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Archive | July, 2013

Catch of the Week

OUT-Catch-Drake-SpielmakerDrake Spielmaker, a 4th-grader at Creative Technologies Academy, caught his first large mouth bass at Tacoma Lake earlier this month. Drake is the son of Jason and Lisa Spielmaker.

Congratulations, Drake, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

 

It’s back—get out those cameras!

It’s that time of year again when anglers big and small like to tell their fish tales! Send us a photo and story of your first, best, funniest, biggest, or even your smallest catch. Include your name, age, address, and phone number, along with the type and size of fish, and where caught.  We can’t wait to hear from you! Photos published as space allows. Photos/stories may be sent by email to news@cedarspringspost.com with Catch of the Week in the subject line, or mail to: 

Catch of the Week, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

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Tomatoes—around the world and back

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Tomatoes may have made a circuitous route to North America from its native habitat in Mexico and South America. It is believed to have been first cultivated by the Aztecs, who used this as a side dish to their unsavory eating practices. The Spaniards brought the fruit to Europe where it enjoyed mixed reviews. Classified in the same category as the deadly nightshade, many people believed the tomato to be uneatable.

While the tomato is used most specifically as a vegetable, it is botanically classified a fruit.  The French called the bright orange red fruit  “pommes d’amour,”– apples of love, possibly a corruption of  “pomi dei mori”, (apple of the Moors) brought back by Spanish Moors to Morocco.

It was in Paris, France that Thomas Jefferson first tasted the fruit and sent home seeds: however, an earlier reference to tomatoes in South Carolina (William Salmon, herbalist) suggests that they were introduced from the Caribbean in the early 1700’s.  While earliest fruit was likely small and yellow, tomatoes now come in hundreds of varieties and are enjoyed throughout the world.

Tomatoes have a treasure trove of nutritional benefits; they are excellent sources of vitamins C, A and K as well as good sources of potassium, manganese, vitamins B6, B3 and B1, copper, magnesium, vitamin E, phosphorus and iron.  They also contain lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient widely recognized for its antioxidant properties.  They are heart healthy, having been linked to reduction of fats in our bloodstreams.  If you haven’t already done so, consider adding tomatoes to your diet.  It’s the right choice for a healthy lifestyle.

 

Fresh Tomato Salsa

 

Garlic salt—to taste

Three Tomatoes—chopped

Three Green onions—chopped, green parts included

1 Yellow Pepper

One Jalapeño pepper

½ cup chopped Cilantro (optional)

Salt—to taste

Pepper –to taste

Onion Salt—to taste

1-2 T. Corn

1-2 T Black beans

 

Seed and chop chilies using a fork to hold them.  Try to avoid touching these, use soap and water to thoroughly wash up after finishing  and be sure to keep hands away from your face and eyes for several hours afterwards.  Reserve some seeds to add if salsa is not hot enough for your tastes.

Mix in remaining ingredients.  Adjust to taste by adding extra tomato if too hot or a few seeds if not hot enough. Seeds from the Jalapeño are extremely hot—use sparingly.

Serve with Tortilla chips.

 

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More beauty, less beast in your lawn and garden

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(BPT) – A tale as old as time, true as it can be … insects, weeds and poor fertilization are the beasts that take away from the beauty of plants and flowers in our lawns, gardens and even homes. To maintain a home and landscape your neighbors envy, interiors and exteriors should remain pest-free, and plants should be fed with the proper nutrients to stay healthy all-season-long.

Given the many things to consider when it comes to sustaining a lush landscape, homeowners are seeking new ways to simplify their lawn and garden maintenance techniques.

Trusted brands Amdro and Pennington have developed five quick tips that take the guesswork out of warm weather chores and make any home flourish with “more beauty, less beasts.”

1. Decoding soil DNA: The best gauge for fertilization requirements of your landscape is through a soil test. These tests are used to evaluate the condition and levels of nutrients in the soil, especially pH, which determines how well plants are able to draw the nutrients they need from the soil. Home soil test kits are available at most lawn and garden retailers or homeowners can contact their local Department of Agriculture for more information.

