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Painting donated to local church


By Ariadne Winquist/Schuldt

Roger Norton, husband of the late local artist Pat Norton, has donated a meaningful painting from Pat’s collection to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

The painting depicts a small church on Neebish Island that they attended.

Roger met Pat Cook, one of 12 children raised in a lighthouse on Neebish Island, in Sault Ste Marie, while he was attending college at Northern Michigan. Neebish Island is located on the St. Mary’s River.

Roger brought Pat back to Cedar Springs, where she graduated from high school, and they were married. They had three children, and they all attend CSUMC.

To help with finances, Pat became a renowned beautician in the area, who enjoyed painting on the side. Painting got into her blood, and when Roger got a teaching job in the Sault, they moved from Cedar Springs back to her home area, where she painted full time. She was an acclaimed artist, known for her lighthouses and ships. However, she also became known in many other areas, such as flowers and portraits.

On top of teaching, Roger also had a part time job just framing her work. Pat also held classes in her studio in the Sault and Wisconsin. Her paintings have been juried award winners all over the United States.

Pat often painted a mood or a feeling of a freighter rather than the exact detail and developed a technique unique to her best work.

She was a great teacher, and died in 2001 at the age of 70. 

Roger’s parents, Harold and Florence, were Cedar Springs natives and had two children, Roger and Alice. Alice Norton Powell Anderson is also a well-known artist in the area.

Pat’s work will be dedicated on Sunday, July 1, at the CSUMC and will also be on display at the Cedar Springs Public Library in the near future.

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Men of Honor program


A group of young men from Cedar Springs traveled to Neebish Island in the Upper Peninsula this past summer on a mission trip and showed their character by helping some of the elderly with yard work. 

“The work was hard but the payoff of thankful hearts and smiles was so rewarding,” said Randy Badge, leader of the Cedar Springs chapter of the Men of Honor youth group for 6th-8th grade students.

Men of Honor started in Texas in 2003. Tony Rorie, who was then a Dallas middle school principal, started to meet with his four biggest troublemakers. He started mentoring them once a week after school about the basics of manners, leadership, character, and common courtesies. By the end of the year, his small group of four grew to 50. The Men of Honor was birthed. 

The Men of Honor is a Christian character-building program aimed at 6th-8th grade students but can be used for any age of men. In the past 14 years, the Men of Honor has spread across the US and into 11 countries.

During that time, The Ladies of Honor (LOH) was also birthed. 

The Cedar Springs program partners with the En Gedi after school youth Center at Red Hawk Elementary. MOH meets after school every Thursday in the Media Center until 4pm. They learn such things as leadership, character, courage, diligence, compassion, honesty, integrity, perseverance and so much more. MOH has developed a two-year teaching curriculum for leaders to follow. 

Young men and ladies are rewarded with an official MOH or LOH T-shirt by reciting axioms. The MOH can earn five tenant pins for courage, diligence, character, passion, and perseverance. The LOH can earn five charms. 

Participants become partially commissioned by completing the 3 MOH or LOH magazines and earn a dagger. They become fully commissioned and become an Honor Guard by reading 6 more books and completing the complementary workbooks. MOH earn a William Wallace sword and LOH earn a beautiful Shield. 

The MOH will be going to Pine Ridge Bible Camp for Honors Camp on  November 17-19. Any young man is welcome to join the camp. There will be a lot of fun and challenging activities and events that will encourage each young man in his manhood. 

On Thursday, December 14, Cedar Springs will be launching it’s own Ladies of Honor program at Red Hawk Elementary right after school. They will also end at 4pm. Any interested 7th & 8th grade ladies can take the shuttle bus from the middle school to Red Hawk. 

For more information for Men or Ladies of Honor in Cedar Springs, camp, or to start your own club, please contact Regional Director Randy Badge at rbadge@themenofhonor.org. You can also visit the website at www.HonorMinistries.org

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