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Christmas jokes


One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. 
“Look at that,” remarked Peter to Joe. “That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!” 

Q. What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective?
A. Santa Clues!

Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Because it soots him!

Q. What happened when Guy ate the Christmas decorations?
A. He went down with tinsel-itis. 

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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.



CS Library Fundraiser

What do you get for someone who has everything? A brick in his/her honor to put at the entry of the new Cedar Springs Library! Stop by the Library at 107 N. Main St. and check out the 129 bricks already in place. A 4×8 brick is only $50 or get an 8×8 for $100. For more information call the Library at 616-696-1910. #48

2nd Chance Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Nov. 30-Dec.3: Support 2nd Chance School by purchasing a beautiful fresh Christmas Tree.
 Christmas trees will be available for sale, Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm,
 Saturday 1-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm, at 2nd Chance School, 810 17 Mile Road
 Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road, 4 miles west of 131).
 We have scotch pine, blue spruce, black hills spruce, and balsam fir. Sizes are 3’ – 10’ tall. There are also a few 24” Frasier Fir decorated wreaths for sale.
Support 2nd Chance by purchasing a Christmas tree. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. #48

Christmas in Sand Lake

Dec. 1,2,8: A Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm at Sand Lake United Methodist Church Hall. Shepherds watching, Angels singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments and stay as long as you like. Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30 am to 3 pm. “Selfie” with Santa 9:30 to 11:30 at the VFW. Cookies, Crafts & Christmas Wishes. Bring your ornaments to help decorate the trees from 11 am to 3 pm. Visit the Craft Sale and Live Nativity. Christmas Bake Sale at Independent Bank will be Friday, December 8th from 9 am to 5 pm. The Sand Lake United Methodist Women offer homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. #48

Animal Junction 4-H Gingerbread House Contest

Dec. 2: Animal Junction 4-H Club would like to extend an invitation to all of the Cedar Springs Community to visit the Cedar Springs Library during the week of Monday November 27th through Saturday December 2nd at noon to view the wonderful confectionary creations that our 4-H members have made to kick off this years holiday season. We would like the community to vote for the gingerbread house that they like best. Winners will be announced after the Community Christmas Tree Lighting downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday December 2nd. Each gingerbread house will also be up for sale throughout the week for our silent auction. The 4-H members are raising funds with the silent auction for their spring camp. #47,48p

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Dec. 2: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will be holding a craft show on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm. Vendors – Bake Sale – White Elephant – Book Sale. #47,48p

Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 2: Santa is coming and events are happening all day long! Make & Take Crafts and Ornaments, 9 am to noon at the CS Library. Story Time with Mrs. Clause, 2 pm at Perry’ Place. Red Hawk Cheerleaders Meet & Greet, 3 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Double K Petting Zoo, 4 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Red Hawk Choir Christmas Caroling, 4:15 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Kris Kringle Parade, 4:30 pm starts at the corner of Maple & Main St. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:45 pm, corner of Ash & Main St. Live Nativity Scene with Calvary Church, 4:45 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St., Bake Sale with the Ladies Auxiliary, 5 pm at the American Legion. Historical Museum Book Sale, 5 pm at the American Legion. Pictures with Kris Kringle, 5 pm at the American Legion. Write a Letter to Santa, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Kris Kringle Coloring Activity, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Find us on Facebook – A Cedar Springs Christmas Mingle with Kris Kringle. #47,48b

Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s Lutheran

Dec. 2: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild is having their Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 2nd at 310 E. Division. It begins at 9 am until the cookies are gone. Stop in and pick up your holiday cookies. Cookies are sold by the pound and you select the combination. #47,48b

Casnovia Old School Bazaar

Dec. 2: Casnovia Old School Bazaar and Santa Day will be Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 1 pm. Craft show, Lions Club Breakfast, visits with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating. Questions call 616-914-9648. #48

All Aboooard the Bethlehem Express

Dec. 3: A FREE event filled with crafts, carols, snacks, and the Christmas story. Great for young and old, families and singles! Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Sunday, December 3rd from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. #48

Dinner at the Legion

Dec 4: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, December 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #48p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 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. #48

Velzy Park Fundraiser

Dec. 7: Finish your Christmas shopping with appetizing gifts in useful containers, and help raise funds for Velzy Park at the same time! You are invited to enjoy this opportunity with a demonstration of unique gift giving ideas on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. #48,49b

