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This double tornado was one of 47 tornadoes that occurred on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965 and affected several states in the Midwest, including Michigan. This particular tornado hit the Midway Trailer park in Indiana, killing 33 people.

This double tornado was one of 47 tornadoes that occurred on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965 and affected several states in the Midwest, including Michigan. This particular tornado hit the Midway Trailer park in Indiana, killing 33 people.

Severe weather awareness week April 6-12

 

We don’t see a lot of tornadoes in our area, but they do happen in Michigan. It was on Palm Sunday, 49 years ago, April 11, 1965, that 47 tornadoes broke out in several Midwest states—including here in Kent County—killing and injuring hundreds of people.

That F4 tornado traveled over 20 miles north of Grand Rapids and caused five deaths and injured almost 150 people. Thirty-four homes were destroyed and nearly 200 others damaged near the northern suburbs of Comstock Park and Alpine. Damage amounts were estimated at almost $15 million.

Are you ready if another strikes? This week, April 6-12, is severe weather awareness week. And the Michigan State Police are asking residents to ensure their safety and reduce damage by practicing emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather hazards,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “That includes flooding, thunderstorms and tornados. By taking the initiative and preparing today, you and your family will be ready when an emergency or disaster happens.”

This is the oldest known photograph of a tornado, 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota, August 28, 1884. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection.

This is the oldest known photograph of a tornado, 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota, August 28, 1884. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection.

Tornadoes, floods, thunder and lightning storms and extreme heat are can occur at any time. Spring and summer brings fast-changing weather conditions, increasing the potential for severe weather. Steps can be taken to prepare before severe weather strikes to minimize damage and ensure safe evacuation or shelter such as understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, creating an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list.

Once again Michigan residents were reminded in 2013 that severe weather can strike at any time. While most Michigan tornadoes occur from May to August during the afternoon and evening hours, a November 2013 severe weather outbreak hit Michigan with three reported tornadoes.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there were two deaths and two injuries in Michigan from severe weather in 2013. The injuries resulted from severe thunderstorm winds. Flooding, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes were responsible for about $277 million in damages in 2013, compared to $210 million in damages in 2012.

In 2013, southeast Michigan had an above average severe weather season while the rest of the state recorded well below average activity. The state experienced less significant severe weather events in 2013 compared to 2012, but there were more days of severe weather, especially for southeast Michigan.

Even with the sporadic activity, the severe weather in Michigan still took a substantial toll on the state.

In 2013, there were 12 tornadoes across the state, which is just below the average of 15. There were three separate events when the 12 tornadoes occurred. Six of the 12 tornadoes developed between Lansing and Flint on May 28, two tornadoes developed around midnight in Livingston County on August 28-29, and the last three developed with the severe weather outbreak of November 17. The strongest tornadoes were rated EF2 and hit areas just north of Fenton and near Goodrich on May 28.

To find out what you should do to prepare for, or what to do during and after a severe weather event, visit our website at www.cedarspringspost.com and click on Severe weather awareness week. Or go to  www.michigan.gov/beprepared.

 

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Library receives matching fundraising check

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The Modern Woodmen of America recently presented a $500 matching check to the Cedar Springs Public Library as a result of the January quilt show.

The youth group organized, baked and ran a fantastic bake sale and accepted donations to raise money for the Friends at the second annual Quilt Show Fund Raiser on Saturday, January 25. Modern Woodmen youth and parents were very engaged in all aspects of the Quilt Show from setting up to tearing down.

Over the years the Cedar Springs Youth Group has conducted benefits for such projects as the Veterans’ Memorial Park, the Elmwood Cemetery, the Boy Scout cabin, the Cedar Springs Library (stainless steel drop box), the Nelson/Sand Lake Library (flag), winter hat and glove drive for Cedar Trails, light bulbs for trailer park residents on 18 Mile Road, Metron (flags), City Hall (baked goods for police officers), Fire Department (flag), Kent City Fire Department (flag), flags for Cedar View and the middle school, CS Garden Club (assisted in planting flowers) and they are actively seeking new projects.
To find out more about the mission and how to request funds for your non-profit project, contact our very own Junior Director, Annette Nelson, at 616-240-4863. To email Annette, shrjanelson@yahoo.com.

