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The Post travels to South Carolina


Jerry and Marilyn Moyer, of Nelson Township, recently visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to visit former Solon Center Wesleyan Pastor Tom Holloway and his wife, Kim, and their children Taylor, Christian and Jackson. This picture was taken by his new church. “We truly enjoyed seeing them for a couple weeks helping them get settled in their new home,” said the Moyers.

Thank you, Jerry and Marilyn, for taking the Post 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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Youth win BMX state championships


N-BMX-2015Two Cedar Springs siblings won the BMX state championships and a third sibling came in third.

The Michigan BMX state championships were held on September 13, at Rock City BMX in the Art Van Sports Complex in Rockford. Noah Salisbury, 13, Abbey Salisbury, 11, and sister, Marley, 7, the children of Charlie and Tracy Salisbury, all performed well at the finals.

Noah, an 8th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, who also plays tailback for the 8th grade Red Hawks football team, won both the 13 Expert and the 13 Cruiser class.

N-BMX2Abbey, a sixth grader at Red Hawk Elementary, won all of her races and took her 6th consecutive state champion honor.

Marley, 7, is just getting started racing, and rode hard to finish 3rd for the season.

Noah and Abbey also raced in the Indiana State Championship race on September 19, and won that race, too. However, according to Charlie, they cannot be Indiana State Champions, since they already have the title of Michigan State Champions, and are only allowed that distinction in one state.

Congratulations to all three of you!

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Building the Heart of Cedar Springs

This photo shows the Cedar Springs Public Library when it shared a home with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. The Library is still in this building.

This photo shows the Cedar Springs Public Library when it shared a home with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. The Library is still in this building.

Cedar Springs Public Library Capital Campaign

By Tom Noreen

On September 12, the Community Building Development Team (CDBT), in conjunction with the Cedar Springs Library Board, kicked off a capital campaign drive to raise about $1.2 million dollars for the construction a new $1.75 million, 10,000 square foot library. The initial goal is to raise $750,000 by the end of the year, to combine with the $600,000 already on hand, so that the project can go out for bids in February 2016, when building costs are typically the lowest.

Nick Andres opened the event, held at the American Legion, with a short history of the Cedar Springs Public Library. He related how the Clipper Girls, Grace Hamilton and Nina Babcock championed the establishment and millage creating the library in 1936. Since 1999, Solon Township has also been a part of the organization providing funding from its General Fund.

Kurt Mabie, President of the CDBT, then spoke about the vision to recreate the Heart of Cedar Springs. He spoke of how, as a child growing up in Cedar Springs, he remembered how close knit the community was and the pride residents had about the town. One way to help recreate this closeness and pride, he said, is to create a place where people can meet, exchange ideas, have fun, and be proud to call home.

An initial part of this vision is to bring to fruition the dream of a new library, located on the northwest corner of Main and Maple Streets, just south of Cedar Creek. It has been on the drawing board for 15 years. Other parts of the vision include building a boardwalk that would extend from North Park along the creek to Muskegon Street. On the other side of the library, next to the White Pine Tail, plans are in place for an amphitheater that would look like the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Rail Road depot that sat across Maple Street to the south. The next phase would add a community building on the west side of the White Pine Trail. The final phase would see the construction of a recreation center.

Concurrently, the CDBT is working with the North Country Trail Association and the National Park Service to route the North Country Trail through Cedar Springs and then across Solon Township to its current terminus in the Rogue River State Game Area. The trail would offer another recreational opportunity to the community and an economic one as well, with Cedar Springs and Solon Township becoming Trail Communities.

Throughout his animated talk, Mabie continually praised all of the organizations, municipalities, and individuals that were making this possible and the great cooperation that existed in this project, evidence of the Heart of Cedar Springs at work.

Next up was librarian Donna Clark who spoke first hand of the need for a new facility. The existing 2,000 square foot facility is packed to overflowing with 26,000 items and 28,000 patrons a year. The building is not readily accessible to those with physical limitations because of the narrow doors and isles plus an all too small bathroom that is on the far side of the janitor’s closet. Because the facility is not large enough, library programs overflow into the open space outdoors next to the library in good weather, and into the schools, churches and Morley Park as well.

