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SHOWCASINGP CEDAR SPRINGS ST& Reaching around the world ~ Vol. XXXIV No. 35 Thursday, September 2, 2021 Serving Northern Kent County and parts of Newaygo and Montcalm Counties INSIDE THIS ISSUE couple killed in crash POST travels An elderly Sparta couple died Sun- day after the car they were traveling in was struck by a pickup truck that ran a stop sign. According to the Kent County Sher- iff’s Office, the crash occurred Sun- day, August 29, about 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Algoma Ave NE and 20 NEWS - page 2 Mile Rd NE in Solon Township. According to , a Ford F350 Speak for choice was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Rd when the driver ran the stop sign and struck a Buick Envision that was northbound on Algoma. The driver of the Buick Envision, Jack Behrens, 73, from Sparta, and the passenger, Patricia Behrens, 74, from Sparta, died as a result of the crash. The driver of the Ford F350 was trans- NEWS - page 3 ported to Spectrum Butterworth with non-life-threatening injuries. Space saving Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. It is still under investigation. Solon Fire Department, Cedar Springs Fire Department, and Rock- Photo courtesy of Tammy Crum. ford Ambulance assisted at the scene. Two people were killed Sunday when a pickup truck ran a stop sign at 20 Mile and Algoma and struck their vehicle. Police K9 dies during Recall petition BLOOMIN’ - page 8 Red Tails suspect search approved for The Kent County Sher- gan, K9 Axel suffered a iff’s Office is mourning the medical emergency and loss of one of their K9s who was rushed to the Ani- Sand Lake trustee died during the search for mal Emergency Hospital, By Judy Reed a potentially armed home where he later died. suspect last Satur- “The entire Kent County A petition to recall Village day. Sheriff’s Office is heart- of Sand Lake trustee Rachel Deputies from the Kent broken,” said Sheriff La- Gokey was approved last Wednesday, August 25, and a OUTDOORS - page 10 County Sheriff’s Office re- Joye-Young. “A K9 is a sponded to the 8700 block partner to their handler and special called by Kent Football recap of Glen Park Court N.W. in an incredibly special mem- County Clerk Lisa Lyons for November 2. Sparta Township Saturday, ber of our KCSO . Candidates who wish to challenge Gokey on the ballot, August 28, at 12:21 p.m. We will forever be grateful should file by Friday. According to Kent County Di- K9 Officer Axel died last weekend rector Gerrid Uzarski, any interested candidates for this position on a report of an in-prog- for Axel’s service to the while on duty. Courtesy photo. rd ress home invasion where residents of Kent County.” on the ballot will have until September 3 to file with the Nelson the suspect was potentially A procession from An- Unit, the Montcalm County Township Clerk. armed. After arriving on imal Emergency Hospital Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, This seat will be for a partial term, ending in 2022. scene, deputies located the on Plainfield Avenue N.E. the Plainfield Fire Depart- The recall language, which was filed by Jack Christensen, suspect in a vehicle. After to his personal vet, Cedar ment, and the Cedar Springs reads: “Trustee Gokey refused to sign the social media policy Fire Department. that was passed by the Village Council on February 15, 2021 SPORTS - page 11 initiating a traffic stop, the Animal Hospital in Cedar suspect fled on foot into the Springs, occurred with as- The home invasion in- and is the only member of Council that has refused to sign and woods. One of the KCSO’s sistance from the Grand vestigation is ongoing. The follow the policy; Trustee Gokey was censured by the Village PLUS K9 teams, Deputy Krystal Rapids Police Department suspect was taken into cus- Council on May 17, 2021.” CHURCH pages 4-5 Stuart and K9 Axel, start- K9 Unit, the Michigan State tody the following day. No Gokey appealed but lost the decision. In June, she told the A&E pages 6-7 ed a track for the suspect. Police K9 Unit, the Wyo- officers were injured during Post, “I am fine to appear on the ballot again and talk with voters CTA page 9 Shortly after the track be- ming Police Department K9 POLICE K9- continues on page 14 about the steps I have taken to hold the Council accountable.”

Cedar Springs FFAReporter Carlcelebrates Olmstead, Sentinel Chuck Kramer and Advisor Mr. John Coady; and 75 years other members in attendance including Roy by Stacy Sevey and Madison Skelonc Austin, Robert Carlson, Dick Clingan, Merlyn French, Roger Gillette, Dick Goller, Donald Since becoming an official chapter on Jan- Hook, Max Hovan, Roy Mabie, Jim McIntyre, uary 23, 1946, the Cedar Springs FFA Chap- Gordon Morris, Ivan Nielsen, Thorval Nielsen, ter has seen hundreds of local students as Ralph Pennington, Ted Porter, Donovan Potter, members. All of these members and all future Steve Rau, James Rector, Lawrence Reyburn, members have a group of farm boys from the Robert Robertson, James Sagorski, Kenneth 1940’s to thank for bringing the “Future Farm- Shaw, David Smith, Jack Smith, Vernon Starr, ers of America” to Cedar Springs. Gordon Stoner, Keith Thompson, Ben Wall, FFA 1947-48 Silver Award. Third row: Gordon Morris, Thorval Nielson, Roger Gillette, Jim Rector, Donovan The 36 members at the 1st Annual banquet D.M. White, and Gerald Zielinski. Many Potter, James Sagorski, Jim McIntyre, Jack Smith, Ted Porter, Robert Carlson, Ralph Pennington. Second row: included the original officer team: President of these past FFA members still have family Vernon Starr, David Smith, Chuck Kramer, Lawrence Reyburn, Kenneth Shaw, Keith Thompson, Lyle Sipple, Lyle Sipple, Vice President Don Emory, Sec- members with prominent ties to the ag commu- Steven Rau, Don Emery, Ivan Nielson, Benjamin Wall, Robert Robertson. First row: Jerry Zielinski, Carl Olmst- ed, Dick Clingon, Don Hook, Roy Austin, Bill Johnston, D.M. White, Bill Sevey, Max Hoven, and Merlyn French. retary Bill Sevey, Treasurer Wayne Bigney, FFA- continues on page 13 Page 2 The Cedar Springs POST Thursday, September 2, 2021 Post travels to Harvey coming to the Kent Theatre The Cedar Springs Com- urday September 17-18 at brother and Myrtle Mae’s lines, acquiring costumes, munity Players, known for 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sep- Uncle Elwood P. Dowd and building a set and getting Alaska bringing quality entertain- tember 19 at 3 p.m. The cast his invisible Pooka friend, tech ready. They were set ment to Cedar Springs for of 10 is directed by Jerry Harvey. It’s a show that to go on stage at the Kent 50 years, are pleased to Hoye. keeps audiences laughing Theatre in four days when announce the Pulitzer Prize Harvey is a comedy that until their sides hurt. Covid shut down every- winning play, Harvey, will tells the story of Vera and In February and March thing. They were really be presented at the Kent Myrtle Mae Simmons and 2020, the cast and crew disappointed but they were Theatre on Friday and Sat- their dealings with Vera’s spent six weeks learning all strong believers that the “Show Must Go On.” They kept the enthu- siasm for doing the show alive, and after a year and a half, the show is ready to hit the stage at the Kent Theatre on Septem- ber 17, 18, 19, 2021. The Post recently traveled to Alaska with Tom Robin- Tickets are $12 son, of Sand Lake, who traveled to Anchorage to run in a for adults and $6 for . The photo was taken in Denali National Park in those under 18 yrs Alaska last week. “Besides running the marathon, I went to old. Tickets can be Denali National Park, saw tons of wildlife, hiked glaciers, purchased in advance and enjoyed the outdoors!” he wrote. for $10 at the Cedar Tom said he is a member of the 50 State Marathon Club, Springs Commu- and Alaska was the 41st state he’s run a marathon in. It’s the nity Library. Mark first marathon he’s run in 20 months due to Covid. He has your calendars and one more in 2021, when he runs in Nebraska in September. get your tickets ear- In 2022, he has plans to run in Hawaii in January, Nevada in ly. Then come to April, Vermont in May, and Wyoming in September. After the Kent Theatre on that, he will need to finish up with New Hamphire, Massa- Sept. 17, 18, 19 for chusetts, Idaho, and Maine. Erica Ashton as Myrtle Mae Simmons (L) and Dani Phil- Rosie Tomlinson (L) as Ruth Kelly, R.N. and Russ Cole an evening of fun Thanks so much for taking us with you to Alaska, Tom! lips as Aunt Ethel (R). Courtesy photo. as Dr. Lyman Sanderson (R). Courtesy photo. and laughter. The Post Travels is brought to you by: Pet foundation fights shelter GRAND RAPIDS—More Foundation. The event was than 1,800 dogs and cats hosted in 97 shelters in 29 overcrowding found forever homes over the states. BISSELL Pet Founda- LORI VISSER, Your LOCAL Travel Agent 1,800-plus pets adopted in course of six days through tion aided shelters experienc- (616) 263-1777 the emergency “Empty the ing overcrowding by sponsor- [email protected] nationwide emergency event Shelters: Big Dog & Cat Cri- ing reduced fees for harder to sis” event with BISSELL Pet SHELTER - continues on page 14 YOUR LAND AND CRUISE EXPERTS to relieve animal shelters NOW HIRING!

