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Montcalm Neighborhood Watch picnic

 

Saturday, October 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch program is teaming up again with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Montcalm County Emergency Services, the Montcalm Township Fire Department, numerous other area fire departments, and many additional agencies to offer an old-fashioned picnic for the whole family to enjoy and to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. The activities are planned for Saturday, October 4th from11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Montcalm Township Hall Complex located on M-91 in Turk Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, and ice cream, plus lots of fun, demonstrations, displays, and entertainment from WGLM 106.3 Radio who will be broadcasting live during the event.

This will be the seventh year this event has been held and it promises to be the best display of county services ever provided.

One of the most fascinating and informative exhibits over the past couple of years has been the demonstration of extrication procedures by the Montcalm Township Fire Department. They will be using the Jaws of Life to demonstrate their skill in extricating victims from two vehicles involved in simulated crashes. Several other area fire departments and their specialized equipment will also be present to represent the mutual aid cooperation that exists between agencies and to bring awareness to the National Fire Protection Week, which begins the following day.

Many other exhibits and demonstrations will be available including the ever popular Smoke House, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Marine Division, the Dive Team, the Mobile Command Center, Michigan Working Dogs, the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, a dunk tank, and United Lifestyles Drunk Driving Course. A Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch representative will be available with information to help you keep yourself, your family and property safe.

A Michigan Blood Drive is being added this year as a way in which to give back to our community and its residents. They will be present from 10 until 2 for donations and state they would prefer appointments, if possible. Interested individuals may contact Clif Dickinson @ 616-754-1780.

For more information in the picnic, please contact Dawn Miles at 616-788-8602.

 

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CROP Walk in Howard City

 

Plans are under way for this year’s CROP Walk against hunger in Howard City.  The walk has become an annual event each fall in the Panhandle section of Montcalm County. The purpose of the walk is to raise money to help feed the hungry CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative ministry of over 35 denominations across the country working together to erase poverty.

This year’s Crop Walk is slated for Sunday, October 12 at 1:30. The walk will start at Ensley Park in Howard City and will go for approximately 4.5 miles before ending back at the park. And if the prospect of walking over 4 miles is not all that enticing, walkers are not required to go the whole distance, but can do whatever portion they are comfortable with. Refreshments will be served to all participants at the end of the walk.

The CROP Walk itself is an over 65-year-old tradition that has raised millions of dollars. Each year walks are held in communities all over the country. Not only is money raised, but volunteers endeavor to raise public awareness of the problems of world hunger. The motto “We walk because they walk “ sums up the spirit of volunteers as they strive to make a difference.

One very important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 25 percent of all money raised stays in the local community. In our area this is the Helping Hands food pantry in Howard City. The rest of the money goes to Church World Services  to help fund their many programs both in the US and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum, ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in S. America, to to building schools in Asia.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a person or group looking to make a difference. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact Heritage United Methodist Church at 231-937-4310.

 

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What did you say?

 

A farmer walked into an attorney’s office wanting to file for a divorce. The attorney asked, “May I help you?”

The farmer said, “ I want to get one of those dayvorces.”

“Do you have any grounds?” asked the attorney.

“Yeah, I got about 140 acres.”

“I mean do you have a case?”

“No, I don’t have a Case, but I have a John Deere,” replied the farmer.

“No you don’t understand,” said the attorney. “I mean do you have a grudge?”

The farmer smiled. “Yeah I got a grudge. That’s where I park my John Deere.”

“No sir, I mean do you have a suit?”

“Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays.”

“Well sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?” asked the attorney.

“No sir, we both get up about 4:30.”

“Okay, let me put it this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?”

The farmer shook his head. “Well, I can never have a meaningful conversation with her.”

 

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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.

