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Health and wellness expo


 

MW Memory Care will be hosting a health and wellness expo on Wednesday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the American Legion Banquet Hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive, Rockford.

It will include blood pressure screenings, flu shots, health and nutrition, holistic wellness, chiropractic care, ask-a-nurse, dental health, mental health, vendors, food, fun, prizes and much more!

For more info, call 616-863-9999.

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Good food and games for Veterans at Glen Hill Post 287


By Dominic Merlington

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The American Legion in Cedar Springs was host to residents of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on September 7, 2013.

While at the American Legion, the veterans were treated to a nice lunch, and then played many games of bingo with prizes.

The Glen Hill Post 287 Family has been holding this event for the veterans for many years. This is one of the activities that Post 287 takes pride and enjoyment in sponsoring. In late July, Post 287 provided an activity tent with prizes for the veterans and their family members at the annual Veteran’s Carnival at the Home for Veterans.

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A Day to remember


 

Residents gathered at cemeteries and other locales Monday to remember those who died in the service of our country, and all those that have made our freedom possible.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 held services at Elmwood, Solon, and East Nelson Cemeteries and the Cedar Springs Veterans Park. Assisting with the  service was the American Legion  Honor Guard, the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts.

Services were also held in Algoma Township and Sand Lake. The Cedar Springs Historical Society held their annual cemetery walk in Elmwood Cemetery on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

 

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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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