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2014 4th of July Celebration

“Celebrating Summer Fun”

Thursday July 3, 2014 thru Sunday July 6, 2014

 

Kent District Library Book Sale & Bake Sale

  • Wednesday, July 2nd Noon – 8:00pm
  • Thursday, July 3rd 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, July 5th 10:00am – 3:00pm (Book Sale Only)

Museum Open each Day (Thurs. thru Sun.) – Noon ‘till 2:00pm

Rodeo Presented by B & L Plumbing - Thursday – 7:00pm

Demolition Derby  by Unique Motor Sports - Friday Night @ 6:00pm

13th Annual Sand Lake Mud Run by West Michigan Mud Runs - Saturday – 4:00pm

Classic Car Show - Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Grand Parade on the 4th – Starts at 1:30pm

Fireworks Around 10:30pm

Music - each Night Thursday thru Saturday

Thursday, July 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Sand Lake Library Book Sale & Bake Sale

3:00 p.m.  Midway Opens – Wade Shows

5:00 p.m. Hot Dog Eating Contest – For Adults – $10 Entry Fee

Noon-2:00 p.m. Museum Open

7:00 p.m. Rodeo

8:00 p.m.-Midnight Music: LUKE GALLOWAY

Friday, July 4th

11:00 am Grand Parade Registration

Noon Crowning of the 2014 Miss Sand Lake

Noon-2:00 pm Museum Open

1:00 pm Midway Opens – Wade Shows

3:00 pm Gates Open for Demolition Derby

1:30 pm Grand Parade Starts

3:00 pm Late Registration for Bed Races

3:30 pm Bed Races

6:00 pm Demolition Derby

7:00-11:00 pm Music: CROSS CREEK

Fireworks at 10:30 pm

Saturday, July 5th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm Sand Lake Library Book Sale

Noon Gates Open For Mud Run

Noon OLD FASHIONED FAIR DAYS

Local Vendors will have crafts, farm fresh goodies and demonstrations to delight the whole family. Lake Street

Sunday, July 6th

1:00 Midway Opens – Wade Shows , Rides & Attractions

Noon-2:00pm Museum Open

4:00pm 13th Annual Sand Lake Mud Run

8:00 pm-Mindnight Music: BORDERLINE

8:00 am Registration for Classic Car Show

8:30-11:00 am Pancake Breakfast at VFW

9:00 am – 2:00 pm Classic Car Show

Noon – 2:00 pm Museum Opens

1:00 pm Mini Rod Tractor Pull – Poor Man Pullers

 

PLEASE NOTE:

The sale of knives with blades more than 3” long is not permitted

No airsoft guns allowed at carnival or events

No dogs allowed

program and event updates at www.sandlakechamberofcommerce.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Cedar area Student Honor Roll