Full and Part time RN Case Managers needed to see patients in the Kent County area. We do lots of wound care and home I.V. In- fusion Therapy services. Case Managers coordinate care with physi- Cora, a one-eyed, 9-1/2-year-old dog in Cummings, Sassy, a 14-year-old cat, with kidney disease, was cians and other disciplines involved with the patient’s care. Georgia, found a forever home. Courtesy photo. adopted from Sanilac County Humane in Michigan. Courtesy photo. Occupational Therapist's (COTA’s welcome to apply!) needed for Craft Beer, Wines, Sodas & Great Food part time visits in the Kent and Montcalm County area. Brauhaus MSW/BSW’s needed to assist patients in the Kent County area. & Correction Last week we did a story We are an independently owned agency. Our office is located Restaurant alerting you to the ground- in Howard City however you would see patients in your area. breaking by Rockford Am- Would you like a change in pace, a more safe/relaxed family • German Tradition bulance on a new substation • Crafted in Michigan atmosphere, to create your own schedule, and to work one on on White Creek Avenue, in Cedar Springs. For some one with your patient reason, the last half of the in the comfort of last sentence in the story their own home? If Beer was so important in was cut off. The last sen- you answered yes ancient Mesopotamia that there are tence should’ve read: “We to these questions, legal strictures regarding its sale are thankful to all the com- munities we serve for your then we would love in the Code of Hammurabi. support of the future of

to speak with you! Rockford Ambulance.” We apologize for error. Apply today at 95 NORTH MAIN | CEDAR SPRINGS or feel free to call our office at (231) 937-4514. EOE CSBREW.COM 616-696-BEER Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Cedar Springs POST Page 3 Solon Center Wesleyan Church We are Frost Creek Church was established in December POST Highlights 1883, according to the Cedar News...... pages 1-3 Solon Center Wesleyan is now Frost Creek Church Springs Story, with revivals held From Pastor Dylan Mason, Frost Creek Church in area schools. Charter mem- Church Connection...... pages 4-5 bers organized five years later, Arts & Entertainment...... pages 6-7 in February of 1889. It is one of Voices & Views...... page 7 the oldest churches in the Cedar Bloomin’ Summer...... page 8 Springs area. CTA...... page 9 Two years ago, nobody could have predicted what the world Outdoors / Sports...... pages 10-11 or this country looks like today. Classifieds / Service 12 The number of ways that we’ve Legals...... page13 had to adapt and change in a climate of uncertainty and cha- os have been many. And along with so many other businesses, The organizations, and areas of our personal lives, throughout these last 18 months, change has also www.cedarspringspost.comST 36 E. Maple,P P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319, been a regular theme for many phone: 616-696-3655 • fax 616-696-9010 churches - including our own. As published weekly, USPO third-class postal permit #81. of January of 2021, Solon Center Wesleyan Church, for all intents Publisher: ...... Lois Allen Editor/Reporter: ...... Judy Reed and purposes, no longer exists. Columnist: ...... Ranger Steve Mueller Change, in any capacity, can be Graphic Design/Comp.:... Belinda Sanderson a difficult thing. But, despite its Advertising Consultants:...... Melissa Kleyn, difficulty, in order to embrace ...... Marybeth Ford what is necessary to grow and Office Manager: ...... Mary Randall FROST- continues on page 5 Pastor Dylan Mason Check out our website at: E-mail us at: [email protected] [email protected] People speak out for choice at [email protected] By Judy Reed [email protected] [email protected] Kent County meeting A thousand-plus Kent [email protected] County residents filled De- [email protected] Vos Hall last Thursday, Au- [email protected] gust 26, to hear from Kent News, Advertising & Announcement Deadline: Mondays by 5:00p.m. County Commissioners, THE POST HOURS: Mon 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues Kent County Public Heath Noon to 5 p.m. | Wed Noon to 5 p.m. | Thur 10 administrator Dr. Adam a.m. to 2 p.m. | CLOSED Fridays London, and to make their feelings known about the NEXT WEEK: The paper will be out a day late mask mandate London due to the Labor Day holiday. Look for it on CHOICE- continues on page 15 Friday, September 10, 2021 AUNTIE A.C.E. STAFFING Dr. Adam London speaks to the Kent Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor listens attentively to Dr. County Commissioners last week Adam London during the Kent County Commissioner work session regarding the mask mandate. on the mask mandate last week at DeVos Hall. NEEDS YOU TO JOIN Allegan Health Department OUR TEAM! threatens COVID-19 “protective custody” for parent, child “to Now hiring protect public health” home health By Scott McClallen | The Center Square (The Center Square) – An Allegan County Health aides for a Department letter widely variety of areas. circulated on social media threatens to get a court or- der to take a parent and/or The role of a home health child who could be infected aide is to assist clients with with COVID-19 into “pro- daily tasks that are needed in tective custody to protect order for them to continue to safely the public health.” be in the setting of their own homes. Some of those duties might The letter notifies a parent their child is “a close con- be light housekeeping, help with their personal hygiene care, tact to a COVID-19 positive transfers (bed to wheelchair etc.) and respite care for the family. individual” and orders co- If you are a compassionate, dependable, and dedicated person operation with the depart- who enjoys working with people and likes variety in their work ment. we would love to speak with you! “If you fail to take the actions prescribed in this warning notice, the Allegan We have started a home health aide program and no experience County Health Department is necessary for qualified candidates. Training will be provided. shall petition the circuit Must be able to provide references and be willing to have crimi- court to seek an order to nal background check prior to hire. compel your compliance, which may result in you being taken into protec- Staff needed immediately to cover the Kent County area (Cedar tive custody to protect the Springs, Kent City/Sparta, Belmont, and Comstock Park areas for public’s health,” the letter example). reads. The letter contains threats For more information or set up an interview appt. please to take the child into protec- call (888) 937-4514 and ask for Kim or Michelle A screenshot of a letter from The Allegan County Health Department. HEALTH - continues on page 15

SEEKING - continues on page 11 Page 4 The Cedar Springs POST Thursday, September 2, 2021 Church Connection spiritual notes • announcements • memories From the Pulpit Obituary Church GORDON PHILIP Directory HELSEL Gordon Philip Worship Service Helsel of Cedar Sunday @ 10:30am Springs, Michigan Children, Youth & (formerly of 233 S. Main Street | Cedar Springs Adult Ministries Sparta), age 84, 616.696.1630 Sunday @ 5:30pm passed away on Pastor Mike Wittmer Monday, August Pastor Jonathan Bergsma 23, 2021. He was Cedar SpringS ChriStian ChurCh born to Wayne and Non-Denominational CITY IMPACT Juanita (Schiedel) 340 West Pine Street • P.O. Box 109 • Cedar Springs, MI 49319 288 North Main, Cedar Springs Helsel on Ministry of Reconciliation SUNDAY November 7, 1936, in Sparta, MI. Gordon WORSHIP Phone: (616)696-1180 served in the United States Coast Guard, e-mail: [email protected] AT 10:30 A.M. DANIEL AND THE WINDOW “Fellowship Partners in Christ” and as a Sparta Police Officer, and retired in our life because of our faithful- as a detective with the Wyoming Police Recently I’ve been stuck in the ness and obedience to God? Or is it Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Department. He was a member of the Sparta 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs book of Daniel. Many have heard possible we are reaping fruit from Lions Club, Cedar Springs Rotary Club and 616-696-1140 • the story of Daniel in the lion’s bad decisions we’ve made or doing Moose Lodge #50. Gordon is survived by Email: [email protected] den. The story (in Daniel 6) tells things the way we want vs what his beloved wife of 61 wonderful years, Pastor Michelle Vallier Sunday Worship Service: 9:30 a.m. • Coffee Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. how God shut the mouth of the li- God says? Sharon Helsel; children, Mike (Stacy) Supervised Nursery Care Provided ons and saved Daniel from the pen- I have faced many trials in my life Helsel, Eric (Sue) Helsel, Mary Svitkovich, alty of a bad law written by dishon- and gone