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Time for Cub Scouts

 

It is that time again where Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are selling popcorn in our community. You will see boys of all ages trying hard to earn their way to summer camp, which offers a fun and safe environment to learn and grow while developing interests and skills. These boys that are selling, live in our community and take part of everyday events and activities here in Cedar Springs. You may see them cleaning up parks and trails while on a hike, or participating in our Red Flannel parade.  Show your support for our local scouts by visiting a Popcorn booth near you to purchase yummy popcorn or to make a donation.

Boy Scouts of America encourages character building and development centered around good morals, and core values that offers a chance for boys to learn life skills that help them become successful adults and contributing members of society. The local Cub Scout packs focus on these values in all pack activities.

If you are interested in Volunteering for Cub Scouts or signing up you son, kindergarten to fifth grade join us for a Cub Scout sign up night Thursday September 15, at Beach elementary at 6:30pm.

Also Cub Scout Pack 3220 is hosting a Mother/Son Dance at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S Main St.  If you would like to join us for a fun activity to learn more about Cub Scouts please join us Saturday September 17th from 4-7 p.m.The cost is $10 per couple, at the door. This will include a grilled chicken and pasta dinner. We are asking that you RSVP due to limited space. RSVP to email cscubscoutpack3220@gmail.com.

 

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Principal rounds

 

It was the first day of school. As the principal made his rounds, he heard a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms. He rushed in and spotted one boy, taller than the others, who seemed to be making the most noise. He seized the lad, dragged him to the hall, and told him to wait there until he was excused.

Returning to the classroom, the principal restored order and lectured the class for half an hour about the importance of good behavior. “Now,” he said,” are there any questions?

One girl raised her hand. “Please sir, may we have our teacher back?” she asked.

“Where exactly is your teacher?”

The girl smiled. “He’s in the hall, sir.”

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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.

Red Flannel Prince and Princess Registration

ATTENTION KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!! Register your kindergarten boy or girl for the RED FLANNEL PRINCE AND PRINCESS Contest! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org to download a packet of information, pick one up at Kindergarten Roundup or call the Red Flannel Office at 616-696-2662. All students in the Cedar Springs School District (CTA, Algoma Chirstian, Home School) are eligible!! #33-36b

Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 9,10: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford, is having their annual Chicken BBQ, Rummage and Bake Sale. The rummage and bake sale is Friday, September 9th from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, September 10th, from 9 am to 7 pm. BBQ Chicken will be available on Saturday, September 10th from 4 to 7 pm. Half chicken and fixin’s, dine in or carry out. Vegan option available. $10.00. All proceeds go toward community programs in 2017. #35,36p

Car Bash – Michigan vs Michigan State

Sept. 10: Join us for a Car Bash – Michigan vs Michigan State and Solon Market Giveaways Saturday, September 10th to benefit Velsy Park. Market runs from 9 am until 1 pm and the Car Bash runs from 10 am until 12 pm. Support your team! No open toed shoes please. Rain or shine. Questions? 616-696-1848 or check out the event on Facebook/Solon Market. #36b

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Sept. 11: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, September 11th  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 duet of Maxine Vader and Leon Seiter. 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. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #36

Take off pounds sensibly

Sept.13: 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. #36

Help Promote Literacy

Sept. 15,23,28: 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 Thursday September 15th at 10 am, Friday September 23rd at 2 pm and Wednesday September 28th at 6 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. #36

Red Flannel Wine & Craft Beer Tasting

Sept. 17: A Red Flannel wine & craft beer tasting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6-9pm at the Whitefish Lake Golf and Grill, 2241 Bass Lake Rd., Pierson, MI. Local craft beer and wine tasting includes a delicious dinner with beer and/or wine samples. Only $40 per person. Buy tickets at the Red Flannel Offices, 18 S. Main St. There will also be a Silent Auction to benefit the RFF Queen’s Scholarship Fund. #36,37b

Howard City Harvest Festival

Sept. 17: Howard City will hold its 14th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 17th. For more information please check out the event schedule online at www.howardcity.org. #36b

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The Post travels to Japan

 

Christine Merlington, of Sand Lake, recently returned from a week-long visit to her son Robert Burmeister, who is in the U.S. Navy and stationed on the U.S.S. Antietam in Yokosuka, Japan.

