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A spectacular July 4th celebration


It was a sizzling, spectacular Fourth of July celebration all across Michigan last week. Sand Lake celebrated their 150th, with a carnival, food booths, rodeo, demolition derby, three different parades, fireworks, bands, and more.

We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us their photos of them celebrating Fourth of July events (wherever they were), and they sent us some great photos. Click here to see how everyone celebrated!

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Summer Celebrations in July

By Judy Reed

We are at the midway mark of summer, so that means another round of Summer Celebrations, right here in Cedar Springs. 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their second round of Community Summer Celebrations from Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Each day there will be various activities going on at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…and various other places.

Included is the Jack Clark Memorial Golf outing on July 16p; Story times at the library; live music at CS Brewing; archery for teens at the RF Rod and Gun club; free waltz dancing class on July 19 at Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance and Fitness Studio; the Chamber sidewalk sales on July 20, and much more. 

Visit their Facebook page for a complete lineup of events. Just search for Cedar Springs Community Summer Celebrations.


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Post travels to Tennessee


The Post traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Kaden and Analina Piedra of Cedar Springs during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They traveled to beautiful Lookout Mountain in the Appalachians, where they explored nearly 1,200 feet underground to visit the awesome Ruby Falls, and rode one of the steepest passenger railways in the world with their grandparents, Ward and Tina Kortz, and Aunt Allison. In this photo, they are holding the Post overlooking Tennessee at the top of the Incline Railway.

Thank you so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? 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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Sparta Town & Country Days

July 17 – 20, 2019

All the best of a fair and a festival in beautiful downtown Sparta! Enjoy traditional fair events such as tractor and truck pulls, cattle & horse shows and even lawn mower races held in our rural community. Celebrate summer with family and friends in our downtown parks to enjoy free music, daily kid’s activities, carnival midway, parade, fireworks and more! Visit us at www.spartafair.com. Or download the schedule here!

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Refresh your summer with delicious, healthy mocktails


(BPT) – There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than kicking back and relaxing with a cold, tasty and refreshing beverage – and there are so many great options to choose from. But why not add a little excitement to your summer by choosing something to drink that’s fun and colorful, super healthy and delicious, too?

You can skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings or unhealthy refined sugar and opt to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink – a “mocktail” – when you’re planning your next summer soiree, or to enjoy with friends and family of all ages anytime the weather heats up. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutritional content your body needs, but it’s yummy, fun and festive to drink.

When you add a super food like a Chiquita banana to your mocktail, you’re adding vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, which helps muscles function, boosts your immune system and helps with formation of red blood cells. Chiquita bananas are also a great source of potassium, which can help level out your blood pressure, among other positive benefits. They provide fiber, protein, antioxidants, vitamin C, magnesium and other nutrients to your diet. Another plus? Bananas come in their own handy, naturally biodegradable, portable and easy-to-peel package!

No matter what kind of delectable mocktails or fruit smoothies you want to create this summer, adding bananas to the mix will provide a bonus of sweet flavor and a creamy texture to your beverage. Bananas will balance out the flavors of the more tart or acidic fruits you’re using in your recipe, while they also boost the overall nutritional content of your drink.

Another great thing about mocktails? They are super easy to prepare, taking only about 10 minutes of prep time. All you need is a blender and the ingredients of your choice! Serve each mocktail over crushed ice or ice cubes in a fun decorative glass and add a tiny umbrella or a small fruit skewer with berries and banana slices for a festive and delicious party presentation.

Try one of these vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free recipes for delightfully refreshing, yummy mocktails:

Tropical Chiquita Banana Colada Shake with Coconut Water (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 Chiquita bananas 

2 cups coconut water 

2 cups mango juice 

3 sprigs fresh mint 

2 limes

Directions

Chop the Chiquita bananas in pieces and blend them together with the coconut water, mango juice and the juice of one lime. Pour the juice into the glasses and garnish with the other lime (sliced or quartered) and the sprigs of mint. Enjoy and share your Banana Colada shake recipe using #Chiquita Banana.

Pink Sunrise Mocktail with Chiquita Bananas and 

Watermelon (serves 2)

Ingredients

2 Chiquita bananas 

1 grapefruit 

3 slices watermelon 

2.5 cups sparkling water 

1 lemon 

Fresh mint to garnish

Directions

Mix the two Chiquita bananas with half of the grapefruit, 3/4 cup sparkling water and one squeezed lemon. Set this mixture aside. 