to the Lord in prayer for Walt (Jen) Helsel, and Rob (Donna) Helsel; “Where You Pastor Inge Whittemore est men, with bad motives. They help. But as I look back, many of and nine adored grandchildren and six great- are Loved” Like us on Facebook wanted to destroy the life of a good those tough places I found myself grandchildren. He was preceded in death man (Daniel) who was standing in in were a result of my own self- by both parents, Wayne and Juanita; infant Indoor Services the way of their selfish personal ishness or poor choices. We often son, Scott Michael Helsel; and daughter-in- 9024-18 Mile Rd. NE Sunday 10:00 am NEW agendas. Sounds like the world we come to God in a crisis, and when law, Diana Helsel. The family would like to Cedar Springs, MI 49319 Worship Service TIME! 616-696-0661 live in today, minus the lions. our prayers aren’t answered, God thank the staff at Fred and Lena Meijer Heart As I meditated on the story, I no- gets the blame. People write him Center and Spectrum Health Butterworth FROST CREEK CHURCH ticed how even the title of the sto- off as something they tried and say, Hospital for their care and compassion Formerly Solon CenterWorship Wesleyan 11 Churcha.m. ry glorifies the problem (the lion’s “it didn’t work for me,” or “my towards Gordon. Gordon’s funeral service 22 Mile Road N. to Sand Lake SERVICESolon TIMECent: e10r am den). When we think of this situa- prayer wasn’t answered.” God does was celebrated on Friday, August 27, 2021, FROSTSolon CREEK Center Wesleyan CHURCH Church 19 Mile Road at Sparta United Methodist Church, 54 E Cedar Springs tion, the deliverance from the prob- not work for you and I; God is not Wesleyan Church M-46 org lem is the thing that we celebrate; something we add to our life to give Division St, Sparta, MI 49345. In lieu of 616-696-3229 Algoma Ave. US-131 S. to G.R. Pasto15671r Dou Algomag DiBell Ave., Cedar Springs Just N. of 19 Mile Rd. and when we encounter problems us the life we want, to ignore him flowers, those wishing to offer expressions PastorSummer Doug Worship DiBell - 10AM & SeniorPastor To mPastorHollow aTomy, Mu sHollowayic/Youth June-August in our lives, we also should look to and then step in during a crisis when of sympathy are encouraged to make a 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs Just N. of 19 Mile Rd. 616-696-3229 God for deliverance. things aren’t going as we think they memorial contribution to The Kirk Gibson What captures my attention should. He is not added to our plan; Foundation for Parkinson’s, 19798 Mack though isn’t the lion’s den; it’s Dan- we are added to his plan, and apart Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 and/ iel kneeling and praying at the win- from Him, we have no good thing. or Feeding America West Michigan 864 W dow (Daniel 6:10). Daniel’s faith I’ve changed the name of this sto- River Center Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI and consistent pattern of prayer was ry from “Daniel and the lion’s den” 49321. the only non-negotiable in his life to “Daniel and the window.” With- Mary Queen of Apostles Church and everything else flowed from out the window, there would have Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Roman Catholic Faith Community there. When opponents to Daniel been no lion’s den; and without the Home, Sparta One W. Maple, Sand Lake | 636-5671 tried to find anything wrong with consistent deep relationship Daniel Mass Times: Saturdays at 5:30 pm • Sundays at 9:00 am him, they found nothing except a had with God, Daniel would have Sacrament of Reconciliation: Mondays at 6:00 pm continual pattern of prayer three been just another nameless man in Father Lam T. Le | [email protected] times a day. When the law was history eaten by a lion! changed, turning Daniel, a good If you’re going to go into the li- Pilgrim Bible Church man, into a criminal, it says Daniel on’s den and you don’t want to get West Pine St. • 696-1021 • Rev. David Ward went up to his room and opened his eaten, make sure you’re going there window and thanked God, “just as for the right reason. May it be be- SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:45 Church WORSHIP 10:45 AM and 6:00 P.M. he had always done before.” I love cause of your consistent obedience MIDWEEK SERVICE • WEDNESDAY 7:00 P.M. it. He didn’t freak out; he didn’t and love for God. He is faithful to suddenly remember in a crisis that see you through. Connection he needed to get back to church; or My prayer in front of the window is online @ Rockford Springs Community Church start to pray again. He had a con- for you and I today is that we would Pastor David Vander Meer 5815 14-Mile Rd. (3 miles east of 131) • 696-3656 sistent lifestyle of giving thanks to be a people of God whose lives are category/churchconnection/ God—the same God who had pre- marked by daily time set aside in Sunday WorShip served his life many times before. prayer, to go deep in relationship 9:30am • 5:00pm When we face suffering like Dan- with Jesus. Don’t focus on the prob- iel did and we look to God for de- lem--focus on Him today and every liverance, are we facing this trial day! SAND LAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 65 W. Maple St. • Sand Lake • 616-636-5673 Rev. Darryl Miller • Worship Service 9:30 am Publish Your HALL RENTAL $75.00 (No Alcohol) ~ Call Barb Gould 616-636-5615 • Birth Announcement • Birthday • Wedding Announcement • Engagement • Anniversary *• In Memory * • Thank you • Congratulations in

FREE west michigan Correspondence Course for only $20 without photo Meetingchurch at the corner ofof Park &Chris Elm St., Cedar Springs AvAilAblE $25 w/ photo ($5 per additional photo) Sunday Worship: 11am (616) 975-2778 50 word limit Sunday Bible Class: 12:30pm *Poetry over 5 lines will be subject to additional fees by length. Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm [email protected] Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Cedar Springs POST Page 5 Church Connection spiritual notes • announcements • memories Obituary Obituary Obituary Obituary ORLIE WILLIAM ERWIN LESTER SMITH KATHERINE LYNN ASH DUANE ANDERSON DOWNER Erwin Lester Katherine Lynn Dermand Duane Smith, 91, of Ash age 37 of Anderson, age Orlie William Corunna, formerly Okeechobee, 83, of Sand Lake “Bing” Downer, of Sand Lake, FL passed MI passed away age 86, of Howard passed away away Thursday, surrounded by City, passed at Memorial August 26, his family on away Wednesday, Healthcare on 2021 after a August 28, 2021. August 25, 2021 Sunday, August lifelong battle He was born at his home under 29, 2021. Funeral with pulmonary on Christmas the loving care service will be disease. Katie day in 1937 and of his family held on Thursday, was born grew to become and Heartland September 2, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the February 19, a dedicated Hospice. He was Calvary Baptist Church, 650 W. South 1984 in Grand brother, husband, born on May St. Owosso. Pastor Donald Fields will Rapids, MI father, grandfather, friend and overall 9, 1935 in Rockford. Orlie served in the officiate, and burial will follow in Pine the daughter amazing man. He was an avid sportsman Michigan National Guard and worked Tree Cemetery in Corunna. The Smith of Jeffrey and and especially loved hunting and fishing. for Wolverine Worldwide as a warehouse family received friends at Watkins Brothers Dena (Grannis) He retired from General Motors of Alpine manager, retiring after 32 years of service. Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Wright. She was a 2003 graduate of Cedar after 30 years of service as a skilled welder. As a young man, he was an avid horseman, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Erwin Springs High School. Surviving are her He started the family company Anderson’s excelling as a barrel racer and in horse was born on December 24, 1929, in Grand husband, Everett; parents, Jeff & Dena Heating and then went on to own the Sand racing. He enjoyed trading and restoring Rapids, Michigan to the late Fred and Wright; brother, Nathan (Lacey) Wright; Lake Party Store. He built and remodeled cars and being with his family and friends. Olivia (Backus) Smith. After high school parents-in-law, Chris & Ronda Ash; brother- homes, including the home he built for On August 25, 1995, in Howard City, he he served his country faithfully in the in-law, Aaron (Meredith) Ash; nieces and him and his family that they have lived in married Joyce Anne Gorby, and they enjoyed United States Army during the Korean nephews, Kayda, Ava, Harlynn Wright, for the past 64 years. He was a member of a happy 26 years together. He was preceded War, and on July 5, 1952, he married Sarah Christopher, Gregory and Eldon Ash; fur the Sand Lake Eagles. He is survived by in death by his parents; Maisy