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17 PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

19 Jostens Cap/Gown Distribution

19 Middle School Library Day

20 Elementary Library Day

25 Coffee with the Principals @8:00 a.m.

26 Literacy Night (3rd-5th Grades) 6:30-7:30 p.m.

27 Early Release Day

High School Prom


4 Library Day (1st & 3rd Grades)

8 Charter School Day at the Capitol Elementary Choir Concert @6:30 p.m.

9 Coffee with the Principals @8I:00 a.m.

11 Early Release Day Lightning Bugs All-Nighter

17 Middle School Library Day

18 Library Day (K, 2nd, 4th, 5th grades) CTA 20th Anniversary Celebration

“Seussical Jr.” Performance

19 “Seussical Jr.” Performance

21 Girls Charging Ahead 5K

22 Middle School/High School Choir Concert

25 Early Release Day (Students & Staff) 

28 No School – Memorial Day

31 Elementary Field Day


1 Graduation

5 Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

7 Last Day of School 

Early Release Day

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Joan E. Beach age 85 passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Bishop Hills Elder Care, Rockford, Michigan. Mrs. Beach was born July 1, 1932 in Oxford, Michigan the daughter of Pearl and Essel (Peters) Bradley. After graduation from Oxford High School she received her degree from Cleary College, Ypsilanti, MI. She was a member of the Dexter Jaycettes and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Howell. She lived at Bishop Hills for 12 years and the staff and residents were like family to her. She played the chimes and loved to sing and play the piano. Surviving are her children, Susan (Brad) Binks, Cheryl (Kent) VanTimmeren, Bradley Beach, Tracy (Rod) Misner, Don (Melissa) Beach Jr., Steven Beach; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Daisy) Bradley; sister, Doris (Nick) Samudio; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bradley and Eileen Bradley; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don in 1989; brothers, Jack Bradley and Billy Bradley. The family greeted friends Monday, April 16th from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service has taken place at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Ray Lanning officiating. A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 17th 12 noon at Lakeview Cemetery, Howell. Pastor Paula Timm officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Interlochen-Kent County Scholarship, P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643 or Kids Food Basket, 2055 Oak Industrial Dr., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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In Loving Memory of


September 18, 1976 – April 20, 2016

Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us every day

Unseen, unheard, but always near

Still loved, still missed and very dear

Sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

Dad: John & Deb Paepke

Sister: Brandi Paepke and family

Sister: Amber Paepke and family

Mother: Deb & Mike Bowen

and greatly missed by Grandma Pat Esbaugh

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In Loving Memory of


September 18, 1976 – April 20, 2016

A life that touches others will go on forever.

You are always in our hearts.

Wife: Michelle

Son: Clayton

Daughter: Briell

Miss you, Dad, more everyday.

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December 24, 1991 – April 22, 2012

No words can express how much you are loved and missed every day. Your smile and laughter, are memories we hold in our heart.

We Love You,

Your Family

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Bad day

Rev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319


As you read this, let me ask you a question and then I want you to pause and really think about it. How’s your day going? How has your week been? Good? Bad? Here’s a little way you can tell if it’s going to be a rotten day. 

You know it’s going to be bad when you see a Fox news team in your office. Or, you call Suicide Prevention and they put you on hold. It’s going to be a bad day when you turn on the news and they’re showing emergency routes out of the city. Or, when your twin sister or brother forgot your birthday. It’s going to be a bad day when your car horn goes off accidentally and remains stuck as you follow a group of Hell’s Angels on the freeway. Or when your boss tells you not to bother to take off your coat. It’s going to be a bad day when your income tax check bounces. Or when you put both contact lenses in the same eye. All these scenarios will create one bad day.  

I hope some of those things put a smile on your face, but here is the reality—we are in for some bad days no matter what we do or don’t do. So, friend, this may be a lame encouragement, but it helps get me through some tough days and brings some perspective. There is always someone who has it worse off than I do. Be thankful you’re not that person, put a smile on your face, walk tall and stay strong. The bad day will end. Another day will come. God is watching over you and He cares and loves you so very much. And just a word of advice… as Spring comes, watch out for those Hell’s Angels that may be coming down 131. 

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Time Off 


Two men working in a factory were talking. “I know how to get some time off,” said one. 

“How are you going to do that?” 

“Watch,” he said, and climbed up on a rafter. The foreman asked what he was doing up there, and the man replied. “I’m a light bulb.” 

“I think you need some time off,” the foreman said and the first man walked out of the factory. 

