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This Easter, give toy bunnies, not live ones 

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From the Kent County Health Dept.

Baby bunnies and chicks grow up to be rabbits and chickens. Before you decide live Easter pets would be a cute gift for your kids, be sure you do plenty of homework. Adults should consider the life cycle, as well as health and safety issues, of giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter. The Kent County Health Department recommends giving children toy stuffed animals instead.

“Those who adopt these pets should be aware of the responsibilities and the health-related concerns that come with these pets—both human and animal health concerns,” according to Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Municipalities may have restrictions on adult

chickens. Be sure you know what the legal or neighborhood association requirements are before you buy chicks.”

Every year, the Kent County Animal Shelter receives dozens of unwanted rabbits from people who can’t care for them. The shelter no longer takes in unwanted or stray chicks or chickens.

Raising chicks and other poultry is popular and can be safe, but in recent years, there has been an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Salmonella is common in baby poultry and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever, and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week and can be serious in young children, older adults, or those with weakened immune systems.

Children under the age of five should have adult supervision when handling chicks or chickens. Be sure to wash your hands and your child’s hands thoroughly after handling chicks or chickens. Don’t let children snuggle or kiss chicks. And never allow chicks or chickens into bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where food is

prepared, stored, or eaten. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information at http://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellababybirds/.

Rabbits can live seven to ten years. Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors. While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled. Releasing a house-raised rabbit into the wild leaves the animal vulnerable to predators.

If giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets. Some items, such as lilies and daisies, can be toxic to pets. For a complete list, check out: www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

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Cedar Springs Community Night: fun for everyone

A visitor to Community Night 2014 admires a Cheshire Cat created by a Cedar Springs student. Community Night is a chance to try out something new and meet the people who live, work and play in our community. Post photos by J. Reed.

A visitor to Community Night 2014 admires a Cheshire Cat created by a Cedar Springs student. Community Night is a chance to try out something new and meet the people who live, work and play in our community. Post photos by J. Reed.

April 16 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to ONE spot and shop for a place to get your hair done, check out a church you’ve been thinking about attending, buy some jewelry, win a door prize, find a new insurance agent, listen to some great jazz music, check out educational opportunities, meet others in the community, and be entertained all at the same time? You can! Just come to the annual Cedar Springs Community Night, on Thursday, April 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs High School. Admission is free.

The event, put on annually by the Community Action Network, has become a tradition for many businesses, organizations, churches, and school groups to show the community what they have to offer. And each year, hundreds of visitors visit the 100-plus booths set up throughout the school.

*N-Community night2 2014Last year the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department decided to merge their Fine Arts Night with Community Night.

What does this mean? It means music in the auditorium, art on the walls, and improv drama groups mingling with attendees throughout the building. It means more activities and more fun!

So come out and browse, shop, check out the zumba and martial arts demonstrations, listen to some good music, and grab a bite to eat from the music boosters’ concession stand. See what’s available right here in Cedar Springs!

For any business or non-profit looking to rent a table, visit www.csaparksandrec.com and find the registration under “forms.”

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Tri County’s Cumings a  candidate for top spot at Northview

 

Five candidates, including the current superintendent at Tri County Area Schools, were selected by the Northview Public Schools Board of Education to interview as potential replacements for Superintendent Michael Paskewicz, who will retire from Kent ISD on June 30, 2015.

The candidates are Roger Bearup, assistant superintendent of the Lowell Area Schools; Allen Cumings, superintendent of the Tri-County Area Schools;  M. Scott Korpak, assistant superintendent of the Forest Hills Public School District; Thomas Livezey, superintendent of the Oak Ridge Public Schools; and Cherie Vannatter, superintendent of the Manchester Community Schools.

J. Michael Washburn, an independent consultant for Kent ISD and former superintendent of the Forest Hills Public School District, is assisting the Northview Board of Education in the superintendent search process. He also helped Cedar Springs in their search for a superintendent last year.

Bearup is to be interviewed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14; Korpak, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 15; Cumings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15; Vannater at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17; and Livezey at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17. All interviews will be held in the Northview High School Media Center. Following are short bios for each candidate:

Bearup has led Lowell’s curriculum development, assessment and educator evaluation, among other things, since 2006. He was previously an elementary principal in Kent City, where he began his career as a second-grade teacher. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s in education from Central Michigan University.

Cumings has served his entire career in the Tri-County district, starting as a physical education teacher in 1998 and serving as successful men’s and women’s basketball and softball coach, a biology teacher, elementary principal, curriculum director and superintendent since 2011. He holds a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University and an undergraduate degree in education from Calvin College.

