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Women’s Club scholarship applications available

 

Every year the Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards a $1000 scholarship to a female of any age, who resides in the Cedar Springs Public School District. The recipient may be considering any type of skill training or degree program. The scholarship is awarded based on a competitive process, which considers personal or academic achievement, as well as family, school and community activities. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin.

The Cedar Springs Women’s Club Scholarship Applications are now available at Cedar Springs High School, Creative Technologies Academy, New Beginnings Alternative High School, and the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Applicants must mail five copies of the completed application to the Cedar Springs Women’s Club and must be postmarked by March 15, 2017. For further information, call Sue at 616-696-0456.

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Gratitude

 

A post office employee had the job of processing all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day a letter came through his hands addressed in shaky handwriting to God, with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.

The letter read:

“Dear God,

I am an 87-year-old widow living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. I invited two friends over for Christmas dinner next week. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to and you are my only hope. Can you please help me?

Sincerely, Edna”

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to the other workers. Each dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96. They put the money into an envelope and sent it to the woman. All the rest of the day the workers felt a warm glow, thinking of Edna and the dinner she’d be able to share with her friends.

Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter arrived at the post office from the same old lady, addressed to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. It read:

“Dear God,

How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told them of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it was those guys at the post office.”

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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.


 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 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. #5

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 8,13,24,: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Wednesday, February 8th, at 10 am, Monday, February 13th, at 6 pm, and Friday, February 24th at 2 pm. 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 Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #5

Heart to Heart Craft Party

Feb. 11,14: Roses are red, violets are blue, join our Valentine event, just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. For children and families. Saturday, February 11th at 11 am to 12:30 pm and  Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 pm at Spencer Township KDL, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen. Tuesday, February 14, 10:30 am, at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #5

Cedar Springs Community Players Auditions

Feb. 13,14: Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production “Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens – Oh my!” It’s not Halloween, but the Cedar Springs Community Players are looking for actors who are ready to put their best monster foot forward and audition for their upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy one-act comedies. Needed are actors aged 15-60+ to portray zombies, cowboys, werewolves and aliens, along with some southern-fried, red-neck country folk. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th  from 6:30 to 8 pm each night. Production dates are March 24-26 at the Kent Theatre. Please check out our website cedarspringscommunityplayers.org for all the information! #4,5p

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MCC’s orchestra and choir seek participants

 

 

Montcalm Community College’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Alumni & Friends Choir seek members for their upcoming performance of “A Film Fantasy: Classics from the Silver Screen.”

The two groups will join for a spring performance on April 23 at 3 p.m. on MCC’s Sidney campus, featuring selections from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones.

Rehearsals for MCC’s Philharmonic orchestra begin Feb. 13. The orchestra is for instrumentalists with previous instrumental ensemble experience. Rehearsals are in the Greenville Middle School Band Room from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 13 through April 17, with no class on Feb. 20. The cost is $15 per person. Please contact Director Jeff Ayres at ayresj@greenville.k12.mi.us or (616) 894-1071 for more information.

Rehearsals for MCC’s Alumni and friends Choir begin Feb. 23. The choir is for students, alumni, faculty and community members who like to sing. No previous experience is required. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from Feb. 23 through April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room M211 in the Morford Building on the college’s Sidney campus. The cost is $15 per person. Please contact Director Valerie Vander Mark at valv@montcalm.edufor more information.

Registration is required to participate in the orchestra or choir. Please visit http://www.montcalm.edu/noncreditwww.montcalm.edu/noncredit to register online or call MCC’s Greenville campus at (616) 754-7706.

 

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Sen. MacGregor to hold office hours

 

State Senator Peter MacGregor will be holding office hours on Monday, January 30 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

“I will be available to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. Office hours are a one-on-one meeting with constituents, and in order to see as many people as possible please keep the conversation to ten to fifteen minutes. If your question requires additional time, please contact my office to set up an appointment,” he said.

For more information or to contact his office you can visit SenatorPeterMacGregor.com or call 1-855-347-8028.

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The missing car

 

After spending a couple of hours in the store, a woman couldn’t find her car keys. They weren’t in her purse or pocket. She panicked as she realized she must’ve left them in the car. Frantically she headed for the parking lot. Her husband had scolded her many times about leaving the keys in the ignition. “It will get stolen!” he would yell. She raced toward the spot she usually parked, and her heart dropped. Her husband was right. That side of the parking lot was empty, and her car was nowhere to be seen.

Tears welled in her eyes. “How could I have been so stupid?” she thought.

The woman walked back to the entrance of the store and called the police.

“We will put out an APB on your car,” said the nice policeman on the other end of the phone. We’ll let you know if we find it.”

The woman realized she was going to have to call her husband, but dreaded it. So she went back inside the store to the little coffee shop. She sat and drank a cup of coffee while trying to find the courage to call him.

After about a half hour, she pulled out her phone, and with a heavy heart she dialed his number. “Hello!” said a gruff voice on the other end.

