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Ski swap and equipment sale fundraiser


As winter weather approaches, West Michigan Ski Patrols gear up for the largest ski swap fundraiser in the state of Michigan. The 42nd annual ski/snowboard swap and equipment sale will take place November 8, 9 and 10 at Cannonsburg Ski Area located at 6800 Cannonsburg Road, Belmont, Michigan, 49306.

The 42nd annual sale is a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit ski patrols of West Michigan, including the Cannonsburg Ski Patrol, Pando Ski Patrol, and the West Michigan Nordic Ski Patrol. Commissions earned from the sale go to purchase first aid supplies and life-saving equipment used to evacuate injured guests in the event of an accident or emergency. Ski Patrols do not charge for emergency care, are volunteers, and no funding from county or community.

There will be thousands of pieces of new and gently used equipment at bargain prices. Clothes, downhill skis, snowboards, cross country skis, boots, coats, hats, gloves, and accessories for all winter activities will be available on a first come first serve basis. Doors are open to the public Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9 from 10:00a.m.-9:00 p.m. and on Sunday November 10 from 11:00 am.-2:00 p.m. (Please Note: There will be no sale on Thursday November 7.)

Check in for items to be entered in this year’s swap will take place at Cannonsburg Ski Area November 4, 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The cost to enter items in the sale is $2 per 10 items with a 25 percent commission going to the ski patrol for each item sold. The ski swap does not accept straight skis, older bindings or damaged equipment.

For more information about the swap, please contact Kevin Barrons at (616) 293 5717 or by e-mail kabarrons@comcast.net.

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Vintage cars help raise funds for museum


By Tom Noreen

photo by Tom Noreen

photo by Tom Noreen

 

Even an overcast morning with a few sprinkles did not keep the 58 registered auto buffs from bringing their vintage wheels to Morley Park last Saturday, July 27, according to Cedar Springs Historical Museum Director Sharon Jett. The annual car show each summer is one of the museum’s biggest fundraisers.

Historical Society President Fred Gunnell, welcomed me to the show and Sally Grayvold wanted to make sure I got my name in the bucket for the 50/50 drawing, which was won by Darwin Spear of Grand Haven.

There was a good mix of vehicles to look at as you walked the line. Some looked mint-out-of-the-box such as Phil Harrison’s 1957 Chevy, while others were works in progress. There were sports cars, family sedans and pickup trucks. Some were stock and others were modified like Gene Nielsen’s 1935 Ford pickup he had been working on for the last 3-1/2 years. Carl Anderson had it in his barn for a number of years before Gene picked it up and started work on it.

One gentleman had a pair of 1940’s era military jeeps. One painted Army olive drab with a pedestal mount machine gun and the other in Air Force blue. Both had trailers and were in better shape than my jeep was in the 101st Airborne Division back in the 1970s.

Music by the Patin Sisters, Pat and RoseAnne, drifted through the air along with the aroma of grilled hot dogs provided by the Cedar Springs FFA.

A big thank you to all the sponsors who helped make the fundraiser a success!

 

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Youth center raises $22,000


These sixth graders at En-Gedi are just some of the kids that benefit from your fundraising dollars that help this free youth center.

These sixth graders at En-Gedi are just some of the kids that benefit from your fundraising dollars that help this free youth center.

The En-Gedi Fundraiser Auction held on May 17 was an overwhelming success! With generous donations from many people and businesses in the community, a total of almost $22,000 was earned. The event offered appetizers for attending guests as they surveyed the numerous items on the silent auction tables and the 13 items slated for the live auction.

Art Smith generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm for En-Gedi’s mission to serve the youth of our community through a free after school youth center, along with special events throughout the year. En-Gedi’s vision of working together with organizations already in place to help students make positive life choices and believing that our community will be “Better Together” was easy to support. C.S. Manufacturing committed to matching all funds earned up to $10,000.

“On behalf of the students and families who are benefiting from En-Gedi’s services, we would like to thank everyone who so generously gave to this special event. Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude with your kind support. Please know you are helping to make a positive difference,” said Kevin Pike, Auction Co-Chair and En-Gedi Board Member.

