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Renaissance Faire this weekend

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June 12-14

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their first summer celebration event this weekend—the 2nd annual Renaissance Faire.

The fun will start Friday night at 6 p.m. at Morley Park with an outdoor Celtic dance class, and grilled brats and hotdogs catered by the Cedar Springs Lions Club. At 6:30 there will be a meet and greet with Renaissance Faire Queen Victoria and cast (bring your camera for photos). At about 9:30 p.m., or as soon as it’s dark, there will be a showing in the park of Disney’s “Robin Hood,” with 100 bags of popcorn donated by the Kent Theatre. Bring the family for fun, food and excitement!

Saturday there will be sidewalk sales all along Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; ice cream with Queen Victoria and cast at 11 a.m. at KC’s Kones and Coneys; a petting zoo from noon to 4 p.m.; live entertainment, dunk booth, vendor and food booths from noon to 8 p.m.; and a royal dinner and entertainment from 6-8 p.m. at Morley Park. And even more fun on Sunday!

Dress up is optional but a big part of the fun! See more details in the ad on page 2.

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Bears sighted in Algoma, Newaygo

This photo of a bear was taken at the US131 exit to 14 Mile Road. It appeared on Woodtv.com.

This photo of a bear was taken at the US131 exit to 14 Mile Road. It appeared on Woodtv.com.

By Judy Reed

Bears are on the move, and have been seen recently in communities closer to home.

On Monday, June 8, deputies from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that a vehicle had struck a bear in M-37 near 24th Street in Newaygo County. The bear died at the scene, but the driver was not injured. They turned the bear over to the DNR, along with three cubs they found in the area, that they presumed were hers.

On Tuesday, June 9, a man sent a photo to WoodTV.com through reportit, saying he had spotted a bear just off the US131 exit at 14 Mile, in Algoma Township, about 4 p.m. Alan Brunges snapped the photo with his cellphone.

It’s not the first bear spotted nearby. A few years ago the Post ran a photo from a surveillance camera that caught footage of a bear in a yard in Nelson Township.

Bears have also been sighted in Ottawa County and even further south.

To keep bears away from your yard, remove bird feeders, garbage bins, and other sources of food.

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Summer reading kicks off at library

Kids enjoyed superheroes at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed superheroes at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

It was a record-setting day Monday, June 8, when over 802 people visited the Cedar Springs Public Library, for the kickoff of the annual summer reading program.

“Opening Day was amazing, with crowds swarming in and out of the library, signing up, getting reading logs and free themed book bags stuffed with goodies and the library’s open hours,” remarked Library Director Donna Clark.

She said they gave out 490 of the 500 bags they had on hand. So far 575 kids and adults have signed up for the summer, and more will come. “We normally end up with over 700,” explained Clark.

At least 10 people got new library cards and bags full of books were taken home.

Kids enjoyed ice cream at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photos by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed ice cream at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Outside, more books were offered at the Friends of the Library Book Sale. They made $294 for the day and were happy that books were heading to area homes.

Children enjoyed free ice cream, and some adorable bunnies, pigs, goats, and sheep from a local petting zoo and 4H club. “It was so much fun to watch the young students share about their favorite animal with other community children,” remarked Clark.

Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser was there with his team to show off the fire truck and rescue squad vehicle. Stacy Velting, Fire Dept. volunteer, said that the kids loved crawling through the back of the rescue truck and she thought that just about every child made his/her way through.

“I love doing these events for the community,” said Fraser.

Overall, 38 volunteers helped out at the event.

Kids enjoyed a petting zoo at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids enjoyed a petting zoo at the Cedar Springs Public Library’s kick off program. Post photo by J. Reed.

Reading logs through grade 6 have 5 weekly coupons. Each coupon is filled with 30 minute blocks to 2.5 hours. Each coupon gives students a weekly reward from local restaurants. Beyond those prizes, other large prizes are waiting for the big Celebration Carnival, when all the big prizes will be given out. The grand local prizes include a Kindle Fire, two bicycles, and more.

Clark said that at the end of the day, their door People Counter registered 802 persons. “That’s the closest we can get to the actual number, as most people came in the side door and never passed through the front door,” she explained.

The most they have ever had previously was 650.