AA Meetings at Rebos House 

Rebos House, 10 N. First St., Cedar Springs is open on Sunday, 9 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Monday, noon, 7 pm Big Book, 8:15pm, Tuesday, noon, 5:30 women’s, 7 pm men’s & women’s. Wednesday, noon, 7 pm 12X12, 8:15 pm. Thursday, noon, 7 pm, Alanon 7 pm. Friday, noon, 7 pm and Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #40

 

Red Flannel Food at CS UMC

Oct. 4: Red Flannel Food, eat at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Saturday, October 4th from 10 am till 4 pm. Hot dogs, pulled beef BBQ, chips, Nacho chips, fruit and hot and cold drinks, all reasonably priced. Proceeds are used for camp scholarships and other Men’s Group missions. #39,40p

 

Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational

Oct. 4: This year marks the 54th year of continuous operation for the Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational. Performing at the Invitational this year at 17 bands from all over West Michigan and beyond. The Invitational begins on Saturday, October 4 at 8 am with Opening Ceremonies and concludes at 1:45 with an awards ceremony. The Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational is held at Red Hawk Stadium at Cedar Springs High School. Spectator admission to the Invitational is $5 for seniors and students and $7 for all others. We hope you will join us on this very special day of marching and music! #39,40p

 

Red Flannel Day Talent Show

Oct. 4: Come see great local talent perform on stage at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, October 4th, right after the Red Flannel Parade at about 4:30 pm. Tickets are  only $3.00. #39,40

 

CSPS Class of 1964 Reunion

Oct. 4: The CSPS Class of 1964 is holding its 50 year reunion on Saturday, October 4.  Social time will start after the parade at the Cedar Springs Rod and Gun Club on 18 Mile Road.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  You are welcome to make a late reservation.  Contact Joyce Hansen at 696-2173 or jkhansen@surfmagnus.com. For further information or to make a reservation. #40p

 

The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash

Oct. 4: Question: What’s red, sails through the air, and has a smile a mile wide? Answer: Your kids at The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash! The Springs Church will have five different bounce houses set up in their parking lot at 135 N. Grant Street, for kids of all ages, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Red Flannel Day. And that’s not all—there will be free food as well. Free inflatables plus free food = free fun! So get your bounce on and head over to The Springs! For more info call 696-2970.

 

Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 6: Come join us for worship and fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm, October 6 thru November 24 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell 616-696-1246. #39,40p

 

Dinner at the Legion

Oct. 6: American Legion, 80 Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, October 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, bakes beans, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The cost is $9 for adults, children (12 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #40p

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Oct. 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. #40

 

Blood Drive at St. Peters Lutheran Church

Oct. 9: St. Peters Lutheran Church is having a blood drive on Thursday, October 9 from 2 pm to 7 pm at St. Peters Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 310 East Division in Rockford. We need all Types! #40

 

Hope Community Church Fall Craft & Vendor Expo

Oct. 11: The best of your favorites plus a mix of exciting new crafters! Unique glassware – recycled artful items, glass blocks – really cool things for in and outdoors; wood items, toys, huge assortment of crochet/knit/sewn items from necklaces to totes to doll clothes and accessories. There will be many popular vendors there representing products we all know and love! Saturday, October 11 from 10 am to 3 pm. 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (just north of Belding Road). For more information call Judy 616-340-2820 or judygistinger@yahoo.com. #39,40p

 

Thankful for You Day

Oct. 11: KDL is wrapping up nearly two years of Happiness Project with a major celebration of the folks who most make us happy – our customers! Help us celebrate YOU with treats, fun, entertainment and surprises during  our branch celebration. Saturday, October 11 at 9:30 am at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #40

 

Children’s Blessing of the Pets

Oct. 12: A children’s Blessing of the Pets will be held in the fellowship hall at The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, on Sunday, October 12th at 2 pm for children grade 6 and under. Medals for all. Please bring an adult and provide restraint for your pet. We would love to meet you and your pet. For more information contact Keith at 616-696-1246. #40,41p

 

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Score a Touchdown This Football Season

(Family Features) Football season can only mean one thing – time to grab the best seat in the house, and we’re not talking about at the stadium. In fact, 77 percent of Americans think the best seat in the house is at home in front of an HDTV, according to a recent survey by McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco brand products. Instead of heading to the stadium, keep the tailgate at home and throw a “homegating” party.

The ultimate homegate is not only about the football game, it’s about the food. No matter what’s happening on the field, the spread can be the real game-changer. In fact, the survey found the following:

78 percent of American adults think good food can make up for a bad game.

Americans spend, on average, 42 percent of the game eating or drinking.

Over half of Americans (57 percent) voted the grill as the most important appliance when hosting a homegate.

For a homegate touchdown, banish the boring and serve beer-infused chili, which is sure to please all your family, friends and football fans. For other ways to spice up game day, visit www.tabasco.com.