2. Fertilizer frequency factors: During periods of drought, it is important not to over-fertilize as this can result in unhealthy or burnt-looking plants. The frequency of fertilization depends on climate, plant type and the fertilizer. A pre-measured, ready-to-use fertilizer, such as the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System, ensures efficient feeding, proper nutrition and vigorous plant growth. The benefit: better results with bigger blooms and produce, when compared to unfed plants. The system also saves time, minimizes water usage and removes guesswork.

3. Select the right plants: One of the best defenses against problem insects is a strong, well-maintained plant. When designing your landscape, select plants that are less prone to insect problems. For example, native plants tend to be more pest-resistant, if planted where the sun and soil are right for them.

4. Go on the offensive: While weeds grow year-round, pest activity in many ways correlates with temperature. In general, as temperatures increase, so does insect feeding and insect populations in and around the home. Combat insects and weeds with a simple, versatile tool, such as the Amdro PowerFlex Pest & Weed System. With no mixing, measuring or cleaning required, this all-in-one system allows homeowners to reclaim their properties, both indoors and outdoors.

5. Protect beneficial species: Within every landscape and garden are pest predators that are beneficial to the health of plants – either by feeding on problem pests or by helping with soil aeration and drainage. Examples include earthworms, spiders, ladybugs and praying mantises. Attract beneficial insects to your landscape with plants that provide nectar, pollen and other food sources.

For more information and additional helpful hints, visit www.penningtonusa.com or www.amdro.com.

 

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Solon open house this Saturday

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Free lunch? You bet! Solon Township is having their Open House this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to celebrate their move into the new Township Offices at 15135 Algoma Ave. Residents are invited to join them for a hot dog lunch, as well as tour the facility. The new facility includes a 2,000 square-foot community room that can be rented by residents; a meeting room; offices; kitchen; LED lighting with sensors; and some heated sidewalks.

Come early and join Solon Market for their first Concert in the Barn (bring your own chair) from 10:00 until 12:00!  Solon Market will have special hours for the occasion—many of their vendors will be there from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This will be their last week for Market Giveaways and there will be some quality merchandise as well as free market bags and toys! Solon Township Office is located at 15135 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs.

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Library summer reading carnival next week

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The Cedar Springs Public Library will celebrate the end of their summer reading program in Morley Park on Wednesday, July 31, from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a petting zoo, free popcorn, games from various community groups, a waterslide, free ice cream, water, music, a spray down by the Cedar Springs Fire Department, and several prizes! It’s an event your family won’t want to miss!

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will also be open during the event.

 

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Where is the BC?

A rather old-fashioned lady was planning a vacation in the Upper Peninsula. She wrote a letter to the campground asking for a reservation. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter.

After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term “Bathroom Commode,” but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she rewrote the entire letter and referred to the “Bathroom Commode” simply as the “B.C.” Does the campground have its own “B.C.?” is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground owner wasn’t old fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he couldn’t figure out what the lady was talking about. That “B.C.” really stumped him.

After worrying about it for several days, the campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.

So he sat down and wrote the following reply:

“Dear Madam,

I regret the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.
I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all the folks. This is really a very friendly community.”

 

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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.

Our Earth: Dig It!

July 30: Join the Kalamazoo Nature Center as we dig deep into the world beneath our feet. Meet earthworms and roly-poly pill bugs and their soil neighbors and discover how they survive. We’ll dig deeper into what makes soil and how it is different from dirt, and we’ll find some deeply buried treasures. Tuesday, July 30th at 1:30pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL branch, 88 Eighth St.. #30

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 31: Fellas, didja miss yer chance ta take yer gal ta the “Brat Picnic” last year? Now’s yer 2nd chance! Take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and head on over ta the Pine Grove Senior Grill for Brats on the Barbee. Just letting all those age 60 and those aged even more, we’re throwing our annual “Brat Picnic” at noon the 31st of July. Come n get ‘em, brats hot off the grill can be found on the northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #30

 

