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CSHS Class of 71 Reunion

Front row (L to R): Rose Grimes-Powell, Vicki Hays-Haynes, Michele Sandro, Mary Rossett-Steffes-Schmidt, Nancy Clark-Noreen, Teri Zielinski-Marin (1970 Red Flannel Queen), Teresa Middleton-Pountney. Second row: Mike Lewis, Bill Fisher, Kim Hough, Lyle Streeter, Kris Reyburn (front), Mark Lester (back), Marjo Frandsen-Christensen, Jan Hamilton-Chase, Sue Waite-Wolfe, and Sharon Gunneson-Magoon. Those not present for the photo but joining in later include Steve Fisk, Marshall Morris, Harvey White, and Shirley Miller-Tompkins.

The Cedar Springs Class of 1971 gathered in honor of their 47th year since graduation and titled it their “Medicare Coming Out” celebration. The graduates met at the Cedar Springs Community Library on Saturday, October 13 from 5 to 9 PM where they enjoyed a delicious buffet and fellowship. 

Librarian Donna Clark was on hand to give a personal tour of the library along with some library history. Donna is also a sister-in-law to class member Kim Hough. Donna inspired the group to purchase a brick in tribute to the Class 1971 with classmate Kris Reyburn offering to fund it.  

Cedar Springs High School graduate and City Councilor Rose Powell provided an update on the Community Building Development Team, City Happenings, and the Veteran’s Tribute, which she is chairing in partnership with the American Legion. 

Mark Lester, graduate and published author, challenged classmates to write a brief life story. To date, only one classmate, Bugle Editor Tom Noreen, has completed this challenge but promises for more stories by the next reunion were made. 

A moment of remembrance was held for the 27 classmates who have passed on since graduation. Letters and photos from classmates not able to attend were shared along a display of high school and past reunion photos. 

A classmate directory was provided so all can stay in touch with each other. Paula Newland-Brink has established and provides updates through a Class of 71 Facebook page. 

Out of the class of 124 graduates, 21 were present at either the library or at the Cedar Springs Brewing Co. following the library gathering. 

The Class of 71 will continue to meet every other year as they have done for the past several years. Steve Fisk will be having a “reunion planning meeting” sometime in 2019. Then, in 2021 they will have the honor of joining the 50+ Year Graduates who gather each summer in CSHS cafeteria.

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KDL’s SuperPartyWonderDay


Kent District Library goes beyond books to celebrate bands, beer, bikes and BBQ

Partygoers can expect the unexpected as Kent District Library rolls out a new annual event that invites the public to experience the best of the diverse community programs it has to offer.

SuperPartyWonderDay is a free community celebration that brings together bands, beer, bikes and BBQ—all things that patrons of the award-winning

KDL system can explore through its programs and services. On Saturday, Aug. 12 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Meadows of Millennium Park, located at 1415 Maynard Ave. SW in Walker, the event goes “Beyond Books” to celebrate the breadth of offerings that KDL provides—and the area communities that makes it a success.

“We are beyond excited to host our first ever SuperPartyWonderDay,” said KDL Executive Director Lance Werner. “We have a whole smorgasbord full of excellent activities that will celebrate how KDL takes our patrons beyond books. Whether you’re a fan of bands, beer, bikes or BBQ, this is sure to be a day of unexpected fun.

“It also gives us a great chance to showcase the many unique programs and services we provide that you wouldn’t expect from a library. Patrons are surprised when they learn they can check out a bike. Or an iPad or wireless hotspot. Or download free video games and ebooks.

Or take grilling lessons, learn to brew beer or get help creating a movie or podcast. At KDL, our goal is to connect people with new ideas and new ways of exploring their community and the world around us.”

Highlights include:

  • KDaLe program partners Railtown Brewing Co., Cedar Springs Brewing Co., Kayla Rae Cellars, Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Cascade Cellars Winery will be on tap to provide beer, cider and wine to eventgoers.
  • Performances by KDL local indie bands Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, CønradShøck + The Nøise and Brother Adams will provide musical entertainment throughout the day.
  • The SuperPartyWonderRide will offer participants an opportunity to hop on their bikes and cruise through the park led by a squadron of KDL Cruisers. Bicycle parking and support provided by Bike KDL and Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition.
  • The Rib CookOff will give grilling aficionados the opportunity to put their skills to the test. The event is sponsored by the Grilling Company. Participants will be judged on taste, visual appearance and tenderness. The public will be allowed to get in the action and sample tastes of the participants’ entries.
  • Food trucks, including Patty Matters, A Moveable Feast and Moochies Dream Cream, will be on hand to serve up goodies like ice cream, popcorn, slushies, patties of all sorts and locally sourced fresh, seasonal food.
  • Partygoers will have a chance to play KDL’s most popular kid-friendly games, such as giant checkers, beanbag toss, a top-secret STEAM activity and more.

While seating is available throughout the venue, ample lawn space is available to partygoers who wish to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Both “human” and “furry” kids are welcome.

For more information on the event, visit www.kdl.org/superparty. Connect with KDL on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with #KDLSuperParty.

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CS Brewing Co. wins best brewery contest


After only being open six months, the Cedar Springs Brewing Co. came out on top last week in a contest posted online by WZZM13 for the best brewery in West Michigan.

