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Tour of lights



When you are out looking at Christmas lights this holiday season, be sure to swing through Sand Lake and see this beautiful display near the corner of Beech and Maple Streets. Kids will love it! Bob and Tracey Fitzgerald love decorating for Christmas, and their holiday display brightens up the whole corner!

Have you decorated the outside of your home for the holidays? Or, do you know of a home that has a great display? The annual Post Tour of Lights map is in production, and we’d like to add your addresses to the list! Email us the information so that we can all have the joy of driving by and seeing the beautiful displays. Or, if you drive by someone’s home and would like to add them, you can do that too! Email us at news@cedarspringspost.com, and put “Tour of Lights” in the subject line.


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Sand Lake woman’s horse captures title



The horse named Born Hot Feelin Good captured the first-place Intermediate title in senior hunter under saddle at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Show on Friday, November 22 in Oklahoma City. The first-place Intermediate horse is owned by Deanna Bailey of Sand Lake, Michigan, and was shown by Amber Hanson of Byron, Michigan.

Born Hot Feelin Good is a 2006 red roan gelding. Born Hot Feelin Good, sired by Born To Be Blazing and out of Good Graces, was bred by Kristin Rinkenberger of Morton, Illinois.

The Intermediate awards program is designed to recognize exhibitors who have never placed in the top 10 at an AQHA world show in the particular class in which they are competing. Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor’s lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated. Intermediate accomplishments will appear on the official records of the horse and exhibitor. Intermediate first-place winners in each class receive an 8-inch clear globe.


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The Post goes to Kentucky


A group of 10 friends from the Sand Lake area took the trip of a lifetime the week of September 9—one that had been in the making for five years. And they took the Post with them! Denny and Deb Dingman, Scott and Terri Nelson, Ed and Angie Fisher, Jeff and Shannon Proctor, and Craig Dickerson and Rebecca Scott all spent the week on an 80-foot houseboat, on the beautiful Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. These five couples truly loved their dream vacation! And thanks for taking us with you!

Readers: If you are going on a trip, take a Post with you and get a photo, then send it to us with some brief info. You can send it to: news@cedarspringspost.com. Photos will be printed as space allows.


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Catch of the Week

OUT-Catch-HammondAndrew Hammond, age 12, caught his first bass (20 inches—a keeper), while fishing at the trailer of his grandparents, Tom and Maxine Schaner, at Paradise Cove, in Sand Lake.

Andrew fishes every weekend while camping at Sand Lake and he has caught several fish, but not a bass this size. According to his mom, Pam, this was a great day for Andrew. They are having the fish mounted for his 13th birthday.

Congratulations, Andrew, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

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Catch of the Week

OUT-Catch-Dylan-VogelarDylan Vogelar, 4, the son of Dustin and Sara Vogelar, of Sand Lake, caught his prize catch at his aunt and uncle’s private lake in Sand Lake. He looks pretty pleased with his catch! Way to go Dylan, you made the Post Catch of the Week!


It’s back—get out those cameras!

It’s that time of year again when anglers big and small like to tell their fish tales! Send us a photo and story of your first, best, funniest, biggest, or even your smallest catch. Include your name, age, address, and phone number, along with the type and size of fish, and where caught.  We can’t wait to hear from you! Photos published as space allows. Photos/stories may be sent by email to news@cedarspringspost.com with Catch of the Week in the subject line, or mail to:

Catch of the Week, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


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Sand Lake celebrates Fourth of July

It was a grand party in Sand Lake last week, for the town’s 144th annual Fourth of July Celebration. The celebration ran from Wednesday, July 3, through Sunday July 7. A Parade of Lights, honoring area firefighters and law enforcement officials kicked off the festivities Tuesday evening, July 2. People traveled from all over to attend the annual event, which included a midway with carnival rides and games, food, parades, music, fireworks and much more during the 5-day event.


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Celebrate our independence

N-Sand-Lake-bungeeBy Judy Reed


It was 237 years ago that our country’s founding fathers created and signed our Declaration of Independence. And Sand Lake has been throwing a huge party to celebrate that independence for 144 of them.

The 144th annual Sand Lake Fourth of July Celebration will take place this year July 3-7. The theme is “Old Fashioned Small Town Pride.”

There is something for kids and adults alike at the celebration. The town’s Parade of Lights will kick it off Tuesday evening, July 2, with lineup at 8:30 p.m. The midway with carnival rides opens Wednesday, July 3; the grand parade is Thursday, July 4 at 1:30 p.m., with fireworks later that evening at 10:30 p.m.; and Kiddies day is Friday, July 5, complete with a kiddies parade, games and carnival rides. More events take place throughout the week and weekend, including a hot dog eating contest, bed races, music and more.

