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Couple ships out patriotic packages to veterans


Tony and Janet Blackall, military veterans and the owners of Blackall Racing, recently shipped out their professional motorcycle racing teams #patrioticpackages to active duty military—packages that residents in Cedar Springs helped pack.

The couple had a booth in the Heart of Cedar Springs on October 3, when people celebrated what would have normally been Red Flannel Day.

“We collected 200 care packages over the course of our 2020 MotoAmerica racing series from numerous events, including Red Flannel in Cedar Springs, who packed 55 bags,” explained Janet. “Our team provided everything necessary to pack the care package and requested our fans to write a note or draw a picture to include in the care package.”

In the care packages are snacks (candy, gum, trail mix, granola bars) a handwritten note from a fan, a Blackall racing decal and a note from the Blackall team.

She said the packages shipped out to the activated Army National Guard Unit from Michigan, who is deployed overseas.

Janet said she is thankful for all the fans who helped pack the bags and their sponsors, who helped to make it possible.

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Ribbon cutting held for dog park


The City of Cedar held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new dog park at Riggle Park last Saturday, Oct. 24. Courtesy photo.
Cedar Springs City Manager
Mike Womack at the new
dog park with Mayor
Pro Tem Pam Conley’s dog.
Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The City of Cedar Springs held a ribbon cutting for their newest addition to Riggle Park on Beech Street—an 18,000 square-foot dog park.

Work began on the park on October 9 and the ribbon cutting was held last Saturday, October 24.  

The area is just over .41 acres and split into two sections: 3,600 feet for small dogs, and 14,500 feet for big dogs.

The labor was all donated with City Councilpersons, Planning Commission Members, a DDA member and Privacy Fence Company, a local fencing company taking the lead on installation.  

“This dog park is something that we have wanted to have for our community for some time now so I was happy to be able to help organize it and install some of the fencing,” he told the Post earlier this month.

The dog park will be open dawn to dusk, same as Riggle Park. “The park will have posted rules but we just ask that people use common sense, obviously picking up your dog’s waste is a very important requirement that will help everybody enjoy the park,” said Womack.

Other projects that Womack said are in the works are the natural playground by the amphitheater; pickle-ball courts by Hilltop; a half-court basketball court in Riggle Park; a full size basketball court in Morley Park; and eventually a splashpad in the Heart of Cedar Springs.

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PETER MOSHER


Friday, September 18, 2020, Peter Mosher of Rockford passed away at age 35 due to complications from a sinus infection. Peter was a lover of Jesus, dependable husband, special father, cherished son and brother, fun and loving uncle, and friend to all. After God, family and friends, their business Hunter Bug Lawncare & Snowplowing was his biggest passion. He genuinely cared about his customers and strived to provide the best quality to everyone he had the privilege of serving. His customers were so much more than the people he worked for they saw him as a friend. Peter served his community in multiple ways. A few of these included serving in his church, being the father to 42 foster children, and serving for a time as a volunteer firefighter for Courtland Township. Peter was wildly curious and loved learning new things and teaching others. He had a talent of finding his way into whatever projects were going on, most of the time without being asked. Peter was a loyal friend. When there were kids around, you would find him in the middle of the group. If you’ve ever met Peter, you’ll never forget him. Peter enjoyed working, playing corn hole, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, playing basketball and being with those he loved. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Emery, as well as aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Grace; sons, Hunter (15) and Bosten (7); parents, Rodney and Sue Mosher; Merle and JoAnne Emery; siblings, Kenny (Stephanie) Mosher, Matt (Susie) Emery, Jennie (Devin) Munson; many nieces and nephews. The family greeted friends on Wednesday, September 23 at the Hydrangea Blu Barn and gathered on Thursday, September 24 at the Heart of Cedar Springs Park for a time of worship in celebration over Peter’s life.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, MI.

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Free performance of “We are Monsters”


In the Heart of Cedar Springs Amphitheater

Cast members of “We are Monsters” will perform on the Amphitheater stage in the Heart of Cedar Springs this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

WHIMPERING WAMBAT! What a remarkable time we live in! Social distancing, designer face coverings and now….Vegetarian Vampires!

