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Save a creek—plant a rain garden

N-Rain-gardenThanks to three different community groups, one of Cedar Springs’ most valuable resources is being protected from erosion. The groups got together on Thursday, July 24, and planted a rain garden along Cedar Creek at Fifth and Cherry Streets.

“Cedar Creek is a great habitat for trout and a beautiful feature of Cedar Springs,” said resident Carolee Cole, of the Community Building Development Team. “The Downtown Development Authority and the Community Building Development Team have been working with Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative to protect and improve the Creek so it can become a more visible and enjoyable attribute of our town as well as a defining characteristic of our community.”

N-Rain-garden2Cole said that the stream buffer was planted to protect the creek bank from eroding into the Creek. Both the stream buffer and the rain garden were planted to shade the Creek and to filter storm water as it runs off the roads and parking lots as well as to cool the water before it enters the Creek. Plants selected have long roots, are natural to the area, and grow tall enough to provide some shade.

Members of the Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative had already prepared the ground at the corner of Fifth and Cherry Streets on the lawn of Cedar Springs Tool Engineering and laid out the design for a stream buffer and a rain garden. Cedar Springs Tool Engineering purchased the plants and mulch for the project.

There were volunteers from Kent County Water Conservation, Plaster Creek Stewards, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative, and of course, Trout Unlimited to work and to teach the  volunteers from Cedar Springs what and where to plant. Tom Mabie, Kathy Bremmer, Perry Hopkins, Carolee Cole, Mark Laws, Rose Powell, Michelle Andres, and a sweet young citizen from the neighborhood named Grace were the volunteers from Cedar Springs. Bob Truesdale brought pop on ice to keep everyone going.

Cole noted that Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is planning more rain gardens and stream buffers, so there will be other opportunities to volunteer.  “If you want to get in on the next planting opportunity or learn more about how we’re working together to develop Cedar Springs into an even more amazing community, ‘like’ the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team on Facebook and watch for our new web page, CSCommunityCenter.org, to be out in the next few weeks!” she said.



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Greenville celebrates heritage with Danish Festival


For the third consecutive year, Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson’s artwork has been chosen as the winning poster for the annual Danish Festival. This year’s theme is “The Red Shoes.” The 50th celebration will be held Aug. 14-17.

For the third consecutive year, Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson’s artwork has been chosen as the winning poster for the annual Danish Festival. This year’s theme is “The Red Shoes.” The 50th celebration will be held Aug. 14-17.

50th annual festival August 14-17

For the 50th year in a row, Greenville will honor its Danish history and heritage with the Danish Festival taking place throughout the city August 14-17.

The Festival, which has a long and established history of celebrating Danish traditions, is aimed at providing unique events and fun entertainment for visitors of all ages.

This year’s event, carrying the theme of “The Red Shoes,” will feature live music, an arts and crafts fair, a grand parade, a fairy tale parade, a family fun day, sports tournament, car show, art at the green, a talent show, truck and tractor pull, and a grand prize raffle.

New this year is “The Rock Show,” an ultimate tribute to Journey at Klackle Orchard’s Pavilion, on Saturday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m. Included that night will be the hot air balloon glow, a huge display of fireworks at dusk and Tivoli Beer Gardens from 7 to midnight both Friday and Saturday nights. The band “Decades” will play Friday from 9 to midnight, and “Three’s a Crowd” on Saturday night.

“With gas prices climbing, and many long distance trips cut from the family budget, we encourage families from around Michigan to consider driving the short distance to Greenville from an affordable mini-vacation,” said Pam Jorae, Executive Director. “The Festival truly offers something for everyone.”

More than 75,000 people are expected to attend this year.

“The Danish Festival has been the pride of the Greenville community for 50 years,” said Jorae. “No matter what tough times the economy might bring, once a year the Festival gives Greenville a reason to celebrate its strong heritage and proud history.”

Click Here to see festival schedule


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The Post travels to New York

From left to right:
 Charles & Joelene Sommer, Charlene Sommer, Sabrina Smith, Hannah Sommer, Ethan Sommer, Jim Howard

From left to right:
 Charles & Joelene Sommer, Charlene Sommer, Sabrina Smith, Hannah Sommer, Ethan Sommer, Jim Howard

Earlier this summer the mission team from the First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs went to help Cornerstone Baptist Church in Geneseo, New York, start a new addition on their church building. They took the Post along and snapped this photo. Thanks so much 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!


NOTE: Someone dropped off an underwater photo of the Post, but did not leave us any information or email any to us. Please contact us at 696-3655 or email news@cedarspringspost.com with info so that we can run your photo.