O. (Bush) Louise Larkin and together they raised five babies, Todd, Dot and Duke; many aunts, Marilyn (Newton) Anderson, his loving and Lyle A. Downer; siblings, Donald children. Erwin graduated from Davenport uncles and cousins. She was preceded in wife of 64 years. He is also survived by his Downer, and Marjorie Downer Phelps; College with a degree in accounting; he death by her grandparents, Hugh & sister, Joyce (Denny) Habel; children, Dean two nephews, Roger Downer and David spent most of his working career at General Grannis, Preston & Gladys Wright; fur (Julie) Anderson, Teresa (Joe) Hoffman, Downer; and a step-son, John Brigham. Motors. He was very proud of the fact that baby, Moe. A graveside service will be Bruce (Laurie) Anderson, Randy (Deanna) Surviving are his wife, Joyce Anne Downer he grew up on a farm, he loved to tend to his held Saturday, September 18 at 11:00 am Anderson; 7 grandchildren; 9 great- of Howard City; his children, Kenneth G. garden and spend time outdoors. He loved at East Nelson Cemetery. A luncheon and grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild & Jamie (Perry) Downer of Kent City, Julia spending time with his family and going reception will be held following the service and many nieces and nephews. He was D. Henley & Jack Knowles of Blue River, out to eat, especially for breakfast. Erwin at East Nelson United Methodist Church. preceded in death by his mother Blanche Wisconsin, Donald J. & Barbara Downer is survived by his children, Sharon (Randy) Memorial contributions may be made to (Davis) Blow and his grandson Brant of Comstock Park, Karen & Eric Garvin of Jensen, of Owosso, Christine Allen, of ASPCA or the American Heart Association. Anderson. A celebration of life will be held Belmont; step-daughters, Julie Brigham of Henderson, and Stephen (Karen) Smith, Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike at his home (18202 - 22 Mile Road, Sand Trufant, and Cindy & Shane Jenkins of El of St. Augustine, FL; his 13 grandchildren; Funeral Home, Cedar Springs Lake MI) on Saturday, September 4th from Mirage, Arizona; and two nephews, Doug 21 great-grandchildren; his brother, 1- 4 p.m. Downer and Jim Downer, both of Traverse Kenneth (Lois) Smith, and his sisters, City. Orlie and Joyce also shared in the Lorna (Richard) Holbrook, and Lorraine joy of twelve grandchildren, nine great- Pratt, and his son in-law, Dwayne Nixon. grandchildren, and a beloved cat. Honoring He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah in his wishes, private family services will be 2009; his son, John, in 2013; his daughter, held with burial in Rockford Cemetery. Karen Nixon in 2019 and his brother, Leslie Never pass up a chance Instead of flowers, contributions in memory Smith. Memorial contributions in Erwin’s of Orlie may be directed to Heartland name are suggested to the Calvary Baptist Hospice.To send a message of sympathy to Church. Online condolences can be shared to keep your mouth shut. the family, sign Orlie’s online guest book, at or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel, Owosso Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638. and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. Proberbs 17:28

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broken, share the truth, and rewrite the nar- rative. We believe that the church should be a IndependentlyIndependentlyFAMILY FamilyFamily OWNED OwnedOwned andand AND OperatedOperated OPERATED forfor OverOver 5035 years!years resource for all people—focused on loving Frost...continued from page 3 and serving the surrounding communities, thrive moving forward, oftentimes, we meeting the needs of people, and providing must let go of what is good, or comfortable, hope and peace regardless of the situation or familiar. we are in. Fortunately, however, closing the chapter So come meet us! Come see what we are on Solon Center Wesleyan Church is not all about! All are welcome regardless of marking an end, but a beginning. In January where you come from, what you’ve done, of 2021, Solon Center Wesleyan Church be- or what you believe! You have always been came a campus of Berkley Hills Church in loved, and you are loved here with us! BURIALSMonuments • CREMATIONS and Markers • ofPRE-ARRANGEMENTS Granite or Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two church- Sunday, September 19, will be our es merged, to give life to an entirely new grand-opening celebration! Join us for our 88 EAST DIVISION STREET church, where Solon Center Wesleyan once service at 10 a.m, where we will provide MANAGER/OWNER:88SPARTA, easT division MI 49345-1394 sTreeT was. free, fun and intentional child care so you Thomas ChesleksparTa, Mi 49345-1394 We are Frost Creek Church! can be fully present for our uplifting church We are a community of people who seek service, and stay for the grand-opening cel- Phone 616.887.1761 ebration of our new church immediately Brandon Poortenga to know Jesus and be (like) Jesus. We are a Fax 616.887.2870 family of brothers and sisters in Christ who after! We will provide a free smoked bar- Thomas TimothyCheslek Valkphone 616.887.1761 seek to know who Jesus is and how He calls becue meal, Ohana shaved ice, yard games, ManaTimothyGer-owner PlaisierFax 616.887.2870 us to live, so that we can be like Jesus in the inflatables, and fun for the whole family! way we go about our lives, loving people The church is located at 15671 Algoma not just in words, but in action. Our goal Ave. NE. is to go out into the world and fix what’s Page 6 The Cedar Springs POST Thursday, September 2, 2021 ARTSometown & ENTERTAINMENT Happenings HometownH Happenings articles are a community will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is serviceH for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can demand for placement in this section, we can no email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@ longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday please include name and at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles phone number for any questions we may have. Free Labor Day Air Show Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 2nd. Come in and Sept. 6: The Wolverine Skyhawks invite the community show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September th th to join us for a free airshow on Labor Day, Monday 8 and 15 at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. September 6th, 10 am–4pm at the club’s flying site 13540 Cedar Springs. Dress rehearsal on Wednesday, September th West Street. This is our 9th annual celebration of National 29 at 7 pm. So, get together with friends and family and Model Aviation Day. Pilots will be demonstrating their plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t skills flying Remote Controlled aircraft of all types, make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@ Helicopters, Drones, Electric, Gas, Nitro planes, and even or 231-750-2337. #34,35 Friday, December 10, 2021 at turbine jets. Admission is FREE. Food, drinks, and Ice Cream treats will be available for purchase. Bring the theTable Meals at The Springs Van Andel Arena family and your lawn chairs to enjoy the show! #34,35 Church Grand Rapids – Legendary singer/songwriter James Tay- Sept. 9,16,23,30: theTable meals at the Springs Church are Red Flannel Day Talent Show lor & His All-Star Band with special guest Rock and Roll glad to be back weekly! Starting on Thursday, September Hall of Famer Jackson Browne and his band are coming to Sept. 8,15,29: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The th 9 at 5:30 pm. A free meal for all who come. All are Van Andel Arena on Friday, December 10, 2021, for one Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal welcome! #35,36 intimate and memorable night. groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the COMING Tickets go on sale Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. at Ticket- SOON Tickets will also be available at the DeVos Per- HOMETOWN HAPPENINGS formance Hall box office during regular box office hours. NOW OPEN! are online at Please note that the box office will not be open for the on sale. Showing DIGITAL Movies at the hometown-happenings/ As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinc- KENT THEATRE tive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND have aspired. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall NEXT MOVIE: Sept. 10-12 WE ARE OPEN!!! The Cedar Springs Library is currently of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the world-re- nowned artist has sold more than 100 million albums since OPEN TO THE PUBLIC he was first signed by The Beatles to their Records with LIMITED CAPACITY label, won multiple Grammy Awards, and has earned multi- Individuals who are fully vaccinated ple gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards. His Greatest (2 Vaccine Doses + 2 Weeks) are welcome Hits album alone sold more than 10 million copies. In 2015, to enjoy the Library WITHOUT a mask. Masks are REQUIRED for those who are James was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In not vaccinated 2016, he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. More than just a best-selling artist and legendary sing- **CURBSIDE SERVICES WILL er-songwriter, Jackson Browne has become an CONTINUE ALWAYS** $ in American music, selling over 18 million albums in the Tickets ONLY 3.00ea Playroom will remain CLOSED United States. 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Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Cedar Springs POST Page 7 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT C.S. Lewis The Great Divorce comes to DeVos Performance Hall Nov. 6 JOKE Grand Rapids question,” said FPA - Fellowship for Artistic Director of theWeek Performing Arts Max McLean. “Are Saints and sinners returns to live the- the gates of hell atrical performanc- locked from the in- In a small town there lived two brothers. All of their es in Grand Rapids side?” lives they went around doing horrible things to peo- at DeVos Perfor- Through the play ple—vandalism, stealing, assault, etc. One day one of mance Hall on Sat- Lewis, responds, the brothers died and the other brother went to the town urday, Nov. 6, at 4 “There are only two preacher to arrange his funeral. p.m., with one per- kinds of people in “For my brother’s funeral can you do me one favor?” formance only of the end: those who he asked the preacher. the hit national tour say to God, ‘Thy “Sure, and what might that be?” of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. This acclaimed produc- will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy “I’ll pay you $10,000 if you call my brother a saint.” tion shows Lewis “at his imaginative best,” as described by will be done.’ All that are in hell, choose it. The choice of The preacher agreed and word broke like wildfire in this the Dallas Morning News. called it every lost soul is ‘Better to reign in hell than serve in Heav- small community that the preacher would be calling the “Infinitely thought-provoking . . . consistently intriguing!” en.’ There’s always something they’d rather have than joy.” worst person in the town’s history a saint, so the day of The Great Divorce is a mesmerizing fantasy about heaven The Great Divorce is adapted for the stage by Max Mc- the funeral came and people were lined out of the door to and hell brought to life on stage with Lewis’ signature wit, Lean (C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert, hear what the preacher was going to say. Once everyone amazing actors and dazzling, state-of-the-art projections. In The Screwtape Letters) and directed by Christa Scott-Reed had arrived the preacher started his speech. a recommended review The Washington Post described it (FPA’s Shadowlands, A Man for All Seasons). “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here today as “a faithful adaptation . . . [with] striking vignettes . . . After an 18-month hiatus, Grand Rapids is the eighth stop to mourn upon the most wicked, the most hateful, and packaged into a tidy, brightly designed show”. of the 2021 national tour. For additional tour cities visit maybe the worst person I have ever met in my life, but Broadway World called it “a rare and welcomed treat!” compared to his brother that is sitting in front of me, he “Raises questions of eternal significance with disarming A -based production company founded by was a saint.” ease,” said World Magazine. Artistic Director Max McLean, Fellowship for Performing Now, this updated and expanded version of the original Arts’ mission is to produce theatre and film from a Chris- This Joke of the Week is production features four actors portraying 22 vivid charac- tian worldview that engages diverse audiences. FPA also brought to you by ters. They take a strange bus trip from hell to the outskirts will premiere its first film production this year – The Most of paradise, where they are given an opportunity to stay or Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis. classic kelly’s return to hell . . . forever divorced from heaven. The Great Divorce is Saturday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. at DeVos A Finer Family Restaurant and Catering The choice proves to be much harder than imagined. And Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 356 North Main St., Cedar Springs it all takes place in 90 minutes! MI 49503. Tickets are $49 - $69, Premium tickets $99, $30 (616) 696-0620 The cast of The Great Divorce includes Joel Rainwater under 30, for patrons 30 years old and younger at the box (The Lion King), Jonathan Hadley (Jersey Boys), Carol office (ID required). Groups of 10 or more, please email Halstead (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) and Tom Souhrada [email protected]. All tickets are subject to service (Mary Poppins, Kinky Boots). fees. No refunds or exchanges. ARTS & The Great Divorce is a companion piece to FPA’s hit ad- Buy tickets online at or In ENTERTAINMENT aptation of Lewis’ The Screwtape Person at 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, is online @ Letters. Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hours subject to change. “In The Great Divorce, Lewis poses a most challenging artsentertainment/ VOICES & VIEWS POST ScriptsNOTICE The Cedar Springs Post welcomes We use this information to verify the letters of up to 350 words. The subject letter’s authenticity. 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OUTDOORSRanger Steve’s Lake Huron Red Tails Nature Niche Recovering Michigan’s history of the By Ranger Steve Mueller Trees dancing in the wind Karen finds greater joy in watching violent storms than me. I am a nervous sort who worries about the dangers. Trees waving Moody: An image of 2nd Lt. Frank branches every which way with some cast away gives me safety H. Moody from the headstone at concerns. his gravesite. Once when camping, we heard a train roaring straight down a stretch of river toward our camp in wild country. We were the The first African Amer- only campers in that campground. Friends were meeting us there ican pilots trained by the the next day. United States Army Air When the roaring train reached us, it ripped the rainfly from the Corps earned their wings at tent and flattened the fiberglass poles against us in our sleeping Tuskegee Army Airfield in bags momentarily pinning us to the ground. It was a thrilling ex- Alabama during World War perience for both Karen and me. Her thrill was positive and mine II. Beginning in the spring full of fear. We did not anticipate a violent wind or storm in the of 1943, fighter pilots from middle of the night. Before erecting the tent, I had not checked Tuskegee received advanced the area to make sure no trees were unstable that might fall on us. training in Michigan. Having our friends find us squashed under a heavy tree was not The relative safety of Mid- Windshield: Armored bulletproof windshield of Lt. Moody’s Bell P-39 Airacobra. Photo by W.R. Lusardi. how we wanted them to greet us. western America, along with When the wind passed, I sprang from the tent and ran through weather and geographical the pouring rain to capture our rainfly that had blown into the conditions that approximat- woods. Though ripped, we were able to secure it over our tent. ed what aviators could ex- The sudden straight-line windstorm came and passed quickly. pect to encounter in Europe, Afterwards, we laid wet visiting in our sleeping bags and soon encouraged the to drifted back to sleep. use airfields at Selfridge Morning brought calm with bright sun. The following nights northeast of Detroit, and were peacefully quiet with friends. Karen shared the joyous ex- at Oscoda on the shores of citement about the storm, and I shared anxiety. Wildlife seek pro- Lake Huron. tection during storms and at times experience disaster. Upon completion of train- A friend rescued flying squirrels from a hollow tree that blew ing in Michigan, many Tus- down and killed the mother. Another friend found a nest of dead kegee airmen were imme- Baltimore Orioles whose pendulous nest crashed to the ground in diately deployed to combat heavy wind. Many stories are told about the trial’s wildlife experi- and bomber escort missions ence during storms. Most of us never learn about them. What we in , North Africa and the hear about are the impacts of storms and power outages affecting Mediterranean. our lives. News broadcasters make sure we hear about homes be- Unfortunately, as with ing washed away in Tennessee floods, communities destroyed by many similar training