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Archive | September, 2012

Countdown to Red Flannel Festival

By Judy Reed

Just two more weeks and Main Street in Cedar Springs will be filled with red as far as the eye can see! This year’s theme is “Deeply rooted in tradition,” and the tradition extends back to 1939, when the first Red Flannel Festival was held. The festival continued in 1940 and 1941, but was not held again between 1942 and 1947, according to The Cedar Springs Story, by Sue Harrison and the late Donna DeJonge, due to the government asking that such activities be curtailed during WWII. They resumed again in 1948. That was the year that a new congressman in the third district, Gerald R. Ford, was on hand to crown Jean Townes as the new Red Flannel Queen.

The Festival has grown and changed over the years, and this year is no different. You’ll find many of the same events you’ve come to know and love, some things new, and some things changed. It’s part of what makes our Festival a new and exciting experience every year!

New this year will be the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, which will be escorted in by motorcycles Red Flannel morning; a Euchre tournament; and the Grand Valley State University Marching Band will march in the annual parade. Changes include the children’s parade and the bed races moving to Red Flannel Day morning, and the Grand Lodge moving to the American Legion parking lot. Returning this year is an all-time favorite, the All-American Lumberjack show. Gone, however, is the firefighter parade and the fireworks.

Watch the Post for the next two weeks for more Red Flannel info and be sure to check the Red Flannel Post section of the site for upcoming events!


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MORE sunflowers!

Lori Ostrom, of Cedar Springs, sent us this cute photo of Harlee, 3, and her Nana (Beverly Hale) near some of the giant sunflowers they grew this year. “It was our first year growing them,” said Lori. “We heard they bring in good bugs for the garden.” Nice looking sunflowers, Lori!

If you have a wildflower or wildlife photo you’d like to send us, please email it to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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MSP Troopers receive bravery award

Five Michigan State Police troopers received bravery awards at a special ceremony held in Lansing on September 13. Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented Sgt. Christopher Bush, D/Sgt. Joseph Young, Tprs. Willie Buie, David Cardenas and Mitchell Dyer with the MSP Bravery Award for their diligence and perseverance under uncommon circumstances and for going beyond what is typically expected of most law enforcement officers.

The troopers were honored for their role in responding to the October 13, 2011 bank robbery in the Village of Ravenna. The robbery quickly turned into a pursuit, with shots being fired at the troopers, other officers and the public. The pursuit ended with both suspects being killed, after they hit and killed a Walker police officer who was attempting to deploy stop sticks.

By taking an active role in the pursuit of armed and dangerous suspects, these troopers knowingly placed themselves in danger. For these reasons, the Board of Awards find the brave actions of Buie, Bush, Cardenas, Dyer and Young are in the highest traditions of the Michigan State Police.

Buie enlisted with the department in 1987, graduating as a member of the 101st Trooper Recruit School. Buie served at the Grand Haven Post before being assigned to the Rockford Post.

Bush enlisted with the department in 1995, graduating as a member of the 112th Trooper Recruit School. Bush has served at the Traverse City, Kalkaska, Ionia and Lakeview posts before being assigned to the Training Academy. Bush resides in Portland with his wife, Wendy, and son, Brady.

Cardenas enlisted with the department in 1999, graduating as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. Cardenas served at the Lansing and Reed City posts before being assigned to the Rockford Post.

Dyer enlisted with the department in 1998, graduating as a member of the 117th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Rockford Post since graduation.

Young enlisted with the department in 1995, graduating as a member of the 112th Trooper Recruit School. Young served at the Rockford Post before being assigned to the Metropolitan Enforcement Team (MET).

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National drug take-back initiative

Saturday, September 29


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

The American people have again responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On April 28th, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four Take-Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.

“We are pleased at the response of the American people once again, and we thank them for participating and contributing to the battle against prescription drug abuse,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, who added that 4,268 agencies participated with DEA nationwide in Saturday’s event. “While a uniform system for prescription drug disposal is being finalized, we will continue to sponsor these important take-back opportunities as a service to our communities. Our take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and give our citizens an opportunity to contribute to the solution. These events are only made possible through the dedicated work and commitment of our state, federal, local, and tribal partners and DEA thanks each and every one of them for their efforts on behalf of the American people.”

In our area, the following sites will collect the drugs: The Cedar Springs Police Department, at 66 S. Main, Cedar Springs (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), in the lobby (no liquids please); The Rockford Police Department at 7 S. Monroe, in Rockford; The Michigan State Police Rockford Post, 345 Northland Drive, Rockford; and The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, 10300 Howard City-Edmore Road, Howard City. The Cedar Springs Police Department also collects daily, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To search for another collection site, visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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Howard City Police seek suspects

Hit and run suspect

Howard City Police are asking for help to locate a hit and run vehicle. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning (September 15-16), a vehicle was involved in a hit and run accident in Howard City on Shaw Street.
The vehicle left a great deal of debris behind, indicating it is most likely a gold 1991-1996 Buick Park Avenue/LeSabre. It should have a broken side window, broken passenger mirror, damage to both front and back plastic bumpers.

Please contact us at 231-937-4311 if you know someone who has recent damage to this type or color of car.

Tire thief

Howard City Police are asking people to keep an eye out for a full size pickup truck with a white dolly behind it that was caught stealing new truck tires by a homeowner Monday, September 17. The pickup was described as fire engine red, very clean, possibly with an extended cab. It was towing a clean white car dolly. Last seen fleeing southbound on Amy School Rd towards M – 82 at approx. 3:30 p.m. Monday. It was 

driven by a white male, approximately 50 years old. Please obtain license plate number and alert police 231-937-4311.

