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Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Age Group  3-4 Years Old Winner:  Jaiden St. Amour, âge 3, of Sand Lake

Age Group
3-4 Years Old Winner:
Jaiden St. Amour, âge 3, of Sand Lake

Congratulations to 3-year-old Jaiden St. Amour, of Sand Lake,  7-year-old Autumn Passage, of Sand Lake, and 9-year-old Desirae Donley, of Rockford whose entries were chosen as finalists and ultimately the winning entries of our 2016 Easter Coloring Contest.

Three finalists were selected from each age group, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. Then our staff voted on which were they’re favorites from each group and that’s how we came up with our three winners.

Winners may pick up their Easter Baskets on Monday, March 28th at The Post, located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs, between 10 am and 5pm. Or call 616-696-3655 to make other arrangements.

Age Group  5-7 Years Old Winner:  Autumn Passage, age 7, of Sand Lake

Age Group
5-7 Years Old Winner:
Autumn Passage, age 7, of Sand Lake

Thank you to all that  entered our coloring contest.

Age Group  8-10 Years Old Winner:  Desirae Donley, age 9, of Rockford

Age Group
8-10 Years Old Winner:
Desirae Donley, age 9, of Rockford

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Easter Jokes for Kids

 

Q. How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?

A. With a hare-dryer!

Q. Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?

A. Because the chicken had his Easter eggs!

Q. What did the rabbit say to the carrot?

A. It’s been nice gnawing you!

Q. How did the Easter Bunny rate the Easter parade?

A. He said it was eggs-cellent!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny travel?

A. By hare-plane!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?

A. Eggs-ercise and hare-robics!

Q. Why did the Easter egg hide?

A. He was a little chicken!

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Five unique ways to enjoy your favorite Easter candy

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Family Features 

The best parts of holiday celebrations are the special traditions that form lasting memories. Make Easter the most egg-cellent holiday by inspiring new traditions and creative activities, crafts and recipes for your family to enjoy for years to come.

1. Sweet Egg Decorating

Many people celebrate the Easter holiday with brightly decorated hard-boiled eggs, but why not decorate chocolate eggs, too, for a sweet twist on a traditional favorite holiday craft. You can use frosting and additional candy to decorate chocolate eggs, such as Cadbury Crème Egg Candy, in similar fashion to traditional eggs.

2. Candy Dish Treats

Think candy is only reserved for Easter baskets? Try filling a glass vase with your favorite colorful candies to create a colorful, delicious candy dish the whole family can enjoy. Place faux flowers in the candy-filled vase and tie a bow of festive ribbon around it to create a simple, sweet arrangement.

3. Share with the Easter Bunny

Santa isn’t the only one who likes sweets; this year, leave candies out for the Easter Bunny, too. Share this “hoppy” new tradition with family and friends using #HersheysEaster and make it part of your annual Easter Eve ritual.

4. Easter Egg Hunt Prep

Step up your Easter egg hunt game by setting up prep stations with everything your family will need. Equip them with decorative baskets to put their eggs in, leave clues of where the eggs are hidden on festive note cards and get them started with a sweet treat, such as their favorite candy, to kick it off.

5. Cooking with Candy

An Easter basket isn’t the only way you can enjoy sweets. Get creative in the kitchen and find new ways to enjoy your favorite candies, such as this recipe that combines ice cream, cookies and Cadbury Crème Egg Candy for a one-of-a-kind dessert.

For more Easter inspiration and delicious recipes, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com.

EAS-Five-ways1-treatsCandy Egg Ice Cream Sandwiches

Serves: 4

2 cups vanilla ice cream

3 Cadbury Crème Egg Candy

8 large sugar cookies

1/4 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy

Set ice cream on counter for 15-20 minutes, or until it begins to thaw and is easy to scoop.

Unwrap and chop egg candy into small pieces. Pour candy pieces (including gooey center off knife and cutting board) into medium mixing bowl.

Scoop ice cream into bowl with chopped candy. Using plastic spatula, stir candy and ice cream until well combined.

Pour ice cream mixture into rectangular or square 2-quart dish and spread into even layer, making sure candy is evenly distributed. Cover with plastic wrap and place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until ice cream has set again.

In food processor, pulse mini egg candies until finely chopped.

Remove ice cream from freezer.

Place chopped mini candies in shallow bowl wide enough to fit a cookie. Place 4 cookies bottom up on plate. Top each cookie with scoop of ice cream then top ice cream with another cookie (bottom facing ice cream). Press down on sandwich until ice cream reaches cookie edge.

