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Lest we forget


N-Memorial-ActivitiesMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It’s also a day to remember all those that have served and are now deceased. Inside this issue are the names of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post, click here to download. If you know of a veteran’s name that is missing from the list, please let us know and we’ll add them for next year.

There will be several memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend that residents are encouraged to take part in:

The Cedar Springs Historical Society will hold its 13th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 26, at 2pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Cyrus Fleck, Civil War; Charles Davis, Spanish American War; Royal Kent, WWI; Charles Crites, WWII; Dwight Shier, Korea; LaVern “Bill” Avery, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. We will leave the museum at 1:30pm and return there for refreshments. If it rains, the event will be held in the museum. In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 27, with 5th District Senior Vice-Commander Rex Lambert as guest speaker. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetery at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band will also do several songs.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 27. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and will then be at Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also be on hand.

Algoma Township will hold their service on Monday, May 27, at their Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Algoma Township Cemetery at 10515 Grange Ave., at 1:00 p.m. The service will include the VFW Post 3946, 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F reenactment group, Algoma Baptist Church Choir, and other participants. The service will honor the second and final list of Algoma Township’s Civil War Veterans, in keeping with the Civil War anniversary theme. The 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F—reenactment Civil War Soldiers will participate and a walking tour will be held in the cemetery of the Civil War Soldier’s gravesites following the ceremony. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony by the Algoma Township Historical Society.

 

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Residents frustrated over parking situation


By Judy Reed

 

Two disgruntled residents brought their complaints about the city’s parking ordinance to the Cedar Springs City Council meeting last Thursday night. And one of them, Beth Karafa, of 108 S. First Street, also called WZZM13 and the Post to tell her side of the story.

“I’m frustrated,” Karafa told the Post. “Are they trying to run people out of town?”

Karafa is frustrated because under the city’s ordinance, she cannot permanently park in the gravel area between her yard and the road, in the city’s right of way. And Officer Nick Barbour, the city’s code enforcer, has paid her several visits and ticketed her on at least two occasions. The ticket last year resulted in a court order saying that she could not allow any vehicle to park on her property unless she installed a driveway.

“I’ve lived here and parked there for 16 years,” she said, pointing to where her fiancé (now deceased) had built steps down to where they parked. Karafa does not have a regular driveway, and says she cannot afford to put one in, being a single mom of two teens. She also has several adult children that often visit.

City Manager Christine Burns explained that they are not asking her to put in a driveway. She said they have given Karafa several other options for parking, but that she has refused to use them. The options included asking for permission to park at the American Legion Hall lot, which is across the street and 33 feet from Karafa’s home; on the street in designated parking spaces just west of her residence and to the south of the Legion; or in front of the house directly across the street from her. Those areas have a curb, and the road is wider there.

Burns noted that other residents also struggle with parking, but make a choice to shuffle cars or park elsewhere. “I don’t know of anyone who has more choices for parking than she does,” said Burns.

Karafa told the Post that she didn’t want to have to park across the street near the Legion. “What if I have groceries or laundry?” she asked.

Burns said that under the ordinance, guests could park in front of Karafa’s home, in the gravel area on Beech, just nothing permanent. She said that if Karafa had laundry or groceries, she could park there to unload and then move her car.

Karafa said that since she received her ticket, she has been parking in a side yard, in what was once a driveway, before she moved in. She has also been warned about that. But Burns said that if she can prove it was a driveway, it could be grandfathered in.

Karafa does have photos of it being used as a driveway before she moved in.

“She should bring those photos to the next court date on her latest ticket,” said Burns.

Burns said that the parking ordinance is not unusual, and that many other cities and villages have the same type of ordinance. She said that the gravel area in front of Karafa’s house was not meant to be for parking. “It should be grass, but it has been eroded from all the years of parking on it,” she explained.

Karafa said she has spoken to her attorney about the issue. She said she has also gotten a lot of positive support from people and there is now a petition on Facebook to change the parking ordinance. She said she hopes to get a group of people to go to the next City Council meeting to voice their concerns and find out what to do to get changes made to the ordinance.

According to Burns, any resident with concerns on parking or other issues can call her at 696-1330 ext. 104, or email her at manager@cityofcedarsprings.org.

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Combined fundraisers net over $1,000 for Library


From the Library Matching Fundraising committee

 

If you had nothing to do last week, you weren’t paying attention! April 9-14 was a busy week for library fundraising, bringing in over $1,000 for the library building fund.

There was bingo at American Legion #287 Glen Hill Post with Jim See, where the Legion donated the entire receipts allowable by law to the Public Library Building Fund. For fitness buffs, Kate Rehmus did 90 minutes of Zumba on Saturday with receipts going to the Library. Shopping your game? The Amish Warehouse donated 15 percent of all furniture sales and 5 percent of gift sales to the Library.

