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MacGregor donates Michigan flag to Cedar Springs Library


Sen. Peter MacGregor hoisting the flag up the flagpole. Post photo by J. Reed.

From L to R: Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack, Library Director Donna Clark, and Sen. Peter MacGregor hold up the flag he donated to the library. Post photo by J. Reed.

Earlier this week, Senator Peter MacGregor donated a state of Michigan flag that was flown over the state Capitol in Lansing to the new Cedar Springs Library to commemorate the first year in their new building. 

“This new library was built by local workers, with local products and materials and with donated funds and is a true testament to this community. I am pleased to see how successful its first year has been,” said MacGregor.

The new building features both indoor and outdoor spaces for community events, reading programs, computer terminals, tutoring rooms and several other amenities available to residents.

More and more people are registering for library cards, and visitors have doubled and in some cases even tripled. 

“I was happy to donate a Michigan flag from Lansing to help them continue their mission,” he said.

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Summer reading program kicks off


By Judy Reed

The 2018 Summer Reading program at the Cedar Springs Library kicked off a weeklong summer celebration of events this past Monday.

This year’s reading program theme is “Libraries Rock” and it certainly did. According to Library Director Donna Clark, 1,550 people came through the library Monday, with 823 signups on that day alone. With 367 pre-signups, that means 1,190 people have signed up to be part of the reading program so far. 

“We had incredible crowds,” remarked Clark.

The Red Flannel Court was on hand to pass out “Happy Birthday” stickers in celebration of the Library’s first birthday, with 450 given out. Kelly’s Restaurant bought 900 ice cream cups to last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. but they ran out at 3 p.m. Mayor Gerald Hall and his wife, Amy, passed out popcorn in the morning and again in the late afternoon.

Kids also could get a balloon hat; pet animals from Double K Farms; enjoy a magic show; see the Cedar Springs Fire trucks; play carnival games; take part in a rubber duck race; and more.

It’s not too late to sign up for the summer reading program. Just head over to the library, at the corner of Main and W. Maple Streets, or call 616-1910 for more info.

For more info on the Summer Celebration week, visit the “Cedar Springs Community Summer Celebrations” page on Facebook, or check out last week’s story and ad in our e-edition at http://www.cedarspringspost.com/pdf/ThePOST2318.pdf.

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.


Original Play at the Kent Theatre

May 25,26: Cedar Springs Players presents “Murder on the American Express” and original play by Scott Phillips. May 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m., May 20 at 3:00 pm at the Kent Theatre. #20,21

CS Historical Society’s Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 27: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 18th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 27th, at 2 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years’ veterans will be Alfred Sliter, Civil War; Samuel Armstrong, Spanish/Philippine American War; Russell VanDore, World War I; Mark Wheeler, World War II; Don Miles, Korean War; Carl Straub, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentations in the museum. #20,21b

FREE Movie at Kent Theatre

May 29,30: En Gedi will present a FREE movie at the Kent Theatre, God’s Not Dead 2, on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th both at 6:30 pm. The Christ-centered movie tells a story about high school history teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) who is asked a question about Jesus in class, her response lands her in deep trouble. The ensuing epic court case could expel God from the classroom and the public square once and for all. God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful call to action. #20,21b

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 30: Pine Grove Senior Café would be honored for All Seniors age 60 and over to come celebrate our Veterans both those who are still here with us and those who have given the utmost; those who live on in our memory.  We would be honored to share a meal and memories with you as our guest.  We ask our guests who are Veterans to wear your colors.  Guests who wish to display memorabilia may do so.  At Noon Wednesday May the 30th in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of M-82 & Beech. #21

Reader’s Theatre at CS Library

May 31: Join the FUN with Actors del Arte Ensemble for their FREE popular Reader’s Theatre, Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm to be held in the Cedar Springs Library’s Community Room. The Actors will, present “Blade Runner” by Phillip Dick, based on his 1968 book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” a work of science fiction. Two of his other books were made into major motion pictures. #21

Classic Car Hop

June 1: Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd. (about 2.5 miles east of US131) will host a Classic Car Hop on Friday, June 1st (Rain date is June 8), from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Cruise on over! Load up the family truck, van & grocery getter with your family friends and neighbors! Join us for great food and fellowship while you check out some cool classic cars, street rods and antique autos. Free will donations. Proceeds to benefit RSCC Youth Group trip to the RYS Convention in July. For more information call 616-696-3656. #21,22p

