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Archive | July, 2015

Volunteers needed for state park workdays


Residents are invited to get outdoors this summer and join the effort to restore high-quality, unique ecosystems at several Michigan state parks. The Department of Natural Resources today announced the August schedule of DNR volunteer stewardship activities at state parks throughout southwest and southeast Michigan.

Volunteers will pull invasive, non-native weeds from prairies and remove invasive, non-native shrubs like glossy buckthorn, autumn olive, multi-flora rose and others.

Following is a list of workday dates, locations (counties) and times:

Southwest Michigan

Saturday, Aug. 1: Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday Aug. 2: Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8: Muskegon State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9: Grand Mere State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 16: Ludington State Park (Mason), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22: Ionia State Recreation Area (Ionia), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23: Warren Woods State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 30: Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 1-4 p.m.

Southeast Michigan

Saturday, Aug. 1: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2: Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2: Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5: Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 8: Bald Mountain Recreation Area (Oakland), 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Aug. 9: Waterloo Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 15: Belle Isle Park (Wayne), 9 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Aug. 16: Pinckney Recreation Area (Washtenaw), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 22: Island Lake Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23: Highland Recreation Area (Oakland), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29: Brighton Recreation Area (Livingston), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


For more detail on the DNR volunteer steward activities, including meeting locations and activity descriptions, please visit www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and click on the link for the Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays.
Volunteers should bring work gloves, drinking water and appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes). For spotted knapweed pulling, long sleeves also are recommended, as some people are sensitive to the plant. All volunteers are asked to register using the form available on the DNR website or via email.
For more on southwest Michigan workdays, contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360 or freih@michigan.gov.

For more information about southeast Michigan workdays, contact Laurel Malvitz-Draper at 517-719-2285 or malvitzl@michigan.gov.

On stewardship workdays, volunteers can enter Michigan state parks without a Recreation Passport.

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Weekly Fishing Tip


A technique for targeting muskellunge in hot weather


OUT-WeeklyFishingTipIn the thick of summer, it can be hard to encourage muskellunge into taking your lure or bait. Already a wary predator, this “fish of 10,000 casts” is very particular and often retreats to deeper water during this time of year. But there is a technique you can implement that will, on occasion, produce outstanding catch results.The idea is to use a large rod, at least eight feet in length, with quite a bit of line and to cast as far as you possibly can. Use the length of the cast to engage in an aggressive retrieve that gives your lure/bait bursts of energy and then slowing the speed every 10 feet or so.
Be patient as you use this technique for an extended period of time, and be encouraged if you obtain several “follows” as a result (those who avidly seek out muskellunge will know what that means!).

Want even more advice for targeting this unique sportfish? Go to www.michigan.gov/dnr and then click on Fishing, and then Michigan Fish and How to Catch them, and then Muskellunge.

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.  


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Coverage of recently adopted service agreement left out a few vital details

The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


Dear Editor,

If it’s true that “any town’s history is only as good as its local newspaper,” then that newspaper has the responsibility to be totally neutral, complete and factual in its reporting. Coverage of a recently adopted service agreement between the City and the Red Flannel Festival left out a few vital details that could negatively impact taxpayers.

Potential legal ramifications to the City:

1. References to a prior agreement in the document have not being properly identified,

2. City services that will be provided have not been clearly specified,

3. No cost containment provisions for what the city could be required to spend for future festivals are included, 

4. The terms of nullifying the agreement are nearly impossible to meet and possibly unenforceable,

5. The Council ignored legal council’s concerns about these issues,

6. The Council ignored the Manager’s recommendations to follow legal council’s advice.


1. The City was forced to remove all Red Flannel logos by the Festival Board,

2. The cost to taxpayers for this dispute has been thousands of dollars,

3. The former Council had no choice but to create an individual and unique logo for the city to use on its vehicles, letterhead, etc.

4. Use of the Red Flannel Festival’s logo benefits and promotes one nonprofit over other local nonprofits,

5. It is not the city’s job to provide “long term sustainability” for festivals, rather, it is the Chamber of Commerce’s job to promote the city and all of its businesses.

