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Archive | April, 2013

Art with Alice


Alice Powell is well-known around Cedar Springs, especially as an antique dealer and appraiser. But this Saturday, we will get to see a different side of the 86-year-old resident who is still young at heart—her artistic side.

This Saturday, April 20, from 4-7 p.m., a reception and exhibit for her paintings will be held at The Studio, at 90 N. Main in Cedar Springs. Her friends and neighbors, Claudia Mabie and Denise Beatty, are putting together the show.

“Alice was a well known antique dealer and collector for a number of years, but people may not be aware that she has this talent,” explained Claudia, about why she wanted to put on the show. She said she’s known Alice for 25 years.

Alice lives in Solon Township, and she’s lived in the greater Cedar Springs area since she was five or six years old. She said she’s always liked to paint, even as a child. But she’s only been painting in earnest since the late 1960s. And she said she’s learned from some wonderful teachers, including Prof. Mast, from Michigan State, and Hazel Palmer, right here in Cedar Springs.

Acrylic is the medium she uses to paint with, though at one time she also used oils.

Alice calls her style contemporary—out of the box. She said she developed this new style when her husband of 61 years, Marvin, passed away five years ago. “I call it ‘circles of eternity,’ she explained.

Alice said she paints for herself, and often doesn’t know what she’s going to do when she starts. But she usually likes the way it turns out. “I paint to Bob Dylan,” she remarked. “I’ve always liked Bob Dylan.”

She’s entered her art in several juried shows, and one of them, titled “Oh Pharaoh, you ain’t seen nothing yet” won at a show in Lansing, and will be on display this Saturday. She will have over 30 pieces on display and for sale at the exhibition.

Stop in and see Alice and her work this Saturday. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Post goes to Arizona


Pam Guarisco and her son Cole recently flew out to Tucson, Arizona and took The Post on vacation with them.

“The weather was wonderful, nice and warm,” said Pam.

They sent us a photo of them with The Post at Sabino Canyon. “We took a shuttle up and we walked the 3.7 miles back down,” explained Pam. “We enjoyed the beautiful mountains, and Cole even played in the cold mountain water that was from the melted snow.”

Thank you, Pam and Cole, for taking us with you to Arizona!

If you are going on vacation, take a Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some info. Send to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Car crashes into house

N-Car-hits-house1N-Car-hits-house2A medical condition may be the cause of an accident in Howard City Sunday, where a car careened into a house.

Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt said that the accident occurred about 3:05 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at E. Edgerton and Hemlock Street. A 68-year-old driver left the roadway while making a turn off of westbound Edgerton to southbound Hemlock. She traveled across a yard, struck and sheared off a tree, then struck the home.

No injuries were reported, but the driver was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

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Reassuring children in Boston bombing aftermath

By Rob South


In the wake of another deadly day in America with the bombings in Boston, parents are being reminded how such events can emotionally traumatize young children. The images and stories splashed everywhere can have a negative impact on a child’s well-being, said psychologist Korenna Barto, urging parents to reinforce their roles as a “safe haven” and secure base.

“It really just means that you have a person or persons that you know you can always turn to that make you feel safe and valued,” she said, “and help provide an emotional and psychological compass or barometer.” A safe haven and secure base are especially important for children through age 5, she said, adding that the key in providing a secure base for children is consistency.

One way to provide the consistency, Barto said, is with regular scheduling of everything from bedtime to family events. She said that can be as easy as eating dinner together.

“Special moments, where you can even just tune out everything else for just 10 minutes, and focus purely on one child at a time,” she said. “It does wonders for feeding that secure base. I think family dinners are a great example of that.”

A variety of resources for talking with children about tragedy can be found online at attachmentparenting.org.

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Flooding in Kent County

N-Flooding-Cedar-CreekFlood warnings have been out for the Rogue River in northern Kent County.

The river began rising last week, then fell before it got to flood stage (8 feet).  As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, it was at 7 feet, and is expected to rise to 10.7 feet by Saturday morning.

