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Memorial Service

MELISSA ELLEN McDANNOLD

The Memorial Service for Melissa Ellen Woodworth McDannold will be May 14, at 2 p.m., at Courtland Township Cemetery, 10316 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Melissa was born July 25, 1957 to Earl and June Randall Woodworth. Her home coming was December 10, 2021. She was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, class of  ‘75. Surviving are her siblings, Mary DeRyke, Gayle Wernette, Nancy Switzer and Jerry Woodworth. Memorials can be made to Trillium Woods Hospice Grand Rapids, MI

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STEVEN CRAIG CASON


Steven Craig Cason went home to his heavenly Father on April 20, 2022. Steve was born in Flint, MI to Allen and Rita (Jackson) Cason on April 21, 1965. Steve had a strong Faith in the Lord and was always willing to share that Faith and help all who were seeking a relationship with the Savior Jesus Christ. Steve loved being out on his pontoon boat on local lakes and up on the river in Croton with family and friends. Steve had a special way with little children, he was a big teddy bear and they just loved him. Steve had a beautiful singing voice as anyone who heard him would tell you. He sang often in Ensley Baptist Church, (now Magnify Church) where he attended most of his life. He leaves behind his wife of 26 years, Lori (Gamm) Cason; son, Cody (Earon) Cason; his sister, Valarie (Tony) Phenix; brother-in-law, Doug Gamm; step-mother-in-law, Gillian Gamm; father-in-law, Richard Gamm; mother-in-law, Camilla Teusink; step father-in-law, John Teusink; uncle Dick (Nancy) Jackson and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Michael Cason. Steve will be missed by many. A Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Magnify Church – Ensley.

Arrangements by Fields-McKinley Funeral Home, Grant

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The Key to Being a Disciple – Abiding

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd NE, Rockford

www.gracerockford.com

By Kevin Reed

A disciple is someone who believes in and follows Jesus.  Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 NIV).  The decision to follow Jesus is a decision that requires more than just a one time a decision to believe in Him.  It is accompanied with a daily decision to strive to live our lives the way Jesus did and the way he calls us to be like Him.  This decision to follow Jesus is impossible in our own strength but “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26 NIV).  That’s where “abiding” comes in.  

Jesus said in John 15 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain (abide) in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5,8 NIV).  Abiding in Jesus is the key to bearing fruit and proving ourselves to be His disciples. Jesus actually goes as far to say that if we don’t abide in him then all we will ever accomplish is a whole bunch of nothing!  Abiding is the process by which we learn to run, too, and rely on, Jesus for everything we need. It is learning to live in him as he lives in and through us.  Abiding is a daily decision to place our dependence for living on Jesus.  It is the key to walking in relationship with Jesus in a way that leads to us bearing the fruit that brings glory to The Father.  

A crucial aspect of abiding is to develop the daily discipline of spending time in the presence of God where we talk to him and learn to hear from him. The main ways we accomplish this is through our time in the Word of God and Prayer. This is extremely important if we are to experience the abundant life (John 10:10) that Jesus came to give us. While our times together with other believers on Sunday mornings are important and life-giving, they are not enough to enable us to navigate through this world as followers of Jesus.  We need to learn to daily abide in the presence of God as he promises to lead us and guide us and teach us. Jesus didn’t just die to forgive us of our sins so that one day we could be with him in Heaven.  He died and rose again to invite us into a relationship where we don’t just believe in Him but we actually find our life in him because after all, apart from him we can do nothing.  Let that sink in.  The God of the universe who took on flesh to save us wants to have a personal, intimate relationship with us each and every day!!  Why would we not accept that invitation?  

Consider setting aside some time today to “abide” in Christ.  Practice the discipline of silence and solitude and find your strength in Him. Open up God’s Word and find nourishment for the soul.  Have a loving conversation with God where you can pour out your praises along with your worries and concerns.  Make the effort today to slow down from the frantic pace of life and BE WITH Jesus.  After all, if you don’t, the best you can hope to accomplish is nothing.  His words, not mine.  

