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A glimpse of Steve Horowitz

Post publisher and owner Lois Allen received this text from Steve Horowitz when her mother, Alice Allen, passed away a year ago, and it left a lasting impression on her.

To Lois Allen from Steve Horowitz via text: 

I am so sorry that I didn’t visit Alice more often. I still can see her face, hear her voice and hear her laugh. She and Roger did a fine job raising you children. Please have a public memorial service for her. The older I get the more sadness I feel. It is difficult for me to realize that I won’t see people that I know ever again. I shall always remember the care she gave your sister Chrisy. Her love and care that she gave to FLEA [my mother’s horse] for so many years is commendable.

Steve Horowitz, April 21, 2021

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Steve Horowitz: the raffle winner story

Not everyone knows this story about Steve Horowitz giving his raffle winnings to a college student while on Mackinac Island. The original story is below, with credit to the author and publication.

Second Place Raffle Winner Gives Winnings to Restaurant Hostess

June 20, 2019

By Allison Schuster

(This story was originally printed in the Town Crier, a weekly newspaper serving the Mackinac Island community, www.mackinacislandnews.com)

“We all just have to help each other out” is a motto that Steve Horowitz lives by. Driven by random acts of kindness, he chooses to share joy, and whatever else he can, everywhere he goes.

Sunday at the raffle drawing following the Lilac Festival’s Grand Parade, Mr. Horowitz won the second place prize of $3,000, and he split the money with the hostess who seated him at Mary’s Bistro Draught House, Hannah McKeen, who resembles a girl he once had in a class he taught. Before he entered the raffle, he asked for her name and wrote it on the ticket, thinking the kindness of sharing would bring them luck. Once his name was announced, he told Miss McKeen she won $1,500, and the surprised and overjoyed Ferris State sophomore burst into tears. This, in turn, brought Mr. Horowitz to tears.

“The big thing was her crying,” he said. “Just to see someone so happy, I’ve never seen such a thing. This girl is really happy and really deserves this.”

After going back to St. Ignace where he stayed for the night, Mr. Horowitz thought it over and determined he did not need the money as much as Miss McKeen. He asked Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Executive Director Tim Hygh to give her the other $1,500. He didn’t want to do it himself because he knew he would get too emotional. Even telling the story of Miss McKeen to his friends, Mr. Horowitz said, might get him choked up remembering how happy she was.

He went to Western Michigan University, but school was much less expensive at that time, and he wanted Miss McKeen to have the chance to pay off her schooling.

Steve Horowitz’s love of Mackinac Island goes back to 1987 when he first sailed here and met Tom Walker, who worked at the marina. After going to the Island on vacation as a child, he determined that if he ever got a sailboat, he would sail to the Island. Mr. Walker helped him get his boat and the two became good friends. Because of this positive experience, Mr. Horowitz brought his entire 4th grade class, and their parents, from Cedar Springs Public Elementary School to the Island for field trips each year for seven years, until 1996. He retired the following year.

Now, he visits the Island for three days every month, and he credits all his trips to Mr. Walker. He keeps photographs in his house to honor his friend.

“As humans, we don’t know how we influence others,” he said, “but that man did a great thing.”

Beginning around 1993, Mr. Horowitz would take his inflatable boat and go camping on Round Island for 15 days. He said not enough people know about it and they should see how beautiful it is, so he took an ad out in the Town Crier to let people know. Back then, he said, Great Turtle Kayak Tours was not around to take people there.

He came up once a week during the summers of 1995 and 1996 and stayed at McNally Cottage, where the innkeeper also gave tours of the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence. So Mr. Horowitz wanted to help her out and gave tours as well. Tours were only two hours, so he also volunteered his time at Fort Mackinac helping the archaeologist.

Since meeting Mr. Walker, he has met many wonderful people on the Island, he said. One of the memories he has is from one Fourth of July when he had the Town Crier interns on his sailboat to see the fireworks. They spotted a boat with no lights, went over, and helped the people with their dead battery. Afterward, the man on the boat offered to give Mr. Horowitz money, but he declined. He told the man, “we all just have to help each other out.”

“You have such a good feeling in your heart,” he says, “and if more people would do that, it would be a nicer place.”

On his most recent trip to the Island last weekend, Mr. Horowitz wrote down the names of all the people whose help he appreciated – the taxi driver, the ferry boat employees – so he would never forget them. He wrote the names on his hand and later transferred them to his phone. When he makes his monthly trips here, he likes to call them all by their name.

