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Concrete Care for WINTER

house in winterSimple tips for home concrete care

Family Features

A few hours of work now could save homeowners hundreds of dollars — or more — in costly concrete repairs come spring.
Freezing rain, ice, snow and deicers, as well as freeze/thaw temperature cycles have the potential to wreak havoc on concrete surfaces if left unchecked. Not only does the saturation and freezing of concrete surfaces accelerate crack expansion and surface deterioration, but the spreading of deicing salts also causes severe damage to the aesthetic and structural integrity of unprotected concrete.
Precautionary measures such as repairing and sealing cracks and damaged concrete surfaces are cost-effective solutions homeowners can do themselves to prevent expensive replacement projects in the future.
Waterproofing sealers offer a reliable, durable finish for a variety of surfaces, including concrete, masonry, stucco and brick. Sealers, such as Quikrete Acrylic Concrete Cure & Seal — Satin Finish, offer a highly water resistant coating that protects the surface from cold weather freeze and thaw cycles — a common cause of surface cracking and spalling over time.
If properly maintained, concrete can last generations. The repair and maintenance is easy if you know what to look for and use the right products.

What to look for

Homeowners can use the following check list and do a walk around their homes — if any of these trouble spots are found, it’s time to make repairs.

Cracks and missing concrete

Typically found in driveways, car ports and exterior walk ways. Cracks that appear small can grow in size with continued exposure to water and temperature changes over time.

Occurs when the freeze/thaw cycles cause the water that has saturated the concrete to freeze and expand — eventually eroding away the surface layer of the concrete. Deicing agents create more freeze/thaw cycles for unprotected concrete to endure, causing further erosion. Damage to the concrete’s aesthetic and structural integrity is more likely to appear the longer spalling is neglected, increasing the likelihood of a more expensive repair.

Water leaks
Visible water leaks on masonry or concrete walls are an indication water is likely seeping from the outside. If left unchecked, leaking water can also cause extensive — and costly — damage to interior surfaces.
Depending on the size of a repair, companies such as Quikrete offer products that are specially designed to fix particular structural and cosmetic issues with concrete.

How it’s done

concrete crack sealant• Careful preparation of the concrete surface is essential for positive end results. Use a broom and sweep the entire area to remove all dust and debris. The surface and cracks must be clean, dry and free of grease, dust or loose concrete prior to any repairs.
• Clean the surface with a concrete and asphalt cleaner and then rinse with clean water. Do not leave any standing water on the surface to be repaired.
• For minor horizontal cracks or fractures (1/8 inch to 1/2 inch in width), use a flexible concrete crack sealant. Cut the tip of the bottle so the opening matches the width of the crack. If the crack is deep, fill to within 1/4 inch of the surface with a fine sand.
• Squeeze the repair material into the crack in 1/4-inch layers, over-filling slightly to allow for shrinkage. Additional layers can be applied after 24 hours as needed.

• A polymer-modified concrete patching product is best for thin repairs to cracking and spalling concrete areas up to a few square feet in size and 1/2 inch in depth. The special vinyl resins improve bonding characteristics that help the repair bond to the damaged concrete and creates a dense water-resistant surface that helps counteract the freezing and expansion of water in the concrete.
• Prior to applying the patching product, dampen the repair area with water — enough water should be used to saturate the surface, but any standing water should be removed (applying repair materials to a dry surface will weaken the bond and can cause shrinkage cracking). The product should be built up in layers using a margin trowel — the first layer should be pressed into the repair area using firm trowel pressure. Feather edge the mix out onto the surrounding concrete to create a smooth repair. Apply the patching material in 1/4-inch layers. If the hole is deeper than 1/4 inch, apply in stages and allow each layer to cure for several days before starting the next.

• If water is seeping through small cracks in basement walls, begin by clearing any loose debris from around the crack. The active leak can then be plugged with a fast-setting hydraulic cement material.
• To protect concrete surfaces from cold weather freeze and thaw cycles — a common cause of surface cracking and spalling over time — use a water resistant concrete sealer to protect the surface. First, clean the surface to be coated with a concrete and asphalt cleaner, then use a roller or garden sprayer to apply the sealer. One gallon should coat 150 to 250 square feet.
For additional project ideas and tips for these and other projects, visit www.quikrete.com.

