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CS Brewing Co. wins best brewery contest


 

After only being open six months, the Cedar Springs Brewing Co. came out on top last week in a contest posted online by WZZM13 for the best brewery in West Michigan.

According to WZZM13, 2,800 people voted in the initial poll, nominating 98 different breweries. They narrowed it down to the top ten with the most votes, and Cedar Springs Brewing Company was on the list. They then had another round of voting, and narrowed it to the top four.

In the final tally, Cedar Springs Brewing came in first with 2,533 votes; Pigeon Hill Brewing in Muskegon took second with 2,171 votes; Fetch Brewing in Whitehall was third with 840 votes; and Founders was fourth with 691.

WZZM13 will be filming at CS Brewing Co. today (Thursday) at 11 a.m., and they will be featured on the Saturday morning, May 28 edition of “A Taste of My Town.” The other four breweries will be also be profiled in upcoming shows.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Co., thanked friends and supporters for voting, in an email last week.

“While this is certainly not a true measure of anything other than local support, it has been wonderful to see the Cedar Springs community and friends turn out over the past two weeks, through two rounds of voting, as we’ve asked for your support via club members, newsletter, email, on social media and all of you who visited us personally,” he wrote. “To you all, we say Danke!”

“Our community is blessed with so many outstanding brewers, including, but not limited to, the final four with our friends at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in Muskegon, Fetch Brewing Company in Whitehall, and Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids,” he added. “We encourage you to visit each of the four finalists to see what they’re all about. We are blessed and humbled to be in the conversation.”

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Best Lips contest cancelled


 

Lynn Marion's, of Cedar Springs, winning lips from the Best Lips Contest 2015.

Lynn Marion’s, of Cedar Springs, winning lips from the Best Lips Contest 2015.

We will all be left in suspense this year on who has the best lips in Cedar Springs. That’s because after 22 years of showcasing lips of all shapes and sizes, the Post is calling it quits on the “Best Lips” contest.

It wasn’t really our decision. You—the readers—made the decision for us. We are cancelling the contest because of lack of participation.

It’s been a fun 22 years, though. Publisher Lois Allen talked about the days when she used to go out and solicit people to enter—even men. And she would tell them that “so and so said they would do it if you would” and so they would do it. And then she’d get the other person to do it by telling them the same thing, too!

And who could forget the year we had the impostor lips? We published what we thought was then Cedar Springs Public School’s Finance Director Frank Verhoven’s lips—only to find out the next week when he called that he didn’t send any in—someone was impersonating him! So we did a follow up story letting people know we were taking DNA from the lips sample and sending it to the FBI. A lot of people got a laugh out of it, though I’m not sure Frank did.

It’s been a good ride, and we thank all of you who entered over the years, and those who helped us choose the best lips these last few years by voting for your favorites. Now use those lips to go give someone a great big kiss!

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Searching for great Michigan Apple recipes


Michigan Apple Committee Sponsors Amateur Recipe Contest

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) is looking for talented amateur cooks to submit their favorite Michigan apple recipe for the 2014 Michigan Apple Amateur Recipe Contest. The contest is running now through Jan. 31, 2015. To enter, see the contest rules and details at http://bit.ly/1AjaHQK.

“Michigan apples are a versatile food — there are so many ways they can be used,” said Diane Smith, MAC executive director. “We are hoping Michigan’s tasty apples will inspire amateur cooks to get creative and develop something unique and delicious.”

Entries will be judged based on taste, originality, preparation and apple significance. Recipes that are easy to follow and where Michigan apples have a major role in the flavor of the dish will be important considerations. The three highest scoring recipes will receive a KitchenAid®, 250-Watt, 4-1/2-Quart, Stand Mixer, which is an approximate retail value of $250. Contest winners will be notified by Feb. 27, 2015.

To be eligible to participate, residents must be at least 18 years of age, and not a professional cook, chef, baker or home economist. Recipes must use Michigan apples. Entries should be typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper, and must include the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email and a Michigan apple variety recommendation. No Granny Smith apples can be used. A full list of Michigan Apple varieties can be found at www.MichiganApples.com/varieties.

Entries can be mailed to the Michigan Apple Committee at 13750 S. Sedona Parkway, Suite 3, Lansing, MI 48906, or emailed to Staff@MichiganApples.com. Mailed entries must be received before Jan. 31, 2015, and email entries must arrive before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 31, 2015.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.

