to work on our fundamentals to get to their level.” Tuesday’s double headers ended with a loss of 12-4 and 5-4. Thursday’s loss was 12-3.

Last Friday’s battle against North Muskegon proved a win. The team was able to grind out at bats driving the starting pitchers count up to 91 in four innings. Peyton Newman was starting pitcher for Cedar Springs, who held the Norsemen at bay for the first four innings. Jerome Patin provided just over two innings of relief for the save, while Lucas Secord made multiple catches in the outfield, showing very good range for the position. The final score was 11-8.

The Red Hawks play against Grant, Greenville, and Holland West Ottawa this week.

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Varsity golf wins at Lakeview

Varsity golf team members from left to right front row: Paul Krajewski, Brad Barnard, Brendon Johnson, Jarred Reyers. Back row: Evan Galle, James Powell and Coach Dave Schlump.

Varsity golf team members from left to right front row: Paul Krajewski, Brad Barnard, Brendon Johnson, Jarred Reyers. Back row: Evan Galle, James Powell and Coach Dave Schlump.

On Saturday, April 15, our Cedar Springs Boys Varsity Golf Team took first place in the Lakeview High School Brookside Invitational. The total team score was 356. There were seven schools at the invitational.

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JV golf wins over Sparta


The Cedar Springs JV golf team opened up their season this past Monday, April 10, with a victory over Sparta, 232-233. Josh Allen shot a 57, Austin Emmorey and Jared Hause 58’s and Trey Lewis a 59. On Wednesday, April 12, the Red Hawks finished 7th at the Kenowa Hills Invite with a 216. Emmorey and Carson Svalen shot 52’s, Allen a 55, and Hause, Lewis and Dane Conley all shot 57’s.

“It was a cold, wet week,” said Coach London. “Having the boys shoot in the 50’s was a win with those conditions.”

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“A Rose of a Play” comes to Kent Theatre Friday and Saturday


Ever wonder what goes into bringing a play to the stage when you’re dealing with dysfunctional, eccentric actors and a director who has seen it all?

That’s the backdrop of a new production called “A Rose of a Play,’’ which is being presented at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22.

Play author and director Brian Thomas takes 10 years of community theater experience and rolls it into what he calls  “one grand ole’ spoof of community theater.’’

Center to the play – and its namesake, is Patricia Rose, a local stage veteran who has produced scores of community plays in a career of more than 50 years.

The production casts a spotlight on the hijinks and hilarity that comes with putting a play on the stage – ranging from absentee actors to questionable props.

“A Rose of a Play is based pretty much on real experiences I’ve had while acting with Mr. Rose and her theater groups,’’ Thomas said. “Several of the actors were in many of her plays; they have first-hand experience for the parts they’re playing.

“This show is to honor Ms. Rose and the experiences and memories she has opened for many, many people,’’ Thomas said.

Shows are Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Kent Theatre is located at 8 N. Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs.

The cost of admission is $10 for those ages 13 and up and $5 for those 12 and under.

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Michigan Warrior Day to be held in Grand Rapids


ENT-Warriors-logoWarriors Team Up with Michigan State Police and Autism Support of Kent County


Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 13, 2017) – The Michigan Warriors Hockey Program (MWHP), the 2017 USA Hockey Warrior/Standing Amputee National Champions, have announced the first ever “Michigan Warrior Day” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 6th. 

The purpose of MWHP is to give wounded or injured veterans the opportunity to play hockey in a safe and adaptive environment, as well as to provide a place for disabled veterans to form friendships and network.

This event is being held to welcome new players to the MWHP in the West Michigan area.  Players do not need to have any prior hockey or skating experience, and participation in MWHP is provided at little to no cost to the participants.  The general criteria required to participate in the MWHP program is; having served in the Military (with DD214 as proof), a disability rating through the VA of 10% or greater and/or a Purple Heart (pending VA claims are also accepted on a case by case basis with restrictions in some Warriors tournaments).

The event will kick off on Saturday, May 6 at 11:30 am at Patterson Ice Center, 2550 Patterson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The day will start with a “Stick and Puck” session from 11:30-1:00pm (for MWHP qualified Veterans with their own hockey gear and hockey experience), followed by a “Try Hockey for Free” session (for MWHP qualified Veterans who have little to no skating or hockey experience) from 1:00-2:30 pm.  The MWHP will have safety equipment available for both sessions.