 

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Fun Easter activities for kids

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The Cedar Springs Post will not be holding an Easter Egg hunt this year, but watch for the community Easter egg hunt to be back next year, possibly with a new host. For this year, you can find plenty of Easter fun at the hunts below!

 

Easter bunny at the library

April 11: The Easter Bunny will stop by the Cedar Springs Public Library on Friday, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m. He will bring along some small bunnies and lambs from Double K Farms for children to pet. Come and enjoy stories and a craft, too.

 

Easter egg hunt at nature center

April 12:  The Howard Christensen Nature Center is having its 3rd annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, rain, shine or snow. Hunts starts promptly at 10 a.m. for ages 3 and under; 10:45 a.m. for ages 4 to 7; and 11:30 a.m. for ages 8 to 11. Bring a basket, or they will have extras. They will have over 1,500 eggs this year, prizes, and lots of candy! Golden and silver eggs are special. Meet at the Interpretive Center, event takes place in their prairie area just north of the Interpretive Center, beyond the parking lot. Visit www.lilysfrogpad.com for more details.

 

Easter bunny at Sand Lake

April 12: The Easter Bunny will visit the Sand Lake VFW on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and say hello!

 

Easter egg hunt at Resurrection Lutheran

April 13: On your mark get set go! Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will hold their Easter egg hunt on April 13 immediately following 9:30 a.m. service. Games and crafts, too. This event is open to the public and we welcome seekers of all ages. Please come join us. We love meeting new friends and please feel free to invite others!

 

Easter egg hunt at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

April 19: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church will hold an Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 19. They are located 10295 Myers Lake Avenue, Rockford, between 12 and 13 Mile.

 

Family Easter carnival and egg hunt at Grace Evangelical

April 19: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford, will hold a Family Easter Carnival on Saturday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Easter egg hunt will start right at 10:30 a.m., with indoor carnival games to follow.

 

Easter egg-stravaganza at Solon Center Wesleyan

April 19: An Easter egg-stravaganza, a celebration for children, will be held on Saturday, April 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile. All children 10 years old and under are invited to attend. There will be games, candy, prizes, a special Easter presentation, and two bikes will be given away as grand prizes. For more info call the church at 696-3229 or go to scwchurch.org.

 

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Four youth wrestlers are state champions

Cedar springs youth state placers and coaches. Missing from photo is Veronica Tapia. Visit Cedar Springs Wrestling on Facebook to follow your local youth and high school champions.

Cedar springs youth state placers and coaches. Missing from photo is Veronica Tapia. Visit Cedar Springs Wrestling on Facebook to follow your local youth and high school champions.

Months of hard work and dedication to one of the toughest sports known to man has paid off for Red Hawk youth wrestlers. From March 28 to March 30, over 2,500 wrestlers, ages 4 to 19, competed at the MYWAY State Championships held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent a grand total of 17 state qualifiers to compete at the finals. Of those 17 wrestlers, 12 placed in the top 6, further qualifying them to compete at Nationals. Another accomplishment, not held by any other club in the area, is that Cedar Springs crowned a total of four 2014 State Champions this year!

Landon Demorest took on Mason Willis from Jr Marauders in the championship round. Demorest, who had a career record of 1 win and 2 losses against Willis, defeated Willis with a score of 3-2, making him the 2014 State Champion in the 47lb 9/10 division.

Ryan Ringler went undefeated, 4 pins and one decision, on a chart of 30 wrestlers.  Ringler, with a second round pin against runner-up Devin Trevino from Oxford, was crowned State Champion at 158lb in the 11/12 division.

