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New Red Flannel royalty crowned


Pictured (L to R): 2012 Court member Jordyn Nichols; 2013 Court member Hannah Sommer; 2012 Queen Dani George; 2013 Queen Alexis Lucarelli; 2013 Court member Julianne Schut; and 2012 Court member Kellie Spahr.

Pictured (L to R): 2012 Court member Jordyn Nichols; 2013 Court member Hannah Sommer; 2012 Queen Dani George; 2013 Queen Alexis Lucarelli; 2013 Court member Julianne Schut; and 2012 Court member Kellie Spahr.

Thirteen Cedar Springs area juniors vied for the title of 2013 Red Flannel Queen last Saturday evening, September 28, at Cedar Springs High School. Winning this year’s top honor was Alexis Lucarelli, daughter of Brett and Nikki Lucarelli. Her 2013 Red Flannel Court includes two Hannah Sommer, daughter of Charles and Joelene Sommer, and Julianne Schut, daughter of Joel and Chris Schut.

“All the girls did a fabulous job and we could tell each one of them worked so hard throughout this whole process,” said 2nd Vice President Anna Nozkowski. “They looked beautiful as they graced the stage in their gowns and business attire. Very charming and sweet young ladies.”

This year’s pageant director was the 2007 Red Flannel Queen Kaleigh Rosenberger. “She did a wonderful job,” remarked Nozkowski. “It was very well organized and put together.”

The pageant was fun and entertaining for both the audience and the contestants. Nozkowski said one of the highlights of the evening was a local group from The Springs Church, who sang a funny song called, “We are the pirates who wear Red Flannels.”

The Queen and her court will all receive scholarship money for being chosen to represent the Red Flannel Festival. Donations for the Scholarships given to the winners will be received until June 2014. Please send your tax‐deductible donation to RFF Queen Scholarship Fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or go online to their website donate through PayPal.

 

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Post Easter egg hunt April 7!


 

We’re counting down, and the Post annual community Easter egg hunt is only two weeks  away! Plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! It will feature hunts for four different age groups (up to age 10), real colored eggs, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Red Flannel Queen and Court, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Call us at 696-3655 with questions.

 

 

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Mary C. VanderWal


Mary C. VanderWal, 42, of Los Banos, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep from natural causes on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Mary was born November 11, 1969 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of Jerry and Betty (Salo) VanderWal. She was Red Flannel Queen in 1986 and graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1987. She had represented Michigan in the Miss National Rodeo finals placing 4th. She loved animals, especially horses, and received a degree from MSU in horse management. Mary was a very positive, encouraging and charitable person. She loved to help others. Surviving are her companion, Jim Hernandez; sons, Seth Hernandez and Trace Hernandez all of Los Banos, CA; parents, Jerry & Betty VanderWal of Cedar Springs; brothers, Mark (Janice) VanderWal of Ravenna, Todd (Dana) VanderWal of Hudsonville; sisters, Kati (Brent) Fisk of Sand Lake, Kari (Jeff) Paulen of Howard City; four nephews and seven nieces. The family will greet friends on Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 pm until time of memorial service at 2:00 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to United Pegasus Foundation, P.O. Box 173, Tehachapi, CA 93581.

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

 

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Red Flannel royalty crowned


This year’s 2011 Red Flannel Queen Tranaya Verstrat with court members Kaitlyn Caron and Esther Couturier.

The 2011 Red Flannel Pageant, held last Saturday night at Cedar Springs High School, was a royal affair, complete with a king, knights, and of course, a new Red Flannel Queen!
This year’s 2011 Red Flannel Queen is Tranaya Verstrat, daughter of James and Tasha Verstrat. Court members are Kaitlyn Caron, daughter of Tim and Lisa Caron, and Esther Couturier, daughter of Michael and Debra Couturier.
This year’s theme was “Believe in Red Flannel Knights.” Local resident and teacher, John Willette was the emcee, and dressed as a King. The set decorations included a castle and moat, throne, and the Red Flannel Festival’s 7-foot Knight in shining armor.
Susan Reason performed an excellent rendition of the National Anthem while the Cedar Springs American Legion Glen Hill post presented the flags.
Entertainment was a beautiful dance, performed by 2010 Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph, and in keeping with the theme, local musician Sam Peterson played several songs on his bagpipe, dressed in a traditional kilt.
The contestants selected Red Flannel Festival history questions from the “King” in a beautiful gold goblet, delighting the crowd.
The Knight theme carried through the Pageant with their opening number, and the contestant fathers escorting their daughter in the evening gown portion.
“Justin Harnden and the CSHS Drama Club did a tremendous job of technical support for the Pageant, and a special thanks to Superintendent Ron McDermed and the CSPS School Board for use of the beautiful auditorium,” said Red Flannel Festival President Michele Andres. “Cindy Patin directed the Pageant for the 14th year, and the entire team of volunteers did an outstanding job!”
There is still time to donate to the Queen Scholarship Fund. 100 percent of all donations are used for their college scholarships and are tax deductible. Please send a check to: Queen Scholarship Fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Post Easter egg hunt THIS Saturday!


Sunny skies, colorful eggs, lots of kids, candies and prizes—it’s what we’re hoping for this Saturday, April 23, for the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt!
The event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. Be sure to get there a little early to find a parking spot. We wouldn’t want you to be late for the hunt! Remember to bring a bucket or bag to put your eggs in.
It will feature hunts for four different age groups up to age 10, real colored eggs, candy, coins and great prizes. And The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Red Flannel Queen and Court, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Call us at 696-3655 with questions.

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Post Easter egg hunt next Saturday!


Sunny skies, colorful eggs, lots of kids, candies and prizes—it’s what we’re hoping for next Saturday, April 23, for the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt!
The event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. Be sure to get there a little early to find a parking spot. We wouldn’t want you to be late for the hunt!
It will feature hunts for four different age groups up to age 10,  real colored eggs, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Red Flannel Queen and Court, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Call us at 696-3655 with questions.

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Post Easter egg hunt April 23!


We’re counting down, and the Post annual community Easter egg hunt is only 16 days away! Plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will feature hunts for four different ages, real colored eggs, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Red Flannel Queen and Court, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Call us at 696-3655 with questions.

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Holiday event lights up Main Street


Santa and kids

Santa took note last Friday night of what all the good little girls and boys want for Christmas. Post photo by M. Ford.

Jolly old St. Nicholas came to town with his elf helper last Friday, December 2, to help Cedar Springs celebrate the holiday season.
The chilly evening started with a live nativity at 5 p.m., courtesy of Calvary Assembly of God, at the corner of Main and Ash. Copies Plus handed out warm refreshments until 6 p.m., when Santa arrived on the scene to help sing Christmas carols and light the tree. Also on hand was Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph and Court members Kayla Ovokaitys and Samantha McGahan, Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and city mayor Charlie Watson and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl.
nativity sceneAfterward, everyone trekked down Main Street toward the United Methodist Church, and the Amish Warehouse handed out candy canes to everyone that passed by. At the church, Santa listened to what all the good little girls and boys wanted for Christmas, and businesses provided activities for the children while they waited.
According to Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, they didn’t have firm numbers on how many attended, but last year there were 92 families registered, and she said she thinks there were even more this year.

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