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Archive | June, 2013

Happening this week for Cedar Springs Library


Tweens: Thursday, June 27, 6:30-8 at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, calling all 4th to 6th graders to have FUN making crafts with Duct Tape. A wide variety will be provided. The event includes pizza and drink. Come and bring friends!

Teens: Saturday, June 29, Teens can come and liven up an old T-shirt! Paint up some style! It’s happening at the Cedar Springs Public Library from 1:30-2:30pm. Pizza, pop and prizes provided!

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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.


Sand Lake July 4th Grand Parade Sign-up

June 27: Sign up now for participation in the Sand Lake July 4th Grand Parade. Go to http://sandlakechamberofcommerce.com for an entry form or call Karen at 616-636-5425 or Michelle at 616-799-2110. #26


Dinner at the Legion

July 1: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, July 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. #26


Egyptian Pyramid Dig

July 2: Explore the pyramids, create hieroglyphics and make your own accessories to dress like an Egyptian. Tuesday, July 1 at 4 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. #26


Red, White and Blue Book Sale

July 3,5&6: Stop by during Sand Lake’s July Fourth activities for great bargains on books and more. Wednesday, July 3rd, 12 – 8 pm, Friday, July 5th, 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, July 6th, 10 am – 5 pm. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26


Carnival Bingo

July 3: Join us for Carnival Bingo at V.F.W. Post #7912 on Lake St. in Sand Lake on July 3rd & 4th from 2 to 9 pm. #26


Kids and Teens Craft Show

July 6: Arts and Crafts for sale by local kids and teens. Stop in the library to register as a seller or just come to shop. You’re sure to dig up a cool bargain. Saturday, July 6th from 10 am to 12 pm. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26


Fall 2013 Soccer – Late Registration

July 9 & 11: Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11, 2013:– American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Join us under the tent in the Family Fare parking lot on 17 Mile Rd. in Cedar Springs. Individual player fees – $60 for fall only, or $105 for fall and spring seasons. Families registering 3 or more players will receive a $5 discount per player, per season. Please complete your application online at www.eayso.org before meeting with us. Players must be 4 years of age by 8/26/2013. First time players must show a Birth Certificate for age verification. Visit our website for additional information – www.ayso902.org – Teams are filling up so get registered NOW for Membership Year 2013! #26-28p


God’s Backyard Bible Camp 

July 15: The Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, is hosting God’s Backyard Bible Camp, a vacation bible school program for kids from three to twelve years old. The program runs from July 15 through 19, 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm each day. For more information, call 66-696-9333. #26


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Solon moves into new township hall

N-Solon-Township-hallBy Judy Reed


It’s been a long time coming, but Solon Township finally has their new township hall at 15185 Algoma, between 18 and 19 Mile.

They moved from their old hall on 19 Mile at the end of May.

“It’s not completely finished but we’re getting there,” said Solon Supervisor Bob Ellick.

The township approved the building of the 6,000 square-foot hall with community room in the fall of 2011. The building has 4,000 square feet of offices, a 2,000 square-foot community room, in floor boiler heat, 2×6 exterior sidewalls, about four inches of spray foam insulation, a brick exterior, steel roof, LED lighting which operates automatically, some heated sidewalks, plenty of handicap parking, and a security system with cameras that can be viewed remotely.

They will be renting out the community room to residents, but not until after their open house, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Ellick estimates the total of the building will be between $860,000 and $880,000.


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Storm brings down tree, powerline

A storm that blew through the city of Cedar Springs Monday evening weakened just before it got here but was still strong enough to topple a tree and snap a telephone pole.

The storm came through between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, June18. It was originally issued as a severe weather warning, with high wind gusts and marble size hail that could dent cars. Just before it hit the National Weather Service downgraded it and cancelled the warning, but that was little comfort to Wayne and June Price and others on Ronald Street in Cedar Springs who lost power.

Wayne sent us these pictures, and explained that “It poured, the wind blew, and toppled the neighbor’s tree into the road in front of our house, snapping our power pole at the end of our driveway. The top of the pole leaned over the road breaking our power lines to the house.” Consumers Power spent the night repairing the damage, and power was restored about 5 a.m.


