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Wedded Abyss

Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Tony (Steve Hutchins) and Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), both standing, help their daughter, Jessica (Anna Ambrose sitting) plan her wedding in Scott Phillips’ latest comedy at the Kent Theatre.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

Wedded Abyss is a comedy that anyone who is married, is in the planning process of getting married, or knows someone who is any of the above can take to heart. At some point, writer Scott Phillips hits on about every aspect of the marriage process from proposal to the fait accompli. Intertwined in the irreverent treatment of the institution of marriage are pearls of wisdom. Jill Phillips’ music complements the dialog like a fine wine with a gourmet meal.

The laughs start with Scott’s instructions on proper audience etiquette and Grace Berlin’s critique of his performance and keep right on rolling until the very last line is spoken. Park people, flasher/bum Jon Gamm and his self-righteous bag lady cohort, Roshanah Dayton, are a hoot as they observe/participate in Kyle’s (Mark Stoll) proposal to Jessica (Anna Ambrose) in the local park. Before Jessica gets home to officially announce the engagement, her domineering mother, Elizabeth (Judy Schultz), has already begun planning the dream wedding of any young lady. Helping her with the details is wedding planner extraordinaire, Ambrosia (Terri Riggle) and Jessica’s teenage sister, Tiffany (Bre’Anna Schultz), who wants to ensure that the standard set is high enough for her own future wedding. All the while, Jessica’s dad, Tony (Steve Hutchins), is counting the pennies in his checkbook.

The first counseling session with Pastor Tom (Russ Cole) turns into a three ring circus, as more and more unannounced folks show up to put their two cents in to the pot.

At the other end of the spectrum are Kyle’s parents, Michelle (Lynda Ambrose) and Jake (Skip Schuster), who were never married and do not live together, yet got along very well.

As the planning continues, with little consideration for either the bride or groom, stress begins to build. The breaking point comes at Kyle’s house as the planning group tries to put their stamp on the rehearsal dinner. At this point the wedding is off.

To find out how it ends, you will have to buy a ticket for one of this week’s performances on either May 22 or 23. Adult tickets are $12 if purchased or reserved in advance, and $15 at the door.  If you are under 18 years of age, the price is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or by sending an email to phillips4ba@yahoo.com. For more details, please visit the CSCP website at http://www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org or access the events Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1397681320550106.


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Summer Reading at KDL Returns to Kent District Library


Last year, Kent District Library had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan with 29,291 participants. This year’s Summer Reading at KDL program runs from Monday, June 1 to Saturday, August 8. With reading activities and prizes for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone.

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of free summer programs, including Hooper Heroes, Jibber Jams, Magic to the Rescue, DIY Spa, Cupcake Wars, De-stressing Techniques at your Fingertips and so much more!

Studies show that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school. It’s a great way for families to Celebrate Heroes this summer.

Sign up for Summer Reading at KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations. For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.


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Hospice of Michigan to Honor Michigan Veterans


Metron of Cedar Springs May 27

Hospice of Michigan will honor veterans with two pinning ceremonies in West Michigan in honor of Memorial Day.

Veterans representing each of the military branches will be presented a certificate reflecting their branch of military service and an American flag pin honoring and thanking them for their military service. The pinning ceremonies may also include a special Missing Man ceremony honoring MIA/POW service members, a candle-lighting ceremony honoring the sacrifice of family members of veterans, a rifle volley or a performance of taps.

HOMs pinning ceremonies are open to the public. Services will be held as follows:

Thursday, May 21 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s, 1050 Four Mile Road NW, Grand Rapids, from 2:30-4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27 at Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffery St., 2:30-4 p.m.

Hospice of Michigan is a participant of the We Honor Veterans program, a partnership between the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, or NHPCO. The program was developed to enhance care for veterans at the end of life and includes both educational and ceremonial elements.

Participating hospices receive training to recognize and treat the unique issues facing military families, provide access to community resources, and facilitate cooperation between VA health agencies and hospice services.

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Final exams


At the end of the semester, there were two Michigan State sophomores who were taking organic chemistry. They had done well on all of the quizzes, midterms, labs, etc. and had solid A’s. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week, they decided to go to Central Michigan to party with some friends, even though the chemistry final was on Monday. They went and had a great time. However, they ended up staying longer than they planned, and they didn’t make it back to State until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final, they found their Professor after the final and explained to him why they missed it.

They told him that they went to Central for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn’t have a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time. So they were late getting back to campus.

The professor thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved. So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about free radical formation and was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “this is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said: (95 points) “Which tire?”

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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.


