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Superheroes to make special appearance at car show

The Dark Knight of Michigan gives a thumbs up in a recent parade appearance. He will be on hand with his bat bike from 11-1 at the museum’s summer car show this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Dana Hess.

By Judy Reed

The annual car show at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum this Saturday will have a wide variety of antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display—and a really cool superhero vehicle for the kids as well. 

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Morley Park, on Cedar Street in Cedar Springs. Special guests include the Cedar Springs Fire Department, and DJ JoJo Girard from radio station WFGR 98.7 will be on site playing those golden oldies for all to enjoy. Maranatha Baptist Church will serve donuts in the morning, and a free hot dog lunch. Biggby Coffee to provide coffee. There will be trophies and prizes, and dash plaques to the first 100 cars.

Also on hand for the kiddoes will be the Cosplay Crusaders, including Thor and the Black Panther, and the Dark Knight of Michigan with his bat bike. Kids can sit in the bike for a donation from 11 to 1 p.m. The Crusaders will be there about 10 a.m. All proceeds collected from the bat bike will go to the Howard Christiansen Nature Center (HCNC). The effort is a fundraiser by Cub Scout Ryan Hess, age 8.

According to Ryan’s mom, Dana, he had to identify an issue in the community and present it to the Cub Scout committee. He chose to do a pop can drive for HCNC after hearing of them needing funding to pay their bills. It started in the spring but they have extended the drive, and there will be also be a trailer on site to take pop cans if people want to bring them. Other Cub Scouts from pack 3220 will also be on hand, and they will be selling beef sticks. Proceeds from all those things will go to HCNC. 

See ad for car show here

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Library community forum and focus group


The Cedar Springs Library Board is ready to develop another 3-5 year strategic plan, with a focus on the new library now that it has been open for an entire year. Please accept this invitation to participate in a Community Forum and Focus Group. The purpose of the focus groups is to identify areas of need in our community, including technology, library programming for all ages, library resources, security/safety, operations and public relations. Please RSVP by August 7 if you would like to participate. 

WHAT: Cedar Springs Public Library Strategic Planning Focus Group

WHEN: Thursday, August 16th at 6:00pm -7:30pm

WHERE: Cedar Springs Public Library Community Room

RSVP:  By August 7th to Donna Clark at ced@llcoop.org or (616) 901-7173

Your participation is needed and greatly appreciated! We look forward to working with you, envisioning together a great future of meaningful Library services for the families of Cedar Springs.

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It’s fairy-tale time again


“Daddy,” a little girl asked her father, “do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time…’?”

“No, sweetheart,” he answered. “Some begin with, ‘If I am elected.’”

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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.

Yard Sale Fundraiser

Aug. 2,3: Resurrection Lutheran Preschool’s fundraiser Yard Sale, 48 West Lake St., Sand Lake is Thursday, August 2nd & Friday, August 3rd from 9 am – 5 pm. **Now enrolling 3 & 4 year olds for our 2018/2019 school year.** #30

Sand Lake Community Picnic

Aug. 5: The Sand Lake Community Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 5th from 1 to 3 pm at Salisbury Park on Lake St. Come join us for this free event that includes food, games, music and fun for all. Lets take a day and mingle with our neighbors and have some fun. Back to School supplies for the kids will also be passed out during the picnic. Can’t wait too see you all there. #30

VBS at Huggard Bible Church

Aug. 5-8: Please come join us for Vacation Bible School for ages 3 thru end of 6th Grade starting Sunday evening August 5 from 6:30 – 8 pm and going thru Wednesday, August 8th. Time Lab: Discovering Jesus from Eternity Past to Eternity Future. Huggard Bible Church, 8860 – 21 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, 616-636-5561. #30,31b

Draw some AWESOME!