The last local election vividly demonstrated the electorate’s lack of awareness of the true story surrounding the logo, the ousting of good public servants and the personal agenda mindset of the current council. Cedar Springs is more than a logo and with several new businesses coming to town we are moving forward. Just because a person challenges the actions of the RFF doesn’t mean they hate our red flannel history but that is the divisive message that has been promoted the last few years; it needs to stop!  Congratulations to Councilor Perry Hopkins for voting against the service agreement.  It takes a strong person to do the right thing in the face of such irresponsible behavior.

Kathryn A. Bremmer, City of Cedar Springs

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All the veil reveals: A choice without compromise


By Katrina Marks, Stone Town, Zanzibar

Katrina Marks, of Kent City wrote this account of her time in Zanzibar teaching Muslim children, as a volunteer for America’s Unofficial Ambassadors program. She is a 2012 graduate of West Catholic High School, and a current student at Villanova University.

“It’s not your culture.”

“Oh, girls, you look beautiful!”

“It’s too hot for that, there’s no need.”

“Are you fasting?”

“You’ve become a regular Arab woman!”

“Don’t do that.”

I leave the apartment in the early morning, my computer bag slung over my shoulder, lifting my skirt to avoid the puddles on the pavement. My hijab shifts in the breeze blowing down the alley. I rearrange it clumsily, self conscious of the shopkeepers watching me. It’s the first day I’ve worn the scarf. The canons on the harbor fired three hours earlier, signaling to all of Stone Town that the holy month of Ramadan has officially begun.

Having never visited a Muslim culture before, I am extremely aware of all I do not know—and that’s pretty much everything. Of course, I prepared before I came, researching the rules and recommendations, talking to friends with previous experiences, looking up hijab instructions on Youtube. They all say that wearing the hijab during Ramadan is a gesture of respect for the culture. It’s not something all or even most of the tourists do, but for foreign female residents who are diving into a lifestyle inscribed by Muslim practices, it’s a way of communicating that connection. So I hear.

For more info on America’s Unofficial Ambassador’s program, visit http://unofficialambassadors.com,

But the complexities of Islam and the culture centered on it are not things you can Google. And, as I have discovered, the experiences of one American abroad are rarely if ever consistent with general advice.

In the first few weeks of my stay, before Ramadan, I saw the various tourists wandering through town. Some wear shorts and tank tops, others loose pants and t-shirts. The majority of them make an effort, covering knees and shoulders. Only a few wear veils, and when they do they wear them loosely draped over the back of the head. Passing these few, although I’ve done the reading and understand the purpose, I can’t help but think they look out of place. As far as I can tell, locals are used to the variety. They understand that tourists are largely clueless, new to the place and there for only a short while. They don’t expect veiling of mzungus. And for the life of me I can’t tell what they think of those that do.

As my Youtube tutorials have demonstrated, there is a fashionable component to the hijab. There are thousands of styles to choose from, millions of patterns and shapes and colors of scarves. Like other pieces of clothing, the veil can express the personality of the person. But it is not a fashion statement. You do not put on a headscarf like you put on a headband or a bandana. The choice is complicated, specific to each culture in each place, and it weaves through many facets of life: religion, social structures, gender roles, culture, safety—the list goes on. Too often, I think, travelers see it as exotic, a new trend to try out. That thinking trivializes the gravity of the choice, and comes off as insensitive to those who wear it intentionally.

However, I am not here as only a tourist. I am, at least temporarily, a resident getting to know the local life. And so I am expected to respect the culture of that life. I want to respect the culture of that life. I’m just not sure what the best way is to do that.

I am caught in a place with no clear answer and no neutral ground. If I wear the hijab, people may find me respectful, may tell me that I look beautiful and they are happy I have come to Zanzibar during Ramadan. But they may also find me insensitive, disrespectful of the religious nature of the choice. They may even assume that I have converted to Islam, and take even deeper offence when they learn that is not true. At the same time, if I do not wear the hijab, I resign myself to being seen as a tourist only.

People may accept me for what I am—a clueless foreigner—and act as friendly toward me as always. Or they may recognize me as a resident, and question why I deliberately do not change. Whatever choice I make, I offend half the population.

So, I try to find a balance.

