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Archive | November, 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.

Sand Lake Christmas

Dec. 1-13: The Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Sand Lake Christmas Starting Sunday December 1st at Salisbury Park with a Christmas Concert and Carols by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool at 6:30 pm and Tree Lighting at 7 pm. Monday, December 2nd, “Adopt at Family” for Christmas Giving Trees in local businesses, sponsored by the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL, Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 there will be an Indoor Live Nativity at Sand Lake United Methodist. December 13th will be Kick off of 12 Days of Christmas in Sand Lake. #48


Dinner at the Legion

Dec. 2: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meatloaf dinner on Monday, November 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, salad, dessert and drinks. Special price for dinner $8, children $4.50. Enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #48p


TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 3: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #48


Preschoolers “Dark in the Planetarium”

Dec. 3: Learning about the stars, moon, sun and possibly snowflakes. Children will learn the sun is hot, and the snow is cold. They will be told how humankind wants to visit the moon or other planets far, far away,and we will be exploring our earth of planets, trees, and animals. Rain or shine, please dress for the weather. 10:30 to 12 pm. Donation of $4 per child. Ages 3 – 6. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #48


Mommy’s Day Out – “You deserve a Break”

Dec. 5: Every Thursday through the Winter (Feb. 2014). Cheaper than daycare and more fun. We will make crafts (they take home), take walks, play with gentle animals, and learn of new things each week. Please bring your child’s lunch. Mom can go shopping, get your hair done, take a long nap and do not for Christmas preparation! Provision can be made for earlier or later drop off or pickup. 10 am to 3 pm. $20 per child, per day ($15 ea. for two children of the same family.) Limited to 10 children – please reserve ahead. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #48

Christmas Fund Distribution

Dec. 6: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available to assist families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received NO later than, Friday, December 6th. If awarded assistance, a letter will be sent informing you of your pick up time at Cedar Springs UMC. #48


Annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa Day

Dec. 7: Old School Community Center, Annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa Day, on Saturday, December 7th, 142 N. Main St. in Casnovia. Craft show 7 am – 2 pm. All you can eat Lions Club Breakfast 7 am – 10 am. Cookie decorating for the kids. Santa visits 10 am til noon. Free horse drawn wagon rides 10 am till noon. BBQ lunch served at noon. Come shop and enjoy the fun. For more information call Linda at 616-675-7729. #48


Spencer Township Senior Christmas Potluck

Dec. 7: There will be a Senior Christmas Potluck Dinner at Spencer Township, 14960 Meddler, Gowen, on December 7 from 1 to 3 pm. Bring a dish to pass. Meat, potatoes, rolls and coffee provided. #48,49p


Sand Lake Christmas Craft & Variety Sale

Dec. 14: There will be a Craft and Variety Sale on December 14th from 9 am to 5 pm at Home Town Pizza, 46 W. Lake, Sand Lake. #48,49p









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Kent County Jail featured in TV show


The Kent County Correctional Facility will be featured in a national TV program starting this Saturday.

Residents can get a sneak peak inside the Kent County Correctional Facility when it is highlighted in the TV Show MSNBC Lockup–Extended Stay beginning this Saturday, November 23.

According to the Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, the TV show spent four months last summer filming the daily life of the inmates and Correctional staff at the jail, located at 703 Ball Avenue, in Grand Rapids.

They will air six episodes with the first showing on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 10 p.m. EST on MSNBC. Each new episode will air the next Saturday at 10 p.m. If you missed an episode, a repeat of the last week’s show will air on Saturdays at 9 p.m. EST.


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Severe weather knocks out power, spawns tornado

Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us photos of a double rainbow that appeared after Sunday’s storm behind Cedar Springs Middle School.

Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us photos of a double rainbow that appeared after Sunday’s storm behind Cedar Springs Middle School.


N-storm-Rainbow1-nov-2013-011The Michigan State Police are reminding people to use caution as clean-up efforts are underway following the fast-moving storm that traveled through the region Sunday leaving power outages, fallen trees and wind damage.

Damage was lighter in our area than in the southern part of the state, although many homes here suffered power outages.

Damage assessments are still being completed, but two fatalities and one serious injury have been confirmed in the state. Of those incidents, a 21-year-old Jackson County man was killed when a tree fell on his car; a 59-year-old Shiawassee County man was killed when he was electrocuted; and a 14-year-old Wayne County boy is in critical condition after being electrocuted.

The National Weather Service has confirmed EF-0 tornadoes in Cass, Otsego and Ingham counties, as well as one that touched down in several locations from Muskegon to Newaygo counties. EF-0 tornadoes are capable of producing winds from 65 to 85 mph.

