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The Post travels to Delaware

Sara Donaldson, age 11, and her brother Brandon Donaldson, age 7, traveled to Dover, Delaware in late July/early August to spend some time with their grandparents, Glen and Camilla Thornburg. And they took a Post with them! 

The two are the children of Daniel and Katie Porter.  

Thanks so much to Sara and Brandon for taking us 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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Local musician writes Michigan themed song for ArtPrize 10

Pictured L to R is the Mark Del band at ArtPrize:  Eric Strand, violin; Teresa Boehm, vocals; Tony Burnett, guitar; Clarissa Hubert, piano;  Jill Boehm, flute;  Mark Del, lead vocals & guitar;  Nathan Treman, cello.

By Judy Reed

Last year at Red Flannel time, Mark Del Covell premiered a song he had written specially for the occasion. This year he decided to do something similar, but on a bigger scale. This year he wrote a song about Michigan, and decided to showcase it at ArtPrize 10. 

“My main inspiration to write this song came from the hope that it might help some resident feel proud to live in a state with so much natural beauty, apart from the harsh blizzard conditions of winter. Each of us should be able to relate to at least one part of the lyrics,” he said. 

Mark worked with photographers and videographers to catch the beauty of our great state, and created a video to go along with the song, which can be found on his artist page on the website. He and his band performed the song outside of First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids last weekend. He said that they would be performing it again in an outdoor area somewhere in the downtown area. It is a time-based event, and we did not have a time at press time. 

Mark said he’s gotten a lot of good feedback from people about the song and would love for it to become the official state song. “If your readers wanted to help an artist right here from their community possibly make this song our state’s official song, then they need to cast their vote for my (Time Based) entry by late Saturday night!” he remarked. 

To watch the video and hear the song, go to: http://www.artprize.org/68190. 

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Lions and pastors and rotarians, oh my!


A community showdown for neighbors in need: game show-style fundraiser “North Kent Pastors’ Feud” this October 4 at Meijer Gardens

For the fifth year in a row, pastors from churches across northern Kent County will entertain the public to help North Kent Connect raise funds. And this year, they have company.

For the first time, the pastors will be joined by Rotary Club and Lions Club chapters from Rockford, Sparta and Cedar Springs on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for a classic showdown of TV game show-inspired fun.

“We are beyond blessed to have the support of Rotarians and Lions this year, in addition to our returning pastors,” said Claire Guisfredi, executive director at North Kent Connect. “In its fifth year, our annual fundraising event enables us to support those in need throughout our community, and we are thankful for all event participants, supporters and sponsors.”

The 2018 fundraiser, presented by Rivers Edge Property Management and Same Day Delivery, features a life-sized simulation of a “Family Feud”-style game show, with teams of pastors, Rotarians and Lions competing against each other to raise funds for North Kent Connect’s healthy food market and empowerment program. The evening, emceed by Pastor Jeff Amlotte of Mamrelund Lutheran Church, and Michael Bohnsack, NKC board member, includes networking and strolling dinner.

Limited tickets are available to the public for $75 each. Visit northkentevent.org, nkconnect.org/donatenow.php, or call at 616-866-3478 for more information.

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Red Hawk marching band gets ready for season

On Saturday, September 15, the Marching Red Hawks performed at Sparta High School in a MCBA Field Day. A field day serves to provide educational feedback to the band before the season starts. Since this is a field day there are no scores and no awards.  

This also helps the freshman with any jitters they may have since this is their first season marching forward, backward, diagonally, and sideways while playing an instrument.

Their next performance is at Otsego, Mich. on September 29 at 5 p.m. Their show is called “We the People.”

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Red Flannel Day talent show


Do not miss the Red Flannel Day Talent Show at the Kent Theatre! Always an entertaining event, this annual show highlights talent from Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas. Former RFDTS performers have gone on to touring professionally and every year we get a new crop of talent with dreams of greatness.

This year we have a few artists returning, including the talented pianist/vocalist Rylie Tate, Ballet Dancer Veronica Smelik, Pianist Andrew Langley, Poi Dancer Seira Kovach, and Magician Phil Mann, and among the newcomers we have pianist/singer Matthew Rainwater, Ventriloquist Erika Thomas, and more. We have space for a couple more newcomers so contact Len Allington at Len@LAphoto or text or call 231-750-2337.  We have tryouts yet on Thursday, September 27 and Wednesday, October 3 at the Kent Theatre from 7-9 p.m.