Korpak began his career in the Forest Hills Public Schools, where he served as a teacher, district science coordinator and principal before leaving to serve as superintendent of the Hamilton Public Schools for two years. He returned to Forest Hills as assistant superintendent of instruction in 2010. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

Livezey was appointed superintendent of the Oakridge Public Schools in 2009 after serving as curriculum director and assistant superintendent in the district since 2004.  He previously served in several teaching and administrative roles in the Godwin Heights Public Schools. Livezey has a master’s in educational leadership from Michigan State University and an undergraduate degree from Olivet Nazarene in Kankakee, IL.

Vannatter held administrative and special education administration positions in the Saline and Manchester districts prior to becoming the superintendent of Manchester Community Schools in 2011.  She began her career as a special education teacher in Saline in 1984.  She holds a master’s in early childhood from Eastern Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Michigan.

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Kent ISD selects superintendent

 

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff was selected Tuesday evening by the Kent ISD School Board to replace Kevin Konarska, who will retire June 30.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema.  “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

Caniff was the lone finalist for the position after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin removed himself from consideration on Monday, March 30, one day before final interviews were scheduled.

Caniff has served as the superintendent of the Grandville Public School District since 2003 and led the Lapeer Community Schools for three years before returning to Kent County, where he had served as an assistant superintendent in Northview and a principal in the Forest Hills Public Schools.

Caniff and Martin were the finalists among four candidates interviewed for the position.  Others were Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District and Sara Shubel, superintendent of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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Want to earn some fast cash?

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It’s quick. It’s easy. All you have to do is read the newspaper. That’s right! Read the stories and read the ads. Identify the fake display ad, classified ad, AND the fake stories (5 of them) and you could win a fast $20! Email us at news@cedarspringspost.com with your guesses by Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. Include your name, address and phone number in the email. Or you can drop off your entry here at 36 E. Maple. One winner will be chosen out of all the correct entries received by the deadline. We will call you to let you know you’ve won by Wednesday, April 1. And that’s no April Foolin’!

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Cedar Springs athlete crowned national champion

N-Balczak-national-champion1Justin Balczak, a 2011 Cedar Springs High School graduate, is now a national champion in the heptathlon. He competed for Asuza Pacific University, located in southern California, in the two-day NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama during the weekend of March 13. The heptathlon is a seven-event meet that measures speed, endurance, strength and agility. Balczak entered the meet seeded fourth in the nation and competed against 13 other athletes at the national championships.

On day one, Balczak competed in the 60m dash (7.33 sec.), long jump (22’ 3.5”), shot put (43’ 8.75” with a 16 lb. shot), and the high jump (personal best of 6’ 10.5”). Balczak’s marks put him in third place after the first day of competition.

N-Balczak-national-champion2Day two brought on three different events—the 60m hurdles (8.24 sec), pole vault (14’ 9”) and concluded with the 1000m run (2:45 for another personal best). Balczak needed his personal best in the 1000 because he learned before the race that he was in second place and he needed to beat the first place competitor by 8 seconds.

Balczak began his collegiate career at Lake Superior State University and was Division II All-American while attending. He sat out his junior season to prepare to transfer and face a new challenge.

“The multi has a different mindset than any other event in track and field. The camaraderie that is displayed in this event is unlike anything else in college track,” he explained. “We are the guys who cheer each other on, pick each other up, and push each other to limits we never knew our bodies could handle.”

As a four-year member of the boys high school track and field team, Justin competed in the 110m high hurdles (2011 state champion), 300m intermediate hurdles (2011 state runner-up), 4x400m relay, 4x200m relay (member of the 2011 school record team), 4x100m relay and shot put (2011 conference champion). Even though he now high jumps 6’ 10”, and pole vaults 14’ 9”, he never tried those events while in high school.

His next challenge is to prepare for the decathlon this spring. Added events include the discus, javelin and 400m dash.

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Post goes Shopper?

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The Cedar Springs Post going shopper? According to sources in the media industry, The River Valley Shopper has made a substantial offer to buy The Cedar Springs Post, making it yet, another shopper. The new shopper will be tagged the Red Flannel Shopper and will cover all of Cedar Springs and Rockford as well.

Without the cost of reporting news, and the space used previously for news stories, all pages can be dedicated to advertising at a cut rate, just like the River Valley Shopper, which has gained popularity with area advertisers.

Post owner Lois Allen says the small independent newspaper has struggled for over the past two decades to find enough local businesses to keep it solvent. “We’re not non-profit, just no profit,” she joked. Shoppers are the new means for print advertising at a reduced rate and are squeezing out the weekly newspapers that cannot undercut their prices and distribution,” she explained.

“It will be a huge burden off of me. I’ve always wanted to retire and practice my love of professional kite flying,” said Allen.

Allen says the shopper approached her and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. She could not disclose the exact amount but explained, “I can relax and never have to worry about going broke or missing a deadline again,” said Allen who is responsible for almost missing over one thousand deadlines since 1988. “With the money they offered me, I can take a cruise around the world, twice!”

But she won’t be taking the Post with her! The new shopper will begin it’s first edition on April 1, 2015.

