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Volunteers needed for Resurrection Celebration

ENT-ResurrectionCelebration-logo-2Resurrection Celebration, a Cedar Springs community production celebrating the good news of the Easter story, is back for 2014 and is still in need of volunteers. We would love to have you join us! There are many positions to fill, including men, women and families to be part of the Biblical crowd scenes, ushers, childcare workers and food coordinators. The shows will be April 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Cedar Springs High School. If you would like to help out in some way, meet at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, this Sunday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m. or contact Cherryl and Jan at resurrectioncelebration@outlook.com.


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Sun comes out for egg hunt

N-EGG-HUNTHundreds of kids and their parents descended on the field at Red Hawk Elementary Saturday, March 30, for the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt. We had blue skies, bright sunshine, and lots of colorful plastic eggs filled with candy that were all gone in a flash! We had 18 basket winners (see their photos here) and for those kids who didn’t find a specially marked egg, they went home with a consolation candy cup.

A special thank you goes out to all the parents for bringing their kids out; Cedar Springs Schools for allowing use of the field; Family Fare for providing the candy consolation prizes, and for building the winner baskets; Classic Kelly’s Restaurant and the Cedar Springs Rotary for providing and filling the plastic eggs; the Keystone Kops and the Cedar Springs Fire Department for running the hunt; Dan Randall for his donation of coins, and use of tables; the Red Flannel Queen and Court for helping with the hunt; all the Post staff members who helped at the hunt, and of course, The Easter Bunny! A special thank you also goes out to all those who helped sponsor the hunt with a monetary donation.

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Winners at the Post Community Easter Egg Hunt

The following kids won baskets at the Post Easter Egg Hunt. Due to a glitch, we had 18 winners this year:

2-3 year olds

#1 Jaelyn Closser. 3, Cedar Springs

#2 Dalton Skelonc, 3, Solon Township

#3 Miah Siefken, 2, Coopersville

#4 Nicholas Julien, 3, Oakfield Township

4-5 year olds

#5 Raymond Grate, 4, Solon Township

#6 Luka Ivanov, 5, Cedar Springs

#7 Collin McDonald, 5, Cedar Springs

#8 Wyatt Vint, 4, Cedar Springs

6-7 year olds

#9 Jayda Aho-Melle, 7, Nelson Township

#10 Ashley Hansen, 6, Grand Rapids

#11 Kayden Black, 7, Sand Lake

#12 Trevor Castle, 6, Nelson Township

8-10 year olds

#13 Carley Shears, 9, Nelson Township

#14 Dylan Heiss, 9, Cedar Springs

#15 Jordan Victorson, 9, Courtland

#16 Ryleigh Fillion, 10, Belding

#17 Ashleigh Cervantes-Tanis, 8, Cedar Springs

#18 Kyle Wise, 10, Cedar Springs

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Post Easter egg hunt this Saturday!


There are many signs that spring is just around the corner, and one of them is the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt is this Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will feature hunts for four different ages, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late!

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Bunnies, chicks grow into rabbits and chickens

Think twice about giving them to children for Easter

Spring is approaching, and many parents are shopping for Easter gifts for their little ones.  Some will shop for baby bunnies and little chicks to give as gifts. There are several responsibilities that come with these animals, as they will grow into adults. Rabbits can live 7 to 10 years, while chickens can live into their teens.  The Kent County Health Department encourages adults to consider the longevity, as well as health and safety issues, if giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter.

“After the Easter holiday is over, the Kent County Animal Shelter receives dozens of unwanted domesticated rabbits and several chickens,” according to Adam London, acting Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Adults need to recognize that adopting or buying these cute little pets typically means a long-term commitment.” Pet rabbits have specific dietary needs and must live indoors.  They can learn to be very social pets with routine handling and care.

Raising chicks and other poultry has become popular, but it has also led to an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Last year, there were eight outbreaks connected to live poultry in the U.S.  Salmonella is common in baby poultry, and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week, and can be serious in young children, older adults or those with weakened immune systems.

“If you handle a chick, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly when finished,” London says. “Don’t let children under the age of five handle chicks, or let kids snuggle or kiss chicks.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information:


The Kent County Health Department suggests giving children toy stuffed animals this Easter.  Also, if giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets.  Some items, such as lilies, can be toxic to pets.