Middle School

7th grade

Adkison Autumn Kaylynn

Alcumbrack Jenna Nicole *

Allen Joshua David

Almas Emily Clarina

Baker Ethan Loy *

Bayink Graham Anthony *

Bekins McCoy William

Berridge Madison Ann

Boomgaard Chloe Dawn

Bouwens Erin Lynn

Bouwkamp Kendall Madison

Brew Anthony Lance

Brown Emily Linn *

Buchner Jenica Rae

Burleson Dakota Thomas

Bylsma AusEn Craig

Caldwell Sabrina Rose *

Cantera Diana A

Cardinal Zackary Robert

Carey Samuel Eugene *

Carpenter Leah Katherine

Cassiday Brandon Jacob

Chase Jacob Alexander

Cherry Taylor Marie

Ciise Cabdulcasiis Maxamed *

Conely Dane Michael

Cook Caleb Robert

Corwin Katia Josephine

Creaser Zachary Taylor *

Crystal Aryis Mae

David Jareak Gregory

Davis Audrie Ann

Deback Maximus Xavier

Demorest Ian Jacob

Douglas Madison Paige

Drake Jonah Michael

Draper Nathaniel Robert

Dreyer Ryan Casey

Eason Thomas Cole

Edwins Brittany Marie *

Egan Derek Ellis

Empie Alexa Jean

Endres Gabrielle Elizabeth

Finch Samantha Lynn

Fitzpatrick Meadow R

Fleming Alexis Delmar

Follett Alexis Paige

Fraam Emma Marie *

Francis Mason Chandler

Frasier Cassandra Antonina *

Galle Evan Samuel

Galloway Sarah Marie *

Garcia Skylar Isabel

Gardner Tayvon Andrew

GeBott Abigail Nicole *

Gibbons Anna Elizabeth

Gonzales Allexis Lluvia

Gott Cody John

Griffard Madison Grace

Grove Katelyn Marie *

Hall Dakotah William

Hamilton Natalie Marie

Hammerstrom Julia Marie

Hansen Karrigan ChrisEne

Harmon Luke Christopher

Hause Jared Richard *

Hendges Anthony Mitchell

Hernandez Carina Lizbett

Hess Sierra Elain

Hoogerhyde JarreL Stephen

Hovanec Hannah Claire

Hughes Melody

Hull Logan Lawrence

Huntoon Macie Lea *

Huntoon Maddi Ann *

Hutchinson Samuel Joseph

Irwin Madison Lynn

Jackson Julia Mae

Jackson Tyler Dean

Jones Alex Jay

Jones Jessica Lavern

Kady DesEnee Rae

Kennamer Hannah Mae

Kerr Zachery Allen

Kibby Austin

King Reganne Elizabeth

Kirkwood Alexander Kenneth

Knauf Wyatt Gregory

Kobayashi Logan James

Kolenda Joel Jonathon

Lange Cayla Lisa *

Larsen Mae Grace

Lemery MaKeelie Elise *

Levandowski Katie Lyn *

Lewis Frank Mikayla

Lewis Julian James

Line Jarrid William

MacDonald Tucker Scott

Magoon Jason Alexander

Majewski Alexis Lee

Male Elayna Nycole

Mangus Jasmine Rose

Mann Heather Rose

Martin Sarah Elizabeth *

Marvel Brayden Kenneth *

Maslin Sylvia Elizabeth

Melson Madison Paige

Menefee Mikala Marie *

Meredith Jacob Alexander

Merlington Carolanne Kaye

Mesler Alivia Elise

Migoski Wyatt William

Miliusis Luke Anthony *

Miller Brighton Corel *

Miller Matthew Steven

Nauta Morgan Elizabeth

Newman Peyton

Noga McKenzie Lynn

Pienta Courtney A

Pienton Lucus David

Pierson Emily Grace

Ploeg Allison Nicole

Pope Colton Joseph

Porter Jenna Cherylyn

Porter Nathan Christopher

Powell III James

Powers Gavin Alexander

Rea-­Grover BriLany Ann

Reed Reide Elizabeth

Reed Thomas Trey

Reed Trevor Holt

Reynolds Tiffany Marie *

Rickard Alura Leann

Rideout Cody Andrew *

Ringler Ryan Paul

Risley Madison Dawn

Rivard Ryllie Rae

Robydek Bailey Rose

Rocafort Bailey Nichole

Rodwell Kaiden Timothy

Roelofs Alyssa Kenyon

Rypma Allison Jennie *

Salinas Tyler Allen

Schoenborn Kayla Anne

Scott Abigail Jean

Scott Brittney Elise *

Secord Gabe Taggert *

Sharp Savannah Kay

Shears Kaylyn Marie

Shevock Malory Marie

Simpson Julia Rae

Slater Megan Nicole

Smith Aaron Kane

Smith Ethan Joseph

Smith Kimberlee Grace

Smith Riley J

Sorensen Alyssa Dawn

Spencer MaLhew Kaden *

Steffes Kendyll ChrisEan

Svalen Carson Charles

Swank Kolby Andrew

Swatzell Devin John

Swinehart Jacob Riley *

Tawney Mackenzie Joy

Thorne Natalie Alexis

Titus Madelyn Rae

Van Dam-­Colvin Breonna

Vanderhoef Nicole Jean *

VanDyke Baylie Darline

VanGessel Abbilyn Rae

VanGorp Danielle Marie

Van’tHof Emily Mae *

VanZyl Sebastian Scott

Veltkamp-­St Amour Tyler

Vinton Hannah Marie *

Von Seggern Jacob

Walker Joshua Michael

Warner Carly Rose

Warner Taylor Rae

Weeks Brooke Mikala

White Allison Catherine *

White Fredrick Charles *

White Justin Michael

Whitney Marissa June

Williams Dylan Anthony *

Wise Ashley Mae

Witters Christian Thomas

Wood IIII Richard

Wood Dawson Lee

Woudwyk Aubrey Elaine

Yaklin Rebecca Ann *

Zarkowski Reece Jordan

 

8th grade

Amell Parker James

Anderson Reece Lane

Anderson Tanner Clayton

Andres Brooklyn Kae

Arnold Hailey Lynn

Benson Sean Thomas

Beverwyk Heather Marie

Boomgaard Kayleigh Rae

Boomgaard Makayla Renee

Bowers Rachel Jean

Brackett Jase Tyler

Brandt Cecelia Mary *

Briggs Paden Richard

Bullen Jacob Roger

Campione Nicholas Scott

Caron Christina Marie

Carter Anna Marie

Casavant Alexander James

Case Madison Michelle

Childs Nathen Allen

Ciise Mumina Maxamed

Cook Amy Catherine *

Crystal Rachel L

Dahms Jordan Jay

Daniels Hunter James

Darling Mackenna Ryleigh

Dault Grace Margaret

Davis Christopher Charles *

Davis Connor James

Derus Madison Renee

Detloff Ryleigh Nicole

Donahue Alex William

Ellison Isabelle Brianne

Ellison Patrick Michael

Elliston Peyton Leigh

Empie Bryce Daniel

Empie Julia Matilda

Foley Joseph James

Gatrell Madison Rae

Gibbs Hannah June

Gonzales George

Goodson Danielle Rose

Gould Colton Guy

Hager Jesse Edward

Hall Abigail Corrine

Halstead Hayley Sue

Hamilton Joshua David

Hansen Leslie Ann *

Harthorn Jordan Lawrence *

Hawkins Riley Wayne

Heukels Lauryn Marie

Hibbs Nicholas Allen

Hickox Emilee Elizabeth

Hinton Autumn Rae

Holloway Christian James

Hoogerheide Shelby Lyn

Howard Noah Michael

Hudson Lillyanna Lynn

Hughes Antiaisha Nicole

Hunter Kyanna AAliyah *

Hyde Emily Jean

Hyder Carly Jean

Jackson Nikcolas Jermaine

Judis Jessica Marie

Kelley Alisha Rae

Kendall Noah James

Kent Kylee Lauren

King Haley Alissa

Kinzinger Chase Loncar

Kiphart Robert Lawrence

Klco Elijah Whittaker *

Knapp Brooke Loren

Knapp Emily Sena

Knauss Ashleigh Lynn

Kneibel Mikayla Jo

Krajewski Paul James

Kramer Brandon James *

Krupp Annaleigh Renee

Kuiphof Kaitlyn Marie

Kukla Nicole Elizabeth

Kuzma Leah Joy

Larsen Erika Leigh

Lee Jr Craig

Lenardson Bryce Scott

Louck Kaley Jean

Lovell Matthew Scott

Lucarelli Hayley Jean

Lyon Jordon Christopher

Markus Ariana Marie

Marshall Alyssa Kay

Maslin Cecelia Cheyenne

Mason Alyssa Mackenzie

Matthew Jeffery James

McCuaig Carly Rose

MeEva Thomas Stephen *

Mihlethaler Sophia Jo

Moody Cammi Sue

Mora Dallas Cole

Mosher Nicole Jean

Newlove Julia Kathryn *

Nichols Madellyn Rayelle *

Nowak Emily Sue

Outwin Jacob Ryan *

Owens Brandon Alexander

Parks Emily Lidia *

Pastoor Emilee Anne

Pastrick Richard Jr.

