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Various Duncan Hines cake mixes recalled

CHICAGO – Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC and FDA. While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified (Classic White) and three other varieties (Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow) made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution.

Five occurrences of illnesses due to Salmonella are being researched by CDC and FDA as part of this investigation. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonellaoften experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked. Consumers are reminded not to consume any raw batter. Cake mixes and batter can be made with ingredients such as eggs or flour that can carry risks of bacteria that are rendered harmless by baking, frying or boiling. Consumers are reminded to wash their hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with raw batter products, to follow baking instructions, and to never eat raw batter.

The products covered by this recall were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. and limited international exports; the specific product information is listed below. No other Duncan Hines products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by this recall.

Product Description & Brand Product UPC Best If Used By Date
(located on top of box)
Duncan Hines Classic White Cake 15.25oz. 644209307500 MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake 15.25oz. 644209307494 MAR 9 2019
MAR 10 2019
MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019
Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake 15.25oz. 644209307593 MAR 7 2019
MAR 8 2019
MAR 9 2019
Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake 15.25oz. 644209414550 MAR 12 2019
MAR 13 2019

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Cedar Springs to get new fire station

Solon voters say no to two-acre minimum

By Judy Reed

Voters in Cedar Springs narrowly approved a $3 million bond proposal to build a new fire station by a margin of 19 votes. The vote was 524 in favor, and 509 against. 

The current fire station on W. Maple Street was built 38 years ago, and no longer meets code. The new facility has been designed to last 50 years. 

The 15-year bond will be 3.455363 mills the first year, and an average of 3.4290 mills thereafter. For someone with a home that has a taxable value of $50,000, that equates to about $172 more per year, or just under $15 per month. And, if the taxable values in Cedar Springs go up, the millage rate will go down. 

The total cost of the fire station is estimated at $2,991,741. That includes $2,136,958 in building and site prep; engineering and testing of $320,544; and $534,240 for contingencies.

In Solon Township, voters said no to a 2-acre minimum lot size in the AR-2 low-density residential district. The vote was 1,397 No, and 1,141 Yes. The township board passed the ordinance in the spring to control growth in the township, but citizens who disagreed with the ordinance created a petition to get it on the ballot. Under the plan, AR-1 areas would’ve had a one-acre minimum, and AR-2 a two-acre minimum. 

Kent County voters adopted the Ready by Five proposal by a vote of 150,605 to 115,090. By voting yes, voters approved a levy .25 mill, or 25 cents of every $1,000 of taxable value on real and personal property for 208-204 t0 provide planning, evaluating, and provide early childhood development services to persons up to age 5 and their parents. It will provide health and developmental screenings for all children under age 5, as well as support for parents, and increased access to high-quality learning experiences.

Statewide, voters approved proposals to legalize marijuana, create a commission to handle redistricting, and a voting policies initiative that would allow voters to register the same day they vote; register online; get an absentee ballot without giving a reason; and do straight party voting.

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Veteran’s Day services

Sparta: Veteran’s Day services will be held at Sparta High School on Saturday, November 10. The doors open at 1 p.m. Sparta restaurants and clubs will serve a free dinner to all veterans after the event.

Sand Lake: The Tri Corner VFW Post #7912 in Sand Lake will hold a flag burning ceremony on Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m., to properly and respectfully dispose of worn and tattered American flags. The flags will be burned and then buried. A container is set up on the front porch of the post for people to drop off flags that need to be burned. 


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Red Hawks upset Oilers for District title

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks were unstoppable last Friday night against the Mount Pleasant Oilers. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

by Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks powered their way to another win and a Division 3 district title last Friday night, November 2, when they beat the previously undefeated Mt. Pleasant Oilers on their own turf by a score of 44-14.

The Oilers were 10-0 going into the match up, and had only allowed 74 points total all season. But that didn’t phase the Red Hawks, who went on to claim their 10th straight victory. They will now face the unbeaten and nationally ranked Muskegon Big Reds for the regional title this Friday.

“Anytime you can go on the road in the playoffs and beat an undefeated team by 30 points, you have to feel good about your team,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “Our guys played a great game Friday and we hope to carry that momentum forward this Friday against Muskegon.

“The Big Reds are a tough task for us. They have no visible weaknesses. We need to play our best game Friday in order to put ourselves in a position to compete with them. Anything less than our best effort will make it tough for us to have a shot.”

The first score of the game occurred with 6:12 on the clock in the first quarter when Cedar Springs’ Ben Shaw intercepted a pass from Oiler QB Jackson Ostrowsky at the Mt. Pleasant 46 and ran it into the endzone for a touchdown. The referee called the extra point run as no good. The second score in the first quarter came with 1:08 left when Red Hawk Ryan Ringler ran up the middle for a four-yard touchdown, and Lucas Pienton ran in the extra points. At the end of the first, it was 14-0 Cedar Springs.

