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Free cats at Animal Shelter


ENT-Free-cats1Spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and ready for a new home! 

Beginning Wednesday July 20, 2016, the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) is offering free adult cats (over four months old) for adoption. Kittens under four months are available for adoption at half price. Qualified adopters will only pay $20 compared to the normal price of $40 for kittens. This offer is good through close of business Friday July 22. To apply, potential adopters simply need to come the Kent County Animal Shelter, provide photo identification with a current address, and fill out an adoption form. Normal KCAS adoption guidelines will remain in place. Shelter personnel will verify with landlords of those adopters who rent that pets are accepted in their homes.

ENT-Free-cats2All of the cats currently available for adoption have already been spayed or neutered. Shelter staff test all adoptable cats for Feline Leukemia and FIV. Every cat is also up to date on all vaccinations, has been microchipped and has received a flea treatment. “These are good and loving pets,” says Dr. Christopher Buckley DVM, staff veterinarian at KCAS. “For whatever reason, we just have too many of them right now, and we want them to find good homes.”

The Kent County Health Department reminds people that the health benefits of pet ownership are well known. According to a University of Minnesota study, cat owners were 30 – 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than non-cat owners. The study also found benefits from lower stress, lower blood pressure and increased life span.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller N.E. in Grand Rapids. The shelter is open Monday through Friday 9:30-1 and 2-6:30. Interested media can call for b-roll and interview appointments.

The pictures attached are of cats that were actually available for adoption as of Tuesday. Feel free to use the photos with courtesy to the Kent County Animal Shelter in any way you see fit.

The offer for free cats expires when the shelter closes on Friday July 22. More about our adoption program can be found at www.accesskent.com/Health/AnimalControl/animal_adoption_program.htm

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Ensley Crime Watch 5K and Community Picnic


The 5K race starts the day with registration at 8:30 and the race starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Baptist Lake Park, 8810 Oak Drive, Sand Lake. The registration fee is just $20.00 for all ages. Registration forms are available on line at ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.  Registration is also available the day of the race. The event is being sponsored by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association.

The picnic begins at 11:30. The firemen grill hotdogs; there will be chips, cookies, homemade pies, coffee, pop and more. There will be a small fee for lunch.

Special guests include the Sand Lake Fire Department (trucks/equipment will be available for viewing), the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Deputies (SWAT vehicles on site), and the Newaygo Marine Patrol and Dive team.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and nearly $1,000 in prizes will be raffled off from local businesses.

The afternoon concludes with candidates running for local office available for a meet and greet.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

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Where is the BC?


A rather old-fashioned lady was planning a vacation in the Upper Peninsula. She wrote a letter to the campground asking for a reservation. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter.

After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term “Bathroom Commode,” but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she rewrote the entire letter and referred to the “Bathroom Commode” simply as the “B.C.” Does the campground have its own “B.C.?” is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground owner wasn’t old fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he couldn’t figure out what the lady was talking about. That “B.C.” really stumped him.

After worrying about it for several days, the campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.

So he sat down and wrote the following reply:

“Dear Madam,

I regret the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.

I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all the folks. This is really a very friendly community.”

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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 Youth Football Sign-ups

July 21: Cedar Springs Youth Football sign-ups will be held on Thursday, July 21st, Tuesday, July 26th and Thursday, July 28th  from 6-7:30 pm at Skinner Field Concession Stand or sign up online @ www.cedarspringsyouthfootball.com. Rocket: 3rd – 6th grade, Middle School, 7th  – 8th. Contact April Victorson 616-890-5869, a_victorson@yahoo.com. #29,30p

Fill the Truck to Support Tiffany’s Tiny Cat Rescue

July 23: Boy Scout Troop 222 will be collecting donations on Saturday, July 23rd in the Tractor Supply parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm. Items needed include food (Purina Cat & Kitten Chow), litter, cat care products, cleaning & laundry products, paper towels, and old blankets/sheets/towels. For more information or to arrange alternate drop off time, please contact Laurie at 616-304-9929. #28,29p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

July 24: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 24th 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). The message and music will be shared by Ben Crofoot and the Crofoot Family and Friends group. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #29

Take off pounds sensibly

July 26: 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. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #29

