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DNR to hold town hall meeting on chronic wasting disease Wednesday in Montcalm County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a town hall meeting on chronic wasting disease Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ash Foundation Building, located within the Montcalm County Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville, Michigan.

Earlier this month, the DNR announced that a free-ranging deer in Montcalm County’s Montcalm Township tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Michigan first discovered CWD within a free-ranging deer in May 2015. Since that time, the DNR has tested more than 15,000 free-ranging deer, and 10 have tested positive for the disease.

At the meeting, Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR wildlife veterinarian, and Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist, will provide information on the disease, its effects on deer and deer populations, and how the DNR has responded to the discovery of the disease. There will be plenty of time for questions.

The DNR hopes many hunters and concerned citizens will attend, especially those who hunt or reside in Douglass, Eureka, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine and Sidney townships in Montcalm County, and Oakfield and Spencer townships in Kent County. Local DNR staff members will be available to answer questions related to hunting in the area, including topics like mandatory deer checks, deer processing and new regulations.

“We have been receiving many phone calls from hunters,” said DNR field operations manager John Niewoonder. “We hope this meeting will help to clear up any misinformation and help hunters know the new check station locations and, in general, how they can help.”

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals.

To date, there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease presents any risk to non-cervids, including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals. Within seven days of submitting a deer head for testing, hunters will be able to find out the test results for their deer.

Learn more about chronic wasting disease at michigan.gov/cwd

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Book to tell history of Cedar Springs

New book in the works

The Cedar Springs Historical Society is working on a new book to tell the history of Cedar Springs in both word and photos, some never seen before. Sharon Jett, Director at the Museum, has shared some of the pages with us, which we have shared with you over the last few of weeks. Sharon said she hopes the book will be released in the next few months.

Interviews tell the tale

In 1976 Sally Grannis Grayvold interviewed some of the oldest citizens in Cedar Springs. Her tapes have proven to be a treasure trove on our early history. The following is an excerpt from one of her taped interviews with Ora Lewis. 

“When my father Dennis Lewis, lived in Grand Rapids, he had heard of a place a long distance north. It was called Cedar Springs. He found a Tavern where one might stay and a dealer in some provisions. The road was somewhat used to Laphamville (Rockford) but beyond that it was nearly solid pine, hardwood and tamarack. Near the road by Cedar Creek was the tavern, just about where the old City Hall is now (1965) on the creek behind the old water tower. Close by it was a large Cedar tree and some small ones. Close to both was a large spring. Thus the tavern and its location became known as Cedar Springs long before there was a settlement here or a surveyed road to it.” 

Ora’s father saw this when he walked to Cedar Springs as a very young man. He related the story to Ora many times. The place where Dennis Lewis stayed had to be that of John & Lydia Smith. 

By the late 1800’s or early 1900’s the village owned the property. The Cedar Springs Pumping station was located on the spot and soon after “City Hall” was housed there in part of the old pumping station building. Around 1868 or 69 the log tavern was torn down “to make room for more modern improvements.” History of Kent Co. 1881, under Zimri Phelps Bio. 

Old City Hall 

This picture was taken in in the building that used to be the pumping station on Cedar Creek. Miles Mulford, sitting behind the desk was a successful Solicitor of Pensions Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public in Cedar Springs. 

Born July 30, 1844 in Chemung, NY, Miles died July 19, 1927 in Cedar Springs, Mich. His wife, Mary A. Harris, was born in 1848, and died in 1929.

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Foxville Friendship club turns 100

The Foxville Friendship Club turned 100 years old in September. The club started back in the fall of 1917 during the First World War. The club was organized to work for the Red Cross, to make articles for the soldiers.

The first meeting was held at the home of Laverne Speaker, who lived across from Foxville School, on Algoma at Indian Lakes Rd. At the time there were 15 ladies that were members. They met every two weeks, and members took turns having the meetings in their homes. Many of the ladies had their children and even granddaughters that attended and joined the club throughout the years.

The club was involved in many different projects over the years. They sewed cancer pads for the Cancer Society for many years. They have donated quilts and blankets to families that lost everything in a fire; they have also donated money to the Santa Claus Girls, Salvation Army, Mel Trotter Mission, and St. Jude’s. Around Christmas time they also have adopted families, for whom they provided food, and toys for the kids. They have also made gifts for patients in the hospital and put on programs for the nursing homes.

Today the club meets once a month for about two hours in each other’s homes. “We have great fellowship and every member brings a dish to pass,” said treasurer Alice Carlson. They do fall and spring trips; they make a quilt to raffle off every year to earn extra money to help out with gifts for when a member’s family is in the hospital or passes away; and they also do a white elephant sale in the spring.

The Club currently has 8 members and meets every second Thursday of the month. “We always welcome more to join us,” said Carlson. If you are interested in joining the Foxville Friendship Club, call Alice at 866-2365.

