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Archive | April, 2019

KENNETH S. BECKER

Mr. Kenneth S. Becker of Rockford, Michigan (Courtland Township), age 103, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. He was born to Albert and Grace (Stewart) Becker on December 9, 1915, in Courtland Township. Ken enjoyed farming, carpentry, camping, and many other things. He was a longtime member of Grange and Courtland – Oakfield United Methodist Church. Ken cherished life and his family. He is survived by his two sons Paul (Linda) Becker and Gary (Debbie) Becker; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; sister Martha Parker; sisters-in-law, Stella White and June Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was preceded in death by his beloved wife Erma Becker; son David Becker; daughter Donna Fluger; and grandchildren, Susan Fluger and Jeffrey Becker. Services for Ken were celebrated on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Courtland – Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy may make a memorial contribution to Courtland – Oakfield United Methodist Church or the North Kent Connect Store, 10075 Northland Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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In Loving Memory of BENJAMIN WALL

Our loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa who joined the Lord eighteen years ago, April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us. Your heart was kind and true and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but the love within our hearts remain. A part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missing by your loving wife, Rosalynn; sons, Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie); grandchildren, Emily (Marshall), Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Nate (Kalli); great-grand children, Megan, Cody, Allie, Abbie, Maddie (Alex), Izzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, Lilly, Landon, Benjamin and Caleb.

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Happy 80th Birthday

Jenny Knapp

Grandma & Great-grandma

April 26, 1939

If you see her wish her a Happy Birthday!

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Eric Church extends Double Down Tour

Grand Rapids — After a rousing start to his Double Down Tour, Eric Church spoke directly to his faithful Church Choir in a video message, announcing additional shows to extend his 2019 trek into the fall. In addition to the previously announced shows hitting more than 25 cities, Church has now added three more dates, including a stop in Grand Rapids at SMG-managed Van Andel Arena on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5, 2019 at 8:00 PM.

Eric Church performs on the Double Down Tour. Photo by Anthony D’Angio.

On March 14, the ACM Album of the Year nominee told his fans “I don’t want to be two months from the end of this thing – so we’re going to play a little more… I can’t thank you enough for what this is and what I’m seeing every night. I appreciate everyone giving me everything they’ve got, and I look forward to seeing you on the road!”

Church has set a new standard for touring with his back-to-back stands in each city of the Double Down Tour, with Rolling Stone pointing out each night’s unique “set list that dwarfs those of his country peers… where loose, funky explorations [are] given just as much space as the singer’s radio hits” and the Kansas City Star noting that the concept works “to showcase Church’s expansive range.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also praised the structure of the tour, proclaiming “it was perfection. And then, after two hours and 45 minutes of music, it was over. Until the next night.”

In addition to unique set lists, each night of the tour has also seen elements specific to the host locations themselves. Church’s references to local venues he played in his earliest days and tribute-filled medleys have won crowds over in every city thus far – from Fenway Park classic “Sweet Caroline” in Boston to the falsetto notes of Prince’s “Kiss” in Minneapolis and a twangy version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in Detroit – leading Forbes to declare, “It’s a show where paying tribute to Merle Haggard in the first set and Queen in the second set feels natural.”

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 3 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices and online at Ticketmaster.com. A purchase limit of six (6) tickets will apply to every order. See Ticketmaster.com for all current pricing and availability. *This show will utilize mobile tickets only. All box office purchases will be kept in will call until 2 PM on the day of the show.

A pit ticket pre-sale begins on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:30 AM through the Eric Church Official App with a pre-sale for paid fan club members also running on April 30 from 10 AM through 10 PM.

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What would make Congress better?

By Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman

Lee Hamilton

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one raised his or her hand.

So I asked the question a different way: Is Congress nearly or completely dysfunctional? Most hands went up.

These were not experts, of course. They were simply reflecting a broad public consensus that things are not working well on Capitol Hill. But they weren’t wrong, either. Things aren’t working well on Capitol Hill.

I can tick off the problems, and so can you. Congress doesn’t follow good process. It seems to have lost the ability to legislate. It’s too polarized and partisan. It’s dominated by political gameplaying, and by the undue influence of money. It defers too readily to the president. Routine matters get bottled up. Its output is low, and it simply cannot pass a budget on time.

