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Alpha Family Center appoints development director

For over twenty-six years, northern Kent County has been home to Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs, an organization that has supported over 6,000 families making life decisions. Chrystal Newman, longtime resident of Rockford, has taken on the role of Development Director. She will work to increase Alpha’s presence within the community by building relationships with individuals, churches and businesses.

From left to right: Teresa Hathaway, Executive Director, Chrystal Newman, Development Director, and Pastor Chuck Smith, Board President. Courtesy photo.

“I have been a supporter of Alpha Family Center for years and know the tremendous reputation it has within the community,” said Chrystal. “I am humbled to be part of such a dedicated organization.” When asked how the community could help, Chrystal stated that the Board of Directors is seeking two items in the immediate future. First, a gently used passenger van is needed for transporting clients. “We have seen too many women over the years unable to take advantage of community services because of lack of transportation,” she explained. The second way the community can help is by making a monetary donation to assist in paying off the existing mortgage balance of approximately $23,000. 

Alpha Family Center is known for providing an array of services to the community, including parenting education, material support with clothing, formula and diapers, etc., self-administered pregnancy tests, options education, as well as an onsite GED and H.S. diploma program. The Center’s board members are: Chuck Smith, Michael Kornoely, Tom Kaastra, Janice MacFarlane and Laurie Russo. Anyone wishing to volunteer or make donations can contact Alpha Family Center at 616-696-2616.

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Local brewery receives Restaurant Neighbor Award

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company, located at the corner of Main and W. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, was one of five state winners for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award.

The award was presented on April 22 during the Dinner with the Champions event, as part of the Michigan Restaurant Industry Champion Awards.

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) awarded dedicated industry professionals from Bay City, Grand Rapids and Byron Center with the annual Michigan Restaurant Industry Champion Awards in Grand Rapids at the event.

The Michigan Restaurant Industry Champion Awards recognize outstanding employees of the hospitality industry who have demonstrated professionalism in performing their jobs and have contributed to the positive image of Michigan’s restaurant industry. Awards are presented in categories of Front of the House, Heart of the House and Restaurant Manager of the Year.

David Ringler, of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, and Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. Courtesy photo. 

“It is our distinct honor every year to recognize the individuals and businesses that dedicate their careers to the betterment of the hospitality industry in Michigan,” said Justin Winslow, President & CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. 

The following Michigan restaurants were also recognized as state winners for the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Neighbor Award for their dedication to their communities:

• Buddy’s Pizza – Farmington Hills

• Cedar Springs Brewing Company – Cedar Springs

• Mainstreet Ventures Inc. – Ann Arbor

• Max & Emily’s – Mount Pleasant

• Zukey Lake Tavern – Pinckney

“We were thrilled to be recognized for our hard work in making a positive impact on our community. This award is a reflection of the outstanding region we’re proud to call home,” said David Ringler, Cedar Springs Brewing Company’s Director of Happiness.

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Business Bits

If you are in the market for a musical instrument, lessons, repairs, or musical merchandise, you might want to check out Scott’s Music Co., located at 55 #2 N. Main Street in Cedar Springs. 

The store, owned by Scott Berridge, just recently opened and is here to serve the northern end of Kent County. They offer sales and service for electric, acoustic and bass guitars; ukeleles; amplifiers; drum kits; and all related accessories. They also offer music lessons for guitar, bass, and ukeleles.

“We carry top brands and offer a nice variety of merchandise and service to our customers, as well as personalized service and custom leather straps. We will also special order instruments and orchestra and band accessories as needed,” explained Berridge.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday noon-4 p.m.; and closed Sunday. Call 616-439-5111 or visit them online at www.scottsmusicco.com.

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City Clerk receives certified clerk designation

The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC) recently awarded Rebecca Johnson, the clerk for the City of Cedar Springs, the Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk (CMMC) designation. 

The CMMC program was launched in 2014 to encourage City, Township, and Village Clerks to seek continuing education specifically related to the duties of Michigan Clerks. MAMC believes a focus on education is essential for municipal clerks to provide informed, quality leadership for their communities in the face of constant legislative change and increased demands on Michigan’s public servants.

Rebecca Johnson

A clerk must invest a minimum of 120 hours of educational programming over three years to qualify for certification, and must continue to obtain education points to maintain the certification. Whether elected or appointed, municipal clerks serve a powerful role in coordinating public programs and influencing legislative initiatives. City Clerk Johnson is to be commended for the hard work, perseverance, and commitment expended to attain CMMC certification and the dedication to providing quality service to the public and the municipality they serve.

