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In loving memory of my dad, who passed away 9 years ago on December 18, 2005.


Even though I miss you terribly, Dad, I so treasure the memories we shared. I loved the drives we took looking for turkeys! We never saw any – now I see them all the time! I am especially grateful for that last year we had together while you lived with Terry and me.


Bless you, Dad.


Your loving daughter


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January 15,1943-December 14,2003


Missing you at Christmas


Everyday without you,

Since you had to go,

Is like summer without sunshine,

and winter without snow.

I wish that I could talk to you.

There’s so much I would say.

Life has changed so very much,

Since you went away.

I miss the bond between us,

And I miss your kind support.

You’re in my mind and in my heart,

And every Christmas thought.

I’ll always feel you close to me,

and though you’re far from sight,

I’ll search for you among the stars

that shine on Christmas night.


I love and miss you dearly,

Your daughter, Tammy

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Where’s the transparency?

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At the December 2014 council meeting, newly elected members Molly Nixon, Rose Powell, and Pam Conley, along with Bob Truesdale, Dan Clark and Mayor Jerry Hall had the opportunity to follow through with an investigation called for by the former council.

The decision to conduct an investigation resulted from a complaint alleging a violation of the Open Meetings Act, when council went into closed session to discipline Councilor Bob Truesdale. The investigation could prove whether there was an actual violation or whether the actions of that council were justified, thereby exonerating, or calling to account, those actions which would help future councils avoid pitfalls in this area. The present council said NO! Only Perry Hopkins was willing to discuss and vote on the action but he had no support from the rest of council and his motion died for lack of support.

All discussion of this agenda item was done for the most part out of the public eye. Unless one attended the workshop in the tiny kitchen area of City Hall you would have no idea that the decision was essentially made there. The proof? It’s in the fact that no discussion took place in public at the council meeting. Why did Molly Nixon make a motion to not investigate and then, after a hushed word or two from Mayor Hall, withdraw her motion? Why were they afraid to discuss the issue in public? What are they afraid an investigation will show? Why wouldn’t those council members want to get to the truth? Is this the transparency they proclaimed so loudly they would support?

Don’t they want the ousted candidates to have the opportunity to be exonerated and their reputations restored for all to see?

I believe Fankhauser, Troost and Bremmer do deserve the opportunity to have their actions vindicated as publicly as they were accused and only by following through with the investigation will that happen. Again, it will cost taxpayers nothing to have this done.

I am calling on this council to follow through with the investigation. Let’s let the Prosecutor decide this issue and not let the present council shove it under the rug. If you truly want transparency and fairness in Cedar Springs, call and let the City and the Mayor know you support this effort at 616-696-1330.

An informed voter,

Kathryn A. Bremmer 


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Racing against time


Two gas company workers—a senior training supervisor and a young trainee—were out checking meters in a city neighborhood.

They parked their truck at the end of an alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, a woman looking out her window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley and back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I saw two men from the gas company running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!”

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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.

Free Photos with Santa

Dec. 18: Free pictures with Santa will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, December 18th at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, on Lake Street. #51p


Old Fashioned Christmas

Dec. 19: Would you like to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas program with quaint, charming, twinkling lights this Friday evening at 7 pm? The Cedar Springs Christian Church, located in the chapel on Creative Technologies’ campus, invites you to attend! Light refreshments will be served afterwords. It will be a joyful time to celebrate the Reason for this Season! Wishing all, “A Very Merry Christmas!” For more information contact number 616-696-1160. #51


Free Family Pictures

Dec. 19: Free Family Pictures as part of Sand Lake’s 12 Days of Christmas will be held at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, 53 Lake Street, on Friday, December 19th, beginning at 1 pm. #51p


Holiday Bake Sale

Dec. 20: Please join us for the annual Tri-County 4H Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday, December 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs. #50,51p


Sand Lake Village Church’s Progressive Advent

Dec. 21,24: The Sand Lake Village Churches Progressive Advent continues on Sunday, December 21st at the Church of the Full Gospel with “The Uniqueness of Jesus” at 11 am and on Wednesday, December 24th there will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Resurrection Lutheran. Please join us. #51p


The Wonderful WaterColorBot

Dec. 23: Watch with amazement while an image you create by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages. Tuesday, December 23 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch. 88 Eighth St. #51


M*A*S*H* Auditions

Jan. 6,7: The Rogue River Community Theatre group is holding auditions for the play “M*A*S*H*” on January 6 and 7 at 6:30 pm at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Performance dates at March 19-21. Large adult cast, all experience levels welcome. Also looking for non-acting support roles. For more information go to www.rrctc.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rrctc. #51-53p


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Marian C. Christian

Marian C. Christian, 80 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Christian was born June 15, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Peter and Zella (Curtis) Patrick. She and her husband, Robert owned and operated Christian’s Upholstery in Cedar Springs for 20 years. She loved her dog Charlie, enjoyed giving people hugs, and was a member of the Teacup Ladies Group. Surviving are her children, David Christian & Gail Lancaster, Diane & Craig Phipps, Gary & Vicky Christian, Steven & Sherry Christian; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother, George (Mitzie) Patrick; sister, Dorothy (Jake) Meyer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 2007; and a brother, Peter Patrick, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Sunday 2:00 pm. Deacon Jim Hessler officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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Tree lighting brings holiday spirit downtown

By Judy Reed


The annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle” in downtown Cedar Springs gets a little bigger every year, and is starting to become a tradition for families in the community.