“What are the paths that will lead Congress back to relevance, effectiveness, and higher standing in public opinion?”—Lee Hamilton

In fact, there’s a lot it can’t get done: It can’t repair or replace Obamacare, it can’t take action on climate change, it can’t find its way to the grand bargain on fiscal reform that everyone wants, it can’t develop an education policy, it’s unable to address our cyber-security needs, strengthen gun laws, or mitigate extreme inequality.

To be sure, there are things that members of Congress do pretty well. They serve their constituents and are superb at reflecting their constituents’ views. Most are accessible, they understand what their constituents want, they’re adept at aligning themselves with their home districts or states and equally skilled at separating themselves from Congress as a whole. They know how to make themselves look good and the institution they serve look bad.

They’re also people of integrity and talent who want to advance the national interest as they understand it. They’re willing to work exhausting hours in an agitated, dysfunctional political environment. It’s frustrating to look out over Congress and see so many talented, well-meaning people who struggle to make the institution work well.

So what should they do, then? What are the paths that will lead Congress back to relevance, effectiveness, and higher standing in public opinion?

First, it needs to step up to its constitutional responsibilities. The Founders placed Congress first in the Constitution for a reason: it’s not just a co-equal branch, it’s the branch that most thoroughly represents the will and desires of the American people. Yet over the years Congress has kept ceding power to the president.

The Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to declare war, yet military intervention is now the president’s choice. Congress — and the House specifically — is supposed to take the initiative in producing a budget, but it’s been many years since it exercised that power. Instead, the president submits a budget and Congress reacts.

Up and down the line, in fact, the president sets the agenda and then Congress responds to his proposals. It’s pretty hard to identify a congressional initiative within recent memory.

And it doesn’t just defer to the president. Congress leaves regulatory decisions to federal agencies, with very little oversight. It yields economic power to the Federal Reserve. It’s allowed the Supreme Court to become a central policy-making body on issues from campaign finance to affirmative action to environmental regulation.

And though recent stirrings of independence among both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are heartening, they’re just that: stirrings. It hasn’t come close to being a co-equal branch of government for a long time. So the first step toward reforming itself is to determine to become one.

In order to do so, however, it needs to attend to some serious internal housekeeping, from rehabilitating the way it goes about legislating to restoring the bedrock principles of good legislating, including negotiation and compromise. In my next commentary, I’ll address those needs in greater detail.

Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.


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Dozens of walleye confiscated after tip

From the Michigan DNR

Three walleye anglers fishing together last Thursday, April 18, on the Detroit River, face losing their fishing licenses after being caught with 80 walleye—65 over the river’s legal daily limit of five per person, per day.

Conservation Officer Jaime Salisbury is pictured with 80 walleye that were poached from the Detroit River Thursday, April 18. Photo courtesy of the MDNR.

An anonymous tip to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Report All Poaching Hotline Thursday afternoon said that three males were suspected of exceeding the walleye limit while fishing the Detroit River. The caller provided a description of the angler’s vehicle and said they were driving from Detroit toward Grand Rapids on I-96 west.

Conservation Officers Peter Purdy and Jaime Salisbury were on patrol in northern Livingston County when they received the notification from the RAP Hotline dispatcher.

After patrolling I-96 for about an hour, Purdy and Salisbury observed a vehicle matching the description provided by the caller. When the driver failed to use a turn signal while changing lanes, the officers stopped the vehicle along the freeway near Okemos Road in Ingham County.

“We asked the driver to be honest and tell us how many walleye the three men had in their possession,” said Salisbury. “The driver hung his head and stated, ‘too many.’”

The three males—a 28-year-old from Byron Center, a 38-year-old from Allendale and a 30-year-old from Jenison—admitted to fishing the Detroit River earlier in the day and that they had all caught and kept too many fish.

“Conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers,” said Chief Gary Hagler, DNR Law Enforcement Division. “This gives them the ability to enforce all Michigan laws. In this case, Officers Purdy and Salisbury were able to initiate a traffic stop to seek information about this poaching tip. I want to thank the individual who informed the RAP Hotline about this poaching event; without their assistance, this case may not have been possible.”

The driver received a citation for failing to use a turn signal; all three men were issued tickets for possessing an over limit of walleye. An Ingham County judge will determine the reimbursement fee and whether the poachers should lose their fishing licenses.

Reimbursement is calculated by weighing each individual fish and then assessing at $10 per pound.

The legal walleye limit on the Detroit River is five 15-inch walleye per day. In addition to one day’s daily limit, a person may possess an additional two daily possession limits of fish taken during previous fishing days, provided that the additional limits of fish are processed (canned, cured by smoking or drying, or frozen).

If you witness or suspect a natural resource violation, call or text the Report All Poaching hotline, available 24/7, at 800-292-7800. Learn more about Michigan’s conservation officers at Michigan.gov/ConservationOfficers.

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Deafening

Ranger Steve’s Nature NicheBy Ranger Steve Mueller

Little ponds that dry by mid-summer exude great volume to deafen you at night. One of my great joys is to approach one these ponds in spring. One hears a great cacophony but the pond suddenly becomes silent when approached. If the pond is large enough, the noise continues from the far side. 

Adult Spring Peeper.

Walk slowly around the pond and the noise will cease. If you are moving slow enough, the noise will begin again behind you. Sit and listen. Frogs will quiet with your approach but after a short time of sitting, one frog will sing and others will join. It is breeding season for frogs and they gather from surrounding areas to mate and lay egg masses in temporary vernal ponds. Vernal ponds dry or almost dry by midsummer. 

They are the most important breeding areas for most frogs because egg predators like fish do not survive in ponds that dry. Frogs call with songs unique to their species. Species that deafen us are only the size of your little finger tip. So many gather in the small pond that their joint volume hurts our ears. 

The smallest frogs are spring peepers that spend the summer away from the pond feeding on insects. Their song is a single peep repeated over and over throughout the night. When calling males get hold of a female, they squeeze eggs from her tiny body. His sperm is released on the emerging eggs that are in a jelly mass. The jelly encasing the eggs absorbs water and swells to become as large as the frog or bigger. 

Inside the jelly mass, eggs are two-toned. They have counter-shading with dark tops and light undersides. If they are laid in locations like permanent ponds and this occurs, they are somewhat invisible to fish from underneath because the light color blends with the light sky. From above the dark color blends with the dark pond bottom hiding them from predators. The jelly masses are attached to vegetation holding them in place. 

By the time the developing embryos hatch, the jelly encasing them has become green with cyanobacteria that digests the jelly. The tadpole coming from the egg can break free from the jelly without being stuck and killed. As a polliwog, some nutrition is absorbed from the tail. It feeds on floating aquatic vegetation as an herbivore unlike its adult parents that are predators on insects. The adult and kids do not compete for food. As the tadpole grows legs, its tail shrinks and the diet changes from vegetation to animal matter like insects or other invertebrates. By the time the pond dries, tadpoles become frogs and move into the woods. 

Another small frog that shares the vernal pond is the chorus frog. It is as tiny as spring peepers but can be recognized from the peepers by having three stripes on its back from head to rear. Spring peepers have an X on their back. A chorus frog song can be imitated by rubbing a thumb over the teeth of a comb. Ten thousand of these singing with ten thousand spring peepers is painful to our ears at close range. 

A frog found in breeding ponds that is several times larger is the wood frog. It is brown and has a dark Lone Ranger mask over its eyes. Their song sounds like ducks quacking. Their abundance in ponds is great but I think they are fewer than the smaller frogs. They too can be found throughout the forest in summer. 

Green and bull frogs need permanent ponds for egg laying because most young take two summers to mature. They breed in temporary ponds but survival for their offspring is precarious. Survival will be touch and go depending on how long water remains in the pond. Some vernal ponds persist all year but shrink greatly in size. If fortunate the large frogs might survive the winter in small fish-free pools. American toads breed in almost any water they find. Young develop quickly but mortality is high because tiny breeding pools often dry quickly.

