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Archive | November, 2017

Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

Hurry, all letters must be in Santa’s Mail box by Monday, December 18th to reach him in time for Christmas.


To SanTa

FRoM Lily Gunneson

DeAr:: SantA

These r the things I Wot FoR CisMS

I Wot A LOLs Dolls.

ANother Toy. 

I Wot SiA CoCo Doll!

ANd A DollS.

LoVE:: LiLY 






To SanTa

FRoM TyannA Menefee

DeAr: Sata Cluss, 

I Whant a LOLs doll

I Whant plado.


baby doll.

Can I hahv 

Nome Nome.




toy food.

frame: Tyanna M.

Dear Santa, 

I would like 

a Paw Patrol toy. 

I love you

<3 Claire Bender (age4)

Dear Santa, 

Please send me a stroller this Christmas. 

Thank you!

Love, David 

Bender (age 1)


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Campground host applications being accepted for 2018 season

The DNR is accepting applications for volunteers to work as campground hosts in Michigan state parks and rustic state forest campgrounds during the 2018 season. It’s a great way to camp for free and get a behind-the-scenes park experience.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteer campground hosts in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and rustic state forest campgrounds for the 2018 camping season.

In exchange for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties, campground hosts enjoy waived camping fees. 

Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as April and last through October. Volunteer hosts must be 18 years of age and provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items.

“For many visitors, the camping experience wouldn’t be the same without campground hosts,” said Miguel Rodriguez, promotional agent for the DNR. “These dedicated volunteers engage with park visitors by helping out around the campground, answering camping and park questions and even hosting kids’ crafts and fireside activities. All of this is accomplished while they are enjoying some of Michigan’s most beautiful outdoor destinations.”

Interested volunteers can click on “campground host” at  www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers to learn more about the volunteer host campground program, download an application and waiver, and view a vacancy host campground report, which is updated regularly and indicates when and where hosts are needed in specific parks.

Hosts are screened and interviewed by park managers and selected based on familiarity with the state park system, camping experience, special skills, availability and knowledge of the area. Hosts must participate in a two-day host training session within the first two years of being selected as a host. The 2018 training will take place June 6-7 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon.

For information, contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-284-6127 or rodriquezm2@michigan.gov.

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Gift of Christmas birding


By Ranger Steve Mueller



You, your family, and friends are encouraged to participate in a day with the birds. The purpose of the Christmas Bird Count held between 14 December and 5 January is for people and for birds. Frank Chapman began the annual count in 1900 as an alternative to an annual event where people killed as many birds as possible on Christmas Day to see who could shoot the most.

This year marks the 118th year for the count. It is the longest and largest existing citizen science survey. Over 40,000 people survey specified count circles each year for comradery with others interested in the gift of seeing birds and to gather population data that assists scientists. Discovering winter bird population abundance, distribution, and changes over time helps us understand bird ecology. 

Some bird species are increasing while others are declining. One aspect frequently reported in the news is the change in where birds are found in winter. Several species are occupying more northerly locations as climate changes. The Christmas Bird Count supplements the Breeding Bird Surveys to provide a more complete understanding for species. Our local count is the Saturday after Christmas.

Mark December 30 to search for birds with the Grand Rapids Audubon Club (GRAC). Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center (WWC), 11715 Vergennes Rd. in Lowell, Michigan 49331. Field teams depart by 8:00 AM. Return around noon for lunch. Joan Heuvelhorst will prepare a lunch. Lunch costs $5.00 or you can BYO. Choose to participate part or all day. 

The GRAC count circle surveyed has its center at Honey Creek and 2 Mile Rds. A radius of 7.5 miles is consistent among all count circles in North, Central, and South Americas. Our group of 40 to 60 people assembles between 7:30 and 8 a.m. to divide into small survey teams. Each team surveys birds in selected portions of the count circle. Experienced observers assist with identification and help participants learn about species’ nature niches. Most birding is done close to the car as teams drive specified areas. Some birders participate during the morning and others continue all day. 

