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Out of the attic


N-Out-of-attic-Old-photo-73-S-Main-webBy Judy Reed

The Post recently received an old photo from reader Jennifer Bell. She said that her family has lived in Cedar Springs for many years, and that her grandfather, Orville Moore, recently passed away. Before he died, he passed on quite a few old photos to Jennifer’s sister. One of them is of a building they think is 73 S. Main, where there is currently a pet grooming shop. Jennifer said all she knew was that back when the photo was taken, a woman named Rose ran the store.

“We’re not exactly sure her exact relation to us but it’s pretty neat for us to have a photo this old and thought we would share,” she said.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

We passed this photo on Sharon Jett at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, and she agreed that the building looks like 73 S. Main. She directed us to page 211 in the Cedar Springs Story by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, which lists three millinery shops in the building from 1885-1931. From 1908 to 1931, it was run by a Mrs. Rose Dorman, which could be the Rose that Jennifer mentioned.

We thank Jennifer for sending us the photo, and Sharon, of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, for helping us with the information.

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Cedar Springs Brewing Company 

Post photo by  J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company, 95, North Main, officially opened its doors to the public last week Friday, November 13, with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Eager patrons lined up around the building, and waited for a chance to get in and sample not only what was on tap, but also the various German and American dishes on the menu. Patrons filled the establishment all weekend long.

“We were excited at the enthusiastic response for our opening week and weekend and did our best to stay on top of everything,” said owner David Ringler. “While we were disappointed to run short in the kitchen on Sunday, we’re back to work getting better and preparing for this weekend as we’re planning live music on Saturday and getting ready for our Community Pub Crawl next Saturday.”

Ringler said their hours would be flexible as they build up their supplies, but they intend to re-open to regular hours on Thursday through next week. They will be closed Thanksgiving, but should be otherwise be open through their pub crawl next Saturday, November 28 (barring any supplies shortages).

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Chargers have strong showing at state meet


The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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Brewery finds niche in German tradition


N-Cedar-Springs-Brewing2Ribbon cutting and first pour for the public will be Friday, November 13 at 1 p.m.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, is seeing his dream come to life.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, is seeing his dream come to life.

By Judy Reed

A lot of people have anxiously awaited the opening of the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, at 95 North Main. But probably no one has been more anxious than owner David Ringler, who is fulfilling a life-long dream.

“The biggest part for me was making the leap in the first place, from a good job, to doing what I really want to do,” explained Ringler.

Ringler lived in Germany for four years where he apprenticed with local brewmasters. After leaving Germany, Ringler continued his brewing education at the renowned Seibel Institute of Brewing Science in Chicago. In 2013, Ringler began the formal process in Cedar Springs and received all permits and approvals to proceed. “This project is the result of a near 25-year dream,” said Ringler.

He has brought his love for all things German into the Cedar Springs Brewing Company.  Flags from Germany line the interior, and a large collection of beer glasses line the walls. Ringler noted that he probably has one of the largest collections around, about 250. Approximately 50-55 are displayed, with some being his, and others from friends.

Beautiful hand-painted wooden panels of German scenes line the walls of another dining room, and Ringler said they came from the Schnitzelbank restaurant in Grand Rapids, an old German restaurant founded in 1934, that has since been torn down. “We procured them and restored them,” he said of the panels.

The dining room seats about 150, at both German-style public tables and American-style booths. “In Germany it’s traditional for people to sit together with people they may not know. We want to encourage conversation, for people to meet friends old and new,” explained Ringler.

The Stammtisch table, for members, highlights a large collection of coasters from some of Ringler’s and his friends’ favorite German breweries around the country and the world.

The brewery/restaurant will feature a variety of craft beers, focusing on German styles along with a full food menu (which includes German dishes), in-house made spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

To begin, they will feature several beers, including two Cedar Springs brand beers, which will only be one-time offerings: a Blood, Sweat and Tears pale ale, and Yinzer Roundabout IPA, which is a collaboration with a brewery out of Pittsburgh.

