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Saying goodbye and good luck to Kelly Roach

N-Goodbye-KellyBy Donna Clark

It is with a heavy heart that the Cedar Springs Library Board, staff and patrons say goodbye to Kelly Roach after only six months as the Library’s Children’s Services Manager. Kelly hired in January 20 after closing her dream business, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, the month before. She jumped right in to the Library environment!

In her words, “I’ve danced in front of an audience, learned an entirely new computer system, created and executed programs for the Summer Reading Program, and I’ve learned how to be creative with my ideas, working on a limited budget…all of which I will take with me throughout my career.”

Recent events turned the tide for Kelly and her family.  Their house sold, and due to unforeseen circumstances, they ended up renting a place in Grand Rapids. In Kelly’s words, “It really comes down to the drive and wanting to be a part of the community that I live in.”  Who can argue with that?

So, we have to let her go and make her mark on Grand Rapids, the same way she came to Cedar Springs. She certainly did become a part of our community—owning a business on Main Street, helping restart our Chamber of Commerce and serving as secretary, hosting book clubs, moms’ day out, gaming events for homeschoolers, students and adults, and serving that great cup of coffee with a smile and a sincere interest in everyone she served both great and small.

Good luck, Kelly.  You have a lot of friends in Cedar Springs.

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Library hires new children’s librarian

Kelly Roach started as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Library this week.

Kelly Roach started as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Library this week.

When business owner Kelly Roach decided to close her coffee shop, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, she wasn’t sure what she was going to do. It didn’t take her long to find something. Kelly started this week as the new children’s librarian at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Kelly replaces Shannon Vanderhyde, who took a job at the Rockford branch of Kent District Library, as a children’s parapro. Shannon had worked for Cedar Springs Library since 2008. “We enjoyed her storytimes, and wish her well at Rockford,” said Donna Clark, Cedar Springs Library Director.

Donna is excited about Kelly joining the library and the new ideas she is bringing with her. “I think there could be lots of new programs coming. She can do all ages. She’s great with adults, and loves teens as well as the younger kids. I am really thrilled to have her,” said Clark.


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A “Spooktacular” success


Goblins of all sizes roamed downtown Ceadr Springs Halloween night.

Hordes of miniature witches, monsters, princesses, superheroes and more braved the chilly, wet weather on Friday, October 31, and hit downtown Main Street in Cedar Springs and the surrounding area to make the annual Halloween Spook-tacular another rousing success.

“It went well,” said Kelly Roach, with Alpha Omega Coffee and Games. “A lot of people showed up in spite of the cold and wind. We had 3 crossing guards this year, and several people mentioned appreciating that.” Roach was in charge of organizing the event for the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

She said she had one customer, Felicia Smith, say how nice it was to have an opportunity to check out several businesses that she hadn’t gotten a chance to stop by yet.

Businesses, non-profit groups and churches all handed out candy and organized activities for the young (and some not so young) trick-or-treaters.


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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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