Aug. 6: Comic Book Illustrating with Wade Gugino. Participants will do a very simple single-page graphic novel/comic book type layout. We’ll draw together, learning layout, character development, proportion, expression, gesture, action, shot choice and light and dark. We will draw with pencil, but teens will leave with a template to ink the drawing in at home later. Paper and pencils provided. Monday, August 6, 2:00 pm, Nelson Township /Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #30

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 7: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday, August 7th from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, August 9th from 6-9pm,  Saturday, August 11th from 8 am-3:30 pm. #29,30b

You Want Me to Read What? @ HCNC

Aug. 16: Introducing Think Spell Write: a reading program for students who are still struggling to read and write fluently despite having had reading instruction. Think Spell Write can be used with upper elementary through high school students, adults and English Language learners. It is a user friendly program designed for educators and other professionals who wish to teach struggling readers and is based on extensive, effective and successful implementation of the program with struggling readers of various ages. Join us August 16, from 9 am to 2 pm, for a one day in-service on this new reading program presented by the author: Ellen M. Murray, M.Ed. Fee is $40 which includes lunch. Printed materials for Think Spell Write will be available for purchase. Howard Christensen Nature Center’s Camp Lily’s Retreat Center, 530 – 20 Mile Rd., Kent City. Register at www.howardchristensen.org. #30

Vietnam Veterans Thank You Dinner

Aug. 17: Vietnam Veterans are invited to the 4th Annual Vietnam Veterans Thank You Dinner hosted by the Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The dinner will be held Friday, August 17, from 5-7 pm at the Boat and Canoe Club, 401 North Park St NE, Grand Rapids, 49525. Vietnam Veterans and their spouses are free; all other guests are $5. No RSVP needed. DAR is a commemorative partner with the The United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, established by Congress, to “thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.” For more info about our Grand Rapids-area DAR chapter, visit our website at www.sophiedemarsaccampauchapter.org. #30

Class of 1973 Reunion

Aug. 18: The Class of 1973 Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 7 pm. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP required. Call Gail Armstrong for more information. 616-799-2410. #30

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Post travels to northern Michigan

Tim and Dorothy Scott, of Cedar Springs, recently traveled with their children, Lilly and Allison, to both Mackinac Island, and the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie. And they took the Post with them! Thank you to the Scott family for sending us your photo, and we hope you had a great time!

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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Saving Our History

By Lois Allen

History is unfolding every week. Here in Cedar Springs news is not covered by CNN or other national news agencies, but by a local journalist on the beat.

Thanks to Nancy Nielsen and Donna Clark along with hubby Daniel Clark, Cedar Springs history is much closer to lasting forever in print. The hard cover editions of The Post for 2016 and 2017— all 104 issues, will be bound and donated to the Cedar Springs Historical Society. These local residents will go down in history as contributors to our local heritage, it’s people and it’s growth.

A hundred years from now, our children’s, children’s, children will be able to read all about it. While electronic archives are subject to glitches and even crashes, we can be assured that the hard cover, hard copies will stand the test of time… and technology. These books are a permanent “back-up” that will never go out of style.

Currently, we are just a few dollars shy of making it happen. Our total to date is at $325. The cost of the books for the two years to be bound into hard cover is $500. Only $175 left to raise.

Take a place in history of Cedar Springs, i.e. in The Cedar Springs Post. You may send any amount to help us reach our financial goal.

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No Novacaine


A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. 

“I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novacaine because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.” 

The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?” 

The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.”

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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.

Donations needed for CS Bands

Rummage Sale

July 21: Cedar Springs Bands will be holding a rummage sale at the High School August 1st – 3rd (times pending). If you would like to donate your gently used items, date and drop off times are: July 21, 23, and 24th from 10 am to 2 pm. At the back of the High School by the band room. Please Contract LeeAnne Whilden (616-304-1545) for additional times.*All profits made during the rummage sale will go to Cedar Springs Music Boosters.* #29

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

July 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, July 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). Music and ministry will be shared by the group, Patty Ann and The North Country Band, who will share their message through their musical talents. 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! #29b

