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Archive | September, 2021

Lakeview man killed in crash

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to a one vehicle crash last Friday that resulted in fatal injuries to a 34-year-old male driver from Lakeview, MI. 

According to police, troopers were dispatched to the scene on Friday, September 24, 2021, at approximately 11:08 pm on Miller Rd. south of M-57 in Montcalm County, Fairplain Township.  

Their preliminary investigation showed that a 2005 Cadillac Sedan was traveling south on Miller Rd. when the vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection of Miller Rd. and M-57. The vehicle went airborne through the intersection before landing back on the roadway. The vehicle then left the roadway to the left before striking numerous trees. 

The driver, who was the only occupant, was ejected from the vehicle during this crash. The driver was declared deceased on scene. Seat belt use is unknown at this time and speed is a factor in this traffic crash.  

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post continues to investigate this crash. Troopers were assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County EMS, and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Georgia Dawn (Chase) Hall age 93 a former resident of The Brook in Cedar Springs went to be with her Savior on Friday September 3, 2021. Georgia was born July 17, 1928 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Richard and Juanita (Denton) Eldred. She was the 1946 salutatorian from Cedar Springs High School. Georgia retired after many years as a seamstress at GM-Fisher Body. She volunteered at the United Methodist Church every week to fold all the church bulletins, enjoyed knitting and made many afghans and ceramics. She is survived by her five sons, Alan (Sarah) Chase, Duane Chase, Bruce (Charlotte) Chase, Brent Chase, Brian Chase Hall; grandchildren, Duane Jr., Jason and Matthew Chase, Amanda (Charles) Szabo, Joshua Shook, Julie (Alan) Prewitt, Paul Chase, Barbara (Julian) Zapata, Jeannie, April and Michael Chase, Danielle Abelard, Amber Chase, Richard Chase; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her niece, Kendra (Jay) McCaman; special couple, David and Marilyn Hall; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, Junior Lloyd Hall; daughters-in-law, Rebecca Chase, Helen Chase; granddaughter, Natasha Fritsch; grandson, Bruce “Chip” Jr.; sister, Esther Mosher Knoch; brother-in-law, Kenneth Mosher. The family will greet friends Friday, October 1 from 12:00 p.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michelle Vallier officiating. In lieu of flowers please remember the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home or the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church.

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

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Wanda M. Morris age 89 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Wanda was born May 25, 1932 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of Lee and Leona (Bremmer) Parker. She loved tending to her home and children and baking and sewing. When her husband was alive, they enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and dancing. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Ann (Larry) Cornell, Charlene Fifield; grandchildren, Michael Morris, Nutasha Tolsma, Jon Fifield, Theresa Koomen, Brett Fifield, Katelyn Badour; great-grandchildren, Chevelle, Jordan, Amari, Brody, Billy; sisters, Edith Johnson, Doris Martin, Lois (Curt) Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy; son, Curt Morris; son-in-law, Bill Fifield; brothers, Wyman, Ronald, Kenneth and Max Parker; sisters, Esther Heiss, Donna Newton and Kathleen Parker. The family greeted friends Monday, September 27 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Tuesday, September 28. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Nita (Reed) Billings

October 9, 1956—September 27, 2020.

Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones have to part
to help us feel we’re with them still and soothe a grieving heart.
Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind,
They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.

We love and miss you, Nita!

Steve and Judy Reed and family

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Pentatonix: The Evergreen Christmas tour 2021

Tickets on sale this Friday, October 1

Grand Rapids – Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix has announced the release of a new holiday album, Evergreen. The new holiday album will be the 6th holiday themed album by the quintet and will be released on October 29th via RCA Records. 

In addition to the album, Pentatonix will embark on their 16-date Pentatonix: The Evergreen Christmas Tour 2021, which will kick off in Baltimore, MD on November 27th. The tour continues to Pittsburgh, Portland and Newark before wrapping with two hometown shows in Grand Prairie, TX (December 22nd and 23rd). The tour will stop in Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for Pentatonix: The Evergreen Christmas Tour 2021 will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 1st beginning at 10 a.m. For more info and to purchase tickets and VIP packages go to PTXofficial.com.

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Hometown Happenings 9-30-21

Used Book Sale at the CS Library

Sept. 28-Oct. 2: A used book sale by the Friends of the Library will be held from Tuesday, September 28 through Friday, October 1 with hours from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, October 2 with hours from 9 am to 3 pm. The sale is being held in the Community Room at the Cedar Springs Public Library. All proceeds benefit the library. #38,39

theTable Meals at The Springs Church

Sept. 30, Nov.7: 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 free meal that is being shared with us! #tfnb

Red Flannel Events Canceled at CS UMC

Oct. 2: Due to concerns with COVID, masking requirements, and the safety of our congregation and community, the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will not be holding our usual Red Flannel Day sloppy joe/hot dog lunch or bake sale. Unfortunately the building will be closed that day. Hopefully next year it will be safe to set masks aside and gather indoors. Please join us Sunday mornings (with masks) for our 10:30 worship service. #39

Tractor Pull Red Flannel Day

Oct. 2: The Poorman Pullers Tractor Pull (lawn tractors) will be held at 11:00 am on Red Flannel Day, October 2nd. The location is on Cherry Street next to the White Pine Trail. #39

Algoma Christian Schools Annual Auction

Oct. 9: You’re invited to join us for Algoma Christian School’s 19th Annual Auction. Saturday, October 9th. The live auction begins at 6 pm. Online Silent Auction from October 1 – October 7. Algoma Christian Gymnasium, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, MI. Doors open at 5 pm. Farmers Market (cash & carry) and Buffet Dinner served. More details at algomachristian.net. #39,40

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Rest in Peace

A new business was opening and one of the owner’s friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion. They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card. It said, “Rest in Peace.” 

