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Archive | May, 2018

California Avocados Take Center Stage In Iconic California Cuisine

 

(NAPS)—Springtime in California brings with it the season’s bounty of fresh, local produce that inspires home and professional chefs alike. From salads to sandwiches, pastas to soups, it’s pretty much a given that when a dish has “California” in its name, it’s likely a dish made even better with delicious avocados. 

With premium California avocados at their peak, now is the perfect time to incorporate this delicious and nourishing fruit into any cuisine to give it that classic taste of the Golden State.

To kick off California avocado season, which runs spring through fall, two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrin, of Los Angeles’ lauded Melisse and Charcoal Venice, elevated a simple pasta pesto dish with the use of the creamy fruit in his Linguine with California Avocado Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes.

“California avocados are one of the most versatile ingredients you can work with,” says Citrin. “Here, I have blended it seamlessly into a pasta sauce to add a velvety texture. Regardless of its shape or form, the California avocado brings vivacity to all the ingredients that surround it.” 

California avocado lovers everywhere can get these seasonal recipes and more at www.CaliforniaAvocado.com.

Linguine with Californ

Linguine with California Avocado Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

ia Avocado Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes 

Serves: 4

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients: 

1lb. linguine, cooked al dente, reserving 1 cup of pasta water

2ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded and peeled

1cup baby arugula leaves

1cup baby spinach leaves

1cup fresh basil leaves, packed

1/4cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup toasted cashews

2cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

3Tbsp. lemon juice

3Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1tsp. sea salt

2tsp. freshly ground black pepper 

1cup grated Parmesan cheese

1cup halved cherry tomatoes

2Tbsp. julienned basil leaves, for serving 

Instructions:

1. Place cooked linguine and reserved pasta water to the side. 

2. Add the halved avocados, baby arugula, baby spinach, basil leaves, pumpkin seeds, cashews, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper to a blender or food processor and then blend until smooth. 

3. Once the pesto is smooth, add the grated Parmesan and pulse a few more times to combine. 

4. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl and top with the California Avocado Pesto. 

5. Toss the pasta together with the pesto until coated. 

6. Add the halved cherry tomatoes.

7. A small amount of reserved pasta water can be added to the pasta, as needed, to create a loose, silky pesto that coats the linguine evenly. 

8. Sprinkle pasta with the julienned basil leaves and serve. 

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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

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Original Play at the Kent Theatre

May 25,26: Cedar Springs Players presents “Murder on the American Express” and original play by Scott Phillips. May 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m., May 20 at 3:00 pm at the Kent Theatre. #20,21

CS Historical Society’s Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 27: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 18th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 27th, at 2 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years’ veterans will be Alfred Sliter, Civil War; Samuel Armstrong, Spanish/Philippine American War; Russell VanDore, World War I; Mark Wheeler, World War II; Don Miles, Korean War; Carl Straub, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentations in the museum. #20,21b

FREE Movie at Kent Theatre

May 29,30: En Gedi will present a FREE movie at the Kent Theatre, God’s Not Dead 2, on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th both at 6:30 pm. The Christ-centered movie tells a story about high school history teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) who is asked a question about Jesus in class, her response lands her in deep trouble. The ensuing epic court case could expel God from the classroom and the public square once and for all. God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful call to action. #20,21b

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 30: Pine Grove Senior Café would be honored for All Seniors age 60 and over to come celebrate our Veterans both those who are still here with us and those who have given the utmost; those who live on in our memory.  We would be honored to share a meal and memories with you as our guest.  We ask our guests who are Veterans to wear your colors.  Guests who wish to display memorabilia may do so.  At Noon Wednesday May the 30th in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of M-82 & Beech. #21

Reader’s Theatre at CS Library

May 31: Join the FUN with Actors del Arte Ensemble for their FREE popular Reader’s Theatre, Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm to be held in the Cedar Springs Library’s Community Room. The Actors will, present “Blade Runner” by Phillip Dick, based on his 1968 book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” a work of science fiction. Two of his other books were made into major motion pictures. #21

