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Keeping History of and in Cedar Springs

By Lois Allen, Publisher

We are currently celebrating 30 years of local coverage. It’s a celebration because when I took over operations in 1988, I didn’t think we could make it a whole year! We are still here because of the local businesses that support us with their advertising. We thank them.

The local paper is an insight into the people and the place we call Cedar Springs. Not only that, it is an ongoing historical documentary printed weekly.

You grab a Post on your way into Meijers, or maybe at one of our 80 plus newsstands from here to Greenville and up into Howard City. Sometimes you might save a copy when you see your child’s name or picture, or maybe you have a Hometown Hero that you are proud of and so you cut out the feature and place them in your family scrapbook. 

In the business of newspapering we like to call that the “refrigerator effect” meaning people will cut out portions of the newspaper and put it on their fridge. The highest compliment we can get.

We don’t have The Post in the “cloud.” The cloud costs money and you must pay to access it. With newspapers (including ours) struggling to stay solvent and pay the bills in this age when advertisers flock to the internet, Facebook and direct mail, among about a thousand other adverting venues, we are lucky to still be here!

But when we are gone, we want to ensure the history we’ve documented will not be lost. So, each year we send the printed pages for each issue to a bookbindery where they compile them into a hard cover book. We have two books for each year. One for our office to use as a reference and the other is donated to the Cedar Springs Historical Society. This way, if one of these buildings burns down, (Lord forbid!) there will still be a historical record of our people here.

However, The Post, in its effort to stay afloat, has not had the additional funds to pay the cost for this. We currently have two years of unbound newspapers. In 2015, the Gunnells of Cedar Springs generously donated the funds to pay the cost for those books. 

The Post is currently hoping that we can find a community member, or members willing to help us out so we can bind the past two years (2016 & 2017).

The cost for the “publishing” or binding of these two years, which is four books, is approximately $500.

You may contact us Monday through Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Friday 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or email us at classifieds@cedarspringspost.com or at sales@cedarspringspost.com. Our phone number is (616) 696-3655.

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