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Archive | November, 2012


Craig S. Riggle, 58 of Cedar Springs, was ushered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012. Craig was a 1973 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. His love of anything automotive led him to seek employment at Hough’s Gulf Station, Rowland Bros Automotive, Verwys Auto Parts, Ed’s Auto Body and eventually to Auto Die in Grand Rapids where he became a die barber. His last employment was at Saturn Tire in Cedar Springs. In 2003 after suffering a heart attack and subsequent seizure disorder, he was forced to resign from the everyday work force. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Howard “Slim” Riggle in 1981; brother-in-law, Robert F. Eary in 1999; and a niece, Piper Gates in 2012. He is survived by his mother, Janet L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; twin brother, H. David (Cyndi) Riggle of Cedar Springs; three sisters, LeeAnn Eary of Boyne City, Debbi (Lohryn) Gates of Howard City, Terri L. Riggle of Cedar Springs; uncle, Charles (Mary) Crosby of Marshall; many nieces and nephews. Craig’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the folks at Sue’s Kountry Kitchen and Kelly’s Restaurant for the years of help and care that they provided him as he continued to suffer under the burden of his seizure disorder. The family will greet friends Friday, Nov. 30 from 1:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Chad Wight and Pastor Tony Karns officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Duane Lee (Boots) Bailey 86, passed away on November 6, 2012. He is survived by his wife Patricia. He leaves his children, Michael (Marie) and Sandy Lipten (Mark); grandchildren, Amy Lawton (Steve Illsley) and Sam Lipton. Also surviving are a sister Letha Gebhardt (Albert) and sister-in-law, Marjorie Bailey, and many nieces and nephews. His brother Mac Bailey preceded him in death. Duane was raised on a farm in Michigan, graduated from Cedar Springs High School and Michigan State University and had a long career as a Financial Advisor. He will be remembered for his vitality, friendliness, sense of humor and his strong dedication to community service. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 17 in Maitland, Florida.

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Helen M. Valiket, 89 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at her home. Mrs. Valiket was born April 7, 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Ray and Cecil (Mawby) Linderman. Her family was very important to her especially her cousins. She was very close with her neighbors and enjoyed spending time and meals at the Cedar Springs Senior Center. Surviving are her children, Ed (Hyon Suk) Valiket, Barbara (Kimo) Kaaikala, Wyman (Sandy) Valiket; grandchildren, Mena and David Valiket, Kimo III, Kekoa, Kiilani, Kaimana, Keala, Keola Kaaikala; great grandson, Kane Valiket; several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 1995. The family received friends Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Wednesday 1:00 pm. Pastor Larry Young officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Senior Center.Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Main Street

roger on main streetGeneral confusion

It’s risky these days to turn on the radio or the TV. I’d like to avoid getting any more information about Tampa’s social life.

 Speaking of generals

Although I was in the army for two years, I never met a general. Never even saw one. Maybe it’s because I was only Private R. Allen, just out of high school.

My military service was a crash course that took me from boyhood to manhood. Much of it was spent in Korea. At this point it’s probably safe to confess something about all those nights when I stood guard duty over there: Sure, I carried a gun and knew how to use it. But, every night, I was alone; every night, it was dark. And, every night I was scared.

Although I never met a general, I did know two admirals. My Uncle Jim and my Uncle Mark both went to Annapolis and were career Navy. One time when I was a kid, Uncle Jim brought me back a little model Chinese junk boat. I still have it. Neither uncle seemed like the type to be sought after by social climbers. But I guess we’ve all learned; you never know.

Speaking of generals #2

General Petraeus seems to be in a lot of hot water. The CIA says there were no government secrets passed on in all those e-mails, so what’s all the fuss about? Nonetheless, a lot of Americans think that what Petraeus did after his secret came out, was the right thing to do. He admitted to the affair and resigned his job because of it. (Granted, it was a very special kind of job.)

The news media has revealed more about Washington goings-on than I really want to know. Now I’m starting to suspect that many, many congressmen, senators, and military brass have had flaming affairs. If all of them resigned, I’ll bet there would be tons of openings in the job market.

Inside joke

Soon after being transferred to a new duty station, an Army husband called to tell his wife that he’d be late getting home again. He went on to say that dirty magazines had been discovered in the platoon’s quarters and they had to discipline the whole squad.

The wife launched into a tirade. She knew that many men had girly pictures hanging in their quarters at the previous post, so his new platoon shouldn’t be penalized for something so trivial!
The husband calmly listened to her gripes and then explained, “Dirty magazines: the clips from their rifles had not been cleaned.”