 

Super Good Chili

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 (12 ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (12 ounce) can or bottle beer

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies

1 tablespoon TABASCO brand Original Red Sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese,

optional

Heat oil in 5-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add beef and cook until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove to bowl.

Add onion and garlic to drippings remaining in skillet; cook over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.

Return meat to saucepot; stir in cumin. Cook 1 minute. Stir in diced tomatoes with liquid, pinto beans, red kidney beans, beer, green chilies, Tabasco Sauce and salt. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.

Serve with cheese, if desired.

 

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Friends of the Cedar Springs Library Quilt Raffle

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How would you like to help out the Cedar Springs Library and stay warm this winter, too? Here’s your chance! You have a chance to win the fabulous, new Christmas quilt to help build the new Cedar Springs Library! Tickets are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6 chances. View the quilt now online at: cedarspringslibrary.org, stop by the Library on 43 W. Cherry or view it on Red Flannel Day at the Friends Book Sale between 10 and 5pm. Drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets at the Cedar Springs Library.

 

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Cookies in Heaven

 

An elderly man lay dying in his bed, when he smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. He followed the smell, and finally leaned against the doorframe and gazed into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven. Hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies were spread out on the kitchen table. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth. The aged and withered hand trembled as he reached for a cookie at the edge of the table. Just as his hand closed over the cookie, his wife smacked his hand with a spatula.

“Stay out of those!” she scolded. “They’re for the funeral.”

 

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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.

Rummage Sale at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Sept. 25,26: A giant rummage sale will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Dr., Sand Lake on September 25 & 26 from 9 am to 5 pm. #38,39p

Huge Indoor Yard Sale

Sept. 27: Attention shoppers, buyers, and customers of all ages! The Cedar Springs Women’s Club will hold their annual “Indoor” Yard Sale on Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S. Main on the corner of Main and Church Streets in Cedar Springs. Just follow the signs to the entrance! It’s a great way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping! All items must go!! Sorry, no clothing, shoes or personal care items. Cone to shop indoors regardless of the weather. #38,39p

 

MCC Hosts College Day

Oct. 2: High School students and adults considering attending college can gather information from more than 40 colleges, universities, and the military during the 24th annual College Day on October 2 at Montcalm Community College in Sidney. Between 9 and 11 am, attendees can discuss courses of study, costs and other college information with college and military representatives. Admission is free. Visit www.montcalm.edu/collegeday2014 or contact MCC Director of Recruitment, Enrollment & Outreach Ryan Wilson at ryan.wilson@moncalm.edu or 989-328-1245 for more information. #39

 

Help Promote Literacy

Oct. 2: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday, October for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is locat4ed at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #39

 

Red Flannel Food at CS UMC

Oct. 4: Red Flannel Food, eat at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Saturday, October 4th from 10 am till 4 pm. Hot dogs, pulled beef BBQ, chips, Nacho chips, fruit and hot and cold drinks, all reasonably priced. Proceeds are used for camp scholarships and other Men’s Group missions. #39,40p

 

Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational

Oct. 4: This year marks the 54th year of continuous operation for the Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational. Performing at the Invitational this year at 17 bands from all over West Michigan and beyond. The Invitational begins on Saturday, October 4 at 8 am with Opening Ceremonies and concludes at 1:45 with an awards ceremony. The Red Flannel Marching Band Invitational is held at Red Hawk Stadium at Cedar Springs High School. Spectator admission to the Invitational is $5 for seniors and students and $7 for all others. We hope you will join us on this very special day of marching and music! #39,40p

 

Library Book Sale

Oct. 4: Love books of every kind? Shop the bargains at the Friends of the Cedar Springs Library Book Sale, Red Flannel Day, Oct. 4, 10am-5pm across the street from the Kent Theatre. #39

 

Red Flannel Day Talent Show

Oct. 4: Come see great local talent perform on stage at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs. Saturday, October 4th, right after the Red Flannel Parade at about 4:30 pm. Tickets are  only $3.00. #39,40

 

Acoustic Instrumental Group

Oct. 6: Come join us for worship and fun through Christmas music. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:15 pm, October 6 thru November 24 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. For more information call Keith Caldwell 616-696-1246. #39,40p