The little frogs lay eggs in permanent ponds and bogs where some survive. If they are away from open water with fish they might be protected for development. Few tadpoles survive to become breeding adults. Populations are declining for several reasons but a big one is the filling or draining of temporary ponds. We can share the world with them by allowing vernal ponds to exist and by using few or no pesticides in nature niches.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.


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Varsity Red Hawks baseball win two, lose two

The Varsity Red Hawks baseball team squeezed in a pair of games between rainstorms last week at Ottawa Hills.

In game one, despite some control problems, Junior Kyle Wise was able to throw a complete game on the mound, striking out 5. Dylan Williams led the team at the plate with a pair of singles and a pair of doubles. Colton Moor and Kyle Wise added three hits each, including a double. Seth Biggs, Jarrett Hoogerhyde and Nathan Draper also chipped in with a pair of hits each to seal the 19-4 victory.

In game two, the Hawks senior right-hander Nathan Draper hurled a one-hitter, striking out 6 in a 5-inning complete game in a 13-1 victory. Again the boys hit the ball well. Peyton Newman had three hits to lead the team. Bryce Marvel and Trevor Reed each had two singles. Connor Ellison and Seth Biggs each added another hit. Jarrett Hoogerhyde had 2 doubles, and Thomas Reed added a double and a triple.  

This improved the Red Hawks’ record to 5-2. 

On Friday, April 19, the Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Eastern for a double header.  

In game one, Seth Biggs combined with Bryce Marvel to complete the game.  Though they both pitched well and only allowed four runs between them, the offense was only able to scatter 7 hits throughout the game. The first inning started with a bang with a single from Thomas Reed and a double from Dylan Williams. Bryce Marvel then drove a ball into the gap, hitting the top of the fence, to score the only two runs for the Red Hawks. Nathan Male also added a pair of singles in the game and Nathan Draper also added a hit. Final score was FHE 4, Red Hawks 2.

In game two, Peyton Newman pitched 4 strong innings before Eastern’s bats did some damage in the 5th. Trevor Reed led the team with three singles. Marvel continued to hit the ball well by adding a single and a double. Williams and Newman each added a single apiece. The final score for game 2 was FHE 10, Red Hawks 3.  

After those games, the varsity record sat at 5-4. This week they play a 3-game series with the Forest Hills Central Rangers. Watch next week’s paper for those results.

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JV Baseball goes 3-0-1 for the week

After getting rained out Monday and Tuesday last week, the JV Baseball team welcomed Ottawa Hills for a double header at home on Wednesday evening, April 17.  

In game 1, Willy Zain took to the hill and picked up the win.  Anthoney Lizardo pitched well in relief.

Trenton Snoeyink pitches 5 scoreless innings against Forest Hills Eastern.  

Jeremy Campione, Trenton Snoeyink, Willy Zain  and Caleb Menefee totaled 2 hits each in the game.  While picking up a hit each was Logan Petty, Bailey Drake and Alec McDonald.

In game, 2 Issac Rypma was the starting pitcher and picked up the win for Game 2. Caleb Menefee also pitched in relief to close the game. The bats stayed hot in game 2 as the team totaled 11 hits. Leading the team with 3 hits each was Campione and Petty.  Lizardo and Zain had 2 hits each and Dylan Knauf had 1 hit for the team.

On Friday April 19, the team hosted a double header once again welcoming the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern.

The team celebrates after picking up a win and a tie against FHE

 In game 1, Dylan Knauf took to the mound and pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. The offense took advantage of some early errors by the visiting team and took an early 2-0 lead through 3 innings. In the top of the 4th inning, the visiting bats heated up and scored 4 runs on the Red Hawks taking a 4-2 lead after 4 innings. The Red Hawks scored a run in the 5th inning and 2 more in the 6th inning to retake the lead 5-4 going into the 7th.  Aiden Brunin was on the mound to pitch in the 6th and the 7th. After getting the first two batters out to start the 7th inning, the Red Hawks allowed a base runner on an error, which put the tieing run on first base. The runner then stole 2nd base, so now with the tieing run at second base and 2 outs, the Red Hawks needed one more out to win the game.  The hitter came to the plate and hit a shallow looping fly ball to right field. Logan Petty picked up the ball, relayed it to Gage Haywood, who threw it to homeplate, where Bailey Drake placed the tag on the runner trying to score from 2nd base to end the game with a final score of 5-4!  The offense totaled 9 hits in the game led by Brunin with 3 hits, Petty with 2 hits and with a hit each was Snoeyink, Campione, Zain and Rypma.

