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Want to win a newspaper?


POST-Building-Front-winterN-Post-raffleThe owner of The Cedar Springs Post, Lois Allen, has been publishing the “small town” newspaper with stories and information relevant to families in the northern Kent County area for over twenty years.

Starting publication in the late 1980s, Allen is hoping to get a well-deserved rest from the newspaper business. “I could use a vacation,” said Allen. “I haven’t had one in 25 years.”

She continued, “I set out to create the best local newspaper I could, and I think I’ve done that. The Post is great. I think it’s the perfect reflection of the community spirit here and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Allen.

But now after decades of working to keep the struggling newspaper going, she is considering her options. “I’ve tried to get in contact with Warren Buffett to see if he’s interested in adding to his collection,” Allen explained. “I’d like to retire with about a million or so, but his people told me not to call back.” With no millionaires knocking down the door, Allen has even considered possibly closing The Post. She continued, “But then I thought, why not raffle it?”

According to Allen, the holder of the winning raffle ticket would “win” the newspaper. “Just think. You’d have your very own newspaper! You could put yourself on the front page every week. Or you could oust your neighbor for letting their dog crap in your yard. Think of the power you would hold!”

“You could say, ‘Stop the presses!’ every single day!” said Allen.

Readers or non-readers of The Post are eligible to enter and get their once in a lifetime chance at winning a real newspaper. And, as Allen says, there aren’t that many left. “They’re practically a collector’s item for the rich and famous.”

For just $10 a ticket, anyone can have a good shot at being a big shot in a small town. You could call Donald Trump and offer to “Do lunch.” And, unlike the lottery, the odds are very good at winning. Almost as good as hitting a pothole on your way to work.

Although the newspaper would be “free” to the winner, keeping it would not. According to Allen, the new publisher would be responsible for the operating funds needed to keep the weekly paper going once they took possession. She explained, “You’ll need money for stuff like, you know, rent, payroll, postage, printing five thousand copies weekly, the insurance, utilities, internet, office equipment, computer hardware and software, and stuff like that.”

“You might want to start with some serious operating cash,” she explained. “Or you can save a ton of money if you just do everything yourself.”

For a chance to enjoy ownership of a real newspaper and live the dream, that never, ever ends, look in The Post, April 1st issue for special details on, “I want to win a newspaper!”

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The Post travels to Boise


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Dave and Caroline Bartlett took the Post with them to Boise, Idaho for Christmas at Vince and Tamara Hunter’s house on December 22. Dave and Caroline’s grandson, Jesse Jones, a student from Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan, accompanied them to Boise for Christmas and to visit his family there.

Pictured (from Left) is Lezlie Price and behind her is her husband Doug and son Jesse Jones; next is Tamara Hunter and husband Vince behind her; Suzy Bird and husband Mike behind her; Caroline Bartlett and Dave behind her; and Ashley Jones, Lezlie’s daughter.

According to Caroline, Vince went to Boise seven years ago for a job and Mike went with him. They met and married ladies from Idaho. Lezlie, Doug and Ashley moved from Ohio to Idaho a year ago. Mike and Suzy Bird live a few miles away from the Hunters in Napa.

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Year in Review: The Post travels


Top row (L to R): Private first class Britton Caward of Oklahoma; Private first Class Keith Milsap of Mississippi; Private first class Lucas Canfield of Nebraska; Specialist Josh Ellis of Arizona. Bottom row (L to R): Staff Sargent Cory Engard of Oregon; Sergeant Joel Priest of Sparta, Michigan, Specialist David Segard III, of Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Top row (L to R): Private first class Britton Caward of Oklahoma; Private first Class Keith Milsap of Mississippi; Private first class Lucas Canfield of Nebraska; Specialist Josh Ellis of Arizona.
Bottom row (L to R): Staff Sargent Cory Engard of Oregon; Sergeant Joel Priest of Sparta, Michigan, Specialist David Segard III, of Cedar Springs, Michigan.

While the Post can now be read online all over the world, the printed edition traveled all over the world as well—thanks to loyal readers taking it on vacation with them! The Post visited a variety of locations in all parts of the world and sometimes more than once.

One of our favorites was the Post visiting Afghanistan. We received a request for a Post from one of our soldiers there—Spc. David Segard. When it arrived, he gathered his unit for a photo with the paper and emailed it back to us!

Other locations the Post visited this year included Costa Rica, the Denver Zoo, Hawaii, Arizona, Sacramento, Harvard, the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Frankenmuth, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Alaska, Cave City, Las Vegas, Berlin, Minnesota, Niagara Falls, Ireland, Chattanooga, Boston, Spain, Yellowstone, the Indy 500, Stonehenge, British Columbia, Canada, Cambodia, Branson, North Carolina, Virginia, Outer Banks, Florida, Disney World, Australia, and Hoover Dam.

We loved sharing your Post travels stories with our readers. Please continue to send them in to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Merry Christmas from The POST


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The Post goes to Las Vegas


The Post traveled to Las Vegas on December 6, to celebrate Trevor and Alexander Hemry’s 21st birthdays. The brothers are graduates of the Cedar Springs High school class of 2011.

The trip consisted of two stops—The Strip, and a visit to Pawn Stars.

Trevor and Alex enjoyed the trip, as this was their first time flying. Seven other family members joined in on the fun, too. “Although the weather was in the 30s and 40s during the day, while we were there we still had fun sight seeing and participating in all of the activities Vegas has to offer,” said mom Jeanine Hemry.

One of the activities they wanted to do while in Vegas was to visit the famous Pawn Shop that is shown on the History channel. They were doing some filming at the time of their visit so they didn’t have the opportunity to meet any of the cast. They did however get a glimpse of Chumlee as he left the set.

As they prepared to return to the hotel, they were presented with an opportunity to ride in a 15-20 passenger Hummer Limousine.

This trip was special, since this was the first time all four brothers have been on a vacation together in over 10 years. “Life has a tendency to take family members down various paths and sometimes it becomes harder to get everyone together,” explained Jeanine. She said this was a trip to celebrate the milestone of turning 21 and a time of celebration as Alex is leaving in January to join the Air Force. We wish him the best! And thanks for taking the Post with you on your trip!

If readers are going on vacation, take a copy of the Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some brief information to news@cedarspringspost.com.

 

 

 

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Post goes to Cambodia


N-Post-Picture-CambodiaThe Post has been around the world, but never to Cambodia—until now.

Kathy Lauer and her daughter, Dani Lauer, a 2005 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, traveled to Cambodia this summer. They were visiting Dani’s best friend, who lives in Phenom Phenn and is working to stop human trafficking.

The picture here is outside of the Buddhist temple at Wat Phnom. Kathy said they also traveled to Siem Reap to explore the temples of the lost city of Angkor Wat. They also visited a floating city on the Mekong River.

Thanks for taking us with you!

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Post goes to Berlin


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Former exchange student Patrick Pender took The Post on a trip to Berlin after returning home to Germany. Check out the “property of Michigan” t-shirt!
Thanks so much, Patrick, for taking a little piece of Cedar Springs home with you. We are glad it could be the Post!

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