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Classifieds

NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act, which make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status, age or marital status, or an intention to making any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial Status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate, which is in violation of the law. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at 616-451-2980. The HUD toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.


Auctions: 

Art Smith Auctioneers “The Sound That Sells” 616.696.2598 www.artsmithauctions.com #tfn


Notice:

Notice to Creditors Virginia M. Robinson Trust No. 1, dated January 4, 2018

To ALL Creditors:

The Settlor, Virginia M. Robinson, born July 15, 1929, died January 23, 2019. There is no personal representative of the settlor’s estate to whom Letters of Administration have been issued. 

Creditors of the decedent are notified that all claims against the Virginia M. Robinson Trust, dated January 28, 2013, or Virginia M. Robinson will be forever barred unless presented to Rix W. Robinson, Successor Trustee, within 4 months after the date of publication.

Notice is further given that the Trust will thereafter be administered, assigned and distributed to the persons entitled to it.

Dated: May 2, 2019

Rix W. Robinson, Successor Trustee

1565 North Dagget Road

Pierson, MI 49339

(616) 813-8433

Kary C. Frank (P34059)

Blakeslee Rop, PLC

Attorney for Successor Trustee

240 Northland Drive

Rockford, MI 49341

(616) 866-9593


Wanted to Buy:

Wanting to buy old records. Call 231-303-0809. #18,19p


Announcements: 

Rockford Quarterly Coin Show: Rockford Sportsman’s Club, Sunday, May 5th, from 9am to 4pm. FREE admission. FREE appraisals. Buy – Sell – Trade with area collectors and dealers. #17,18p


For Sale:

Sardex® is the greasless & odorless way to treat mange and kill fleas!!! At Tractor Supply (www.happyjackinc.com) #17-19p


Now Hiring:

Sales Associates & Meat Cutters for Immediate Openings. Apply at StorysMarket.com or pick up application at Story’s Fresh Meats and Deli. Located at the NW corner of Northland Dr. and 14 Mile Rd. 

Story’s Fresh Meats & Deli  616-696-8862. 11761 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI


Garage/Yard Sales:

Plan Ahead And SAVE! Run your sale ad in The POST for TWO weeks and the 2nd week is ½ off! Expires 9-19-19.

Rent a spot in our large sale on May 16-17 at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant. $35 for 18×18-foot spot. $5 for each additional 9-foot spot. Contact Cherryl at at 696-2970 or office@thespringschurch.info to sign up. #18,19b


Homes for Sale:

CEDARFIELD 55+ COMMUNITY Next to Meijer. 2015 Commodore 3 bd. 2 ba. Garage & shed. Move-in ready. $122,500 cedarfieldcommunity.com  616-696-1100#tfn


Apartments for Rent:

Apartment for rent – downtown Cedar Springs. Call 616-918-6430. tfnb


Garage/Yard Sales:

It’s that time of year again… Garage Sale Time! Plan Ahead And SAVE! Run your sale ad in The POST for TWO weeks and the 2nd week is ½ off! Expires 9-19-19.


Storage for Rent:

CEDARFIELD  SELF STORAGENext to Meijer. 2ND MONTH FREE. Reserve online at cedarfieldstorage.com. 616-696-1100


Lost and Found:

Lost: Small Motorola Cell Phone in Pink Gel case, lost possibly near Cedar Chest Store on Saturday, April 27th. “Home” # 616-636-5425. #18

Found: Key on wrist loop. Found Monday, April 22nd by the paper box in front of the Cedar Springs Post Newspaper, 36 E. Maple St. Stop in to identify or call 616-696-3655. #17


Services:

A TO Z Trash will pick up your trash weekly. One-time hauls available. Call Bryan at 616-696-2938. #tfnb


Critter Corner

PLEASE DO NOT leave your pet in your car while shopping! Show your love for them by leaving them safely in the comfort and cool of home. Cars can get dangerously hot in just a few minutes even with the windows cracked.

Lost: Our Siamese cat went missing on Tuesday, April 9th, near 14 Mile Rd. and Algoma Ave. He is a neutered male, declawed in front and not microchipped. His name is Ashes and he is super friendly. If you see him, shake food and call his name, he should come. If found please call 231-629-9598. He is missed very much. #16

• Lost • Found • Free to Good Home – Animal Ads are FREE in The POST 696-3655


Humane Society of West Michigan’s

PETS OF THE WEEK:

Heidi

Hamilton

Hamilton

Hamilton – 2-Year-Old Male – Terrier Mix 

Meet Hamilton! Hamilton is a 2-year-old Terrier Mix that has been in Humane Society of West Michigan’s care since October 2018. This handsome fella loves spending his time going on walks (which he is great on a leash) and spending time making people smile. Hamilton is a gentle giant ready that is ready to find a new family he can go on hikes with!