15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 24: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 15th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:00pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years veterans will be: David Richmond, War of 1812; George Russell, Civil War; Cecil Dorman, World War I; Herold Stark, World War II; Thomas L Marsh, Korea; Michael Woodhull, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion color guard will assist in the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments at the completion of the walk. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event, in case of rain we will do the presentations at the museum. #19,20b

Butterfly Discovery

May 26-29: Come join us at HCNC and see the miracle of life as our butterflies begin to emerge from their winter slumber and spread their wings. See hundreds of different butterflies close up, help feed them and discover excellent photo opportunities. May 26 – 29 from 9 am to 8 pm each day. $5 donation There will be items available for sale. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #20

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 27:  Pine Grove Senior Café Presents A Taste of Italia.  All Signors, Signoras and Signorinas age 60 and older, come to our humble table(s) and dine with us.  Mamma Mia!  It’s Spaghetti and Meat Sauce, Garlic Rolls, Beans or something Green and then for Dessert, Ice Cream.  And you never know when a Relish Plate may appear.  Senior Café Italia opens Wednesday May 27th at Noon in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of Beech & M-82. #20

Greenville Garden Club Meeting

May 27: On Wednesday, May 27th, the Greenville Garden Club will feature speaker Ed Robinette of Robinette Orchards. Lessons for the small home orchard – fruit production in West Michigan. Refreshments at 6:30, program at 7 pm, at the Greenville Community Center, 900 E. Kent. Public invited. #20

Open House at Pine Ridge Bible Camp

May 30: Come join us for our FREE Community Open House event on Saturday, May 30th from 1 to 4 pm. Pine Ridge Bible Camp, 8415 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, located on the east side of Pine Lake. Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun day riding go-carts, visiting the petting farm, bounce house, rock wall, archery, canoeing and taking a tractor tour of the Camp. #20

Dinner at the Legion

June 1: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a pork chop dinner on Monday, June 1st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, stuffing, salad, veggies, rolls, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #20p

Faith Based Guitar Boot Camp

June 1: A basic training for guitar will be taught at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for ages 10 thru 15 year olds. Registration will be held Monday, Just 1st at 7 pm. To register, enter the South door located on Church Street. Students must be registered on this date and a parent or guardian is required to register them. Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration fee is $55. Guitar and supplies are furnished. Classes will be held Monday evenings for 12 weeks starting June 8th. #20,21b

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 6: A “Blessing of the Bicycles” event will be held at First and Oak St. at The Springs Church parking lot on Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 pm. Parents, bring your kids with their bikes for the blessing. Minor bike repairs, bike safety information and demonstration, decorating  t-shirts and new bike drawing. Don’t have a bike? While supplies last, several used bikes have been graciously donated for this event! Hope to see you there. #20-22p

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 13: The 123rd annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 13th at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour is at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Cost is $12. We wish to recognize all former “Miss Sand Lakes”. If you were a former “Miss Sand Lake” please call Dave Groner at 269-208-5716. Please RSVP by June 7th. Call your reservation to one of the following committee members; Dave Groner, 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce 616-636-5258, Betty Braford Clegg 517-487-3003, Verna White Smigiel 616-885-4913. #20,21p

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Boys track OK Bronze champions

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys track and field team took home the 2015 OK Bronze Conference Championship last week. After securing a number one seed during the dual season by going 5-0, the Hawks defeated the league last Friday at Forest Hills Northern. Final scoring was: Cedar Springs 130.50, Greenville 105.50, FHN 80.75, FHE 80.25, Northview 76 and Wyoming 50. This is their fifth conference title since 2000.

Leading the way for the Hawks was senior Austin Sargent, with a first in the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m runs, and he anchored the winning 4x800m relay team. The other three members of the relay team included senior Justin Jones and juniors Remington Sawade and Brandon Harthorn. Senior MavRick Cotten won both hurdle events, while Sawade was champion in the pole vault.

Earning All-Conference were: Sargent, Cotten, Jones, Sawade, Harthorn and sophomore hurdler Alex Douglas.

Other teammates that captured necessary points were Caden Burrows and Jaron Spencer in the shot put; Mike VanAssen and Brandon Sawade in the pole vault; Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke in the high jump; Dallas Mora in the 3200m run; Jones in the 800m run; Cotten in the long jump; Douglas in both hurdle events; the 4x200m relay team of Jacob Hooker, Paul Mead, Lane Gott and John Todd; the 4x100m relay team of Gott, Austin Basso, Todd and Cotton; and the 4x400m relay team of Gott, Todd, R. Sawade and Jones.