Sisters, Reese and Allexis Gonzales both took State Champion in the first MYWAY Girls State Tournament.  Reese, who weighed in at 92lbs, earned her State Championship title with first round pins against all of her opponents in the 12 and under Heavy Weight division. Allexis, a seventh grader, took State Champion with one pin and two decisions in the 14 and under 122/130 combined weight division, taking championship over 8th grader, Brittney Ratliff from Onsted.

Pistachio Gonzales battled his way back on a chart of 26 wrestlers after suffering a second round loss to state runner-up, Da’Quavon White from Pontiac Huskies. He worked back to take third at 58lb in the 5/6 division!

Tommy Stevens, who wrestled at 58lb in the 7/8 division also worked his back on a 33 person chart. Suffering only one loss, Stevens took third after a 45 second pin against Oxford wrestler, Auggie Anderson.

Cora Gonzales, who competed at 52lb in the Girls 8 and under division, took a very impressive third place finish.  This was her first year wrestling and she plans to continue.

Rounding off the third place finishers, was high schooler, Jordan Ringler. After his initial loss in the second round, Jordan won his next five matches, three pins and two decisions, to take third place against Michael Gibbs from Waterford.

Zoe Gonzales took fourth in the Girls State 12 and under 76lb division.

Veronica Tapia took fifth in the Girls State 8 and under 44lb division.

On a 29 person chart at 63lb in the 9/10 division, Trevor Marsman wrestled his way to a sixth place finish with a total of four wins and two losses.

Aiden Bouwens, who went 4-2 on a 20 person chart, also finished sixth place at 100lb in the 9/10 division.

The Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers did very well during the 2014 season and will continue to excel against some of the toughest wrestlers here in Michigan and the nation because they ARE the toughest. They work hard and are determined to be champions.

 

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Stepping out for spring?

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People with diabetes should check their feet first

(BPT) – Spring is finally here and it’s an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, remember these important steps to ensure your feet are in shape:

* Get the green light from your health care provider. Discuss the type of physical activity that’s best for you and ask your provider to examine your feet. In general, your feet should be professionally examined four times each year.

* Be mindful of everyday foot care. Sometimes, people with diabetes have serious foot problems yet feel no pain. This may be due to nerve damage, a long-term complication of diabetes. Everyday self care includes inspecting your feet for scratches, cracks, cuts or blisters and washing and drying them carefully, especially between the toes.

* Wear socks and well-fitting shoes. Because of the higher risk of foot problems among those with diabetes, avoid going barefoot, even indoors. Wear socks and shoes that fit properly.

* If you do notice a problem, it may be a foot ulcer. Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers may also appear on the sides of the foot. Keep in mind, while some ulcers may not hurt, every ulcer should be seen by your health care provider right away.

* Get foot ulcers treated. If you have a foot ulcer, innovative treatments can help, such as EpiFix, a wound care product from MiMedx, used extensively to rapidly and effectively heal diabetic foot ulcers. EpiFix is a dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane allograft that delivers essential wound healing growth factors, enhances healing and reduces inflammation and scar tissue formation.

* Let it heal. If you have an ulcer, help it to heal by staying off your feet. Walking on an ulcer may worsen the problem by making the wound larger or migrating it deeper into your foot.

“Foot problems, including ulcers, are common among people with diabetes, but they don’t have to hold you back if you take the proper precautions and seek early treatment,” says Dr. Matt Garoufalis, president at Physicians Surgery Care Center, Chicago, Ill., and immediate past president of the American Podiatric Medical Association. “Before you step out to enjoy the spring weather, have your feet checked by a health care provider to make sure you’re good to go.”

 

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Founders Day fun in Cedar Springs

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Signal Trip, a local band, was one of the performances.

 

The second annual Founders Day weekend, put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce last weekend, had a little something for all ages, and helped everyone know just a little bit more about the history of Cedar Springs.

It kicked off with a children’s street fair under tent at Main and Ash Streets Friday from 4-7 p.m., with balloons, carnival games, animals, face painting, story time, a magician, a model train set, and loads of fun. The event was put on by Double K Farms and 4H.

