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Police officers honored 

Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

By Tim Bauer

On Thursday, November 12, Sgt. Jason Kelley, who is stationed in Cedar Springs with the Kent County Sheriff Department, attended an after school program to speak to a group of our middle school young men about courage. The program, headed up by Randy Badge, is called Men of Honor. (There is also a Ladies of Honor program). It focuses on reviving chivalry, honor, courageous leadership, and moral excellence in the next generation, by utilizing a three-pronged strategy of camps, conferences and curriculum. The group wanted to honor our local police officers for their selfless service within the greater Cedar Springs area. By putting into action what they have been taught, the group hopes that other communities will hear about this and do the same thing.

A Shield of Faith was presented to Sgt. Kelley, and the rest of the officers stationed in our city, as a token of appreciation for their daily commitment to protect the citizens of our community. Badge, a teacher at Cedar Springs High School, believes in the vital importance of teaching timeless principles of integrity and character in those who will become our next generation of leaders. Thank you Randy Badge and Sergeant Kelley for your invaluable service to our community. The citizens of Cedar Springs salute you!

To find out more go to http://themenofhonor.org/.

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Hometown Hero

N-Hometown-Hero-GardnerArmy Pvt. Alexander W. Gardner

Army Pvt. Alexander W. Gardner has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Gardner is the son of Amanda J. Webster, of Courtland Township, and the grandson of Juanita M. Webster and Daniel C. Webster.

He is a 2015 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.

Gardner is currently at AIT school in Fort Lee, Virginia, training as a unit supply specialist. He will graduate in December.

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Marching Red Hawks finish ninth at state


The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band traveled to Ford Field on Saturday, November 7, for the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Marching Finals. They finished ninth in the state in Flight III competition, which consisted of 12 bands.

Music Booster Secretary Julia Moore, stated, “The band worked so hard and they had a terrific season. We are all very proud of them!”

The season ends with their annual Marching Banquet, held on November 16, and the band moves into Concert season this week. Their next performance will be a Christmas Concert on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is held at the high school, and admission is free.


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Teacher of the year finalist recognized


Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart received a plaque and $500 from the MEEMIC Foundation for being a Michigan teacher of the year finalist. Carol denOtter-Todd, a MEEMIC field consultant, presented the award.

Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart, who was selected in June as one of five finalists for Michigan Teacher of the Year, was recognized recently by the MEEMIC Foundation for his accomplishment.

A school assembly was held on October 31, where Carol denOtter-Todd presented him with a plaque, and a check for $500.

Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, the Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, and colleges and universities.

Stuart finished as one of the top five out of 487 applicants for Michigan Teacher of the Year. “It’s a huge honor,” Stuart told the Post last summer, after learning of his award. Stuart teaches history and English to incoming freshmen at Cedar Springs High School. He also writes, and travels the professional development circuit speaking with school districts across the country about the common core in English and his practical approach to it.

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E. Ray Gordon, 89, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 6, 2015. E. Ray Gordon was born on January 17, 1926 in Sand Lake, Michigan, the son of Fay and Cora Gordon. After graduating valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then married his high school sweetheart, Janet Gunnell on December 29, 1945. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. He was a founding partner in WBDC, Inc. He was a past president of the Exchange Club of Grand Rapids and a past officer of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He had been a scout master for Boy Scout Troop #222. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and attending Cedar Springs School athletic events. He was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and the Cedar Springs School Board for 29 years. Surviving are his children, Susie (Ken) Parker, Doug Gordon, Pam (Tim) Covell, Joel Gordon; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, Murry (Eva) Gordon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cliff Snyder, Fred (Carollee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell, Nancy (Ed) Bremmer, Shirley (Charlie) Gumina, Cam (John) Teusink, Maxine Gordon, Suzanne Gordon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Gunnell) Gordon; son, Tom Gordon; brothers, Ken Gordon, Don Gordon, Fay Gordon; sister, Lillian Snyder; brother-in-law, Tom Gunnell; sisters-in-law, Helen Gordon and Lorraine Gordon. The family received friends Monday, Nov. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