After the ice time concludes, we invite all in attendance to join us for lunch and an informational session.  This will provide an opportunity to meet current leadership and members of the organization, along with learning more about who the MWHP is, how they help the disabled Veteran community and the philanthropic goals of the MWHP.

Later that afternoon, at 3:30 pm, the current members of the MWHP will take on the Michigan State Police Hockey Team for an exciting, fast-paced game. The proceeds from the events of the day will go towards Autism Support of Kent County (ASK), an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for autism-related programs in West Michigan, including but not limited to autism safety and awareness training for law enforcement officers and first responders, providing funding to the West Michigan Special Hockey Association as well as funding the Project Lifesaver Program.

On Sunday at noon, everyone is invited to join members and leadership of the MWHP along with members of the Michigan State Police as they walk in the “2017 Walk for Autism” at John Ball Zoo to continue to raise funds and support for ASK.  If you wish to donate, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/grmichwarrior

For more information on becoming a member of the Michigan Warrior Hockey Program, please email JD Dunn, Chief of Hockey Operations at jdunn@miwarriors.com.  For media inquiries, to make a donation, or more information on the “Michigan Warrior Day”’ events, please email Marie Sly at marie@wmspecialhockey.org.  The Michigan Warriors website can be found at www.michiganwarriorshockey.com

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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.

Library Spring Book Sale

Apr. 20-22: The Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL branch will hold their Spring Book Sale on Thursday, April 20th from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, April 21st from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. The sale will be held in the Library Community Room. The library is located at 88 Eighth St. in Sand Lake. 616-784-2007. #15,16p

Mom2Mom Sale

Apr. 22: Come shop our huge selection of children’s items and mommy must haves! Stop by our bake sale for some yummy sweets, win a gift basket at the raffle table or even grab a bite to eat for lunch. This Saturday, April 22nd from 9 am to 2 pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake. For questions or concerns please contact Nicole at 616-263-9662. #16

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 23: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 23rd at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music will be shared by Ben Crofoot and the Crofoot family. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #16p

The Gathering Invites You

Apr. 23: Are you 18-29? Are you looking for a place to belong? The Gathering welcomes you and invites you to join us Sunday, April 23rd at 5:45 for a time of fun, fellowship, and worship. Come hear a positive message and make a difference in the community. We are located at Midtown, 130 N. Luray St., Greenville, MI 48838. Feel free to bring a friend and check us out on Facebook. #16

Free Family Event

Apr. 28: En Gedi and the YMCA are co-sponsoring a FREE Family Event at the Belmont YMCA on Friday, April 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The facility will be open to all families at no charge. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. This opportunity is being provided with the En Gedi Mission of “building families”. More details on the En Gedi Facebook page or for any questions you can contact Pastor Craig at CraigTOwens1@gmail.com. #16

Youth Theatre Workshop

Apr. 29: The Cedar Spring Community Players will be putting on a theatre workshop for youth ages 8-18 on Saturday, April 29th. Sign up information and more details on www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #16

Volunteer Day at HCNC

Apr. 29: Volunteers are what makes Howard Christensen Nature Center happen. We always have a lot more work to be done than manpower to do it. Come on out and give us a hand anytime by calling the office. HCNC’s annual Spring work day, Saturday, April 29th all day, is a great opportunity to help us plant flowers, clean up trails from winter and get ready for another great summer of events. There will be a book and plant sale on that day. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #16

Carnival Bingo

May 6: Come join the fun, and help the North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their furnace on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 3 pm. We will have a baked goods sale going on, and chances to win gift baskets as well. So come check out the Senior Center, 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs, and have a great time playing bingo! Only 25¢ for 3 bingo cards per game to play. #16

Hunter Safety Class at HCNC

May 9: Howard Chirstensen Nature Center will hold Hunter Safety Class starting on Tuesday, May 9th from 5-8 pm, Thursday, May 11th from 5-8 pm and Saturday, May 13th from 9-1 pm. Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director Dave all three days for our Spring Hunters Safety Class. After completion of this course you will leave with your certificate from the Michigan DNR affirming your knowledge of safety afield. $5 per person or Free for members. HCNC, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, requests preregistration, www.HowardChristensen.org. 616-675-3158. #16

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Amash talks partisanship, Syria, healthcare


N-Amash-pullquoteBy Judy Reed

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash told the crowd at Cedar Springs High School Monday night, April 10, that the partisanship in Washington is the worst he’s ever seen, and that the leadership doesn’t seem to be interested in breaking the gridlock.

