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First graders get library cards


Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with Cedar Trails student Aiden Contreras, 7, one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

March is reading month! The Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Spencer Township and Sand Lake Branches kicked off the month with a showing of the movie, Paddington, based on the books by Michael Bond. All first graders from Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy and Algoma Christian Academy were invited to get a library card before March as a part of the 15th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup, a collaborative partnership between the Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library. The program was actually started by library board member, Michael Metzger, in 2000, after getting the idea from an inspiring magazine article.

In all 216 first graders and family members turned out for the evening events. All the first grade students got to view the movie for free, and any first grade student, who showed his/her library card, received a free bag of popcorn. Several books, posters and gift certificates were handed out as raffle prizes to the newest library patrons, thanks to donations by the libraries and local, children’s author, Amanda Litz. Kindergarteners can look forward to their invitation to this very special event next year!

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A Legacy of giving


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Mike and Alice Holton

 

Holton family gives generous gift to Education Foundation

By Tom Noreen

For many years, Mike and Alice Holton were generous patrons of Cedar Springs. Their gifts to the city and the public schools were instrumental in improving the facilities and capabilities each had to offer. Many of their contributions were given anonymously. Their gifts included building the pedestrian bridge over Main Street; renovating Skinner Field with new bleachers, lights, fencing, and a composite running surface track; paving the new section of the Elmwood Cemetery; key sponsors of Boomer Field; Cedar Springs Public Library projects; and the band shell used in the High School auditorium. The Cedar Springs Public School Board named Holton Drive on the school campus in honor of their generosity to the school.

Mike first came to town as a kid when his father was assigned as pastor to the Cedar Springs Free Methodist Church (now The Springs). They then went to Big Rapids but his sister, Lois, stayed and later married Elwood Larson.

It was in Big Rapids, according to Lois, that Mike met Alice. Alice lived across the road from the parsonage. After a tour in a US Navy Construction Battalion (SeaBee), they married and moved to Cedar Springs.

Kathy (Holton) Raudenbush wrote, “They moved to Cedar in the late 40’s and started the bottled gas business. We think the reason for their choice of Cedar was that Dad had gone, briefly, to high school here, and his sister and her husband, Lois and Elwood Larson, were living here. Their storefront was on Main Street across from what was then Skinner Drugs. Mom kept the books while Dad was out delivering gas and making sales. The business moved out to its present location in the early 60s when it became Holton’s LP Gas. It is important to know, from our perspective, that Dad’s biggest priority was always the comfort and safety of his customers. There were many nights and weekends when he would be out delivering gas when someone ran out, or going on a service call when someone had a problem.”

Lois said the business was initially in the building where the Fast Tax Service is now and then they built another building just to the north now occupied by the Reflections by Design hair salon.

According to Kathy, Mike was active in a number of local civic organizations. Alice spent many happy years volunteering in Marge Clark’s kindergarten classroom. She noted, “Dad and Mom had a great respect for education and what it could do to increase a person’s chances of success in life, and that is why they were so interested in helping the school whenever they could.”

It was in this environment that Mike and Alice reared their children, Kathy, Karen, Kevin, and Kris. The legacy of supporting education continues. The Holton family, in honor of their parents, decided to donate the Holton home on Northland Drive to the Cedar Springs Education Foundation so that the proceeds would go to the schools.

Bill Tucker, past president of the Cedar Springs Education Foundation said, “I was contacted by Kevin Holton in late 2013. I actually met with the family in February 2014 to discuss the details of the transfer.” The deed was transferred, some needed repairs were done, and the house put up for sale. Once on the market, the house sold quickly and the Education Foundation received a net of $171, 554 after expenses.

Once sold, the Foundation decided to make an initial grant to the school of about $25,000 for a significant project to recognize this tremendous gift from the Holton family. The school was asked to propose a number of projects for the family to choose from. These included a covered playground pavilion for Cedar Trails, a computer-learning lab for Cedar View, and a new sound system for the High School auditorium. After reviewing the projects, the family turned it back over to the foundation to make the selection. Kathy said, “They as a group would be happy with any of the options and felt the foundation would be better able to determine what would be most beneficial to the school.”

