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Donations rescue youth football program

Vanderhyde Ford presented a $9,000 check to the Cedar Springs Youth Football League. From left to right are CSYFL board members Jason Bravata, Eric Prins, April Victorson, Shawn Kiphart; Vanderhyde Ford reps Keith Waligora and John Williamson; and CSYFL board member Amy Gillette. Photo courtesy CSYFL.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Youth Football (CSYFL) program is back in the black thanks to donations from the community.

Board members found earlier this year that about $12,000 was missing from their account due to an embezzlement, and that not only would they not be able to buy the kids the new jerseys they had saved for, but they were also in debt for last year’s equipment. As soon as word got out, the community stepped in and began to donate individually and through fundraisers. And one Cedar Springs business—Vanderhyde Ford—ran ads in the paper stating that they would donate $100 for every vehicle sold. They made a sizable donation to the group a few weeks ago that gave the program a real shot in the arm—$9,000.

The CSYFL board wants everyone to know how well they are doing and how grateful they are for the support. “On behalf of the CSYFL Board, we’d like to extend a thank you to the community for all of the generous donations that we have received,” they told the Post. “These donations enabled us to start moving in a positive direction by paying off debts and making improvements to our facility. We’d especially like to thank Vanderhyde Ford for their amazing donation of $9,000. With their donation we were able to follow through with our promise to purchase new jerseys for our children and pay off the remaining debt.”  

The group had a successful flag football season and is looking forward to the Rocket football season, which begins this week with practices. The first games will be Saturday, September 8. “With all of the support from our community, we are able to move forward in a positive light, and it will be an exciting season of Rocket Football for us all,” they said.

CSYFL board members include Eric Prins, President; April Victorson, Vice President; Amy Schoenborn, Secretary; Chrissy Simons, Treasurer; Shawn Kiphart, Field Director; Amy Gillette, Concessions & Spirit Wear Coordinator/Trustee; Jamie Oliver, Trustee; Kevin DeWeese, Trustee; Brad Austin, Trustee; Mike Nienhuis, Asst. Field Director; and Jason Bravata, Asst. Field Director.

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The Post travels to Finland

On July 26, the Post went on a Baltic Sea voyage with Virginia Engleman, of Sparta, and the Northview Seniors. “In Helsinki, Finland, I had my picture taken with the Post, and I had people asking me the location of Cedar Springs, Michigan,” she said.

Thanks for taking us with you, Virginia, and for making us famous!

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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Michigan State Police breaks ground on new building

New facility will house forensic laboratory, Sixth District Headquarters and Post

The Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the location for MSP’s new consolidated facility that will serve the greater Grand Rapids area.

The groundbreaking was held on Thursday, August 16, at 2290 4 Mile Rd NW. The new facility will be built on a previously undeveloped, 17-acre site centrally located in the city of Walker in Kent County. According to MSP, this site is ideally located to serve the public efficiently, and also allows for expansion opportunities in the future. When construction of this modern law enforcement facility is completed in the fall of 2020, it will house the MSP Grand Rapids Forensic Science Laboratory, Sixth District Headquarters and Rockford Post.

Constructing this new facility will bring three units together into a single, modern law enforcement facility, which will increase efficiency and decrease costs associated with maintaining and operating multiple aging facilities. Currently, the lab is located on Fuller Avenue near I-196. Sixth District Headquarters and the Rockford Post are located on Northland Drive in Rockford. 

Buiding features include:

  • Approximately 100,000 square feet of space
  • Will house 130 employees
  • Separate public, employee and receiving areas (for evidence deliveries and pickups)
  • Emergency generator backup for the entire facility
  • Independent exhaust and ventilation systems will be installed to prevent cross-contamination of forensic evidence
  • Segregated plumbing systems for domestic and forensic lab waste
  • As part of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable building practices, all materials and systems will be selected with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in mind.

The project was authorized by Public Act 241 of 2015, with a total cost of $57 million and is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Back to School information

2018–2019 Orientation and Open Houses

Monday, August 27 – High School Orientation

9th Grade – 12:00 pm

10th Grade – 8:00 am

11th Grade – 9:15 am

12th  Grade – 10:30 am

Tuesday, August 28 – Open Houses

Middle School – 7th & 8th Grades 5:00 – 6:30 pm

New Beginnings – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 29 – Open Houses

Cedar Trails Elementary – K & 1st Grades

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Beach Elementary – 2nd & 3rd Grades

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Cedar View Elementary – 4th & 5th Grades

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Red Hawk Elementary  – 6th Grade

Team A & B – 5:30 pm:  Pfeifer, Elenbaas, Jarrett, Alvarez, Willette, Kloe

Team C – 6:30 pm:  Ludwig, Sheckler, Scott

First Day of School Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2018 – 2019 School Calendar available at www.csredhawks.org

Enroll TODAY!  

