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Archive | October, 2012

Trick or treat in Cedar Springs

Costume, check. Trick-or-treat bag, check. Comfortable walking shoes, check. Ready for a night full of fun? Double-check!

Pack up the kids and come out Halloween night for the 6th Annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular in Cedar Springs! Sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and churches, the fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with storytime at the library, at the corner of Cherry and Second, followed by trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. at Main Street businesses.

People can pick up their maps of participating businesses at the library. Trick-or-treating will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you are hungry, there will be hot dogs for sale next to the Cedar Pub.

The Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad and Cedar Springs Fire Department will hand out candy, cider and donuts at the firebarn at W. Maple and Second St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. while supplies last.

Two area churches will also be part of the festivities. Calvary Assembly of God will host a carnival in the lot by the next to D&J nails. The Springs Church, at the corner of Maple and First, will be hosting Trunk-or-Treat from 6pm-8pm, along with a giant slide, and the Double K Farms petting zoo in their parking lot, and free donuts and hot chocolate inside for trick or treaters and their families.

For more info, including details on the costume contest and other Halloween events, click here.

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It’s the great pumpkin!

Algoma Township resident Lynn Drown may have grown Charlie Brown’s great pumpkin!

According to her co-worker, Mary Stockreef, Lynn is an avid gardener and member of the Cedar Springs Garden Club. She and her husband, Scott, competed this year in the Central Great Lakes Pumpkin Weigh-off. Her largest pumpkin weighed in at 517 pounds, and Scott’s weighed in at 484 pounds! Lynn took 3rd place in her class for new growers, 15th overall, and also won for the best looking pumpkin. Scott took 17th place with his pumpkin.

“She dedicates most of her time outside of work with her family and tending to her garden growing large pumpkins like the one above, which was one of her smaller pumpkins, weighing in at 484 pounds,” said Stockreef. “We are very proud of our coworker and pumpkin girl. Her pumpkins and watermelons definitely draw a crowd and are art in their own right!”

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Trick or treat ?


Look at this little pumpkin pie!

Ten-week-old Jeremiah Dear, the son of James and Tracey Dear, of Solon Township, was so mesmerized by the color of the pumpkin, his parents decided to place him in it for pictures.

“Needless to say, he did not mind being a pumpkin!” said his dad.

What a cutie!

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Candidate forum for City Council to be held next week

The Cedar Springs Post will moderate a candidate forum for the Cedar Springs City Council candidates next, Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 66 S. Main St. All three candidates—incumbent Christine Fahl, and newcomers Bob Truesdale and Patricia Troost—will participate in the forum. After the question and answer period, residents will have the opportunity to meet the candidates one on one. Plan now to come and find out about the candidates, and to show your support for the election process!

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City receives tree planting grant

The Michigan Forestry and Park Association announced last month that the City of Cedar Springs has received a Community Tree Planting great from Consumers Energy in the amount of $2,900.

According the city’s interim DPW supervisor Al Kensil, they will plant 30 trees—15 Maple, 10 Pear, and 5 Dogwood trees. Some of them will replace the Ash trees they removed on Main Street due to the emerald ash borer. “They were dying,” he explained.

Others will be planted at Veterans Park and various areas around the city.

They will pick up the trees on Monday, October 29, and must have them planted by November 16. The grant will be awarded once the project is completed.

Consumers Energy serves 1.8 million customers in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

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Man killed in Tyrone crash


A 22-year-old Bailey man was killed last Friday, October 19, in a single car crash in Tyrone Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kelby Hunter Freeland was driving a 2001 Volvo eastbound on 20 Mile Road, about 3:45 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle near 3464 20 Mile, west of Peach Ridge Avenue, and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled several times before striking a tree. Freeland was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passengers, Brandon Adams, 25 of Grant, and Jacob Peterson, 24, of Kent City, crawled out of the car and went to a house to call for help. Both were transported to Gerber Hospital in Fremont by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries.

Tyrone/Kent City Fire assisted at the scene.

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More fall photos


Mary Elna Dauchy sent us some photos from near her home on 15 Mile Road, in Courtland Township. The leaves may have started turning early this year, but we’ve had some beautiful color! Thanks, Mary Elna!

Do you have some fall foliage or wildlife photos you would like to send us? Send them to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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City Councilor Pat Capek retires

By Judy Reed


Pat Capek (left) and Linda Hunt (right).

It was a bittersweet good-by on Thursday, October 18, for longtime Cedar Springs volunteer Pat Capek. Not only was it was her last meeting as a City Councilor, but they threw her nice going away party as well.

“It was really nice. I was surprised at how many people were there,” she said.

It’s not a surprise to those who know her, however, because Capek has served many years here in various roles, and is loved by many people.

She served 16 years on the City Council, and was Mayor Pro-Tem under former mayors Jim Charon, Ronnie Merlington, and Linda Hunt. She sat out one year when she was defeated by Kathy Bremmer, but was elected again the next year.

Capek said her favorite times on the Council would be when they had been working on something for a long time, and it finally came together. Examples she used were of the wastewater treatment plant, the Main Street reconstruction project, and the 425 agreements with the townships.