The brewery’s beer brand will be Küsterer, which pays tribute to the first German brewer in West Michigan in 1844. Those beers will include a Bohemian Pilsner, which is the German style of beer that eventually morphed into American beer. They will also feature a Heller Weiss Bier, a Bavarian-style wheat beer. It was the royal beer of Bavaria, for 300 years, said Ringler. Their current brand will be a more modern, lighter version. They will also have a Michigan pale ale, with all Michigan ingredients.

Other beverages include a Cedar Cider—Apfelwein—which is gluten free; and two wines, a red blend and a white blend. Non-alcoholic drinks include nine flavors of their homemade Old Cedar Creek Sodas.

The brewery is a 15-barrel brewhouse, and because it’s the first run, they won’t have as much as beer in the beginning as they will on future runs. Ringler said that depending on how it goes, they may have to close a couple of days a week to keep up. “I just hope the public understands that we are making it as fast as we can,” he said.

They have had a soft opening this week with private openings for friends and family, and Stammtisch Club members. The ribbon cutting and first pour for the public will be Friday, November 13 at 1 p.m., and they will be open for business immediately after.

The outdoor biergarten, which will add another 70-80 seats, will be completed in the spring.

The brewery will also have live music beginning November 21, with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, a rockabilly band.

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Pole falls on car

 A light pole fell on an unoccupied vehicle in the Tractor Supply parking lot last week. Photo by S. Reed.

A light pole fell on an unoccupied vehicle in the Tractor Supply parking lot last week. Photo by S. Reed.

A light pole fell on a car in the Tractor Supply Parking lot last Thursday, November 5.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Cedar Springs unit, they received a call that a pole had fallen on an unoccupied car in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, at the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek Avenue. Store employees secured the area around the pole and vehicle. Kelley said it did not appear that the car had hit the pole, just that the pole had fallen on the car.

He said no one witnessed the incident.

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The Post travels to Hessel Bay


Jeffrey and Sherrie Peters, of Solon Township, took the Post with them on a trip to Hessel Bay, about 10 miles east of the Mackinac Bridge. “It’s a good getaway for anyone,” said Sherrie. “We just relaxed.” They commented that they have good restaurants and good fishing.

Thank you, Jeffrey and Sherrie, 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!

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Marching Red Hawks finish ninth at state


The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band traveled to Ford Field on Saturday, November 7, for the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Marching Finals. They finished ninth in the state in Flight III competition, which consisted of 12 bands.

Music Booster Secretary Julia Moore, stated, “The band worked so hard and they had a terrific season. We are all very proud of them!”

The season ends with their annual Marching Banquet, held on November 16, and the band moves into Concert season this week. Their next performance will be a Christmas Concert on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is held at the high school, and admission is free.


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Teacher of the year finalist recognized


Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart received a plaque and $500 from the MEEMIC Foundation for being a Michigan teacher of the year finalist. Carol denOtter-Todd, a MEEMIC field consultant, presented the award.

Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart, who was selected in June as one of five finalists for Michigan Teacher of the Year, was recognized recently by the MEEMIC Foundation for his accomplishment.

A school assembly was held on October 31, where Carol denOtter-Todd presented him with a plaque, and a check for $500.

Created by Meemic Insurance Company and founded as a nonprofit organization, the Meemic Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public, private, parochial and charter schools, and colleges and universities.

Stuart finished as one of the top five out of 487 applicants for Michigan Teacher of the Year. “It’s a huge honor,” Stuart told the Post last summer, after learning of his award. Stuart teaches history and English to incoming freshmen at Cedar Springs High School. He also writes, and travels the professional development circuit speaking with school districts across the country about the common core in English and his practical approach to it.

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Horseback riding helps man with COPD

We recently received this story from Don Foreman, of Kent City. 

Don Foreman, though afflicted with COPD, is shown doing what he loves.

Don Foreman, though afflicted with COPD, is shown doing what he loves.

It all began in 1975 when I married a woman with two horses and we bought a hobby farm in northern Kent County. I have been adventerous all my life and love the west. For many years, I have hunted and camped in the mountains of Colorado and the Dakotas. I’ve even crossed the Great Divide on horseback.

In 2010, I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD).
In March of 2012, we were approached by Sue to board her horses at our barn. Having the horses around again rekindled my urge to ride again. I thought I could handle a quiet, older horse such as a Tennessee Walker or a Morgan.

