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Archive | May, 2012

Fill ‘er up

A trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said,

“I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.”

The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is? An an auto parts store?”

“No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires mean three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up, and running boards are 2 slices of crisp bacon.”

“Oh, OK!” said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

The trucker asked, “What are the beans for Blondie?”

She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!

Joke submitted by LeRoy Hale

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Hometown happenings

Memorial cemetery walk

May 27: The Cedar Springs Historical Society will hold its 12th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 27, at 2pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Martilles Porter, Civil War; Emil Aurin, Spanish American War; Stanley Langford, WWI; Tom Watson Jr., WWII; Thomas Pierson, Korea; Richard Goller Jr., Vietnam. We will leave the museum at 1:30pm and return there for refreshments. If it rains, the event will be held in the museum. In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.  #20, 21pd


Flag and Rocket Cheer Sign ups

May 29: Flag and Rocket Cheer Sign ups are being taken now!  Sign up at Shaner Avenue Ball fields on Tuesdays  May 29th, June 5th and June 12th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.   Look for our booth by the concession stand!  Also taking sign ups for Rocket Cheer Camp on Saturday, June 23rd for grades K thru 8th grade. Can also download forms and information on our website www.cedarspringsyouthcheerleading.com and mail in registrations. If you have questions – please contact Anne Olszewski at 696-9250. #21,22,23b


Fall 2012 Soccer Registration

May 29-June 2: American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) registration for the 2012-13 Membership Year at Boomer Park – 13440 Ritchie Avenue south of 17 Mile Road. During the week 6–7pm and on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Complete the Pre-Registration Application online and use the registration Express Lane – see details at our website: http://www.ayso902.org/www.ayso902.org  The Early Bird registration fee is $50 per child, per season (fall & spring) with a $15 discount if you register for both seasons now ($85 per player). Families registering 3 or more players will receive an additional discount of $5 per player, per season. Players must be at least 4 years old by 9/4/2012. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Get registered NOW for the Fall/Spring 2012-13 Season! Fees will increase by $5 per player following this week of registration. #21b


Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 30: Lunch Day’s a comin the cook crew’s a hummin. Ma’s got this tasty menu planned featuring scalloped macaroni and ham. Now I don’t know what the rest of the menu may be, but I knowin Ma, the taste of it will surely please.  So my friends age 60 also those who are more, I encourage you to come thru our door. At noon the 30th of May then for some bingo please stay. Where O where you beseech? Why on the corner of M-82 and Beech.  #21


Mission Trip fundraiser at CSUMC

May 30: Our mission team from Cedar Springs UMC and East Nelson UMC will be traveling to Alger County in the U.P. to serve with Habitat for Humanity Hiawathaland on July 15-21. Please join us for a delicious spaghetti dinner on Wed., May 30 in the CSUMC Fellowship Hall (140 S. Main St.) from 6:00-6:45pm as we raise funds to support our mission work. A free-will offering will be received. #21


Ooey Gooey Day

June 3: Learn to craft/make fun slimy play-dough silly putty creatures and fun items at HCNC that your children can make and take home on Sunday, June 3, 1-3pm.  Best suited for children ages 3 – 8 years old (all ages welcomed) – wear play clothing for messes to be made! For allergy concerns: Flour, starch, salts, oils, coloring, Elmer’s glue. Donation of: $6/child. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City. If interested email cperski@lilysfrogpad.com. #21


North Kent Toastmasters Club—Where Leaders Are Made

June 5 and 19: Toastmaster members enhance valuable leadership & speaking skills through practice and encouragement. Members progress through the manual at their own pace. Guests always welcome. The meeting is at 7pm, 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. #21

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Main Street

Computer vs. columnist: Columnist wins


Last week’s column was a first draft. Sorry about that. My new Macintosh laptop sent it off to the paper without asking me. I’ve disciplined the Mac. We hope it now knows who’s boss.