I wear the scarf to work, where my coworkers are all Muslim women. They compliment me, clearly happy with my choice. They say I am beautiful and wish me Ramadan kareem. I feel accepted here, and no longer fear offending these people. But on the walk home I get mixed reactions. Some people look twice, squint their eyes and remain silent. Others greet me with larger smiles than usual. Another woman, a stranger, tells me I look beautiful. In the evening, when I wear it to dinner, I get more odd looks from both locals and foreigners. There are fewer smiles in the places where people expect tourists, where people probably assume I am a tourist.

So I split my day, wearing it in the morning and removing it in the evening. The change itself risks being disrespectful, as people who see me at both times probably find me more insincere than ever. But it is a balance I can keep.

My local friends, most Christians, offer me the most criticism. They explain that people don’t expect it of me, that they know it’s not my religion, not my culture.

I know it’s not my culture. But it’s the culture I’m in.

It’s the culture I want to know better.

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Tips for growing a water-conservative garden


(BPT) – Families can decorate their homes with colorful flowers and bring healthy, home-grown foods to the table with gardens. Gardening, however, can use quite a bit of water, and in states struck by drought it’s important to conserve as much water as possible.

If you’re living in an area of the country under drought advisement, you can still have a garden this year if you carefully plan what you plant, how you plant it, and how you give it the water it needs. Here are some water-conservation tips for growing a garden and using the least amount of water possible:

* Choose plants that thrive in drier conditions. Vegetables like corn, spinach, mustard greens and some beans are drought-tolerant, and desert rose and snake plant are beautiful landscaping plants that need less water.

* Water only where it’s needed so it doesn’t go to waste. When you use a lawn sprinkler to water your garden, much of the spray misses your flowers and vegetables and ends up on the grass, the sidewalk or the neighbor’s yard. Make certain the water gets to the roots of your plants via a drip-irrigation system like Raindrip. Raindrip irrigation uses 70 percent less water than underground sprinklers and frees the user from constantly hauling around hoses because the system stays in your garden all summer long.

The Raindrip kit, found at raindrip.com/drip-kits automates the entire process, saving you time and water. Just turn the kit on – without needing to get out the hose – and if you really want to conserve water, set the timer to let the water run for a specific amount of time each day. On rainy days, simply set the timer ahead to the next day so water is not wasted.

* Water at night or in the early morning when the sun is least likely to evaporate the moisture. This allows as much of the water to penetrate to your plant’s roots instead of evaporating.

* Build beds that encourage soil to stay damp as long as possible. Some ways to do this include digging the bed deeper to help loosen the soil prior to planting. This gives roots the chance to go reach deeper and gain access to where water might be more available. Also, once planted, cover the bed with a good layer of mulch or compost. This will help keep the soil good and moist.

* Raise vegetable crops during the rainy season. Many areas of the country have a cooler rainy season. Peas, leafy greens, radishes and other vegetables with short growing seasons are great for planting early in the spring and sometimes again late in the fall. Because temperatures are cooler and the early and late seasons tend to produce more rainfall, you can grow vegetables using less water.

Drought affects all areas of the country during different years, so even if you aren’t living in a drought situation now, you could experience one next year or several years down the road. It’s important to know what steps you can take to be more water conservative when it comes to your garden. Apply these tips to your vegetables and flowers this year to see how successful you can be at reducing the amount of water needed to grow your plants.

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Some of the best two-line jokes


Parallel lines have so much in common.

It’s a shame they’ll never meet.


Someone stole my Microsoft Office and they’re gonna pay.

You have my Word.


How do you find Will Smith in the snow?

You look for the fresh prints.


I went to an emotional wedding Saturday.

Even the cake was in tiers.


We have a genetic predisposition for diarrhea.

Runs in our jeans.


What did the pirate say when he turned 80?

Aye Matey.


I took the shell off my racing snail, thinking it would make him run faster.

It just made him more sluggish.


How do you think the unthinkable?

With an itheberg.


Someone stole my mood ring,

I don’t know how I feel about that.


I tried to catch fog yesterday,



I told my wife she was drawing her eyebrows too high.

She looked surprised.


