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Pothole repair truck falls into pothole


DPW workers try to figure out how to get their pothole repair truck out of a pothole.

DPW workers try to figure out how to get their pothole repair truck out of a pothole.

When it rains, it pours. And where one pothole is, another is sure to spring up. That’s what our local DPW department discovered when they contracted an excavating crew to repair a pothole on 17 Mile Road this week.

According to a DPW spokesperson, a truck filled with asphalt was backing up towards the hole, when the road gave way, creating another pothole. To make it even worse, the truck became stuck in it.

They then had to call in a helicopter to help lift the truck out of the pothole.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.

Once they got the truck out, they found that water was running underneath the road from an underground spring they thought was dormant. He said there used to be a lake in this area, and it appeared to be coming back. “This is going to take more work than just filling in a pothole,” he said. “It’s actually a good thing this happened or we wouldn’t know what we are up against. We have to stop the spring from pooling underneath the road, or before you know it, there will be fish and other water life growing down there. We can’t let that interfere with our roadway. People could get hurt trying to fish through potholes, not to mention the road caving in.”

He said he hopes to be able to divert the water into a natural water fountain along the roadway for everyone to enjoy, and hopes to have it done by April Fool’s Day!

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The Jellybean Challenge


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A Cedar Springs farmer is vying to make the Guinness Book of World Records and put Cedar Springs on the map once again. And what is his world record-breaking accomplishment? To have the largest stash of jellybeans in the world—ever! And he’s got the perfect place to put them. Where else would you stash a very large amount of corn or beans? Why in a silo, of course.

If you’re a city slicker, silos are those really, really tall round things you see next to barns and such. They hold lots of things, like corn and sometimes jellybeans.

Mac Donald, yes, that’s his real name! You can’t make this stuff up. Farmer Mac says that he’s wanted to get in the infamous record book since he was a young boy. In his later years, he wrote it on his bucket list. His first challenge was to find something that no one else has tried.

The Guinness Book of World Records holds some of the strangest collections and facts known to man and woman, like the largest collection of traffic cones, or the longest ear hair on record, or the most people dressed as penguins in one place! There is even a world record for the farthest distance being thrown in an auto accident. No, really. We just can’t make this stuff up. Go ahead and Google it. FYI, it was 118 feet, when a man was struck by a car going 70 m.p.h.  He lived. The EMTs called this one in to Guinness themselves. It could also be listed as the Luckiest Man to live after being struck by a car going 70 m.p.h.

Since farmer Mac had an empty silo on his property, he started to think about corn, and then beans. Then jellybeans. Why?  He explained. “Why not jellybeans? Who doesn’t like jellybeans?”

So he contacted those who have an unlimited supply. Jelly Belly Beans, Inc. After a little over a year of letters, phone calls and even a face-face meeting with the president of the company, Jelly Belly Inc. agreed to sponsor the event by supplying the jellybeans and teaming up with farmer Mac in a publicity blitz that will include guessing how many jelly beans does a silo hold? Here’s a hint… A lot!

The person who guesses the closest to the right amount will win a very large cash prize, a vacation get-away, a street named after them, a local newspaper and a lifetime supply of jellybeans! The prizes, including cash amount and trip destination are to be revealed in a later issue of The Post. So stay posted.

Which silo is it? Sorry, we can’t tell you yet. We’ve been paid to keep our mouths shut. Paid in jellybeans so the IRS will be non the wiser.

Hopefully Farmer Mac will soon hold the largest jellybean collection in the world on record. But after the contest what in the heck do you do with a 123,465,789 (more or less) jellybeans? Farmer Mac says he’s got a lot of pigs on his farm. Yeah, you guessed it, he’s going to let them “pig out”!

To enter, send your jellybean guesstimation to: theygotmeagainatthecedarspringspost.com.

Happy April Fool’s

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Want to earn some fast cash?


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It’s quick. It’s easy. All you have to do is read the newspaper. That’s right! Read the stories and read the ads. Identify the two fake ads, AND the fake stories and you could win a fast $20! Email us at news@cedarspringspost.com with your guesses by Tuesday, April 5, at 5 p.m. Include your name, address and phone number in the email. Or you can drop off your entry here at 36 E. Maple. One winner will be chosen out of all the correct entries received by the deadline. We will call you to let you know you’ve won by Wednesday, April 6. And that’s no April Foolin’!

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A tornado in Cedar Springs?


