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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.

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

Dec. 10: Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd. will host their show on Saturday, December 10th from 9 am to 2 pm. Please check out our Facebook event for all the details and contact information or call Hillcrest at 616-696-9333 and leave a message. #48,49p

Newaygo Community Christmas Concert

Dec. 11: The Newaygo Community Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11th at 6 pm at the Grant Fine Arts Center, 331 E. State Rd., Grant. Come an enjoy the sounds of the Christmas Season. Admission is FREE. #48,49p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Dec.11: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, December 11th  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 the group Acoustic Christmas Music. 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. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #49

Cookie Walk

North Kent Presbyterian Church will host its 20th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk Saturday morning, December 17th from 9:00 am until gone. Still only $7.00/box or 3 boxes/$20.00…Public VERY welcome! Choose your own selection from more than 25 varieties of delicious homemade Christmas cookies. The church is located at 6175 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford (1 block west of Wolverine Blvd., north of Rogue River,  just north of Blythefield Country Club.) Come early for a great selection! Cookies make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, mail carriers, and friends, too! Our church cook book will also be available for sale. For further information contact our church office at 616-866-2230 Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. #49,50p

Gingerbread Lane

Dec, 17,22: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited, 616-784-2007. For Families with Children. Saturday, December 17, 10:30 a.m., Nelson Twp. /Sand Lake KDL, 88 Eighth St. and Thursday, December 22, 6:30 p.m., Spencer Twp. KDL, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen. #49

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Christmas Coloring Contest


visa-giftcardHey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group.

Please click on the stocking above, print out, and color the picture with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.


Click on entry form to print… and submit with your colored stocking.


1. Only one entry per child.

2. Only one winner per family.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail.

4. All entries must be at our office by December 19

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 22nd issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 19 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. Our office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am to 2pm on Fridays. We’re closed this Thursday & Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Get ready for Santa

In this photo from 2013, Santa arrives escorted by the Red Flannel Tree Farm, as he will again this year. Photo courtesy of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

In this photo from 2013, Santa arrives escorted by the Red Flannel Tree Farm, as he will again this year. Photo courtesy of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Santa parade, tree lighting this Saturday, December 3, and a musical weekend December 10-11 

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? The next two weekends will have some great family fun and entertainment put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 3, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will start at 10 a.m. with families able to make and take Christmas ornaments at the Cedar Springs Library from 10-1, then do kids crafts at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum from 1-3 p.m. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall.

Then on Saturday, December 10, is the 2016 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACOC). It is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come out and have some holiday family fun! 

On Sunday, December 11, will be the 2016 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza. Come out to see dance performances from Cedar Springs Dance Company and Seira Kovach & Cameron Wilson with poi dancing, at the Christmas Dance Extravaganza, hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, on Sunday, December 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. in beautiful downtown Cedar Springs. Come out and have some holiday family fun. Admission tickets are $3 per person. By special request from the Cedar Springs Public Library, they are including a reader’s theater performance by Actors del Arte Ensemble of A Christmas Carol for the second half of their show this year.

For more info on the musical weekend, check out the Chamber ad by clicking the link below:


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It’s time for the tour of lights


Some people go crazy at Christmas decorating their home. But you don’t have to go all out (like the photo above) to get listed on the Cedar Springs Post Annual Tour of Lights! If you’ve decorated your home or yard with beautiful lights or know someone that did, please send us the address and we’ll add it to our list of places to visit. Send the name of the homeowner (if known), and the address to news@cedarspringspost.com with “Tour of lights” in the subject line, or mail to Tour of Lights, c/o The Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Watch for the Tour of Lights in upcoming issues!

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Green strobe lights mean go slow

During a recent student tour on snow plow safety, Tim Fennema of the Kent County Road Commission explains to students about the new green lights they installed on trucks to increase their visibility and enhance safety for both motorists and crews. Photo courtesy of Kent County Road Commission.

During a recent student tour on snow plow safety, Tim Fennema of the Kent County Road Commission explains to students about the new green lights they installed on trucks to increase their visibility and enhance safety for both motorists and crews. Photo courtesy of Kent County Road Commission.