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Santa Letters

Dear Santa
I am Quinten and I am 3. My mom is helping me write you. I have been trying to be good all year. I would like Stinky the garbage truck, Buzz and Woody toys, A New Mcqueen car, a Big Digger truck, some new underpants to practice using the toilet, and lots of snow so I can make a snowman!
Thank you
Quinten Bergman

Dear Santa
For Christmas I would like some new boots and socks to play out in the snow. I would like some new coloring books and new crayons. My crayons are all broken. I would alos like some more toys that make lots of noises and big trucks. My dog needs new stuffed animals he like to chew the eyes and noses off stuffed animals. I will leave you milk and cookies by the Christmas tree.
Cameron Kelly
2 years old
P.S. I told my Grampa I would put in a good word for him. He says he’s been good this year and bring my gamma a miracle and make her all better.

Dear Santa!
I love U.

Dear Santa Claes,
I want 5 Night Zue Zue Pet’s and 2 YO-ge-ho tenecans and a real dooler and a egen toll seat and a brit bick and a real bow like in Lordof the ring’s and has meny as the elph has and all of the Starwars stuff in the world and a Dsi and a Dsi case.

I want for Christmas is……….
1.) a Barbie Car
2.) a baby Alive
3). Little Polle’s
4.) a Barbie hous
Wat’s your favret coler
Aryis C.

Dear Santa, all I want for Cristmas is….
1.  Hat
2. Just Dance
3. BB, Gun
4. Cell phone
5. Scrap Book
6. Wall Paint
From Carolanne Merlington

Dear Santa
I’m Alyssa,
I’m 11 almost twelve
I’ve been working on
Being good this year
I would like a motorcycle
Jacket and leather boots. I also
Would like a microphone, blue star guitar
Paper jam and a Jordan Sparks CD
With the song battlefield.
Thank you
Alyssa Bergman

Dear Santa, What I want for Christmas is some new clothes. What else I want for Christmas is the game Blokus.

Dear Santa
I am Quinten and I am 3. My mom is helping me write you. I have been trying to be good all year. I would like Stinky the garbage truck, Buzz and Woody toys, A New Mcqueen car, a Big Digger truck, some new underpants to practice using the toilet, and lots of snow so I can make a snowman!
Thank you
Quinten Bergman

Dear Santa
For Christmas I would like some new boots and socks to play out in the snow. I would like some new coloring books and new crayons. My crayons are all broken. I would alos like some more toys that make lots of noises and big trucks. My dog needs new stuffed animals he like to chew the eyes and noses off stuffed animals. I will leave you milk and cookies by the Christmas tree.
Cameron Kelly
2 years old
P.S. I told my Grampa I would put in a good word for him. He says he’s been good this year and bring my gamma a miracle and make her all better.

hi sant I Ben good so I WOT a rel text phone for christmas and makup and a microphone and boost and leggings.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is the Christmas spirit and to be a nice kid. Love Riley Kieth Matz

Dear Santa, This Year I’d like a playstation 2 or a DS video game for Christmas. I’ve been waiting all year for Christmas to come and now it’s here! I hope you like the cookies we’ll set out for you. Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Mike Stewart

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Seasons Greetings

from all of us at the Post, Lois, Judy, Pam, Belinda, Marybeth, Angela, Mary, Joyce and Bill.

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Mobile home destroyed in fire

This home was destroyed by fire last Friday morning.

A mobile home fire last Friday left a Newaygo County family homeless.
Both the Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire departments responded to the fire in the 14000 block of Beech Street, just north of 22 Mile Road, about 4:30 a.m. December 20.
According to Sand Lake Fire Chief Ed Holtzlander, the fire started in a room attached to the single-wide home that housed a woodburner. “The homeowner said it was smoking where the chimney went through the roof,” noted the Chief. “That’s where it was burning, and that’s where most of the damage was done, in the two rooms attached at the rear of the home,” he said.
He explained that the family was trying to curb their propane bill by using the woodburner. “A lot of people do it,” he said.
Homeowners Bruce and Rebecca Fisk, and their two children, Casey and Wyatt, made it out safely, but the home was a complete loss. “Between the smoke and heat damage it was totally destroyed,” said Holtzlander.
The home was not insured.
The family is currently living in a transition home and will soon need to look for an alternate place to live. If anyone would like to help the family, please contact the Springs Church at 696-2970.

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The Christmas miracle that lasts a lifetime

Jodi Stout and her mother, Judy Fisher, 20 years after Judy gave Jodi a kidney for Christmas.

