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Fire Day at Solon Market

*ENT-Fire Day Solon MarketThe Solon Market will feature their annual Firefighters Event this Saturday, June 28, from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cool off in the spray! Bring the kids—browse the Market. They will be giving away a stuffed firedog and taking pictures, which they will post on their facebook page.

Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Avenue. For more information call 616-696-1718.


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Oakfield Pioneer Day

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society. To celebrate the milestone, the Oakfield Township Historical Commission is planning a “Pioneer Day” Saturday, June 28th to be held at the Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 14 Mile Rd, NE. The public is invited.

The event will feature a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes flipped right to your plate!  Cost is $5 per person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink or coffee.

The pancake breakfast will be held in the recently renovated space formerly used by the township’s fire department for their vehicles. This brightly decorated space can now be used for elections, instruction and other meetings and activities.

The Oakfield Township Fire Department will also host an open house at the Pioneer Day event to show off its new addition, which houses its vehicles and equipment. The fire department’s various trucks will be on display and their “Safety House” will be open to give children instruction and materials in fire prevention and safety procedures in case of fire.

Several exhibits of historical nature will also be on display during the event to create interest in the past and encourage folks to visit the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Museum in the future.

Enter off M-57 (just east of Harvard Avenue), park in the large lot at the back of the property and enjoy a great breakfast, learn about the fire department and fire safety, and see history first hand. The event is handicap accessible as well. Bring the whole family to enjoy this special event!


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79th Annual MONTCALM COUNTY 4-H Fair


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Freedom Cruise roars into West Michigan June 25-29


West Michigan veterans and local businesses will benefit when The Village Motorsports Freedom Cruise roars into West Michigan for five action-packed days from June 25th – June 29th. The inaugural event combines motorcycle and classic car cruises, a nationally-televised rock concert, golf tournament, car and bike expos, and appearances by History Channel stars Danny “The Count” Kolker, The Fugawis Motorcycle Club and Rick and Kelly Dale. Proceeds from the raffle of a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, special sponsorships and some food and beverage sales will benefit West Michigan veterans and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

“This entire event has grown out of a simple desire to showcase our beautiful West Michigan landscape and provide a little help and fun for our veterans who gave their service and don’t ask for very much in return,” said Tom Antor, Board Chairman of Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund. “People have just jumped at the chance to get on board and support these heroes, and the event has grown into a national event.”

The featured event will be Saturday night’s “Freedom Rocks Concert” at The Deltaplex Arena. Danny Kolker’s “Count’s 77” band will headline the show which will also feature an emotional presentation of the American Fallen Soldier Project.

Each day has several events to choose from. On Wednesday, June 25, part of the lineup includes an honor cruise that starts at 6 p.m. at Comstock Park High School, and ends in Cedar Springs. There will be a similar honor cruise on Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. that starts at Comstock Park High School and ends in Sparta.

A complete schedule of events is available online at freedomcruise.net.


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Poker run for child abuse


Dominick’s Warriors is hosting a poker run on Saturday, June 21, to help combat child abuse, and one of the meeting spots is at the Mobil at M57 and Northland Drive.

The poker run is part of a larger event—their first annual Hog Run and Roast to end child abuse.

Proceeds will go to benefit the opening of Dominick’s House, a safe haven for children being placed into the foster care system.

If interested, meet at the Mobil Gas Station at 7:30 a.m. to register, stage and get first draw. There will be three more stops along M57 to draw cards as well.

The main event will be held in Clio, Michigan, and will feature a bike show, concerts, food, face painting, raffles, games, a silent auction and more.

For more information, visit their facebook page. Just search for Dominick’s Warriors Presents: Hog Run and Roast to End Child Abuse.


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Fathers and business


Four businessmen were sitting in a hospital waiting room because their wives were having babies.

A nurse comes out and says to the first businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had one baby.”

The man says, “What a coincidence! I’m the president of One-stop home improvement!”

The nurse goes away for awhile, and then comes back and says to the second businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had twins!”

“What a coincidence!” says the man. “I’m the owner of the Minnesota Twins!”

The nurse goes away again, and then comes back and says to the third businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had triplets!”

“Wow!” the man says, “What a coincidence! I work for Triple AAA!”

The nurse turns to leave the room and hears a muffled sob in the corner. She turns and sees the fourth businessman rocking back and forth in his chair crying.
“What’s wrong?” she asks. “Why are you crying?”

The man stares at her with red-rimmed eyes and wails, “I work for Seven Up!”


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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.