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 27: Roses are red, Violets are blue ‘tis time for Chuck Roast Barbeque. A fruit salad full of color and slaw o’ so green, if you’ve not joined us before, well, where have you been. Pine Grove Senior Cafe is throwin’ a picnic for our friends age 60 or perhaps even more. Come on over, twill be July 27th at Noon when we throw open our door. The time as just stated, the where you’ll find a seat; is right here on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #29

AYSO Registration

July 28: The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Registration for the Fall season TODAY. Visit www.ayso902.org. Registration ends Thursday, July 28th. #29,30p

Cedar Springs Museum’s Summer Car Show

July 30: Be sure to join the fun at the Cedar Springs Summer Car Show in Morley Park on Saturday, July 30 from 8:00am-2:00pm. Free to all visitors and only $10.00 to register a car. A grilled hotdog lunch will be served “free” to the public from 11:00am to 1:00pm. We will have Pat Patin as DJ. Trophies will be given out at 1:00pm to “Best of Show” and the “Top 19” favorites. The F.F.A. students will sell a light breakfast at 8:00a.m. The museum uses this car show to help bring programs to our community and especially to allow us to host family programs without charge. #29

Fallen Heroes Golf Outing

July 30: The 7th Annual Fallen Heroes Golf Outing will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 30th at North Kent Golf Club. $70 per person includes golf w/cart, and steak dinner. Grand prize is a fishing trip for 4 with Hillbilly Charters, Grand Haven, Hole-In-One Contest, 50/50 raffle and other contests and prizes. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659. Monies raised will be donated to the Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs. #28-29p

One Book Discussion in Howard City

Aug. 1: A book discussion for the One Book One County Montcalm selection “True Grit” by Charles Portis, is August 1st from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City. For discussion questions or more information, visit www.montcalm.edu/onebook or call 989-328-2111, ext. 334. #29

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 9: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm or 616-634-3167. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday, August 9th, from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, August 11th, from 6-9pm,  Saturday, August 13th, from 8 am-4 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #28,29p

Female Self Defense Program

Aug. 2: The Sand Lake Police Department will present S.H.A.R.P. Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Prevention for Women on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6 pm. This female self defense program covers countermeasures for everything from school or work harassment to sexual battery. The course is offered by nationally certified instructor Dr. Scott Shaw. Training is free of charge. Registration is required to ensure materials are available. To Register please call Sand Lake Police department, 616-799-1900. #29. Contact Tim Bauer for more information at (616) 799-4935 or at network153usa@gmail.com. #25-28p

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Fire at campground does $110,000 in damage

Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson.

Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson.

By Judy Reed


The fire at Lakeside Camp Park started in this pole barn. Photo by J. Reed.

Several area fire departments battled a structure fire Monday, July 11 at Lakeside Camp Park on White Creek Avenue, just south of 17 Mile Road.

According to Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, they were dispatched to the fire at 1:11 p.m. It started in a pole barn and spread to an RV next to the barn. He said it also damaged a utility truck and melted some of the siding on the brand new house that owner Rich Lupico had just built this spring.

Cedar Springs Fire, Algoma Fire, and Kent City Fire provided mutual aid at the scene.

Drake said that a park worker discovered the fire in the pole barn where he had been working. The man’s wife had a medical event due to the fire, and needed medical attention at the scene. Some saw this and thought a firefighter had been injured, but no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire.

The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

Drake said that they believe the fire started in a southern wall of the barn. But they did not yet know a cause. “We know an electrical storm moved through prior to the event. But nothing has been ruled out,” he explained.

He said they plan to dig into and investigate the fire more this week to try to determine the cause.

Drake placed damages at $110,000, which included the barn, equipment, RV, and siding on the house.

Lupico told the Post that he used the barn as his maintenance shop. “This is pretty devastating. I lost a lot of stuff in that barn,” he said.

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City, Solon celebrates library groundbreaking

The groundbreaking of the new Cedar Springs Library took place Saturday, July 9 at the corner of Main Street and W. Maple. Photo by J. Reed.

The groundbreaking of the new Cedar Springs Library took place Saturday, July 9 at the corner of Main Street and W. Maple. Photo by J. Reed.

Library Director Donna Clark was one of several speakers at Saturday’s event. Photo by J. Reed.

Library Director Donna Clark was one of several speakers at Saturday’s event. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Residents, community groups, and city and township officials from Cedar Springs and Solon Township came together Saturday, July 9, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Cedar Springs Library at the corner of Main and W. Maple Street.