“We made history June 8 at the Cedar Springs Public Library,” said Clark. “We all envision how great it will be to have this event at our new location on Main Street, in a library five times the size of this one, and with a fabulous wide-open yard and an amphitheater at the back of the property along the Meijer White Pine Trail! It will happen…we have the location, a site plan, an architect and around half the money raised already. Ask how you can get involved with the community group who is assisting the library and others in dreaming big dreams for Cedar Springs – the Community Building Development Team at CSCommunityCenter.org.

For a complete lineup of all the programs featured during the summer reading program, download our special “Beat the Boredom” pullout  or visit www.cedarspringslibrary.org.

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Blessing of bicycles connects kids with bikes

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By Judy Reed

The first Blessing of the Bicycles at The Springs Church last Saturday, June 6, was all organizer Johna Alexander hoped it would be.

“It was awesome,” remarked Alexander, “a fantastic event. Of the 50 used bikes that were donated, we only had 10-12 left. So we connected a lot of kids with bikes.”

They also gave eight brand new bikes away.

They also tried to fit kids with helmets. “About 60 percent of the kids got one,” she said.

N-Blessing-of-the-bicycles2Dozens of kids and parents showed up to take advantage of the free bicycles, helmets, face painting, and other goodies. On hand was the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Fire Department, and Rockford Ambulance.

Pastor Barry Briggs also said a blessing over the bicycles.

“I consider it a success,” said Alexander. “I would love to do it again next year.”

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CASSA Tri-Hawks make it to the championship finals in Traverse City

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The CASSA Tri-Hawks girls U-12 soccer team traveled to Traverse City, on May 15, for the annual Cherry Capital Cup soccer tournament.  The tournament hosts hundreds of teams from Michigan.  Under the direction of coaches Dan Buchner and Tim Lett, the Tri-Hawks made it to the championship game, on May 17, against Carpathia Kickers and took home second place for their division.

“The girls played a well-fought game and showed excellent sportsmanship” noted Coach Buchner.

The team has traveled to Traverse City for the past few years for both the fall and spring tournaments.  This was their first tournament in which they made it to the championship game.

“All their hard work paid off,” stated Coach Lett. “They should be very proud.”

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Physical Fitness Awards

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2nd Semester Red Hawk Elementary Physical Fitness Awards
This is a very difficult achievement, so CONGRATULATIONS to all of these students for a job well done!

Student  Name – Teacher

Baker, Nicole Kathryn – Ludwig

Bowers, Corey Leon – Willette

Bray, Spencer Jerron – Willette

Green, Lindsay Marie – Pantoja

Haywood, Gage Callen – Elenbaas

Kobayashi, Elise Rose – VanderLugt

Male, Olivia Anne – VanderLugt

Marsman, Trevor Scott – Banagis

Misiewicz, Emily Kathryn – VanderLugt

Reyers, Morgan Leagha – Ludwig

Roberts, Ashlyn Rose – VanderLugt

Shears, Carley Mae – Banagis

Sherman, Olivia Rose – Ludwig

Smith, Cecilia Rose – Willette

Sova, Grace Lauren – Elenbaas

Totten, Landen Robert – Gariepy

Wood, Alexis Victoria – Willette

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Avian influenza found in free-ranging geese

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Three goslings in Macomb County test positive 

The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today announced the state’s first confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 in the state. The disease was found in free-ranging Canada geese in Macomb County. Avian influenza is a virus that can infect both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.

Three goslings collected last week in Sterling Heights were delivered to the DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory for necropsy. Initial testing was performed at Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health in Lansing. These tests were positive and the samples were forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, Iowa, for final confirmation. MDARD and the DNR received confirmation Saturday, June 6, that the goslings were infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza, subtype H5N2.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to people from these HPAI viruses to be low. To date, no human HPAI infections have been detected in the United States. Avian influenza is not a food safety concern and no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the food chain.

Michigan is the 21st state to report a case of HPAI since December 2014. In the other 20 states, the virus has been found in captive wild birds or free-ranging birds, backyard flocks, and commercial flocks. Michigan also becomes the 6th state to detect in wild or free-ranging birds only. To date, there are 226 detections of HPAI across the country (affecting approximately 50 million birds), with Iowa and Minnesota experiencing the most cases.
“While this is disappointing news that the H5N2 virus has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging bird population, it was not unexpected given avian influenza has been found in a number of our neighboring states and Ontario,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams.