VBS at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

June 23: Set sail for the VBS Gangway to Galilee Adventure at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division, Rockford. Join us June 23-26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ages 3 years to 5th grade. #25


Fun at Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL

June 24-28: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 1:30 pm. DIY Spa Products for Teens. Create everything you need for your own spa day! Make your own papering products like foot scrub, bath salts and body glitter and take some home. Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30 pm. Radical Reptiles. Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary engages young minds with fascinating facts and real-life encounters with snakes, alligators, and turtles. For all ages. Saturday, June 28th at 10:30 pm.  Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL, 88 Eighth St. #25


Fun at Spencer Township KDL Branch

June 24,25: Let’s Explore Geodes! Join geologist Steve Tchozeski to learn about the mysteries of geodes and a hands-on chance to explore what is inside. Participants will select a geode to take home with them! For ages 6 and older. Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm. Kent County Teen Film Festival 2014 Encore! Due to popular demand, KDL is proud to offer another screening of the 2014 KCTFF! If you missed it the first time or just want to relive the awesomeness, here is your chance. Plus, learn how you can enter the 2015 Festival. While you are here enjoy some pizza from local pizzerias. For grades 6-12. Thursday, June 26 at 4 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen. #25


Snap! CS Public Library

June 25: Crichlow Alligator Sanctuary is a Reptile Rescue Zoo; a place where all reptiles and amphibians find a safe haven and proper care needed to live out their lives safely and securely. The goal of the Sanctuary is to continue to create a hands-on and up-close opportunity for people to observe the animals. Wednesday, June 25 at 2 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School on the corner of 16 Mile and Northland Dr. #25


Senior Lunch at Pine Grove

June 25: Fellas take your gal and a few of your best friends, pile in the ol’ Packard and come on over to the Pine Grove Senior Grill and check out the new menu for this year’s Picnic. Burgers hot off the grill with sides of Tater Salad, Baked Beans, and Watermelon. For all those age 60 and over we’re throwing our annual “Grill Picnic” at noon the 25th of June. Come ‘n get ‘em. Burgers hot off the grill can be found on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech Ave. #25


Greenville Garden Club

June 25: The Greenville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm at the Greenville Community Center, 900 Kent Rd. Speaker Donna Koledo will education us on the different types of ferns found in yards and woods, how best to grow them, and the ways they can enhance your garden. Soil requirements and exposure will be discussed. Donna is a flour design judge and accredited Master judge. Open to the public. Please join us. #25


VBS at East Nelson UMC

June 26: Let His ‘Kingdom Rock’ at East Nelson United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School on June 26 – 29. Ages 4 to 12 will have a great time! Please call 616-696-0661 for more information. We’d love to have you join us. 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs. #25


Craft Brewing Renaissance

June 26: The Cedar Springs Public Library presents: Craft Brewing Renaissance – How Did We Get Here? New C.S. Brewing  owner, David Ringler, explains how the modern craft brewing industry started and what it means. With degrees in History & Brewing Science, Dave is a German – trained brewer with 20 years experience in both Germany and Michigan. Thursday, June 26th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Cedar Springs Middle School. Pre-register for this program at 696-1910 or ced@llcoop.org. #25



June 28: Teens, do you have competitive spirit? Come to the Cedar Springs Public Library, on West Cherry St. and have a Blast! Many fun games and prizes! Bring a friend. Saturday, June 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. #25


Oakfield Pioneer Day

June 28: Oakfield Pioneer Day will be held Saturday, June 28th at the Oakfield Township Hall on M-57. A pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 am will be served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes. $5/ person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee. #25


Blood Drive at TSC

June 29: Michigan Blood is hosting a blood drive in the bus at Tractor Supply Company on Sunday, June 29th. The drive runs from 2-5 pm. Everyone that registers to donate will receive a $10 gift card. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please email Grace at gbrunett@miblood.org or call 616-233-8509. #25


2nd Chance Golf Tournament

July 12: The 2nd annual 2nd Chance Golf Tournament will be held on July12th at Cedar Chase Gold Course, 7551 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. This is a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 am with hot dogs at the turn and a dinner immediately following play. There will be raffles, door prizes, and other challenges. A Golf Clinic will be at 9 am. $75 per person. For more information or to register call Ron Silverman 616-293-2150. Proceeds will benefit 2nd Chance, a faith based school,whose mission is to offer a learning experience in an agricultural setting for troubled teens who will be sent to the school through the court systems and is funded by grants and donations.  #25,26p


The Fallen Heros Golf Outing

July 26: The 5th Annual The Fallen Heros Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 2 pm at the North Kent Golf Club. Grand Prize is a fishing trip for 4. Hole in One contest, 50/50 raffle, other contests with prizes for all! $70 per person includes golf w/cart and steak dinner. Contact North Kent Golf Club 616-866-2659, Alicia Brown 616-862-1463 or Stevie Brown 616-648-4013. Monies raised will be donated to the Fallen Heros & Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Springs for addition of Vietnam Memorial. #24,25p


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Fire up the fun with extreme burgers

Try this Ultimate Backyard Classic from “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers.”