 In game 2, Trenton Snoeyink started on the hill and pitched 5 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 3 hits.  After 5 innings. the home team Red Hawks were up 1-0. Brunin started the 6th inning and the defense fell apart in the top of the 6th inning. The defense allowed 7 runs on only 3 hits but had 4 errors. Going into the bottom of the 6th inning the visitors took the lead 7-1. The Red Hawks would not give up.  They picked up 2 runs in the 6th inning and Petty and Lizardo held the opponents scoreless in the top half of the 7th inning leaving the score 7-3 going into the Red Hawks last at bats. Lizardo starting the inning by hitting a hard ground ball to 3rd base and reaching first, following by a sharp single by Snoeyink, then another single by Brunin left the score 7-4. A pitch then hit Campione, leaving bases loaded. Zain was then also hit by a pitch, bringing in Snoeyink to make the score 7-5. Knauf then hit a bloop single to bring in Brunin, making the score 7-6.  After a strikeout and a great diving catch by the opposition, it was bases loaded and 2 outs.  Bailey Drake then hit a sharp ground ball base hit to score Campione, which tied the game.  The game ended that way, as the couldn’t muster 1 more run.  

Coach Greenland was extremely proud of the fight the fine young men had and they never gave up. “We had 1 bad half inning and had more errors in that half inning than then we have had all year,” said Coach Greenland. “But the boys never gave up in their last 2 at bats and that shows a lot of grit and determination to never give up in baseball and life.”

The JV baseball team has conference match ups with Forest Hills Central this week. Watch for those results in next week’s paper.

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CTA Charger Voices broadens performance background with Collaborative Festival

On Friday, April 12, high school students in Charger Voices traveled up to Gaylord, Michigan for the first ever “Northern Michigan Choral Collaboration Festival.” This festival was created by Mr. Holtrop and Mr. Reed (the Gaylord High School Choir Director) as an opportunity for both schools to learn and grow from each other. Students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday, and then completed a closing performance on Saturday, April 13. During this event, both groups got the amazing experience of working with Ms. Xioasha Lin, doctoral student at Michigan State University. She worked with each choir for an hour and even taught the groups a new piece for the performance. This collaborative effort between the two schools really helped our students grow and experience music in a new and exciting way.

Charger Voices at Festival: Choir students from both CTA and Gaylord High School combined their voices for a performance together.


Lady Chargers soccer team kicks off season

CTA is proud to announce that the girls soccer program is up and running for its inaugural year. The team is coached by one of our middle school teachers, Justin Harding. Fifteen Lady Chargers in grades 6-12 make up a strong team for the first-ever girls soccer season at CTA. The team had their first game on April 9 against an experienced Barry County Christian team. For many of the Lady Chargers, this was their first taste of soccer at a varsity level, and they fought hard and gave their best effort. Even though the team did come up short and lose their first game, they have not lost hope. Coach Harding and the team look forward to playing against them again later in the season as the girls look to keep growing and pushing themselves to improve each day. Coach Harding had this to say about the team, “We have a very smart team, and these girls are learning the game very quickly; I look forward to seeing their potential continue to grow.” The Lady Chargers are looking forward to playing at Algoma Christian on May 2 at 5:30 p.m.


“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Musical is coming to a stage near you

Tickets are on sale now for Creative Technologies Academy’s spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” You will not want to miss this show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.! CTA drama students have been working hard to bring this beloved comic strip classic to the stage! This show features some of the most iconic scenes from the comics including Charlie Brown’s battle with a kite, Schroeder’s love of all things Beethoven, Snoopy’s Suppertime celebration, Sally’s unfortunate coat hanger sculpture grade, and many more! This show is sure to make you laugh and relieve the nostalgia of the Sunday Funnies. Advance tickets are on sale now for $6 by calling 616-696-4905 or by going to the CTA office. Tickets are $7 at the show and seating is limited. Concessions will be available for purchase at the show, and the funds raised will be used to continue to support the Drama Club and future productions. Hope to see you at the show!