Christmas Open House at CS Library

Dec. 9: Come dressed in your pj’s for a time of celebration with a visit from Santa. Crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, listening to a reading of the Polar Express and a craft bazaar! Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. #48

Christmas Concert and Dance 


Dec. 9,10: Join an annual Christmas tradition of watching local talent perform at Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs! Saturday, December 9th  will be the Christmas Concert from 3 to 5 pm. Bring the whole family for a fun night out listening to holiday songs.  On December 10th the Annual Dance Extravaganza will start at 3 pm. Enjoy an evening of watching an amazing dance concert featuring 3 local dance schools.  Admission is only $3 per person for either event. Check out the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook for more information and performance lineup. #48,49b

Adore…A Musical Celebration

Dec. 10: Join Solon Center Wesleyan Church for a special morning full of a variety of Christmas music including performances by the worship team, the children of the church, and a special Christmas ensemble. The service will be held @ 10 am on Sunday, December 10th. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find us on the web @ www.scwchurch.org. #48

Advent Events at St. John Paul II Parish

Dec. 12,13: St. Come prepare your minds and hearts for the Advent and Christmas Season through Sacred Scripture, prayer and song at “Festival of Lessons and Carols” on December 12th at 6:30 pm! You won’t want to miss this beautiful evening! Advent Penance Service at 6 pm. Several priests will be available for confessions. Come prepare your souls for the coming of Christ at Christmas! Both events at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. #48

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Woman killed in head-on crash

A Cedar Springs woman was killed Saturday night when the car she was riding in crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head on.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 11:43 p.m. near the intersection of Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek in Sparta Township. Witnesses reported that a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Ralph Edward Reichard Jr., 33, of Newaygo, crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound GMC Arcadia head on.

The passenger in the Cavalier, Christina Gray Kent, 39, of Cedar Springs, died at the scene. The driver of the Cavalier was transported to Spectrum Health downtown with numerous injuries, including a broken arm, broken leg, and head trauma.

All four passengers in the SUV also sustained injuries and were transported by ambulance. The driver, Matthew Lee Wert, 41, of Newaygo, suffered head lacerations; Toni Sue Wert, 46, of Newaygo, suffered chest and leg pain; Kevin Allen Gentz, 36, of Howard City suffered head lacerations, back pain, and a possible broken foot; and Melissa Jo Gentz, 30, of Howard City, suffered leg pain.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Sparta Fire, Kent City Fire, and Rockford Ambulance.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus hugs two excited children at the 2016 Mingle with Kris Kringle. Photo courtesy CS Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 2, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with various fun, family-friendly, events. The starts at 9 a.m. with families able to make and take Christmas ornaments for our downtown tree or decorate a mug at the Cedar Springs Library from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more. There will also be a meet and greet with Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, and carolers from Red Hawk Elementary, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 2, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See the Chamber advertisement on page 9 of this week’s e-edition and our list of Holiday Happenings in the surrounding areas for complete details on times and locations.

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Letters to Santa Claus

Hey kids, it’s time to write a letter to Santa! Photo courtesy of S. Read.

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post will have a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter, in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street. It’s a fun memory for you and your child and a great photo opportunity! Or, mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. If you do take a photo of your child mailing a letter, you can post it to our facebook page or email it to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Christmas lights are back in town

Downtown Cedar Springs is looking more festive and cheery than it has looked in the past decade, thanks to a partnership between the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Cedar Springs.

According to Perry Hopkins, who is chairman of the DDA, president of the Chamber, and sits on the City Council, it’s been at least 10 years since the trees lining Main Street were decorated with lights. “They haven’t had them since I opened my business here,” remarked Hopkins, who owns Perry’s Place llc for teas and more. 

Hopkins said that both old and new businesses were asking, “Why don’t you bring back the small-town Christmas charm this town used to have?” 

Hopkins explained that Mayor Gerald Hall offered to string the lights and hook up the needed accessories if the Chamber could get sponsors to raise the money, and several businesses chipped in to make it possible. The City Council then voted to pay for the electricity.

The Cedar Springs DPW plugged the lights in on Monday and they now come on at dark with the street lights. 

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Cost of energy to cook Thanksgiving meal


Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year? Consumers Energy says that the cost of the energy it takes to cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast is less than $2. That value includes the energy—either natural gas or electricity—for roasting the stuffed 18-pound turkey at the center of the table and for simmering or baking enough side dishes and dessert to serve 12 hungry guests.