Pate Skye Elaine

Patin Nathan Benjamin

Patterson Mitchell Royce

Petersen Bianca Renae

Pierce Madelin Rose

Plummer Sydney Kay

Porter Jacob James

Prins Rachel Christine

Quisler Benjamin James

Ream Evan Tate

Reich-­Tanis Jazmyn Lin

Reyers Jarred Lee

Roberts Noah Isaac

Rugg Mackenzie Ann *

Russell Jr Mark

Russo Mitchell Alan *

Saenz Jeslyn Rose

Sanders Dylan Shane

Sawade Brandon Alan

Scheidel Madison Lynn

Schmitz Rylie Elizabeth *

Sella Reid James

Shanahan-­Galinis Jacob Michael *

Shevock Meagan Faith *

Shevock Morgan Leigh *

Shotko Shelby Lynn

Simkins Devin James

Slagter Emily Chrisha

Smith Breanna Rose

Stahle Zachariah James

Steve Taylor Diane

Suschil Jasmine Renay *

Tanis Dylan Richard

Tawney Michaela Noel *

Todd John Jacob

Topolski Dominic Isaiah

Tramper Nikki Lee *

Umphrey Myla Joann

VaiVada Avery Michael

VanDenHout Julia Catherine *

Wagner-­Sherburn Corbin Russell

Watts Andrew Ryan

West Jacob Matthew

Wheaton Joseph

Whitmill Taylor Paige

Whitmore Montana Jae

Zachmann Danielle Renae

High School

9th grade

Alger, Mariah Jo *

Alvesteffer, Collin Robert

Anderson, Austin Axel

Baculy, Jonathan

Barnard, Bradley David

Barnes, Kelly Christina

Basso, Austin John *

Behrenwald, Anna Paige *

Bouwkamp, Morgan Paige *

Bowerman, Paul Cleon

Clifford, Emily Lauran *

Conely, Dugan James *

Coons, Kaitlyn Elizabeth

Coutchie, Kristi Lynn

Cowley, Alyssa Marie

Davis, Joshua Scott

Dingman, Karsen Christopher *

Douglas, Alexander Reed

Draper, Daniel Darrian

Dreyer, Megan Grace

Dunn III, Michael Gordon

Fliearman, Patrick James

French, Drew Arthur

Frodl, Nicholas John

Galloway, Kevin Robert

Gamm, Lillian Michelle

Garza, Abigail Skye

Gibbons, Madison Elise

Grose, William Gregory *

Hall, Hunter Harrison *

Harmon, Zachary John *

Harper, Brayden Blaauw

Heintzelman, Lisa Marie

Hess, Jacob Matthew *

Hickok, Raegan Elise *

Hill II, Thomas Ardell

Hill, Austin Jack

Houck, Derrick Thomas

Ingersoll, Maya Leigh

Jager, Sydnee Marie *

Jordan, Alex Christopher

Kendall, Annah Leigh

Kiander, Sarah Beth *

Kirchhoff, Brandyn Tyler *

Kolasa, Dylan J

Krankall, Katherine Nichole

Kren, Jacob Daniel Lachniet, Bailey Nicole

Larsen, Liberty Ann

Larsen, Tanner Isaac

Lehman, Lindsay Grace *

Lewis, Evan GabrielLynch

Lovell, Tyler John

MacDonald, Savannah Dawn

Marlatt, Tyler Ryan

Martin, Nicole Ann Merie

McHenry, Jacob Michael

Mead, Paul Jakeb

Merlington, Chase James

Moore, Gavin Alan

Morris, Brooke Hannah

Murray, Alysse Celine *

Nozal, Megan Ann Marie

O’connor, Sydney Anne

Patin, Cameron Joseph

Pavelka, Jameson Edward

Pettey II, Ryan Jay

Pierce, Macaiyah Jalae

Reynolds, Heidi Lynn

Ringler, Jordan Paul

Ringler, Kaitlin Rose

Rios, Mariah

Rivard, Cassandra J

Robinson, Alex Scott

Robinson, Brooklyn Renae

Ross, Brooke Morgan *

Russell, Renay Lynn

Sargent, Aaliyah Ashley

Schatz, Isaiah Matthew *

Scheer, Holly Renee *

Schoen, Nathan Charles

Shaw, Dustin Keith

Smith, Brandon Alexander

Snoeyink, Macarty Jay

Sparling, Alison J

Spencer, Jaron Andrew

Steagald, Taralyn *

Strain, Madison Taylor

Tennant, Kaylee Sue

Tepin, Tara Nicole *

Twichell, Christian Reed

VanDusen, Madeline Ann *

Velting, Bryar Scott

VonSeggern, Nicole Lyn *

Walenga, Grace Nicole

Waller, Jacob Dale

White, Lauren Nicole

Wight, Sienna Lanae

Williams, MaKayla Rae

Wymer, Gabriel Clayton

Wysocki, Hailey Elizabeth

Zandstra, Breanna Ruth *

Zinn, Megan Elizabeth *

Zoerman, Jenna Katherine

 