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The Post travels to Peru

Surprise for Tom Mabie

Tom and Claudia Mabie recently traveled to Peru. While there, Tom celebrated his 80th birthday! As a surprise gift, his two daughters and a son-in-law joined them. The celebrating began in Urubamba at Huacatay, Tom’s favorite restaurant, and continued throughout the week as the group traveled to Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Pisac, Tipon and Cusco. Some of the group also visited Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines.

Happy birthday, Tom, and thanks for taking us with you to Peru!

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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Red Flannel Day 2017

It was a gorgeous Red Flannel Day last Saturday, in the 70s and partly cloudy, with a slight breeze. It couldn’t have been better! It did drizzle during the firefighter parade on Friday night, but the rain was over by the time things got underway on Saturday, and thousands of people headed downtown for all the events. 

The Post took photos, but also asked our readers to submit some photos on Facebook, and the two here encapsulate both the joy and agony we all feel on Red Flannel Day! The beautiful baby above was submitted by Tara Stricklen, and the jail photo was submitted by Nicole Black, who said it was taken after her sister in law was arrested by the Keystone Kops. (She got the shirt after being arrested.) See more photos from Red Flannel Day below…

For more photos, visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/cedarspringspost/

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Girl, 11, struck by car on 14 Mile Road

Cora Gonzales

Sent to hospital in critical condition

An 11-year-old Oakfield Township girl is fighting for her life after she was hit by a car in front of her parents’ home on 14 Mile Road last Friday, October 6. She was still in critical condition at press time Wednesday, October 11.

According to the Michigan State Police, the accident occurred about 5:50 p.m., on 14 Mile Rd, between Harvard and Ramsdell. They reported that the girl was struck by an eastbound vehicle and was sent to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in critical condition. The accident is still under investigation. Oakfield Township Fire assisted MSP at the scene.

The girl, Cora Gonzales, is a fifth-grader at Cedar View Elementary, and the daughter of George and Cookie Gonzales. According to her gofundme page (https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-cora), she has bleeding in her brain in two separate areas, a broken left eye socket, an enlarged pupil in her left eye, a bruised kidney, a broken pelvis and left arm, and many bruises and cuts. Part of her skull has been removed to relieve pressure on her brain. An MRI Wednesday showed damage to the inner parts of her brain. The family is asking for prayers for healing for Cora.

“Cora is an outgoing, beautiful, talented well-liked 5th grader at Cedarview,” Cookie told The Post. “She loves playing soccer with the AYSO United team, running, wrestling, camping and spending time with her siblings and friends. She also loves participating in church events and loves her Lord, Jesus Christ with all her heart. We are humbled by all of the outpouring of support from the communities of Cedar Springs, Lowell and beyond,” she said.

The gofundme page has been set up to help the Gonzales family with Cora’s medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Follow the link (https://www.gofundme.com/love-for-cora) to donate. You can also keep up to date on what’s happening to Cora by following Team Cora on Facebook.

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Look Who’s 80!


Jack – February 24, 1937

Riley – September 28, 1937

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Local Christian youth event  advocates sexual integrity


Silver Ring Thing at Cedar Springs High School Oct. 18

Between 100,000 and 300,000 underage girls are sold for sex in the U.S. every year. By the age of 14, 94 percent of children will have been exposed to pornography. Over 50 percent of teenagers have engaged in sexual intercourse by the time they’re 18-years-old. One third of teens who get pregnant seek an abortion.

There is a dire need for the truth in this broken culture.

Silver Ring Thing (SRT) is an international youth ministry that defies today’s culture of the meet-up, hook-up, break-up mindset that contributes to brokenness. The organization’s newest tour, EXPLICIT TRUTH: Leaving nothing merely implied, presents the truth about love, relationships, sexuality and identity.

“Our culture is dealing with an epidemic of sexual brokenness,” said SRT President Jason Burtt. “Our children are victims of an ideology of misinformation and mistruth. It’s time to give real, honest answers to the questions being asked and challenge this generation to live with great dignity and worth.”

The live concert-style event will be held at Cedar Springs High School on October 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free event and an optional ring is available for $20. There will be a parent’s session beginning at 7 p.m., which is designed to help parents support their child’s decision.

The SRT tour team, a group of 20-somethings from across the U.S., encourages students to control their bodies and hold out for something better—sexual intimacy within the bonds of marriage. During a high-energy, action packed event, tour team members share their stories of success, failure, forgiveness and hope using skits, humor, drama, commercial parodies and personal testimonies.

SRT will be promoting these values and ideals with the hopes of reaching as many teens as possible.

For more information or to register, visit www.silverringthing.com.

