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Howard City chooses new Village Manager

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N-HowardCity-logoBy Judy Reed

The Village of Howard City chose a new Village Manager at its meeting Monday evening, April 3.

The vote was 7-0 to select Michael Falcon, of Gladstone, Michigan, as their new Village Manager. He has been employed at Northern Michigan University since 1999.

The Village Council interviewed four finalists for the position, and interviewed three of them last week, on March 27: Wally Delamater, Village Manager in Suttons Bay; Charles Watson, a former Cedar Springs Mayor and City Councilor; and Thomas Raymond, former Manager for the Village of Lexington.

Falcon was interviewed Monday evening, April 3 at the beginning of the meeting.

“All the finalists would be good choices for Howard City, but Mr. Falcon stood out above the other candidates, with a great vision for Howard City,” remarked Randal Heckman, who has been doing double duty as Village President and Village Manager since 2014.

Heckman said that the background check is complete, and that the next step would be drawing up his contract with the Village attorney.

Falcon is slated to start working a couple days a week starting in May, and then full time around June 1.

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Friends of Library hold Quilt fundraiser

Kat Pont, right, with Louise King, left, was the winner of the quilt that was raffled off at the library fundraiser.

Kat Pont, right, with Louise King, left, was the winner of the quilt that was raffled off at the library fundraiser.

The Friends of the Cedar Springs Library held their 5th annual quilt show fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, at Cedar Springs Middle School.

Louise King and Barb Grutter chaired the event.

The Friends raffled off a beautiful quilt that was designed by Grutter, pieced by King, and quilted by Nancy May of Aerie Quilting. The winner of the quilt was Kat Ponte.

There were also awards for quilts entered at the show.

Deb Gasped was winner in the King/Queen category

Deb Gasped was winner in the King/Queen category

Deb Gasped was the winner in the King/Queen category. She made an 85×96 inch bed quilt named Starry Night.

The winner in the Table topper/tote category was Deb Westveer with her Christmas table runner.

Sherri Pipenger was winner in the Full/Twin category.

Sherri Pipenger was winner in the Full/Twin category.

Winner from the Full/Twin category was Sherri Pipenger. She made an embroidered red work quilt from the pattern American Jane’s Playmates.

Sherri Pipenger was also winner in the crib/wall hanging category.

Sherri Pipenger was also winner in the crib/wall hanging category.

Pipenger also won the Crib/Wall-Hanging category with a wool applique quilt. She used the Elegant Garden pattern by Edyta Sitar.

All proceeds go to fund the new Cedar Springs Library.

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Anniversary of deadly tornado outbreak in Michigan

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By Judy Reed

 

This past Monday, April 3, was the 61st anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in western Michigan, which spawned the Hudsonville/Standale tornado, one of the few F5 tornadoes ever in the state. Several other tornadoes occurred that day, including an F4 and an F3.

The Hudsonville/Standale tornado traveled a 48-mile path from Vriesland (just east of Zeeland) to Trufant on April 3, 1956 in just one hour. It was as wide as four football fields at one point, according to meteorologist Bill Steffen. There were 17 deaths and 340 injuries.

It was photographed near Baldwin and 28th in Hudsonville, from about 2 miles south. The photo shows a large tornado funnel, in contact with the ground, along with the yellow sky and greenish storm clouds that were mentioned by many eyewitnesses.

Do you remember this tornado? Please send us an email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or send us a letter to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 with what you remember.

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What to do if you find a bird nest in your yard

Goslings are a common sight in Michigan in the spring.

Goslings are a common sight in Michigan in the spring.

From the Michigan DNR

Michigan residents may get a surprise this spring in their gardens, flower boxes or even in the landscaping by their office buildings. Bird nests can be found in some unusual locations.

Ducks nests, particularly mallard nests, seem to appear just about everywhere in the spring. Female mallards often build nests in landscaping, gardens or other locations that people may consider inappropriate. While finding a duck’s nest in an unexpected location may be a surprise, there is no need for concern.

“She will be a very quiet neighbor, and with her cryptic coloration she may go largely unnoticed,” said Holly Vaughn, Department of Natural Resources wildlife communications coordinator. “Leave the duck alone and try to keep dogs, cats and children away from the nest.”

If she is successful and her eggs hatch, the mother duck will lead her ducklings to the nearest body of water, often the day they hatch.

“Don’t worry if you do not live near water, the mother duck knows where to take her ducklings to find it,” said Vaughn.

The female mallard will sit on the nest for about a month prior to the eggs hatching. If the nest fails on its own—something that happens regularly—Vaughn advises to just wish her luck on her next attempt.

Canada geese sometimes build nests near houses or in parks, often near water. Similar to mallards, Canada geese will lead their young to water soon after they hatch. Adult geese can be quite protective of their nests and their goslings and may chase people or pets away by hissing and running or flying toward the intruder. If possible, try to avoid the area. If this is not possible, carry an umbrella and gently scare the bird away.