Sand Lake HS Alumni Banquet

June 9: The 126th  (1892-2018) Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Social hour at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. The cost of the meal is $13.00. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Please RSVP by June 2 by calling your reservation in to Dave Groner 616-557-3098. #20-22p

Red Flannel Queen Pageant

June 10: Attention all young ladies living in, or attending school within, the Cedar Springs School District, including homeschoolers, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2018-19 school year. There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2018 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent(s). The meeting will be Sunday, June 10th at 2 pm at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St.). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #19-23b

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Library hosts get ready party for Best Prom Ever


By Judy Reed

Several years ago, Laura Ensley’s nephew wanted to go to prom. But the school he attended for students with disabilities didn’t have one. So when she heard about the “Best Prom Ever,” put on annually by the mildly cognitive impairment classroom of Renne Wyman at Sparta High School, she decided she wanted to get involved.

That was six years ago. And she has been helping ever since. 

Best Prom Ever is a dinner dance event for adults and high school-aged teens with disabilities. The event is 100 percent free to guests, and is attended by 800-1,000 guests each year.

Ensley reserved the community room at the Cedar Springs Library last Saturday afternoon, May 12, to help get the teen girls and adults get ready for the prom. The girls could get their hair, makeup, and nails done, thanks to volunteers from Panopoulos Salons and Mary Kay. People also donated dresses and shoes for those that needed them. 

“I think it’s great that the library allowed us to rent the room for free to do this,” said Ensley. “When I did it in Rockford, I had to rent one for $300. This gave us more money to work with to buy things for the girls,” she said.

The event also included free limo rides, free food, music and photos later that night at the prom, held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sparta High School. It was the 13th year for the event. 

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New artwork at Cedar Springs Library


This painting, titled Sansevieria, is one of two paintings on display at the Cedar Springs Public Library by Hazel Palmer.

Artists, Authors & YOU!, a continually changing art exhibit sponsored by the Cedar Springs Public Library, is currently featuring the works of  multi-media artist Hazel Palmer, of Cedar Springs. 

On display by Hazel Palmer are two vibrant pieces—All God’s Children and Sansevieria (Plant). These two interesting pieces are both watercolors on paper. 

A graduate of MSU, Palmer also studied watercolor extensively with Reynold Weidenaar, Mary Jane Anway and Eunice Bolt. She enjoyed teaching for several years, including a position with Grand Rapids Public Schools. 

“My painting combines watercolor, acrylics, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, sand, gesso, and flights of fancy. Sometimes I paint what I see, sometimes what I want to see and sometimes what I believe we ought to see,” explained Palmer. “My works are usually on gessoed watercolor paper, illustration board or sheet aluminum. Each painting is a process and a journey as enjoyable as a trip to California with an occasional standing at an airport. Eventually, I usually get there. I usually use loose flowing brush strokes to capture an impressionistic interpretation of subject matter. Color is an emotion that permeates the painting and I need to keep reminding myself that more is not always better.” 

 The current installations will be on display at the Cedar Springs Library through the end of June. The Artists, Authors & You! Program will continue to offer the community new works of art each quarter of the year. If you’re an artist who is interested in participating in the program, or you own a piece of art you’d like to share with the community, please send your information to:

Artists, Authors & You!

Cedar Springs Community Library 

107 North Main Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319 

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Little Library project in city


 

A free little library was installed at City Hall this week. It resembles an English phone booth, because there used to be a telephone at this location. Courtesy photo.

City also approves DDA Tif plan, CBDG grant application

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs High School teacher Steve Ringler’s machining woods class was honored at the Cedar Springs City Council meeting last Thursday evening for their partnership with the City and Cedar Springs Library in creating three unique “Little Free Libraries” to place around the City of Cedar Springs.

A little free library is usually some type of wooden box where people can take a book or give a book to share. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are unique to the area they are placed in. 

According to Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark, the free little libraries were City Manager Mike Womack’s idea. Ringler came up with the ideas on what they should look like. 

One of them is red, and looks like an English phone booth. He said that one would be placed right outside City Hall, because there used to be a phone in that location. That little library was installed this week.

Teacher Steve Ringler’s machining woods class created the free little libraries. Also in the photo is Mayor Pro Tem Pam Conley (front) and City Manager Mike Womack (far right).

A second one models a train depot, and will be placed near the staging area of the White Pine Trail (just off Maple and Second Street), but that is near where the old train depot used to be located.