Mr. Horowitz recalled a show from the late 1950s, “The Millionaire,” in which a wealthy man had his butler seek out people who looked in need and gave those people money. Then the show would examine whether they were good or bad with the money. The show inspired Mr. Horowitz. He wants to have that ability to give to people who deserve money and will use it to better themselves.

One way he achieves this is through buying lottery tickets. Every week he buys lottery tickets and has the cashier or whoever else he thinks looks worthy sign it with him, as he did with Miss McKeen, and it brings him joy to pass money onto people who need it. The joy he receives, he said, is all he could ask for.

In part, he says, his philosophy springs from his upbringing. His parents adopted him as a child and exposed him to family and friends who he would not have met otherwise, and he said they are all giving people. Kindness is the hardest thing to give away because it always returns, Mr. Horowitz’s grandmother taught him. He found this to be true throughout his lifetime, and it drives him to do more good deeds.

His parents were Jewish and had connections through an agency to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Austria during World War II by sponsoring them to come to the United States. They didn’t know any of the families before they arrived here, and part of the sponsorship involved helping the family find new lives here, so, at first, some of them lived with the Horowitz family. Mr. Horowitz later visited many of them and became family friends.

Years later, when the father of one of his students died, he discovered that her grandmother, grandfather, and parents were among those refugees from Austria that were sponsored by Mr. Horowitz’s parents.

It was acts like those of his parents that inspired him to lead a life of giving.

Other random acts of kindness Mr. Horowitz employs include leaving extra bridge tokens for the cars behind him when crossing the Mackinac Bridge and driving his Amish friends around, since they don’t drive cars.

“If more people would be kind, they could help a lot of people,” he said. 

(Steve Horowitz is a Grand Rapids native and the son of the late Sam and June Horowitz)

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Community thrift sale to benefit Sheldon house

Donate your items June 25-26 for the Thrift Sale, which will be held June 29-30

Sheldon House, a program of Cherry Health, is accepting donations for a Community Thrift Sale. The proceeds will benefit Sheldon House, a program focused on breaking the stigma of mental illness that provides life-changing support and resources to adults living with mental illness in Kent County. Sheldon House offers members an opportunity to belong, contribute to the community, receive support, gain skills, obtain employment, pursue their education, and build a support system to move forward in their recovery.

For those interested in donating, clean and usable items may be dropped off on June 25 and 26 in advance of the sale, which will be held June 29 and 30. Certain items will not be accepted, including: mattresses, sleeper sofas, cribs/car seats, tube TVs, stuffed animals, and hazardous chemicals/waste.

The sale will support Sheldon House’s members who are aspiring to achieve their personal goals and contribute to the communities they live in. The accredited program provides strong outcomes, including improved physical and mental health, decreased hospitalizations, reduced incarcerations, greater employment opportunities, and increased overall quality of life for those living with mental illness.

Drop off items Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 4-7 p.m. at 2929 Ottawa Ave. SW, in Grandville. The sale is Wednesday, June 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (items half price from 12-3 p.m.) also at 2929 Ottawa Ave. SW, Grandville.

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No returns

A police officer attempts to stop a car for speeding and the guy gradually increases his speed until he’s topping 100 mph, but the police car is faster. The man eventually realizes he can’t escape and finally pulls over. The cop approaches the car and says, “It’s been a long day and my shift is almost over, so if you can give me a good excuse for your behavior, I’ll let you go.” 

The guy thinks for a few seconds and then says, “My wife ran away with a cop about a week ago. I thought you might be that officer trying to give her back!”

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Hometown Happenings 6-16-22

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.

theTable Meals at The Springs Church

June 16,23,30: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this free meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Community Celebration of Life

June 18: On Saturday June 18th, 2022 Community Celebration of Life is being co-hosted by Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Alpha Family Center. This event will take place on the grounds of C.S. Baptist Church 233 S. Main St. from noon until 2pm. Lunch is provided and plenty of fun for the family. Bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist and much more. Make plans to come out and join us in celebrating Life! Bring your lawn chair or your picnic blanket. Parking will be available off 3rd Street and Cedar Street in the Morley Park/Skinner Field parking lot, the two side streets (2nd St. and Cedar Street off Northland Dr.) next to church will be closed for the safety of those attending the event. #23,24