Steve Horowitz reported that his cottage on the Rogue River is already flooded.

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ORV slams into car


N-Car-vs-ORV1A 16-year-old from Pierson suffered minor injuries on Tuesday, April 16, when the ORV they were driving struck a vehicle in Howard City.

According Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the accident occurred about 6:18 p.m. at Lake Montcalm Rd and Amy School Rd, in Reynolds Township. A 41-year-old driver from Pierson was southbound on Amy School Rd, when the 16 year-old driver of the ORV struck the vehicles driver side after failing to yield the right of way. The ORV operator was stopped at a westbound stop sign on Lake Montcalm Rd and proceeded across the intersection, striking the vehicle. The teen was thrown from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. The teen was wearing a helmet.

DeWitt said that an operator of an ORV on a roadway is considered prima facie negligent in crashes with other lawful motor vehicles. The teen was issued a citation for the crash.

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State Police marks 96th anniversary

Plane, patrol vehicle, and motorcycle from the 1930s.

Plane, patrol vehicle, and motorcycle from the 1930s.

April 14 – 20 as Michigan State Police History Week

This week the Michigan State Police (MSP) is celebrating its 96th anniversary and to honor this milestone, Gov. Rick Snyder has declared April 14 – 20, 2013, as Michigan State Police History Week.

“What started as a small cavalry of men has evolved into a complex, professional law enforcement agency responsible for not only general police investigative services and traffic patrol, but also forensic science services, statewide criminal justice records management and state homeland security and emergency management,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.

“This week as we mark our 96th anniversary. It is a time for us to reflect on our rich history and traditions, as well as to recommit to serving the public with excellence, integrity and courtesy—always providing ‘service with a purpose.’”

Checking on the elderly in the 1940s.

Checking on the elderly in the 1940s.

The MSP’s roots date back to World War I, when the department began as a temporary, wartime emergency force for the purpose of domestic security.

On April 19, 1917, Gov. Albert Sleeper created the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, also known as the Michigan State Constabulary. With Col. Roy C. Vandercook as the first commanding officer, this new force consisted of five troops of mounted, dismounted and motorized units.

On March 26, 1919, Public Act 26 reorganized the Constabulary as the permanent, peace-time Michigan State Police. When Michigan adopted a new Constitution in 1963, authorizing up to 20 departments, Public Act 380 of 1965 reorganized the MSP as one of these departments. The Director of the MSP holds the rank of Colonel and is appointed by the Governor.

Today, the MSP is a modern-day, full-service law enforcement agency, with statewide jurisdiction consisting of nearly 2,500 enforcement and civilian members. For more information on the MSP, visit www.michigan.gov/msp.

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Frog’s Legendary Billiards

Frog’s Legendary Billiards had their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, April 12. From left to right: Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, Ron Schreer, Mayor Bob Truesdale, owner Alex Schreer, Caron Davis, CJ Teahan, Cody Jackson, and Larry Teahan.

Frog’s Legendary Billiards had their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, April 12. From left to right: Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor, Ron Schreer, Mayor Bob Truesdale, owner Alex Schreer, Caron Davis, CJ Teahan, Cody Jackson, and Larry Teahan.

A miracle in the corner pocket

It’s a miracle that Frog’s Legendary Billiards has opened its doors here in Cedar Springs. It’s not because of any red tape; it’s because it’s a miracle that the owner, Alex Schreer, is alive at all.

According to Alex’s mom, C.J. Teahan, Alex was hit by a drunk driver when he was 22 years old, and suffered a shear injury to the brain stem. For over two months he was in a coma, with no response in his eyes. His brain waves were flat. He then slowly began to emerge from the coma, but the doctors still gave his family little hope. “Nothing from the head down would work,” she explained. “And he had to be on a respirator.”

C.J. said she never considered disconnecting him from life support. Instead, she relied on her faith in God to bring Alex back. While she waited for him to recover, she wore a shirt that read, “I believe in miracles.”