Mayor Pro tem Pam Conely told how public libraries were a unique tradition of the United States starting originally as subscription libraries with the first one formed by Ben Franklin and a few friends in 1731. Cedar Springs’ first library followed this pattern. In 1790, Franklin, Massachusetts established the first true public library. In the late 1900s, Andrew Carnegie provided funds for over 1,600 new libraries in the US.

She went on to say that ever since moving to Cedar Springs she was aware of the desire to build a new library. She remembered when the millage failed to create a Cedar Springs-Solon Township Library District, when the Holtons and Mabies donated the property, when the first $100,000 was raised, and when she got dunked as part of a summer reading program to help raise funds for the library. Pam said the City was behind the program and that she is working with Councilman Dan Clark on finding funding through grants and other funding streams.

Solon Township Supervisor Bob Ellick closed the official presentations by thanking the community for sharing their time and talents to make the new library possible.

After the speakers, the group broke for a supper catered by Kelly’s Restaurant.  The American Legion hosted the event and over 125 people from the community attended.

Since this was the kick off for the capital campaign, pledge cards were passed out and folks were encouraged to either make a donation or a pledge. An anonymous donor offered to match the first $5,000 raised. When the totals were counted, about $62,000 was raised.

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Five simple time-tested tips for aging well

HEA-Aging-well(BPT) – A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so they can live longer, higher-quality lives.

Kristen Johnson, certified personal trainer, registered dietician and nutrition expert at www.ontargetliving.com points out five time-tested strategies for aging well:

Daily exercise

“Daily movement is the real fountain of youth. It keeps us healthy from the inside out,” says Johnson.

She notes that quality over quantity is what really matters.

“When it comes to improving overall fitness, high-intensity exercise for a short amount of time may be much more beneficial than low intensity for a long amount of time,” Johnson says. “Research suggests that fat-burning hormones like human growth hormones and testosterone are stimulated by high-intensity exercise, while fat-storing hormones like cortisol may be lowered. Try increasing the intensity and frequency of your exercise, while decreasing the time spent.”


The foods you eat influence how you look and feel, from glowing and confident to lethargic and sick. Selecting foods that people have eaten historically as nutritional powerhouses can help boost overall wellness.

“Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, ancient grains, healthy fats and lean proteins,” says Johnson. “These foods naturally contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which all contribute to healthy aging.”

A few to focus on:

  • Carrots, squash and sweet potatoes are extremely beneficial for eye and skin health, thanks to high levels of beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A.
  • Any brightly colored fruits and vegetables will have an abundant amount of antioxidants, and these help prevent oxidation and cell damage. Examples: raspberries, kale and cabbage.
  • Carbohydrates like healthy grains, beans and potatoes help you produce serotonin, a calming and satiety hormone that helps fight stress and anxiety’s negative effects.


Supplements help fill nutritional gaps, especially as the aging body requires greater amounts of certain vitamins and minerals. Johnson points out the importance of omega-3s for aging well.

“Omega-3 fats are essential for getting you healthy from the inside out, all while helping improve hormonal balance, brain health, weight loss and metabolism,” she says. “Omega-3 fats are also extremely helpful for healthy skin, hair and nails.”

Her favorite? Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil. “This contains EPA and DHA, both of which contribute to a healthy heart and brain,” she says. “Cod liver oil also helps improve cellular function, energy and mood. Did you know cod liver oil can actually taste good? Try their delicious orange flavor.”


“Chronic lack of sleep is one of the fastest ways to age the human body,” Johnson says. “Lack of sleep can have a huge impact on the appearance of skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles and dark under-eye circles. Not getting enough sleep can also cause your body to release a stress hormone called cortisol.”

