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Elderly man jailed on larceny, assault charges

Kent County Sheriff Deputies arresting Andrew DiPiazza. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kent County Sheriff Deputies arresting Andrew DiPiazza. Post photo by J. Reed.

Andrew Angelo DiPiazza

Andrew Angelo DiPiazza

A 78-year-old Cedar Springs man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly attempted to rob Link Wireless, 25 S. Main Street.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was dispatched to a possible attempted armed robbery at the store at 2:45 p.m., November 15. The suspect was described as a man in his 70s that presented a small knife and was wearing a baseball cap. According to Deputy Joel Roon, the man was reportedly asked to leave and he did.

Deputies searched the area and located a man that fit the description a couple of blocks north of the store. Andrew Angelo DiPiazza, 78, was initially arrested on an armed robbery charge and lodged in the Kent County Jail.

The armed robbery charge was later dropped, and DiPiazza was instead arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted larceny from a building, and habitual offender—4th offense.

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Cedar Springs grad opens dentist office in Rockford

 

Dr. Chas Jensen with four-year-old patient Cece Burge.

Dr. Chas Jensen with four-year-old patient Cece Burge.

Long-time local dentist, Dr. Robert Mette retires from practice

Dr. Chas Jensen, both a Cedar Springs and Rockford native, has acquired the dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette, at 2 N. Monroe St. in downtown Rockford. The practice, which opened in early October, will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Jensen is a 2001 Cedar Springs High School grad and the son of Rick and Sue Jensen, of Cedar Springs.

Dr. Mette was a long-time and well-known dentist in Cedar Springs before moving his practice to Rockford in 2007. He retired in October 2016 due to health issues.

Dr. Chas Jensen (right) has bought the Rockford dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette. It will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Dr. Chas Jensen (right) has bought the Rockford dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette. It will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Dr. Mette was Dr. Jensen’s childhood dentist for many years, and was influential in his decision to become a dentist. At a young age, Jensen would ask questions about the profession when he visited Dr. Mette. While still at Cedar Springs High School, Jensen shadowed Dr. Mette to learn even more prior to college. Jensen then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Michigan State University and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He eventually settled in Rockford.

“I’m very excited to be back in Rockford, a place I have always considered home,” said Dr. Jensen. “Rogue River Family Dental will continue to offer the same services families have come to know and trust right in the heart of downtown Rockford.”

In an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, Dr. Jensen specializes in comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. He enjoys working with children and looks forward to establishing a long-term professional relationship with families in the Rockford area.

“Dr. Mette and I have had a lifelong relationship spanning more than 20 years,” he said. “The opening of Rogue River Family Dental brings my career full-circle. I am honored to have the opportunity to build upon the solid foundation that Dr. Mette created and nurtured over the past two decades.”

Rogue River Family Dental, located at 2 N. Monroe St., is now accepting new patients. The office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Rogue River Dentistry at 616-866-7720 or http://rogueriverdentistry.com.

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Hunting continues to drive economic impact in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. – Hunting remains a vibrant annual tradition in Michigan, with generations across the state and beyond preparing for Opening Day on Tuesday, November 15. Along with that rich heritage comes a significant impact on Michigan’s economy.

This year, more than 525,000 hunters are expected to participate in the annual firearms season for deer, which accounts for the largest economic impact of hunting in the state. The DNR estimates more than 90 percent of Michigan hunters will pursue deer this year, with hunters spending an average of 7 days afield during the firearm season. In Michigan, 60 percent of hunters hunt only deer making the upcoming firearm season especially critical for the economy.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates hunting in Michigan generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact in the state, including expenses related to food and lodging and $1.3 billion spent on equipment.

“Hunting provides the perfect opportunity to get out and experience Michigan’s vast natural resources while contributing to the tremendous quality of life found here in our state,” said Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Steve Arwood. “We know hunting drives travel to Michigan as well as within the state, and that travel in turn generates economic impact for communities and businesses across Michigan.”

In addition to the overall economic impact of hunting provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2015 leisure travel spending on hunting reached an estimated $123.8 million, up from $85 million in 2014, according to data from D.K. Shifflet. Hunting and fishing leisure travel spending came in at a combined $340 million in 2015.

“Deer hunting is one of Michigan’s most important outdoors traditions,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh. “We encourage hunters across the state to enjoy some treasured time with family and friends, support local economies and have a safe and fun time in the woods.”

