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What’s “bugging” you in our streams?

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In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful.  Stream insects are a good measure of water quality.  Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.

Trout Unlimited National, Cannon Township and Michigan Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River and Bear Creek watersheds. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.

What will you need? Please RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend.  Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.  Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions.

 

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Pursuit wrestlers head to finals

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This weekend was a big tournament, MYWA Western Regionals, which was hosted by Kenowa Hills. Ages 4-10 competed on Saturday and ages 11-High School competed on Sunday. West Michigan Pursuit brought 18 grapplers to compete on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. Our team battled 112 times with 64 ending in victory. This past weekend, WMP qualified 16 young competitors for the opportunity to earn a coveted spot at the State Finals. Of the 16 that qualified, eight of them were novice wrestlers with two years wrestling experience or less.

This year’s State Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of March 28-30. “These next two weeks will be our pursuit for the podium,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

Fourth place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61 lb wt class, Caden Peterman in the 9/10 age group in the 59 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 119 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 age group in the 100 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 37 lb wt class.

Third place Medalists include Josh Chilcote in the High School age group in the 288 lb wt class.

Second place Medalists include Cameron Fess in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 7/8 age group in the 61 lb wt class, Ty Whalen in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class and Kamden Witte in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class.

Regional champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class, Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Jacob Osmolinski in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 age group in the 58 lb wt class. Blake Peasley remains undefeated.

Congratulations to all of our grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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Sweetheart Swirl

Sweethearts and Heartbreakers had fun at The Sweetheart Swirl on February 22. 

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The Math of feeding the world

National Ag Day is March 25

One farmer = 144 people fed and clothed. America’s food producers play a vital role in feeding an ever-growing and increasingly affluent global population.

One farmer = 144 people fed and clothed. America’s food producers play a vital role in feeding an ever-growing and increasingly affluent global population.

(NAPS)—The next time you’re enjoying a meal, take a moment to think about where the food came from. Think about the family farmer or rancher who helped put it on your plate—not only that day but all 365 sunrises a year for you and the other 7 billion and counting people around the world American agriculture feeds. The family farmers and ranchers across the country—less than 2 percent of the U.S. population—produce the food, fuel and fiber people around the world depend on to survive.

Simply put, one farmer today produces enough to help feed and clothe more than 144 people on Earth. They contribute to the food and energy security of the nation, providing the safe, healthy, abundant and affordable food we expect each time we visit the store or restaurant. All without fail.

It’s one reason for the annual celebration of National Ag Day—this year, on March 25 (though any day is a good time to be grateful to America’s farmers)—a nation’s tribute to thousands of farm families.

According to the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), the national organization charged with promoting National Ag Day, it’s important that consumers understand where their food comes from and that many of today’s farmers use the latest technologies and safe, modern, sustainable practices to raise vegetables, fruit, meat, milk, eggs and other foods.

The ACA believes an accurate, basic understanding of how food is produced and how it gets from farms to their family’s plates will give consumers a greater appreciation for farmers who produce it and greater confidence in the wholesomeness of the food they eat.

Farming and ranching take a passion and a dedicated 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week commitment. For farm families, it’s a way of life that requires tremendous knowledge and financial resources and is greatly dependent on weather and market conditions to be successful.

For further information about National Ag Day and how your food is produced, go to www.agday.org.

 

 

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Cedar Springs Community Players to present musical Nunsense

 

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the newly-revised musical, Nunsense, by Dan Goggins on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre.  The show is under the direction of Sue Harrison with Terri Riggle as stage manager and production coordinator and Bonnie Hitchingham, pianist.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise the money before the health department discovers their secret.

The cast including Rev. Mother (Laura Johnson), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman)  and Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski),  have been rehearsing lines, songs and dancing to present a fun-filled show for everyone.  Songs in the show include “Nunsense Is Habit Forming”, “I Could Have Gone to Nashville”,  “We’ve Got to Clean Out The Freezer”, “Turn Up The Spotlight,” “Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step” and others.