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Celebrating 75 years of launching boating adventures

‘Wetland Wonders’ Guided Kayak Paddle on the Muskegon River DNR biologist Nick Kalejs led a short kayak expedition on the Muskegon River through the Muskegon State Game Area as part of the DNR’s Wetland Wonders Challenge II, a program designed to foster appreciation for wetlands and Michigan’s managed waterfowl areas.

Boating has been a human pursuit for at least 8,000 years, with waters tempting us toward adventure, providing food and helping to build cities and economies. Those motivations for taking to the water have persisted and are still true today.

In 2022, Michigan is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the waterways program, a modern concept meaning the access and infrastructure needed for boating: launches, marinas, gas docks, locks and dams, and the maintenance to keep these destinations accessible and operational.

The Michigan State Waterways Commission, a seven-member advisory commission appointed by the governor, was created in 1947 to advise on how Michigan would place, fund, and manage harbors to provide safe, navigable boating on Michigan’s Great Lakes. The program has evolved significantly since its early charge and today is looking toward the future of boating to ensure our state continues to be a world-class freshwater boating destination.

Interlochen State Park. Photographer Tyler Leipprandt produced these images under contract to the DNR. All photos are property of the State of Michigan and credit goes to the MI Dept. of Natural Resources.

“Michigan is blessed with a fantastic diversity of water-based recreation, and our waterways program is integral to making the most of those opportunities and boosting quality of life for communities all over the state,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “Nearly 90 percent of Michigan’s registered boats are under 25 feet long, and many of those boaters rely on safe, accessible points of entry to get on the water.”

Olson credited Michigan’s waterways program for the acquisition and development of nearly 1,300 public boating access sites. Through the harbor of refuge program, too, local and state harbors are available nearly every 30 miles surrounding the Great Lakes shoreline.

“The Michigan State Waterways Commission advises the DNR, the Parks and Recreation Division and the waterways program to ensure that boaters are part of the conversation and their voices are heard,” Olson said. “Thanks to the many volunteer commissioners who have served our enviable waterways program for the past 75 years and built a strong legacy for the future of Michigan boating.”

Origin, evolution of waterways management

Established by the Michigan Legislature in 1947, the commission was created to take advantage of federal monies made available from the 1945 Rivers and Harbors Act, which provided funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects on navigable waters of the nation. Congress then approved the plan for Michigan to create a safe harbor of refuge network on the state’s Great Lakes shoreline. This also funded:

  • Protective breakwater structures still in use.
  • Harbor basin and channel dredging to establish many of the harbors we know today.
  • Routine maintenance dredging responsibilities for which the state, in turn, would provide mooring and boat ramp facilities.

This plan formed the basis of the state’s harbor program.

By 1949, the state had launched additional efforts to expand the harbor of refuge network by collaborating with local units of government (counties, townships and cities) on the construction, maintenance and operation of these facilities. This started what is known today as the Grant-in-Aid Program, establishing federal, state and local partnerships in the development of Great Lakes harbor facilities. Today, there are 82 state-sponsored harbors.

In 1968, the functions of the commission were transferred to the Department of Natural Resources and added the responsibility of selecting and creating boating access sites (commonly referred to as boat launches) on Michigan’s abundant inland lakes, too.

With this expansion of the program, funding to meet the needs of Michigan’s boaters became a priority, which is how Michigan became the first state in the nation to establish a state marine fuel tax. This carved out a portion of the state tax on the sale of gasoline for a fund that helps to provide boaters better, broader access to Michigan’s waters. Michigan was the first state in the nation to establish such a fund, creating a model for recreational boating now used by many other states.

Today, Michigan is home to more than 800,000 registered recreational boaters, with the industry contributing $7.8 billion a year to Michigan’s economy. At 3,288 miles, Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline is longer than that of the Atlantic coast (in the U.S.) and our state is home to some 11,000 inland lakes.

