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Diary of a snow shoveler

December 8: 6:00 p.m. The first snow of the season. My wife and I sat for hours watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!

December 9: Woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow. Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. The snow plow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again.

December 12: The sun melted all our lovely snow. My neighbor Bob said not to worry, we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter that I’ll never want to see snow again.

December 14: It snowed 8” last night. The temperature dropped to 20°F. The cold makes everything sparkle so. I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. The snowplow came back and buried everything again. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling.

December 15: 12-14 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer. Bought 2 extra shovels. My wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s silly.

December 16: Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like heck. My wife laughed for an hour, which I think was cruel.

December 17: Roads too icy to go anywhere. Electricity’s been off for 5 hours. Piled blankets on to stay warm. Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. I hate it when she’s right.

December 20: Electricity’s back on, but had another 14 inches of the white stuff last night. More shoveling. Stupid snowplow came by twice. Called the only hardware store around about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22: 13 more inches of the white crap fell today, and it’s so cold it probably won’t melt till August. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he’s too busy. I think the jerk is lying.

December 23: Only 2” of snow today and it warmed up to 0. My wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she’s lying.

December 24: Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the idiot who drives that snowplow, I’ll drag him through the snow. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 mph and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight my wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was busy watching for the stinkin’ snowplow.

December 25: Merry Christmas. Snowed in. I hate the snow! The snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. My wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s an idiot.

December 26: Still snowed in. Why did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

December 27: Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze. December 29: 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave-in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard.

December 30:  Roof caved in. The snow plow driver is suing me for $100,000 for the bump on his head. My wife went home to her mother. 9” predicted.

December 31: Set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling!

January 8: I feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?


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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.

Choir Cantata at Cedar Springs UMC

Dec. 29: CSUMC Adult Choir will present the cantata “All is Well” by Michael Barrett and David Angerman during our 10:00 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 29. This cantata blends traditional carols with contemporary Christian selections including “Here I Am to Worship” and “Breath of Heaven” as well as the title song “All is Well.” Come and hear the Good News of this season through beautiful music and powerful words that remind us of God’s great gift – Jesus Christ. Supervised nursery care is provided. #52


TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 31: 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. #52


Fancy Nancy Soiree (that’s fancy for party!)

Dec. 31: Come dressed in your fanciest regalia and baubles (clothes and jewelry) as we celebrate the magnificent Fancy Nancy Storytime, complete with glamorous crafts and tasty surprises. For all ages. Tuesday, December 31st at 10:30 am. Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #52


Family Building Bricks Party

Jan. 2: 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 to clean up! For all ages. Thursday, January 2 at 5 pm, Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #52


Think Outside the Cage “National Bird Day”

Jan. 4: Come bird count with us, name the species. Catherine Karsen will lead you on a Bird Count, a small hike in search of our feathered friends. Many recognize this special day as “National Bird Day” Listen to the beautiful songs the birds sing. Decorate trees with bird feeders; Pine cone feeders and “wreaths” shaped covered with peanut butter and birdseed, that will be made in our Interpretive Center. We will have Free Birding Kit for the first 20 signups from Cornell University. Saturday, January 4 from 1 to 3 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #52


Life-Sized Candied Land

Jan. 4: Everyone’s invited to play a giant version of a favorite childhood board gave. Follow the colored squares as you walk across the gumdrop bridge and voyage through the candy cane forest… but don’t get stuck on a licorice spot! For all ages. Saturday, January 4th at 10:30 am, Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #52



TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 24: 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. #46


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Murder victim found in Nelson Township


Steven Carl Day

Steven Carl Day

The Kent County Sheriff Department is looking for a backpack and some missing clothing that belongs to a murder victim found in Nelson Township.

A man driving on 16 Mile Road near Myers Lake Avenue saw what he thought was a dead deer in the snow off the side of the road Wednesday morning, December 18. After a closer look, he discovered it was a body.

An autopsy done on the body by the Kent County Medical Examiner’s office on Thursday, December 19, determined the cause of death as a homicide.

The Kent County Sheriff Department identified the victim as Steven Carl Day, 54, of Grand Rapids.

Police said the Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his clothes are missing, and police said the items may have been dumped or thrown from a car.

FileFour_1744FileThree_1744Two suspects were initially arrested in the murder and lodged at the Kent County Jail, but they were later released when the Kent County Prosecutor declined to press charges.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Merry Christmas from The POST


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Santa spotted in Sand Lake

N-Santa-Sand-Lake-Rostic-webOlivia Rostic 2, was all smiles with Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library last Saturday, December 14. Olivia had a lot to share with Santa and told him all about what she wanted for Christmas. To see more Santa photos click here.

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Kids enjoy Sand Lake fun


Berkley, age 3, and Sullivan Armstrong, 8 months, are shown enjoying the festivities at the Sand Lake VFW Friday night, December 13. They reportedly loved the bounce house, hot wheels track and decorating star cupcakes with their grandma and grandpa Ruth and Donald Armstrong.


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Gingerbread houses a hit

N-Gingerbread-webFamilies flocked to the Cedar Springs Public Library last Saturday, December 14, to join in the fun tradition of making gingerbread houses for Christmas.

According Library Director Donna Clark, 107 people came to the library, with 28 children decorating the houses with either parents or grandparents.

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Santa visits Cedar Springs and Sand Lake

Santa heard lots of wishes from boys and girls last  weekend when he visited at both Family Fare in Cedar Springs and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.  If you missed him, you can see him at Classic Kelly’s Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, December 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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The Post goes to Las Vegas

The Post traveled to Las Vegas on December 6, to celebrate Trevor and Alexander Hemry’s 21st birthdays. The brothers are graduates of the Cedar Springs High school class of 2011.

The trip consisted of two stops—The Strip, and a visit to Pawn Stars.

Trevor and Alex enjoyed the trip, as this was their first time flying. Seven other family members joined in on the fun, too. “Although the weather was in the 30s and 40s during the day, while we were there we still had fun sight seeing and participating in all of the activities Vegas has to offer,” said mom Jeanine Hemry.

One of the activities they wanted to do while in Vegas was to visit the famous Pawn Shop that is shown on the History channel. They were doing some filming at the time of their visit so they didn’t have the opportunity to meet any of the cast. They did however get a glimpse of Chumlee as he left the set.

As they prepared to return to the hotel, they were presented with an opportunity to ride in a 15-20 passenger Hummer Limousine.

This trip was special, since this was the first time all four brothers have been on a vacation together in over 10 years. “Life has a tendency to take family members down various paths and sometimes it becomes harder to get everyone together,” explained Jeanine. She said this was a trip to celebrate the milestone of turning 21 and a time of celebration as Alex is leaving in January to join the Air Force. We wish him the best! And thanks for taking the Post with you on your trip!

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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Hometown Hero

Air Force Airman Zachary T. Corcoran graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Corcoran is the son of Shawn Corcoran of Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2010 graduate of East Anchorage High School, Ark.

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