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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #30

BBQ Dinner for HCNC

July 31: Come join Howard Christensen Nature Center on Friday, July 31st, at the Cellar Brewing Company, 500 E. Division St., Sparta for a smoked BBQ dinner with all the fixins served from 5:30 pm until gone. Family friendly. Proceeds to benefit HCNC. #30

Greenville Fly-In, Drive-In, Walk-In Lions Club Breakfast

Aug. 1: Help support the Young Eagles Program by coming to the Greenville Fly-In, Drive-In, Walk-In Lions Club “Big” Breakfast on Saturday, August 1st from 7:30 am to 11 am at the Greenville Municipal Airport (6D6), 10593 Southwest Greenville Rd., Greenville. Hearty homemade breakfast. Menu includes breakfast burrito, sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage, hash browns, fruit, coffee, juice and doughnuts. Adults $6, Children ages 6-12 $4, ages 6 and under -free. Static display by Greenville Area Motorcycle and Corvette Clubs. Hosted by Greenville Area Aviation Association. Several door prizes! Free aviation toy for all ages 5-12 years of age! #30p

Friends of Skinner Field open house 

Aug. 2: The Friends of Skinner Field is an organization dedicated to the renovation and preservation of Skinner Field.  We will be holding an open house at the field on Sunday, August 2nd from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  We will have carnival games, concessions, and an adult corn hole tournament (registration begins at 12:00 pm).  Join us for food, fun and games.  Let us show you all the things that make Skinner Field the great place it is and share with you the many ways we would like to update the facility. #30

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 3: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, August 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #30p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Aug. 4,11,18,25: 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. #30

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

Metron’s Annual Family Fun Day

Aug. 7: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffrey would like to invite the community to their Annual Family Fun Day on August 7, 2015, from 4pm to 7pm. Activities for the day include: bounce house, games for the children, live musical entertainment, food/drinks and fun for all. Hope to see you August 7. #30

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug 11: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tues. August 11th, from 6-9 pm,  Thurs. August 13th, from 6-9pm, and Sat. August 15th, from 8 am-4:30 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #30,31p

Golf For Kids

Aug. 11: The 15th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters is on Tuesday, August 11th at Candlestone Golf Resort. This is a 4 man scramble, shotgun start with registration at 9 am and starting at 10 am. There will be raffles and contests, new and traditional games. The cost for this event is $90/golfer or $360/team which includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner and various awards. Dinner guests are welcome at $25 each. Please pre-register by August 7th by calling 989-463-3434 or email us at kids@bbbsgm.org. #30

Summer Rummage Sale

Aug. 12,13: A Summer Rummage Sale sponsored by the Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will be held August 12th from 9 am to 7 pm and August 13th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall at the corner of Church and Main St. #30,31

Quilt Fundraiser for Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL

Aug. 15: The Nelson Township/ Sand Lake Friends of the Library are sponsoring a drawing for a “Bouquet of Violets” queen size hand-made quilt. Donations for a ticket are $10. Only 300 tickets are available. Tickets are available at the library. Drawing will be held on August 15th at 4 pm. Need not be present to win. Proceeds will go to the Sand Lake Summer Safari and the Orphan Train Program this fall. For information call 877-243-2466. #29,30p

Garage/Prom Dress Sale

Aug. 19-21: The Class of 2016 parents will be hosting a garage sale/homecoming and prom dress sale on August 19, 20 and 21st from 9 am – 8 pm. We are looking for donations of gently used formal dresses and other items to sell in order to raise funds for the senior all night party. If you are able to help please contact Teresa, 616-293-0380, or Patti, 616-881-9579 and we would be happy to make arrangements to pick up your donations. Make a note to come out to the middle school in August and look at all the dresses and other items we have for sale. #30

MCC’s Golf Outing is Aug. 28

Aug. 28: Montcalm Community College’s second annual Golf Outing is Aug. 28 at Brookside Golf Course in Gowen. Registration and a networking breakfast are from 8 to 8:45 a.m., followed by a welcome and event program from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Tee time is at 9:30 a.m. Lunch also is provided. Registration is due Aug. 14 and is $50 per person or $200 per four-person team, which includes breakfast and lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart and prizes. If you don’t have a team and you still want to golf, you may sign up as an individual and be added to a team. To attend only the lunch is $10. All proceeds from the golf outing will go toward the purchase of updated training equipment for education. To register, go to www.montcalm.edu/golfouting. For more information, contact Ryan Wilson at (989) 328-1245 or ryan.wilson@montcalm.edu. #30b

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Domestic call ends in arrest

Police cruisers blocked the entrance to Sarah Street during a domestic call on Wednesday, July 22. Post photo by J. Reed.

