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Archive | July, 2011

Kent Theatre golf outing

The winning team from the 2011 Kent Theatre Golf Outing at Cedar Chase Golf Club. L to R : Nick Thome, Jim Emmorey, Tom Matecun, Eric Emmorey.

The 11th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing, held on July 9 at the Cedar Chase Golf Club, was a great success. With sunny weather in the high 80s, 60 golfers teed off with the dream of a lot of fun and a lot of great shots. When introduced just prior to the start of the round, last year’s $10,000 Hole-In-One winner, Frank Pelak, was cheered by the entire field.

A dozen volunteers catered to the golfers, and the personnel at Cedar Chase provided a great course and a great dinner for all.

This year’s highlight was a runaway victory by the Jim Emmorey team, coming in at 16 under par in the 4-person scramble format. No one won the Hole-In-One Contest this time, but there’s always next year!

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Rotary golf outing

First place team Choice One Investments.

The 2011 Annual Rotary Golf Outing brought out a rousing group of area golfers on Wednesday, July 20. The event was hosted by Cedar Chase Golf Course and the major sponsor was Vander Hyde Ford who donated a Hole-in-One Prize Package on all four par three holes. Sixty-eight men and women participated in a scramble format with Choice One Investments winning the tournament with a score of 16 under par. The winning team consisted of Larry Wheeler, Ray Averill, Cindy Watson, and Don Christy. Other prize winners included Sara Dryer with women’s longest drive, Brian Talbot, men’s longest drive and closest-to-the-pin, and Larry Wheeler with the longest putt.

“The Rotary Club is grateful for the tremendous support of area residents and businesses. It appeared everyone had a great time with the cloud overcast creating perfect weather conditions. All profits from this tournament will be put back into the community on various Rotary service projects,” reported Mark Gebhardt, Event Chairman.

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Tips to put a stop to early aging

(NewsUSA) – Dermatologists can’t stress it enough: How you treat your skin now will affect its future appearance. While it may seem silly to worry about wrinkles long before you have any, it’s true that preparation pays off.

According to dermatologists, more women in their twenties are asking for anti-aging tips.

So, what can you do keep your skin looking young and healthy? Kiehl’s Since 1851, a company that specializes in skin and hair care formulas derived from natural ingredients, offers the following tips:

*Rest up. There’s a reason “you look tired” and “you look great” aren’t synonymous. But did you know that the position in which you sleep can also affect your looks? If you sleep face-down, fluid can collect beneath your eyes. Try sleeping face-up with your head slightly elevated with pillows. If you do wake up with facial swelling, try tapping the skin beneath your eyes or applying a cold compress.

*Apply vitamin C. Your skin contains more vitamin C than any other antioxidant, including the much-touted vitamin E. To keep vitamin C at an optimal level, make sure you are applying a skincare formula that contains plenty of vitamin C.

“Vitamin C helps keep skin even and bright, and it offers potent antioxidant protection from environmental stressors, such as pollution and sunlight,” said Dr. Adam Geyer, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Instructor in Clinical Dermatology at Columbia University and Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador.

Two of Kiehl’s products, “Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate” to improve tone and texture all over the face and “Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate” formulated specifically for the eye area to boost radiance and minimize wrinkles, contain 10.5 percent vitamin C. Unlike many retinol products, they won’t cause photosensitivity and irritation and are gentle enough for twice-daily use. Apply them after cleansing, both day and night to obtain the greatest results.

*Reduce your sodium intake. You can make your doctor and your skin happy at the same time! When you eat too much sodium, you can cause your body to shift fluid into extracellular spaces, especially beneath your eyes. Avoid excess sodium intake to benefit both your health and your skin.

