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Velzy Park fundraiser a delicious success


Those attending the Velzy Park fundraiser dinner had a fun night out despite the weather. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

Winters’s stormy weather didn’t keep the community from coming together for Velzy Park’s third annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction last Friday, February 9.  

Desserts and other items were part of a silent auction to raise funds for Velzy Park in Solon Township. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

The popular fundraiser attracted a crowd of Park supporters, pasta lovers and sweet seekers vying for the choicest desserts. Joe Watson called the auction, rousing the crowd to enthusiastic bidding for the sweets and raising $430.00 towards the park. The fundraiser netted over $1400.00 for continuing construction of the park.  

Guests were treated to live vocals from Monique’s Quality Entertainment as well. It had all the elements of a successful evening. For a few hours folks were able to ignore winter’s ravages and bask in the warmth and glow of camaraderie and friendship. It gave us the opportunity to thumb our noses at the weather with a nod to St. Valentine.

The dinner was made possible through the combined efforts of a host of volunteers, from the young servers from Creative Technologies Academy to the people and businesses who donated desserts, talent and time, to the Park Committee, to the community who graciously came to help celebrate a common dream. 

Phase One of the park continues with a restroom and playground slated for the near future.  Donations can be made to Solon Township Velzy Park and sent to Solon Township Office, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, 49319. Please check Solon Township’s Velzy Park facebook page for future events or to volunteer in their efforts or call the township at 696-1718.

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FFA teacher receives honorary degree

State FFA advisor Mark Forbush (left) with Cedar Springs FFA advisor Larry Reyburn. Photo from Cedar Springs FFA Facebook page.

Cedar Springs High School teacher Mr. Larry Reyburn, advisor for the Cedar Springs FFA, received his Honorary American FFA degree on Wednesday, February 7. He was one of 59 recipients chosen in 2017 to receive the degree from the National FFA Organization, and the only person in Michigan. Usually this award is received at national convention, but state FFA advisor Mark Forbush made a special trip to deliver it personally. Congratulations, Mr. Reyburn.

In other FFA news, the Cedar Springs FFA will hold a fundraiser at Tractor Supply Company on Saturday. Stop by for baked goods, meat sticks, and homemade maple syrup. The store is located on the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek Avenue. 

Also this month, Tractor Supply Company stores in MI will collect donations during National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in their community.

Coinciding with National FFA Week (Feb. 17-24), Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at checkout Feb. 16-25 while shopping in-store, online at www.tractorsupply.com or by calling Customer Solutions at (877) 718-6750. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing program, supporting FFA chapters in MI that are making a difference in their communities through unique and sustainable agricultural projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer. 

“Through the generosity and assistance of our customers and team members, we are honored to support local FFA chapters across the country through our Grants for Growing program,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “This initiative not only allows us to invest in the next generation of agricultural leaders, but also the future of agricultural education.”
Since its start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. The initiative has funded a total of 692 grants supporting projects involving more than 69,000 students. 

Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted applications detailing how they will start or expand on a project that will benefit their communities as well as both current and future FFA students. Funds have been requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs. 

Grants, awarded to winning FFA chapter initiatives in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000. All donations remain within the state in which they were raised. 

For more details about the program, visit www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing

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The Third Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2018


CTA Spelling Bee: Brenna Jibson, Middle School English Teacher Jenny Bangma and Jesse Benson

In January, 28 students in grades third through eighth competed in the third annual CTA School Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for participating in the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee went thirteen rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The Bee Champion is eighth grade student, Jesse Benson; the Runner-up is seventh grade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 27th. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Red Hawk wrestlers move on to regionals

Lucus Pienton looks to shoot against his Lowell opponent.

Wrestling is often coined as the “toughest six minutes in sports.” Six Red Hawk wrestlers proved their toughness this weekend as they advanced to the Division 2 Regional Finals.

Ryan Ringler defeated Austin Engle (#2 migrappler.com) to win his second District Championship and reach the 150-win milestone.

