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Archive | October, 2017

Soccer team takes second in tournament


On Saturday, October 21, five boys from Cedar Springs (making up the team Blue Thunder) played in Grant in a 4 on 4 Halloween tournament and took second place in the U10 age division.  They played a total of five games, staying undefeated until the final game, where they lost. Pictured from left to right (with trophies) back row is Keenan Ingersoll, Jacob Smith, Jax Shotko; and front row is Avery Umphrey, and Blake Schultz.  Coached by Dustin Ingersoll and Stacy Shotko.

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Ghosts, goblins and spooks, oh my!

The Cedar Springs Post is ready for ghosts, spooks, fairies, monsters, princesses and other forms of ghouls that will fill the streets of Cedar Springs this Halloween with a pile of candy* to appease the scary (or pretty) masses.

But beware, there may be a few monsters residing here at our local newsp aper as well. If you say the magic words, “Trick or Treat” they will hand over their candy with a smile and maybe a growl. But do not fear, none of them actually bite!

For more information on Spooktackular Fun courtesy of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, click link to see Hometown Happenings.

*Only available while supplies last!

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Actors del Arte present “Welcome to Chicken Scratch”

Tim Madden Jr. and Tim Madden Sr., of Rockford, to appear in “Welcome to Chicken Scratch” at the Kent Theatre Nov. 10-11.

The Actors del Arte of West Michigan ensemble will bring the musical comedy “Welcome To Chicken Scratch” to the Kent Theatre, Nov. 10-11.

If you like red neck humor and blue grass music, this show’s for you.

Show times are Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 11 at 2 and 8 p.m. The Kent Theatre is located at 8 N Main St., in Cedar Springs.

Tickets at the door are adult $10, students $5, and seniors $8.

Call (616) 874-5264 for more info.


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The nun and the cab driver


A cab driver picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won’t stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring.

He replies, “I have a question to ask you, but I don’t want to offend you”. 

She answers, “My son, you cannot offend me. When you have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.” 

The man hesitates and says, “Well, I’ve always wanted to kiss a nun.” 

The nun smiles. “Well, let’s see what we can do about that. But first, you have to be single and you must be Catholic.” 

The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I’m single and Catholic!” 

“OK,” the nun says. “When we get to my stop we will see what we can do.” 

When the driver stops the cab, the nun gets into the front seat and plants a whopper of a kiss on the cabbie. As she gets out, the cab driver starts crying.

“My dear child,” says the nun, “why are you crying?” 

“Forgive me, but I’ve sinned. I lied. I must confess, I’m married and I’m Jewish.” 

The nun chuckles. “That’s OK, my name is Stan and I’m going to a Halloween party.”

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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.

Algoma Christian School Auction

Oct. 28: Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, is hosting our annual auction on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm and the Live at 6 pm. A pulled pork dinner will be served. For more information please check out our website at www.algomachristian.net. #42,43p

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31: Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Trick or Treating in downtown area businesses will be from 5 to 6:30 pm. Apple Cider and Donut holes will be at the Fire Station. Maps to be handed out at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Residential Trick or Treating is from 5 to 8 pm. Put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. #43

Annual Fall Bazaar

Nov. 4: Faith Lutheran Church, 2957 S. Grow Rd. (corner of Grow & Sidney Rds.), Sidney, is hosting their annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 4th from 9:30 am to 2 pm. There will be homemade cookies by the pound, quilts that are made by our church ladies, crafts, lunch available. Come, bring your friends, eat with us and enjoy our bazaar! #43

Card Making Craft Classes

Nov. 6: Have you ever received a cute card and wanted to try to make some of your own? You can learn how with Annette DeJong through a class offered by the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation on November 6th. Classes are $20 and include most supplies, just bring scissors and adhesives for the projects. Registration is required by November 1st. Forms are online and at CSAPR offices. Check out www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Live-Stream Event

Nov. 7: What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was to attend a live stream webinar with a desire to learn? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this free, one-night-only event that will change the trajectory of your life forever! Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m. Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343 616-984-2525. Register at www.gowenbible.org. #42,43p

Pie Making at HCNC

Nov. 9: Join us for another enjoyable Holiday Pie Making event at Howard Christensen Nature Center! Come just as you are, we provide all the fresh ingredients, including handmade dough. You will have three different pies to take home and bake (or freeze for later). We do suggest bringing a cooler or tote to transport your pies home. Thursday, November 9th from 6 to 8 pm. $20 non-menbers, $15 for members. Please register online at www.HowardChristensen.org. HCNC is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #43

Chicago Bus Trip

Nov. 11: There is a group headed towards Michigan Ave. on Saturday, November 11th at there is about a dozen open seats that will go fast. Act quickly to reserve your seat for $49 by contacting Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation online at www.csaparksandrec.com or call 616-696-7320. #43

Solon Center Wesleyan Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11: Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm. Delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

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Community prays for Cora

“Pray for Cora” lit up the night. Community members spelled out “Pray for Cora” with candles during the candlelight prayer vigil at Skinner Field Monday evening. Photo courtesy of Danielle Hardenburg.