As of 1:30 p.m. yesterday, more than 235,000 homes were still without power statewide. Personnel from the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) continue to monitor weather conditions and remain in contact with local emergency management personnel to provide assistance as needed.

Clare Armstrong, of Sand Lake, sent us this photo of a swingset blown across her yard.

Clare Armstrong, of Sand Lake, sent us this photo of a swingset blown across her yard.

“During Sunday’s storm, many communities across the state experienced some degree of property damage, downed trees and power outages,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “The protection of public health and safety is our primary concern.”

As cleanup continues, it is important for citizens to be aware of the dangers they may face in the aftermath of the storm.  Below are some general safety precautions:

·         Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.

• Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.

• Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:

Do not use a grill indoors.

Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater.

Do not use a generator in the house or garage.

Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.

• Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.

• Avoid standing water, flooded roadways and flooded riverbanks. Remember: “Turn around, don’t drown.”

• Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.

• Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris. Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.

Anyone needing assistance should contact their local emergency management agency or call 2-1-1.

Personnel with the MSP/EMHSD will continue to monitor the situation and take prudent action should conditions warrant.

“Michigan’s No. 1 threat is severe weather and these storms serve as a reminder of the importance of being prepared, especially as winter approaches,” Kelenske said. “A prepared Michigan is a resilient Michigan, which includes having an emergency plan and basic supply kit in every household.”

For more preparedness tips about what to do before, during and after a storm or power outage, visit www.michigan.gov/beprepared or www.twitter.com/MichEMHS.


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Grandma delivers granddaughter on way to hospital

By Judy Reed

Grandma Kathy Koster, right, delivered her daughter Sarah Kerr’s baby girl on the way to the hospital early Sunday morning. Courtesy photo.

Grandma Kathy Koster, right, delivered her daughter Sarah Kerr’s baby girl on the way to the hospital early Sunday morning. Courtesy photo.


Most moms remember the birth of their first baby like it was yesterday. But new mom Sarah Kerr, 22, of Cedar Springs, will have a unique story to share with her daughter.

According to Sarah, she went to the hospital Friday evening, November 15, thinking her water broke. The hospital sent her home, saying it hadn’t. “I was home all that day (the 16th) having labor pains, until I couldn’t take the pain anymore that night and told my mom it was time to go,” explained Sarah.

Sarah said she was shaking when she got in the truck. She and her mom, Kathy Koster, left their home at Church and Seventh Street, and headed to Spectrum United Hospital in Greenville. They made it only a little over a mile when Sarah started screaming and her mom had to pull over in front of Northland Estates Mobile Home park on Northland Drive. It was about 2:40 a.m.

“I felt the head coming, and by the time my mom got around to my side of the truck, the head was out and she helped pull the baby the rest of the way out,” explained Sarah. “She wrapped it then told me to call 911 so they could tell her what else to do.”

Cedar Springs Police Officers Mike and Mandy Stahl both reported to the scene, and Officer Mandy made sure the baby was breathing. “She made sure it had a clear airway, was on its side, rubbed its back, and kept it warm until the ambulance arrived,” said Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent.

“It was crazy having it in a truck,” remarked Sarah. “I was completely scared because I didn’t know if it would be ok. But I was excited after I heard her cry.”

Baby Nevaeh

Baby Nevaeh

Sarah’s baby girl, Nevaeh (heaven spelled backward), was perfect, she said. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 13 oz, and was 18-1/2 inches long.

She said her mom is excited about the baby, too. “She had one born on her birthday, and this one she got to deliver. That’s pretty special.”

Asked whether she would do it that way again, Sarah’s answer was surprising. “It was pretty easy compared to being in the hospital where they have all kinds of things hooked up to you. Maybe not in the truck, but maybe I’d do it at home instead,” she said.


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City approves new logo and tagline

This is the new logo for the City of Cedar Springs.

This is the new logo for the City of Cedar Springs.

by Judy Reed

The City of Cedar Springs voted Thursday evening, November 14, to approve a new logo and tagline for the city.

“Cedar Springs—Est. 1871 Cherishing our heritage, embracing our future” will now be the city’s official slogan that will appear on city-related items.

It replaces the tagline “A great place to live, work, and play” and the Red Flannel logo, which the city stopped using in August of last year after receiving a letter from the Red Flannel Festival of intent to file suit for copyright infringement. Subsequent meetings between the city manager and festival have yielded no results on an agreement.

A committee made up of members of the community took submissions from the public for a new logo, but only nine entries were submitted.

This is what the new logo will look like on business cards.

This is what the new logo will look like on business cards.