Mt. Pleasant scored their only two touchdowns in the game in the second quarter. Both were short runs by Zach Mogg, with kicker Evan Brown adding an extra point. Cedar Springs also scored again the second quarter, when Sage Serbenta ran 33-yards for the TD, and Kolby Swank ran in the extra points. At the end of two quarters, it was CS 22, MP 14.

The Red Hawks got the ball after the half, and drove down the field to score with 9:43 on the clock on a one-yard run by Kolby Swank. Swank also ran in the extra two points. The Red Hawks kicked off to the Oilers but scored again less than a minute later when Sage Serbenta intercepted a pass at the Mt. Pleasant 39 and returned it to score. Swank then passed to Pienton for the extra points. At the end of three, it was CS 38, MP 14.

The Red Hawks scored once more at the beginning of the fourth quarter, on a seven-yard run by Serbenta. The extra points run was no good. The game ended with a score of 44-14.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the improvement they’ve made since a week 1 loss at Swan Valley,” remarked Coach Kapolka. “In my 24 years coaching (15 as a Head Coach) I’ve never had a group that’s improved as much as this group has over the last 11 weeks.”

The Red Hawks racked up 319 yards on the ground and 27 in the air. Leading rushers were Serbenta with 88; Swank with 72; Pienton with 65; Ringler with 58; and Pienton with 19.

Mt. Pleasant gained 221 yards on the ground, with Zach Mogg turning in 169 yards.

Red Hawk Ryan Ringler led the team in tackles with 13; Landon Totten had 11; Zack Schmid and Lucas Pienton both had 10; Ben Shaw had 8; and Gage Gardner had 6. The rest of the players had 4 or less.

The Red Hawks will travel to Grand Haven High School on Friday to take on the top-ranked and undefeated Muskegon Big Red. Kick off is 7 p.m. Come on out and support your Red Hawks! There is a blackout theme, so come dressed in black to support your team.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased on Thursday and Friday in the Cedar Springs High School athletic office until 3 p.m. For more information follow Cedar springs Athletic Boosters on facebook, or Twitter @cedar_athletics




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Halloween fun

Hundreds of kids and parents took advantage of the mild weather for trick or treating on Halloween night, October 31. Lines of kiddos dressed as fairy tale characters, super heroes, monsters, dinosaurs, and much more made the rounds up and down Main Street and city side streets to businesses, churches, and homes to get their treats. Thanks to all of you that visited us at The Post! 


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New KDL Bookmobile hits the streets

Will visit Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library on Thursdays

Many of the area’s baby boomers will remember the Bookmobile—a mobile library that visited neighborhoods during the 1960s and 70s. Kent District Library has resurrected that idea, and now has a Bookmobile delivering library service to local schools and communities. It will visit the Nelson Township/Sand Lake Library on Thursdays, starting November 1, from 1-5 p.m.

The Bookmobile was designed and created with the support of a $208,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation.

This mobile library will enable KDL to bring its services, programming and staff to Kent County residents living in underserved areas. One of KDL’s goals in bringing the Bookmobile to schools is to increase reading proficiency in third grade students. In 2016, 50 percent of Kent County third graders were not proficient in English language arts. Beginning in the 2019/20 school year, third graders who do not pass reading proficiency tests will be held back. The Bookmobile will help deliver services that are focused on improving third grade reading proficiency.

The Bookmobile is equipped with a collection of materials provided by a generous grant from the Frey Foundation. It also includes Wi-Fi, a large exterior video screen and modular shelves. The vehicle is also handicapped accessible and offers security features. A full year of fuel will be provided by the J&H Family Stores.

Julie Ridenour, president of the Steelcase Foundation, said: “The Steelcase Foundation is honored to partner with the Kent District Library and the Frey Foundation to return the bookmobile to Kent County. It is our hope that the travels of this vehicle will allow readers of every age to be part of the Steelcase Foundation vision of empowering people to reach their full potential. We hope the Bookmobile lights the imagination of all who visit, whether to check out books, use the bookmobile’s wireless and computer devises, or tap into the talents of the librarian.”
The Bookmobile will allow Kent District Library to make its programs and collection available to patrons, particularly students, beyond the walls of the branch library. Through a close partnership with Kent School Services Network, KDL will bring the Bookmobile to seven schools every other week. It will also visit senior centers, rural centers, summer day care programs and a variety of other locations throughout Kent County.

“This project is a game changer for KDL” said Sara Proano, community engagement manager for KDL. “Now we have the capacity of bringing the library to patrons, wherever they are. We understand that the services we offer not only foster learning and bring entertainment, but they help communities connect with available resources and that impacts their quality of life at many levels.”