She notes that adequate sleep can positively influence cognitive ability, mood, weight loss and skin rejuvenation, so it should be a top priority for an aging-well routine. While the right amount of sleep will vary between individuals, the goal for most adults is around 7 to 8 hours a night.

Social activity

Human interaction can decrease as people age, but it’s more important than ever to form and maintain bonds with others. Participating in social activity is a fun way to enjoy life and reap real health benefits.

“The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause for more than 60 percent of all human illnesses and diseases,” says Johnson. ‘”When you are socially active and surround yourself with people you enjoy, you may be less likely to feel lonely, unhappy, or unfulfilled, all of which can cause unwanted stress.”

Finally, there’s no need to become overwhelmed; start an aging-well routine by taking one small step and building healthy habits over time. This is what will lead to long-term success.

“Remember that it’s never too late to start living a healthy and happy life,” Johnson says. “Give yourself more reasons to smile and laugh! Did you know research suggests that happy people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives?”

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Red Hawks lose against Cougars

Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

by Lauren VanDenHout

Last Friday, September 18, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced off against the Catholic Central Cougars. In this match, the Hawks weren’t only battling the opposing team, they also found themselves pitted against the natural elements. The severe downpour that took place in the second half of the game was a major challenge the team had to overcome. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell to the Cougars 29-6.

Scoring the only touchdown for the game was senior Cameron Umphrey. In the second quarter, the halfback sprinted for a 33-yard touchdown, after he snatched the ball with only one hand on a pass.

Defensively, the Hawk’s line was impenetrable for two quarters. The boys denied the Cougars into their endzone during the first and third quarter. In the first quarter, senior Da’Marcus Barnett punted the ball to the 11-yard line, making it quite the challenge for the Cougars to return it for a touchdown. Powerful tackles made by seniors Barnett and Taylor VanDyke, and freshman Ryan Ringler were key in stopping Catholic Central on the offensive.

Mother nature decided to step in during the second half of the game. This drastic weather change made it difficult for either team to score. Catholic Central is considered to be more of a passing team, where as Cedar Springs takes more to running the ball for its offensive strategy. The rain worked out more in the favor of the Hawks since their sense of offensive style isn’t affected as much as Catholic Central’s. This factor enabled the Hawks to put more pressure on the Cougars to keep their lead.

In the last quarter, Cedar Springs quarterback Collin Alvesteffer reinjured his ankle. While attempting to advance the ball up the field, Alvesteffer appeared to have almost slipped in response to the heavy rain around him as he tried to avoid the Cougar’s defense.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks now have a record of 2-2. Their next game is home at the Red Hawks Stadium, at 7:00 p.m. They will host the Wyoming Wolves, who have an overall record of 1-3.

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Teen gets first buck during youth hunt


Derek Rose, age 16, the son of Pete and Cherri Rose, of Solon Township, got his first buck ever during last weekend’s youth hunt. He got the 8-point buck on Sunday, September 20, while hunting on private land, in Kent County, with his dad, Pete. The deer weighed in at 160 lbs. after being dressed out. Congratulations, Derek!

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Safety First with Fall Car Care


CAR-Fall-car-care-Safety-First1-webCAR-Fall-car-care-Safety-First2-webWhat you should know to get ready for winter

(Family Features) Conducting routine maintenance on your vehicle is necessary to maintain optimal performance and prevent costly repairs. As colder weather approaches, and with it the potential for treacherous road conditions, giving certain areas of your car special attention can also protect your safety.

“Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety and reliability when severe winter weather strikes,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

The following tips will help you learn how to care for the systems and features most likely to affect your safety as winter approaches. Learn about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair, and order a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, at www.carcare.org.


The brake system is a car’s most important safety system. A faulty brake system may impede your ability to safely slow your vehicle in inclement driving conditions or avoid an accident. Brakes sustain normal wear and eventually need to be replaced for both performance and safety reasons. Ignoring routine maintenance and letting brake pads wear too thin can lead to costly rotor and drum replacement, in addition to compromising your ability to execute a sudden stop safely.