pro- hurricanes, and towns burned to the ground in western wildfires. grams during World War It is no wonder I am fearful of storm violence. They can be II, dozens of accidents oc- beautiful to watch but are frightening. This week a brief storm curred in Michigan, result- disturbed our lives. Power was lost with refrigerator/freezer items ing in the loss of both air- put in danger. We prefer power outages in winter when we can craft and crewmen. Fifteen Wing: Michigan Department of Natural Resources maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi documents the maintain home heat with the fireplace and relocate refrigerator Tuskegee airmen were killed portside wing of a Bell P-39 Airacobra wrecked in Lake Huron in 1944. Photo by Erik Denson. items outside. Freezer items are still in jeopardy because it rarely while training in the state; to Selfridge Field for ad- is cold enough outdoors to match freezer temperatures. five pilots were lost in Lake vanced training in the P-39 Wildlife work their best to find adequate shelter to wait out a Huron, one in the St. Clair Airacobra. storm, fire, or flood. Survivors pick up where they left off and River, and nine as a result Manufactured by Bell continue life. We are devastated by losing our past when posses- of land crashes or mid-air Aircraft Corporation, the sions are destroyed. We have friends that lost all pictures and fam- collisions. Airacobra was 30 feet, 2 ily heirlooms in fires. Thankfully, they lost no family members. Frank H. Moody was born inches in length and had a The most recent storm toppled a dead ash tree in the back yard in Oklahoma and grew up wingspan of 34 feet. The where a hummingbird maintained a favored perch. Eastern Wood in Los Angeles. He earned single-seat airplane had a Peewees used the bare tree branches as scouting roosts to from his wings at Tuskegee in range of 650 miles, could to capture insects. It has been several years since emerald ash bor- February 1944 and became reach speeds of 385 mph, ers killed the tree. A friend asked if I wanted him to cut it down. part of an elite group of pi- and was armed with a I said no because I knew it would become a wonderful place for lots belonging to the 332nd 37-millimeter cannon, and birds to land and for me to easily observe them from the back Fighter Group that would four .50-caliber machine porch. It was far enough from the house that I did not need to come to be known as “Red guns. worry about it falling and damaging our residence. Tails.” On April 11, 1944, Lt. A dead black cherry served a similar purpose for almost twenty After being commis- Moody and three other pi- years before it fell. Living trees are flexible and dance in the wind. Wreath: Michigan Department of Natural Resources maritime sioned a second lieutenant lots were conducting live- Listening to the breeze rustle leaves is stimulating. Even after archaeologist Wayne Lusardi, left, and diver Ernie Franklin preparing death the trees continue to brighten our lives by providing places to lay a wreath at the wreck site in honor of Lt. Frank Moody. Photo in the United States Army, fire gunnery exercises over by Eric Denson. Moody was transferred RED TAILS- continues on page 13 for wildlife on their branches or in hollow trunks. Not enough dead trees stand for cavity nest- ing animals. 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Cedar Springs soarsSPORTS past Saginaw Valley 48-16 Thursday they will take on Rockford at Rockford

Post photo by K&L Photography. Post photo by K&L Photography. Cedar Springs quarterback Aiden Brunin racked up over 130 yards rushing in last week’s game against Saginaw Swan Valley. Cedar Springs Red Hawk Antwuan Nicholls runs with the ball. By Judy Reed of the way in to score a 41- scoring driving, when Alex the endzone to Kyle Hoo- minutes later when Car- (132), Nicholls (128), Falan yard touchdown with 4:56 Ream ran the ball in for a rt was good for two more ter Falan ran in a 30-yard (45), Ream (31), West (24), The Cedar Springs Var- left in the first. A pass into 6-yard touchdown, with points. touchdown. An extra points Ryan Mitchell (19), Hoort sity Red Hawks football the endzone from Brunin 10:28 left in the second Nicholls scored again in run was no good. (18), and Bayink (9). team owned the field at Red to Ream added two more quarter. The extra points at- the third quarter, on a 13- The final score of the Swan Valley had 170 Hawk Stadium last Thurs- points, making the score tempt was no good. yard run, with 5:52 left. night came with 35 seconds yards rushing. Stark led day, against Saginaw Swan 8-0. Lightning from an im- Ryan West’s run into the left in the game, when Swan with 104, Cody Ueberroth Valley, for the opening The Red Hawks scored pending storm then delayed endzone was good for two Valley’s Matthew Stark ran had 37, and Brandt had 31. game of the 2021 season. again on their next posses- the game for two hours. more points. for a 10-yard touchdown. Alex Ream led in tackles “I felt our guys came out sion, when Brunin had an It was 9:48 p.m. when it West scored his own Tyler Drain’s run for extra for the Red Hawks with 11. ready to play and started awesome 74-yard run into restarted, with 10:28 left touchdown with just 47 sec- points was good. Rest of the team had 5 and fast,” said Cedar Springs the endzone with 2:21 left in the half. “I really don’t onds left in the third quar- The final score was Cedar under. Drew Kaeckmeister Coach Gus Kapolka. “I’m on the clock in the first. The feel that the lightning de- ter, on a 5-yard run. An ex- Springs 48, Swan Valley 16. led in tackles for Saginaw proud of how we prepared extra points attempt was no lay affected us very much. tra point run was no good. While Kapolka was Valley with 5. and how we executed.” good. The score was now I thought our guys handled Swan Valley finally got on pleased with the game, he The Cedar Springs de- The first scoring drive 14-0. themselves very well and the board in the fourth quar- said that the team still needs fense also picked off two started on the Cedar Springs CS kicked off, and Swan stayed focused,” said Ka- ter, when Brandon Brandt to improve and cut down passes, with both Carter 17, with 6:33 left in the first Valley ran two plays, and on polka. ran in a 4-yard touchdown on their penalties. The team Bayink and Ryan West each quarter. Quarterback Aid- the third play, the ball was The Red Hawks scored with 8:42 to go. A Colton had five, and Swan Valley snagging one. en Brunin, Alex Ream and intercepted by Red Hawk their next touchdown with Klein pass to Sam Wickham had four. The Red Hawks have an Ryan West all moved the Carter Bayink at the Swan 1:10 left in the quarter, on was good for extra points. Cedar Springs had 406 exciting opportunity to play ball 42 yards before Ant- Valley 45 and returned it 20 a 69-yard run by Antwuan Cedar Springs hit the yards on the ground. Lead- the Rockford Rams this wuan Nichols ran it the rest yards. This set up the next Nicholls. Brunin’s pass into scoreboard again just two ing rushers were Brunin SOARS - continues on page 13 Volleyball Boys Cross Country braves the heat, takes two over places second Reeths-Puffer Dominating defense and com- manding teamwork were on display for the Red Hawk Varsity Volleyball team at the Reeths-Puffer non-league triangular on Tuesday, August 24. The Lady Red Hawks took an 0-2 loss to a determined Coopers- ville team in the opening match before they rolled past host Reeths-Puffer 2-0 (25-13; 25-23) in the final match. Senior setter Makenna Outwin had a team-high 8 aces and 15 assists. Middle hitter Alyssa Detweiller led the team in kills and blocks with 8/4. Libero Brandy Singleton was effective and dynamic on defense, racking up 15 digs and 23 serve receptions while Melissa Goslin recorded 7 kills and 12 service points. Despite a hot and humid as well as their first don- each turned in top-30 fin- tin Jones believes their ef- “We were proud to get a win against a tough Reeths Puff- day in Remus, the boys ning brand new uniforms. ishes as well, running 19:05 fort was a step in the right er team, as we worked hard together as a team all night cross country team battled Leading the charge was ju- and 19:16 respectively. direction. “This was proba- and remained mentally tough,” said Head Coach Ashley to a second place team fin- nior Espen Wood, crossing Rounding out the scoring bly one of the more prom- Lowing. ish at the Warrior Early the 5k finish line in 18:32 for the Hawks was senior ising starts to a season that Varsity volleyball held their home opener triangular on Season Invitational hosted and 13th place overall. Se- Gabe Minnich in 19:22. I have been a part of,” he Tuesday, August 31. They went into it with a 3-3 overall by Chippewa Hills High nior Carter Moleski fol- After graduating standout said. “It’s fun to watch the record, and hosted Oakridge, Big Rapids and Tri-County. School. The meet on August lowed three spots behind Corey Bowers, the boys young men on this year’s Watch for the results of that in next week’s paper. 24 was the first of the 2021 Wood, finishing in 18:37. look to find success in team fill the holes that season for the Red Hawks, Gabe White and Eli Malon depth, and head coach Jus- BRAVES - continues on page 13 Page 12 The Cedar Springs POST Thursday, September 2, 2021 The

