Clayton and Anne Towns of Cedar Springs announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea Marion Towns to Scott Robert McClure of Greenville. Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and a 2010 graduate of Davenport University. She is employed by bswift as a system analyst. Scott is the son of Robert and Pamela McClure of Rockford. He is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Napa Auto Parts as a store manager. Attending the wedding will be maid of honor, sister of the bride, Chelsea Towns; maid of honor, sister of the bride, Mallory Towns; along with best man, brother of the groom, Brandon McClure; and groomsman, friend of the groom, Darren Corey. The couple is planning a May 11, 2013 wedding at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont.
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A 16-year-old Cedar Springs teen was killed and two other teens were critically injured Thursday morning, August 23, when the car they were riding in ran off the road and hit a tree. According to Kent County Sheriff Sgt. James Loughrin, the accident occurred about 8:20 a.m. The 16-year-old male driver and two male passengers were headed north on White Creek Avenue, north of Wiersma, when the car veered off the road and hit a tree. The driver, Wyatt Phillips, 16, of Cedar Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene. The front seat passenger, Johnny Klaasen, 16, of Cedar Springs, suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. It took over an hour to extricate the back seat passenger, Sean Thompson, 16, of Sparta, who was critically injured with head and leg injuries. Rescue workers had to open up the back of the car to get him out. Sean was awake and talking to officers and rescue personnel as they worked. He was taken to Butterworth by AeroMed. According to investigating Deputy Jason VanDyke, police believe that excessive speed was the cause of the accident. They do not believe alcohol was involved. All were wearing their seatbelts. Cedar Springs High School set up a crisis team in the high school media center for students to come in and talk to a counselor. A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Wyatt Phillips at Cedar’s first home football game, Friday, August 24.
Most people cannot point to Mongolia on a map. But 16-year-old Cedar Springs resident Kylie Wells cannot only do that, but can even pronounce its capital city of Ulaan Baatar. Wells has just returned from the Mongolian capital and surrounding villages to learn about the impact Operation Christmas Child is having on children in developing countries. Wells and 19 others were chosen as “Samaritan’s Purse Youth” for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hand-deliver shoebox gifts filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies to Mongolian children suffering from poverty. In 2012, Operation Christmas Child expects to reach a milestone—collecting and delivering shoeboxes to more than 100 million children since 1993. During that time, Operation Christmas Child has collected more than 94 million shoebox gifts and hand-delivered them to suffering children in more than 130 countries. Mongolia began receiving shoebox gifts in 1996; since then, more than 250,000 Mongolian children ages 2-14 have received a gift. Wells will be sharing pictures and stories of her trip to Mongolia on Sunday, August 5 at 6 p.m. at Crossroads Church in Rockford. The public is invited to attend and hear how they can get involved by packing a shoebox for this year’s collection week, which is November 12-19.
Shaun M. Wolf, 17, of Cedar Springs has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award. Wolf will be recognized in ceremonies on Sunday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Howard Christensen Nature Preserve in Kent City. A member of Troop #282, chartered by North Kent Presbyterian Church, Wolf is one of approximately five percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or school-related service project to earn his Eagle. Wolf chose to build a camping area at Howard Christensen Nature Preserve. He directed the project, which included clearing an area for camping, installing four fire rings, and putting down wood chips on the path from the parking area to the camping area. Wolf has served as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, librarian and Order of the Arrow representative. He is active in the Chess Club and Rocket Club and has received three academic letters at Rockford High School, where he is a senior. He is the son of Tim and Vickie Wolf of Cedar Springs.
Going green has never been so easy Northern Lights Garden Supply is ready to grow with Cedar Springs—literally. The one-stop grow shop is located at 141111 White Creek Avenue and is family owned by Jamie Taylor and operated by her husband Jason. The Taylors note that people who live in the area have to drive a considerable distance for specialized gardening supplies such as those offered by Northern Lights. The store includes specialty growing systems and organic supplies that are increasing in popularity. In addition to the store’s wide variety of products, the advice of a professional who understands options, including economic solutions, is another value of shopping locally. “We are all about displaying the products we sell,” Jamie noted. In the store, visitors can see the difference in the speed and vigor of plant growth using products sold by the company. The trailing vines and huge leaves of a pumpkin grown in a hydroponic system dwarf one grown in a pot in soil, an amazing demonstration that gardeners can see for themselves in the store. A three-month-old banana plant, pumpkin, zucchini and flowers growing in the showroom demonstrate indoor options for year-around growing. Jason said it is fun to experiment with growing plants in different mediums—soil, cocoa, and hydroponics—so customers can see the many different ways to grow indoors. “We support Michigan growing green,” said Jamie. “Hydroponics is our specialty and it is great for the environment. It saves water and uses less than ten percent water than soil-grown plants. It can also be used anywhere and produces up to five times as much as soil in the same space.” Northern Lights Garden Supply features a wide variety of products from Foxfarm nutrients, Botanicare nutrients, SunHuts, BC Bloom, Humbolt nutrients, Magnum XXX reflectors, Eye Hortilux and Uship bulbs as well as Roots soil. Coming soon will be House and Garden nutrients. Indoor gardeners from beginners to seasoned vets will find their needs met, and Jason listens with care to customers in order to bring products and supplies shoppers want. Package deals help keep costs down and a complete hydroponics set-up can be as low as $275. Weekly specials are also offered. Northern Lights Garden Supply is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to […]