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Woman hopes to find Good Samaritan


By Judy Reed

A Solon Township woman is looking for the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped her when she broke her arm recently after falling off her horse.

Emily Scott, of Solon Township, was riding her horse, Shadow, on Albrecht, when she was attacked by flies. “The horse started bucking and I did a quick exit,” she recalled.

A woman then stopped and asked if she was ok. “I told her no,” said Emily. She had broken her arm and fractured her shoulder in the fall.

The woman then flagged down another vehicle to take Emily home, and the woman took the horse back. “She said she had horses, too,” said Emily.

According to Chris, Emily’s husband, he was taking Emily to the hospital by the time the woman got back with the horse, and they didn’t know who she was.

“I’d like to thank her, and I’d like to know her name,” said Emily. “She knows where I live. Please stop by!”

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Museum summer car show

N-Car-show1-55chevy-webBy Tom Noreen


The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted its annual Summer Car Show on Saturday, July 26. It was a beautiful day to check out the 58 cars registered.  According to museum director Sharon Jett, cars were from as far away as New York State. Buck Jones, from Rockford, won the peer judged “Best of Show” award for his 1955 Chevy Bel-Air Sport Coup.

The Cedar Springs FFA sold coffee and donuts in the morning and helped the staff and participants. The group also had some of its delicious home made maple syrup for sale.

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis

The Patin Sisters spun vinyl throughout the day as they provided entertainment and made announcements.

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis demonstrated his skills during the event and had a number of his carvings on hand. It is amazing what he can find hidden in a piece of wood.

Meijer Corporation had one of their vintage delivery trucks on display; similar to ones used in Cedar Springs when Hendrik Meijer opened his second store. Meijer served over 500 free hot dog meals to participants and visitors.


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Ten simple ways to ease back-to-school stress


(BPT) – Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. But making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic pace of back to school can be overwhelming, for you and your kids. Between school supply shopping, extracurricular activities, homework, and the daily lunch box routine, where’s a busy parent to start?

Nicole Feliciano, founder of the popular blog MomTrends.com and mother of two kids says it’s important for parents to have a back-to-school plan. “As a working mom, I understand that it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and excitement of back to school. Preparation is important for a successful transition, so I’ve put together a few of my go-to’s to help families stay on schedule this year.”

BACK-Ten-simple-ways2Here are her go-to tips to help you seamlessly transition from summer to back-to-school season:

1. Proactively adjust wake-up times

Start your family’s wake-up routine a few weeks before school starts to get kids adjusted to earlier alarm clocks. Keep in mind that children between ages 5 and 12 should sleep between 10 to 11 hours each day, and teens need a little over 9 hours of sleep each night to function best, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

2. Establish a routine

Get in a rhythm as research shows that kids with daily family routines are more emotionally and socially advanced, particularly for pre-school-aged kids. A recent analysis found that each daily ritual increased the likelihood of a child having high social-emotional health by 47 percent.

3. Encourage healthful snacking

Promote nutritious eating behaviors by stocking the pantry with wholesome, after-school snacks. Companies like NatureBox, which delivers a monthly box of kid-approved snacks straight to your door, are a great way to save time and stress. Then designate a drawer where kids can find tasty treats like NatureBox’s Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews and Santa Fe Corn Stix to help boost energy and maintain focus until dinnertime.

4. Make a family calendar

Keep everyone on the same page with a family calendar displayed prominently in the kitchen or study space. It’s a powerful tool to help keep track of open houses, school carnivals and conferences. Better yet, encourage your kids to add their own events to the calendar to get them engaged in the planning process.

5. Create a chore chart 

Making visual reminders, like a chore chart, helps kids keep up with their responsibilities at home, while juggling school obligations. Simply list each of your family members’ names followed by specific chores for each day of the week, then hang the chart on the fridge or make copies for each child’s bedroom.

6. Enhance the lunch box

Guess what? The average shopping trip to the grocery store takes 41 minutes. Save yourself hassle and gas money by shopping online for key lunchbox staples, like tasty snacks. NatureBox delivers five different snacks each month from a selection of over 100 delicious, nutritionist-approved options your kids are sure to love. You can choose specific snacks or opt to have NatureBox surprise you based on your kids’ specific taste preferences and dietary needs. Learn more at NatureBox.com.

7. Decide on screen time

Set screen time limits for weekdays and weekends to make sure your kids spend enough time focusing on homework and playing outside.

