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Congressional Medal of Merit recipients recognized

Rep. Justin Amash and Tara Tepin, Cedar Springs High School.

Rep. Justin Amash and Tara Tepin, Cedar Springs High School.

Rep. Justin Amash and Autumn Shelagowski, Creative Technologies Academy.

Rep. Justin Amash and Autumn Shelagowski, Creative Technologies Academy.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2017 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday, May 6.

“We are blessed to have such amazing students in our community. They are making a difference for our future,” said Amash.

Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations.

In addition to the six service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 40 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors.

In our coverage area, there were two students recognized as Congressional Medal of Merit recipients: Autumn Shelagowski, of Creative Technologies Academy; and Tara Nicole Tepin, of Cedar Springs High School.

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C-engage-JohnsonMr. and Mrs. Brian and Penny Johnson of Cedar Springs, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Amy Johnson, to Grant Gould, son of Allen Gould of Sand Lake, and Kathy and Bill Cox of Ada. Miss Johnson is a graduate of Cedar Springs High School and Grand Valley State University with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Miss Johnson is a teacher in Cedar Springs. Mr. Gould is a Tri-County High School graduate and is a foreman pipefitter in Grand Rapids. A June wedding is planned!

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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for April 



Gavin is a senior percussionist at Cedar Springs High School who has been a marcher in the drumline and also been a leader in the keyboard section during marching band season. He has been the drum set player for the CSHS Jazz band for the last 3 years. Gavin is a hard worker in the classroom with a current GPA of 4.1, which ranks him in the top 4 in his class!  Congratulations Gavin Moore on being named our April 2017 Cedar Springs High School Scholar Instrumentalist!

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Community Night 2017

The Red Flannel Queen and Court visited many of the booths at Community night last week. Courtesy photo.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court visited many of the booths at Community night last week. Courtesy photo.

By Tom Noreen

The Community Action Network held their 31st Annual Community Night on April 20. Over 80 booths were reserved from a wide range of vendors. Businesses had their products on display and some had items for sale. Practical help was available from dentists, physical therapists and chiropractors.  You could plan a cruise and get investment advice, too. Local churches and camps had their summer programs on display. The Lions collected pennies for their Cedar Springs Library Project and Rotary club painted “pinkies” purple to raise funds for ending polio in the three countries where it is still endemic.

Martial Arts demonstrations were conducted throughout the evening and in the auditorium local dance companies and other performers put on shows. The high school corral and drama programs reprised numbers from Disney’s High School Musical. Creative Technologies Academy had student art on display. The Cedar Springs High School Industrial Arts Program showcased their students’ award winning project and the high school’s Robotics Team had their award-winning robot on display.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department had their firetruck on display, and the Red Flannel Queen and Court could be seen throughout the event.





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Old high school photo on genealogy site


Char Livermore sent us the link to this vintage postcard she found on the website geanologyhound.com. It’s a photo of the first high school in Cedar Springs—the old Union School, which stood near where Hilltop now stands. The postcard is dated 1916.

The school was built in 1871-72, and students from elementary to high school attended there. It was three stories in height, with a cupola on top that held the bell. In the 1881 History of Kent County, it said, “Considering the short existence of Cedar Springs as a place of any importance, we cannot but commend the public spirit that has established her excellent graded school, and erected her noble school-house—perhaps the best in the county out of Grand Rapids.”

According to The Cedar Springs Story by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, there was no inside plumbing; water had to be pumped into pails then carried up the hill and into the school and up each flight of stairs. Water was put in classrooms for drinking and washing up, and in 1922, water fountains were installed that had to be filled.

The school was razed in 1926 at a cost of $100,000, and much of the brick, timber, chairs and desks were used in the new school, which we now know as Hilltop. The bell was saved from the old Union School and placed in storage. It was later dedicated and placed at the front entrance of the school with a plaque that reads: “1872-1925 Dedicated to all those who answered the call of this bell. Presented by the Cedar Springs Alumni of Cedar Springs.”

You can also see a photo of the old Union School in the current Cedar Springs High School. It was recreated with colorful tiles in the entryway, and is a constant reminder of the first high school in Cedar Springs.

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Troy “Jamie” Poling 51 of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, April 16, 2017 at his home. Jamie was born May 3, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Melroy and Marie Poling. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1984 and enjoyed working as a computer operator for Pitney Bowes and CU*Answers. He enjoyed reading, especially anything history related and spending time with family and friends especially around a firepit. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Linda (DiCesare); daughters, Paige and Bailey; parents, Melroy and Marie (Tomlin) Poling; sister, Ronna (Keith) Wiseman; brother, Shawn Poling; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy DiCesare, Joe (Raquel) DiCesare, Anna DiCesare, Rich (Linda) DiCesare, Rocco (Garry) DiCesare, Paula DiCesare (Mike) Leaf and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Ralph and Margaret DiCesare; brother-in-law, John DiCesare; nephew, Nicholas Wyatt. The family will greet friends Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be Saturday 11:00 am with viewing at 10:00 am. Pastor Rick Ferris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center.