Immediately roll ice cream edges of sandwich in chopped mini candies, turning sandwich until all edges are coated. Place sandwich on a dish and return to freezer. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

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Easter Services 2016

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Passion of the Christ movie showing

March 20: The Knights of Columbus are presenting the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Palm Sunday, March 20, at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon. Doors open at 1 p.m. Donation $2.00. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence.

Community Good Friday Service 

March 25: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The Springs Church, where we will remember and mark the death and crucifixion of Jesus. Childcare is provided for birth through 5th grade by Pine Ridge Bible Camp. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

Meeting in Red Hawk Elementary—Cedar Springs Public Schools campus.

March 27: Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist 

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 24: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 27: Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Brunch to follow worship.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 25:  Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

March 27:  Easter Sonrise Service at 9 a.m.

Easter Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter Sonrise service 9 a.m.

Easter breakfast following Sonrise service.

Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Bible

West Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter morning worship 10:45 a.m.

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3592 17 Mile RD NE, (next to Meijer), Cedar Springs

March 27: Easter Sunday Service, 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs, MI

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, Egg hunt and more 1-2:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship Services, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI

March 24: Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

March 25: Good Friday, noon, The Passion of the Lord.

March 26: 8 p.m., Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.

The Springs Church

35 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant)

www.thespringschurch.info

March 25: Community Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter Celebration Services 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

ROCKFORD

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

March 24: Maundy Thursday Breakfast & Communion 9:30 a.m.

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more noon to 1:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

www.gracerockford.com

March 26: Easter Carnival from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

March 27: Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont (at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives)

March 20:  Palm Sunday Worship and Eucharist 10 a.m.

March 24:  Maundy Thursday Worship and Eucharist 7 p.m.

March 25:  Stations of the Cross at noon.

March 27:  Easter Sunday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Worship and Eucharist at 10 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

March 24: Maundy Thursday 7:00pm

March 27: Easter Morning Worship 9:30am

SAND LAKE

Community Good Friday service

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran (180 S. 3rd Street) and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist (65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park).

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

March 27: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Huggard Bible Church

8860 21 Mile Rd, Sand Lake

March 27: Sun Rise Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

March 27: Extended Easter Service 9:30 a.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd Street (Northland Dr.) Sand Lake, MI

March 20: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 a.m., Egg hunt for children to follow

March 25: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple  Sand Lake, MI

March 25:  Good Friday 6:30 Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross. (Especially for those who could not attend the Passion of the Lord Liturgy earlier in the day.)

March 27: Easter Sunday Morning masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 :30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children thru the 5th grade.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12noon to 1:30p.m.

(Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist)

March 27: Easter Sonrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

March 24: Thursday Seder (Passover) Service 6 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.

SPARTA

North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI

March 27: Easter service, 10 a.m.

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Group knits red hats for babies born in Greenville

The Stitchers & More group and some of the hats they’ve made.

The Stitchers & More group and some of the hats they’ve made.

February is American Heart Month and a fellowship group with the informal name of Stitchers & More is celebrating. They are raising awareness of heart disease by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at United Hospital in Greenville.

The Stitchers & More group began twenty years ago as a group of women who gather once a month for fellowship while crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, and sewing. The group ranges in age from early twenties, up to their oldest member who is turning ninety this year. When asking the group what inspired them to participate in this project, the name Kaylee is spoken in unison.

This project is dedicated to a two year old from Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church who underwent successful open heart surgery,” explained member Mary Brasser.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans and congential heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country. Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart’s structure and function that is present at birth. Some defects will heal on their own, over time, while others will need to be treated. Some are treated with medications and others with surgery.

We work closely with the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Program when we identify an infant in need. All of our infants are screened for congenital heart disease and we also carefully monitor the cardiac health of women with congenital heart defects who are pregnant or want to become pregnant,” said Dr. Jonathan Windeler, Chief of Pediatrics at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

We are so thankful to the Stitchers & More group for their kindness and generosity. It is our hope that this information will raise awareness of heart disease and will inspire others to participate in similar activies,” said Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals.

For more information about the congenital heart disease, go to http://www.spectrumhealth.org/congenital-heart-disease

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Christmas wishes

A big thank you to The Springs Church Kids for their beautiful Christmas wishes!

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Coloring Contest Winners

Coloring Contest winning entry by Kirk Mollien, age 9.

Coloring Contest winning entry by Kirk Mollien, age 9.

The force was strong this year with those who dared to enter into our 2015 Cedar Springs Post Christmas Coloring contest (say that three times!) Children from Cedar Springs and beyond grabbed their trusty crayons, markers and set about creating the best, most colorful Christmas tree in an effort to win the coveted Star Wars Droid featured in the most recently released film, The Force Awakens.