The Foundation met at a special meeting on February 4 to make that decision. After much discussion, moderated by Foundation President Jeni McIntyre, the board chose the High School auditorium sound system, for a number of reasons. Sue Spahr, board member and Middle School principal, said that the sound system would have a greater impact on both students and the community. Board members Audrey Debri and Chad Wight noted that each proposal was excellent and should be considered again at a later date.

The Education Foundation and the Cedar Springs Schools greatly appreciate this gift and the Holton family’s legacy of giving.

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Library hires new children’s librarian


Kelly Roach started as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Library this week.

Kelly Roach started as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Library this week.

When business owner Kelly Roach decided to close her coffee shop, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do. It didn’t take her long to find something. Kelly started this week as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Kelly replaces Shannon Vanderhyde, who took a job at the Rockford branch of Kent District Library, as a children’s parapro. Shannon had worked for Cedar Springs Library since 2008. “We enjoyed her storytimes, and wish her well at Rockford,” said Donna Clark, Cedar Springs Library Director.

Donna is excited about Kelly joining the library and the new ideas she is bringing with her. “I think there could be lots of new programs coming. She can do all ages. She’s great with adults, and loves teens as well as the younger kids. I am really thrilled to have her,” said Clark.

 

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Quilt raffle winner


 

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Diane Bengtson holds up the quilt she won from the Friends of the Library. Photo from Donna Clark.

The Cedar Springs Public Library raffled off a quilt as a fundraiser on Red Flannel Day, and raised $301. The lucky winner of the quilt was Diane Bengtson, a longtime resident of Cedar Springs.

Library Director Donna Clark related that when Friends of the Library President Louise King called her, Diane was flabbergasted, and clapping could be heard in the background as her family cheered for her. She reportedly said, “I never win anything! I wanted to support the library, so I bought some tickets.”

Members of the Friends of the Library sold tickets for five hours on Red Flannel Day, and the drawing was held at 5 p.m.

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Library creates strategic plan


 

Asks for public comments

The Cedar Springs Public Library is looking to the future and planning for growth—and they want the public to be involved. With a new library planned as part of the growth on the corner of Maple and Main Streets, the Library Board has developed a strategic plan to guide the Library as it grows. The board would like the public to read and comment on the plan. It is available for viewing on the Library’s website at cedarspringslibrary.org or at the library, 43 W. Cherry Street.

 

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Easter bunny visits the library


N-Easter-bunny-at-library1-webKids in Cedar Springs are excited about Easter. It was easy to tell that last Friday, April 11, when ninety-five kids and adults visited the Easter Bunny at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Inside they had three different craft stations, stories, a basket full of Easter Eggs with candy treats. Outside was a mama goat with 2 babies (just born one week ago), four other small goats, baby chicks and four different kinds of bunnies, all courtesy of Cindy Karafa and Double K Farms.

“This event came about because Cindy suggested it,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “It turned out so well, we are going to make it an annual event.”

When the Post interviewed the Easter Bunny after the library event, she said that she really enjoyed the children in Cedar Springs and wanted to thank them for the pictures with her.

 

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Library receives matching fundraising check


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The Modern Woodmen of America recently presented a $500 matching check to the Cedar Springs Public Library as a result of the January quilt show.

The youth group organized, baked and ran a fantastic bake sale and accepted donations to raise money for the Friends at the second annual Quilt Show Fund Raiser on Saturday, January 25. Modern Woodmen youth and parents were very engaged in all aspects of the Quilt Show from setting up to tearing down.

Over the years the Cedar Springs Youth Group has conducted benefits for such projects as the Veterans’ Memorial Park, the Elmwood Cemetery, the Boy Scout cabin, the Cedar Springs Library (stainless steel drop box), the Nelson/Sand Lake Library (flag), winter hat and glove drive for Cedar Trails, light bulbs for trailer park residents on 18 Mile Road, Metron (flags), City Hall (baked goods for police officers), Fire Department (flag), Kent City Fire Department (flag), flags for Cedar View and the middle school, CS Garden Club (assisted in planting flowers) and they are actively seeking new projects.
To find out more about the mission and how to request funds for your non-profit project, contact our very own Junior Director, Annette Nelson, at 616-240-4863. To email Annette, shrjanelson@yahoo.com.

