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A matter of importance

The Pope was quite early for his flight, so on the way to the airport, he asked his driver if he could switch seats with him and drive the car around for a while because they had time to kill and he hadn’t driven a car since becoming the Pope.

Naturally, he was a bit rusty. So, he’s driving poorly, and suddenly he sees police lights behind him. The Pope pulls over, and when the officer comes up to the window, his eyes go wide. He says to the Pope, “Hold on for a minute,” and goes back to his car to radio the chief.

Cop: “Chief we have a situation. I’ve pulled over an important figure.”

Chief: “How important? A governor or something?”

Cop: “No sir. He’s bigger.”

Chief: “So, what? a celebrity or something?”

Cop: “More important, sir.”

Chief: “A major politician?”

Cop: “No sir, he’s much more important.”

Chief: “WELL WHO IS IT!?”

Cop: “Well actually I’m not sure. But the Pope’s his driver.”

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R.A.T. Troupe presents “Big Top Circus”

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe is bringing their latest play, “Big Top Circus,” to the Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs on April 16 and 17.

Undeterred by an unexpected phone call informing him that all of his employees have been recently flattened and decapitated in a train derailment, the manager of a small-time circus resolves once again to hire and train a new crew in time for the next day’s extravaganza.

The question was never if he’d be able to fill all the roles before the performance; but rather, could he keep them all from dying off before half-time?

But as always…the show must go on!

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on April 16 and 17 at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs. Tickets are $12 for 13 years and up and $6 for 12 years and under. Pre-Sale at Perry’s Place, 90 North Main Cedar Springs. Audience limited to 50 people per showing.

For more information text 616-647-7739.

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Mind your manners

An old lady walked into a pet store, found a parrot and asked the owner if she could buy it. The owner said, “Heck no! That parrot has a bad mouth! Trust me—you do not want that parrot!”

She said, “I can teach it good manners.” And so she bought it.

But, when she got home the parrot said a bad word, so she put it in the freezer for 10 seconds.

She took it out and said, “Did you learn your lesson?” It said another bad word, so she put it back in for 30 seconds. She then took it out again and asked if it learned its lesson yet. 

The parrot was shivering and looked a little shaken. “Yes, I learned my lesson,” he squawked, “but, what did that poor chicken do?”

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Hometown Happenings 4-8-21

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 anad phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable returns to The Springs Church

Apr. 15,22,29: theTable at The Springs church will be serving meals again! Thursdays, April 15 at 5:30 pm. Our first meals will be every two weeks, then weekly. You can find us on the corner of Oak & Grant Streets, Cedar Springs. Social distancing and safety procedures will be followed for the safety of our guests! Can’t wait to see you all again! #13-17b

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The Post travels to the ‘villes

Deciding to keep their 27th anniversary vacation in March simple and quiet, Ken and TJ Norris, of Solon Township, decided to take a road trip to “The ‘villes”—Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina. One of the highlights of the trip was Nashville’s “Honkey Tonk” music row and its country music museums large and small. The photo here is in front of the Johnny Cash museum.

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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Popcorn Easter Basket

From popcorn.org

Kids can help create these adorable popcorn Easter baskets.

Yield: 12 baskets (basket base: 3-inches wide and 1 3/4 tall)

Ingredients

3 quarts popped popcorn

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

3 tablespoons (1/2 of a 3-ounce box) strawberry, lime, or lemon gelatin dessert mix

12 licorice twists (8-inches each)

1/2 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut

Green food color, or color of choice

Small candy-coated chocolate eggs or jellybeans

Equipment needed: 12-cup muffin pan

Directions

Spray a large mixing bowl lightly with cooking spray and place popcorn inside.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and gelatin dessert powder until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.

Spray hands with cooking spray and press firmly to form into 12 balls. Press each popcorn ball into well of muffin tin. Press firmly into muffin pan with the back of a spoon to form base of basket. Bend and press a licorice twist firmly into both sides of each basket. (If licorice seems thick, peel 2-3 strings from each piece).

Place coconut into re-sealable plastic sandwich bag. Sprinkle a drop of food color onto coconut and seal bag. Press bag to distribute color evenly. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of coconut onto each basket. Place a few candy eggs into each basket. Allow basket to set about 1 hour before gently removing baskets from muffin pan. (Removal can be made easier with the tip of a small knife applied to pan edge).

Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage. Add a ribbon tie to plastic wrap as a decorative closure.

Preparation time: 35 minutes

Popcorn Easter Basket

Nutrition Facts

Per 1 cup:

180 calories

8 g total fat

4 g saturated fat

10 mg cholesterol

90 mg sodium

29 g carbohyrdrates

1 g fiber

17 g sugar

2 g protein

39 mg potassium

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America’s Favorite Jelly Bean Flavors by state

By candystore.com

Almost every year, Easter and National Jelly Bean Day both fall in April, making it the de facto Month of the Jelly Bean.

In a normal year, over 16 billion beans are made just for the Easter season. With things starting to open back up this year, it’s tough to tell whether fewer or more jelly beans will be needed. Perhaps people will feel like outdoor Easter egg hunts are safe and go big after a quiet 2020. It remains to be seen but should be interesting to watch it play out.

National Jelly Bean Rankings

As a nation, sometimes it seems like we can’t agree on anything. Our size, diversity and multitude of culturally-influenced preferences creates a rainbow of opinions. This particular rainbow happens to be made of jelly bean opinions.

We ranked the top 21 jelly bean flavors in America. Here we go.

#1 Cinnamon – Reigning Champion: Cinnamon made steady progress towards the top over the past few years. It finally overtook the #1 spot last year and hangs on again this year. This spicy red jelly bean flavor is part of a trend of spicy candy we noticed a while back. In fact, the top 3 jelly bean flavors do not include a sweet or fruity flavor at all!

#2 Black Licorice: Black Licorice is regaining its mojo. It had been on a losing streak, falling from the #1 spot 3 years ago down to #3. It took a step forward this year back to the #2 spot. There’s no denying the immense popularity of black licorice jelly beans. In Michigan, they are the number 2 flavor.

#3 Buttered Popcorn: Salty and buttery, Buttered Popcorn was still riding high last year, maintaining at #2 after knocking Black Licorice off the top spot 3 years ago. Black licorice has pushed it aside again this year. Both flavors incite strong opinions, positive and negative, but in the end, Buttered Popcorn has work to do to if it wants to become the number one jelly bean flavor in America again. It is the #1 favorite flavor in Michigan.

#4 Cherry: Cherry is like the jelly bean elder. It has been around for a long time and was once the king of jelly bean flavors, reigning for more than 20 years. It’s no longer in the top 3, but perhaps its time has not yet come.

#5 Juicy Pear: Juicy Pear is sort of a new classic jelly bean flavor. It has reached a high level of popularity in a relatively short lifespan. This year it even took over as the #1 flavor in Colorado, Wyoming and Florida!

#6 Coffee: Coffee had a major year, jumping from the #16 spot all the way up here to #6. It was the biggest move of the year and felt like it was overdue. Coffee, the drink, has never been more popular, and coffee flavored treats and gifts are on the rise. Coffee flavored jelly beans are no different, making strong moves and mixing it up with various flavor varieties like latte and espresso (which we lumped together).

#7 Watermelon: Watermelon held its place at the number 7 spot this year. They are popular coast to coast, and like cherry are more sweet-flavored.

#8 Root Beer: Maine’s favorite flavor, Root Beer, is moving up fast. Jumping 2 spots again this year to make the number 8 spot, it has moved up 7 spots in 3 years.

#9 Cotton Candy: Cotton Candy has been knocking on the door of the top ten for a few years now. This year it made the jump from #11 to #9.This fair ground-inspired flavor is all sweetness without the  fruity. For some people it’s the perfect combination of sweet and no citrus.

#10 Orange: Orange flavor fell another spot this year after getting jumped by Cotton Candy. Orange has held strong as a classic jelly bean flavor to remain in the top ten. It even took the top spot in Idaho.

#11 Sour: Sour flavored jelly beans have made a nice move up this year, moving up from #13 to #11 most popular flavor. They were #1 in New York and now Nebraska, too.

#12 Coconut: Coconut is moving up from #14 last year. It’s another classic flavor that’s not super fruity and doing well.

#13 Toasted Marshmallow: Toasted Marshmallow dropped big time from the #6 spot last year. It was the biggest drop of the year.

