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Solon receives opportunity for matching grant for park


Solon Township’s Velzy Park Committee received some exciting news recently. The committee, under the direction of Solon Township, has been attempting to raise funds to complete Phase One of Velzy Park, which includes a playground and restroom facility. The park is located behind the Township office at 15185 Algoma Ave.

Recognizing the need, a Solon Township family has pledged $25,000 as a matching grant in an effort to finance the restroom. The planned structure is slated to be a 3-season unisex unit, which will be open to the public during park hours. In order to fully utilize the grant, the committee will need to acquire an additional $25,000 in donations. They are planning various fundraisers and looking into creating a gofundme page in an effort to match the grant.

The committee is asking for your help. Timing is limited, as the window for the matching grant closes on October 31, 2018.  If you would like to make a contribution, or to volunteer at events, please call the Solon Township office at 696-1718. Watch our facebook page or the Post for upcoming events.

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Brush fire chars four acres


Bits of cardboard can be seen floating in the air as smoke and flames encompass the area. Photo by Craig Carter.

The fire burned a path behind area homes along Quarterhorse Drive. Photo by Kim Lemke.

By Judy Reed

A brush fire went out of control Monday afternoon and threatened neighboring homes in Solon Township.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Paige, they got the call about 4:22 p.m. Monday afternoon, March 5, that there was an out of control brush fire at Algoma and Quarterhorse Drive. 

“It was started by a person burning cardboard and the wind picked it up and took into the field,” he explained. 

He said that on arrival, about a quarter acre was burning, but with the wind and dry conditions, it spread to a half acre in about 1-1/2 minutes. 

“The wind played a big factor. When it took off, we had a hard time getting ahead of it,” said Paige.

The blackened field along Quarterhorse Drive after the fire was out. Post photo by J. Reed.

It spread westward along Quarterhorse Drive, burning two empty lots, going behind two homes, and then 2-3 more lots. It also crossed the fence and began to burn a little of the Solon Township’s Velzy Park. Paige said it burned about 3-4 acres in total.

The only damage was to a vinyl fence, and some heat damage to some phone pedestals.

The person burning did not have a burn permit. Paige said that with the dry vegetation and high wind conditions, they shouldn’t have been burning. Anyone with an outside fire 4×4-feet or larger needs to call the fire station to get a burn permit. 

Algoma Fire also assisted at the scene.

 

Bits of cardboard can be seen floating in the air as smoke and flames encompass the area. Photo by Craig Carter.

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Velzy Park fundraiser a delicious success


 

Those attending the Velzy Park fundraiser dinner had a fun night out despite the weather. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

Winters’s stormy weather didn’t keep the community from coming together for Velzy Park’s third annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction last Friday, February 9.  

Desserts and other items were part of a silent auction to raise funds for Velzy Park in Solon Township. Photo from Solon Township Facebook page.

The popular fundraiser attracted a crowd of Park supporters, pasta lovers and sweet seekers vying for the choicest desserts. Joe Watson called the auction, rousing the crowd to enthusiastic bidding for the sweets and raising $430.00 towards the park. The fundraiser netted over $1400.00 for continuing construction of the park.  

Guests were treated to live vocals from Monique’s Quality Entertainment as well. It had all the elements of a successful evening. For a few hours folks were able to ignore winter’s ravages and bask in the warmth and glow of camaraderie and friendship. It gave us the opportunity to thumb our noses at the weather with a nod to St. Valentine.

The dinner was made possible through the combined efforts of a host of volunteers, from the young servers from Creative Technologies Academy to the people and businesses who donated desserts, talent and time, to the Park Committee, to the community who graciously came to help celebrate a common dream. 

Phase One of the park continues with a restroom and playground slated for the near future.  Donations can be made to Solon Township Velzy Park and sent to Solon Township Office, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, 49319. Please check Solon Township’s Velzy Park facebook page for future events or to volunteer in their efforts or call the township at 696-1718.

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Chargers Making a Difference


Lightning Bugs: Middle School students Anna Grdjan, Jayda Schreiber, Ana VanHarten and Morgan Vogler.

On Feb. 10, four representatives from CTA’s Lightning Bugs (formally Girl Talk, currently in its fourth year), volunteered at Solon Township Hall for the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. The girls: Ana VanHarten (6 th Grade), Jayda Schreiber (6 th Grade), Morgan Vogler (6 th Grade), and Anna Grdjan (7 th Grade), along with teacher leader, Ms. Liscombe, helped set up for the event, serve food, pass out baked goods for the dessert auction, and clean up afterward. “The girls had a great time serving the community and cannot wait to help out again next year,” shared Liscombe. All money raised goes towards the development of Velzy Park.

