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Artists, authors, and you


This work of art by artist Nancy Clouse are on display in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

This work of art by artist Nancy Clouse are on display in the Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

Have you seen the art work on display in the new library?

There is a continually changing art exhibit sponsored by the Cedar Springs Public Library, and it’s currently featuring the works of Nancy Clouse. These are oil and collage on particle board paintings titled “Return of Alice” (Alice in Wonderland) and “Tulip Festival Klompen Dancers.” 

Nancy Clouse graduated in Art Education from MSU in 1960. She taught art from elementary to college level students, including exhibiting in local shows such as the Methodist Church Celebration of the Arts; the Grand Rapids yearly Art Festival exhibition; Lowell’s West Michigan Regional; and the Muskegon Regional. Many of her works are in private collections. Since retiring, she is enjoying the continued learning and teaching involved in providing tours as a docent at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Nancy says that, “After teaching art for more than 30 years, I continue to be interested in many different media. I am currently interested in combining literary works or phrases with abstract or semi-abstract imagery. I like to entice the viewer to find details that relate to the historic or literary idea expressed in the work.”

The new installations will be on display at the Cedar Springs Library through the end of August, but come early to see these intriguing paintings. 

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 come into the library to obtain a “Request to Participate” form or send your information to:

Artists, Authors & You!

Cedar Springs Community Library 

107 North Main Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319 

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Library celebrates one-year anniversary


The Cedar Springs Library one year after opening. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

The patio off of the library community room. Post photo by J. Reed.

The new Cedar Springs Public Library just celebrated one year of being in their new building, and what a year it’s been!

The library, which is designed to resemble a train depot, is a star attraction in the heart of Cedar Springs. The new building is beautiful, spacious, modern, and comfortable. And it sits right in the forefront of a parcel containing lush green grass, a flowing well, a decorative sculpture, a foot bridge, and Cedar Creek rushing by.

The new 10,016 square-foot building was built with donated funds, products, and services from the community and local businesses. The additional 8,000 square feet has allowed for much greater areas for reading, special events, and small group gatherings.

Last summer the library was able to hold many of their summer reading programs on site, both indoors and outside, something they had a hard time doing before.

As a matter of fact, the number of people registering for library cards, and those visiting, has doubled, and in some cases tripled. From April 2016 to April 2017, the library issued 337 library cards; from April 2017 to April 2018, they issued 956! During the summer reading program months of June and July, the old library had 5,469 patrons visit in 2016, but had 15,356 in 2017!

The new library includes separate areas for children, teens, and adults; 12 computer stations that are consistently being used by kids after school, as well as teens and adults; four stations for children’s computers; a cozy reading or meeting area with fireplace and chairs; three small group rooms for tutoring or studying, which has also been constantly in use; and a classroom with white board and screen. 

Another draw has been the community room, which holds up to 75 people with the tables and chairs, and 100 without. “This has been bringing in income and is being rented a lot,” noted Library Director Donna Clark. “It’s a really great resource for area families.”

A complete kitchen opens up into the community room. People can walk out of the community room to a patio with a beautiful view of the creek and other amenities of the parcel, which will  also include an amphitheatre in the near future.

Clark said they plan to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a big party on June 11, in conjunction with the big community summer celebration and their summer reading program kickoff from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The entire Heart of Cedar Springs will be buzzing with fun activities, games, animals (no, not the kids!), the City, the Fire Dept., the Chamber, local organizations—everyone is getting in on celebrating all that is wonderful in Cedar Springs!” said Clark. 

“I want to personally thank all of you for the part you played, and still play, in the success of our new library; and for being forward-thinking to the amphitheater and other projects. The Library is just one example of what we can do as a team. Every day that we can work and serve our community in this new, spacious building is a blessing, and it all happened in our CBDT (Community Building Development Team) meetings with Kurt Mabie’s reminders to look up and say, ‘What’s best for Cedar Springs?’  That was our guiding star…and still is.  On the ground there are things to complain about, but that’s why we look up!

 “I’ve often said that God could have given us a new Library building years ago, but now, after years of the process of working together, we have a community library! Thank you all for helping our community get to this special day! You are all invited to come to the Heart of CS on June 11 to celebrate!” 

