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Save a creek—plant a rain garden

N-Rain-gardenThanks to three different community groups, one of Cedar Springs’ most valuable resources is being protected from erosion. The groups got together on Thursday, July 24, and planted a rain garden along Cedar Creek at Fifth and Cherry Streets.

“Cedar Creek is a great habitat for trout and a beautiful feature of Cedar Springs,” said resident Carolee Cole, of the Community Building Development Team. “The Downtown Development Authority and the Community Building Development Team have been working with Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative to protect and improve the Creek so it can become a more visible and enjoyable attribute of our town as well as a defining characteristic of our community.”

N-Rain-garden2Cole said that the stream buffer was planted to protect the creek bank from eroding into the Creek. Both the stream buffer and the rain garden were planted to shade the Creek and to filter storm water as it runs off the roads and parking lots as well as to cool the water before it enters the Creek. Plants selected have long roots, are natural to the area, and grow tall enough to provide some shade.

Members of the Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative had already prepared the ground at the corner of Fifth and Cherry Streets on the lawn of Cedar Springs Tool Engineering and laid out the design for a stream buffer and a rain garden. Cedar Springs Tool Engineering purchased the plants and mulch for the project.

There were volunteers from Kent County Water Conservation, Plaster Creek Stewards, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative, and of course, Trout Unlimited to work and to teach the  volunteers from Cedar Springs what and where to plant. Tom Mabie, Kathy Bremmer, Perry Hopkins, Carolee Cole, Mark Laws, Rose Powell, Michelle Andres, and a sweet young citizen from the neighborhood named Grace were the volunteers from Cedar Springs. Bob Truesdale brought pop on ice to keep everyone going.

Cole noted that Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is planning more rain gardens and stream buffers, so there will be other opportunities to volunteer.  “If you want to get in on the next planting opportunity or learn more about how we’re working together to develop Cedar Springs into an even more amazing community, ‘like’ the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team on Facebook and watch for our new web page, CSCommunityCenter.org, to be out in the next few weeks!” she said.



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Boncher and O’Hara to face off for judge seat

Jeffery O’Hara

Jeffery O’Hara

Brent Boncher

Brent Boncher

Other election results


It was a crowded race vying for the seat of retiring 63rd District Court Judge Steven Servaas, but Tuesday’s primary narrowed it down from six to two.

Brent Boncher, a Courtland Township trustee and member of the law firm Schenk, Boncher and Rypma, led the voting with 4,647 votes (27 percent).  Jeffery O’Hara, of Rockford, a criminal defense lawyer, came in second with 4,064 votes (24 percent). Those two will face off on the ballot in November.

Coming in third was Andrea Crumback with 18 percent; then Rock Wood with 14 percent; Jody Jernigan with 9 percent; and Charles Boekeloo with 9 percent.


U.S. House of Representatives District 3: Incumbent Justin Amash won over contender Brian Ellis 57 percent to 43 percent. In November, Amash will face Democrat Bob Goodrich, of Goodrich Theaters.

State Senator 28th District: Peter MacGregor, of Cannon Township, beat out Kevin Green, of Cedar Springs, 68 percent to 32 percent. MacGregor will face Democrat Deb Havens, of Plainfield Township, on the November ballot.

State representative 73rd District: Seven Republicans threw their hat in the ring for the 73rd District. Leader of the pack was Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, with 36 percent of the vote. Following was Robert Regan with 21 percent; Frank Pfaff with 20 percent; John Decker with 11 percent; Tom Norton with 7 percent; Brady Middletown with 3 percent; and Brian Downs with 1 percent. Afendoulis will face Democrat Mary Polonowski, of Rockford in November.

See proposal results here.

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Greenville celebrates heritage with Danish Festival


For the third consecutive year, Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson’s artwork has been chosen as the winning poster for the annual Danish Festival. This year’s theme is “The Red Shoes.” The 50th celebration will be held Aug. 14-17.

For the third consecutive year, Vestaburg artist Luverne Adamson’s artwork has been chosen as the winning poster for the annual Danish Festival. This year’s theme is “The Red Shoes.” The 50th celebration will be held Aug. 14-17.