Harmonic Chargers perform National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game

Harmonic Chargers at Whitecaps

On Tuesday, April 16, CTA’s middle school choir, “Harmonic Chargers,” performed the National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game against rival The Lansing Lugnuts. The students represented CTA well and had a great time at the game!


March is Reading Month 2019

Crash made a visit to some of the classrooms after the assembly, including the 2nd grade class

March is an extra special month as it marks a whole month dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and importance of reading both in school and at home. Creative Technologies Academy placed special emphasis on activities that promote reading during the month of March with the theme of “Grand Slam Readers.”

Crash spent time dancing with elementary students during their Reading Month closing ceremonies and even had time for photo opps with a few students!

Each week, students were given a new reading log to shade in the required amount of “outside of school” reading minutes given by each grade. Whole school and classroom activities were abundant throughout the month including: a giant baseball bulletin board keeping track of their reading as a whole school, mystery readers, reading buddies, library visits, Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

We also had a special surprise guest visit from Whitecaps mascot, CRASH, during our final student assembly. As a final celebration, there will be a school-wide outing to a Whitecaps game on May 23rd.


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

April 26 Early Release Day 

Popcorn Day 

Prom

27 Mother/Son Event

30 Kindergarten Round Up

May 3 School Bank

Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

4 Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

7 Charter Day at the Capitol Elementary Spring Concert

9 Student vs. Staff Softball Game

Middle School/High School Choir Concert

10 Early Release Day

11 Family Trivia Night – CTA Disney Trip Fundraiser

17 Graduation 21 PA Meeting

23 Elementary Trip to Whitecaps Game

24 Early Release Day

27 No School – Memorial Day

28 Talent Show

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

29 Field Day

31 End of Year Family Picnic w/PA Carnival

June 7 Last Day of School

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.


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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

Apr. 25, May 2: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

GED and High School Diploma Classes

Apr. 25,May 2,9,16: Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs is offering free GED and High School Diploma classes every Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. All classes are offered through Sparta Adult Education, and open to anyone over 18 who wants to obtain a GED or High School Diploma. Classes are offered both online and on a drop in basis at Alpha Family Center. Evening hours are also available at Red Hawk Elementary School. Stop in to register between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm or call 616-887-7321 for more information. #17,18p

Poetry Practice Workshops

Apr. 27: The Cedar Springs Public Library is celebrating “April is Poetry Month” with Poetry Practice Workshops, April 27 from 10-11:30 am for teens and one for adults on Tuesday, April 23 from 6-7:30 pm at the Library. Learn poetry techniques that will help beginners and current poets perfect their works. We will cover rhyming and line breaks, simile and metaphor and abstraction and imagery. THEN…YOU and our entire community is invited to come to the Kent Theatre on April 30th at 6 pm and sign up to read a poem you wrote or one you love! It’s all FREE. These events are in partnership with Kent District Library’s Nelson, Spencer and Tyrone Township Branches. #16,17p

Boy Scouts Collect Food Donations

Apr. 27: Boy Scout Troop 222 will be collecting food donations for Hand 2 Hand Ministries. April 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Boy Scout Cabin in Morley Park. Hand 2 Hand works to ensure children within our community have enough to eat outside of school hours. Items needed include individually packaged breakfast items (single-serve cereals, oatmeal packets, cereal bars, etc.) and snack food items (fruit snacks, granola bars, trail mix, beef sticks, etc.) as well as single serve drinks (shelf stable milk, juice, water, etc.). Please call 616-439-0153 with any questions. #16,17p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 28: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 28th  at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). We will be blessed with the musical talents of the Woods Worship Team, who will share their message through their  music. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #17b

