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Get on your mark, get set, READ!

Animals from Double K Farm are always a hit at the kickoff of the Summer Reading program at the Cedar Springs Library. Courtesy photo. Kids really enjoy the ice cream at the kickoff of the Summer Reading program. Courtesy photo.

Animals from Double K Farm are always a hit at the kickoff of the Summer Reading program at the Cedar Springs Library. Courtesy photo.

Kids really enjoy the ice cream at the kickoff of the Summer Reading program. Courtesy photo.

Kids really enjoy the ice cream at the kickoff of the Summer Reading program. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Public Library was on fire with enthusiasm Monday, June 13, as the Library kicked off its spectacular Summer Reading Program. The clouds and brief rain could not dampen the spirits of the 625 participants of this community affair. Families made their way to the Library from noon to 6 p.m. to sign up for a summer of fun, reading, great programs and prizes. Themed book bags, compliments of ChoiceOne Bank, for K-12thgrades, were filled with reading logs and books, as patrons made their way out to the yard to climb aboard Fire Truck #8 and the Rescue Squad vehicle, get free ice cream donated by Classic Kelly’s Restaurant, purchase books from the Friends of the Library book sale, pet the animals from Double K Farm and interact with Animal Junction 4H students.

Community Partners were out in force for the day to assist –members of various businesses, Cedar Springs Fire department volunteers, teen volunteers, and parents working together with Library staff to make the day memorable. Already 753 children and adults have signed up, a new record for opening week.

Over $400 was taken in Monday as raffle tickets were sold to add to the $500+ already sold. A Stihl Blower and Trimmer, valued at over $700, and donated by Bill Shallman, Manager of Weingartz of Cedar Springs, were placed on display at Independent Bank and chances to support the building of the new Cedar Springs Community Library actively promoted by bank staff. Winners at the end of the day were Kenneth Kent, blower, and David Twining, trimmer. Kenneth bought 2 tickets and David $5 worth of tickets. I guess you really never know—it really could only take one ticket to win!

The new library was proudly displayed all day at the event. The brick, windows, roof—the outside make-up of the library was chosen last month by the Library Board, so the new rendering of the library was complete a few weeks ago. Library staff have been shared it enthusiastically to everyone! On June 27, the Library Board will vote on the building company who will get the contract to begin construction sometime around mid-July. Library staff had a great time telling families that next year we will have our summer reading program in our new library.

If you haven’t signed up, get on over to the Cedar Springs Library and sign up for over 35 great prizes and Wednesday weekly programs, plus 25 other special programs to happen for ages 8 through adults. Preschoolers have special programs on Fridays at 11:15 a.m. on the Library grounds, as well. For more information and a calendar of events, go to the Library’s website:  cedarspringslibrary.org. Follow our summer reading theme, Fitness and Nutrition. “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”

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Help a family in need

The family of Kim Fisk lost everything when their home burned down on December 4th. The home was not insured and all possessions were lost. If you wish to help the family, a savings account for donations has been opened at ChoiceOne in Cedar Springs under the name of Kim Fisk. If you wish to make a donation of goods or for more information you can call Kim at 616-835-8915.


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ChoiceOne Bank Continues Financial Support of Sparta Township Historical Commission’s Museum Operation

SPARTA, MI (June 27, 2013) – ChoiceOne Bank’s support of the Sparta Township Historical Commission (STHC) continues in 2013 with a recent donation of $5,000. James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank, said the Historical Commission hopes to raise a total of $7,500 to purchase new display cases, bookcases, provide additional storage space, and connect a wireless copier and printer at the office.
“The new equipment will allow visitors to gain easier access to information now available,” Bosserd added. He said the STHC is developing new displays with one already scheduled for November 9th as part of a fundraising dinner — Remembering our Veterans—at the Sparta Civic Center. Tickets are available for the event by contacting the Commission at 616-606-0765.
Bosserd emphasized that ChoiceOne Bank has a solid relationship promoting the preservation of local history. He recalled the bank was instrumental in helping the Historical Commission to purchase its current building last year, located adjacent to the Civic Center.
Bosserd said celebrating Sparta’s history and putting it on display for everyone to see is a great way to promote community heritage and spirit. “As the local community bank, we want to help keep our communities vibrant, and our museum is an important part of Sparta.
The Sparta Township Historical Commission strives to preserve and keep local history alive for future generations. “Any donations of local historical items and financial support are always appreciated,” Bosserd noted.

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ChoiceOne Bank promotes Parker to AVP, Commercial Lender

BUS-Parker,-Jason-ChoiceOneChoiceOne Bank recently announced that Jason A. Parker, of Cedar Springs, has re-joined the Bank as Assistant Vice President, Commercial Lender. In his new position, Parker will work with clients and new prospects to meet their commercial lending needs.

“As a Trusted Advisor of ChoiceOne Bank, I will also work with my clients to help identify all of their financial needs beyond commercial lending,” said Parker. “In that effort I will help coordinate and direct my clients to the appropriate areas within the Bank to obtain the broad range of banking services that we can offer.”

Parker’s appointment as Assistant Vice President marks a return for him to ChoiceOne Bank. Most recently he worked at Huntington Bank for five years, where he managed a $30 million portfolio. “We are pleased to welcome Jason back to ChoiceOne Bank,” said James Bosserd, President and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “The experience he has gained in his career and his commitment to serving customers will prove invaluable for our ChoiceOne Bank business clients. He brings a strong background and work ethic to his position.”

From 2003 to 2007, Parker was a branch manager at ChoiceOne, and prior to that a branch manager at Ionia County National Bank. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.

Parker is active in his community serving as a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Celebration Committee. He is a past member of the Cedar Springs Rotary Club, past board member of the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce, and past Treasurer of the Lowell Rotary Club. Parker also helps coach youth soccer.

“Jason’s involvement in local service organizations is typical of what our employees are known for at ChoiceOne Bank,” added Bosserd. “As the local community bank, we want to do all we can to help the families and businesses in our communities succeed.”

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ChoiceOne director honored as grand marshal

ChoiceOne Bank Director Gary Gust, of Gust Construction, was honored when he was selected as the Grand Marshal of the Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival which took place Saturday, October 1.
Each year, the Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors solicits nominations from the entire community for the prestigious title of “Grand Marshal” of the Red Flannel Festival. The Grand Marshal presides over the entire Festival, attending several key events and presiding over the Grand Parade.
“I was honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal this year,” stated Mr. Gust. Lolly and I are very active in our community and have enjoyed participating in this event for many years. This brought great pride to both of us.”
Gust has been a director of ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. and ChoiceOne Bank since the merger with Valley Ridge Financial Corp. and, prior to that, was a director of Valley Ridge Financial Corp. and Valley Ridge Bank/Kent City State Bank, which was consolidated with The Grant State Bank on December 6, 1996, to form Valley Ridge Bank, since 1991.
“Gary has been a long-standing board member of ChoiceOne Bank,” said President and CEO James Bosserd. “As a local business owner that believes in supporting his community, he has provided valuable advice and character to our local community bank franchise.”
Gust attended Cedar Springs High School, and went on to Ferris State University, where he played tennis and met his wife, Lolly. Gary owned Gust Construction Company from 1979 until 2009.
ChoiceOne Bank is a full service financial institution with offices in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties. ChoiceOne Bank offers insurance and investment products through its subsidiary, ChoiceOne Insurance Agencies, Inc. ChoiceOne Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company headquartered in Sparta, Mich., and the parent corporation of ChoiceOne Bank. For more information, please visit ChoiceOne’s website at www.choiceone.com.

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