 

Hope Community Church Fall Craft & Vendor Expo

Oct. 11: The best of your favorites plus a mix of exciting new crafters! Unique glassware – recycled artful items, glass blocks – really cool things for in and outdoors; wood items, toys, huge assortment of crochet/knit/sewn items from necklaces to totes to doll clothes and accessories. There will be many popular vendors there representing products we all know and love! Saturday, October 11 from 10 am to 3 pm. 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford (just north of Belding Road). For more information call Judy 616-340-2820 or judygistinger@yahoo.com. #39,40p

 

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Kent School Services Network to host parenting with purpose

 

September 23, 6:30-8:00 at Cedar Springs High School

What do lunches, books, haircuts, and speakers all have in common? They are all part of programs the Kent School Services Network has brought to Cedar Springs. KSSN is an initiative that involves many partners and services, with the primary goal being to increase student achievement.

KSSN is excited to offer a Parent Education Speaker Series this year on topics to cover everything from parenting, to anti-bullying, to emerging drug trends. The first in the series will be Parenting with a Purpose, on Tuesday, September 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cedar Springs High School auditorium.

The session, taught by Zsanara Hoskins, M.A. Educational Leadership, is about intentional parenting. The description reads: “We all want our children to be successful but what are we doing to set the tone for their achievement? We all have goals and dreams for our children, but are the things we are doing moving us towards those desired results? Parenting with Purpose is all about intentional parenting! In this session, we will take a deeper look at what it truly means to be an intentional parent. Through a practical approach, Zsanara teaches parents 8 steps they should do to be a parent of purpose and ensure their child’s success! Target audience is K-12.”

Future sessions in the series are:

October 21: “Y do you hate me?” (anti-bullying)

November 18: Online safety for youth

February 24: Languages of love

April 21: Emerging drug trends

KSSN is in 29 school sites and nine districts within the Kent ISD. While services vary from school to school, depending on what families are seeking, typical services include counseling, health care, DHS. Special events, workshops, and activities may also be offered at the schools. Placing services at school removes many barriers families have in finding services and helps keep students in class. When students are in class, they can keep learning and achieving. The school offers a welcoming place, builds relationships with families and serves as the “hub” of the neighborhood in meeting community needs. This also provides a one-stop location for families, making services easy to use.

This summer, KSSN staff coordinated with school personnel and community partners to help bring in some programs to the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. The CSPS Food Service was able to offer free lunches through their “Meet up and Eat Up” initiative.  Under the direction of Jane Webster, lunches were brought out to the Estates twice a week. Steve Seward, Assistant Superintendent, led the charge to spread the word to teachers and administrators, and rallied a troop of amazing staff who donated their time and their books to students. Children were read to, and given books.  Rachel VanHorn from the Kent County Health Department also ran programs, offering workshops on self-esteem, healthy decision-making, substance abuse, and conflict resolution.

Another program KSSN offered this year was free haircuts during open house at Cedar View and the Middle School. Stylists were recruited from the Random Acts of Hazel facebook page and donated their services. They were able to provide over 50 haircuts to students.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding KSSN, please feel free to contact Community School Coordinators:  Jennifer Willette (Cedar View) 696-9102 ext. 6295 Jodi West (Middle School) 696-9100 ext. 6278.

 

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The Moped and the Ferrari

 

 

A doctor buys a brand new Ferrari GTO that costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops at a red light.

An old man on a Moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?”

The doctor replies, “A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars!”

“That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?”

“Because this car can do up to 250 miles an hour!” states the doctor proudly.

The Moped driver asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?”

“No problem,” replies the doctor.

So the old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his Moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right… but I’ll stick with my Moped!”

Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds, the speedometer reads 150 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear window and wonders what it could be and then…

WHHHOOOOOOSSSSSHHH! Something whips by him going much faster!

“What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?” the doctor asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 175 mph.

Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the Moped! Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas and passes the moped at 210 mph.

He was feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN! Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 250 mph.

Not ten seconds later, he sees the Moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there’s nothing he can do!

Suddenly, the Moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end. The doctor stops and jumps out, and unbelievably, the old man is still alive. He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh my gosh! Is there anything I can do for you?”

The old man whispers, “Unhook my suspenders from your side mirror.”

 

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