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Library groundbreaking, concert, sidewalk sales


It’s going to be a busy weekend in downtown Cedar Springs. The Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Community Building Development Team to bring some exciting family events to this year’s Christmas in July sidewalk sales event, including a free movie in the park, the groundbreaking for the new Cedar Springs Library at Main and W. Maple Street, and a free concert at the site where the new amphitheater will be built (near the new library).

The weekend starts with a free movie in Morley Park, concessions, and other activities Friday, July 8, at 6 p.m. This year’s movie will be the Christmas movie Elf. Some businesses in downtown Cedar Springs will have Christmas in July sidewalk sales on Saturday July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Then at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, will be the groundbreaking for the new Cedar Springs Library at the corner of Main and W. Maple Streets, near the Fire Station. Everyone is encouraged to attend and celebrate this milestone.

The Community Building Development Team is also hosting a free concert performed by the band Mane Street, on July 9, from 6-10 p.m., at the site of the future amphitheater in the Heart of Cedar Springs. This is the lot where Cedar Springs began in the 1850’s, and is also in the same area where the new library is being built. There currently is a flowing well on the site, featuring one of the springs that Cedar Springs is named for. The address for the concert is 37 W. Maple Street, and is just west of the Fire Station and north of the White Pine Trail staging area. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and be ready to hear some good music!

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Dale G. Anderson

C-OBIT-andersonDale G. Anderson, 62 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. Dale was born July 27, 1953 in Chicago, IL the son of Richard and Marion (Pyne) Anderson. He was a truss assembler for 43 years. Dale was a stubborn, rough neck, loving and caring biker. He so loved his granddaughters that he had their names tattooed on his arm. Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Elaine; daughter, Lacey (Nathan) Wright; grandchildren, Kayda, Avalon, Harlynn; mother, Marion Anderson; brother, Raymond Anderson; sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Greenland; five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and parents-in-law. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm at Morley Park, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


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Chamber kicks off summer with Renaissance Faire

The Wonder elixir comedy team kept the crowd entertained at the CS Renaissance Faire. Photo by J. Reed. A woman in Victorian dress and an elf from Middle Earth were seen at the Ren Faire last weekend. Post photo by J. Reed. Kids had a blast playfighting with toy swords and other middle age weaponry. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Wonder elixir comedy team kept the crowd entertained at the CS Renaissance Faire. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber kicked off their summer events with the third annual Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire last weekend.

The event took place in Morley Park Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday’s fun ended with the showing of the 1951 version of “Alice in Wonderland” in the park. Two more movies are planned for July and August.

There was entertainment all weekend, with concessions all day Saturday and Sunday. Actors, vendors, and several attendees were dressed in a myriad of costumes—royalty and swordsmen from the Middle Ages; fairies; Middle Earth; Victorian; and more. There was also a royal dinner on Saturday.


A woman in Victorian dress and an elf from Middle Earth were seen at the Ren Faire last weekend. Post photo by J. Reed.

About 20-25 vendors attended the event.

The Colony of Larpcraft was a big hit with the kids. They were able to go into a roped off area where they could pretend to fight each other with toy swords and other middle age weapons. They could also buy a toy sword to take home. Knockerball, which was there on Sunday, was also a hit with kids.

Kids had a blast playfighting with toy swords and other middle age weaponry. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kids had a blast playfighting with toy swords and other middle age weaponry. Post photo by J. Reed.

According to Chamber president Perry Hopkins, he was happy with the way the event turned out. “We put the vendors in a circle this year to improve traffic flow, which made the vendors happy, and more people turned out for the event, especially on Saturday.”

Hopkins said they had about 200 on Friday, 350 or more on Saturday, and 200-250 on Sunday. “It’s really hard to tell since we don’t have a gate or admission to enter,” he said.

“I want to thank all the volunteered to make it happen, those that did role playing, and those that came out and took part in it,” said Hopkins.

He noted that they plan to have it again next year, and that several vendors are already signed up to come back.

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Concerts in park kick off summer

Roosevelt Diggs performed at Morley Park last year during concerts in the park.  Post photo by J. Reed.

Roosevelt Diggs performed at Morley Park last year during concerts in the park. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation will kick off their summer series of concerts at Morley Park this Thursday, June 16, with the Oxymorons at 7 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, the concerts put on by Cedar Springs Parks and Recreation and sponsored by area businesses give people a chance to relax with friends and family, while listening to some great music.

There are concessions on site, and free raffle tickets give concert-goers a chance to win prizes from area businesses.

Other dates this summer are July 21 with Mane Street, and August 18 with The Cheap Dates.

Be sure to bring a lawn chair. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

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Renaissance Faire this weekend


These guys did some sword fighting at last year’s Renaissance Faire.

