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Archive | February, 2011

Settlement reached in 2008 wildfire near Grayling

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced that a Saginaw- based railroad company will reimburse $274,209 to the state and other agencies for fire suppression costs and damages resulting from wildfires occurring along its rail tracks in April of 2008.

The Four Mile fire – the largest among those for which the Attorney General brought charges — threatened the city of Grayling, burned several structures and charred 1,300 surrounding acres. That wildfire also closed Interstate 75 and cut off power to much of the area.

Lake State Railway pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of operating equipment without a spark arrestor in both Arenac and Crawford counties. A more serious charge of willfully setting fires was dismissed. Judges in each county imposed fines which together totaled $1,250 and placed Lake State on probation for one year while also ordering them to follow fire prevention guidelines laid out in a plan designed to reduce the chances wildfires will occur through future railway operations.

“We are pleased with the outcome,” said Lynne Boyd, chief of DNRE’s Forest Management Division Chief “Each fire department and police agency responding to the Four Mile fire will recover their costs.  The DNRE will receive compensation of $155,000 in suppression expenses and $76,000 for a destroyed vehicle and timber damaged on state land.”

Boyd went on to point out the importance of the wildfire prevention plan, saying, “The preventive actions agreed to include a number of measures which will reduce the risk of wildfires starting along the railroad tracks.” She added, “Lake State Railway has shown an increased dedication to preventing wildfires by implementing many portions of the plan even prior to the courts’ final rulings.”

A separate civil case against Lake State involving additional private property damage is still pending in Crawford County.

For more information about wildfires in Michigan, including prevention tips and information, go to  www.michigan.gov/firemanagement.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state’s environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/dnre.

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Discount travel

Three engineers and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket. “How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks an accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, Ticket, please.”

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Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes

Princesses wish for happily ever after in magical ice show

Cinderella and Prince Philip in Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (February 22, 2011) – Believing is just the beginning in Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes!  Dreamers from all over West Michigan will witness the magic when Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine and Mulan all make their wishes come true in this collection of celebrated tales wonderfully told through artistic skating and acrobatics.

With the help of the magical pixie Tinker Bell, the Disney Princesses embark on an adventure to find their heart’s fondest wish. Ariel dreams of a life above the sea, Mulan finds her inner strength, Jasmine discovers a whole new world and Snow White finds her true love.  Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty also find happiness in this beautifully imagined ice show.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes features an incredible display of special effects, stunning set design and elegant artistry on the ice.  Tickets are on sale now for $15, $19, $23 and $35, with a limited number of $45 VIP and $55 Front Row seats also available.  Tickets for the Thursday, March 10 Opening Night Performance are $12 (excluding VIP and Front Row seats).  All seats are reserved and additional service and handling fees may apply. Tickets are available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® convention center box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W stores and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone: 1.800.745.3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For group ticket tickets, call 616.742.6185 or email groupsales@smggr.com.

Starting one hour before each performance, families will be treated to the Disney Princess Pre-Show, an exclusive fairy tale collection of gowns and treasures from the Disney Princess stories. This bonus experience is free with ticket purchase and includes a special appearance by a live Disney Princess.

Shows are March 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.; March 12 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 13 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

To learn more about Disney On Ice, log on to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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Win tickets to Disney on Ice!

Have you subscribed yet to the Cedar Springs Post? If not, you are missing out on a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses! And, on top of that, we are giving away tickets to Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes! We will be drawing the winners next week Tuesday, March 1, and the tickets will be for the March 11, 7 p.m. show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (See Disney on Ice story above for more info on the show.)
You can win by subscribing to the Post for only $25 per year. Fill out the entry form on this page and mail, or subscribe through our website (www.cedarspringspost.com) using Paypal. We need your entry by noon, March 1 to be considered.
This week’s winners are:
*Gawain and Jolene Teuscher, of Nelson Township, won a spa pedicure from Reflections by Design, 40 S. Main Street.
*Joanne Furhoff, of Solon Township, won a large, one-topping pizza from Hungry Howies, 151 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs.
Winners must pick up their certificates HERE at the Post within 30 days or the prize will be awarded to someone else. We are open from 9-5 Monday through Friday. Please call 696-3655 to make other arrangements.
Thanks so much to the businesses partnering with us in this drive! If you are a business who would like to donate a prize, call us at 696-3655.
*Subscribers are assigned a number, and then chosen at random through a computer website, www.random.org.

