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Charles Keech Jr.  age 58 of Pierson went home to be with his love of life, Alicia, who passed away in April.  He was born March 18, 1955 in Vancouver, Washington the son of Charles and Cleemie Keech.  Charles has been a autobody technician for over thirty five years.  He enjoyed traveling and watching westerns.  Surviving are one son, Charles (Hollie) of Howard City and one daughter, Leslie Keech of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren; two brothers Bill and Rodney; two Sisters Anitia Gonzalez, Virginia (Jim) McCowen and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Visitation has taken place on Monday evening.

Arrangements by Heckman-Mohnke Funeral Home, Howard City


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C-MEM-BrownOctober 7, 1982 – November 4, 2005


What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.


We love and miss you so much,

Mom, Dad, Stevie & Nathan

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Who passed away 14 years ago, 

October 27, 1999.


Close in our hearts you will always stay,

Loved and remembered every day.


We love and miss you very much.


Your wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren


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Thank You

We buttoned down the hatches for this year of Red Flannels.

First of all I want to say thanks to the Festival Committee for choosing me this year. I was enlightened as to just how much work is done by all of you special people. The many man hours that goes into making this successful is enormous, but you did it. I think that this year’s crowds outdid themselves, wall to wall people everywhere! Wonderful! God’s blessings were upon us that warm beautiful day.

A sleek black convertible to ride in was by Ed Koehn and again thanks for the pleasure.

All the community businesses did extend to all those that came a warm welcome and they will return again. As this is the Red Flannel Town as it was when The Clipper Gals started in the 1930s and it will be forever known as that! We need all of your help to get our Red Flannels back on our street signs for all the world to see, because you people are that Red Flannel Town and we need to restore that again. I know you will put those here to support it.

I want to thank my American Legion Family also for their support of me and the Festival. May we all come together with love and prayers. Also thanks to my great family for all their help!


Mary Goller Kilts, Grand Marshall 2013

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2013 Halloween Coloring Contest winners…


Winners can pick up their prizes on or after Friday, November 1, 2013 at The POST’s office located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

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No Tricks or Treats for Pets this Halloween

By Mona Shand, Michigan News Connection


Halloween is one of the most fun-filled nights for kids of all ages, but unless pet owners take precautions, the holiday could pose serious risks for four-legged friends. When trick-or-treaters bring home the Halloween loot, most people know to keep the chocolate away from pets, but, according to veterinarian Dr. Jamie Snow, keep the whole candy bowl out of reach of Rover and Fluffy, because the artificial sweetener xylitol found in most sugar-free gums and many other candies can be fatal to animals.

“I won’t let it in my house,” she declared. “If a dog eats that and ingests it in a good enough amount, it can cause severe liver failure and very profoundly low blood sugar and kill them.”

Snow said Halloween safety begins with securing pets inside the house or in a place where they won’t get overexcited by an onslaught of children, and to be sure all animals have proper identification. It’s all too easy for pets to escape amid all the Halloween commotion, but Snow says a few simple precautions will greatly increase the chance an animal will be reunited with its owner if that happens.

“Almost on a weekly basis, we have somebody that finds a dog or a cat with no collar, no microchip, and it’s very hard to find their homes if they have no identification,” she warned.

As for dressing pets up in Halloween costumes, Snow said to treat animals the same as toddlers: beware of choking or breathing hazards, and don’t leave them unsupervised while they’re suited up.

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Catch of the Week

OUT-Catch-Balcam-webAustin Balcam, the son of Al and Sandra Balcam, of Coral, and a third-grader at Beach Elementary in Cedar Springs, was excited to go out fishing on Lake Michigan, out of Muskegon, on August 11, with his dad and two friends. Austin was the only one to catch anything and needed help reeling in this King Salmon, 36-inches, 26 pounds, and 23-inches around. He was so excited and tired! His parents are having the fish mounted for his bedroom.

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

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Feathers flew for Pure Michigan Hunt winners

Jim Bosscher’s hunting party, from left to right: Greg Bosscher, Brian Drabik, Jim Bosscher and Jim Naber with dog “Tank.”

Jim Bosscher’s hunting party, from left to right: Greg Bosscher, Brian Drabik, Jim Bosscher and Jim Naber with dog “Tank.”