Archeology Workshop @ HCNC

July 24-26: Uncover artifacts from Howard Christensen Nature Center’s past. July 24-26 from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost $20 members, $24 nonmembers. Minimum age: 9 years old. Lead by Interpretive Instructor, Karen Fiebig, this workshop will require hard work. Please bring gloves, a trowel, a shovel, an old paint brush, lunch and bottled water – all labeled with your name. The number of participants will be determined by the number of adults available to supervise younger participants. May be a first come, first serve event, so please register. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine, Kent City. 616-675-3158, info@howardchristensen.org, www.howardchristensen.org. #28,29p

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church 

July 25: The Pine Grove Senior Café presents Grandma’s Table.  She’s serving Baked Barbecued Chicken and for dessert her special Something with Blueberries.  Ya know there’s a strong possibility she’ll set a veggie, a salad or relish plate down in front of ya.  For all those age 60 and over we’re offering you a seat at Grandma’s Table at Noon the 25th of  July.  In case you forgot where Grandma’s Table is, it’s right over here on the northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #29

Kooombah Rain Sticks @ KDL!

July 25: Koo-oom-bah means creativity in Swahili! Join us and get creative using your imagination and a few craft supplies to create your own rain stick! For school-age children. Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 pm at Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

Help Promote Literacy

July 25: The need is urgent! The Literacy Center of West Michigan is offering an informational meeting on Wednesday, July 25th at 10 am for prospective volunteer tutors. It will last one hour. It provides potential volunteers the opportunity to find out more about the Literacy Center and the role of a volunteer tutor. No experience necessary! We provide our volunteers with all the training they need to be successful tutors for our adult learners. 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. #29

Senior Stroll at HCNC

July 27: Join Senior Naturalist, Joyce Hosmer, the last Friday of the Month for leisurely walk through the woods at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Joyce will lead you along our quiet trails while pointing out the plants and wildlife that inhabit our little piece of the planet. Friday, July 27th from 1 – 3 pm. If it rains, we will reschedule for the next Friday. Cost: Members $3.00, nonmembers $5. Refreshments provided. Limited to 25 people. Call to register 616-675-3158 or visit our website: www.howardchristensen.org. 16190 Red Pine Rd., Kent City. #29

Ensley Crime Watch 5K & Picnic

July 28: The Ensley Crime Watch Annual 5K and Community Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 28th at Baptist Lake Park, 8810 Oak Drive, Sand Lake. All ages are welcome to join the fun! Pre-registration forms for the 5K race and details of our annual event is available on line at http://ensleytownship.org/crime watch.htm. Race: Saturday, July 28th begins at 9 am (registration the day of the race at 8:30 am) Picnic: Saturday, July 28th begins at 11:30 am. Firemen grill hotdogs and additional items on the menu are chips, cookies, homemade pies, coffee, pop and more. There is a small fee for the food. Special guests include the Sand Lake fire department (trucks and equipment), Newaygo County Sheriff (K9 team, SWAT vehicles, Marine Patrol and Dive team), kids bounce house. There will be a 50/50 raffle, and nearly $1,000 in prizes that was donated by local businesses and individuals will be raffled off. The afternoon concludes with candidates running for local office available for a meet and greet. All proceeds for the events will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase life saving rescue equipment. #28,29p

Touch a Truck

July 28: A close up look at big trucks! There will be an assortment of awesome vehicles on hand to explore, plus the pros who operate them. Decorate your own hard hat Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am to noon, Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #29

Team Building at HCNC

July 30-Aug. 3: Team Building Summer Camp. What makes a team, a team? What makes one team more successful than another? Campers will focus on what it takes to build a successful team as well as how to be a team player with an emphasis on communication, trust, teamwork, cooperation and a whole lot of team games. July 30 to August 3 from 10 am to 2 pm. Cost $40 for the week. Can’t make to whole camp? Daily fee $10. Howard Christensen Nature Center. Call to register 616-675-3158 or visit our website: www.howardchristensen.org. 16190 Red Pine Rd., Kent City. #29

Register Now For Free Hunter Education

Aug. 7: To register for firearm Hunter Safety Classes  at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545 after 6 pm. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, will be Tuesday, August 7th from 6-9 pm,  Thursday, August 9th from 6-9pm,  Saturday, August 11th from 8 am-3:30 pm. #29,30b

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month

Did you know that the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year? 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. 