10th grade

Ackerman, Jordan Mae

Armstrong, Paul Henry Clay

Bekins, Dalton E

Bennett, Brooke Elizabeth

Blatt, Holden James

* Block, Lauren A

Brandimore, Parker

* Bray, Joshua Robert

Brennan, Morgan Sue

* Brockschmidt, Justin Noble

* Brown, Ethan Sean

Brown, Gabriel Taylor

* Cardinal, Erika Anne

Carter, Leah Joy

Cartwright, Jacob Joseph

Chamberlain, Ally Jordan

Chen, Siying

Christie, Kylen Elizabeth

Ciise, Abdullahi Maxamed

Colley, Alexandria Lynn

Cronk, Rebekah

Da Costa, Lorenzo Victor

Durall, Jessica Michelle

Empie, Jesse Michael

Fisk, Blake Elisha

Flynn, Allison Marie

* Forner, Amanda Mae

Frazine, Cheyla Nichol

Gardner, Kia Lynnae

* Grody, Tatyana Rose

* Hall, Alison Lorraine

* Hansen, Julie

Harthorn, Brandon Lee

Hay, Stephanie Denise

Holmquist, Holly Ann

Hoorn, Brad Lee

Howard, Gabrielle Ann

Jackson, Jelen Stephano

Johnson, Dallas Joe

* Kaczanowski, Philip Chase

Keaton, Alyssa Jean

Kemp, Austin G

* Kilts, Megan Marie

King, Grant Christopher

Klompstra, Kaylee Suzanne

Kobayashi, Evan Mathew

Kosla, Chandler Mathew

Kriekaard, Sara Elizabeth

Kronberg, Robert Jonathan LeBaron, Whitney Ann

Lewis Frank, Brooke Ellen

* Lewis, Ethan GrantLynch

Lozon, Rylee Marie

Magoon, Camantha May

Magoon, Nicholas James

* Maguire, Melissa Ann

Marvel, Allyson Jeanette

* Mattson, Melissa Rae Meester, Brandon Sweet

* Merritt, Joshua Parker

* Meyer, Kaley Jo

Mihlethaler, Kaylee Patricia

Mitchell, Victoria Paige

Moore, Erin Rose

Morris, Jessica Leigh

Mosher, Briana Jae

Nairat, Mo’tasem

Nelson, Jacob Donald

Newlove, Debra Elizabeth

Odren, Janelle R

* Oswalt, Dalton Andrew

* Ovokaitys, Ellie

Pekrul, Kyle James

* Pereira Goce, Naiara

Perez, Isabella Renee

Pike, Meredith Joy

Plank, Jarod Jacob

Plugge Webber, Kelsie Raelyn

Powell, James Russell

Rackes, Mason  Jeffrey

Rideout, Kayla  Lynn

Roach, Jakob E

Rogers, Shaye Christina

Salmon, Kelly Clare

Sawade, Remington Francis

* Scheuneman, Madison May

Schoenborn, David Douglas

* Schut, Emma Jo

* Scrivener, Katarina Elizabeth

* Shuff, Samantha Dawn

Simpson, Cora

* Spahr, Kyle Ross

Stanek, Trinton Allen Douglas

Steagald, Britany Marrie

Tanis, Alexander Thaddeus

Taylor, Samantha Marie

Twichell, Charles Christopher

Uhall, Sarah Ann

* VanDenHout, Lauren Elizabeth

Vanderhoef, Ashley Jo

* VanDyke, Taylor Jay

Warlick, Kaitlyn Cheyane

Weber, MacKenzie Sue

Wells, Jessica Lynn

Wier, Calla Rae

Wilks, Alexis Danielle

Willer, Emily Therese

Willitts, Connor G

Wolfarth, Jonathan Alexander

Wozniak, Chace Elliott

 

11th grade

Adams, Erik Lee

* Alger, Alyssa Marie

Arnold, Allyson Nicole

Black, Jessica Jean

Blackmer, Zachary Allen

Bohy, Ryan Jeffery

Boomgaard, Kambrie Karen

Bosch, Bethany Jo

* Brownell, Elena Emily

Burrows, Caden Gard

Caron, Ryan David

Cherry, Riley Lynne

Chong, Derrick Frederick

Clark, Kaci Logan

Cook, Abby Lynn

Cooper, Mikayla Marie

Cotten, MavRick Lee

* Daniels, Caitlin Ann

Davis, Justin Elton

DeBoe, Elizabeth Lynn

DeCanter, Kevin Charles

Dreyer, Sydney Marie

* Dunmire, Cody Lee

* Evola, Kaitlyn Ann

* Fennessy, Nicholas James Flores, Ryan NicholasJames

Frodl, Charles Lynwood

Fuller, Katt Mae

Hallengren­‐Lunsford, Katlyn

Havens, Savannah Ann

* Hawkins, Paige Renee

Hawley, Prussia LeAnn

Hensler, Brandon Keith

Holloway, Taylor McKenzie

* Homrich, Taylor Nicole

Hoogerheide, Cody Michael * Hoorn, May Marie

Hull, Brianna Jean

Johnson, Erin Rae

Johnston, David Joel

Joldersma, Travis Lee

Jones, Justin Brooks

Kaupa, Nicole Marie

Kernen, Jacob Louis

Kiander, Kelsey Janae

King, Charlene Nicole

Klco, Caylana Whitney

Knappen, Andrew Scott

Knarr, Kyle Robert

Krupp, Alexandrea Marie

Kwiatkowski, Haley

Lachniet, Alec Steven

Learned, Dalton Duane

Liggett, Darrick Hunter

Link, Shelbi Krynna

* Long, Trisha Ashley

Lucarelli, Alexis Marie

Luevano, Tyler Philip

Magoon, Joshua Lee

* Mann, Shayne McKenzie

* McGahan, Logan Marshall Melson, Jacob Michael

* Messersmith, Krystyn Marie

Metzger, Eric Irvan

Miller, Heather Marie

Misner, Madison Elaine

Miszewski, Emily Ann

Morales, Marisa Alexis

Morris, Nicholas Marshall

Mouthaan, Aubree Noelle

Murphy, Sean Nelson

Myers, Kaden  Jeffrey

Nelson, Eileen Mae

Norkus, Marta Jillynn

Nulph, Roland Michael

O’Brien, Cortney  Ann

Oberdorfer, Kyle Robert

Olsen, Karlee Kathryn

* Owens, Samanth Rose

Phipps, Brooke Renee

* Pierson, Taylor Renee

Porter, Alex Michael

Porter, Nicole AnnKit

Quiroga, Julian

* Quiroga, SanOago

* Roberts, April Blossom

Rypma, Kellsie Lenae

Sargent, Austin Michael

Savickas, Tyler Anthony

* Schatz, Gabriella Atira

Scheidel, Jordan Lin

Schumann, Katie Bay

Schut, Julianne Adele

Selleck, Parker William

Serek, Hannah Marie

Shab, Emily Louise

Shaw, Jonathan Grey

Sheeley, Michelle Anne

Sherman, Joseph Paul

* Siegel, Kristian Michael

Simones, Eric Paul

* Sipka, Brandon Skyler

Slater, Aaron Matthew

Slocum, Megan Nicole

Smith, Michael David

Snavley, Allison Margaret

Soles, Ashley Nicole

Sommer, Hannah May

Sorensen, Nathan Bo

Steed, Nicholas Scott

Stockreef, William James

Stremus, Shelby Marlene

* Swanson, Rider Lee

Swinehart, Sarah Marie

Taylor, Bryan Thomas

* Tepin, James Robert

Tiethoff, Tamara Ann

Timmers, Tyler Steven

Valentine, Joshua Stanley

VanAssen, Michael Allen

VanAssen, Sergio Daniel

VanHemert, Jesse Allen

Vincent, Charles Lee

Vronko­‐Hollar, Anastasia

Walters, Austin James

Wamser, Zachary David

* Weiler, MacKenzie  Ann

Wheeler, Becca Patrice

Whipple, Josi Ruth

Willer, Samantha Noel

Williams, Hailly Leona

Wingate, Jakob Quinn

* Wolfe, Bayley Lynne

Yeck, Brittany Nicole

Zoerman, Hayley Jo

* Zywicki, Bailey Morgan

 

