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Archive | May, 2014

Makoto Kamekawa

EPSON scanner imageMakoto Kamekawa, 82, of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home. Makoto was born December 3, 1932 in Yokosuka, Japan, the son of Yorozu and Toyo (Osada) Kamekawa. He graduated from Yokosuka Technical High School in Japan and had studied at Illinois Institute of Technology Graduate School. He was an original member of the design team for Toyota Sports 800 and other Toyota cars. He had won numerous awards for all sorts of designs. Surviving are his wife, Fumiko whom he married on Nov. 3, 1956; daughter, Yuko Roberts; grandchildren, Amber, Matthew, Ariel, Melody, April and Noah Roberts; sister, Yoko Saito. Private family services will be held. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home,  Cedar Springs.

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Local bar loses liquor license

The Sand Bar in Sand Lake has closed its doors after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Sand Bar in Sand Lake has closed its doors after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Sand Lake bar that’s been in business almost 24 years will not see its 25th. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission revoked the licenses of the Lake Street Station (The Sand Bar), after a penalty hearing on May 13.

The bar, located at 38-42 S. Lake St., had the penalty hearing due to having three violations within a consecutive 24-month period. After reviewing the record of the violations and hearing arguments from owner Toni Bush, the Commission decided to revoke the licenses. They noted that since they issued the liquor licenses on October 12, 1990, the bar has been cited for multiple violations of the Michigan Liquor Control Code and Administrative Rules, including:

The Sand Bar post this sign on its door after  losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Sand Bar post this sign on its door after losing its liquor licenses. Post photo by J. Reed.

*Issuing eight non-sufficient funds checks to the Commission for purchases of spirits totaling $3,238.45.

*Allowing credit sales for alcoholic liquor.

*Allowing gambling and gambling devices on the licensed premises.

*Allowing marijuana on the licensed premises.

*Allowing the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic liquor after the legal hour.

*Allowing the premises to be occupied after the legal hour.

*Allowing an employee to be intoxicated on the licensed premises.

*Allowing intoxicated minors to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.

*Seven (7) violations for allowing the sale of alcoholic liquor to intoxicated patrons; and allowing intoxicated patrons to consume and loiter on the licensed premises.

*The licensee, Toni Bush, was identified as the intoxicated person consuming alcoholic liquor on the licensed premises and failing to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the course of inspecting the licensed premises in an incident that occurred on July 6, 2013.

“The Commission finds that the licensee failed to demonstrate policies and procedures for prevention of selling to intoxicated patrons, and further finds that the Commission has no confidence that the licensee takes these matters seriously or would be able to prevent future violations,” wrote the MLCC.

They also found that Bush did not demonstrate the ability or willingness to ensure control over the establishment and its employees, ensure compliance with the code and rules, and prevent future violations.

The order to revoke was effective immediately, and MLCC officials were at the business last week to seize any alcohol on the premises. They revoked the business’s 2014 Class C and Specially Designated Merchant licenses with Sunday Sales Permit (P.M.), Entertainment Permit (without dressing rooms), and Dance Permit.

The building is now up for sale.


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Lest we forget

N-Memorial-ActivitiesMemorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It’s also a day to remember all those that have served and are now deceased. Inside this issue are the names of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post, click here to download. If you know of a veteran’s name that is missing from the list, please let us know and we’ll add them for next year.

There will be several memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend that residents are encouraged to take part in:

The Cedar Springs Historical Society will hold its 14th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 25, at 2pm to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Henry Ralph Phelps, War of 1812 (buried in Courtland); Civil War, Daniel Dove; Custer Borst, Spanish American War (buried in East Nelson); John Manbeck, World War I; Richard Arnold, World War II; Douglas Hamel, Korea; Kenneth Heaton, Vietnam. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist in the presentation. Meet in the museum in Morley Park at 2 p.m. Transportation will be provided to Elmwood Cemetery and back to the museum for refreshments. If it rains, the event will be held in the museum. In case of severe weather warnings, the event will be canceled.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on May 26. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetery 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. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band will also do several songs.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 26. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m. The Tri County Marching Band will also be on hand.

Algoma Township will hold their service on Monday, May 26, at their Veteran’s Memorial Park at the Algoma Township Cemetery at 10515 Grange Ave., at 1:00 p.m. The service will include the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F reenactment group 21-gun salute, Taps, Algoma Baptist Church Choir, and other participants. This service will honor all of Algoma Township’s veterans and active duty servicemen and women. Refreshments will be served by the Algoma Township Historical Society following the ceremony.



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Four injured in two-car crash

This two-vehicle accident sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Post photo by J. Reed.

