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Archive | December, 2012

Tobacco Outfitter’s Veteran’s Day fundraiser


Left to Right- Jeff St. Louis of Tobacco Outfitters presents $149.34 check to Bill Gregones, Post #287 Commander.

The staff at Tobacco Outfitters of Cedar Springs wanted to do something special to honor local vets on Veterans Day this year. They chose American Legion Post Glen Hill 287 to receive a percentage of Veteran’s Day revenue as a donation. The American Legion Post received fliers a week prior to Veteran’s day asking that they tell everyone they know to make purchases on November 12, knowing that the Post would benefit. Bruce Betzler, owner of Tobacco Outfitters said that next year they would work with the American Legion Post to get more advance notice so the donation could be even larger. “Really, it is important to thank our military and veterans every day but especially on Veteran’s day,” Betzler said.

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Burger King® features bold new look

Internet zone provides free Wi-Fi and free use of BK® computers


Quality Dining, Inc.®, operator of 42 West Michigan area BURGER KING restaurants, announces the reopening of their restaurant located at

4065 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. The Cedar Springs project is one of many BURGER KING restaurants in the Quality Dining portfolio that will be remodeled in the coming months.

-BUS-Burger-King-computer-stationsThe remodeled restaurant features the latest in BURGER KING design and innovation with café-style seating and a bold contemporary look. Diners can enjoy great food, check their email and surf the Web in one place. The new restaurant features an “Internet Zone” with free Wi-Fi throughout the dining room and free use of BK computers for those that don’t have their own computer.

“We know the community is going to enjoy the newly remodeled restaurant” said John Firth, President of Quality Dining, Inc. “With free Wi-Fi, free use of our computers and a spacious and comfortable dining room, we’re sure it will be a popular dining spot for the people of the Cedar Springs area.”

The management team includes Sylvia Fankhauser, General Manager and William Lee, Vice President of Operations. There are ten full-time employees and 35 part-time employees.

The Cedar Springs management and staff will continue to be involved in the community through the BURGER KING Scholars, VFW UnMet Needs™ and BK Benefit Night Programs as well as supporting local organizations.


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Independent Bank announces new managers

Independent Bank announced that it has appointed eight associates to serve as vice presidents of community banking and promoted 12 associates to serve as banking office managers within its west region.

In our area, Amber Behrendt will serve as VP of Community Banking for the Rockford, Howard City, Sand Lake and Cedar Springs offices.

Elizabeth Rose has been promoted to banking manager for the Rockford office, and Brian Campbell for the Howard City office.

These new roles will enhance the bank’s strong ties with its communities. “We’re rooted in our communities, and we root for our communities,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Brad Kessel.

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Gallery of 2012 Holiday Fun at CTA

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December 21 Last Day before Winter Break

24 – Jan 4 No School for Students and Staff ~ Winter Break


January 07 Classes Resume

11 Basketball @ Grand River Prep – 5 (Girls); 6:30 (Boys)

15 Basketball @ WMAES – 5:30 (Girls); 7 (Boys)

17 Parent/Teacher Conferences – 3-7 (High School Only)

18 Basketball @ Grattan Academy – 5:30 (Girls); 7 (Boys)

21 No School for Students and Staff – MLK Day

21 Basketball @ Potter’s House – 5

29 Basketball @ Waypoint Academy – 5:30 (Girls); 7 (Boys)



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“The No Costume Party”

Tis the season for a party! How many parties compete for your attendance this year? For many, we have all the Christmas parties: family; the in-laws; the work; spouses work, Church programs; the children’s school programs; then there are the friends’ gatherings. You may even have a birthday party or two, maybe even a wedding to attend. Oh and one of my favorites, the Christmas Eve Candlelight service.

But wait there’s more! Many will have New Year’s parties to attend. Some will have a masquerade ball (you dress all up and wear a little mask over your eyes); or a formal party (dress your very best). I have even heard of dress code of the ugliest Christmas sweater with a contest. (I think that would be difficult for me since I personally like most Christmas sweaters). And that’s only this month!