Clover Adams stressed that avian influenza has not been identified in Michigan’s domestic poultry flocks. “MDARD will continue to work hand-in-hand with our backyard and commercial poultry farmers to conduct surveillance testing and provide education along with Michigan State University’s Extension on implementing and stepping up on-farm biosecurity practices to protect the health of Michigan’s domestic poultry,” she said.
Keith Creagh, DNR director, said the state’s chief focus now is preventing the disease’s spread in wildlife and its transmission to domestic poultry. “This confirmed positive finding of highly pathogenic avian influenza prompts several steps that are informed by Michigan’s Surveillance and Response Plan for HPAI in free-ranging wildlife,” said Creagh. “The DNR and MDARD are working with other experts and taking advantage of every available resource to ensure a swift, appropriate response that limits the spread of HPAI.”

The state’s wildlife HPAI plan was developed by DNR’s Wildlife Division in 2006. The DNR already practices regular examination of carcasses from mortality events affecting birds and samples live-caught and hunter-harvested wild birds.

Guided by the wildlife HPAI plan, the DNR will:

*Create an avian influenza (AI) Core Area, a 10-mile radius around the confirmed positive cases.

*Create an AI Management Zone, including any counties that touch the AI Core Area. In this case, the AI Management Zone will include Macomb and Oakland counties.

*Change goose relocation activities. The DNR routinely relocates nuisance geese in southeast Michigan to other parts of the state. The AI Management Zone will be under quarantine and roundup/relocation within these counties will be prohibited, except for the purpose of additional testing.

*Continue goose roundup and relocation efforts in the rest of the state.

*Change goose relocation drop-off sites so none are within a 10-mile radius of a commercial poultry facility in Michigan.

*Heighten AI surveillance in the two-county AI Management Zone.

*Increase biosecurity measures for contractors who relocate geese and anybody handling geese, as well as for waterfowl banders.

*Continue statewide AI surveillance, which includes responding to suspicious dead animals, conduct sample testing of geese being relocated, banding ducks and geese, and testing hunter-harvested waterfowl.

With this type of highly pathogenic avian influenza, there may be an absence of many of the routine signs of illness in domestic poultry. Sudden death and high death losses are major indicators of HPAI. However, sick birds may experience neurological signs; difficulty walking; lack of appetite, energy or vocalization; significant drop in egg production; swollen combs, wattles, legs or head; diarrhea; or nasal discharge, sneezing or coughing.

Wild birds commonly have avian influenza and sometimes spread it to domestic birds through direct or indirect transmission. Ducks and geese are considered carriers; however, geese generally do not pass it on.

MDARD, the DNR, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Veterinary Services (USDA, VS) and Wildlife Services (USDA, WS) and Michigan State University (MSU) are working together to conduct avian influenza surveillance and to monitor health of poultry, livestock, wildlife and residents in Michigan. Residents who notice the death loss of three or more free-ranging birds should report it to DNR at 517-336-5030. If your domestic flock is experiencing severe illness or multiple death losses, contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 or for after-hours emergencies call 517-373-0440.
For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/avianinfluenza or www.michigan.gov/aviandiseases.

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Spring clean your health

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(BPT) – Spring is a time to reevaluate your daily routine and reduce any unnecessary clutter from your life. It is also a time to make positive changes for a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Simple changes, such as resetting your sleep pattern, updating your oral care routine and refreshing your diet can result in big changes to your overall well-being. To inspire consumers and their families to get a healthy start to spring, Dr. Nancy Simpkins, Internist and Medical Advisor for the State of New Jersey, shares a few healthful tips on behalf of Colgate Total:

Get moving outside: Spring is a great time to be outdoors, so ease back into your exercise routine with daily walks outside. This will help reduce stress and help lower your risk of heart disease and hypertension. Get creative and use apps to track and challenge your friends to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.

Reset your sleep pattern: With the arrival of spring come longer days and more daylight. Beat fatigue by setting a goal to keep your waking and bedtime consistent, even on weekends. This will help avoid mid-day burnouts while keeping your body in sync with its natural rhythms.

Think about your gum health: Most people don’t realize that proper oral hygiene can be a good step toward helping to improve their overall health. In addition to brushing your teeth, make sure to take good care of your gums – they’re the foundation of a healthy mouth. Switch up your daily oral care routine by using Colgate Total’s New Gum Health Mouthwash after brushing. It has an advanced germ-fighting formula (versus non-antibacterial mouthwash) that forms a protective shield along the gum line and protects against bacteria that can cause gingivitis.

