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John Ball Zoo goes Boo

 

See Hannah Ringler as a singing mermaid at John Ball Zoo this weekend.

See Hannah Ringler as a singing mermaid at John Ball Zoo this weekend.

Cedar Springs’ very own Miss Great Lakes State teen 2014, Hannah Ringler, 18, is volunteering as a singing mermaid at the John Ball Zoo goes Boo event this weekend, October 25 and 26.

Hannah has been giving her time to this event for the past three years. “Seeing the kids smile as I serenade them makes it all worth it,” she said.

Hannah, a wonderful vocalist, can be found in the zoo aquarium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where she will be enchanting children of all ages with songs of the sea. “I love to perform the songs that are familiar to children and asking them to help me by singing along. It’s a great time.”

Hannah has been mentoring children for a number of years and this event is a perfect example of giving something special to kids. Hannah is looking for sponsors so that she can attend the National Miss American Coed pageant in November, in Florida. She hopes to promote her platform “Mentor a Child Today, Improve the World of Tomorrow,” as well as foster care and open adoption awareness. Hannah is a happy product of an open adoption and a spokesperson for this cause.

Hannah hopes to take a piece of Cedar Springs with her to Florida and represent the great state of Michigan. If you are interested in supporting this young woman, please email hannahringler.dreamer@gmail.com. 

 

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The haircut

A young man had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it.”

A month later the young man came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said, “Son, I’m real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get a hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking about that.  You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair.”

His father replied, “Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!”

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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.

“Blithe Spirit” Opens at the Kent

Oct. 23-25: Cedar Springs Community Players presents, “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. When socialite and novelist Charles Condomine decides that he needs background for a novel he’s writing about the occult, he decides to entertain a medium in order to observe her in action. Expecting to expose Madam Arcati as a fraud, he is profoundly shocked to discover that she does, indeed, have a way to speak with the dead. A surprise twist leads to an unexpected conclusion and will have you laughing all the way to the final curtain. “Blithe Spirit” is being directed by Peter Huschilt. All performances are the the Kent Theatre located in downtown Cedar Springs and begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library, Main Street Restaurant, or by calling Jon at 616-263-9363. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Student tickets under age 18 are $8. #43

Pumpkin Walk and Carving

Oct. 25: Pumpkin carving and trail walk at Howard Christensen Nature Center. $8 per person (includes one pumpkin). The evening begins at 5 pm at the Red Pine Center with pumpkin carving and pumpkin carving contest. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. After carving and judging, the pumpkins will be lit and laid out along a trail where a pumpkin lit trail walk will take place. Event lasts until approximately 8:30 pm. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #42,43p

 

Flu Shot Clinic

Oct. 27: Courtland Oakfield UMC is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic on Monday, October 27 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE. Bring your traditional Medicare, Medicare+Blue, Blue Care Network, Priority Heath or Aetna Medicare insurance card. #43

 

Fall Festival

Oct. 29: Fall Festival for all ages at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. For families with children 5th grade and under. Games, prizes, snacks, boy and girl door prizes and candy, candy candy! The church is located just north of 19 Mile Rd. #43

 

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

Oct. 29: The frost is on the pumpkin, the fodder’s in the shock. Our cooks are in the kitchen busy fillin that ol stock pot. They’re choppin this and stirrin that creating a tasty bounty for all the Seniors in the county. So if you’re age 60 or perhaps even more, we invite you please, to pass through our door. The 29th of October, the hour is Noon, on the corner of M-82 and Beech, we hope to see you soon. #43

 

“Nightmare on Cherry Street”

Oct. 30: Calling all 4th to 6th graders! You are officially invited to come to our “Nightmare on Cherry Street” party at the Cedar Springs Library! The fun, games, and food will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 30 and go until 7:30 pm! Registration is required, so come into the library to sign up or call 616-696-1910. #43

 

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up station at the Cedar Springs UM Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Friday, October 31 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn. Everyone is welcome to join us. Sponsored by CSUM Church. #43

 

Family Harvest Celebration

Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp is having a Free family event including hayride, games, puppet show, cider, donuts and a trip through “Treat Town.” Please bring a bag for collecting treats. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary. Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. Please call 616-696-8675 with questions. #43,44p

Trick or Treat Trail Walk at HCNC

Oct. 31: The Howard Christensen Nature Center will host a Trick or Treat Trail Walk on Friday, October 31 from 3 to 5 pm. A $1 donation is suggested but not required to offset costs. Bring your little ones all dressed up to find some goodies in the woods along one of our trails. Conveniently timed to allow for children to return to their neighborhoods for trick or treating and other Halloween events. Howard Christensen Nature Center is located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #43,44p