12th grade

Ackerman, Connor Alon

Armock, Jonathan David

Artecki, Breonna KeturahMiller

* Aspinall, Corrine Elizabeth

Atkins, Taylor Kristine Austin, Joshua Gary

Badge, Whitney Diane Baker, Taylor Nichole

Bekins, Dakota James Benge, Joshua Edwin

Benham, Erica Ann

Benham, Nicole Ashley Bennett, Morgan Marie

Block, Dylan Leslie

Bohy, Kayla­‐Ann  Marie

Bonarski, James Robert

Bowman, Laurel Ann

Brunett, Megan Eileen

* Bull, Kristen Elizabeth

Bullen, Elisabeth Ann

Burnett, Michaela D

Carter, Joel Steven

Churchard, Walter Scott

Ciise, Cabdulqaadir M

Colby, Marcus Jay

Conley, Abigail Alisse

Coons, Kendra Nicole

Dault, Dano Lee

DeGood, Dylan Michael

Detloff, Jacob WilliamThomas

Dubart, Melanie Sue

Evans, Brenton Michael

Falicki, Lauren Margaret

Feliciano-Colon, Paige Marie

Finch, Dylan Maxwell

Fisher, Renee Christine

Francis, Mikenzie Raye

Franks, Jacqueline Rae

Grattan, Megan Dolores

Gust, Jacob Thomas

* Hall, Kody Michael

Hamilton, Alyson Catherine

Hamilton, Austin Michael

Hanmer, Mitchel Adam

Hause, Anna Elise

Hawes, Mitchell Ryan

Hayes, Mikayla Marie

* Henry, Rebecca Frances

* Herp, Sean Harrison

Hickok, Collin Randall

Hilyer, Austin Michael

Hinton, Brianna Lynne

Hopkins, Jasen Scott

Hutchinson, Sarah Renee

Johnson, Jordan Lee

Karaba, Cynthia Ranae

Kessel, Scott Allen

Klopfer, Cole Michael

Knapp, Benjamin H

Kooiman, Mitchell Lynn

Krajewski, Nicholas John

Krankall, Keri Merie

Kriekaard, Jessica Lee

Kulak, Michaela Marie

* LaLone, Kassidy Rae

Laraway, Nicholas MarshallFloyd

Leal, Shannon Marie

Lemery, MiKayla Erin

* Lenardson, Baron Blake Link, Cameron Michael Mabie, Aaron Richard

Maka, Kyle Richard

Marble, Kyler Alan

Markosky, Brett Martin

Matzke, Nicole Louise

McBride, Cameron James

McClurken, Caitlin Marie

* McIntyre, McKenna Christine

Melle, Vanessa Marie

Meshinski, Monica Lynn

Miller, Kate Elaine

Moore, Elizabeth Marie

Murphy, Ian Malone

Newland, Jeffrey Duane

Newman, Matthew Denis

* Nichols, Jordyn Rena

Oliver, Alexis Karri

Olszewski, Abigail Michelle

Ortegel, Megan Marie Pearson, William Lee

Pekrul, Madeline Ann

Pierce, Catelin Rae

Plank, Aiyana Cassandra

Ploeg, Jacob Matthew

Powell, Tyler Jay

Powers, Katelin Marie

Rice, Kyle GlennHunter

Ringler, Hannah Nicole

* Robinson, Brittney Lynnae

Rohacz, Alyssa Gale

Saylor, Charlene Sue

* Scheidel, Mia Elizabeth

Schlump, Daniel Allan

* Schreiber, Kristen Lee

Segard, Nicholas Tyler

Simon, Tristan Anthony

Sipka, Shawn Mackenzie

Smith, Mercedez Lee

* Spahr, Kellie Lynn

Spangenberg, John Jacob

Stevens, Alexis Morgan

Stevenson, Luke Robert

* Syswerda, John Lee

Thompson, Lindsey Arlean

* Timm, Kevin Miles

Todd, Brittany Joy

VanEss, Dalton James

VanLangen,Taylor Nicole

Vega, Alicia Marie

* VonSeggern, Molly Mae

* Wells, Kylie Ann

* West, Monica Lynne

White, Aeron Charles

Wight, Sayge Sierra

Willett, Blake  Michael

* Willette, Claire Marie

Young, Casey Marie

 

New Beginnings Alternative HS (9-12)

All A’s & B’s  

Daniel Bleeker

Jessica Brown

Joshua MacDonald

Alisha Matteson

Tanisha Morris

Gabrielle Orean

Zachary Orean

Lindsey Petrowski

Austin Stambaugh

Eric Swank

 

All A’s

Presley Dalton

Zachariah Garlock

Brandi Johnson

Carol Maycroft

Hayden Park

Emily Springer

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Community steps up for Lifewalk

N-lifewalk1-photo-webN-Lifewalk3-overhead-webA stream of lime green T-shirts wove its way down through the heart of Cedar Springs on Saturday, June 14. Alpha Family Center held its first 5K LifeRun early with 12 runners participating, and 14 children taking part in the FunRun around the Skinner Field track. Then 180 walkers came out at 10 a.m. to celebrate Alpha’s 18th Lifewalk!

Chris Anton, youth Pastor at The Springs Church, opened the fundraising event with a hearty welcome to everyone for taking time out to support life and to help this worthy cause. He gave the walk instructions, which included stopping at key places to pray for our area churches, schools, city hall, the police station and Alpha Family Center. He reminded everyone to return to Morley Park for a short time of fellowship and heart-felt prayer for the unborn.

The walkers returned to the park for a time of refreshment, door prizes, face painting, a clown, and a report that included the total amount raised this year, which was $11,300.

N-Lifewalk2-group-webLifewalk makes up a huge portion of Alpha’s operating expenses each year. Alpha helps over 100 families per month, and gives away 14,000 baby and maternity items per year. They also offer free pregnancy self-testing, parenting classes and support for abuse, miscarriage, post-abortion and sexual integrity classes.