StarWars-BB8-droidCongrats go to 9-year-old Kirk Mollien of Kent City for taking home the winning prize. Good job Kirk! The creative force is strong in you.

Only one lucky winner was chosen out of the nine finalists in three different age groups. Although there was only one prize-winner, Santa said he’d stop by and give us consolation gifts for the eight other finalists. Thanks Santa!

Our finalists were:

Hannah Sevey, age 5, of Cedar Springs

Lauren Coblentz, age 6, of Cedar Springs/Brown Deer, WI

Jacob Totten, age 7, of Kent City

Austin Castle, age 10, of Cedar Springs

William Miller, age 10, of Cedar Springs

Cloe Shoffner, age 11, of Rockford

Eden Ader, age 12, of Sand Lake

Charlie Ellick, age 12, of Cedar Springs

Prizes may be picked up on Monday, December 28 or later.

Star Wars Droid is valued at $150. Sponsored by Northwest Kent Mechanical of Cedar Springs and area businesses like: All About Heating & Cooling, Gould’s Mini-Mart, Grand Rental Station, Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Little Caesars, Robinson Septic, Rockford Ambulance.

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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa

I want a camera

for Christmas

From, Holly

 


 

 

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas is Mario kart 8 for wii u,Splatoon for the wii u. Some AmiGos whic are littel figuerine you can use in wii u game’s like mario kart 8 and more. The final thig I want is the “new” nitendo 3ds xl in red. If you can only get me one thing thats ok because I know there’s a lot of kids who need toys and want toys.

I hope you have a safe flight on Christmas eve night. I’ll make sure to make you fresh cookes to leva you and a Glass of milk. I also wanted to say thank you for giving Grayson a home because last year I asked you the thig I wanted most was for Grayson to find a home and the home he found was ares. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Sincerely, 

Courtney Mooney

P.S sorry for bad spelling.

 


 

 

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StAr WArs CArS

Pic KAXe (minecraft) StuffeD ANiMAlS. C-3PO FigUre

Lego SW Senate Commando Troopers

Lego MiNi FigUreS

DiAMoND SWorD.

Millennium Falcom – Star Wars Lego

aNd boW aNd arroW

gArAge PlAySet HOt WheelS 50 PACK/20 PACK

Lego Movie Emmets Constructo Mech

 


 

 

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Baby’s First Christmas

babys1stChristmas

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’Tis The Season 

 

Heartwarming treats for the holidays 

(Family Features) The holiday season is never complete without friends and HOL-Heartwarming-treats1family gathered ’round for festive cheer and merriment. Whether you’re the hostess with the mostest or an extroverted elf whose calendar is bursting at the seams, there’s no need to fret over what you’ll serve at your next event—even when you’re pressed for time.

According to the National Confectioners Association, 77 percent of adults include candy in Christmas stockings or gifts, 62 percent celebrate with a candy bowl at work or at home and 62 percent bake with candy or chocolate at the holidays. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, seasonal varieties are nearly endless and emerge long before Rudolph makes his rounds each Christmas Eve.

A nostalgic addition to the candy aisle this winter, the Nestlé Crunch Peanuts Collection inspired by Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang is fully decked for the holidays, complete with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all of the characters you love. Hailing from the most influential comic strip of all time, read every day by 355 million people in 75 countries, the beloved characters span across newspapers, Emmy-winning television specials, a full length film and now, Nestlé Crunch chocolates.

Looking for a treat to bring to your next holiday gathering? In just 20 minutes, you can whip up these heartwarming Peppermint Crunch Fudge bars, featuring Nestlé Crunch miniatures. Your guests will love the texture of the crunchy milk chocolate paired with a burst of peppermint flavor. Plus, it’s a recipe so simple even the kids can join in on the baking fun.

For more holiday inspiration, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

HOL-Heartwarming-treats2Peppermint Crunch Fudge

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time:  20 minutes

Serves: 25

28 Nestlé Crunch Bar Minis

3 cups Nestlé Toll House Bittersweet Chocolate Morsels

1 can (14 ounces) Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

1/4 cup crushed candy canes (or peppermint discs), divided in half

Line 9-by-9-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place bars in even layer on bottom of pan.

Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until chips and milk are melted together. Mix in 1/8 cup crushed candy canes.

Once everything is melted together, spread evenly over bars in prepared pan. Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed candy canes, pressing lightly into fudge. Cool until firm, then cover with plastic and place in refrigerator to harden completely. Cut into squares and serve.

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