“Break Every Chain” Tent Revival

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Today is a new day! Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. Get ready to break free! Spirit-led tent revival. October 31 from 5 to 8 pm, Harvest Festival. November 1 at 2 pm, Spanish Service with Rev. Sal Lopez, November 1 at 6 pm, Youth Praise and Worship with Rev. Nathaniel Bryan and November 2 at 2 pm, “Get Ready & Break Free” with Pastor D.N. Bryan. Solid Rock Worship Center, 11862 Shaner Ave., Cedar Springs, 616-696-1900. #43

 

Variety Sale – Sand Lake Lions Club

Nov. 1: The Sand Lake Lions Club is hosting a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 1 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church’s Education building. Questions? Call 616-636-5425. #43,44p

 

Sparta Senior Bash Ladies Expo

Nov. 1: Come join us on Saturday, November 1st from 9 am to 3 pm for the Sparta Senior Bash Ladies Expo. Peace Lutheran Church, 1225 – 12 Mile Rd. NW, Sparta. #43

 

MCC Presents “Music of the Seas”

Nov. 2: Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra present their fall concert, “Music of the Seas,” on November 2nd at 3 pm in the gymnasium in the Activities Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. #43

 

CS Music Boosters Wreath Fundraiser

Nov. 3: The Cedar Springs Music Boosters Wreath Fundraiser. Get a 24 inch Wreath decorated with pinecones, red holly berries and a red velvet bow for  only $20.00. All orders must be received with payment (checks made payable to CSMB) by November 3rd. To order, please contact Angela Swinehart swinehart1031@msn.com or 253-985-7135. All proceeds will go towards the Band Students’ Florida Trip and to build student accounts. #43

 

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John J. Goller

GOLLER,  Mr. John J. Goller, aged 89 formerly of Rockford passed away Friday October 17, 2014.  He was born June 16, 1925 in Solon Township, attended the former Briggs School and Cedar Springs High School.  During WW II he served with the 35th Division, US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post 3946 and Glenn Hill American Legion Post 287.  Surviving are his wife Peggy; his sons and their wives John M. (Debra) Goller and David (Deborah) Goller; his grandchildren Andrea (Erich) Staman, Lynee’ (Pete) Buhl, Aelise Goller, Amy (Steve) VanBeekom, John D. Goller, Kathleen Goller; he was preceded in death by two brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services for Mr. Goller will be held on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Rockford United Methodist Church.  There will be a time of visitation on Monday, October 20th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home.  Those desiring an expression of sympathy are asked to consider with the Rockford United Methodist Church or the Michigan Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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Maurice Fay Carr

Mr. Maurice Fay Carr, aged 63 of rural Howard City, Ensley Township passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. Maurice was born September 4, 1951 to Archie Owen and Bernetta Jane (Pickard) Carr in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors especially fishing.  One of his greatest joys was to watch his grandchildren play sports such as football and wrestling.  He was retired from Keeler Brass but kept busy doing side jobs as a handyman/construction worker. Maurice was preceded in death by his father and mother.   He is survived by his sons Roger (Carrie) Carr and Dennis (Julie) Carr; a daughter Mollie (Ron) Spencer; 10 grandchildren; a brother Rodger (Mary) Carr; sister Genevieve Ogg.  Also surviving are his significant other Judy Bratcher and her family who Maurice treated as his own.  Private services will be held.

 

Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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The POST Pumpkin Coloring Contest 2014

Hey KIDS,

Click and print out and then color the pumpkin (below) with crayons, markers, or colored pencils, and make your funniest or scariest face. There will be one winner from each age group: 3-4 years, 5-7 years and 8-10 years. All winners will be announced in the October 30th edition of the Cedar Springs POST. So, hurry, pumpkins have to be to the POST by October 27 at 5 pm. Our office is located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs. Our office hours are 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday. If you would like to mail it, you can mail it to P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

 

 

Halloween-ColoringContest

 

Coloring Contest Rules:

Only one entry per child.

Only one winner per family.

We are not responsible for lost mail.

All entries must be at our office by October 27, 2014 by 5 pm.

Use crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Be creative!

Click and print the entry form below and submit with your colored pumpkin.

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City approves contract with Sheriff Dept

N-pull-quoteBy Judy Reed

 

This time next month, officers in the Cedar Springs Police Department will be wearing Kent County Sheriff Department uniforms.

The Cedar Springs City Council voted unanimously Thursday evening, October 9, to approve a contract with the Kent County Sheriff Department for police services. Council member Jerry Hall was absent, and Council member Ashley Bremmer asked to abstain, since she is employed by the Sheriff Department.

Undersheriff Jon Hess and Chief Deputy Michele Young were on hand to explain the contract and answer questions from the council. Sheriff Larry Stelma was also there, as was Sgt. Kelley, who will be the transition sergeant and most likely the supervising sergeant once the transition takes place.

