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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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Michigan couple identified in multi-state cold case homicide investigation 


James Hendricks and Kimberlin Mills before they were killed.

Remains Found in Missouri and Arkansas in 1978 

Human remains discovered nearly 40 years ago, miles apart in two separate states, have been positively linked to a Michigan man and woman. Police believe the pair, identified as James Hendricks of Flint, and Kimberlin Mills of Millington, was murdered by the same suspect. 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Missing Persons Coordination Unit credits, in part, new fingerprint matching technology that allows for comparison using lower quality or even single digit samples. Previous technology required higher quality prints from both hands, which were not available in this case. 

The remains of Hendricks and Mills were both found on June 17, 1978, both with gunshot wounds, but 12 miles apart in Missouri and Arkansas respectively. Neither was reported missing from Michigan at the time. Hendricks, a parole absconder, was thought to have fled the state with his girlfriend Mills. He escaped in November 1977, two days before his 21st birthday.

The first investigative break came in May 2017 when Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators re-ran samples from their case using the new fingerprint matching technology, which associated with Hendricks’ fingerprints on file with the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

The Wexford County Sheriff’s Department notified the Hendricks family, now living in the Cadillac area and learned of Mills. Members of the MSP Caro Post contacted the Mills family and a new missing persons case was opened. Family reference DNA was collected from a brother in Maine and sent to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) lab at the University of North Texas to be uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and compared against the Arkansas unsolved human remains case. The Arkansas State Crime Lab, State Medical Examiner confirmed Mills’ identification in December 2017. 

Police have not yet found who murdered the couple.

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Varsity Wrestlers earn All Conference Honors

Aaron Smith tangles up his Greenville opponent on his way to a pin.
Courtesy photo

The Varsity wrestlers traveled to Lowell to compete in the OK White Individual Championship on Friday, February 2. As a team, the Red Hawks finished the day only behind the four-time defending State Champions from Lowell. Jacob Galinis (140), Lucus Pienton (160) and Ryan Ringler (171) each reigned supreme in their respective weight classes.

Galinis wrestled a smart match and upset James Fotis (#6 migrappler.com) in the final 30 seconds. Lucus Pienton was too much for Derek Mohr from Lowell, while collecting a major decision 11-3. It took Ryan Ringler overtime to defeat Isaac Torrey (#3 migrappler) from Forest Hills Central. Galinis, Pienton and Ringler are now each two time Ok-White Conference Champions.

Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), and Anthony Brew (145) also made the finals for Cedar Springs. Andrew Vangessel, David Erxleben, Phillip Elzinga, Logan Hull, Fernando Pedraza, Chris Shafer, Landen Totten and Paul Duran won matches and scored for the team as well. 

With a 5-1 Ok White dual record the boys claimed second place overall in the Ok White.

Action continues with team Districts at Sparta High School on Thursday, February 8, at 6 p.m.

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Kittiwake in flight

By Ranger Steve Mueller


This photo shows black-legged kittiwakes at nest on Staple Island, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. Photo from Wikipedia.

The search was on for a bird along Lake Michigan’s shoreline at Holland State Park and Lake Macatawa. A birder spotted it and posted the rare sighting on the ebird website. It drew bird watchers from great distances to see a bird in Michigan that normally is found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

This rare sighting of a black-legged kittiwake in Michigan was seen and photographed by Carl and Judi Manning, on February 2, 2018, on Lake Macatawa, in Ottawa County. Photo from ebird.

The Black-legged Kittiwake is a small gull that breeds in the far north where it nests on cliffs. It migrates south over the oceans where it commonly stays far out to sea and out of sight of shores. It flies over the oceans in search of small fish and squid near the surface and sleeps floating on the water. 

Sometimes a young bird will venture over land and ends up at the Great Lakes. This winter, one has been present at Lake Michigan where it was found among hundreds if not thousands of gulls. This juvenile bird, when found among the gulls, can be distinguished by having black feathers along the leading edge of the wing. 

When in flight, the dark feathers appear as a dark inverted V along the front wing edge. The bird’s wing bends in the middle causing the black band to make the V shape. If the wing were held straight the black band would be straight. When standing on ice, the gull’s dark line is straight on the folded wing from shoulder to wing tip. The young kittiwake has dark feathers on the back of the neck and a dark ear patch behind the eye. 

It is a distinctive pattern but finding the bird among massive numbers of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls is not an easy task. Three of us armed with spotting scopes were scanning through untold numbers of gulls at Lake Macatawa where this rare visitor to the Great Lakes was last seen. Other birders were present with scopes and binoculars hoping to see this individual without taking a boat trip into the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans. 

