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Doing the right thing


A man is in bed with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and rolls over.

Then, a louder knock follows.

“Aren’t you going to answer that?” asks his wife.

So he drags himself out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is a man standing at the door. It doesn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man is drunk.

“Hi there,” slurs the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, get lost. It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and slams the door.

He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says, “Dave, that wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the babysitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere he shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?”

And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”

So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, “Where are you?”

And the drunk replies, “I’m over here, on your swing.”

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Genealogy

A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?” 

The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and from them came the whole human race.”

Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered,  “Many years ago there were monkeys, from which the human race evolved.”

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, why is it that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?” 

The mother smiled and answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

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LIONS Club pancake breakfast benefit

Cedar Springs Lions Club presents a $158.00 benefit check to the Howard Christensen Nature Center

What’s better than a nice, hot breakfast prepared for you on a Saturday morning? How about a nice hot breakfast that also benefits nonprofit groups in the community? The Cedar Springs LIONS Club pancake breakfasts do just that. Recent breakfasts have benefited both the Cub Scouts and Howard Christensen Nature Center. There is one more breakfast to attend this spring, and this one will benefit the Cedar Springs Equestrian Team.

Cedar Springs Lions Club presents a $170.00 benefit check to the Cub Scouts Pack 3222.

The next Cedar Springs LIONS Club pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. 

Enjoy a hearty breakfast of all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, juice, and coffee, for $8 for adults, and $25 for a family (two adults and two children under age 12). Two dollars of each meal will be contributed to the team. Ticket or flyer must be presented for each person eating.

Hope to see you there!

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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.

theTable at The Springs Church

Apr. 4,11,18,25: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Easter Bunny at CS Library

Apr. 6: Saturday, April 6, 9am-12pm, The Easter Bunny is COMING to the Cedar Springs Library with special treats and a craft. His helper, Cassie Hall, will be sharing Easter stories every 30 minutes starting at 9:30 am until noon. HOP! HOP on down to 107 N. Main Street! #14

Lose weight sensibly with TOPS

Apr. 9: 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 weight 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. #14

Poetry Practice Workshops

Apr. 11,13,16,17: Learn poetry techniques that will help beginners and current poets perfect their works. We’ll cover rhyming and line breaks, simile and metaphor and abstraction and imagery at the workshops. Tyrone Township KDL, Thursday, April 11th at 3:30 pm for 3rd grade through high school. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL, Saturday, April 13th at 1:30 pm for 3rd grade through high school. Spencer Township KDL, Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 pm for 3rd grade through high school. Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL, Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm for teens and adults. #14-17p

Fish Fry at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Apr. 12: Courntland-Oakfield United Methodist Church’s annual Fish Fry will be held on Friday, April 12th from 4:30 – 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh cut french fries, cole slaw, coffee & punch and dessert. 3-piece dinner: $10, 2-piece dinner: $8, 1-piece dinner: $6. Hot dogs may be substituted for the same cost. All proceeds will go toward North Kent Connect. 10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford MI 49341. #14,15p

Gospel Concert at Gowen Bible

Apr. 13: Please plan to join us for an evening of song and praise at the “Praising Jesus” gospel concert at Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus on Saturday, April 13, 6:30-9:00 pm. Groups performing are the Traditional and Country Gospel Singers, the Pryer Sisters, and Riding for the Brand. This is a fundraiser for the 2019 Uganda Mission Trip. Suggested donation: Adult-$10, Children-$7; each includes a dessert and beverage. 100% of the proceeds will go to the fundraiser. Address is 16415 Meddler Ave, Sand Lake (2 miles north of Tow’s Country Store). Contact info@gowenbible.org or 616-984-2525 for questions or more information. #14,15p

Easter Egg-Stravaganza @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

Apr. 20: An Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a celebration for children 0-12 years will be held on Saturday, April 20th at the Solon Center Wesleyan Church. This year a whopping 10,000 Easter eggs will be available for 3 egg hunts including one for children with special needs. On display will be the Solon Township fire and rescue trucks, a Michigan State Police cruiser with child fingerprinting available & the Kent County Sheriff’s K-9 unit. There’ll be hot dogs, candy, face painting, games & bounce houses. A $1 photo booth will be on site as well. There will also be drawings and prizes, such as Easter baskets, movie gift cards, and 4 bicycles will be given as grand prizes!! Registration begins at 11 am, and the egg hunts begin at Noon. For more information go to: www.scwchurch.org or call the church office at 616-696-3229. www.scwchurch.org. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All families welcome! Like us on Facebook! #14-15b

Mother’s Day Gift Basket Raffle

May 4: Mother’s Day Gift Basket Raffle @ the CS Library – April to May 4th. Raise funds with the Friends of the Cedar Springs Library to support the Library’s Summer Reading Literacy Outreach 2019! Basket worth over $100 with gift cards and a handcrafted wooden bowl, etc. for $5 each or 5 tickets/$20. Tickets available at the Library. #14

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Hometown Happenings

theTable at The Springs Church

Mar. 28, Apr. 4: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

Lose weight sensibly with TOPS

Apr. 2: 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 weight 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. #13

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Apr. 2,9,14,23,30: 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

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Bravehart and the double crossings at the Kent

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe cordially invites you to our original Monty Python inspired performance of “Bravehart and the Double-Crossings.”