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Mr. Richard B. Goodell of Fruitland Park, Florida, formally of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 91, passed away Monday, November 2, 2015. He was born on Saturday, February 16, 1924, to Garner and Jessie (Heiss) Goodell in Solon Township and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. As a truehearted countryman, Richard proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he was a dairy farmer for most of his life, which he truly enjoyed. Richard also was mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Richard is survived by his beloved wife Betty; loving children, Bonnie (Zane) Ziviski, Janet (Larry) Gomaat, Keith (Cheryl) Goodell, Robert K. (Cathy) Brooks, Linda C. (Ron) Harper; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild coming in February; sisters, Thelma Morris, Marie (Winfield) Bigney, and Donna Rhoades; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Goodell, Dorothy Visger; brothers-in-law, Edward Batchelder, John Batchelder, Shirley (John) Brenner. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eleanor; brother, Donald; sister, Norma Robinson; son-in-law, Jay Markham; brothers and sisters-in-law, Natalie (Charles) Bolthouse, George (Geraldine) Batchelder, Elmer (Laura) Batchelder, Bob Visger, Harley Morris, Raymond Rhoades, and Patricia Batchelder. The funeral service for Richard will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341. A time of visitation with the family was held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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Cedar Springs High School & H Productions Present


CSPS-UpTheDownStaircaseUp the Down Staircase

November 12—14  7:00pm

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

The play stars 30 wonderful high school actors who have put a lot of their time and energy into making this a wonderful show.  Tickets are available at www.hprodcshs.com, High School main office, from a cast member and at the door before the show.

Stay tuned to www.hprodcshs.com for more details.

The play is about Sylvia Barrett, a rooky teacher, and her struggles with unruly students, a demanding administrator, and her own high expectations.

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Clara J. (Ritter) Davis, 81, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, October 1, 2015 at her home. Clara was born May 31, 1934 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Floyd and Burnice (Coss) TenEyck. She graduated from Lakeview High School and Ferris State University with a BA in accounting and law. She was a Michigan CPA and also had taught at Cedar Springs High School. Surviving are her children, Mark (Terri) Ritter, Gary (BJ) Ritter, Bruce Davis, Nancy Davis, Anthony (Linda) Davis, Donald (E.T.) Davis, Ronald Davis, Laurie Whalen; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Henry TenEyck. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Alan Ritter and Tom Davis; daughter, Susan Davis; grandsons, Jacob and Drew; half-sister, Harriet TenEyck. The family greeted friends Sunday, October 4 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no formal service. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Band students receive top rating at Festival


Several Cedar Springs High School musicians received a first division rating in State Solo and Ensemble Festival last month at Grandville High School.

The Brass Quintet made up of Ryan Caron, Alexis Wilks, Emma Schut, Miles Klanderud and Zack Zenker received a first Division rating;

Emma Schut, a junior, received a first Division rating on her Proficiency 2 french horn solo;

April Roberts, a senior, received a first Division rating on her Proficiency 3 flute solo, along with a Michigan Youth Arts Festival nomination.

April was selected for the prestigious honor of playing in the Honors Orchestra with the finest High School musicians in Michigan. MYAF takes place May 7-9 at Western Michigan University.

Please help congratulate these students for all their hard work, dedication and for representing Cedar Springs at the highest level of musical performance!

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Beauty and the Beast starts tonight


Shows Feb. 5-8 at Cedar Springs High School

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, along with some good old-fashioned fun, as over 60 cast members take the stage tonight at Cedar Springs High School for their winter musical, Beauty and the Beast. 

This classic tale is a charming love story about a young woman (Belle) who falls in love with a beast, who happens to be a prince placed under a spell. In order to escape the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved. If he doesn’t learn this before time runs out, he and his home will be under the spell forever.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Leads include Alexis Lucarelli as Belle; Sean Murphy as Maurice; Brandyn Kirchoff as Beast/Prince; Remington Sawade as Gaston; Dallas Mora as Lefou; Alec Falicki as Lumiere; Roland Nulph as Cogsworth; April Roberts as Mrs. Potts; and Sam Owens as Babette.

Shows are February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the high school main office, online at http://www.hprodcshs.com, and at the door.

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