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Community open house for North Country Trail

 

Tuesday, July 21

Come learn more about an effort to bring America’s longest national scenic trail through Kent County. The North Country Trail Association and National Park Service will have information and maps available at the Cedar Springs Community Development Building team meeting on July 21. They are conducting an Optimal Location Review (OLR) process to find the best route for the trail in this area. The community is invited to ask questions, get information, give feedback, and provide insight into possible routing options for the trail.

The meeting will be hosted at the Hilltop Community Resource Center in Cedar Springs, in the board room, on the 3rd floor, 204 E. Muskegon St.

The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m., with an open house style session, with the Community Development meeting following at 6:00 p.m. to discuss various route alternatives. Time will be set aside afterwards for further questions and discussion.

The North Country Trail seeks to connect with the most scenic, historical, cultural, and natural features in the areas it passes through, telling the story of the nation and the local communities. At 4,600 miles, the North Country Trail is twice as long as its famous cousin the Appalachian Trail, both intended for quiet outdoor recreation in a natural setting. Stretching from North Dakota to Vermont, it is a gem of natural beauty and diversity. Find out how else you can get involved to bring this great natural resource through your backyard. You can send any questions or comments to Luke at redrivervalley@northcountrytrail.org

For more info about the North Country Trail visit www.nps.gov/noco or www.northcountrytrail.org

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Paid for standing around


The owner of a manufacturing firm decided to make a surprise tour of the factory. While walking through the warehouse, he noticed a young man lazily leaning against a packing crate.

“Just how much are you being paid?” the owner demanded.

“A hundred dollars a week,” the young man replied.

The owner pulled out his wallet, peeled off five $20 bills and shouted at the young man, “Here is a week’s pay—now get out and don’t come back!”

Without a word, the young man stuffed the money into his pocket and left.
The warehouse manager, standing nearby, stared in amazement.

“Tell me,” the boss asked him, “How long has that guy worked for us?”

“He didn’t work here,” replied the warehouse manager. “He was just the Fed-Ex guy delivering a package.”

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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.

Free Concert in Morley Park

July 16: Music starts at 7 pm and features the fun Caribbean style from Don Middlebrook. He will play from 7 to 9 pm with a break for door prizes at 8 pm. All individuals 18 and older will be eligible for a $50 gift card drawing at 9 pm from Independent Bank. The concert is put on by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and Display Pack. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more info on this concert and others log on to www.csaparksandrec.com. #28

NFL: Pass Punt Kick Competition

July 25: Friends of Skinner Field presents: NFL Pass Punt Kick Competition on Saturday, July 25th from 10 am to 2 pm. Free for all Boys/Girls ages 6-15. Sign ups on Tuesday/ Thursday: July 16, 21 & 23 at Skinner Field Concessions from 6-8 pm and Saturday, July 25 from 9:30 – 10:30 pm. Find us on Facebook for more information, Info@Skinner Field. Questions, please call April Victorson, 616-890-5869. #28

Roast Beef Dinner

July 19: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday July 19 and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably price at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #28p

Dinner at the Legion

July 20: American Legion Post 287, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a meat loaf dinner on Monday, July 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, salad, rolls, veggies, drink and desserts. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #26

Blood Drive

July 21: Did you know? Summer is a high-need time for blood. Please help us keep the blood supply up! Be somebody that saves lives. And, one of the ladies from the Cedar Springs Women’s Club will grill a hot dog for you. Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Tuesday, July 21st from 12:30 to 7 pm. #28

Jibber Jams

July 21: This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish! For families. Tuesday, July 21st at 10:30 am, at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

VBS at East Nelson UMC

July 22-25: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., NE, Cedar Springs will be having Vacation Bible School on July 22 – July 25th. “Savannah Safari” will be a fun adventure for all kids age 4 – 12. Call 616-696-0661 to get a registration form or come on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 pm to register and start the adventure! There will be a potluck on Saturday at 1 pm to wrap up the program. #25

Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing

July 26: The Joel Stone Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sunday July 26th at Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd. It is a 4 man scramble with a 2 pm shotgun start. Contact Tom Cargill at 616-299-1392 for more information or if you can’t play and would like to sponsor a hole. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Springs High School Joel Stone Scholarship. #28,29p

Saving Seeds From Your Backyard Garden

July 27: Save money by reusing your heirloom seeds year after year. Get the latest hands-on tips and tricks for harvesting and saving seeds from Rachelle Bostwick of Earthkeeper Farm. For adults. Monday, July 27th at 6:30pm at the Nelson Township/ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #28