To promote enhanced safety during storm response and other road maintenance efforts, the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) joins state, county and municipal transportation agencies throughout the state in installing green strobe lights on road maintenance vehicles.

When motorists see green strobe lights, they are asked to slow down and be alert—a KCRC snowplow or road maintenance truck is performing work on the right of way.

“Our vehicles generally travel at speeds of 25-35 mph when conducting storm response efforts or other road maintenance activities. The ability for motorists to identify our vehicles quickly improves their own response time in reducing their speed, which provides the necessary space between vehicles and improves safety for both the motorists and our workers,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s Deputy Managing Director of Operations.

Public transportation agencies advocate the use of green lights because they:

*Improve the visibility of authorized public agency trucks while working in the right of way.

*Differentiate a public agency’s vehicles from other private motorists and companies using amber lights.

An example of a road commission truck with green lights while plowing snow. Photo courtesy of Kent County Road Commission.

An example of a road commission truck with green lights while plowing snow. Photo courtesy of Kent County Road Commission.

For the past few years, KCRC has been advocating the use of green strobe lights on road maintenance vehicles. On September 7, 2016, an amendment to the Michigan Vehicle Code, Public Act 16 became effective, giving state, county and municipal transportation agencies the right to use green lights on their vehicles.

“Amber lights are used on vehicles performing all sorts of jobs: mail delivery, refuse pick-up, private plowing, even pizza delivery,” said Jerry Byrne, KCRC’s Deputy Managing Director of Operations. “By combining amber and green lights, public road agencies can differentiate themselves and, hopefully, motorists will learn to equate the green lights with storm response efforts or road repair. We think this will keep motorists, and our crews working along the right of way, safer.”

KCRC has been working with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the County Road Association of Michigan and other local road agencies to spread the word about the implementation of green lights on their road maintenance trucks.

“This winter, motorists will see the green strobe lights throughout the state,” said Jerry, “so it’s important we collaborate to get the message out: green strobe means go slow!”

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Food assistance work requirements reinstated 


Kent, Oakland, Ottawa, Washtenaw Counties affected

Able-bodied adults without dependents in four Michigan counties will be required by the federal government to meet work requirements that have been waived for more than a decade to continue receiving food assistance benefits.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services this week is notifying approximately 14,000 people in Kent, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties of the change, which is effective Jan. 1.

Able-bodied adults without dependents in those four counties will have a three-month federal time limit for receiving food assistance benefits without meeting the reinstated work requirements.

Michigan began receiving a waiver from the requirements in 2002 due to high unemployment. The significant reduction in the state’s jobless rate over the last several years means the state is no longer eligible.

The four counties are being phased out first because of their lower unemployment rates. MDHHS expects the waiver to be phased out statewide by October 2018 or sooner.

Able-bodied adults are recipients ages 18 to 49 who do not have a disability that prevents them from working or meet other federal criteria that exempts them from requirements. They can meet the reinstated work requirements to receive food assistance by:

*Working an average of 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized employment.

*Participating for an average of 20 hours per week each month in an approved employment and training program.

*Participating in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization.

“Michigan’s improved economy under the leadership of Gov. Rick Snyder creates greater opportunities for the state’s residents to find jobs and achieve self-sufficiency,” said MDHHS Director Nick Lyon.

“MDHHS and our partners at the Michigan Talent Investment Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies are prepared to assist people affected by these reinstated requirements so they can continue on their journey toward self-sufficiency.”

The federal government determines work requirements and other eligibility criteria for individuals to be eligible to receive food assistance under the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. MDHHS administers federal food assistance benefits through the state’s Food Assistance Program.

Phasing out these work requirements goes along with the MDHHS goal of assisting Michiganders in finding employment to achieve self-sufficiency, end generational poverty and realize their dreams.

MDHHS this week is sending notices to able-bodied adults without dependents in the four counties notifying them of the upcoming change.

MDHHS and its partners at Michigan Works! Agencies and the Michigan Talent Investment Agency will provide resources—such as approved training programs—to help affected residents meet work requirements.

Rolling out the waiver changes in phases allows MDHHS and its partners to implement changes on a smaller level, so the department can evaluate the actions taken and make improvements before statewide implementation. In addition, this provides an opportunity to properly train staff to prepare them for the changes in order to provide effective and positive customer service.

