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Jan. 31 filing deadline for employers, other businesses to file wage statements


WASHINGTON — With just a few days remaining until the deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reminds employers and other businesses that January 31 is the filing deadline for submitting wage statements and forms for independent contractors with the government.

Employers must file their copies of Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration by January 31. The January 31 deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, filed with the IRS to report non-employee compensation to independent contractors.

This deadline helps the IRS fight tax fraud by making it easier to verify income reported on individual tax returns. The IRS no longer grants an automatic extension of time to file Form W-2. Requests for more time to file must be submitted before the due date. Only certain reasons, such as a death or natural disaster are allowed. Details can be found on the instructions for Form 8809, Application for Extension of Time To File Information Returns.

Failure to file these forms correctly and timely may result in penalties. The IRS recommends employers and other businesses to e-file as the quickest, most accurate and convenient way to file these forms.

Taxpayers: Steps to take if no W-2

Most taxpayers get their Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, by the end of January. Taxpayers need their W-2s to file accurate tax returns, as the form shows an employee’s income and taxes withheld for the year.

Taxpayers who haven’t received their W-2 by the end of February should, as a first step, contact their employer. Taxpayers should ask their current or former employer for a copy of their W-2. Be sure the employer has the correct address. Additional information for taxpayers is available at IRS.gov.

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Lady Red Hawks take down Northview and Lowell

Junior Kaelyn Colclasure(5) drives to the basket in recent game versus Lowell. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball team claimed two victories last week over Conference foes Northview and Lowell.  

After a slow start against Northview last Tuesday, the team turned up the heat defensively and cruised to a 42-15 victory.  

Taking a 7-2 lead after the first quarter, the Red Hawks put 15 on the board in the second quarter behind three pointers from Juniors Kaelyn Colclasure and Jenna Powell. Colclasure scored 7 of her 9 points in the quarter giving Cedar Springs a 22-9 lead going into the locker room.

The defense remained stingy in the second half allowing Northview 6 total points over the final 16 minutes for the 42-15 victory.  

Scoring was spread evenly among the team. Colclasure’s nine points led all scorers, followed closely by classmate Maggie Prins with 7.

Junior Arianna Rau (21) passes the ball to Senior Kyla Andres (12) in last weeks action against Northview. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

On Friday, January 24, the Red Hawks welcomed the Red Arrows of Lowell to town.  A back and forth game, the Red Hawks showed up big in the fourth quarter and downed the Red Arrows 48-39 for their second consecutive victory.  

Cedar Springs fell behind 0-4 to start the game before Colclasure and Sophomore Darrah Miller each nailed a three pointer.  Another basket by Colclasure gave the Red Hawks an 8-6 lead after 1 quarter.  

The second quarter was a battle of the defenses as the Red Hawks held Lowell to 5 total points and Cedar Springs was only able to muster 6 points.  Cedar led 14-11 at halftime.  

Lowell came to life in the third quarter outscoring the Red Hawks 17-10.  Colclasure and Miller each scored a pair of baskets, but it was not enough as Lowell took over the lead, 24-28, after three quarters.

After falling behind by 7 points early in the fourth quarter, the Red Hawk defense started to shine and the offense hit its stride. Cedar Springs held Lowell to just one point over the final 3:41 of the game and put up 24 fourth quarter points to secure a 9-point win.  

Senior Kyla Andres and Junior Arianna Rau each scored 8 points in the quarter, while Colclasure and Miller scored 5 and 3, respectively. The Red Hawks were 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the quarter.

Miller led all scores with 16 points, followed by Colclasure with 11 points and 5 rebounds, Andres with 9 points, and Rau with 8 points and 10 rebounds.  Prins pulled down 6 rebounds.

The Red Hawks (7-4 overall, 2-2 Conference) are on the road this week in OK White action as they travel to Greenville on Tuesday (1-28) and Ottawa Hills on Friday (1-31).

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Cheer teams victorious on the mat


Both the JV and Varsity cheer teams had a great week.

The Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer program celebrates another successful week after sweeping the second OK White Conference meet at Forest Hills Northern on January 20th and the West Catholic Invitational on January 24th.  

The resilient JV squad earned the top spot at the West Catholic Invitational by earning a combined round three score of 602.6. Coach Katy Hradsky praised the hard work of her team. “This week CSJV Cheer had half the team out due to illness or injury. Monday wasn’t our best performance, but we survived, knew our limits and pushed through them. The rest of the week was spent preparing for Friday and prayed that we could put 10 girls on the mat to avoid a 10-point penalty. The seven girls who stepped up and competed in all three rounds are superstars! They knew they had to have clean, near perfect rounds to win, and that is just what they delivered. I am so proud of them!”