Using another bowl, blend 1 1/2 cup sparkling water with the 3 slices of watermelon and the other half of the grapefruit. 

Fill half of the glass with the red juice (with the watermelon in it) and pour the other juice (containing the blended bananas) on top. 

Garnish with a piece of watermelon and mint. 

Enjoy and share your Pink Sunrise Mocktail recipe using #ChiquitaBanana.

For other fun and delicious drink recipes to add a festive touch to your summer get-togethers, such as Frozen Smoothie with Chiquita Bananas and Peaches, check out https://www.chiquita.com/recipes.

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month


L to R: Maverick Hunt, 2, and Atlas Hunt, 4, enjoyed their first taste of Blue Moon ice cream this summer. Post photo by J. Reed

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. 

A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back. 

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946. Today, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

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A Show-Stopping Dessert


(Family Features) With its dramatic presentation, this freshly baked cake and ice cream-based dessert can impress guests at your next gathering.  

Find more dessert recipes perfect for entertaining at Culinary.net.

Baked Alaska

Recipe adapted from Milk Means More

Ingredients

1/2 cup, plus 6 tablespoons, all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup 2% milk

1/4 cup canola oil

2 eggs

nonstick cooking spray

1 1/2 quarts ice cream, any flavor

3 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F.

In large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Add milk, canola oil and eggs. Whisk until blended. Beat batter until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pour batter into 9-inch, round, greased cakepan. Bake 25-28 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour.

In glass bowl, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Layer inside of bowl with plastic wrap, draping some over edges of bowl. 

Scoop ice cream into bowl until full. Level ice cream. Place overhang of plastic wrap over ice cream. Freeze 2 hours.

Unwrap cake and place on plate. Unwrap ice cream and place on top of cake. Wrap both together and freeze 2 hours.

In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add remaining sugar and vanilla extract; beat mixture to form stiff peaks.

Heat oven to 500 F.

Unwrap stacked cake. Place on oven-safe plate. Spread meringue, creating swirl motions around cake. Bake 2-4 minutes until meringue peaks are brown and remaining meringue takes on dry appearance.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

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Annual Ensley crime watch race and community picnic


The annual Ensley Township crime watch race and community picnic will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Baptist Lake Park, 8810 Oak Drive, Sand Lake.

Adult early registration for the 5K (prior to July 12) is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Youth fee (13 and under) is $15 and includes a t-shirt. From July 12 to July 27 (the day of the race) the adult fee is $30 and does not include a t-shirt. Youth fee is $20 and does not include a shirt.

The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

The picnic begins at 11:30. The firemen grill hotdogs, and there will be beans, 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 Office (K9 team, SWAT vehicles on site), and the Newaygo Marine Patrol and Dive team. There will also be a bounce house. 

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

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

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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.

theTable at The Springs Church

July 11,18,25: 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 meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Celebrate Recovery

July 11,18,25: City Impact, 288 N. Main St. will be holding meetings every Thursday to Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, habbits or hangups of any kind. 6-6:30 pm – Meet & Greet, 6:30-8pm Celebrate Recovery. For more information call 616-843-2438. #tfn

Michigan Blood Drive

July 16: A Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, July 16th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S Main Cedar Springs, MI 49319. The drive is will go from 12:30pm until 7pm.  To schedule an appointment visit https://donate.miblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/103964 A member of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be grilling hot dogs, passing out chips and drinks after each attempted donation! #28

Ensley Crime Watch 5K & Picnic

July 27: Ensley Crime Watch’s Annual 5K and Community Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 27th at Baptist Lake Park, 8810 Oak Drive, Sand Lake. All ages are welcome to join the fun! Pre-race registration forms for the 5K race and details of our annual event is available online at enlseytownship.org/crimewatch.htm. The race is Saturday, July 27th at 9 am (registration at 8 am). Race  fee is $20 (youth 13 and under $15) for early registration by July 12 (includes T-shirt) or $30 (youth $20) the day of the race (no T-shirt). The Picnic will start at 11:30 am. There is a small fee for the food. Special guests include Sand Lake Fire Department, Newaygo County Sherriff, SWAT vehicles, Marine Patrol and Dive team. All proceeds will be donated to the Sand Lake/Ensley Fire Department to purchase life saving equipment. For more information call Ensley Township Hall, 616-636-8510. #27,28p

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