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A spectacular July 4th celebration


It was a sizzling, spectacular Fourth of July celebration all across Michigan last week. Sand Lake celebrated their 150th, with a carnival, food booths, rodeo, demolition derby, three different parades, fireworks, bands, and more.

We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us their photos of them celebrating Fourth of July events (wherever they were), and they sent us some great photos. Click here to see how everyone celebrated!

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Summer Celebrations in July

By Judy Reed

We are at the midway mark of summer, so that means another round of Summer Celebrations, right here in Cedar Springs. 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their second round of Community Summer Celebrations from Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Each day there will be various activities going on at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…and various other places.

Included is the Jack Clark Memorial Golf outing on July 16p; Story times at the library; live music at CS Brewing; archery for teens at the RF Rod and Gun club; free waltz dancing class on July 19 at Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance and Fitness Studio; the Chamber sidewalk sales on July 20, and much more. 

Visit their Facebook page for a complete lineup of events. Just search for Cedar Springs Community Summer Celebrations.


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Post travels to Tennessee


The Post traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Kaden and Analina Piedra of Cedar Springs during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They traveled to beautiful Lookout Mountain in the Appalachians, where they explored nearly 1,200 feet underground to visit the awesome Ruby Falls, and rode one of the steepest passenger railways in the world with their grandparents, Ward and Tina Kortz, and Aunt Allison. In this photo, they are holding the Post overlooking Tennessee at the top of the Incline Railway.

Thank you so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!


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Trees planted along Cedar Creek


These volunteers came out to plant trees along Cedar Creek last week. Courtesy photo.

Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project – Trout Unlimited recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to plant nearly 17,000 trees along the Rogue River and its tributaries. The project aims to address storm water runoff that pollutes, erodes, and warms the important trout stream by planting trees at critical sites throughout the watershed. 

The first tree planting was held on the morning of July 3 along Cedar Creek at the Heart of Cedar Springs Park. 

Trout Unlimited was grateful to all the volunteers who helped out. They especially wanted to thank Perry and Tom and all their partners at the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team; the Trout Unlimited and Plaster Creek Stewards Green Teams; an amazing community of volunteers; Cedar Springs Brewing Company for supplying the volunteers with water; the City of Cedar Springs DPW for supplying wheel barrows; the Cedar Springs Public Library for the photo; and to the U.S. Forest Service for funding this project. 

“It was a great day to work in the community alongside passionate people to protect Cedar Creek and the Rogue River,” said a Trout Unlimited spokesperson.

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Man drives car into Pine Lake


Several people have driven into Pine Lake over the years. This photo shows a car that took the “Pine Lake plunge” in 2016. Post photo by L. Allen.

Robbie Mills was driving east on 17 Mile toward Pine Lake Avenue just before midnight on June 28, when he spotted tail lights ahead that looked like they were in Pine Lake.

“I was driving with my fiancée and son when I saw the car,” he told the Post. “We must have only been about a half a minute behind him. The car was still running and the lights were on. I got out and yelled to see if he was ok. He was yelling for help so I jumped in and went for a swim,” explained Mills.

He said the man had his dog with him, and it took a bit to find the dog. “At the last second I caught the dog’s collar,” he said.

Mills said the man couldn’t make the swim back to shore, so police borrowed a neighbor’s boat to pull the man to safety.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle was a 51-year-old man from Grand Rapids who drove straight through the intersection and into the lake. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries.  OWI (Operating While Intoxicated Charges) are pending, and his name has not yet been released.

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Sparta Town & Country Days

July 17 – 20, 2019

All the best of a fair and a festival in beautiful downtown Sparta! Enjoy traditional fair events such as tractor and truck pulls, cattle & horse shows and even lawn mower races held in our rural community. Celebrate summer with family and friends in our downtown parks to enjoy free music, daily kid’s activities, carnival midway, parade, fireworks and more! Visit us at www.spartafair.com. Or download the schedule here!

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month


L to R: Maverick Hunt, 2, and Atlas Hunt, 4, enjoyed their first taste of Blue Moon ice cream this summer. Post photo by J. Reed

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. 

A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back. 

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946. Today, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

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A Show-Stopping Dessert


(Family Features) With its dramatic presentation, this freshly baked cake and ice cream-based dessert can impress guests at your next gathering.  

Find more dessert recipes perfect for entertaining at Culinary.net.

Baked Alaska

Recipe adapted from Milk Means More

Ingredients

1/2 cup, plus 6 tablespoons, all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup 2% milk

1/4 cup canola oil

2 eggs

nonstick cooking spray

1 1/2 quarts ice cream, any flavor

3 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F.

In large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make well in center of dry ingredients. Add milk, canola oil and eggs. Whisk until blended. Beat batter until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Pour batter into 9-inch, round, greased cakepan. Bake 25-28 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze 1 hour.

