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Shirley Margaret Dines

C-OBIT-DINES-Shirley-webMrs. Shirley Margaret Dines of Cedar Springs, age 77, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014. Shirley was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on January 11, 1937 to Harold and Margaret (née Schoolmaker) Rose. Shirley cherished the life she was given; she was a devoted and loving wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother. When she had time, you might find Shirley with a card full of dots and her arm waving in the air, shouting “BINGO!” She will be truly and greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew her. Shirley leaves behind her beloved husband of sixty-one years Richard Lee Dines, Sr.; loving children Richard Dines, Jr., Rodney (Laurie) Dines, Ricky Dines, Margie Cole, and Russell (friend Tammy) Dines; eleven grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; brother Donald (Joan) Rose; and sisters Charlene (Jack Wheeler) Sherd and Barbara (Jake) Beemer. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Harold and Ron Rose; and sisters Laura Stevens and Leona Wheeler. There was a time of visitation with Shirley’s family from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Shirley will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Pederson Funeral Home; Pastor Thomas Holloway is officiating; there will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, Spectrum Health Foundation, 100 Michigan NE, MC004, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Mr. John G. Anderson, Sr, age 75 of Fenwick, Michigan (formerly of Rockford) passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at his residence. John loved to spend time with his family and people in general and to joke and tease. He was a master mechanic and enjoyed doing auto body work. He loved driving truck and taught all of his children how to as well. He was a collector of guns, loved to fish and read westerns. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Catherine (Horn) Anderson and a daughter Gertrude “Trudy” Barnes. John is survived by his wife of 56 years Mary Jane (Stray) Anderson; three daughters, Jane Marie (Gary) Bredeweg, Patty (Robert) Emelander, Penny (Randy) Covey; son, John (Brandi) Anderson Jr.; three brothers, Robert (Elaine) Anderson, William D. Anderson, R. Michael (Diane) Anderson; four sisters, Kean (Donald) Kaliniak, Isabelle T. DuMonte, Mary E. Anderson, Gertrude C. Patterson; grandchildren, 15; great-grandchildren, 10; Brother-in-law, Robert Stray; Brother-in-law, Merrill (April) Stray; Sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Jerry) Gibson and special grandson Adam Anderson who he raised. Visitation will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services, Newaygo Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:00 am at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Newaygo Chapel with Father Pete Shaffer, officiating. Burial will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Foundation or Dialysis Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Please share your memories of John with his family at www.fieldsmckinley.com.

Arrangements by Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services

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Larry Earl Carr

Mr. Larry Earl Carr, age 74, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Larry was retired from CSX and an Air Force veteran. For more information regarding visitations or the funeral, please contact Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford (http://www.pedersonfuneralhome.com) or view the Grand Rapids Press on Sunday, August 17, 2014.


UPDATED: 8/15/2014

C-OBIT-Carr-LarryMr. Larry Earl Carr, Sr. of Cedar Springs, age 74, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at home in the presence of his loving family. Larry was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 20, 1940 to James and Carolyn (née Woodward) Carr and had been a long-time resident of the Cedar Springs area. When he was still a teenager, Larry joined the United States Air Force, proudly serving his flag and country in the 1611th Air Transport Wing, stationed at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ. In 1978, Larry married the love of his life, Joyce Myrtle Stone, on Saturday, the 26th of August in Grand Rapids, MI. He also worked for CSX Corporation in Grand Rapids until his retirement. Larry was a kindhearted man, a jokester, and the kind of person always willing to lend a helping hand. Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty-five years, Joyce; loving children Becky Mabin, Larry Carr, Jr., and Kim (Lee) Armstrong; step-son Rod Rathbun; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother David (Lois) Carr; sister Sherry (Tom) VanderPlow; sister-in-law Marilyn Stone; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Burt Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James and Tom Carr; and sisters Nancy Patrick, Carol Hatchew, Margie Aemisegger, Susie Wheeler, and Mary Kay Carr. There will be a time of visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Larry will he held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 4714 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford, Michigan, 49341; Pastor Kevin Reed will be officiating; there will be a one hour visitation prior to the service. Larry’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to Katie and Erin with the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion and Stephanie and Sarah with Heartland Hospice, for the compassion, kindness, and care provided to Larry and his family. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Humane Society of West Michigan, 3077 Wilson Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534; or to the Grace Evangelical Free Church.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Real men

First-Baptist-church-currenPastor Jim Howard

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs



What is a real man? By the standards of today, a real man is someone who doesn’t exist except in the imaginations of those in Hollywood and the marketing industry. Supposedly, a real man looks like an Adonis, acts macho, and always wins. In reality, a real man is defined not by what he looks like, but who he is! Real men, for the most part, do not look like the latest “hunk” of a movie star or sports legend. He may not have rippling muscles, or stand over six feet tall, he may not even have a full head of hair. Real men are comfortable in their skin and have made their share of mistakes, and will make more.

