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Mr. John M. Chupp, age 61 of Cedar Springs, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. surviving are his children; Atalie Chupp, John (Jennifer) Chupp and Derek Chupp; nine grand children; five great grandchildren; brothers Herb (Heidi) Connor and Mike (Patty) Stoken; relatives and friends. John was an employee of SpartanNash Distributing. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.


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EPSON scanner imageRaymond K. Starr, 55 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at his home. Ray was born May 15, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Robert and Joyce (Francis) Starr. He worked as a supervisor in the foundry at Eagle Aluminum in Muskegon. He was very close to his brothers and sisters and in his retirement enjoyed being a grandfather. He also enjoyed tractor pulling. Surviving are his wife, Pamela (House); daughter, Sabrina (Jay) Rawson; stepsons, Dennis (Carrie) Bazzett, Brandon (Delnay) Elliott; grandchildren, Isis, Starlit, Hannah, Sam, Syrenn; brothers, Rodney (Katherine) Starr, Rusty (Brenda) Starr, Roy (Rebecca) Starr; sisters, Sandra (Edward) Kulak, Pamela (Tom) McNees. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Randy; and sister, Roberta. The family greeted friends Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Thursday 11:00 am. Chaplain Eric Coulon officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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


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Boogie and Ragtime piano sensation at Heritage Festival


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Attorney turned Boogie, Blues, & Ragtime musician, Matthew Ball aka The Boogie Woogie Kid, will heat up the piano keys at The Montcalm Community College Barn Theater next Friday, August 1, at 7 p.m., with an all-American program of family piano favorites, from the swing era, for a finale celebration of the Heritage Festival!

With over 2.7 million YouTube views of his past performance and at home video footage, Ball has truly become a phenomenon, with descriptions of his performances like “Awesome!” “Crushing!” Fantastic!”

You won’t want to miss this special toe-tappin’ program of family piano fun featuring classics like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, In the Mood, Bumble Boogie and so many more!

The Barn Theater is located at 2800 College Drive
Sidney MI 48885.
Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be a two-hour show, including intermission.

For more information, contact Karen Maxfield at 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, or by e-mail at Karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu.

Check out Matthew Ball’s website at www.boogiewoogiekid.com.



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New events at Montcalm Heritage Festival

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

A bake sale and historic displays will be featured in the Sidney General Store during Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31 through Aug. 2, on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

SIDNEY – A glider demonstration by Brent Wickerham, of Greenville, is new to this year’s 28th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, July 31-Aug. 2 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Wickerham is an experienced hang-glider who is able to launch from flat ground. If the weather is conducive, he will launch Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. in the north field. If the weather and/or wind speed is not suitable for launch, he will wear his outfit and talk about hang-gliding.

Also new this year, the American Mountain Men will have a camp all three days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the south field. They will demonstrate fire starting with flint and steel as well as how to fire off a muzzle-loading flintlock musket. They will also provide other demonstrations by request with other various items utilized between 1820 and 1840.

Other new features include a cake walk and a watermelon toss. The cake walk will be all three days at 12:30 p.m. at the gazebo. The watermelon toss will be Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. in Heritage Village.

Several events run all three days including historical displays in Heritage Village buildings, a tool and machinery show in the blacksmith shop, display of a 1937 Chevrolet-General Pumper fire truck, Civil War encampment, craft demonstrations, music, printing demonstrations, ice cream parlor and dairy equipment display, used book sale and antique small engine displays.

Ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball, known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” comes to MCC’s Barn Theater for one performance on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. (See story this page.)

On Aug. 2, the MCC Foundation will host its pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in MCC’s Activities Building. Proceeds from the breakfast support MCC scholarships. The cost is $5 per person in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling (989) 328-1284 or by emailing terrys@montcalm.edu.

Vintage Base Ball will return to Montcalm Heritage Festival on Aug. 2 on MCC’s south lawn. Following rules and customs from the 1860s, all cranks, or fans, are invited to watch as three club nines, or teams, try to score enough aces, or runs, to win the game. MCC’s Sidney Stars, Kent Base Ball Club and Fallasburg Flats will play. Games start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Other special events on Aug. 2 include children’s activities, live music, tractor/wagon rides, a Historic schoolhouse reenactment and festival games.

Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on MCC’s campus and has grown to include 28 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 31 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 1-2. The opening ceremony is July 31 at 10 a.m. at the gazebo.

Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for a complete schedule of events or for more information about Montcalm Heritage Village.


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Dog daze at Solon market


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The “Dog Daze of August” at Solon Market will be here before you know it! Children are welcome to bring a pet to the popular pet show on Saturday, August 2, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at 15185 Algoma Ave. Pre-register for the show with Vicky at 696-4227, or via their Solon Market Facebook page. They are limited to the first 20 entries. The entry can be any pet they choose (not necessarily a dog).

