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Mr. George E. Burg of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 87, passed away in the comfort of his home, with loved ones all around, during the early morning hours of Thursday, December 6, 2018. George was born to Edgar and Elsa (Rector) Burg in Cedar Springs, on June 22, 1931, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. George had married the love of his life, Betty Lou (Hoekstra) prior to his enlistment in the military. He proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather, and dear friend. He loved to spend time in his garden, and he was always a great story teller—but, an even better listener. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. George is survived by his two daughters, Deb (Mike) Coalter and Kathy (Bob) Woodward; grandchildren Jake (Michell) and Lindsey Woodward; and three great-grandchildren Ivan, Audun, and Allyie. He was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife Betty Lou Burg on January 10, 2012. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue SE, Ada, MI 49301. George will be laid to rest with full military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI.

Arrangements by Pederson

 Funeral Home, Rockford

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Sharon R. Cramer of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. She was born to Boyd and Jeanne (MacFarland) Condon on October 12, 1940, in Lowell, MI. She enjoyed motorcycles, gambling, and traveling, especially to the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula. Sharon is survived by her son Tom (Dee) Cramer, and their children, Tommy II Cramer, David Cramer, Ronnie and Mandi McMeeken, Kimmie McMeeken, Zack McMeeken, and Macy Herber; daughter Sherri (Mark) Sias, and their children, Jay Cramer, Crystal and J.P. Deason-Johnson, and Donnie and Amiee Smith; son Terry (Kitty) Cramer, and their children, Terry II and Cassy Cramer, Micheal Cramer, and Crystal Rayapureddy; and daughter Sue Cramer Frost (deceased 2013), and her children, Fawn Reedy and Tim Frost; several great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Keith Cramer, sister Elise Waller, brother Boyd Condon, and daughter Sue Cramer. The family would like to thank Sharon’s neighbors and Faith Hospice for all of their care and compassion during her illness. A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Pederson 

Funeral Home, Rockford

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Vote for your favorite gingerbread house

One of the gingerbread houses at the Cedar Springs Library.

The Animal Junction 4-H Club would like to invite all of the Cedar Springs community to visit the Cedar Springs Library until Friday, December 7, to view the wonderful confectionary creations that their 4-H members have made to kick off this year’s holiday season.

They would like the community to vote for the gingerbread house they like the best. The winners will be announced on Saturday, December 8, at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Springs Library, at the corner of Main and W. Maple Street in Cedar Springs.

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Santa Claus is coming

Santa Claus hugs two excited children at the 2017 Mingle with Kris Kringle. Photo courtesy CS Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 1, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will run from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with various fun, family-friendly, events. The day starts with a Jingle Bell Fun run/walk. Registration at 9 a.m. and registration at 9:30 a.m. The event is a senior all night party fundraiser. Families can make and take Christmas ornaments and crafts at the Cedar Springs Library from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more. There will also be a meet and greet with Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, and caroling, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene near the Christmas tree, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall, where kids can meet Santa and write him a letter, and families can enjoy hot cocoa. 

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 1, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See page 9 for more info on this event in our Holiday Happenings and check out events in the surrounding areas well.

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Rifle raffle winner


Kenneth Rice of Rockford – Riffle Winner

The Sons of the American Legion, Glen Hill Squadron 287, of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate Kenneth Rice of Rockford. Kenneth’s winning ticket for the Rifle Raffle was drawn on November 10. Pictured is Kenneth holding his new Remington .308 rifle and Squadron 287 Commander Keith Tyler.

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Holiday happenings

Check out some of the fun, family activities going on in the area for the holiday season.


Dec. 1: The Cedar Springs area Chamber of Commerce presents Mingle with Kris Kringle from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The day starts with a Jingle Bell Fun run/walk. Registration at 9 a.m. and registration at 9:30 a.m. The event is a senior all night party fundraiser. Families can make and take Christmas ornaments and crafts at the Cedar Springs Library from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more. Hang ornaments and pictures with Red Hawk cheerleaders at 3 p.m. at the corner of Ash and Main Street where the downtown tree is; visit the petting barn and bake sale at 4 p.m. at Ash and Main; and at 4:15 p.m. there will be caroling at Ash and Main. The Kris Kringle parade will start at 4:30 p.m. from the corner of Maple and Main and travel to Main and Ash, where Santa will light the tree at 4:45 p.m.; and there will be a live nativity there at 4:45 p.m. Afterward walk over to the American Legion Hall where you can get photos with Kris Kringle, and write a letter to Santa and do a coloring activity while waiting. You can also purchase baked goods from the ladies auxiliary.