By Judy Reed

We usually celebrate Christmas once a year, but one area family is still celebrating a Christmas gift they received 20 years ago.
On December 27, 1990, the Post ran a front page story about the kidney that Judy Fisher, then 47, had donated to her daughter, Jodi, then 21, a week earlier. Jodi had suffered from lupus since the age of 12, and her kidneys deteriorated until the fall of 1989, when they were functioning at less than 3 percent capacity. Many patients have to wait years for a kidney, but in 1990, Judy found out that she could be a donor for her daughter.
“I have never regretted it,” said Judy. “It was a kind of a gift to us that we could right what was going on.”
At the time, Jodi’s son, Dan Huizenga was four-years-old. Jodi’s father, Rick, took care of his grandson while both Judy and Jodi recovered from their surgery. “Having a good support system is important,” said Jodi.
She is grateful for how her parents have helped her. “Most parents wouldn’t do what my parents did for me,” she remarked.
Jodi is doing well with the kidney, though she can no longer work. “I really watch what I eat, get my rest, and take my medication,” explained Jodi. “Doing things when you’re supposed to is really important.”
Judy said she had no problems with her own recovery and would urge more people to do what she did. “I feel wonderful and I wonder why more people don’t give up one of their kidneys,” she said. “I never felt a difference.”
Judy said she thinks that she and her daughter are closer since the operation. “If we were in a restaurant or somewhere, and someone sat down between us, Jodi would say, ‘You’re sitting between Mother’s kidneys!’ She’s had such a good sense of humor for someone whose gone through so much. But who knows, maybe we would’ve been this close anyway,” she added.
Rick Fisher is just glad they got to experience a Christmas miracle. “Every day that we have her (Jodi) is a blessing,” he said. “If we hadn’t done it, she might not have been around very long.”
To find out more about donating a kidney, visit www.kidneyregistry.org.

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Santa sighting

Tyrone Township resident Tom Scott caught a sneak peak of Santa in Rockford’s Santa Claus parade on Saturday, December 4 and sent us this photo. Thanks, Tom! We’ve heard rumors that Santa was also seen around Cedar Springs last weekend at both Family Fare and Classic Kelly’s restaurant, checking up on boys and girls and listening to what they want for Christmas. Don’t worry if you missed him; you might get a chance Christmas Eve!
If you want to keep track of where Santa is on Christmas Eve, did you know that NORAD tracks his journey? There is also a kids countdown tab where kids can visit the North Pole shops and play games. Check it out at www.noradsanta.org.

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Advanced drama students have their cake and eat it, too

Students in Justin Harnden’s Advanced Drama class at Cedar Springs High School put on another fantastic Improv show last Thursday, December 16, in the school auditorium.
The drama students kept the audience laughing with their lightning-quick comebacks and creative physical comedy. The group will probably have another show sometime in the spring.
In the photo above, several of the students pose after the hilarious skit “birthday party.” Pictured  (L to R) is junior Olivia Larsen, and seniors Amber Mogg, Emma Loye, Kodi Baker, and Steve Reed.

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Drive drunk if you want one of these for Christmas

Unless they want to find one of this year’s most unwanted electronic gadgets under the tree, motorists need to designate a sober driver this holiday season. Law enforcement officers across the state are taking part in a drunk driving crackdown Dec. 16-Jan. 2. Those that choose to drive drunk could find themselves the recipient of an ignition interlock to start off the new year.
More than 200 law enforcement agencies in 35 counties are conducting drunk driving enforcement during extra patrols funded by the Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) through federal traffic safety funds.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they exhibit signs of impairment while driving. As of Oct. 31, under the new high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested with a .17 BAC or higher.
“The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “Help keep this festive season safe by not drinking and driving or planning ahead by designating a sober driver.”
In 2009, there were 299 alcohol-related traffic deaths, a decrease of 5.7 percent from 2008. Although the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths declined last year, crashes involving alcohol are eight times more likely to be fatal.
During last year’s Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods, 10 people died in traffic crashes. Four of those deaths were alcohol-related.
A motorist convicted of drunk driving can expect to face serious consequences including:

If convicted under Michigan’s new high BAC law, in addition to points on their driver’s license and community service, enhanced penalties for first-time drivers include:
Motorists who wish to have limited driving privileges following a 45-day license suspension may do so only after a breath alcohol ignition interlock device is installed on their vehicle. Installation and monthly fees are the responsibility of the driver.
An ignition interlock requires a driver to blow into the device and prevents a vehicle from starting if it measures a BAC of .025 or above. In addition, the device requires periodic retests when driving longer periods. The device records the date and time of each test and any violation is reported to the Department of State.
In addition, all convicted drunk drivers are subject to a $1,000 fee for two consecutive years, for a total of $2,000 in additional costs. Anyone who refuses a breath test the first time is given an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension.

