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Solon spaghetti dinner raises funds for township park


A spaghetti dinner and dessert auction last weekend raised over $1,000 for Solon Township’s Velzy Park.

A spaghetti dinner and dessert auction last weekend raised over $1,000 for Solon Township’s Velzy Park.

By Vicky Babcock

The mood was warm and festive, the company, in turns, warmly supportive and fiercely competitive. It was a gathering of friends, family and community motivated by a common cause—to eat—and to aid in the culmination of a dream. It was Solon’s second annual spaghetti dinner/dessert auction fundraiser for Velzy Park.

The community came together in support of Velzy Park. With mood music created by Courtney King and tables dressed in Valentine splendor, about 80 area residents sat down to a buffet style supper of spaghetti, garlic bread and salad cooked in house by our own Annette Ellick.

The atmosphere changed when the first desserts were brought out to be auctioned, however.  Friends and neighbors vied for their choices of desserts from the huge array of donated items. It was good-natured rivalry, with some desserts reaching upwards of $50. Many of the desserts were shared table to table and there was plenty left to take home for later. Desserts ruled, but they were not the only choice for bidding as a growler fill and tee shirts donated by David Ringler also shared the auction table.

The event was made possible by the Park Committee, its many volunteers, both in service and donated desserts and other related items. It was a community effort enjoyed by the community.  The event brought in over $1,350 with about $1000 for the park realized after expenses.

The creation of the park will help fill a gap in the Township’s infrastructure. While Long Lake Park—a County Park—is located within its boundaries, Solon has no structured parks of its own. The Township envisions a green area with a soccer field, baseball diamond and playground area, as well as picnic tables and a walking trail. With the North Country Trail planning a route through the park, it will become an important pit stop from the West as it makes its way into Cedar Springs.

Velzy Park is the collective dream of a number of citizens, an area where the community can come together for social events and play, both structured and unstructured. The park will be open to everyone and will not rely on tax dollars. Look for groundbreaking on the trail this spring or summer as the committee continues fundraising efforts. For more information or to donate or volunteer, please call the township office at 616-696-1718.

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Velzy Park fundraiser


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Grab your sweetie! Mark your calendars! The Velzy Park Committee is hosting their second annual (fall in love with Velzy Park) Valentine Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 11 at Solon Township Hall. All proceeds go towards the construction of the new park behind the Township office. The dinner includes a dessert auction as well as musical entertainment performed by our very own Courtney King! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Township office (15185 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs) Monday through Wednesday or at the door. Park committee members will be selling tickets as well. Ticket prices are $10.00 each or two for $18.00. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. with the popular dessert auction following.  There will be a 50/50 raffle as well. Join your neighbors and shake off the winter blues while helping to make this much needed park a reality! For more information, call 616-696-1718 or check out the Park’s facebook page (Solon Township’s Velzy Park).

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Solon working on community park


 

Volunteers and members of Solon Township’s Park Planning Committee are continuing work on plans to develop a community park on 19 acres on the west side of Algoma Avenue where the Township Hall is located. They have named it Velzy Park, to commemorate what the area was first called.

The park, when all five phases are completed, will feature walking trails, restrooms, picnic facilities, a playground, designated sports fields, a farmer’s market pavilion, and a native prairie restoration area. The North Country National Scenic Trail plans to connect to the walking trail and make Velzy Park a rest stop for hikers. Their trail will also join with the White Pine Trail in Cedar Springs.

The committee used grant funds and a professional design company to develop a Park Master Plan, 5-year Rec Plan, and Park Concept drawings.  Although an application for the DNR Michigan Trust Fund to help with construction of the walking path and restroom facility was not approved, the committee remains hopeful other grant applications will be looked upon more favorably. Volunteer hours and matching funds are an important part of successful grant applications so commitment from the community remains a very strong asset in constructing the park.

Over $42,000 has already been raised toward the project through donations from individuals, area businesses, and a series of fundraisers.

Memorial benches and landscape rocks, which will be engraved and spaced around the walking path, will be available for order soon.

The next opportunity for the community to show their support is the 2nd Annual Valentine Spaghetti Dinner planned for Feb. 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. and featuring a dessert auction, 50/50 raffle, and song requests for pianist Courtney King. Updates for 2017 construction plans will be shared with the community at the event. The committee looks forward to receiving input on the proposed plans.

All gifts are tax deductible.  Checks can be sent to Solon Township/Velzy Park Project. For additional information, visit www.solontwp.org.

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Car bash raises money for Velzy Park


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Michigan/Michigan State rivalry was alive and well at Solon Market this past Saturday!  Under a mostly overcast sky, fans vied to size up and destroy each other’s colors in Velzy Park’s first Car Bash fundraiser. Tony Owen led the charge, circling to find the most vulnerable spot on the State side before taking his swings. Combatants had their choice of weapons, from an array of bats and sledge hammers.  Solon Fire and Rescue was on hand to assist should a participant’s enthusiasm turn to injury. A good time was had by all who attended.

