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The Post travels to Tucson


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The Post recently traveled to Tucson, Arizona with Darlene (Towns) Wirtz, of Ionia, to visit her sister Jean (Towns) Peterson. Jean and Darlene are graduates of Cedar Springs High School, and both were Red Flannel Queens. Darlene, pictured on the left, was RF Queen in 1949, and Jean, on the right, was the 1948 RF Queen.

Thank you, Darlene and Jean, for including us in your visit!

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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LARRIE V. ROBINSON


 

24C--obit-RobinsonFCLarrie V. Robinson, 79, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s. Larrie was born September 15, 1936 in Solon Township, Michigan, the son of Volyn and Jessie (Coan) Robinson. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1955 and was quarterback his senior year as Cedar Springs went undefeated in football. He enjoyed all sports and the Detroit Tigers. He was very involved in Cub Scouts for 30 years serving as Scout Master and was on the district board of the West Michigan Shores Council. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carol; children, Sandy, Scott, Shelly and Tim; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Doreen Bayne; and a brother, Rex Robinson. The family greeted friends Wednesday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where the service was held Thursday 11:00 am. Interment Blythefield Memory Gardens.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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It’s time to celebrate!


 

Congratulations Class of 2016

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is behind him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is behind him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one is a great example of that! It’s so full of emotion. A World War II Veteran finally got his high school diploma last week and this was his reaction!

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, had waited a long time to get his high school diploma. But the wait was over on Thursday, June 2, when he finally received an honorary diploma from Cedar Springs High School—the school he left in the 1940s so he could serve our country during World War II. He only attended through part of his sophomore year, and enlisted in the Navy in 1944, at age 18.

Mr. Empie received his diploma, along with the class of 2016. The ceremony moved many people in the audience, some of whom posted on our Facebook page, congratulating Mr. Empie on his accomplishment.

But it’s not only Mr. Empie celebrating. Hundreds of students stepped out into a brand new world over the last couple of weeks as they graduated high school and now celebrate what lies ahead. Here in our area, students graduated from Cedar Springs High School, New Beginnings High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Cedar Christian Academy, Algoma Christian School, and Tri County High School.

To see photos of all the top honors students in our area and class photos, click link below to download.

Graduation2016.pdf

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Two Red Hawks compete at state track finals


Remington Sawade (left) and Dallas Mora (right) at the Division II State Finals on June 4.

Remington Sawade (left) and Dallas Mora (right) at the Division II State Finals on June 4.

Two members of the Cedar Springs High School boys track team competed at the Division II State Finals on June 4 in Zeeland, Michigan.

Sophomore Dallas Mora finished 34th in a packed field in the 3200m on Saturday.  Dallas cut 15 seconds off his previous personal best time at the regional track meet two weeks ago to qualify for the state meet with a time of 9:58. By qualifying for the state track meet, Dallas is a two-time State qualifier as a sophomore. He qualified for cross country last fall and track this spring.

Senior Remington Sawade was the regional champ in pole vaulting, which qualified him to compete at the state finals. He ended his high school vaulting career as an All-State vaulter, earning a 5th place finish with a vault of 13’10”.  Next fall he will be heading to Michigan State University to study engineering as part of the Air Force ROTC program.

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World War II Vet to be awarded honorary diploma


Vet will get diploma at graduation

Seaman 2nd Class Erwin Duane Empie, left Cedar Springs High School in 1944 to enlist in the Navy during World War II.

Seaman 2nd Class Erwin Duane Empie, left Cedar Springs High School in 1944 to enlist in the Navy during World War II.

By Judy Reed

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, has waited a long time to get his high school diploma. But the wait will be over on Thursday, June 2, when he finally receives an honorary diploma from Cedar Springs High School—the school he left in the 1940s so he could serve our country during World War II.

According to Erwin’s son, Mike, his father was originally born in Rossford, Ohio to Glenn Empie and Bessie (Smith) Empie. The family later moved to Cedar Springs. He had a brother Paul, and a sister, Marie.

Erwin enlisted in the Navy in 1944 at the age of 18, while attending Cedar Springs High School. He trained at the Naval Training Center near Chicago, Illinois, and served aboard the USS Lexington CV-16. He was a gunner’s mate, and his rank was Seaman 2nd class, V6. Mike said the ship patrolled mainly in the South China Sea to strike against enemy shipping and air installations.

Erwin served until 1946. In 1955, he married Dorothy Patrick.

Erwin is eligible for the diploma under Public Act 180 of 2001. It says that a high school diploma can be awarded to a veteran if, before graduation from a high school, the military veteran enlisted in or was drafted into the armed forces of the United States during World War II, the Korean Conflict, or the VietNam war.

Mike heard about “Operation Recognition,” (Public Act 181 of 2001) in a newspaper article, and checked with Cedar Springs High School about his father getting an honorary diploma.

