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Sand Lake Alumni to salute Veterans

Front row: (L to R) Jerry Bergman, Bob Duschane, James Plite. Back row: (L to R) Charlie Northup, Harvey Scheck, Don Roberts. These six Sand Lake graduates enlisted in the U.S. Army, in October 1950, during the Korean War. This picture was in the G.R. Press with a story of small town friends enlisting together. All six went to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, for basic training. Afterward two were sent to Korea, one to Japan, two to Germany, and one remained at Camp McCoy. The six were discharged in October 1952, found jobs, and were married in the summer of 1953. Four couples were married for 50 years or more, and two couples lost their spouses early on in their marriages. Not a divorce among them!

Front row: (L to R) Jerry Bergman, Bob Duschane, James Plite. Back row: (L to R) Charlie Northup, Harvey Scheck, Don Roberts.
These six Sand Lake graduates enlisted in the U.S. Army, in October 1950, during the Korean War. This picture was in the G.R. Press with a story of small town friends enlisting together. All six went to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, for basic training. Afterward two were sent to Korea, one to Japan, two to Germany, and one remained at Camp McCoy. The six were discharged in October 1952, found jobs, and were married in the summer of 1953. Four couples were married for 50 years or more, and two couples lost their spouses early on in their marriages. Not a divorce among them!

The 122nd Sand Lake Alumni Reunion will take place on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake, Mich.

The social hour starts at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by June 6, 2014, by calling Dave Groner at 269-208-5716, Dick Pierce at 616-636-5258, or Dick Braford at 616-984-2077.

This year’s program is: Saluting our Veterans from Sand Lake Schools. The committee is looking for pictures, stories, and experiences from our Veterans. If you have something, please contact Dave Groner at 269-208-5716.

Notifying our Alumni is a difficult task. Please help spread the word to all classmates.

Also, Sand Lake School history books will be available for $35 each.

Next year’s reunion will be June 13, 2015, and will be the 123rd Reunion. We would like to commemorate all Sand Lake School Queens and Miss Sand Lakes up to 1962. Any ideas or information you have for the program will be welcomed and appreciated.

 

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Opening Day at Solon Market June 7

School’s out and Mom’s already frazzled. The kids have already started their, “I’m bored!” blues.  What to do?  Head on over to Solon Market for a fun-filled summer! The Market kicks off Opening Day Saturday, June 7, with give-aways and a petting zoo, free samples and plenty of seasonal produce as well as crafts, baked goods and flea market items.  Browse the open-air market and visit with your friends, neighbors and family.

Solon Market is bringing back many favorites such as Christmas (in July this year), Fire Fighter Days and the popular Dog Daze Pet Expo. For a complete calendar of events, check out their facebook page at Solon Market or call 696-4227.

Solon Market is a free market charging nothing to vendors for set-up. Located at 15185 Algoma Ave. behind Solon Township Offices in and near the picturesque barn once owned by the Stout Family. It is family-oriented and kid friendly.  Market hours are every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Come and join the fun!

 

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Cedar Springs to open Farmers, Crafts and Flea Market

In a spin-off from Solon’s popular market, Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Farmers Market beginning Monday, June 9 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and running every Monday through October. Many of the vendors will be ones you might recognize from the Solon Market, but it is open to everyone on a first come, first setup basis. Although Solon Market’s committee is helping to get this market running, Vicky Babcock, Solon Market Manager, stressed that this is not Solon Market.

“We are doing what we can to get the new market up and running, but we have enough on our plates with one market to manage,” explained Babcock. “Ultimately it will be up to the vendors to see that this market continues.”

The market will set up on Ash Street north of the Cedar Pub. For information, contact Vicky at 696-4227.

 

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Final exams

At the end of the semester, there were two Michigan State sophomores who were taking organic chemistry. They had done well on all of the quizzes, midterms, labs, etc. and had solid A’s. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week, they decided to go to Central Michigan to party with some friends, even though the chemistry final was on Monday. They went and had a great time. However, they ended up staying longer than they planned, and they didn’t make it back to State until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final, they found their Professor after the final and explained to him why they missed it.