Today I will start a three part series on what Real Men Are, from the Word of God. Note what God says in 1 Cor. 1:27-28 (ESV), “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

History records for us the stories of men and women who would not stand out in a crowd, yet turned their world on its ear. For example: John Adams, Nathan Hale, Mary Draper, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, etc. Are we prepared to make a difference in our generation?

This initial devotional will deal with becoming Men of Courage. I will make note of five points that make for men of courage. First, real men recognize their disobedience and rebellion. Our culture has created a mindset that says that I’m not a bad person and that a loving God will overlook my sin. We have become a self-indulgent generation and choose to disobey God’s instructions. We must come to grips with this and acknowledge the fact that I, and I alone, am responsible for my actions and the sin that is a part of my life (unlike King Saul of old 1 Sam. 15).

Second, real men accept the consequences of disobeying God. God will chasten those whom He loves (Heb. 12:5-14). Our disobedience has consequences (Jms. 4:9; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; Ps. 32) that are often found in our emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual lives. Symptoms that we try to explain away, but yet are very real, such as bitterness, discouragement, anger, jealousy, exhaustion, substance abuse, impatience, critical spirit, etc.

Third, real men understand that there is a time factor!  The longer we choose to ignore the Lord, the more bad decisions we are going to make. As long as we continue to listen to ungodly advice and follow the wrong compass in our decision-making, the deeper into the quicksand we sink.  There is a real danger of waiting too long. Paul told Timothy there was danger that our conscience would become seared, which means burned or insensitive to stimulus (1 Tim. 4:2). There is also the danger of settling for the good when you can have the best (Eph. 4:17-24).

Fourth, real men defeat the Arthur Fonzarelli syndrome. The Fonz couldn’t or wouldn’t say the words, “I was wrong.” We need to own up! Don’t make excuses or try to pass the buck. We need to fess up! This isn’t a pride issue (1 Jn. 2:15-16). We need to catch up!  Don’t let things accumulate, keep short accounts. We need to give up!  Surrender control of your life to the One Who holds all your days. We need to check up! Take a look at your daily habits and routines that may be setting you up for failure. We need to grow up! Start moving down the path to spiritual maturity in your relationship with Jesus Christ. We need to look up! Remember the principle of Mt. 25:21 and being faithful in the little things. God’s forgiveness is immediate. And we need to make up! Here we need to ignore Hollywood again and the words of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, “never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.” A sincere apology may be in order; make it sincere and a reality.

Finally, real men are men who are after God’s own heart! Remember King David? He lived for 18 months thumbing his nose at God. What about his sin? After he repented, he was forgiven (2 Sam. 12:13). There were consequences, but God forgave him, and his life was turned around and counted for something once again. He was indeed, a man after God’s Own heart!

You can spend your life any way you like but you can only spend it once. Listen to the words of Joshua who led the people of Israel into the promised land. Joshua 24:15: (ESV) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”


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The Man behind the curtain


By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer


What do Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have in common? Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns hosted the first public release for one of the greatest films ever—The Wizard of Oz.

I love the scene where Dorothy and her friends return to Oz’s throne room with the Witch’s broomstick, confirming that their assignment is complete. But the Wizard rebuffs them. He is about to renege on the handing out of home, brains, hearts, and courage.

Then, in the midst of booming voices, thunderclaps, and lightning bolts, Toto scurries over to a mystical shower stall and pulls back the curtain. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” the Wizard warns. But the game is over. There is no great and powerful Oz. There is only Oscar Zoroaster Diggs from Omaha, Nebraska.

This scene reveals the truth on so many levels. There is nothing to be afraid of—especially when it comes to God. We have been told that God, the “Wizard,” is more terrifying than all the dangers of the world. We know we need God and all that he offers, but we might as soon throw ourselves out his palace window to escape his terrors than to remain in his presence.