If you missed this (and many did), don’t despair—there’s more fun ahead.  The library will have a table at Community Night, April 19 (today) from 6-8 p.m., featuring a bake sale and other items. Big Boy’s All You Can Eat Taco Bar is scheduled for April 26, 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at Big Boy and your public library. We have kick-boxing in the works, Zumba, Karaoke, Book Sales and so much more.  On-going fundraisers include Take-Two Game Shop ($1 donated for every $20 spent) Alpha Omega Coffee’s Pound of Ground, license plates and frames available at the library and City Hall and quality T-shirts for $5, also at the library. Each dollar donated brings us that much closer to our goal of a bigger library.

It is wonderful to see this community rallying around the library as it has. By investing in our Public Library, we are investing in the future. Many businesses and individuals have made the commitment to partner with us in attaining this goal. Our major concern with fundraisers has been getting the word out to the public. The Post has been a major player in public awareness. Thanks to them and to each of you for making the new library a very real possibility. Keep watching the Post for new fundraisers and updates!

For a complete listing of upcoming library events and to donate via Paypal, visit cedarsprings.llcoop.org/

 

 

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Legion Color guard performs at ceremony


Pictured is Barb and Loren Schemerhorn, Carl Haynes, and Brent Peterson.

The Color Guard of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 was recently honored with an invitation to attend and perform at the ceremonies at DeVos Place for Vietnam War veterans, the purple heart recipients, and the POW-MIAs, both living and departed.

“It was certainly a very impressive and somber memorial service that we were very proud to be involved with,” said a spokesman for the Color Guard.

 

 

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Library fundraising events


Proceeds from several upcoming events will go toward the Cedar Springs Public Library’s building fund matching grant challenge.

April 9-15: Bob and Betty Truesdale, of the Amish Furniture and Gifts Warehouse, will donate 15 percent of furniture sales and 5 percent of gift purchases made from April 9 to 15, to the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund. The person who spends the most will receive a trip for two to Sarah’s Amish Dining Room for an amazing all you can eat fish fry on April 20. (See advertisement on page 18.)

April 12: Bingo at the American Legion in Cedar Springs on April 12 at 5 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

April 14: 90 Minutes of Zumba with Kate Rehmus, Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Springs Middle School. $10 class fee will benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

 

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Library fundraising news


The Cedar Springs Public Library is now halfway to the $50,000 matching grant! For every dollar donated to the library—either through participating in a fundraiser or straight donation—an anonymous donor will also donate a dollar, up to $50,000 toward the library building fund. Here are some ways you can help.

Fundraising meeting

The next fundraising meeting for the library will be at the Cedar Springs Middle School on March 27 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

License plates and frames

Looking for a trendy new license plate or frame to let folks know you are proud of your hometown? You can now buy a front license plate or frame that lets people know you are from Cedar Springs and will benefit the library, too!

The Red Flannel Festival is donating all the profit from sales of the license plates to the Library Fundraising Committee to assist in their effort to raise $50,000 toward the matching grant. The Festival is also donating all profits from Festival souvenirs on sale at Sally’s Cedar Chest on Main Street and the Cedar Springs Library, as well.

“It’s a necessity for the Festival to carry souvenirs to further the awareness of the Festival and the City to the surrounding areas,” said Andres. “This partnership furthers the mission of the Festival Board to help other organizations, as was established several years ago with our Community Share Program.”

The license plates can be bought at the Cedar Springs Library or Cedar Springs City Hall. Plates are $12, and frames are $18.

Biggest loser results

The person with the biggest percentage of body weight lost in the biggest loser fundraiser was Laura Inman with 11.11 percent lost. She won $100 for her effort.

In the men’s category, Nick Vanderhyde  came in first with 10.77 percent lost; Trisha Erlenbush lost 10.18 percent in the women’s category; and Dick Capek lost 9.3 percent in the seniors category and also lost 24.5 inches. Deb Norkus lost the most body fat with 5.4 percent lost.

As a group, participants lost a total of 255.5 pounds and 223.58 inches. Way to go!

Upcoming events

The Amish Warehouse will donate a percentage of furniture and gift sales during an April event. Watch the Post for upcoming ads with all the details!

The Cedar Springs American Legion will donate the proceeds from Bingo on April 12 at 5 p.m.

All You Can Eat Taco Bar at Big Boy’s Thurs. April 26 5-8 p.m.  Tickets on sale at the library. $9 for adults, $6 for kids. Same price at the door.

For a complete listing of upcoming library events and to donate via paypal, visit cedarsprings.llcoop.org.