Celebrate waterways your way

Everyone is invited to help mark this Michigan maritime moment. Visit Michigan.gov/DNR/CelebrateBoating to learn ways you can celebrate, including:

  • Signing up for “Water Wednesday” texts.
  • Seeing aerial drone footage of some of Michigan’s harbors and marinas.
  • Sharing your photos.
  • Learning about the upcoming Waterways Adventure Lab and Paint the Waterways programs.
  • Learning about new sustainable boating efforts.
  • Downloading free coloring pages.
  • Finding 75th anniversary merchandise.
  • Help shape the future of waterways.

Boaters and others interested in having their voices heard are encouraged to learn more about the Waterways Commission, including reviewing past meeting minutes and upcoming meeting schedules. These public meetings are an excellent forum to share ideas and ask questions related to boating access, infrastructure and sustainability.

More on Michigan boating, celebration details and information on the commission can be found at Michigan.gov/Boating.

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Fishing Tip: Taking great catch-and-release photos

Are you an avid catch-and-release angler? Do you like to take photos of the fish you catch, prior to returning them to the water? Do you know the safest way to take these photos so you ensure the fish can live to be caught another day?

Here are some steps you can follow:

• Wet your hands before you handle the fish; that way you won’t remove any of the protective mucus (or slime) that coats the fish’s body.

• Remember fish can’t breathe out of water, so they will become uncomfortable rather quickly. Keep the fish in the water until your camera is ready to take the shot.

• Take the photo with the fish fairly close to the water, so if it squirms out of your hands it will land in the water and not on a hard surface.

• While holding the fish, don’t pinch or squeeze it and don’t stick your fingers in its gills.

• Be mindful of the different kinds of fish that have teeth and/or spines that could stick you.

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Cedar Springs Athletic Booster’s Athletes of the Month – May 2022

Track

Aubrie French

Aubrie French

Aubrie is a bonafide point getter for our girls track team, but it’s the way she carries herself and supports her teammates in all event groups that makes her stand out even more than her athletic ability. She is deeply invested in the girls’ success as much as her own, maybe even more. The coaching staff, parents and athletes gravitate to her for her vocal leadership and commitment to success. Aubrie is a member of one of the area’s best girls high jump crews and is also an important member of of our sprint crew and relays. As she nears the end of her HS career, I hope that athletes take notice and emulate the way Aubrie carries herself to continue the upward trajectory of our program that she has been a big part of.

Baseball

Aiden Brunin

Aiden Brunin

Through 15 games he’s batting .432 with 19 hits, 2 triples, 5 doubles, has scored 15 runs and stolen 4 bases

Soccer

Maddy Layne

Maddy Layne

Team captain, 2021 conference and district champs

Maddy is a team captain this year and has been a 3-year varsity member. Her technical ability and strength are some of the best we have seen. Integral part of our success last year and this year. She plays wherever she is needed on the field and she constantly pushes those around her with her leadership and work ethic.

Darrah Miller

Darrah Miller

Senior leader for us and 3-year member of the varsity team. She has been a tremendous asset to our team and program each year, but her senior year has been fantastic. She is a presence all over the field and has helped us achieve all that we have this season. Darrah leads by example and every player can see what she brings to the field every single day.

Emma Cassiday

Emma Cassiday

In her second year with the varsity team Emma is really finding her importance. She is ready and willing to play whenever she is needed and is constantly asking questions in order to be better. She has made a wonderful impact for us this year and we’re sure that she will grow even more in our remaining games

Tennis

Morgan French, Senior Co-Captain
Carley Dreyer, Senior Co-Captain
Hannah Cox, Senior Co-Captain

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Cedar gets double win over Zeeland West on Whitecaps field

Scoreboard from second game against the Zeeland West Dux at LMCU Ballpark. 

On Wednesday, May 4, the Red Hawks varsity had the privilege to play a double header at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, against the visiting Dux of Zeeland West.  

