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Archive | April, 2015

HAROLD E. SCHMALTZ

 

C-OBIT-schmaltz-webHarold E. Schmaltz, 80, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at St. Mary’s Mercy Health Center, Grand Rapids. Mr. Schmaltz, of Cedar Springs was born January 17, 1935, in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of George and Elsie (Martin) Schmaltz. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended Cheboygan County Normal and Central Michigan University. He is survived by eight children, two step-children, twenty-four grandchildren, and one great-grand child. Children and spouses are: Deborah Patterson of Cheboygan, Michigan; Robert and Michele Schmaltz of Muscatine, Iowa; Rebecca and Matthew Stanley of Huntington Beach, California; Gregory and Brandy Schmaltz of Cheboygan, Michigan; Rev. David and Andrea Schmaltz of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Eric and Lisa Schmaltz of Alanson, Michigan; Fred and Jessica Schmaltz of Rowlett, Texas; and Susannah and David Tanis of Sparta, Michigan and grandson Cody who shared a special relationship with Harold; Amanda Watkins of Cedar Springs, and Elizabeth and Jason Holloway Concord, North Carolina. He is also survived by special companion, Betty Schillim and close friend John Colombia. Mr. Schmaltz’ life was remarkable. He was raised on a farm in the Belding area and was awarded FHA and musical accolades as a young man. After graduation, Mr. Schmaltz served in the Navy for a short time, after which he pursued a teaching career at the Tannery School in Cheboygan and Midland’s Greendale #4 School. During this time he met and married Virginia Carlson. Also, of special note, he worked on the first painting crew of the Mackinaw Bridge in 1957, a job of which he was particularly proud. Mr. Schmaltz had such an interest in history, writing, and journalism he was destined for the newspaper business where he worked as manager, publisher, advertising executive, news-writer and reporter for such notable newspapers in the region as the Clinton County News, Gratiot County Herald, North Kent Leader, The Greenville Daily News, The River Valley Shopping News, The Record in Howard City, and the Big Rapids Daily Pioneer newspaper. His articles and reports where enjoyed by mid-Michigan residents for decades. He wrote many historical summaries and memorials for local veterans and was beloved for doing so. Mr. Schmaltz spent many years also in Kentucky and Alabama continuing in advertising, news and magazine writing and farm chemical sales. During this period he met and married Joan Watkins. Harold was an avid outdoorsman and taught his family how to hunt, fish, and enjoy nature by exploring local parks and camping tours throughout the country visiting national parks and historical sites. Mr. Schmaltz was involved in leadership in such organizations as the Rotary Club, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Republican Party Executive Committee, and was an actor and president of the Gratiot Country Players. During his service in these clubs and organizations he received many awards for merit and his communication skills, his favorite being the special commission to Kentucky Colonel. He will be missed by his family, friends and many others for his love and passionate service to our communities. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced for this summer.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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CLARA JO GUST

 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Arrangements by  Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Thank You

Many thanks to all my great family, friends, caterer and band members for helping me celebrate my 90th Birthday (including the gifts/cards)! I am so blessed to have all of you to make my special day so memorable!

Lucille Middleton,

Arine & Naila

Dan, Teresa & family

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THOMAS W. SMITH

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THOMAS W. SMITH 

May 24, 1945 to May 1, 2012 

Dad,

Another year has gone by

and we’re sending our love

to your beautiful home

in heaven above.

You live on in our hearts

and our thoughts every day

We cherish the memories

that will never fade away……

Deeply Loved and Missed. 

Marty, Dawn, Yvonne, and family 

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BENJAMIN WALL

In Loving Memory of 

BENJAMIN WALL

Our loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa who joined the Lord fourteen years ago, April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you, is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us. Your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by his loving wife Rosalynn; sons, Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie); grandchildren Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall), Nate (Kalle); great grandchildren, Megan, Cody, Allie, Abbie, Maddie, Izzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, Lilly and Landon Benjamin

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Tips for Enjoying Port Wines

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(StatePoint) There’s a wide world of wine out there to discover. If you find yourself reaching for the same few varietals time and again, consider expanding your range with Port, which is versatile in itself.

“Port is not just a wine to enjoy after dinner,” says David Guimaraens, head winemaker for Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft. “The range of styles means you can enjoy Port as an aperitif, with dessert, or at a party.”

Port is one of the world’s great classical wines and is made in Portugal’s Douro Valley since the late 1600s. Portugal is the birthplace of true Port, which is defined as a fortified wine made from Portuguese grape varieties and the addition of neutral grape spirit.