A marketing partnership between Pure Michigan and the DNR is running a hunting-specific campaign to highlight the experience of the hunt in Michigan. The largely digital campaign has been running since August and has targeted younger sportsmen and sportswomen in addition to individuals whose interests, such as fishing and camping, may intersect with hunting. The goal of the campaign is to drive license sales and also continue to grow the number of hunters in the state. The campaign includes partnerships with Michigan Out of Doors, Outdoor Sportsman Group and OutdoorHub.com as well as a paid social media campaign.

In addition to in-state hunters, the campaign reaches hunters in neighboring states including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2015, more than 75 percent of the page views on the Pure Michigan landing page on OutdoorHub.com came from outside the state of Michigan, up from 62 percent in 2014. This landing page, with original content and videos as well as key information on hunting and fishing in Michigan, continues to be a central component of Pure Michigan’s hunting and fishing marketing efforts.

“Hunting, as well as fishing, are prime examples of activities that people are passionate about and travel to take part in,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the MEDC. “Our campaign reminds people about the thrill of the hunt found in our state, and is reaching a younger audience to ensure these traditions continue for years to come.”

Michigan continues to be one of the top states in the nation for paid-hunting license holders and last year, there were 63,900 new customers for all hunting licenses combined. Both hunter satisfaction and hunter success rates increased from 2014 to 2015, according to the DNR.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

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Fall Fun and Festivities

Liam Barr decorates his caramel apple in Miss Bostic’s Kindergarten class

Liam Barr decorates his caramel apple in Miss Bostic’s Kindergarten class

What a ghoulish and ghostly October for Creative Technologies Academy! CTA celebrated another great Halloween season with our annual Halloween parade and Halloween parties. The elementary students paraded around the campus in their costumes for the whole school to see. Upon their return, mothers and fathers put on great parties for their youngsters. Thank you to everyone who made the Halloween parties a success!

Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class looking festive

Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class looking festive

Our school community also wants to give a HUGE shout out to the parents and guardians of CTA Elementary because you helped us make our goal of having 100 percent attendance at Student-Led Conferences this Fall. Thank you all for coming and supporting your child’s education; your support is extremely important and valued! There will be a second set of student-led conferences in the spring, but all the teachers are free to hear your questions and/or concerns anytime of the year!

Mr. Holtrop bringing the fun to the third grade classroom

Mr. Holtrop bringing the fun to the third grade classroom

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Local hometown hero aboard USS Mason

The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, is aboard the USS Mason, a Navy destroyer recently fired upon off the coast of Yemen.

French is the son of Don and Laura DeLange, of Cedar Springs.

The USS Mason is a Navy destroyer supporting maritime security operations in the Red Sea off Yemen’s southern coast. It was attacked on October 9 and again on October 12. As many as three missiles were shot down by the Mason and splashed down in the water before reaching the ship.

In response to the failed missile strike on the USS Mason, the USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles on October 13, destroying three coastal radar sites in Yemen they suspected to be under the control of Houthi forces.

No one was hurt in any of the strikes on the USS Mason, due to the appropriate defensive counter measures. In fact, FC1 French works on the Aegis Weapons System onboard, which is responsible for defense of the ship.

What happens in a scenario where a ship like this is fired on? From a story at http://taskandpurpose.com/us-destroyer-responds-someone-shoots/ there are four steps:

Step one: Missile inbound.

Someone in the combat information center will notice a swiftly moving contact on the radar screen. The first person to detect the missile will yell out, “Vampire inbound!” along with some proprietary Navy information to make sure folks know the situation.

Step two: Confirm it’s a missile.

The ship has onboard sensors along with any information from units in and around the area of operations. Sailors in the combat information center will confirm that it’s a missile and not a radar anomaly or some other phenomena.

Step three: shoot that vampire down.

Once they have confirmed that an anti-ship missile is headed toward the ship, it’s time to take action. Sailors from Combat Fire Control division are responsible for the operations and maintenance of the weapons systems and will likely be the ones taking action. Each class of ship has multiple close, medium, and long-range weapons and countermeasures to address the threat. In the case of the Mason, they used Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles to “splash” the missiles. The SM-2 and ESSM are medium range missiles stored in the ship’s Vertical Launch System cells, along with Tomahawks and other weapon systems. ESSMs are unique in that each VLS cell can hold 4 of the missiles, meaning Navy ships can hold several to protect themselves or the units around them.

If the missiles made it through those defenses, or were fired closer, the shipboard Phalanx Close-In Weapons System—also known as the CIWS (pronounced “sea-wiz”)—would engage it. The CIWS looks like a really excited R2-D2 and terrifies helicopter pilots all over the Navy, and for good reason. CIWS shoots upwards of 4,500 rounds per minute, creating a wall of tungsten in front of an incoming contact, and can be operated fully autonomously. When all of the weapons and countermeasure systems are combined, a U.S. Navy warship is basically Skynet.