The Varsity team continue to dominate the OK White by earning a combined round three score of 764.62 at their second conference meet hosted by Forest Hills Northern and continued the winning streak by earning a combined round three score of 761.46 at the West Catholic Invitational.

The Varsity cheer team won both the OK White Conference Meet and West Catholic Invitational.

 Coach Anne Olszewski is very proud of her team. “I have to share with you that each week I am amazed at what this group does,” she remarked. “They are different ages and come from various levels of experience and yet they succeed. I watch them face adversity and overcome. We faced some good teams at West Catholic, some that we have not seen before, and were able to overcome and get the win. February is a difficult month for the sport, as the girls are confronted with illness, injury and fatigue. We have a big competition every single week. We are going in with our eyes wide open and are prepared to just put it all out there. I am sure that both teams have what it takes to succeed.”

The Lady Red Hawks will compete in the final OK White conference meet of the season at CSHS on February 5th at 6 p.m. Let’s pack the stands and cheer on these two talented teams! 

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Winter sports


By the Athletic Leadership Conference at CSHS

At Cedar Springs High School, our teams continue to work hard as winter sports are in full swing. The basketball, bowling, cheer, and wrestling teams continue to be successful and show our school spirit each week. We encourage all athletes to keep up the hard work and invite all students to continue coming out and supporting our athletes this winter season!

Among the most important sports which take place at our high school is Special Olympics Basketball. The program focuses not on winning but on the true heart of all sports: comradery, exercise, and enjoyment. Each game consists of three athletes with two general education players in assistance. The main goal of each game is to build connections between not only those on the court but those of the court as well. Last week that sense of community came to Cedar Springs High School. Many students went to the gym on their lunch or with their teachers to cheer on the Cedar Springs and Sparta teams as they played. All in attendance contributed to a positive and supportive environment grounded in the mutual love of the game. 

In similar fashion, our boys and girls basketball teams have been drawing crowds not seen in years. The girls got off to a fast start, going undefeated in their first four games. After losing three hard-fought games in a row, the RedHawks momentum slowed. However, hope returned to the team after a nail biting win over Lowell on Friday of last week. With two games this week, the Hawks look to build on that success. The boys team follows an almost completely opposite path. The boys stumbled into the holiday break winless and lacking in spirit. Nevertheless, rallying as a team, the RedHawks pulled off a shocking succession of wins and came out on top of the Cornerstone Tournament. Since then, the Hawks have been undeterred, not allowing sporadic defeats to break their unity. 

In the world of underappreciated sports, two of our most successful sports teams—wrestling and bowling—continue to be successful. Last year was marked by outstanding state performances from Omani Morales (Senior, bowling), Sage Serbenta (Senior, Wrestling), and Ryan Ringler (Graduated, Wrestling). Both sports have schedules more rigorous than any other. Bowling averages one tournament a week and wrestling spends entire weekends at meets. The dedication displayed by both sets of athletes serves as an inspiration to our entire student body. 

The 2019-2020 Competitive Cheer team has shown how much a team can truly grow once teamwork and effort is put forth. With the loss of last season’s seniors, there were some doubts about continued success. However, the girls went to conference with predictions of success. Their hard work paid off when they won their first two conference meets. At last Friday’s invitational the ladies beat Charlotte, the third in the state, continuing to show our Red Hawk pride.

Through success and hardship, all of our sports clubs and teams at Cedar Springs are models of community and Red Hawk Pride. 

Ella See, Olivia Sherman, and Nathan Van Kampen all contributed to this article.

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Youth wrestlers keep on winning


By James Streeter

A host of Red Hawks hit the road this past Sunday on their way to both Shepard High School and Lakewood High school for more MyWAY wrestling action. Cedar had a good showing at both venues as they captured four medals at Shepard and 13 medals at Lakewood.  Over the weekend the Red Hawks managed 29 pins and 303 match points. Coach Marsman was impressed with the wrestling saying, “The competition level at both Shepard and Lakewood was some of the stiffest we’ve faced all season long but the work that our wrestlers have been putting in is surely paying off!”

At the Shepard Greights tournament four wrestlers were able to bring back a total of four medals. In the Open 55lb weight class Hudson Cassiday battled to a 2nd place finish while Sierra Streeter ended the day with a 4th place finish. In the Girls 58lb bracket Red Hawks took the top two spots as best friends Sierra Streeter and Taylor Crystal took 1st and 2nd respectively, proving that they are two of the best girl wrestlers in the state at that weight.

