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Time to move on

For over 70 years there was a cooperative spirit between Red Flannel Festival volunteers and city officials who worked together to promote Cedar Springs for the good of the entire community. That all changed in 2011 when the economy took a serious downturn and the city could no longer justify costs associated with the festival, as taxpayer services and staff were negatively impacted. As a result, the Festival Board threatened a lawsuit if the city didn’t pay for use of the long john logo. After almost two years, facing what would surely be a prolonged court fight and considering the subsequent costs to taxpayers, the Council voted to move forward with a new logo. During last Thursday’s council meeting, members were openly castigated for doing so by those RFF volunteers who refuse to accept the decision and who seemed determined to promote more divisiveness within our community. I found it telling that they left immediately after speaking, not caring about anything else but their own agenda.

After all the Festival’s demands for taxpayer dollars, I found it ironic that a woman took to the podium to quite proudly proclaim the Festival Board’s success in taking care of everything (costs) themselves this year, except for police support at the beer tent. (She explained that an outside security would have been used but the City charged less.) You just can’t beat that good old American can-do spirit, the concept of pulling one’s own weight! Had that been done in the first place, it would have been a win-win situation for everyone.  The city vehicles, stationary, street signs, etc. would have continued to be free advertising for the yearly festival and the citizens would have their red flannels. I found it odd that the Festival recently offered a new business free use of the Red Flannel logo when it is being held for ransom from the city.

The whole issue surrounding the logo boiled down to nothing more than pride, arrogance, and unwillingness to do what was best for Cedar Springs. There is plenty of blame to go around for all involved but, the Council, having no other viable option, has voted, with heavy hearts, to move on.  That can only happen if people will stop the rumors, gossip, and hateful vitriol that is taking place throughout the community and on social media and embrace the future.  Friendships have been lost, families divided and enough is enough! Take a step back and work to restore good relationships within our city for the good of all.

Cedar Springs will always be known as the “Red Flannel Capital Of The World”.  Google that title and you can find as many as seven websites where our city’s name shows up as just that. That isn’t going to change. It’s time to support the Chamber of Commerce, an entity that is trying to bring back a spirit of cohesiveness and community to our town. Business owners are joining in and Shawn Kiphart has worked tirelessly, and at great cost to himself personally, to improve community relations. Let’s all do our part to make that happen. We can’t change yesterday, tomorrow is a new day, let’s make it good.

 

Kathy Bremmer, Cedar Springs

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Congratulations to the new mayor

Congratulations to our new Mayor, Mark Fankhauser, for winning the mayor’s seat, and a big thank you to that person who spilled the beans several days before election night that I would not be returned to serve you, the good people of Cedar Springs. I have been asked not to write and inform you any longer. I will honor that request, but let me tell you before I go, our City is not broke, and the $2,930 in fees invoiced to the Red Flannel Festival for 2013, is not the big picture.

I have a copy of those “severe” cuts that were made a few years ago when our revenues dried up. One of them was using two-ply rather than four-ply toilet tissue at City Hall. You poor people, it made me want to cry. When I was a kid growing up on West Muskegon Street, we had the luxury of going from corn cobs to the pages from a Sears and Roebuck Catalog. Those were the good days, as my Grandpa Eldred was also a successful businessman.

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

See you, Bob Truesdale

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Scholarship pageant

Dear Post people,

Just read through all of your paper dated October 3, 2013. Coverage of the crowning of the Queen and her court, very nice. I also saw pictures of athletes of the month, very nice also. What I didn’t see was a picture of a little lady by the name of Tamara Tiethoff that was voted by the other ladies on the scholarship pageant for “Miss Congeniality.” Would really have been nice to see her name even mentioned.

A Post Reader,

Wm Boehm

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Even the Mayor goes to jail

 

 

Yes, he ignorantly drove his 4-wheeler down Main Street, not realizing it needed to be tagged by the Red Flannel Festival for insurance purposes. After a conversation with the Chief of Police, Roger Parent, it was decided by the Keystone Cops—Leon Avery and Mark Fankhauser—that I was not above the long arm of the law! A big thanks to Russ Durst for bailing me out. And thanks to RFF President Michele Andres for legalizing my vehicle. Maybe, with everyone’s help, I can play within the rules at next year’s 75th Red Flannel Festival.