Senior Cayden Steinebach took the mound in the first game.  He struggled through 4.1 innings striking out 1 and walking 1 as the Dux were able to accumulate 11 hits.  Ryan Vos came on in relief, finishing out the remaining 2.2 innings, striking out 4 Zeeland batters.  Fortunately, the Dux were overly aggressive on the bases and were caught stealing multiple times which deflated each inning.  At the plate, Cedar Springs only totaled 4 hits but those hits were timely and they were able to push runners across the plate.  Parker Vaughn continued swinging his hot bat by blasting a pair of doubles.  Clay Oosting and Bryce Luevano each had a single and Connor Dunleavy had a bunt single in the 4th that fueled a 4 run inning.  In the end, despite being outhit 13 hits to 4, the Red Hawks defeated the Dux 5-3 in game one.

In the second game, the bats came alive for Cedar Springs as they managed 11 total hits, led by Braydon Gregory and Adler May who each hit a pair of doubles.  Vaughn had a single and a double.  Bruning had two singles.  Tristan Terpstra smashed a double in the 5th inning to drive in a run, and Zach Reed and Haydon Koepke each had a single.  

Sophomore Hunter Hendges got his second varsity start.  He pitched 5 innings, striking out 3, walking 4 and allowing 4 hits. Koepke came on in relief to shut Zeeland down in the final two innings.  Cedar Springs was behind the entire game until they scored four times in the 6th inning to tie the game.  In the top of the 7th the Dux brought in their hard-throwing lefty, Agar, to shut the Red Hawks down.  Brunin managed to get on base.  Zeeland intentionally walked both Gregory and Vaughn to get to Oosting.  With emotions running high, Agar threw a wild pitch, allowing Bruning to score the winning run.  The final was 7-6.

May 5

On Thursday, May 5, the Red Hawks took on the Bengals of Thornapple-Kellogg in a double header.  In game one, right-hander Clay Oosting started on the mound. In a brilliant performance, he threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only 1, while allowing 2 hits. At the plate, the Red Hawks did just enough to get the win. They scattered 8 hits but scored all 3 of their runs in one inning. Aiden Brunin hit a single and a triple. Braydon Gregory had a pair of singles. Koepke, Vaughn, Steinebach and Terpstra each added a hit in the 3-0 victory.

In game two, the switch-pitching Walker Glyshaw got the start.  In a strong outing, Walker struck out 8 batters and walked 2. The Bengals scattered 5 hits throughout the game and scored only one run, but that proved to be enough because Cedar simply couldn’t get the bats going.  Braydon Gregory had the lone hit in the sixth inning in the 1-0 loss.  

That leaves the varsity with a record of 11-8.  According to Coach Glyshaw they look outstanding at times; other times, not so much.  “I was proud of the enthusiasm we showed at LMCU, but was very disappointed in our home games against TK. It was almost like we expected them to hand us those two games.  If we can figure out how to compete EVERY pitch, EVERY game, this group can beat anyone.  Hopefully we’ll get on track and continue to improve,” he said.

This week’s games are:

Monday: DH @ Gull Lake

Tuesday: DH home vs 

Wayland

Thursday: single @ Wayland

Saturday: DH @ Traverse City West

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Girls track: temps rise, records fall

Senior Alyssa Detweiler soars to a new school record in the High Jump of 5’5”. Photo Credit: Gary Detweiler.

The Girls track team hosted six schools this past Saturday for the 26th annual Red Hawk Invitational.  The team finished a respectable 3rd place in the field of seven teams. While the weather has not been overly cooperative the first month of the season, athletes and spectators welcomed temperatures in the mid 60’s and sunshine this past Saturday. The warmer temperatures lit a fire under the lady Red Hawks as they took down three school records in a span of four hours. 

Senior Alyssa Detweiler got the meet started by surpassing the oldest school record on the books, a record Alyssa had shared with Ann Hallock (1991) establishing a new standard in the high jump with her first place effort of 5’5”. Alyssa also finished second in the discus with a new personal record (PR) of 90’6”. 