According to WZZM13, 2,800 people voted in the initial poll, nominating 98 different breweries. They narrowed it down to the top ten with the most votes, and Cedar Springs Brewing Company was on the list. They then had another round of voting, and narrowed it to the top four.

In the final tally, Cedar Springs Brewing came in first with 2,533 votes; Pigeon Hill Brewing in Muskegon took second with 2,171 votes; Fetch Brewing in Whitehall was third with 840 votes; and Founders was fourth with 691.

WZZM13 will be filming at CS Brewing Co. today (Thursday) at 11 a.m., and they will be featured on the Saturday morning, May 28 edition of “A Taste of My Town.” The other four breweries will be also be profiled in upcoming shows.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Co., thanked friends and supporters for voting, in an email last week.

“While this is certainly not a true measure of anything other than local support, it has been wonderful to see the Cedar Springs community and friends turn out over the past two weeks, through two rounds of voting, as we’ve asked for your support via club members, newsletter, email, on social media and all of you who visited us personally,” he wrote. “To you all, we say Danke!”

“Our community is blessed with so many outstanding brewers, including, but not limited to, the final four with our friends at Pigeon Hill Brewing Company in Muskegon, Fetch Brewing Company in Whitehall, and Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids,” he added. “We encourage you to visit each of the four finalists to see what they’re all about. We are blessed and humbled to be in the conversation.”

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Cedar Springs Brewing Co. a part of KD aLe tour


Kent District Library pours a third round for KD aLe

Josh Bernstein is pretty excited to be able to combine two of his passions: libraries and Michigan beers.

Bernstein, manager of KDL’s Grandville Branch, is part of a small group of library staffers who are helping to order up a third round of the library’s wildly popular KD aLe series.

The accolades the state is getting as craft beer-friendly are wonderful, Bernstein said, “but I would think all the new options would be overwhelming if you didn’t know much about craft beer.”

That’s where librarians come in, he said. “As always, we’re here to help you understand this new culture that’s all around us. That’s what we do. “

KD aLe features home brewing programs and brewery tours and tastings, as well as a beer-themed book club. This season will include those events with partners Rockford Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Co., Osgood Brewing, RailTown Brewing Company, Cedars Springs Brewing Co., and EB Coffee and Pub. We will end the series with a wrap-up party and home brew release at Gravel Bottom Brewery. All KD aLe events are for adults 21 and older.
Rockford Brewing Company Tour:

Learn how they make their signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Paradigm MPA. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E. Bridge St., Rockford.
Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. and
Tuesday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.

Home Brewing Basics:

Jump into home brewing with expert advice from Chrissy Walker of Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply. Learn everything you need to know to get started brewing including ingredients and equipment. Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 p.m., Cascade Twp. Branch;
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m., Grandville Branch;
Wednesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m., Englehardt (Lowell) Branch;
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m., Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch;
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m., Plainfield Twp. Branch;
Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 p.m., Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch.

Home Brewing: Advanced Class:

Matt Michiels of Gravel Bottom Craft Brewing and Supply presents methods for taking your home brew up a notch! Learn more about grains and hops, how to design your own recipe and cleaning tips. Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., Byron Twp. Branch; Tuesday, January 19, 6:30 p.m., Cascade Twp. Branch.

Perrin Brewing Co. Tasting and Talk:

KD aLe welcomes new partner Perrin Brewing Company! Join us at 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW, Comstock Park to discuss how they make their signature beers such as Grapefruit IPA and Perrin Black and to taste what they have on tap. Thursday, January 14, 6:30 p.m.

KD aLe Book Club:

Combine your love of books and brews at the KD aLe Book Club. Enjoy some craft beer from Osgood Brewing while we talk about what we’ve been reading. Expert book recommendations from KDL librarians included. Book club held at Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville. Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.

KD aLe Beer Release Party and Tour with RailTown Brewing Company:

Taste the newest KD aLe brewed exclusively for KDL by RailTown Brewing Company. Show your library card for a special deal on beer tasting. Tour and talk will be held at the RailTown Brewing Company, 3555 68th St SE, Caledonia. Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Tour: 

Be one of the first to tour the new Cedar Springs Brewery. Taste their traditional German-style beer while touring the brand new facility. Located at 95 N Main, Cedar Springs, Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.

EB Coffee & Pub Tour:

Owner Justin Nichols will share information on the similarities between brewing coffee and beer. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer and coffee tasting. Tour and talk will be held at EB Coffee and Pub, 8980 N. Rodgers Court Suite D., Caledonia.
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.
Osgood Brewing Tour:

Osgood Brewing is hosting a tour and a chance to learn about hops from Pilot Malt House’s Erik May. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting. Osgood Brewing is at 4051 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville.
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.

KD aLe Wrap up Party and Winning Home Brew Release:

Join us at Gravel Bottom brewery as we celebrate another successful season of KD aLe. On tap will be the winning brew as developed by our KDL Home Brewing Competition winner as well as a re-release of the Scotch Ale Gravel Bottom brewed as KD aLe last year. Food, beer, music and door prizes and the chance to hang out with cool library people will make this an all-around wonderful evening. 418 Ada Dr SE, Ada. Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 PM

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