Young said she expects the savings to the City to be about $119,000 for 2015. She explained that by using the township pool, their costs would be lower, since there will be 34 officers in the pool. Our five would make up about 15 percent of that. “They are joining us at a mid-range (on the pay scale),” explained Young. “That’s a minor raise for them. But with the pool you won’t see those high spikes.”

Kent County Sheriff DeptThe five full-time officers were given welcome packets, which also contained an application. The Sheriff Dept. hopes to give them an offer of employment by the end of this week. The target starting date is November 7. Those officers will stay in the Cedar Springs unit unless they decide they want to move elsewhere. Many residents did not want to lose their officers, and with the offer for the full time officers to stay here, residents will still see familiar faces. 

While the part time officers don’t get that same offer, Undersheriff Hess said they have a lot of part time positions open. “We have some openings we have purposely kept open in case they want to apply,” he explained. He also mentioned that there are opportunities for the reserves as well.

The Cedar Springs unit will use the current Cedar Springs Police offices at City Hall. Officers will begin and end their day there. The sergeant will be there daily, five days a week, and serve as the supervising officer for the patrol deputies. A sector lieutenant will also give oversight to the unit.

There will be on deputy on patrol each 12-hour shift. If Cedar Springs decides they need to add a deputy for a short time period, they can do that, but there would be a charge.

The officers will enforce all the city ordinances, like they do now, as well as all other laws. They will also respond to private property accidents, help unlock cars, and respond anytime an officer is requested, the same way they do now. Those were some things Cedar Springs specifically asked for.

All police equipment will be turned over to the KCSD and used for half of the allocation costs. The other half are being waived for the 5-year agreement.

The agreement can be rescinded anytime with 60 days notice.

The city and the Sheriff Department have worked on this agreement for several months. The City Council asked the City Manager to look into possibly contracting with the Sheriff Department after Police Chief Roger Parent announced his retirement earlier this year.

The City thanks our police officers for their years of dedication to the community, their patience and understanding during this difficult time and most importantly, wishes them well going forward,” said City Manager Thad Taylor.

This is the first time anything like this has been done in Kent County.

“The city manager and the city council took a bold, innovative and progressive step as they seek to collaborate with the Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma, who also lives here in Cedar Springs. “I thank them for the trust and faith that they have placed with us and we look forward to serving the Cedar Springs community.”

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A new chapter begins

Conceptual rendering of front and side view of Cedar Springs Brewing Company.

Conceptual rendering of front and side view of Cedar Springs Brewing Company.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company breaks ground

By Judy Reed

Dozens of people turned out this week to witness something that hasn’t happened here in downtown Cedar Springs in a long time—a groundbreaking for a brand new business at the corner of Maple and Main Street.

Excitement was in the air Tuesday, October 14, as the Cedar Springs Brewing Company ceremoniously broke ground.

“It was a lot of fun and I was tremendously encouraged by the wonderful turnout for the event,” remarked owner David Ringler.

On hand to give remarks was John Wheeler of Orion Construction, Mike Corby of Integrated Architecture, Jason Parker of Choice One Bank, Mark Fankhauser, Mayor of the City of Cedar Springs, and 73rd District Representative Peter MacGregor, who said Rep. Rob VerHeulen couldn’t be there and so he was representing them both.

Groundbreaking at Cedar Springs Brewery Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

Groundbreaking at Cedar Springs Brewery Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

MacGregor, who has been instrumental in helping with legislation regarding craft brewing, said it’s a win-win for the craft brew industry, which keeps growing. “They’ve figured out that if we offer a great product, they will come. And it’s also a win-win for the agriculture industry with the products that are used. So, it’s a win-win for the state, and another reason for people to stop here in Cedar Springs,” he said.

The brewery is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015. Orion Construction began site work after demolishing the existing building earlier this fall. “We have a few housekeeping issues still in progress, including the completing of our environmental reports and some organizational issues, but we’re beginning the physical construction as soon as possible, with hopes to have the outside shell enclosed before the weather slows us down,” explained Ringler.

The project involves new construction of a 5,700 sq. ft. steel, brick and glass building, along with an outdoor biergarden, providing a beautiful environment along the White Pine Trail trailhead in Cedar Springs. The site is oriented to provide room for future growth of the brewery. The design features large windows allowing for natural light in the dining facility, along with both traditional American and traditional European-style seating. The concept is intended to complement the surrounding buildings on Main Street and provide a gateway to the north for future growth. The exterior treatments (international-style flags, signs and open-air spaces) are designed to attract visitors and become a focal point of Main Street.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company's biergarden.

Conceptual rendering of the back view of Cedar Springs Brewing Company’s biergarden.

