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Families celebrate reading program with a party


The Kent County Sheriff’s mounted unit appealed to kids of all ages. Post photo by J. Reed.

The water slide was a big hit at the summer reading program party. Post by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Community Library’s summer reading program ended with a bang last Thursday, July 27, with a big celebration in Morley Park.

According to Library Director Donna Clark, at least 642 people attended the event.

There was a lot going on to keep both kids and adults entertained. Bounce houses, water slides, games, face painting, music, popcorn, ice cream, and water were all part of the festivities. Special guests on hand included the Kent County Sheriff Mounted unit with two of their horses, and the Cedar Springs Fire Department, who kept kids cooled off.

Prizes for the end of the year raffle were also given away—45 in all. At least 389 kids in grades K-12 finished their five-ticket reading goal to be a finisher. For those first 5 tickets local businesses treated the students to pizza, ice cream, meals, and the Whitecaps and Griffins provided tickets to a game. They then got to enter that ticket into a drawing for a prize. “So it wasn’t just read for a chance to win, but they were rewarded every 2-1/2 hours of the way,” explained Clark. “Everyone had a great time!”

Clark said that 1.642 people signed up for the summer reading program, including adults, and the 25 programs they held throughout the summer brought in 1,606 people (not counting the grand finale party).

The annual summer reading program, which costs about $3,500, is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals. See the library’s thank you ad in next week’s paper.

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Sand Lake celebrates Fourth of July


It was a grand party in Sand Lake last week, for the town’s 144th annual Fourth of July Celebration. The celebration ran from Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday July 7. A Parade of Lights, honoring area firefighters and law enforcement officials kicked off the festivities Tuesday evening, July 2. People traveled from all over to attend the annual event, which included a midway with carnival rides and games, food, parades, music, fireworks and much more during the 5-day event.

 

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Museum to show off new addition


After years of planning, building and arranging, The Cedar Springs Historical Museum at Morley Park in Cedar Springs is ready to dedicate its new addition.
The celebration will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Admission is free.
For the first time ever, the museum will have a large amount of their collection on display. One display, the Native American exhibit, is in transition and won’t yet be complete, but visitors will be able to observe it as it’s being completed. It is a hands-on project that kids will be able to sit in and listen to a Native American presentation discussing early American life. Display cases have been built that children will easily be able to see at their level. They plan to have arrowheads and Native American artifacts on display in the cases.
For those interested in genealogy, they have an extensive collection of reference materials, including a complete collection of obituaries of Cedar Springs.
Lunch will be provided outdoors by the Boy Scouts for $6.00, which includes a pork sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans and a drink.
The Cedar Springs Historical Society was formed in 1967. In 1971, the one-room Payne school was donated to the society by Marjorie and Cordy Wallace, and moved to Morley Park. In 1991 they were given permission to build a new museum, and held their first meeting in the new museum in 1997. In 2004, they began fundraising for the new addition.

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