They told him that they went to Central for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn’t have a spare and couldn’t get help for a long time. So they were late getting back to campus.

The professor thought this over and agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved. So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms, handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about free radical formation and was worth 5 points. “Cool,” they thought, “this is going to be easy.” They did that problem and then turned the page. They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said: (95 points) “Which tire?”

 

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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. Saturday, 8:30 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. #23

 

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 8: Hey kids! Come for “Jus’ Float My Boat” at Solon Center Wesleyan Church beginning Sunday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM. It’s family Night with a gigantic Noah’s Ark bounce house and a hot dog roast for the whole family. VBS continues through Thursday, June 12th where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, learn all about Noah’s journey with God in the ark and have hands on with the animals. “Jus’ Float My Boat” is for children 4 years old through the 5th grade. Please pre-register by calling the church office @ 696-3229 or online at scwchurch.org.  The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All children welcome! #21-23b

 

Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s

June 12: Montcalm County Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kick Off will be held at Green Acres Greenville, 1601 Winter Creek Court, on Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 pm. Featuring speaker Mary Ceccanese with “The Power of Gratitude and Its Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease.” There will be Silent Auction, Refreshments and Door Prizes. #23

 

Fun Events at Spencer Township KDL

June 12 & 17: DIY Spa Products for Teens. Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own pampering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Thursday, June 12, at 4:00 pm. June 17: Native American Dancers. Dancing, drumming and stories! Watch traditional Native American stories come alive through a storyteller and dancers, including a hoop dancer. For all ages. Tuesday, June 17, 4:00 pm. – Spencer Township Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #23

 

Let the Kids Run Wild at HCNC

June 13: The children will be allowed to freely run through the trails (with constant supervision), giving them a chance to be a kid, be free, be outdoors where the air is fresh. They will be able to make noise, yell, and have a good time! We will be playing outdoor Nature Sports, challenging them physically, and giving them a sense of accomplishment. A fun “Nature Find” of finding things only in the outdoors, a day of exploration of Michigan and the beauty, wilderness and so much more. Your child will sleep well this night. Limited to 25 children. Bring a bag lunch. Donation of $4.50. Friday, June 13, 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine, at Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #23

 

Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet

June 14: The Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on June 14 at the Sand Lake Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Social hour starts at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. The banquet is open to anyone who attended Sand Lake School. Please RSVP by June 7 to Dick Braford at 616-984-2077 or Dick Pierce at 616-636-5258. #23p

 

West Michigan Snowmobile Museum Motorsport Swap

June 14: The West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library will host a monthly Motorsports Swap on the 2nd Saturday of every month until Fall. All motorcycles, go karts, snowmobiles, mini bikes etc. are welcomed. May 10 is the first swap. Starts at 9 am to 4 pm. $10 to swap. Coffee, drinks and some food provided for a donation. 13969 Francis Way, Cedar Springs. Museum is located west of Meijer on 17 Mile Rd. For more info contact Ron Knapp 616-636-7232. #23p

 

Fun Events at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

June 14 & 17: Super Fun Science Party! You’ll have such a great time playing, making and doing that you may not notice you’re exploring the principles of science at the same time on Saturday, June 14 at 1:30 pm. For all ages. June 17: Amazing Bats! Can you fly with your hands? Bats can. Meet and learn about the Organization for Bat Conservation’s live bats from around the world. For all ages Tuesday, June 17 at 1:30 pm. Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL, 88 Eighth St. #23

 

Designing a New Kitchen Garden

June 16: You can have a very productive garden even if you have only a small area to work with! Connie Hanson of Grand Shire Farm will present design ideas for raised beds, container gardening, companion planting and information on vegetables and herbs that grow well in small spaces. Monday, June 16, 6:30 pm at the Sand Lake/NelsonTownship KDL Branch. #23