Following is the intended column, a week late. Not a lot is different. However, if you compare last week’s with this, you’ll see I refined thoughts, ditched one long joke but kept others, and stole a few short ones from other people.

Focus, folks!

It appears that our upcoming election results may hinge on the candidates’ views on marriage.

Our nation faces a variety of other issues that seem more critical. How about Syria, North Korea, immigration, climate change, economic distress, and what to do about the banking industry that seems to have gone off the tracks? (JPMorgan Chase’s recent $2 billion gambling loss [revealed this week, $3 billion!] will trickle down, so let’s find out how our politicians stand on better regulation.)

Personal opinions aside, the marriage issue affects only a few. The major problems may affect every one of us.

And speaking of that

Every few days Mitt Romney and Barack Obama accuse and criticize what the other has said or meant. They’re beginning to sound like they’re married to each other.

Political joke

A busload of politicians was traveling down a country road when suddenly the bus ran off the road and crashed into an old farmer’s barn. The old farmer got off his tractor and went to investigate, after which he dug a hole and buried the passengers.

A few days later, the local sheriff came out, noticed the crashed bus, and asked the old farmer where all the politicians had gone.

The old farmer said he’d buried them.

“Lordy,” said the sheriff. “They ALL got killed?”

“Well,” said the old farmer, “some of them said they didn’t, but you know how them crooked politicians lie.”

Another political joke

Two alligators were sitting at the side of the swamp near Washington. The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, “I can’t understand how you kin be so much bigger ’n me. We’re the same age, we was the same size as kids. I just don’t get it.”

“Well,” said the big gator, “what you been eatin’?”

“Politicians, same as you,” said the small gator.

“Hmm. Well, where do y’all catch ’em?”

“Down t’other side of the swamp, near the parkin’ lot by the capitol.”

“Same here. Hmm. How do you catch ’em?”

“Well, I crawls up under one of them Lexus and wait fer one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab ’em on the leg, shake the manure out of ’em, and eat ’em!”

“Ah!” says the big alligator, “I think I see your problem. You ain’t gettin’ any real nourishment. See, by the time you get done shakin’ the manure out of a politician, there ain’t nothin’ left but the hind quarters and a briefcase.”

Light bulb joke

Q: How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Two. One to assure the public that everything possible is being done while the other screws it into a water faucet.

Last words

Christopher Columbus was the first-ever successful politician on the planet. He didn’t know where he was going, he didn’t know where he was when he got there, and he did all of it on borrowed money.

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Track team makes history with conference championship

The Red Hawk team after winning their conference championship

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk girls track team won their first conference championship in school history, on Friday May 11, at Belding. The team scored 128 points to finish ahead of West Catholic, who scored 112. The victory in the conference meet, combined with an undefeated league dual record, gives the team the outright OK Blue Championship. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches on an excellent season! For all the details on the win, click here.

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Parking ordinance put on hold

Under a parking ordinance in the city of Cedar Springs, only guests, and not residents are allowed to park in the areas between the yard and the roadway. The ordinance has been put on hold pending further review by the planning commission.

By Judy Reed


The Cedar Springs City Council voted Thursday night, May 10, to send a controversial parking ordinance back to the planning commission for review, and ordered a halt to its enforcement.

The ordinance came under scrutiny last month, when resident Beth Karafa complained that she was not allowed to park in the gravel area between her yard and the road, in the city’s right of way, although she had been doing it for 16 years. Officer Nick Barbour, the city’s code enforcer, has paid her several visits and ticketed her on at least two occasions.

Guests are supposed to be allowed to park in front of a home, whether in the roadway or on the grass. However, Becky Powell, of S. Linda Street, told City Council Thursday night that she had received a warning from Barbour when her daughter-in-law visited. Powell said her daughter-in-law had all four wheels in the yard because she had to get her grandchildren in and out of the car. “He said two tires had to be on the road and two in the yard, and that he would be watching me, and if I continued, I would get fined,” explained Powell.