Some federal exemptions to the reinstated work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents will remain. They include exemptions for individuals who are physically or mentally unable to work for 20 hours, are pregnant or care for a child under age 6 or someone who is incapacitated.

Able-bodied adults without dependents can call their MDHHS case specialist with questions or visit www.michigan.gov/FoodAssistance for more information.

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The Post travels to the Ryder Cup


Tim Covell and his son, Tyler, from Cedar Springs, recently attended the Ryder Cup in Chaska, Minnesota. Along with the golf tournament, they also went to South Dakota to visit The Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore, and the city of Deadwood.

While attending the Ryder Cup for two days, Tim and Tyler witnessed the United States secure victory over Europe.

Thanks so much to Tim and Tyler for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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CTA cross country awarded academic all-state

(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

Creative Technologies Academy boys cross country team was awarded the Michigan Class D Cross Country Championship Team Academic All-State Award. Only the top five highest ranking combined GPA team averages are awarded “Team Academic All-State.” The Championship meet was held at Maple Creek Golf course in Shephard, Mich.

In order to be eligible, individual team members must have a 3.50 GPA or better, who finish in the top 25 percent of places overall in order to receive the honor. Athletes must be at least a sophomore and the GPA is based on a standard 4.0 grade scale with no weighted grades.

“The award is for all of the hard work, diligence and sacrifice the cross country athletes put forth in the classroom during the season,” said Coach Danielle Davies. “Fewer than 10 percent of all athletes in the Class D State Championship receive this team award. It is a high honor to have such a great team committed to both their education and cross country.”

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Kent County Sheriff Deputies to get lifesaving equipment


When seconds count, it is critical for first responders to have the equipment that can save lives. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can make a difference. And soon, Kent County Sheriff  Deputies will have them in their patrol vehicles.

Earlier this month, The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved accepting a grant that makes the purchase of the AED’s possible. The grant was an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. More than $63,000 was awarded to the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Special Project Fund for the AED’s.

Cardiac arrest—when a person’s heart stops beating and he or she stops breathing—can happen to anyone at any age. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can keep blood flowing and oxygen going to the brain, but it is critical to get the heart beating normally again as quickly as possible. AEDs are small, portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a person’s heart, which can stop abnormal impulses in the heart and return it to a normal rhythm.

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG grant will be used by the Sheriff Department to equip patrol vehicles with AEDs. This allows patrol staff to respond to calls related to drug overdoses and other emergency assistance situations and provide defibrillation faster, potentially saving lives. Sheriff Department patrol staff are certified to use AEDs, but do not currently have the equipment available in patrol cruisers.

“There are times when the first responder on a medical emergency call is a Sheriff Deputy, and it could be several minutes before Emergency Medical Services arrive on the scene,” said Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young of the Kent County Sheriff Department. “Our Deputies are trained in several life-saving techniques and this gives them another tool that is far more effective in cardiac arrest cases.”

Without the early use of CPR and AED during cardiac arrest, chances of survival are about 2.5 percent. An AED increases chances of survival to 75 percent; AED combined with CPR increases that to 80 percent. “We’ve heard time and again that AEDs can be used even by an untrained person,” said Jim Saalfeld, Chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “This fully automated, lightweight equipment has saved countless lives. We are grateful to receive this grant which will help our first responders react quickly and efficiently to cardiac arrest incidents.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG supports local activities that prevent and control crime, including law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections programs, drug treatment programs, and planning, evaluation, and technology programs.

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Woman arrested for credit card fraud

Monique Megchiani

Monique Megchiani

A Greenville woman was arrested last week after she picked up someone’s credit card and used it to pay for phone calls from an ex-boyfriend who was in jail.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the credit card had mistakenly left it at a restaurant in Greenville. The suspect, Monique Megchiani, 38, of Greenville, found the card. She had been receiving phone calls from her ex-boyfriend, who was in the Van Buren County jail. She was prompted to enter a credit card to pay for the calls, so she used the card to pay for the incoming calls.

Megchiani was arrested on Wednesday, November 23, and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent. Her bond was set at $2,500.

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