Classic Car Hop

June 1: Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd. (about 2.5 miles east of US131) will host a Classic Car Hop on Friday, June 1st (Rain date is June 8), from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Cruise on over! Load up the family truck, van & grocery getter with your family friends and neighbors! Join us for great food and fellowship while you check out some cool classic cars, street rods and antique autos. Free will donations. Proceeds to benefit RSCC Youth Group trip to the RYS Convention in July. For more information call 616-696-3656. #21,22p

Sand Lake HS Alumni Banquet

June 9: The 126th  (1892-2018) Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Social hour at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. The cost of the meal is $13.00. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Please RSVP by June 2 by calling your reservation in to Dave Groner 616-557-3098. #20-22p

Red Flannel Queen Pageant

June 10: Attention all young ladies living in, or attending school within, the Cedar Springs School District, including homeschoolers, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2018-19 school year. There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2018 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent(s). The meeting will be Sunday, June 10th at 2 pm at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St.). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #19-23b

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Pedestrian dies in crash in Oakfield Township

Stock photo.

Nicolaus Martin was hit while walking along the road Saturday evening, May 19. Photo from online obituary at Corey Funeral Home.

UPDATE: The pedestrian was identified as Nicolaus Martin, a 22-year-old male, from Evart, Michigan.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A man walking along Lincoln Lake Avenue was hit by a car and killed Saturday evening.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 2003 Cavalier driven by a 17-year-old male from Greenville was traveling southbound on Lincoln Lake when it struck a man walking on the unlit roadway. A second vehicle then also struck the pedestrian but did not stop.

The pedestrian died of his injuries.

Assisting at the scene was Oakfield Township Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance.

The police were working on notifying next of kin. The crash is still under investigation.

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Cedar Springs Board of Education selects candidates for Superintendent

The Cedar Springs Board of Education met Friday evening, May 18, at 6 p.m., to review over 29 applications for the Superintendent position.

The board started in open session, but then went into closed session to review the applications. They were not allowed to deliberate in closed session; they were only allowed to ask questions of Gary Rider, of the Michigan Leadership Institute, who is leading the search. They then moved back into open session, where Rider led the board in narrowing down their choices. 

The board decided on three candidates to interview in a public meeting on June 8:

Karl Heidrich, Superintendent at Stockbridge Community Schools, will interview at 5 p.m.

Scott Smith, Asst. Superintendent at Hudsonville Public Schools, will interview at 6:30 p.m.

John B. VanLoon, Superintendent at Ravenna Public Schools, will interview at 8 p.m.

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Man takes own life after setting fire to home

by Judy Reed

This pole barn was completely destroyed in a suspicious fire Friday morning, May 18, 2018. Post photo by J. Reed.

An arson investigation ended in further tragedy Friday morning when a 71-year-old Algoma Township man took his life in the parking lot of a local funeral home.

According to Algoma Fire Chief Troy Guerra, they were toned out at 6:48 a.m. May 18 to a structure fire at 12131 Algoma Ave, between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. When they arrived on scene, they found the basement of the home on fire, as well as the pole barn. He said they sent out a second alarm on the pole barn fire to call in more aid.

Guerra said didn’t find anyone inside the home.

The fire also spread to a small shed behind the home, which was extinguished. The pole barn was destroyed.

A fire started in the basement of this home on Algoma Ave. Post photo by J. Reed.

The fire was deemed suspicious, and while firefighters from multiple fire departments battled the blazes, the Kent County Sheriff Department followed up on information they were given about a contentious divorce, in case it was deemed arson, and began to search for the 71-year-old homeowner.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. the Kent County Sheriff Office  received a call from an employee at Bliss-Witters & Pike funeral home in the 13000 block of Northland Dr NE. The person reported a suspicious person who had just arrived at their facility. Dispatchers learned the 71 year old male resident of the Algoma Township home where police and fire had responded earlier, was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot after dropping off a last will and testament to the funeral home.

The man was still sitting in his vehicle when officers arrived, but as deputies approached, they saw him shoot himself with a handgun. No shots were fired by responding deputies.