Cora Gonzales, a fifth-grade student at Cedar View Elementary, is still in critical condition after being hit by a car earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Danielle Hardenburg.

By Judy Reed

A candlelight vigil held Monday evening at Skinner Field brought out more than 200 people to pray for Cora Gonzales, the 11-year-old Cedar Springs girl hit by a car on 14 Mile Road on October 6. She is still in critical condition.

Cora’s parents, George and Cookie Gonzales, have asked everyone to pray for a miracle. And that’s what the community did Monday evening. 

At the vigil, community members were each given a candle as they entered the field, and then found a flag to stand by. Several inspirational songs were played, and Pastor Craig Owens, of Calvary Assembly of God, offered a prayer. Everyone lit their candles and prayed for Cora as the lights on the field were dimmed. Drones flew overhead to live stream the event for those that couldn’t be there, and from overhead, the candles lit the message “Pray for Cora.” 

People of all ages and came out to pray for Cora Gonzales Monday evening. Post photo by J. Reed.

The event was organized by Danielle Hardenburg, a friend of the Gonzales family.

According to Cora’s parents’ messages in Team Cora, MRI results showed a lot of damage to Cora’s brain, and doctors do not feel she will heal enough to not be hooked up to many machines. On Wednesday, they were going to attempt to pull out her breathing tube to see if she could breathe on her own. 

A can drive was held last Saturdaya to help with Cora’s medical expenses, and another one will be held this Saturday at Skinner Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are also two gofundme pages set up for her—one from the Lowell community and one from Cedar Springs. If you would like to donate, you can visit the Cedar Springs page at https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-cora/

If you would like to take a meal to the Gonzales family, you can sign up at http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=TPEC7896.

For updates on Cora, you can follow the Team Cora page on Facebook.

Community members spelled out “Pray for Cora” with candles during the candlelight prayer vigil at Skinner Field Monday evening. Photo courtesy of Danielle Hardenburg.

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Halloween/harvest events start this weekend

Are you ready for the all the little superheroes, princesses, ghosts, and goblins that will soon be coming your way? Halloween is just around the corner, and the Post has a list of many of the Halloween and Harvest events happening in our area leading up to Halloween. Included is the Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular, with trick or treating from 5-6:30 at downtown businesses, and 5-8 p.m. in the residential area. Click here to see all of the events going on in our area.

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Man arrested for possessing stolen car

Robert Haack

A Cedar Springs man was arrested earlier this month after it was discovered he had left a stolen vehicle at an area gas station. 

According to Sand Lake Police Chief James Reamsma, they received a report of an abandoned vehicle at the Sand Lake Wesco gas station on September 14. While checking on the vehicle, a 2013 white Ford, they determined the vehicle had been stolen in the city of Grand Rapids. 

“We received information that several persons had been contacted in regards to purchasing the vehicle,” said Reamsma. “After numerous interviews and hours of investigation, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Robert Joe Haack of Cedar Springs. Due in large part to the efforts of Sgt. Steve Brandow, the Sand Lake Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Haack.”

Haack, 47, was out on parole, so Chief Reamsma informed his parole officer of the warrant, and when Haack checked in, he was arrested by Grand Rapids Police. Haack was arraigned on several charges, including receiving and concealing stolen property of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000; being a habitual offender-4th offense; VCSA use of marijuana; and operating on a suspended or revoked license. He is being held on a parole violation.

Haack was previously sentenced in 2013 to 1-15 years for stealing/retaining without consent a financial transaction device; he was paroled in July 2016. Before that, he was sentenced in November 2009 to 1-3 years for breaking and entering a coin operated device, and 1-10 years for possession of burglar tools. In 2004, he was sentenced 1-4 years for possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine; and in 2001, he was sentenced 3-5 years for fleeing and eluding a police officer; 2 years 8 months to 4 years for assault with a dangerous weapon; 3 to 10 years for breaking and entering a building.


