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City needs a leader with common sense

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Dear Editor,

I have lived around the Red Flannel Town for 80 years now, and was a resident of the city around 30 years in that time span. I have no voting power now, so maybe I can look at the machinations going on more objectively.

I do not know the council members personally and Mr. Truesdale slightly. When reading his letters to the public in prior editions of the Post, my reaction? Wow! What a great thing to keep the citizens informed, regardless!

Cedar Springs needs a leader with plain old common sense. I’m not a common sense type of person, but have enough wisdom to realize that to run a successful city, business, or anything, common sense is a requisite of great value.

Mr. Truesdale would have made a very, very good Mayor. He is honest and blessed with common sense.

Council take heed of one comment in the meeting and have no more of “underhanded dealings and slipping things in at the last minute.” This is not the most ethical way of business.

There was a comment as a reason for not voting for Mr. Truesdale. The reason came from a piece of gossip: “Mr. Truesdale didn’t believe women should be on the council.” It does give one pause. That’s a good reason?

To the mayor and council members, for the good of the city, everyone stop the pettiness. Please!


Alice Powell, 

Solon Township

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Bus trip to ArtPrize

Do you want a fun way to see ArtPrize without the hassle of driving around to all the locations, dealing with crowds, and finding parking spots that do not require a lot of walking? There is now an opportunity for just that by taking an ArtPrize bus tour!

The tour takes place on Thursday, September 27, and begins with the motorcoach leaving at 8:15 a.m. from Cedar Springs. The tour will guide you to many of the ArtPrize exhibits and get you around without the hassle. Included in the day’s activities are admission into the Grand Rapids Art Museum before opening to the public that day, admission to the Frederick Meijer Gardens, lunch at the Pearl Street Grille, a souvenir, a water bottle and an ArtPrize guidebook from the day and more. This will be a great new way to experience ArtPrize, so get registered today as space is limited. The cost is only $75 and includes all these great things. The deadline for registration is September 17, so don’t waste a minute!

This is just one of the many offerings through the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department. If you like travel, there is also Virtual Travel Adventure shows and other bus trips are in the planning stages. Please check out these an other programs by logging onto the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation website at www.csaparksandrec.com. You can register for these programs in person at the Cedar Spring Public Schools district office (a.k.a Hilltop building) at 204 E. Muskegon. The parks and recreation office is located on the 3rd floor. For other information or questions, please feel free to call the office Monday-Wednesay from 8:30am-3:00pm at 696-7320 or email the director anytime at director@csaparksandre.com.


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Read to ride

PreK-8th Graders can earn two tickets to ride the carnival rides during the Red Flannel Festival by reading books.

The rules are simple. Pick up a log at the Cedar Springs Public Library on the corner of Cherry and Second St. Read 3 hours and get your parent or teacher to initial and get a coupon for a free carnival ride or a bag of popcorn during Red Flannel Days. Read 6 hours and get 2 coupons.

Cash in your log during open hours at the CS Library until Red Flannel Day. Logs are redeemable on Red Flannel Day from 10am-2pm at the Friends Book Sale on Main Street across from the Kent Theatre.

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roger on main streetArmageddon

Don’t know why, but the political convention season always makes me think about Armageddon. And, speaking of that…

Time after time, various folks have predicted the end of the world. The Millennium was one of the biggies, prediction-wise. Oops…not even the world’s computer programs came to an end. (Remember all those so-called “millennium bugs”?) So far, every day has gone by with a tomorrow to follow.

The latest prediction I’ve personally heard about is for December 21, 2012. Give credit for this one to the ancient Mayans and some imaginative moderns.

It goes like this: Events of 2012 are based on the ending date of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar. This is thought to end on December 21, 2012, signaling, of course, the end of days for real. Predictions of devastation and destruction abound. Some believe it wise to prepare for doomsday.

Considering the record of past predictions, I suggest planning on a cup of coffee and a good TV rerun show on December 21. If we’re wrong, all of us will be in the same boat, anyway. In my opinion, it’s likely to be just another ho-hum.

Just to make sure we don’t get too bored, the Mayan calendar worked in another end-of-times possibility 25,000 years from now.

Cure story

A man goes into a drug store and asks the pharmacist if he can give him something for the hiccups. The pharmacist promptly reaches out and slaps the man’s face.

“What the heck did you do that for?” yells the man.

“Well, you don’t have the hiccups anymore do you?” answers the pharmacist.

The man says, “No, I don’t, you dummy… But my wife out in the car still does!”

Taste story

When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk’s hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk had some very good news for him.

“Guess what, sir?” said the clerk. “I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we’ve had so long!”

“Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?” asked the manager.

“That’s the one!”

“ Well, great!” said the manager. “I thought we’d never get rid of that monstrosity. It had to be the ugliest suit we’ve ever had. But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?”

“Oh,” the clerk replied, “after I sold the guy that suit, his seeing-eye dog bit me.”

Court story

A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter the judge gave the panel: “An intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such as when a spouse’s mate is found in a compromising position.”

