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Experience #MiFreeFishingWeekend June 10-11 and enjoy the outdoors

Grab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the 2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend, June 10-11. That Saturday and Sunday, everyone—residents and non-residents alike—can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply.

Additionally, during #MiFreeFishingWeekend the DNR will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several of these locations will host official 2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend events perfect for the whole family.

Michigan celebrated summer’s #MiFreeFishingWeekend every year since 1986 as a way to promote awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams and 11,000 inland lakes—Michigan and fishing are a perfect match.

“Being outdoors and enjoying Michigan’s world-class fisheries never gets old,” said Jim Dexter, DNR Fisheries Division chief. “We encourage avid anglers to consider inviting a new angler out for this year’s Summer Free Fishing Weekend to show them how simple and fun it can be.”

Official summer #MiFreeFishingWeekend activities are being scheduled in communities across the state to assist with public participation. These activities are coordinated by a variety of organizations including constituent groups, schools, local and state parks, businesses and others. A full list of these events can be found online at michigan.gov/freefishing.

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UK resident comments on Glen Hill story

The monument to American soldiers at Montsec. It was built during the 1930s by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The monument commemorates American forces involved in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=396335

By Judy Reed

Last week we ran a story on Corp. Glen Hill, the first man from our area to be killed in WWI in France, in October 2018. He is the young man that American Legion Post #287 is named for.

The story popped up online for a woman in the UK, and she decided to leave us a very nice comment.

The story talked about how Hill was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross July 12 by General Pershing for conspicuous bravery in action on April 12 and 13, and about the same time received the French Croix de guerre. He participated in the battles of Champagne, Aisne, Saint Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.

After being decorated twice for gallantry in action, Corporal Glen Hill died of wounds received in battle in the Argonne Forest in France, on October 19, 1918.

After reading the story online, Jane Brook left a comment on our website.

“I am British but lived for several years in the Meuse department of Lorraine, actually in Saint-Mihiel itself. The sacrifices of so many thousands of brave American soldiers like Glen Hill are not forgotten there. There is a very beautiful monument to the American war dead at Montsec, just a few km from Saint-Mihiel. I lived in the street next to rue Pershing, named after the US general who led operations to free that part of France. Even if French and European politicians forget the sacrifices made by US soldiers, the ordinary people of Europe never will. Thank you to the great country you are,” she wrote.

The Post contacted Jane, and she said she came upon the story by chance in her Google alerts, since she tries to keep track of what’s happening in the small town of Saint Mihiel, though she no longer lives there. She spoke a little more of the monument there, and the role of the American troops during WWI.

“The Montsec Monument is very beautiful and very well maintained. Saint-Mihiel was occupied by the Germans for four years from 1914 to 1918 and was only liberated by General Pershing’s American 40th Division, and the town is about 20 miles from Verdun so the whole area suffered very badly. The role of the American troops is not forgotten. The town of Saint-Mihiel has a rue Pershing and an avenue de la 40ème Division, so there are daily reminders of the liberation of the town by the US Army.”

It is good to know that the death of Corp. Glen Hill almost 100 years ago, and all the others that have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, have not been forgotten. Thanks so much, Jane, for your comments!

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Hometown Hero

Brandon M. Empie

Brandon M. Empie, 23, a 2012 graduate of Tri County High School, is currently home on leave and took part in Memorial Day ceremonies with the Cedar Springs American Legion. He joined the Air Force almost five years ago on September 11, 2012. Brandon has served two years at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England; was deployed from there to Arba Minch in Ethiopia for six months; and is currently stationed at Andrews Air Force base near Washington D.C.

Brandon is a security forces member and is certified as a response force leader.

He is the son of Matthew Empie and Jenifer Smigiel, and grandson of Rusch and Pat Merlington, and Don and Lucille Empie.

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Cedar Springs Women’s Club selects c


Kristina Kornoely, Cedar Springs Women’s Club 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year, with her family. Courtesy photo.

By Sue Harrison

The May Cedar Springs Women’s Club meeting was full of lots of activities. The most exciting was the presentation of the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year award. Each year one woman is recognized for her exemplary spirit and contributions during the Club year. She must be enthusiastic in the promotion and support of Women’s Club and be active in community activities.

