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Cedar Springs Community Players to present musical Nunsense

 

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The “Sisters” of Nunsense (l-r): Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), and Rev. Mother Mary Regina (Laura Johnson).

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the newly-revised musical, Nunsense, by Dan Goggins on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre.  The show is under the direction of Sue Harrison with Terri Riggle as stage manager and production coordinator and Bonnie Hitchingham, pianist.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who are putting on a fundraiser to get enough money to bury the sisters who were accidentally poisoned by tainted soup served by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). They need to raise the money before the health department discovers their secret.

The cast including Rev. Mother (Laura Johnson), Sr. Mary Hubert (Katie Zank), Sr. Mary Amnesia (Anna Ambrose), Sr. Robert Ann (Lauren Forman)  and Sr. Mary Leo (Erica Czerski),  have been rehearsing lines, songs and dancing to present a fun-filled show for everyone.  Songs in the show include “Nunsense Is Habit Forming”, “I Could Have Gone to Nashville”,  “We’ve Got to Clean Out The Freezer”, “Turn Up The Spotlight,” “Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step” and others.

Make plans now to attend this fun musical on March 27, 28, 29, 2014 at the Kent Theatre. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, at Main Street Restaurant, or by calling 616-263-9363. Tickets at the door on nights of performance are $15. For more information, visit the Cedar Springs Community Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org

 

 

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Cedar Springs families help break world record

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The Austin, Buttermore, Sova and Troupe families pose with their sunglasses that helped break a world record.

Do you wear your sunglasses at night? Five Cedar Springs families did last week Wednesday, to help kick off 10 days of comedy at LaughFest in Grand Rapids, and break a world record to boot.

The Austin, Buttermore, Ewen, Sova, and Troupe families all made the trip to Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, where they helped break the record for the most sunglasses worn in the dark. The fourth annual festival of laughter kicked off with 1,675 people wearing sunglasses to break the previous record of 1,642 people that was held in Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Olivia and Alaina Austin in their LaughFest sunglasses.

Olivia and Alaina Austin in their LaughFest sunglasses.

According to Katy Austin, they had Zumba to help keep the crowd warm before they started the record attempt. And while the glasses looked awesome, they left something to be desired. “The glasses were almost impossible to see through so for the 5 minutes it took to make the record we just laughed because it was so hard to see,” she said.

 

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Out of the Attic

Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Main Street in Cedar Springs during the blizzard of 1978

Tired of the snow?

If you think it’s bad right now, look at the result of the blizzard of 1978. This is what Main Street in Cedar Springs looked like, and many snowpiles across the area lingered til March. It kind of feels like that now, doesn’t it? Many are tired of the snow and ice and frigid temperatures. A couple of days in the 30s and 40s last week gave us hope that spring is right around the corner, but the return of sub-zero temps, more snow, and the forecast from WOOD-TV’s Bill Steffen has all but dashed those hopes. He says we are looking the rest of March to be colder than normal. In one of his updates last week, he said maybe Cedar Springs should start making some green flannels. If only we could, Bill! Thanks to Ed Bremmer for the photograph.

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The Post goes to Nashville

Rebecca Klompstra, right, and Suzanne Hillier, in Nashville.

Rebecca Klompstra, right, and Suzanne Hillier, in Nashville.

The Post recently traveled to Nashville, Tennessee with Rebecca Klompstra, of Solon Township.

“My dear friend, from Dansville, New York, Suzanne Hillier, auditioned for The Voice, so a group of friends who all went to high school together went along with her on her little adventure,” explained Klompstra. “Although she didn’t make it on to the show, she was invited to sing on stage several times throughout the night at The Honky Tonk Saloon.”

Thanks so much for taking us with you on the trip, Rebecca!

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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Wrestler competes in State finals

S-Wrestling-Wamser-webOn February 27, 2014 Zachary Wamser traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills to compete in the MHSAA State Finals Wrestling Tournament at the 171 pound weight class.

Wamser began his journey there when he took first at the Conference tournament, moved onto District and was District champ and made his way to regionals along with Jordan Ringler, Baron Lenardson, and Logan McGahn. The four boys wrestled their hardest. Jordan, Baron and Logan came up a little short at Regionals, but Wamser ended up taking 4th place, earning him a ticket to the State tournament.

Wamser did not place at State, “But it was a major accomplishment just to be there,” said Wamser.

Zachary Wamser ended his season with a 26-5 record. “Looking forward to place next year at State as a senior,” says Wamser.

Zachary was also awarded most outstanding wrestler for 2014 from his coach, Nick Emery.

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Signs of Spring

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Mary Lou Fuller, of Solon Township, sent us this picture of a hawk having his afternoon meal in the lilac bush right outside her kitchen window.

Ranger Steve Mueller identified it as a Cooper’s Hawk. The Cooper’s Hawk can be found from southern Canada to Northern Mexico, and usually migrates south for the winter.  They mainly prey on smaller birds such as robins, doves, woodpeckers, and others.

Thanks for your photo, Mary Lou, this gives us hope that springs is right around the corner!

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Woman killed in fatal accident

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A Kent City woman was killed in Tyrone Township last Friday, February 28, when her car crossed the centerline and hit an oncoming car.

Sherri Marlene Knapp, 54, of Kent City, was eastbound on 17 Mile, when she reportedly came upon a vehicle turning left on Sparta Avenue and passed it on the right, and drove on to the shoulder of the road. When she came back on to the road, she crossed the centerline and hit the other car.

Knapp died at the scene of her injuries. The other driver was not injured.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The road was closed for several hours.

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First graders and families celebrate

N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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The Post goes to Haiti

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“On jou!” That’s Creole for hello, the language that is spoken in Haiti, where Jan Malmo, recently retired teacher at Tri County Schools, traveled recently on a mission trip, and took a Post with her. She was able to work with children and teachers in a school in Les Cayes for 3 days. Jan’s focus was to bring new ideas and teaching techniques to a small town in a third world country where they are open to everything because they have so little—little to no teacher training and little to no supplies.

Jan said they primarily teach by reciting. She felt blessed to be welcomed by so many eager Haitians in a country where any help is appreciated. She saw God at work in the loving spirits and fellowship of people she could not really talk to without an interpreter.

“It was an awesome trip and I hope to be able to go back annually with more teachers so more lives can be enriched (mine and theirs)!” she exclaimed.

Thanks for taking us with you, Jan!

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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Daddy daughter dance a big hit

N-Daddy-daughter-dance1N-Daddy-daughter-dance2It may have been postponed for a month due to inclement weather, but the annual Daddy daughter dance put on by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation was a night to remember for the nearly 500 people in attendance last Saturday, March 1.

Originally scheduled for February 1, the dance took place at Cedar Springs Middle School, and was open to girls and a special man in their life, whether a dad, grandpa, uncle, brother, or other male figure.

N-Daddy-daughter-dance3They danced to the Cupid Shuffle, the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance, the Macarena and much more.

The girls made necklaces to take home and door prizes were given away. Photos of the dads and daughters were also taken.

Check out videos of the event on YouTube and photos on Google + and the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Facebook.

If you missed this year’s dance or just want to go back next year, mark your calendars for February 7. Tickets will go on sale December 1.

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