Step four: Maintain readiness and evaluate further action.

Okay, so the warship has shot down a couple of incoming missiles and everyone is on high alert. The folks who were watching movies, sleeping, eating, or otherwise engaged heard the weapons systems being employed and hauled butt to their respective command and control stations to find out the latest info on the situation. The engineering team will ensure that all systems are online and that peak readiness is achieved. The commanding officer and executive officer are split between the combat information center and the pilot house, ready to continue the fight. The whole ship is ready and are hoping for a shot at lobbing the retaliatory Tomahawk missiles at whatever targets fit the appropriate response.

The Post is glad to hear that FC1 French and his shipmates were not injured, and we appreciate how he is serving his country. French graduated from the Navy in Chicago in 2010, and according to his mom, Laura, PJ has another three years to serve on his current tour of duty.

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In stunning upset, Trump wins presidency

This photo shows President elect Donald Trump back in July when he accepted the Republican party nomination. Trump promised to bring sweeping political change, to create wealth, and to make America safe again in a speech that excited delegates on the fourth and final day of the convention. (A. Shaker/VOA)

This photo shows President elect Donald Trump back in July when he accepted the Republican party nomination. Trump promised to bring sweeping political change, to create wealth, and to make America safe again in a speech that excited delegates on the fourth and final day of the convention. (A. Shaker/VOA)

By Judy Reed

In a move that took the nation’s media, pollsters, and political gurus by complete surprise, Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump solidly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in a polarizing election not soon to be forgotten.

Just three days before the election, several media outlets, including the New York Times, projected Trump’s chances of winning were between 2 and 15 percent.

Those who projected Clinton would win have been shaking their head and trying to analyze how they could’ve gotten it so wrong. They’ve blamed their methodology in polling, surveys, and other tools they use to predict elections. But the bottom line is that there is a big disconnect between “the experts” and the people in rural America that Trump appealed to—the ones who felt that their voices weren’t being heard. And they underestimated just how angry those voters were with the last eight years. Trump won what were thought to be Democratic strongholds, and significant swing states where Clinton had been projected to win. Despite the fact that the media continually endorsed her, Clinton could not inspire the trust or passion among voters that Trump did. And the investigations by the FBI and deaths of Americans in Benghazi did little to inspire any confidence. Many of the voters the Democrats thought would turn out to vote did not—or they voted for Trump.

He won the election with 279 electoral votes, to Clinton’s 228.

Michigan results didn’t come in until Wednesday, after Trump was already elected. He won the state by a slim margin of 13,225 votes. He won 47.6% compared to 47.33% for Clinton.

Michigan had become an important battleground state, and Trump’s last rally of the campaign was held in Grand Rapids Monday night at midnight, with over 30,000 people attending.

Trump gave a gracious victory speech, and congratulated Clinton on a hard-fought campaign. “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said.

He also said it’s now time to bind the wounds of division. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” He pledged to be president of all people, and promised that those who have been forgotten will be forgotten no longer. For a complete transcript of the speech, see below.

Trump was to meet with President Obama on Thursday. Trump will be sworn in as our 45th President in January 2017.

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s victory speech November 8, 2016

Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody. Sorry to keep you waiting. Complicated business. Complicated. Thank you very much.

I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us. It’s about us. On our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign.

I mean, she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.

I mean that very sincerely. Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.

It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.

As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family.

It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people — and serve the people it will.

Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I’ve spent my entire life in business, looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world.

That is now what I want to do for our country. Tremendous potential. I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.

We will also finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey. The time I’ve spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors. Our veterans are incredible people.

We will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal. I will harness the creative talents of our people, and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all. It is going to happen.

We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. At the same time, we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. We will be. We will have great relationships. We expect to have great, great relationships.

No dream is too big, no challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.

America will no longer settle for anything less than the best. We must reclaim our country’s destiny and dream big and bold and daring. We have to do that. We’re going to dream of things for our country, and beautiful things and successful things once again.

I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone. All people and all other nations.

We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.

And now I would like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what they are calling tonight a very, very historic victory.

First, I want to thank my parents, who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I’ve learned so much from them. They were wonderful in every regard. Truly great parents.

I also want to thank my sisters, Marianne and Elizabeth, who are here with us tonight. Where are they? They’re here someplace. They’re very shy, actually.

