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Archive | March, 2012

Get your antiques appraised

An “Antiques Roadshow” style antique appraisal will be  held Saturday, April 14, at the educational building of the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the first major event of the church’s celebration of its 140th anniversary. It will feature appraiser Joan Bunn, one of the region’s few Certified Appraisers, who says she loves her work and is owner of Joan & associates of Rockford. There will be a donation of $10 for each of the verbal appraisals. If you would like to simply come and see what others have brought and listen to Joan’s comments and stories about what she sees, come and sit back and enjoy the show. There will also be a bake sale.


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Study abroad in China

Learn how you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of China and discover this country of more than one billion people during Montcalm Community College’s eight-day study abroad trip from June 20-28, 2013. In partnership with EF Educational Tours, MCC offers this trip to its students as well as community members not enrolled at MCC. An informational meeting is April 10 at noon in room D308 in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building in Sidney. The trip is led by MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark and MCC Psychology Instructor Jessica Snyder. Contact Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1218, or Snyder at jessicas@montcalm.edu or 989-328-1229 or visit www.montcalm.edu/studyabroad.aspx for more information.


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Hometown Happenings

Fish Fry

Mar. 30: Fish Fry on Friday, march 30, 4:30 – 7:30 pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE. Just north of 12 Mile Rd. All you can eat batter fried fish, fresh cut French fries, coleslaw, dessert, coffee & punch. Adults, 13 and up – $7.00, 6 to 12 – $4.00, 5 and under – free. Carry out available, call 616-866-4298. #12,13p



Dinner at the Legion

Apr. 2: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef dinner on Monday, April 2, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, veggies, rolls, dessert and drink. All dinners are $9, children $4. Take out is available. #13p


North Kent Toastmasters Club

Apr. 3, 17: Toastmaster members enhance valuable leadership & speaking skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manual at their own pace. Guests are always welcome. The meeting is at 7 pm, at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE, north of Our lady of Consolation Catholic Church & 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. For directions call Sue 616-866-3509 or club website www.nkctm.org. #13


Spring Break Drop-In Craft Time

Apr. 4: Drop in at the library on Wednesday April 4 at 6:30 pm for some creative fun with this self-directed activity. For all ages. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township Library, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #13


Procrastinators Anonymous

Apr. ?: Please check back next week.


Roller Skating Party

Apr. 5: Please join us for a family friendly roller skating party! Each paid admission includes skate rental, or bring your own skates or roller blades. Strollers are welcome on the rink. Concessions will be available. Klackles Sports Pavilion, 11466 W. Carson City Rd. (14 Mile Rd. exit off 131) Greenville. Thursday April 5 from 2 – 4 pm. Cost is $5 per skater. Proceeds to benefit American Heritage Girls troop MI2010 for Project Linus supplies,  and scholarships for upcoming field trip.  #13



Apr. 7: Saturday, April 7, Eggstravaganza (Easter Egg Hunt+) from Noon to approximately 2 pm at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE. Easter Egg Hunt and crafts begin at Noon. Free lunch at 1 pm for all participants. Stay for a special Easter Story after lunch. Questions? Call 616-866-4298.  #13,14p


Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 19: Make plans now to attend the 26th annual Cedar Springs Community Night Thursday April 19th at the Cedar Springs High School from 6 to 8:30 pm. The event is designed to showcase the school, businesses and organizations in and around the area. Admission is free for the general public. For more information on how your organization can get involved email, cedar.springs.can@gamail.com, see facebook@Cedar Springs CAN, or call 616-696-7320. Printed form in The Post on March 15th.  #12,13,14p


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Doily Box

As a new bride, Aunt Edna moved into the small home on her husband’s ranch. She put a shoebox on a shelf in her closet and asked her husband never to touch it.

For 50 years Uncle Jack left the box alone, until Aunt Edna was old and dying.  One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the box again and thought it might hold something important.

Opening it, he found two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box to her and asked about the contents. “My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you.”

Uncle Jack was very touched that in 50 years she’d only been mad at him twice.

“What’s the $82,500 for?” he asked.

“Oh, that’s the money I made selling the doilies.”


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Easter services 2012

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!


Community Good Friday Service

April 6: Come worship with your family and neighbors at a community Good Friday service titled “Done,” at 7 p.m. April 6, at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Nursery is provided for children ages 3 and under, and kids church will be provided for ages 4 years through 4th grade. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.