Kim Ferguson shared her experience as a new peer counselor and the rewards she receives being a part of an organization making a difference in our community.

Jenn Anton, Alpha’s new Lifewalk Coordinator, shared the good news about abortions being down in the state of Michigan. Her closing prayer was for protection of unborn babies as colorful balloons filled the sky in memory of the 54,000 babies that have been aborted since abortion became legal in 1973.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you can contact Alpha Family Center at 616 696-2616, or donate at their website:  www.alphafamilycentercs.org.

 

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The Post travels to Israel

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Dave and Nancy Jensen, of Cedar Springs, traveled to Israel in March, and took a break from sightseeing to get this picture of them with The Post in front of a historic body of water—the Sea of Galilee!

Thanks, Dave and Nancy, for taking us with you on your travels!

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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New Beginnings students make a difference

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It’s no coincidence that the picnic tables at Morley Park are looking good as new.

New Beginnings High School students took the time on June 3rd and 4th (the last days of school) to paint all the picnic tables at Morley Park. White Creek Lumber donated almost $200 worth of paint and materials, and students provided the man (and woman) power to get the job done.

Way to go!

 

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Still Serving Their Country

D-Day, above, launched a tidal wave of men and material into France and Germany. Many future federal judges were part of the conquest of Nazi Germany. Photo courtesy: National Archives

D-Day, above, launched a tidal wave of men and material into France and Germany. Many future federal judges were part of the conquest of Nazi Germany. Photo courtesy: National Archives

Nearly 70 WWII Veterans remain on federal bench

Third Branch News, United States Courts

Dickinson R. Debevoise, a U.S. district judge in Newark, N.J., was part of an Army combat engineering division that fought in France and Germany.

Dickinson R. Debevoise, a U.S. district judge in Newark, N.J., was part of an Army combat engineering division that fought in France and Germany.

On June 7, 1944, Dickinson Debevoise was part of D-plus-one, a tidal wave of men and machinery pouring onto Normandy’s shores just a day after D-Day. Even when a mine struck his ship, Debevoise was barely slowed. Within weeks, he was building bridges essential to the invasion of Nazi Germany.

Today at age 90, Debevoise continues to serve his nation, as a U.S. District judge in Newark, N.J. Within the federal judiciary, he is far from alone.

Seventy years after D-Day, whose anniversary was commemorated on June 6 in France, the “Greatest Generation” is fading rapidly from the nation’s leadership—with the last two World War II veterans to leave Congress later this year. But the federal courts are a striking exception.

Almost 70 World War II veterans continue to serve as senior-status federal judges. Although nearly all were eligible to retire on full pay two decades ago, many carry active and sometimes full-time work loads, even in their late 80s and early 90s. They cite their love of the law and a continuing call to service.

“It’s a performance of a duty, the same as I was doing when I was in Europe.” said U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg, a former Army infantry captain who sits in Shreveport, La. “I was appointed for life and I’m going to serve out my term.”

While differing on whether they like the term “the Greatest Generation,” and on whether the war influences their work on the bench, most judges agreed in interviews that they lived in an extraordinary time and still share a special bond.

U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler, on the bench in his courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y.: “I had no idea I’d want to be a federal judge. ... I love it.”

U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler, on the bench in his courthouse in Central Islip, N.Y.: “I had no idea I’d want to be a federal judge. … I love it.”

“We are a brotherhood,” said U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler, one of five World War II veterans who serve as senior judges in the Eastern District of New York. “We went through an experience which is unique. We may disagree philosophically, or on the law, but we still consider ourselves brothers.”

As young men, few envisioned themselves as future judges, and for some, even college was a stretch. They simply knew their country needed them. S. Arthur Spiegel, a U.S. district judge in Cincinnati, memorized an eye chart so the Marines would accept him. Debevoise promptly enlisted in the Army after the Navy turned him down.

“Everybody wanted to get into the war in some way or another,” Debevoise said. “It was a vast feeling. You just had to go into something.”

Of the World War II veterans who are still senior judges, at least two dozen saw combat in the Army, Navy, Marines and Army Air Forces. In recent interviews, many described close calls.

Stagg, an Army infantry officer, was shot in the chest while moving at night behind enemy lines near the French-German border. Almost miraculously, a pocket bible slowed the bullet enough that he could walk two miles to get medical attention.

Arthur L. Alarcon, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge based in Los Angeles, spent a day pinned down by machine gun fire in snow and a pool of frigid water in Germany. Only a doctor’s experimental treatment saved his legs from amputation.

Jack B. Weinstein, far left, with fellow officers on the submarine USS Jalloa.

Jack B. Weinstein, far left, with fellow officers on the submarine USS Jalloa.

As a submarine officer in the Pacific, U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein, of Brooklyn, felt his craft struck by a Japanese vessel trying to ram it. The periscope was badly bent, but the sub survived and completed its dive.

Even as most were naturally frightened, some judges said they were aided by the confidence of youth.

S. Arthur Spiegel, a U.S. district judge in Cincinnati, fought in the Pacific as an artillery observer for the Marines.

S. Arthur Spiegel, a U.S. district judge in Cincinnati, fought in the Pacific as an artillery observer for the Marines.

Spiegel, a Marine artillery officer in the Pacific, had to crawl through surf and jungle undergrowth to rescue a wounded Marine while under Japanese machine gun fire.

“Of course we were all terrorized in those situations, but then we learned that we could handle ourselves and survive if we followed our training,” said Spiegel. “The first time around, you just don’t think you’re going to get hit, it’s going to be somebody else. So I was just doing my job of dragging this fellow out.”

As the war came to a close, the judges’ lives were dramatically transformed, by their military experience and by the GI Bill of Rights, which paid for college education.

Weinstein, who before the war worked on the Brooklyn docks to pay for night school, graduated from Columbia Law School. Within a few years, as a Columbia law professor, he was helping Thurgood Marshall’s legal team in Brown v. Board of Education. Of his time in the Navy, Weinstein said, “I was proud … to participate in what I then considered, and still consider, a great war for freedom.”

Alarcon, who dreamed of law school but had no way to afford it before the war, became a Los Angeles County prosecutor. He helped secure a landmark first-degree murder conviction of a man whose wife’s body was never found.