And my brother Robert, my great friend. Where is Robert? Where is Robert?

My brother Robert, and they should be on this stage, but that’s okay. They’re great.

And also my late brother Fred, great guy. Fantastic guy. Fantastic family. I was very lucky.

Great brothers, sisters, great, unbelievable parents.

To Melania and Don and Ivanka and Eric and Tiffany and Barron, I love you and I thank you, and especially for putting up with all of those hours. This was tough.

This was tough. This political stuff is nasty, and it is tough.

So I want to thank my family very much. Really fantastic. Thank you all. Thank you all. Lara, unbelievable job. Unbelievable. Vanessa, thank you. Thank you very much. What a great group.

You’ve all given me such incredible support, and I will tell you that we have a large group of people. You know, they kept saying we have a small staff. Not so small. Look at all of the people that we have. Look at all of these people.

And Kellyanne and Chris and Rudy and Steve and David. We have got tremendously talented people up here, and I want to tell you it’s been very, very special.

I want to give a very special thanks to our former mayor, Rudy Giuliani. He’s unbelievable. Unbelievable. He traveled with us and he went through meetings, and Rudy never changes. Where is Rudy. Where is he?

Gov. Chris Christie, folks, was unbelievable. Thank you, Chris. The first man, first senator, first major, major politician. Let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he is as smart as you get.

Sen. Jeff Sessions. Where is Jeff? A great man. Another great man, very tough competitor. He was not easy. He was not easy. Who is that? Is that the mayor that showed up? Is that Rudy?

Up here. Really a friend to me, but I’ll tell you, I got to know him as a competitor because he was one of the folks that was negotiating to go against those Democrats, Dr. Ben Carson. Where’s Ben? Where is Ben? By the way, Mike Huckabee is here someplace, and he is fantastic. Mike and his family Sarah, thank you very much. Gen. Mike Flynn. Where is Mike? And Gen. Kellogg. We have over 200 generals and admirals that have endorsed our campaign and they are special people.

We have 22 Congressional Medal of Honor people. A very special person who, believe me, I read reports that I wasn’t getting along with him. I never had a bad second with him. He’s an unbelievable star. He is … that’s right, how did you possibly guess? Let me tell you about Reince. I’ve said Reince. I know it. I know it. Look at all of those people over there. I know it, Reince is a superstar. I said, they can’t call you a superstar, Reince, unless we win it. Like Secretariat. He would not have that bust at the track at Belmont.

Reince is really a star and he is the hardest-working guy, and in a certain way I did this. Reince, come up here. Get over here, Reince.

Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy. It’s about time you did this right. My god. Nah, come here. Say something.

Amazing guy. Our partnership with the RNC was so important to the success and what we’ve done, so I also have to say, I’ve gotten to know some incredible people.

The Secret Service people. They’re tough and they’re smart and they’re sharp and I don’t want to mess around with them, I can tell you. And when I want to go and wave to a big group of people and they rip me down and put me back down in the seat, but they are fantastic people so I want to thank the Secret Service.

And law enforcement in New York City, they’re here tonight. These are spectacular people, sometimes underappreciated unfortunately. We appreciate them.

So it’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job, and I promise you that I will not let you down. We will do a great job. We will do a great job. I look very much forward to being your president, and hopefully at the end of two years or three years or four years or maybe even eight years you will say so many of you worked so hard for us, with you. You will say that — you will say that that was something that you were — really were very proud to do and I can — thank you very much.

And I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning. We’re going to get to work immediately for the American people, and we’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your President. You will be so proud. Again, it’s my honor.

It’s an amazing evening. It’s been an amazing two-year period, and I love this country. Thank you.

Thank you very much. Thank you to Mike Pence.

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Red Hawk Marching Band takes fifth at state finals

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The Field Commanders for the Red Hawk Marching Band with their plaque for finishing fifth in their flight at the state finals at Ford Field. Courtesy photo.

The Field Commanders for the Red Hawk Marching Band with their plaque for finishing fifth in their flight at the state finals at Ford Field. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band travelled to Ford Field on Saturday, November 5, for MCBA State Marching Finals. They received a score of 88.65, their highest score since entering MCBA competitive marching in 2009. They finished fifth in the state in Flight III, making it their best season in history.

In addition to the CSHS Marching Band’s fifth place award, senior Brooke Ross was presented with a $1,500 scholarship from the Michigan Competitive Band Association.

The Cedar Springs High School Band will conclude its marching season with the annual Marching Band Banquet next week, and then move into Concert Band season. Their first concert will be held on December 8 at 7:30 at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium.

