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Out of the attic


N-Out-of-attic-Old-photo-73-S-Main-webBy Judy Reed

The Post recently received an old photo from reader Jennifer Bell. She said that her family has lived in Cedar Springs for many years, and that her grandfather, Orville Moore, recently passed away. Before he died, he passed on quite a few old photos to Jennifer’s sister. One of them is of a building they think is 73 S. Main, where there is currently a pet grooming shop. Jennifer said all she knew was that back when the photo was taken, a woman named Rose ran the store.

“We’re not exactly sure her exact relation to us but it’s pretty neat for us to have a photo this old and thought we would share,” she said.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

We passed this photo on Sharon Jett at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, and she agreed that the building looks like 73 S. Main. She directed us to page 211 in the Cedar Springs Story by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, which lists three millinery shops in the building from 1885-1931. From 1908 to 1931, it was run by a Mrs. Rose Dorman, which could be the Rose that Jennifer mentioned.

We thank Jennifer for sending us the photo, and Sharon, of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, for helping us with the information.

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School hires consultant to oversee business office


With former associate superintendent Dave Cairy moving on to another job, Cedar Springs Public Schools has hired Donald Sovey, CPA, owner of School and Municipal Advisory Services P.C., to oversee the business office and spearhead the search for a new associate superintendent of business.

Sovey was introduced to the Cedar Springs Board of Education last Monday, November 9, at its regular board meeting. Sovey introduced Tom Tebeau, of T2 Professional Business Services, who will help with some of the accounting and budget amendments that will need to be done. His services will be billed at $100 an hour.

Besides hiring Cairy’s replacement, Sovey plans to do a long-term financial outlook; develop a proactive financial leadership team; make sure staff  are properly trained and keep them trained; establish fiscal sustainability goals; install best business practices for finances and operations; and more.

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Washington’s latest deal: little cause for celebration


By Lee H. Hamilton

You can understand why President Obama and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle sought to cast their end-of-October budget deal in the best possible light. They avoided a potentially catastrophic national default. They reduced the possibility of a government shutdown. And they raised the debt ceiling until March 2017, taking that bargaining chip off the table until the next president is in the White House.

Still, for all their hard work, our political leaders indulged in two bad habits that they really need to kick, because they wreak havoc with effective and efficient government and cost taxpayers a pile of money.

First, while they gave themselves some breathing room before the next time the debt ceiling has to be raised, they will nonetheless have to raise the debt ceiling eventually. They should have abolished it, or at least suspended it.

The debt ceiling has become a political pawn, used repeatedly as leverage by opposition parties to make demands of the President. It has driven the persistent national game of “chicken” that has so tarnished Congress’s image in recent decades. The legislative maneuvering surrounding each debt ceiling bill consumes huge amounts of legislative time that is better spent on other matters.

The second bad habit is equally pernicious: the budget deal did little to shift Congress from its reliance on continuing resolutions. The CR, as it’s known, was designed to keep government operating for a few days or weeks while congressional negotiators worked out the budget. In recent decades, though, it has become the way we fund the government.

Continuing resolutions bypass the appropriations bills written by specialized committees and provide a favored few interests a bonanza. They also keep the federal government—and hence state and local agencies that rely on federal commitments—in “handcuffs,” as a recent article in Politico put it. The CR puts the government on automatic pilot, avoids hundreds of difficult funding and policy decisions, and has become a substitute for working hard to pass a budget by the regular process. It lacks transparency, sidesteps good budgeting, puts all the power in the hands of a few congressional leaders, and invites Congress to act in a crisis mode.

Do you want the Congress to work better? If so, ask your favorite member to think big and not lock into a failing system. A good start would be to kick these two bad habits.

Lee Hamilton is a Distinguished Scholar, Indiana University School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

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City manager was run out town


Thursday night’s council meeting was our City Manager, Thad Taylor’s, last. Mr. Taylor came here three years ago as a very experienced, well-qualified manager who has since received high praise from many citizens, professionals, businesses and developers. He did all he could to move our city forward and was successful in bringing several new businesses to town.

Regrettably, Thad Taylor has been run out of Cedar Springs! He was blindsided by a group of people who made his job unendurable. These people now sit on our Council advancing their own personal agendas over the interests of the community as a whole. They are catering to special interest groups, spending thousands of dollars that should be spent on our crumbling sidewalks and roads under the guise of “the good of the community.” I found Councilor Powell’s sudden concern for finances, in searching for a new manager, seemingly hypocritical given the fact that she freely encourages council to write blank checks for unbudgeted items benefiting groups she supports and is affiliated with.