These unusual creatures are just part of the cast that make up the Cedar Springs Community Players (CSCP) summer production of “We are Monsters”. Summertime for the CSCP has always been dedicated to children’s theatre and this year is no exception. Directors Angela Wilbur and Erika Wood have put together an ensemble of 22 child actors to sing, dance and tell a story of the Monster Cabaret which is held in an old warehouse. Three human children decide to explore the warehouse and stumble into a rock and roll rendition of “Howl at the Moon”, performed by a group of werewolves. The vampires soon take the stage and being their Rockette version of “My Fangs Get in the Way”.

During rehearsals, several parents shared that they are so happy that their children have had the opportunity to perform. “The Directors have been so enthusiastic and are flexible with the rehearsal schedule given that we all are still juggling work, school and vacation time” one parent shared. The parents and players are working to make sure that the mandate is being managed during rehearsals “My favorite part”, one parent shared “is that the directors are allowing the kids to develop their characters on their own and choreograph their own routines”. This was so apparent when Maya Quigley who plays Oozy Lumpa, the sweet, but slimy monster who longs for her childhood friend, approached the stage and said to Director Erika “I think I choreographed my song, but is not real good right now”. “Show us” Eric encouraged “It’s your song, let’s do this”! Maya began to perform a soulful and well-choreographed rendition of “Be in Touch” which even included a COVID elbow bump! So clever and comical.

“We are Monsters” will be performed at the Amphitheater in the Heart of Cedar Springs.  Performances will be August 28 & 29 at 7:00 p.m. and August 30 at 3:00 p.m. There will be no cost to see the performance. The park will allow for blankets and require social distancing guidelines be adhered to. This performance is a tribute to our youth who have come as far away as Wyoming and Grand Rapids, Michigan to have their children take part in this production. The CSCP asks that the audience practice any state issued policies and enjoy the energy this group of young people want to share with you.

Due to changes under the Governors order, please follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cedarspringscommunityplayers to keep up to date on the performance. 

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Community rallies to Breakthrough events



Many people here in Cedar Springs had never heard of the miraculous true story behind the movie Breakthrough, until last weekend. That’s when they not only got to see the movie, which is a Fox/Disney production now out on DVD—but they got to meet the real life characters as well.

L to R: Pastor Jason Noble, John Smith, and his mother, Joyce Smith shared their story with the audience at the Breakthrough events. Courtesy photos

The movie tells the story of the miraculous recovery of 14-year-old John Smith, who fell through the ice on a lake in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015. He was underwater for 15 minutes—and had no pulse for an hour. It was then that his mother prayed for Jesus to send his Holy Spirit and bring her boy back to life—and he did. But that was just the beginning of an amazing story.

A group of community leaders here in Cedar Springs wanted to give people the opportunity to see the movie and hear this inspirational story, so they created a weekend of events and brought the three main real life characters from the movie here to tell their story.

Last weekend’s Breakthrough events totaled almost 1,000 attendees. The events were coordinated by a Breakthrough Committee comprised of representatives from En Gedi, City Impact, Resurrection Life Church Rockford, and The Springs Church along with additional support from numerous community members, businesses, and organizations. 

The first of three events took place at the new community amphitheater located in the downtown Heart of Cedar Springs Park just west of the Community Library on Saturday evening. City Impact’s monthly worship service began at 5 p.m. A free roasted pig and hot dog dinner followed the service for the estimated 600 folks gathered. 

“It was a heart-warming site to witness the many community members and families sitting on blankets and lawn chairs surrounding the amphitheater and visiting with each other under perfect weather conditions,” said Sue Wolfe, and En Gedi representative working on the Breakthrough committee. “I believe this is exactly what was envisioned by all those who worked so hard on making the amphitheater a reality. Having this facility and working in partnership with existing organizations to provide free community-building events is part of En Gedi’s mission.” 

While waiting for the darkness to fall and the movie to begin, three of the real people featured in the movie Breakthrough spoke with the crowd and answered questions. A tapestry of miracles unfolded following John Smith’s accident, which were beautifully articulated by John, his mother Joyce Smith, and their then pastor, Jason Noble. John shared his story of struggling with being adopted, being rescued and brought back to life, and the loss of his opportunity to be a collegiate basketball player. Both his mother and pastor also shared their challenges and victories. 

“Our community is so fortunate to actually have three of the real people from this top ranked movie here to share their personal testimony. John is in his first year of college; Joyce has had some health issues; and Pastor Jason now lives in Oregon. Yet, they coordinated their schedules with a commitment to be here and share their walk of faith,” said Julie Wheeler, who was instrumental in making this connection and part of the Breakthrough Committee. 

