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Fundraiser at Morley Park for Brison Ricker


If you’d like to do something fun this weekend to with the family and help out someone in need at the same time, stop by the 2017 Green Family & Friends Pumpkin Giveaway at Morley Park, 70 Cedar Street in Cedar Springs, this Saturday, October 21, from 2-6 p.m.

The Green family has graciously volunteered to put on a Friend and Family Fundraiser with all proceeds being donated to help with local teen Brison Ricker’s medical needs. Brison was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor, in January 2016. Everything at Saturday’s event is free, with donations being accepted.
The event includes food, games, and other entertainment. Food includes hotdogs, chips, homemade cupcakes, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and drinks. Families can play games such as balloon pop, duck pond, acorn toss, roll up, pumpkin drop, ring toss, football toss and more.
Entertainment includes a pumpkin giveaway (600 available); Stormy the Magician; a costume contest (6 minimum—$100  prizes being awarded based on gender and age); face painting; and silent auction. The Kent County Sheriff Department and Cedar Springs Fire Department (with fire truck) will also be on hand. Be sure to bring pop cans for their pop can drive.

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Algoma Twp Historical Society meeting


The Algoma Township Historical Society will be holding their quarterly meeting on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Chalmers School building located on the corner of Pine Island Drive and Fonger St.  

Special speaker is Marie LaPres, author of inspirational historical fiction. Erica Marie LaPres Emelander is a middle school social studies/religion teacher and lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.  Erica has always enjoyed reading and writing. With her love of history and God, she has incorporated all four loves into this book. Erica has written her second novel titled The Turner Daughters.  It is a delightful read following four friends in the town of Gettysburg during the Civil War.  

When not working on and researching her books, Erica can be found coaching middle and high school sports, being a youth minister, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her beloved nieces and nephew.


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Discount travel


Three engineers and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket. “How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks an accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.  

They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.  

The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed accountant.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.  

When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, Ticket, please.”

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Halloween and Harvest Happenings


Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area in the days leading up to Halloween night.

Green Family & Friends Pumpkin Giveaway fundraiser

Oct. 21: If you’d like to do something fun this weekend to with the family and help out someone in need at the same time, stop by the 2017 Green Family & Friends Pumpkin Giveaway at Morley Park, 70 Cedar Street in Cedar Springs, this Saturday, October 21, from 2-6 p.m. The event is free, and all proceeds donated will go to help with Brison Ricker’s medical expenses. The event includes lots of food, games, and entertainment—including a magician, silent auction, 600 pumpkins to be given away and more. Be sure to bring your pop cans for their pop can drive.

Boo-tacular celebration at Solon Twp Hall

Oct. 21: Friends of Velzy Park welcomes the community to a Boo-tacular celebration on Saturday, October 21, from 4-6 pm at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Make & take Scarecrows, games & prizes, scavenger hunt, refreshments. Costumes encouraged. For more information, call Shelly at 616-696-1848.

Free Harvest Party at Cedar Creek Community Church

Oct. 21: Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 – 14 Mile Rd., Sparta, is hosting a free Harvest Party on Saturday, October 21, from 5-8 pm. Enjoy hay rides (straw due to allergies), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, cake walk, games for all ages, face painting, soup and hot dogs (from 5-6 pm), popcorn, lots of fun and fellowship. All are welcome! 

Trunk N’ Treat Gala at Solon Center Wesleyan

Oct. 25: Families are cordially invited to attend our Trunk N’ Treat Gala, Oct 25, 6-8 pm. Also for the kids are carnival games, hot dogs for dinner, a costume contest (7 pm) and of lots of candy! Come dressed in your costume and bring a treat bag. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave. Cedar Springs.

Pumpkin Carving and Spooky Walk at HCNC

Oct. 27: Nothing says Halloween like pumpkin carving and a spooky trail walk! Join us for a thrilling and ghoulish night! Price includes a pumpkin and everything you need to carve it. Friday, October 27 from 6-8:30 pm. Carving starts at 6 pm. Walks leave promptly at 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm. This event is open to kids of all ages (even the grown-up ones). Donuts, cider, and coffee provided as refreshment. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. Please preregister online at HowardChristensen.org. 616-675-3158. 

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson

October 28: Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 5-7:30 pm at East Nelson Church, 9024-18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs. Come join us for treats, games, prizes, and a walking taco. Have a howling good time!

Haunted School House

Oct. 28, 31: The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will host a Haunted School again this year, on Saturday, October 28, and on Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, from 5-7 pm. It’s family friendly, just good spooky fun!

Awesome Autumn Adventure! at Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library

Oct. 31: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, games, and pumpkin decorating on Tuesday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake KDL branch, 88 Eighth St, Sand Lake. Please bring your own pumpkin.