“It was a big deal for us to see these things come about,” remarked Capek. “These are important things that helped Cedar Springs grow. Look at the west end of Cedar Springs—it’s just exploded. We were stymied on any development because of our wastewater system, and when we built the new one, that made everything possible,” she explained.

Capek loved serving the people of Cedar Springs. “From the very first I considered it a distinct privilege to sit on the council, where you can have an effect on what happens in the city,” she said.

She felt it was her duty to represent the people the best way she could, and she took training through the Michigan Municipal League’s elected officials academy. She reached level 3 and earned her governance award. She served as president of the academy for one year, and also served as a trustee on the Michigan Municipal League board for three years. “The elected officials academy is a great resource for those making decisions for their community,” she explained.

She said she would miss many of the friendships she made while working with other government leaders across the state. “Your not just partners in a project. You see the same people over the years and you build friendships.”

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the hardest thing she’s went through on the council is the Red Flannel issue. “I’m sad about the conflict between the city and festival,” she said. “It’s a personal heartbreak for me.” Capek sat on the Festival board for 20 years.

There was one thing that Capek didn’t get to see happen. “I had hoped to have a new library before I was gone, but that’s still in the future,” she noted.

Capek said she would still keep busy. Besides having a little extra time for grandchildren and a new great-grandbaby, she still has her sewing business at home, and she works part time at Flaunt It Sportswear. She is also a longtime member and past president of the Cedar Springs Rotary and Cedar Springs Women’s club.

Thank you, Pat Capek, for serving your community so faithfully. We wish you well!

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Michigan moves up in deer crash rankings

Fourth highest state for likelihood to hit a deer


It’s that time of year to look for deer. And in Michigan, your likelihood of bumper meeting antler has gone up according to State Farm. Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of a Michigan motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 72, compared with 1 in 83 the year before. Michigan has moved up from fifth to fourth place. For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run into a deer, with those odds at 1 in 40.

The findings come after a recent report from the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition showing deer crashes in the Great Lakes state actually declined in 2011 from 2010 by about four percent. However, officials note that many crashes also go unreported, so actual crash numbers are much higher. The coalition reports the five counties with the most reported crashes were: Kent (1,750), Oakland (1,736), Jackson (1,536), Calhoun (1,429) and Montcalm (1,340).

When do deer-vehicle collisions occur?

State Farm’s data shows that November is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely. More than 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November.

Deer-vehicle collisions are three times more likely to occur on a day in November than they are on any day between February 1 and August 31.  October is the second most likely month for a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. December is third.

The average property damage cost of these incidents during the final half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 was $3,305, up 4.4 percent from the year before.

According to the State Farm data, the state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,801). The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds that any one person will be struck by lightning during his or her lifetime.

Counting U.S. deer-vehicle confrontations

The number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. has increased by 7.7 percent over the last year. This jump comes after a three-year period during which these collisions dropped 2.2 percent.

State Farm estimates 1.23 million collisions caused by the presence of deer occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Avoiding deer-vehicle mishaps

“State Farm has a long history of supporting auto safety,” said Mullen. “Calling attention to hazards like this one is part of our DNA.”

Here are tips from the Insurance Information Institute on how to reduce the odds of a deer-vehicle confrontation involving your vehicle becoming part of the story we tell next year:

Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds. If you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.

Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.

Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.

If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.


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Gasoline price declines are greatest in Great Lakes region


Consumers are now seeing relief at the pump as retail prices more closely reflect the long anticipated autumn decline that comes with winter blend gasoline, flat demand and stronger supply levels. But nowhere in the country are the price decreases more pronounced than in the Great Lakes region.

“The biggest weekly decline occurred in Michigan where the average price at the pump fell by 27.3 cents per gallon,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst, GasBuddy.com. “As our data confirms, consumers in the Great Lakes region saw the greatest relief, by far,” he added.

From Oct. 11 through Oct. 18 the most notable price decreases occurred in the following states:

Michigan, down $0.27/gal.

Ohio, down $0.24/gal.

Indiana, down $0.23/gal.

Wisconsin, down $0.19/gal.

Illinois, down $0.19/gal.

Nebraska, down $0.16/gal.

Missouri, down $0.16/gal.

Minnesota, down $0.15/gal.

Oklahoma, down $0.15/gal.

“With the national average now at $3.70, down 14 cents per gallon over the past month, obviously we’re glad to finally see prices moving down,” added GasBuddy’s Gregg Laskoski, “but we remain concerned about geopolitical events and what Iran/Israel conflict might bring.”

Gas fell even more this week, and was $3.36 in Cedar Springs Wednesday, October 24.

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Brody Ray Fisher

Zach and Jenny Fisher welcomed their “little pumpkin” Brody Ray on September 25th. He weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces and was 23 inches long! The proud grandparents are Mike and Karen and Ed and Angie.

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Celebrating 5 Generations

Maurice Murray of Cedar Springs, Hope (Murray) Austin of Cedar Springs, Mindy (Austin) Abbott of Cedar Springs, Chelsea (Grice) Kulak of Rockford, and our newest member, Amelia Lee Kulak, was born Sept. 10, 2012

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