8. Create a study space

Foster a productive, distraction-free area where your kids can read, study and do homework. Simply designate a place for studying that’s quiet and has plenty of supplies to help your A-student stay focused and motivated.

9. Prep in the evenings

Save time and prevent headaches each morning by planning ahead the evening prior. Have children pick out their clothes, pack backpacks, and get lunches ready for the next day before they go to bed. Then when morning arrives, all they need to do is eat, get dressed, and head out the door.

10. Cut paperwork chaos

Reduce the paper panic brought on by permission slips, health documents and fundraising packets by asking your child for school forms every day after school to ensure nothing gets lost. Fill them out promptly, make copies if necessary, and file them in color-coded folders for easy access.

For more back-to-school tips, visit MomTrends.com, and to save time with NatureBox’s convenient snack delivery, visit www.NatureBox.com.






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Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies


(BPT) – You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.

Some people think harvest season is when the work stops for growing fresh fruits and vegetables in the backyard. If you want to be able to enjoy your hard work all year long and incorporate your vegetables into meals throughout the winter, though, there’s still some work to be done.

Here are some ways to preserve and share the bounty you’ve grown in your backyard:

* Host a canning party – Canning is making a comeback, even for urban families who grow their vegetables in container gardens. If you have tomatoes, peppers, berries, beans, carrots and even peas, canning and freezing are two ways to preserve these items for use throughout the winter months. Both options preserve the nutrients of the fruits and vegetables, and most canning and freezing processes don’t require any additional ingredients to be added to the product. If you’re looking for a way to add more variety to your pantry, chop tomatoes, peppers and onions into a salsa mixture to be canned.

If you have friends in the same situation with an abundance of food, host a canning party. Ask everyone to bring extra pots, hot pads, stirring utensils, knives and cutting boards so you have enough equipment to keep all hands busy.

* Pickle your veggies – All pickling recipes are different, and it’s fun to experiment with different seasonings and techniques. To get started, try this basic pickling spice recipe from Frontier Co-op. It features a balance of flavor that blends several different responsibly sourced seasonings:


Balanced Basic Pickle Seasoning


1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon granulated onion

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon turmeric root powder


For other recipes for preserving your vegetables and incorporating them into delicious dishes all year long, visit www.frontiercoop.com.

* Gift your garden goodies – Ask your coworkers, neighbors and friends if anyone would be interested in some of your fresh produce. Or, better yet, can some of the produce in smaller batches to hand out as gifts. Everyone loves a batch of raspberry jam or a jar of homemade salsa in their holiday stocking or as a thank-you gift. To make the gift look nice, decorate the jar with ribbons or wrap it in a pretty gift bag.

* Make fun drinks – If you grow herbs in your yard, you can either freeze or dry the leaves to preserve their flavors for future use. Or try making herbal soda, which is usually a mixture of lemons, herbs, soda water and simple syrup stirred together for a refreshing summery drink on ice. Invite guests over for a relaxing afternoon on the patio and impress them with your simple, tasty drinks. Your family will also love them for a way to cool down after having fun in the sun.

* Share your harvest – Families that are food insecure appreciate the fresh produce found at harvest season. Contact your local food pantry to ask how you can share your harvest with others. They may require specific kinds of produce, or need vegetables to be harvested in a specific way.

You can use your vegetables and fruits in meals all year long, and these tips also provide you with great ideas for sharing what you’ve grown with friends and family. As you reap the benefits of summer’s growing season and the care you provided your garden, consider these ways of making the most of your crop.


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50th Annual Danish Festival 

Danish-posterAugust 14 – 17, 2014

“The Red Shoes”

Friday, August 8

10:00am – 2:00pm Be A Prinsesse For A Day event Flat River Community Library

Must pre-register (ages 5-10)

Saturday, Aug 9

2:30pm Danish Festival Young Miss GHS Performing Arts Center

& Jr. Miss Pageant

7:00pm Danish Festival Queen’s GHS Performing Arts Center

Pageant & Prince & Princess

Sunday, Aug 10

5:30pm Community Dinner St. Paul Lutheran Church

7:00pm3rd Annual Danish Music Fest St. Paul Lutheran Church

(ticketed event)

Wednesday, Aug 13

6:00pm -7:30pm Scrapbook Contest Judging Hathaway Properties Club House

Thursday, Aug 14

6:00pm Hot Air Balloon Demonstration Baldwin Elementary School

6:00pm – 8:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

6:30pm Flag Raising Ceremony Heritage Park

7:30pm Danish Festival Band in Concert Tower Riverside Park

7:30pm Grand Marshal Celebration Flat River Museum

9:00pm – 10:00pm Lake of Illumination Baldwin Lake

Friday, Aug 15

9:00am – 5:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

9:00am – 8:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

10:00am –5:00pm “Gamle Danske Landsby” Danish Cultural Center

(Old Danish Village) (Danish Brotherhood Hall)