After a moment, the second man followed him. “Where do you think you’re going?” the foreman shouted. 

“I can’t work in the dark,” he said.

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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.

Community Night!

Apr. 19: Don’t forget to join us at the Cedar Springs High School for the 32d Annual Community Night on Thursday, April 19th, 6-8:30pm. Explore what local businesses, service organizations and churches have going on. The school’s Industrial Arts will have a special exhibition and the auditorium will host the Grand Little Band from Grand Rapids for a half hour show followed by a Zumba performance by students from Dance Fitness with Monica. Food and drink will be available from the Music Boosters. #16

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 22nd 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 by the group, the Old Time Gospel Singers, who will share their 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! #16b

Ready to Read Michigan: I Got the Rhythm

Apr. 24: Get ready to groove with Ready to Read Michigan’s 2018 pick, I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Marrison! Featuring musical and rhythmic stories, activities and crafts. For ages 6 and younger. Tuesday, April 24th at 10:30 am, Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch 88 Eighth St. #16

DIY Painted Mugs

Apr. 24: Pre-registration is required. The Mud Room is bringing their studio back to the library. Grab a friend, paint a mug and cheers. Tuesday, April 24th 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. 616-784-2007, www.kdl.org. #16

Fish Fry at East Nelson UMC Rescheduled

Apr. 25: East Nelson Church rescheduled their Annual Fish Fry. It will be on Wednesday, April 25th from 5 to 7 pm. Menu includes: Fish, Tater Tots, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and homemade desserts. Everyone is welcome! 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. #16

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Apr. 25:  Pine Grove Senior Café 2018 is set to begin. Our friends age 60 and more are welcome to just walk in. Taste of Italia is the fare we will prepare. Please come join us we simply love to share. The when is 12 Noon this April 25th, here at our corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. is where you’ll find the place to come sit. #16

Help Promote Literacy

Apr. 27: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Friday, April 27th at 10 am. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #16

Morel Hunt at HCNC

Apr. 28: Let’s see how many of these tasty morel mushrooms we can find! We will be going off trail – this is why a guide is best! Saturday, April 28th from 2 to 4 pm. Members $3, non-members $5. Guided Morel Hunting ONLY on Howard Christensen Nature Center Property, 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. Pre-registration requested, www.howardchristensen.org. #16

Mobile Medical Center at Alpha Family Center

May 1: Tuesday May 1st  Positive Options from Holland will bring their Mobile Medical Center over to Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs. They will be available on Tuesdays from 11 am – 4 pm to perform free ultrasounds for our clients. We are excited about how this new partnership will serve our community. For more information go to www.alphafamilycentercs.org or Like us on Facebook to stay connected with AFC. #16,17b

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Bald eagle overlooking Pine Lake

Recently we have received several photos of bald eagles in the area. This beautiful photo was taken by Tim Hindenach on April 4, when he spotted a bald eagle in the trees overlooking Pine Lake, in Nelson Township. Bald eagles tend to stay in areas where water is close by (fish is a favorite food), but will also prey on small rodents. They became rare in North America in the early to mid 1900s, and were added to the endangered species list in 1978. They were removed from that list in 2007.

To read about another bird that has made a dramatic comeback, go to our Outdoors section.

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Driver pleads no contest in fatal crash

Douglas Crystal, the at fault driver in the crash that killed Meranda Baguss, is shown here in his September 2017 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

Meranda Baguss, who was killed in a car crash last September, is shown here with her twin boys, who were injured in that same crash. Photo from gofundme.com.

A Cedar Springs man that fled a crash last fall that killed a Sand Lake mother and critically injured her twin 5-year-old boys pled no contest this week to felony charges in the case and will now wait to be sentenced.

On September 15, 2017, at about 8:23 p.m., Douglas Crystal, 36, was traveling northbound on Ritchie Avenue at about 90 mph in his Ford F150 when he failed to stop at the stop sign at 15 Mile Road and slammed into a 2011 Ford Fusion traveling westbound on 15 Mile Rd. The crash killed the driver of the Ford Fusion, Meranda Baguss, 33, a 2003 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Her five-year-old twins, Chauncey and Tony Anthony III, were in the back seat in their car seats, and were critically injured. They were taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids with life-threatening head injuries.

Crystal, who was reportedly on his way home from a golf outing, fled the scene. He hid from police for about 8 hours before finally being arrested.

On Monday, April 9, he pled no contest to charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony; failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, also a 15-year felony; and operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony.

He is expected to be sentenced May 3.

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