Summer Reading Program Celebration Carnival

July 31: The Cedar Springs Public Library invites you to the Summer Reading Program Celebration Carnival at Morley Park in Cedar Springs on Wednesday, July 31 from 2-4pm. Come join us for games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slides and Double K Petting Zoo. Special activities and children’s books for sale. Special appearance from local children’s book author Amanda Litz and illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30

 

Trash & Treasure Sale

Aug. 1-3: Our TNT Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Sand Lake /Nelson Township Library, is held in conjunction with the town-wide garage sales. Thursday, August 1 from 9am – 5pm. Friday, August 2 from 9am – 5pm and Saturday, August 3, from 9am – 2pm. 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #30

 

Beneath the Surface: Marble Magnets 

Aug. 1: Create a set of magnets for yourself or a friend. What lies beneath the surface is for you to decide — they’re easy and fun to make! Thursday, August 1, 4 pm at the Spencer Township Branch of KDL, 14960 Meddler Ave, Gowen. #30

 

Heritage Festival is Aug. 1-3

Aug. 1-3: A variety of historical activities and displays is available during the 27th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival Aug. 1-3 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. The three-day celebration features historical displays, events, refreshments and music for all ages. The festival runs from 10am to 4pm Aug. 1 and 9am to 5pm Aug. 2-3. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30

 

Senior Stroll

Aug. 2: Starting on August 2nd through the fall join us at Howard Christensen Nature Center for a stroll every Friday from 2-4pm. Coffee and refreshments provided. Donation of $4.50. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #30

 

Car Show in Downtown Greenville

Aug. 3: On Saturday, August 3, over 200 cars will fill the streets in downtown Greenville for the annual Greenville Car Show. Automotive enthusiasts are invited to come out and enjoy an evening of cool cars, music, awards, 50/50 raffle, prizes and everything else that encompasses car culture. The show is 6 – 8:30pm. This year’s event will feature a “Pit Stop” area that includes games and activities for  families. Proceeds from the event go to the Greenville Area Chamber to support community programs/events. #30

 

Stars soccer camp

Aug. 5-7: Stars soccer camp is now offered by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and will be offered August 5-7 at Boomer Park fields. The CS high school coaches and athletes will be putting on the camp for ages 5-13. Times and prices vary: ages 5-8 is 5:30-7pm for $35 by July 29 or $40 after, ages 9-13 is from 5:30-8pm for $55 by July 29 or $60 after. Forms are at Hilltop or online at csaparksandrec.com. Please call 696-7320 with questions. #30,31b

 

Everywhere Fun Fair VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

Aug. 5-8: CSUMC invites kids (ages 4 years old – 6th grade) to step right up at Everywhere Fun Fair Where God’s World Comes Together. Explore and experience God’s welcoming love at Vacation Bible School! The fun begins on Monday, August 5 and ends Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm at CS United Methodist Church (140 S. Main St.) The fun fair includes interactive Bible fun and great music, cool crafts, global games, awesome snacks, and more. To be a part of all the excitement, call the church at 616-696-1140 to register. #30,31b

 

Register Now for Free Hunter Education

Aug. 6: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday August 6 from 6-9pm, Thursday, August 8 from 6-9pm, Saturday, August 10 from 8am-4:30pm. #30,31b

 

Wild Wednesdays Reptiles & Amphibians

Aug. 7: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Hunt down a frog or possibly a snake – this class you can get dirty and touch the outside world. Our Naturalist will lead children on an outdoor excursion in finding where amphibians and reptiles live, what they eat and their worlds. Children will use nets to capture living creatures and discover greater knowledge with hands on teaching. Ages: 5 – 15 years old. Bring Bag Lunch, Dress for the outdoors, $8 per child. (Parents always welcomed and encouraged to come along free of charge). Rain or Shine. For More Information: visit our website www.lilysfrogpad.com. 16190 Red Pine Drive Kent City, MI 49345 (616) 675-3158. #30

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Aug. 31: Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2013 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The cost is $12 per person with open house at 11am and dinner served at 1pm. Reservation must be made prior to August 31, 2013 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: June Miller, Treasurer, 237 4th Street, Trufant, MI 49347, 616-984-2396. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2983. Come join in the fun and please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #30

 

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Teachers compete in Tough Mudder event

Josh Cooper competed in the Tough Mudder event.