Alex Schreer teaches Mayor Bob Truesdale about pool.

Alex Schreer teaches Mayor Bob Truesdale about pool.

Before the accident, Alex had been gifted in academics, with an IQ of 140, and a #1 singles tennis player.

Alex, who will turn 40 this year, eventually recovered, though it was a long process. And he does have some residual issues to battle, such as doing things left handed now because his right side doesn’t work well.

“Our family attributes his recovery to a God-given miracle,” said C.J., and she said Alex does, too. “You don’t see people raised from the dead in this life very often.”

In the last two years, she said Alex has been motivated to do something with his life. “He has always been interested in playing pool, and he noticed high school and middle school kids hanging out and thought they might enjoy it (playing pool),” she explained. “He really enjoys helping and teaching people.”

BUS-Frogs3Alex’s father, Ron Schreer, helped Alex get the business, Frog’s Legendary Billiards, started. They’ve redecorated the interior at 86 North Main (next to Perry’s Place). The pool hall has five new pool tables—one seven-foot, three eight-foot, and one nine-foot, complete with new cue sticks and balls. They offer refreshments, including Coke products, bottled water, chips and candy, and pizza from a local shop. WiFi is also available. Soon to come is darts in the back room and TV for Tiger baseball games. They hope to add additional pool tables, shuffle board, dart and pool leagues, billiards lessons, and sports trivia contests.

Stop in and visit at 86 N. Main in Cedar Springs, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It’s $2 for a single game, or $6 per hour.

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Red Flannel Festival donates to Tri County Eagles


The Red Flannel Festival recently delivered a Community Share check for $700 to the Tri-County Eagles #4467 club for the volunteer efforts at the 2012 Red Flannel Festival Grand Parade.

According to The Red Flannel Festival, their annual Community Share Program generated over $5,000.00 for area local non-profits last year.

The Red Flannel Festival’s staffing demands will out-number their volunteers, and they are turning to the non-profit community for assistance. “We are proud and excited we have been able to donate almost $30,000 to non-profits in the area with our Community Share Program,” said a Red Flannel Festival spokesperson.

As a volunteer, independent non-profit organization, the Red Flannel Festival is keenly aware of the challenges organizations face in fundraising. “Our mission is to encourage collaboration and positive economic growth for all of the area’s non-profit organizations,” they said.

Any non-profit organization interested in participating in the Community Share Program can contact the Festival office at 696-2662 or email president@redflannelfestival.org.

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Lady Red Hawks defeat Falcons

The girls track team opened the season by hosting West Catholic in an OK Bronze conference meet. On the best day of spring sports season so the far, the Lady Red Hawks defeated the Falcons from West Catholic by the score of 77 to 60. Senior Katie Weiler lead the team by winning all of the three of the distance events. Sophomore Marissa Oakes took first in the long jump and 100 meter hurdles. The team travels to Greenville next week Tuesday and hosts Northview on Thursday.

Placing for the Red Hawks was:

1st Place: Jeanette Sukstas, Shot Put; Kate Twork, Discus; Marissa Oakes, Long Jump; and 100 Meter Hurdles; Aly Hamilton, 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler, 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs; 3200 meter Relay team of Christina Dean, Shayne Mann, Allie Veltkamp, and Maddie Pekrul; 400 Meter Relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby VanDusen, and Aly Hamilton.

2nd Place: Jeanette Sukstas, Discus; Abby VanDusen, Long Jump; Allyson Marvel, 100 and 300 meter hurdles; Maddie Pekrul, 1600 and 3200 meter runs; Caitlin McClurken, 800 meter run.

3rd Place: Briana Pierson, High Jump; Abby VanDusen, Pole Vault; Alison Hall, 400 meter dash; Christina Dean, 1600 meter run; Allie Veltkamp, 800 meter run; Shayne Mann, 3200 meter run.

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