Police cruisers blocked the entrance to Sarah Street during a domestic call on Wednesday, July 22. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Cedar Springs man was taken into custody by police just after midnight July 23, after a four-hour long operation in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates.

The event started when a woman called 911 and reported that her boyfriend had beaten her up, and locked her out of the house, while holding their one year old in one hand, and a rifle in the other. She also reported that he said that if anyone came to the house, he would kill everyone inside.

The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to the scene, shortly before 8 p.m., July 22, and blocked off the intersections leading to 348 Sarah. The Michigan State Police Canine Unit was also on scene.

They wanted to talk to the man, and make sure the baby was safe.

The KCSD set up a perimeter, and repeatedly told the man through a megaphone to exit the home, but they got no response. The woman said he did not have a phone, so they tried to put a phone through the window, but still got no response. They sent in a robot, and saw him lying in bed, just before midnight. They then decided to go to the door of the residence, and the man surrendered peacefully. The baby was not harmed.

Several neighbors in the park were surprised by what had happened, and said the man was a good guy. One neighbor said they called him the snake man, because he walks around with a snake around his neck.

At press time, the man’s name had not been officially released. He is expected to face a domestic violence charge.

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Post celebrates 27 years

By Judy Reed, editor


The Cedar Springs Post is celebrating 27 years of being your hometown newspaper.


Any town’s history is only as good as its local newspaper.

Did you ever wonder how we know so much about our town’s history? It isn’t by word of mouth (though stories have been handed down); it isn’t taught in school; and it’s not from old movies or magazines. There are a variety of ways we know about the early days of Cedar Springs, or can piece it together. But the biggest resource we have for information is the early newspapers of this town. Our town fathers had the foresight to hold on to each issue, dating from 1867 to the 1970s and they are now on microfilm at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

The Cedar Springs Story, a history of our town written in the 1970s by Donna DeJonge and Sue Harrison, used those newspaper clippings as major source material (along with interviews, census data, plat maps, and much more) to give us a treasure trove of information. But the Cedar Springs Clipper shut down in the 1970s, leaving a hole that needed to be filled.

The Cedar Springs Post has filled that hole since 1988. Our newspapers are kept on file at the museum now. We print 5,000 copies each week for readers, and keep a few extra copies for ourselves. We have them bound into books each year, at The Post’s expense. One copy for us, and one for the museum. This year an anonymous donor stepped up to help with that expense. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The books are a record of what happened in our town, in the greater northern Kent County and western Montcalm County, each year. It’s our history—history that some day, another generation will research.

Life at The Post is different than it used to be. Gone is the hey day of having an editor, reporter, several stringers, photographers, a bustling sales staff, multiple designers, office manager and publisher. We have had to do what newspapers and businesses across the country have done—cut expenses. And that usually means cutting personnel. Our only revenue to support what we do is by local businesses advertising, or readers paying for things like announcements and classified ads. The problem is that just like everyone else, businesses are looking for ways to cut expenses. And too often, the newspaper advertising is the first to go. Businesses will often ask why they need to advertise in the local paper if people already know they are here? Or if they can do it free on Craigslist? Or Facebook?

There are many reasons. But the most important reason is this: it will help keep our town’s history alive for another generation.

We thank the local businesses who continue to support us, even in tough economic times.

Our readers have an equally important part in keeping the newspaper going. Keep sending us your stories and photos. This paper is about you—it’s your story we are chronicling. But the other important piece is for readers to shop at their local businesses. Let them know you read The Post, and that you saw their ad.

On July 28, it will be 27 years that we have served you. Twenty-seven years of writing your stories. We hope to be doing it for many more!

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Fire destroys family home


This home caught fire Saturday morning. Photo from woodtv.com


Lightning struck an Oakfield Township home Saturday morning, July 18, sparking a blaze that destroyed the home.

The fire occurred shortly before 12 p.m. on Crawford Lake Trail, in the area of Wabasis and 15 Mile.

The homeowners, Craig and Lori Reppert were not there at the time, but reportedly received a call from a neighbor letting them know. A kitten died in the fire.

The family is currently staying in a hotel. A Gofundme page has been set up for them. If you’d like to help, you can visit it at: http://www.gofundme.com/reppertvanderslik.

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