Josh Cooper competed in the Tough Mudder event.

By Judy Reed

N-Tough-Mudder2Two Cedar Springs High School teachers gave it all they had and then some when they competed in the grueling Tough Mudder event held at Michigan International Speedway June 28 and 29.
Josh Cooper and Brian Busen competed on separate days in the 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
“The last couple of miles were tough,” noted Cooper. “Afterward I looked like a bruised mess.”
Cooper said that he tries to do one or two events a year to stay in shape. Last year he did the Grand Rapids Triathlon, and he and Busen did the Warrior Dash in Millenium Park, which is a shortened version (a 3.1 mile course) of the Tough Mudder event. He had fun, and so decided to step it up this year to try the bigger event. He signed up to run on Saturday as part of a four-person team with some friends from college, and Busen signed up to run on Sunday.
N-Tough-Mudder3To train, Cooper began running in March and working out at the gym. He felt good about his training, but when he got to the course, it was not what he expected. “It had rained excessively leading up to the event. The whole course was covered in mud, it was just a mess. I had been running on the trail, on asphalt. And sure, it’s called Tough Mudder, but there’s supposed to be mud on the obstacles, not on the course,” he said with a laugh.
There were 20 obstacles scattered throughout the 12-mile course. Cooper said the obstacles were fun, though some, like the electric shock, were definitely challenging. On the electric eel, there were wires hanging down that would shock the participant as they crawled through the mud. In some of the tubes they crawled through, they were filled with water and there wasn’t a lot of room to breathe. On the Walk the Plank, they climbed a 15-foot tower and jumped in a mud pit. “They were all a lot fun,” he said.
Many of the participants at this year’s Michigan Tough Mudder event came down sick with the NoroVirus, but Cooper wasn’t one of them.
The Tough Mudder events are held all over the world, and they have raised over $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, 460,000 people participated in 35 events. This year there are 53 events scheduled.
Cooper said that he would certainly do it again, and recommends that if anyone is going to do it, that they get a team to sign up together and train together. “I had a blast. Barring injury, I’ll do it multiple times. It’s quite the adrenaline rush and a lot of fun.”
For more info on the event, visit www.toughmudder.com.

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Charges dropped in home invasion

Joslin McEwen

Joslin McEwen

The Kent County prosecutor’s office has dropped charges against a Cedar Springs for home invasion after the man passed a polygraph test and the victim disappeared.
Joslin Patrick McEwen, 29, of Cedar Springs, was arrested in February and charged with home invasion after a 26-year-old man, Dante Brown, told police that a neighbor (McEwen) had come over to apologize for an incident that happened the day before, and then started to assault him. The victim said that during the altercation another man—a heavyset white male with tattoos of the “Monster” drink logo on his neck—also began to assault him. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital for numerous injuries. The victim also told police there may have been a third person involved who had a white truck with five orange lights.
McEwen was charged with first degree home invasion, and being a habitual offender, 3rd offense. But the other assault suspect was never found, and neither was the truck.
McEwen denied the allegations and demanded a polygraph test, which he passed last month. The victim left the area about the same time, and police have not been able to locate him.

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Lots to enjoy at Solon Market

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Kids and adults alike enjoyed the fun at the Solon Market last weekend, and there is still more to come.
Last Saturday, Solon fire fighters brought their truck to spend some quality time with the kids. They taught them how to use the hose and cooled them off with the spray! There were giveaways for the kids, including Hydrant the fire dog, and toys from a local grocery store, and drawings for the adults. Monica Sanders provided free Zumba to everyone and Mother Nature provided some great weather.
This Saturday’s event is a petting zoo for the kids and Market Giveaways. It looks like Solon Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings! Don’t miss out on the fun at this local farm, craft and flea market located at the Solon Township Hall, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. Call 696-1718 for more information or check out their facebook page.
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