For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

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Roger on Main StreetThe Tenure fuss
Tenure is a lifetime job-guarantee much offered in academia.  It is a benefit that must be earned by performance.  It was designed to ensure freedom of thought. Tenure can be revoked for cause but it is a valuable employment benefit sometimes offered in lieu of pay. Strangely, job guarantees are not available to any other occupation.  Except for union contracts, we’re all pretty much on our own. Real security in life is not available to anyone.  There are cutbacks, firings, business failures, and health failures.  All can abruptly end jobs and the security we all desire.
Lightning change
Change is constant and lightning fast. New government in Tunisia and Egypt.  Revolution in Syria and others. We are dropping phone lines and three billion cell phones are in use. General Motors and Chrysler went bankrupt. Credit cards are eliminating money. A whole world of information is available with a computer or I-phone. Much food comes pre-prepared and frozen. Clothes are all wash-and-wear. The services and products I grew up with are gone with the buggy-whip.
Order in the Court
A New York man was forced to take a day off from work to appear for a minor traffic summons. He grew increasingly restless as he waited hour after endless hour for his case to be heard.
When his name was called late in the afternoon, he stood before the judge, only to hear that court would be adjourned for the next day and he would have to return the next day.
“What for?” he snapped at the judge.
His honor, equally irked by a tedious day and sharp query roared, “Twenty dollars contempt of court. That’s why!”
Then, noticing the man checking his wallet, the judge relented. “That’s all right. You don’t have to pay now.”
The young man replied, “I’m just seeing if I have enough for two more words.”
Vivid
The stockbroker received notice from the IRS that he was being audited. He showed up at the appointed time and place with all his financial records, and then sat for what seemed like hours as the accountant pored over them.
Finally the IRS agent looked up and commented, “You must have been a tremendous fan of Sir Arthur Doyle.”
“Why would you say that?” asked the broker.
“Because you’ve made more brilliant deductions on your last three returns than Sherlock Holmes made in his entire career.”
Change of mind
After a trial had been going on for three days, Finley, the man accused of committing the crimes, stood up and approached the judge’s bench. “Your Honor, I would like to change my plea from ‘innocent’ to ‘guilty’ of the charges.”
The judge angrily banged his fist on the desk. “If you’re guilty, why didn’t you say so in the first place and save this court a lot of time and inconvenience?” he demanded.
Finley looked up wide-eyed and stated, “Well, when the trial started I thought I was innocent, but that was before I heard all the evidence against me.”
Semi-perfect
A woman, standing nude, looks in the bedroom mirror while her husband reads in bed.
“I feel horrible, I look fat and ugly…pay me a compliment,” she said.
The husband replied, “Your eyesight’s damn near perfect.”
He never heard the shot.

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Trying to beat the heat

The Alblas family, of Solon Township, got creative trying to beat the heat Wednesday. Alex, 11, pours water down on top of Dominique, 9, and Isaac, age 7.

By Judy Reed

It’s the talk of town—no matter where you go, people are talking about how hot it is. We’ve been under an excessive heat warning since Tuesday, and it’s expected to last into Friday. By Tuesday, there were no air conditioners left within a 100-mile radius. On Wednesday, it reached about 92 degrees with a heat index of 107, according to a weather station in Cedar Springs. The city of Grand Rapids was probably in the mid-90s.

So what have you been doing to beat the heat? Some of the answers on our facebook page included chillin’ in the air conditioning, drinking ice water, eating ice cream and enjoying the pool.

Don’t forget to check on the elderly, young children and pets. All are more susceptible to dehydration. Move them to an air-conditioned location, spray them down or have them take a cool shower or bath, and help them remember to drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-sugary liquids.


According to the Center for Disease Control, everyone should drink more fluids during the heat regardless of activity level; don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. And avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors, and if at all possible, in air conditioning. If you don’t have it, go to the store, public library, movie theatre or somewhere that has air conditioning for a few hours.

If you only have fans, take a cool shower or bath.

And NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

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Chinese students visit Cedar Springs

Submitted by Shellie Bauer

On Monday, July 11, 24 students and two chaperones arrived in Cedar Springs from the city of Chongqing, China for a two-week cultural exchange.

The city of Chongqing is situated in the southern part of China and has over 30,000,000 people. They were amazed at our small town.

The two weeks consisted of English class in the morning, followed by activities in the afternoon. The students all stayed with host families that were from Cedar Springs and the surrounding area. Many students shared that they attended middle school five days a week, for 10 hours each day, so they really enjoyed the interaction they had with their host family and with each other. China has a “one child” policy so they also enjoyed having siblings.

The students commented on the friendliness of the people and were amazed at the smiling faces they saw. Many people asked them where they were from.

The activities included Mac Dune Rides, a trip to Country Dairy (which some will not forget), shopping, a White Caps baseball game, several picnics, a sports day with a brief golf lesson at Cedar Chase, a scavenger hunt, and a family softball game.

Families and students shared with the group the fun they had together in the short time they were in Cedar Springs. Many of us hate to see them leave. We know we may never see them again. We’re reminded of the quote that says, “You can meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”

Our lives have become richer because of our friends from the other side of the world!

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Make change campaign

From Left to Right: CTA’s Kyle Bohl, Jennifer August, Danielle August, and Lizzie August present a check to Devos Children’s Hopsital representative, Jenifer Adams.