Political commentary 

1) A politician is a person whose politics you don’t agree with. If you do agree, he’s a statesman.

2) Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.

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Christmas Coloring Contest

Hey kids,

This Gingerbread house needs some color! Will you help? Please color with crayons, markers or colored pencils. There will be 1 winner from three age groups: 3-4 years; 5-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Winners will be announced in the December 20th issue of The Cedar Springs Post. So hurry, all Gingerbread Houses have to be at The Post by Monday, December 17, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.



1. Only one entry per child.

2. Only one winner per family.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail.

4. All entries must be at our office by December 17 by 5pm.

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.


Please deliver entries to: 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs


Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319



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Holiday Happenings


Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Kick off your holiday season this year by attending the Cedar Springs Theatre Association’s production of “Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas Carol.” Come enjoy this lighthearted and enchanting performance. Wonderful family fun and entertainment, guaranteed to have you tapping your toes and putting you into the holiday spirit. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Kent Theatre, which is located in downtown Cedar Springs. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games shop, located on Main Street Cedar Springs, or by calling 616-696-SHOW.

Mingle with Kris Kringle and downtown tree lighting

Dec. 1: Noon to 8 p.m. Come celebrate the kick off to the Christmas season with the lighting of the tree at the corner of Main Street and Ash. Sales begin at noon at all participating Cedar Springs businesses, and the tree lighting event starts at 5:00 p.m. with a live nativity scene. Shortly after 5, Santa will be coming to town, escorted by the Cedar Springs Fire Department. The Cedar Springs Elementary School Choir will be performing. Bring the whole family out for a fun, old-fashioned, town Christmas celebration.

Christmas fundraising concert for the Kent

Dec. 8: Kin of Hope Natural Health and Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre at 4 p.m. All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the Kent Theatre for their Digital Projector Fund. There will also be a bake sale that day, with gluten free and dairy free products available. Admission is $3, or $10 per family (parents and their children $17 and under).

Make a gingerbread house

Dec. 8: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10-11am, 11:15-12:15pm or 12:30-1:30pm. All ages welcome, preschoolers must have parent present. Stop by the library to register or call 616-696-1910.


Hometown Christmas

Nov. 30: Take in the sights and sounds of Christmas with a hometown parade, followed by Santa lighting the official Greenville Christmas tree and more special treats. Events start with a Santa block party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Get photos with Santa, arts and crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and more. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:15 p.m. with live music, crowd caroling, and holiday merriment. The parade follows at 6 p.m., and then kids can visit with Santa at the Flat River Museum immediately following the parade until 8 p.m. Montcalm Community College’s “Messiah” will be at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Performing Arts Center.

Santa Super Sunday

Dec. 2: 1 p.m. at Montcalm Community College. Free.

Tree of Lights Celebration

Dec. 2: Tree of Lights Celebration. 6 p.m. at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops

Dec. 12: 7:30 p.m. at Greenville High School.

Pictures with Santa

Dec. 15: 12-1 p.m. at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Holiday flea market

Dec. 15: at the Greenville Area Community Center.


Christmas Bazaar and luncheon

Dec. 1: The annual Christmas Bazaar and luncheon will be at Heritage UMC, on the corner of Federal and Kendaville Rds, 2 miles south of Howard City, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artisan craft show, homemade soup and pie luncheon, candy and baked goods, and white elephant gifts.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec. 1: Take a Christmas tour of homes in Howard City from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception with door prize giveaways at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 and are $12 the day of the event. They may be purchased at the library or at Kindel and Company.


Cookie Walk

Dec. 1: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild Cookie Walk, from 9 a.m. until cookies are gone. St. Peter’s is at 310 E. Division Street, NE.

Santa Parade

Dec. 1: Rockford residents welcome the jolly man in the red suit to downtown Rockford, at 11 a.m., during the annual Santa Claus Parade! Santa arrives in style in a horse-drawn carriage during the parade, and follows his arrival with a visit to the Rotary Pavilion after the parade. In the pavilion, Santa visits with all the good little girls and boys, from noon to 2 p.m., and hears their wish list. Children’s activities occur in the Pavilion to make the wait a little less intense.

Holiday Carriage rides

Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14: The Rockford Chamber of Commerce sponsors horse-drawn carriage rides each year in Squire Street Square so that visitors to Rockford may enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautifully decorated streets of the downtown area. Visitors are able to ride through the tree-lined streets free of charge. It is a beautiful way to recapture the feelings of Christmases past and make memories with your loved ones.

Rockford Community Holiday Concert

Dec. 9: Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Rockford Community Band, Choir and Orchestra present their annual holiday community concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium. Special guests include the Rockford Community Children’s Choir. Admission is free.

