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Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

Winner of the Best Lips Contest 2015 is #7 Smurky: Lynn Marion of Cedar Springs

This year’s Best Lips contest was the most controversal yet—due to a technical glitch that made it appear that votes were not being counted.  When we set up the poll at polldaddy.com it had 3 choices for repeat voters 1. Don’t block repeat voting, 2. Block by cookie (safest), and 3. Block by cookie and IP address. We chose #3 to keep someone from voting several times a day from the same home using different accounts, which is how we set it up every year. This caused quite the controversy when voters tried to vote from the same IP address. We were accused of rigging the contest, which we find funny because if we wanted to rig it we’d go back to the old way where WE chose the winners.

We started putting the lips contest online for YOU, the readers, to vote on in 2012. It started out a little slow we only had  282 votes that first year. But it caught on with a vengence the following year with 5,702 votes — we’re still not sure if that was accurate or a glitch. Then last year we had 614 votes but had a problem with the contest not shutting down at 5pm.  This year we had 549 votes but had several people report that it wasn’t counting their votes. We changed the repeat voters setting from #3 to #2, which seemed to fix the problem.

Results from polldaddy.com

Results from polldaddy.com

But with all the controversy, is it time to retire the Best Lips contest? Let us know how you feel by commenting below, or contacting us  by email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or comment on our facebook page and we will determine if it needs to be laid to rest for next year.

Our grand prize winner was #7 Smurky aka Lynn Marion, of Cedar Springs, with 127 votes. She won a $50 gift visa gift card, flowers and candy, compliments of The Cedar Springs POST.

Coming in second was #3-Dainty aka Chorissa Misner, of Cedar Springs with 116 votes.

Coming in third was #2-Sassy aka Brendalynn Eustice, of Byron Center, with 98 votes.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, and those who voted! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our grand prize winner may pick up her prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Friday, February 13 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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Cedar Springs Women’s Club scholarship available

 

The Cedar Springs Women’s Club awards an annual $1,000 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.

This Scholarship is awarded by June first of each year at the direction of the membership of the Cedar Springs Women’s Club, based on the recommendations of the scholarship selection committee. All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin.

Applications may be obtained at the Cedar Springs Public Library or at the counseling offices at Cedar Springs High School or Creative Technology Academy or by calling 616-696-0090 or 616-696-0456.

Applications must be mailed to the Scholarship Committee and must be postmarked by March 15, 2015.

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Baseball in heaven

 

Two senior citizens, Abe and Sol, are sitting on a park bench feeding pigeons and talking about baseball, like they do every day. Abe turns to Sol and says, “Do you think there’s baseball in heaven?”

Sol thinks about it for a minute and replies, “I don’t know. But let’s make a deal: if I die first, I’ll come back and tell you if there’s baseball in heaven, and if you die first, you do the same.”

They shake on it and sadly, a few months later, poor Abe passes on. One day soon afterward, Sol is sitting there feeding the pigeons by himself when he hears a voice whisper, “Sol…Sol…”

Sol responds, “Abe! Is that you?”

“Yes it is,” whispers Abe’s ghost.

Sol, still amazed asks, “So, is there baseball in heaven?”

“Well,” says Abe, “I’ve got good news and bad news.”

“Give me the good news first,” says Sol.

Abe says, “Well, there is baseball in heaven.”

“That’s great!” says Sol. “What news could be bad enough to ruin that?”

“You’re pitching on Friday.”

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Hometown Happenings

Free Movie at Cedar Springs UMC

Feb. 14: “The Song,” Free Movie, Free Popcorn, Free Drinks. At the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Saturday February 14th at 7:00 PM one showing only. Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander says,“I want to encourage you to grab your spouse and go check out THE SONG. It is an incredible movie. Korie and I watched it — and we loved it. So do yourself a favor and go see it.” “Ladies, I’m gonna tell you what you need to do,” echoed Duck Dynasty star Miss Kay Robertson. “Grab your husbands, your boyfriends, girls — whoever it takes — and go see THE SONG You will love it, and they will too. It’ll be worth it!” The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Church. #5,6p

Adoptive Family Meeting

Feb. 16: The Cedar Springs Area Adoptive Family Group will meet on February 16th from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St. Any adoptive family in the area is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Deidra Artecki at 616-458-7945. #6