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What problem would you solve for tomorrow?


Students and teachers across the country will tackle critical issues using science, technology, engineering and math to win prizes for their schools.

Students and teachers across the country will tackle critical issues using science, technology, engineering and math to win prizes for their schools.

(NAPS)—Students and teachers in public schools are racing to solve problems that can exist in many communities across the country—such as water pollution and street safety—and they’re doing it with $2 million on the line. The nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is helping students engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through community-based learning—by taking topics out of traditional classroom settings and exploring, in a hands-on way, how they address issues that affect their lives.

To enter, visit www.samsung.com/solve by October 31.

From the applicant pool, 255 state finalists will be selected, then 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) will be announced. Fifteen national finalists will present their projects to judges, and five grand prize winners will be selected by public online voters, judges and Samsung employees.

In total, approximately $2 million in prizes will be given throughout the competition. To learn more, visit www.samsung.com/solve.

 

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Last Chance to pucker up!


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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you only have until Monday, February 4, to get your entry in to our best lips contest! As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female. We’re going to let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper next Thursday, February 7. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 14 edition. See details on page 6.

Best Lips Contest 2013

 

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The 19th annual “Best Lips” Contest


You be the Judge – Vote online for your favorite lips!

Vote for who you think has the most luscious lips! The Post staff has chosen this year’s top ten entries, but you get to pick the winner. Voting starts Thursday, February 9. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 14, at 5 p.m. The person who has the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner, and will receive a dinner for two (up to a $20 value) at Main Street Restaurant in Cedar Springs; a $15 gift card for Bay Leaf Books in Sand Lake; a large pizza (up to 6 toppings) or two subs, and breadsticks from Mr. Pizza in Sand Lake; and a haircut from Corner Hair Design in Sand Lake (a $15 value). There will also be prizes for second and third place. So get your family and friends and start voting! Winners will be featured in next week’s issue, February 16th edition.

 

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Best Lips Contest


LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! QUICK TIME IS RUNNING OUT! DEADLINE IS MONDAY BY 5PM!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time for some fun at the Post. As always, we want to know who has the most luscious lips in Cedar Springs—male or female! Show us your lips by entering our 19th annual “Best Lips” contest by February 6. We’re going to shake it up a bit this year and let YOU—the readers—decide who wins! We will print the finalists in our paper on Thursday, February 9. Then readers will go online to our website to vote for who they think should win. Winners will be announced in our February 16 edition. Click here for details.

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Weight loss contest to benefit library


Are you looking to lose weight, get healthy, and fit and trim in 2011? How about doing that and benefitting the Cedar Springs Public Library at the same time?
You can now do both by joining the Biggest Lozer contest, right here in Cedar Springs!
There is a $25 entry fee, with proceeds benefitting the Cedar Springs Public Library building fund $50,000 match challenge.  Ten percent of the entry fees will go toward the grand prize. If 50 people sign up, that would be $125. If 100 people sign up, it’s $250. The grand prize will go to the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight.
Other prizes include a 3-month membership at Curves for a woman, a 3-month membership at Max Fitness for a man, and for seniors $40 cash, courtesy of the Curiosity Shoppe.
If you’d like to join the contest, email Alicia at lovelearndaycare@yahoo.com to sign up. Weigh-in will be at Curves on January 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. You will pay the entry fee there. Each week you will email your confidential weekly weight. Weigh-out is March 3 at Curves. You will also receive weekly emails of fitness tips, recipes and more.
If you’d like to help the library but don’t want to join the contest, you can also give an end-of-the year donation. Since November 10, the library has raised over $7,000, but has $43,000 to go. You can postmark a donation before January 1 and claim a tax credit. Just mail it to Cedar Springs Public Library, PO Box 280, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call or text Library Director Donna Clark at 616-901-7173 to make arrangements for your donation to count for 2011.
Also—more gowns are needed for the formal gown sale, also taking place January 7, 8 a.m. to noon, at Cedar Springs High School media center. Short dresses sell for $20, long dresses for $35. Drop gowns off at Cedar Springs City Hall until January 6 and receive a tax receipt.