  • Have your complete brake system thoroughly inspected annually and replace equipment as needed.
  • If your car is pulling to the left or right, or if you hear odd noises when you apply the brakes, you should have your brakes inspected. Other warning signs include an illuminated brake warning light, brake grabbing, low pedal feel, vibration, hard pedal feel and squealing.
  • Don’t overlook the parking brake, which also may require adjustment or replacement parts.

Wheels and Tires

When roads become wet or icy, the right wheels and tires can help ensure you have the traction you need to maintain control. Maintaining tire balance and wheel alignment reduces tire wear and improves handling and fuel economy. Tire replacement is necessary if the tread depth is below the minimum legal requirement, or if the sidewalls are severely cracked or punctured. In addition, normal wear and road conditions can take their toll on your car’s steering and suspension system and disrupt the alignment, which in turn reduces optimum handling.

  • Use the “penny test” to check your tread; if you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, you are ready for new tires.
  • Have your car’s alignment checked at least annually or at the first sign of improper handling or uneven wear.
  • Check inflation pressure at least once a month (including the spare) and once per week in the winter.
  • Rotate and balance tires every 6,000 miles to avoid accelerated wear on shock absorbers and struts.


Your battery should be securely mounted, with connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. If the battery is three years old or more, it should be tested and replaced if necessary.


Headlights play a major role in safe driving; the chances for accidents increase if you can’t see or be seen. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers, and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior.

  • If there is any doubt about whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on.
  • Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights, making it difficult to be seen by others.
  • Make sure your headlights are properly aimed. If they aren’t, headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area; otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
  • Replace dimming, rapidly blinking or non-functioning lights immediately, but check first to ensure a loose or faulty fuse isn’t the source of the problem.

Windshield Wipers

The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow and dirt from building up on the windshield, maintaining clear visibility. Many factors can accelerate the replacement of wipers, including operating conditions, frequency of use, material and type of wipers and weather.

  • In general, replace blades every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.
  • Be aware that some vehicles have two washer fluid reservoirs. Check levels monthly and use washer fluid only; do not use water.

    Maintenance Checklist

    Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council recommends these basic maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle operating at its best:

    1. Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

    2. Check the hoses and belts for signs of damage or wear.

    3. Check the battery and replace if necessary.

    4. Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.

    5. Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, damage and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise.

    6. Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons such as defrosting.

    7. Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.

    8. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.

    9. Check the wipers and lighting, including both interior and exterior lighting, and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

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Horowitz home torn down

This home at 426 Northland Drive, formerly owned by Steve Horowitz, was torn down this week.

This home at 426 Northland Drive, formerly owned by Steve Horowitz, was torn down this week.

New assisted living center to be built on property

By Judy Reed

Going, going, gone! The property at 426 Northland was bought by Retired Living Management, to construct a new assisted living center.

Going, going, gone! The property at 426 Northland was bought by Retired Living Management, to construct a new assisted living center.

A house built in the early days of Cedar Springs was demolished this week to make way for a new assisted living and memory care center.

Retired teacher Steve Horowitz had been trying to sell his house at 426 Northland Drive for several years, and it was bought in June by Retirement Living Management, based in Lowell.

According to Cedar Springs Museum Director Sharon Jett, Horowitz was having a back room renovated several years ago, when a beam was discovered that had “built in 1878” carved into it. That would make the house 137 years old.

According to the Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and the late Donna DeJonge, the home was built by Sam Andrus, who lived there for many years. According to an obituary at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, Andrus was born in 1838 in New York, and in 1858, he came to Michigan with his brother, Capt. W.P. Andrus. They stopped in Kalamazoo, where Sam went to school, and he went to war in 1861. In 1870, he came to Cedar Springs and joined his brother in the hardware business. The next year he married Ella Thomas, from Kalamazoo, and they set up their home here. They had three boys and one girl, but Ella died in 1983. Sam remarried in 1888 to Sarah Wamsley, and they had one son. Sam died in 1910.

Going, going, gone!

Going, going, gone!