Santa at the pavilion with live reindeer

Dec. 12: Children will love to come visit Santa, sit on his lap and give him their wish list AND meet Santa’s LIVE reindeer at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, 25 Squire Street, from 6-8 p.m. Free hot chocolate and cookies are also provided.


Adopt a family

In the spirit of giving, donated items for needy families may be dropped off at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township library, 88 8th Street, during open hours December 1-15. Donate a new toy, clothing item or food for area families in need this Christmas. For more info, call the library at 1-877-243-2466.

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 8: Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10 a.m. to Noon a.m. on Saturday, December 8. Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts and treats. Gifts aplenty for the first 200 children! Prize drawings will be held. For all ages.


Old-fashioned Christmas events

Dec. 1: Shop Sparta Event Downtown! Free Trolley Rides, visit & take photos with Santa, try Roasted Chestnuts, & shop through your favorite local merchants in Sparta!

Supper with Santa 

Dec. 4: 6-8 pm at Civic Center, 75 N. Union. $1.00 per person for hot dogs, popcorn, photos with Santa, craft, decorate cookies & more!

Pet night with Santa 

Dec. 13: 6-8 pm in Santa House. Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Photo with $3.00 donation or pet food or blanket donation to go to the Humane Society.

Santa in Santa house

Dec. 15 and 20: Santa will be in the Santa house (94 N. Union) on Saturday Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Thursday, December 20, from 6-8 p.m. Bring your own camera.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Dec. 24: Horse drawn trolley rides through Harper Drive. 6-9 p.m. Loading area and treats hosted at Sparta Fire Department.


The reindeer are coming

November 29: Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the Spencer Township Library, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dress warmly, and don’t forget the camera! For all ages.

Gingerbread Lane

December 6: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane at the Spencer Township Library and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages. Arts and crafts.

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Celebrate the holiday season with charitable giving

(BPT) – The holiday season is about more than picking the fullest tree, listening to nostalgic carols and planning the perfect family photo. Between addressing holiday cards and toasting the New Year, it’s a great time to incorporate charitable giving into your traditions. No matter your time constraints, there are many ways for you to spread goodness, in addition to good cheer, this holiday season.

* Lend a hand: Many organizations are in need of helping hands. Transport disabled or needy patients to their medical appointments or religious services, deliver meals to homebound seniors or visit a children’s hospital or rehabilitation center. Make a difference in your own neighborhood by raking leaves, shoveling snow or hanging holiday lights for an elderly neighbor. Picking up trash at a local park or painting over graffiti is always appreciated by city services.

* Volunteer your services: Food banks tend to have the highest usage during winter months. Get involved collecting food donations, spend time stocking shelves at a local food pantry or work directly with families in need via a holiday sponsorship program. Do you play a musical instrument? Are you good at fundraising, office organization, public speaking, party planning or writing newsletters? Offer your specific talent to an organization that could utilize it.

* Purchase gifts that give back: Many companies offer charitable incentives with a special purchase. For example, Hickory Farms, well-known for its delicious gift baskets, will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign with the purchase of every Party Planner gift box sold during the holiday season.

* Support the military: If you have a family member or friend serving in the military away from home this season, Hickory Farms offers free shipping on certain gifts for military personnel delivering to APO/FPO addresses. Consider the Home for the Holidays gift box which includes a wonderful combination of beef and turkey summer sausages, creamy cheeses, flavorful mustards and crackers. It will bring a taste of home and a warm smile to the face of your loved one. Visit hickoryfarms.com or the company’s kiosks and storefronts nationwide.

* Make a monetary donation: The end of the year/holiday season is also a good time to make monetary donations to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Any donations made prior to the last day of the year can also be counted as deductions for 2012 taxes. Many organizations rely on this holiday season to raise much-needed funds to be used throughout the year. If money is tight but you’d still like to contribute, subscribe to a payroll deduction service for 2013 to donate little by little throughout the year. Check with your workplace to see if it will match charitable contributions, because many do.

Combine good will and good cheer to make this a season to remember. Establish a meaningful connection with a charity or organization and turn your seasonal good deeds into year-round endeavors.

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A tasty twist on turkey leftovers

(Family Features) When you’re planning your big turkey dinner, the one thing you want to be sure to do is get a turkey big enough for some delicious leftovers. While turkey sandwiches are good, there’s a lot more you can do with this tasty bird.

Breakfast or Brunch — Wake the family up to a hearty breakfast casserole that’s a creamy blend of turkey, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cheese and hash browns. It has a crunchy topping with a surprise ingredient; and you can finish it off with a dollop of fresh and flavorful Wholly Guacamole. Make it ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it into the oven in the morning.

