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Reading program ends with a bang


Who knew reading could be so much fun?

The Cedar Springs Public Library ended its summer reading program Tuesday, July 26, with a carnival for all ages in Morley Park.  About 340 people enjoyed the petting zoo, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, games, face painting, music, popcorn, chips, ice cream sandwiches and drinks. The Cedar Springs Police paid a visit, and the Cedar Springs Fire Department was there to hose the kids down and keep them cool.

Karla Glerum, on staff for a year at the library, enjoyed her second summer reading program. “Our park party went very smoothly this year.  The water games were a lot of fun! I felt the carnival was a good ending to our reading program.”

Sharrel Bailey, on staff for seven months at the library, enjoyed her first summer reading program. “Seeing so many people in the park, celebrating our reading program, was very fun for me.  I saw the Police and Fire Department on hand and was especially impressed by the show of community support.”

Prizes were also given away. Ethan Eadie, grade 4 and Paige Marsman, grade 3, each won a bike.

The following kids each won a chance to win the big prizes offered Cooperative-wide: Thomas Metiva, 6th grade; Maddie Boomgaard, 3rd grade; Evie Nista, 1st grade; Hannah Reed, Kindergarten; Mumina Ciise, 7th grade. Prizes they could win include a trip to NYC for 4, including $500 in spending money and $500 for food; an overnight stay at Boyne Mountain Resort for 4, including passes to Avalanche Bay; an overnight stay for 4 at Double J Resort in Rothbury; a family 4 pack to the Cranbrooke Institute in Bloomfield Hills; a family membership to John Ball Zoo.

The library’s summer reading program had 1,297 participants this year, starting with opening day on June 13. They had 773 people sign up for the program, with 506 from ages 0 to 6th grade. Grades 7-12 and adults read a whopping 807 books, and there were over 100 prizes to give away. (Watch the August 18 Post for a special ad thanking volunteers and sponsors.)

“We could never have so many quality programs without the support of our local businesses, service organizations and individuals,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “This program is all about our community. We have tremendous support and an outpouring of cash, prizes, in-kind donations and volunteer time.  We are building our community together through our local library. It’s just heartwarming!”

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Sign ups for mud volleyball tournament


Do you like volleyball? Do you want to have some fun in the mud? This event is perfect for you! The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is working to put on the 3rd annual co-ed mud volleyball tournament. The tournament is held in Morley Park and will be on Saturday, August 13. The tournament is divided by age groups and has staggered start times depending on age range. The cost is $100 per team and teams can consist of 4 to 8 players, with 6 playing at any time. The teams are co-ed in nature and are bracketed based on the oldest player on the team.

The tournament brings players from around the state and is growing in size each year. Awards are given to the top two teams in each division, and all players receive a commemorative shirt for playing in the tournament. The deadline for registration is August 5. Forms are available online at www.csaparksandrec.com and at the Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office (where the parks and rec office is located).  It is suggested that teams wear shoes during the event and even duct tape them on, it gets pretty muddy!

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, and Solon Townships, the City of Cedar Springs and the entire Cedar Springs School District. The six organizations work together to offer  recreational and enrichment activities. For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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Summer reading celebration carnival


Kids get cooled off by the fire department at last year’s carnival.

Summer has zipped by and it’s already time for the Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading celebration carnival! The carnival will take place on Tuesday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m. at Morley Park in Cedar Springs.

There will be games, two bike giveaways, announcements of prizes won by readers, free ice cream, the fire truck to hose us down, a giant water slide, petting zoo, dunk tank, free popcorn, Festida cinnamon chips, pop, water, and music by Deb Eadie, and all the fun you can have in 2 hours!
Call 696-1910 for more information.

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Concert in the park tonight


Music is back in Morley Park, in Cedar Springs, and there will be another concert tonight, Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. with the group “Brena.” It may be warm outside, but come try and relax to the sweet sounds of this awarding winning band, that even has their own CD.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be concessions and door prizes, along with cotton candy and frozen snacks. These frozen snacks and the cold beverages will help you counteract the heat. The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the bands intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses.

This is the fifth year that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department and local businesses have sponsored concerts in the park.  The events began in 2006 with one concert and grew in 2007 to holding three concerts.  The Cedar Springs businesses work with the department to offer these events at no charge to the community. “These concerts have grown in size and have become a mainstay summer event for the Cedar Springs area,” said CSAPR Director Amanda Gerhardt. “We enjoy watching the community come and relax for an evening. The hard economic times make it difficult for some families to do activities, so we are thrilled to provide them this opportunity to have some fun.”

An additional concert will be held on August 18 in Morley Park and will feature 50’s and 60’s music by “ The Sea Cruisers.”

Another event that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is sponsoring is the 3rd Annual  mud volleyball tournament on Saturday, August 13. Registration is open currently and continues through August 5. Forms are available online and at CS Public Schools District Office.

For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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A special man


Dear Editor,
A special man that lived his life in Cedar Springs has passed on. Mike Holton has left this town a better place. Mike and Alice have been so gracious in their gifts to this town. The new track at Skinner Field, the crosswalk from school to Morley Park, new computers for our scholars, paving the roads in Elmwood cemetery and many other kindnesses that they have given us. Mike was proud of his children that they raised and so are we.  Mike Holten was a hard working self made success that young people can learn from. I was and am proud to know him.

Steve Horowitz,
Cedar Springs

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Concert and family fun in the park


Are you looking for something fun for your kids to do? Do you love good music? Then you won’t want to miss next week’s fun family event, August 20, at Morley Park in Cedar Springs.

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and area businesses are bringing not only the last concert in the park for the summer, but a special children’s concert and child-friendly activities as well.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., with games and activities for the kids, including three inflatables; the Cedar Springs Fire Department and other Fire Departments will be on hand with their trucks and emergency vehicles (and water hoses!); and 250 water bottles will be given away.

The fun continues at 6 p.m. with a special children’s concert called “Dilly Songs” with Aaron Vanderwege. All inflatables and games will last until 7:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Punch n’ Company, featuring Jake Mellema, will perform. There will be door prizes and concessions available.

According to Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, they wanted to do something special for area families, since they had such a good response to Maranda’s Park party last summer. “We couldn’t have done this without the additional support from our partner organizations working together to make it happen,” said Gerhardt. “It’s going to be a great activity.”

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