The Springs

135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs

April 6: Community Good Friday Service 7 p.m.

April 8: Easter Worship Celebration, 9:15 and 11 a.m.

Join us this Easter at The Springs Church and explore what we believe about the keys to the Christian faith like the Resurrection, the Bible, God, people, and eternity. Kids ages 1 yr.-6th grade are invited to pick up an Easter surprise after the service at the Kid’s Check-in Table! For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970.


Solon Center Wesleyan

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

April 7: Easter Egg-Stravaganza  (for kids up to 10 yrs.) 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 8: Easter Sunday Free Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.

Resurrection Celebration Service at 11 a.m.


Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 

140 South Main St., Cedar Springs

April 5: Holy Thursday worship at 6:00 p.m. We will celebrate Holy Communion and have an opportunity for foot washing or hand washing remembering Jesus’ call to serve.

April 6: Community Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. at the Springs Church.

April 7: Holy Saturday Prayer stations in our sanctuary from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 8: Jesus is risen! Sunrise worship service on lawn at 7:45 a.m. 8:30-9:45 a.m. Breakfast served in fellowship hall 8-8:45 a.m.

Worship service at 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.


Calvary Assembly of God 

810 17 Mile, Cedar Springs

April 24: Easter breakfast drama at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. called “Where’s God?” Breakfast will be served at both 9 and 11, no charge. All 696-8708 for more info.


East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024-18 Mile Rd

April 8: Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Brunch.


First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

April 6: Good Friday Service  6:30 p.m.

April 8: Easter Sonrise Service 8:30 a.m.

Easter breakfast at 9:15 a.m. (approximate—please come to service)

Easter Worship Service   10:45 a.m.


Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

April 8: Sunrise service – 8:30 a.m.

Free Easter breakfast – 9:30

Resurrection Service – 10:30


Hillcrest Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs

April 8: Easter sunrise service at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast following.

Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Easter Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.


North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta

April 8: Easter Sunrise Breakfast at 8:30am

Easter Service 10 a.m.

Will have nursery for newborn-4 yrs old, and children’s church for grades 1-5. Questions? Call Pastor Craig Carter 616.550.6398.


Resurrection Lutheran

180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake

April 6: Good Friday service 7 p.m.

April 8: Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday worship service 9:30 a.m.


Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3110 17 Mile, Cedar Springs (1 block west of US131)

April 8: Easter Breakfast at 9 a.m.

Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.


Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

April 8: Easter service at 11 am


Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

April 5: Maundy Thursday 9:30 a.m. with light breakfast and open communion with meditation 7:00 p.m.

April 7: Saturday Egg hunt with lunch and Easter story – noon-2:00 p.m.

April 8: Easter morning worship at 10:00 a.m.

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Easter basket cupcakes add a special touch

(Family Features)

Go beyond store-bought marshmallow chicks and chocolate rabbits this year. Perfect for some-bunny special – or as a dessert to brighten any holiday table – A Tisket, A Tasket, A Cupcake Easter Basket cupcakes prove that it can be a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket.

“These cupcakes look impressive,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton, “yet they require just a few easy steps. Simply bake cupcakes and use your favorite cake mix to help speed up prep time. Cool completely, place into Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps or Basket Cupcake Wraps and pipe with green-tinted icing to create grass. If piping isn’t possible, simply spatula ice the cupcakes; either way, they will impress.”

Wilton has a basketful of ideas for finishing these little cakes. Perch miniature nest decorations filled with jelly beans on the icing grass for a playful take on a robin’s springtime roost. Or, top cupcakes with pre-made icing flowers to echo the cheery hues of spring’s first blossoms. These treats will be the perfect end to any Easter hop-pening.

For more Easter or other holiday recipes and ideas, or to order decorating supplies, visit www.wilton.com.


A Tisket, A Tasket, A Cupcake Easter Basket

Yield: Each cupcake serves 1

White Standard Baking Cups

1 package (about 18 ounces) cake mix, any flavor

Water, vegetable oil and eggs to prepare cake mix

Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps or Basket Cupcake Wraps

1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing

Leaf Green Icing Color

Royal Icing Nests with Jelly Beans, Pink and Purple Posies or Multi-Colored Flower Icing Decorations


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place baking cups in standard muffin pan.

Prepare cake mix following package instructions; place batter in prepared pan.

Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Insert cooled cupcakes into cupcake wraps. Tint icing green; pipe tip 233 “grass” over tops of cooled cupcakes. Arrange icing decorations on icing.