Thank you to all of this week’s subscribers!

John & Camilla Teusink
Sally & Dennis Wigent
Gordon & Alice Mosher
Kathy & Darren Corwin
Susan & Anthony Vicari, Jr.
Mara & Russell Eldred
Anitra Eldred
Ellen Hazewinkel
Richard Higgs
Kwyndel & Jason VanDyke
Evelyn Bliss
Brian & Lou Ann Wheat
Bill & Annabelle Sevey
Sally Smith
Todd & Mary Hall
Roger & Mary Scholz
Charles & Dianne Gross
Thorval & Sharon Nielsen
Herman & Gertrude Feikema
Myrtle Eldred
Donna Smith
Margie Hubbard
Alex & Jayna Anderson
Charles & Kathy Maddocks
Kim & Diane Johnson
Dorothy Zank
Winifred & Otto Ford
Brian & Melissa Weber
Sandra Patin
Keith & Sharon Wheat
Terry & Diane Bengtson

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Community rummage sale to benefit senior all night party

Rent a space to help senior all night party for only $10

Would you like to help to provide a safe environment for our 2011 graduates to celebrate with one another without alcohol or drugs? One Cedar Springs graduating class suffered a tragedy on graduation night, and that was one too many.  Since then, parents of the seniors in the graduating class have worked hard to plan fun, safe activities for the kids on graduation night, and they depend on financial support from both businesses and the community through donations and fundraisers.

One way you can help this year’s class is to rent a space at the community garage sale set for Saturday, March 12. Rent a space for only $10 and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. You will be given a 10-feet by 10-feet area with one 8-foot table and chair. You may bring additional tables for your space. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in downtown Cedar Springs. The event will be open to the public and advertised in local papers, flyers posted throughout the area, and it will be listed on Craig’s list. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 1. Space is limited. For more info call Michele at (616) 696-9024 or email praxsls@hotmail.com.

With your support we will continue to provide a great event for our graduating seniors!

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ArtPrize 2011 registration dates announced

Officials of ArtPrize, a radically open art competition giving away the world’s largest art prize, have announced the 2011 registration dates for venues and artists and special dates for submitting art to be installed in the Grand River. ArtPrize 2011 will run from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.

“The artist and venue registration process was developed during the last two years based on feedback provided from artists, venues, city hall and ArtPrize visitors,” said Rick DeVos, ArtPrize founder.

Key dates for ArtPrize 2011 include:

Venue Registration

Open: Monday, March 14, 2011

Close: Thursday April 14 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist Registration

Open: Monday, April 18

Close: Thursday, June 16 (5 p.m. EDT)

Artist/Venue Matching

Open: Tuesday, May 31

Close: Thursday, June 30 (5 p.m. EDT)

“A lot of the most memorable work in the event is created for a specific space,” said ArtPrize Executive Director Bill Holsinger-Robinson. “Artists will know all the available venues as they register.” Holsinger-Robinson cautions artists, “The vast majority of artists who did not secure a venue in 2010 were the ones who signed up at the last minute. Register early.”

Any art proposed for installation in the Grand River, which runs through the heart of the three square-mile ArtPrize district, must be submitted to the city of Grand Rapids and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) according to the following schedule:

Pre-application filed with the City: Monday, March 28

Application filed with the DNRE: Friday, April 8

(The DNRE will process the application using the following steps)

1.      Public notice period begins: Friday, April 22
2.      Public notice period ends: Friday, May 13
3.      Public hearing, if requested: Friday, June 10
4.      Required time for comments: Monday, June 20

Permit Decision: Wednesday, June 29

“This process allows the City to review proposed work to ensure that there is artistic quality and structural integrity to the proposed installations,” said José Reyna, fiscal services manager for the city of Grand Rapids. “The DNRE application will review the proposed installations in the context of environmental, structural and navigability impact on the river.”