This past spring, Creative Technologies Academy once again took part in Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital fundraiser entitled “Make Change.” For the second straight year, CTA was able to donate over $1,000 to the children’s hospital. When asked about the campaign, School Leader Dan George stated, “This type of fundraiser puts ‘feet and hands’ to the words of our character education program. We teach about helping others through service learning, and it’s obvious that our students understand what that means and take it seriously.”

For the last 5 years, CTA has been working with the directors of Smart Character Choices to train CTA’s staff in order to purposefully infuse character education into every corner of the school. By the end of the year, students are using their service learning training to look for ways to help in their school, their community, and ultimately to help better the world. Kyle Bohl, Director of Student Services stated, “This was a total school effort, headed up by teachers like Amy Burton, our fourth grade teacher.  Ms. Burton, along with other teachers and staff at CTA, go above and beyond with every task at hand, including this service-learning project. I am so proud of their efforts as their excitement and initiative rub off on the students and parents.  Kuddos to our staff!”

When asked about projects that CTA’s students will take on this upcoming fall, Mr. George said, “That’s the beauty of service learning, the students are taught to keep their eyes open for opportunities; our faculty and staff just help facilitate the students’ ideas and we help them to make the change that they feel is important.” Along with the “Make Change” campaign, CTA’s students completed many other service projects/fundraisers in the 2010-2011 school year, including cleaning the White Pine Trail, a school carnival to raise funds for relief efforts in Japan, and raising money for Alpha Family Center.

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The Chores

The Armstrong family home was located on Algoma Avenue, just north of 14 Mile Road. Cedar Creek flows through the farm. Photo courtesy of the Algoma Township Historical Society.

By Eloise Armstrong Covey
Courtesy of the Algoma Historical Society

Eloise Armstrong Covey died in June at the age of 90. She was a longtime resident of Algoma Township and often shared her memories and stories of her childhood with The Post. We are reprinting a story here that ran in the Algoma Township Historical Society newsletter.

When I was a little girl we lived on a 120-acre farm that my parents, Milton and Minnie Armstrong, owned on what is now Algoma Avenue and 14 Mile Road. Helping with the chores was a required thing with all farm kids, and after we came home from school, we changed from our school clothes to our work clothes, as there was plenty of work to be done. We usually had about eight or ten head of milking cows plus calves, horses, pigs and chickens.

The cows were pastured in the woods, about an eighth mile from the barn and where Cedar Creek ran through it. We would have to go down the stump fence-lined lane, find the cows and drive them up the lane to the barn. Sometimes they were ornery and ran across the creek and we would have to wade across and drive them back. I learned to milk cows when I was very young. The calves nursed from their mothers for a while and then they had to be taught to drink from a pail. We would put some warm milk in the pail and dip our fingers in the milk and then put our fingers in the calves’ mouth and then we slowly lowered our hand into the pail until they learned to drink from the pail.

In the winter, the fence lane would fill with snowdrifts between the stumps but we still had to drive the cows to the creek for water until the lane filled completely with snow and the creek froze. Then we had to pump water by the hand pump and carry it to the barn for the animals to drink after the path to the barn was shoveled. Chickens and pigs also had to be cared for and wood chopped and carried in for the kitchen stove and the living room stove.

In the evening, we studied by kerosene lamps and went to bed by 9:00 p.m. Chores had to be done in the morning before we changed to school clothes for another day at school.

We did not have electricity for many years. My parents got electricity when I was about 18 years old.

How well I remember the cold, snowy, shoveled path to the “out house” and the Sears & Roebuck Catalog for toilet paper.

Food had to be carried to the basement in summer to keep it as cool as possible. Vegetables and fruits were kept there for winter use.

I’m glad I experienced those years. We were happy and pretty healthy. God bless us. I’m glad for the “good old days” but more for the conveniences of today!

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CTA improves ACT scores

By Judy Reed

Creative Technologies Academy, a charter school located here in Cedar Springs, saw a big improvement in their high school ACT scores this year. In fact, they led all public high schools in the amount of points they added to their average score, with a gain of 1.9 points. Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids followed with a 1.6 gain, and Lee High School added 1.3. All other public high schools added less than 1 point to their average, stayed the same, or lost points.

CTA, located at 350 Pine Street, in Cedar Springs, has 300 students enrolled K-12. Thirty-two students took the ACT, which is part of the Michigan Merit Exam. Their average score is now 18.5, up from 16.6 last year. “While I hate to stress numbers, that’s a pretty significant jump for a school our size,” said CTA Superintendent Dan George.