Dec. 4: 6th grade band concert Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Springs High School auditorium.

Dec. 6: 7th/8th grade band Winter Concert, Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Springs High auditorium.

Dec. 8: The 2018 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Concert hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce from 3-5 p.m. Come out and have some holiday family fun. Admission tickets are $3 per person. This is a family friendly event that gives local talent the opportunity to perform live on stage and create holiday cheer. 

Dec. 9:  The 2018 Annual Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACOC) is scheduled for December 9 from 3-5 p.m. Come out and have some holiday family fun! Admission tickets are $3 per person. This is a family friendly event that gives local talent the opportunity to perform live on stage and create holiday cheer.  

Dec. 10: A Cedar Springs Christmas Carriage Rides Monday, Dec 10, from 5-8 p.m. This year the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has a new addition to the “A Cedar Springs Christmas” event series: Christmas Carriage Rides with The Common and Gentry Carriage Co. There will be free hot chocolate and free carriage rides from the White Pine Trail Staging area to Main Street (via Maple Street) south to Ash Street, west to Second Street and back to the staging area.

Dec. 13: High school bands Winter Concert, Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Cedar Springs High School auditorium.

Dec. 16: The Story of Christmas (music & drama) will be presented on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Come and see #JesusChangesEverything at Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, Mich. 

For more info call 616.696.9333.


Dec. 7: Come join the fun in downtown Greenville on Friday, December 7. The Santa park party will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at Lafayette park (210 S. Lafayette). Enjoy holiday treats, games, activities & holiday merriment, then watch while Santa magically lights the Christmas Tree at 5:45 p.m. The parade will start at 6:00 p.m. on Lafayette Street. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!


Dec. 1: Holiday Home Tour. Advance tickets $10.00. Tickets include a reception at the Timothy C. Hauenstein/Reynolds Township Library and drawing for door prizes from 4-6 p.m. Purchase tickets at the library, The Edge Café, and Howard City Floral.


Dec. 8: Wreath make and take from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Wreath: $10 Non-Members / $5 Members. Make and Take: $5 Non-Members / $3 Members. Make this year’s wreath with foraged cuttings and personalize it with trimmings. Everything supplied, including refreshments. While you enjoy your wreath making, let your children (5 and over), participate in holiday crafts. This event will be held at Camp Lily’s at 530 20 Mile Road.


Nov. 30: Join us for a ceremony to light up downtown Rockford for the Holiday Season at the Rockford Dam Overlook. This includes carols by the Rockford High School choir, a message of peace, and a final countdown to the flip of the switch to turn on all the lights! Free carriage rides will be available after the ceremony from 6:30-8:30pm at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 1: Join us for the 75th Annual Santa Parade through Rockford. This parade is great entertainment for the whole family! Starting at 11 a.m. the floats and parade participants will go through downtown Rockford. After the parade, make sure to visit Santa in the Pavilion and enjoy a free carriage ride.

Dec. 5: Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town! Come see them at the Rotary Pavilion from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and a goody bag from Santa!

Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13: Presented by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, enjoy free Holiday Carriage Rides through town from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to see the holiday lights and decorated storefronts. These are first come, first served and will begin at the Rotary Pavilion.

Dec. 12: Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to town! Come see them from 6-8 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion with their reindeer and some elf friends. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and a goody bag from Santa!


Nov. 25: Sand Lake Tree Lighting and Caroling. The Village Churches and Sand Lake Chamber invites you to come out on Sunday Nov 25th from 5:30-6:00 pm for a Caroling and Tree Lighting at the SE Corner of the Park. Special Music by Resurrection Lutheran Preschool. Come early for Children’s Games and Face Painting and Hot Dog Fund Raiser at Mary Queen of Apostles Hall beginning at 4:30 pm.  Hot Dog Fund Raiser will be 4:30-7:30 pm. Proceeds go to United Methodist Hall Repair. #46,47b

Nov 25: Hot Dog Fund Raiser 4:30-7:30 pm. At Mary Queen of Apostles Hall.  Proceeds go to United Methodist Hall Repair. #46,47b

Nov. 30: Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You  Friday Nov 30th  6:00-8:00 pm & Saturday Dec 1st  1:00-3:00 pm. Shepherds watching, Angles singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments & Stay as long as you like at the Sand Lake United Methodist Church. #46,47b

DEC. 8: Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration. Join us at the Sand Lake VFW for a visit with Santa. Bring your camera for photos with our favorite jolly guy! Make crafts to celebrate the season and enjoy cookies and cocoa. For families. Saturday, December 8, 9:30–11:30 a.m. at the Sand Lake VFW.

