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Prescribed burns Tuesday

Two burns will be in Fairplain Township. One is 160 acres and the other 41 acres. They will burn timber and grass for the Karner blue butterfly habitat, and grass for upland bird habitat.

The third burn is in Eureka Township (62 acres), also for Karner blue butterfly habitat enhancement.

The Karner blue butterfly is a federally listed endangered species in Michigan.

Other prescribed burns in the state are occurring in Arenac County (red pine management), Monroe County (upland bird habitat and native grasses), Oakland County (to stimulate oak regeneration), and Otsego (grass and shrubs for elk, deer and turkey.

Prescribed burns are planned to achieve specific objectives—often simulating the benefits of natural fires. The burns are conducted by highly trained DNR personnel in designated state-managed areas during appropriate weather conditions and in cooperation with the proper authorities and local units of government. Public safety is a top priority during all prescribed burns. Prescribed burns are used to:

Enhance wildlife habitat.
Help with forest regeneration.
Restore and maintain native plant life.
Control invasive plant species.
Reduce the risk of wildfires.
Although prescribed burns are planned, they can be canceled at the last minute due to careful monitoring of weather and wind conditions.

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Community Night reels in residents

The Red Flannel Queen and Court and the Cedar Springs Fire Department  were both present at Community Night last week.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court and the Cedar Springs Fire Department were both present at Community Night last week.

There was a lot to see last Thursday, April 16, at the annual Community Night, sponsored by the Community Action Network. Their partnership with the school to also make it a Fine Arts night has added another dimension to exploring what the Cedar Springs area has to offer.

Amanda Gerhardt, of CAN, estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people visited the event. “We felt like it was a great turnout, especially going at the same time as the Hazel Soccer game,” she said, referring to the purple game played in memory of former teacher and coach Scott Hazel.

A martial arts demonstration was performed by students of American Martial Arts.

A martial arts demonstration was performed by students of American Martial Arts.

Community Night featured various businesses, churches, and other non-profits in the community, demonstrations of martial arts and Zumba, music and artwork of Cedar Springs students, face painting, the Cedar Springs Fire Department, Red Flannel Queen and Court and more.

N-Community-night3If you missed it, be sure to join us next year!


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Red Flannel Festival reveals 2015 theme


N-Red-Flannel-theme-2015-logoThere’s a new sheriff in town…Red Flannel Country, USA!

The Red Flannel Festival Board announced the theme this week for the 76th annual festival, and not only does it recognize the “wildness” of our town’s beginning, but is also a tip of the hat to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, who has been providing law enforcement for us since November.

The all-volunteer Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors has been working to provide fresh new events for the 76th “Red Flannel Country USA…There’s a New Sheriff in Town!” Festival celebration. “We’re so grateful to have this beautiful logo designed by local artist Doris Vinton again this year,” said Brynadette Powell, Festival Vice President.

“The board has added many events in the last few years and boasts over 5,000 fans on our Facebook page,” said President Michele Tracy. “This board is extremely dedicated to ensuring the Red Flannel Festival is the biggest and best ever! We want to especially thank Cedar Springs resident, Tim VanWagoner, for his suggestion of a country-western theme for this nationally recognized, quality event, as well as the Kent County Sheriff Department for their approval of this creative theme.”

Tracy said that the Festival continues to expand its advertising portfolio with the addition of billboards to advertise this year’s events. The Festival will partner with 95.7 FM in Grand Rapids, for radio commercials and an expanded number of television commercials will begin on FOX 17 in September. The 32-page full color “Official Red Flannel Press” will be distributed in August, thanks to Festival Business Patron Sponsors and “Friends of the Festival,” a donor program designed exclusively for individuals.

New this year, the Festival will debut a Mechanical Bull, a Western Obstacle Course and Olde Tyme Photographs to complement the country-western theme. The Scottville Clown Band will return in the Grand Parade, with a concert after the Parade in the Grand Lodge. “This is a fantastic, entertaining group to have return again this year,” said Tracy.

A Red Flannel Comedy Revue will also be part of the Grand Lodge entertainment this year, hosted by Festival Board Trustee Liz Thorington, who has performed several years in LaughFest.

Due to last years’ success, The Red Flannel Wine and Microbrew Tasting event, Art Review, Red Flannel Town House Decorating Contest, Trolley to provide transportation, and an AYCE Spaghetti dinner at the Cedar Springs Big Boy Restaurant will also return.

“Of course, the traditional events are still in place,” said Tracy. “The Car and Tractor Shows, Museum Open House, Rotary Chicken BBQ, Lion’s Lumberjack Supper, Queen Scholarship Pageant, Bed Races and Grand Parade are wonderful traditions!” For a full schedule of events, or to download event applications, visit www.redflannelfestival.org.

The Festival was granted 501c3 non-profit status and all donations are tax deductible. The Festival is an independent, all volunteer organization with volunteer openings for individuals, families and groups to be involved. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on how to donate, volunteer or get involved with the Red Flannel Festival, call 616-696-2662 or visit www.redflannelfestival.org.