VBS at Huggard Bible

Aug. 3-5: Come join us for VBS and learn about God’s Word. August 3rd – 5th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Huggard Bible of Sand Lake. For ages 3 to the end of 6th grade. For more info call the church at 616-636-5561. #28-30p

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Christmas in July at Solon Market

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Where does Santa go in the summer? Solon Market, of course! That’s right—Santa will be coming to Market on July 11 to help kick off Christmas in July. There will be free gifts and activities, as well as Solon Fire and Rescue. Come prepared to run through the spray or man the hose. There will be pictures with Santa and/or the fire truck, downloadable from our Market FB page. Solon Market will be open for business as usual with bargains galore. Market hours are 9am-1pm. Santa  and firemen arrive at 10:00. For more information contact Shelly at 696-1848.

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Ensley 5K Run/Walk

 

Picnic event to follow race

Ensley Township’s five-kilometer run and walk event will be held on Saturday, July 25.

The race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Baptist Lake Park. Race day registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee for runners is $25.00 unless pre-registered by July 11. If registered by July 11, kids 12 and under run for just $15.00 and everyone over 12 is $20.00.

Proceeds from the event will help the Sand Lake Fire Department purchase rescue equipment.

The event is being put on by the Ensley Crime Watch, The Baptist Lake Association, and the Englewright Lake Association. Awards will be presented to the first three finishers in each of six age groups. All ages are invited to participate in the race and the post-race activities.

The Ensley Community Picnic will be held after the race. The picnic is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.  The firemen do the cooking, and there is lots of good food and refreshments to go along with it. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a bounce house for the kids, fire trucks, and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Patrol and the Newaygo County Marine Patrol are all scheduled to be at the lake.

For more information, visit www.ensleytownship.org/crimewatch.htm or to register, call 616-636-8510 or e-mail: clerk@ensleytownship.org.

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More superhero fun at the library next week

 

July 15, Wednesday – Calling all preschoolers to the Cedar Springs Library out on the lawn from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. for “Superhero Training.” Superheroes have to be prepared for anything. Learn a few skills, have a few thrills. Bring a towel, you might get wet!

July 15, Wednesday – The Cedar Springs Library invites you to the Cedar Springs Middle School at 2 p.m. for a great program with the John Ball Traveling Zoo. Learn about the powers of Spiderman, Superan and Ironman. How do spiders crawl up walls? What animal has Superman’s eyesight? Come and find out!

July 16, Thursday – Would you like to learn the names of the plants growing along the White Pine Trail? Join Perry Hopkins, Naturopath from Perry’s Place, at the Cedar Springs Library at 7 a.m. for an inspiring adventure.

July 16, Thursday - There will be a Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament for grades 6-8 at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry Street, from 1:30 – 3:30. Beat out your opponents! Win a prize! Pizza and a drink provided. RSVP to save a spot! 616-696-1910.

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Lifeboat

 

After a ship sank in the ocean, three men ended up stranded in a lifeboat. They floated around for days without food or water. One afternoon a bottle floated up to the boat. The men grabbed the bottle and when they pulled the cork out of the bottle, a genie appeared.

“I’ll grant each of you a single wish,” said the genie.

“I wish I was home,” said the first man. Then, poof! He disappeared.

“I wish I was home, too,” said the second man. Poof! He disappeared, too.

The third man looked around. “Gee, I’m kind of lonely,” he said. “I wish my friends were here with me.”

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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.

Cupcake Wars

July 13: Experience all the drama of the TV show in live action. Compete for prizes by decorating a gourmet cupcake and plate with KDL’s own version of “Cupcake Wars!” Our panel of experts will crown the victor of KDL’s Cupcake Wars, but everyone wins when there’s cupcakes to eat! Monday, July 13th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #27

TOPS weight loss support group

July 14: 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. #27

Jibber Jams

July 14: This engaging and interactive performance features imaginative original songs, audience inspired improvisation and the universal language of jibberish! For families. Tuesday, July 14th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #27

4th Wall Theatre

July 14: Theatre is for everybody! No matter your age or ability, let’s get moving, exploring and learning. For families. Tuesday, July 14th at 1:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #27

VBS at Hillcrest Community Church

July 14-18: “Put on Your Armor of God” Vacation Bible School July 14th to July 18th from 6 to 8 pm. Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, 616-696-9333. #27