Dec. 14: Christmas Bake Sale at Independent Bank Sand Lake on Friday, Dec. 14, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. Offered by Sand Lake United Methodist Women.

Dec. 15: Gingerbread Lane at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library. Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities. Listen to season music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Registration required. 


Dec. 4: Santa Party 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maddie LaRoue’s. Crafts, snacks, and visit Santa.

Dec. 8: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Sparta Library, 80 N. Union, from 10-11:30 a.m. Cookie decorating, a craft, and take your own photos with Santa.

Dec. 15: Santa in the Santa House, 80 N. Union. 10:30 a.m. until noon. Bring your own camera. Trolley from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 20: Santa in the Santa House, 80 N. Union. 5-7 p.m. Bring your own camera. Trolley from 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 21-23: Living Nativity at Ballard Church of Christ from 7-8 p.m.

Dec. 22: Santa in the Santa House, 80 N. Union. 10:30 a.m. Bring your own camera.


Dec. 13: Gingerbread Lane at the Spencer Township Library. Jump into the holiday spirit with some family-friendly festivities. Listen to season music while each child builds their own simple gingerbread house. Registration required. 

Dec. 20: Ready for Reindeer at the Spencer Township Library. Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will visit the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera.

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Student hit while crossing street

By Judy Reed

A car struck a Cedar Springs Middle School student attempting to cross the street earlier this week. 

According to Sgt. Todd Probst, with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Tuesday, November 13, about 7 a.m. He said a 13-year-old girl was on the edge of the road on Northland Drive, about 20 feet south of Beckett Blvd (at Northland Estates), when she stepped into the roadway to cross to the Middle School and was hit by the front passenger side of a vehicle traveling southbound on Northland.  

The impact sent her flying into the air, and she landed on her hip, but reportedly had no visible injuries. She did complain of some hip pain and was privately transported to the hospital by her parents.  

A bus driver nearby called the accident into dispatch. The driver of the car that hit her, a 16-year-old male, stopped at the scene. The driver of the vehicle following that car also stopped and was a witness at the scene. “From what the driver told us and what the driver of the vehicle following told us, it does not sound like speed was a factor,” said Probst. “The driver was not at fault.” He added that the flashers on the speed limit signs were flashing at the time showing the speed limit was 40 mph.

Some students may have seen the accident. “My daughter said that she heard a thud and turned and saw her friend lying in the grass across from the school,” a parent told the Post. 

School Superintendent Scott Smith sent out an email to parents who had students on bus #7156 and may have seen the accident. He explained the 7th grader was struck while attempting to cross Northland Drive and transported by her parents to the hospital. “Staff members and counselors were available throughout the day today to support students as needed at Red Hawk as well as the Middle and High Schools. If you find that your daughter/son needs additional support to process the events of this morning, please reach out to her/his Principal.

“We are thankful that the student was not seriously injured in the accident. We are also grateful for the members of our community who assisted at the scene until the first responders arrived. We appreciate the efforts of the first responders, the bus driver, and members of the Cedar Springs team this morning.  

“Student safety is always our priority. We will assess this situation to see if there is anything we can do to improve safety measures for our students as they make their way to and from school,” Smith said.

Sgt. Probst said that the City and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are going to look into that area near the Middle School also to see if there’s anything that can be done.

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Activities keep the FFA Busy

By Chloe Boomgaard 

The Cedar Springs FFA chapter has had a very busy start to a new year with many events happening. Now that the school year is in full swing so are many of FFA events. 

The FFA kicked off October with our second grade harvest day on the 16th. The FFA had 26 members help lead 10 different classes of students through a FFA designed corn maze and many members brought different livestock animals to give the kids a small barnyard with cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, and a draft horse. Each child got the opportunity to ride on a wagon pulled by one of the two tractors with high school drivers Dylan McConnon and Garret Migoski. These wagons brought the students to the middle school where the students were split into smaller groups with one high school student leader. After the students completed the corn maze, they were able to interact with the animals and get an apple, a drink of milk, and a coloring book made by FFA members. The second grade students, their teachers, and parent helpers had a great time exploring the corn maze and animals.