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New Red Flannel song

Red Flannel Fun by Mark Covell

By Judy Reed

While strolling down Main Street on Red Flannel Day, residents who stop into the Red Flannel Festival office will have the chance to hear a new song created by Nelson Township resident Mark D. Covell, in honor of the Festival.

“As another Red Flannel’s October approached a couple yrs ago, I began to think of how so many popular annual events and/or seasonal traditions seem to have some sort of theme music or song attached to them; this would certainly seem what a long-standing, 75 yr-old festival celebration like Red Flannel’s Day should have,” explained Covell. “So I figured, I might as well try to compose such a tune for all the Cedar Springs community, particularly all the dedicated participants and loyal supporters of our festival over the decades.”

Covell grew up in Cedar Springs and graduated from Cedar Springs High School. “I participated in many festivals, from riding in a pony-drawn buggy as a kid in my first parade, to walking with sports teams, to watching my sister be crowned Queen, to riding on floats from the feed mill, and working with my church to sell food,” he recalled. “It was those memories that drew upon to write this song.”

He went on to explain a little about the song, which is named “Red Flannel Fun.” “The song, set to a folk-country style, is our historical story of Cedar Springs and how a town became nationally recognized for making full-bodied underwear available to so many people across the country. I intentionally kept the arrangement simpler, as if it was being sung during the ‘40s or ‘50s, perhaps by a group of family and friends on a front porch. I reflected on my childhood memories to complete the bridge part of the song.”

The recording collaboration was with a studio in Nashville. Covell sings and plays guitar on the song.

“My hope is that this song will help put the less-enthusiastic residents get in the mood a bit more for all the events leading up to Grand Saturday,” he said.

Randy VanDuyn, president of the Red Flannel Festival, said that the board listened to the song, and agreed they would like to use it but it was pretty late in the planning to do much with it. So they decided to play it in their office on Red Flannel Day, and then hopefully be able to tie it more into the RF Festival next year.

Covell works as a licensed insurance agent and said he enjoys the creative process with writing as a hobby. “I have a dozen songs written to date, ranging from Christian/praise, theme, ballads, contemporary and tributes,” he noted.

“Red Flannel Fun” is available to download now on store.cdbaby.com, and is coming out soon on iTunes and Googleplay.

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Red Flannel royalty chosen

The 2017 Red Flannel Queen and Court were chosen Saturday evening, September 28, at Cedar Springs High School. From L to R: Court member Morgan Nauta, Queen Jenna Alcumbrack, and Court member Emily Pierson. Photo by Megan Rosenberger.

This past Saturday, September 28, seven very talented young ladies took to the Cedar Springs High School stage in the hopes of becoming the 2017 Red Flannel Queen. This year was the 73rd Red Flannel Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. It was emceed by Cedar Springs teacher Dave Stuart, who returned for his second year as the master of ceremonies. Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler, the 2007 Red Flannel Queen, served as the evening’s hostess. She has directed the pageant for the past five years.

The seven contestants took to the stage in a fun opening number, where they hand-jived and rocked around the clock with dance partners, capturing all of the fun of the fifties. They then took the stage in their business attire, where they answered a question about Red Flannel Festival history. Before breaking for intermission, Dave and Kaleigh were able to highlight the Red Flannel Scholarship. This is the 27th year that a scholarship has been given to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Since 1990, the scholarship fund has raised over $100,000 dollars, and 100 percent of the money has gone directly to the Red Flannel Queen and her Court. Donations can be made to the Red Flannel Queen’s scholarship fund by going to the Red Flannel Office or the Red Flannel website at redflannelfestival.org.

After intermission, contestants dressed in an evening gown of their choice, and again took the stage, this time escorted by their fathers and grandfathers. While on stage they had a spontaneous conversation with Master of Ceremonies Dave Stuart, and answered questions he created from their application.

Another highlight of the evening was Hostess Kaleigh Rosenberger Goehler interviewing the 2017 Grand Marshal Tom Anderson. Tom took time to reminisce about his beginnings with the Festival, how he possibly became the first parade announcer all on his own, with no instruction, and his famous fur coat that he recently donated to the Festival. It was a great time of learning more about our Grand Marshal and all that he has brought to the Red Flannel Festival over the years.

After saying goodbye to the 2016 Red Flannel Queen and Court, Miss Congeniality was announced. The Miss Congeniality award is an honor given to the contestant whom her fellow contestants felt conveyed enthusiasm, friendliness, and support throughout the pageant process. This year Miss Congeniality was awarded to two contestants—Melody Hughes and Emily Pierson.

Finally it was time to announce the new queen. The 2017 Red Flannel Queen is Jenna Alcumbrack, and her Court members are Morgan Nauta and Emily Pierson.

Jenna and her court will go to different events through out the city this week and oversee all of the events on Red Flannel Day, including the main parade.

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