If you’re interested in adopting Hamilton, please contact Humane Society of West Michigan! 

Precious

Precious

Precious – 14-Year-Old Female – Domestic Short Hair Mix

Meet Precious! Precious is a stunning, 14-year-old sweetheart with a heart-shaped nose. She’s in a foster home because we don’t like keeping senior cats in cages if we can help it. She deserves a chill lifestyle that matches her low-key personality. Her foster family says she’s learning to co-exist with their resident cat and she’s very adventurous when she’s not busy napping. If you’re interested in adopting Precious, please contact Humane Society of West Michigan! 

Humane Society of West Michigan is open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm. 

For more information on the Humane Society of West Michigan,  call (616) 453-8900 or visit them at 3077 Wilson NW,   just ½ mile north of Three Mile Road during adoption hours or visit www.hswestmi.org

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NOTICE: 
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act, which make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, familial status, age or marital status, or an intention to making any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial Status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate, which is in violation of the law. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at 616-451-2980. The HUD toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275.


Auctions: 

Art Smith Auctioneers “The Sound That Sells” 616.696.2598 www.artsmithauctions.com #tfn


Announcements: 

Rockford Quarterly Coin Show: Rockford Sportsman’s Club, Sunday, May 5th, from 9am to 4pm. FREE admission. FREE appraisals. Buy – Sell – Trade with area collectors and dealers. #17,18p


Free:

FREE Firewood & Kindling. You haul it away. 19 Mile and Algoma area. Call 616-450-9546. #17


For Sale:

Sardex® is the greasless & odorless way to treat mange and kill fleas!!! At Tractor Supply (www.happyjackinc.com) #17-19p


Garage/Yard Sales:

Plan Ahead And SAVE! Run your sale ad in The POST for TWO weeks and the 2nd week is ½ off! Expires 9-19-19.


Homes for Sale:

CEDARFIELD 55+ COMMUNITY Next to Meijer. Spring is a great time to buy your new home! Watch our website regularly cedarfieldcommunity.com 616-696-1100#tfn


Apartments for Rent:

Apartment for rent – downtown Cedar Springs. Call 616-918-6430. tfnb


Help Wanted:

NOW HIRING: Sales Associates & Meat Cutters for IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. Apply at: StorysMarket.com or pick up application at Story’s Fresh Meats and Deli. Located at the NW corner of Northland Dr. and 14 Mile Rd.


Garage/Yard Sales:

It’s that time of year again… Garage Sale Time! Plan Ahead And SAVE! Run your sale ad in The POST for TWO weeks and the 2nd week is ½ off! Expires 9-19-19.


Storage for Rent:

CEDARFIELD  SELF STORAGENext to Meijer. 2ND MONTH FREE. Reserve online at cedarfieldstorage.com. 616-696-1100


Lost and Found:

Found: Key on wrist loop. Found Monday, April 22nd by the paper box in front of the Cedar Springs Post Newspaper, 36 E. Maple St. Stop in to identify or call 616-696-3655. #17


Services:

A TO Z Trash will pick up your trash weekly. One-time hauls available. Call Bryan at 616-696-2938. #tfnb


Critter Corner

PLEASE DO NOT leave your pet in your car while shopping! Show your love for them by leaving them safely in the comfort and cool of home. Cars can get dangerously hot in just a few minutes even with the windows cracked.

• Lost • Found • Free to Good Home – Animal Ads are FREE in The POST 696-3655

Lost: Missing cat. Marvin is an orange, long-haired cat with a green and white, glow in the dark, collar with a green bell. He was lost on Saturday, April 13th in the area of 17 Mile and Shaner. If anyone has seen him, please call 616-323-4422. #16

Lost: Our Siamese cat went missing on Tuesday, April 9th, near 14 Mile Rd. and Algoma Ave. He is a neutered male, declawed in front and not microchipped. His name is Ashes and he is super friendly. If you see him, shake food and call his name, he should come. If found please call 231-629-9598. He is missed very much. #16


Humane Society of West Michigan’s

PETS OF THE WEEK:

Heidi
Heidi

Heidi – 6-Year-Old Female – Terrier Mix 

Meet Heidi! Heidi has been in Humane Society of West Michigan’s care since February. She was brought to us from another shelter and is ready to be in a home to call her own. Heidi is a very sweet girl who loves spending time with her human friends. She’s exuberant about play time and is crazy about fetch. Once playtime is finished she enjoys a nice nap on your lap. 