The third little library resembles a barn because there are a lot of farmers in our community, and will be placed near the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

DDA TIF plan approved

In other action at last week’s City Council meeting, the Downtown Development Authority’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan was approved. Womack said that one of the most important things to understand is that the TIF plan does not raise your taxes. It captures a portion of them and that would normally go into the general fund and reallocates them to the DDA for reinvestment back into the community. 

Under the city’s plan, the improvements within the development area will consist of storm sewers, resurfacing existing streets, parking lots and alleyways, creating new off street parking, lighting improvements, landscaping, and property acquisition for further improvements as needed.

DDA revenue in the first year of the plan is estimated at $17,743, with an increase each year thereafter, based on growth percentages of 2-3 percent. In total, the DDA is projected to generate $1,394,405.57 in tax increment revenue over the 20-year term of the plan.

The first project would be to create a parking lot in the grassy area off 2nd and Maple street east of the staging area. Womack said that would cost approximately $60,000.

Grant application for new sidewalks

The City Council also approved a resolution to approve an application for Community Development Block Grant funding to create ADA compliant sidewalks in the downtown area (five feet wide) with curb and gutter. If they get the grant, all sidewalks in the area between First and Second Streets and Muskegon and Maple would be replaced on both sides of the street. Project expenses are estimated at $625,069.60. The city is asking for a grant of $468,802.12, and they would then have to come up with a partial matching grant of $156, 267.38.

Womack said that the city intends to use the general fund balance to cover that amount. “The fund balance is currently about double the required minimum and I feel comfortable drawing down that amount if we are expecting to get back more than 2:1 money,” explained Womack. “The improvement of sidewalks was considered a main priority for the City Council when I got here and this is the best opportunity that we have to potentially get it done. While we have a good chance of getting the grant there is no promise at this point. Neither homeowners nor businesses will be asked to contribute to the cost of this project.”

Water and sewer to new restaurant approved

The Cedar Springs City Council approved extending water and sewer to the location at 17 Mile and White Creek where a new Culver’s restaurant will be built this spring. The restaurant will be built on land located across the street from Big Boy, behind Arby’s and Citgo. The parcel is currently made up of three lots, which will be combined and split into two, with Culver’s taking the north parcel and the other left open for another drive thru restaurant. Gary Coleman, who was there to represent Culver’s, thanked City Manager Mike Womack for making the city more business-friendly. He also said they were hoping to start construction in March, and open in July.

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Lions Club raises funds for special library equipment


The Cedar Springs Lion Club presented a check to Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark earlier this month after a two-year fundraising project to help those with hearing and sight problems use library services. Courtesy photo.

Those with hearing and sight issues will soon have an easier time using equipment at the Cedar Springs Library, thanks to the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Lions Club treasurer Sue Norton presented a check for $7,078.00 to Library Director Donna Clark, at the annual Lions Club Christmas Party December 5. The money will be used to help purchase equipment for those who are sight and hearing impaired. 

The CS Lions held several activities to collect funds for this project including a Euchre Party and a Painting Party with local artist Andrea Lucas. They hosted several Poker rooms in Grand Rapids, and a Cedar Springs Brewery community share evening. The club has also been holding a Million Penny Mission for the past 2 years. You may have noticed the yellow jugs at several businesses around town.

With two years of activities, the Club was able to present the check at the annual Christmas party.

Items to be purchased include ZoomText with speech, Freedom Scientific Topaz EZ 24” Video Magnifier with HD Camera, EyePal Solo OCR Reader, Freedom Scientific Ruby 7 Portable Video Magnifier, Hand Held PowerMag Set 3.5x – 10.75, large print keyboard, and large screen monitor. This equipment will make Cedar Springs Library one of few libraries that can offer this service equipment to the public. 

Look for the collection jugs and join the Cedar Springs Lions Club for more activities in the Cedar Springs area. Follow their activities and pictures from the events on the Cedar Springs Lions Club Facebook page. 

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Forum on UFOs in Michigan


 

On Thursday, August 17, Dr. Ron Pleune will hold an open forum and information meeting at the Cedar Springs Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a question and answer period from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on the topic of UFO’s in Michigan as well as the greater Rockford, Cedar Springs, Sand Lake areas.