Many local officials were on hand for the ceremony, including (but not limited to) Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma, interim Cedar Springs City Manager Barb VanDuren, new City Manager Mike Womack, Mayor Jerry Hall, and Solon Township Supervisor Bob Ellick.

Library board member Tony Owens emceed the event.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance, led by the American Legion Color Guard. Several officials made remarks, including a passionate speech by Library Director Donna Clark.

“I’m only one, standing on the foundation prepared from the 1800s to this present day by a long line of educators, professionals, town folk, volunteers – enthusiastic people of vision and hope,” remarked Clark.

She pointed out that significant events had taken place in the library’s history both 80 years ago, and 100 years ago.

“It is noteworthy that the Clipper Girls used their printing presses and their enthusiasm to spearhead a millage campaign for stable funding for the Cedar Springs Community Library, and it passed in 1936 during the Depression—80 years ago.”

She also said that 100 years ago, in 1916, the old Congregational Church, which stood on the NE corner of Beech and 2nd Streets, was purchased by the town and was used as a community center for several years. After the building was purchased, a library was established in the tower rooms and Una Hopkins was the first librarian.

And now, 100 years later, in 2016 we are building to move from 2,016 sq ft to a new facility of 10,016 sq ft.

“Our goal is to make the Library a central hub, providing an open environment to enhance access to the world of knowledge through mentoring, networking and collaboration, and to provide quality resources for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Clark.

She mentioned many of the people who had dreamed of a new library, but did not live to see it happen—Mike and Alice Holton, Jim Charon, Ronny Merlington, Niels and Edna Andersen, Jack Clark, and others. “We thank them for their vision, determination and generosity, so important to us today.”

She also thanked many of the others helping on the project, including members of the Community Building Development Team.

After the speeches, several people from area boards moved dirt with the golden shovels provided by Nugent Builders, the builder on the project.

According to Duane McIntyre, who has volunteered hundreds of hours on the library project, work on the library should start the week of July 25.

The Library is phase 1 of the building of the “Heart of Cedar Springs.”

A concert by Mane Street was held after the groundbreaking, just west of the site, where the new amphitheater is expected to be built in another phase of the project.

To find out ways you can help the Library with fundraising, stop in or give them a call at 696-1910.

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City to vote on city manager contract


By Judy Reed

It’s taken nine months, but the Cedar Springs City Council may finally be getting a new City Manager.

They are scheduled to vote on the contract for Michael Womack at their Council meeting on Thursday evening, July 14. If approved, he will be sworn into office, and start on August 1.

Womack has been serving as an Executive Intern, for the Village of Lake Orion, Michigan, which is located on the east side of the state.

He is also currently a Graduate Assistant, in the City Manager’s office in the City of Eastpointe, Michigan; and an Attorney at Womack & Womack P.C., in Shelby Township.

The contract calls for a salary of $72,000, with a 2 percent increase annually at the anniversary of his start date; five days vacation to start; insurance; and other benefits. The entire contract can be found in the agenda on the city’s website at cityofcedarsprings.org.

The City will also be approving two other contracts Thursday evening.

One is for an interim City Clerk—Christine Witt, who will work part time until the City Manager can hire a new, full time clerk. She will be paid $16.00 per hour for up to 25 hours of work.

The other contract is a property assessment agreement with Grand Rapids Township. The township will provide property assessing services to Cedar Springs for approximately $24,600, which is about the same as was budgeted for the prior assessor, Jason Rosenzweig. The City Council fired Rosenzweig after a vote of no confidence resulting from a dispute over whether the City should pay taxes on their own property.

The Council will also revise current Interim City Manager Barbara VanDuren’s contract. In her contract, she was originally slated to stay until August 31. But since Womack is starting August 1, her contract will be revised to that date. But it also states she may continue her assignment here to assist in the transition if that’s acceptable to both parties.

Readers can find the agenda and entire packet with the contracts at www.cityofcedarsprings.org. Click on meetings and documents, and then archived documents, and then on the right side, 2016 City  Council documents.

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Pierson man dies in crash


A 28-year-old Pierson man died Monday evening after the vehicle he was driving was struck by another vehicle.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Monday, July 11, at about 11:10 p.m. at the intersection of Stanton Rd. and Maple Hill Rd., in Montcalm County.