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Velzy Park Fundraiser marks third year


Grab your sweetheart, bring your family and join us tomorrow, February 9, as Velzy Park hosts its third annual spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. The popular event features live music from Monique’s Quality Entertainment, a 50-50 raffle, a quality in-house cooked meal and, as ever, the highly competitive dessert auction, featuring some of our local ladies most prized recipes, as well as donations from area restaurants.  Joe Watson is again lending his talents to the auction with his lively style and wit.  

The fundraiser marks the continuing efforts of Solon Township’s Velzy Park Committee to raise money for construction of Phase One of the park, which includes a restroom and playground. Velzy Park currently offers a community walking trail, gazebo and picnic area. 

The event takes place in Solon’s community room at 15185 Algoma Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner slated at 6:00 PM. The dessert auction follows. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from committee members for $10 each or $18 a pair. For questions, please call 616-696-4227.  

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.


Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@montcalm.edu or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp 989-328-1270. #49

Velzy Park Fundraiser

Dec. 7: Finish your Christmas shopping with appetizing gifts in useful containers, and help raise funds for Velzy Park at the same time! You are invited to enjoy this opportunity with a demonstration of unique gift giving ideas on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. #48,49b

2nd Chance Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Dec. 7-10: Support 2nd Chance School by purchasing a beautiful fresh Christmas Tree. Christmas trees will be available for sale, Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-8 pm, Sunday noon-5 pm, at 2nd Chance School, 810 17 Mile Road Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road, 4 miles west of 131).  We have scotch pine, blue spruce, black hills spruce, and balsam fir. Sizes are 3’ – 10’ tall. There are also a few 24” Frasier Fir decorated wreaths for sale. Support 2nd Chance by purchasing a Christmas tree. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150. #48,49b

Christmas Concert and Dance Extravaganza

Dec. 9,10: Join an annual Christmas tradition of watching local talent perform at Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs! Saturday, December 9th  will be the Christmas Concert from 3 to 5 pm. Bring the whole family for a fun night out listening to holiday songs.  On December 10th the Annual Dance Extravaganza will start at 3 pm. Enjoy an evening of watching an amazing dance concert featuring 3 local dance schools.  Admission is only $3 per person for either event. Check out the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook for more information and performance lineup. #48,49b

Adore…A Musical Celebration

Dec. 10: Join Solon Center Wesleyan Church for a special morning full of a variety of Christmas music including performances by the worship team, the children of the church, and a special Christmas ensemble. The service will be held @ 10 am on Sunday, December 10th. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find us on the web @ www.scwchurch.org. #48,49b

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church and Christmas Potluck

Dec. 10: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, December 10th. A Christmas Potluck will be at 5:00 pm and Cowboy Church following at 6:00 pm which will be a Christmas Hymn Sing with familiar Christmas songs everyone can join in and sing along with. It will take place at 2nd Chance School at 810 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, MI (corner of 17 Mile Road and Olin Lakes Road). Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month . There will NOT be Cowboy Church on Sunday, December 24th, Christmas Eve. Each Service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. Cowboy Church will introduce you to 2nd Chance and its vision. The school is in the building stage, which when completed, will teach troubled teens through God and the horse. If you have questions, call 293-2150.  See you there! #49

Ready for Reindeer!

Dec. 14: Traveling all the way from the North Pole (via Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farms), live reindeer will be visiting the library. Dress warmly and don’t forget the camera! Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm, Spencer Township Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #49

Cookie Walk

Dec. 16: North Kent Presbyterian Church will host its 20th Annual Christmas Cookie Walk Saturday morning, December 16th from 9:00 until gone. Still only $7.00/box or 3 boxes/$20.00…Public VERY welcome! Choose your own selection from more than 25 varieties of delicious homemade Christmas cookies. The church is located at 6175 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford (1 block west of Wolverine Blvd., north of Rogue River, just north of Blythefield Country Club.) Come early for a great selection! Cookies make great gifts for neighbors, teachers, mail carriers, and friends, too! Our church cook book will also be available for sale. For further information contact our church office at 616-866-2230 Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. #49,50p

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Boo-tacular a hit at Solon’s Velzy Park


It was a perfect autumn afternoon. The laughter of children rang on the air as they played games, collected snacks and built their very own scarecrows. Velzy Park, in Solon Township, was the scene of much activity Saturday, October 21, as the Park’s “Bootacular” got underway. The event was created as a Park fundraiser and public service to the community. Originally hosted by Solon Market, the event was adapted by the joint Park and Market committees to help promote the new park and raise needed money toward continued improvements.  

