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50th Anniversary – Joel & Hope Austin

Joel and Hope Austin of Cedar Springs will celebrate their 50th Anniversary June 15, 2012. An open house is planned for June 30th from 2 – 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs. The couple’s children are Murry and Diane Austin, David & Nicole Austin, and Mindy and Bob Abbott. They have 9 grandchildren and are expecting their first great grandchild. Joel and Hope feel the secret to their long marriage is “God first in your life and He’ll take care of the rest.”

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Chuck and Donna Scheidel

50th Anniversary

Chuck and Donna Scheidel


Chuck and Donna Scheidel of Cedar Springs, Michigan are celebrating their 50th  Wedding Anniversary on April 28, 2012. A weekend outing is planned. Children of Chuck and Donna are Alan and Annette Mongar, Paul and Shelly Bowerman, Mike Scheidel, and Chuck Scheidel. They have seven grandchildren.

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Pat and Russel Merlington


Pat and Russel Merlington of Cedar Springs are celebrating theit 50th Anniversary on September 22, 2011. Their children are Debra Cumings & John Rutherford, Jenifer & Aaron Smigiel; grandchildren Joshua, Matthew, Shana, Shamar, Becker, Marcus, Amanda, Brandon, Tiffany, Kaylee, Destiny & Liberty; great-grandchild Noah. Mr. & Mrs. Russel Merlington will be celebrating their anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada and they will welcome any cards. Please send to: PO Box 244, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Their secret to a long successful marriage is a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Its not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years.”

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Red Flannel Saddle Club celebrates 50 years

Club to celebrate anniversary this weekend

Horse people seem to “herd” together naturally, so it was no surprise when trail riders in the Cedar Springs/Sand Lake area began to get together in the 1950’s for some fun.

Being interested in anything horsy, some of the people decided they wanted more than just trail riding and decided to provide horse shows, open to all, in addition to what the local 4-H program provided. In December of 1961 they decided to form a horseman’s club and the Red Flannel Saddle Club was born.
This summer marks 50 years of a non-profit organization that has one of the best show grounds in the Kent and surrounding counties.
The first show was held in 1962. Both Pleasure and speed events were on the show bill and they had a large turnout, which they continued to enjoy for the next two years, at their location on Egner Road.
In 1972 or 1973, the group was able to purchase the current property that the Red Flannel Saddle Club now owns and the club had a permanent home on Shaner Avenue, just south of Sand Lake.

Since then the club has continued to grow in membership and provide area horse people with an organization that supports our sport and passion, including several counties’ 4-H horse programs, Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association ( High School Equestrian Teams ), Speed and Pleasure series, and clinics. The club has long had an active history of community service and member support.

The club of horse lovers provide shows and opportunities for riders of all levels and disciplines: English, Western, contesting/speed, and this year dressage and hunter over fences, all showing being judged by top professional judges.

Open to the public, shows are free admission and those showing their horse pay very reasonable class fees. Shows offer daily high point awards and the two RFSC series in Pleasure and Speed award season-end prizes.

People remark on the quality of the grounds and the modern facilities with a great clubhouse and restrooms. All appreciate the opportunity to socialize with other horse people and to have fun with their families. The members work hard to provide a pleasant attractive, safe and constantly improving environment for guests, families and members.

The club will celebrate it’s 50th year of serving it’s members and the community on August 20 and 21 with the Pleasure Series show on Saturday and the Speed Series show on Sunday. Anniversary cakes will be shared with the riders and guests present during the shows. Friends of the RFSC and those who would like to get to know this club better are invited to come, enjoy the show and have a serving of cake.

For more info on the club or directions, visit www.redflannelsaddleclub.org.

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Happy 50th Anniversary

Harold and Helen Potter

A golden wedding anniversary will be observed on August 6th by Harold and Helen (Swartz) Potter of Cedar Springs.
A gathering of family and friends with dinner and music will highlight the occasion. Children of the couple are Harold, Leslie, Eileen, Emmett and Elizabeth. They have 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

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Edward and Glenna Brown

Happy 50th Anniversary

Edward and Glenna Brown

Browns thenBrowns todayEdward and Glenna (Towns) Brown observed a golden wedding anniversary on May 6th. A tour of Europe and a family dinner highlighted the occasion. The couple has two daughters, Sherry and David Brown and Billie and Kirk Freeland. They have four grandchildren, Bethany and Justin Brown, and Lauren and Sylvia Freeland.

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