Poetry Reading to Celebrate Poetry Month

Apr. 30: Bring your best poem to read aloud. Open to Poetry Practice Participants, as well as community member who have written their own verse. Please bring poetry that is appropriate for an all-ages program. Presented by the Kent District Library in partnership with the Cedar Springs Public Library at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs on Tuesday, April 30th from 6 to 8 pm. #16-17p

Common Ground Coffee House at Hillcrest

May 1: Common Ground Coffee House starts Wednesday, May 1st from 6-8 pm. Come one and come all – Come share your talent with us on Open Mic Night! Schedule is every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs MI. Questions? Call Ron O 231-303-7077. #17

Fundraisers for 2nd Chance School

May 4, 11: 2nd Chance will be having 2 fundraisers and are inviting to join us in the fun and to support 2nd Chance School for troubled teens. May 4, 2019 will be the Kentucky Derby Party at the Sparta Moose Lodge from 4:00 pm until the fun is done. Come and watch the Kentucky Derby Race and chose your favorite horse. There will be food, games, bucket auction, and great music from the Gordon Thayer Band. May 11, 2019 we will be having a Cornhole Tournament at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex on Northland Drive. Bags will fly at 4:00 pm. There will be games and many bags being tossed. There is a $40.00 team registration to participate as a team or your business or organization can be a $350.00 lane sponsor, which includes custom built corn hole boards with your logo and a 2 person team who can compete in the event. The entry form and information will be posted on Facebook in the near future. You won’t want to miss either of these 2 events and would invite you to join us to have fun while supporting 2nd Chance and enhancing their success for the future. For information, please call 616-293-2150. #15,16,17b

Spring Craft Bazaar

May 4: A Spring Craft Bazaar will be held at Howard City VFW Post, Federal Highway (Old 131) on May 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. Any questions call Sue at 231-648-6193. #17,18p

FX Experience

May 4: Join us for FX Experience “Perserverance” on Saturday, May 4th. Doors open at 4:30 pm and FX Live at 5:30 pm. Open to the public – All are welcome! Bring the whole family – we have something for everyone. Bounce house, face painting, hot dogs, ice cream. At 5:30 pm enter the auditorium for a show that will engage, encourage and entertain all ages. Free event. Rockford Res. 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, 616-866-3377, rockfordres.org/fx. #17,18p

Jewell Skirmish at Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club

May 4,5: You are invided to the “American Civil War Shooting Association” Skirmish on May 4th & 5th. Named in rememberance of the Cedar Springs Jewell branch of the Grand Army of the Republic. This is NOT a reenactment, this is a live fire competition with teams representing both Union and Confederate units using Civil war weapons. This is a kid/family friendly event. Concessions are being provided by our Cedar Springs Cub Scout Pack #3222. Free admission to attend. A table will be set up for guests to see and use Civil War weapons. Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Starting at 9 am and continuing all day (12 noon meal – please support the Cub Scouts) on Saturday, May 4th will be; Repeater match, Smooth bore musket match, Carbine match, Revolver match, and Mortar match. Sunday, May 5th has the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 and the Rifled musket match follows. For more information on this event call Jon at 616-510-5932. #17

Arbor Day at Ensley Nature Preserve

May 5: Come celebrate Arbor Day on Sunday, May 5th from 2 to 4 pm at Ensley Nature Preserve (take Cypress to 136th St. turn west, just after the church). Free trees. Bring a sack lunch or picnic to eat at the Pavillion Area, then enjoy the 40 acres of walking trails. #17,18p

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And the cat came back

A man hated his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of it. So he put the cat in the car, and drove 20 blocks from home, and dropped it off in a strange neighborhood. By the time the man got home, the cat was already walking up the driveway.

The next day, the man decided to drop the cat 40 blocks away but the same thing happened. 

He kept on increasing the number of blocks away from his house, but the cat kept getting home before him. At last he decided to take a meandering path into the country—drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again, then another right, then left, and so on, until he reached what he thought was a perfect spot, and dropped the cat there.

Hours later, the man called his wife at home and asked her if the cat was there. 

“Yes, why do you ask?” answered the wife.

Frustrated, the man said, “Put that cat on the phone. I’m lost and I need directions.”

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