The woman swallowed hard then broke the news as fast as she could. “Dear, I know you’ve told me a million times not to leave the keys in the car and I didn’t mean to but I did and now the car’s been stolen and I called the police and they are looking for it.”

There was a moment of silence on the other end. The woman could feel her heart pounding in her ears.

“Are you kidding me?” barked her husband. “I dropped you off!”

The woman felt like an idiot. She had totally forgotten. “Oh…that’s right,” she stammered. Embarrassed she asked, “Well, would you come and get me now?”

“I will!” he retorted. “Just as soon as I convince this cop I didn’t steal your darn car!”

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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.


TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 31: 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. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #4

Cedar Springs Community Players Auditions

Feb. 13,14: Auditions announced for upcoming CSCP production “Zombies, Werewolves and Aliens – Oh my!” It’s not Halloween, but the Cedar Springs Community Players are looking for actors who are ready to put their best monster foot forward and audition for their upcoming Sci-Fi/Fantasy one-act comedies. Needed are actors aged 15-60+ to portray zombies, cowboys, werewolves and aliens, along with some southern-fried, red-neck country folk. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th  from 6:30 to 8 pm each night. Production dates are March 24-26 at the Kent Theatre. Please check out our website cedarspringscommunityplayers.org for all the information! #4,5p

Audition Notice – Flat River Community Players

Feb. 20, 21: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the comedy “Sex Please, We’re 60” at 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday, February 20 and 21, at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville. Director Deb Dieckman is looking to cast 4 women and 2 men, all of mature ages (not necessarily in their 60’s) for the cast. Five performances are scheduled for April 21-23 and 28 &29. The first rehearsal, read-through, is planned for Friday February 24th. Interested auditioners with questions should contact Deb at dadieckman@gmail.com #4

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The Post travels to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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The Post recently traveled with Jim, Kelsey, Tyler, Chris and Trevor Ruark to St. Jude Children’s research hospital, in Memphis Tennessee. Kelsey (who is holding the Post newspaper in the photo) is a patient there. “We traveled there for her 10-year (last) check up,” explained Kelsey’s mom, Chris. “She was diagnosed with leukemia AML in 2006 and received a bone marrow transplant on Dec. 1, 2006, from her younger brother Tyler. Kelsey has gone back for yearly visits for 10 years. We were celebrating 10 years cancer free!”

Thanks so much for letting us celebrate with you! We are happy that Kelsey is cancer-free!

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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Sobriety test

 

A Michigan State trooper pulled a car over about 2 miles north of the Michigan/Indiana State line. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Ft. Wayne, IN to do a show at the Circus. He didn’t want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn’t give him a ticket. He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle. The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said he could, so the trooper got 5 flares, lit them and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the patrol car. A drunk got out, watched the performance, then staggered over to the patrol car, opened the rear door and got in. The trooper saw him and went over and asked the drunk what he thought he was doing.

The man laughed and said, “You might as well take my butt to jail, cause there ain’t no way I can pass that test!”

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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.


Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Jan. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, January 22nd 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 the Gitchel family with Joann Gitchel sharing a message. 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. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #3

Comedy improv at the Kent Theatre in January

Jan. 25: The Cedar Springs Community Players is pleased to announce its first annual comedy “Improv Night at the Kent” debuting on Wednesday, January 25th. Doors will open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7 pm. Local talent will take to the stage to entertain their audience for 90 minutes. Cost is only $5 at the door. It’s not The Second City, but in the same fashion, it should be an evening of grins and giggles as performers quickly create characters and dialog in the spur of a moment! #2,3p

KD aLe: Cedar Springs Brewery Tour

Jan. 25: Taste their traditional German style beer while touring the facility. Enjoy a discounted tasting flight following the tour of the brewery. Wednesday, January 25th  at 6:30 p.m., Cedar Spring Brewing Company, 95 N. Main, Cedar Springs. Please visit www.kdl.org for more information. #3

Take a “Winter Owl Walk” at MCC

Jan. 28: Montcalm Community College’s Nature Trails Committee offers a Winter Owl Walk on January 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Participants will learn about owl habitat and behavior from Instructor Cheryl Meyer, then walk on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails looking and listening for owls. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including boots or snowshoes. The group will meet in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. #3

Actors del Arte Ensemble Auditions

Jan. 31: Actors del Arte Ensemble (Rockford) are taking auditions for “The Waif” (story of Little Orphan Annie) on Tuesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 2nd fro 6 – 8 pm at Rockford Reformed Church, 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. Looking for men, women, teens, children (all ages). Call 616-874-5264 for details. #3

Velzy Park’s Valentine Dinner

Feb. 11: Velzy Park’s 2nd Annual Valentine Dinner is planned for February 11th  at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. This year’s event includes a spaghetti dinner, dessert auction, and 50/50 raffle. Pianist Courtney King will entertain and accept song requests. Tickets are $10 per person, or two for $18 and can be purchased from any committee member or at the Solon Township Hall. Call 616-696-1718 with any questions. Thank you for your support! #3

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