Those fortunate enough to have a bird’s nest built in their yard, in a tree, or on the ground, may have noticed that the baby birds are starting to outgrow their nests. Baby birds learn to fly through trial and error. They may feel they are ready to fly, but their flight feathers might not have fully grown in yet. It is common to find baby birds on the ground after an attempt to fly. If this is the case, please do not touch them. Their parents will continue to take care of them, even when they are on the ground.

Touching a baby bird will not cause the adults to abandon it; however, if you move a baby bird, the parents may be unable to find and care for it. It is better to leave the baby bird alone to be raised by its parents.

In the event that you find a chick on the ground that is sparsely feathered, it may have accidentally fallen from the nest before it is ready to fledge (learn to fly). If you know where the nest is, you can put the chick back in the nest only if you can do so safely.

Migratory birds, their nests, and their eggs are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and must be left alone. Unless you have a license, taking a baby bird or eggs from the wild is breaking the law.

Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless a person is licensed, it is illegal to possess a live wild animal, including birds, in Michigan.

The only time a baby animal may be removed from the wild is when it is obvious the parent is dead or the animal is injured. A licensed rehabilitator must be contacted before removing an animal from the wild. Rehabilitators must adhere to the law, must have gone through training on proper handling of injured or abandoned wild animals, and will work to return the animal to the wild, where it will have the best chance for survival.

A list of licensed rehabilitators can be found by visiting mi.gov/wildlife or by calling a local DNR office.

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Easter Services 2017

EAS-Easter-cross-sunriseGod wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Cedar Springs Ministerial Association

April 14: Journey to the Cross

A self-guided journey through the final days of Jesus’ life

Come anytime between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Held at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Cedar Springs United Methodist

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

April 9: Palm/Passion Sunday service at 10:15 a.m.

April 13: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. at East Nelson UMC, 9024 18 Mile Rd.

April 14: Good Friday. We will walk the Stations of the Cross at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, from 11-1 and 6-8 p.m.

April 16: Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9 a.m., and regular Easter service at 10:15 a.m.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs

April 14: Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 16: Easter Sunday services 9:30 a.m. Devotional and breakfast, and 10:45 a.m. morning worship. No evening service.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

April 15:  Easter Eggstravazana for kids 0-10 years. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Egg Hunt and so much more at 12 p.m.

April 16:  Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

April 16: Easter Worship Services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

There will also be a great celebration happening in our Kid’s Splash Park Live during both services!

ROCKFORD

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

April 16: Easter Celebration at 10:00 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 14 Mile Rd., Rockford, MI 49341

April 13: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm

April 16: Easter Sunday Service at 9:30am

SAND LAKE

Sand Lake Village Churches 

April 14: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist. All churches below participating.

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

April 16: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W Maple St, Sand Lake (NE corner of the park)

April 14: Good Friday 7:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers and Stations of the Cross

April 16: Easter Day Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children through 5th grade.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S 3rd Street (formerly Northland Dr), Sand Lake

April 9: Palm Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Egg Hunt to follow.

April 14: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

April 16: Easter Breakfast 8 a.m., Easter Worship 9:30 a.m. Balloon release after service.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

April 16: Easter SONrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist Church

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

April 16 Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.

SPARTA

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd., Sparta

April 16: Easter service at 10 a.m. “Resurrection Power.” Refreshments served before the service.

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Red Hawks capture two wins in doubleheader

JV pitcher Peyton Newman delivers a fastball to catcher Seth Biggs last week against the Newaygo Lions.

JV pitcher Peyton Newman delivers a fastball to catcher Seth Biggs last week against the Newaygo Lions.

Cedar Springs JV Baseball

Last week’s doubleheader against the Newago Lions added two wins to the Cedar Springs JV baseball teams’ record after a loss to Kent City in the opening game of the season two weeks ago. The team’s pitching has given up only two walks so far this season, which is less than a walk per game. Sophomore Peyton Newman has pitched 9 innings over the first two weeks and has yet to surrender an earned run.

“Our pitching gives us a chance in every game by throwing strikes and making the other team earn it,” said Coach Tyson Hoffman.

Dylan Cudney, a sophomore, leads the team so far this season in RBIs with 7 for the books. The team’s bats were swinging both games with a 16-3 win the first game, and a 9-1 win the second game.

Next week’s battle will be home against the Lowell Red Arrows in another doubleheader Tuesday April 11.

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WMP wrestlers at State finals

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By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Lansing Center for the 2017 State Finals this past weekend. There were 272 teams and just over 2900 wrestlers registered to compete. WMP is currently ranked #41 as a team. They had 16 individuals enter the tournament and six finished in the top 5, earning All State Recognition.

The following individuals wrestled tough but unfortunately fell short of making it to the placement rounds. Luke Egan won 3 matches; Carter Castillo, Chayson Eberspeaker and Kellen Weckesser all won two matches each and Logan Bennet won a match.