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 17: 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. #6

Blood Drive

Feb. 17: Michigan Blood will have a blood drive at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs on Tuesday, February 17th. Note the TIME CHANGE: The drive begins at 12:30 pm and ends at 7 pm. After Sharing your heart on Valentine’s Day, share your blood the next Tuesday. #6

CS Senior All Night Fundraiser

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party Committee and Cedar Rock Sports Plex are hosting a fundraiser on February 20 from 9 to 11:30 pm. $8 per person ($2 skate rental). Come join in the fun! All ages are welcome. Ice skating and soccer. Cedar Rock Sports Plex 4758 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs. #5,6p

Cabin Fever Family Movie Night

Feb. 22: Join friends and family at Camp Lily’s for an evening of fun watching a family friendly movie. Check our website or call the office to find out what movie we will be screening. Sunday February 22nd from 6 to 8:30 pm. Donation of $3/ person or $10/family of four or more. Donation covers the cost of popcorn and beverages that will be provided. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #6

Cedar Springs Community Players Winter Production

Feb. 26: On February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30pm and March 1 at 2pm at the historic Kent Theater. “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances.” We are teaming up with Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy to bring you an evening of one-act plays. Each play will be a glimpse into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne will be presented by Creative Technologies Academy. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School . “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet will be presented by the Cedar Springs Players. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under) and can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets may be purchased at the door (adults $12, students $8). For more information, visit our Facebook page (Cedar Springs Community Players) or our website (CedarSpringsCommunityPlayers.org). #7,8p

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Time to Vote for Best Lips!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lip

It’s time to VOTE for the Best Lips in Cedar Springs!

You be the judge – Vote for your favorite lips below!

The entries are in! Now, it’s your turn to be the Judge! Vote for your favorite below. The entries have been numbered and nicknamed so every entry has a fair chance to win – this is no popularity contest! Voting starts at 5pm on Thursday, February 5. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 10th, at 5pm. The person with the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner. 

 

 

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Beauty and the Beast starts tonight

 

Shows Feb. 5-8 at Cedar Springs High School

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, along with some good old-fashioned fun, as over 60 cast members take the stage tonight at Cedar Springs High School for their winter musical, Beauty and the Beast. 

This classic tale is a charming love story about a young woman (Belle) who falls in love with a beast, who happens to be a prince placed under a spell. In order to escape the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved. If he doesn’t learn this before time runs out, he and his home will be under the spell forever.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Leads include Alexis Lucarelli as Belle; Sean Murphy as Maurice; Brandyn Kirchoff as Beast/Prince; Remington Sawade as Gaston; Dallas Mora as Lefou; Alec Falicki as Lumiere; Roland Nulph as Cogsworth; April Roberts as Mrs. Potts; and Sam Owens as Babette.

Shows are February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the high school main office, online at http://www.hprodcshs.com, and at the door.

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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. #5

TOPS weight loss support group

Feb. 10: 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. #5

Help Promote Literacy

Feb. 12: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Thursday, February 12th 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 located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #5

Valentine Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Feb. 13: East Nelson United Methodist Church Youth Group is having a fund raising romantic Valentine Dinner on Friday, February 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. A single ticket is $12 and a double ticket is $20. The menu is: Lasagna, regular, chicken Alfredo or vegetarian, tossed or Caesar salad, garlic bread, apple crisp with ice cream and caramel sauce, warm brownies with ice cream and hot fudge. Please join us at East Nelson UMC Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church at 616-696-0661. #5

Free Movie at Cedar Springs UMC

Feb. 14: “The Song,” Free Movie, Free Popcorn, Free Drinks. At the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Saturday February 14th at 7:00 PM one showing only. Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander says,“I want to encourage you to grab your spouse and go check out THE SONG. It is an incredible movie. Korie and I watched it — and we loved it. So do yourself a favor and go see it.” “Ladies, I’m gonna tell you what you need to do,” echoed Duck Dynasty star Miss Kay Robertson. “Grab your husbands, your boyfriends, girls — whoever it takes — and go see THE SONG You will love it, and they will too. It’ll be worth it!” The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Main and Church. #5,6p