These guys did some sword fighting at last year’s Renaissance Faire.

June 10-12

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will once again turn Morley Park into something out of the Middle Ages when they host the 2016 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire, June 10-12.

The fun starts Friday night, with PiYo in the park at 6 p.m., and you can meet and greet the actors performing this year. At dusk, they will show a movie in the park. This year’s movie is the 1951 version of Alice in Wonderland to go with the 2016 Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire theme “Alice in Morleyshire.” This is a family classic so bring out the entire family. The Kent Theatre will be giving out free popcorn to the first 50 people just before the movie (which starts about dark). They will have other concessions and drinks for sale too.

The fun continues on Saturday with all day entertainment from noon to 8 p.m. and a Royal Dinner from 6-8 p.m. (Visit the Cedar Springs Renaissance Faire page on Facebook for more info on the Royal Dinner.) Sunday continues the fun, with all day entertainment from noon to 6 p.m.

There will also be vendor booths set up throughout the weekend selling wooden and steel swords, armor, natural remedies, essential oils, hats, masks, books, fairy items and more.

Returning entertainers for this year include Darkmore Colony of Larpcraft, E-leesa Gypsy Enchantress, Steal Lotus Dance Troupe, The Late Mountebank & Wonder Elixir of Life Company, Bell Book and Canto, Robin the Bard and new performances by The Fae of Norsey Woods.

Hopkins said they have over 20 vendor booths selling anything from steel swords, crafted armor, natural remedies, essential oils, hats, masks, wooden swords, hand crafted items, books, fairy items, dresses, and more.

Either come as you are, or dress up and join the fun! Hope to see you there!

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Cedar Springs Memorial cemetery walk


The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 16th annual Memorial Cemetery walk on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. to honor veterans of all wars.

This year’s veterans will be Ebenezer Jewell, War of 1812; John Roys, Mexican War; Myron Fogleson, Civil War; Joe Osborne, Spanish-American War; Franklin Sheldon, World War I; Kenneth Winters, World War II; Rex Morris, Korean War; and Timothy Towns, Vietnam War.

Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation.

They will leave the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled. In case of rain, the presentation will be done at the museum.

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Pavilion built in Morley Park


Cedar Springs junior Kevin Galloway stands in front of his Eagle Scout project, a new 20×36-foot picnic pavilion in Morley Park.


The dream was a long time coming, but construction was completed last weekend on a new 20 x 36-foot pavilion in Morley Park.

The pavilion is the Eagle Scout project headed up by Scout Kevin Galloway, a junior at Cedar Springs High School this year. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.

His goal was to build a 20 x 36 pavilion that would be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. Over $18,000 was raised for the project. A groundbreaking was held in April.

Jeff Gust, of Gust Construction, and his employee, Todd, organized the volunteer members through out the day last Saturday. Grass seed will be planted this week.

Kevin told the Post earlier this year that the pavilion would add endless possibilities of different uses in the park. “I can vision many family and community events here in the future. The pavilion, with its maintenance free design, handicap accessibility, and capacity to hold 10 picnic tables, should serve this community well,” he added.

Kevin can now start the final paperwork that needs to be submitted to the Boy Scouts for review before he can earn his rank of Eagle Scout. They will likely have his ceremony in the spring at the Pavilion.

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Churches UNITE to send audio bibles to refugees


Post photo by J. Reed


by Judy Reed

The churches in the Cedar Springs area are pretty good at making history.

In 2009, eight area churches joined together in Morley Park to worship together, something rare in most communities. Last Saturday, August 23, the churches met together in Morley Park for their seventh UNITED service, and did something no other community ministerial association in the country has done—together they raised $5,000 to send audio Bibles to refugees in Kurdistan, Iraq, through World Mission.

The audio Bible, called the Treasure, is about the size of an MP3 player. World Mission uses the Treasure as a tool to deliver the Word of God to those who have never heard, targeting especially unreached people. It is a solar-powered audio Bible given to oral learners in their own language.

post photo by J. Reed

post photo by J. Reed

According to Craig Carter, Pastor of North Kent Community Church and part time representative for World Mission, he had previously worked with World Mission on the project, and when he presented the project to the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association pastors, they liked the idea. Area churches presented it to their congregations, then began to collect change in banks through Vacation Bible School offerings and throughout their churches.

“We are absolutely the first ministerial association to do this,” said Carter. He said that World Mission CEO Greg Kelley was excited about it and made a video at the UNITED service. “He thinks it will inspire other communities,” he explained.

Overall, the $5,000 will purchase about 225 units. Fifty went to Kenya on a mission trip with Pastor Kristi Rhodes and Hillcrest Community Church, and the rest will go to Kurdistan. Carter said that they chose Kurdistan because of the problems with ISIS and the persecutions taking place. He estimates that the audio Bibles will reach a minimum of 25,000 people in one year.

