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Santa visits Cedar Springs and Sand Lake

Santa heard lots of wishes from boys and girls last  weekend when he visited at both Family Fare in Cedar Springs and the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.  If you missed him, you can see him at Classic Kelly’s Restaurant on Main Street on Sunday, December 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Scout food drive triples donations


The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 from Cedar Springs held their annual food drive on Saturday, March 16 at Family Fare. Eleven Scouts collected 570 nonperishable items, including food, hygiene products and laundry supplies. Patrons of Family Fare donated individual items, carts filled with groceries and cash. The scouts learned the value of community service and the value of clipping coupons! The cash that was collected was used to purchase additional needed items with coupons and the “Ten for $10” sale. The generous support from the local community was outstanding and donations were almost tripled from last year’s 200 items. All items were donated to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.  Community members in need or wanting to contribute additional donations can contact the pantry at (616) 696-1140. Thanks to Family Fare, community members and all that continue to support Scouting.


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Spartan stores promote healthy heart screenings

This Valentine’s Day, give your loved ones a gift that’s really from the heart by taking part in a heart health screening at Family Fare in Cedar Springs on February 13. Early detection of heart disease is vital to the prevention of serious long-term heart complications, and a potentially fatal outcome. The number one method of early detection is a heart health screening. During the month of February, Spartan Store pharmacies will offer heart health screenings as well as Hypertension and pulse rate, and blood pressure checks. Healthy heart product samples are also available for consumers along with our Nutrition Guide.

“As part of Healthy Heart Month, Spartan Stores is pleased to be promoting heart health screenings at our D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare, Glen’s Markets and VG’s pharmacies,” said Alan Hartline, Executive Vice President Merchandising and Marketing for Spartan Stores. “Our pharmacies are dedicated to enhancing the health of their patients and do much more than fill prescriptions and offer consultation. Value-added health care services such as these heart health screenings provide valuable wellness information and can actually save lives. What better gift to give to the loved ones in your life than a healthy heart and years of being together.”

CEDAR SPRINGS: Monday, Feb. 13, at Family Fare on 17 Mile Rd. Pharmacies will conduct the screenings from 10 am to 1 pm at each location. Check or cash only. Tests are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

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Family Fare donates to library programs


Pictured (L to R) is Family Fare assistant store manager Howie Fischer, Librarian Donna Clark, and store manager Don Fetrow.

Family Fare in Cedar Springs recently made a donation to the Cedar Springs Public Library of $478, which will support much of the children, tween and teen programming this next year at the library. The store was also the major sponsor for the library’s summer fun carnival ($350). The money came from the Spartan Foundation, which enables local Spartan stores to support programs in their local community.

Library Director Donna Clark was excited about the donation. “It’s so generous,” she said. “This money will go a LONG way for supplies and miscellaneous costs and may even cover the entire school year! That’s value…that’s Spartan!”

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Pie in the face for a good cause

Family Fare employee Barb Gross gives store director Don Fetrow a pie-in-the face.

What does a pie in the face and building a house have in common? The employees at the Family Fare in Cedar Springs have the answer to that: $1,671.

That’s how much money they raised recently while selling medallions for Habitat for Humanity. And it was a high enough amount for Store Director Don Fetrow to get a whipped cream pie in the face.

The employees were split into two teams, and the team who raised the most money would get to do the pie in the face. They were challenged to surpass last year’s total, and sell at least $1,000. “They did that the first week,” said Fetrow, who good-naturedly wiped off the whipped cream. “It went well.”

Barb Gross was the team-leader for the winning team, and got to do the honors. She also received $25 for her winning effort.

The money raised will stay in the Kent County area.

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New store managers at Family Fare

There are some new faces at Family Fare that may seem strangely familiar.

Don Fetrow is the new store director at Family Fare on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs.

Don Fetrow is the new store director at Family Fare on 17 Mile in Cedar Springs.

New store director Don Fetrow has been with Family Fare/Spartan Stores for close to 20 years. He said he worked at the Cedar Springs store as assistant director previously when it was Great Day. “I’m happy to be back in Cedar Springs,” remarked Fetrow. “I love the community, and it’s great to see some familiar faces.”

Fetrow lives in Allendale, but doesn’t mind the commute. “I worked on the other side of Grand Rapids and it took longer to get there than here,” he said. Plus, he said his parents live in Howard City, which is an added bonus. “I can run up there and visit them,” he said.

Fetrow was director at the Breton Meadow store on Breton and 44th in Grand Rapids for three or four years, has been an assistant store director, store merchandiser, and worked on special projects for Spartan stores.

He replaces Anne Petty, who moved to a different store.

Another familiar face is Howie Fischer, the store’s new assistant manager. Fischer worked for the store when it was Great Day in the 1990s, and recently came here from the Lake Michigan Drive store.

Stop in and tell them both hello!

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