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Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Cedar Springs Post Easter Coloring Contest sponsored by Northwest Kent Mechanical.

Entries came from all over the area including Cedar Springs, Rockford, Sand Lake, Pierson, Sparta, and Greenville. 

Congrats go to Reese Szudzik, of Rockford,  who won in the 4-5 yrs. age group. Alana Smith, of Cedar Springs took 1st place in the 5-7 yrs. division. And 1st place for 8-10 yrs. competitors goes to artist Adeline Bender, of Cedar Springs for her creative  art. Good job to all of the entries!

Prize baskets may be picked up at The Post Newspaper office located at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs on Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or next week during regular business hours.

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“Saturday Morning Cartoons” at the Kent Theatre

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe pays tribute to childhood memories with their version of Saturday Morning Cartoons featuring the Super Friends and special guest appearances by the Mystery Teens, Thelma and Shaggly.

The story unfolds with Mr. Pen Quin and his villainous gang implementing an audacious plan to steal the valuable golden monkey. Or is that plan really just a ruse, so they can actually steal a legendary world class gem? And are they going to sell the ill-gained, luxurious loot, so Harley Quint can get the help her mother says she so urgently needs? Or will Mr. Pen Quin use it to gain control of the Hall of the League of Justice Headquarters and then the whole City of Metropolis?

Tune in at the Kent Theater on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a fun-filled, family friendly episode of tantalizing trickery, devious double-crossing and fantastical fighting free-for-alls with Superbman, Wonderous Woman, Bat Guy, The Robins, Flashy, Mr. Pen Quin, Riddles, The Jokester, Cat Lady, Harley Quint, and Thelma and Shaggly…Zoiks!!!

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The wonders of hair spray

A man was driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but he was not in time. The basket of eggs and candy went flying all over the place. The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled
over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of
the Bunny carrying the basket. 

Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was very still. The driver felt guilty and began to cry. A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side
of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the
man what was wrong.
 
“I feel terrible,” he explained, “I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny
and I think I killed it. What should I do?”
 
The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She
went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can on to the little furry animal.
 
Miraculously the Easter Bunny came to back life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. Fifty yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned and waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again.
 
The man was astonished. He said to the woman, “What in heaven’s name is in your spray can?” 

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said:
“Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.”

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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.


Services at Rockford Springs Community Church

Mar. 29, Apr. 1: You are invited to Easter Services at Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. Maundy Thursday Service on March 29th at 7 pm and Easter Worship on April 1st at 9:30 am. #13p

Good Friday “Walk to Remember”

Mar. 30: Good Friday “Walk to Remember” noon – 1:30 pm. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk. #12,13p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center Wesleyan

Mar. 31: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church featuring a Special Needs Egg Hunt. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, face painting & 4,000 Easter eggs for egg hunts for all children up to 10 years. On display will be Solon Township fire and rescue trucks, a Michigan State Police cruiser & Kent County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and an authentic race car with driver Austin Hull. Registration begins at 11 am, and egg hunts begin at Noon. There will also be drawings and prizes, such as Easter baskets, a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park, and bicycles donated by Meijer will be given as grand prizes! For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! #12,13b

“Gospel Message” at Hillcrest Community Church

Mar. 31,Apr.1: Are you curious? Are you looking for a safe environment for your children to learn about Jesus? Are you looking for a place to call home? Then come on down to Hillcrest Community Church and experience the “Gospel Message!” There will be two services, Saturday, March 31 at 6 pm and Sunday, April 1st at 10 am. We invite you and a guest to come, taste and see that the Lord is good and to welcome you home. Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd.l, Cedar Springs. #13

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Apr. 3,10,17,24: 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. #13

Team Puzzle Contest

Apr. 14: There will be a Puzzle Contest on Saturday, April 14th at Cedar Springs Middle School, 2-3 pm, as part of the Cedar Springs Friends of the Library Quilt Show. Admission is $2 per person for the show. Bring your team of up to 4 people and try to be the first to put a 500 piece puzzle together. Proceeds of the quilt show go to the Cedar Springs Public Library. For more information, call Kaye @ 616-490-2493. #13,14p

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A great achievement at TOPS

Donna Ripley

Donna Ripley has become a 10-year KOP (Keep OFF Pounds) member of TOPS. Donna has been a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in Sand Lake for 13 years. When she joined TOPS she went to her doctor to get a goal weight. In order to get to her goal weight she needed to lose 40 pounds. This took Donna three years. After 10 years she still maintains her goal weight. She said that having a weigh-in each week keeps her accountable and the many friends that she has made at TOPS have kept her on track.

Congratulations on a great achievement.

TOPS meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for weigh-ins followed by a meeting from 9-10. Everyone is welcome. If interested call Martha Bobb at 616-696-1039.