#14 Chocolate: Chocolate jelly beans moved up again this year, 5 spots from the #19 to #14 place. Chocolate lovers might wonder why it’s not even higher, but they did claim the #1 spot in Illinois again.

#15 Green Apple: A Green Apple jelly bean a day keeps the doctor away. Probably not, but Green Apple is reeling now after dropping another 3 spots this year. From #8 three years ago, they now find themselves at #15. A classic old school jelly bean flavor, it’s number 3 in Michigan.

#16 Blueberry: Blueberry jelly beans, the flavor they invented specifically to make the blue in red white and blue, has fallen another spot to #16, down 3 spots in as many years. Useful for their blue color, which is a popular color for event candy, blueberry jelly beans may struggle to differentiate themselves from the crowd of fruity flavored jelly beans.

#17 Strawberry: Strawberry jelly beans have seen an abrupt reversal of fortune, and not in a good way. Dropping all the from the #8 spot down to #17, these classic favorites might need a PR team to explain what the heck happened here.

#18 Grape: Grape stayed strong at #18, same as last year. Purple is a strong color and is an asset to Grape jelly beans. Purple is one of the most popular candy colors and there are not many other purple flavors.

#19 Banana: Banana flavored jelly beans moved up from #21 to #19, a small but significant move. Banana is a classic candy flavor that isn’t super traditional for jelly beans, but the popularity of Jelly Belly has made it more prominent in recent years.

#20 Bubblegum: Bubblegum flavor fell 3 spots from #17 last year, making it a 6-spot loss over 3 years. So bubblegum is in a downtrend. 

#21 Red Apple: Red Apple fell back a spot to #21. Red apple has done well to stay moderately high even though its greener brother is the more famous of the apple flavors.

Next week: The best and worst Easter candy

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Camp out for pediatric hospice

For the last year, 11-year old Max from Great Britain has been camping out to raise money for the hospice that took care of his neighbor. His incredible effort is inspiring people across the world to join him on March 27 for Max’s Big Camp Out. Max is encouraging children (and adults) to have their own camp out to raise money for their favorite charity. 

Following Max’s lead, we are encouraging everyone in our community to participate and raise money for Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, the country’s only statewide pediatric hospice program. 

We have put together some fun family activities from story time with a princess to campfire songs and much more.  We will be sharing these activites on our social media pages the night of the event.  If you register ahead of time, you will receive an e-mail the day before camp out with a link to all of the activities for you to do at a time that works best for your family on March 27.

If you have children, grandchildren or know anyone with children, please share this with them and ask them to participate. 

Join us on March 27 for our own pediatric hospice campout!

Click below to register and/or donate.

https://secure2.convio.net/hom/site/SPageNavigator/CampoutforPediatrics.html

There will be a special Facebook live storytime and sing-a-long with the Snow Queen. Join the Snow Queen who will read a story, sing songs and answer your questions.

 PLUS:  Every family that registers for a Camp Out will be entered into a drawing to win either a 4-pack of tickets to SEALIFE Aquarium or a 4-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills.

Drawing to be conducted Monday, March 29.  Winners of each 4-pack will be notified.

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Vaccine clinic for agricultural workers

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department and Ionia County Health Department are partnering with Kroger to offer a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. The two local health departments are asking for assistance in letting agricultural workers in your area know that a clinic is being held at the end of the month.

The clinic will be held on March 31 at Belding High School located at 850 Hall St, Belding, MI 48809 and will be by appointment only. Registration forms will be available in both Spanish and English. This is for the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and they are encouraging eligible agricultural workers in the area to sign up for an appointment using the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040444afaf2ca3f94-indoor

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Easter egg jokes

• What did one Easter egg say to the other? Heard any good yolks today?

• What do you call an Easter egg from outer space? An egg-straterrestrial!

• Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a joke? It might crack up!

• What do you call a very tired Easter egg? Eggs-austed.

• What’s an Easter egg’s least favorite day? Fry-day.

• What do you call a mischievous egg? A practical yolk-er.

• What happens if you tell a joke to an Easter egg? It cracks up.

• What did the Easter egg ask for at the hair salon? A new dye-job.

• Did you hear the one about the house infested with Easter eggs? It needed an eggs-terminator!

• Why was the little girl sad after the Easter egg hunt? Because an egg beater!

• Why did the Easter egg hide? It was a little chicken.

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