While there was no official public comment time on the new logo, several people commented on it during the public forum part of the meeting. Rose Powell said that “Red Flannel is the cement that holds us together” and asked if they couldn’t use what they already had,” and not spend more money to get new logos put on police patches and other items.

Steve McBride, a Red Flannel Festival board member, warned that, if the new logo went through, “SEV’s would go down and taxes would go up. It would be a corporate nail in the head.” He said he would go out and sell his plasma to help them raise money to license the Red Flannel logo.

Mark Laws, Red Flannel board member and former City Council candidate, also urged the city to provide police protection for one day in exchange for using the Red Flannel logo.

Calling it one of the hardest things she’s had to decide, Councilmember Patricia Troost was emotional while speaking on how she felt about the matter. She compiled pages of articles, meeting minutes, emails, etc. while researching the history on the Red Flannel logo. “A lot of time and money was spent on this (issue), and friendships ended over it,” she remarked. “I finally decided that I had to put this to rest, that we needed to move on. We will always be the Red Flannel town. Why didn’t we get the submissions? I don’t know. But we can’t give our services away to everyone. Other groups, like the Chamber of Commerce, are bringing events into town also. It’s not just about Red Flannel and the City. It’s time for the city to heal and move forward.”

New Councilmember Dan Clark said that he didn’t think the community was going to be happy if they approved the new logo. “They want Red Flannel back. If we do this we’ll be a pariah because we gave up,” he said.

Councilmember Ken Benham said it would be great if something did work out to put the Red Flannel logo in the circle where it says “Est. 1871” but in the mean time, he’d like to put something there. “We’ve went too long without something on our trucks,” he noted. He also reminded everyone that the public voted down a special community events tax put to the voters last year, which could have been used to fund those services for the Red Flannel Festival and other community events. “We’ve had cutbacks in staff, we no longer do a community cleanup, etc. We need to be fiscally responsible,” he said.

The Council voted 4 to 3 to approve the new logo, with Bob Truesdale and new members Jerry Hall and Dan Clark voting no.

No time line has been given yet for implementation of the logo.

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New mayor appointed by City Council

New Mayor Mark Fankhauser

New Mayor Mark Fankhauser

The Cedar Springs City Council voted in a new mayor and mayor pro-tem at their annual reorganization meeting last Thursday night, November 14.

Serving as Mayor for 2013-2014 will be Mark Fankhauser, and Mayor Pro-Tem will be Patricia Troost. Fankhauser was approved 5-2, and Troost 7-0. Former Mayor Bob Truesdale was the other nominee for Mayor. There was no public discussion on who should be nominated, and only one nominee for mayor pro-tem.

Fankhauser was appointed to the City Council a year ago to replace Neil Gomez, who was moving out of the city limits.

The Council also swore in new city council members Dan Clark and Jerry Hall.

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The Post goes to Chattanooga

N-Post-Chattanooga-DurstRuss Durst recently spent two weeks with his son Doug’s family in the Chattanooga area, but he didn’t need to take the Post with him. Doug has been a regular subscriber since he moved south about four years ago.

“It’s nice to keep up with what’s going on back home in Cedar Springs,” says Doug, who now lives about a half mile from Cedar Springs Road in Cleveland, Tennessee.

A big thanks to Russ and Doug for sharing your trip with us!

If readers are going on vacation, take a copy of the Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some brief information to news@cedarspringspost.com.


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Gas prices drop below $3

N-Gas-2.98Gas prices dropped to $2.98 per gallon Wednesday evening, the first time prices have been below $3 in three years.

Fill up now, GasBuddy says they will be spiking again soon.

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Red Flannel Festival presents community share check to Job’s Daughters

N-Jobs-DaughtersThe Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors presented a $750 check to the non-profit group Job’s Daughters, on Monday, November 18.

Job’s Daughters has a rich heritage and tradition. The group was founded in 1920 to provide an opportunity for young women to work together, to learn about themselves and to help others. It is open to girls ages 10 to 20 who have a Masonic Heritage. For over 90 years, Job’s Daughters has been actively promoting friendship and service. The local chapter of Job’s Daughters and their families donated two weekends to the Red Flannel Festival in the RFF Community Share Program.  This strong group of volunteers assisted the Red Flannel 5K Run/Walk and the Giant Arts and Crafts Show. They also made an appearance in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.


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Rifle raffle winner


Sons of the American Legion, Glen Hill Squadron 287, of Cedar Springs, congratulates Ernie Adams, of Cedar Springs. Ernie’s winning ticket for our annual Rifle raffle was drawn on November 9. Pictured are SAL Commander Dominic Merlington, Ernie Adams holding his new Savage 270, and SAL member Keith Tyler.

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