As in 2010, ArtPrize will partner with institutions such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and others to form large neighborhood destinations where visitors can launch into surrounding venues. These Exhibition Centers will be professionally managed and bring a minimum of 25 installations to one site and serve as a launch pad into the surrounding neighborhoods. Each will offer voter registration, an ArtPrize gift shop and an ArtPrize shuttle stop. Exact locations of the Exhibition Centers are still being determined.

ArtPrize has invited thousands of artists worldwide to register for ArtPrize 2011, which will award the world’s largest cash prize for art totaling $484,000. Prizes include: First place $250,000, second place $100,000, third place $50,000, fourth through tenth places $7,000 each, and five juried awards at $7,000 each.

In ArtPrize 2010, Chris LaPorte of Grand Rapids, Mich. captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Cavalry, American Officers, 1921. In ArtPrize 2009, Ran Ortner of Brooklyn, N.Y. captured the top prize of $250,000 for his work Open Water No. 24.

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Greetings from the Hillcrest Church of God in Cedar Springs!

Pastor Kristi Rhodes
Hillcrest Community Church of God
5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

I am Pastor Kristi Rhodes, a new pastor to the Cedar Springs area. My super husband, Dean, and I are excited about following God’s journey to ministry in Cedar Springs.

As the month of February (the love month) comes to a close, we are reminded that expressing and showing God’s love never ends!  We are here for a purpose and that is to love God and love each other. We are to show the love of Christ especially to those who are unlovable, not only to those who treat us well. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. Those who are unlovable are the ones who surely need it the most. The Bible tells us in Luke to love even your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.

It’s too easy to join people in ranting about how evil the world has become and how the darkness is creeping in but we can’t blame the darkness because darkness is only doing what darkness does! The problem is not the darkness; the problem is the light. Light dispels darkness not the other way around. Have you ever noticed in a dark room how quickly the darkness flees when the light switch is turned on? Christians are to be the light of the world.  In a dimly lit room, the shadows try to blend in with the dim light but the brighter the light, the more obvious the shadows become. Has your light become dim? Have you allowed sin to creep in and dim your light? God said to let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.

May your light shine so brightly as you show the love of Christ to all those God puts in your path. By loving them with the love of Christ you are representing our wonderful Lord in the most beautiful light.

Let me leave you with these thoughts in God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This is God’s love. As you read, put your name wherever you see the word love. Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it’s not proud.  It’s not rude, it’s not self-seeking, and it’s not easily angered.  It keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.  Love never fails!

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Helen R. Miller

Helen R. Miller, 83 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Mrs. Miller was born April 22, 1927 in San Antonio, TX the daughter of Miguel and Susie (Fuentes) Rios. She wrote the Solon Township news for many years for the Cedar Springs Clipper. She was a volunteer for the Literacy Council helping others to learn to read. Surviving are two children, Patricia (Terry) Host of Morley, Darryl (Shari) Miller of Cedar Springs; 7 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; brother, Andrew (Ruth) Rios of Grand Rapids; sister, Mary (Richard) Crawford of Wyoming; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; two brothers, Michael and Rudolph Rios. The family received friends Sunday from 2-5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday 11:00 am at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Joseph W. Kenshol, celebrant. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 456 Cherry SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  www.blisswitterspike.com

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Happy 90th Birthday Marguerite Fifield

Please join us in celebrating!
Sand Lake VFW Hall
March 6, 2011
3-5pm
Coffee, punch, water, cookies, cake, and ice cream will be served.
No gifts please

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Blackmer – Dubridge

Joe & Tracey Blackmer of Cedar Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Blackmer to Charlie Dubridge, son of Chuck and Linda Dubridge of Cedar Springs. Melissa is the granddaughter of Ken and Judy Wiersma and Gordon and Betty Blackmer. Charlie is the grandson of Charles Dubridge and Pat and John Nester. The couple are both graduates of CSHS and plan to reside in Cedar Springs. They are looking forward to their wedding in Las Vegas in March.

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