The Bookmobile is 36 feet long, 11 feet tall and 8.5 feet wide. It weighs 22,000 pounds with the collection inside. The collection includes books, books in other languages, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines and videogames.

The Bookmobile schedule typically runs Mondays through Thursdays, plus Saturdays. Fridays are reserved for maintenance and special events.

For more information or to request a visit from the Bookmobile, visit www.kdl.org/bookmobile.

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Residents to vote on proposals


By Judy Reed

Besides statewide proposals you may have heard about, there are also a few local proposals voters will need to consider on November 6.

Bond proposal for a new fire station

The City of Cedar Springs is asking voters to consider a bond proposal for a new fire station. The current fire station on W. Maple Street is almost 40 years old. “Despite what some people are saying, there are not a lot of frills in that station,” said Fire Chief Marty Fraser. We had to meet a lot of government standards not in effect 40 years ago. People don’t understand what we’ve done here (at the current station) the last 38 years. We’ve made do. It was built to code in 1980 but it no longer meets code.”

The proposal that residents will vote on will be a 15-year bond at 3.455363 mills the first year, and an average of 3.4290 mills thereafter. For someone with a home that has a taxable value of $50,000, that equates to about $172 more per year, or just under $15 per month. And, if the taxable values in Cedar Springs go up, the millage rate will go down. 

The total cost of the fire station is estimated at $2,991,741. That includes $2,136,958 in building and site prep; engineering and testing of $320,544; and $534,240 for contingencies. “Contingencies are additional funds that are set aside for fixing problems that were not accounted for or were unknowable at the time of design and planning,” explained City Manager Mike Womack. “Any funding that is leftover at the end of the construction of the building would then be put towards ‘equipping a new fire station’ and ‘acquisition of fire equipment, apparatus and vehicles, and other related expenses and improvements’ as is indicated in the ballot language.”

The total payback on the 15-year bond would be $4,013,850. It is designed to be a 50-year facility. For more info, see letter from Pam Conley on page 12.

Solon Zoning ordinance

Voters in Solon Township are being asked to vote on Township Ordinance No. 18-4-Z, which would “create a new AR-2 Low Density Agricultural Residential District, with a minimum lot size of two acres for new lots, and would rezone numerous lands within the Township to the new AR-2 District, among other matters.” The Solon Township board approved this ordinance in April 2018, at the recommendation of the Planning Commission. “The purpose was to control development in the township, like a planning commission is supposed to do,” said Solon Township Supervisor Bob Ellick. “After going over the Master Plan, the Planning Commission made that recommendation, and we passed it.” Under the ordinance, the AR district was broken up into AR-1 and AR-2, with AR-1 lots being a minimum of one-acre in size, and AR-2 being a minimum of two acres in size. He said it would not affect anyone already living in the designated AR-2 areas. But it would limit the amount of new housing developments.

He said the township did not put it on the ballot. He said there were a couple of people that didn’t agree with the limitations and wanted to put it to a vote of the residents. See map for areas zoned AR-1 and AR-2. For more information on whether the ordinance will affect your property, call the township at 696-1718.

Ready by Five proposal

Kent County is asking whether voters will approve a levy .25 mill, or 25 cents of every $1,000 of taxable value on real and personal property for 208-204 t0 provide planning, evaluating, and provide early childhood development services to persons up to age 5 and their parents. The amount raised by the levy in the first calendar year is estimated at $5,702,887. In Kent County there are local authorities that capture and use, for authorized purposes, tax increment revenues from property taxes levied by the County. Such capture would include a portion of the millage levy. The total amount of captured tax increment revenue from such millage in the first calendar year of the levy is an estimated $243,962. The owner of a $150,000 would pay just over $18 per year, according to First Steps Kent, the organization spearheading the proposal.

If it passes, the proposal would provide health and developmental screenings for all children under age 5, as well as support for parents, and increased access to high-quality learning experiences. Visit https://www.firststepskent.org/earlychildhoodproposal for more information.

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Free movie screening at 2nd Chance School

The community is invited to a free screening of “A Second Chance” at 2nd Chance School on Sunday, November 11, at 6 p.m.

By Judy Reed

What would it mean to you to have a second chance to make things right? To make up for something you did wrong? What might it mean to a teenager who thinks he or she has ruined her life? 2nd Chance School invites the community to a special screening of the Christian movie “A Second Chance,” on 810 17 Mile Road on Sunday, November 11, at 6 p.m.

The Post reported last summer about how Ron and Patti Silverman, founders of 2nd Chance School, are passionate about teaching kids respect through working with horses, and giving teen offenders a second chance to go back to school to earn their GED’s and become productive members of society. To that end, they founded 2nd Chance School several years ago. But they are still doing fundraising to be able to build a barn for the horses and to get kids in the classroom.

Steven Campbell, one of the actors in “A Second Chance” will be on hand to talk about the movie.