Ignoring Thad’s MML recommendation Council Conley urged Council to get opinions from stakeholders on what qualities they wanted in a manager. After some debate, the decision was made to allow the public to have a say. Aren’t we, the taxpayers, the biggest stakeholders after all? On November 19, at 7:00 p.m. there will be a special meeting for the public to express their opinions on what qualities a city manager should possess. I’m hoping integrity and transparency are among those at the top of the list. I also hope this council strives to acquire the same characteristics because, to date, I have sensed a great deal of ignorance of the law along with a failure to listen to those who do understand the gravity of making decisions contrary to it, that being the manager and city attorney.

I support libraries and community buildings but the council’s first responsibility is the health, safety and welfare of its citizens; running the fund balance down is not in our best interest. When Council passes a resolution giving special advantages to groups determined to get their ideas advanced regardless of the consequences and when, as a member of the Planning Commission, I am asked to make a decision “in the spirit of the law,” basically ignoring the law, there is something seriously wrong with the governing unit of this city. If citizens attended meetings or watched council meetings on youtube.com they would better understand the critical nature of business that is going on behind the scenes.

I wish Thad Taylor God’s speed and a professional group of people to work with in Manistee, something he so desperately deserves.  He will be missed.

Kathryn Bremmer, Cedar Springs

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Here’s what’s going on in Sand Lake


As a trustee for the Village of Sand Lake, I support our Police Chief and officers. Although I cannot express each trustee’s feelings here, I can say that, as a council, we support our police. Their job is difficult, and with so much public scrutiny of law enforcement nationally, it seems like every action a police officer takes is questioned. We believe we have good police officers who enforce the law.

The Village’s Zoning Administrator has told the Police Chief that he needs to leave, which is an overreach of his authority. The Village President and Council have the authority over the Police Department. The Zoning Administrator has made an issue of the Police Chief’s “theology,” making a mistaken assumption about which religious denomination the Chief belonged to, and that eventually led to a question about whether the Chief was “a sinner.” These are civil rights issues.

To be told to ignore the law and walk away, as our Zoning Administrator directed our Police Chief, betrays the public’s trust that police are here to protect people by enforcing the law. The police are sworn to uphold the law, and so is the Village Council and other Village officials, including the Zoning Administrator. By ignoring laws and putting “blinders on,” as the Zoning Administrator says, the police and Village officials would be no better than the people who break the laws.

The Zoning Administrator’s attack on the Police Chief, his officers, and the Village Council, in his letter to the Post (11/12/15—What is going on in Sand Lake?) is unjustified. As a Council, we cannot terminate the Chief’s employment, ask him to resign or retire because he is guilty of enforcing laws, nor can we make an issue of his “theology,” which was never a consideration for his employment or a condition of his job.

The Zoning Administrator said in the Post Scripts that rumors and personal conflicts are the strength of the community. I think that cooperation and collaboration make a stronger community. When police, residents, and businesses cooperate and collaborate, everyone wins. When laws are not enforced, we all lose.

David R. Dewey, Sand Lake Village trustee

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Seeds and spheres of influence

Pastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford


I might have missed one while scanning the lineups, but I think because of its location, Courtland-Oakfield UMC is the only church in the Rockford/Cedar Springs area whose pastor has the pleasure and privilege of being a contributor to the religious columns of both the Squire and the Post. There are more individuals who write for “From the Pulpit” (Post) than for “A Message for You” (Squire) and there are annual tweaks to each roster, so in the four and a half years that I’ve been serving Courtland-Oakfield the rotation has never resulted in my turn coming up in the same week for both papers until this week. Now I know a little bit of how it feels to be a syndicated columnist.

Give God credit for good comedic timing because this moment of having potential access to an audience twice as big as usual arrives smack dab in the middle of God teaching me to be grateful for any opportunity, no matter what size, to be a means of God’s grace.

I was describing to a friend only a few days ago what I had been experiencing for about three months as a disheartening feeling of increasing irrelevance and ineffectiveness. With compassion and wisdom she crashed my pity party suggesting I pray that God would remind me that my only responsibility is to plant seeds; whether or not they grow and bear fruit is in God’s hands. “Your sphere of influence might only reach a few people,” she said, “but each of them has a sphere of influence, too, so you never know how God is using you.”

It was only a couple hours later when the speaker making a presentation to a group of pastors of which I’m a part mentioned in his comments, “It can be frustrating for pastors when they plant seeds but never get to see if they grow or bear fruit.”