Candlelight Snowshoe Walk

Feb. 14: Enjoy this tour-guided excursion through Howard Christensen Nature Center’s scenic trails. Snowshoe equipment provided. A two-mile hike through candlelit trails. We will also stop after one mile for valentines stories around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. If there isn’t enough snow we will still have the candlelit trail walk. Be prepared to “Love Games” Saturday, February 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Donation of $10 per person includes hot chocolate, coffee and a light refreshment. All ages welcome! The $10 per person includes one movie ticket per person to complete your date night to be used at your convenience. Must be pre-registered to qualify for movie tickets. Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #5

Heart to Heart Craft Party

Feb. 14: Roses are red, violets are blue, join our Valentine event, just for you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with snacks and crafts. For all ages. Saturday, February 14th at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #5

Roast Beef Dinner

Feb. 15: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park D. 330 Rockford Park Dr. will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday February 15th and every 3rd Sunday of each month thereafter. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, desert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at adults $9, kids 4 to 12 $7 and under 4 years free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #5

CS Senior All Night Fundraiser

Feb. 20: The Cedar Springs Senior All Night Party Committee and Cedar Rock Sports Plex are hosting a fundraiser on February 20 from 9 to 11:30 pm. $8 per person ($2 skate rental). Come join in the fun! All ages are welcome. Ice skating and soccer. Cedar Rock Sports Plex 4758 Cornfield Drive, Cedar Springs. #5,6p

Whitetails Unlimited Banquet

Mar. 21: Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the 8th Annual Cedar Springs Banquet on Saturday, March 21, at the American Legion, 91 N. 1st Street, Cedar Springs. This special event will feature a buffet dinner, auction and prizes with a wide variety of products such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting and outdoor-related equipment, artwork and collectibles only available at WTU events. The social hour begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 each, $25 for a spouse, or $25 for juniors 15 and under. Ticket order deadline is March 14th and tickets will not be sold at the door. To order tickets call Brian Egan at 616-291-5335, WTU Headquarters at 800-274-5475 or online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com. #5

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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.

 

Ice Skating at HCNC

NOW: Ice skating is available on Tadpole Pond during business hours for $1 skate rentals. No registration is required, folks can simply show up, fill out the form and skate! We check the ice daily and will have it clearly posted if/when it is unsafe for skating. People may bring their own skates, at their own risk, but we ask for a donation to help cover the costs of maintaining the “rink”. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. Hours: closed Monday, Tuesday – Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, Friday, 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 pm.  #4

Help decorate CS Library with Valentines

Feb. 2: Starting February 2, help decorate the Cedar Springs Library for the month of February. Bring in a homemade Valentine decoration and receive a box of Valentine cards (28-34 in a box) while supplies last. The library is located at 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs. #4

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Feb. 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. #4

Beauty and the Beast

Feb. 5-8: Cedar Springs High School is proudly presenting Beauty and the Beast for their winter musical. Evening shows are on February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00pm, with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00pm in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $10, and can be bought from any cast member, the high school main office, or online at http://www.hprodcshs.com. Tickets can be bought at the door if they are still available on the night of the show. #4.

Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 7: Be a proud Michigander, get our and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, longest ball (golf) snowshoe walks (free) with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, try doing the hula hoop contest (going the longest), bubble-blowing (watch them freeze if below 32), make a homemade snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create your own snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chilli or some s’mores by the outdoor campfire. And yes cookies! Saturday, February 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Donation of $6/ person or $20 for family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #4

 

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Time to pucker up!

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

Best Lips 2014 winner, Amanda McGovern’s lips.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for some fun at the Post. As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female! Show us your lips by entering our 22nd annual “Best Lips” contest by February 2. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper on Thursday, February 5. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 12 edition.

Click link below to download and print your entry!

BestLips2015.pdf

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Learned from a snowman

All I need to know about life I learned from a snowman….

  • It’s okay if you’re a little bottom heavy.
  • Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.
  • Wearing white is always appropriate.
  • Winter is the best of the four seasons.
  • It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.
  • There’s nothing better than a foul weather friend.
  • We’re all made up of mostly water.
  • You know you’ve made it when they write a song about you.
  • Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
  • Avoid yellow snow.
  • Don’t get too much sun.
  • It’s embarrassing when you can’t look down and see your feet.
  • It’s fun to hang out in your front yard.
  • Always put your best foot forward.
  • There’s no stopping you once you’re on a roll.

 

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