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular 

Oct. 31: Trick or treat at downtown businesses in Cedar Springs during the Halloween Spooktacular on Tuesday, October 31, from 5-6:30 p.m. Maps will be handed out at the Cedar Springs Community Library. Apple Cider and Donut holes will be available at the Fire Station. Residential trick or treating will be 5 to 8 p.m.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Join us for our Annual Trunk or Treat at The Springs Church from 6-8 pm on Halloween night. We will have lots of cars, candy, and community. Cider/Coffee and donuts will be available. Come rain or shine! The event will be moved inside if it rains. 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs.

Halloween party at Sand Lake Fire Station

Oct. 31: Halloween party at the Fire Station, 2 Maple St, Sand Lake, Mich., sponsored by the Sand Lake Community Engagement Committee. Cider, coffee, donuts, bounce house, goodie bags, costume parade at 7 pm in front of fire station, and gift certificates drawing. Everyone is welcome. Come down to the station and have a happy Halloween!

Trunk-R-Treat at Hillcrest Community Church

Oct. 31: Trunk-r-treat at Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 18 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs, Mich., from 6-8 pm in the church parking lot.


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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.

Halloween/Harvest Festival Listing

For all the area Harvest Festivals, Halloween Parties, or Trunk or Treat stops click here for our Halloween/Harvest Happenings. #42

“War of the Worlds” at the Kent Theatre

Oct. 20,21: The Cedar Springs Community Players will provide a reenactment of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 21 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The radio production first aired October 30, 1938 and caused a nation-wide panic as radio listeners never realized that what they were listening to was part of a radio production aimed at taking listeners away from the popular Edgar Bergen and Charley McCarthy radio show on another station.  They, instead, believed the eye witness accounts and newscasters they were hearing describing an invasion of Martians was underway. Millions of Americans took to the streets, armed with guns ready to protect their loved ones from the marauding aliens. Nine Community Players will be taking the stage in various roles reenacting the production.  Tickets are available at the door and sell for $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for student 18 years of age and under. #42p

Carnival Bingo

Oct. 21: The 3rd Saturday of each month until December 16th from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be having Carnival Bingo. Come join the fun, and help North Kent Senior Citizens Association raise money to help pay for their roof. It’s only 25 cents per card to play a game of bingo! Food and popcorn available. So come join us at 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs and have a great time! Any questions you can contact Sue at 616-443-6468. #41,42p

Plants from Community Garden

Oct. 21: The Cedar Springs Garden Club is renovating the Community Flower Garden at Cherry and First Street on October 21st. You may come and take your pick of the perennial plants for a donation to the Club for next year’s shrubs and plants. Bring pots or bags. Time is from 10 am to 2 pm, open house style. For more information call Sandy, 616-696-8660. #42p

Sand Lake UMC Rummage Sale

Oct. 21: The Sand Lake United Methodist will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am – 5 pm. One Day Event! Fill a bag for $1.00. Lots of merchandise. Sand Lake United Methodist Church, 65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake. #42p

Craft Show in Coral

Oct. 21: The Coral Fire Department is sponsoring a Craft Show on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am – 2 pm at the Coral Community Center, 4662 Bailey Rd., Coral. For more information call 231-414-4219. #42p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Oct. 22: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, October 22nd 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 the musically gifted Gitchel family who will share their musical talent and gospel lessons. 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! #42p

Algoma Christian School Auction

Oct. 28: Algoma Christian School, 14471 Sparta Ave., Kent City, is hosting their annual auction on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm and the Live at 6 pm. A pulled pork dinner will be served. For more information please check out our website at www.algomachristian.net. #42,43p

Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Live-Stream Event

Nov. 7: What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was to attend a live stream webinar with a desire to learn? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this free, one-night-only event that will change the trajectory of your life forever! Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m. Gowen Bible Church – Meddler Campus, 16415 Meddler Ave., Sand Lake, MI 49343 616-984-2525. Register at www.gowenbible.org. #42,43p

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The Post travels to Peru

Surprise for Tom Mabie

Tom and Claudia Mabie recently traveled to Peru. While there, Tom celebrated his 80th birthday! As a surprise gift, his two daughters and a son-in-law joined them. The celebrating began in Urubamba at Huacatay, Tom’s favorite restaurant, and continued throughout the week as the group traveled to Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Pisac, Tipon and Cusco. Some of the group also visited Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines.

Happy birthday, Tom, and thanks for taking us with you to Peru!

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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From the Pulpit: Rev. Chadrick Brown



Do you remember when you and your friend would climb on one of those old seesaws? I don’t think playgrounds have them anymore because someone deemed them too dangerous, but if you ever watched two kids get on one, the same thing happens every single time. They giggle as one goes high into the sky and the other plops onto the ground. Then, with a hard push, the one at the bottom goes up, sending the other down. Up and down, up and down. Then, inevitably at some point, the two riders decide to balance on the seesaw. They tap the ground with the tips of their toes, trying to see if they can get the seesaw to stay parallel. What they have just achieved is balance.

Adults often feel like life is a constant ride on a seesaw and there is very little balance going on. We try to stop feeling like we are always going up and down by attempting to create balance among the parts of our various responsibilities. We usually discover, however, that achieving balance in life is as difficult as it is for two children to balance on a seesaw. That balancing act does not stay for very long.