For a list, check out:  http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

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Easy Easter Brunch with a Pantry Punch

Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

(Family Features) The ingredients for an easy weekend breakfast or a special Easter brunch may be in your pantry right now. Holidays are the perfect time to sprinkle additional creativity or fresh new thinking into meals for family and friends and — by using staples like pancake mix, syrup and instant mashed potatoes in unexpected ways — you can craft new and delicious dishes sure to make everyone smile.

Try these recipes from Hungry Jack® using simple pantry staples, and turn them into what will become new brunch favorites:

—Put a unique spin on brunch food with a savory Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza.

—DIY Pancake Breakfast Sandwiches: You can assemble them for your guests, or get everyone involved by letting them build their own and add some custom touches like eggs, cheese or bacon.

—Combine sweet, spicy and smoky flavors for Spicy Candied Bacon, a definite crowd pleaser.

—Set out some flavored or Greek yogurt and a bowl of Good Morning Granola so guests can create their own breakfast parfaits.

For more creative recipes and ideas, visit www.hungryjack.com.



Spicy Candied Bacon

Yield: 6 slices

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

1/2 pound extra-thick cut bacon, about 6 slices

1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Line 15 x 10-inch baking pan with foil. Lay bacon slices on foil.

2. BAKE 18 to 20 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove from oven. Tilt pan to drain. Pat bacon with paper towel. Combine syrup, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle evenly over bacon slices.

3. BAKE 5 minutes or until evenly browned. Remove to wire rack. Cool 5 minutes.

Serving suggestion: Candied Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: Layer fried egg on English muffin. Top with shredded cheese, Spicy Candied Bacon and a dash of hot sauce or ketchup. Top with other half of English muffin.



Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Crisco Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

3/4 cup Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup Hungry Jack Original Syrup

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 3-inch round sausage patties*


1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup diced red pepper

4 large eggs

1/8 teaspoon salt

For pancakes:

1. COAT griddle or skillet with no-stick cooking spray. Heat griddle or skillet on medium heat (350°F).

2. WHISK pancake mix, water and syrup in medium bowl. Stir in cheese, potatoes and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook sausage patties as directed on package.

3. POUR 2 tablespoons batter on griddle, spreading batter to make a 3-inch circle or by using 3-inch pancake molds, coated with no-stick cooking spray. Repeat to make 7 more pancakes. Cook 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn. Cook second side 2 minutes.

For eggs:

1. MELT butter in large skillet. Add red pepper. Cook and stir about 1 minute. Whisk eggs and salt in small bowl. Pour into skillet with peppers. Cook slightly, then shape into four 3-inch circles about the same size as the pancakes and sausage.

2. PLACE one pancake on plate. Top with cooked sausage patty, egg and another pancake to make breakfast sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 3 more sandwiches.

*TIP: If using pre-made sausage patties, flatten slightly into 3-inch rounds, if necessary.



Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

1 3/4 cups Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Olive Oil


3 large eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh dill weed or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded Swiss or cheddar cheese

1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion

4 ounces thinly sliced deli-styled baked ham, coarsely chopped

Fresh dill sprigs (optional)

For crust:

1. HEAT oven to 425°F. Coat 12-inch pizza pan with no-stick cooking spray. Combine pancake mix, Parmesan cheese, dry mustard and onion powder in medium bowl, stirring until blended. Stir in water and olive oil until dough forms.

2. PRESS dough onto bottom of prepared pan to form a crust, building up outside edge to form a rim. Bake 7 minutes.

For filling:

1. WHISK eggs, sour cream, Dijon mustard, dill and salt in medium bowl. Stir in cheese and green onions. Pour over hot crust, spreading evenly. Toss ham to separate pieces. Sprinkle evenly over egg mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until egg mixture is set in center. Cool 5 minutes before cutting. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired.



Good Morning Granola

Good Morning Granola

Good Morning Granola

Yield: 5 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut (optional)

2 tablespoons wheat germ

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil

1/2 cup Hungry Jack Sugar Free Breakfast Syrup

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, golden raisins, cherries or cranberries

1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. COMBINE oats, almonds, coconut, wheat germ, salt and cinnamon in large bowl. Combine oil, syrup and brown sugar in another bowl. Pour over oat mixture. Toss until well coated. Spread evenly in 13 x 9-inch pan.

3. BAKE 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Cool completely. Stir in dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room temperature.




Spicy Candied Bacon with eggs

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich

Ham, Egg and Cheese Pizza

Good Morning Granola


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He Is Risen Indeed!