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs High School Marching Band for their fifth place finish at State Marching Finals!

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The Post travels to Scotland

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The Post traveled to Scotland and England with Jim and Mary Myers of Rockford. Mary sings with the Grand Rapids Sweet Adeline’s and she was a guest singer with a chorus from Pennsylvania called Red Rose City Chorus. The Chorus also had singers from California, North Carolina and another chorus from Pennsylvania. Performances were in Edinburgh Castle, Tutbury Castle and several locations outside in both Scotland and England. They also performed in The Cavern, where the Beatles started their singing careers.

“The weather was unseasonably warm and it stayed dry for the trip. A good time was had by all,” said Mary.

Thanks so much to Mary and Jim 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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FFA members show dedication to fall activities

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Rain or shine, FFA members show their dedication to agriculture. Cedar Springs FFA held their annual Fall “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” on September 30. The men and women braved the storm to participate in their favorite event. Over 15 members drove their tractors to school that Friday. Those who drove received a complimentary breakfast featuring FFA made syrup and will be receiving a free t-shirt for participating. Drive Your Tractor to School Day is among the favorite events the club puts on throughout the year.

n-ffa2Along with braving the storm on Friday, many members were also out in the elements Saturday morning, October 1, to make last minute preparations to finish the Red Flannel Day float. With a lot of help through the two weeks prior, the float turned out wonderfully. Red Flannel Day was an exciting opportunity to get members involved with one of the oldest festivals around, with the Cedar Springs FFA chapter being only six years younger than the festival. Thank you to all members who participated in Drive Your Tractor to School Day, and those who worked especially hard on the Red Flannel Day float. Everyone knows that tractors are one of the most distinguishable tools in agriculture; they are staple in many of the FFA’s activities like Harvest Day.

n-ffa1On October 14, the club hosted Harvest Day—a day dedicated to agriculture—for the second grade students at Beach Elementary. While fall is typically associated with picking apples, corn mazes, and celebrating the new season, the club took this time to celebrate agriculture, educate, and have fun with tomorrow’s agriculturists. Each class was picked up by tractor and hay wagon, where they climbed aboard to travel to the corn maze. A big thank you goes out to the tractor drivers, David Schoenborn and Nathan Schoen, for keeping the students safe and smiling while traveling to and from school. Pictures soon followed as the second graders got broken into small groups; each FFA member helper on the wagon was assigned four students to lead. The high school helpers found small groups allowed them to talk and learn more about the students in the short amount of time they had together. As each group entered the FFA corn maze and wandered to its exit, they received an apple and milk as a reward. As they munched their apple and drank their milk, they were able to tour an amazing children’s barnyard put on by FFA members with help from Brayden Bigney. By the smiles on each of their faces, it was evident they had a wonderful time in the maze and the barnyard. The Cedar Springs FFA put hours into planning and setting up this wonderful event. Thank you to to FFA chairperson Madison Strain for heading up the entire event. Each second grade class spent 45 minutes going through the rotation. Before they climbed back on the wagon, each student received a coloring book -it was put together by a club member- all about crops and animals. The smiles on the second grade students showed the success of the event. A big thank you goes out to all who helped and supported the event from around the school and community.

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Students study Cedar Creek health with Trout Unlimited

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Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 1,500 local students just this past year and they are not slowing down when it comes to engaging our youth in science and water conservation. Throughout this month, Trout Unlimited got the opportunity to work with 250 new students from Cedar Springs High School to monitor the health of Cedar Creek in downtown Cedar Springs.

High school teachers Steve Vree, Eddie Johns, and Larry Reyburn reached out to Trout Unlimited to continue their successful partnership because they appreciate the importance of getting students out of the classroom and into their community. Thanks to their support, students from 8 science classes have designed experiments studying the effects of stormwater pollution, trees, and, excess sedimentation on the cold water trout stream using the Leaf Pack Network experiments. They created artificial leaf packs and placed them somewhere in the creek depending on their experimental conditions. The students waited for the leaf packs to stay in the stream for four weeks so that they could be colonized by macroinvertebrates. Students worked in the lab to identify the macroinvertebrates that they use as indicators of water quality. The data, which varied from scores of excellent to fair, will be uploaded to the Leaf Pack Network where schools from all over the country have entered local stream conditions.

n-trout-unlimited2To date, the Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 800 students on the Leaf Pack Experiment. The experiment is a great way to give students hands-on, real world research experience while raising awareness of the importance of streamside forests to the ecology of rivers and streams and to promote their stewardship.

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