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Archive | September, 2011

United Lifestyles offers Flu Clinics

United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering multiple flu shot clinics.

Friday, September 30, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
1st Congregational Church
126 Cass St., Greenville
9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Greenville Area Senior Center
715 S Baldwin St., Greenville
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital
418 Washington Ave., Lakeview
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Montcalm Commission on Aging
613 N. State St., Stanton
9 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
7 to 9 a.m. & 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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United Lifestyles offers Diabetes education

United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a three-session Diabetes Education group class. The classes will be held on Mondays, beginning October 10, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
This American Diabetes Association recognized program includes education on glucose levels, dietary guidelines, and management techniques.  Most insurances cover all or part of the class fees, with a physician’s signature. Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Roger on Main StreetA little optimism
The news media seem to report only the bad stuff. Let’s find the bright spots:
Ninety percent of workers have jobs. We’re living longer in better health. Food is plentiful, otherwise obesity wouldn’t be a national problem. In spite of foreclosures, we have a high percentage of home ownership.
The government stimulus saved the banking system from collapse. We rescued GM, Chrysler and Ford in a global economy where some foreign workers get 65 cents an hour. Although politicians have cut thousands of jobs from public service, private business has hired thousands of new workers.
My next-door neighbor Mona’s 90th birthday party was a big success; my other next-door neighbors, Nancy and Ken, have a healthy new granddaughter, Nora Harmony.
Things are a bit tough these days, but let’s look on the bright side once in a while. Let’s have a little optimism!

Misguided headlines (not ours)
• Include your children when baking cookies
• Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says
• Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
• Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
• Panda mating fails, veterinarian takes over
• Drunk gets nine months in violin case
• Iraqi head seeks arms

Problem solved
A biker stopped by the local Harley shop to have his bike repaired. They couldn’t do the work while he waited so, since he didn’t live far from the shop, he decided to walk home.
On the way he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and an anvil. He stopped at the feed store / livestock dealer and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. Now he had a problem—how to carry his purchases home.
The feed store owner said, “Why don’t you put the anvil in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm, and carry the goose in your other hand?”
“Hey, thanks!” said the biker.
On his way through the parking lot, he was approached by a little old lady who said she was lost and asked if he could tell her the way to 1603 Mockingbird Lane.
“As a matter of fact,” said the biker, “I live at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. We can take a short cut down this alley and be there in no time.”
The little old lady looked him over cautiously and then said, “I’m a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me up against the wall and take advantage of me?”
The biker said, “Holy smokes, lady! I’m carrying a bucket, an anvil, two chickens, and a goose. How on earth could I possibly do that?”
“Well,” said the lady, “set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens.”

Seen on a bumper
“Husband and dog missing. Reward for dog.”

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Humor and Lou Gehrig’s?

Kris Galle

By Kris Galle

Kris Galle, age 70, of Cedar Springs, has ALS—better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kris has been writing about what she is going through—but with a touch of humor. Her sister Sidney Prater brought in some of what she has written in hopes it will bring a smile to the face of others who are caring for a family member.

The Refrigerator

As I become less and less able to do things, I worry about the inside of the refrigerator. I don’t cook anymore and seldom go to the kitchen but am haunted by what might be lurking there. Many years ago a friend was in a bad accident and we cleaned her house and refrigerator. At the time I was very glad it wasn’t mine they were cleaning. Although I remembered the incident, apparently I didn’t learn anything from it.
Bob does his best but refuses to waste anything so nothing is thrown out. I fear if we lift the lids on containers in the back, the Health Department may become involved. We have so many jars and bowls in there it’s actually dark. Maybe that’s why there’s a light that comes on. Maybe we just need a brighter watt bulb. Caroline cleaned it once and Eric spotted a furry carrot and was so grossed out he questioned everything he ate here. That was the one and only time someone else cleaned it for me.
Now, though, it’s different. I can’t do it at all. I can’t stand or pick up the containers. Soooo, I need help. The cleanest refrigerator in the family is Lisa’s. Eric once described it as a floor model at Sears. One catsup, milk, one head of lettuce and one stick of butter.  When the light comes on in her refrigerator, it’s blinding. My thought is, when Bob isn’t looking, I will have her in to excavate the remains. Soon I too will have a blinding light. If I should pass away before this is done, the refrigerator is off limits. I don’t want it to be mine that haunts people years later.
P.S. from Cindy: “The Cleaning”
Daughter Lisa (Kidder) sneaked in to clean. Caroline and I watched and as they grimaced, I said, “Now that doesn’t look so bad!” Then they grimaced at me! But the main enlightenment was that much of the outdated stuff was from before Kris got sick, so they are both (Kris and Bob) very frugal, which is not the word Kris would use. We all laughed…and certainly without this humor being at Bob’s expense. What he is doing, “three men and boy” would struggle to do. His love is deep and I give him a big ol’ salute with a tear! We all do.