50th annual festival August 14-17

For the 50th year in a row, Greenville will honor its Danish history and heritage with the Danish Festival taking place throughout the city August 14-17.

The Festival, which has a long and established history of celebrating Danish traditions, is aimed at providing unique events and fun entertainment for visitors of all ages.

This year’s event, carrying the theme of “The Red Shoes,” will feature live music, an arts and crafts fair, a grand parade, a fairy tale parade, a family fun day, sports tournament, car show, art at the green, a talent show, truck and tractor pull, and a grand prize raffle.

New this year is “The Rock Show,” an ultimate tribute to Journey at Klackle Orchard’s Pavilion, on Saturday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m. Included that night will be the hot air balloon glow, a huge display of fireworks at dusk and Tivoli Beer Gardens from 7 to midnight both Friday and Saturday nights. The band “Decades” will play Friday from 9 to midnight, and “Three’s a Crowd” on Saturday night.

“With gas prices climbing, and many long distance trips cut from the family budget, we encourage families from around Michigan to consider driving the short distance to Greenville from an affordable mini-vacation,” said Pam Jorae, Executive Director. “The Festival truly offers something for everyone.”

More than 75,000 people are expected to attend this year.

“The Danish Festival has been the pride of the Greenville community for 50 years,” said Jorae. “No matter what tough times the economy might bring, once a year the Festival gives Greenville a reason to celebrate its strong heritage and proud history.”

Click Here to see festival schedule


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The Post travels to New York

From left to right:
 Charles & Joelene Sommer, Charlene Sommer, Sabrina Smith, Hannah Sommer, Ethan Sommer, Jim Howard

From left to right:
 Charles & Joelene Sommer, Charlene Sommer, Sabrina Smith, Hannah Sommer, Ethan Sommer, Jim Howard

Earlier this summer the mission team from the First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs went to help Cornerstone Baptist Church in Geneseo, New York, start a new addition on their church building. They took the Post along and snapped this photo. 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!


NOTE: Someone dropped off an underwater photo of the Post, but did not leave us any information or email any to us. Please contact us at 696-3655 or email news@cedarspringspost.com with info so that we can run your photo.


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Woman hopes to find Good Samaritan


By Judy Reed

A Solon Township woman is looking for the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped her when she broke her arm recently after falling off her horse.

Emily Scott, of Solon Township, was riding her horse, Shadow, on Albrecht, when she was attacked by flies. “The horse started bucking and I did a quick exit,” she recalled.

A woman then stopped and asked if she was ok. “I told her no,” said Emily. She had broken her arm and fractured her shoulder in the fall.

The woman then flagged down another vehicle to take Emily home, and the woman took the horse back. “She said she had horses, too,” said Emily.

According to Chris, Emily’s husband, he was taking Emily to the hospital by the time the woman got back with the horse, and they didn’t know who she was.

“I’d like to thank her, and I’d like to know her name,” said Emily. “She knows where I live. Please stop by!”

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Dog Daze of Solon Market


By Vicky Babcock

The historic Stout barn was hopping with activity last Saturday as Solon Market hosted its second annual Dog Daze of Summer Pet Expo featuring its Popular Pet Show and demos from Trooper Joe Bozek and his canine partner, Trooper Yaro.  The expo attracted some unusual pets, including a three-month-old sheep and a bearded dragon.

N-Dog-Daze2-canineThe State Police Canine Unit was a big hit. Trooper Bozek fielded questions and explained the process of training their dogs. Yaro is a three-year-old German Shepherd from Poland. Together with his human partner, Yaro helped demonstrate the unique ability to find an object with human scent. Without the dog present, it was with mixed feelings that a gentleman watched his son throw his car keys into the (mowed) field. But for Yaro, it was all in a day’s work. No sweat. No worries. And work and play are an interchangeable mix with the shepherd who loves his work—and his Kong, his reward for a job well done.  At home, Yaro is a regular dog. He and partner Joe are with the State Police Rockford Post.

And the pet show?  Thanks to voting participants, the show earned $100.00 for the Humane Society and another $25.00 for Bellowood Rescue. Each child went home with a bag of goodies for his/her pet—courtesy of a local, family-owned pet supply store—and two children took home grand prizes for Popular Pet and Most Monies Earned for the Humane Society and Bellowood Rescue. Several related businesses attended the Expo, handing out free samples and leaflets. Thanks, Solon Market, for putting on the dog!