Sophomore Taylor Diemond vaults to a new school record of 11’0” in the pole vault.  Photo by Amy Diemond.

Sophomore Taylor Diemond bested her own school pole vault record by 5 inches with a 2nd place vault of 11’0”. 

Senior Emily Neiderheide (center) breaks a 14 year old school record in the 200 meter dash running 26.31. Photo by Karl Minnich.

A few hours later, senior sprint star Emily Neiderheide broke a 14-year-old school record held by Amy Veltkamp in the 200 meter dash.  Emily blazed to a new record time of 26.31 in winning the event. Emily also finished 4th in the 100 meter dash and ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 x 100 meter relay team with Emma Smith, Hannah Shears and Aubrie French. 

Aubrie also turned in a 5th place performance in the high jump. Sophomore Kaitlynn Brown finished 5th in the 3200 meter run; while Hannah Shears scored in the long jump with her 6th place effort of 15’0” and Makenzie Zimmer added points for the Red Hawks in the 300 meter hurdles with her 6th place finish in 54.56. 

Sophomore Annalise Elliott finished runner-up in the 800 meter run in 2:29.58. Annalise also competed late Friday night at the Shepherd Invitational elite 3200 running under the lights against a field of some of the State’s best distance runners. Annalise turned in a new outdoor PR of 11:47. 

Coach Justin Jones commented, “We finally got some friendly weather and both teams took full advantage. This is the first time in Cedar Springs history that three records were all broken at the same meet. Alyssa, Taylor and Emily all approach meet days with a rare level of confidence that comes naturally when you’ve put in the work before and during the season. These three and the rest of the team deserve a lot of credit for the way they embraced the opportunity to race against some local powerhouses at Red Hawk Stadium. (They have) lots to be proud of.” 

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Boys Track team competes at Red Hawk Invite

Senior Ivan Winters runs a leg on the 4 x 400 meter relay.  Photo by Karl Minnich.

The Boys Track team hosted the 26th annual Red Hawk Invite this past Saturday, May 7. The team turned in solid performances and finished in 4th place. 

Senior Gabe White vaulted to a 2nd place finish in the pole vault (12’6”) and also ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 x 400 relay team with Elliot Moleski, Espen Wood and Ivan Winters (3:43.45). 

Mitch Metiva finished 3rd in the long jump with a personal record (PR) jump of 20’10.5” and 3rd in the 100 meter dash with another PR of 11.53. Metiva also was a member of the 3rd place 4 x 100 meter relay team with Ryan West, Kevin VanderHaag and Dylan Lafontsee. Lafontsee scored points in the long jump with a 4th place finish with a jump of 20’3”. 

Sophomore Elliot Moleski ran a PR in the 300 meter hurdles to finish 2nd in 45.10; senior Ivan Winters finished 3rd in the high jump with a new PR of 5’4”. 

Junior Josh Kriekaard secured valuable points in the shot put with a throw of 40’8” and senior Caleb Steinebach finished 5th in the pole vault (11’0”). 

Junior Espen Wood ran a new PR in the 800 and finished 4th in 2:04.56.  

Espen also competed in an Elite 3200 meter race the night before at Shepherd High School. Espen turned in a new outdoor PR of 9:51.17. 

The Red Hawks will now turn their attention to the OK Gold Conference Championships scheduled for Friday, May 13, at Houseman Field.  

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Musical chairs

A German Shepherd, a Doberman, and a cat died and went to heaven. God asked each one of them what they believed in.

The German Shepherd said, “I believe in discipline, training, and loyalty to my master.”

“Good!” said God. “Sit at my right side.”

“I believe in the love, care, and protection of my master,” said the Doberman.

“Aha,” said God, “You may sit to my left.”

Then God looked at the cat and asked, “What do you believe in?”

The cat grinned. “I believe you are sitting in my seat.”

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