Yet, this is all smoke, mirrors, curtains, and megaphones, for Jesus has done something even the legendary Toto could not accomplish. He doesn’t just pull the curtain back, he tears it asunder, showing us a God who isn’t playing games or hiding his true identity.

God is a compassionate, loving, heart-sick parent who refused to keep his distance from us, who decided he would no longer allow his name or reputation to be misrepresented, but would present himself as a mere mortal, that he might enter our sufferings and undo the chaos of his creation.

The coming of Jesus into the world was the coming of God into the world. And the cross of Jesus, in all of its foolish glory, did not change God—he has always been in love with humanity—it changes us. With no heavy curtain obscuring our perspective, we see that God is more gracious, more wonderful, more welcoming, and more loving than we previously imagined; there is no reason to be afraid of him. This is not a fanciful measure of “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” It is the place we call home, and there’s no place like it.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.


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The bus stop



Two old men were sitting on a bench waiting for their bus. The buses were running late, and a lot of time passed. Finally, one man turned to the other and said, “You know, I’ve been sitting here so long, my butt fell asleep!”

The other man looked at him and said, “I know. I heard it snoring!”


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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.

2nd Chance Rummage Sale

Aug. 16: On Saturday, August 16 from 9 am to 3 pm. East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. will host a rummage sale. Proceeds to benefit 2nd Chance, a school for troubled teens who deserve a second chance. #33p


Garage Sale for Missions

Aug. 16: This Saturday,  August 16 from 9 am to 5 pm. The Springs Church, located on the corner of Oak and Grant Streets, is hosting a sale to benefit a Girl’s Home in Bogota, Columbia. Funds will be used to purchase building materials for the home. #33


Auditions for October Play 

Aug. 16 & 18: The Cedar Springs Community Players are seeking 5 adult females and 2 adult males for their Fall production of the comedy “Blythe Spirit,” written by Noel Coward and directed by Peter Huschilt. Show dates are October 23-25 at the historic Kent Theatre. Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 10 am to noon and on Monday, August 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on Main Street in Cedar Springs. See our website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org for more info. #32,33p


Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 18: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Roast Beef & Onions dinner on Monday, August 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, onions, veggies, salad, dessert, rolls and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #33p


TOPS weight loss support group

Aug. 19: 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. #33


Michigan Blood Drive

Aug. 19: Be somebody who get a cool T-shirt and free hot dogs by just attempting to give blood.  The donor site is at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12 to 7 pm, on Tuesday, August 19. #33


Wild Wednesdays at HCNC

Aug. 20: “Super Hero’s” Dress up or just wear the hat of your super hero – Fireman? Military? Superman? Spiderman? Let the imagination run and be a hero for just a day. The children will have the day to act out hero and save the nature world!  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. #33


Annual 2nd Best Sale

Aug. 22,23: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual 2nd Best Sale will be Friday, August 22 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, August 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. It is sponsored by the All Saints Guild (ECW) in support of parish activities. There is something for everyone: clothes, books, toys, housewares, sporting goods, furniture, electronics, craft supplies, jewelry, etc. Many vintage items. Everything is prices to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island, ¼ mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34p


CSHS Class of 1970 to 1979 Picnic

Aug. 24: Cedar Springs Alumni from graduating years 1970 to 1979 (or whenever!) is invited to the Cedar Springs Class of 1970 to 1979 Picnic on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Noon til dusk at Long Lake Park, west side, open pavilion. Bring a dish to pass, hotdogs and buns, something to drink, your place settings, and yearbook. Name tags will be provided in case you forget who you are. For more information contact Janie Combs Merlington, Cindy A McMillan, or Jennifer Haney Brown on facebook. #33


Annual Alumni Banquet

Sept. 7: All Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student and guest from 2014 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 7, 2014. The cost is $13 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner served at 1 pm. Reservations must be made prior to August 30 by sending payment, your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Maureen Jaquays, 13952 Coral Rd., Coral, MI 49322, phone 231-354-6506. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2938. Come join the fun and you may be a lucky winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the word to out-of-town classmates. #33p


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Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. Morris