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FFA...continued from front page Red...continued from page 10 Tails LEGAL nity in Cedar Springs today. Lake Huron when his Airacobra gave off a trail of black During the 75-year history of the chapter, 10 agriscience smoke. Moody raised the nose of the aircraft slightly, then teachers have dedicated their time to the students of Cedar cartwheeled into the lake. He was killed instantly. His body NOTICES Springs that have been interested in FFA and ag education. was later found in the St. Clair River and was returned to Mr. John Coady was the original advisor from 1946 un- Los Angeles for burial. til 1959. Another memorable teacher and advisor was Mr. On April 11, 2014, exactly 70 years to the day after Mel Matchett, who taught in the 1970’s. Mr. Larry Reyburn the crash, David Losinski and his son Drew discovered a followed and became a favorite advisor that taught for 40 wrecked airplane while diving in Lake Huron. They located COURTLAND years until retiring in 2019. The current ag teacher and ad- the forward instrument panel that contained the airplane’s TOWNSHIP visor is Mr. Brent Willett who started in 2019 and is work- radio call sign, which positively identified the wreck as the 7450 - 14 Mile Rd ing hard to rebuild the ag program and ensure its future here Airacobra flown by Moody. Rockford, MI 49341 in Cedar Springs. Losinski invited Michigan Department of Natural Re- Although FFA no longer stands for “Future Farmers of sources state maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi to America,” it still holds the original gold standards and participate in reconnaissance dives of the site. Lusardi then PUBLIC NOTICE beliefs. In 1988, the organization’s name changed to the led several expeditions to the wreck site to document the COURTLAND TWP National FFA Organization due to the progressive chang- aircraft and its associated artifacts. PLANNING COMMISSION es in agriculture. The Cedar Springs chapter uses “Future In 2015, Lusardi and volunteer divers from the Nation- for America” in place of the original acronym. No longer al Association of Black Scuba Divers surveyed the aircraft NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING just cows and plows, the FFA made moves to include more wreckage. The following summer, the wreckage was in- PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the aspects of agriculture such as horticulture, forestry, food spected using a remotely operated vehicle, and Lusardi be- Courtland Township Planning Commission will processing, agribusiness and leadership. gan the investigation of a second Tuskegee Airacobra that hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September The American FFA Degree is the highest honor award- crashed in the St. Clair River with the loss of Flight Officer 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Courtland Township ed to FFA members who show the highest commitment Nathanial Porter Rayburg. Hall, 7450 – 14 Mile Road, Rockford, Michigan, to FFA and agriculture. The American Degree has many In 2018, the State of Michigan issued an archaeological 49341. The consideration is an application to qualifications a member must meet including 3 years active recovery permit for Moody’s aircraft to the National Muse- rezone from Richard & Sandra Brill, for property membership, earning the FFA State Degree and completing um of in Detroit. located at 11504 Stout Ave NE, Cedar Springs, secondary education in an agriculture education program. A select group of artifacts was recovered from the site, MI 49319, Parcel ID #41-07-16-200-024, 21.45 There have been 115 members of our chapter that have including the 2-inch-thick bulletproof windshield, the star- acres, SE corner of Stout Ave and 14 Mile Rd. earned the FFA State Degree since 1948. Three of those board side door manufactured by Hudson Motor Compa- Proposed rezoning is from R-R, Rural Residential 115 have also earned their American FFA Degree from Ce- ny, the forward instrument panel containing 16 gauges, a to C, General Commercial. dar Springs: Connie Hoskins in 1994, Melissa Fisk in 2008, wooden radio mast and two sections of steel drive shaft that and most recently Cecelia Brandt in 2019. connected the engine – that was placed behind the pilot – to All interested persons may attend the public Over the years, many members have worked hard to com- the gear box and propeller in the forward fuselage. hearing and comment on the requested approval. pete in leadership and skills contests at the local, state and The state renewed the archaeological recovery permit Written comments concerning the request even national level. This year, Cedar Springs FFA Forest- in 2021, and Lusardi, together with Dr. Brian Smith of the may be submitted to the Township office at the ry team members Gideon McConnon, Trevor Marsman, Tuskegee Airmen’s Museum, continued documentation of above-stated address up to the time of the public Chase Marsman, Eli Kleinenberg and Sam Kleinenberg, the wreckage and removal of artifacts from Lake Huron. hearing. Interested persons may also call 616- took first place at the state level and will be competing at A crew of volunteer divers and archaeologists from across 866-0622 or visit during regular Township office the 94th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, In- the country participated in the project. Dozens of artifacts hours for further information/questions. diana in October. The eam is coached by Larry Reyburn were measured, photographed and precisely mapped on the and is the first to represent Cedar Springs in a competition lake floor, and many were retrieved and transported to De- Dated: Sept. 2, 2021 TOWNSHIP OF at the National FFA level. troit for conservation. All materials need to go through a COURTLAND The FFA motto is Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earn- lengthy process to preserve the integrity of the artifacts and ing to Live, Living to Serve. The 2021/22 officer team allow them to be dried out and exhibited. (President Gideon McConnon, Vice President Tate Ringel- At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, a memorial was dedicat- berg, Secretary Brennen Porter, Treasurer Caleb Skelonc, ed at International Flag Plaza in Port Huron to honor the 15 Reporter Morgan Merlington, Sentinel Maddy Powell, His- Tuskegee airmen killed in training accidents in Michigan. torian Grace Willits, and Student Advisor Carly Brecker) The Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Dedication Ceremony have chosen the last line of the motto as their inspiration was part of a series of events happening to honor the fliers. for the year and will be serving the community in many The Tuskegee airmen’s impact on northeast Michigan, ways. With the beginning of the school year upon us, the their contribution to the war effort and their ultimate sac- PUBLIC NOTICE officer team is currently working with the chapter to plan rifice will long be remembered here and across the nation. CITY OF CEDAR SPRINGS some events and opportunities that will get them out into The documentation of Moody’s aircraft was much more the community soon. than an archaeological investigation of a wrecked aircraft. Fall Brush Pick Up The Cedar Springs FFA Alumni & Friends would like to It was a dive into history – and into a man’s life. congratulate the chapter on 75 years of leadership and ded- Only 22 years old when he was tragically killed in 1944, is scheduled for ication to Agriculture Education in our schools and com- Moody was preparing to fight for his country. His death was munity. Follow our facebook page for more Cedar Springs not in vain. Monday, September 20, 2021 FFA history and current events for the chapter. If you were The Tuskegee airmen overcame unimaginable obstacles. a past FFA member or just want to support agriculture in They learned to fly. They became officers and leaders of Please have brush out at 6:00 a.m. and neatly men. stacked as close to the curb as possible with all Cedar Springs, please consider joining the alumni to help- They soared! branches in one direction. Brush half inch to six ing us keep FFA and ag education available to our students inches in diameter will be picked up. Brush cannot for another 75 years! exceed 12 feet in length.

