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Archive | June, 2012

Shirley Ann Tindall

Shirley Ann Tindall, 87 of Gowen, died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Campus, Greenville. Mrs. Tindall was born January 11, 1925 in Carson City, Michigan the daughter of Floyd and Rose (Jansen) Blanton. She retired from Grand Rapids Public Schools as a school bus driver for Lincoln School. Surviving are two sons, Randy (Lynn) Tindall of Holland, Rich (Barb) Tindall of Lowell; 4 grandchildren, Kurt (Jill) Tindall, Sarah (Jim) Rienks, Dana (Clint) Dickinson, Richie (Ashley) Tindall; 8 great grandchildren; brothers, Howard (Violet) Blanton, Donald Blanton, Terry (Barb) Blanton; nieces and nephews; best friend, Oma Werner; and many other dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin in 2010; son, David in 2009; brother, Douglas Blanton; sister, Orvina Slaughter. Services were held Monday, June 25 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Chaplain Joan Cornelison officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Network.
Arrangments by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Interment Service

Eric Haywood Clarke (1921-2007)

Ella Esther Clarke (1924-2012)

Esther passed away on March 25, 2012 in San Pedro, California.  Esther was born in Cedar Springs to Emily Miranda and John Harvey Heiss, and after graduating from Cedar Springs High School, married Rick Clarke in 1942.  Rick preceded her in death by 5 years. There will be an Interment Service for Rick and Esther on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Solon Cemetery, located at Algoma Avenue and 18 Mile Road in Cedar Springs, at which time both their ashes will be interred. Family and friends are invited to the Interment Service and to a reception following the Service at the summer home of Rick and Esther (9111 Catalpa Ave, Newaygo, MI), and are welcome to join Rick and Esther’s family at either or both events.

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Beverly Jean Earnest

Beverly Jean Earnest, 63 of Rockford, died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at her home. Beverly was born October 15, 1948 in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. She was a graduate of Big Rapids High School. Surviving are her children, William (Vanessa) Hess of Grand Rapids, Darrel Hess of Baldwin, Warren (Barbie) Drayton of Big Rapids,  Betty Myszak of Lexington, Kentucky;  sisters, Juanita (Michael) Crooks of Morley, Lorinda (Richard) Lytle of Sears, Roberta (Phillips) Sprague of Sheridan, Leah Finney of Rockford, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs; brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Baldwin, Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Sharlene Bentley and Marjorie Winston; brothers, William and James Bentley. Services were held Saturday, June 23 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Rev. Frank Parker officiating.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Missing man now home

Police are looking for Patrick Sawinski, 45, has not been seen since Monday.

UPDATE: 9:56 p.m  Patrick Sawinski is now safely home, according to the Kent County Sheriff Dept.


The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Patrick William Sawinski, 45. Patrick was last seen at his home in Comstock Park on Monday, June 25, 2012, at approximately 7:00 a.m. He has not been seen or heard from since. They are concerned about Patrick’s wellbeing and said he is not considered a threat to the public at this time.

He is described as 6 feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds, has brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants, and was driving a bright blue 2007 Dodge Chevrolet Cobalt, license plate number 0JRS05.

If you have seen Patrick or know where he is, you are asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 866-774-2345.

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Summer heat can be dangerous, even deadly

From the Kent County Health Department

Heat was a factor in at least three deaths last year in Michigan. With the hot weather in the forecast, there are a few things people can do to beat the heat. Children, the elderly, and pets are especially at risk. The Kent County Health Department has a few reminders about keeping safe during hot summer days.

Never leave children or animals in a parked vehicle unattended, even with windows cracked open. “If it gets sunny and hot, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 120 degrees or more in a matter of minutes,” says Cathy Raevsky, Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Heat stroke and death can occur in these dangerous situations.” Last year, 33 children in the United States died of hyperthermia when left unattended in a hot car, according to the San Francisco State University Department of Geosciences.

Elderly people have a much more difficult time dealing with heat. Their bodies may not adjust as quickly to changes in temperature, and some medications can cause adverse reactions to heat. If you know elderly adults, check on them twice a day during these hot days. Encourage them to drink cold, non-alcoholic beverages to stay well hydrated. If they appear to be suffering from dizziness, muscle weakness/cramping, vomiting, heavy sweating, or paleness, they may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Get them to a cool area, and medical treatment as soon as possible.

Pets dehydrate fast, so be sure they have fresh, clean drinking water. Keep them indoors or provide a shady place for them to stay out of the sun. Don’t let them overheat: keep strenuous activity and playtime short.

Drink non-alcoholic fluids often, no matter how active you are. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink, you may already be dehydrated. (Some people may be limited in the amount of fluid they drink due to certain conditions or medications. Check with your doctor to see how much you should drink while the weather is hot.) Avoid alcohol or sugary-drinks, as they can cause you to dehydrate faster.

If you are looking for additional resources to help you during hot weather, the Heart of West Michigan

United Way may be able help. Call their free informational and referral service by dialing 211 for more information.

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Cedar Springs company cited in crane collapse

By Judy Reed

A crane collapse at the Kent County Correctional Facility earlier this year was caused by operator error, according to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A crane collapse at the Kent County Jail was caused by operator error.

