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Archive | March, 2013

Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Community Good Friday Service

Mar. 29: You are invited to join together in worship with The Church of Cedar Springs for our community  Good Friday service titled “We Shall Overcome,” at 7 pm on Friday, March 29 at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs. Nursery 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. #13p


Good Friday Service

Mar. 29: You are invited to join us for a time of reflection on the life and cross of Jesus Christ. Good Friday, March 29 at 7 pm at Ensley Baptist Church, 7077 – 120th St., Sand Lake (near the corner of 120th and Cypress). #13


Easter Celebration for Children

Mar. 30: An Easter EGG-Stravangaza will be held on Saturday, March 30th from 1- 2:30 pm at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. All children 10 years and under are invited to attend. There’ll be games, candy, prizes, snacks and a special Easter presentation. Two bicycles will be given away as grand prizes. For more information go to: www.soloncenterwesleyanchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome! #12,13p



Mar. 30: Eggstravangza on Saturday, March 30 at 11 am. Easter Egg Hunt and more for toddlers through elementary school age. Light refreshments and crafts indoors after the egg hunt. Courtland – Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford. #12,13p


Living the better Life

Mar. 31: Are you burned out striving for the good life? Jesus offers more than just the good life. He came so that we can have the better life. In this series starting Easter Sunday, Pastor Barry will teach about the better life that Jesus offers – a life filled with meaning, freed by grace, and full of energy. Please join us as we live life to the fullest this Easter at The Springs! For more information, visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We are located at 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. We hope to see you at The Springs this Easter! #13


Easter Services at North Kent Community Church

Mar. 31: Join us for Easter Sun Rise Breakfast at 9 am and Easter Service – “The Resurrection Power – In Us.” North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Rd., Sparta. Questions call 616-550-6398, Pastor Craig Carter. #13


Dinner at the Legion

Apr. 1: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, April 1st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. All dinners are $9, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking, take out is available. 616-696-9160. #13


Free Blood Pressure Check

Apr. 1: Metron of Cedar Springs will be providing free Blood Pressure checks on Monday, April 1st from 1 to 3pm at Rite Aid located at 4166 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. #13


Reading is Magic with Stormy the Magician

Apr. 2: Stormy will dig into the worlds of pirates and their treasure, fairy tales, History, circus acts and animals, weaving laughter, stories and plenty of audience participation as part of “Our Community Reads.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township Library. For all ages. Tuesday, April 2 at 3 pm. Sand Lake KDL branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #13


North Kent Toastmasters Club – Where Leaders Are Made

Apr. 2&16: Members gain confidence, overcome fears, and remove filler words from presentations, share great stories and information, and learn leadership at every meeting. Guests are welcome. On April 2 and 16 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 at 616-866-3509 or visit www.nkctm.org or Facebook North Kent Community Toastmasters. #13


Family Building Bricks Party

Apr. 3,4: Design, build and bond. Bring the whole family together and create a towering monument using the library’s building bricks. The best part? No big mess at home to clean up! For all ages. Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm, at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. Thursday, April 4, 3:00 pm at the Spencer Township branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #13


What’s the Big Deal About Invasive Species!

Apr. 6: “Invasive Species” are and their devastating effects on our song birds, wildlife, humans and the world we live in. Class will identify some that are growing here at the HCNC and ow to get rid of them, so dress for the weather. We will also discuss the importance of native species in the wild and in our own landscapes. Saturday, April 6th from 10 am to 12 pm with speaker Laurie Grant. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. #13


Cedar Springs Community Night

Apr. 18: Make plans now to attend the 27th annual Cedar Springs Community Night Thursday April 18th 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@gmail.com, see facebook@Cedar Springs CAN, or call 616-696-7320. Printed form in The Post on March 14th. #13-15


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Chamber hopes Founders Day will be annual event

The Youz Guyz band was one of three at the Founders Day concert last Saturday.

The Youz Guyz band was one of three at the Founders Day concert last Saturday.

