Cedar Springs Community

Hope announces Dean’s List

January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hope College, located in Holland, Mich., is pleased to announce its Dean’s List for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Among those listed are Rockford students: senior Alyssa Brillinger, freshman Sloan Ouellette, junior Megan Kelley, freshman Taylor Rummel, sophomore Lauren Girard, freshman Kaitlin Cress, junior Patrick Malley, senior Rachel Doud, sophomore Peyton Wells, sophomore Katie Carlson, senior Lisa Markham, senior Karli Rowe and freshman Paige Fawcett. Other local students listed are junior Bennett Riddering of Belmont, senior Amy Veltkamp of Cedar Springs, and senior Rachel Jantz of Sparta. Hope College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college with an enrollment of 3,249 men and women and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.

Local author offers 99 cent eBooks

January 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Local Cedar Springs author, T. K. Francisco is launching her new Christian fiction series, which was recently nominated for 2012 Book of the Year by the Christian Small Publishers Association. The young adult/adult series is a crossover family friendly action-packed adventure for all ages. It’s a combination of Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, and Left Behind. “Seven Wings and the Bleeding Twin Flowers” is the first in the series. If you like fantasy, action adventure, futuristic, sci-fi fiction, and/or a family epic adventure, you’ll love this series. It engages readers of all ages, genres and religions. The story is about a family team of seven who travel 100 years into the future to find a cure for bleeding disorders which have plagued their family for generations. The dual storyline takes place in Cedar Springs, Mich. on the family estate in the year 2027 where the apocalypse has begun. But thanks to eccentric Grandpa Kirk the family has a chance of surviving in his underground bunker. Through Jaden’s prophetic dreams and the family’s heart-felt desire to find the cure, five family members travel into the sea of glass to the year 2127 and meet up with two future family members who join them on their quest to find what they believe to be the cure: the bleeding twin flowers. The team of seven travel from Cedar Springs to St. Helena Island, their final destination. Along the way God gives them clues to seven different locations where evil mutated creatures await their arrival. But God sends each team member an angelic animal just in time to defeat the evil in the world. You can purchase your 99 cent eBook on the Nook or Kindle. For a paperback version of Francisco’s book, visit her website at www.tkfrancisco.com to find a store near you. There is also a chance to win a FREE signed copy of the paperback version! Write a review on Amazon Kindle or Barnes and Noble Nook, and your name will be put into a drawing. A winner will be announced on February 1, 2012. When asked why she is offering her eBooks for 99 cents, Francisco said, “Because readers will take a chance on a new author for that price. And once […]


January 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Cronkright Dorothy Waterman Cronkright, 95, of West Lafayette, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Dorothy was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. and attended Davenport Business College. She married Walter Cronkright, the love of her life. Together, they owned and operated the True Value Homecenter in Cedar Springs, Mich. Walt and Dorothy were committed Christians who loved the Lord and lived their faith openly. They were active in The Gideons International and freely shared their faith and resources with others. After retiring, they lived in Zephyrhills, Fla. for over 20 years and were actively involved in the Zephyrhills Assembly of God Church. They had been married 60 years when Walter died in October 1999. In 2006, on her 90th birthday, Dorothy moved from Florida to an apartment at Friendship House in West Lafayette, Ind. For nearly five years, she led an active life with friends at Friendship House and the Upper Room Christian Fellowship Church. In April 2011, she moved to Rosewalk Village in Lafayette and enjoyed new friendships and activities there. Dorothy loved her family and made many friends, with whom she kept in touch up until her death. She enjoyed traveling, family gatherings, baking, reading, and knitting sweaters for Guidepost’s children’s relief fund. Her family and longtime friends will remember her as bright, often spunky and always interested in others. She prayed regularly for her family and friends and generously supported several ministries. We will miss her greatly, but her legacy will live on. Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie (Don) Blake of West Lafayette, Ind.; two sons, Thomas (Sonya) Cronkright of Cedar Springs, Mich., and Denis (Barbara) Cronkright of Kingman, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Vanderveen; sister-in-law, Anita Bera; several nieces and nephews. Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The celebration of Dorothy’s home going will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 5 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Larry Young will be officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Instead of flowers, the family welcomes donations to The Gideons International. Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

Women combine talents to promote business

December 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Hair Taylors opens doors to other stylists  Dawn Roberts, of Hair Taylors, 4633 14 Mile Road in the Cedar Rock business district, doesn’t consider others stylists competition, instead she opened her doors to stylists from another salon to offer their customers the most experience under one roof. After Roberts closed her salon in the Alpine area, she chose the Cedar Rock area to re-open because of the population and growth in the area. In her new location, she invited stylists and owner Donna Livingston, from M.J. Dalton—another salon that had closed—to join her. Livingston has been licensed since 1981 and owned M.J. Dalton for 13 years. She closed the salon on November 1 of this year to focus on clients and family. She joined the team at Hair Taylors and kept the same business phone so her clients could still reach her for specials such as $10 Tuesday. Now the staff includes stylists with a combined 125 years of experience and diverse skills and specialties. All are board certified. Sharing the space are Roberts, Tara Witt, Nicole Cooper, Karen Scheidel, Kelly Deyman, Roxy Sherwin, Cheryl George, Komila Pate, Susan Reason and Donna Livingston. “The salon atmosphere is sometimes full of laughter and is relaxed and enjoyable,” said Roberts. She said the stylists there are eager to please each customer. Their clientele range from children to the mature client. “Merging with each other allows us to promote our skills and services,” Roberts said. “Instead of being competitive we have come together.” Roberts invites residents to watch for their ads for specials during the holidays. “We are here to serve the community the best we know how.” Hair Taylors is open Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached by telephone at (616) 696-2096 or by email at hair.taylor.salon@gmail.com.

Local Memorial Day Events

May 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

ROCKFORD 8:45AM Opening Flag Raising Ceremony—Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford 9:00AM Parade—FromCommunity Cabin north to Lewis St., west on Lewis St. toMain St, south on Main St. to Bridge St., east on Bridge to Lincoln St., south on Lincoln St. across 10 Mile to Rockford Cemetery. 10:50AM Wreath Laying Ceremony and Open House—Merritt Lamb Post. Food and beverages will be provided. ALGOMA 1:00PM Algoma Township Memorial Park—10515 Grange Ave., (south of 13 Mile Rd., between Pine Island Dr. and Algoma Ave.). The memorial service will include the American Legion, V.F.W., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. There will be a tribute to Algoma Township servicemen who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. They include Daniel Louis Behm (Vietnam) and Craig Yates (Vietnam). BELMONT 2:00AM Veterans Memorial Park—5747 Belmont Ave. NE. Welcome given by Plainfield Charter Township Supervisor George Meek, followed by invocation by Pastor Jeff Williams and the Pledge performed by Tim Cooper, followed by State Representative of the 73rd District Pete MacGregor. Color Guard (Sons of American Legion Squad #258) and placing of the wreath are followed by the 21-gun salute and the playing of the “Taps.” A Scholarship presentation will be given by Sons of the American Legion Squad #283. Supervisor George Meek will give the closing remarks, followed by the closing prayer. CEDAR SPRINGS The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 30, with Michigan state Representative Peter MacGregor as guest speaker. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetary at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. There will be no program at the senior center this year. In case of bad weather, services will be held in the American Legion Hall at 9am. SAND LAKE The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 30. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m., and then in Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also participate if weather permits. SPARTA The Sparta American Legion Post #107 will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in Lamoreaux Park, 150 Park Street, in Sparta. Services will include the Sparta high School Band, Color Guard, […]

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