April Fool’s

Imagine Cedar Springs WITHOUT the Cedar Springs Post! The above story could very well be true. However, it isn’t. The River Valley folks have previously inquired as to the sale of The Post, but no serious offer has ever been discussed. “I believe in keeping a real newspaper here. ‘Cause everyone loves it!” says Allen. The Post could go anywhere and people would read it. You can drop The Post in Macon, Georgia and they’d read it! You can’t find this kind of news on CNN.

She continued, “People need to pay attention to the businesses who keep the newspaper going. Those who make the choice to spend some of their advertising budget in their (customers’) local newspaper. Cause if they don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”

Nobody waits for the shopper to come out! No one wants more junk mail! Billboards do not build community pride. Commercials never seem to end. So, what’s the best way to get your attention? News.

You can read the paper without booting it up. Amazing! No download needed! Don’t worry about a password. Just forget about it. Not to mention, your identity, is completely protected. Nobody knows your reading this. No extra charge or additional software needed. No upgrades required. Read it in the bathroom if you want. I assure you there’s no web cam here. And I am positive that no one has ever been “hacked” while holding a newspaper. They are hack proof and completely safe to read. You can feel confident to let your kids browse it. No chance of porn popping up!

The Cedar Springs Post is not the only choice to advertise, but is the best choice if you do business here.

Help those who bring us to you – free! Buy your next refrigerator at Larry’s Northtown Furniture in Greenville. Purchase your next car at Ray Winnie Auto Sales in Greenville. They run in The Post instead of in your mailbox!

If you need new carpet, go see Art Probst at Probst Floor Covering in Cedar Springs or Rockford Floor Covering on Northland Drive. Make sure you save  money at Save-a-Lot. They bring you The Cedar Springs Post!

And that’s no joke!

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Crash claims life of horse and buggy driver

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A horse and buggy driver that was injured in a crash with a pickup truck last week has died of his injuries.

The accident occurred on Thursday, March 19, about 7:29 a.m. According to Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies, Andrew Miller, 27, of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was driving his Amish horse and buggy southbound on Fitzner Road, in Montcalm Township, between Spencer Road and Pakes Road, when it swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck. The collision caused severe damage to both the buggy and the truck.

Miller, was taken to United Memorial Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently flown to Spectrum Health by Aeromed. He died of his injuries on Tuesday, March 24.

The pickup driver, Del Ray Christensen, 54, also of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was not injured.

The horse died as a result of its injuries.

Police believe the horse tack may have been incorrectly connected, causing the horse to veer into the northbound lane when the buggy driver attempted to stop the buggy. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash.

Miller was a lifelong resident of the Greenville area where he worked as a roofer and was a member of the Old Order Amish community. He leaves behind his wife, Rebecca, and four children.

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The Post travels to Pierson

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The Hoosiermama family, of Solon Township, has been looking forward to taking a short vacation from the busyness of their fast-paced life here in Cedar Springs. So it was a great relief to Dolly Madison and Hermando Hoosiermama, and their daughter, Indiana, when they took a short break from the madness to visit somewhere they always wanted to go—Pierson, Michigan.  And they took a Post with them!

The family visited the U.S. Post office, The Trading Post, the Pierson Village Offices, and other landmarks.

N-Post-goes-to-Pierson2“We rocked it,” exclaimed Dolly, who spends most of the day looking for a job, and moonlights evenings making cupcakes for her family.

“It was a riot,” remarked Hermando, who took a break from his international body building competitions to go on vacation. “I mean it was literally a riot. I don’t think we can ever go in that bar again.”

“It was awesome,” commented Indiana, who goes to school and does some modeling on the side. “It was great not to have my photo taken 20 times a day.” The selfies she takes can be seen frequently on her Facebook page.

They hope to return for another visit on next Wednesday, April Fools Day.

Thanks to the Hoosiermama family for taking us with you!

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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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first-place winner this year was Greta Isabella DeBack, in Mr. Moleski’s class. She wrote her essay entitled “Truth or Mr. Gregory Setting a Good Example.” It showed how a great teacher impacted her life. Rotary awarded her $50.

MayLynne Hath, of Mrs. Johnson’s class, came in a close second. She wrote about what the “Habits of Mind” are as taught at Cedar View, what they are not and how they can guide each of us to be a good person. She was awarded $25.

The third-place winner was Gwen Forster, of Mrs. Cairy’s class. She found that personal loss could build a sense of community when shared with a friend. She was awarded $15.

Jacob Borden, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA, was the fourth-place winner. He wrote his essay entitled “How My Grandma Inspires Me” about his grandmother impacted his life. He was awarded $10.

Clark thanked the teachers for their inspiration and guidance of students, and their parents for the foundation of success they’ve laid at home.

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message is known and followed by all Rotarians. “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Cedar Springs Rotary holds the four-way test essay contest each year for fifth grade students, and tries to live by that four-way test. “We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Carolyn Davis. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

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