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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? A large ice cream cone falling from the sky? No—it definitely looks like a tornado above the Post. Warm windy weather brought rain, lightning, and thunder to Cedar Springs Wednesday evening, and mother nature dropped this little gem from the sky. “I can’t believe it,” said one onlooker. “The last time we saw one of those here was in the 1970s. It must be something special to bring it this far.”
The tornado did a funny little dance as it lit on the roof, then began changing colors. “It’s like a disco ball!” someone shouted, as it turned green, then red, then pink.
We’ve heard of storms dropping frogs from the sky, but what happened next, still amazes us. The tornado hovered over the front lawn and shot pink flamingoes into our yard! “We’ve never seen anything like it,” said local weatherman Ollie Williams. Ollie had predicted earlier in the day that “It’s gon’ rain.”
Once it dropped the pink flamingoes, the tornado dissipated, leaving no trace of its presence except the flamingoes. “I guess we’ve been flocked!” said publisher Lois Allen.
We hope to have it cleaned up by April Fools Day!

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Enjoyed April Fools paper


 

Dear Editor,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed last week’s [the March 26] paper. I was so bummed when I read the front page about the Post turning shopper. Then I got a good laugh at the article—love the professional kite flying comments and the “no profits” line. The article was great!

Kay Ransom

Post Scripts Notice: The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Want to earn some fast cash?


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It’s quick. It’s easy. All you have to do is read the newspaper. That’s right! Read the stories and read the ads. Identify the fake display ad, classified ad, AND the fake stories (5 of them) and you could win a fast $20! Email us at news@cedarspringspost.com with your guesses by Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. Include your name, address and phone number in the email. Or you can drop off your entry here at 36 E. Maple. One winner will be chosen out of all the correct entries received by the deadline. We will call you to let you know you’ve won by Wednesday, April 1. And that’s no April Foolin’!

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April Fools contest winner


N-Fast-CashWe have a winner! Audrey Debri, of Cedar Springs, correctly identified all four fake stories and the two fake ads in last week’s paper, and was chosen at random out of all the correct entries. She earned a fast $20 in cash!

The fake stories were: Vandalism on the water tower, the newspaper lottery, the pothole story, and nobody wins the million dollars. The fake ads were the Let them eat cake ad, and the classified ad for help wanted – long hours, low pay, etc.

Several of you thought the Kent County Sheriff auction was fake. Nope. Someone else guessed a daycare was fake. Nope. That tax time is online at cedarspringspost.com was fake. It really is there. But the biggest stumbling block to most of you was the masthead.

In each April Fools edition, we create a few fake stories, and a fake ad or two. Then we also throw in some “Easter eggs”—little tidbits that are fun to find but don’t have anything to do with the contest, such as page numbers or dates upside down, wrong page numbers, and kooky job titles on the masthead. The masthead in any newspaper or magazine is a listing of the staff; it is not considered an ad (advertisement), so didn’t count for contest purposes. But we are happy you took the time to read it! And now you know for next year!

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We have a winner!


Our April Fools edition was last week, and several people correctly identified the two fake stories—World’s largest snowman in Cedar Springs and Red Flannel Ghost in Cedar Springs—and the fake ad—The Happy Trails Health Bar and Grill. We had a few little “Easter eggs” too, such as the Post banner being backwards, the “inside this issue” pages, and the masthead with fake titles. But as long as you got the fake stories and ads, you were in the drawing! Our winner of the fast $20 was Kelly Graham, of Solon Township. Thanks for playing!

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We have a winner!


Char Lyons

Congratulations to Char Lyons, of Sand Lake, the winner of our April Fools contest! Char correctly guessed the two April Fools stories—Dogs must wear hunter orange and City vies for placement in Guinness Book 2012—and the fake display ad—911 Emergency nail repair. Char was chosen at random out of all the correct entries, and won a $20 bill.

A few people thought some of our real news and ads were fake and we want to set that record straight! The Amish Warehouse really is having a fundraiser for the library (see ad on page 18); the Rotary Cow Plop is a real event (see ad this page); you do need a recreation passport permit to park in the staging area at Russell Road; April 1 really was the start of a new fishing season and you need a new license; and Marty Frasier really is the new Cedar Springs Fire Chief (that would be a mean trick to play on him).

Thanks to all of you that entered, and we hope you had fun searching for the fake stories and ad, and finding the little “Easter eggs” we hid along the way, such as the Inside this issue on the front, the masthead (list of staff titles) and Post highlights on page 3, and the fake hometown happening. And, hopefully, the front page being upside down didn’t frustrate you too much!

 

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April Fool’s winner


Congratulations to Kathy Anderson, of Algoma Township, the winner of our April Fool’s contest! Kathy’s name was drawn out of all those who correctly named the fake ad—The Rock On Salon, and all four fake stories—New Red Flannel Event (running of the bulls), Rockford Springs or Cedar Rock, Oldest cat to be featured on TV, and Tiger blood hits Cedar Springs. Kathy won a fast $20 cash for her efforts!
Kathy said she liked all the stories, but “best of all is the ad for the Rock on Salon. I’d go there every week! Keep up the good work all you creative people,” she said.

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