Police said the preliminary investigation showed that a vehicle driven by Frederick Fahner, 28, of Pierson, was traveling north on Maple Hill Rd. when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Nathan Mackenzie, 19, of Pierson, who was traveling westbound on Stanton Rd.

Both drivers were treated by EMS personnel. Mackenzie was transported to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for injuries he sustained. Fahner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said it was  unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the incident and the investigation was ongoing. They did not say which driver was at fault.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Sand Lake Fire Department, and Montcalm County EMS.

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Poke stop at the Post


N-PokemonGo-PokeStop-POSTN-PokemonGo-logoPokemon Go!—the new game for Android and iPhone users—has taken off like a wildfire across the nation since its release last week, even here in Cedar Springs. Kids and adults of all ages can be seen on streets and sidewalks in Cedar Springs looking for Pokemon. The Post has been a popular stopping site for those wandering the neighborhood, and we were told that we are one of several Poke Stops in the augmented reality game, which layers a digital word over the real one. Poke Stops are historical landmarks or other interesting local sites where you find free items—poke balls, potions, Pokemon eggs, and other items you need.

If you haven’t played Pokemon Go! yet, it will give you a good reason to get out and walk around and see what’s happening in your neighborhood.

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Local girl meets Hollywood star

Katie Schumann met the actor Robert DeNiro during spring break. Photo courtesy of Glenn Stout.

Katie Schumann met the actor Robert DeNiro during spring break. Photo courtesy of Glenn Stout.

A Cedar Springs grad had an exciting spring break this year when she met Hollywood star Robert DeNiro on the set of a film he was making in Florida.

Katie Schumann, the daughter of Mark Schumann, and Jayne Bremmer, all of Cedar Springs, was visiting with her Grandma Verla, Uncle Glenn Stout and Aunt Boni in Briny Breezes, Florida at a mobile home park located on the Atlantic ocean, about fifteen miles south of West Palm Beach.

“This is a community where elders vacation and can relax with the amenities of a country club,” explained Katie. “The residents are super sweet and I love talking and hanging out with them when I go down to visit.”

Glenn said that over the past number of years scenes in two movies have been shot there, “Folks” and “In Her Shoes.”

“The park has a beautiful clubhouse that sets right on the beach facing the Atlantic which is where much of the filming had been done in the past,” he explained. “A rumor was floating around the park at this time that yet another crew might be stopping at Briny for another shoot.”

Katie said her aunt told her the night before that they might be shooting the movie the next morning at the clubhouse, where there Zumba class was held. “My Uncle came back from trying to get his DJ equipment up at the clubhouse and he said that the filming crew was up there filming a scene! He got his camera and went running back up there and I was close behind him,” she said.

“Katie and I made our way to the clubhouse early on the suspected day to find lots of people shouting directions to local resident extras while camera men shot the scenes from the clubhouse porch. Golf carts and police cars were everywhere,” said Glenn.

The two watched the crew film a scene, but didn’t see DeNiro and then they announced it was time to move to a different location.

“I had just said to Katie that while this was certainly filming for a movie, it didn’t appear that Mr. DeNiro was there. Lots of unfamiliar faces, but none that looked like him.  Katie’s eyes got big when she said, “Look! He’s right over there!” He had walked right by us, inches away, on his way to his car! The next thing I knew, Katie was following him and his assistant. It made me a bit nervous. What was she doing?

“People started moving everywhere and Robert De Niro was escorted right past me with his security guard into his black escalade!” explained Katie. “The door was still open in the backseat and so I walked right up to the security guard and asked if I could have a picture with him. You honestly probably weren’t supposed to do that, but I thought I would regret it if I didn’t ask. She said that I could and I just had to wait until he was done checking his phone. He was totally cool about getting back out of the car and taking a picture with me.”

Glenn saw the actor get out of the car and pose with his arm around Katie, so Glenn whipped out his phone and took the photo. DeNiro then got back in the car and was driven away.

“He is such a big movie star and really it was crazy that we actually got a picture together,” remarked Katie. “It was only the park manager and I that got a picture with him and I was totally floored. I talked about it all day and was full of energy and excitement! That was definitely the highlight of my vacation and I am very lucky to have family members that let me stay with them for my spring break!”

Katie said she has one more year at Grand Rapids Community College, and then plans to go to Grand Valley State University.

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