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Two men escape drowning in Whitefish Lake

Two men from Cadillac almost drowned Monday when they fell through the ice at Whitefish Lake in Pierson.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, troopers responded to the incident at 8 a.m. December 20. David Rush, 48, and Larry Martin, 66, both of Cadillac, were riding on a Polaris 800 Ranger with a cab when it fell through the ice. Montcalm County Rescue were the first on the scene. Police said both men got to shore on their own, and were we but not injured.
The vehicle is submerged in the lake and will be removed by the owner when conditions allow.
If you have any information on this incident, please call the MSP at (989) 352-8444.

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Sheriff deputies honored

Kent County Sheriff deputies keep residents in and around the greater Cedar Springs area safe day in and day out. The Cedar Springs Post joins Sheriff Larry Stelma in  congratulating several employees on their promotions and retirements.
Captain Michelle Young will be promoted to the Rank of Chief Deputy.  Lieutenant Kevin Kelley will be promoted to the rank of Captain of the Road Patrol Division and Lieutenant Charles Dewitt will be promoted to the rank of Captain of the Technology/Communications Division.
Chief Deputy Bruce Partridge is retiring after 36 years of service, Captain Jack Medendorp; 35 years, Captain Darrell Singleton; 28 years, Lieutenant Jack Stewart 37 years; and Lieutenant Dave Mervau 25 years.


Chief Deputy Michelle Lajoye-Young

Michelle began her career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on December 11, 1989 as a Corrections Officer.  In 1994, Michelle was promoted to Sergeant overseeing the records unit and in 1999 she achieved the rank of Lieutenant. In August 2002, Michelle was assigned as Lieutenant in charge of the road patrol’s south substation.
On January 1, 2007, Michelle was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Technology/Communications Division.  Michelle was instrumental in the development and activation of the central call taking center implemented in 2010.  Michelle is being promoted to Chief Deputy of the County Sheriff’s Office

Captain Kevin Kelley

Kevin began his employment with the County at the Sheriff Department on June 5, 1989 as a County Patrol Officer.  Kevin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 and in 2007 Kevin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in charge of the Technology/Communications division.
Kevin is being promoted to Captain in charge of the Road Patrol Division.

Captain Charles Dewitt

Chuck began his career at the Kent County Sheriff Department on July 31, 1995 as a County Patrol Officer. While on the road patrol he also worked as an E-Unit officer.
In 2002, Chuck was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the detective bureau and in 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant.
Chuck is being promoted to Captain in charge of the Technology/Communication Division.


Chief Deputy Bruce Partridge

Bruce Partridge began his 36 year career with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as a Cadet in 1973 and was hired as a Correction Officer in 1974. He was assigned to the Road Patrol Division in 1974 and worked as a Patrol Officer. In 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was tasked with the responsibility of implementing a security plan for the new Kent County Courthouse. In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Road Patrol Division.  In 2009, he was promoted to the Rank of Chief Deputy.

Captain Jack Medendorp

Jack Medendorp is a 35 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and began his career in 1973. He realized his passion for law enforcement and dedicated his career to the citizens of Kent County and the Sheriff’s Office. He was a Corrections Officer for one year, and then became a Road Patrol Deputy in 1974. Captain Medendorp was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1986, Lieutenant in 1997 and Captain in 2009.

Captain Darrell Singleton

Darrell began his career 28 years ago at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on May 19, 1982 as Corrections Officer.  On July 24, 1989 he was promoted to Corrections Sergeant and on February 6, 1995 he was promoted to Lieutenant.  On April 17, 2006, Darrell was promoted to Security Captain in the Correctional Facility, in charge of the staffing.

Lieutenant Jack Stewart

Jack Stewart began employment at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on September 25, 1973 as a Cadet.  In 1998 he was promoted to sergeant assigned to the Detective Bureau supervising the Family Services Unit.  In September 2004, Jack was promoted to Lieutenant assigned as Director of the Kent County Emergency Management.

Lieutenant Dave Mervau

David started at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on June 3, 1985 as a County Corrections Officer. In 1993 he was assigned to the Patrol Division.  On September 23, 2002 he was promoted to sergeant assigned to the Road Patrol and eventually assigned to the Vice Unit as Sergeant.  Dave was promoted to Lieutenant on September 8, 2008 assigned to Detective Bureau.

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