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Library hosts get ready party for Best Prom Ever


By Judy Reed

Several years ago, Laura Ensley’s nephew wanted to go to prom. But the school he attended for students with disabilities didn’t have one. So when she heard about the “Best Prom Ever,” put on annually by the mildly cognitive impairment classroom of Renne Wyman at Sparta High School, she decided she wanted to get involved.

That was six years ago. And she has been helping ever since. 

Best Prom Ever is a dinner dance event for adults and high school-aged teens with disabilities. The event is 100 percent free to guests, and is attended by 800-1,000 guests each year.

Ensley reserved the community room at the Cedar Springs Library last Saturday afternoon, May 12, to help get the teen girls and adults get ready for the prom. The girls could get their hair, makeup, and nails done, thanks to volunteers from Panopoulos Salons and Mary Kay. People also donated dresses and shoes for those that needed them. 

“I think it’s great that the library allowed us to rent the room for free to do this,” said Ensley. “When I did it in Rockford, I had to rent one for $300. This gave us more money to work with to buy things for the girls,” she said.

The event also included free limo rides, free food, music and photos later that night at the prom, held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sparta High School. It was the 13th year for the event. 

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Welcome signs to get facelift


Patrick Ensley (left) and City Manager Mike Womack painting the wooden post where one of the welcome signs normally sits.

Cedar Springs Mayor Gerald Hall (left) and Cedar Springs City Manager Mike Womack touching up one of the city’s welcome signs.

Signs along the roadway welcoming people to Cedar Springs are an important part of the city’s image. With that in mind, a small group has started the process of refurbishing the signs. And if you saw these people out working on them, you will have noticed that they aren’t DPW workers.

City Manager Mike Womack, Mayor Gerald Hall, and local realtors Patrick and Laura Ensley, began the project last weekend by doing some touch up on one of the signs, and also by scraping, cleaning and painting the white posts. They will be working on all three signs over the next month.

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