“Audio learners—people who cannot read—are very social. They gather with others, and the audio Bibles will be shared in listening groups. We estimate they will be shared at least 10 times in a year,” he explained. He said they will stay in the field for a minimum of three years, so could reach as many as 75,000 people.

“It’s exciting,” said Carter. “If we have the ability to reach that many people (25,000) in one event, we should also be able to reach our own community, which is about that size.”

Another thing they did this year is took the $1,000 they would normally spend on a hot dog lunch after the service, and decided to donate it to feed refugees in Kurdistan. “It should feed about 3,500 people,” he said.

The Treasures are expected to go to Kurdistan in October, when a medical team is going and the food distribution will take place.

To find out more about the Treasure, you can visit www.worldmission.cc, or contact Pastor Craig Carter at 616-550-6398.

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Rain Barrel Workshop at Morley Park

This photo was taken at a rain barrel workshop in Rockford.  Cedar Springs residents now have a chance to make their own.

This photo was taken at a rain barrel workshop in Rockford.
Cedar Springs residents now have a chance to make their own.

Would you like to save money by reducing your water bill? Would you like to help protect the Great Lakes by something you can do at home? Then don’t miss out on Cedar Springs’ first ever rain barrel workshop, September 11, at 6 p.m. at Morley Park.

Trout Unlimited has been conducting rain barrel workshops in the Rogue River watershed since 2013, successfully distributing 131 barrels to the local community. Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is teaming up with the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council to host an outdoor rain barrel workshop for the citizens of Cedar Springs and everyone who would like to save water at home.

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores stormwater (the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan) from your roof that would otherwise enter the storm drains and empty directly into local waterways untreated. The average rain barrel will keep 1,815 gallons of stormwater out of our lakes and rivers each year. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need it most—during periods of drought—to water plants, your garden, or wash your car. Additionally, rainwater is naturally soft and devoid of minerals, chlorine and other chemicals found in city water, so it is a better alternative for your plants.

The workshop will be held on Friday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Morley Park (17 Mile and Northland Drive). The workshop includes everything you need to set up your barrel and takes around 45 minutes. Rain barrels are $30 a piece and you must sign-up for a workshop at rainbarrels.wmeac.org.

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Summer reading carnival next week


Last year’s summer reading carnival was loads of fun! Get ready for this year’s celebration in the park next Wednesday, August 5, from 2-5 p.m.

Last year’s summer reading carnival was loads of fun! Get ready for this year’s celebration in the park next Wednesday, August 5, from 2-5 p.m.

Wednesday, August 5, 2-5 p.m., Morley Park


Last week’s summer reading program with Master Arts Street Theatre was just one of many fun programs that have been part of the Cedar Springs Public Library’s offerings this summer.

It’s been a great summer of reading and special programs at the Cedar Springs Library, but there is still a grand celebration to attend and prizes to be given away!

The Cedar Springs Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is heading into its Grand Finale Reading Celebration Park Party on Wednesday, August 5 from 2-5 p.m., at Morley Park. Beyond the normal fun offerings the Library provides, such as music by Deb Eadie; the Double “K” Petting Barn and Animal Junction 4H Club; popcorn by Independent Bank; a game by Metron of Cedar Springs; a waterslide and four games by Diana Merritt; Ice Cream by Country Fresh; free tours of the Museum; and the hose down by the CS Fire Department, there are two new events!

The Solon Wesleyan Church recently built a brand new Obstacle Course, complete with a climbing wall. Word has it that it takes 1-½ hours just to set it up!  Youth of all ages will enjoy this event.

We are also very excited about the free expo that the Kent County Sheriff’s Department is hosting in the parking lot area on the east side of the Cedar Springs Museum! They will have on hand their Mounted Police (yes, horses), an armored car (you can’t believe how thick and heavy that vehicle is), a Police Robot (wow!), as well as a variety of equipment they use everyday to keep Cedar Springs safe. The Sheriff’s Department will also be giving away two bicycles and two helmets to two lucky winners that day.

The Library will be giving away around 50 other prizes at the Park, everything from a wagon, karaoke machine, manicure, oil change, Legos, to a Kindle Fire, two bikes and a refurbished Xbox 360. You can imagine that Summer Readers have been pouring it on this summer, banking their chances to win the prize of their dreams.  This year every coupon was marked by readers with the number of the prize they wanted to win.  Reading is up. Excitement is way up.

Come to Morley Park next Wednesday, August 5 and share in a great time! A huge thank you to our local heroes who give so much every year to make this the Library’s premier program of the year! A special Hero Banner will appear in next week’s Post. You know who you are and so does your community!

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