Billy L. “Bill” Morris, 82, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at his home. Bill was born November 12, 1931, in Cannon Township, MI, the son of James and Edith (Hess) Morris. He had worked for the Kent County Road Commission for 37 years, and had been a member of Solon Fire Department and the North Kent Snowmobile Club. Surviving are his wife, Wanda (Parker), whom he married on September 9, 1950; children, Ann & Larry Cornell, Curt & Julie Morris, Charlene & Bill Fifield; grandchildren, Nutasha Tolsma, Jon, Theresa, Brett, and Katelyn Fifield, Michael Morris, Laurissa Cornell, Vikki Berry; great-grandchildren, Chevelle, Jordan, Amari, Kadence, and Brody; sister-in-law, Rosemary Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James and Phillip. The family will greet 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. Pastor Gilbert Morris officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Save a creek—plant a rain garden

N-Rain-gardenThanks to three different community groups, one of Cedar Springs’ most valuable resources is being protected from erosion. The groups got together on Thursday, July 24, and planted a rain garden along Cedar Creek at Fifth and Cherry Streets.

“Cedar Creek is a great habitat for trout and a beautiful feature of Cedar Springs,” said resident Carolee Cole, of the Community Building Development Team. “The Downtown Development Authority and the Community Building Development Team have been working with Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative to protect and improve the Creek so it can become a more visible and enjoyable attribute of our town as well as a defining characteristic of our community.”

N-Rain-garden2Cole said that the stream buffer was planted to protect the creek bank from eroding into the Creek. Both the stream buffer and the rain garden were planted to shade the Creek and to filter storm water as it runs off the roads and parking lots as well as to cool the water before it enters the Creek. Plants selected have long roots, are natural to the area, and grow tall enough to provide some shade.

Members of the Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative had already prepared the ground at the corner of Fifth and Cherry Streets on the lawn of Cedar Springs Tool Engineering and laid out the design for a stream buffer and a rain garden. Cedar Springs Tool Engineering purchased the plants and mulch for the project.

There were volunteers from Kent County Water Conservation, Plaster Creek Stewards, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative, and of course, Trout Unlimited to work and to teach the  volunteers from Cedar Springs what and where to plant. Tom Mabie, Kathy Bremmer, Perry Hopkins, Carolee Cole, Mark Laws, Rose Powell, Michelle Andres, and a sweet young citizen from the neighborhood named Grace were the volunteers from Cedar Springs. Bob Truesdale brought pop on ice to keep everyone going.

Cole noted that Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is planning more rain gardens and stream buffers, so there will be other opportunities to volunteer.  “If you want to get in on the next planting opportunity or learn more about how we’re working together to develop Cedar Springs into an even more amazing community, ‘like’ the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team on Facebook and watch for our new web page, CSCommunityCenter.org, to be out in the next few weeks!” she said.



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Boncher and O’Hara to face off for judge seat

Jeffery O’Hara

Jeffery O’Hara

Brent Boncher

Brent Boncher

Other election results


It was a crowded race vying for the seat of retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas, but Tuesday’s primary narrowed it down from six to two.

Brent Boncher, a Courtland Township trustee and member of the law firm Schenk, Boncher and Rypma, led the voting with 4,647 votes (27 percent).  Jeffery O’Hara, of Rockford, a criminal defense lawyer, came in second with 4,064 votes (24 percent). Those two will face off on the ballot in November.

Coming in third was Andrea Crumback with 18 percent; then Rock Wood with 14 percent; Jody Jernigan with 9 percent; and Charles Boekeloo with 9 percent.


U.S. House of Representatives District 3: Incumbent Justin Amash won over contender Brian Ellis 57 percent to 43 percent. In November, Amash will face Democrat Bob Goodrich, of Goodrich Theaters.

State Senator 28th District: Peter MacGregor, of Cannon Township, beat out Kevin Green, of Cedar Springs, 68 percent to 32 percent. MacGregor will face Democrat Deb Havens, of Plainfield Township, on the November ballot.

State representative 73rd District: Seven Republicans threw their hat in the ring for the 73rd District. Leader of the pack was Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, with 36 percent of the vote. Following was Robert Regan with 21 percent; Frank Pfaff with 20 percent; John Decker with 11 percent; Tom Norton with 7 percent; Brady Middletown with 3 percent; and Brian Downs with 1 percent. Afendoulis will face Democrat Mary Polonowski, of Rockford in November.

See proposal results here.

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