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Free cats at Animal Shelter

 

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Beginning Wednesday July 20, 2016, the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) is offering free adult cats (over four months old) for adoption. Kittens under four months are available for adoption at half price. Qualified adopters will only pay $20 compared to the normal price of $40 for kittens. This offer is good through close of business Friday July 22. To apply, potential adopters simply need to come the Kent County Animal Shelter, provide photo identification with a current address, and fill out an adoption form. Normal KCAS adoption guidelines will remain in place. Shelter personnel will verify with landlords of those adopters who rent that pets are accepted in their homes.

ENT-Free-cats2All of the cats currently available for adoption have already been spayed or neutered. Shelter staff test all adoptable cats for Feline Leukemia and FIV. Every cat is also up to date on all vaccinations, has been microchipped and has received a flea treatment. “These are good and loving pets,” says Dr. Christopher Buckley DVM, staff veterinarian at KCAS. “For whatever reason, we just have too many of them right now, and we want them to find good homes.”

The Kent County Health Department reminds people that the health benefits of pet ownership are well known. According to a University of Minnesota study, cat owners were 30 – 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than non-cat owners. The study also found benefits from lower stress, lower blood pressure and increased life span.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller N.E. in Grand Rapids. The shelter is open Monday through Friday 9:30-1 and 2-6:30. Interested media can call for b-roll and interview appointments.

The pictures attached are of cats that were actually available for adoption as of Tuesday. Feel free to use the photos with courtesy to the Kent County Animal Shelter in any way you see fit.

The offer for free cats expires when the shelter closes on Friday July 22. More about our adoption program can be found at www.accesskent.com/Health/AnimalControl/animal_adoption_program.htm

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Ensley Crime Watch 5K and Community Picnic

 

The 5K race starts the day with registration at 8:30 and the race starting at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Baptist Lake Park, 8810 Oak Drive, Sand Lake. The registration fee is just $20.00 for all ages. Registration forms are available on line at ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.  Registration is also available the day of the race. The event is being sponsored by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association.

The picnic begins at 11:30. The firemen grill hotdogs; there will be chips, cookies, homemade pies, coffee, pop and more. There will be a small fee for lunch.

Special guests include the Sand Lake Fire Department (trucks/equipment will be available for viewing), the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Deputies (SWAT vehicles on site), and the Newaygo Marine Patrol and Dive team.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and nearly $1,000 in prizes will be raffled off from local businesses.

The afternoon concludes with candidates running for local office available for a meet and greet.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

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Where is the BC?

 

A rather old-fashioned lady was planning a vacation in the Upper Peninsula. She wrote a letter to the campground asking for a reservation. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped but didn’t know quite how to ask about the toilet facilities. She just couldn’t bring herself to write the word “toilet” in her letter.

After much deliberation, she finally came up with the old fashioned term “Bathroom Commode,” but when she wrote that down, she still thought she was being too forward. So she rewrote the entire letter and referred to the “Bathroom Commode” simply as the “B.C.” Does the campground have its own “B.C.?” is what she actually wrote.

Well, the campground owner wasn’t old fashioned at all, and when he got the letter, he couldn’t figure out what the lady was talking about. That “B.C.” really stumped him.

After worrying about it for several days, the campground owner finally came to the conclusion that the lady must be asking about the location of the local Baptist Church.

So he sat down and wrote the following reply:

“Dear Madam,

I regret the delay in answering your letter, but I now take the pleasure in informing you that the BC is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at one time. I admit it is quite a distance away if you are in the habit of going regularly, but no doubt you will be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along and make a day of it. They usually arrive early and stay late.

The last time my wife and I went was six years ago, and it was so crowded we had to stand up the whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They are going to hold it in the basement of the BC.

I would like to say that it pains me very much not to be able to go more regularly, but it is surely no lack of desire on my part. As we grow older, it seems to be more of an effort, particularly in cold weather. If you decide to come down to our campground, perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all the folks. This is really a very friendly community.”

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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.