While searching through the gulls, we were fortunate to find both the Greater and Lesser Black-backed Gulls that are uncommon birds here. A Bald Eagle flew through the area. Long-tailed Ducks and others were present.

Apparently, the kittiwake is finding adequate food to survive but the winter is not over. Will there be enough small fish near the water’s surface to meet its needs? At least near shore it can dive to find some mollusks or aquatic worms. The Great Lakes are probably not ideal habitat for its nature niche. No small squids or other oceanic species from its normal menu will be found. 

Perhaps the species rarely comes to the Great Lakes because of the long over land flight or maybe those coming do not survive to return to breeding grounds and their genes are removed from the gene pool.

We saw the Kittiwake flying back and forth with gulls on a cold, windy day, when the temperature was in the single digits. We were warmly bundled but our feet were chilled. We discussed why the birds were flying back and forth in what appeared to be a waste of energy. They were not feeding or even flying near the open water surface where they could find food. Burning energy for no useful purpose could be deadly.

When I got home I posed the question to Karen and she offered a reasonable answer that had not crossed my mind. She suggested the birds might have been chilled in the very low temperatures while standing still on the ice. Flying takes energy like any physical activity and warms the body. 

Flight will consume stored energy that might be needed later but for now the bird will not get hypothermia and die. Staying alive until tomorrow is a priority. Hopefully finding food will replenish consumed fat tissue. Gulls will visit garbage dumps or restaurants parking lots where people drop food. Kittiwakes do not. If they do not find enough food in the lake, they perish. 

It is fun to see an unusual bird visiting Michigan, but it is dangerous for it to be away from habitat for its adaptations.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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How basketball games should be

The Hawks Nest student section during the pink out game against Lowell last Friday, January 26. Photo by K&R Lalone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks’ student section—the Hawks Nest—just barely missed making it as a top three finalist for MHSAA’s Battle of the Fans VII. But they are winners none-the-less.

“Our student body has been absolutely fantastic this year. In fact, I believe it has been the best it has been in many years,” said teacher and coach Justin Harnden, who has been working with the student Athletic Leadership Council to create a culture that positive and supportive for all fans and teams. “A large amount of students have taken the challenge of changing the culture of our student section and making it a positive experience for everyone.”  

Cedar Springs was chosen as one of nine semi-finalists and one of three in Class A, on January 16. They then had 12 days to step up their game and show what they could do, and record it on social media. On January 23, almost 1,000 students cheered on a Special Olympics basketball game between Cedar Springs and Sparta—and they cheered for both sides. They also cheered at pink out games for girls and boys basketball. During last Friday’s pink out boys basketball game against Lowell, the positive spirit they showed made a big impact on at least one of the opposing team’s fans.  

Joel Fritsma, a Red Arrow fan, posted this on Twitter: “Shoutout to @CedarALC for the hospitality Friday night! The pink out was really fitting. Quite the SS you guys have put together this year! Keep up the great work, and best of luck towards moving on in the #BOTF rankings! – A Lowell Student #HowBasketballGamesShouldBe”

Harnden said that sentiment really exemplies all that they have done this year. 

“There have been a large amount of great moments the past two sports seasons that are highlighted with one of the largest sections we have ever had for our Lowell football game, and partnering with the school Be Nice campaign for our Glow Out Bullying basketball game,” he said.

“While we were disappointed that we didn’t make the finals, everyone here is extremely proud of all the we have done and we absolutely will try again next year. The upperclassmen that we currently have put forth so much effort into the shift and they have laid the groundwork for everyone else to follow.”  

Harnden hopes the positive impact of the campaign extends beyond school walls. “I hope that the positive shift resonates with not just our students, but our community as well. Everyone leading and pushing in a supportive way makes the games so much fun to be a part of and when we can lead the shift out of the student section we can make a much bigger difference in the lives of many other people,” he explained. 

Boyne City, Buchanan and Petoskey were selected as finalists by MHSAA’s Student Advisory Council. Voting among the top five semifinalists was particularly close, according to the MHSAA. Cedar Springs and Charlotte just missed earning spots among the top three. Munising, Negaunee, Pellston and Traverse City West also were among the semifinalists.

“Charlotte and Cedar Springs were very close to becoming part of this year’s finalists tour,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council. “Both have established incredible fan cultures, and we certainly plan on seeing them in this contest again next year.”
Harnden agrees. 

“This year semi-finalists; next year champions,” he said.

Visit CedarSpringsTV on youtube.com to see several examples of the Hawks Nest in action during Battle of the Fans VII.

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