If you’re interested in adopting Heidi, please contact Humane Society of West Michigan! 

Bingo Bronson

Bingo Bronson – 2-Year-Old Male – Domestic Short Hair Mix

Meet Bingo Bronson! Bingo Bronson has been looking for love for a month now. He’s a sweet guy who can be a bit shy first, but he’s easily won over with a soft voice and gentle petting. And he goes gaga for being brushed. Bingo is what we call a “happy drooler.” (Some cats drool a little when they’re exceptionally content and in Bingo’s case, it’s accompanied by hard purring and lots of affection). Bingo shares a room with other cats and he wouldn’t mind a feline buddy or two. However, what he really wants is a human buddy who can give him a quiet home and lots of love!

Humane Society of West Michigan is open Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm. 

For more information on the Humane Society of West Michigan,  call (616) 453-8900 or visit them at 3077 Wilson NW,   just ½ mile north of Three Mile Road during adoption hours or visit www.hswestmi.org

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Ask Score:

How The Business Structure You Select Affects Your Income Tax Treatment

The business structure you choose for your startup will affect your company from a legal standpoint, and it will have an impact on your taxes, as well. Before you decide on the structure for your small business, you should do some research and talk to tax and legal professionals for guidance. The better you understand your options, the more likely you’ll be to operate under the structure that will benefit your business the most. 

An Overview Of A Few Of The Most Common Business Structures

Sole Proprietorship

By default, businesses are considered sole proprietorships (partnerships if more than one owner) if their owners don’t register them formally as independent entities. Many at-home businesses start this way because sole proprietorships require the least amount of registration paperwork and ongoing compliance efforts. From an income tax perspective, a sole proprietorship is also considered one in the same as its owner. Your business profits and losses flow through to your personal income tax return.

(Note that with a sole proprietorship, your personal assets are not separated from those of your business. This poses some risks. Your home, bank accounts, retirement savings, and other personal belongings might be in jeopardy if someone were to sue your company. When you form a Limited Liability Company [LLC] or incorporate your business, however, your personal assets receive some protection from legal action brought against your business. Be aware liability protection and tax treatment may vary depending on the state where a business is incorporated matters, so it’s important to talk with an attorney and tax professional.) 

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

You can form an LLC as either a single-member (single owner) or multi-member (multiple owners). This legal structure provides the limited liability advantages of a corporation and the flexibility of a sole proprietorship. As with sole proprietorships/partnerships, an LLC’s profits and losses flow through to owners’ personal income tax returns. In addition, LLCs offer some tax flexibility; you can elect to have your LLC taxed as an S Corporation or a C Corporation.

S Corporation 

The S Corporation structure has gained the favor of many small business owners because it offers one level of tax at the shareholder level and some relief from the self-employment tax burden on owners. Only an owner’s reasonable wages/salaries are subject to self-employment (FICA) tax, and profit distributions to shareholders flow through to the individual shareholders’ income tax returns. 

C Corporation 

C Corporations offer more extensive personal liability protection and growth potential than other structures, and the way income taxes are applied differentiates this structure, too. With a C Corp, income is taxed at the corporate tax rate when your business earns it. Profits are then taxed again at the personal income tax rates when shareholders’ distributions are made.

Partnerships

Another important type of business structure, partnerships come in different legal forms, including corporations, limit liability, and managerial control. Tax treatment and personal liability protection vary depending on the type of partnership you form and the state in which you incorporate.

Get The Right Help To Make The Right Choice

The information we’ve provided here is meant to share some of the basics you should know when deciding on the business structure for your small business. It is not intended as professional legal or accounting advice. Carefully consider your type of business and long-term plans when determining the best legal structure for your business. We also recommend you consult a reputable attorney and business tax expert for insight and guidance. If you need help finding trustworthy professionals in your area, talk with your local SCORE chapter for recommendations.

Further advice on doing business is available from SCORE, a nonprofit association offering a wealth of information resources, training, and free counseling designed to help entrepreneurs nationwide build productive, profitable businesses. 