For some, the war also brought critical changes in self-image, Wexler, who received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart, always thought of himself as a good athlete but a poor student until Army life convinced him he should attend college. To his surprise, Wexler loved law school, then litigation, then serving on the bench. At 89, he works five days a week and carries a full caseload.

“I had no idea I’d want be a federal judge. I never thought of it, I never wanted it. Guess what, I love it,” Wexler said. “It’s amazing how things happen without you expecting them. You’ve just got to go with the flow. Life has its crazy turns.”

Stagg proudly wears a miniature combat infantry badge on his suit lapel. But he says the war has little effect on his current work as a judge.

Others, though, do see an influence.

Weinstein, who enjoyed the informal style among submarine officers, never wears a judicial robe in the courtroom and often sits among jurors to better understand what they are seeing. He also said the war taught him how to be in “full command of that courtroom.”

Several judges said the simple fact of being thrown among so many different types of people had a lasting impact. Alarcon said his exposure to both courageous and frail human beings made him less hasty to judge those facing him in court.

“I think those of us who were in World War II have had a special experience. And one of the things that I really found amazing is how men could work closely together, and take care of each other and leave nobody behind,” Alarcon said. ”I think that experience, of dealing with total strangers from all over the United States, has given me a respect and compassion for my fellow human beings.”

Though many judges cited love of the law for why they continue to work, the spirit of service so prevalent during the war also plays a role.

“I’m very big on duty,” said Judge Stagg, of Louisiana. “I was given a duty by President Nixon, and I have done my damnedest to carry it out for the 40 years I’ve been here.”

U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt continues to work full-time at age 88. Of World War II, he says, “Everybody participated with a full heart.”

U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt continues to work full-time at age 88. Of World War II, he says, “Everybody participated with a full heart.”

U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt continues to work full-time at age 88. Of World War II, he says, “Everybody participated with a full heart.”

Spiegel, who as a lawyer sued in federal court to desegregate Cincinnati swim and athletic clubs, candidly says that “it keeps me alive. How many people do you know who retire and have nothing to do? Two or three years later they’re gone.”

District Judge I. Leo Glasser, of Brooklyn, said, “To begin with, I love the law, and the United States District Court is without any doubt the greatest court in the world, in the sense that it deals with everything from admiralty to zoning.”

Glasser also noted that senior judges handle a significant portion of the national caseload. “If senior judges all decided to go fishing, I think the federal judiciary would be in a great deal of difficulty.”

One of the liveliest debates among the judges is whether they are part of a “Greatest Generation.” While several proudly claim the label, others note that every generation, including theirs, has its strengths and weaknesses.

But the judges agreed that World War II was an extraordinary time for this nation, and for those who lived through it.

U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt, of Long Island, said that includes not just the soldiers who fought, but the women who worked in factories, and the civil defense wardens at home.

“I think the greatest generation was this country as a whole,” Spatt said. “It was united. Everybody worked toward one goal. Everybody participated with a full heart, and no dissent. When in the history of this country does this ever happen?”

 

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Fresh Market—the Cottage Food Law

BLOOM-Fresh-market-Apple_pie-webBy Vicky Babcock

 

The scent of lavender and sun-kissed strawberries wafts upon the breeze; farm fresh eggs tempt the palate; an array of colors and textures delight the senses. Welcome to your local Farmers Market! Tickle your taste buds with samples of honey, fresh fruit and—wait—is that fresh bread I smell?

If you’ve come to Market lately, you may have noticed a trend—small start-up businesses offering a variety of breads, flavored oils, baked goods, jams and jellies and other delicacies. Prior to 2010, these goods were rarely seen at Markets. Start-up costs were counter-productive. State regulation required licenses, licensed industrial kitchens and inspections, drastically cutting into the bottom line of most hopefuls. A business began in the red—many stayed there until quietly packing up shop and eating the costs—until 2010. That’s when Michigan adopted the Cottage Food Laws. The relaxed regulations make it possible for farmers to expand their line of products and for others to test the waters without getting in over their heads. With a small grocery list of staples, a person can begin operations.

However, rules do apply. Sales must be documented. Individuals cannot earn more than $20,000 a year. This changes on December 31, 2017 to $25,000 per year. You need to maintain sales records and provide them to a Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) food inspector, upon request. MDARD has regulatory responsibility for the Cottage Food Law.

Products must be labeled with your name and physical address as well as an ingredient list with a note of possible allergens and the following statement, “Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development”—this last in 11 point font or larger (about 1/8” tall). Products must be produced in your own kitchen with no animals or pets in the room. You cannot cook for yourself and for sale product at the same time.  Hand-printed labels are acceptable if they are printed legibly in durable, permanent ink and equal or greater to the 11-point font size.

Foods that are allowed under the Cottage Food Laws include:

• Breads and similar baked goods

• Vinegars and flavored vinegars

• Cakes

• Sweet breads and muffins that contain fruits or vegetables

• Fruit pies (cooked)

• Jams and Jellies that have been processed to be stored at room temperature

• Dried herbs and herb mixes

• Dry baking mixes, dip mixes and soup mixes

• Dehydrated vegetables or fruits

• Popcorn and Cotton Candy

• Nuts (coated or uncoated)

• Dried egg noodles

• Roasted coffee beans or ground roast

• Vanilla extract or baked goods or that contain alcohol (be aware that these products require licensing by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.)

Foods that are not allowed include:

• Meat and meat products

• Fish and fish products

• Raw seed sprouts

• Canned fruits or vegetables like salsa or canned peaches

• Vegetable or Fruit butters

• Canned pickled products

• Pies or cakes that require refrigeration

• Milk and Dairy products

• Hummus

• Cut tomatoes or chopped/shredded leafy greens

• Foccaccia style breads

• Sauces and condiments, including barbeque sauce, hot sauce, ketchup or mustard

• Salad dressings

• Pet foods or treats

All products must be wrapped or otherwise sealed. For example, you cannot sell slices of pie unless they have been individually wrapped for sale. Cottage Foods must be sold by the person producing it to the person consuming it face to face. You can advertise over the internet but you must do the actual transfer of product in person either at a Farmers Market or something similar or from your home.