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Harvest time

Landon Prater, 5, picked some juicy Concord grapes at his grandma and grandpa’s house in Cedar Springs last week. They were sweet and delicious, and would be great in grape jelly!
What fall fruit and vegetables are you picking and how are you using them? Email us at news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Time for apples

Maple Ginger Sweet Potatoes with Apples

Fall is here and that means Michigan’s largest and most valuable fruit crop—the apple—is ripe and ready to tantalize your taste buds.
Michigan is the nation’s third largest producer of apples, producing an average of 18 million bushels each year. About 37,000 acres are used for apple production, with the majority of farms covering less than 200 acres, and 950 apple growers living and working in regions near Lake Michigan and along the western part of the state.
Michigan also plays a vital role in processed apples. About 60 percent of Michigan’s apples are processed into another product such as pie filling, applesauce, jellies, butter, juice, cider and vinegar. We are also the leading producer of slices for commercially-prepared apple pie.

Longtime favorite varieties still dominate Michigan’s orchards. The most prevalent variety remains the Red Delicious, followed closely by the Golden Delicious. The Gala is rapidly gaining on tradition, however.  The Honeycrisp variety is continually growing in popularity. Look for it in September and October, and enjoy it while you can, as it will most likely be gone by mid-November! A growing number of Honeycrisp tree plantings still aren’t in pace with its popularity among consumers! Honeycrisp has a crisp, juicy bite and a sweet flavor. They are best for fresh eating and also a great addition to salads.
How to store

Apples bruise easily so handle them gently. Refrigerate in the crisper section; cool air helps maintain quality. Store apples in a ventilated bag away from foods with strong odors

Everyone knows Michigan Apples taste great, but they also keep you healthy and strong. Apples are a naturally fat-free, saturated fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free food, and are an excellent source of fiber. Loaded with powerful flavonoids and antioxidants, they’re perfect for every diet and every part of your body.

The Michigan Apples website (www.michiganapples.com) gives tips on which apples work best in baking and cooking, and has some great recipes submitted by Michigan residents. Try the one on this page by Mary Gardner, of Cedar Springs, who was runner-up in the 2011 recipe contest.

If you have a favorite apple recipe, send it to us at news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Red Flannel results

We had beautiful weather for the first weekend of Red Flannel Festival 2011! There were lots of contests and activities going on, and listed below are some of the results.

5K run

Overall male winner was Brandon Smith, 31, with a time of 17:16.46.
Overall female winner was Cindy Kikkert-Penning, 45, at 20:42.09.
The first place team was Things 1 with a time of 1:37:04:00.
Visit www.playmakers.com/11results/11redFlannel.htm for all other 5K results.

The Post races to save the princess.

This princess could use a shave and a leg wax.


Taking first was Choice One Bank and winning best theme was Independent Bank (the judges must have liked Todd Hanson in a skirt). The Keystone Kops were there with their usual hijinks, and The Post will be doing an investigation on police corruption within their ranks, after seeing them not only hide the key to the castle, but instigating bystanders to jump on the beds, which slowed contestants down.


Taking first place was Mike Milanowski & Team Westside with Westside Chili.

Chili cook-off



The Chili Cookoff had 14 contestants, and Rand Ruwersma, Festival First VP, said ten were turned away. “We’re anticipating having a large tent next year to accommodate an even larger group next year,” said Rand. Taking first place was Mike Milanowski & Team Westside with Westside Chili.


Children’s  parade

The Children’s Parade had over 200 participants, a record! The local  4H Club, led by Cindy Karafa, was there with a fantastic petting zoo and Freddy the Clown was on hand for balloon animals and saxophone songs! Meghan Andres, Liz Tracy and Julie Tompkins distributed over 200 Fire Safety goody bags for the kids, and provided free refreshments.