This telling of a telly tale…as told by the tellers of the tale to us, when we were but wee lads in the back country of Worcestershire, begins with the Queen Princess’ proclamation ordering the peasants of their quaint, but miserable little village to be exterminated by any means necessary.  

The untimely demise of Bravehart’s stout and hardy wife, the loss of Sven Svine’s various vegetables and Crazy Mary’s loss of honor (or lack thereof) leads the troupe on a quest of double-crossing and revenge.

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe is a group of old and new friends who laugh during practice and bond over post-practice beverages.  Please come out to support their amazing efforts, while enjoying a moderately entertaining story!  

The performances are at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main St., in Cedar Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Tickets are $6 for twelve and younger and $12 for thirteen and older. 

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Poetry workshops and reading


On Tuesday April 30, there will be a poetry reading at the Kent Theater, 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs for all ages. To sharpen your skills check out one of the following Poetry Practice workshops at a library near you.

Tyrone Township: On Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. for third grade through high school age. 

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Saturday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. for third grade through high school. 

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. for teens and adults.

Spencer Township: Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. for third grade through high school.

Then, on Tuesday, April 30, bring your best poem to read aloud. It is open to poetry participants as well as community members who have written their own verse. Please bring poetry that is appropriate for an all-ages program. The program is in partnership with the Cedar Springs Public Library.

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White House photos of President Ford on exhibit

Exhibit at Gerald R. Ford Museum opens March 25 with ribbon cutting and discussion featuring photographer David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales.

Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly’s exhibit “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 25 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring Kennerly and Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.

 “David’s work not only captured historic images of our father’s presidency, but also the personal side of our family,” said Bales. “We are blessed to have this beautiful photography available and open for the public to view.”

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” follows Ford’s presidency from the day he was appointed vice president to the end of his presidency. The exhibit is a collection of behind-closed-door images, including the inner workings of the White House, the Ford family, and the end of Ford’s presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.

 “Mr. Kennerly’s unprecedented access to President Ford and his family offers a candid look into historic events surrounding some of our nation’s darkest times while highlighting the president’s efforts to heal the country,” said Elaine Didier, director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. “We are honored to have these images on display and give the public an opportunity to view history as seen through the eyes of one of the nation’s highest regarded photographers.”

In 1972, Kennerly was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for a portfolio of his photos from the Vietnam War, the Ali-Frazier fight, refugees from East Pakistan in India, and combat in Cambodia. Two years later, at age 27, he accepted an appointment to serve as Ford’s chief presidential photographer.

 “I photographed every major event during President Ford’s time in office. I think the most important image that emerged from the thousands of photos was a close-up portrait of the president’s humanity,” said Kennerly. “It is a privilege to bring these images to the home of President Ford and allow the community to experience his presidency and the Ford family’s personal side.”

Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” by American Photo Magazine. He served as contributing editor for Newsweek for more than a decade and a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. Kennerly has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” and “David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.” He covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN, and was a major contributor to the network’s book, “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything.”  His exclusive photo of Trump taken two weeks after he was elected was featured on the cover.

 “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display through Sept. 2, 2019. The March 25 ribbon cutting and presentation are free and open for the public to attend.  


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Trucker lingo

A trucker came into a truck stop restaurant and placed his order. “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards.”

The brand-new waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. … What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?”

“No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires means three pancakes; a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up; and a pair of running boards is two slices of crisp bacon!”

“Oh … OK!” replied the waitress. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer.

The trucker asked, “What are the beans for?”

She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!”

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Amazing Race at Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Hundreds of racers will experience the largest and arguably the most scenic adventure race in the United States at the Michigan Adventure Race: Silver Lake Edition on June 1. Registration and details at www.miadventurerace.com.

Like the popular Amazing Race on television, teams (1-4 people) will set out running and biking in and near the Silver Lake Sand Dunes state park to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a map, finding as many as they can within the time limit. They’ll also encounter two special sections along the way: a short paddleboard on Silver Lake and an adrenaline-inducing plummet down the dunes on a sandboard (like a snowboard but they can sit or stand).

Racers can pick from either the 5-hour or 8-hour race. The courses are the same except the 8-hour race adds more gravel and paved road biking and an extra on-foot orienteering section in a hilly, forested dune area. For those who have never done an adventure race or used a compass, a free compass and navigation clinic will be offered on Saturday, May 18). Online resources are available for those who can’t attend (takes 15-30 minutes to learn to use a compass).

Friends and family are welcome to experience the race, although keeping up with the racers is an adventure itself. They can get copies of the race maps that will direct them to best areas to watch the racers.

The charity partner selected for this edition of the race is Grace Adventures, a year-round Christian organization working to strengthen spiritual, personal, and professional relationships for children, adults, and families through training, retreats, and camps. Proceeds from the race will go towards their scholarship program, which provided over $30,500 to students attending our summer camps in 2018.

For more information about the race and to register, go to www.miadventurerace.com and visit www.facebook.com/miadventurerace to join a growing community of adventure racers.

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