During her interview, the jury candidate remarked, “During my first marriage, I came in and found my husband compromising with our next-door neighbor. All I did was divorce him. I had no idea that I could have shot him.”

She wasn’t selected for the jury.


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Deer accidents in city

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent recently shared some car crash statistics for the year with the Cedar Springs City Council, and noted two accidents in the last month involving deer.
“Like all areas of Kent County, we are not immune from car/deer crashes,” he wrote.
Officer Chad Tucker responded to a crash with injuries involving a deer on November 13at 6 p.m. on W. Muskegon at 7th Street, and another car/deer crash on November 15 at 6:44 p.m. on E. Muskegon just east of Marie Street.
The Cedar Springs Police had responded to a total of 81 vehicle accidents as of early December, with 22 of them occurring in the 425 area with Solon Township.

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Spook-tacular success

A spooky witch at the Post handed out candy to little ghouls and goblins Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Balmy weather brought out kids of all ages to enjoy the annual Cedar Springs Main Street Spook-tacular put on by area businesses and non-profits Monday evening, October 31. There were spooky stories, carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a giant slide, cider and donuts, and lots of candy handed out by area businesses. A big thanks to the area businesses for organizing and underwriting the event.

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Chinese students visit Cedar Springs

Submitted by Shellie Bauer

On Monday, July 11, 24 students and two chaperones arrived in Cedar Springs from the city of Chongqing, China for a two-week cultural exchange.

The city of Chongqing is situated in the southern part of China and has over 30,000,000 people. They were amazed at our small town.

The two weeks consisted of English class in the morning, followed by activities in the afternoon. The students all stayed with host families that were from Cedar Springs and the surrounding area. Many students shared that they attended middle school five days a week, for 10 hours each day, so they really enjoyed the interaction they had with their host family and with each other. China has a “one child” policy so they also enjoyed having siblings.

The students commented on the friendliness of the people and were amazed at the smiling faces they saw. Many people asked them where they were from.

The activities included Mac Dune Rides, a trip to Country Dairy (which some will not forget), shopping, a White Caps baseball game, several picnics, a sports day with a brief golf lesson at Cedar Chase, a scavenger hunt, and a family softball game.

Families and students shared with the group the fun they had together in the short time they were in Cedar Springs. Many of us hate to see them leave. We know we may never see them again. We’re reminded of the quote that says, “You can meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes those people you can’t forget. Those are your friends.”

Our lives have become richer because of our friends from the other side of the world!

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Cars collide on Main Street

Two people were hurt Friday afternoon, June 17, in a two-car accident on Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs.

Main Street accident in Cedar Springs Michigan

Two vehicles collided at Elm and Main Street in Cedar Springs Friday, sending two to the hospital. Post photo by J. Reed.

According to Sgt. Ed Good, of the Cedar Springs Police, a vehicle headed west on Elm Street pulled out in front of a SUV heading south on Main Street a little after 2 p.m.
Joycelinn Haff, 23, of Sand Lake, was turning south on to Main Street off westbound Elm, when she failed to yield to the SUV that was southbound on Main. The SUV, driven by Mary Johnson, 55, of Cedar Springs, then crashed into Haff’s car.

Both drivers complained of neck pain and were transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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CASSA U11 boys win division

Congratulations to the U11 boys team for an outstanding season and year overall. They play for the Cedar Area Select Soccer Association (CASSA), a local travel soccer club based in Cedar Springs. They competed in the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA), which covers the greater Grand Rapids area, and they traveled from Middleville to as far north as Ludington. The team was a blend of four different school districts, with boys from Greenville, Cedar Springs, Sparta and Tri-County. Many of these boys were playing up an age group, which meant that in most cases they were playing against competition that was one to two years older than them.

U11 Boys Soccer

The team is Front L-R Derek Egan, Mason Miller, Ryan Dreyer, Aidan Walker, Eli Paulen, Luke Doyle, Joey Kolenda. Back Row L-R Coach Dreyer, Jett Elerick, Brayden Marvel, Jared Hause, Dallas Mora, Brison Ricker, Jose Mosqueda , Coach Ricker.

They faced a tough, challenging year and rose to the challenge. They had an overall record of 11 wins 1 loss and 4 ties, for both the fall and spring season, which including winning their division outright in the Spring 2011 season. Many of these boys had not played together prior to last fall. They tallied 79 goals while giving up 32. This team experienced tremendous improvement in not only individual technical skills, but learned how to play as an outstanding unit.  Great TEAM effort boys!

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Gas prices near $4

Gas prices hit a high this week that hasn’t been seen since the summer of 2008. Gas was $3.96 in Cedar Springs, with Admiral being $3.95 at press time on Wednesday.
Michigan is one of several states seeing the high end of the gas prices, but gas is approaching $4 per gallon around the country.
There are signs, however, that Americans may be cutting back on driving because of the high prices. Sales dropped 3 percent at most of the nation’s major gas-station chains, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service.
What are you doing to offset the high gas prices? Write and tell us at news@cedarspringspost.com.
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