Last Saturday’s event, sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, was a day-long affair, and kicked off with about 40 kids and adults showing up at the library to make decorations to hang on the tree. Perry Hopkins, who organized the event for Chamber, said there was also a great turnout for the story time with Mrs. Clause at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas and more, and the Christmas Puzzle time with Santa’s Elves at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games.

There was one glitch—the parade started a half hour late because Santa was running later than expected. But on the bright side, the parade had more participants this year, with the American Legion walking in it, and the cheerleaders leading Santa. Mayor pro-tem Pam Conley also walked in the parade, and helped Santa with his countdown for the tree lighting.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court mingled with residents near the tree, while waiting for Santa, and there was also a petting zoo, and a live nativity by Calvary Assembly of God Church.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society held a tour of the museum after the tree lighting (see page 2).

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Prosecutor: deadly force justified in Greenville death

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause said in a press release this week that Greenville resident Jess Braman was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a naked stranger that broke into his home and would not leave on September 6, 2014.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety received a report at 6:55 a.m. of a naked man running through a Greenville neighborhood who was attempting to gain entry into a home at 303 West Grove Street. Officers began to look for the man. At 7:23 they got the info that the man was inside a home at 105 South Barry (Braman’s address). That was followed by the info that Braman had shot him.

Jess Braman had gotten up at 6:40 a.m. and let his dog out the back sliding door, and did not relock it. Soon after, his neighbor, Chris Harrington, told Braman that his (Harrington’s) wife had seen a naked man in their backyard. Braman then went upstairs to take a shower. When he came down he found the naked stranger on his couch, covered in a blanket.  Braman went up and got his 17-year-old stepson and asked him if it was a friend of his, and the teen told him no.  Braman then got a shotgun from an upstairs closet and loaded it.

Braman woke up the man, John Russell, 27, and told him several times to get out of his house.  Braman also yelled out his front door for his neighbor Harrington to call the police and come over to his house.  Harrington arrived and entered Braman’s home.  Harrington, along with Braman, told Russell to get out of the house.  Russell made another statement at that time that “There ain’t three cops out there that can go toe-to-toe with me and take me down.”

Russell reportedly stood up and went at Braman and Harrington. Braman raised the shotgun and Russell grabbled the barrel and started to pull, and Braman fired. He also said that when Russell stood up he immediately noted that Russell was bigger than him and felt he would be overpowered.  Braman also feared for his family and did not want to see anything happen to them. (Living in the home with Braman was his wife and four teens. All were home at the time.) He also stated that Russell had a look in his eye that put him in fear.

Police learned that Russell had been at the bar the night before, and had become very intoxicated. He later went to a friend’s house where he knocked over a TV, punched holes in the wall, threw tables around and broke a fish tank. He was described as out of control. He later left the home, and was seen by a homeowner between 3 and 4 a.m. stumbling around. A couple of friends were trying to talk him into going back with them. He reportedly fell and hit his head, and stumbled down a hill, possibly into a swamp. Police later found his clothes there.

The toxicology report showed his ethanol level at .26, and he tested positive for marijuana.

Krause said that even under the Self-Defense Act, self-defense is not justified simply on a belief that deadly force is needed to repel an attack. “Rather, the actor’s belief must be both honest and reasonable. The belief does not, however, have to be correct. Self-defense justifies the use of deadly force in response to an honest and reasonable belief that such force is required to prevent death or great bodily harm, even if that belief is in error.”

“The evidence in this matter is overwhelming that John Russell presented an immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to Jess Braman and Chris Harrington and Braman acted properly in self-defense,” said Krause. “Braman repeatedly told Russell to leave his home. Instead of leaving peacefully, Russell attempted to grab and/or push or pull the gun. Braman, fearing for his own life and that of his family and Harrington, especially in light of the perceived size difference between the men, fired one round into the chest of Russell killing him.  Under these circumstances, Braman was justified in using deadly force against what would be perceived by any reasonable person as an imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.”


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Ten-foot wooden horse spotted downtown

This carved wooden horse made a pit-stop at the Post Friday after leaving Cedar Café. Post photo by J. Reed.

This carved wooden horse made a pit-stop at the Post Friday after leaving Cedar Café. Post photo by J. Reed.

If you drove by the corner of Main and Elm Street last Friday, December 5, and thought you saw a 10-foot tall wooden horse, it wasn’t your imagination.

The carved wooden horse is a mascot of the “Citizen Cavalry,” rallying against any attempt by state legislators to alter the term limits voters enacted in 1992.

“It takes a big horse to scare away lame ducks,” said Scott Tillman, state coordinator for Don’t Touch Term Limits! “We’ve formed a citizen cavalry to remind politicians like Rob VerHeulen and Lisa Lyons that they answer to the people on term limits, not the other way around. Term limits were introduced by citizens not politicians. It’s time these two representatives got on the record, letting the people of their districts know if they plan to vote against the citizens and lengthen their own term limits.”

The ten-foot horse made stops in Rockford, Cedar Springs, and Greenville.

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The Post travels to Austria

N-Post-travels-Austria-webDave and Kelley Ringler, who plan to open the Cedar Springs Brewing Company next spring, recently visited Austria and Bavaria and took along a Post. Here Dave is shown in Salzburg, Austria at Kapitelplatz. Note the statue of a man standing on a large golden sphere behind Dave, and a larger than life real chessboard to his left, where people really play chess. A large fortress is behind him, up on the hill.

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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