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Old folks at home


(L to R):  Judy Schultz, Liz Clifford, Chris Bigney, and Russ Cole in a scene from Old Folks at Home.

(L to R):  Judy Schultz, Liz Clifford, Chris Bigney, and Russ Cole in a scene from Old Folks at Home.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

Ever wondered what life in a retirement home might be like, but were afraid to ask? Scott and Jill Phillip’s new musical Old Folks at Home will give you a glimpse into life at the Aged Oaks retirement home. If you want to see this wonderful spoof, tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library or Alpha and Omega Coffee and games for the 7:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, May 24-25.
The show opened to a packed theatre last Friday. The audience laughed all the way through as Scott poked fun at the infirmities that come with age and mileage. Melvin (Russ Cole) still thinks he is God’s gift to women as he chases the ladies around in his walker while in Betty’s (Megan Maddox) royal allusions she portrays herself as Queen for a day taking on personages from Victoria to, well you will have to go to find out! Then there is poor Maude (Liz Clifford), stricken by a stroke she milks more laughs out of 52 words and a palette of facial expressions than Bob Hope could in a Christmas special. Glenda (Chris Bigney) tries to keep the peace as squabbles breakout. Bertie (Judy Schultz) thinks she’s a flapper as she makes eyes at staffer Corey (Sean Murphy).

On the darker side, Wendell (Jon Gamm) feels he as been dumped to die by his son, Adam (Dan Kavanaugh). Anna Ambrose as Rachel attempts to bring reconciliation to Wendell and Adam as little Johnny (Hayden Golczynski) brings joy and purpose into Wendell’s shattered life. All the time, Kathryn-with a capital K (Terri Riggle), tries to keep the home running on an even keel.

Jill’s songs range from the hilarious to the poignant. The Lutheran Children’s Choir’s makes fun of the residents in the title work, Old Folks at Home. The house roared at Stalker with Walker. On the other hand, you could hear a pin drop when Anna sang Forgive. The show closed as the Aged Oak residents got back at the Lutheran kids with their rap song, Old Folks Finale.

The show is as good as it gets, a great story line and super music. Make the time this weekend to enjoy this fantastic production. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Students under 18 are $6. Call Scott at 696-3746 or email phillipsba@yahoo.com to reserve your ticket or get one at the library or Alpha and Omega.

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Ruth Nester-Polensky


Ruth Lillian Cole Nester-Polensky, age 65, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her first husband James Cole Sr. and her second husband, Edward Polensky Sr.; her parents, Willard and Emugene Coykendall; siblings, Edith, Raymond, Harry, Charles, Myrtle, Evelyn, James and Wanda. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Thomas Nester; children, James & Helen Cole, Joseph and Theresa Cole, Angela & Pete Garcia, Sandra and Jeremiah Kanuaz; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother Erwin & Marge Coykendall; several nieces and nephews; very special friend, Lois Nester, Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 7th with Rev. Eric Coulon officiating.  Interment Fairplains Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses are asked to contact the funeral home.

Arrangements by Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, www.hesselcheslek.com

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Looking back: The Village of Cedar Springs


Several residents, including Craig Cole and Robert Plank, brought in this old postcard of Cedar Springs. It shows what Cedar Springs looked like 140 years ago when it became a village.
According to the Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, the photo was taken in 1871, and the village was incorporated in March of that year. The photo shows the intersection of Main and Muskegon Streets, looking north. The building on the left is Black’s first store. On the right is O’Dell’s Blacksmith shop, with his wagon shop just north of that. You can also see the United Methodist Church to the north of the wagon shop.

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Boxing club undefeated at tournament


Ricardo Rios

Boxers from the Sand Lake Boxing Club competed in Bath, Michigan last Saturday, February 19. Sand Lake went 3-0 in Saturday’s bouts.

Lorenzo Esquivel started the night out by outpointing Ohio’s Brandon Raccio in his boxing debut. In the 8th bout of the night, Nick Ruvalcaba won by 3rd round TKO against Ohio’s Alex Hernandez. Ricardo Rios, competing in his first bout at the 132lb weight class, won via 3rd TKO against Grand Rapids Kevin Cole.

“I feel really strong in this weight class,” said Rios.

The 2011 Golden Gloves Tournament will be held March 12 at the 44th street armory in Grand Rapids. Boxers of the Sand Lake Boxing Club have turned up the intensity of their workouts in preparation for this year’s tournament. This year’s team includes many Cedar Spring boxers. Ricardo Rios will represent Sand Lake in the 132lb open division. Rios is a two time state runner up in the 141lb division. Nate Macdonald, 2010’s 152lb sub-novice city champion, will compete in the 141 novice division. Other local boxers include Nate Phelps at 165lb, Kyle Dunmire at 152lb and Jeff Knapp at 178lb.

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