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Walkers raise funds for pregnancy care center

Photo courtesy of Alpha Family Center

Photo courtesy of Alpha Family Center

Photo by C. Owen

Photo by C. Owen

Pledges poured in and walkers showed their support Saturday as 160 residents descended on Morley Park in Cedar Springs for the Alpha Family Center’s annual LifeWalk.

Walkers weaved their way through downtown Cedar Springs, and stopped and prayed at several venues, including City Hall, a church, a school, and Alpha Family Center. They prayed for the leadership and staff and all those places, for students, and the clients helped by Alpha.

“The walk went great,” said Executive Director Lorrie Shelton. “We raised over $12,000.” Those funds help Alpha with operation costs throughout the year. It’s their biggest fundraiser.

Alpha Family Center is a non-profit, faith-based pregnancy care center servicing hundreds in the West Michigan area. Last year, they were able to assist with 3,292 requests for help, giving out over 14,000 free maternity, baby and toddler items.

Their services include free and confidential pregnancy self-testing, peer counseling, community agency referrals, parenting classes and material assistance. They also provide accurate information on abortion, adoption, & sexually transmitted diseases, as well as offer support for those who have experienced sexual abuse, miscarriage and abortions.

For more information or to donate, call 696-2616 or visit their website at http://www.alphafamilycentercs.org. They are located at the corner of First and Cherry Street in Cedar Springs.


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Pierson woman a semi-finalist in Pillsbury Bake-off

Readers can help her win $1 million

Susan Odren

Susan Odren

By Judy Reed

When The Post spoke with Susan Odren, of Pierson Township, about being chosen as a semi-finalist in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-off, she was so excited she could hardly breathe.

“I’m so excited because I can’t believe that I made it this far!” she said between breaths.

And she should be. Her entry was chosen as one of 60 semi-finalists in her category, out of thousands of entries, with the chance to win the $1 million grand prize. And we could help her win! All we have to do is vote.

Odren said that she always liked to cook chocolate chip cookies for her dad when he was alive, but that was about it. It wasn’t until she was on her second bout of blood cancer and was recuperating that she found the bake-off contest and decided to enter. “I needed something to do,” she said with a chuckle. “My husband, friends and ladies from the guild at Mary’s Queen of Apostle all became my guinea pigs.”

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons

Bakers had to choose from a list of qualifying ingredients to come up with their masterpiece. The recipe could contain no more than seven ingredients, and take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare, not including baking and cooling time. Odren created a cookie called Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons. “Everyone loved them,” she said.

She submitted her recipe and then waited five months before she heard anything. She heard officially earlier this month that she was a semi-finalist. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Voting is now open on BakeOff.com until June 27. For the first time in the history of the bake-off, America will determine which of the semi-finalist recipes will vie for the grand prize. Those 100 finalists will compete at the Bake-Off Contest finals, November 10-12, in Las Vegas.

To see the recipe and to vote, go to http://www.pillsbury.com/BakeOff/Voting-Home/Voting-Gallery. (You must be a registered member at Pillsbury.com but it doesn’t cost anything.) The Cherry Sugar Cookie Macaroons are in the eighth row down on the far left.

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The Post goes to Alaska


Gary and Lorena Male took the Cedar Springs Post when they travelled to Alaska for a cruise from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Although this photo only shows one of them, Gary wasn’t alone; Lorena had to take the picture! Thanks for taking us with you!

Will you be traveling? Take along a copy of the Post and get a photo. Send the photo and some info about it to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print them as space allows.


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Summer Excitement at Cedar Springs Women’s Club

The Cedar Springs 2013 Woman of the Year award was presented to Caroline Bartlette

The Cedar Springs 2013 Woman of the Year award was presented to Caroline Bartlette

by Sue Harrison


The June meeting of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club was full of surprises, awards and installation of officers for 2013-2014. The colors of summer greeted members and guests who attended the June meeting as tables were spread with colorful blue, yellow, pink, and white tablecloths decorated with signs of summer:  sea shells, flip-flops, sand pails and shovels, and multicolored picnic napkins. The women enjoyed a wonderful catered luncheon that included chicken, shrimp, salads and ice cream sundaes.