Christine is standing in front of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture.

Thanks for taking us with you, Christine!

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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Car Bash to benefit Velzy Park

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Michigan vs. Michigan State

Just in time for football! The first annual Car Bash for Velzy Park, on Saturday, September 10, features a rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State fans as they try to bash the corresponding colors on the donated car. The Car Bash is the brain child of Velzy Park Committee’s Shelly Aardema, as the group continues its efforts to raise funds for the planned park located behind Solon Township Hall at 15185 Algoma Ave.  All proceeds will go to support the park. Participants should come prepared with closed-toed shoes. You must be at least 16 (with parents signature) and everyone must sign a waiver.

The Car Bash runs concurrent with Solon Market at 15185 Algoma Ave. but the hours for the Bash are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., while Market hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the bash are $2.00 a hit, $5.00 for 3 hits or $10.00 for 7 hits.  The Township is being assisted in these endeavors by donations from area automotive and retail businesses. Solon Fire and Rescue will be on hand to provide any needed services. Hammers bats and goggles will be provided. For more information, please contact Shelly Aardema at 616-696-1848 or check out Solon Market’s facebook page.  Like them for updates.

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Mackinac Bridge Walk less than a week away

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 August 29, 2016 – Have you made plans for the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk? If not, it’s coming up quick.

Gov. Rick Snyder will lead the expected 40,000 walkers across the 5-mile span beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Walkers can start across the bridge up until 11 a.m., and buses are available to bring walkers from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace for $5. All details on the walk are available on the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) website at www.mackinacbridge.org.

“Rain or shine, people love the annual bridge walk,” said MBA Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney. “It’s a great activity for friends and family, and an opportunity to take in the sights of the Straits area from a wonderful vantage point.”

For the fifth year in a row, the MBA and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are asking the public to share their bridge walk experiences on social media with photos and videos. One person sharing their memories will be chosen at random to receive a once-in-a-lifetime tour to the top of the Mackinac Bridge. Memories can be posted on MDOT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT, or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MightyMacWalk16. For contest details, go to the MDOT website: www.michigan.gov/mdot.

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Military Retiree Appreciation Day Sept. 24 in Selfridge

 

A military Retiree Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members/guests are eligible to attend to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs.

Photo identification is required for all personnel to access the installation.

Pre-registration is required, is limited to 600, and must be accomplished by Monday, Sept. 12. The registration form is available online at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Services/ACAP_Documents/2016_RAD_REGISTER.pdf and contains detailed information about the event. Direct any questions to 586-239-5580.

The registration form also contains a complete listing of Retiree Appreciation Day events being held throughout the Midwest.

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The bus stop

 

Two old men were sitting on a bench waiting for their bus. The buses were running late, and a lot of time passed. Finally, one man turned to the other and said, “You know, I’ve been sitting here so long, my butt fell asleep!”

The other man looked at him and said, “I know. I heard it snoring!”

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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.

Red Flannel Prince and Princess Registration

ATTENTION KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!! Register your kindergarten boy or girl for the RED FLANNEL PRINCE AND PRINCESS Contest! Visit www.redflannelfestival.org to download a packet of information, pick one up at Kindergarten Roundup or call the Red Flannel Office at 616-696-2662. All students in the Cedar Springs School District (CTA, Algoma Chirstian, Home School) are eligible!! #33-36b

SHINE Weight loss support group

Sept. 6&20: Meeting the first and third Tuesday of every month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The meetings are held locally in Pamela Cooke’s home. Each meeting will have a different topic. There is no weigh in, fees or dues. No buying of any pills, powders or pre-packaged foods. You are accountable to yourself. This is an open support group to anyone facing struggles with weight loss.
Contact 616-745-7000 for more info Or find us on Facebook: SHINE Weight loss support group. #35p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Sept. 6,13.20.27: 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. #35