Lakewood High School also saw a number of Red Hawk grapplers bring home hardware. In the 2013-2015 age group Ethan Trompen took 1st and Henrry Galinis placed 3rd in the 55lb weight class while Kamden Kohler wrestled his way to a 4th place finish in the 58lb bracket.

In the 2011-2012 age group Deacon Reynold got things started for the Red Hawks with a 3rd place finish in the 49lb bracket. In the combine weight classes of 77 and 82lbs Jaxon Fitzerald managed a 3rd place finish while Christian Homrich also earned 3rd place honors in the 64lb weight class.

Moving ahead into the 2009-2010 age group Eli Gunderson continued his winning ways with a 2nd place finish in the 57lb weight class while Tucker Crystal gutted his way to a 4th place finish in the 72lb weight class. Dayton Reynold had another solid showing as he has recently moved from novice to open earning himself a 2nd place finish in the combined weight class of 90 and 95lbs. Jon Libera’s medal count continues to grow as he earned a 2nd place finish  in the 100lb bracket while Tim Smith earned a 1st place finish in the 81lb bracket.

Rounding out the action for the Red Hawks was 2nd and 3rd place finishes respectively for Caleb Austin and Kale Faurot in the combined bracket of 80 and 85lbs.

This week the Red Hawks will travel to Allendale where they will compete on GVSU’s campus for another MyWAY West Region showdown.

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WMP results from West Virginia, Mio, Shepherd and Lakewood

By Barbra Chong

Brody Compau was WMP’s 54 lb champion at Lakewood.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to West Virginia, Mio, Shepherd and Lakewood this past weekend. 

107 lb Blake Peasley wrestled for Michigan Mayhem at the 12U Winter Throne Duals in New Cumberland West Virginia on Saturday. Peasley went 5-0, earning MVP and his team took home the Championship Title. 

WMP had three enter the North Greights tournament in Shepherd on Sunday and all three placed in the top 4. 60 lb Brennan Dietz, 9/10 age group and 63 lb Landon Learn, 9/10 age group both finished 4th. 52 lb Ethan VanDyke, 5/6 age group claimed the Greights Championship Title. 

85 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group travelled to the McGregor Athletic Center in Mio on Sunday and claimed the Championship Title. 

The West region was hosted by Lakewood and WMP entered 20, placing seventeen in the top 4. 66 lb Tatianna Castillo, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Kamden Witte, 11/12 age group and 69 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 9/10 age group all finished 4th. 80 lb Quinten Cassiday, 11/12 age group and 107 lb Evan Mouch, 13/15 age group all finished 3rd. 55 lb Jaxson Babcock, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Evan Andrews, 11/12 age group; 107 lb Xavier Carpentier, 13/15 age group; 63 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group and 80/85 lb Josh Vasquez, 13/15 age group all finished 2nd. Lakewood Champions are 77/82 lb JJ Petersen, 7/8 age group; 64 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Emmett Russo, 5/6 age group; 49 lb Kooper Witte, 7/8 age group, 95 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group; 54 lb Brody Compau, 9/10 age group and 105 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group. Lakewood also hosted a team tournament and WMP finished 3rd

“Overall, WMP had 90 matches over the weekend and 66 victories were claimed. We had 14 grapplers battle their way into the Finals, claiming 9 Championship Titles. Congratulations WMP, you truly are the Pursuit of Champions! There was tough competition this weekend and these kids competed well,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Reward offered in elk poaching incidents

in northern Lower Peninsula

Wild Michigan elk. Photo from michigan.gov

The Safari Club International-Michigan Involvement Committee is concerned by numerous recent reports of elk being poached in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

As a result, the committee is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual or individuals illegally killing elk in Michigan. In the past, the organization has offered a similar $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally killing moose in Michigan, and this offer stands to date.

In mid-Decembear, area residents found three adult elk cows poached in Otsego County. The incident marked the third such case in northern Michigan in roughly a month. In mid-November, one bull elk was killed in Montmorency County and another, during the same week, was poached in the Pigeon River Country in Otsego County.

To report information on the illegal killing of elk or moose in Michigan, please call or text the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Report All Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800.

For more information about the conservation work of SCI-MIC visit http://scimic.org/index.html.

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Great Blue Heron

A Great blue heron in Florida. Photo by Terry Foote. 

