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White Creek Lumber celebrates grand re-opening

White Creek Lumber and Hardware held a ribbon cutting last Friday to celebrate their grand reopening, and will continue the festivities this weekend. L to R is Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, Art Probst, Bill Jobse Jr, Charlie Dubridge, Jane Gosling, Owen Gauger, Aaron Gauger, Mike Gould-Orgill Representative, and Bill Jobse Sr.

White Creek Lumber and Hardware is holding a grand re-opening event to celebrate something that is overdue.

The Lumber and Hardware has been located at its current site since 1988, when it was built under previous ownership. In 2005, the store was purchased by current management and was renamed White Creek Lumber and Hardware by the new owners. “We never had time to have a Grand Opening” said one of White Creek’s owners, Jane Gosling, who’s been a part of the company since its inception.

A private formal ribbon cutting was held on the first of June and festivities are continuing Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9. A drawing for four tickets to a NASCAR event held in Talladega Alabama was held in early May.

The event signifies a new chapter in the store’s history, whose founder opened a store in Grand Rapids in 1948. “Our pricing structure will be considerably different and highly competitive. We think customers will like it a lot. We are keeping the same quality reputation that’s served us well through the years,” said Gosling.

Several other door prize drawings will be held during the two-day event and specially discounted merchandise will be offered. Representatives from Anderson Windows, Azec Trim and Decking, Camo Hidden Deck Fastening System, Atrium Windows and Simpson Strong-Tie Connectors will be a part of the festivities. One lucky customer will win a Stihl Chainsaw.

Dignitaries attending include Cedar Springs City Manager Chris Burns, Orgill Manager Mike Gould, Art Probst owner of Probst Floor Covering and Draperies representing the Cedar Springs Lions, and Rotary secretary Tom Noreen. White Creek Lumber is located at 13861 White Creek Ave. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Celebrate grand re-opening of Nature Center

Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt fundraiser on May 14

Supporters of the Howard Christensen Nature Center did not hibernate during the dark months of winter. They were busy making plans to re-open the nature center, at 16190 Red Pine Drive, which closed at the end of January due to budget issues. The popular nature center is experiencing a re-birth under the operation of a new non-profit organization called Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. The public is invited to participate in a “Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt” fundraiser on May 14, 2011 to celebrate the center’s Grand Re-opening. The Howard Christensen Nature Center occupies 135 acres owned by the Kent Intermediate School District and located west of Cedar Springs in the middle of the Rogue River State Game Area.
Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. is the creative idea of Cindy Perski, who is the President of the independent, 501c3 non-profit organization formed for the purpose of managing Howard Christensen Nature Center. Perski came up with the Lily’s Frog Pad name to initiate a fun, new image for the nature center that is well-known for providing environmental education field trips to West Michigan students since 1976. The Field Station, one of two “interpretive” buildings on the property, is expected to be re-opened as “Camp Lily” to provide a site for group overnight retreats. Other programs to serve the community’s needs are planned such as summer nature day camp, crafts classes, and fitness programs.
To “jump start” the nature center’s re-opening, Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. received a $3,100 grant from the Jimmy F. New Foundation. This Indiana foundation honors the founder of JF New, an environmental restoration and consulting firm with eight offices throughout the Midwest including three in West Olive, Ann Arbor and Holt, Michigan.  The grant was awarded in January, but wasn’t disbursed until recently when the new non-profit board was established, and matching start-up funds were acquired from Cindy Perski. Former director and Lily’s Frog Pad Inc. Vice President, Kathy Reed, says this grant allowed the nature center to offer field trips again this spring, but additional grants, donations and fundraising events are critical to the continued operation of the nature center.
The first fund-raising event is the “Bird’s-Eye Treasure Hunt” on Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Participants must register in advance and make a $25.00 donation which allows them to hunt for 51 treasure “blocks” that have a value of $2.00 to $25.00 and a total value of $1,000.00! Rules and registration forms are available at the nature center and local libraries, or request one by e-mail. Lunch will be available for both visitors and participants to purchase from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Red Pine Interpretive Building at Howard Christensen Nature Center is now open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional exceptions due to field trips or other scheduled events. For more information call the Howard Christensen Nature Center at (616) 675-3158.

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Mcdonald’s to celebrate grand re-opening

Now features massive new playplace, dual drive thru

The newly renovated Cedar Springs McDonald’s restaurant, 4141 17 Mile Rd. NE, is inviting customers to help celebrate the grand re-opening of the 30-year-old restaurant this weekend, February 11-13.
The newly restored restaurant includes increased seating for 107 customers, a new side-by-side drive-through for fast, accurate and friendly service and a new PlayPlace with three levels of fun. The exterior of the building was also renovated and the total seating capacity has increased to 107.
The dining room was closed for a few weeks during the renovation, but the drive through remained open to customers.
The restaurant currently employs more than 70 people, and it plans to add more jobs in the near future, said Brian Mackenzie, operations manager for McDonald’s Corporation in West Michigan.
“We are proud to be part of the Cedar Springs community and we look forward to continuing to serving the area with employees from the area,” Mackenzie said.
The store also features a computer based, in-store application center to make applying for a job at the restaurant easy.
The fun begins Friday with a free extra value meal to the first 50 customers at 6 a.m. There will be a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., and several other specials throughout the weekend. (See ad on page 20 for details.)

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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