Actors del Arte Ensemble of Rockford Auditions

Sept. 8,13: This is our 14th Season of theatrical productions. We are holding Auditions for: “A Cautionary Tale” (Once upon a time re-visited) Fairy Tales as you have never seen them before. Needed Adult men and women and Teens (12-17). September 8th and 13th from 6-8 pm at the  Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. Contact (616) 874-5264 for details. #35

Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 9,10: Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford, is having their annual Chicken BBQ, Rummage and Bake Sale. The rummage and bake sale is Friday, September 9th from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, September 10th, from 9 am to 7 pm. BBQ Chicken will be available on Saturday, September 10th from 4 to 7 pm. Half chicken and fixin’s, dine in or carry out. Vegan option available. $10.00. All proceeds go toward community programs in 2017. #35,36p

The Road Home Tour

Sept. 15: The Road Home Tour featuring Jason Crabb and Natasha Owens is coming September 15. Located at: 9530 N Federal Rd., Howard City, MI 49329. Doors open 6 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. $20 (online), $25 (day of), $50 (VIP), for tickets, visit: itickets.com/events/365663. Presented & hosted by: Crossroads Worship Center. #35,36p

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Bite-Size Ideas for Easy Entertaining

 

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Whether you’re prepping for an extravagant party or an impromptu get-together, being prepared with cupboard staples and entertaining tricks can help you take your gathering to the next level.

Make menu planning a breeze and put a unique twist on your party from start to finish with these great ideas from the experts at Dare Foods:

Snacks with flair. Use geometric cookie-cutters to bring thoughtful detail to essential hors d’oeuvres like crackers, cheese and melon slices.

Vivid votive. Fill mason jars with water and add slices of lemon or lime along with sprigs of rosemary. Float a tea light on top and place around the yard or on tables for a beautiful way to decorate your outdoor space.

Sparkler sendoff. Light up the night with festive sparklers for endless entertainment. Place them in a decorative pail and sit back as guests enjoy the photo opp.

When it comes to bite-size snacks, crackers are one pantry basic you can dress up or down for a wide range of party-worthy treats in minutes. For example, garden-fresh fixings atop crisp crackers make for light canapes that celebrate the best of summer flavors. Just start with one of Dare’s mouthwatering crackers, loaded with crunch and packed with flavor, and pile on the goodness.

If you’re looking for an elegant appetizer to wow dinner guests, a robust, crisp cracker makes the perfect base for a sweet corn salad and luxurious scallops. Or, for a delicious sweet treat, use Dare’s sweet potato cracker to lend a unique twist to a classic s’mores recipe.

Find more creative cracker recipes for your next event at darefoods.com.

Sauteed Corn, Feta, Cherry Tomato and Scallop Crackers

Scallop-crackersPrep time: 15 minutes

Servings: 10

  • 2 ears corn
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • salt
  • 10 large scallops
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons finely sliced basil
  • pepper
  • 10 Brenton Vinta crackers

Slice corn off of cob.

Heat vegetable oil in pan until hot, saute corn until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In another pan, heat vegetable oil until hot. Salt scallops then sear for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Slice in half to create 10 round scallop discs.

Mix corn, feta, tomatoes and basil together. Season with salt and pepper.

To compile, place spoonful of corn salad on each cracker. Top with 2 pieces of scallop and 1 sprig of basil.

 

Marshmallow, Chocolate, Sweet Potato Crackers

Marshmallow-crackersPrep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 10

  • 10 large marshmallows
  • 20 Breton sweet potato and ancient grain crackers
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

Heat broiler to low (set rack in top two-thirds of oven if low-heat setting is unavailable).

Place marshmallows on one cracker and broil 1-3 minutes, or until they begin to brown and soften.

Remove from oven and place 1 teaspoon chocolate chips onto hot marshmallows.

Let sit 1 minute to allow chocolate to soften.

Place cracker on top and enjoy.

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