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Archive | February, 2018

Charity soccer game to support Ricker family

This will be the second year for the soccer charity game at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex. The photo above shows action from last year’s game. Courtesy photo.

March 4 at 5 p.m.

The Great Lakes Wanderers will hold their annual arena soccer charity game on March 4, in memory of Brison Ricker, a Cedar Springs resident and avid youth soccer player. Brison lost his battle with DIPG, a rare pediatric brain cancer, in January, after a two-year battle. He was an extremely brave young man.

We’d love to pack out the Cedar Rock Sports Plex with fans, with proceeds going to Team Rickerstrong to help cover medical costs. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m.

We have players coming in from various pro teams, local semi pro teams, national teams and the community to play on the Great Lakes Wanderers team, with all of them volunteering their time. Our opponent is the Detroit Waza Flo of the Major Arena Soccer League 2nd division.

It’ll be a great game, packed with lots of entertainment for only $5! Halftime will feature a freestyle show; there will be a player meet and greet with autographs on the field after the game; jerseys will be auctioned off; and more.

Come on out to have some fun and support a good cause. We hope to see you there!

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Horseback riding humor


A blonde decides to try horseback riding, even though she has had no lessons or prior experience. She mounts the horse unassisted and the horse immediately springs into motion. 

It gallops along at a steady and rhythmic pace, but the blonde begins to slip from the saddle. In terror, she grabs for the horse’s mane, but cannot seem to get a firm grip. 

She tries to throw her arms around the horse’s neck, but she slides down the side of the horse anyway. 

The horse gallops along, seemingly impervious to its slipping rider. 

Finally, giving up her frail grip, she leaps away from the horse to try and throw herself to safety. Unfortunately, her foot has become entangled in the stirrup, she is now at the mercy of the horse’s pounding hooves as her  head is struck against the ground over and over… As her head is battered against the ground, she is mere moments away from unconsciousness when to her great fortune… The store manager sees her and shuts the horse off.

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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.

American Legion Dinners End

After serving Monday night dinners at the American Legion Post in Cedar Springs for over 15 years, the Auxiliary has decided not to continue them. These dinners were often called “Mary’s Dinners.” Mary Goller Kilts loved to serve these dinners to her community. She and her workers made this a fun time with delicious food. Sadly at her passing and the aging of servers, these dinners have come to an end. Thank you to all of our friends who were there to support us and made these dinners so much fun. Thank you to our community. #8 

Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@montcalm.edu.#8

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Feb. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, February 25th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). Music and Ministry will be shared the the group Heart and Soul, who will share the message through their musical talents. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #8b

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 27: 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. #8

FX Peace

Mar. 3: Proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. Bring the whole family – we have something for everyone. Saturday, March 3rd at 3:30 pm at Rockford Res., 3233 – 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. Games, face painting, laser tag, ice cream. Remember the night – take a family picture in our FX photo booth. Then at 4:30 enter the auditorium for a show that will engage, encourage and entertain all ages. The FX team will teach a new character trait every month, that you can take and reinforce at home. Open to the public. All are welcome! 616-866-3377, rockfordres.org/fx. #8

Lucky Treasure Hunt at HCNC

Mar. 10: Do you think you could find treasure hidden on our property? Try your luck before St. Patrick’s Day! Follow the clues hidden here at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, to find the Pot of Gold! Saturday, March 10th from 1 to 3 pm. All ages welcome. Nonmembers $5/Members $3. Please preregister to ensure we have enough supplies. If there is no preregistration the event may be canceled, www.howardchristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #8

AYSO Soccer Registration

Mar. 10: AYSO Soccer Registration is open! $75 per player, financial assistance is available. Birth years 2014-1999. VIP (Special Needs Soccer) for all ages! $60 per player. No age limit. Register at www.ayso902.org. Deadline to register is March 10th. Questions email to aysoregion902@gmail.com. #8-10p

CSHS Class of 1973 Reunion

Aug. 18: Save the Date! The Cedar Springs High School Class of 1973 will hold their reunion on Saturday, August 18th. More information TBA as details get finalized. #8,9p

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Give blood, win a tank of gas

Weather, sickness creates urgent need for blood donations

An urgent need for blood donations could result in a full tank of gas for blood donors. For the rest of February, Michigan Blood is raffling off five (5) $50 Speedway gift cards each day. Anyone who donated blood that day, whether at a mobile blood drive or a donor center, could win.

