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Kent Theatre benefits from Eagle Scout project

Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Cedar Springs community has been blessed with several boys making the community a nicer place to be through their Eagle Scout projects. Jacob Swinehart, son of Scott and Angela Swinehart, is the latest Scout to do just that.

Earning Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to do a service project that benefits the community. Jacob Swinehart’s Eagle Scout project was to replace the existing surface flooring on the stage at the Kent Theatre. With the help of volunteers and the generosity of the community, Jacob’s team completed the main stage and also expanded the finished stage flooring to the back of the stage and into the wings.

As Project Manager, Jacob had to coordinate with a contractor, complete the paperwork, and make presentations to community groups to raise funds. Jacob also had to recruit and schedule volunteers, and organize the project with the theatre. Thanks to great community support of the Kent Theatre and this project, Jacob raised enough money to complete the Main Stage and also replace the flooring of the back stage dressing room and Green Room.

The organizations that were involved with this project include the Rogue River Community Theatre Association, Flat River Community Theatre Association, Red Flannel Committee, Cedar Springs Community Players, and the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Support from donors and volunteers made the project a success. Seventeen volunteers participated overall and worked over 140 hours to complete this renovation.

“We encourage you to attend an event at the Kent Theatre to see the new stage floor,” said Len Allington, spokesperson for the Kent. “Jacob and the Kent Theatre would like to thank everyone who participated in this project.”

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Spring takes area by storm


The Cedar Springs Post took a direct hit when winds blown in by a fierce spring-turned-winter storm ripped through our area last Saturday.

Owner and Publisher Lois Allen received several calls at her home about it. “The Post is under attack!” said one caller. And indeed, the Post was in the path of destruction as the high winds lifted the roof of Len Allington’s brick building on the corner of Main and Maple Streets and sent it airborne across the alley between the buildings. It landed on top of the Post, wrapped around a utility pole and entangled in electrical wires.

Consumer’s Energy cut the wires on Sunday and left the scene, leaving three businesses and several apartments without power until Tuesday afternoon.

“The more you depend on technology, the more helpless you become when it fails,” said Allen. “You can quote me on that.”

What many people thought was a tornado turned out to be straight line winds. The first storm rolled into our area at about 4:30 p.m. and was followed by several others throughout the night.  The National Weather Service said damage across West Michigan was consistent with winds gusting 75 to 85 mph, and lasted 3-5 minutes. The winds were equivalent to an EF-0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The winds blew in, and hail rained down, damaging cars, mobile homes, and other outside objects. The size ranged from a dime to a quarter. Some mobile homes were pelted with hundreds of holes. It covered the ground to a depth that looked like snow.

Trees were ripped out of the ground or broken all across the area—Sand Lake, Cedar Springs, Sparta, Kent City, and surrounding townships. The wind even blew the roof off of the gymnasium at Kent City.

In the aftermath of the storm, rivers and creeks were swollen and many areas are still under a flood watch.

Thanks to the many readers who sent us your storm photos!

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