Residents braved the cold for the first ever Founders Day weekend in Cedar Springs, last Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, and Cedar Springs Area Chamber President Shawn Kiphart wants to make it an annual event.

“The whole weekend went great,” said Kiphart. “We thank the hundreds of people that came out. They braved the cold for the good food and drink we had, and I look forward to next year,” he added.

Algoma Christian’s play, “Cinderstein,” which the Chamber promoted as part of the weekend, was a sell out both Friday and Saturday at the Kent. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum was open Saturday and Sunday for tours, and offered Pioneer Crafts for the kids. However, so many kids went on Saturday for the crafts that they ran out on Sunday. The Dance Extravaganza at The Kent Theatre was also a hit.

Landon Prater, 7, of Cedar Springs, shows off the horse and covered wagon he made at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Landon Prater, 7, of Cedar Springs, shows off the horse and covered wagon he made at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Later in the afternoon Saturday there was music from area bands at the heated concert tent on Ash Street, along with pulled pork prepared by local grillers and several beverages, including specialty beer and hard cider. A power outage at the tent at the beginning of the concert delayed the opening act, but once the power came back on, the audience had a rollicking good time.

A storytelling time at the flowing well on Monday was moved inside to Perry’s Place due to harsh weather conditions. Storytellers included Post Editor Judy Reed; Sue Harrison, co-author of The Cedar Springs Story; Library Director Donna Clark; and Mayor Bob Truesdale.

Dancers from Dancing Plus were part of the lineup at the Dance Extravaganza at the Kent Theatre Saturday.

Dancers from Dancing Plus were part of the lineup at the Dance Extravaganza at the Kent Theatre Saturday.

Kiphart said there are some minor changes he would like to make for next year, such as moving it to the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, and possibly doing the storytelling inside somewhere, like the museum.

The Founder’s Day weekend was to celebrate when Cedar Springs was officially recognized as a village, on March 18, 1871.

Rylie Bjorkman, 9 (left) and Kendyl Bjorkman, 7 (center), of Solon Township, show off the Pioneer dolls they made with Sharon Jett (right) at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

Rylie Bjorkman, 9 (left) and Kendyl Bjorkman, 7 (center), of Solon Township, show off the Pioneer dolls they made with Sharon Jett (right) at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum Saturday.

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Post Easter egg hunt March 30



There are many signs that spring is just around the corner, and one of them is the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt is only 1 WEEK away, so plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will feature hunts for four different ages, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late!

Several readers caught our goof up last week—and  yes—the hunt is on Saturday the 30th, not the 31st.

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The Post visits the Denver Zoo

N-Post-goes-to-Denver-ZooWhile in Colorado last week with family, Curt Becker, of Pine Street in Cedar Springs, took along The Post as his guest and snapped this photo for us. We hope you had a great vacation Curt, and thanks for thinking of us! It’s great to see The Post traveling! If you’d like to send us your photo with the Post, send it to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Breakfast for two

N-Pileated-woodpeckersDavid Marin, of Nelson Township, has been waiting a long time to get this photo. He finally got his chance last Thursday, March 14, at 9:45 a.m.

“On rare occasions, the notoriously camera-shy and nervous pileated woodpeckers come to the suet at my feeders,” explained Marin. “This morning, I was able to capture a photo of both male and female at the same time, something I’ve been hoping and trying to get an opportunity to do for decades.” Marin lives about three miles east of Cedar Springs.

According to Ranger Steve Mueller, although the birds look similar, you can definitely tell one is male and one is female. “The male (lower bird) has red on forehead to bill and the female does not (her red stays on top of her head). The male has a red mustache (dark strip from base of bill) and the female has a black mustache,” he said.