“We always have fewer blood donations during the winter,” said Alicia Barry, manager of community relations for Michigan Blood, “But the bad weather has forced some blood drives to shut down or kept donors from driving out. That, combined with all the sickness that’s been going around, has pushed our levels even lower than usual.”

There is currently an urgent need for all blood types, but O-Negative blood, the universal donor, is especially needed.

Beginning Tuesday, February 13, and running through Wednesday, February 28t, five donors will be drawn from a daily raffle to win a $50 Speedway gift card. The winners will be chosen and announced the next day.

Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) may be eligible to donate, although there are height and weight restrictions for people 16 to 18 years old. Anyone 19 and older must weigh at least 112 lbs. Blood donors should bring photo ID. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663), text MIBLOOD to 444999, or schedule online at miblood.org.

Places you can donate blood through the end of February:

Cedar Springs: You can donate at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on Tuesday, February 20. The church is located at 140 S. Main St. The blood drive goes from 12:30 to 7 p.m. and is held in the gym. You will need to call Michigan blood to make an appointment or schedule online.

Grand Rapids Area Donor Center

1036 Fuller Ave NE

Sundays: 7am – 2pm (appointment only)
Mondays through Thursdays: 8am – 7pm
Fridays: 6am – 1pm
Saturdays: 7am – 2pm

Grandville Donor Center – Grandville United Methodist Church

3140 Wilson Ave
Wednesdays: 7am – 2pm (appointment only)
Thursdays: 12pm – 7pm
Saturdays: 7am – 2pm (appointment only)


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Winter Fun 


We’ve been asking for your winter fun photos, and we’ve had many to choose from. Here are a few more of your photos showing how much fun the snow can be! 

Do you have a winter fun photo you’d like to share? Send it to news@cedarspringspost.com, along with some info about it, and where the person in the photo is from. Please include your contact info. Photos will run as space allows.


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Courtland woman dies in crash


Henrietta Mead

A Cedar Springs area woman will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 17, after dying in a two-car crash last Friday.

According to Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred about 12:50 p.m. Friday, February 9, in Courtland Township. The investigation showed that James Henry Mead, 87, of Courtland Township, was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Rd (M-57) in a white 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, when he crossed the centerline just east of Stout and was struck by an eastbound 2015 Buick Regal. 

James Mead was evaluated on scene by Rockford Ambulance and released with minor injuries. His wife, Henrietta Mead, 85, was a passenger in his vehicle, but did not survive, despite the efforts of Fire and Rescue workers and Rockford Ambulance.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle was evaluated by Rockford Ambulance at the scene and released with minor injuries. The driver’s name was not yet released.

It is unknown whether drugs and/or alcohol was a factor, or whether road conditions were a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting MSP at the scene was Courtland Township Fire and Rescue, Oakfield Township Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and Premier Towing.

A memorial service for Mrs. Mead will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17 at Oakfield Baptist Church, 11128 14 Mile Rd. NE Rockford. See her obituary on page 5.

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School saves taxpayers $368,000


That’s over $3.5 million the last three years

The Cedar Springs Public School district took advantage of a low interest rate and refinanced a portion of their outstanding 2008 refunding bonds, saving taxpayers over $368,000 over the next six years. 

The 2018 refunding bonds were sold in the amount of $6,415,000, at a true interest rate of 2.015 percent with a final maturity in 2024.

In preparing to sell the 2018 Refunding Bonds, the School District, working with their financial advisor, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, requested that S&P Global Ratings, acting through Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) evaluate the School District’s credit quality. S&P assigned the School District the outstanding underlying rating of “A+.” The rating agency cited the School District’s stable enrollment trend, strong reserves and moderate debt in their rationale for rating of the School District at this level.

“I’m so thrilled that for the third year in a row we were able to refund bonds and save the taxpayers of Cedar Springs an additional $368,000 over the next six years!” said Dr. Laura VanDuyn, Superintendent. “When added to the savings of $680,000 in 2017 and $2.5 million from the 2016 refunding, that’s over $3.5 million dollars in total savings for the taxpayers of Cedar Springs.”

The School District’s financing was conducted by the Michigan investment banking office of the brokerage firm, Stifel, the financial advising firm, PFM Financial Advisors LLC and the law firm serving as bond counsel, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Jeffrey Zylstra, Managing Director with Stifel stated, “Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Bonds were well received by the bond market. We were able to take advantage of current interest rates that met the goals of the District and resulted in a nice savings that will be passed on to the District’s Taxpayers.”

According to Mike Gresen, with Thrun Law Firm, P.C., the school district currently has six outstanding bonds, and after May, there will only be five left to pay off. He told the Board of Education Monday evening that with interest rates going back up, he didn’t see any other opportunities in the future to refund any of the remaining bonds. “You have reduced what you can for your taxpayers,” he said.