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VOTE


Even if you’ve never been to farm market or hate vegetables

Picture perfect setting: A recent Saturday morning at the “soon-to-be” (hopefully) America’s Favorite Farmers Market in downtown Rockford, MI.

by Cliff and Nancy Hill

Listen up people. When the fat lady sings next Wednesday evening (Aug. 31) at 12:00 p.m. midnight, the America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest will be over.
Rockford’s Farm Market has been clinging to the lead in this nationwide contest for the past 8 weeks. Not only do we lead overall in all market size categories, more importantly, we also lead in our small market size category.
Our opponent, Venice, FL, is wily. Their strategy in this contest has been to hang just behind Rockford in vote totals and then overnight close the gap. We are fearful of what might occur in the final hours of voting on August 31. Remember we are talking about Florida, the state of the “hanging chads.”
To those of you who have already voted, we thank you! However, your support is still needed in these final days and hours of the contest. We ask you to use your considerable social media networking skills to reach out to any and everyone to also cast their votes for Rockford’s great farm market.
This contest has become somewhat more than farm market vs. farm market.  It has somehow morphed into a state vs. state competition of bragging rights. With two farm markets in Michigan (Rockford and Manistique, in the U.P.) vying for titles in their respective market size categories against two farm markets in Florida (Venice and North Port). We ourselves like to think of this as a contest between “Pure Michigan” and “Alligator Alley.”
Now for one very last time let’s win two for Michigan. If you haven’t voted, go online to: www.farmland.org/vote or simpler still, visit the Rockford Farm Market this Saturday (your last opportunity to vote in person) and add your vote to the more than 4,000 that have already been cast. We need your vote to prove that Rockford’s Farm Market is truly America’s Favorite Farmers Market.

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Rockford’s lead evaporates in Farm Market contest


Let’s win 1 for Rockford and 2 for Michigan

Cradled on his father’s chest, 3-month old Brady Cronkright, assists his father Tom as Dad votes for the Rockford Farm Market.

by Cliff and Nancy Hill, Rockford Squire

The America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest voting website shows that the Rockford Farm Market is not alone in Michigan in trying to win a title as America’s Favorite Farmers Market. There will be four winners named, one for each of four market size categories: boutique (15 or less vendors), small (16 – 30), medium (31 – 55), and large (56 + vendors).  Currently Rockford leads the entire nation in all market size categories.  Winning overall would be like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

With three weeks remaining in the contest, we find this is no easy task. Every time Rockford (pop. 5,700) builds up a comfortable lead in the small market size category our chief competitor, Venice, FL (pop. 22,000), comes charging right back. In a 36-hour period over the weekend, Venice voters cast a whopping 400 new votes that cut deeply into our once comfortable lead.

This smiling lass, Hannah Ott (9), greets visitors as they enter the Manistique, Mich. Farmers Market.

Manistique, Mich. (pop. 3,050), in the boutique size category, finds itself in the same position in an even more hotly contested race. They find themselves with a weekly flip-flopping lead against another Florida market in Punta Gorda (pop. 17,100).

What we have here, in essence, are two Davids vs. two Goliaths. Somewhat even more ironic is that, at this time in the growing season of Florida, much of their farm market produce is shipped down from the north.

So, in an effort to assist one another in this contest, the Manistique Farmers Market, with the strong support of the Manistique newspaper, The Pioneer Tribune, have joined forces with the Rockford Squire Newspaper in promoting our respective markets in the remaining weeks of the contest. The Cedar Springs Post is also joining in and we welcome their support.

This would be a great way to bring some positive national attention, for a change, to Michigan.  “And to think we are only the little guys,” says Kerry Ott, Market Master of the Manistique Farmers Market. “We will promote this to our supporters as: Let’s win 1 for Manistique and 2 for Michigan.”

Making a strong connection with Rockford, Manistique Market Master Ott tells us his mother, Doris (Andrews) Ott, graduated from Rockford High School in 1942 and after marriage raised her family in Greenville. “If she were still alive, she would be so excited to see a connection between Manistique and Rockford!” said Ott.

So wherever you reside, if you’ve already cast your vote for Rockford in this nationwide contest consider casting an additional vote for our “little sister” the Manistique Michigan Farmers Market. Contest rules permit voting for one farm market in each market size category. Manistique voters will attempt to return the favor by voting for Rockford’s Farm Market. A vote for these 2 farm markets is a vote for Michigan and all Michiganders, regardless of where they reside, are encouraged to support both markets in this endeavor.

If you have not as yet voted for Rockford’s Farm Market you may do so online at: www.farmland.org/vote or better and easier still pay a visit to Rockford’s “Pure” Farm Market on Saturday morning (8 a.m.—1 p.m.) and cast a live vote on site.

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