Click link below to download the schedule.


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Miss Sand Lake to be crowned

Miss Sand Lake and Court (L to R): Court members Shana Shquair, Tonya Rivard and Natasha Azur, and Queen Kristina Nozal.

Junior Miss Sand Lake Nicole Masion, and Queen Kristina Nozal.

The Sand Lake Fourth of July Celebration kicks off Wednesday, July 4, and part of that celebration will be the crowning of Miss Sand Lake and Miss Junior Sand Lake at noon.

The Miss Sand Lake and Junior Miss Sand Lake pageant was held on May 3, 2012. Chosen as Miss Sand Lake was Kristina Nozal. She lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri County High School. She is involved with the Equestrian Team and 4-H and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

The Queen’s court includes Shana Shquair, Tonya Rivard, and Natasha Azur.
Shana lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri-County High School. She is involved as a volunteer soccer coach, with the National Honor Society, and enjoys jazz music. Tonya lives in Pierson and graduated from Tri-County High School     in 2011 and is now attending Montcalm Community College, spending her time riding dirt bikes, four wheelers and going mud bogging. Natasha lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri- County High School. She is involved in soccer, cheerleading, and the National Honor Society.

Junior Miss Sand Lake is Nicole Masion, age 12. She is a 6th grader at Tri-County. Her interests are singing and spending time with her friends and family. Runner up was Janaye Dotson, 13. Her interests are singing, reading, and caring for animals.

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Spring cleanups start soon

By Judy Reed


As the weather warms up and residents begin to spring clean, some municipalities are offering drop off sites to help get rid of the clutter. Check out the list below to see when it’s offered in your area.

Algoma Township: Spring cleanup days are Wednesday, April 25, through Saturday, April 28. Dumpsters will be available at the township hall at 10531 Algoma Ave. Hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. No shovel offs or loose trash allowed. No liquids, no hazardous waste (no paint, oil, fuel, gasoline etc.) No brush or yard waste, no cement.

All tires must be cut in half, propane and fuel oil tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location (cell phones, computers, TVs, stereos, speakers, etc.). Call the township for more info 866-1583.

City of Cedar Springs: The city will collect E-waste on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Earth Day cleanup. A dumpster will be located behind City Hall. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, modems, power cords, etc. The trailer will be there until 3 p.m. No TVs or big box appliances will be accepted. TVs may be brought to Comprenew at 629 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids for recycling. A fee will be charged per TV.

The annual brush pickup will be Monday April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please have brush out by 6:00 a.m. and neatly stacked as close to the curb as possible. No brush larger than six inches, tree removals or stumps will be picked up. They will make one pass through town. Final fall pickup is September 24. There is no longer a spring trash cleanup date, since Duncan Disposal, the city’s preferred waste hauler, does that for residents.

The Department of Public Works will be flushing the City’s hydrants on Friday, April 27, 2012 and September 21, 2012. In most cases, hydrants are flushed during the night-time when water demand is at its lowest

Please remember to let your faucet run clear before doing any white or light colored laundry to avoid staining your laundry. Please contact DPW Director Roger Belknap at 616.696.1330 X 108 should you have any questions.

Courtland Township: No spring cleanup, they have a fall cleanup.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Spring cleanup days are Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents should bring trash to the water tower in Sand Lake. New this year is a charge of $15 for mattresses and $15 for box springs. Proof of residency required with a tax bill or voter registration AND a driver’s license. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location. Please call the township for more info at 636-5332.

Oakfield Township: No cleanup scheduled.

Sand Lake: See Nelson Township.

Solon Township: Spring cleanup dates have been set for two consecutive Saturdays, May 5 and May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old horse farm, 15185 Algoma. Proof of residency required. Must be residents—not just landowners. One 5×8 trailer with 48-inch sides or one pickup box per household. All items should be boxed or bagged, 45 pounds maximum. Tires must be cut in four pieces, car or light truck only, limit four. Appliances such as washers, dryers, etc. will be accepted, but not appliances that used Freon. Call township for more info  at 696-1718.

Spencer Township: Call township for info at 984-0035.






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Construction to start on US131 north of Sand Lake

Commuters traveling US131 north of Sand Lake need to be prepared—reconstruction starts Monday on a 12-mile stretch that won’t be completed until next fall.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the work will be done from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Bridges over Tamarack Creek and Kendaville Road will be improved and widened, as will the freeway access ramps there.

Northbound traffic will be down to one lane, and will use crossovers. Ramp closures with posted detours will be used at M-82 and M-46.

The work is not expected to be completed until November 3.


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