Depending on how it is aged, Port comes in a spectrum of styles, each of which can beautifully complement meals or special occasions, and can be enjoyed year-round. The most popular styles of Port are Ruby, Tawny and White. Here are a few tips and recommendations for getting the best use of them.

• Ruby Port such as Fonseca BIN 27, made by one of the most revered Port houses, is aged for three to four years in large oak vats to produce a full-bodied wine with intense, dark berry fruit flavors. It pairs well with chocolate, berries and spiced nuts. It also makes an excellent ingredient in cocktails, such as a Manhattan (in place of sweet Vermouth) or as the base of a punch or sangria.

• Tawny Ports are matured in small oak casks for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years. These elegant wines have an intense amber color, opulent, jammy, nutty aromas and a rich flavor profile of figs and dried fruit, making them ideal for pairing with Pecan Pie, dried apricots, and desserts made with coffee or caramel. Slightly chill a Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny and enjoy as an aperitif with mixed nuts, or serve at room temperature at the end of a meal.

• White Port, which was first introduced in the 1930s, is made from white Douro grape varieties and aged in large wooden vats. Lightly sweet with vibrant acidity and a velvety texture, dry white Port offers fruit aromas and flavors with light oak notes. Chill Fonseca’s Siroco Dry White Port for an elegant aperitif wine, or serve it alone or with premium Indian Tonic, such as Fever-Tree, and a sprig of mint or wedge of lemon.

• Don’t forget to savor your Port. A unique characteristic of all Port is that an open bottle can last for up to six weeks when stored in a refrigerator.

With a bit of knowledge, you can get the best experience possible trying a new wine varietal.

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Fishing on the lake

 

A famous admiral and an equally famous general were fishing together when a sudden squall came up. When it died down, both eminent warriors were struggling helplessly in the water.

The admiral floundered his way back to the boat and pulled himself painfully in. Then he fished out the general, using an oar.

Catching his breath, the admiral sputtered, “Please don’t say a word about this to anyone. If the Navy found I can’t swim I’d be disgraced.”

“Don’t worry,” the general said. “Your secret is safe. I’d hate to have my men find out I can’t walk on water.”

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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.

Here We Grow Again

May 2: A “Like New” sale (much Like a “Mom to Mom” sale) for Women and small children. This Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM – 3 PM. Solon Center Wesleyan Church, just north of 19 Mile Road. All proceeds will benefit the work of Alpha Family Center. Items include toys, clothing, books, videos & women’s clothing and accessories. For more information, please call Kathy at (616) 696-3229, or email at scwc1@juno.com. For detailed information go to www.scwchurch.org. #17p

Kentucky Derby Party

May 2: Come have fun at a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 2nd from 4 to 12 pm. Watch the Kentucky Derby, enjoy music by the Gordon Thayer Band, food and raffles. Proceeds benefit 2nd Chance School. Sparta Moose Lodge, 11510 N. Division, Sparta. #17

Adoption Fundraiser

May 2: On Saturday, May 2nd Rockford Reformed Church will be hosting a huge adoption fundraiser garage sale from 9 am to 3 pm! All proceeds from the sale will support Luke and Amanda, members of our church family, as they pursue adopting a child. Find great deals and help Luke and Amanda offset expenses involved with adoption! RRC is located at 4890 – 11 Mile Rd. NE. #17

Flat River Community Players Auditions

May 3-5: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “9 to 5”, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, on Sunday May 3 at 1 pm and Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5 at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Greenville. Director Amanda Hall and music director Katy McDonough are looking to cast 4 adult women and 3 adult men, all of varying ages 20 and over, and one older teenaged boy. Also a mixed chorus of older teens on up. Auditioners should bring a prepared solo, Broadway song preferred, with either sheet music or recorded accompaniment. Five performances are scheduled for July 10-12 and July 17-18. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Player’s website: www.frcp.org. #17

Dinner at the Legion

May 4: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a baked chicken dinner on Monday, May 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #17p

Afternoon Read

May 4: Adult Book Discussion of the book “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, will be on Monday, May 4th at 1 pm. If you’ve read the book, join us to talk about it. If you haven’t, stop by the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry, to grab your copy. #17

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

May 5,12,19,26: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #17

Jiggly Wiggly Frog Hunting

May 5: This event is for children of all ages. Our staff will lead you on an excursion through the pond and swamps in an attempt to gather frogs for observation. While learning about Michigan frogs, we will provide refreshments and a light snack. Tuesday, May 5th from 6 to 8 pm at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. A donation of $5 per person is appreciated. #17

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters!