The home later belonged to Curtis Beach, who was one of the first bus drivers here in Cedar Springs (about 1938). He drove the Solon route, for $12 a week, and Riley Eldred drove the Nelson route for $10 a week. Each had to provide his own bus garage.

Beach sold some of his farmland to Cedar Springs Public Schools in the early 1960s, and a new elementary school—Beach Elementary—was built behind the home on Northland Drive.

The house served many families over the years, and now the property will hold new hope for many elderly in our community. According to Doug Maas, Retirement Living Management has assisted living facilities in 16 cities. Their goal is to have a facility with 32-40 rooms, and it could bring 20-25 jobs once it is full. “Our goal is to go through the site plan process over the winter months, and start building in the spring,” explained Maas.

For more information on the company and what kinds of homes they provide, visit rlmgmt.com.

If you have any more information on the home formerly at 426 Northland Drive, please send us an email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or call 696-3655.

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Library kicks off capital campaign


Goal is to reach $750,000 by year end

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Public Library has been in the same building—at the corner of Cherry and Second Streets—since 1951. And, according to Library Director Donna Clark, the growing demand for programs and services for patrons of all ages has surpassed the capacity of the existing building for at least 30 years.

“We cannot physically grow our collection beyond the average 22,000 items,” she explained. “We now store 5,000 items in the cloud, representing our eBook and eAudio book collection, shared with other W. MI libraries.” She said that the handicapped rarely try to get in, and families with young children and strollers struggle to get in, as do the elderly or those on crutches.

And once they do, seating consists of 8 chairs around two tables in the adult middle aisle and three over stuffed chairs. Not what you’d expect for a library that had 802 people visit in one day for the opening of the summer reading program earlier this summer.

Over the last 15 years, there have been attempts to begin a fundraising program for a new library. They have started with gusto, only to die out from lack of support. But in recent months there has been a resurgence of support for building a new Cedar Springs Public Library, and a Capital Campaign Committee has been formed to raise money through grants and other local fundraising efforts. The anticipated cost to build the library is approximately $1.75 million dollars.

Committee Chair Nick Andres commented, “To date, nearly $1 million dollars has been raised and/or pledged in one form or another to the construction of the library. With an end in sight, now is the time to raise the remaining construction funds.” He went on to explain the construction funds need to be fully secured prior to requesting bids from contractors.

The Committee has set a goal of raising $750,000 by the end of 2015. The goal is to break ground in the spring of 2016.

About $62,000 was raised at the kickoff campaign dinner last Saturday evening.

Site plans have been updated, design drawings are currently underway and access has been granted by the City for the completion of soil compaction and DEQ soil borings.

Plans are to build a new library at the corner W. Maple and Main Street, behind the current fire barn. The size of the library would increase from 2,016 sq. ft  to 9,998 sq. ft. and include a wide range of books and materials; be handicapped-accessible; have separate men’s and women’s bathrooms; additional seating; study rooms for small groups; a children’s library with expanded space for activities, crafts and story time; a young adult/teen area; a multipurpose room for library programs and community use, with a kitchen; a computer lab/classroom for workshops/training; twelve computer workstations; and more.

The capital campaign committee said they are planning several fundraising activities that will be easy and exciting for local residents, businesses and corporations to take part in. Keep watch for these to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Library Capital Campaign Committee is made up of members of the Library Board of Directors, the Friends of the Library, members of the Community Building Development Team and other local citizens and has room for others to serve. To become involved please contact Nick Andres at nicksandres@charter.net.

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The Post travels the Caribbean


The Post traveled with 16 people from Cedar Springs this summer on a 7-day Royal Caribbean cruise to Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Basseterre, St. Kitts. They traveled on Independence of the Seas.

The people traveling included Burt Drent, Wanda Drent, Pam Newland, Rebecca  Newland, Courtney Newland, Jeff Newland, Gary Costello, Robert Carten, Nikki Matzke, Stacy Barnhill, Dan Barnhill, Ethan Barnhill, and Lincoln Barnhill.

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!

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