According to registrar Susan Andrzejewski, Erwin attended Cedar Springs High School for his freshman year and part of his sophomore year. She said she found an old box in the basement labeled non-graduates of the 1930s. Although he attended in the 1940s, she dug through it and found his transcript. “He was a bit older than our sophomore students today,” she explained, “but back then they sometimes kept students home to help farm.”

So it won’t be just 17 and 18-year-old students in high spirits when they get their diplomas at graduation next week. Erwin Empie and family will be celebrating, too.

“He’s very excited,” said Mike.

Congratulations, Erwin, and thank you for serving our country!

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Sam Taylor signs to play at Muskegon Community College


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Cedar Springs High School senior Sam Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Muskegon Community College.

Sam is a four-year letter winner for the Red Hawks basketball team. Over the past two seasons, Taylor was team captain and compiled averages of 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. She was often tasked with defending the other team’s top player.

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Congratulations


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Remington Sawade, a senior at Cedar Springs High School has been awarded a 4 year full tuition Air Force ROTC Scholarship for college.  This highly competitive scholarship is based on GPA, ACT test scores, a physical ability test, leadership qualities, an interview process, and community service.  Remington plans to study Materials Science Engineering at either Michigan State University or Michigan Technological University along with his ROTC training before he serves as an officer in the United States Air Force.

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Community Night


By Tom Noreen

Community Night is April 21 from 6-8:30 PM at the Cedar Springs High School. We’ve made changes to reduce congestion in the hall by putting more exhibits in the gym. Local businesses, non-profits and church groups will have booths with their offerings.

Some of the special events for this year are:

*Creative Technologies Academy art displays

*Cedar Springs Community Players thespian entertainment

*Chamber of Commerce Renaissance Faire reenactors

*Martial Arts demonstrations

*PiYo demonstrations

*Dance demonstrations

Plus more in the works.

Food will be available from the booster booth near the gym.

Hope to see you there!

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Auction raises fund for En Gedi youth center


Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

The Cedar Springs High School cafeteria was bubbling with excitement last Friday with an approximate 120 attendees for the one and only En Gedi annual fundraiser event.

En Gedi is a Christ-centered Cedar Springs non-profit organization focused on keeping kids in our community safe, encouraged, and mentored. A free afterschool youth center is provided for students in grades 6-8th along with special events for high school students and community members.

This year’s event hit new record highs in donations from area businesses, attending participants, and net profits. Bidders are first allowed to anonymously submit their offer on a wide variety of items ranging from college sports tickets, home furnishings, outdoor equipment and supplies, hunting adventures, games, collective dolls, athletic training items and many more items. A few En Gedi students then presented a short original skit along with a viewing of the En Gedi video. The last event of the night includes a live auction for larger items as well as an opportunity to Sponsor-a-Student.

En Gedi is dependent upon donations to achieve the group’s goal of “building up families in our community.” Kevin Pike, En Gedi Board Secretary, and Jodi Coxon co-chair the event, which netted over $46,000, covering En Gedi’s yearly expenses.

Pastor Craig Owens serves as the Youth Center Director, assisted by Pastors Shasta and Joe Gross, and many adult and high school volunteers. “If you would like to get involved and share your hobby, gifts, and talents with our young people, please get in touch with me at Craig@CSCalvary.org,” said Pastor Owens.

Event Co-Chair Kevin Pike added, “The entire En Gedi Team would like to thank everyone who has and continues to support this local mission and especially this year’s event. Your commitment to the youth of our community is greatly appreciated.”

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Were 70-80 students expelled from high school?


By Judy Reed

The rumor mill on social media and between students was in high gear this last week, with a tale of drug dogs, locker checks, and 70-80 students being expelled for having marijuana brownies at Cedar Springs High School.

The problem is that the rumor was not true, according to both police and the high school. As with many rumors, there was a grain of truth, but the details were greatly exaggerated.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, they were called to the high school on March 16 to investigate the possible sale of brownies made with marijuana butter. The school had already begun the investigation, and identified the possible juvenile involved. The investigating deputy continued the investigation and spoke with three juveniles, who admitted to making and consuming the brownies. It was discovered that one brownie had been sold to another student at school, and one brownie had been sold on a school bus. “No brownies or marijuana were located at the school,” reported Sgt. Kelley, who said they did not search any lockers or bring the dogs.

According to Anne Kostus, Academic Support Services Director at the High School, they do searches in the high school periodically, but didn’t this time. “The incident was reported by students,” she explained. She verified that three students brought the marijuana brownies to school and distributed it.

Three of the students are being disciplined for distribution, and two of the three for possession,” she said. “We are following our board adopted policies for discipline. We have high standards, and they need to be held accountable,” she explained.

Kostus noted that the students were honest about what happened. “These are good kids who made a bad choice,” she said. “I hope people treat them with compassion.”

She added that this kind of thing doesn’t happen often. “We rarely have this problem,” she said.

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