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City celebrates groundbreaking


By Judy Reed and Nancy Noreen

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Dan Brown, Rich Freiburger, Councilor Pat Capek, City Manager Christine Burns, and Rex Rowland break ground on the new Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up.

Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Dan Brown, Rich Freiburger, Councilor Pat Capek, City Manager Christine Burns, and Rob Rowland break ground on the new Veteran’s Memorial Park. Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up. Photo by J. Reed

It was cause for celebration Saturday when residents gathered on Saturday, during the Cedar Springs Earth Day celebration, for a groundbreaking and tree planting ceremony at the new Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the corner of Oak and Main Streets in Cedar Springs.

“Being a veteran, this park has special meaning for me,” said Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson. “I hope that everyone who uses it will remember those that served even one day in the military.”

Watson noted that everything was donated for the park. Other than the property, the city didn’t spend any money on it. Instead, Dan Brown, uncle to Timothy Brown, who was killed in action in Iraq, was the driving force behind the park. Watson thanked him for finding sponsors for the park, and thanked all the volunteers for their generosity.

Watson, Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl, Councilor Pat Capek, City manager Christine Burns, and sponsors Rob Rowland of Rowland Excavating and Rich Freiburger of Rapid Concrete turned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt with gold-painted shovels.

Burns announced that the push to get donations for the light poles in the park had been a success, and that there would now be five instead of only four.

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Mayor Charlie Watson and Nathan Brown plant a tree at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Immediately following the groundbreaking, a small row of Cedar trees was planted along the east boundary of the new park. Brown, Rowland, Watson, Freiburger, Tim Brown Sr. and Nathan Brown were among those who helped place the trees in the ground.

Next on the Earth day schedule was the city cleanup. The volunteers who came to collect their t-shirts, trash bags and assigned work areas didn’t seem daunted by the weather. Some were sent to work on the White Pine Trail, others picked up trash along 17 Mile Road and out by the highway.

Ready for clean up

Denise and Kyra Hanna get ready to go clean up. Photo by N. Noreen.

People also took advantage of the opportunity to recycle E-waste, shred documents, and buy seedlings at various stations around town that morning. “E-waste disposal was a much bigger hit than the hazardous waste disposal was last year,” said Burns. She said they would continue with the e-waste disposal as long as the vendor is available. She also noted that this year’s auction was also well attended.

At noon, volunteers gathered at the Legion for pizza and popcorn. During lunch there were recycling coloring books and posters for kids to color, a library book display, and the opportunity to make your own earth friendly toilet bowl cleaner and laundry sheets.

City Clerk Linda Branyan, with the help of Representative Tom Pierce and Mayor Charlie Watson, also took time during lunch to award prizes to the winners of the photography competition. (Watch for more on that next week.)

Earth Day helpers staying dry

cleaning up

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Homeschoolers dig in to help for Earth Day


By Sarah Read

Even the littlest of hands can be big helpers.

Homeschoolers from Greenville, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas helped spread wood chips as part of a community service project for Earth Day.

Homeschoolers from Greenville, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas helped spread wood chips as part of a community service project for Earth Day.

Members of the Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers group rolled up their sleeves on Earth Day last week to help the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department distribute an enormous shipment of new woodchips that arrived for Danish Kingdom Playground, April 22. Children of all ages lent a hand raking, shoveling, wheeling and hauling the woodchips to spread them throughout the play area during the community service, from 9 a.m. until noon. “[It was] lots of fun for our whole family,” said homeschooling mom, Erin Snook, of Stanton.

“[My daughter was] so proud to be able to help in this way!” added Teresa Janzen.

The Danish Kingdom Playground is where the Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers support group holds their park play days, making it the ideal location for the students to learn the importance of community service and taking care of the places they live and play.

The Greenville Homeschoolers group took a tour of a recycling facility last week to learn about recycling.

The Greenville Homeschoolers group took a tour of a recycling facility last week to learn about recycling.

Following up the community service project, members took a field trip the next day to Recycle World, a recycling facility which handles and processes recycling for all of Montcalm County. “It was a simple, but very informative tour,” explained Barb Kaaikala, of Greenville. “We were shown the various steps in the recycling process from the time the materials come in the door to the time that they leave. It was interesting to see the ‘crusher’ being fed and to see the big bales of recycled plastics with the containers still recognizable inside.”

Stephanie Herzog, of Orleans, shared, “I learned a lot about the process and some do’s and don’ts that I didn’t know about before. [The] kids walked away with a better grasp of what actually starts to happen to the items that we put in the recycle basket here at home.”

Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers is an inclusive group providing connection, support, group activities, field trips, mom meet-ups and more to area homeschoolers. Members include families from Greenville, Stanton, Ionia, Lowell, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.com

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Celebrate Earth Day the Cedar Springs way


By Judy Reed

Do you have any old junk computers and monitors lying around? What about personal documents you are afraid to throw away because of the personal information on them? Would you like to see Cedar Creek clean again? Or buy some seedlings? What do all of these have in common? They are all part of Cedar Springs’ 3rd annual Earth Day 2010 celebration!

The city will hold their Earth Day celebration on April 24, starting at 8 a.m. with E-waste collection behind Cedar Springs city hall. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, modems, power cords, etc. Televisions will not be accepted, however, you can drop them off at Comprenew at 629 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids for a $10 recycling fee.

New this year is personal document shredding at Kent County Credit Union, 14111 White Creek Avenue. Residents can bring up to two boxes of confidential information for secure shredding, such as credit card receipts, pay check stubs, savings plan statements, bills, tax records and other miscellaneous items that you no longer need.

Also new this year will be a ground breaking ceremony at the city’s new park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the corner of Main and Oak Streets at 9:30 a.m., followed by a tree-planting there commemorating Arbor Day.

Residents will meet again at 10 a.m. at the Fire barn on Maple Street to clean up Cedar Creek. You don’t have to pre-register to work, but the first 100 registered get a free shirt! After the cleanup, there will be a pizza party at the American Legion for the clean up crews, and a green cleaning products demonstration. There will be a city surplus auction following lunch. Visit the city’s website at www.cityofcedarsprings.org for a list of items, and to download a registration form for the cleanup.

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