The brewery/restaurant will feature a variety of craft beers, focusing on German styles along with a full food menu, in-house made spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Ringler (a.k.a “Director of Happiness”) lived in Germany for four years where he apprenticed with local brewmasters. After leaving Germany, Ringler continued his brewing education at the renowned Seibel Institute of Brewing Science in Chicago. In 2013, Ringler began the formal process in Cedar Springs and received all permits and approvals to proceed. “This project is the result of a near 25-year dream,” said Ringler. “Our final approval was both a relief and a thrill. This is the culmination of a long process and the start of another. We’ve been encouraged by the wonderful support we’ve received from the town of Cedar Springs and we are ready to serve this community upon completion of construction.” Ringler added that he believes with continued support of the local community that this project will serve as a catalyst for future growth, development and jobs in Cedar Springs.

“We know there are many excellent brewers in Michigan and we look forward to being a part of that. We’ve done a lot of research into the atmosphere, menu and experience most craft beer fans hope for when visiting a brewpub. We are confident in our understanding of our audience and we are proud of our entire menu. We hope locals and visitors will love Cedar Springs Brewing Company and we are honored to have the support of Cedar Springs as we move forward,” said Ringler.

 

 

 

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Local non-profit looks to improve area

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By Judy Reed

 

There are a lot of plans in the works for the corner of Main and Maple Streets and the Community Building Development Team (CBDT) hopes to be a big part of it.

In addition to the new Cedar Springs Library, on the northwest corner, and the brewery on the southwest corner, the CBDT hopes to build an ampitheatre on the city’s property (the old foundry property) to the west of where the library will be. The team was at the Cedar Springs City Council meeting last Thursday, October 9, to pitch the project.

“The Community Building Development Team is a group of people who want to make the community better,” explained CBDT trustee Tom Holloway, and Pastor at Solon Center Wesleyan Church. “We believe this fits with the prior library board’s plans in 2007 of having both a library and ampitheatre.”

Holloway asked the City Council to let the group build the ampitheatre—and they would do it for free. “All we ask is for the city to maintain it,” he said, “and pay the utilities.”

He explained that they hope to develop the whole area—on both the east and west side of the trail. They are currently buying the Johnson lumberyard property to that end. Besides the ampitheatre, they are working towards helping to restore wetlands, and install walking bridges, to give kids a place to fish. On the lumberyard property, they hope to build a community center and recreation center. Other plans include a boardwalk along Cedar Creek, rain gardens, skate park, spash pad and playground equipment, campground, and fish hatchery.

They have already been working on rain gardens along Cedar Creek with Trout Unlimited, and other groups, and recently voted to take advantage of a matching 3 to 1 grant opportunity. They voted unanimously to pledge  $20,000 towards Trout Unlimited’s Department of Environmental Quality 319 Grant Proposal, which will restore and enhance wetlands in downtown Cedar Springs and elsewhere in the Rogue River watershed, if funded. The project will look to develop future conservation projects in the Rogue River watershed, including other wetland restoration projects, buffer strip plantings, and other efforts directed at improving the health of the Rogue. According to the CBDT, the grant could be worth $300,000 to $400,000 to the community.

The group’s mission is to retain the small-town character of Cedar Springs, incorporate natural features, link neighborhoods and people, enhance characteristics that already define our community, and make it easy for families, youth, senior citizens, organizations, and all community members to gather, celebrate and serve each other.

With that in mind, they’ve adopted a railroad theme for their group, since two railroads ran through the community in its early days. They have chosen an old photo for their logo. In it you can see Lute Fullington’s carriage. His livery service transported people from the trains to hotels, businesses, and homes in our area.

The Cedar Springs City Council heard the CBDT’s presentation, but no agreement has yet been made on whether they will allow the ampitheatre to be built there. Holloway said that after the library is built, they would try to match it in design.

Members of the CBDT are Kurt Mabie, President; Tom Mabie, Vice President; Betty Truesdale, Treasurer; Carolee Cole, Secretary; and Sue Wolfe, Dale Larson, Sally Howland, Nick Andres and Tom Holloway, trustees.

The public is invited to attend their meetings the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Amish Furniture Store, 141 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs.

 

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Candidate forum for City Council

 

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Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. in the Cedar Springs Hilltop Boardroom, 204 E. Muskegon

The November election is right around the corner, and there are seven people vying for four positions on the Cedar Springs City Council. There will be a candidate forum open to the public on Tuesday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hilltop 3rd floor Boardroom, at Cedar Springs Public Schools. The forum will be hosted by the Community Action Network and the Cedar Springs Post.

The candidates will be asked several questions, and the public will also have a chance to ask some questions through the moderator. There will also be time to talk one on one with the candidates at the end.

Ken Benham, who served for 8 years, is not running again, so his position his open, along with incumbent Mark Fankhauser’s, who is running again. Fankhauser, former council member Pamela Conley, and DDA Chair Perry Hopkins, are all competing for those two seats. As part of the recall side of the election, incumbent Ashley Bremmer is running against Molly Nixon, and incumbent Patricia Troost is running against Rose Powell.

Check out next week’s paper for more election info.

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