Blood Drive at CS Library

June 21: The Cedar Springs Public Library will be hosting a Blood Drive in their Community Room next Tuesday, June 21st with appointments available from 12:30-7pm. To sign up for an appointment, please call 866-642-5663 or visit versiti.org/MI. Be the difference in your community and help save 3 lives in little as one hour! #24

Sand Lake Museum Open

June 28: The Sand Lake Salisbuy Park Museum will be open Tuesday, June 28th from noon to 7 pm. The museum is open the fourth Tuesday of every month. #24,25

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Amazing simple home remedies

  • Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.
  • A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
  • If you’re choking on an ice cube, simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.
  • If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you’ll be afraid to cough.
  • You only need two tools in life—WD40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.
  • If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.
  • Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget all about the toothache!

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Hometown Happenings 6-9-22

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.

theTable Meals at The Springs Church

June 9,16,23,30: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this free meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Red Flannel Queen Scholorship Pageant Meeting

June 12: Attention all young ladies attending Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, or live in the Cedar Springs School District, (including homeschoolers) who will be in the 11th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. We would love to have you join the 2022 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant where you can win up to $3000 in scholarships! There will be a mandatory meeting for any interested young lady and her parent(s) on Sunday, June 12th at 2 pm at The Springs Church (135 N Grant St). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpagent@gmail.com. #20-23

Summer Camp at HCNC

June 13-17: Fairies, Elves and Gnomes. Explore nature while we hunt for fairies, and gnomes. Arts and crafts, scavanger hunts and outdoor games. From 10am to 2pm, $10 per day. Ages 5-13. Bring your lunch and dress for the weather. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Register online www.howardchristensen.org. Contact us at info@howardchristensen.org or call 616-675-3158, leave message. #22,23

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #22

Annual LifeWalk Fundraiser

June 18: Alpha Family Center’s 27th Annual LifeWalk fundraiser Saturday June 18th, 2022. Registration begins at 9am at the Morley Park Pavilion, the walk begins at 10am. Stop by Alpha during business hours and pickup a donation pledge form and start asking family, friends and co-workers to support you with a donation as you walk for life! Donation pledge sheets are also available to print off our website www.alphafamilycentercs.org/event. #22,23

Community Celebration of Life

June 18: On Saturday June 18th, 2022 Community Celebration of Life is being co-hosted by Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Alpha Family Center. This event will take place on the grounds of C.S. Baptist Church 233 S. Main St. from noon until 2pm. Lunch is provided and plenty of fun for the family. Bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist and much more. Make plans to come out and join us in celebrating Life! Bring your lawn chair or your picnic blanket. Parking will be available off 3rd Street and Cedar Street in the Morley Park/Skinner Field parking lot, the two side streets (2nd St. and Cedar Street off Northland Dr.) next to church will be closed for the safety of those attending the event. #23,24

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Summer jokes

What kind of tree fits in your hand?

A palm tree!

How do we know that the ocean is friendly?

It waves!

What do you call a labrador at the beach in August?

A hot dog.

What does the sun drink out of?

Sunglasses.

What did the beach say to the tide when it came in?

Long time, no sea.

How does earth and mars schedule a vacation?

They planet.

Where does a cow stay when it is on vacation?

A mooooo-tel!

What do sheep do on nice summer days?

Go to a baa-baa-cue.

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Hometown Happenings 6-3-22

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.

Craft Show and Vintage Sale

June 4: The Cedar Springs American Legion (91 S. First St.) is hosting a Craft Show and Vintage Venders Sale on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. #20-22

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

June 7,14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #22

theTable Meals at The Springs Church

June 9,16,23,30: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this free meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Red Flannel Queen Scholorship Pageant Meeting

June 12: Attention all young ladies attending Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, or live in the Cedar Springs School District, (including homeschoolers) who will be in the 11th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. We would love to have you join the 2022 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant where you can win up to $3000 in scholarships!  There will be a mandatory meeting for any interested young lady and her parent(s) on Sunday, June 12th at 2 pm at The Springs Church (135 N Grant St). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpagent@gmail.com. #20-23

Summer Camp at HCNC

June 13-17: Fairies, Elves and Gnomes. Explore nature while we hunt for fairies, and gnomes. Arts and crafts, scavanger hunts and outdoor games. From 10am to 2pm, $10 per day. Ages 5-13. Bring your lunch and dress for the weather. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Register online www.howardchristensen.org. Contact us at info@howardchristensen.org or call 616-675-3158, leave message. #22,23