Learn about astronomy at MCC

July 15: Explore the night sky with MCC instructors Heather Wesp and Don Adkison on  Wednesday, July 15 from 9 to 11 p.m. on the college’s Sidney campus, 2800 College Drive. You’ll view constellations and the moon through high-power binoculars mounted on tripods while learning about the most common summer constellations. Other topics may include the moon, meteors, and/or comets. Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring a blanket and a flashlight. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family. Visit www.montcalm.edu/careerdevelopment for course details or to register online, or call (616) 754-7706. #27

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Dazzle guests with a July 4th Feast

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Family Features

Celebrate warm weather, abundant outdoor activities and all the fun of July Fourth with a flavorful and festive gathering. Independence Day only comes once a year, so make it count and invite your favorite guests over for a memorable event. You’ll go out with a bang when you serve up these palate-pleasing dishes at your patriotic party.

Patriotic and Perfectly Sweet

This July Fourth, serve watermelon. This yummy fruit boasts sweetness and nutrition at a great value. Loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as antioxidants and heart-healthy amino acids, it’s a welcome addition to your summer spread. For more recipes, visit www.watermelon.org.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake

Servings: 6–8

1 seedless watermelon

1 cup low or no fat natural vanilla flavored yogurt

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup blueberries

1 cup sliced strawberries

Place watermelon on side on cutting board.

Cut 3–5 inches off each end to create large center slice between 3–5 inches in depth. Trim off outer rind.

Cut watermelon slice into 6–8 pie-shaped wedges. Blot edges with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Dip the back (curved) side of each slice in yogurt and then almonds, re-assembling pieces on serving platter as each piece is completed.

When finished, it will look like piecrust of almonds around watermelon slices. Frost top of reassembled watermelon with remaining yogurt and decorate top with berries. Serve cold.

Fresh Off the Grill

“For a red-white-and-blue burger that tastes as good as it looks, I use ground bison on a brioche bun, topped with Castello Burger Blue Cheese,” says celebrity chef Michael Symon. For more recipes, visit castellocheeseusa.com.

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Bison Burger with Blue Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Servings: 4

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound ground bison, loosely packed into burger patties

4 slices Castello Burger Blue cheese

4 brioche-style soft hamburger buns, toasted

1 small red onion, very thinly sliced into rings

1 cup arugula

Heat your grill to medium-high heat.

Season burgers with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Drizzle with olive oil, then place on grill.

Cook 3 minutes, then flip.

Add slices of blue cheese (1 slice per burger), and let cook another 1–2 minutes.

Remove burgers from grill and place patties on toasted buns.

Top each burger with slice of red onion and 1/4 of arugula.

Serve.

Star-Spangled Dessert

Add color and crunch to your cones with a dip in red, white or blue melted Candy Melts candy and a variety of patriotic sprinkles. The Cone Cakes baking rack holds the cones for drying and serving. For more recipes, visit www.wilton.com.

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Yield: 12 ice cream cones

1 bag (12 ounces) Bright White

Candy Melts Candy

Sugar ice cream cones

Jimmies 6-Mix Sprinkle Assortment

Rainbow Jimmies

Melt candy in microwave safe bowl. Dip cones about 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Cut small hole in tip of bag and drizzle melted candy 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Tap cone lightly to smooth, and sprinkle with jimmies. Position cone in cone rack. Let chill, about 10–15 minutes.

Add ice cream scoops at party and serve in cone rack.

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Putting pet safety first over the 4th of July

 

Every year Michigan families look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with picnics, time on the Great Lakes and the traditional fireworks. However, the furry members of your family might not look forward to the holiday as much as you do.

Did you know more pets are lost or run away around the Fourth of July than any other time of the year because of the anxiety loud noises cause?

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is asking pet owners to follow these simple tips from the American Veterinarian Medical Association to help put pet safety first over the holiday:

* Make sure your pets have identification tags with up-to-date contact information and consider talking to your veterinarian about micro-chipping your animals.

* Keep pets indoors and leave them at home when attending firework displays, parades and gatherings.

* Consider housing your pets in a crate or escape-proof area during the fireworks.

* Avoid feeding your pets food intended for humans and keep charcoal out of reach.

* Be conscious of the temperature, leaving your pets in vehicles can be dangerous as car interiors heat up quickly and pets can overheat while spending time outdoors.

* Remember fireworks can also affect livestock and horses, make sure they are in a safe place and consider adding your identification to your horses’ halters.

For more information, visit the AVMA’s website at http://bit.ly/AVMA_4thofJuly.

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