“I’ve always said that we need to work with each other, have honest debate, and let things fall where they may. The only way you fix it is by choosing a speaker of the house who is non-partisan. It takes tremendous will, and I haven’t seen that with this or the previous speaker,” remarked Amash.

N-Amash2The town hall meeting was the first of several that Amash is holding throughout the district over the next week.

He explained that the only things that go to the floor for a vote are the things that the leadership wants, things that have no chance of passing, or things too mild to affect anything. “We either need a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new one,” he said.

Amash is a firm believer in the principles of the Constitution. He is known for not only standing up for those principles, but also for not mincing words when it comes to politicians he feels are violating them, such as President Trump. That was the case with the President’s recent strikes on Syria.

“The process was not right,” said Amash. “He risked escalating the situation. The framers of the Constitution gave to Congress the power to declare war because we are the closest to the people. I’m here holding the town hall meeting, not Donald Trump. With war, I might be sending your son or daughter off to be killed. To think you can launch a missile strike with no consequence is naïve.”

Amash explained that the War Powers Resolution is often used to justify one-off strikes. Those cases are supposed to only happen when the U.S. itself has been attacked. It says: “The President’s powers as Commander in Chief are exercised only pursuant to a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization from Congress, or a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States” (50 USC Sec. 1541).

“It did not give the president the authority to do what he did,” noted Amash. “There are times we want him to act quickly. But it’s not for offensive acts against another government.”

Amash said the framers of the Constitution left it up to the people to decide whether they want war, and the president then conducts the war.

He did say he thought they should continue to go after ISIS, but that they should update the 2001 mission and goal, and have more debate about it in Congress. “I don’t think you can have perpetual war; it’s dangerous,” he said.

Amash also talked about why he didn’t support the failed Republican proposal on healthcare. “It didn’t repeal the ACA, just tweaked it,” he explained. “The ACA is not functioning the way we’d like it to function. Premiums are going up for a lot of people. It helps many, but also hurts many. We need to start over, in a bipartisan way. The Republican proposal just restructures it, and tweaks can make it worse. It left the sickest and most vulnerable at risk.”

He said that there is no reason to rush it. “We want to make sure we get it right. They just wanted to get it done quickly. It was just a political plan. I’m part of the Freedom Caucus, and I’m sure you heard that we caused it to fail. It’s not true. There were more Republicans going to vote against it than were part of the Freedom Caucus.” Amash said that 50-80 Republicans would have voted against the bill. “It would have been actually very embarrassing, and that’s why they pulled it,” Amash said.

After the failure of the bill, an aide to President Trump called Amash a liability over Twitter and urged Trump supporters to vote for a different Republican candidate in 2018.

But Amash isn’t letting that sway him. “We should’ve worked with the Democrats on it. It needs to be bipartisan. We need buy-in. I still believe the best system is to let states regulate health care. They have different people, different demographics. Allow them to try out a variety of ways. There would be more alternatives, more choices, and would cause the least amount of tension. If you didn’t like it, you could move to another state. I think it would be easier to move out of state than out of the country,” he said, which brought a chuckle from the crowd.

Amash touched on several other topics including immigration, Internet privacy, education, the presidential transparency act, and more, and answered questions for two hours. He also encouraged residents to let him know their feelings on possible war with Syria, and to reach out to his office if they have problems, such as veterans getting assistance, immigration issues, and other concerns.

You can contact the Grand Rapids office at (616) 451-8383 or send physical mail to 110 Michigan St NW, Suite 460, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You can also email him through his website. Visit https://amash.house.gov/contact-me.

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Courtland man dies after crashing into tree


This photo shows the tire tracks where the man’s pickup ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Photo from Woodtv.com.

This photo shows the tire tracks where the man’s pickup ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Photo from Woodtv.com.

Police believe alcohol and speed may have been a factor in a crash that killed a Courtland Township man early Wednesday morning.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, an off-duty Grand Rapids police officer came upon the crash scene on 14 Mile Ct, near Northland Drive, shortly before 2 a.m., April 12, and discovered a 56-year-old Rockford man unresponsive, after striking a tree with his pickup truck.

The Sheriff Department, Courtland Fire/Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance then responded to the scene.

The man was identified as Jeffery Alan Peterson, 56, of Courtland Township. He was driving a 2008 Lincoln Mark LT. He was the only person in the vehicle.

The crash is still under investigation.

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