“We struggled out of the gate in the field events. That is typically an area that we are strong at,” commented Coach Jeff Myers. “We didn’t earn the places and points that we expected. Yet, we didn’t panic, and got after it in the hurdles, relays and distance events. Many athletes set personal bests in 14 of the 17 events. All four relays ran their best times of the year.That’s what we focus on here, ‘What can we do to better the team?’ We don’t worry about what the competition is trying to do,” he added.

This week, the Hawks host the JV Conference meet before heading to GR Houseman Field and competing at the MHSAA regional meet.

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Council approves easement for brewery


By Judy Reed

Construction is underway again on the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, at 95 N. Main, after the Cedar Springs City Council approved a right-of-way easement last Thursday, May 7, allowing them to move the building two feet to the north.

Excavation of the site was started two weeks ago, and temporarily halted, when they discovered that the building next door, Liquor Hut, did not have a foundation, and they could not construct their building with a zero lot line without possibly damaging that one. The Liquor Hut building was built in 1900, and it’s unknown whether it was built on a slab, or if there is foundation under other parts of the building.

City Manager Thad Taylor told the Council that the most feasible plan was to move the proposed construction two feet to the north, on the city-owned property (where the sidewalk is.) They approved the easement 6-0.

Owner Dave Ringler said there will still be parking, and they are still looking at a late summer/early fall opening.

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City and Red Flannel Festival work on agreement


N-red-flannel-logoBy Judy Reed

Will Cedar Springs be known once again as the Red Flannel Town? If an agreement between the City and the Red Flannel Festival is approved, the City could once again use that nickname at no charge.

A City committee made up of Mayor Pro Tem Pam Conley, and Councilors Dan Clark and Molly Nixon, met with Red Flannel President Michele Tracy and her committee, to work out an agreement. The RFF lawyer then drew up the agreements that the City Council will discuss Thursday evening, May 14, for the first time.

Under the agreement, the City would trade in-kind services in order to license the various logos owned by the Festival. They would not bill the Festival for any services.

“That type of agreement—the trading of in-kind services—seemed to be the most popular way of handling this, according to the West Michigan Municipal League,” commented Clark.

Tracy is pleased with the progress they are making. “The Red Flannel Board is thrilled to have open, honest, sincere dialogue with the City Ad Hoc Committee,” she said. “Our first meeting went smoothly.”

Since the City no longer has their own police department, the Festival would need to contract for their own security, and, according to Michele Andres, they have met with Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs unit, and are waiting for an estimate.

The City will discuss the agreement tonight, Thursday, May 14.

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New health service for students


N-CherryHealth-logoBy Judy Reed

Parents of middle and high school students at Cedar Springs Public Schools now have a new option to address their kids’ medical needs. Cherry Health received a grant to open a new office at Red Hawk Elementary and now offers services to students ages 10-21 and their siblings. The Cedar Springs School Health Center opened April 13.

According to site manager and nurse Kristina Paliwoda, they offer a pediatrician, registered nurse, counselor/social worker, and support staff. They do well-child checks, sports physicals, treat minor illnesses, rashes, vaccinations, and provide assistance with chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes, etc. They can also do blood draws, urine testing, write prescriptions and phone them in, and make referrals for urgent care if needed.

Their onsite social worker offers individual counseling or family counseling, if that’s appropriate.

Also offered is onsite Medicaid enrollment for the child and family.

“We provide services regardless of the ability to pay,” explained Paliwoda. “If they have insurance, we will bill it. If not, we will charge it to the grant.”

Students could be referred for things that happen during the school day, or parents can call for appointments. “We are open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we will be open year-round, even during the summer months,” said Paliwoda.

Grant funding is primarily for the adolescent population. But Paliwoda said that once an adolescent is a patient, their younger siblings could be seen there also. “It’s just part of the grant,” she said.

Paliwoda said that Cedar Springs is the first school outside of Grand Rapids Public Schools to have this service by Cherry Health.

To make an appointment or get more information, call 616-696-3470.

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The Post travels to Israel


The Post recently took a trip to a 55-acre archaeology site in Israel, known as Biblical Tamar Park, spanning 4,000 years of Israelite occupation, from Abraham to the present.

Pictured are Cedar Springs residents Dan Clark (left), his wife Donna (center), and Dr. DeWayne Coxon. The Clarks are among the hundreds of volunteers taken by Dr. Coxon to Israel over the span of 30 years to engage in worthy projects there.

The Clarks previously worked in projects in this desert region for 13 years, and returned to Cedar Springs in 2001. “It was great to be back ‘home’ in the Arava with our good friend, DeWayne, and our hometown paper, the Cedar Springs Post!” said Donna.

Anyone interested in Dr. Coxon’s work in Israel can visit www.blossomingrose.org.

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