Posted on 25 June 2015.
Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.
The Cedar Springs community has been blessed with several boys making the community a nicer place to be through their Eagle Scout projects. Jacob Swinehart, son of Scott and Angela Swinehart, is the latest Scout to do just that.
Earning Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to do a service project that benefits the community. Jacob Swinehart’s Eagle Scout project was to replace the existing surface flooring on the stage at the Kent Theatre. With the help of volunteers and the generosity of the community, Jacob’s team completed the main stage and also expanded the finished stage flooring to the back of the stage and into the wings.
As Project Manager, Jacob had to coordinate with a contractor, complete the paperwork, and make presentations to community groups to raise funds. Jacob also had to recruit and schedule volunteers, and organize the project with the theatre. Thanks to great community support of the Kent Theatre and this project, Jacob raised enough money to complete the Main Stage and also replace the flooring of the back stage dressing room and Green Room.
The organizations that were involved with this project include the Rogue River Community Theatre Association, Flat River Community Theatre Association, Red Flannel Committee, Cedar Springs Community Players, and the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Support from donors and volunteers made the project a success. Seventeen volunteers participated overall and worked over 140 hours to complete this renovation.
“We encourage you to attend an event at the Kent Theatre to see the new stage floor,” said Len Allington, spokesperson for the Kent. “Jacob and the Kent Theatre would like to thank everyone who participated in this project.”
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Posted on 04 June 2015.
Have you ever pretended to be a Pirate? Or wanted to? How about a member of royalty, such as a king, queen, prince, princess or knight? Or maybe a gypsy, fairy, hobbit or elf is more up your alley. Whatever your style, the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to come out and be a kid again and have some fun at their 2nd annual Renaissance Faire, June 12-14.
“It’s going to be an awesome event,” said Chamber President Perry Hopkins. “We have three times as many vendors as last year (over 30) and four times the entertainment.”
The fun will start Friday June 12, at 6 p.m. at Morley Park with an outdoor Celtic dance class, and grilled brats and hotdogs catered by the Cedar Springs Lions Club. At 6:30 there will be a meet and greet with Renaissance Faire Queen Victoria and cast (bring your camera for photos). At about 9:30 p.m., or as soon as it’s dark, there will be a showing in the park of Disney’s “Robin Hood,” with 100 bags of popcorn donated by the Kent Theatre. Bring the family for fun, food and excitement!
Saturday there will be sidewalk sales all along Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; ice cream with Queen Victoria and cast at 11 a.m. at KC’s Kones and Coneys; a petting zoo from noon to 4 p.m.; live entertainment, dunk booth, vendor and food booths from noon to 8 p.m.; and a royal dinner and entertainment from 6-8 p.m. at Morley Park.
On Sunday there will be meditation in the park at 10 a.m.; live entertainment, dunk tank, and food and vendor booths from noon to 6 p.m.; and catering.
For more information, see ad in next week’s paper, and check out their facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1406694329586519/.
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Posted on 31 December 2014.
The Cedar Springs Lions Club, with the help of the Sand Lake Eagles, helped the Santa Claus Girls by delivering gifts for many boys and girls, on Saturday, December 20. In all, 116 families in the area received gifts to make Christmas time a little brighter.
The Cedar Springs Lions Club, part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world, works each year to help people with sight and hearing problems. They help fund eye exams, glasses, hearing aids, and more. Each year they hold fundraisers, including the Red Flannel Festival Lumber Jack supper and several spring pancake breakfasts, to support their work. To find out more about them, join them at one of their meetings held the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the North Kent Senior Center, 44 N. Park Street, Cedar Springs.
The Tri County Eagles #4467, located at 32 West Lake Street in Sand Lake, is a chapter of the Fraternity Order of Eagles, an organization that helps fund eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund. For more information about them call 636-8787.
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Posted on 20 January 2011.
McDonald’s is still open!
If you’ve driven past McDonald’s on 17 Mile recently, you may have noticed there is some construction going on—and wondered if they were open. According to store manager Brian Miller, they are renovating their entire dining area with a whole new interior design. There will be new tables, chairs, and a new playland area.
“It’s a new wave in design for McDonald’s that started about two years ago,” said Miller. “It’s similar to the store in Jenison.”
He noted that it wouldn’t look like what people are used to seeing. “If you’ve been coming here 10-15 years, and you walked in after it’s done, you wouldn’t know it’s a McDonald’s,” explained Miller.
While the lobby is currently closed, they have the double drive-through lanes to help with the customer load. Miller said they would keep both drive through lanes, even after the lobby reopens.
Some people have wondered how they know which car is picking up which order if there are two lanes. “The machine snaps a picture of the car to match with the order,” he explained.
They hope to reopen February 4.
Lions Club helps Santa Claus girls
The Cedar Springs Lion’s Club, who has a long history of helping those in need in the community, assisted the Santa Claus girls last month by delivering gifts to 94 area families, for about 250 children. The Cedar Springs Lions Club is part of Lions Club International, founded in 1917. The Lions Club is known for helping members of the community with free eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids. But they also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects—including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.
Local attorney to retire
After practicing law for 50 years in Cedar Springs, Thomas D. Anderson, Attorney at Law, says he will soon retire.
Originally from the Rockford area, he decided to set up his law practice here in 1961. “My father had a law practice in Rockford, so I branched out into Cedar Springs,” explained Anderson. He considered himself a general practictioner. “I didn’t specialize,” he said.
He said he doesn’t have any concrete plans for the future, but hopes to maybe travel and do some things he didn’t have time to do when he was working full time.
Anderson said that he is still finishing up some existing work, but is not taking on any new clients, and will not be keeping regular business hours. He won’t disappear from town, however. Anderson is a member of Rotary and still plans to go to those meetings and other things. “For people in the Cedar Springs area and others with whom I have dealt, I have enjoyed working here, and I thank you for your support,” he said.
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