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.

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.

Check out some of the ice cream shops on page 9 or our e-edition, or try making the blueberry ice cream recipe. You just might find something new you like!

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Baked Meringues with Blueberry Ice Cream  

Baked Meringues with Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberry Compote Ingredients

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean

3 cups blueberries

Blueberry Ice Cream Ingredients

1 cup blueberry compote

1 ¼ cups whole milk

1 ¼ cup heavy cream

½ cup sugar

¼ cup buttermilk

6 extra large egg yolks

Meringues Ingredients

4 egg whites

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

Blueberry Compote Instructions

In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve sugar in with 1/3 cup of water; add vanilla bean, do not stir. Cook until the sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture turns into a thick syrup, about five minutes.

Add blueberries, stirring for 4-5 minutes.

Transfer compote to a container and let cool. Remove vanilla bean; set aside.

Notes & Tips: Reserve two cold plates in the freezer to pour the hot fruit onto so it cools faster. You can make this step a day ahead of time.

Blueberry Ice Cream Instructions

In a blender, blend blueberry compote until smooth. Strain thru a colander; set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg yolks; set aside.

In a medium sized pot over medium-high heat, combine milk, heavy cream and sugar; bring to a boil.  Temper the egg yolks with the hot mixture by adding a ladleful at a time while whisking the yolks vigorously, until all the hot liquid has been added. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a separate container.  Chill the mixture over a bowl of ice. Once the ice cream base is cool, whisk in the buttermilk and blueberry purée.

Notes & Tips: Have a small metal measuring cup close by to easily transfer the hot milk into the eggs. Whisk the whole time! Place the separate container over the ice before you start warming your milk- it’ll make the cooling process go faster. Be sure to cool this mixture completely before placing in your ice cream maker. This mixture can also be made and refrigerated the day before using the ice cream maker.

Run the mixture in your ice cream machine following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the finished ice cream in the freezer, and let it firm up completely, at least 4 hours.

Meringues Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300ºF and set two oven racks in the middle positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Notes & Tips: If you’re using a convection oven, be sure to leave the convection feature on, but lower the temp to 280 F.

In a heat resistant mixing bowl, combine the egg whites and sugar. Put one cup of water in a saucepan.

In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring one cup of water to a simmer.  Place the  bowl with egg whites and sugar the saucepan and using a hand whisk, beat the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.

In a stand up mixer, set with the wire whisk attachment, beat the egg whites mixture until it forms firm and shiny peaks.

Spoon twelve large dollops of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets (6 per sheet) and flatten them a bit with the back of a spoon so they look like a disc about 3-inches in diameter, and 1-inch thick. Make sure the meringues are at least 2 inches apart, because they will expand as they bake.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour. To check if the meringues are ready, gently pull one meringue off the parchment paper – if it peels off easily take the baking sheets out of the oven. If the meringues seem to stick to the paper, leave in the oven for another 10 minutes. Let the meringues cool completely on the tray before using.

In a stand up mixer of with a hand whisk, whip heavy cream with the crème fraîche until it forms soft peaks.

To serve: Place six meringues on individual plates.   Spoon a generous dollop of whipped cream on top of each meringue, put a large scoop of blueberry ice cream on each meringue and top with remaining compote.

Number of servings (yield): 6

Nutrition Per Portion:

844 calories

10 g protein

0 g dietary fiber

108 g carbohydrates

43 g fat

24 g saturated fat

Preparation time: 2 hours

Recipe from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council


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