The horseshoe contest, an original Red Flannel event, took place next to Cedar Pub. Taking first was Wally Ewing and Harv Dumond.

Basketball shootout

No info was available at press time on the winners for the basketball shootout.

For complete results, visit redflannelfestival.org/wp/media/festival-news/.



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Red Flannel prince and princess

Princess Penelope Belk and Prince Diego Caballero.

Excitement filled the air at the Kent Theatre last Wednesday night, September 21, when kindergarteners and their families gathered to see who would be this year’s Red Flannel Prince and Princess.  “It is our biggest turn-out yet”, said Angie Slagter, chairperson. “I was excited to see more of our youth participating than in years past, it made for a very entertaining evening.”
The prince and princess are chosen through a random drawing of ticket entries.
Prince Diego Caballero, son of Schalese and Alvin Caballero, stood tall while being crowned and Princess Penelope Belk, daughter of Krystle and David Belk, looked gorgeous as she was crowned.  It was a magical night for these two and they have made their debut at the Queen’s pageant and will be in the Grand Parade on Saturday, and are hoping all other contestants will join them.


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The 2011 Red Flannel Day Talent Show

Leah and Kim Pasley, “The Pasley Sisters”

The Kent Theatre on Main Street in Cedar Springs is once again hosting its annual Red Flannel Day Talent Show on Saturday, October 1, after the grand parade. The show this year features a rockabilly guitar performance by Paul Brailey, along with returning young crowd pleasers Alexis and Ryan Kaiserlian.  Also back this year to treat the crowd is banjo master Calder Baker, and the talented and delightful Karli Morehouse.
There is also quite an array of new acts this year, including Eric and Clare Freeman with a Vienesse Waltz, and the wonderful harmonies of the Pasley Sisters, Leah and Kim.  We have the young guitarist/singer Maddie Nichols, gifted Flamenco guitarist Ben Knapp, and the very talented singer/guitarist Joshua Kohns.  There is also an eye-popping performance of The Isis Wings with dancers Ann Knapp and Karen Jennings, along with Clare Freeman.

Clare Freeman

The Show starts directly after the Grand Parade (4:30 pm) on Red Flannel Day (Oct. 1) at the Kent Theatre at 8 North Main, downtown Cedar Springs. Tickets are $3.00 at the door.

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Red Hawks run Huskies out of town

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks won against Forest Hills Northern for the second year in a row. Photo by R. Klompstra.

Fans rocked Red Hawk stadium last Friday night when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks showed strength on the field and beat the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern 28-7, improving their season record to 4-1.
The win was sweet, because it is only the second time since the Red Hawks began playing the Huskies in 1980 that they have beaten them. They played them every year from 1980-1999 (and lost), didn’t play them in the early 2000’s, and began playing them again in 2008. The Red Hawks have now won the last two years in a row.
The Red Hawk defense started the game strong last Friday by not allowing FHN to move the ball down the field. The offense came out showing no mercy, scoring the first touchdown of the game when Austin Wamser ran a reverse for 21 yards. Both teams fought hard the rest of the quarter, ending the first at 6-0 Cedar Springs. The second quarter appeared to repeat the first as CS defense continued to hold FHN offense off, and the CS offense scored again when Hank Porter ran it in for another Red Hawk touchdown. The Red Hawks went into the half ahead 14-0.
In the third quarter, the defense again did not falter. They held the FHN offense and pushed them close to the Red Hawk endzone, forcing them to punt it off. But Allen Slagter blocked the punt, sending the ball bouncing into the Red Hawk endzone and then picked it up for another Red Hawk touchdown!  The third quarter ended with the Red Hawks on top 20-0.
In the fourth, FHN was able to recover a fumble and run it down the field to score their only points in the game, but their scoring was answered by the Red Hawks when Conner Burrows ran into the endzone, bringing the score to 28-7 Red Hawks.
“We bounced back very well this week.” said Coach Brian Busen. “We had a great week of practice, very good focus and it showed Friday night. I thought we did well in all phases of the game with two huge special teams plays and great production on both sides of the ball. I would like to give special mention to our bruisers on the O and D line for having their best game of the year to this point, they made very few mental mistakes and set the tone for the game.”
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Coopersville Panthers this Friday at Red Hawk stadium at 7 p.m.

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