 

Buggy about Bugs for the Big Kids

June 17: Six legged creatures among us, let’s find them! Study them! Grab a net and a plastic container or jar and we will be off to the prairie and the woods to see what 6-legged creatures live at HCNC. We will look for eggs and larvae while learning about insects’ life cycles, find predators and prey, catch, and release a bug or two. No log shall be left unturned in this insect adventure. At the end of our day we will recycle out insects in fish food at our lake Chrishaven. Grades: 8 years old up to 100. Limited to 25. Parents are encouraged to join along (not required). Bring a bag lunch. Donation of $4.50. Tuesday, June 17, 6:30 to 8 pm at Howard Chirstensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. #23

 

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Deadly encounters

 

It was the first camping experience for Jed.

As soon as he had pitched his tent, he went for a hike in the woods. In about fifteen minutes he rushed back into camp, bleeding and dishevelled.

“What happened?” asked a fellow camper.

“I was chased by a black snake!” cried the frightened Jed.

The camper laughed and retorted, “A black snake isn’t deadly.”

“Listen,” groaned Jed, “If he can make you jump off a fifty-foot cliff, he’s deadly!”

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A Thanksgiving Mass at St. John Paul II

May 31: St. John Paul II Parish will host a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, May 31 at 5:30 pm. The parish will thank the Lord for the historical canonization of the parish patron and express gratitude to God for all the blessings upon the parish within the first year. After the Mass, pilgrims will share their photos of the canonization with the public. All are welcome to attend. St. John Paul II Parish located 3110 – 17 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #22

 

Free meal at OLC Family Center

June 5,19: God’s Kitchen North welcomes Northern Kent County families to join us for an evening meal on Thursday, June 5th and June 19th. No charge – No registration required. Served from 6-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 11 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford. #22

 

Help Promote Literacy

June 5: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled an information session on Thursday, June 5 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 locat4ed at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #22

 

Vacation Bible School @ Solon Center Wesleyan Church

June 8: Hey kids! Come for “Jus’ Float My Boat” at Solon Center Wesleyan Church beginning Sunday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8 PM. It’s family Night with a gigantic Noah’s Ark bounce house and a hot dog roast for the whole family. VBS continues through Thursday, June 12th where you’ll make new friends, sing great songs, learn all about Noah’s journey with God in the ark and have hands on with the animals. “Jus’ Float My Boat” is for children 4 years old through the 5th grade. Please pre-register by calling the church office @ 696-3229 or online at scwchurch.org.  The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. All children welcome! #21-23b

 

Sounds a Little Fishy to Me

June 8: Have you always wanted to teach your kids to fish but never had the opportunity? This event is for participants between the ages of 5 and 100 who would like to go fishing and those who want to learn more about how to fish. Kids and adults will learn about things like casting, baiting a hook, fish handling, and more. Then they will get to practice their new skills while fishing on our own small lake that is filled with catfish! Ages: pre-K through 100 years old. Donation of $4.50/ person. Limited to 25 participants (sign up quickly). No license needed (free fishing weekend). Bring a brown bag lunch – bring your own fishing pole – Howard Christensen Nature Center will provide the worms. Sunday, June 8, from 2 – 4 pm. 16190 Red Pine Dr. Kent City, 616-675-3158. #22

 

Sign Ups for Rocket Cheer Camp

June 10:  Sign ups for Rocket Cheer Camp and Flag and Rocket Cheer Season are being held every Tuesday until June 10th from 6 to 7 pm at the Shaner Ave. Ball Field. Rocket Cheer camp is Saturday, June 21st from 9 am to noon at Cedar Springs Middle School for grades Kindergarten thru 8th grand. Flag Cheer – Ages K thru 2 nd grade. Season is the month of July. Rocket Cheer – ages 3rd thru 8th grade begins in August. Go to www.springsyouthcheerleading.com to download registration forms and for more details. #21,22p

 

Radical Reptiles

June 10: Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators and turtles. Tuesday, June 10 at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #22

 

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Fish and Visitors

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Reviewed by Tom Noreen

 

Fish and Visitors is a must see. Scott Phillips’ revival of his first play is better than ever. I know I laughed more and louder with this production than I did seven years ago when he first staged it. Scott has taken the classic mother-in-law comes to live with you to a new plane.