Final placements are as follows:

Quinten Cassiday entered the 61 lb wt class in the 7/8 age group and finished in 5th Place. Cassiday’s season record is 48-4.

Ahmad Starr entered the 138 lb wt class in the High School division and finished 4th Place.

Finishing in third place was 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group, and 46 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group. Vasquez has a season record of 44-5. Werkema’s season record is 47-3, and he also made the top 100 for most pins at the State Finals. He is currently listed at #59 with 3 pins totaling 1:34.

In the 7/8 age group, 58 lb Drew Moro and 67 lb Tyler Parmeter both finished in 2nd Place. Parmeter’s season record is 38-11 and Moro’s season record is 41-10.

State Champion is 75 lb Blake “Beast” Peasley, 9/10 age group, finishing his season with a 48-8 record. This is Peasley’s second State Title, with his first one in the 2014 season.

“A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal.”

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March is Reading Month

Reading Rocks at Cedar Trails

Reading Rocks at Cedar Trails

Reading Rocks at Cedar Trails

Beach Literacy Night was held on March 10 at the Middle School.

Beach Literacy Night was held on March 10 at the Middle School.

March is Reading Month and the PTO provided a special assembly called Reading Rocks. The kids had so much fun singing and dancing and being challenged to read more and more.

What a wonderful group of parent volunteers. The PTO from Cedar Trails has purchased an additional chromebook cart containing 36 mobile chromebooks, mice and headphones. Our students love them. Thank you for caring so much about their education.  Cedar Trails PTO is the best!!!

Board of Education member, Vanderhyde, was a guest reader at Red Hawk during March is Reading Month.

Board of Education member, Shannon Vanderhyde, was a guest reader at Red Hawk during March is Reading Month.

Assistant Superintendent, Jo Spry, was a guest reader during March is Reading Month.

Assistant Superintendent, Jo Spry, was a guest reader during March is Reading Month.

Board of Education member, Bayink, reads to students at Red Hawk during March is Reading Month.

Board of Education member, Michelle Bayink, reads to students at Red Hawk during March is Reading Month.

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Library sets opening dates

The new Cedar Springs Community Library is nearing completion, and will be opening in May. This is a view from the back, with the retaining wall where the plaques will be. Post photo by J. Reed.

The new Cedar Springs Community Library is nearing completion, and will be opening in May. This is a view from the back, with the retaining wall where the plaques will be. Post photo by J. Reed.

May 8 soft opening; May 13 grand opening celebration

By Judy Reed

It won’t be long, and Cedar Springs area residents will be able to enjoy a brand new library. Work will soon be completed on the 10,016-foot structure, which is 8,000 feet bigger than the current library.

The Library is shooting for a May 8 soft opening, with a May 13 grand opening celebration from 2-5 p.m.

The Library, which is designed to resemble a train depot, promises to be a main attraction in the heart of Cedar Springs.

Besides the area housing all the adult books, there will also be 12 public computers, a classroom, three tutoring rooms, an enclosed children’s area with glass panels, and a playroom area. There will also be four stations for children’s computers. Teens will also have their own area.

Another draw will be the community room, which will hold up to 75 people with the tables and chairs, and 100 without. A complete kitchen will open up into the community room. People can walk out of the community room to a patio, which will be facing the creek, where the retaining wall will be.

“There is also an area with a beautiful fireplace, which will be very warm and welcoming, comfy chairs, a table, and two more chairs on either side,” remarked Library Director Donna Clark.

In front of the library, at the corner of Main and W. Maple, will be a locally built clock tower, soon to be installed. Behind the library is a beautiful metal sculpture of dragonflies created by metal artist Steve Anderson.

The Library is still selling bricks. For $50 you can get a 4×8 brick with 3 lines, or an 8×8 brick with 6 lines for $100, and inscribe it as you wish. Bricks will be placed at the Library entrance and a few other places, as needed. They will also soon offer benches as a fundraiser. More info to come on that. Pick up a brochure to order a brick at the Cedar Springs Library or visit http://cedarspringslibrary.org/news/bricks-and-blocks-for-new-library/ to print one out.

The Library will close the week of April 24 to pack up and move. They need around 250 boxes of a standard size, easy to move and not too heavy. If you have boxes you would like to donate, please call the library to coordinate drop off at 616-696-1910.

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Post travels to Fort Myers, FL

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The Post traveled to Fort Myers, Florida recently with Nancy Hatch, of Sand Lake.

“There’s nothing like a long road trip with the one you love to bring you closer together or tear you apart!” wrote Nancy. “Fortunately it brought us together.”

“We left the frigid cold weather from Sand Lake at the stroke of midnight on Monday the 31st (of January) and arrived on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Florida, to 80-degrees and sunny weather, warm wind in our hair, and sand between our toes. People are so, so friendly there, the fresh seafood, the cocktails, the sunset. I would highly recommend Fort Myers. Just tell them Nancy sent you!”

Thanks, Nancy, for taking us with you!

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