2018—2019 Kindergarten Class Enrollment 

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2018 to register for Kindergarten. Visit www.csredhawks.org select K-12 Enrollment. Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

SCHOOL BUS STOPS—School buses are like traffic signals 

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow—PREPARE TO STOP! 
  • When overhead lights are flashing red—STOP 
  • When the hazard warning lights are flashing—PROCEED WITH CAUTION

2018 – 2019 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40

Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50

Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00

Milk—$.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org

Cedar Springs Health Center 

Open 8 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday. For students ages 3-21. Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance. Call 616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhealth.org

Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education.  The health center’s professional staff includes a medical provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00 am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary.  We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.  Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and Cedar View students may attend at Beach.  In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2018 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found online at csredhawks.org.  

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.   Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus.kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

Building/Department Telephone Numbers

Administration Building 616-696-1204

Superintendent Smith

Assistant Superintendent Spry

Business & Finance Director Malloch

Services

Campus Kids 616-696-1716

Food Service 616-696-0372

Facilities/Maintenance 616-696-0464

Pre-School/Early Childhood 616-696-9884

Special Services 616-696-0580

Transportation 616-696-1450

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Outdoor Youth Day

September 8, 2018 

Sportsmen for Youth will hold Youth Day on September 8, 2018, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Road, in Muskegon. 

This is an absolutely FREE family friendly day. The first 2,500 youth 17 years and younger will receive a t-shirt, free lunch, prize drawings, and goodie bag.

Youth Day is designed to introduce and educate youth to all things outdoors—from hunting and fishing to conservation and good stewardship of our natural resources. It is also dedicated to promoting the safe pursuit of outdoor activities.

Youth Day includes fantastic guest speakers at the Hawg Trough, which is a semi-trailer size tank that will be filled with local fish species and act as a stage for guest speakers.  Mark Martin, Logan Locke, Dan Zatarga, Mitch Johnson, Chris Noffsinger, Kyle Buck, Todd Sokolow and Stacey Chuppallo will entertain the crowd. A rock climbing wall and birds of prey exhibit will be on hand. 

Return favorites to Youth Day are: the “Trout Pond” where live trout are caught and cleaned for youth; shooting of firearms and archery; and many others. Over 60 exhibitors will be on hand to educate the youth.

A partnership between Sportsmen for Youth and the Muskegon County Area Fire Chiefs was formed several years ago. At Youth Day, attendees will experience various fire safety exhibits, demonstrations and tours of fire trucks of all types. Law Enforcement will also be on hand with displays.

Sportsmen for Youth is a non-profit organization and is able to continue Youth Day free thanks to the generosity and donations from local businesses and private donations. It costs approximately $30,000 to make Youth Day happen free of charge. Again this year there will be a raffle for five firearms. All proceeds to be used for Youth Day!

For more information, visit their website at sportsmenforyouth.com or email sportsmenforyouth.info@gmail.com.  

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Boys tennis opens season with wins

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity boy tennis team took first at the Sparta invite last week. Courtesy photo.

The team came in second at the Cadillac invitational. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity boys tennis team had good showings last week at both Sparta and Cadillac to open the fall 2018 tennis season.

The team traveled to Sparta on Aug. 15 for the Sparta Invitational. Also attending was Coopersville. Cedar Springs placed first for the team plaque. Individually each single or doubles team won a medal. 

Individual placements were:

Senior Dane Conely 1st singles-1st place

Junior Caleb Fisk 2nd singles-1st place

Sophomore Ethan Plummer 3rd singles-1st place

Senior Tyler St.Amoure 4th singles-1st place

Sophomores Gabe Serek and Easton Lynch-1st doubles-2nd place

Junior Conner Hall and freshman Landon Kolodziej-2nd doubles-1st place

Sophomore Trevor Marshall and freshman-3rd doubles-Tim Minnema-1st place

Freshmen Spencer Smith and Cole Harms-4th doubles-1st place.

The team traveled to Cadillac on Aug. 17 to compete in the Cadillac Invitational. Zeeland East and Alpena schools were also there. The team finished 2nd in the tournament with 2017 state finalists Zeeland East taking first place. 

Red Hawks that placed were:

2nd singles Caleb Fisk- 2nd place

3rd singles Ethan Plummer-2nd place

1st doubles Gabe Serek & Easton Lynch-2nd place

2nd doubles Conner Hall & Landon Kolodziej-2nd place

Great job to all the boys. 

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Winter Tour 2018

Coming to Van Andel Arena December 2

Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018. TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater, is set to begin on November 14th and will visit 65 cities across North America, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30. It will be in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena on December 2, with shows at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel.

From August 20 through August 31, the Winter Tour 2018 will begin its “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” where all fans can sign up at tso.tmverifiedfan.com/ (powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan) for exclusive access to the best tickets for the best price before tickets go on-sale to the general public. Pre-sales will begin for TSO fan club members on September 5 at 10:00 a.m. local time for November 14th though November 30th tour dates; on September 6th at 10 a.m. local time for December 1 through December 16 tour dates; and on September 7th at 10 a.m. local time for December 17 through December 30th. Fans who are not members of TSO’s fan club, and who have registered during the “12 Days of TSO Verified Fan Registration” will have the opportunity to participate in a presale on September 11 and 12. General public on sale is set to begin on September 14th. For more details on tour dates and all on sales, visit www.trans-siberian.com.