The individual was safely transported to Spectrum Butterworth with life threatening injuries. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the man was pronounced dead by medical staff at Spectrum Butterworth.

There were no injuries to the man’s ex-wife, who was not living at the home at the time of the fire.

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Police investigate suspicious fire

This pole barn was completely destroyed in a suspicious fire Friday morning, May 18, 2018. Post photo by J. Reed.

by Judy Reed

Police are investigating a fire in Algoma Township that burned part of a home, a shed, and destroyed a pole barn early Friday morning.

According to Algoma Fire Chief Troy Guerra, they were toned out at 6:48 a.m. May 18 to a structure fire a 12131 Algoma Ave, between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. When they arrived on scene, they found the basement of the home on fire, as well as the pole barn. He said they sent out a second alarm on the pole barn fire to call in more aid.

“We attacked it like two separate fires,” he explained.

The first firefighters on scene focused on the dwelling, to make sure no one was inside.

A fire started in the basement of this home on Algoma Ave. Post photo by J. Reed.

“We didn’t find anyone,” he said.

The fire also spread to a small shed behind the home, which they also extinguished.

As many as eight or nine area fire departments assisted at the scene. The scene was finally cleared at 12:11 p.m.

Peterson noted that the fire was suspicious, and that the Michigan State Police would be in charge of the fire investigation, and the Kent County Sheriff Department would be in charge of the criminal investigation.

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Three hurt in Ensley crash

This crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital. Photo from woodtv.com.

A rollover crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon. 

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the corner of 104 Street and Cypress Avenue.

A jeep headed west on 104th reportedly ran the stop sign and hit a southbound pickup truck, causing it to roll. 

One of the drivers was ejected and suffered a head injury. Both that driver and the other driver were transported to the hospital in critical condition. A passenger in one of the vehicles was also sent to the hospital. 

The crash is still under investigation.

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Culver’s to open in July

Construction on the new Culver’s on White Creek Avenue is moving right along.

By Judy Reed

Come mid-July, residents in Cedar Springs (and those traveling US-131) will have another restaurant to choose from. Culver’s, a restaurant chain famous for their butter burgers and frozen custard, is building a new restaurant near the southeast corner of 17 Mile and White Creek, behind the gas station, and across the street from Big Boy.

According to owner Tom Goldsmith, they plan to have a crew of 60 team members. “We will have a diverse team of full and part time, friendly and energetic people ready to help deliver the Culver’s mission statement of ‘Every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy,’” he said. (Watch for their help wanted ad in next week’s issue).

The Post asked Goldsmith what drew him to Cedar Springs. “Cedar Springs is a community that has a culture that believes in the same values Culver’s does.  Service, family and a commitment to doing things the right way. Culver›s and agriculture go hand in hand and strong groups like the FFA make us very excited to join the Cedar Springs community,” he explained.

Goldsmith said they are shooting for a mid-July opening.

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Library hosts get ready party for Best Prom Ever

By Judy Reed

Several years ago, Laura Ensley’s nephew wanted to go to prom. But the school he attended for students with disabilities didn’t have one. So when she heard about the “Best Prom Ever,” put on annually by the mildly cognitive impairment classroom of Renne Wyman at Sparta High School, she decided she wanted to get involved.

That was six years ago. And she has been helping ever since. 

Best Prom Ever is a dinner dance event for adults and high school-aged teens with disabilities. The event is 100 percent free to guests, and is attended by 800-1,000 guests each year.

Ensley reserved the community room at the Cedar Springs Library last Saturday afternoon, May 12, to help get the teen girls and adults get ready for the prom. The girls could get their hair, makeup, and nails done, thanks to volunteers from Panopoulos Salons and Mary Kay. People also donated dresses and shoes for those that needed them. 

“I think it’s great that the library allowed us to rent the room for free to do this,” said Ensley. “When I did it in Rockford, I had to rent one for $300. This gave us more money to work with to buy things for the girls,” she said.

The event also included free limo rides, free food, music and photos later that night at the prom, held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sparta High School. It was the 13th year for the event. 

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