It was a great day for everyone, a sea of red up and down Main Street, including an Amish Furniture store on South Main Street that had record sales. And some would say that it (the day) is about the RFF and their so-called financial empire, and that the city merchants don’t benefit that much. Last Saturday’s sales was an eye-opener for this merchant.

A world of thanks to all the worker bees, generous sponsors and donors for a great Red Flannel Festival.

 

Humbly,

Your mayor, Bob Truesdale

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To the residents of Cedar Springs and Solon Township,

By now, you should have received a survey from the Library Board regarding services and a new building. We apologize if we have missed or overlooked any of you. There are extra surveys at the library for you to come in and fill out. We value your opinions and greatly appreciate your time in completing them.

As a reminder, the Library Board is asking you to fill out the surveys and return them to the library either by mail to 43 W. Cherry Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or drop if off at the library, or in the book return dropbox. We would appreciate receiving the surveys no later than October 1. We will then compile the collected information and submit it to our recently formed building committee.

We thank you for your time and opinions.

Sincerely,

Earla Jean Alber, Cedar Springs

Library Board Chair

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New high school parking lot

As I drove in to the newly repaved High School today, I felt so grateful for the generosity of our community in making this happen. The passage of the sinking fund in 2012 allowed this major improvement to become a reality. This summer, the school was able to use these dollars to resurface the high school gym as well as improve the overall flow of traffic at the high school. We were able to add more parking spaces and eliminate the potholes too numerous to count. Without the support of voters in passing the sinking fund, this would not be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Brook Nichols, school board President

 

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Medical update from your mayor

At a recent annual physical, it has been determined that I do not have leprosy or any other contagious diseases. So now, anyone, even city employees can feel free to talk with me at any time, and at any place, about anything that is troubling you. It is no secret, if Cedar Springs is going to be what it once was, it will take everyone working together. City planners, city council, city employees and all you good tax payers who pay the bills. I will have office hours at City Hall each Monday from 2-5pm. Stop in and see me!

 

Your mayor for an all new Cedar Springs. 

Thank you for your prayers and support, 

Bob Truesdale

Address: 141 S. Main St.

Phone: 696-3991

Fax: 696-2150

e-mail: awarehouse@att.net

Facebook: Bob Truesdale

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Didn’t like cartoon

I am writing in reference to the cartoon on page 7 (of April 18 issue).
I feel this is in very poor taste for a newspaper to print.
I wonder how the families of the 3 people killed would feel about seeing this. You should actually be ashamed of yourselves. Being a Vietnam vet we have had enough of this type of stuff.

Donald Cronk, Solon Township
(Editor’s note: to see the cartoon from last week, download our free e-edition from our website at www.cedarspringspost.com)

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Cedar Springs High School Montage

On Thursday, March 21, Cedar Springs High School held their “Montage” event, which is their annual talent show. I was very impressed with the truly talented students that entertained at this event. There were many excellent singers and musicians that brought down the house. And who knew that a martial arts demonstration set to music could be that much fun to watch! The most unique act was a modern dance that used colored “glow balls” performed in near darkness—simply superb. (I was glad I wasn’t one of the judges because so many deserved to win.) If you missed out this year, watch for it next year and see what the young people of our community have to offer!

Cherri Rose, Sand Lake

 

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Student needs mementoes of Michigan

Dear Readers,

Good morning! My name is Sirriniti F. I’m a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the history and geography of the United States. I would really appreciate it if you would send me your state rock, map and a souvenir. I am so glad I picked your state, Michigan. I picked Michigan because I don’t know much about it.

My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license for a school project if possible. I appreciate your time! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Sirriniti F.

Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. Class

Harlan Intermediate School

1401 19th Street

Harlan, IA 51537

 

So, how about it readers? Can we give this young lady the items she’s asked for and maybe even a few unique to our hometown? If you’d like to send her something, bring it in to the Post over the next week (maybe with a short note), and we’ll mail a box with all the items.

– Judy Reed, Editor

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