 On October 24th through the 26th a group of FFA members took a trip to Indianapolis for the 91st national Convention and Expo. Those members included Chloe Boomgaard, Dylan McConnon, Autumn Adkison, Gideon McConnon, Carly Dunham, Garret Migoski, Olivia Martinek, Trevor Marsman, Emily Brown, Zack Cardinal, and a great group of chaperones including Amy Marsman, Marcie Boomgaard, Bill Brandt and Mr. Reyburn. The National FFA Convention is an event where FFA members and advisors from all over the country attend sessions, competitions, an expo, workshops, and many other activities. The National Convention drew over 62,000 members from across the nation. The attendees also had the opportunity to see the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Bass pro shop, a Garth Brooks concert, The World’s Toughest Rodeo, and the chance to see the National FFA Officers. National Convention is always an awesome learning opportunity, and an exciting event to be a part of. One of the highlights was the election of Michigan member Adrian Schunk elected to National FFA Eastern Region Vice President. On Saturday, President Trump addressed the convention, but the Cedar group had to return home as several members were scheduled to work Saturday.

After students returned from National convention, the PALS program kick off took place on November first. PALS is a branch of the FFA where high school students mentor 2nd graders. Members are very eager to get the program rolling. Members of this program include: Chloe Boomgaard (chairperson), Morgan Singleton, Ricky Wood, Aubriana Smith-Russell,and Ryan Matteson Jr. These students are very excited to begin changing the lives of a few students in the elementary schools. Along with PALS beginning, the students in Mr. Reyburn’s Agriculture and Natural resources classes and Animal Science class had the opportunity to have a class period run by two of the Michigan State Officers, Secretary Raegan Gembarski and Region I State Vice President Abigail Puskala. The Officer Team would like to give a big thank you to the State Officers for taking time to come to our high school to meet with our members.   

The FFA is beginning to plan many other activities including the Big Buck Contest with Gideon McConnon chairing the contest.  All of the rules and regulations are up on the Cedar Springs FFA official Facebook page, and a Christmas party with Emily Brown planning the activities for the party. Keep a look out for more updates to come. 



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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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Man who robbed Cedar Springs Admiral now in custody

Jacob Abraham Savickas

by Judy Reed

The man who robbed the Cedar Springs Admiral gas station and a string of other businesses here in Michigan and Ohio (including two banks) is now in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Jacob Abraham Savickas, 33, of Howard City, was arrested without incident on Wednesday, August 9, at a local hotel, by the FBI Fugitive Task Force. He was lodged at the jail on several warrants, including bank robbery, larceny from a person, fleeing and eluding a police officer, parole absconder, and being a habitual offender.

Savickas started his crime spree Wednesday, July 26, when he is suspected of an unarmed robbery of the J&H Mobil gas station at 4404 Clyde Park Ave., Wyoming. He then robbed the Admiral gas station on the corner of Main and Muskegon Street in Cedar Springs the next day, Thursday, July 27. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the robbery occurred about 9:22 a.m. The clerk told police that a white male in his late 20s came in and demanded money. He was described as wearing a white shirt, blue baseball cap, and having facial hair.

Police found him at the rest stop on US-131 near 10 Mile Rd., but after a brief foot chase, he got back into his car and sped away. Police pursued him, but terminated the chase on 10 Mile Rd. The Admiral clerk had reportedly told police that he had a small child with him.

Savickas drove to Indiana later that day, and is suspected of robbing two more gas stations that day in South Bend—the Marathon gas station on W. Western Ave, and Low Bob’s, 4505 N. Ameritech Dr. Both were unarmed robberies.

The next day, Friday, July 28, Savickas is suspected of committing an unarmed bank robbery at the Beacon Credit Union, 820 North Broadway, in Peru, Indiana. On Tuesday, August 1, Savickas was back in Michigan, and is suspected of robbing the Next Door Food Store at 4616 Alpine Ave., N.W., where he struck the clerk with his vehicle. He is also suspected of robbing the Independent Bank, 3090 Plainfield Av NE on Wednesday morning August 2. All were unarmed robberies.

Savickas was previously convicted in 2015 of retail fraud, first degree. He was arrested after he tried to steal plasma cutters from Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs. Employees recognized him at the time as someone who previously stole welders and interrupted the theft of the plasma cutters. He fled but was arrested and held on six charges, several for retail fraud at other locations. He was sentenced to a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison. His record on the Michigan Corrections website shows him listed as a parole absconder as of July 6.


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