10:00am –6:00pm Stage Performances Main Stage-Grove at Lafayette Street

10:00am – 8:00pm Downtown Activities Lafayette Street

Arts & Crafts Fair • Food Court • Souvenir Booth • Information Booth

10:30am – 12:00pm Storytelling by Storyweavers Flat River Library

12:00pm – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours Flat River Museum

12:00pm – 7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Events: Hans Christian Andersen Park

Painting, coloring, to-do crafts & games

Special Lego Event

Danish Kids Crafts

Danish Land Midway

1:00pm – 4:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Museum Tours Cass Street

1:00pm – 5:00pm US Postal Service CommemorativeDane Station at Souvenir Booth

Danish Festival Cancellation Stamp

1:00pm -7:00pm WAN Music in the Park (local musicians) Veteran’s Park

3:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

5:00pm Lego Masterpiece Judging Hans Christian Andersen Park

5:00pm – 6:00pm Decades Concert Main Stage-Cass Street

6:00pm – 6:30pm Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Parade Barry/Cass Streets

6:00pm – 8:00pm Greenville Area Corvette Club Show Cass & Lafayette Street

6:00pm – 10:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

6:30pm “Princess and the Pea” Bed Race Cass/Berry Street

6:30pm I Scream, Ice Cream Contest HCA Park

6:30pm – 7:30pm Danish Festival Band Concert Main Stage-Grove at Lafayette Street

6:30pm – 8:30pm Fireman’s Parade Meet & Greet Greenville High School Parking Lot

Open to the Public

7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

7:00pm First Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

7:00pm 6th Annual “Dirt Diggin Danes” Montcalm County Fair Grounds

Truck & Tractor Pull M91 and Peck Road

Gate opens at 5:00 p.m.

7:00pm –12:00 Tivoli Gardens (Beer Tent) Klackle Orchards

Music by “Decades”

8:00pm – 9:30pm Flat River Big Band Street Dance Main Stage

8:00pm – 10:30pm Friday Night Teen Dance Greenville Middle School Cafeteria

(6-8 grade or 11-14 years of age)

8:30pm 9thAnnual Danish Festival Fireman’s Parade Starting at Greenville High School

Saturday, August 16

7:00am Second Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

8:00am – 10:30am Flat River Auto Show Cass Street

8:00am – 10:30am Danish Sisterhood Breakfast Danish Brotherhood Hall

8:00am – 9:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

8:00am – 10:30am Road Run Race & Fitness Walk Baldwin Heights Elementary

8:00am – 3:00pm “Gamle Danske Landsky” Danish Cultural Center

(Old Danish Village) (Danish Brotherhood Hall)

9:00am – 4:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Tours Cass Street

(closed during the Grand Dansk Parade)

9:00am – 5:00pm Used Book Sale & Bake Sale Flat River Community Library

9:00am – 6:00pm Downtown Activities Lafayette Street

Arts & Crafts Fair • Food Court

Souvenir Booth • Information Booth

9:00am – 8:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

10:00am – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours

Flat River Museum

10:00am – 11:00am Stage Performances Main Stage – Cass Street

11:00am Danish Dandies Grand Dansk Parade

11:00am – 1:00pm Car Show Registration K-Mart -Greenville

11:00am – 1:00pm GRAND DANSK PARADE Cass Street

12:00am – 4:00pm Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Kmart – Greenville

12:00pm – 5:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Events: Hans Christian Andersen Park

Painting, coloring, to-do crafts & games

Special Lego Event

Danish Kids Crafts

Danish Land Midway

1:00pm – 3:00pm Three’s A Crowd Concert Main Stage-Cass Street

1:00pm – 6:00pm Stage Performances Main Stage – Cass Street

1:00pm – 8:30pm WAN Music in the Park (local Musicians) Veteran’s Park

2:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

3:00pm – 7:00pm Danish Dinner Settlement Lutheran Church

5:00pm – 6:00pm Grandpa’s Tater Dog Eating Contest Veteran’s Park

5:00pm3rd Annual Art @ the Green Voting Ends City of Greenville

Visit danishfestival.org for times and locations

7:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

7:00pm Third Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

7:00pm – 9:00pm Danish Festival Presents: Klackle Orchards Pavilion

“The Rockshow’ – Journey Tribute

7:00pm –12:00pm Tivoli Gardens (Beer Tent) Klackle Orchards

Music by “Three’s a Crowd”