She said he then went across the street to talk to a sickly neighbor, whose husband had just died, about the need to mow her ditch. “I just think he needs to have a little sensitivity, kindness,” said Powell. “He was a little cocky, I guess.”

Police Chief Roger Parent made it clear that when Officer Barbour is working on Wednesdays enforcing codes, Barbour reports directly to City Manager Christine Burns. But Parent did say that all streets are wide enough for two-way traffic, and that temporary guests should be able to pull off into the grass. He also said that you do have to park with the flow of traffic, however, and not facing the wrong direction. “It’s a matter of are you impeding traffic?” said Parent.

Another resident asked about whether she, as a homeowner, could park on her own lawn.

Mayor Charlie Watson told council members, during their workshop before the meeting, that he was going to suggest sending the ordinance back to the planning commission. He said that he has had phone calls from people about it, even before the latest complaints.

He told the public during the council meeting that he has always had difficulty with the ordinance. “I think at the time it was the best ordinance that we were able to come up with. However, in hindsight, I think there may possibly be some changes we need to make to the ordinance,” he said. “I’d like to ask the City Manager to put a hold on any enforcement action while this ordinance is sent back for review.”

The council passed the motion, which related to only a specific section of the parking ordinance, then later rescinded the action and voted to send the entire parking ordinance back to the planning commission for review.

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Taking the next step

Students show support for anti-bullying campaign

Cedar Springs Middle School students had a “white out” last Friday, May 12, and was one of several schools that participated in a helicopter flyover as part of the be nice. campaign (against bullying). Photo by Joe Corriveau.

By Autumn Fish


Students at Cedar Springs Middle School wore white last Friday to signal solidarity against bullying and participate in a helicopter flyover.

For the past couple of weeks, students at Cedar Springs Middle School have been learning about bullying and working out ways to get rid of it completely. A group of GVSU students and the West Michigan Mental Health Foundation visited CSMS last week as a part of the be nice. campaign, which encourages kindness and civility among all students.

To take the campaign to the next step, the Mental Health Foundation teamed up with Amway and Fox 17 News to fly a helicopter over participating schools. Students from middle schools and high schools across west Michigan were involved in this campaign. At CSMS, students gathered in the field on the west side of the school to form the words “be nice.” The helicopter then flew over the students to take aerial pictures of the words they created. Other schools involved included Grandville Middle School, Grandville High School, Grandview Elementary School, Century Park Learning Center, Forest Hills Central Middle School, West Catholic High School and Timberland Charter Academy in Muskegon Township.

Students also came together by having a school-wide white out in which all students and staff wore white in order to discourage bullying.

Following the flyover, teachers were able to bring their students to an assembly in the large group room of the middle school. Students from Cedar Springs High School directed the assembly. They presented a few skits and talked to students about bullying and other difficulties they may face as they enter high school. The skits exhibited troubles faced in high school such as bullying, drinking, smoking, depression, peer pressure, suicide, and more. CSHS students stressed the importance of keeping an open mind when students are in high school; to realize that they will eventually have to make choices that will change their lives. CSMS students were able to hear first hand about things that really do happen in high school by students that are currently going through those situations. Over 350 students and staff members attended the assembly put on by the high school students.

CSHS students can only hope that their presentation helped students of the middle school prepare for high school, to help them understand what to expect. What middle school teachers have been telling their students all along is true: They really are going to go through these troubles in high school.

To learn more about the be nice. campaign, visit www.themhf.org/index.php/education/be_nice1/

Autumn Fish is a junior at Cedar Springs High School.

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Students raise a pretty penny

Students at Cedar View presented Special Olympics with a check for $948 Monday. From left to right: Special education teacher Chris Leslie, fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen, Special Olympics representative Diane House, and Independent Bank representative Julie Wheeler. Post photo by J. Reed.

Special Olympics benefit from fundraiser


By Judy Reed


Three Cedar View students with a heart for sharing, plus 480 students who helped support the cause, equals a generous donation to Special Olympics.

When fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen decided they wanted to do a fundraiser, they chose something that kids at their own school could benefit from—Special Olympics.