A SCORE Counselor can serve as a sounding board and will provide valuable unbiased feedback on how to improve things. The SCORE Counselor can also look at the business from the perspective of a bank or other investor, and raise questions you may have overlooked.

All SCORE counseling is offered as a free and confidential community service. There are 30 counselors in the Grand Rapids office of SCORE. Call 616-771-0305 for an appointment with a knowledgeable counselor or e-mail us at score@grandrapids.org.  

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Garden club receives award

The Cedar Springs Garden Club received an award last week for the community garden at First and Cherry Streets.

They were surprised last Thursday, April 11, to learn that they received first place in the state in District 4, as a result of all their hard work to update that corner. They received a certificate and a $25 check, which will go help pay for irrigation of the garden.

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The Red Bird Bistro and Grill

By Tom Noreen

As you drive along Main Street in Cedar Springs, you may have noticed the slow transformation of the Red Bird Bistro and Grill as it, like the mythical phoenix, rises from the remains of the former Gun Tavern. Gone is the old, wooden façade replaced by windows and a soon to be bricked front. 

Inside the transformation is even more dramatic under owner Jody Arp’s direction. The northern section, which was once a barbershop, is now the kitchen and the original Gun is now a well lit, open dining area that will seat about 85 people. The bar is roughly where it was behind a short wall. One thing people asked Jody to do was make it quieter, which has been worked into the design.

One historic item that is still present is the County Drain that runs through a culvert under the floor at the north end of the building diverting water from the east side of town to Cedar Creek.

Something that has been missing in Cedar Springs is a large dining area. That will soon be available as the upstairs is slowly being transformed into a banquet room with seating for about 100 guests plus room for another 20 in a smaller private dining/meeting area. There have already been requests to use the banquet room. 

The Red Bird Bistro under construction. Photo courtesy of Tom Noreen.

 The transformation is the reality of Jody’s vision for a restaurant. Encouraged by her husband, Scott, to build a restaurant after working for over 27 years in the hospitality trade, 19 years of which were in the Gilmore Collection, Jody will soon be presiding over her own. She said that she has worked everything from waiting tables, bartending, and being a chef to general manager, which she did for the last five years at the Blue Water Grill.

She started looking for a place about three to four years ago. She looked at the Sand Bar in Sand Lake, and the Cedar Pub, Roundup and Gun in Cedar Springs. Dave Ringler of the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, who Jody has known for over 20 years, encouraged her to look at the Gun. He said, “I’m an island up here and need some help.” Two years ago in February, they put in an offer on the Gun. In August, they took possession of it and began work with Duane McIntyre taking the lead. They are looking to open in mid-June. The banquet area will not be complete until early 2020.

She is planning a short, 20-25 item farm-to-table menu, with a focus on high quality organic ingredients using limited processed items. Jody is going to use some of the recipes she has created and also family recipes, the ones grandma made. Look for a selection of appetizers, some sandwiches, beef, fish, pasta, and vegetarian items.

 At the bar, Jody plans on serving a selection of craft cocktails, a good selection of wines, and about 10 different craft and domestic beers on tap. The bar area will seat 12 guests.

Jody is in the process of hiring staff so when the construction is complete she can begin training for opening day.

I asked about the name and she said that was easy. Everyone calls her husband Red and her nickname is Bird; hence the Red Bird Bistro and Grill. What a great name for a new restaurant in Cedar Springs! 

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Taxpayers who can’t pay their taxes should still file on time


With the April tax filing due date just a few days away, taxpayers should remember to both file and pay any taxes they owe by the deadline. Taxpayers who do not file and pay timely will see their tax debt grow. In fact, penalties and interest can cause a taxpayer’s debt to grow by more than thirty percent in just a few months.

Here are some tips for taxpayers who owe tax, but who can’t immediately pay their tax bill. Taxpayers should:

File their tax return or request an extension of time to file by the April deadline. 

Taxpayers who owe tax and do not file their return on time or request an extension may face a failure-to-file penalty for not filing on time.

Pay as much as possible by the April due date. 

Whether they are filing a return or requesting an extension, taxpayers must pay their bill in full by the April filing deadline. Taxpayers who do not pay their taxes on time will face a failure-to-pay penalty. Taxpayers should remember that an extension of time to file is not an extension of time to pay.

Set up a payment plan as soon as possible. 

Taxpayers who owe, but cannot pay in full by the deadline don’tt have to wait for a tax bill to request a payment plan. Taxpayers can apply for a payment plan on IRS.gov. Taxpayers can also submit a payment plan request in writing using Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request.

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