The “Build a Scarecrow” was a new addition and created much excitement among the youngsters as they watched their scarecrows come to life. It was a toss-up as to who had the most fun—the children, their parents or the volunteers. The scarecrow event and boo-tacular was the brainchild of Park chair, Shelly Aardema, who is also a member of the Market Committee.

The committee is seeking funds to build a restroom and playground as Phase One continues. The park currently features a walking trail, gazebo and picnic area, mostly funded though fundraisers and donations from area residents and businesses. If you wish to help, donations can be sent to Solon Township Office, 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, MI  49319.  Be sure to designate it towards Velzy Park. Volunteers are also needed to assist with construction and maintenance as well as events and fundraising. Material donations are welcome as well. For more information, contact Mary Lou at 616-696-1718 or Shelly at 616-696-1848.

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Solon Township celebrates trail with ribbon cutting


Solon Township cut the ribbon on the new trail which will run through and around Velzy Park.

Saturday, June 10, was a perfect day for Velzy Park’s Spring fundraiser. The event, sponsored by the Velzy Park Committee and Solon Market Committee, included community sales, indoor craft sales, basket raffles donated by area businesses, a ribbon-cutting and a hotdog lunch.  All profits went to funding continued development of the park, located behind Solon Township Hall.

Community sales were part of the fundraiser.

The highlight of the event was a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the new trail running through and around the entire park. This begins Phase One, which will include a restroom, play ground and picnic area. Shelly Aardema, Committee Chair, assisted in the ribbon cutting. It was her inspiration to pair Solon Market’s Community Sales with the Park fundraiser. The event netted the Park over $450 and likely will become an annual event to showcase park improvements. Donations for the park can be made out to Solon Township Velzy Park and mailed to 15185 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs, MI  49319.

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Solon Market closes for the 2017 season


 

N-Solon-MarketLooks to the future with a dedicated shelter

Solon Market is taking hiatus for the 2017 season as the Market Committee determines how best to serve its customers and Market family.

The Market has been a staple at the Solon Township Hall for the past seven years catering to the community. It has provided a free venue for farmers, artisans, and flea market vendors, as well as activities and entertainment to area residents.

The Committee will continue to meet to determine the future of the market as the township works toward its planned park with a dedicated shelter. They will be assisting the Park Committee in fund-raising as the Township continues Phase One of Velzy Park.

Plans for a community garage sale/picnic are in the works for June 10, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently completed new trail. For a minimal fee, crafters can set up inside the Community room for this event. Plans also include a 50/50 raffle.

The park will also serve as an important pit stop for the North Country Trail as it connects to the Cedar Springs line. For more information or to donate to the Park, please check out Solon’s website at solontwp.org or call the Township Office at 616-696-1718.

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Construction at Velzy Park


Five new picnic tables were donated anonymously to Solon Township for Velzy Park. Courtesy photo. A new walking trail is under construction at Solon’s Velzy Park. Courtesy photo.

Five new picnic tables were donated anonymously to Solon Township for Velzy Park. Courtesy photo.

Construction on a new walking trail is underway at Velzy Park, located at 15185 Algoma Ave NE. The park surrounds Solon Township Hall, and is named for what the area used to be called.

And that’s not the only thing that’s new. “Our Park Committee is very excited and thankful about 5 picnic tables that were anonymously donated to our Park a week or so ago,” said Mary Lou Poulsen, Solon Township Clerk, and a member of the Solon Park Committee.

On June 10, Solon will celebrate the new walking trail with a ribbon cutting, and a community-wide yard sale and picnic. The picnic will take place at noon, with the ribbon cutting and cake to follow. Suggested donations for the picnic will be $4 for individuals, and $10 for families.

A new walking trail is under construction at Solon’s Velzy Park. Courtesy photo.

A new walking trail is under construction at Solon’s Velzy Park. Courtesy photo.

The park is still in phase one, which features walking trails, a restroom building and parking. Phase two will be a playground and three barn relocations. Phase three will be the Farmer’s market and picnic shelter; and native prairie restoration.

Memorial benches will soon be available to purchase. Watch solontwp.org for info. If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation for the park, send it to Solon Township and designate it for Velzy Park.

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