In glass bowl, spray with nonstick cooking spray. Layer inside of bowl with plastic wrap, draping some over edges of bowl. 

Scoop ice cream into bowl until full. Level ice cream. Place overhang of plastic wrap over ice cream. Freeze 2 hours.

Unwrap cake and place on plate. Unwrap ice cream and place on top of cake. Wrap both together and freeze 2 hours.

In medium bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add remaining sugar and vanilla extract; beat mixture to form stiff peaks.

Heat oven to 500 F.

Unwrap stacked cake. Place on oven-safe plate. Spread meringue, creating swirl motions around cake. Bake 2-4 minutes until meringue peaks are brown and remaining meringue takes on dry appearance.

Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer.

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Chemical-free options for managing mosquitoes

By Melinda Myers


It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you inside; Instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage these pests in your landscape.

Start by eliminating the mosquitoes’ breeding grounds.  Drain the water out of buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. 

Check kids’ toys, tarps and pool covers that also retain water. Drain the water and store these items in the garage or turn them over to keep them from becoming a mosquito breeding ground. Even small containers hold enough water for hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes to breed.

Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Make it part of your routine maintenance; rinse birdbaths when watering containers. Or install a small pump to keep water moving to prevent mosquito breeding.

Use organic mosquito control like Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits (SummitResponsibleSolutions.com) in birdbaths, rain barrels and water features. Mosquito Bits quickly knock down the mosquito larval population, while Mosquito Dunks provide 30 days of control. They both contain a naturally occurring soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis that kills mosquito larvae, are certified organic and safe for pets, fish, wildlife and children.

Use Mosquito Dunks to manage these pests in areas subject to periods of standing water. One dunk provides control of 100 square feet of water surface for 30 days. Slide a dunk over a stake secured in the problem area, preventing it from washing away in heavy rains. It remains in place and provides control when the area is flooded again.

Attract insect-eating birds to the landscape with a few birdhouses. You’ll enjoy their beauty and benefit from their diet of insects, including many garden pests and mosquitoes.

Reduce the mosquitoes’ daytime resting spaces by keeping your garden weeded. Removing weeds and managing neglected garden spaces will make your landscape less inviting to these pests.

Keep mosquitoes away when hosting a party, gardening or relaxing outdoors. Use a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak-flying mosquitoes away from you and your guests. Some gardeners even take a small fan into the garden while weeding.

Light a few citronella candles for a bit of ambience and mosquito control at your next evening party or event. Citronella oil and the scented candles do have some mosquito-repelling properties. Scatter lots of candles throughout your entertainment space. Position the candles within a few feet of your guests for some short-term relief from these pests.

These strategies and some personal protection will help you increase your summer enjoyment. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, covering as much of your skin as possible with long sleeves and pants.

For Deet-free personal repellent options, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also approved products with the active ingredient picaridin (found in Skin So Soft products), IR3535, and the synthetic oil of lemon and eucalyptus. Avoid products that contain both sunscreen and insect repellents as you need to apply the sunscreen more often than the repellent.

Using a combination of these mosquito-management strategies is sure to provide a summer filled with more enjoyable gatherings with family and friends.

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Summit for her expertise to write this article. Myers’s web site is www.melindamyers.com.

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$5,000 reward offered for info on suspicious fire

by Judy Reed

A Cedar Springs woman was out hunting for pokemon in the wee hours of Friday morning when she spotted a trailer on fire as she returned home.

Both Cedar Springs and Sand Lake Fire Departments responded to a fire at 401 Sarah Street just after 2:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28. Photo by Kelli Destrampe.

Kelli Destrampe reported the fire at 401 Sarah Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, right around 2:30 a.m. Both Cedar Springs and Sand Lake Fire Departments responded to the scene. A Kent County Sheriff deputy and Rockford Ambulance also responded.

“The came in as a report of a trailer fire well involved, and it was unknown if anyone was inside,” explained Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser. He said they had the fire knocked down in the first 10-15 minutes.

There were three other mobile homes surrounding the burning one—one on each side and one behind it. “We did have three exposures, and it melted some of their siding. It could have been such a mess if we didn’t have it knocked down quickly. There could have been three other trailers burning,” remarked Fraser. 

Fraser said the park owned the trailer and they were getting ready to remove it. No one was living there and there were no utilities hooked up, so the cause was not electrical.

No one was living in the mobile home at the time of the fire. Photo by Kelli Destrampe.

Fraser is ruling the fire as “suspicious but undetermined.”

Cedar Springs Mobile Estates is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest, testimony against, and conviction of the perpetrators responsible for the suspicious fire. If you have any kind of information, please contact the CSME Office at (616) 696-0820 or the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 632-6100.

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