I compile the data and submit it to the National Audubon Society where statistical analysis is addressed over a period of months and years to discover trends and changes in bird population numbers and movements in the Americas. Participation is free but donations are welcome to support the National Audubon Program.

Wear layers of clothing so you can add or remove items to remain comfortable. Binoculars and field guides are helpful but Audubon members will share if you do not have them.  

Plan on having a great time enjoying birds and bird watchers. Make new friends.

Direct inquiries to count coordinators:

Tom Leggett: (616) 249-3382, email tomleggett@hotmail.com or Ranger Steve (Mueller) 616-696-1753, email odybrook@chartermi.net.

Visit the Grand Rapids Audubon Club website (graud.org).

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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Fishing Tip: Where to find northern pike in Michigan

From the Michigan DNR

As the temperatures continue to cool, fishing for northern pike will continue to pick up. Pike are extremely popular during the ice fishing season but are readily available throughout much of the year. 

There are many notable northern pike fisheries located throughout Michigan, including on Muskegon, Portage and Manistee lakes and also Michigamme and Houghton lakes. But this species can be found in many lakes and virtually all larger rivers in the state. 

Please note there are many regulations for northern pike regarding minimum size and possession limit. Be sure to read up on this species in the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide. Download a pdf of the guide at http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/16MIFW-LR-17.pdf.

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Gratitude is not a platitude

Pastor Craig Carter

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta


Platitude is a remark or a statement, especially one with a moral content, which has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful. I find this often to be the case this time of year. With the Thanksgiving holiday having been enjoyed and Christmas around the corner, we certainly have plenty of reasons to be grateful. All too often we say to people struggling this time of year, “Look at all the things you have to be grateful for,” or “You should just be grateful for what you have!” True as these may be, it has become more of a platitude. It’s just a statement used to teach some lesson, but is not found thoughtful or beneficial to those hearing it. Gratitude, or gratefulness, flows from the presence and purpose of God. Gratitude can be difficult to express when one struggles to see purpose or God’s presence at work in their life or circumstances. So, a quick platitude about gratitude does not work. 

I encourage you to do two things. Redefine for yourself what gratitude means. Then help others find this meaning also. First, what does gratitude mean to you? For me, as a Christian, it really is a theology, a belief system. It’s understanding and recognizing God’s presence and purpose in every area of my life. It’s believing that no matter what happens in my life, God is still good! Gratitude is ultimately a way of seeing things, a certain worldview, not defined by our expectations, moods or emotions. I did not always think this way. Truthfully, before I gave my life to Christ as my savior, my life had no real purpose and meaning. All the things I sought to bring purpose and meaning in my life left me empty. I was not convinced there was a God, much less Him being good! It all changed when I realized that God was good. Gratitude is goodness, or kindness that exceeds all your expectations. Romans 5:8 says, “God demonstrates his own love (goodness) for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He loved me and died for my sins, while I was still a sinner! So, I am convinced, now that I know him, that whatever life brings, God has my best interest in mind. He is good despite what my circumstances, moods, emotions or unmet expectations tell me. Why? Because, he has a plan and purpose in it all, therefore, I am grateful. Settle your theology about God. God is good, all the time!

Now that this is settled in your heart and life, please share it with others! Many do not see God this way. Many are burdened, stressed and discouraged because unmet expectations have defined their understanding, not of gratefulness, but of God. Therefore, a platitude will not work. Refuse to make statements about gratefulness as a platitude. Make time to understand people’s lives and situations, so that you can speak words of encouragement. Help them find a good God in the middle of it all! Help them see that although we do not understand everything, a loving, good God has a purpose that’s best for their lives. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 – NIV)