CS Youth Football Sign-ups

July 21: Cedar Springs Youth Football sign-ups will be held on Thursday, July 21st, Tuesday, July 26th and Thursday, July 28th  from 6-7:30 pm at Skinner Field Concession Stand or sign up online @ www.cedarspringsyouthfootball.com. Rocket: 3rd – 6th grade, Middle School, 7th  – 8th. Contact April Victorson 616-890-5869, a_victorson@yahoo.com. #29,30p

Fill the Truck to Support Tiffany’s Tiny Cat Rescue

July 23: Boy Scout Troop 222 will be collecting donations on Saturday, July 23rd in the Tractor Supply parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm. Items needed include food (Purina Cat & Kitten Chow), litter, cat care products, cleaning & laundry products, paper towels, and old blankets/sheets/towels. For more information or to arrange alternate drop off time, please contact Laurie at 616-304-9929. #28,29p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

July 24: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 24th 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 Ben Crofoot and the Crofoot Family and Friends group. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #29

Take off pounds sensibly

July 26: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #29

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

July 27: Roses are red, Violets are blue ‘tis time for Chuck Roast Barbeque. A fruit salad full of color and slaw o’ so green, if you’ve not joined us before, well, where have you been. Pine Grove Senior Cafe is throwin’ a picnic for our friends age 60 or perhaps even more. Come on over, twill be July 27th at Noon when we throw open our door. The time as just stated, the where you’ll find a seat; is right here on the corner of M-82 and the Avenue of Beech. #29

AYSO Registration

July 28: The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Registration for the Fall season TODAY. Visit www.ayso902.org. Registration ends Thursday, July 28th. #29,30p

Cedar Springs Museum’s Summer Car Show

July 30: Be sure to join the fun at the Cedar Springs Summer Car Show in Morley Park on Saturday, July 30 from 8:00am-2:00pm. Free to all visitors and only $10.00 to register a car. A grilled hotdog lunch will be served “free” to the public from 11:00am to 1:00pm. We will have Pat Patin as DJ. Trophies will be given out at 1:00pm to “Best of Show” and the “Top 19” favorites. The F.F.A. students will sell a light breakfast at 8:00a.m. The museum uses this car show to help bring programs to our community and especially to allow us to host family programs without charge. #29

Fallen Heroes Golf Outing

July 30: The 7th Annual Fallen Heroes Golf Outing will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 30th at North Kent Golf Club. $70 per person includes golf w/cart, and steak dinner. Grand prize is a fishing trip for 4 with Hillbilly Charters, Grand Haven, Hole-In-One Contest, 50/50 raffle and other contests and prizes. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659. Monies raised will be donated to the Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs. #28-29p

One Book Discussion in Howard City

Aug. 1: A book discussion for the One Book One County Montcalm selection “True Grit” by Charles Portis, is August 1st from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library in Howard City. For discussion questions or more information, visit www.montcalm.edu/onebook or call 989-328-2111, ext. 334. #29

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 9: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm or 616-634-3167. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday, August 9th, from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, August 11th, from 6-9pm,  Saturday, August 13th, from 8 am-4 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #28,29p

Female Self Defense Program

Aug. 2: The Sand Lake Police Department will present S.H.A.R.P. Sexual Harassment, Assault and Rape Prevention for Women on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6 pm. This female self defense program covers countermeasures for everything from school or work harassment to sexual battery. The course is offered by nationally certified instructor Dr. Scott Shaw. Training is free of charge. Registration is required to ensure materials are available. To Register please call Sand Lake Police department, 616-799-1900. #29. Contact Tim Bauer for more information at (616) 799-4935 or at network153usa@gmail.com. #25-28p

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Church hosts free outdoor movie nights

 

July 22 and August 12

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, your family or friends and enjoy a movie under the stars! This summer, River Rock Church is hosting several free family-friendly movies on Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 12.

All movies will begin at dusk. In case of rain, movies will be shown inside of River Rock. Movie will be shown in front of River Rock Church, located at 6060 Belding Road, Rockford, MI.