The Michigan Merit Examination is given each spring to Michigan 11th grade students. The test is administered to most students over a three-day period. The components of the MME are sequenced so that students take the ACT Plus Writing® college entrance exam on Day 1, three subtests of the WorkKeys® job skills assessment on Day 2, and additional items in mathematics, science, and social studies that complete the measurement of Michigan High School Content Expectations on Day 3.

On last year’s MME, only 10 out of 35 students at CTA met or exceeded proficiency guidelines (28 percent), and this year, that number jumped to 15 out of 32 (46 percent).

George said they implemented a plan to improve student achievement when he took over in January of 2010. Some of that included reviewing and implementing best teaching practices; working on the assessment of student learning by offering teacher professional development in that area, and testing students three times a year with Scantron’s performance series; using the online resource “Study island” to provide additional instruction for students; using ACT’s college and career readiness system; and using Quality Core, an end of course assessment for geometry and algebra.

“We have also made a few staff changes to increase instructional effectiveness and improve communication,” said George.

The state average score on the ACT is 19.3, which has risen the last four years from 18.7 in 2008.

The average score on the ACT for Cedar Springs High School stayed the same at 19.8. They had 134 out of 251 students test proficient on the MME this year (53 percent), and last year 126 out of 233 tested proficient (54 percent).

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Solon delays pole barn removal

By Judy Reed

About 20 people attended the Solon Township board meeting last Tuesday, July 12, to voice their opinion on why a horse barn on township property should not be pulled down to make room for a new township hall.

At the meeting, the board decided to table action for authorization of the sale and removal of the barn. They approved preliminary plans last fall for the construction of a 6,000 square-foot building with community room, at a cost of about $750,000.

Solon Township Supervisor Bob Ellick said that they had not yet seen the site plan, though were told it was complete, and would not act until they could review it. He also feels that if they wait a couple of years, they would be in a good financial position to pay for it without financing any of it. “Our revenue sharing went up substantially, but these are still tough economic times,” he said. “Why rush it?” He noted they would still need to pay for heat and electricity for the current building, which also houses the fire department.

Currently the pole barn is being used to host a farm, craft, and flea market every Saturday during the summer, at no charge to vendors. The originally thought they might be able to convert it into offices or a new fire department, but an engineer told them it would be cost prohibitive to do that.

“We could probably sell it through an auction,” said Ellick.

Solon bought the 19-acre horse farm at 15185 Algoma two years ago in a tax foreclosure sale for $28,378.

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SCAM ALERT

The Post received a call from a retired gentleman, in Courtland Township, about a phone call he received this week from someone trying to scam him out of money.

The man said he got the call just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. A male caller, with a deep, resonant voice, identified himself as “Sam Davis” and told the man he had won $50,000 in a contest, and that to get his winnings, he needed to go to the nearest Walmart and purchase a green moneypak reload card, and put $350 on it. The caller instructed the man to call him back at 818-627-9802 after he purchased it, and they would set up a meeting at 1:30 so the man could collect his winnings.

Immediately suspicious, (especially since he had never entered a contest) the man did not go get the card, but called the Kent County Sheriff Department instead, and they told him they would send a deputy out to take the report.

“Sam Davis” called the man back about noon and asked if he had gotten the card yet, and the man told him no. “Davis” called back again later in the afternoon, while the deputy was there. But when the deputy got on the phone, the caller hung up.

Later on, after the deputy left, the man received another phone call, this time telling him he had won between $1.2 and $2.3 million in a lottery, and that to get it, he needed to buy a moneypak card and put $250 on it and mail it to him. The caller id showed the call came from Kingston, Jamaica.

The first call came through as “private” but the number shows it is out of California. An Internet search on the number shows this is not the first complaint. Others have experienced a similar scam.

Remember: if you have won any type of lottery or sweepstakes, you will not have to pay out any type of money to collect your winnings.

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We all scream for ice cream

Winners of the banana split eating contest were Donny Soules, 10, Jayden Phillips, 11, and Roger Wiggins.

Rylie Wilcome, 3, tests her banana split.

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon for a banana split eating contest—sunny and hot! About 20 people were glad to be part of the free contest, which was held last Saturday, July 16, at the Sparta Tasty Treat, after the Sparta Town and Country Days parade.

The youngest entrant was Rylie Wilcome, 3, of Sparta. She didn’t seem to be too worried about winning—she was just glad to have the ice cream!

There were three categories of winners: adults, 11-15 years old, and 10 and under. Winners were Donny Soules, 10, of Kent City; Jayden Phillips, 11, of Sparta; and for the second year in a row, Roger Wiggins, of Sparta, won the adult category. Everyone received a coupon for participating, and the winners received a trophy.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union

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