Soars...continued from page 11 Braves...continued from page 11 Thursday, September 2, at Rockford. It will be the first time were left by our recent graduates. This group has tremen- since 1981 that Cedar Springs and Rockford have met on dous potential to be one of the deepest teams in the area.” the gridiron. The Red Hawks and the Rams used to meet Jones also tabbed Woods’ run as a highlight of the meet. The regularly when they were both part of the Tri River Confer- senior has been working diligently since joining the program. ence in the 1960s, then Rockford left the conference. Cedar “Watching him show out as the top Cedar Springs Springs picked up a few non-conference games with them boy and lead this team at our first meet was a in the late 1970s, early 80s, but then never played them great moment,” Jones said. “This has been a long again. time coming for one of our hardest workers.” Last season, Rockford, a member of the OK-Red, lost in The Red Hawks will now shift focus to the first OK Gold the state semifinals to Davison. Jamboree, and home meet, of the season on September 8. “We are excited to have the opportunity to play a pro- Trees and brush larger than six inches, vines, Three jamborees throughout the season help determine a gram as storied as Rockford,” said Kapolka. “We want to rubbish, leaves or other yard waste point system for team champions and all-conference selec- measure ourselves against the best and Rockford will be a will NOT be picked up. tions. Races will be run on the course at Cedar View Ele- big test for us.” mentary. Game time is 7 p.m. You can buy your tickets online at Dated: Sept. 2, 2021 Rebecca Johnson or purchase them at the gate. City Clerk See you there! 616.696.1330 Page 14 The Cedar Springs POST Thursday, September 2, 2021 work they did to help these pets find , and of course a heartfelt thank you to all of the people who chose adop- tion and gave these pets a second chance at life.” While thousands of lives were saved, here are just a few Shelters...continued from page 2 Police...continued from front page K9 notable adoption stories from throughout the country: place pets, including adult cats and large and senior dogs. Cora, a one-eyed, 9-1/2-year-old dog in Cummings, the incident. Approximately 808 adult cats and 997 large or senior Georgia, found a fantastic home to live out her golden K9 Axel has been with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office dogs were adopted during the event hosted Aug. 16-22, years after four months in the care of Animal Ark Rescue. since May 2019. He was the agency’s only explosive detec- 2021, including 33 cat and 49 dog “foster failures,” (when A diagnosis of kidney disease didn’t stop Sassy, the tion dog and was assigned to the Community Services Unit a foster family plans to adopt the pet) and a total of 1,887 14-year-old calico from Carsonville, Michigan, from se- with handler Deputy Krystal Stuart. Please keep K9 Axel animal lives were touched because of the effort. curing her forever home during Sanilac County Humane and Deputy Stuart in your thoughts and prayers. Since Jan. 2021, BISSELL Pet Foundation has helped Society’s event. Residents in the community of Cedar Springs were well find homes for 12,427 pets and provided $927,100 in direct Houston Humane Society adopted out one of their lon- acquainted with Axel and had just seen him recently at a funding to the shelter partners through “Empty the Shel- gest residents during this emergency Empty the Shelters. community event. There has been a major outpouring of ters.” Shelby, a six-year-old dog, found her family after 150 days sympathy and support for Deputy Stuart and the KCSO. “With shelters struggling with overcrowding across the at the shelter. “Thank you, Kent County (and beyond), for your out- country, the adoptions through this emergency ‘Empty the The next “Empty the Shelters” event is scheduled for pouring of support for Deputy Stuart and K9 Axel,” reads Shelter’ have opened up space to help another 1,805 pets in October. For more information on adopting or donating to a post on the Kent County Sheriff’s Office page. “K9 Axel need,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foun- “Empty the Shelters,” visit loved the water, snow, and sticks. He was undeniably one dation. “We thank our partner shelters for the incredible empty-the-shelters. of our most photogenic dogs. He and Deputy Stuart were an unstoppable team. As Deputy Stuart so beautifully said, ‘My partner was a rockstar. We hit our two years in May, and we were a team, a solid team. He was a tracking ma- chine, and I knew if someone was out there, he would find him. If an explosive was placed, he would locate it. I trusted SIT BACK AND my partner, and he learned to trust me.’ “K9 Axel, we will forever cherish your craziness, your ENJOY YOUR DRIVE slobbery tennis balls and tug toys, your incredibly distinc- tive yelp, your long tongue (which made its way into nearly every picture), and your hard work to keep Kent County a safer place. We love and miss you, good boy!”

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Commissioners Tom Antor, Ben Green, Chair situation where he/she becomes a health threat to others, an peared part way through the public comment time with no Mandi Bolter and others appeared to take their consituents’ immediate court order shall be sought pursuant to Michi- explanation, which only upset the crowd even more than concerns to heart. gan Law MCL 333.5207. Upon issuance of this court order, they already were. Public comments then began. Most all were respectful, he/she may be taken into protective custody to protect the He never returned. and they tried to share their own stories and feelings about public health.” Event the Kent County Commissioners were frustrated their family and the mandate. They wanted London to hear The Allegan County Health Department hasn’t responded that he left and tried to get him back, but to no avail. their stories. But he only heard a portion of them before he to a request for comment. During the start of the meeting, the Kent County Com- disappeared from the meeting. Conservative political consultant Fred Wszolek tweet- missioners heard from their legal counsel, Linda Howell, Cedar Springs had several residents who spoke, includ- ed the letter justifies Unlock Michigan’s petition drive to who explained that the local public health officer has the ing School Board President Heidi Reed. “For the record, change the public health code to limit epidemic orders to power to order a public health order by state law. The 6th Kent ISD does not speak for us,” she told London and the 28 days. After that, public health officials would need the Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled early last week that the Commissioners, referring to a letter KISD Supt. Ron Koe- approval of an extension from the legislature or local gov- mask mandate was not unconstitutional. She also told the hler allegedly wrote to London telling him that all the dis- erning bodies. board that they had no power to rescind the order, nor could tricts wanted the mask mandate. “Instead of approaching the parents with concern & com- they pass a resolution compelling London to change it. “The Kent County Health Department recently made a passion, the notice deems their child a ‘carrier’,” Wszolek London gave a presentation to the Commissioners, and one size fits all decision to mask preK through six grade tweeted. “Before telling the parents how to care for their they asked him questions, as well. London explained to students three days before school started. Today I stand be- child, it threatens to take the child and/or parents into ‘pro- them that those who focus on child survival rates miss the fore you, for the parents who are being denied the right tective custody’ if their demands aren’t met.” point of children suffering from MIS-C and long Covid. to make medical decisions for their children, because of Wszolek also led the petition drive to revoke Gov. Gretch- “Thankfully, our Kent County children, with a few tragic the medical mandate that is being forced on them via the en Whitmer’s 1945 pandemic powers. exceptions, have done relatively well so far,” said London. Kent County Health Department. Further, the public health “These are the ‘public health experts’ ruling Michigan by “Those focused solely on survival rates are missing the order was worded with the burden of enforcement on the decree, issuing orders with no limits, no deadlines, & no point that children also suffer from multi-system inflamma- schools—not personal responsibility or the public in gener- accountability. This is what Gretchen Whitmer’s Michigan tory syndrome and long COVID. They also suffer the men- al. Schools are not designed to be the enforcement arm for has become: faceless bureaucrats hurling threats at the tax- tal and emotional anguish, when their adult loved ones are the health department.” payers they serve. THIS ALL ENDS with #Unlock2.” absent due to illness or death. I’ve heard many people say She went on to explain how they use a multi-tiered pro- Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, said the letter was a step that COVID is far less harmful for children than influenza, tection system, and how they’ve worked with the Health too far. and that runs contrary to the largest study so far on that very Department in the past, but they need to speak up for those “Now the Allegan County Health Director is threatening question. The journal Pediatrics published a paper in their with the smallest voices—the kids. to take parents to court if the department has ‘reasonable latest issue, which looked at a quarter of a million children Cinty Patin, Board President at CTA, also spoke, and belief’ that their child has been exposed to COVID-19 and diagnosed with COVID and compared them with over 2 explained how they had been completely prepared for the they don’t follow her every order,” he posted on Facebook. million children diagnosed with influenza. Researchers cite school year, and how London’s mandate took away par- “This could include actions by the county to take that how those kids fare 30 days past diagnosis. They found that ents’ choice, something parents valued when choosing to child away from the parents and into the government’s cus- kids with COVID were 3.9 to 5.6 times more likely to re- send their kids to CTA. tody. Allegan’s County Commission needs to step up and quire hospitalization, at least 7.9 times more likely to suffer Two representatives from the state legislature also spoke MOREfire this reckless andOPTIONS tyrannical health director for threaten- hypoxemia, and at least 2.5 times more likely to develop during public comment. ing to take away people’s kids for possibly coming in close pneumonia, and the kids with influenza, they also could not The meeting lasted about 4-1/2 hours. contact with someone who had COVID. 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