Lunch — Enjoy lunch on the lighter side with a turkey salad sandwich. Instead of mayo, this dish gets flavor and 20 nutrients from the avocado in Wholly Guacamole. For extra zip, go with the spicy variety.

Dinner — For another make-ahead meal, try a zesty turkey and corn enchilada casserole. This dish is easy to put together, and you may have all the ingredients in your pantry already. A cornbread base, your favorite enchilada sauce, turkey, cheese, and a generous serving of your favorite guac all add up to a new family favorite.

Get more leftover ideas with a twist at www.eatwholly.com.

Turkey Potato Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Serves: 8

2 cups cubed turkey

1 cup low-fat sour cream

1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup

1/4 cup milk

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 bag (30 ounces) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 cup corn flake cereal

1 cup Wholly Guacamole

In mixing bowl, combine turkey, sour cream, soup, milk, 1/2 cup cheese, hash browns and onion.

Spread in bottom of 2 quart dish (greased).

Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 1 hour.

Add additional 1/2 cup of cheese and corn flake cereal, and bake another 5 to 10 minutes until bubbly and slightly browned.

Let cool for 10 minutes and serve with a dollop of Wholly Guacamole.


Guacamole Turkey Salad

Serves: 6

2 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1 cup of turkey, diced

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon cumin, ground

1 lime zested

2 limes, juiced, divided

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup yellow bell pepper,   diced

1/4 cup red onion, diced

2 tablespoons cilantro, rough chop

1 cup Wholly Guacamole dip


Mix oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, cumin, sugar, chili powder, lime zest and juice of 1 1/2 limes.

Add to turkey and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes — do not exceed 30 minutes.

Mix in bell peppers, onion, cilantro, dip, turkey, the rest of the lime juice and remaining salt.

Serve in a pita, on a whole wheat bun, as a lettuce wrap, or with crackers.


Turkey and Corn Enchilada Casserole

Serves: 6

First Layer

1 15-ounce can corn, drained

1 15-ounce can creamed corn

8 ounces sour cream (non-  fat)

1/2 cup ricotta (low-fat)

1 8 1/2-ounce package corn bread mix

Second Layer

1 cup turkey, shredded

1 cup shredded cheese

1 cup enchilada sauce, divided

Wholly Guacamole dip, for garnish

Mix together all first layer ingredients in a casserole dish.

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until firm.

Take out of oven, poke fork holes all around it.

Pour 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce over corn bread.

Top with turkey and cheese.

Put back in oven until cheese melts.

Top with remaining enchilada sauce, guacamole dip; serve.



Quick Turkey Tidbits

Need some more inspiration for turkey leftovers? Try one of these easy snack ideas:


Turkey nachos — Shredded turkey, peppers, onions, black olives and cheese on lime-flavored nacho chips. Top with chunky guac, salsa or sour cream.


Turkey bites — Top your favorite crackers with a little turkey and a slice of pepper Jack cheese. Microwave until the cheese starts to melt. Add a dollop of salsa or guac.


Mini mexi-pizzas — Split an English muffin, and spread a little salsa on each half. Top with turkey and shredded cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly. Top with a dollop of sour cream or guac.

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“Ship of dreams” a hit

The Rogue River Community Theatre Company presented  “A Ship Of Dreams” last weekend, November 15 -17 to a full house at the Historic Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs. The audiences loved it to critical acclaim. There was a cast of 42 actors—men, women and children—commemorating the historic event of 100 years ago. This was RRCTC’s first production as a theatre company.

“We wish to thank the audience for coming out, and supporting us. Wishing you all Happy Holidays ahead,” said a spokesperson for RRCTC.

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Christmas concert at the Kent Theatre

Looking for a fun way to spend time with the entire family this holiday season? Kin of Hope Natural Health and Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m. What better way to spend quality time with the family and show some Christmas spirit while supporting a good cause? All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the Kent Theatre for their Digital Projector Fund. There will also be a bake sale that day, with gluten free and dairy free products available. Admission is $3, or $10 per family (parents and their children $17 and under).

The Kent Theatre will also have a bake sale the day of the concert. There will be Gluten Free and Dairy free baked goods available (not all the items will be GF or DF). This will be a great concert and fun time for the entire amily! We have The Rockford Community Choir, The Drake Family Singers, The Cedar Springs Parks and Recreation Broadway Bootcamp and Youth Dance Classes, Megan Esakson & Kia Pawloski Krug, Julie Humphrey, The Springs Church praise band, and other musicians lined up to perform.

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