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Man killed in motorcycle accident

A Trufant man was killed last Friday morning when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred on September 14, about 11:25 a.m. Darrell Eugene Proctor, 43, of Trufant, was traveling eastbound on his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on 7 Mile Rd, near Comstock Park Drive, in Alpine Township, when a westbound Ford Explorer crossed into the eastbound lane and hit him. Proctor, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Ford Explorer, Jim Rhyne Twork, 36, of Rockford, was not injured. Alcohol was not considered to be a contributing factor. The accident remains under investigation.

Funeral services for Darrell Proctor were held Tuesday, at Hurst Funeral Home in Greenville. He leaves behind a wife, Kelly, and two sons, Brandon Morgan and Travis Proctor, and many other family members. His obituary can be found at www.timeformemory.com.

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Man admits he faked child abduction story

Last week’s Post carried the story of an attempted child abduction on 17 Mile near Division, in Tyrone Township. As it turns out, police were reportedly looking for the suspect in a crime that never happened.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said on Tuesday that the father admitted he fabricated the story.

The original story was that the father was working in his garage on September 4, when he noticed a man walking away holding the hand of his 2-year-old son, who had been playing in the front yard. The father yelled at the man, who continued walking, and the father then ran after the man and got his son back after a confrontation. He didn’t report the incident until September 7.

No motive was given for the fabricated tale. Undersheriff Jon Hess said that detectives would be presenting the case to the prosecutor’s office for the charge of filing a false police report.

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roger on main streetMain Street comedy

Good taste is largely a matter of opinion. The humor in this (mostly) light-hearted column has quite a lot of wiggle room. I keep “good taste” in mind, but that doesn’t stop me from using blonde jokes, lawyer jokes, or little kid jokes.

Blondes, lawyers, and little kids seldom write me letters of complaint, so my “good taste” regarding those topics must be pretty close to that of our readers.

But I can’t rely on my own taste when politics enters the column. Something I consider hilarious can yank the annoyance chain of too many people. Sometimes I do it anyway, but I always know what’s likely to show up in the mailbox later.

There’s a good reason that professional humorist Al Franken hasn’t cracked a joke since being confirmed as the junior Senator from Minnesota.

But one of America’s greatest writers never held back. I’m talking about a personal hero of mine, Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, 1835-1910. He didn’t think highly of politicians in general. So, since his stuff is out of copyright, I’m free to quote him left and right.

Mark said…

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning…politics, a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”

“The new political gospel: public office is private graft.”

“An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere.”

“All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems–problems that are quite above the average citizen’s reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best.”

Mark also said…

“In … politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”

“I shall not often meddle with politics, because we have a political Editor who is already excellent and only needs to serve a term or two in the penitentiary to be perfect.”

Three blondes

Three blondes are in an elevator when the elevator suddenly stops and the lights go out. They try using their cell phones to get help but have no luck. Even the phones are out.

After a few hours of being stuck with no help in sight, one blonde says to the others, “I think the best way to call for help is by yelling together.”

The others agree with the first, so they all inhale deeply and begin to yell loudly “Together, together, together.”


If any of the above…

If you object to blonde jokes, please complain to the Rockford Squire.

If you find any of Mark Twain’s comments about politics to be offensive, please write your letters of complaint directly to him.

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Walk to prevent suicide

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. But there is a way we can help prevent them in the future.

You can now walk to save lives, raise funds, and honor loved ones, by participating in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, on October 6, in Grand Rapids, at Millennium Park. Check in time is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to participate.  Funds will support the mission of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funding national and local suicide prevention programs and research.  To register for the walk, please visit www.outofthedarkness.org or call 888-333-2377.

Being aware of some of the key suicide warning signs such as feeling hopeless, withdrawing from friends and family and making suicidal statements, can help save lives.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or just needs to talk, call 800-273-TALK (8255). Help is available 24 hours a day, every day.

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Special families fun fest

For families with special needs

The DeltaPlex Arena and Family Hope Foundation have partnered to produce the first Special Families Fun Fest September 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DeltaPlex Arena.

The event promises to provide a low-cost, low-stress day filled with fun activities perfect for the whole family of individuals with special needs, no matter their age or disability. Popular draws like Rick the Reptile Guy and Gymboree are complemented by amenities that will help individuals with special needs and their families relax and enjoy the day.

Special amenities include volunteers at every exit, a sensory room for regulation, barrier-free access, and a quiet room.

Activities include: Rick the Reptile Guy from Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, Carnival Midway Games for varying levels of ability, Hands on music exploration with Allegro School of Music, Parachute Time with Gymboree of Grand Rapids, Dance Lessons with Arts in Motion, Sensory Room with the Center for Childhood Development, and more.

“The DeltaPlex has been such a generous partner in this event,” said Family Hope Foundation board chair Lara Kitts. “We have worked hard to make Special Families Fun Fest a day where the entire family can get out and have fun together, which is so important but can be a big challenge when a family member has special needs.”

Admission to Special Families Fun Fest is $5.00, which includes 10 carnival game tickets. Tickets can be purchased online at Etix.com or either in advance or the day of the event at the DeltaPlex Box Office at 2500 Turner Avenue NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544. Proceeds from Special Families Fun Fest will help support Family Hope Foundation’s scholarship program for therapy not covered by insurance.

Family Hope Foundation organizes and publicizes a series of events designed for families of individuals with special needs. From movies to family days at various venues, each is designed to provide families of individuals with special needs with affordable, disability-friendly, low stress, fun activities that they can participate in as a whole family.

More information is available by visiting Family Hope Foundation’s website at www.thefamilyhopefoundation.org, on Facebook, or by contacting Lara Kitts at (616) 780-3839.


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