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Free electronics recycling fundraiser


Cedar Springs High School is hosting a free electronics recycling event at the school Tuesday, May 28 from 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday, May 29 from 8 am to 6pm, and Thursday, May 30 from 8 am to 3 pm. Look for the Comprenew e-Drop trailer in the school parking lot. Acceptable items include office & household electronics (cell phones, radios, microwaves, VCRs, TVs), computer components & accessories. Almost anything with a cord or battery will be accepted. Comprenew will wipe or destroy all computer hard drives. No big box appliances, air conditioners or refrigerators. Proceeds from the recycling event will benefit Cedar Springs High School.

 

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Fundraiser for fire truck restoration


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The Cedar Springs Fire Department is having a spaghetti dinner at Big Boy on Wednesday, April 10, to raise money to help restore its antique Model A fire engine. The 1929 engine is used for special events such as parades and community events, usually with the Keystone Kops at the helm.

Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, and $6 for children, and are available at Big Boy or from any Cedar Springs Firefighter. You can also call the station at 696-1221 and leave a message.

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Students raise a pretty penny


Students at Cedar View presented Special Olympics with a check for $948 Monday. From left to right: Special education teacher Chris Leslie, fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen, Special Olympics representative Diane House, and Independent Bank representative Julie Wheeler. Post photo by J. Reed.

Special Olympics benefit from fundraiser

 

By Judy Reed

 

Three Cedar View students with a heart for sharing, plus 480 students who helped support the cause, equals a generous donation to Special Olympics.

When fifth grade students Marissa Whitney, Sierra Hess, and Mae Larsen decided they wanted to do a fundraiser, they chose something that kids at their own school could benefit from—Special Olympics.

“These girls worked so hard,” said special education teacher Chris Leslie. She explained that funding from Special Olympics is the only way that some of the students in her class get to participate in certain athletic activities.

The three girls urged fellow students to bring in their change, each day on the morning announcements, for about a month. “We told them there would be a treat [for the winning classes], but told them we wanted them to do it because it would help people,” explained Marissa.

In the end, the two classes whose bins weighed the most were Mr. Moleski’s fourth grade class, and Mrs. Cairy’s fifth grade class. Each class got popsicles as a special treat.

The change was taken to Independent Bank, where employees rolled it—all $948.85 worth of it.

Fourth and fifth grade classes gathered on the lawn Monday morning, as the three girls presented Diane House, from Special Olympics, with the check. House was grateful to the girls for their hard work. “This will go to fund special events across Kent County, including here,” she explained.

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Library fundraising events


Proceeds from several upcoming events will go toward the Cedar Springs Public Library’s building fund matching grant challenge.

April 9-15: Bob and Betty Truesdale, of the Amish Furniture and Gifts Warehouse, will donate 15 percent of furniture sales and 5 percent of gift purchases made from April 9 to 15, to the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund. The person who spends the most will receive a trip for two to Sarah’s Amish Dining Room for an amazing all you can eat fish fry on April 20. (See advertisement on page 18.)

April 12: Bingo at the American Legion in Cedar Springs on April 12 at 5 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

April 14: 90 Minutes of Zumba with Kate Rehmus, Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Springs Middle School. $10 class fee will benefit the Cedar Springs Library Building Fund.

 

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Rotary cow plop fundraiser


Do you want to win some money? Do you want to support local students get scholarship help for college? Do you want to enjoy family fun and music while staying  local? If the answer was yes to any of these questions, than you need to find a Cedar Springs Rotarian because the Cedar Springs Rotary club is hosting a cow plop fundraiser on May 5!

What is that? The land next to White Creek Lumber will be sectioned off into 2×2 squares, and a calf will be released and monitored. There are tickets assigned to each square at 5 p.m. and, if the cow plops in the  square where your ticket is placed, you may be a winner.

There are three prizes. The first plop square wins $1000, the second $350 and the third $150. The great thing is that you do not even need to be present to win, but we hope you will come and join in the fun anyway. The ticket will also grant you admission into a community concert featuring local musicians in a band called “Madhouse.” They are a local band that will play lots of fun cover songs that will make you want to dance. There will also be ballon animals, face painting, bounce houses, exhibits from Howard Christensen Nature Center and more.

The event begins at 2 p.m., with the winner announced after the 5 p.m. drawing. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased at Independent Bank, ChoiceOne Bank, Weingartz, White Creek Lumber, Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, Gebhardt Insurance, or from any Cedar Springs Rotarian. For more information, you can join the group on Facebook at Cedar Springs Rotary Club.