Meanwhile, Aaron Smith, Trevor Marsman and Lucus Pienton placed second for the Red Hawks. Pienton lost in a close match to #1 ranked Alec Rees from Sparta and will look for vengeance at the regional final. Marsman finally broke 100 lbs but still couldn’t handle Nick Korhorn of Lowell in the finals. Aaron Smith will make his second trip to individual regionals looking for a sweeter ending and a trip to Ford Field.

Jacob Galinis and Anthony Brew finished the day with consolation victories to move on in the tournament.

The Regional Finals will be held in Byron Center​ on Saturday, February 17, with wrestling starting at 9 a.m. The top four from each weight class will move on to the State Finals at Ford Field.

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Red Hawk bowlers looking to win conference

Sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46 and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46 at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles.

Sophmore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers at the Mona Shores invitational with a three-game series of 574.

The Red Hawk boys and girls bowling teams have been busy trying to roll their way towards a conference championship.

On January 31, both the boys and girls won their conference matches against Ottawa Hills, 30-0. 

On February 3, they competed at the Hudsonville invitational. The boys finished  8th out of 12 teams, and the girls finished 3rd out of 12.

On February 7, they bowled in a conference match against Northview. The boys won 26-4, and the girls won 17-13.

At the Mona Shores invitational on February 10, the boys placed 12th out of 24, and the girls took first place. Sophomore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers with a three-game series of 574. 

On February 11, at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles, sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46; and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46.

The teams were scheduled for a match against Forest Hills Northern on February 14 (Wednesday evening), and then the post season on Saturday, February 17 at Northview. The outcome there will determine the conference championship. The girls team is currently in first place, and the boys are tied for first place with Northview and Lowell.

Girls bowling team took first place a Mona Shores. From L to R: Coach Jackson, Rose Batey, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Assistant Coach Trevor Ruark.


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Experience free fishing weekend Feb. 17-18 

Show the kids how fun ice fishing can be by heading out during the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Feb. 17-18.

Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18. On those two days, everyone—residents and non-residents alike—can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.
In addition, during #MiFreeFishingWeekend, the Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee that grants vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several locations also may be hosting official 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend events that are perfect for the whole family.
Michigan has been celebrating winter’s #MiFreeFishingWeekend every year since 1994 as a way to promote awareness of the state›s vast aquatic resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a perfect match.
“There’s nothing better than bundling up and heading out on the ice for Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend,” said Jim Dexter, DNR Fisheries Division chief. “For those avid anglers, we encourage you to take someone out who has never experienced winter fishing to show them how simple and fun it can be.”

Official winter #MiFreeFishingWeekend activities are being scheduled in communities across the state to assist with public participation. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations, including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others. A full list of these events can be found online at michigan.gov/freefishing

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A New Shingle


Dr. Andy Setaputri (left) is taking over the practice of Dr. Danette Martin (right) at Cedar Springs Dental. Courtesy photo.

Cedar Springs Dental welcomes new dentist

By Tom Noreen and Judy Reed

After 23 years of service to the Cedar Springs area, Dr. Danette Martin decided it was time to retire. In a letter to her clients she wrote, “I have reached the retirement phase of my life and will be leaving the practice of dentistry. I am excited about spending more time with my family, however, I am saddened because I won’t be able to continue being your dentist and seeing you on a regular basis. I want to thank you for the loyal support you have given me through the years. It has been my honor and a pleasure-to be your dentist and friend.”

Danette went to the Grand Rapids Education Center to become a dental hygienist after graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 1971, She worked for a number of dentists, including Dr. Robert Lorenz in Rockford. After about eight years, she decided to go to dental school. Dr. Lorenz encouraged her and she began night classes at Grand Rapids Junior College. Upon completing her undergrad requirements she applied and was accepted at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

After graduation she went to England for a month to learn about socialized dentistry as practiced there. She said, “I would not want that for our country.”