 

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1,000 books before kindergarten


Farrah Shamoon, 3, with Children’s Librarian Heidi Fifield.

Some people may not read 1,000 books in their life. But Farrah Shamoon, age 3, is the first graduate of the “1,000 books before kindergarten” program at the Cedar Springs Public Library. 

Parents can sign up their child from birth to before kindergarten. The program is divided in to 10 levels, with 100 books on each level. Kids can color or mark off each book read in their reading log. After reading 100 books, the log is turned in kids receive a sticker for their reading chart and a new log.

Once all the levels are complete, the child will receive a certificate of completion and a bag with a book and a matching stuffed animal.

Books do not have to be from the library and can be counted more than once.

To learn more about the program or to pick up a brochure, please visit the Cedar Springs Public Library at the corner of Main and W. Maple or call 696-1910 for more information.

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First grade library card celebration


Kids were excited to celebrate at the Kent Theatre earlier this month. Photo by Donna Clark.

A free popcorn was part of the fun at the Kent Theatre. Photo by Donna Clark.

The First Grade Library Card Roundup ended with a Grand Party at the Kent Theatre on Monday, March, 5, and Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library Branches from Nelson and Spencer Townships each sponsored a free ticket for all first graders from the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy to see “Paddington 2.” The Kent Theatre offered free popcorn to all first graders with a library card, counting 89 first graders over the two evenings. Counting everyone who attended—students, parents, siblings, teachers, and library staff—the total came to 283 over the two evenings.

Local author Amanda Litz donated books to be handed out at the event.

The Cedar Springs Public Library started this program in 1997, and later joined with KDL to jointly administer the program since students who live in Nelson and Spencer Townships have their home library there.

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EVELYN M. BLISS 


 

Evelyn M. Bliss 97 of Cedar Springs died Monday, February 12, 2018 at Bishop Hills, Rockford. Mrs. Bliss was born August 31, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan the daughter of John Jay and Mary Ellen (O’Leary) Seeley. She along with her husband, Tom owned and operated the Bliss Funeral Home from 1954 – 1981. She was a member of St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Cedar Springs. She stayed very involved in her church and the Cedar Springs community throughout the years. Surviving are her daughters, MaryAnn (Ted) DeVries of Plainwell, Peggy Helsel of Rockford; grandchildren, Brenna Willis, Eric (Jessica) DeVries; beloved great-granddaughters, Hannah and Delilah Willis; unofficial third daughter, Joan Walsh Duffy; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 2010; son, Patrick in 2015; and brother Floyd “Bud” Seeley. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le presiding. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, Hospice of Michigan or the charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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New art exhibits on display at the library


 

These 3D pieces of art by Lori Hough are part of the new art display at Cedar Springs Public Library. Courtesy photos.

Since the new Cedar Springs Public Library opened last spring, it has been showing interesting works of art by local artists, and the new exhibit is no exception.

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, and papier mache sculptor, Lori Hough of Fremont. 

On display by Hazel Palmer are two vibrant multi-media pieces—Visitors and Soul’s Journey. 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.  

“Water media has become a way of life for me. The excitement of seeing rich color pooling, dripping and splashing on a plain white paper and becoming something is a high that is extraordinary,” she said.  

Ideas for her artwork come from within as she closes her eyes, dreams or meditates. She believes “we are all one” and it pleases her when someone understands the language of her paintings. Palmer often combines watercolor, acrylics, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, sand, gesso and flights of fancy to convey her visions. 

Contrasting Palmer’s multi-media works are several 3-D pieces submitted by wildlife artist Lori Hough. Hough studied art at Grand Rapids Junior College and holds a degree in zoology through MSU. Prior to her livelihood as an artist, she worked a variety of seasonal jobs in wildlife—including stints as a biologist on fishing boats in the Bering Sea. She holds many honors and awards for her work, including her rank in the Top 50 at ArtPrize 2010. Her papier mache sculptures on display in Cedar Springs include whimsical dancing mice, a tabletop sized giraffe, a mythological Pegasus, an elk interacting with nature, and other delightful creations. 