Every child who enters will receive a prize. It is also a benefit for the Kent County Humane Society and other animal rescue shelters. Two grand prizes will be awarded—one for popular vote, and the most money collected for the Humane Society.


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 Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?


SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?


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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.


Electronic Recycling in Greenville

Electronics recycling is available on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. A Comrenew trailer is located in the southeast corner of the parking lot. Visit www.comprenew.org/items for a list of recyclable items. Light bulbs and large appliances are not accepted. #30


Fun at Spencer Township KDL

July 22-31: “Rockets are a Blast!” Learn all about building and launching model rockets from Matt Johnson, of the local SMASH rocketry association and National Association of Rocketry. Participants will collaborate on a rocket build and learn about upcoming launch opportunities in the area. Pre-registration is required and spots are limited, 616-984-5680. For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, July 22 at 4 pm. “Out of This World Party” – Join us for galactic games, stellar stories and alien activities. Come dressed as an astronaut or space creature and enjoy the fun! For all ages. July 29 at 4 pm. “DIY Tie-Dye for Teens” – Bring a white or light colored T-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie die – with permanent markers. All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Thursday, July 31 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #30


Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

July 28,29: “Nuts & Bolts: Jewelry from Hardware” – Create one-of-a-kind, edgy, indie jewelry. Make a keychain, necklace, bracelet or earrings from unexpected materials. For teens, grades 6-12. Monday, July 28 at 1:30 pm. “The Science of Us with the World’s Coolest Nerd” -  Miss Cari’s interactive science demonstrations on the five senses will have children laughing and learning about how they are a walking piece of science. For all ages. July 29 at 1:30 pm at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #30


Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

July 30: “Trees & Plants”: Discover what it takes to make an organic garden. What can grow in Michigan and what is good eating in nature. Children will find native plants tat are edible and part of the animals buffet dinner daily/nightly. Children will make their own garden pots and take home to watch their plants grow with instructions from one our Naturalist. Children will also learn to identify poisonous plants. (Children will not be permitted to eat outdoor plants). Rain or Shine. Bring a lunch, dress for the outdoors (no flip-flops or crocs) $8 per child per day. Parents are not required, however are encouraged to come along free of charge. Ages: 5 -15 years. All classes are from 10 am to 2 pm. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #30


CS Public Library Celebration Carnival

July 30: The Celebration Carnival will be held on Wednesday, July 30 from 2 to 4 pm at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. Games, snacks, prizes, fun inflatables, water slide, Double K Petting Zoo, activities and books with author Amanda Litz & illustrator Christy Beckwith. #30


Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 30: All ‘round town the Town Crier spreads the news: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All ye citizens age 60 or more! Wednesday the 30th of July, Pine Grove Senior Cafe presents its famous Blue Plate Special. Chicken on the bone, corn and mashed taters with dessert to follow. All citizens and guests are requested at noon to take their seats in the location to be found on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #30


Used Book Sale

July 31-Aug. 2: A book sale featuring a large selection on gently used books (no manuals, magazines or old encyclopedias), is July 31 – August 2 during Heritage Festival on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on July 31 and 9 am to 5 pm for August 1 and 2. Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for more information about Montcalm Heritage Festival. #30


A Walk Through the Garden

Aug. 2: Members of the Greenville Garden Club invite you to a garden tour. Saturday, August 2, 10 am to 2 pm. Free – Rain or Shine! There are 5 different garden locations for your enjoyment; A Fairy and Herb garden and container garden, peaceful water gardens, new shade garden (this is a garden in progress), city garden, and vintage garden. Chat with the knowledgable gardeners, share and collect information, enjoy nature’s beauty. Come see how it’s done…be inspired. Start the tour at the Sassafras Herb Garden, 11880 Sandy Bottom Rd., Greenville or Bunnies and Boutiques, 3524 Derby Rd., Sidney to pick up a map and register to win a beautiful door prize. For more info call 616-754-9759. #30


VBS at The Springs Church

Aug. 3-7: “Weird Animals”  – God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd – nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School kids ages 4 years to 6th grade will enter an epic adventure that will empower them to stand strong. Pre-registration is encouraged by downloading a registration form at www.thespringschurch.info and dropping it off at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. in Cedar Springs. Also, be sure to check us out on Sundays this summer at 10:30 am. For more info please contact the church office at 616-696-2970.  #30,31p


Cedar Springs Community Player’s Summer Production

Aug. 7-9: On August 7, 8 and 9 at the historic Kent Theatre; all performances will be at 7:30 pm. “Seek Immediate Medical Attention” was written and directed by local playwright, David Schmuker. The play is a comedy, set in a medical office with the action revolving around a lovesick receptionist and a doctor who suffers from migraines. Add to the mix a sexy physician’s assistant and a set of wacky patients, and you have a prescription for zany antics and belly laughs. Tickets are available at the Main Street Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults and $8 for children age 17 and younger. Tickets available at the box office before each performance: $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information please call David at 616-551-7143 or go to www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org. #30,31p


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Red Flannel Festival moves to Main Street


The Red Flannel Festival has a new home at 18 S. Main Street, most recently the home of Take Two Game Shop. The RFF bought the building from Terry and Diane Bengtson on June 27. Bengtson ran his State Farm Insurance business from that location before he retired several years ago.