The 2017 recipient of the Women’s Club Outstanding Woman of the Year was Kristina Kornoely. Kristina is one of the Directors of Women’s Club and serves on the Archival Committee, the Holiday Tea Committee, and the Social Activities Committee.  She is usually the first person at the meeting to open up and often the last to leave.

Kristina’s husband, Michael, and friend Soonja Koole, were instrumental in getting biographical information secretly to prior award recipients, Carolyn Davis and Penny Dietrich, to organize for the surprise presentation. Kristina’s biography was read by Carolyn Davis, last year’s recipient of the award. A copy of the biography was presented to Kristina along with a plaque and a certificate commemorating the event. Kristina was presented with a dozen red roses by Women’s Club President, Sue Harrison, also a former award recipient.  Kristina’s husband, Michael, daughter Rachel, and mother Ellen Moore attended the ceremony and lunch.

Women’s Club meets the first Thursday of the month from September to the following June.  Any woman wishing to join Women’s Club needs to attend two meetings, then fill out an application and have two sponsors who have been members for at least one year. She then can be inducted into membership during the month following the receipt of her application. No members are inducted in the month of June.

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From the Superintendent

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Colleagues & Parents,

On behalf of our amazing students and their families, our talented staff, our dedicated Board of Education and our entire CSPS community, thank you for voting on May 2, 2017. The millage vote was a success for all 20 school districts in Kent County. Our Kent Intermediate School District serves our district well and stood up for building strong schools and strong communities in all Kent County school districts.

The Yes for Kids campaign was just that as you, our Kent County voters, put kids and their learning as a priority in all our school communities.

In great appreciation for your support, 

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D. Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

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DNR reminds moose watchers of traffic hazards

A moose stands not far off U.S. 41 near Humboldt in Marquette County. DNR officials are reminding the public to remember safety and use caution when stopping along roadways to watch and photograph wildlife. Photo from Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding the public to remember safety and use caution when stopping along roadsides to look at moose and other wildlife.

“We have had recurring concerns reported about motorists stopping along roadsides in the Upper Peninsula to watch and photograph moose,” said Lt. Pete Wright, a DNR district law supervisor. “We understand seeing a moose is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many people and it can be tremendously exciting. However, people need to be mindful of the dangers posed by passing traffic and the animals themselves.”

  • If stopping along a roadway to experience a Michigan moose sighting:
  • Pull your vehicle completely out of the traffic lanes to park.
  • Make sure vehicle has stopped moving before exiting.
  • Watch behind for oncoming vehicles before opening vehicle doors.
  • Do not walk through traffic to cross the highway.
  • Wait until there is a sufficient opening in traffic to cross the road. Avoid having to wait in the middle of the road for cars to pass.
  • Remain aware of where you and others are standing while watching or photographing wildlife. Keep away from traffic lanes. Do not rely on motorists to see you and avoid you.
  • Respect moose and other wildlife as the wild creatures they are. Watch or photograph wildlife from a safe distance. Do not approach or harass wildlife.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for traffic when returning to your vehicle. Use safe crossing methods.
  • Watch for approaching vehicles when pulling your vehicle back onto the roadway. Merge properly with traffic.

“Michigan is fortunate to have moose and a wide array of other watchable wildlife to enjoy,” Wright said. “However, when doing so, it’s always best to keep safety in mind.”

For more information on wildlife and wildlife viewing visit www.michigan/gov/wildlife.

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Sparta Relay for Life

Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members will unite for the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sparta on Saturday, June 10, in an effort to free the world from the pain and suffering of cancer.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Join us on June 10, 2017 anytime between noon and midnight at the Sparta Middle School Track for this year’s Superhero Themed Relay!

Survivors and caregivers will be provided a luncheon at noon (please register ahead of time). Our Luminaria ceremony will take place at dusk with lots of family friendly activities planned throughout the day, including a carnival, bounce house, silent auction and vendors.

To register as a survivor, caregiver, participant, start a team, or to find out more information, please visit us at www.RelayForLife.org/SpartaMI or contact Michelle Schiefen at michelle.schiefen@cancer.org or 616.551.4031.

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Lest we forget

This photo shows Roger Allen walking the Avenue of Flags at Elmwood Cemetery in 2003. Photo by L. Allen.

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It’s also a day to remember all those that have served and are now deceased. Inside this issue are the names of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post, click here to download. If you know of a veteran’s name that is missing from the list, please let us know and we’ll add them for next year.