Travel healthy and be prepared: As you begin to make plans for spring and summer travel, be sure to schedule your family doctor and dentist appointments and address any issues before your trip. Compile a list of medications, unique health issues or history, and physician contact information. This will be important and save time if you end up needing healthcare while you’re away.

Refresh your diet: Simple changes to your diet can bring more sustained energy and knock off a few pounds. Swap out snacks like potato chips with banana chips and replace red meat with lean protein from turkey and chicken. Also look to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season into your diet.

With these small changes to your lifestyle, you can upgrade your health for a better you. For more information on ways to spring clean your health and Colgate Total’s New Gum Health Mouthwash, visit www.ColgateTotal.com.

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Let it grow

Permanently improve the structure of your garden’s soil for successful results. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Permanently improve the structure of your garden’s soil for successful results. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Tips and tricks for a lush garden

(Family Features) Whether it’s a just a vibrant pop of pretty petals you want added to the front of the home or a raised bed full of delicious fruits and vegetables, the return of warmer weather has many homeowners reaching for their gardening gloves.

If you’re ready to try out your green thumb or dust off the gardening skills you long ago acquired, there are plenty of ways to achieve the lush vegetation you desire. Check out these tips and tricks for cultivating a thriving and productive garden of any variety.

Start with a plan. Different flowers and plants require different sun, soil and water needs. Keep these factors in mind and consult the seed packets to plan out where each should be placed. Many apps are available to take the guesswork out of gardening, helping you create a perfectly organized plant or flower bed. Some even offer reminders for watering, fertilizing and more.

Keep water in mind. Make sure your plan includes a close proximity from plant bed to the water supply.

DIG-Let-it-grow2-webBe smart with soil. Whether it’s a flower or vegetable garden bed or containers, the secret’s in the soil, where roots develop and sustain life. Invest in the proper tools to keep this foundation strong, such as Professional Soil Modifier from Profile Products, which improves water and nutrient retention, keeping vital elements in the root zone longer. For more information, visit www.profilegrow.com.

Plant close to home. If you have room, try to grow your plants as close to the home as possible. This makes watering less of a task, and also makes it easier to get to your precious vegetables when it’s time to harvest.

Opt for a permanent solution. There’s no doubt that gardens require seasonal upkeep, but you can find some ways to ease the tasks. One such solution is Professional Soil Modifier from Profile Products, which permanently improves the root zone by adding air- and water-holding capacity in all types of soil (unlike peat that needs to be tilled into gardens each year.) The result is better drainage when it’s wet, better water-holding capacity when it’s dry, deeper root growth and healthier plants.

Label away. Know exactly where you planted each seed with cute, natural labels. Simply use a permanent marker to mark each plant name on stones in front of each plant row.

Be a green gardener. Always opt for eco-friendly, pesticide-free products to use in your garden, when possible. Products filled with chemicals can be harmful to animals when carried through the air with wind.

So, dust off that shovel, tighten up the hose and get to growing. Once you have the right plan in mind, you’ll be on your way to achieving the flower or fruit and vegetable garden of your dreams.

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Sand Lake queens get recognition

Pictured is the first Sand Lake Village Queen, Donna Shick, in 1952. Her court (L to R) Nancy Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Mildred Hadrick, Bernice Manley, Norma Grimes, Joyce Kundee, and Sharon Robinson (crown bearer).

Pictured is the first Sand Lake Village Queen, Donna Shick, in 1952. Her court (L to R) Nancy Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Mildred Hadrick, Bernice Manley, Norma Grimes, Joyce Kundee, and Sharon Robinson (crown bearer).

The Sand Lake Alumni will recognize Sand Lake Village’s queens and Sand Lake’s football queens at the 123rd Sand Lake Alumni Reunion on June 13, 2015. The reunion will be held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Social hour starts at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. This year’s program recognizes all former village queens of Sand Lake and all of Sand Lake’s football queens.

The 2015 Alumni Banquet Committee consists of Dave Groner, Dick Pierce, Betty (Bradford) Clegg and Verna (White) Smigiel. For more information contact Dave Groner at (269) 208-5716.

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