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. He told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was. 

The florist replied, “Sir, I’m really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: Somewhere there is a funeral taking place today and they have flowers with a note saying, ‘Congratulations on your new location!’”

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DNR euthanizes bear

From the Michigan DNR Facebook page

Since late May 2021, a 500-pound male black bear has been roaming residential neighborhoods in Traverse City. The bear in question was trapped, radio-collared and relocated to a remote area near Alpena in April of 2021. The bear quickly found its way back to Traverse City. Since then, the bear’s behavior has become increasingly bold. It has been raiding bird feeders, fruit trees, apiaries and trash cans and has damaged property. The bear has also been moving closer to downtown areas. 

Because of this escalating behavior and the bear’s comfort around humans and human food sources, and because relocation has proved ineffective, the DNR humanely euthanized the bear (on Thursday, September 23) in the interest of public safety. 

While we look to preserve wildlife populations as much as possible, our primary concern in these matters is human safety and we believe—based on behavior and history—this bear could pose a threat to human welfare. This was a difficult decision to make and the DNR weighed all options before settling on this solution. 

The hide and skull of the bear will be donated to a local educational facility.

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Fishing Tip: Looking for some fun? Go fishing this fall!

Ask many anglers and they’ll tell you fall is a wonderful time to go fishing as fish prepare for the colder months by ramping up their feeding efforts. Most will target salmon, walleye, perch, panfish and bass and see much success when doing so. Check out our “Where to Fish” page to find some new fishing spots! Just go to michigan.gov/dnr and click on the arrow for Things to Do. Find “fishing” and then click on the three dots, then “where to fish.”

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Warm red flannels

Ranger Steve Mueller

By Ranger Steve Mueller

Amazing methods for surviving cold weather abound in nature. Cedar Springs became famous by spreading warm red flannels around the world. Humans are not endowed with adaptations for cold climates. Fortunately, we have devised many ways to create a tropical climate around our bodies. Homes are heated to tropical temperatures. We clothe to hold heat between clothing and skin so that a tropical environment exists in the that narrow space even when we venture into freezing outdoor temperatures.

Mammals are changing summer coats to winter coats. Their underfur thickens in fall, but it is not waterproof. Outer guard hairs have oils that repel water. The number of underfur hairs increases, producing dead air space to hold warm air near the body. Opossums do not produce a thick under underfur and become vulnerable to killing cold. Their tails are especially at risk for frostbite. 

Birds produce insulating down feathers for winter and they are protected from getting wet by contour feathers that cover their bodies. At the base of the bird’s tail is an uropygial or preening gland that produces oil retrieved with the bill to spread on contour feathers. This water repellant keeps feathers dry in wet weather. Ducks as well as songbirds use the oil to prevent down feathers from becoming waterlogged and losing the ability to provide warm dead air space. 

Insects have a variety of adaptations to maintain their species until summer arrives. Most wasps freeze to death after the first few hard frosts, but the queen leaves the nest and finds a log to crawl under or some other protected place. There she survives the winter to lay eggs and begin a new colony in the spring. 

Viceroy butterflies lay eggs that hatch in late summer and the tiny caterpillars use silk to attach a willow or aspen leaf to a branch. The minute caterpillar hibernates hidden and suspended in the curled leaf until spring. Woolly Bear caterpillars are seen walking about on warm fall days. They hibernate in secluded locations like leaf litter until spring conditions warm and encourage plant growth. It is good to allow fallen leaves to remain instead of burning or hauling them away. The caterpillars in spring continue feeding and development. A white winged Woolly Bear adult moth will emerge from the pupa in summer to begin a new cycle. Many aquatic insects, like dragonflies, winter as larvae in streams with some adult dragonflies, like darners, migrating south.

June beetle grubs burrow below the frost line in the ground. In 1985 our dog, Ody Brook, died and we buried him in January. Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary was named after him in 1979. A fire was built with a reflector to direct heat downward to thaw the ground. It was a cold winter and the frost line was deep. We dug the grave and found a large white June beetle grub four feet deep at the bottom of the grave. Had the beetle only dug three feet deep, it likely would have frozen. 

Trees do not maintain heat to survive winter but have special nature niche adaptations. They remove most of the water from cells to prevent cells from bursting when water freezes. If the cells retained water, it would expand and rupture killing plant tissues. Trees must maintain their trunks and branches so they move water to roots and that usually protects them from frost damage. The rich sugar water antifreeze prevents freezing. Desiccation in winter can kill tissues. Bud scales help prevent bud tissue from over drying by covering delicate tissues until spring. The above ground portion of herbaceous perennial plants dies but living tissue survives in the ground. New spring growth arises from underground tissues. Annual plants die except for the seeds that carry new life to spring. 

Wear red flannels and survive until spring. Enjoy Red Flannel Festival October 2 in Cedar Springs.

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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