So visit the Kent Theatre this year directly after the Red Flannel Grand Parade for another great show. All seats $3.00.

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ArtPrize 10 voting begins

This photograph by Nancy Crabbs, which depicts movement of light, is at The Bob.

It’s that time of year again, when the city of Grand Rapids is transformed into an open playing field where artists and venues will vie for a combination of Public Vote and Juried Awards totaling $500,000. 

Nancy Crabbs, of Cedar Springs, entered her photograph “The Slide,” the third installment in her Light Series. Taken from an airplane at 37,000 feet, she captures light in movement. You can check it out at The Bob, 20 Monroe Ave. Two other Cedar Springs residents also entered works: Andrea Lucas and Mark Del Covell. Check them out at ArtPrize.org.

Round one voting began Wednesday, September 19, and will close September 29 at 11:59 p.m. The public vote final 20 and independent awards will be announced September 30 at 1 p.m., and the round two voting then begins at 2 p.m. Round two voting closes October 4 at 11:59 p.m. with awards October 5.

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Artists, authors and you

Art by Marge Clark. (Supplied)

Coming to the Cedar Springs Library in October is a display of counted cross-stitch created by local retired teacher Marge Clark. Every three months the library displays works by local artists. On display starting October 1 will be two pieces by Mrs. Clark. The first piece is a 24” x 31” work titled “Winter Skaters.” The second is a 17” x 21” piece titled “Grandchildren.” 

Marge Clark was born in Grand Rapids 92 years ago and has called Cedar Springs home for most of her life. She started sewing as a young girl, making many of her own clothes, and has continued throughout her life. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (bachelors degree) and Central Michigan University (masters degree). She married Jack Clark in 1946 and together they have four children – Marilyn, Barb, Nancy and Mark. Mrs. Clark taught kindergarten for most of her working life, starting at the White Creek country school and continuing at Beach Elementary, until her retirement in 1986. She started working on counted cross-stitch while she was still teaching and continued for many years. After retirement she and Jack traveled extensively until his passing.

Marge is truly an institution in Cedar Springs. We hope you will find time to stop in and view her artwork.

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Velzy Park fundraiser

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Taco Bar dinner and help raise funds towards the matching grant for a much-needed public restroom at Velzy Park.

Velzy Park Committee, in co-operation with Big Boy Restaurant, is offering an-all-you-can-eat Taco Bar dinner in the continuing effort to raise funds towards the matching grant for a much-needed public restroom at the Park. The event takes place Tuesday, September 25 at the restaurant from 5-9 p.m. Dinner includes the soup and salad bar as well. A silent auction is planned, which includes items donated from area businesses ranging from power lawn equipment to gift cards. A list of donated items can be seen on the park’s facebook page, Solon Township’s Velzy Park. Tickets may still be available from Park Committee members. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Hal at 616-696-4227 or Solon Township Office at 616-696-1718.

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Tuesday talk: E. coli levels in Rogue River

The Rogue River Watershed Partners is presenting a “Tuesday Talk” at the Rockford Brewing Company on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. The presenter, Molly Rippke, is an Aquatic Biologist Specialist, who works for the DEQ, and who took samples from the Rogue River this summer, to determine E. coli levels and she will share the data she found. She also has an informative program for citizens regarding septic systems, agricultural run-off, and urban and suburban challenges with E. coli. There is no charge for this program.

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God’s meal volunteers needed


The Springs Church will soon be joining the St. John Paul II Catholic Church to offer free meals for anyone who wants to join us. 

This will be a community event offered on Thursday nights at The Springs Church. In order to serve these friends we will need YOUR help. If you would be willing to be part of this amazing outreach, come to a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. at The Springs Church, on the corner of Oak & Grant Streets. We would love to share how you can be part of reaching many with minimal commitment. Many hands make light work! This is a great opportunity to serve our community in an impactful way. For more info, contact Cherryl at the Springs Church 616.696.2970.

We hope to see you there!

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