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

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Amash talks partisanship, Syria, healthcare


N-Amash-pullquoteBy Judy Reed

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash told the crowd at Cedar Springs High School Monday night, April 10, that the partisanship in Washington is the worst he’s ever seen, and that the leadership doesn’t seem to be interested in breaking the gridlock.

“I’ve always said that we need to work with each other, have honest debate, and let things fall where they may. The only way you fix it is by choosing a speaker of the house who is non-partisan. It takes tremendous will, and I haven’t seen that with this or the previous speaker,” remarked Amash.

N-Amash2The town hall meeting was the first of several that Amash is holding throughout the district over the next week.

He explained that the only things that go to the floor for a vote are the things that the leadership wants, things that have no chance of passing, or things too mild to affect anything. “We either need a change in direction from this speaker, or we need a new one,” he said.

Amash is a firm believer in the principles of the Constitution. He is known for not only standing up for those principles, but also for not mincing words when it comes to politicians he feels are violating them, such as President Trump. That was the case with the President’s recent strikes on Syria.

“The process was not right,” said Amash. “He risked escalating the situation. The framers of the Constitution gave to Congress the power to declare war because we are the closest to the people. I’m here holding the town hall meeting, not Donald Trump. With war, I might be sending your son or daughter off to be killed. To think you can launch a missile strike with no consequence is naïve.”

Amash explained that the War Powers Resolution is often used to justify one-off strikes. Those cases are supposed to only happen when the U.S. itself has been attacked. It says: “The President’s powers as Commander in Chief are exercised only pursuant to a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization from Congress, or a national emergency created by an attack upon the United States” (50 USC Sec. 1541).

“It did not give the president the authority to do what he did,” noted Amash. “There are times we want him to act quickly. But it’s not for offensive acts against another government.”

Amash said the framers of the Constitution left it up to the people to decide whether they want war, and the president then conducts the war.

He did say he thought they should continue to go after ISIS, but that they should update the 2001 mission and goal, and have more debate about it in Congress. “I don’t think you can have perpetual war; it’s dangerous,” he said.

Amash also talked about why he didn’t support the failed Republican proposal on healthcare. “It didn’t repeal the ACA, just tweaked it,” he explained. “The ACA is not functioning the way we’d like it to function. Premiums are going up for a lot of people. It helps many, but also hurts many. We need to start over, in a bipartisan way. The Republican proposal just restructures it, and tweaks can make it worse. It left the sickest and most vulnerable at risk.”

He said that there is no reason to rush it. “We want to make sure we get it right. They just wanted to get it done quickly. It was just a political plan. I’m part of the Freedom Caucus, and I’m sure you heard that we caused it to fail. It’s not true. There were more Republicans going to vote against it than were part of the Freedom Caucus.” Amash said that 50-80 Republicans would have voted against the bill. “It would have been actually very embarrassing, and that’s why they pulled it,” Amash said.

After the failure of the bill, an aide to President Trump called Amash a liability over Twitter and urged Trump supporters to vote for a different Republican candidate in 2018.

But Amash isn’t letting that sway him. “We should’ve worked with the Democrats on it. It needs to be bipartisan. We need buy-in. I still believe the best system is to let states regulate health care. They have different people, different demographics. Allow them to try out a variety of ways. There would be more alternatives, more choices, and would cause the least amount of tension. If you didn’t like it, you could move to another state. I think it would be easier to move out of state than out of the country,” he said, which brought a chuckle from the crowd.

Amash touched on several other topics including immigration, Internet privacy, education, the presidential transparency act, and more, and answered questions for two hours. He also encouraged residents to let him know their feelings on possible war with Syria, and to reach out to his office if they have problems, such as veterans getting assistance, immigration issues, and other concerns.

You can contact the Grand Rapids office at (616) 451-8383 or send physical mail to 110 Michigan St NW, Suite 460, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You can also email him through his website. Visit https://amash.house.gov/contact-me.

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Community Night


By Tom Noreen


Come join the Community Action Network for their 31st Annual Community Night on April 20 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School. There you meet with local business owners and see the many products they have to offer. Visit with the libraries that serve our community and learn about upcoming programs and events. Representatives from our area nonprofits can update you on everything from the progress with the “Heart of Cedar Springs” to the global efforts to rid the world of polio. Our area churches and camps will be there to encourage you to visit them. Support the Music Boosters at their food court and take a break by stopping in the auditorium for an evening of entertainment. Local schools will have art on display and the high school’s industrial arts program will showcase their students’ award winning projects. Mark your calendars for April 20 and an evening of fun.

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Join Us for Community Night

Businesses and non-profit groups showed the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night last week.

Businesses and non-profit groups show the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night.

Cedar Springs High School

April 20, 2017

6pm – 8:30pm

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Graduation Dates


Cedar Springs High School

Class of 2017

Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, June 1, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Stadium (weather permitting)

New Beginnings High School

Class of 2017

Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, May 25, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Cafeteria

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