Once it became dark enough and just prior to the start of the movie, the crowd paused, stood, and applauded in recognition and thanks for our local fire, rescue, and police officers. The movie features a heroic rescue by the St. Louis area fire, rescue, and police departments that set the stage to be reminded of the men and women who serve our community each and every day. 

The movie was then played on the 22-foot inflatable movie screen, donated by City Manager Michael Womack and his wife, Glenna. 

Sunday’s journey began with two worship services at Resurrection Life Church Rockford featuring Pastor Noble and the Smiths. After that, events took place at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium, which included showing the movie, personal presentations, and the opportunity to ask questions. Ladies and Men of Honor, a partner with En Gedi, were on hand to share information about their faith-based program of developing honorable ladies and men. 

City Impact co-directors, Kelley Jo and Jonathan Bergsma, along with Sally Hart, Resurrection Life Church Rockford member, and Pastor Craig Owens, Executive Director for En Gedi’s free after-school youth center, were all instrumental with their leadership on the Breakthrough Team as well as securing funding and resources. 

“It was definitely a team effort to bring these events to Cedar Springs, which is what City Impact is all about,” explained Kelley Jo. “City Impact is an outreach organization for our community. I am grateful for all the businesses, organizations, and people who jumped in to help over the past weekend.” 

The Springs Church provided movie-goers with popcorn and had offered their fellowship hall as a back-up in the case of inclement weather on Saturday. Cherryl Rosenberger, The Springs Church office manager, also served on the Breakthrough Committee. 


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New sculpture installed near amphitheater


Andrew Kline’s sculpture—Springs Eternal—is permanently installed in the Heart of Cedar Springs.


By Judy Reed

A new piece of artwork was added to the Heart of Cedar Springs area last weekend—one that hints at a bright future for the town.

Sculptor Andrew Kline

Local resident and sculptor Andrew Kline installed his sculpture titled “Springs Eternal” near the amphitheater, which is currently under construction just off W. Maple Street, behind the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Kline is the Assistant Conservator at Fredrick Meijer Gardens. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010 with a degree in sculpture, and has been with FMG for the last three years. He has a side business in conservation work, and is involved in all things pertaining to sculpture—including creating them. He has exhibited them not only in Michigan, but also in Indiana, Illinois, and both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Post asked Kline how he got his inspiration for the sculpture. “When I make a sculpture, I let the material speak to me,” he explained. “It’s a dialogue between us. It’s spontaneous. Whatever comes out is what it is. It dictates itself.” He noted that the abstract nature of the piece would allow the viewer to create his or her own interpretation.

The sculpture was previously exhibited at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, then was on display at Crystal Mountain for a couple of years. Kline explained that the lease was up there, and it needed a new location, and he wondered if it could be something that could be used in the Heart of Cedar Springs behind the library. It was purchased by the Community Building Development Team and is now permanently installed.

Kline felt the sculpture was a good fit for the site. “It sits on the site of a former steel foundry, and the sculpture is made of steel, so it’s drawing a connection to Cedar Springs’ past,” he explained. “And the name—Springs Eternal—hints at Cedar Springs’ bright and flourishing future.”

To view more of Kline’s work, visit his website at www.heavymetalsculpture.com.


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CBDT postpones Community Gala


The Gala scheduled for October 20, by the Community Building Development Team (CBDT) was recently postponed. Unfortunately, mailing providers temporarily lost the invitations, delaying the opportunity for invitees to make room in their schedules and to RSVP. Additionally, as often happens, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) delayed approval for the placement of the amphitheater until two weeks ago. The CBDT Board had set the date for the Gala believing at least the foundation and base of the amphitheater would be in place by Red Flannel Day and the Gala would be an opportunity to celebrate another giant step forward in the building of Phase I of the “Heart of Cedar Springs.”  

Therefore, the CBDT decided to forgo the gala until completion of more projects within the Phase 1 of the CBDT’s Master Plan.  

“It is still hoped Part 1 of the amphitheater, which includes excavating, electrical, and concrete, will be done yet this fall depending on weather conditions and contractor’s availability. If you wish to see the design plans for the amphitheater, they are available at the library, “explained Kurt Mabie, President of the CBDT Board of Directors. “Also scheduled to be done this fall are the concrete pads and placement of the donor benches and a sculpture recently donated. 