Despite the best combined efforts of Solon Market and Solon Park committees, few took advantage of the promised entertainment, however. Threatening weather was likely a factor in the low turnout, though rain held off until after Market hours. The weather did not dampen participants’ enthusiasm as they did their best to destroy the vehicle. The rivalry heated up when firefighters, Chris Paige, Matt Schievink, Jordan Nielsen, and James Taylor got into the action, bringing in some of their own equipment. The result, as you can see, was a satisfying crunch. Who won? You be the judge!

The event was made possible with donations from local auto and hardware businesses, Solon Township, Solon Fire and Rescue, and the many volunteers who assisted. All proceeds went to benefit the planned park, to be located behind Solon Township Hall. Monies generated were close to $200.00. For more information on the event, please visit Solon Market’s Facebook page. Like them for updates.

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Car Bash to benefit Velzy Park


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Michigan vs. Michigan State

Just in time for football! The first annual Car Bash for Velzy Park, on Saturday, September 10, features a rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State fans as they try to bash the corresponding colors on the donated car. The Car Bash is the brain child of Velzy Park Committee’s Shelly Aardema, as the group continues its efforts to raise funds for the planned park located behind Solon Township Hall at 15185 Algoma Ave.  All proceeds will go to support the park. Participants should come prepared with closed-toed shoes. You must be at least 16 (with parents signature) and everyone must sign a waiver.

The Car Bash runs concurrent with Solon Market at 15185 Algoma Ave. but the hours for the Bash are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., while Market hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the bash are $2.00 a hit, $5.00 for 3 hits or $10.00 for 7 hits.  The Township is being assisted in these endeavors by donations from area automotive and retail businesses. Solon Fire and Rescue will be on hand to provide any needed services. Hammers bats and goggles will be provided. For more information, please contact Shelly Aardema at 616-696-1848 or check out Solon Market’s facebook page.  Like them for updates.

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Fundraiser for Solon’s Velzy Park


 

The Velzy Park Committee is continuing fundraising efforts with a 50/50 raffle this Saturday, August 13, at Solon Market’s Dog Daze Pet Expo. The planned park behind Solon’s Hall will need additional funding before Phase One can begin, as monies slated for the Walking Trail became necessary for a matching grant proposal.  The Park is looking to the community for donations of cash or in-kind donations for construction of the park, as well as to meet the grant requirements. Fund-raising efforts began in February with a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction and have continued throughout the summer. Saturday’s raffle will run during Market hours from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Solon Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave. Plans are underway for a car bash in September—more to be announced at a later date. Be sure to watch the Post for additional information and check out the Velzy Park facebook page (Solon Township’s Velzy Park) for updates.  Donations can be made to Solon Township/Velzy Park.

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Solon Market teams with Velzy Park


 

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It’s here! This Saturday, June 11, is opening day for Solon Market! The new Market will take place the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be event-based. This week’s Market features a community sale and petting zoo, chair massages and a raffle fundraiser to help build Velzy Park, the planned recreational facility behind Solon Township’s Office. Join the township in a perimeter walk along the proposed walking trail. Bring your garage sale items and join Solon’s vendors for a day at the Market. Produce featured this week includes asparagus, rhubarb, farm fresh eggs, honey and maple syrup. Other events planned include Christmas in July, Dog Daze Pet Expo in August, Sept Giveaways and Car Bash and October’s Bootacular.

Kids enjoy the petting zoo at the Solon Market.

Kids enjoy the petting zoo at the Solon Market.

For more information or to volunteer for events, Please call Shelly at 616-696-1848 or visit their facebook page—Solon Market. The Market address is 15185 Algoma Ave. in Cedar Springs. See you at Market!

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Crowd turns out for Solon park fundraiser


 

Web-N-Solon-fundraiser1Web-N-Solon-fundraiser2The Velzy Park Planning Committee’s first fund-raising event was a tremendous success last Friday, according to Solon Township clerk Mary Lou Poulson.

The event raised $1,000 to go toward development of the new park, which will be on the acreage surrounding the township offices on Algoma.

Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner were sold prior to the event and at the door. About 80 people packed the room decorated for Valentines Day. Park committee members manned the display of Velzy Park concept drawings and shared information with diners as they mingled.  Kevin, from Kelly’s Restaurant catered the dinner. Park Committee Chairperson Shelly Aardema introduced emcee Reese Rickards, who also ran a lively auction for the desserts donated by area residents. Some were shared at the table and some taken home to enjoy.  A 50/50 raffle was held, with one lucky township resident benefitting as well as the Park.

The next event is in the planning stages and will help to raise funds for the walking trail and celebrate its construction. The Velzy Park Committee is hoping to coincide the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the opening day of the Farmer’s Market on June 11. Watch for information at www.solontwp.org, which includes the Park’s facebook link.

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Thanks to all the wonderful people


Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out on a blustery February night last Friday to show their support at the first fund-raising event for Velzy Park. It was an awesome success, raising over $1,000 for park construction. Also a big thank-you to the volunteers, the local residents who donated the delicious desserts, B93’s Reese Rickards for wonderful emcee and auction work, Kevin from Kelly’s Restaurant for a fantastic dinner, and park committee chairperson Shelly Aardema for all her work behind the scenes. We are excited to begin construction of the walking paths this Spring and hope you’ll join us at our next event. Keep watch for information on our website and facebook page on upcoming plans – www.solontwp.org.

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