The library is located at the corner of Main and W. Maple Street, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9-noon.

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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Community organization seeking members


 

Would you like to make a hands-on difference in your community? If you’re interested in getting involved in the Cedar Springs community, the Community Building Development Team is looking for new members. The CBDT spearheads major community projects in the City and is responsible for the new community library, community gardens, and is actively working on developing playgrounds and an amphitheater in the Heart of Cedar Springs park. If you want to make a difference, consider joining the CBDT at their next meeting January 16, at the new Cedar Springs Public Library at 6:00 p.m. to see how you can make the City a better place to live.

You can visit their website at http://www.cscommunitycenter.org/.

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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.


American Legion Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 4: The American Legion Auxiliary is having their annual Holiday Bazaar on November 4th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Cedar Springs Legion, 80 S. Main Street in Cedar Springs. Along with garage sale items and arts and crafts, we will also have a bake sale. #44

Sand Lake Lions Club Variety Sale

Nov. 4: The Sand Lake Lions Club will host a Variety Sale on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church ED building. Located on the corner of 6th and Maple Streets. Antiques/Vintage collectibles and crafts, quality used clothing, miscellaneous items. #44

Dinner at the Legion

Nov. 6: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, November 6th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, veggies, stuffing, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #44p

TOPS weight loss support group

Nov. 7: Need help getting through the holiday season? Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #44

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Nov. 7,14,21,28: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #44

Help Promote Literacy

Nov. 8,17,21: The need is urgent at this time! The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled  information sessions for prospective volunteer tutors. These sessions last one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to find out more about the Literacy Center and its programs. At the end of the session there will be a chance to sign up for tutor training. Sessions are Wednesday, November 8th at 6 pm, Friday, November 17th at 10 am and Tuesday, November 21st at 2 pm. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) or email us at info@literacycenterwm.org to register. #44

Voters Not Politicians Educational Town Hall

Nov. 9: Voters Not Politicians Town Hall with an educational presentation to explain what is gerrymandering and the Voters Not Politicians proposal to end it plus an opportunity for registered voters to sign the petition to get the proposal on the ballot. The event will be held on November 9th from 6 to 7 pm at the Cedar Springs Public Library, 107 Main St., Cedar Springs. Hosted by Voters Not Politicians, a non-partisan ballot committee seeking to put before voters a proposal to end gerrymandering in Michigan. The proposal would ask voters to amend the Michigan State Constitution to deny partisan politicians the ability to manipulate voting district boundaries to secure their own hold on power. It would instead give the authority for drawing those boundaries to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. This event will help educate and gather signatures to support the petition drive to gather nearly 316,000 valid signatures needed to put the anti-gerrymander proposal on the 2018 ballot. #44

Library Book Sale

Nov. 9-11: The Friends of the Nelson Twp./Sand Lake Library is hosting a book sale on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10th from 10 to 6 pm and on Saturday, November 11th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive in Sand Lake. #44,45p

Solon Center Wesleyan Church Holiday Bazaar

Nov. 11:Do your Christmas shopping! Saturday, November 11th from 9 am–2 pm, delicious fresh baked goods, 100’s of hand crafted items, jewelry, and many other vendors. There’s definitely something for everyone! Rolls & coffee and a lunch counter are also available. The church is located @ 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Come early, stay late! #43,44p

Cookie Walk at Holy Spirit Episcopal

Nov. 11: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is holding its annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Delites sale on Saturday, November 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont (corner of Post and Pine Island drives, just off Exit 95 of US 131). Featuring our “world-famous” Cookie Walk – Come early for the best selection. There will also be baked goods, crafts, Santa’s Attic and a silent auction. The Christmas Delites sale is sponsored by the Holy Spirit’s Episcopal Women group and funds their support for various church activities, such as kitchen supplies, funeral refreshments, the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, the Explore & Soar Reading Club, and more. More information can be found on the church’s website: www.holyspiritbelmont.org. #44