RBy Ranger Steve Mueller

Ranger Steve Mueller

Long legs and neck are distinctive for this gray/blue bird but the Great Blue Heron’s stalking behavior demonstrates unparalleled patience. My most recent view was at Ody Brook where one blended with Little Cedar Creek scenery. It was standing in shallow water watching, waiting, and poised to capture a meal. I stood still hoping to see it successfully capture lunch. 

The heron was about 200 feet upstream where at first I did not notice it. A lump with a branch protruding upward transformed into a stationary bird. Though I did not move, my presence likely was the reason the bird flew. It gained altitude over the creek and moved farther upstream where it could feed without an audience. 

Refraction bends light rays when the medium changes from air to water. Objects are not where they appear. The heron spears frogs, fish, or other prey and has learned to compensate for prey location that is different than it appears. Look at the eyes to notice it uses binocular vision. This does not mean magnification as might be expected. It means it uses both eyes together like we do to create a three-dimensional image that provides depth perception. Most birds have eyes that are positioned on the sides of the head and it prevents them from using them together to create depth perception. It is referred to as monocular vision.

Herons stand like statues where they wait for prey to come within striking distance. With lightning fast action their sharp pointed yellow bill enters the water and often enough secures a meal. Starving is likely for those that do not master fishing skills. Fortunately, they have inherited skills they perfect with practice. 

Some challenges present life-threatening hazards. We observed a dead heron on the road when we were driving to Lincoln Lake. When driving east of Greenville, a heron flew from the ditch into our vehicles path on M-57. Karen was able break enough for the bird to reverse direction and we barely avoided hitting it. 

About once a year my vehicle collides with a bird. If I am not on a freeway, I stop if it is safe and go to the bird. I sit with it until the glimmering eye sparkle clouds to a dull fog as life fades. It is a short memorial reverence for a life lost. I am particularly unsettled by car animal collision deaths. I prefer death to arrive by predation. When a heron preys on another animal, it is a valuable and appropriate occurrence in its nature niche. 

One can make a case that scavengers will feed on road kills but there are enough natural deaths to provide scavengers with sustenance. Road kills seem excessively wasteful of life

A reader told me he heard a rifle shot and investigated. A Great Blue Heron had been feeding in a pond stocked with fish for humans to catch and he found the bird floundering as it died. Laws are established to protect herons from such killings but people ignore laws when it suits their desires. There was a time when killing birds that kill other animals was encouraged because people thought humans should have exclusive rights to kill other animals. Some still do. Egrets, relatives of herons, were driven to near extinction because they were over hunted. Wolves, cougars, sandhill cranes, and many other predators have suffered similar fates.

People are still divided about whether predators other than people should be allowed to live. There is currently an effort to weaken wildlife protections and gut the Endangered Species Act by the Trump administration. Ecological science is being ignored in decision making and federal agencies are not being allowed to use science-based decision making in many instances. Contact legislators to voice your opinion.

There is need for social impact decision practices that are balanced with protecting the environment to supports our economy and environmental sustainability for future generations of wildlife and people. 

Great Blue Herons nest in colonies high in trees. They leave nesting sites to fly many miles to feeding areas. I encourage people to allow herons to thrive even if they make a living by fishing in streams and ponds we share.

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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RAYMOND & THELMA GILLESPIE


June 21, 1921 – February 4, 2010

February 11, 1920 – June 23, 2010

We can’t believe it’s been 10 years.

We will never take for granted

How greatly we’ve been blessed,

For when it comes to parents,

Mom and Dad, you are the best!

You nurtured and protected us,

And taught us with great care.

And every time we’ve needed you,

You were always there.

Although our hearts are broken,

We know you’re in His care.

Your memory will remain alive,

Until we join you there.

We miss you every day,

Your loving family.

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RICKY G. MISNER


Ricky G. Misner, age 60 of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, January 26, 2020 at his home. Rick was born August 15, 1959 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Arloe and Marion (Haisma) Misner. He was a truck driver and learned his driving and diesel mechanic skills at his family business, A&M and Sons Trucking. He enjoyed their annual pig roasts, drag racing and fishing with his family on the boat. He loved his family and his dog, Emmy Gene. Surviving are his children, Carrie Bazzett, Patricia Misner, Ricky Misner Jr.; grandchildren, Hannah, Samuel, Montgomery, Jackson, Savannah, Lillianna, Aiden, Corbin; siblings, Randy Misner Sr., Brenda Balk; best friend, Sue; very special nephew, Randy Misner, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Terry and Brian Misner.Cremation has taken place and there will be no services. 

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

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