Annual LifeWalk Fundraiser

June 18: Alpha Family Center’s 27th Annual LifeWalk fundraiser Saturday June 18th, 2022. Registration begins at 9am at the Morley Park Pavilion, the walk begins at 10am. Stop by Alpha during business hours and pickup a donation pledge form and start asking family, friends and co-workers to support you with a donation as you walk for life! Donation pledge sheets are also available to print off our website www.alphafamilycentercs.org/event. #22

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The Post travels to Lowell to celebrate birthday

On Saturday, May 21, “The Cedar Springs Post” traveled with Dale Garner from Sand Lake to The Laurels of Kent in Lowell, MI, to join with family and friends to celebrate the 101st birthday of her Mother-in-law, Eva Hodges, a resident at The Laurels.  Included in the photo are Eve’s son, Kenneth Garner (standing far right) and wife Beth (on his right, from Alabama, Daughters-in law Dale (holding “Post”) and Carlene, seated on the left, and some of Eva’s many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

That must’ve been a great birthday celebration! Thanks so much, Dale, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Taking a business trip? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!

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Nate Bargatze to bring Raincheck tour to Van Andel Arena

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Grand Rapids – Comedian Nate Bargatze has announced new dates for his ongoing comedy run, The Raincheck Tour, including a stop in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, October 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at VanAndelArena.com and natebargatze.com. 

Hailed this year as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up,” by The Atlantic Magazine and a “Rising Star,” by CBS Morning, 2021 Grammy nominated comedian and podcaster Nate Bargatze is selling out shows across the world. An Old Hickory, Tennessee native, Bargatze followed in the showbiz footsteps of his father, a former clown turned world class magician, whose influence is seen on his 2015 debut Comedy Central special, Full Time Magic, and his debut album, Yelled at By a Clown, which reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and remained on Billboard’s Top Ten Comedy Charts for weeks. 

Bargatze’s half-hour Netflix Special, The Standups, premiered in 2017 and his first solo one-hour Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, premiered globally with rave reviews in 2019. In 2021, he released his highly anticipated second Netflix special, The Greatest Average American, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album. 

In July 2020, the comedian teamed up with All Things Comedy to release his weekly podcast, Nateland. Nateland tackles the meaningless issues that we face day to day to give listeners a much-needed mental break from fighting the good fight. New episodes release Wednesdays, with video available on Nate’s YouTube channel and audio available everywhere you get podcasts. 

Bargatze’s comedy is both clean and relatable, evident in his 10 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He also appeared on Conan four times, was a recurring guest on @midnight, and had his own Comedy Central Presents in 2011. Off-screen, Bargatze was part of Jimmy Fallon’s Clean-Cut Comedy Tour, and has performed live shows for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait five times.

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Hometown Happenings 5/26/22

theTable Meals at The Springs Church

May 19,26: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this free meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

BUNCO 

June 3: June 3rd and First Friday of each month. Bring a friend, everyone welcome! Doors open and light refreshments at 6 pm, and play begins at 6:30. Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Drive NE (across from Bell Furniture). $5.00 donation to play. You may bring your own snack if you wish or one to share. Join us for lots of fun, fellowship, prizes and a 50/50 raffle each night. Questions?  Call:   Janet 616-784-5372 (Proceeds planned for North Kent Connect this month.) Weather note – if schools are closed we won’t meet. Sponsored by Rockford Order of the Eastern Star. #21

Craft Show and Vintage Sale

June 4: The Cedar Springs American Legion (91 S. First St.) is hosting a Craft Show and Vintage Venders Sale on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 3 pm. #20-22

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 11: The 130th Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet is Saturday, June 11th at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Social hour at 4 pm with dinner at 5 pm. The cost of the meal is $20.00. Please RSVP by June 4th. Call your reservation in to: Dave Groner, 616-557-3098. Please mail or bring in a written memory of growing up in Sand Lake School to Dave Groner, PO Box 67, Sand Lake MI 49343. #19-21

Red Flannel Queen Scholorship Pageant Meeting

June 12: Attention all young ladies attending Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, or live in the Cedar Springs School District, (including homeschoolers) who will be in the 11th grade in the 2022-2023 school year. We would love to have you join the 2022 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant where you can win up to $3000 in scholarships! There will be a mandatory meeting for any interested young lady and her parent(s) on Sunday, June 12th at 2 pm at The Springs Church (135 N Grant St). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpagent@gmail.com. #20-23

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