 

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Quilt show fundraiser brings in matching funds


N-Library-match-Womans-Life-quilt-show-fundraiserThe Friends of the Cedar Springs Public Library had their Quilt Show Fund Raiser on Jan. 25. Woman’s Life, Cedar Springs Chapter 841 came alongside with a matching fund offer of up to $500. The matching funds were raised, and Dena Wever, Vice President of Woman’s Life, Cedar Springs Chapter 841, presented the check to the Friends of the Library on March 18.

According to Library Director Donna Clark, the $1000 raised with Woman’s Life has been put in the Friends New Library Building Fund.

Woman’s Life is currently working with other Cedar Springs non-profit groups as well. Their motto states, “Connection.Community.Cause.” For more information on what’s happening in Chapter 841 or to see how your group can get matching

funds, go to www.womanslife.org or follow them on Facebook at womanslifechapter841.

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Founders Day celebration this weekend


Music is back for this year’s Founders Day, along with several other events.

Music is back for this year’s Founders Day, along with several other events.

Put on your long underwear and head out to the second annual Founders Day weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29. The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce invites young and old alike to come out and help celebrate this special event.

The event kicks off Friday with a new addition—a children’s street fair from 4-7 p.m. at the heated tent on the corner of Main and Ash Street. There will be music, a balloon man, face painting, storytelling, and a ventriloquist/magician. There will also be carnival games and other events going on during the entire three hours such as ring toss, beanbag toss, duck pond, bucket bonanza, crafts, a log cabin to play in, a real lumberjack, model trains, wooden train sets, and a petting zoo courtesy of Double K Farms and 4H.

Saturday has more in store. The Cedar Springs Public Library will host pioneer crafts and storytelling from 10 to 1 p.m. at the Library. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be open from 11 to 3 p.m., and host several different presentations at the museum as well.The Saturday evening free concert is back at the Ash Street tent from 4-10 p.m. and all ages are welcome. This year’s concert features the bands Signal Trip and the Youz Guys Band. Food will be available to purchase from The Grilling Company and will feature pulled pork, brisket, and sides. Beer (including a local craft beer) and hard ciders will also be available to purchase. See ad on page 5 for details.

 

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Founders Day celebration next weekend


Music is back for this year’s Founders Day, along with several other events. Post photo by J. Reed.

Music is back for this year’s Founders Day, along with several other events. Post photo by J. Reed.

March 28-29

Cedar Springs was officially recognized as a village 143 years ago, on March 18, 1871. And that’s something worth celebrating.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce invites young and old alike to come out and help celebrate that special event with the second annual Founder’s Day weekend, March 28-29. There will be something for everyone!

The event kicks off Friday with a new addition—a children’s street fair from 4-7 p.m. at the tent on the corner of Main and Ash Streets. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be music, a balloon man, and face painting; from 5:30 to 5:45 will be storytelling by Post editor Judy Reed; from 6 to 6:30 ventriloquist/magician Charles Mabie will entertain the kids. There will also be carnival games and other events going on during the entire three hours such as ring toss, beanbag toss, duck pond, bucket bonanza, crafts, a log cabin to play in, a real lumberjack, model trains, wooden train sets, and a petting zoo courtesy of Double K Farms and 4H.

Saturday has more in store. The Cedar Springs Public Library will host pioneer crafts and storytelling from 10 to 1 p.m. at the Library. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be open from 11 to 3 p.m., and host several different presentations at the museum as well.

392828_614001431948730_1727882393_nThe Saturday evening free concert is back at the Ash Street tent from 4-10 p.m. and all ages are welcome. This year’s concert features the bands Signal Trip and the Youz Guyz Band. Food will be available to purchase from The Grilling Company and will feature pulled pork, brisket, and sides. Beer (including a local craft beer) and hard ciders will also be available to purchase.

Chamber president Shawn Kiphart said that they called the future Cedar Springs Brewing Company first (a business coming to the area in the future) to see if they would be available to supply the beer, but they are not yet ready. “We look forward to using them at a future event,” he noted.

For questions about the event, call Kiphart at (616) 773-5126.

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