Waterfowl season is well under way, and the Fish Point Managed Waterfowl Hunt Area recently hosted two of the Pure Michigan Hunt (PMH) winners on opening weekend.

Jim Bosscher from McBain chose Fish Point for his Pure Michigan waterfowl hunt. The opening morning of waterfowl season, Bosscher and three of his lucky friends got to pick first among the 35 total parties, or approximately 140 people. PMH winners not only get to hunt at any of Michigan’s first-class managed waterfowl hunt areas, they also get first pick at selecting their hunting area. Normally hunters are entered into a drawing to find out their order for choosing their hunting location. As an added bonus, PMH winners get to bring three friends with them to enjoy their prime hunting location.

“We saw hundreds of ducks and geese,” said Bosscher. “We had plenty of shooting and even got some!”

Dave Gittins from Kawkawlin hadn’t duck hunted in many years, although that didn’t slow him down. He grabbed some of his close friends to fill up his four-person party limit, and also hunted Fish Point on the second day of the season.

“I had not duck hunted in over 20 years. It brought back some memories,” stated Gittins. “I think that’s a great part of every hunt—to listen and talk about past hunting trips.”

Both Bosscher and Gittins have already harvested their PMH elk, bear and spring turkeys. All that remains for them is their antlerless deer license, valid for anywhere in the state that is open to antlerless hunting. A full freezer of meat, new friendships and all the hunting gear they won will remind them of the memorable 2013 hunting season.

For your chance to win a $4,000 package of hunting licenses and gear donated by Michigan businesses and organizations, visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt to purchase unlimited $4 Pure Michigan Hunt applications and to view the extensive prize package.

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Enjoy fall, help protect habitat

at southwest Michigan state parks


The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites Michigan residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwest Michigan while helping to protect habitat. DNR recreation officials recently announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of November at state parks and recreation areas in southwestern Michigan.

Volunteering for these workdays is a great way for campers, park users and everyone else to GO-Get Outdoors in many of Michigan’s cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and landscapes this fall.
Activities vary by park and include invasive shrub removal, dune restoration and native seed collection. Native seed collection is a great way to get the whole family involved. Registration is required for seed collection events. No experience is necessary, and training and equipment are provided.

Dates, times and locations (counties) of group workdays are:

• Saturday, Nov. 2 – Yankee Springs Recreation Area (Barry), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 3 – Fort Custer Recreation Area (Kalamazoo), 1-4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Muskegon State Park (Muskegon), 1-4 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 16 – P.J. Hoffmaster State Park (Muskegon), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 17 – Warren Woods State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

• Saturday, Nov. 23 – Saugatuck Dunes State Park (Allegan), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Sunday, Nov. 24 – Warren Dunes State Park (Berrien), 1-4 p.m.

Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work (including long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes) and bring gloves and drinking water. To get information about the activities at each workday, find directions or park information, or check the Volunteer Steward calendar of events, visit the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers and click on Calendar of Volunteer Stewardship Workdays. Workdays are held each weekend at select parks in southwest Michigan.

Please contact Heidi Frei at 269-685-6851, ext. 147 or freih@michigan.gov for registration or questions about the Volunteer Steward workdays.


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Cedar Springs Cross Country teams compete at regionals

Both teams qualify for state meet

S-Cross-countryThe boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday, October 26, to compete in their regional meet. Despite some challenging conditions of wind, rain, and mud, the teams represented very well. The course was on one of the golf courses that align the resort.

The boys team placed 9th overall, led by junior Austin Sargent, with his first place finish, and qualified for the MHSAA division 2 state meet this coming Saturday.  Justin Jones just missed qualifying for the state meet by placing 22nd. Also competing and having a great race were Brandon Harthorn, Dylan Finch, Remington Sawade, Tyler Lovell and Jonathon Wolfarth. This group of young men ran great despite the challenging conditions and finished the season on great note.

The girls team placed 2nd overall and qualified for the state meet as a team for the 5th straight year. Leading the Red Hawks was junior Kenzie Weiler, who finished first overall. Ellie Ovokaitys (18th), Shayne Mann (24th), Kellsie Webber (31st), Maddie Pekrul (32nd), Caitline McClurken(43rd) and Allyson Marvel (59th) all had great races to lead the Red Hawks back to another state meet at MIS Speedway this coming Saturday.

Good luck to the Red Hawks this weekend!

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