Dr. Pleune is a graduate of Aquinas College and Bethany Theological Seminary with majors in Business Management, Youth and Family Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Apologetics. He has taught at several colleges as an adjunct professor and recently taught an 11-week class in the Rockford Community Education Program on the Billy Meier UFO contacts that began in 1942. The course will be offered again this coming fall. Dr. Pleune is also a certified for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

Dr. Pleune became interested in UFO activity in childhood and was intrigued with the sightings in the 1960’s but never saw one until the spring of 1974 when he and his family moved to Rockford in 1973. One clear Saturday morning a UFO hovered a couple hundred feet above the back yard and a call was placed to the Grand Rapids airport. The airport confirmed that many calls were coming in about UFO being sighted in the Rockford area.

UFO sightings continued to be an interest and led him to his UFO teaching efforts in 2016, which includes a 2-hour session on how to contact UFOs. Personal contact efforts in 2016 resulted in 38 UFO flashing a light back when summoned by light signal, 4 UFO flyovers where UFO flew approximately 200 feet overhead, and one close encounter where a UFO hovered 50 ft. off the ground just 400 feet away when he and his wife arrived at their common UFO signaling field. In 2017, personal contacts are above the 2016 count…and you’ve got to hear of the UFO he summoned on Feb. 19 as well as how the UFO have flashed back on occasion when he has spoken into the night sky.

The community will be invited to share personal UFO experiences, express their interest in the formation of a UFO monthly fellowship, how to sign up for the 11 week course of the Billy Meier UFO story, and how to sign up for a class on how to signal UFO, which results in personal field training and a Certificate of Completion.

The Cedar Springs Library does not endorse nor bear any legal liability regarding the subject of this meeting offered by Dr. Ron Pleune for personal enrichment to those that are interested.

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Woman arrested after car crash at library


A 54-year-old Spencer Township woman was arrested an OWI charge this week after her truck struck two other vehicles in Library/Fire Department parking lot.

The crash occurred on Monday, July 10, at 5:47 p.m. According to witnesses, the woman was parked on the south side of W. Maple Street, and reportedly backed up her pickup truck into the parking lot that is shared by the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Cedar Springs Library, and struck two vehicles in the parking lot. A witness reported several children who had left the library with their parents were also in the parking lot at the time.

When Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs unit arrived, they made contact with the driver of the pickup, a 54-year-old Spencer Township woman. Upon completion of the investigation, the woman was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. She was subsequently lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility. A blood draw was conducted to ascertain the blood alcohol content and/or the presence of drugs. She was later released.

Charges will be sought upon receipt of the blood test. The case remains under investigation.

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Artists, Authors & You!


Alice Norton-Powell

By Claudia Mabie

There are many fun and wonderful things for you at the new Cedar Springs Library! Artists, Authors & You! debuted at the Grand Opening. It brings an ever-changing art exhibit to the beautiful fireplace area. Two local artists who premiered this program are Alice Norton-Powell and Tim Hindenach.

The piece on display by Norton-Powell is titled Jezebel: In Her Easter Bonnet. The 22-inch x 22-inch acrylic on paper was completed in 2012. Norton-Powell has enjoyed enriching her craft by participating in classes and workshops for several years. In 2013 she was recognized locally with an exhibit and reception honoring her talents. In her Artist Statement she says, “I want to tell the world, through my art, that reality is sometimes vastly overrated. From ‘the cradle to the grave,’ I’ve chosen to make my life a dance!  And I want my artwork to dance a wondrous dance! I want it to have mystery and bubble up from joyousness. I want it to tickle my inner well-springs of whimsy and humor…”

Tim Hindenach

Contrasting Norton-Powell’s work is a digital photo on metallic paper by Hindenach titled Gum Drops. The 16-inch x 30-inch work, completed in 2007, draws the viewer to move closer and closer in order to absorb its crisp details and lighthearted subject. In 1972, while in the Philippines, Hindenach purchased his first Nikon camera. In his Artist Statement he says: “Wildlife, landscape, still life—and the curious effect of time on them all—inspires me to always be ready to take the next shot. There is a need in me to see how many ways I can capture ‘the view’—all the everyday things I see—the beauty of nature, the happiness and sadness in faces and the effects of light on objects. I love to print on metallic paper, metal and glass because they create an unexpected vibrance.”

The Artists, Authors & You! program will offer the community new works of art  each quarter of the year.  Please stop in and see these works of art from people in our own community. The Library is located at 107 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

If you’re an artist who is interested in participating in the program, or if you own a piece of art you’d like to share with the community, please send your information to:

Artists, Authors & You!

Cedar Springs Community Library

107 N. Main Street

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

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