Free Veterans Event in Sparta

Nov. 11: Join in the Sparta Community Celebration to Honor our Veterans! On November 11th at the Sparta High School Auditorium, there will be a documentary film “The Unknowns” about the unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training of the Sentinel Training Program soldiers must endure to be assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Sparta’s Specialist 3rd Class Don Bradford will narrate and share his story as Sparta’s only guard to have served at the Tomb. The event is at 2 to 4:30 pm (doors open at 1pm). The event is free. Present will also be Sparta’s Robert Shangle, LiveStatue. A color guard of the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corp recruiters will present the colors. There will be displays inside and out including about the Sparta POW camp in 1944 For more information please see our website at: www.spartahistory.org. The Sparta Township Historical Commission. Following the event these Sparta restaurants are serving a Free dinner to all Veterans after 5 pm! – Cellar Brewery – Downtown Trini’s – Garden Patch – Big Joe’s. #44p

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RONALD JAMES KROES


 

Ronald James Kroes, age 71, of Coker Creek, Tennessee and formerly of Howard City, Michigan went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his home while surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Cobie Kroes and a sister, Marsha Foss. Ron was a member of Ironsburg Methodist Church. He was a hardworking man who loved farming and gardening. Being a history buff, Ron enjoyed reading and spent time gold panning in his beloved Coker Creek. But most of all he loved “his” beautiful Tennessee mountains. Surviving are his loving wife, Merrisue Kroes, Coker Creek Tennessee; children, Starrlynn (Craig) Britton, West Olive, Michigan, Matthew Kroes, Howard City, Michigan, Becky Feestra, Sand Lake, Michigan; grandchildren, Vennessa, Tylor, Jordan, Kyler and Sierra, great-granddaughter, Audrey; sister, Judy Kwelel, Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother, Richard (Mary) Kroes, Cedar Springs, Michigan; mother-in-law, Katherine “Jane” Verheek, Coker Creek, Tennessee; special friends, Sam and Joyce Wolfe, Jim White, Doug Dalton and Mark Taylor; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A graveside service was held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 4 p.m. at Kroes Family Cemetery with Rev. Bill Clark officiating. If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry on our website at www.myersfuneralhometn.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cedar Springs Public Library, PO Box 280, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 49319 in honor of Ronald Kroes’ love of reading..

Arrangements by Myers Funeral Home, Tellico Plains, Tennessee

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Library to close this week


 This photo shows how the library at 43 W. Cherry looked when they shared it with the fire station. Courtesy photo.

This photo shows how the library at 43 W. Cherry looked when they shared it with the fire station. Courtesy photo.

Still needs 200 boxes

By Judy Reed

An era will come to an end this weekend when the Cedar Springs Public Library, at the corner of Cherry and 2nd Streets, closes its doors to get ready to move into a brand new location at the corner of N. Main and W. Maple Streets, near Cedar Creek.

According to The Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, the first library was in the Congregational Church, at the corner of Beech and Second Streets. It was later torn down and Dr. J.H. Teusink later bought the property to build a home.

This photo shows a former librarian at 43 W. Cherry. Does anyone know who she is? Courtesy photo.

This photo shows a former librarian at 43 W. Cherry. Does anyone know who she is? Courtesy photo.

In 1936, plans were made to raise money for a new home for the library. The library was housed in two rooms in a building rented by the Cedar Springs Clipper. The Clipper moved in 1941, and it was necessary for the library to move to a new location. The Village gave permission for the library to use the old jail at 43 W. Cherry. The story goes that when Mae Hawkins, librarian at the time, was taken to the building and saw the two “gorilla cages” and damaged wainscoting, she immediately resigned. Officials talked her into staying until the building was improved.

Later the Library shared a building at the same location with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. The fire station had the west part of the building, and the library the east side, until a new fire barn was built in the late 1970s, or early 1980s.

This Saturday, April 22, will be the last day that the library at 43 W. Cherry will be open to the public. They will be open Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After that, books can be dropped off in the drop box in front of the library until May 1.

The library staff will be packing to move the week of April 24, and plan to reopen in the new library on May 8, with a grand opening on May 13 from 2-5 p.m.

The library still needs 200 boxes 12×19 and 10x18x11.5 (like what copy paper reams come in). If you have boxes the library can use, just knock on door next week and drop off or leave outside in good weather.

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