The Cedar Springs 2013 Woman of the Year award was presented to Caroline Bartlette, by last year’s recipient, Cynthia Caldwell. Caroline was surprised to see her husband, David, and family members there to share in her celebration. Caroline has been a long time member of Women’s Club, has been an officer on the Board, and has worked on several committees including the Holiday Tea Committee.

Women’s Club 2013 Scholarship winner, Molly Caniff.

Women’s Club 2013 Scholarship winner, Molly Caniff.

Next, the Women’s Club 2013 Scholarship was awarded to Molly Caniff, a 2013 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Each year the Women’s Club $1000 scholarship is presented to a Cedar Springs woman who will use the money to further her education. Molly will be attending University of Detroit Mercy to work toward a BSN in Nursing.

For the final order of business for the day, the nominations committee installed the officers of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club who remained in the same offices as last year.  The following women were installed as officers for the 2013-2014 year:

President, Carolyn Davis

1st Vice President: Sue Harrison

2nd Vice President: Donna Clark

Secretary: Penny Darling

Corresponding Secretary: Sally Grayvold

Treasurer: Cindi Caldwell

Directors: Jan Hammersmith, Dorothy Bishop, Char Heim

Even though the Women’s Club does not meet during July and August, their activities still continue. The Women’s Club along with Independent Bank will be sponsoring one of the Concerts in Morley Park on Thursday June 20. In addition some Cedar Springs Women’s Club members and their guests will attend the Picnic Pops on July 19th.

Women’s Club cookbooks are also still available for $10 at the Cedar Springs Library or from any club member.

For more information about these activities or about joining Women’s Club, call 696-1939 or 696-0456.



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Cedar Springs Fire appoints Deputy Chief

Troy Detloff

Troy Detloff

The Cedar Springs Fire Department is proud to announce that firefighter Troy Detloff will be appointed to fill the position of Deputy Chief on the department.

Detloff’s appointment will begin on July 1, 2013, and continue for a period of one year. The one-year assignment is part of a new training program that has been developed by the department to provide officer command training for future command positions within the department.

“We decided to give everyone a chance to get command experience,” since Fire Chief Marty Fraser.

Detloff has been a member of the Cedar Springs Fire department since August 1, 2007, and has been instrumental in assisting with various activities during his service to the department.

He is married to Melissa, and they have three children that attend Cedar Springs Public Schools.

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Sand Lake man convicted in assault


Zebariah Gillons

Zebariah Gillons

It took eight months, but a Sand Lake man has been found guilty of assaulting a Grand Rapids man who was visiting Cedar Springs for Red Flannel Day.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, there were a number of minor fights on Red Flannel weekend in October 2012. This incident took place inside the Gun Tavern, 18 N. Main Street at 1:45 a.m. on October 7.

Officers were dispatched to a fight in progress. Upon arrival they found one man unconscious on the floor and covered in blood. Witnesses told police that the suspect had fled the scene. Additional officers responded to clear the bar, while fire rescue and ambulance personnel treated the victim.

Chief Parent said that the victim, 35 of Grand Rapids, was attending Red Flannel festivities with a female friend and they were inside the Gun Tavern for a late night drink. A male acquaintance of the female, who once dated her, saw the two and confronted them. According to witnesses, the suspect, without any provocation, hit the victim at least four or five times. After the victim fell to the floor, the suspect then continued to kick him in the face.

Police charged Zebariah William Gillons, 28, of Sand Lake, with aggravated assault, and he finally went to trial on June 13, and was found guilty. He will have a presentence hearing on June 19 at 2 p.m. in 63rd District Court.

“I wanted to publicly thank the witnesses who took the time to tell officers the night of the incident what they saw and later made themselves available to testify in court,” said Chief Parent. “I believe this case weighed heavily on witness testimony.”


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