But maybe trying to make life’s seesaw sit unmoving and parallel is not the ultimate goal. Instead, maybe the goal is to allow for “a time for everything.” All the parts of your life are important and deserve your time. The best way to find a sense of balance is to purposefully make time for everything, and when you’re there, be completely present, focused, and involved.

Life is always about priorities. And when you know your priorities, you can make time for them and be able to find time for everything. For instance, here are my priorities: My God, my wife, my kids and my job. I have learned that if I am not right with God, I will not be right with my wife or with my kids, and I really won’t be able to do my job. This has nothing to do with me being a minister either. So that is why He is priority number one. Daily being with Him is the first thing I do. And spending time in His church every Sunday is a must if I am going to maintain proper balance. My next priority is my wife. If I am not OK with her, then the balance of life is off kilter as well. I cannot be the best Dad that I can be, if I don’t make my relationship with my wife a priority. So, I spend time with her; care for her; love her.

I could keep going but you get the picture. I don’t think our lives are as unbalanced as we think they are. The problem is we have lost our sense of priority.

So, my friends, I want to encourage you today to prioritize your life and then you can find some balance. But staying balanced is not always the goal; being faithful to your priorities is. Life is indeed like a seesaw, so why not let out a giggle and enjoy the ride?

Rev. Rev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs 

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“War of the Worlds” at Kent Theatre Oct. 20-21


The night before Halloween might find neighborhood kids soaping windows or hoisting rolls of toilet paper into a favorite front yard shade tree. But to radio listeners on October 30, 1938, Devil’s Night took on a more sinister tone. A nation-wide panic attack ensued as millions of Americans took to the streets fleeing their homes, many armed with guns to protect loved ones, after radio alerts announced the invasion of Martians aimed at destroying earth along with its population.

While the radio alerts described the Martian attack in vivid detail, most listeners had failed to hear the announcer begin the broadcast with the words: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air in The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.”

The electronic age had not yet invaded American households in 1938. People were accustomed to tuning in their radios for news reports and other forms of entertainment. In 1938 the most popular program was the Chase and Sanborn Hour starring Edgar Bergen and his pal Charlie McCarthy. The show aired on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Orson Welles, however, aired his show the Mercury Theatre on the Air on another station at the same time. Being a rising radio star, he wanted to draw audiences away from Bergen’s show and decided to adapt H.G. Wells’ book War of the Worlds to radio and air the production the night before Halloween.

Besides shortening the story, he also updated it from Victorian England to present day Grovers Mill, New Jersey.

Welles went on the air with a script interrupted by eye witnesses, newscasters and scientists all describing the mayhem and destruction taking place by the marauding Martians as they made their way across the land attacking earth and its inhabitants.

When the Mercury Theater signed off the air after its Halloween show, phone lines in the control room had erupted.

The broadcast and its after effects dominated the news for days with stories of panic and editorials both condemning and praising Welles for his production.

The Cedar Springs Community Players will air the radio production of The War of the Worlds October 20 and 21 at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. Directed by Nancy Noreen, the play will air October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. October 21.

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“North Kent Pastors Square Off ” for fun

North Kent Pastors Square Off, a game show in the style of Hollywood Squares, will be here before you know it! Laugh with 600 other guests while helping to raise funds for the food and empowerment programs at North Kent Connect on Thursday, October 26, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Hearty appetizers begin at 6:00 p.m.

Twelve local pastors will take turns as an X or an O as they convince the contestants that they know all the answers. Will these local clergy be trustworthy or will our contestants call their bluff?

Performing pastors include: Jeff Amlotte, Mamrelund Lutheran Church; Paul Bradford, Rockford Reformed Church; Jeff  DeRyke, Bridgeway Community Church; Fr. Stephen Durkee, Our Lady of Consolation; Karen Fitz LaBarge, North Kent Presbyterian Church; Fr. Tony Pelak, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Ben Taylor, Sparta Baptist Church; Laurie TenHave-Chapman, First Congregational United Church of Christ; Fr. Mark Peacock, St. Patrick Parnell; Jason Peterson, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church; Justin Rowland, Rockford Baptist Church; Inge Whittemore, East Nelson United Methodist Church.

Tickets $50/each.  Single tickets go quickly and typically sell out, so don’t delay, purchase your tickets today at https://nkconnect.org/donatenow.php.

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Red Flannel Festival kicks off this weekend


The first weekend of the 78th Red Flannel Festival kicks off this weekend, Saturday, September 30 with a 5K/10K run walk, bed races, and the Queen Scholarship pageant. Earlier this week was the Prince and Princess contest. Watch for results in next week’s paper. You can see a complete list of events and the contestants for this year’s Queen pageant in our Red Flannel Post section on pages 9-11.


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The Red Flannel POST is a supplement to the Cedar Springs Post dedicated to Red Flannel events and info

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 – RedFlannelPOST3817

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