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Scout food drive triples donations


The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 from Cedar Springs held their annual food drive on Saturday, March 16 at Family Fare. Eleven Scouts collected 570 nonperishable items, including food, hygiene products and laundry supplies. Patrons of Family Fare donated individual items, carts filled with groceries and cash. The scouts learned the value of community service and the value of clipping coupons! The cash that was collected was used to purchase additional needed items with coupons and the “Ten for $10” sale. The generous support from the local community was outstanding and donations were almost tripled from last year’s 200 items. All items were donated to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.  Community members in need or wanting to contribute additional donations can contact the pantry at (616) 696-1140. Thanks to Family Fare, community members and all that continue to support Scouting.


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Cardinal invasion


Brett Gardell, of Nelson Township, recently snapped this photo of cardinals taking over his backyard on 16 Mile Road. “I tried to get them all in the picture, but there were too many!” he said. “There are more on the feeder and the ground. They just love the black oilers!”

Send your wildlife photos to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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I’m here for dinner

N-Turkey-David-MarinDavid Marin had an unexpected guest for dinner at his home in Nelson Township earlier this month. This jake turkey decided that Marin’s bird feeder was the best thing on the menu.

According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, you can usually tell the difference between an adult male (a tom) and a juvenile male (a jake) turkey by looking at a turkey’s tail. All tail feathers of adult males are the same length. The feathers forming the center of a jake’s tail are usually longer than the rest of the feathers in the tail.

Do you have a wildlife photo you’d like to send us? Send it and a little information to us at news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print them as space allows.

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Former Sand Lake man killed at raceway

N-Sand-Lake-man-killed-Dale-WondergemA 1962 Cedar Springs graduate was killed in a freak accident at a raceway in California Saturday.

Dale Wondergem, 68, of Grass Valley, California, and formerly of Sand Lake, was at the Marysville Raceway Park in Yuba County Saturday evening, March 16, when a car careened off the racetrack and into the pit area, killing Wondergem and 14-year-old Marcus Johnson, the cousin of the 17-year-old race car driver, Chase Johnson.

Wondergem was reportedly at the track to watch his own car in the California Sprint Car Civil War Series. It was not the one that crashed.

Wondergem was pronounced dead at the scene, and the teen later died at the hospital. The Yuba County Sheriff Department is investigating the cause of the accident, which may have been caused by the steering wheel becoming detached.

Wondergem reportedly moved to California in 1966, after a stint in the Air Force.

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FFA receives grant

N-FFA-grant-LoadingThe Cedar Springs FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team has received a $1,000 grant from the Michigan FFA Foundation. Funds from the grant are to be used to purchase and restore a 1937 Farmall F20 tractor. Mr. Larry Reyburn, FFA advisor for the group, said that the team has been very active this year and the decision to apply for the funds was an easy one.

“It is not difficult to ‘go the extra mile’ for a group that is willing to work hard,” he said.  This year’s team is composed of Jerry Green, Justin Davis, Tyler Saviskas, and Brayden Bigney. Charles Nelson, and Dave Schoenborn have also been active on the project.

The tractor is being purchased from Tom Noreen, and the team will work on the tractor on the high school property after school hours. “This project is a positive in so many ways,” Reyburn reported. “The members will not only learn tractor restoration, but team work, cooperation, and planning,” he added.

The idea sprang from an event headed by two members last year. Jerry Green, team captain, headed up a project to restore the school’s FFA tractor when it broke down last year.  Jerry was assisted by past chapter president, Brent Willett. Jerry and Brent preformed the lion’s share of the mechanical work and then transported the tractor to Scott Marsman’s residence for the sheet metal work and painting. Mr. Marsman is Brent’s stepfather and he was very instrumental in the finish work.  “Mr. Marsman provided the shop, and technical help with the metal repair and he also painted the project himself,” Green stated. Advice and some mechanical work was also provided by Ross Merlington.

“We have received notification by other community members that they are willing to assist,” Reyburn noted. “It is our hope to have the project done this spring and have it ready for Red Flannel day and our Fall Harvest activities,” he added.

The group is very grateful to the Cedar Springs community for all the support they have received this year.


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