Make plans now to attend this fun musical on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, at Main Street Restaurant, or by calling 616-263-9363. Tickets at the door on nights of performance are $15. For more information, visit the Cedar Springs Community Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org

 

 

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Cedar Springs families help break world record

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The Austin, Buttermore, Sova and Troupe families pose with their sunglasses that helped break a world record.

Do you wear your sunglasses at night? Five Cedar Springs families did last week Wednesday, to help kick off 10 days of comedy at LaughFest in Grand Rapids, and break a world record to boot.

The Austin, Buttermore, Ewen, Sova, and Troupe families all made the trip to Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, where they helped break the record for the most sunglasses worn in the dark. The fourth annual festival of laughter kicked off with 1,675 people wearing sunglasses to break the previous record of 1,642 people that was held in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Olivia and Alaina Austin in their LaughFest sunglasses.

Olivia and Alaina Austin in their LaughFest sunglasses.

According to Katy Austin, they had Zumba to help keep the crowd warm before they started the record attempt. And while the glasses looked awesome, they left something to be desired. “The glasses were almost impossible to see through so for the 5 minutes it took to make the record we just laughed because it was so hard to see,” she said.

 

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Out of the Attic

Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Tired of the snow?

If you think it’s bad right now, look at the result of the blizzard of 1978. This is what Main Street in Cedar Springs looked like, and many snowpiles across the area lingered til March. It kind of feels like that now, doesn’t it? Many are tired of the snow and ice and frigid temperatures. A couple of days in the 30s and 40s last week gave us hope that spring is right around the corner, but the return of sub-zero temps, more snow, and the forecast from WOOD-TV’s Bill Steffen has all but dashed those hopes. He says we are looking the rest of March to be colder than normal. In one of his updates last week, he said maybe Cedar Springs should start making some green flannels. If only we could, Bill! Thanks to Ed Bremmer for the photograph.

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The Post goes to Nashville

Rebecca Klompstra, right, and Suzanne Hillier, in Nashville.

Rebecca Klompstra, right, and Suzanne Hillier, in Nashville.

The Post recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee with Rebecca Klompstra, of Solon Township.

“My dear friend, from Dansville, New York, Suzanne Hillier, auditioned for The Voice, so a group of friends who all went to high school together went along with her on her little adventure,” explained Klompstra. “Although she didn’t make it on to the show, she was invited to sing on stage several times throughout the night at The Honky Tonk Saloon.”

Thanks so much for taking us with you on the trip, Rebecca!

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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Wrestler competes in State finals

S-Wrestling-Wamser-webOn February 27, 2014 Zachary Wamser traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills to compete in the MHSAA State Finals Wrestling Tournament at the 171 pound weight class.

Wamser began his journey there when he took first at the Conference tournament, moved onto District and was District champ and made his way to regionals along with Jordan Ringler, Baron Lenardson, and Logan McGahn. The four boys wrestled their hardest. Jordan, Baron and Logan came up a little short at Regionals, but Wamser ended up taking 4th place, earning him a ticket to the State tournament.

Wamser did not place at State, “But it was a major accomplishment just to be there,” said Wamser.

Zachary Wamser ended his season with a 26-5 record. “Looking forward to place next year at State as a senior,” says Wamser.

Zachary was also awarded most outstanding wrestler for 2014 from his coach, Nick Emery.

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Signs of Spring

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Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us this picture of a hawk having his afternoon meal in the lilac bush right outside her kitchen window.

Ranger Steve Mueller identified it as a Cooper’s Hawk. The Cooper’s Hawk can be found from southern Canada to Northern Mexico, and usually migrates south for the winter.  They mainly prey on smaller birds such as robins, doves, woodpeckers, and others.

Thanks for your photo, Mary Lou, this gives us hope that springs is right around the corner!

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