 

 

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American Legion Officers visit Glen Hill Post


On January 7th, in keeping with a longstanding tradition, the Cedar Springs American Legion, Glen Hill Post 287, presented State Department Commander Dick Chatman, Auxiliary Department President Carrie Bowerman and S.A.L. Detachment Commander Dwaine Verville with their very own pair of red flannels from the Red Flannel Capital of the World.
Every year at our annual Early Bird Dinner, we have a fine meal for those members who have paid their dues early.  Invited to the dinner are the State level officers of our organization, as well as past dignitaries.  After the dinner, the present and past Department officers graciously wear their Red Flannel attire and perform the Chicken Dance.
Back Row:  Past Detachment Commander David Mennel, Past Detach. Commander Pat Pustay, Past Detach. Commander Greg Price, Detachment Commander Dwaine Verville, Past Dept. Commander John Skinner, Past Department Commander John Mella, Past Department Commander Jerry Dennis, Past Detach. Commander Skipper Townes.
Front Row: Past Department President Mary Goller-Kilts, Past Dept. President Brenda Dees, Honorary Junior President Chelsea Kovacs, Department President Carrie Bowerman, Past Dept. President Donna Fueling, Past Dept. President Jackie Skinner and Past Dept. President Ivy Lee Reinhardt.

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Red Hawk wrestlers host fundraiser


The Red Hawk JV and Varsity Wrestlers exchanged their singlets for ties for their fundraising event on January 14. The teams went from wrestling to serving, when they hosted a black tie event at the American Legion Hall that included a four course meal and a fun night out. The event is a first this year in an attempt to fundraise in a new innovative way. The guests bought tickets that were sold by the wrestlers, and were in turn served by the wrestlers they bought the ticket from, and others. It was a great start this year, and next year the wrestling team is hoping the event will be even bigger and better, making this a new annual event.
The Red Hawk Wrestlers have been working hard this season, with an  overall team record of 13-8.  “We are a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost. “There are only 3 seniors on the team but most of the team consists of freshman. We are always improving.”
The Red Hawks continue to fight to clinch victories, and while not always getting that first, they are finishing usually in the top 3 at tournaments. A few of their places were in Fruitport 3rd, Tri-County 3rd, and Comstock where they took 3rd out of the 18 teams present.
The Redhawks leaders for the team with their own personal records are: Cody Oehme leading the team with his record of 25-5; Austim Wamser (Senior) who is 18-6 so far this season; Barron Lenardson 22-6; Jarred Vodry 17-9; and Dominick Chong with a 20-7 record. The Red Hawks will continue to work hard to build on the team and individual records.
The Red Hawks were scheduled to go up against West Catholic, Coopersville and Belding on Wednesday Jan. 25, and will be traveling to a tournament in St. Johns, who is ranked 3rd in the nation, on Saturday, January 28.

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American Legion state officers to visit


by Rick Knapp Jr.

As a new year begins, American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 is getting ready to welcome past and present state officers of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion to Cedar Springs.
As a lifelong Michigander and Detroiter, having resided in the city of Detroit for 62 years, Richard I Chatman is the newly elected American Legion Department Commander of Michigan’s 70,000 plus members for 2011-2012. Commander Chatman was elected on Sunday, June 26, as the first African-American State Commander, by the delegates attending the Department of Michigan’s 93rd Michigan state convention at DeVos Center in Grand Rapids.
Commander Chatman, a Vietnam veteran served in the United States Air Force June 1968 – June 1972 earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. As a 15 year member of Coleman A. Young Post 202 in Detroit. He has served the American Legion organization on all levels.
Now that he is Department Commander of the American Legion, he will be attending the Early Bird Dinner at the American Legion Glen Hill Post 287, Cedar Springs on Saturday, January 7, 2012. At the dinner, he will bring news of the progress that he has made as Department Commander for the past six months.
As a 27 year member of the Greenawalt-Flaherty Unit 42 in Charlotte, American Legion Auxiliary Department President Carrie Bowerman is well known for her dedication to her unit. President Bowerman served her 3rd District in many offices as well as Department. She and her husband, Charles P. Bowerman, a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, will be attending the Early Bird Dinner on Saturday.
Also attending will be American Legion Junior Auxiliary President Chelsea Kovacs.
Dwaine Verville and his wife will also be attending on Saturday. He assumed the office of Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander on Sunday, June 5 in Novi. Commander Verville is a 15-plus-year member of Iron River Squadron #17. He has served in his squadron and UP District in many offices including Commander.
The Cedar Springs American Legion Family Post 287 will be welcoming all past and present State Officers and will present Commander Chatman and Verville and President Bowerman with Cedar Springs traditional Red Flannel undergarments and will parade them around the dance floor with the chicken dance song.
The American Legion was founded in 1919 based on the four pillars; veterans rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security. The Legion’s mission above all is as a consumers’ advocate for veterans.

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Raffle winner


The Cedar Springs American Legion, Glen Hill Post 287, held a raffle for a 46-inch Samsung LCD television. The lucky winner was Dave Mazurek from Grand Rapids.
Shown in the picture is Gene Kutchinski, Clubroom Manager, along with Dave Mazurek and his wife Chris.
Congratulation, Dave!  Looks like Christmas came a little early for you!

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