C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

If you ask the average person on the street what Easter is about, you are more likely to hear about the beginning of spring and new life, about warm weather and plants starting to grow and days getting longer again, more than you are to hear about Jesus.

Easter isn’t about spring or the growing season, it’s about something more important than that. Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  We read in John’s Gospel, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25 King James Version).

Easter is about the promises of Jesus as to our great hope for resurrection into a new life eternally. We read in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (King James Version).

A lot of people doubt that Jesus rose again on the first Easter; it doesn’t make sense to human reason that a dead man should come alive again.  But it doesn’t depend on human reason, Jesus rising from the dead doesn’t depend on our belief or understanding.  It depends on God and his sovereign promises and authority, and God himself said Jesus would live again.  Though many people will say ‘no, Jesus didn’t rise,’ they don’t have the authority, we have God’s word.

Of course Jesus’ own disciples thought their walk with Jesus was ended when he died on the cross. But the Gospel truth, the Good news is, Jesus Christ is risen today!  When the disciples met Jesus after the cross, this truth changed their lives for ever.  What a joy it is to know that his promises have been kept, Jesus turns sadness into joy and that is reason to celebrate now.  Jesus lives today and that means that those who believe on him will live also.

Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, death had been the enemy of mankind, no one knew what awaited beyond that point; until Easter morning.  That all changed and now we can dare to believe that the Lord will see us through the days and minutes of our lives, and that he will never leave or forsake us.

The great Easter truth is not limited to our new life after death, but we are to live here and now by the power of resurrection hope.  When we face the tragedies in this life, we can draw from God’s promised resurrection power to overcome the pain, sorrow and mourning that terminal diseases, sudden calamities and fatal accidents inflict on us.  Because He lives, I can face today and tomorrow. We should live like we believe!


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Post Easter egg hunt March 30



There are many signs that spring is just around the corner, and one of them is the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt is only 1 WEEK away, so plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will feature hunts for four different ages, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late!

Several readers caught our goof up last week—and  yes—the hunt is on Saturday the 30th, not the 31st.

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Many people decorate for Christmas, but the colorful eggs in front of Mike and Yvonne Cook’s house, at 3240 17 Mile, are a hint of what’s coming this weekend—Easter! According to Mike, Yvonne has been decorating their yard with the eggs for the past 6 years.

“She loves doing it,” he said.


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Easter and incomplete answers


Ronnie McBrayer

by Ronnie McBrayer


On Easter morning, a Sunday School teacher began to quiz her class of young children about the real meaning of the day. “What is Easter?” she asked, and the students were ready to respond. A little boy said, “Easter is that holiday when we get together with our families, eat turkey, and everyone is thankful.” The teacher answered, “No, not quite. Does anyone else know?” Another child answered, “Easter is the holiday when we grill burgers and hotdogs, shoot off fireworks, and celebrate our country’s birthday.”

Again, the teacher replied, “No, not quite.” She began to wonder if anyone in the room knew what Easter was really about. But then a little girl stood and began speaking, “Easter is a Christian holiday that follows the remembrance of Jesus’ death on Good Friday. Jesus was buried in tomb, and a large rock was rolled over the entrance.”

The teacher nearly squealed in delight. But then the girl continued, “And on Easter morning the stone is rolled away so Jesus can get out. Then, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.” No, not quite.

While the children in this story gave incomplete answers, the question asked is still a good one: “What is Easter?” Despite a gazillion Easter sermons and Sunday School classes, our answers may still be a little lacking.

Many believers spend Easter morning proclaiming or listening to massive, exhaustive explanations of the resurrection miracle. The gospel accounts are analyzed and reconciled; scientific objections are considered and then dismantled; skeptics are scolded and unbelievers are disregarded. It is apologetic calisthenics, a vigorous workout in defending Jesus’ reputation, and not quite the answer.

Easter is reduced to defending the Christian dogma, but it is so much more than that. It is a revolution of transforming hope for the world. Easter is not just a doctrine; it is a powerful, redemptive way to live today. When God raised Jesus from the dead – and Christians believe Christ is indeed risen – he signaled the beginning of the redemption of all things, and provided the potency to bring this redemption to its fulfillment.

So we must do more than explain Easter. We must live it and “get in” on it today. We must use it to instigate heaven on earth. We must do more than say “He is Risen,” we must become the living proof of Christ’s resurrection power.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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