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American Red Cross Hosting Benefit Concert

Featuring local band The Accidentals

In 2017, American Red Cross volunteers responded to three historic back-to-back hurricanes—Harvey, Irma and Maria—and the deadliest wildfires in California’s history. These volunteers are heroes for their selfless service in time of need. West Michigan is also fortunate to have its own heroes serving our communities right here at home, and the Red Cross of West Michigan will honor them at the 2018 Hometown Heroes Encore Event on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids.

The Red Cross of West Michigan has celebrated more than 50 individuals over the past decade at this annual event for their commitment to service. The evening is a celebration of humanity, as well as an opportunity to connect with members of the community, Red Cross staff and volunteers. In addition to networking and live music, Hometown Heroes Encore will include a cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and a live auction.

The evening’s musical headliner will be The Accidentals, one of Yahoo! Music’s top ten bands to watch in 2017. The benefit concert portion of the evening is open to the public. Ticket information is available at www.redcross.org/HometownHeroesEncore.

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FRCP to perform “Wait until dark”

FRCP cast members in “Wait Until Dark” rehearsal – (from left) Kyle King, Chris Swanson, Becky Tower, Lyle Fales, and Jaci Taylor.

The first production of 2018 for the Flat River Community Players is the classic thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” by Frederick Knott. First on Broadway in 1966, the play involves a lone woman who is the victim of a complex criminal plot.  

The action focuses on Susy, who unwittingly becomes trapped in the center of a dangerous con game. Criminal thugs cleverly convince her that her husband Sam is the prime suspect in a theft and murder. They urge her to help them find the key to his innocence—a doll, which unbeknownst to Susy, contains smuggled heroin.  

Finding the doll and suspecting the men are not who they claim to be, Susy refuses to hand it over. She realizes she needs to force the bad guys to play by her rules…in the dark! Oh, yes. One more important fact: Suzy is blind. What follows is one of the most tension-filled scenes in modern theatre.

Director Larry Moss, whose other directing credits with the FRCP include terrific productions of  “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Dracula,” and “A Few Good Men,” has chosen a cast for “Wait Until Dark” that’s a mixture of long-time Players with newcomers to the group.  

Leading the cast as Susy and Sam Hendrix are Becky Tower and Ryan Garlick. Appearing as Sgt. Carlino is Lyle Fales. New to the FRCP, Jaci Taylor is playing Sam and Susy’s young neighbor girl, Gloria. Kyle King is also a Player for the first time, taking on the role of Mike Talman. Chris Swanson plays Harry Roat, Jr. 

Working with Moss on the show is his producer/assistant director, Roxanne “Rocky” Hutchinson. Doug Stek is the set designer, and Brittany Bassett serves as stage manager. Jessica Gilbertson is the show’s costumer and set dresser. Skip Schuster is handling props.

The FRCP production of “Wait Until Dark” runs for five performances:  April 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens 60 and over, and $11 for students 18 and under. General seating admission tickets are available at the Greenville Area Community Center during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Tickets may be reserved online with MasterCard or VISA at www.flatriver.showclix.com (or by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS).     

If you have any questions about tickets, this show, or anything else about the FRCP, call the Players at (616) 754-8207. You can also visit the website www.frcplayers.org, where there is a link to the FRCP Facebook page.

The Flat River Community Players group has been producing live comedies, dramas, and musicals in the Greenville Area for over 40 years.  Every local production is great fun and a valuable learning experience for the participants, both onstage and in the audience!

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Who is more important?

 

An alleged radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland many years ago:

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. 

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. 

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. 

Canadians: No. I say again, you need to divert YOUR course. 

Americans: (Sternly) This is the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship!

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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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.


Senior Center Starting in Sand Lake

Mar. 23,30: On Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm, we are starting a Senior Center. It is held at the Nelson Township Library in Sand Lake. Every Senior is welcome. We have available games, trivia, puzzles and other activities for Seniors. We have the coffee on and plenty of conversation. Come and join us ! #12

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 25: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 25th 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 Michelle Emmory and Katie Schmidt with a special message from Joan Gitchel. 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! #12b

TOPS weight loss support group

Mar. 27: 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 Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #12

Sand Lake Village Churches

Mar. 30: Good Friday “Walk to Remember” noon – 1:30 pm. Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church. Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk. #12,13b

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center Wesleyan

Mar. 31: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children will be held on Saturday, March 31st at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church featuring a Special Needs Egg Hunt. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, face painting & 4,000 Easter eggs for egg hunts for all children up to 10 years. On display will be Solon Township fire and rescue trucks, a Michigan State Police cruiser & Kent County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and an authentic race car with driver Austin Hull. Registration begins at 11 am, and egg hunts begin at Noon. There will also be drawings and prizes, such as Easter baskets, a trip to Altitude Trampoline Park, and bicycles donated by Meijer will be given as grand prizes! For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 696-3229. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! #12,13b

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The Post travels to Hawaii

The Cedar Springs Post recently left the chilly Michigan weather behind and traveled to warmer weather in our 50th state—Hawaii—with Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack.

He is shown here with the Post in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue in front of Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

We are jealous, Mike! Please bring back some of that warm weather with you!

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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