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Library building fund growing

Woman’s Life Cedar Springs Chapter 841 recently made a contribution toward the new Library Building Fund with proceeds from the recent quilt show.

Woman’s Life Cedar Springs Chapter 841 recently made a contribution toward the new Library Building Fund with proceeds from the recent quilt show.

Fundraising efforts are stepping up and excitement is growing as the Cedar Springs Public Library recently received their new plans for a new library building and a site plan from their newly-hired architect, Robert Andrus of Andrus Architecture.

The Library’s Building Fund has grown to around $600,000, and the Community Building Development Team has offered $100,000 to pay for the development of the site, on the northwest corner of Main and Maple Streets, near Cedar Creek.

Woman’s Life Cedar Springs Chapter 841 Vice-President Dena Wever presented Friends President Louise King, Library Board President Bob Ellick, and Secretary Tony Owen a check for $1,133 at the Library’s Booth at Community Night, April 16. The Friends 3rd Annual Quilt Show/Fundraiser partnered with Woman’s Life to raise a total of $2,500, all for the new library facility to be built in Cedar Springs in the near future.

Woman’s Life Headquarters offered to match up to $500 if members of their Cedar Springs Chapter 841 could raise the first $500. Almost half of the day’s profits were realized from the efforts of Chairperson Dena Wever and others of her Chapter who made gift baskets for a Silent Auction the day of the Quilt Show. The Silent Auction was a real success, bringing in $633, plus the $500 match.

If you would like to get involved with Friends of the Library or help with fundraising, find the Friends on facebook or attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Library on the 4th Tuesday of most months. Websites for the Library and the Community Building Development Team are

cedarspringslibrary.org and CSCommunityCenter.org.

All donations are tax deductible and made out to the Cedar Springs Public Library, 43 W. Cherry Street, 49319.

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Hometown Hero


N-Hometown-Hero1-Saylor-CharleneArmy Pvt. Charlene S. Saylor  graduated February 19 from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Saylor is a 2014 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and the daughter of Brenda Evola and stepdaughter of Michael Evola, of Cedar Springs, Mich.

According to her mom, Saylor is at Fort Bragg, N.C., for job training. She will graduate May 8, and then return to Cedar Springs. She has joined the Army Reserves, and will be assigned to a nearby location.

The Evolas traveled to Saylor’s graduation at Fort Jackson in February, and had a photo taken of all of them with the Post. Thanks so much for taking us with you!

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Double rainbow


There’s no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow—just a Cedar Springs School bus. So says bus driver Christine Hough, who said one of her students took this photo recently of a double rainbow, while riding on her bus.

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The Post travels to…the hospital


As many of you know, Post publisher Lois Allen was in a car accident earlier this month. She spent several days at Butterworth Hospital, in Grand Rapids, and was a good sport to pose for this photo with a Post! Lois is home now, but still on the mend. Thanks to everyone for your cards and well wishes! We hope to have her back with us soon. If you’d like to send her a card, you may send it to her here at The Post. Our address is PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Post subscription winner


The Post offered everyone who stopped by our booth at Community Night last week a chance to enter for a free subscription. Congratulations to Penny Johnson, of the City of Cedar Springs, the winner of a year-long subscription to the Cedar Springs Post! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us. It was great seeing you all!

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Meth lab suspect arraigned


Jason Andrew Butler

Jason Andrew Butler

The man arrested last Wednesday night for maintaining a meth lab in his home was arraigned on the charges Friday, April 17.

Jason Andrew Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs, was arrested on April 15, by Kent County Sheriff deputies and detectives on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in the suspect’s home.

Butler was arraigned Thursday, April 16, on two charges of stealing and retaining a financial transaction device without consent, with a bond set of $2,500. On Friday, April 17, he was arraigned on one charge of delivering or manufacturing methamphetamine and one charge of maintaining a lab involving hazardous waste. He was also charged as a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team  (KANET) led the investigation.

Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the scene to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.


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Man sentenced on drug and copper wire theft charges

Joseph Clayton Butler

Joseph Clayton Butler

A Cedar Springs man that was arrested in February, for stealing and selling copper wire and for possession of drugs, has been sentenced to prison.

The Kent County Sheriff Department had asked for the public’s help in finding Joseph Clayton Butler, 35, who was wanted for stealing and reselling copper wire. He was arrested on Main Street in Cedar Springs on February 10. During the arrest, he was found to be in possession of heroin and components of a meth lab.

Butler was sentenced on April 14 to a minimum of six years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, on one count of operating/maintaining a meth lab. He was also sentenced to a minimum of one year four months and a maximum of five years for buying/selling stolen nonferrous metals, first offense.

Butler is the younger brother of Jason Andrew Butler, the suspect arrested last week for maintaining a meth lab (see story here).

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