“Since 1969, the Bengtson’s have owned this building and a successful insurance business, and we are proud to continue their legacy of honesty and integrity,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, Festival President. “It meant a lot to us to receive such a warm welcome from our new neighbors!”

Andres explained that they decided to buy the building at 18 S. Main Street because they felt it would be better to be in the center of town. “The visibility will be great for selling souvenirs,” she said. “Our goal is to eventually have it open all the time.”

The Festival still owns the building at 21 E. Maple, which they bought in 2006, the former Bob’s Barbershop. The building is up for sale or lease. And for now, they will still hold their meetings there. “It was a great buy for us at the time, but we didn’t really need this big of a building,” she said.

Andres said that the Maple Street has been paid off for a year or two, and that they bought the new building on a land contract. She said the money would come out of the Festival’s operating expenses. “It’s a small monthly payment,” she noted.

The Festival headquarters will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New additions to their shop include Red Flannel Festival coffee, and coming soon will be custom cookie cutters and cake pans made especially for the RFF.

See pages 14-15 for more business stories in our Business section.

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Music Booster embezzles over $100,000

Robyn Amy Heintz

Robyn Amy Heintz

The Kent County Sheriff Department was contacted by board members of the Kenowa Hills Instrumental Music Boosters (KHIMB) who wished to report a fraud complaint on May 2, 2014. KHIMB Board Members reported several suspicious charges and withdrawals on the KHIMB bank account dating back several months.

Investigators from the Kent County Sheriff Department worked along side KHIMB Board Members to review financial documents and bank statements and uncovered hundreds of unauthorized charges and cash withdrawals spanning several years. The total amount of money missing from the account is in excess of $100,000.00.

Investigators identified a suspect, Robyn Amy Heintz, as a board member and treasurer of the KHIMB with access to the bank account in question. She was interviewed and confessed to her involvement in the theft and was charged by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office with one count of Embezzlement over $100,000.00.

On July 10, 2014 arrangements were made for the suspect to be booked at the Kent County Jail with a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

If you have any information please contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6100


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Local researcher honored at museum

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

By Judy Reed


For Betty Heiss, 91, doing genealogical research isn’t a job; it’s a passion. And on Wednesday, July 16, The Cedar Springs Historical Society honored Betty by naming their genealogical library after her.

“It’s such an honor,” shared Betty through her tears, after the board surprised her with a plaque reading “Betty L. Heiss Genealogical Library.”

“When we started here 20 years ago, all we had was a bookshelf with a couple of books and they weren’t even genealogical books,” recalled Sharon Jett. “Betty came in and asked if she could help, and she built this entire library over the last 20 years, and so it seemed appropriate to name it after her.”

They now have an extensive collection that Betty acquired a piece at a time—microfilm, microfiche, a civil war collection, census books, surname histories, county histories, phone books, all the school yearbooks, Cedar Springs Clipper newspapers, Cedar Springs Post newspapers, and much more. Betty said a fund was set up for the collection through the research she did. She was frugal with the money and shopped estate sales, and other low cost venues for items.

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

Betty said that she got the genealogy bug when she was 12 years old. “My grandfather showed me a book that had been written about the Martin family (her family) and I knew I wanted to write a book about our family,” she explained.

She has now written two books, which can be bought at the museum, and helped countless people with their family research. “I liked being helpful to people. When I saw them happy, I was happy,” she explained. “It made me feel like I had done something worthwhile. “

Betty retired last year, but still comes in on Wednesdays to help finish up some of the things she was working on before she retired, such as making cards for the old library cabinet donated from the library. “I just don’t take work home anymore, “ she explained. That gives her more time to spend with her husband Melvin (Jack) Heiss. They will have been married 64 years in October.

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

But Betty doesn’t feel her work is done yet. “I want to write another book—my memoirs,” she said, with a twinkle in her eye.

We think she can do it.

The Post thanks Betty for her tireless dedication, and all the help she has given to others and us over the years. You deserve the honor!

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum is located in Morley Park, on Cedar Street, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, and other days by appointment.

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