Try this Ultimate Backyard Classic from “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers.”

(NAPS)—Nothing says summer like hamburgers and hot dogs sizzling on the grill. In fact, according to the 25th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, more than 80 percent of grill owners say that burgers are their favorite thing to grill, followed by hot dogs (75 percent).

To celebrate America’s love affair with hamburgers, brats and other classic grilled fare, Weber Grills has released “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers”—their first cookbook dedicated to fueling America’s passion for backyard classics.

“This book is truly a start-to-finish guide to throwing the ultimate backyard bash,” says New York Times best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance. “Each of the 160 recipes features a photo and goes beyond the burger, with fun twists on hot dogs, side dishes and even cocktails.”

“Weber’s Big Book of Burgers” also explores famous regional favorites in its America the Burgerful section, including Santa Fe, where the green chili cheeseburger rules, to Columbia, South Carolina’s own pimento cheeseburger.

An in-depth Sausage and Hot Dog Geography section salutes regional favorites like Classic Chicago-Style Hot Dogs topped with pickled “sport” peppers and neon-green relish, and New York Hot Dogs with Sweet Red Onions.


Extreme Burgers 

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Grilling Time: 6–8 minutes


4 slices thick-cut bacon

1⁄3 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 ripe Hass avocados

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 pounds ground chuck (80 percent


1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon onion powder

8 thin slices cheddar cheese

4 hamburger buns, split

4 leaves Boston lettuce


1 ripe beefsteak tomato, cut crosswise into 4 slices about ¹/3 inch thick

In a skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain on paper towels.

Whisk the mayo ingredients, including ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Mash the guacamole ingredients, including ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Mix the ground chuck with the Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, the smoked paprika and onion powder, and then gently form eight patties of equal size, each about ½ inch thick and a little wider than the buns.

Refrigerate the patties until ready to grill. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 500° F). Grill the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness (160° F), 6 to 8 minutes, turning once.

During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt, and toast the buns, cut side down, over direct heat.

Build each burger on a bun with garlic mayo, a lettuce leaf, a tomato slice, two patties, as much guacamole as you like, a slice of bacon (torn in half) and more garlic mayo.

Serve immediately.

Learn more

For more information or to get a copy of “Weber’s Big Book of Burgers,” visit www.weber.com or www.amazon.com.

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Concert in the park next Thursday

ENT-Concert-in-park-Roosevelt-DiggsRoosevelt Diggs June 19 at Morley Park


The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is bringing music back for the 8th summer in Morley Park. Some great bands are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of June, July and August. The first band, Roosevelt Diggs, will appear next Thursday, June 19. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the park, right off Cedar Street. You can listen to some of their music at www.rooseveltdiggs.com.

The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the band’s intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses. The concerts’ main sponsor, Independent Bank, is celebrating its 150th year, and will be giving away a $100 gift card at each concert to someone 18 or older.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack up the kids, and head out for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors and hear some great music!

In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. on whether to cancel the concert. They will broadcast their decision through text alerts and on their facebook page. You can sign up for text alerts by going to their website at www.csaparksandrec.com and clicking on text alerts in the right hand column, or visit their facebook page by searching for Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation.

The other bands scheduled for this summer include Cross Creek on July 17, and Don Middlebrook on August 21.


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Draft horse show coming to Red Flannel Saddle Club


By Elizabeth Letter


Red Flannel Saddle Club (RFSC) has a full slate of open shows scheduled for this summer, and we are excited to announce the addition of a draft show to the lineup!  This show will be held on Sunday, June 29, and it will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  All breeds of draft horses are welcome, including draft crosses, Haflingers and Freisans.  Classes in halter, showmanship, driving and riding will be offered.  Lori Pillar will judge.  The entry fee is $5 per class with a $2 office fee for each horse/exhibitor combination.  The showbill can be found at the club’s website at Redflannelsaddleclub.org.

The Red Flannel show grounds are easy to find; located on 21 Mile Road just off Shaner Avenue in Sand Lake.  There is a large parking area with plenty of room for cars and horse trailers.  The cookshack serves  a nice selection of items at breakfast and lunch, plus snacks and beverages.  Covered bleachers afford a shady place from which to view the action, and real bathrooms with running water round out the amenities.  You will find lots of friendly people who compete and volunteer at RFSC shows.

RFSC was formed over 50 years ago.  The club puts on over 16 shows a year in a variety of disciplines, including speed, dressage, hunter-jumper and pleasure, with classes that welcome all breeds and levels of riders.  It takes a lot of manpower to run the shows, so we welcome new members at any time.  It’s easy to join and members receive special benefits.  For only $10 for individuals, or $20 for a family, plus the same amount of hours worked, members get half-off entry fees and invitations to special functions that are only for members.

For more information, contact Julie Humphreys at (231) 414-7935.


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