There will be several memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend that residents are encouraged to take part in:

The Cedar Springs Historical Society will hold its 17th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Samuel Andrus, Civil War; Burton Smith, Spanish/American War; Leon Marsh, World War I; Neal Mackey, World War II; James Remington, Korean War; John Gardell, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 pm and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentation in the museum.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetery at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. Lt/Col. Tom Noreen will be the speaker.

The Algoma Township Historical Society will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Algoma Township Memorial Park, located on the south end of the Algoma township cemetery on Grange Ave., south of 13 Mile Rd.) The service this year will honor Algoma Township’s WWI veterans, in memory of the 100-year anniversary. There will be music, readings, 21-gun salute and taps. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served by the Algoma Township Historical Society.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 29. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m. and at Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rain or shine. The Tri County Band will also be at Pierson Cemetery.

The Sparta Township Historical Commission will hold their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Lamoreaux Memorial Park, 150 Park St, in Sparta. The speaker will be Dwight Anderson, Sparta High School Class of 1970 and former SHS principal. The Sparta High School Band will perform under the direction of Jim Walsh. The Kent County Sheriff Color Guard will also be in attendance. There will be a dedication of the John Paul “Sharkey” Badgerow Memorial Bench. Immediately following the ceremony, the Michigan Memorial Wall will be displayed for the balance of the day.

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2017 Renaissance Faire 

photo by Perry Hopkins

photo by Perry Hopkins

Last weekend, May 20-21, there were strange goings on at Morley Park, as hobbits, orcs, elves, and other unusual people could be seen strolling throughout the Park, and all manner of entertainment graced the grounds, from sword play, to belly dancing, to musical minstrels. That’s because last weekend was “Fellowship of the Springs,” the 2017 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire, put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Without having a gate entrance we do not have an accurate number of attendees, but it is estimated over 400 attended between the two days,” said Chamber President Perry Hopkins. “Rain doesn’t stop a Renaissance Faire. It may have chased away a few patrons, but the faire still went on.”

E-Leesa Gypsy Enchantress and Steel Lotus Dance Troupe entertained everyone on the Gypsy Stage; Darkmore Colony of Larpcraft shared their battle skills on the hill by the north entrance to the park with their Larpcraft swords shields, and talent; Kingdom of Shiabruck took the flat ground and entertained with metal swords and their fenced in arena for patrons to dual with foam swords. The Wind Rose Minstrel, Bell Brook and Cantro, Joe Kid and Sheila Burke performed their musical talents in multiple areas of the park giving patrons entertainment as the shopped at vendor booths such as Belly Dance Costumes USA, Paracord Fashions, The Knotted Cloak, and Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more… Mother Earth Mehndi was set up doing Henna Art for passer byers.

A Royal Dinner (catered by The Grilling Company) with live entertainment was held on Saturday evening for those who wish to attend. Cast Co-Director Scott Schroeder emceed the Royal Dinner with a special toast from Cedar Springs Mayor Pro-tem Pamela Conley. Queen Victoria (Mandy Stephenson) and other cast walked the grounds mingling and entertaining people all weekend.

“We (the event committee) were happy to see more local people at this year’s Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire and more of them came in costume,” said Hopkins. “There was much positive feedback about us switching the date to May verses having the fair in June like previous years.”

He also said that because they didn’t have a parade this year, the vendors were able to do some shopping at local businesses before the festivities began. Many of them are eager to return.

“You know your fair went well when some of the new attendees comment about what they want to do for next year,” said Hopkins.

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Post travels to Branson


This week the Post traveled with the Hall family and we received a photo before they even returned home! Gerald and Amy Hall, of Cedar Springs, met up with Amy’s twp sisters and families in Branson, Missouri. “We are spending a week here and visiting sites close by,” said Amy. “It’s wonderful being with family from Richmond, Virginia and West Virginia. Lots of fun and laughs.  I even rode on a zip line!” They also went to see the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede, and took a trip to the Lake of the Ozark, Arkansas.

Thanks so much to the both of you for taking us with you!

If you have a Post travels story and photo to send us, email it news@cedarspringspost.com, along with your contact info, or mail it to Post Travels, PO 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or drop it off at the office, 36 E. Maple Street, in Cedar Springs.

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