The story revolves around Eunice (Shirley Saenz), whose visits to her daughter, Cathy, (Danielle Phillips) and her husband, Steve (Russ Cole), are only appreciated by grandson, Michael (Jacob Swinehart). Eunice dotes on Michael and is almost as caustic to his older brother, Cody (Sean Murphy), as she is to Steve. Steve got off on the wrong foot with her playing Scrabble on his first date with Cathy. Even Cathy dreads the visits and says the only good thing about them is that it draws the family together as the “family battles a common enemy!”

Neighbors Jay (Steve Hutchins) and Julie (Debbie Irwin) attempt to console and help them find a way to send Eunice packing. However, each of Jay’s schemes back fires miserably, actually shedding a kindly light on Eunice and drawing the combatants to a truce with her. The exception is Cathy, who feels left out in the cold as Steve, Cody and Jay warm up to Eunice.

Danielle’s portrayal of Cathy is spot on as the long-suffering wife, whose role as chief cook, bottle washer and counselor is being usurped by her mother.  As Steve, Russ does a great job as he tries to keep Cathy happy, stop the boys from doing bodily harm to each other, not strangling Eunice, and scheming with Jay to drive Eunice away.

Shirley plays the maligned mother-in-law as if she has had years of practice. Steve is a hoot to watch as the overboard cookie snatching, golf addict neighbor. His costumes and facial expressions are worth the price of admission. As Julie, Debbie deadpans her reactions to Jay’s outlandish antics as she plays the responsible, mature half of the couple.

To round the cast out, Jon Gamm brings old coot and self proclaimed playboy Wilfred McCoy to life. Hayden Golczynski and Alec Falicki do a great job as Cody’s poker playing buddies Frank and Jimmy, as does Erica Czerski, in her role as the boys’ goody two-shoes, nerdy tagalong, Marty. Kathy McFarlane and Tammy Reagan perform Eunice’s good friends Bea and Claire with gusto.

Megan Maddocks helps Scott open the show with one of his trademark skits on following the “house rules!”

If you haven’t seen Fish and Visitors, take a break from your Memorial Day activities and escape the mosquitoes and black flies, while setting back in a comfy seat at the Kent Theatre. The show runs May 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., with tickets available at the Cedar Springs Public Library and Alpha and Omega Coffee and Games for $12 and for students less than 18 the price is $6. Adult tickets the day of the show are $15.

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Wrestling team hosts garage sale fundraiser

ENT-Wrestling-fundraiser-webThe Cedar Springs wrestling team is hosting a garage sale fundraiser this Thursday through Saturday (May 22-24) from 9-5 p.m. at 4266 Ives Farm Lane, Cedar Springs. The fundraiser is to help with training. Many families have donated. Help our team win a championship! They are also collecting scrap metal, copper, brass, aluminum, and cell phones. Give them a call to pick up your scrap at 616-350-1619 and ask for Susie.

 

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Fishing on the lake

A famous admiral and an equally famous general were fishing together when a sudden squall came up. When it died down, both eminent warriors were struggling helplessly in the water.

The admiral floundered his way back to the boat and pulled himself painfully in. Then he fished out the general, using an oar.

Catching his breath, the admiral sputtered, “Please don’t say a word about this to anyone. If the Navy found I can’t swim I’d be disgraced.”

“Don’t worry,” the general said. “Your secret is safe. I’d hate to have my men find out I can’t walk on water.”

 

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