Call it coincidence if you like, but I certainly sat up and took notice. I went into that night’s Bible study, one of those settings where I’d been counting who wasn’t present instead of appreciating who was, with a new-found enthusiasm. “I get to plant seeds!” I repeated to myself. And that was enough.

That was enough to transform a growing burden of unmet, albeit self-imposed, expectations into a celebration of being invited by God, entrusted by God, empowered by God simply to represent as best as I am able God’s unconditional love, and leave it to God to do with that what God will.

The numbers don’t matter. How many and how much are not mine to measure. Even if it is only one person to whom I can communicate the slightest glimpse of the hope,  healing, and hospitality God offers, I have done my part.

If you’re reading this, then maybe a seed is being planted that will germinate in you in the same way that a brief conversation with a friend and a general remark from a public speaker planted seeds in me that are beginning to sprout in welcome, meaningful, and productive ways.

May we all find comfort and satisfaction that God has placed us and places us in relationships with others where we and they can give and receive what is needed, when it is needed. What becomes of that is in God’s hands. Our task and our joy is to plant seeds.

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December 9, 1955 to November 22, 2012

Three years have gone by

since we have seen your face,

and still in our hearts you hold

a special place.

We still remember things

throughout the years.

Sometimes with laughter and

sometimes with tears.

We miss you.

In Loving Memory

Sharon, Heather & Lindsay

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Betty Jane Peterman, age 71, of Howard City passed away early Saturday morning, November 14, 2015 at her home in Howard City.  She grew up in Riverbend, Michigan and married her high school sweetheart, Bob, on February 4, 1963.  Betty worked with her beloved husband at the Howard City Auto Clinic and made the Howard City area home for 30 + years.  She was preceded in death by her son Steven Peterman.  Surviving are her husband Robert; daughter Peggy; son and daughter-in- law John & Charlene Peterman; grandson, Christopher Larsen; granddaughters, Kati Rife and Ariel Yeager and three great grandchildren.  Memorial services will take place on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Heckman Funeral Home with Pastor Joshua Putnam officiating.  The family will greet friends from 10 am until time of services.  A luncheon will follow at the Morley American Legion.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Cedar Springs Brewing Company 

Post photo by  J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company, 95, North Main, officially opened its doors to the public last week Friday, November 13, with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Eager patrons lined up around the building, and waited for a chance to get in and sample not only what was on tap, but also the various German and American dishes on the menu. Patrons filled the establishment all weekend long.

“We were excited at the enthusiastic response for our opening week and weekend and did our best to stay on top of everything,” said owner David Ringler. “While we were disappointed to run short in the kitchen on Sunday, we’re back to work getting better and preparing for this weekend as we’re planning live music on Saturday and getting ready for our Community Pub Crawl next Saturday.”

Ringler said their hours would be flexible as they build up their supplies, but they intend to re-open to regular hours on Thursday through next week. They will be closed Thanksgiving, but should be otherwise be open through their pub crawl next Saturday, November 28 (barring any supplies shortages).

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Red Flannel Festival earns first place at MFEA convention

Red Flannel board members at MFEA convention. Left to right: Mark Laws, Brynadette Powell, Michele Tracy, Rick Knapp and Steve McBride.

Red Flannel board members at MFEA convention. Left to right: Mark Laws, Brynadette Powell, Michele Tracy, Rick Knapp and Steve McBride.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (MFEA) announces Red Flannel Festival of Cedar Springs, as the first place winner in the MIFun Awards Promotional Budget $20,000 – $50,000 category. “It’s such an honor to win such a prestigious award at a State level for Red Flannel Town,” said Festival President Michele Tracy. “The Board works very hard to have an outstanding, professional marketing portfolio. We’re proud of our track record of consistent wins!”

The Red Flannel Festival competed against three other entries in their category.

The MFEA MIFun Award winners were recently honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon held November 6 during the 23rd Annual Michigan Festivals and Events Association Convention at the Boyne Mountain Lodge in Boyne Falls, MI. Red Flannel Festival Board members Michele Tracy, Mark Laws, Brynadette Powell, Rick Knapp, Jr. and Steve McBride all attended the conference.

The MFEA MIFun Awards competition draws entries from festivals and events throughout all of Michigan. Entries are divided into three budget levels; Promotional Budget under $20,000, Promotional Budget between $20,000 & $50,000 and Promotional Budget over $50,000. The prestigious “Peoples’ Choice Award” goes to the entry deemed the favorite of all MFEA Convention Attendees.  There were 10 entries representing proud communities that celebrate and promote Michigan’s heritage, agriculture, talents, four seasons, history, products, sports, foods and magnificent waterways.

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