Customers can increase their energy value even more by using a roasting bag to cut in half the time it takes to cook a turkey, combining several dishes when baking, and keeping the oven door closed. Other tips to trim holiday energy costs are at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/myhome.

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Post to collect toys for needy

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for needy children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys. 

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are always especially needed.

“This is our 8th year of collecting toys for children who might not otherwise get one,” said Post editor Judy Reed. “We are humbled and grateful at the community’s response to helping others in need, and hope everyone will consider giving to this program, which helps less fortunate children have a merrier Christmas.”

The program runs now through December 18. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can’t make that time, call us to make other arrangements.

Both Independent Bank, 4115 17 Mile Rd, and Wireless Zone, 4021 17 Mile Rd, are also collecting Toys for Tots. You can drop off toys at their locations as well. Visit https://grand-rapids-mi.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/donate-toys.aspx to find a drop off location near you.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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Highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014 to hit motorists 


GasBuddy data shows national average gas price poised to see largest pre-Thanksgiving rise in a decade as travel increases over the holiday 

Gas prices in Cedar Springs were between $2.30 and $2.33 on Tuesday at press time. Photo by S. Reed.

GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their perfect pit stop, projects that Thanksgiving will see the highest average gas prices since 2014 as the country prepares for the busiest traveling weekend of the year. Yet the average gas price in four of five U.S. states is lower than a week ago, coming as the number of Americans driving is expected to surge by 20 percent over last Thanksgiving according to GasBuddy’s Annual Holiday Travel Survey. 

GasBuddy projects the national average gas price this Thanksgiving will be $2.53 per gallon, the priciest Thanksgiving in three years (2014: $2.79), though not as high as the peak on Thanksgiving in 2012 ($3.44). Additionally, average gas prices have risen 9 cents in the last month, the largest pre-Thanksgiving Day increase since 2007, when average prices rose 26 cents in the 30 days leading up to the holiday. 

“This year has been unique at the pumps. Gas prices spent much of the time in the weeks approaching Thanksgiving by rising when typically, they would be on a sizeable downward trend,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “On average Americans are paying nearly 40 cents a gallon more than last year, which means collectively we’re spending $800 million more on fuel over the Thanksgiving travel period. Drivers should pay close attention to prices to avoid overpaying.” 

According to GasBuddy’s Annual Holiday Travel Survey, despite higher gas prices, travelers are driving longer distances. 2017 is expected to see a 4 percent increase in travelers driving for 10 or more hours over Thanksgiving compared to 2016. 

GasBuddy offers several tips to motorists on the road this holiday season: 

• Watch Out for State Lines. Because of differing state taxes, in some extreme cases, drivers can spend an extra $25 when refueling the tank if on the wrong side of the line according to a review GasBuddy study. 

• Avoid Gas Stations Near the Highway. Gas station on a long stretch of highway will usually be pricey. If possible, plan ahead or drive a little farther toward the nearest town to find a cheaper station. 

• Pay with GasBuddy. A free new payments service that offers 15 cents off per gallon on the first fill-up and 5 cents off per gallon on every fill-up after at over 100,000 stations nationwide. 

GasBuddy is the leading source for the most accurate, real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

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Help prevent auto theft during the holiday shopping season


As the holiday shopping season begins, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings and where purchases are stored in parked vehicles. 

Thieves often target shopping center parking lots looking for vehicles with bags and packages left in plain view. Follow these tips to help lessen the chance of becoming a victim: 

  • Park in a well-lit area 
  • Place shopping bags in the trunk 
  • Use storage compartments that keep valuables out of sight 
  • Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended 
  • Watch for suspicious activity or for anyone who may be following you 
  • Close windows when your vehicle is parked 
  • Install a car alarm or panic alarm on your vehicle 

Over the last 10 years, the ATPA has assisted in the reduction of motor vehicle thefts in Michigan by 56 percent. The ATPA awards grants to law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, and non-profit organizations for the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, and prevention of motor vehicle thefts. During the 2016 grant year, ATPA grant-funded motor vehicle theft teams made 1,819 arrests and recovered vehicles and parts worth approximately $37 million. 

For more information about the ATPA, visit www.michigan.gov/atpa.


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