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The Post travels to Canada

Pictured left to right: Kim Gillow, Claire Burbank, Mary Balon, Terry Hardie.

Kim Gillow and Mary Balon, of Cedar Springs, met Claire Burbank and Terry Hardie, of Jacksonville, Florida, in Seattle to start a week-long adventure in the Canadian Rockies. They travelled by train to Vancouver then took the Canadian ViaRail overnight to Jasper, Alberta. They awoke to 6 inches of snow in the mountains. After a stop in Jasper to purchase boots and coats, they spent the next five days roaming the area, including a stay at Sunwapta Falls and a visit to the Columbia Ice Fields. The scenery was breathtaking, the food delicious and the people were warm and welcoming, they said.

Thank you, Kim and Mary, for taking us with you to the Canadian Rockies!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Hard work brings beauty to library grounds


by Donna Clark and Sue Wolfe

The asphalt being poured on the walking trail at the Library.

Volunteers continue to work hard to complete the projects around the library and surrounding park areas, which includes the flowers around the stainless steel structure and the native grasses in the rain garden on the south. Naturalists Tom Mabie and Perry Hopkins took oversight of these two projects, gathering most of the native grasses and plants from the area around Cedar Creek, and then babying them to be sure they survived.

From the first days of May to the Grand Opening of the new Library, many good folks from the Community Building Development Team (CBDT) and beyond came together to put in the shrubs, trees, stones and lawn around the Library. An underground watering system on timers has been key in aiding in the growth and stability of the healthy plants and lawn. The system was provided by Dan McIntyre and his company, Splash, and then installed at no extra cost to the Library. Several free visits have been made as adjustments or replacements to sprinklers have been needed.

City Councilor Dan Clark has put in a lot of hours tending to the library grounds.

Councilman Dan Clark has spent many evenings and weekends around the Library and walking path in the surrounding park areas off Main and Pine Streets, hand-mowing the lawn,  edging, checking on the sprinklers, making sure the timers are set right, and cleaning around the new asphalt and placing sod to prevent any washouts. Clark is doing the finishing touches that take a lot of time but really pull things together for a neat and crisp appearance. Also spending many hours toward cleaning up the grounds, trimming bushes, and sweeping sidewalks has been donated by Andy Dipiazza.  The public grounds are really beautiful!

Along the new path you can now see the (36) 10”x8” brass plates inset into the retaining wall blocks. Thanks to Don Snow and his team at CS Tool Engineering, Inc., the plates and engraving are finished, and at no cost to the Library. Thanks to Dale Larson, owner of Northwest Kent Mechanical and his team, 36 plates were installed with great care and precision on September 27 and 28. 

An example of one of the many bricks available to purchase.

The 129 bricks that have sold this past year have arrived and will be installed very soon. With the help of our new DPW Director, David Ducat and his team, and any other volunteers needed, the plan is to install them at the entrance of the new Library. According to Duane McIntyre, foreman of the project, we have 410 places for bricks, depending on the sizes purchased. The sizes offered are the 4×8 for $50 or the 8×8 for $100. On the 4×8 there can be 3 lines of 21 characters, including spaces between words and for the 8×8, 6 lines. These will make wonderful holiday presents! In fact a long-time community person with lots of family and grandchildren recently said she was going to purchase 21 bricks for her family Christmas presents.  

Mayor Gerry Hall and Councilman Perry Hopkins have been assembling the 10 benches purchased through the CBDT. The nameplates will again be engraved under the direction of Don Snow. Memorial and honorary brass plates will be installed on these benches, also. McIntyre and Hopkins will oversee the installing of the benches on various cement slabs around the library and surrounding park area. 

You perhaps noticed the four six foot benches around the clock tower and the sidewalk at the east side of the Library, ready for Red Flannel visitors.  They were in constant use and a very attractive and useful addition to our festivities!

Director Donna Clark was on hand at the library on Red Flannel Day offering tours and information about the vision our community has embraced called, the “Heart of Cedar Springs.” The entire property, going even beyond the edge of Cedar Creek and the White Pine Trail, will be a park-like area, developed and supported through a base constituency of over 100 volunteers and donors, the Community Building Development Team.  

The next project is building an amphitheater along where the White Pine Trail and Cedar Creek meet west of the park property.  A new fundraising campaign has begun. The City of Cedar Springs and the CBDT will work together on submitting an application for a Economic Development Grant for a $50,000 match within the next few weeks. Watch for details soon on how you can get involved. 

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