Movies are free of charge to attend; concessions available at low cost. Donations can be made the event to help support River Rock’s community outreach initiatives.

Friday, July 22 – “UP” 

Movie to begin at dusk, approximately 9:00 p.m.   Ahead of the movie, kids can get a free balloon animal/creation.

Friday, August 12: “Finding Nemo”

Movie to begin at dusk, approximately 8:35 p.m. The Grand Rapids Public Museum will be on site ahead of the movie to share some of their deep-sea artifacts from their “Earth Explores” exhibit.

For more information on River Rock’s Festival, visit www.riverrockcommunity.com or contact the church office at 616-874-0400.

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Bear hunting

 

One Sunday, a pastor decided to skip church and go hunting in the neighboring forest. While he was hunting he saw a huge black bear that had stopped to get honey from a beehive. The pastor thought the bear was good game, so he shot at it, and missed. The bear, startled by the shot, jumped up and charged at the pastor. The pastor used his only option: he dropped to his knees and prayed.

“Dear God,” he said, “please let this bear be a good Christian, a better one than I ever was.”

When the bear drew close, it also dropped to its knees to pray.

“I knew you were a good Christian bear!” exclaimed the pastor with relief.

“I sure am,” replied the bear. “Mama always taught me to pray before I eat.”

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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.

VBS at Huggard Bible

July 17-20: Huggard Bible Church, 8860 – 20 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, will host “Ocean Commotion, Diving into Noah’s Flood” from July 17th to the 20th , 6:30 to 8 pm, registration at 6 pm. 3 year olds to 6th grade. Questions: 616-636-5561. Hope to see you there. #27,28p

Dinner at the Legion

July 18: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, July 18th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #28p

VBS at Hillcrest Community Church

July 18-22: What happens when we go underground into the darkness of a cave? We learn to rely on the only Light that can overtake whatever darkness we face in life! Jesus! At Cave Quest Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, children from age 4 years – 5th grade will discover how to call on God’s Light to brighten any darkness they may face. Please visit our Facebook event at Hillcrest Community Church of God for more details and registration information. Please feel free to stop in at Hillcrest at 5994 – 18 Mile Rd. We have office hours on Wednesday and Thursday each week, or call the office at 616-696-9333 to RSVP. #27,28

Hosts Needed for Chinese Students

July 19: Looking to go to China, but can’t afford it? We’ll bring China to you. Network 153 and Pine Ridge Bible Camp are hosting 73 Chinese students from Lu He International High School in Beijing July 19 thru August 8. They’re traveling to Grand Rapids to be immersed in English, while attending Pine Ridge Bible Camp August 1-6. We’re looking for host families who would open up their hearts and homes. A $150 stipend, will be given to each family per student hosted to help defray costs. Contact Tim Bauer for more information at (616) 799-4935 or at network153usa@gmail.com. #25-28p

Michigan Blood Drive

July 19: Hot dogs are back! Michigan Blood Drive on July 19th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 until 7:00 pm in the Church gymnasium. Summer is a particularly hard time for the blood supply so the need is greater. To thank you, the ladies from the Cedar Springs Women’s Club will grill a hot dog for anyone attempting to donate. You have the potential to save 3 lives. It is a win-win situation for all. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs Blood Drive. #28

Fill the Truck to Support Tiffany’s Tiny Cat Rescue

July 23: Boy Scout Troop 222 will be collecting donations on Saturday, July 23rd in the Tractor Supply parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm. Items needed include food (Purina Cat & Kitten Chow), litter, cat care products, cleaning & laundry products, paper towels, and old blankets/sheets/towels. For more information or to arrange alternate drop off time, please contact Laurie at 616-304-9929. #28,29p

Cookie Chaos at KDL

July 25: Calling all teen chefs to our crazy, chaotic cookie decorating competition. You just might become the Cookie Chaos Champion, although everyone wins when there are cookies to eat! Pre-registration required, 877-243-2466. Monday, July 25th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