G2 Inc., a company from Cedar Springs specializing in precast concrete and steel erectors and crane rentals, was a subcontractor on a new addition at the jail. G2 was awarded two contracts for the project; one contract for the precast concrete erection and another contract for supplying a crane and crane operator to perform lifts for the other subcontractors on the project.

According to MIOSHA, on February 10, the crane operator who normally operated the crane had taken the day off, and the new operator had never operated the Sumitomo SC1500 with a working luffing jib attached to it. The main boom struck the new facility addition and fleet garage. One worker was injured with a fractured shoulder caused by falling debris and construction material, and two jail trustees suffered minor injuries. There was significant damage to the crane and the construction project. The operator of the crane was not injured.

The old portion of the jail suffered damage to water and electrical lines, causing it to lose heat. This prompted the transfer of 150 inmates to other jails in the West Michigan area for staff and inmate safety and crowding purposes.

MIOSHA has proposed a fine of $21,000 in penalties for the accident, and another $7,250 in safety issues found with the crane, that were not associated with the accident.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations and notices to comply or contest the violations and penalties.

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Cedar Springs Area Chamber reborn

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, 16 businesses in the Cedar Springs area have banded together to found a new Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

The group has been meeting regularly over the last couple of months, as well as communicating through email and Facebook about what they hope to bring to businesses and the community through the new Chamber.

“This rebirth is an exciting time for the business community, as they look ahead to what Cedar Springs could become,” said interim president Shawn Kiphart. “The new chamber plans to organize community events, and offer resources to businesses such as advertising, communications, a voice, representation and support with local and state government issues, business education, and more.”

The chamber is now legally incorporated, and is working on adopting their bylaws and setting up a fee structure.

The businesses have talked about hosting a meet and greet with legislative candidates, creating new community events to draw business downtown such as Fun Fridays (with hot dog stands and fun activities), sidewalk sales, and more.

They have created a Facebook page called Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (which already has 51 members), and will be working on a new website as well.

The chamber created an interim board of directors at its last meeting that will serve for 6 months, to get things off the ground. A new board will then be elected at its annual meeting. The interim board consists of Shawn Kiphart, Take Two Game Shop, LLC, President; Judy Reed, Cedar Springs Post and freelance writer, VP of Communications; Sally Howland, Cedar Chest, VP of Operations; Kelly Roach, Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, Secretary; Brynadette Powell, Arthur K. Eggerding Realtor, trustee; Michele Andres, Red Flannel Festival, trustee; Janice Hill, reenactor, trustee; and Keith Hall, The Grilling Company, trustee.

The Chamber will meet again Monday, at 7:30 p.m. at Perry’s Place, 90 N. Main, at the corner of Main and Maple Streets, to adopt their bylaws.

For more information, email the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce at info@csacoc.com. Their mailing address is PO Box 465, Cedar Springs MI 49319.

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Reading program draws crowd

Post photo by Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading program, Dream Big…Read! is off to a great start, with over 650 children and adults registered. They had their kickoff on Monday, June 11, with about 600 people attending.

They gave away free ice cream, raffled off a Kindle Touch, handed out free book bags, reading program brochures, and the friends of the library held a book sale. The raffle and the book sale fundraiser brought in $641. Fifteen volunteers helped the library staff with all the extra work needed to make the day run smoothly.

The library has 18 events planned over the six weeks of the reading program. For all the events, check out our Beat the Boredom issue on our website www.cedarspringsost.com, or go to the library’s website at http://cedarsprings.llcoop.org/.

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Maranda Park Party today!

Get ready to Rock the Park in Cedar Springs! Maranda is packing up the Park Party crew and hitting the road to bring the Park Party to Cedar Springs today,  Thursday, June 21 from Noon-2:00pm at the Cedar Springs Public School campus, behind Cedar View Elementary.

Join Maranda for an afternoon filled with free fun, food, activities, games and prizes.  All families are invited to come hungry because the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Michigan Department of Education have teamed up with Jennie-O Turkey to provide free lunches for families complete with fresh grilled Jennie-O turkey burgers!

‘I’m excited to be kicking off the 2012 Park Party Season in Cedar Springs. It’s a great partnership with the city and the school district and we are looking forward to an awesome day on Thursday June 21,” said Maranda, Child and Family Services Manager for WOOD TV & WOTV 4 Women.

The party will feature two new inflatable activities, including a huge obstacle course challenge and a vertical rush slide. Kids and families can also check out dozens of local non-profits groups who will be providing free games, activities and information. The Perrigo Performance Stage will be rocking all afternoon with talented acts like the Strike Percussion ensemble, Ronald McDonald’s amazing magic act and local 4th and 5th graders who will be showcasing a song from High School Musical! Join in the fun on June 21!

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Come and get it!

Sharon Clark, of Becker St in Nelson Township, sent us this photo of a woodpecker that comes to eat when they call him!

“It took me about two months of calling and tapping the tree to get him to come and eat right in front of me, but now he comes every day,” wrote Sharon. “He let us get up close and posed for his picture.”

She said he eats both seed and suet cakes.

Do you have a wildlife photo you’d like to send us? Email it to news@cedarspringspost.com and include a little info about the photo and where you live. We will print them as space allows.

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