Throughout the year we have many more opportunities for parties. I think we humans will think of just about any reason to get together or throw a party! This shouldn’t come as a surprise though. God said “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18 NIV). In the book of Leviticus, chapters 23-25, The Lord proclaimed sacred assemblies appointed feasts (parties) of the Lord. These were times set apart for worship. There was to be no work during these feasts. The first listed is the Sabbath! How cool is that? We get to work for 6 days then party with God every 7th day!

Then there were these feasts: the Passover and Unleavened Bread which lasted a week; the Firstfruits; the Feast of the Weeks; the Feast of Trumpets; the Day of Atonement (lasted 24 hours); the Feast of Tabernacles which lasted 7 days. There was even a Sabbath Year. That’s right—every 7th year the land had to rest. Then the year of Jubilee came every 50th year! God felt so strongly about the importance of His people gathering together to worship at these feasts, that if you did not participate, there were serious consequences!

Regardless of the purpose of the party, we find ourselves dressing special (up or down) for these parties. Many fix their hair just right, wear favorite clothes or even buy something special for the occasion. We try to hide bulges or imperfections. Many wear make-up trying to “look better.”

There is one party with no need for any make-up or special clothes. One day, we will stand before the creator of parties, our God, who sees past the make-up—past the wardrobe—past the masks—past the hurts, rejection, fears, struggles—pain, loneliness—past the smiles to our very bare souls, where we can hide nothing! Everything we’ve ever said, thought or done lay bare before His eyes.

But the Good News we celebrate this season is Jesus’ birth into humanity for the very purpose of atoning for our sin and one day making right all the wrongs of this world so that we can celebrate (party) with Jesus for eternity. All those who confess with their mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead, will be saved and invited to the party of all parties! May you find Christ this Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

Pastor Kristi J. Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319


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Jaxson Timothy Trolla


Jaxson Timothy Trolla was born on Sunday, November 25 in Rochester, MI weighing 5 pounds and 14 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches tall. Grateful parents are Katie Wolfe-Trolla and Joe Trolla as well as his 17-month-old brother Lincoln Eugene Trolla. Grandparents are Butch & Sue Trolla, of Ironwood, MI and Tim & Sue Wolfe, of Cedar Springs, MI. Great-grandparents are Shirley & Roger Hart-Larsen and Ralph & Virginia Wolfe.


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Tyler James Helton

In Loving Memory of

Tyler James Helton



On Earth from December 24, 1991 through April 22, 2012

Now living in heaven with the Lord and his loved ones for eternity.


The Lord has blessed us with your presence for 20 years here on earth and even though it seems like a short time, our life on earth is just a vacation and the preparation for the beginning of life. The Lord promises us that if we believe in him we will not die but we will be saved and live eternally forever and ever with the Lord and our loved ones. We will all see you soon Tyler and when we do we will never ever leave you again.


Love is for ever and ever.

And You Are

In our Hearts Forever.


We love you.

Dad, Mom, Heidi, Stac & Trav, Katie & Jed, Matt & Marcie, Amanda & Nick.

And all of your Nephews & Nieces, Family & Friends.



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Olivia Rose Magoon


Proud parents, Sandra and Tim Magoon, of Kentwood, welcomed their daughter, Olivia Rose Magoon on November 8, 2012 at 3:06 p.m. Delivery took place at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids and she weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and measured 18 inches long. Olivia’s proud grandparents are Juris & Ausma Straunm of Latvia and Donald & Wanda Jean Resler of Sand Lake.

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Jay E. Cramer


July 30, 1931 – December 18, 2005


It’s been a long seven years

Without my Dad.

I miss his sense of humor, his work ethic,

And his twinkling eyes.

No one had a bigger heart

Than my Papa Smurf.

I miss you, Dad.


Love, your daughter, Robin

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