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Royal Eugene “Pete” Cooper, age 89, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Pete was born March 27, 1928 in Kent City, Michigan to Roy and Doris (Rogers) Cooper and lived most of his life in the Rockford area. He worked for his dad until his fifth child was born and then drove truck for Darling & Company in Walker for many years. He retired after spending several years at Kroger Warehouse. Pete married Ruth Joslin on April 6, 1946 and they were married until her death on August 18, 2011.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Donald Cooper and his daughter-in-law, Jeanne Cooper. Pete is survived by his children, Kenneth and Deb Cooper, Helen and Steve Smith, JoAnn and David Fowler, Nancy Samsel, Dale Cooper, and Nancy Sowerby (Don’s significant other); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 Interment will take place in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be given to the Tuesday Senior Music Sessions held at Rockford Ambulance or to Harvest Way in Sparta. Please visit www.pedersonfuneralhome.com to share a memory or sign an online registry.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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They say there is a reason, 

They say time will heal.

Neither time or reason 

Will change the way I feel.

Gone are the days

We used to share,

But in my heart

You are always there.

The gates of memories

Will never close.

I miss you more than

Anybody knows,

Love and Miss you everyday,

Your Family

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Congratulations Tim! 


On December 1, 1977 a then recent graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Tim Chesla, went into business. He bought his first venture, a gymnastics school in Grand Rapids. It became apparent to him that his type of business was necessary for the kids in the northern Kent County area. Almost a quarter of a century ago, he created North Star Gymnastics in Rockford. So congratulations Tim on the anniversary of 40 years in business and kudos to another successful Cedar Springs High School graduate.

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Christmas jokes


One Christmas, Joe and Peter built a skating rink in the middle of a field. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. 
“Look at that,” remarked Peter to Joe. “That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!” 

Q. What do you get if you cross Santa with a detective?
A. Santa Clues!

Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Because it soots him!

Q. What happened when Guy ate the Christmas decorations?
A. He went down with tinsel-itis. 

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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.



CS Library Fundraiser

What do you get for someone who has everything? A brick in his/her honor to put at the entry of the new Cedar Springs Library! Stop by the Library at 107 N. Main St. and check out the 129 bricks already in place. A 4×8 brick is only $50 or get an 8×8 for $100. For more information call the Library at 616-696-1910. #48

2nd Chance Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Nov. 30-Dec.3: 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

Christmas in Sand Lake

Dec. 1,2,8: A Live Indoor Nativity – Our Free Gift to You will be held on Friday, December 1st from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm at Sand Lake United Methodist Church Hall. Shepherds watching, Angels singing, Wise men searching and the Christ child. Live animals will greet you. Enjoy the refreshments and stay as long as you like. Sand Lake Family Christmas Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30 am to 3 pm. “Selfie” with Santa 9:30 to 11:30 at the VFW. Cookies, Crafts & Christmas Wishes. Bring your ornaments to help decorate the trees from 11 am to 3 pm. Visit the Craft Sale and Live Nativity. Christmas Bake Sale at Independent Bank will be Friday, December 8th from 9 am to 5 pm. The Sand Lake United Methodist Women offer homemade goodies for your Christmas gatherings or just for your sweet tooth. #48

Animal Junction 4-H Gingerbread House Contest

Dec. 2: Animal Junction 4-H Club would like to extend an invitation to all of the Cedar Springs Community to visit the Cedar Springs Library during the week of Monday November 27th through Saturday December 2nd at noon to view the wonderful confectionary creations that our 4-H members have made to kick off this years holiday season. We would like the community to vote for the gingerbread house that they like best. Winners will be announced after the Community Christmas Tree Lighting downtown Cedar Springs on Saturday December 2nd. Each gingerbread house will also be up for sale throughout the week for our silent auction. The 4-H members are raising funds with the silent auction for their spring camp. #47,48p

Craft Show at Resurrection Lutheran Church

Dec. 2: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, will be holding a craft show on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 am to 2 pm. Vendors – Bake Sale – White Elephant – Book Sale. #47,48p

Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 2: Santa is coming and events are happening all day long! Make & Take Crafts and Ornaments, 9 am to noon at the CS Library. Story Time with Mrs. Clause, 2 pm at Perry’ Place. Red Hawk Cheerleaders Meet & Greet, 3 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Double K Petting Zoo, 4 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Red Hawk Choir Christmas Caroling, 4:15 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St. Kris Kringle Parade, 4:30 pm starts at the corner of Maple & Main St. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:45 pm, corner of Ash & Main St. Live Nativity Scene with Calvary Church, 4:45 pm at the corner of Ash & Main St., Bake Sale with the Ladies Auxiliary, 5 pm at the American Legion. Historical Museum Book Sale, 5 pm at the American Legion. Pictures with Kris Kringle, 5 pm at the American Legion. Write a Letter to Santa, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Kris Kringle Coloring Activity, 5 pm at the American Legion while waiting for pictures to be taken. Find us on Facebook – A Cedar Springs Christmas Mingle with Kris Kringle. #47,48b

Cookie Walk at St. Peter’s Lutheran

Dec. 2: St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies Guild is having their Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 2nd at 310 E. Division. It begins at 9 am until the cookies are gone. Stop in and pick up your holiday cookies. Cookies are sold by the pound and you select the combination. #47,48b

Casnovia Old School Bazaar

Dec. 2: Casnovia Old School Bazaar and Santa Day will be Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am to 1 pm. Craft show, Lions Club Breakfast, visits with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating. Questions call 616-914-9648. #48

All Aboooard the Bethlehem Express

Dec. 3: A FREE event filled with crafts, carols, snacks, and the Christmas story. Great for young and old, families and singles! Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs on Sunday, December 3rd from 5 to 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall. #48

Dinner at the Legion

Dec 4: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Baked Chicken dinner on Monday, December 4th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160. #48p

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Dec. 5,12,19,26: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #48

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

Christmas Open House at CS Library

Dec. 9: Come dressed in your pj’s for a time of celebration with a visit from Santa. Crafts, decorating Christmas cookies, listening to a reading of the Polar Express and a craft bazaar! Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Cedar Springs Community Library, 107 N. Main St. #48

Christmas Concert and Dance 


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

Advent Events at St. John Paul II Parish

Dec. 12,13: St. Come prepare your minds and hearts for the Advent and Christmas Season through Sacred Scripture, prayer and song at “Festival of Lessons and Carols” on December 12th at 6:30 pm! You won’t want to miss this beautiful evening! Advent Penance Service at 6 pm. Several priests will be available for confessions. Come prepare your souls for the coming of Christ at Christmas! Both events at St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. #48

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Woman killed in head-on crash

A Cedar Springs woman was killed Saturday night when the car she was riding in crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head on.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 11:43 p.m. near the intersection of Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek in Sparta Township. Witnesses reported that a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Ralph Edward Reichard Jr., 33, of Newaygo, crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound GMC Arcadia head on.

The passenger in the Cavalier, Christina Gray Kent, 39, of Cedar Springs, died at the scene. The driver of the Cavalier was transported to Spectrum Health downtown with numerous injuries, including a broken arm, broken leg, and head trauma.

All four passengers in the SUV also sustained injuries and were transported by ambulance. The driver, Matthew Lee Wert, 41, of Newaygo, suffered head lacerations; Toni Sue Wert, 46, of Newaygo, suffered chest and leg pain; Kevin Allen Gentz, 36, of Howard City suffered head lacerations, back pain, and a possible broken foot; and Melissa Jo Gentz, 30, of Howard City, suffered leg pain.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Sparta Fire, Kent City Fire, and Rockford Ambulance.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus hugs two excited children at the 2016 Mingle with Kris Kringle. Photo courtesy CS Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 2, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with various fun, family-friendly, events. The starts at 9 a.m. with families able to make and take Christmas ornaments for our downtown tree or decorate a mug at the Cedar Springs Library from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more. There will also be a meet and greet with Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, and carolers from Red Hawk Elementary, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 2, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See the Chamber advertisement on page 9 of this week’s e-edition and our list of Holiday Happenings in the surrounding areas for complete details on times and locations.

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