Fallen Heroes Golf Outing

July 30: The 7th Annual Fallen Heroes Golf Outing will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 30th at North Kent Golf Club. $70 per person includes golf w/cart, and steak dinner. Grand prize is a fishing trip for 4 with Hillbilly Charters, Grand Haven, Hole-In-One Contest, 50/50 raffle and other contests and prizes. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659. Monies raised will be donated to the Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs. #28-29p

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 9: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm or 616-634-3167. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday, August 9th, from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, August 11th, from 6-9pm,  Saturday, August 13th, from 8 am-4 pm. Class size limited to 40 students. #28,29p

Lakeview School Alumni Banquet

Sept. 11: The Lakeview School Alumni (this includes any former Lakeview School student from  2016 and earlier) and retired teachers are invited to attend the Annual Alumni Banquet to be held at Lakeview High School on Sunday, September 11th.  The cost is $15 per person with open house at 11 am and dinner at 1 pm. We will be honoring the Class of 1966 on their 50th Anniversary and the Class of 1956 on their 60th Anniversary. Reservations must be made prior to September 2nd be sending payment with your name, maiden name (if applicable) and year of graduation to: Noreen Badge, 11872 W. Dickerson Lake Rd., Trufant, MI 49347, phone 616-984-5616. Questions may be directed to President Pat Hadrich, 616-984-2938. Come join the fun and you may be the winner of some great door prizes. Please spread the work to out-of-town classmates. #28

Bus Trip to Lansing

Oct. 4: On Tuesday, October 4th at 12 pm Franklin Graham’s Decision America is coming to Michigan’s Capital. I am hoping to find 40 people willing to commit $25 each to hire a bus to Lansing’s Capital where the event will take place. America is at a critical crossroad in its history and I believe that only through prayer can we turn people’s hearts and minds back to God. In prayer we are neither Republican or Democrat, of one denomination or another. We are believers who are willing to set everything aside to humble ourselves before God and ask Him to heal America. We will be praying for our local, state, and federal government leaders, for God’s protection over our Military and Police Officers. Please join us. Questions? Contact Kathryn Bremmer 616-696-0591. #28,29p

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The Post travels to South Dakota

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The Post recently took a trip to South Dakota with Katie and Daniel Porter, and Brandon and Sara Donaldson, of Pierson, Michigan, and Camilla and Glen Thornburg of Dover, Delaware. “While there we stayed in the scenic Custer State Park, visited Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore, along with many other things,” said Katie. While in Custer State Park, she said they saw a lot of wildlife, including buffalo, deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and donkeys.

It sounds like you all had a great time! Thanks 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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What do Santa and fire trucks have in common?

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Solon Market!

It’s Christmas in July at Solon Market! Join the fun this Saturday, July 9, at Solon Market, 15185 Algoma Ave. Santa arrives via fire truck at 10:00AM but the fun begins when Market opens at 9:00 a.m.  There will be cookies to decorate, pictures with Santa shared via Facebook, drawings, games and activities.

For your convenience, the Market has reserved Solon’s Community Room for the event.  Come enjoy the ambience of the Market, browse the stands, visit with your neighbors and pick up fresh produce, crafts, baked goods or flea market items. Have you been a good boy/girl? Be sure to visit with Santa and give him your list! Dress the kids for a run through the fire hose!

Solon Market is a FREE market, by the community, for the community.   There are no set-up fees, parking or cover charges.  Market hours are the second Saturday of the month, 9AM until 1PM. Want to join the Market family?  Give us a call at 616-696-4227 or 616-696-1718. Check out our Facebook page (Solon Market) and “like” us for updates.  See you at Market!

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Simple operation

 

A man was seen fleeing down the hall of the hospital just before his operation. “What’s the matter?” he was asked.

He said, “I heard the nurse say, ‘It’s a very simple operation, don’t worry, I’m sure it will be all right.’”

“She was just trying to comfort you, what’s so frightening about that?”

“She wasn’t talking to me. She was talking to the doctor!”

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