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Girls track splits meet; Weiler sets record

Sommer VanDyke and Katie Weiler in 1600m relay.

The Red Hawk Girls Varsity Track team opened the 2012 season at Greenville High School with a double dual meet against Greenville and Kenowa Hills. The Red Hawks defeated Kenowa Hills 96 to 41 and lost to Greenville 84 to 53. Freshman Kenzie Weiler set a school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:04.4.

Maddie Pekrul in 3200m run.

Placing in first for the Red Hawks was:

• Jeanette Sukstas, shot put and discus

• Rieley Hondalus long jump and 400 meter dash

• Aly Hamilton 100 and 200 meter dashes

• Kenzie Weiler 1600 and 3200 meter runs

• Katei Weiler 800 meter run

• 400 Meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Sayge Wight, Abby Vandusen, and Aly Hamilton

• 800 Meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Sayge Wight, Marissa Oakes, and Aly Hamilton

• 1600 meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Fenessa Cotten, Katie Weiler, and Sommer VanDyke

• 3200 meter relay team of Sommer VanDyke, Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, and Katie Weiler.

Placing in second was Kait Twork, shot put and discus; Abby Vandusen, long jump; Mariah Alles, high jump and 300 meter hurdles; Marissa Oakes, 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler 1600 meter run; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

Placing third was Marissa Oakes, long jump; Abby Vandusen, pole vault; Mariah Alles, 100 meter hurdles; Sommer Vandyke, 1600 and 800 meter runs; and Emily Shaft, 400 meter dash.




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Red Hawks win liftathon

The 2nd annual Bench Brawl was a success for Cedar Springs athletes last weekend.

On Saturday, March 24, Cedar Springs hosted the 2nd annual Bench Brawl vs. Comstock Park. This event helps raise money for both schools’ football programs. The weight lifters collect donations through community sponsors and put their money where their mouth is in a bench press competition.

With 73 competitors between the two schools, Cedar Springs athletes will be keeping the trophy in their high school for the second year in a row. Cedar Springs out-lifted Comstock Park by 1,205 pounds. Cedar Springs athletes combined for the winning total of 6,435 pounds, while Comstock Park put up a respectable 5,230 pounds.

The lifters are broken down into different classes based on their body weight. The top lifters from Cedar Springs include Noah Scheidmantel (145lbs and under) 240 pounds; Cameron Link (146-165) 235 pounds; Cameron Klompstra (166-185) 220 pounds; Jeff Newland (186-205) 290 pounds; Jason Vietti (206 and up) 275 pounds.

The coaches from both programs are excited about the progress the athletes are making in the weight room and on the football field, and look forward to a successful football season.


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Turtle rescue

We received our first turtle rescue report of the new season just last week. Mike and Belinda Sanderson found a turtle trying to cross the road on 16 Mile, west of Northland Drive. But when they got close, they realized it was a snapper turtle, and it did not want to cooperate with their efforts to lead him across. The turtle finally crossed the road on its own, as seen in the photo.

As a reminder, if you see a turtle trying to cross the road, you only need to help them to the other side, in the way they were traveling, and please be safe while doing it. And never try to pick up a snapping turtle!

If you’ve rescued a turtle, you can email photos and a brief summary to news@cedarspringspost.com, or stop in to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs.


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New fishing license required April 1

The Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that a new license season begins Sunday, April 1. Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses and prices are unchanged from 2011. Fishing license options include:

• 24-hour license (good for all species).

• 72-hour license (good for all species).

• Season-long restricted license (good for all species except trout, salmon, lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans).

• Season-long, all-species license (good for all species). An additional (free) lake sturgeon tag is required of anglers who fish for or target lake sturgeon.

Fishing license dollars fund a variety of activities, including fish management work on Michigan’s waters, habitat rehabilitation and protection, fish stocking, information distribution, education and outreach efforts to anglers and the public, and much more. Fisheries Division does not receive any general funds and depends on angler dollars, through license sales and federal excise tax dollars for fishing tackle, to manage Michigan’s fisheries. Buying a fishing license even if you do not plan to fish can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized freshwaters.

There are three simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:

* Visit your local license retailer or DNR Operations Service Center and make a purchase in person.

* Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.

* Visit the Mobile Fish website on your smartphone (www.mi.gov/fish) to buy a 24-hour all-species fishing license. All you need is your driver’s license number and a credit or debit card.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/fishing.


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