In the spring of 2013, we were told by Sue’s farrier about a black Morgan mother and daughter for sale. We looked at them, Sue test rode the daughter; liked her way of going and I bought them. All my life I had dreamed of owning a black stallion, and now I had two black mares! After buying a saddle, bridle, boots and saddlebags, I was ready to ride again.

I have two small portable air tanks; each one is good for about two hours, so I put one in each of the saddlebags and off we go when the weather is good.
My doctor has said this is a good form of exercising for me as it helps my breathing and gets me outdoors.
So here I am—an 81-year-old man with COPD, who is back doing what he loves—being outdoors and riding a horse.

So don’t stop living because of age or physical limitations. The moral is, if you think you might like to do something, don’t hesitate to go for it even if others disagree. You only live once.

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New fishing regulations for Sand Lake

If you fish for Northern Pike in Sand Lake or another area lake, you will want to read about the new limits. There are also limits on walleye and muskellunge in Michigan lakes. The northern pike pictured above was caught in 2011 in Lime Lake, in Solon Township, by Richard Virkstis, of Walker. The fish was 44.5 inches long.

If you fish for Northern Pike in Sand Lake or another area lake, you will want to read about the new limits. There are also limits on walleye and muskellunge in Michigan lakes. The northern pike pictured above was caught in 2011 in Lime Lake, in Solon Township, by Richard Virkstis, of Walker. The fish was 44.5 inches long.

And other waters

Sand Lake, in Montcalm County, is one of the waters in Michigan that now has new fishing regulations after a recent Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting.

The MNRC approved several fishing regulations last week at its regular meeting in Lansing. All regulations immediately went into effect and will remain in effect for the 2016 fishing season (which begins April 1).

All of the changes are highlighted below and also will be reflected shortly in the online version of the 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide, available at michigan.gov/fishingguide. These regulation changes are part of Fisheries Order 206.

Sand Lake (Montcalm County)

Sand Lake has been added to the list of waters with a 24- to 34-inch protective slot limit and daily possession limit of two (2) northern pike. This means northern pike measuring below 24 inches and greater than 34inches may be kept. Northern pike within the protected slot limit must immediately be released.

Waters with Northern Pike Daily Possession Limit of Five (5)

The following waters have been added to the list of waters where up to five (5) northern pike may be retained in the daily possession limit with only one (1) allowed greater than 24 inches:

Paradise (Carp) Lake (Cheboygan and Emmet counties)

Pickerel Lake (Newaygo County)

Kimball Lake (Newaygo County)

Emerald Lake (Newaygo County)

Sylvan Lake (Newaygo County)

Susan Lake (Charlevoix County)

Orchard Lake (Presque Isle County)

Lake Lavine (Branch County)

Lake Lavine is managed as a trout lake but also has a northern pike population. The commission removed the minimum size limit and possession limit so anglers can help remove northern pike from this water body to improve trout populations.

Walleye Regulations on Ontonagon River

Walleye regulations for the Ontonagon River (Ontonagon County) have become more restrictive as only one (1) walleye in the daily possession limit may be possessed greater than 25 inches.

Lake Gogebic Walleye Size Limit

A modification to the minimum size limit for walleye on Lake Gogebic (Gogebic and Ontonagon counties) now allows anglers to possess up to two (2) walleye measuring 13 to 15 inches as part of the daily possession limit of five (5) walleye. The minimum size limit for walleye remains at 15 inches otherwise.

Tahquamenon River Muskellunge Size Limit

The minimum size limit for muskellunge on the Tahquamenon River and tributaries (upstream from Upper Falls) in Luce County has been reduced to 38 inches. Anglers are reminded that a muskellunge harvest tag still is required and allows an angler to harvest one muskellunge in Michigan waters per fishing season (April 1 – March 31). The harvest tag is available at all license vendors.

There have been several regulation changes this year that do not show up in the printed version of the 2015 Michigan Fishing Guide (found at all major retailers). Anglers are encouraged to check the online version found at michigan.gov/fishingguide for the most up-to-date regulatory information.

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