Upon returning to the US, she worked at the Sparta Migrant Center until the end of the season.

She next worked as an associate with a group of dentists in Big Rapids. In 1996, she was approached by Dr. Mike Palazek in Cedar Springs to join his practice. She accepted, and the next year he offered to sell it. So, from 1997 to January 2018, Danette served the community.

On retirement, she said, “I’ve worked since I was 15 beginning at the A&W Drive-In. I need to reorganize my life and see where the path leads next. I would like to travel.”

Danette married Bob Martin (Class of 71) in 1973 and they live near Howard City.

Dr. Martin also shared, “One of my chief concerns in planning my retirement has been your future dental care. I wanted an individual dentist committed to maintaining a family practice. Someone experienced and quality oriented who puts patient care first and foremost. Dr. Andy Setaputri more than meets those requirements. He is an excellent dentist who is also warm and personable. I selected Dr. Setaputri to begin assuming the clinical responsibilities of my practice on January 12, 2018.”

Dr. Setaputri shared with his new clients, “It is with honor and excitement that I write this letter. I would like to thank Dr. Martin for her confidence and trust in allowing me to continue her tradition of excellent patient care. I am fully committed to ensuring that you will receive the highest quality, ethical, and compassionate care that you have known with Dr. Martin.”

Dr. Setaputri shares Dr. Martin’s commitment to quality care and is looking forward to serving his new clientele. He provides comprehensive and advanced procedures such as extractions, root canals, implants, invisalign, crown and bridge, veneers, and composite restorations for both adults and children.

“At Cedar Springs Dental, we strive to provide the best care in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Our team values long-lasting patient relationships. Our focus is on providing world class customer service and delivering an ultimate patient experience,” he said. 

Dr. Setaputri has practiced dentistry in the Grand Rapids and Lakeview areas and is excited to join the Cedar Springs Family!

Cedar Springs Dental is located at 20 E. Church St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 696-9420 for an appointment or more information.

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Winter fun

Adeline Bender, the daughter of Brant and Leslie Bender, of Cedar Springs, has fallen in love with skiing this winter. She has been enjoying her time out at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area on Thursday nights with the Cedar Springs Ski Club. 

“We are thankful for the nearby ski area and ski club!” said Leslie.

Do you have a winter fun photo you’d like to share? Send it to news@cedarspringspost.com, along with some info about it, and where the person in the photo is from. Please include your contact info. Photos will run as space allows.


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Velzy Park Fundraiser marks third year

Grab your sweetheart, bring your family and join us tomorrow, February 9, as Velzy Park hosts its third annual spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. The popular event features live music from Monique’s Quality Entertainment, a 50-50 raffle, a quality in-house cooked meal and, as ever, the highly competitive dessert auction, featuring some of our local ladies most prized recipes, as well as donations from area restaurants.  Joe Watson is again lending his talents to the auction with his lively style and wit.  

The fundraiser marks the continuing efforts of Solon Township’s Velzy Park Committee to raise money for construction of Phase One of the park, which includes a restroom and playground. Velzy Park currently offers a community walking trail, gazebo and picnic area. 

The event takes place in Solon’s community room at 15185 Algoma Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner slated at 6:00 PM. The dessert auction follows. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from committee members for $10 each or $18 a pair. For questions, please call 616-696-4227.  

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Contractor scam alert

The Kent County Sheriff Department recently alerted the public to a scam in West Michigan where the suspects are posing as contractors and then stealing money from elderly victims. They said that over the past month, there have been incidents reported in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, but they have not yet taken any reports in our area.

Suspects are described as Hispanic males driving a silver/grey full size pickup truck, possibly a Chevy. They typically target the elderly by telling them something on the exterior of their home is in need of repair and they offer to show the homeowner what they are talking about. While one suspect distracts the homeowner, the second suspect enters the home and typically takes money from the victim.

Pass this information along to any homeowners you know, especially the elderly, and call the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100 to report any information related to this type of activity.

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