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” this year’s tour will include new awe-inspiring effects, as well as amazing staging with an all new design from the dedicated team handpicked by the group’s late creator, Paul O’Neill.

As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $15 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America.

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Four-way stop installed at 13 Mile and Pine Island

This was the scene of a fatal crash two weeks ago at 13 Mile and Pine Island. Post photo by L. Allen.

Drivers traveling 13 Mile Road in Algoma Township need to be aware that they are now required to stop at Pine Island. Previously only those traveling on Pine Island were required to stop.

The Kent County Road Commission put the new stop signs in this week after the Kent County Board of Commissioner approved the all-way stop on Monday, August 14, during their August board meeting. 

It was just two weeks ago that Todd Carlson, 49, of Casnovia, was killed at that intersection while traveling westbound on 13 Mile after an eastbound vehicle turned left into his vehicle.

According to a press release from the Kent County Road Commission, “Modifications to traffic control are dictated by regulations set forth by the Federal Highway Administration, who identifies specific warranting criteria that must be met for a traffic control change to occur. The Kent County Road Commission routinely monitors intersections throughout its road and bridge network for changes that meet warrants for traffic control modification. Recent analysis of traffic volumes and crash history at the 13 Mile Road and Pine Island Drive intersection indicate that the necessary warrants have been met for an all-way stop to be installed.”

The intersection joins two other intersections—13 Mile and Algoma and 13 Mile and Edgerton—as four-way stops.

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The Post travels to Alaska

From L to R: Harry Eastwood, of Melbourne, Australia, and Mary Balon and Kim Gillow, of Cedar Springs.

The Post recently traveled to Alaska with Kim Gillow and Mary Balon, of Cedar Springs. “We met up with our Australian friend, Harry Eastwood, in Fairbanks and spent two weeks travelling around,” said Kim. “We went to Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Seward, Homer, and all of the points in between. Talkeetna was one of our favorites.”

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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In the Spotlight: The Cedar Springs Fire Department

The Cedar Springs Fire Department fights a fire in Northland Estates in 2013.

By Carolee Cole

The Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue Department is a lean, clean, helping machine, full of spunk, kindness and compassion. These men and women volunteer to do many different things in our community and while all volunteers are important and keep the community moving forward with their efforts, I think I can safely say that no other volunteer group has as much responsibility or is required to be as available, without forewarning, as our amazing Fire and Rescue Department. 

Fire Chief Marty Fraser

There are 13 active firefighters and five first responders currently serving the department. Marty Fraser is our Fire Chief and the only salaried employee of the department. He is a most unassuming, humble man focused, number one, on keeping us and our possessions safe, and number two, on leading his department well. He’s been involved with the fire department for nearly 40 years having joined in April of 1977. I’m just going to say, this good-looking, kind-hearted man must have still been a teenager when he joined! 

A few members of the team have been serving the department for over 25 years and several joined in 1998, so there is a lot of cumulative experience represented in your local fire department. You can count on them to be there when you need them and to know what to do! To become a firefighter, you attend school one night per week and one Saturday per month for 6 months. Medical First Responders (MFR’s) typically attend training to become a firefighter and then attend MFR school for an additional 12-14 weeks. After initial training is complete, each member of the department is required to continue training once per month for a total of 60-80 hours per year to keep their training and certification up-to-date. School and training is paid for by the department.

In addition to keeping us safe and keeping their training relevant, firefighters participate in a lot of community events like parades, car shows, going to the elementary schools or career day at the high school as well as Girl and Boy Scouts’ events and other clubs in the area. Fire Chief Fraser noted that the firefighters are quick to volunteer for these events and donate countless hours to keep our children and us clear on safety things like, “Stop, Drop and Roll” and scream and holler if you’re ever trapped in a burning house, as well as child car seat checks and much more. This team has a real sense of Cedar Springs pride and community contribution.

I bet you are wondering what your firefighters get paid to keep you safe, attend the training, and show up with the fire trucks at school, girl scouts and parades. Let’s break it down. They get paid $0 for showing up at parades, school activities, girl scouts and other such scheduled events. They get $120 per year for attending all trainings and meetings. And, they get paid $11 for each emergency response. That’s it, unless the run goes over three hours, then they get an additional $11 for the second three hours! I’m actually doubting that these payments cover their gas money! But, That. Is. It! And they have to be ready at a moment’s notice since heart attacks and car accidents as well as fires are not scheduled into our days. 

While we were talking to Chief Fraser, a call came in. Stacy Velting, a medical first responder (MFR) for the department, responded to a medical situation at a local business. Stacey got there before the ambulance, assessed the situation, and developed a rapport with the person collecting their health history, name and contact information. The person was transported to the hospital and Stacy returned to the station where she repacked the “First In” bag and made sure it was ready for the next call.

We are so lucky to be the beneficiaries of the commitment the Cedar Springs Fire Department brings to the job of keeping us safe. In the next few weeks we’ll do a follow-up article to get you even more impressive information about how effective they are. Between now and then, drive by the department when the team is out washing the trucks, training or preparing the equipment for another call and yell out a thanks to them. 

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