9:00pm Greenville Glows Klackle Orchards

10:15pm/Dusk Fireworks Celebration Klackle Orchards

Sunday, August 17

7:00am Fourth Hot Air Balloon Flight Klackle Orchards

8:00am – 9:00pm Softball Tournament High School & Alan G. Davis Park

11:45am Danish Heritage Church Service South Sidney Church

(Amble Memorial Sanctuary) Greenville

12:00 –3:00pm Dannebrog Lutheran Church Greenville

Open for tour

12:00pm – 4:00pm WAN- MarketPlace & Food Court Veteran’s Park

12:00pm – 4:00pm Danish Family Fun Day: Baldwin Heights Elementary School

(Laser tag, dunk tank, giant inflatables, big slide, bouncy boxing/jousting arena,

3-lane bungee run, airbrush tattoos, carnival games, safety corner, fire hose, photo booth, race truck, Toddler fun area for 5 and under, kid’s art)

1:00pm – 3:00pm Sunday Christian Concert Klackle Orchards

1:00 – 2:00 performance – Glen Bultis

2:00 – 3:00 performance – Verticle Bridge

1:00pm – 4:00pm WAN Music in the Park (Christian Music) Veteran’s Park

1:00pm – 5:00pm Fighting Falcon Military Museum Tours Cass Street

2:00pm Danes @ Forest Home Cemetery Tour Forest Home Cemetery

2:00pm Hans Christian Andersen Theater Community Center

“The Red Shoes”

2:00pm – 4:30pm Flat River Museum Tours Flat River Museum

2:00pm – 6:00pm Geocaching Community Center

3:00pm Doggie Fashion Show Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm Raffle Drawing – GRAND PRIZES Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm Talent Show Baldwin Heights Elementary

4:00pm – 5:30pm Family Trail Walk Tower Park to

Shuttled from Community Center Community Center

With Ice Cream Social (FREE)

5:30pm Ugly Duckling Race Jackson’s Landing

Tuesday, August 26th

5:00 pm Deadline for Photo Contest Danish Festival Office

Huntington Bank-2nd floor

Friday, March 20st, 2015

5:00 pm Deadline for Poster Contest Danish Festival Office

“The Little Red Shoes” Huntington Bank-2nd floor

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Family Fare store closing

N-Family-fareTwo weeks ago, the Post published a story questioning the rumor that Family Fare, a SpartanNash store located on 17 Mile Road, east of White Creek, did not renew their lease. We reported that the property and building were for sale and rumors had been circulating for months that Family Fare had not renewed their lease, which is up in the fall.

At the time, SpartanNash said they did not respond to store closing rumors.

However, according to employees at Family Fare, a meeting was recently held with all employees letting them know that the store is closing September 6, and the pharmacy is closing next week, August 6, with all prescriptions being sent to Rite Aid, in Cedar Springs.

After hearing the news Wednesday morning, The Post called and spoke with a representative of SpartanNash, who said they would try to get more information for us. We did not hear from them by press time, but will give you the information as soon as we hear more.

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Carnival closes out summer reading program

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

FIZZ…BOOM…READ…It was a great summer for reading and hands on learning at the Cedar Springs Public Library this summer, and the program ended Wednesday, July 30, with their big summer reading carnival at Morley Park.

They kicked off their summer reading program on June 9 with 525 participating in the festivities—a petting zoo, free ice cream, Friends book sale, free book bags and bookmarks, and Fire Chief Marty Fraser and team with our fabulous Cedar Springs Fire Truck.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Programs ran in attendance from 71 to 230, with the largest program attendance for the Crichton Alligator Sanctuary with real alligators, snakes and other reptiles and hands on for those who were brave enough. Teen, tween and adult programs ran from 19 to 22, with the largest at 31 for the Archaeology in Israel program.

Hundreds were on hand Wednesday for the carnival in the park, where kids enjoyed a water slide, bounce houses, games, popcorn, ice cream, cold water, face painting, a petting zoo and local Fire Truck team again, but this time to periodically spray their fire hoses to cool down those standing in the park field.  Almost two hundred kids received prizes.

In all it spells, “Literacy, Success, FUN!” said Library Director Donna Clark. “Many thanks to our community businesses, service organizations, churches, City, library staff and board, and the individuals who make this program great each year. Together we can do more and have fun doing it!”


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