Earlier this week, Steve Campbell, formerly of Sparta, and who now lives in Big Rapids, happened to be driving down 17 Mile Road and saw the 2nd Chance School sign. Campbell is a full-time electrician and part-time actor. He was intrigued by the sign because the most recent movie he appeared in was also called “A Second Chance.” The movie involves three teen girls, all from single parent homes and from the wrong side of the tracks, who commit numerous crimes against an elderly woman. But when they face a tough family court judge, their punishment doesn’t seem to fit their crimes. The movie received the Gold Award at the 2018 Christian Family Film Festival. 

“I drove by the 2nd Chance Corp.org worship building and thought how cool it was that they used pretty much the same name as our movie,” said Campbell. “So I did a u-turn and went back and looked at the website on the sign out front and called Ron Silverman to see if their worship facility was still up and running and asked what it was exactly he did there. I was amazed that his ministry deals with kids who have run into trouble of various kinds and who perform community service, and was almost spot-on to the focus group we wanted to reach. 

“Besides the names being so coincidentally close it was as if this movie had been written for this organization though we never knew about their existence before now,” he added. “I believe that whether it be children or even adults, anyone who is messed up and made mistakes and feel like they are beyond forgiveness, we are all in need of a Second Chance and this movie epitomizes what this organization stands for and can reach a lot of people.”

Silverman was also amazed and felt the movie would be a perfect fit for them to show. “It’s a God-thing,” he said.

They will hold the event during their weekly Cowboy church time of 6 p.m. Instead of music, they will have Campbell there to give a brief talk, and show the movie. A freewill offering will be taken after the movie. Refreshments will also be available to purchase. Movie-goers can also register to win a free copy of the dvd autographed by the three girls starring in the movie.

Campbell has been in several productions, both secular and Christian, credited and uncredited. The Post featured him in 2011 when he was part of the crew of “Perfectly Prudence,” a Hallmark Channel movie with Jane Seymour and Joe Lando that filmed in Ada. In “A Second Chance,” he plays the father of one of the teen juvenile offenders. 

He said he’s happy to be bringing a movie back to his original hometown area. “We already had a showing up in Big Rapids but I have felt a need to show it in other places to reach different communities. I’m glad to be able show it there,” he said.

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Holiday event honors Marge Clark

Marge Clark

Cross stitch by Marge Clark

The Cedar Springs Public Library invites you to join in a festive holiday event that will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The library will be honoring our local artist and treasure Marge Clark with a holiday display of counted cross-stitch. Marge will be at the library to greet everyone during this time. Along with honoring Marge there will be a cross-stitch demonstration by our local seamstresses Pat Capek and Dorothy Bishop. And best of all there will be refreshments!

We hope that you will be able to join us for this unique holiday kick-off celebration. Two of Marge’s works are already on display in the library near the fireplace. Don’t forget to check them out. See you then!

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FFA Kicks off Fall With Ag Olympics

By Chloe Boomgaard Cedar Springs FFA Reporter

There is nothing more fun than some healthy competition and games revolving around agriculture!   On Monday September 10th the Cedar Springs FFA chapter held Agriculture olympics where the members participate in many different games, including sack race, hay bale hurdles, holey bucket race, sweet corn bobbing, round bale roll, pitchfork javelin, and tug of war. Thirty three high school FFA members were in atttedance along with two of Michigan FFA state officers. Kyle McFarren the Region five state Vice President and Raegan Gembarski the state Secretary joined in the fun. 

Members started off the night with pitchfork javelin where there were a large number of members competing. Zack Cardinal, Kyle McFarren, and Nolan Hall came out on top with the longest throws. After the winners were crowned, hay bale hurdles got started.  The members got to run the hurdles race once with their best efforts to achieve the fastest time hurdling stacks of hay, but only three were crowned John Fisk, Nolan Hall, and Trevor Johnston. 

The round bale roll went to whoever rolled the round bale the farthest in thirty seconds wins. Kaleb Colby, Garret Migoski, and Dylan McConnon were able to push the round bale the furthest in the time they were given. The Holy Bucket race was an fun activity each student was given a half full bucket of water but the bucket had holes drilled in the bottom and the first member to get the most water in their bucket at the other end of the field wins. Wyatt Fisk took first, Carly Dunham took second, and Melody Hughes finished third.

For sweet corn bobbing members placed in a large tote cold water and sweet corn each student was given 30 seconds to get the most corn out of the tub. Gideon McConnon took first, Kaleb Colby took second, and John Fisk took third. Congrats to all of othe winners and the officer team would just want to thank everyone that came out to participate in our games. 

In further news members organized a fundraiser at the new Culvers restaurant, a Harvest Day/ corn maze for all the 2nd grade students, the FFA PALS program, and the Big Buck Contest. Watch for future news on these and others!

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