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Museum summer car show

N-Car-show1-55chevy-webBy Tom Noreen


The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted its annual Summer Car Show on Saturday, July 26. It was a beautiful day to check out the 58 cars registered.  According to museum director Sharon Jett, cars were from as far away as New York State. Buck Jones, from Rockford, won the peer judged “Best of Show” award for his 1955 Chevy Bel-Air Sport Coup.

The Cedar Springs FFA sold coffee and donuts in the morning and helped the staff and participants. The group also had some of its delicious home made maple syrup for sale.

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis

The Patin Sisters spun vinyl throughout the day as they provided entertainment and made announcements.

Master Wood Carver Dan Davis demonstrated his skills during the event and had a number of his carvings on hand. It is amazing what he can find hidden in a piece of wood.

Meijer Corporation had one of their vintage delivery trucks on display; similar to ones used in Cedar Springs when Hendrik Meijer opened his second store. Meijer served over 500 free hot dog meals to participants and visitors.


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How tall is your corn? 



Some of the corn in the area is getting pretty tall. Clare Armstrong, of Sand Lake, sent us this photo with Casey and Berkley Armstrong. “This is about 10 feet tall at grandma Norma Gross’s house!” she said.

How tall is the corn where you live? And what about sunflowers? Send them our way! Email your photos with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com. Tell us your name, who is in the photo, and what city/township you live in. Also tell us anything special you do when planting to make it grow tall.


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Voters approve replacement of personal property tax

Proposal 1, the proposal to do away with the personal property tax paid by businesses, was approved in a big way by Michigan voters in Tuesday’s primary. The measure passed with 863,953 voting yes, and 382, 407 voting no.

The legislature had already agreed on a plan for reform, but since the revenue raised funded local governments, they needed a way to replace those funds. This will be done via a portion of the state’s current use tax, which will be redirected to create a new local tax. The revenue of this new tax would be distributed to local governments as reimbursement for lost personal property tax. A new special authority will be created to levy the tax and distribute the revenue. Voters needed to approve 

“The bipartisan passage of Proposal 1 is another successful step in Michigan’s economic reinvention and a great victory for the small business owners and our manufacturing companies throughout our state as well as our local communities,” said Governor Rick Snyder. “As I’ve traveled Michigan, so many small business owners have been hurt by this burdensome Personal Property Tax. I’m proud that we’ve been able to put aside partisan differences and all work together to once again help relieve the tax burden on Michiganders. Today’s vote to remove the Personal Property Tax is one more way we are helping to create more and better jobs in Michigan.”

Other proposal results:

Kent County Senior Millage passed 65 percent to 35 percent.

Kent District Library Millage passed 57 percent to 43 percent.

Algoma Township Fire Millage Renewal passed 79 percent to 21 percent.

Solon Township Fire Millage .50 mill passed 54 percent to 46 percent. The vote was close—420 yes votes to 357 no.

Sparta Township Prop. 1 Fire Equipment Millage passed 73 percent to 27 percent. Their Prop 2 Fire improvement millage also passed, 68 percent to 32 percent.

Sparta Schools millage renewal passed 68 percent to 32 percent.

Tyrone Township Prop. 1 Fire Millage renewal passed 78 percent to 22 percent.

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Family Fare store closing

N-Family-fareTwo weeks ago, the Post published a story questioning the rumor that Family Fare, a SpartanNash store located on 17 Mile Road, east of White Creek, did not renew their lease. We reported that the property and building were for sale and rumors had been circulating for months that Family Fare had not renewed their lease, which is up in the fall.

At the time, SpartanNash said they did not respond to store closing rumors.

However, according to employees at Family Fare, a meeting was recently held with all employees letting them know that the store is closing September 6, and the pharmacy is closing next week, August 6, with all prescriptions being sent to Rite Aid, in Cedar Springs.

After hearing the news Wednesday morning, The Post called and spoke with a representative of SpartanNash, who said they would try to get more information for us. We did not hear from them by press time, but will give you the information as soon as we hear more.

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