“Sometimes we are forced to move at the speed of government agencies but things continue to move along at a good pace and we are excited to get started and finished with the amphitheater as soon as weather and final engineering permit. Our apologies go out to the community for the postponement. The CBDT appreciates the community supporting these valuable community development projects through both financial gifts and the donation of individuals’ time. All is priceless to the betterment of our community,” continued Mabie.

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Library celebrates one-year anniversary


The Cedar Springs Library one year after opening. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

The patio off of the library community room. Post photo by J. Reed.

The new Cedar Springs Public Library just celebrated one year of being in their new building, and what a year it’s been!

The library, which is designed to resemble a train depot, is a star attraction in the heart of Cedar Springs. The new building is beautiful, spacious, modern, and comfortable. And it sits right in the forefront of a parcel containing lush green grass, a flowing well, a decorative sculpture, a foot bridge, and Cedar Creek rushing by.

The new 10,016 square-foot building was built with donated funds, products, and services from the community and local businesses. The additional 8,000 square feet has allowed for much greater areas for reading, special events, and small group gatherings.

Last summer the library was able to hold many of their summer reading programs on site, both indoors and outside, something they had a hard time doing before.

As a matter of fact, the number of people registering for library cards, and those visiting, has doubled, and in some cases tripled. From April 2016 to April 2017, the library issued 337 library cards; from April 2017 to April 2018, they issued 956! During the summer reading program months of June and July, the old library had 5,469 patrons visit in 2016, but had 15,356 in 2017!

The new library includes separate areas for children, teens, and adults; 12 computer stations that are consistently being used by kids after school, as well as teens and adults; four stations for children’s computers; a cozy reading or meeting area with fireplace and chairs; three small group rooms for tutoring or studying, which has also been constantly in use; and a classroom with white board and screen. 

Another draw has been the community room, which holds up to 75 people with the tables and chairs, and 100 without. “This has been bringing in income and is being rented a lot,” noted Library Director Donna Clark. “It’s a really great resource for area families.”

A complete kitchen opens up into the community room. People can walk out of the community room to a patio with a beautiful view of the creek and other amenities of the parcel, which will  also include an amphitheatre in the near future.

Clark said they plan to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a big party on June 11, in conjunction with the big community summer celebration and their summer reading program kickoff from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“The entire Heart of Cedar Springs will be buzzing with fun activities, games, animals (no, not the kids!), the City, the Fire Dept., the Chamber, local organizations—everyone is getting in on celebrating all that is wonderful in Cedar Springs!” said Clark. 

“I want to personally thank all of you for the part you played, and still play, in the success of our new library; and for being forward-thinking to the amphitheater and other projects. The Library is just one example of what we can do as a team. Every day that we can work and serve our community in this new, spacious building is a blessing, and it all happened in our CBDT (Community Building Development Team) meetings with Kurt Mabie’s reminders to look up and say, ‘What’s best for Cedar Springs?’  That was our guiding star…and still is.  On the ground there are things to complain about, but that’s why we look up!

 “I’ve often said that God could have given us a new Library building years ago, but now, after years of the process of working together, we have a community library! Thank you all for helping our community get to this special day! You are all invited to come to the Heart of CS on June 11 to celebrate!” 

 

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Earth Day Clean-up


 

The Community Building Development Team (CBDT) plans to clean up the new Heart of Cedar Springs park areas behind and alongside the library located between Pine, Main, and Maple Streets on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 1 pm. This is in honor of national Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Volunteers are needed to help pick up rubbish, trim brush, and cut up trees as well as clean Cedar Creek in those areas of the City. Volunteers can just show up as their schedules permit and bring their own boots, gloves, rakes, shovels, and trimmers. 

The CBDT is also seeking volunteers to help clean up the North Country Trail (NCT) in the Cedar Springs Area on Saturday, April 21. Anyone interested in helping with this should contact Beth Keloneva, President of the Chapter, at 231-215-3552 for specific times and locations. 

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Community organization seeking members


 

Would you like to make a hands-on difference in your community? If you’re interested in getting involved in the Cedar Springs community, the Community Building Development Team is looking for new members. The CBDT spearheads major community projects in the City and is responsible for the new community library, community gardens, and is actively working on developing playgrounds and an amphitheater in the Heart of Cedar Springs park. If you want to make a difference, consider joining the CBDT at their next meeting January 16, at the new Cedar Springs Public Library at 6:00 p.m. to see how you can make the City a better place to live.

You can visit their website at http://www.cscommunitycenter.org/.

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