May 6: Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge. For all ages. Wednesday, May 6th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #17

Rummage Sale at North Kent Community Church

May 7-9: The North Kent Community Church Youth Group is holding a rummage sale and delicious bake sale on May 7 and 8 from 9 am to 6 pm and May 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. All proceeds are going to help with the costs of a youth mission trip to Colima, Mexico where they will be helping with work projects and ministering to the children at the Hogar De Amor orphanages. #17

Hope Lutheran Sale

May 8,9: Stop in to see us! Lots of great pre-owned, clean merchandise just waiting to go home with you! Friday, May 8th from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 9 from 9 am to 1 pm. Hope Lutheran (Community) Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. Contact Judy at 616-340-2820 for info. #17,18p

Fire Benefit

May 9: There will be a 15 Family Benefit Community Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the Frisbee Park – Scram Lake from 9 am to 5 pm. Come hunt for bargains and treasures priced to sell. Also, raffles and a silent auction. Band Jam starts at noon. A Horseshoe Tournament will be held with registration at noon, partners drawn at 12:30 and shoes fly at 1pm. $10 entry ($5 donation, $5 towards cash prizes). Lawn chairs encouraged. Concessions available! All proceeds go to Devin and Tracy Hallengren’s family who lost everything in a house fire. Go to www.facebook.com/firebenefit for all the latest info. #17,18p

Meet the Author

May 11: Come to Timothy C. Houenstein Reynolds Township Library and meet the author! Join Barbara Rylko-Bauer at the Howard City Library. Hear the story of her mother as “she endured three Nazi concentration camps and a forty-two day death march, spending part of this time working as a prisoner-doctor to Jewish slave laborers.” Monday May 11 at 6:30 pm. The library is located at 117 W. Williams in Howard City. #17

Computer Basics 2

May 12: So now you know how to turn on the computer, and you and the computer are getting to be friends. How do you save pictures? What is email? What is a flash drive? How do you move around inside the window? How do you open and close the window? The Cedar Springs Library, 43 W. Cherry, is having a Computer Basics Class on Tuesday, May 12th from 11 am to noon. Contact the library at 616-696-1910 to sign up. #17

Artists Wanted!

June 30: Artists Wanted! The Red Flannel Festival Art Review is entering its 3rd year and is once again seeking artists to compete for $900 in total cash prizes! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org for details and registration form. Deadline to register is June 30th! #16-18p

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Prescribed burns Tuesday

The Michigan DNR will conduct several prescribed burns today, April 28, with three of them in Montcalm County.

Two burns will be in Fairplain Township. One is 160 acres and the other 41 acres. They will burn timber and grass for the Karner blue butterfly habitat, and grass for upland bird habitat.

The third burn is in Eureka Township (62 acres), also for Karner blue butterfly habitat enhancement.

The Karner blue butterfly is a federally listed endangered species in Michigan.

Other prescribed burns in the state are occurring in Arenac County (red pine management), Monroe County (upland bird habitat and native grasses), Oakland County (to stimulate oak regeneration), and Otsego (grass and shrubs for elk, deer and turkey.

Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives—often simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns. Prescribed burns are used to:

  • Enhance wildlife habitat.
  • Help with forest regeneration.
  • Restore and maintain native plant life.
  • Control invasive plant species.
  • Reduce the risk of wildfires.

Although prescribed burns are planned, they can be canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

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Prescribed burns Tuesday

Two burns will be in Fairplain Township. One is 160 acres and the other 41 acres. They will burn timber and grass for the Karner blue butterfly habitat, and grass for upland bird habitat.

The third burn is in Eureka Township (62 acres), also for Karner blue butterfly habitat enhancement.

The Karner blue butterfly is a federally listed endangered species in Michigan.

Other prescribed burns in the state are occurring in Arenac County (red pine management), Monroe County (upland bird habitat and native grasses), Oakland County (to stimulate oak regeneration), and Otsego (grass and shrubs for elk, deer and turkey.

Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives—often simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns. Prescribed burns are used to:

Enhance wildlife habitat.
Help with forest regeneration.
Restore and maintain native plant life.
Control invasive plant species.
Reduce the risk of wildfires.
Although prescribed burns are planned, they can be canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

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