“These girls worked so hard,” said special education teacher Chris Leslie. She explained that funding from Special Olympics is the only way that some of the students in her class get to participate in certain athletic activities.

The three girls urged fellow students to bring in their change, each day on the morning announcements, for about a month. “We told them there would be a treat [for the winning classes], but told them we wanted them to do it because it would help people,” explained Marissa.

In the end, the two classes whose bins weighed the most were Mr. Moleski’s fourth grade class, and Mrs. Cairy’s fifth grade class. Each class got popsicles as a special treat.

The change was taken to Independent Bank, where employees rolled it—all $948.85 worth of it.

Fourth and fifth grade classes gathered on the lawn Monday morning, as the three girls presented Diane House, from Special Olympics, with the check. House was grateful to the girls for their hard work. “This will go to fund special events across Kent County, including here,” she explained.

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Drug take back day a success

The Michigan State Police today announced that 693.7 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at MSP posts across the state on the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held Saturday, April 28.

And that does not include the 81 pounds taken to the DEA by the City of Cedar Springs, half of which was collected on that same Saturday.

Cedar Springs Police, the MSP and other local law enforcement agencies partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the Drug Take Back Day to provide a venue for citizens to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

Cedar Springs has a drop box inside City Hall, for people to drop off their prescription drugs anytime during normal business hours. They also put it outside for Drug Take Back Day, while they were doing the city surplus auction.

“That’s 81 POUNDS that will not be flushed into our wastewater treatment system or into a septic tank or fall into the wrong hands,” said Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, on the city’s Facebook page. “Consider how much 1 pill weighs and then imagine how many it takes to make up 81 POUNDS. Keep dropping off your meds and we will keep them out of the environment.”

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“Click it or ticket” classic ad returns

Statewide seat belt enforcement begins next week


An advertising campaign that launched Click It or Ticket enforcement zones in 2005 is returning to TV and radio today, warning motorists about stepped up seat belt enforcement slated to begin next week.

The message remains relevant for the annual mobilization designed to reinforce the importance of seat belt use. Michigan has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation, with 94.5 percent of drivers and front seat passengers buckling up in 2011. This is down from the record-high use rate of 97.9 percent in 2009.

While Michigan seat belt use is high overall, it drops to 87 percent for teens and young adults. Seat belt use falls to nearly 85 percent for male teens and young adults in pickup trucks.

“Advertising is meant to encourage motorists to buckle up and avoid a citation,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), which plans the annual statewide awareness and enforcement campaign. “Messages and zone signs are all intended to promote seat belt use.”

Seat belts remain the primary safety device in passenger vehicles; when used correctly, they reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite high observed rates for seat belt use, about half the vehicle occupants who die in Michigan traffic crashes are unbuckled.

The campaign, dubbed “How it Works,” showcases enforcement zones that use law enforcement spotters to look for unbuckled motorists.  Information is then radioed to other officers working in the zone area who make traffic stops.

Enforcement will involve local police departments, sheriff offices and the Michigan State Police.

Focus groups with young men indicate they are more tuned in to messages that focus on the cost of a citation than information regarding the safety benefits of buckling up.

The combination of awareness efforts and enforcement zones has been instrumental in helping to increase seat belt use in the state.

A statewide effort, Click It or Ticket is entirely funded by federal traffic safety money.

The campaign includes radio, TV, cable, billboards, cinema and web-based advertising.  It will be seen in all media markets. To see the ad, go to youtube.com/ohsp.

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Did we miss your veteran’s name?

Each year the Post prints a list in the Memorial Day issue of veterans buried in area cemeteries. Due to a technology glitch last year, there were several we missed. If we missed your vet, or if you have one that’s never been listed, please send us their name, note if they served in a war or conflict, and what cemetery they are buried in. They do not need to have been killed in battle to be listed.

Email the info to news@cedarspringspost.com, and put Veteran’s Day in the subject line. Include your name and phone number in the email. Or, send to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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