On Saturday, March 29, kids gathered at the library for pioneer storytime and did pioneer crafts; the Cedar Springs Historical Museum was also open for tours. The tent was reopened from 4 to 10 for free concerts by two area bands, and good food and local craft beer and hard cider was available to purchase.

Children enjoyed the petting zoo at the Founder’s Day Celebration

Children enjoyed the petting zoo at the Founder’s Day Celebration

Matthew McQueen shows off his crafts he made at the Library.

Matthew McQueen shows off his crafts he made at the Library.

Chamber president Shawn Kiphart was pleased with the turnout. “It was double that of last year,” he noted. “But we still have room to grow.”

He said he had positive feedback from the events at the library and museum, and that the children’s street fair would become a permanent addition to the event. “Next year they will have more time to plan for it,” he said.

One thing that added to the comfort level this year was that the tent was enclosed and actually felt heated. “It really made a big difference,” he said.

Kiphart noted that they are always looking for new ideas, and would welcome other community groups to join them in planning for Founders Day next year. “If anyone has an event they would like to do, it doesn’t have to be on Main Street. We would put it under our umbrella and get the advertising out for it,” he said.

You can reach Kiphart at shawnkiphart@csacoc.com or (616) 773-5126.

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The Post goes to the Alamo

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Darcey and Sandra Raymond recently visited the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas with their grandchildren, Cory and Cortney Myers.

“We are spending a couple of weeks with each daughter in Texas. The weather has been in the high 60s to low 80s, and gas prices are running $3.15 to a high of $3.29 per gallon. People here are real friendly and helpful. We’ll bring you all back some warm weather,” wrote Darcey and Sandra.

Thanks so much 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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Quilt show fundraiser brings in matching funds

N-Library-match-Womans-Life-quilt-show-fundraiserThe Friends of the Cedar Springs Public Library had their Quilt Show Fund Raiser on Jan. 25. Woman’s Life, Cedar Springs Chapter 841 came alongside with a matching fund offer of up to $500. The matching funds were raised, and Dena Wever, Vice President of Woman’s Life, Cedar Springs Chapter 841, presented the check to the Friends of the Library on March 18.

According to Library Director Donna Clark, the $1000 raised with Woman’s Life has been put in the Friends New Library Building Fund.

Woman’s Life is currently working with other Cedar Springs non-profit groups as well. Their motto states, “Connection.Community.Cause.” For more information on what’s happening in Chapter 841 or to see how your group can get matching

funds, go to www.womanslife.org or follow them on Facebook at womanslifechapter841.

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March Battle of the Books Madness

by Karen Tackmann, Red Hawk Teaching Coach

 

Are you like many people in the United States, consumed by college basketball, March Madness?  This spring Red Hawk Elementary combined two of our favorite things (sports and reading) to create March Battle of the Books Madness.  Eighteen books getting judge by the biggest fans and the harshest critics of books for kids – 6th grade students!  Every morning we anticipate who will win and move on to the next round.  We discuss, vote, cheer, moan, and discuss a little more.

Battle of the Books is an accelerated reading program in which students read 5 – 16 books and come together to discuss and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competitions (battles) are similar in style to the TV series, Family Feud.  On May 14, students will be randomly placed in teams of four to compete in eight preliminary rounds of battle with the final battle taking place May 18.  The suspense is mounting and so are the piles of books the 6th grade students are reading!

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An Evening with the Bard

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Molly Alman, Leah Woltanski, Char Ambrose, David Block, and Faith Woltanski from the Shakespeare cast.

It will be a fun evening for the whole family, with Shakespearean comedy and drama, when Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan Presents “An Evening With The Bard,” at the Kent Theatre next weekend, April 11 and 12.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $4 for students, and $8 for seniors. Phone 874-5264 for more info.

Also appearing at Schulers Books April 24th (7 p.m.) on 28th St. in Grand Rapids.

 

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