 

 

 

 

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Hockey and broomball tournament raises funds


Sgt. Ed Good, Griff, Lt. Jack Stewart, Sheriff Larry Stelma, DPW Director Roger Belknap and Chief Roger Parent at the Hockey and broomball fundraiser for the library last Saturday.

There was a little something for everyone Saturday at the hockey and broomball library fundraiser, even if you weren’t a hockey fan.

“We had many spectators who commented on how fun this family-oriented event was,” said City Manager Christine Burns. “We had a blast and are planning on doing it again next year. It was way too fun to do only once!”

Burns said final figures aren’t in yet, but she thinks the final tally will be about $2,000 to go toward the library matching grant fund.

The Cedar Springs Police, guided by Team Captain Ed Good, beat the Kent County Law Enforcement team in a shootout 5 to 4. Andy Good scored 2 goals in regulation and had the final tally in the shootout to ice the game for the Cedar Springs Police. Bill Kelly scored a goal and added a shootout goal for the KCLE Team. It was a family effort for KCLE Team Captain Jack Stewart who had sons, nephews, and a niece suit up with KCLE team.  The Cedar Springs Team also had some father-son combinations in the lineup to make the game special.

The Squirts take on Officer Paul Feutz in shootout action.

“The game was played at a very high pace, especially for those of us playing in Over-40 leagues,” said Roger Belknap, Cedar Springs DPW Director.  “The ‘young guns’ really made us older fellas skate hard to keep up.”

In other events:

The Dewey Decimals beat the Bookends.

The Guns and Hoses beat the Bureaucrats, but reports are that there were a number of questionable calls by officials Dave Barnes of the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Sgt. Ed Good, CSPD, and that the score keeper (Deputy Chief Marty Fraser) was biased.

The Sweep Potatoes and Frozen stiff ended in a tie, even after a shoot-out.

Belknap said they are extremely grateful for the support and advice they received from Jack Stewart and the many years experience he has had with the KCLE charity hockey team. “The KCLE team showed a lot of talent and good sportsmanship during the game. We are also grateful for the support of Rick Strouse and the Cedar Rock Sportsplex for hosting the event and providing referees and sound.”

Burns had some compliments of her own. “Both Ed (Good) and Roger (Belknap) did an amazing job with this event, from pulling the rosters together to designing the logos on all of the jerseys,” she said.

There are still some long-sleeved t-shirts for sale, and they can be purchased at the Cedar Springs Library for $18.

RCTV filmed the KCLE vs. CS Police hockey game and you can find it at www.mhsaa.tv/rockford/events/30309.

 

 

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Red Hawk wrestlers host fundraiser


The Red Hawk JV and Varsity Wrestlers exchanged their singlets for ties for their fundraising event on January 14. The teams went from wrestling to serving, when they hosted a black tie event at the American Legion Hall that included a four course meal and a fun night out. The event is a first this year in an attempt to fundraise in a new innovative way. The guests bought tickets that were sold by the wrestlers, and were in turn served by the wrestlers they bought the ticket from, and others. It was a great start this year, and next year the wrestling team is hoping the event will be even bigger and better, making this a new annual event.
The Red Hawk Wrestlers have been working hard this season, with an  overall team record of 13-8.  “We are a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost. “There are only 3 seniors on the team but most of the team consists of freshman. We are always improving.”
The Red Hawks continue to fight to clinch victories, and while not always getting that first, they are finishing usually in the top 3 at tournaments. A few of their places were in Fruitport 3rd, Tri-County 3rd, and Comstock where they took 3rd out of the 18 teams present.
The Redhawks leaders for the team with their own personal records are: Cody Oehme leading the team with his record of 25-5; Austim Wamser (Senior) who is 18-6 so far this season; Barron Lenardson 22-6; Jarred Vodry 17-9; and Dominick Chong with a 20-7 record. The Red Hawks will continue to work hard to build on the team and individual records.
The Red Hawks were scheduled to go up against West Catholic, Coopersville and Belding on Wednesday Jan. 25, and will be traveling to a tournament in St. Johns, who is ranked 3rd in the nation, on Saturday, January 28.

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