For a more complete list of allowed or disallowed products or additional information on the Cottage Food Laws please Google™ Michigan Cottage Food Laws or check out the web page at http://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-50772_45851-240577–,00.html

Here is a sample label for home product:  note that sub ingredients are required and any nuts must be identified such as, walnuts, almonds, etc. not simply nuts.

Ready to give it a try?  Try out our recipe below for a starter. See you at Market!

 

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI  CAKE

1 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 tsps. Vanilla extract

3 cups  grated zucchini

2 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 tsps . baking soda

1tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking powder

½ cup chopped nuts

½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine oil, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.  Add zucchini mixture to dry ingredients.  Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.  Pour into 2 greased 5 x 9-inch loaf pans.

Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack and remove from pans.

Fresh Market is brought to you by Solon Market located at 15185 Algoma Avenue.  For more information call 616-696-1718.  Like us on facebook for updates.

 

 

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C.A.S.S.A Tri-Hawks U10 girls win Division title

Front: Elizabeth Fettig  Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller. Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

Front: Elizabeth Fettig
Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller.
Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich
Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

The U10 girls clinched their Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) Division 2 title, finishing the season 6-1-1.  This is their 2nd consecutive division title. After winning the Division 3 fall title with a record of 7-1, the Tri-Hawks were moved up to Division 2 this spring season.

This title came down to the final game. Coming into the last weekend, with two games left, the Tri-Hawks were sitting in 3rd place. The top two teams had finished their season and the Tri-Hawks just had to win their final two games to take the title.

On Saturday, they faced a relentless USA WISE team from Zeeland. Even though their opponents were winless on the season and only had one player on the bench to sub in, they put up a great effort. The Tri-Hawks won 2-1, moving into 2nd place. With TC Strikers sitting at 5-0-3 with 18 points, the Tri-Hawks were 5-1-1 with 16 points.  The Tri-Hawks 1 loss and 1 tie were at the hands of the first place TC Strikers team.  A win in their final game of the season would give them 19 points and the title.

The girls played some of their best soccer of the season. Great passing and communication on the field, as well as aggressive pressure on their opponents, got them a 3-0 shutout win and the title. The girls scored 17 goals in 8 games, and only gave up 11 goals on the season.

 

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Tips for residents encountering snakes

Hognose snake

Hognosed snake

This time of year, as snakes are out and about in the great outdoors, the Department of Natural Resources gets many questions about Michigan’s snakes. Michigan is home to 17 different species of snakes, 16 of which are completely harmless to humans.

There are two that are very similar and often cause a stir when people encounter them. Eastern hog-nosed snakes, when threatened, puff up with air, flatten their necks and bodies and hiss loudly. (This has led to local names like “puff adder” or “hissing viper.”) If this act is unsuccessful, the snakes will writhe about, excrete a foul-smelling musk and then turn over with mouth agape and lie still, as though dead. Despite this intimidating behavior, hog-nosed snakes are harmless to humans.

The eastern massasauga rattlesnake, the only venomous species found in Michigan, is quite rare and protected as a species of special concern due to declining populations from habitat loss. As the name implies, the massasauga rattlesnake does have a segmented rattle on its tail. It should not be confused with the other harmless species of snake in Michigan that do not have segmented rattles but will also buzz their tails if approached or handled.

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Massasauga rattlesnake

Eastern massasauga rattlesnakes are shy creatures that avoid humans whenever possible. Also known as “swamp rattlers,” they spend the vast majority of their time in year-round wetlands hunting their primary prey, mice. When encountered, if the snake doesn’t feel threatened, it will let people pass without revealing its location. If humans do get too close, a rattlesnake will generally warn of its presence by rattling its tail while people are still several feet away. If given room, the snake will slither away into nearby brush. Rattlesnake bites, while extremely rare in Michigan (fewer than one per year), can and do occur. Anyone who is bitten should seek medical attention immediately. To learn more about the massasauga and for more snake safety tips, visit http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/emr/index.cfm.

Milksnake

Milksnake

Those who encounter a snake of any kind should leave it alone and should not try to handle or harass the snake – this is primarily how snake bites happen. A snake can only strike roughly one-third of its body length, so it is physically impossible for people to get bitten if they do not get within 24 inches of the snake’s head. Michigan snakes do not attack, chase or lunge at people or seek out human contact. Simply put, if left alone, Michigan snakes will leave people alone.

The DNR asks Michigan residents to consider reporting any reptile or amphibian sightings to the Michigan Herp Atlas research project to help monitor amphibian and reptile populations in Michigan and protect these valuable resources for future generations. Visit www.miherpatlas.org for more information.

To learn more about Michigan’s snakes, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife, click on the “Wildlife Species” button and select “Amphibians and Reptiles.”

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Pinnacle Popcorn

Store manager, Cody Crane

Store manager, Cody Crane

If you are looking a unique and delicious gift, or just a tantalizing treat that’s Michigan made, you might want to check out Pinnacle Popcorn, at 4320 14 Mile Road, in the Cedar Rock business district.

The business was established in January of 2013, but current owner Eric Vorpi, a Rockford resident who also owns the Cheshire Grill in Grand Rapids, took ownership this past January. The previous owner was a friend of Eric’s wife, who he said made amazing caramel corn. But she couldn’t make a go of the business. “When she decided to close it, I knew I had to have it. Her recipes are amazing,” he remarked.

They sell a variety of flavored popcorn including regular buttered, caramel, caramel with cashew, espresso caramel, new buffalo caramel (it’s hot!), turtle, cinnamon caramel, cheddar cheese, chili cheese, candy coated, and more.

They can make any color of mix for weddings, parties, corporate gifts, and any size to accommodate. They can also ship it out.

Vorpi said he likes the fact that the popcorn they sell is a total Michigan product. “I get the popcorn kernels straight from a farm in southern Michigan, and we make the finished product at the store,” he explained. “We use real butter, real brown sugar and you can taste it. The quality shows in every bite. Our flavors ‘pop’. I know we make a quality product.”

Customers will also get great customer service when they come in. The store manager, Cody Crane, worked for the original owner, and runs the store for Eric. “She has it down to a science. She pops, bakes, bags, labels, decorates, makes gift baskets, and fills orders—she does everything,” noted Vorpi.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Pinnacle Popcorn today! Summer hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday. Visit their website at www.pinnaclepopcorn.com and check out their facebook page for specials. For more info call (616) 866-1300.

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