The 2008 refunding bonds were sold for the purpose of refinancing the outstanding 1998 refunding bonds, which they sold for building projects. At the time, they went from a rate of 4.98 percent to 3.74 percent, with a prediction to save taxpayers $2.5 million over 16 years (until 2024). 

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The Post travels to Fellsmere, Florida

Mayor Gerald Hall from Cedar Springs and Mayor Joel Tyson of Fellsmere, Florida pose with The Cedar Springs Post.

The Post recently traveled with Mayor Gerald and Amy Jo Hall to Fellsmere, Florida, where they visited family. The Fellsmere Frog Festival, each January, has been a local favorite for 26 years. Fellsmere is part of the Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Velzy Park fundraiser a delicious success


Those attending the Velzy Park fundraiser dinner had a fun night out despite the weather. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

Winters’s stormy weather didn’t keep the community from coming together for Velzy Park’s third annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction last Friday, February 9.  

Desserts and other items were part of a silent auction to raise funds for Velzy Park in Solon Township. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

The popular fundraiser attracted a crowd of Park supporters, pasta lovers and sweet seekers vying for the choicest desserts. Joe Watson called the auction, rousing the crowd to enthusiastic bidding for the sweets and raising $430.00 towards the park. The fundraiser netted over $1400.00 for continuing construction of the park.  

Guests were treated to live vocals from Monique’s Quality Entertainment as well. It had all the elements of a successful evening. For a few hours folks were able to ignore winter’s ravages and bask in the warmth and glow of camaraderie and friendship. It gave us the opportunity to thumb our noses at the weather with a nod to St. Valentine.

The dinner was made possible through the combined efforts of a host of volunteers, from the young servers from Creative Technologies Academy to the people and businesses who donated desserts, talent and time, to the Park Committee, to the community who graciously came to help celebrate a common dream. 

Phase One of the park continues with a restroom and playground slated for the near future.  Donations can be made to Solon Township Velzy Park and sent to Solon Township Office, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, 49319. Please check Solon Township’s Velzy Park facebook page for future events or to volunteer in their efforts or call the township at 696-1718.

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Women urged to prevent congenital heart defects in newborns 


More than 333,000 babies screened for heart disease since 2014 

To help prevent congenital heart defects, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Newborn Screening Program is urging women to take preventative steps before, during and after pregnancy, including newborn screening. 

Congenital heart defects are one of the most common birth defects and leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Present at birth, the defects affect the structure and function of the heart. These defects can be detected with a pulse oximeter during newborn screening. Since April 2014, when this screening became a part of the Newborn Screening Panel, more than 333,000 babies born in Michigan have been screened for critical congenital heart disease. 

 “Michigan babies are greatly benefiting from a simple, painless screen done at 24 hours of life,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS’ chief medical officer. “With technology and treatment for these conditions improving, if diagnosed early, children with serious congenital heart defects have the potential to lead normal, healthy lives. “ 

It is important for parents to know that newborn screening cannot identify every child with a critical heart problem. Warning signs that all parents should watch for are: bluish color of the lips or skin, grunting, fast breathing, poor feeding and poor weight gain. 

Some congenital heart defects have only a minor and brief effect on a baby’s health and some have very serious and life-long effects and can cause early death. Public awareness, accurate diagnosis and expert medical care are all essential for adequate management of these all too common and deadly conditions. 

Studies have reported increased risks for congenital heart defects associated with maternal obesity, diabetes and smoking. 

 “The heart forms in the early weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman realizes she is pregnant,” Wells said. “Diet, genetic and environmental factors, life-style choices, health conditions and medications all can play a role in preventing or causing congenital heart defects.” 

As part of Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week, Feb. 7-14, MDHHS is advising women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to: 

  • Avoid all alcohol and illegal/recreational drugs. 
  • Avoid exposure to smoke, chemicals and toxins, both at work and at home. 
  • Take a folic acid supplement throughout the childbearing years and check with their healthcare provider to confirm that they are getting adequate amounts of all the essential nutrients. 
  • See a physician prior to pregnancy, especially if there are medical conditions which require medications, any known metabolic conditions including diabetes, obesity, phenyketonuria (PKU), or a family history of congenital heart defects. 
  • Receive regular medical check-ups and learn about their family history and potential genetic risks. 

For more information about Michigan’s Newborn Screening Program, visit Michigan.gov/newbornscreening

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