This two-vehicle accident sent four people to the hospital with serious injuries. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Lowell family and a Cedar Springs man were sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a two-car crash Sunday afternoon in Courtland Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Sgt. Pete Gerkin, the accident occurred about 4:44 p.m. at 15 Mile Road and Myers Lake Avenue. They determined that a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Adam Brace, 29, of Cedar Springs, was traveling westbound on 15 Mile, when it struck a 2000 Dodge Caravan traveling southbound on Myers Lake. The two vehicles ended up in the ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection.

The driver of the minivan, Alan Richard Kenyon, 53, of Lowell, and Brace, the driver of the Pontiac, were both transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with serious injuries. Alan’s wife, Christine, 46, was a passenger in the van, and was taken by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth with serious injuries. Their daughter, Abigail, 10, also a passenger in the van, was taken by ambulance to DeVos Children’s Hospital with serious injuries. None of the patients’ injuries are considered life-threatening.

A second AeroMed helicopter was requested and landed but did not transport any patients.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation.

Also assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Police, Courtland Fire and Rescue, and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue.

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Woman killed in crash on M57

Maria Colleen Boggiano

Maria Colleen Boggiano

The Michigan State Police are investigating a crash that killed one person and injured another last Thursday morning, May 15, in Courtland Township.

According to police, a black Honda Element was traveling east on 14 Mile Road, east of Northland Drive, in, about 6:38 a.m., when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a silver Dodge pickup truck.

The driver of the Honda, Maria Colleen Boggiano, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver of the pickup was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, with non-life threatening injuries.

Rockford Post personnel were assisted at the scene by members of the Courtland Twp. Fire Department, Algoma Twp. Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance.

The crash is still under investigation, and any witnesses are asked to call Trooper Sweetland at the Michigan State Police Rockford at 616-866-4411.


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The Post travels to Arkansas

The Hutchins family, from Edmore, visited Bull Shoals Arkansas. Joey and Ethan Hutchins visited their great-grandma Shirley Snell, a loyal Post reader. They are shown in the photos—one by the welcome sign and one by the dam.

“Arkansas is beautiful and everyone is so friendly,” said the family. “You are always greeted with a smile. It’s colder here than they (Arkansas residents) like and they kept apologizing for it but for us Michiganders it was nice.”

Thanks to you for sending us these great photos!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!


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FFA Celebrates end of a great year and starts another

By: Riley Ross


The Cedar Springs High School’s FFA organization was proud to throw the 69th Annual Awards Banquet in late April. The FFA leadership students for 2013-2014 Justin Davis-President, David Schoenborn-Vice President, Kevin DeCanter-Secretary, Nate Schoen-Reporter, John Spangenburg-Treasurer, Tyler Savickas-Sentinel, and Jeff Davis-Historian, took the opportunity to help make the amazing night happen. Many FFA members were honored and congratulated on winning top awards like the State Outstanding Junior award, Top Salesman, and Honorary FFA member.

To kick off the 2014-2015 year, the newly elected officers went to the Shack for their yearly meeting/get together to understand their responsibilities as officers. The new leaders are David Schoenborn-President, Erika Cardinal-Vice President, Riley Ross-Reporter, Nate Schoen-Treasurer, Jeff Davis-Sentinel, and Tyler Savickas as Historian.

With the arrival of spring, to show their Cedar Springs Country Pride, the FFA sponsored their annual “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” on May 9th. More than 15 students and members had a blast showing off their unique ride front of the school.  At the conclusion of the day the group paraded around the grounds before leaving for home.


May 23rd Dam Bike Ride – Join us for a trip down the Whte Pine to Rockford!

July 9th and 10th State Leadership Conference for Chapter Officers

July 15th FFA trip to Ag. Expo and State Tractor driving contest

July 16th Dairy judging contest



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Man dies in back yard accident

An Algoma Township man died last weekend when he tree he was cutting down fell on him.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said that James Overzet, 63, was cutting down the tree in his back yard on Foxwood Drive, in Algoma Township, when it fell, killing him. Paramedics from Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance tried to resuscitate him with CPR, but were not able to revive him.

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Click it or ticket

More counties take part in seat belt enforcement

N-Click-it-or-ticketExpanded enforcement could mean more unbuckled motorists find themselves on the receiving end of a $65 penalty. On Monday, May 19, law enforcement agencies across the state stepped up seat belt enforcement for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign that seeks to reduce traffic deaths and injuries by increasing belt use.

Local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posts in 40 counties will conduct federally funded seat belt enforcement zones through the busy Memorial Day travel weekend. This is an increase from 26 counties last year.

A new awareness campaign by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) highlights the enforcement and features a referee throwing penalty flags at unbuckled and improperly belted drivers. The call is followed by law enforcement issuing the penalty:  a loss of $65.

“Seat belt use has dropped in Michigan, and we’re doing all we can to save lives and reduce injuries by stressing the importance of belt use and Michigan’s seat belt law,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “With seat belt enforcement zones in effect, motorists need to play defense by buckling up.”

A seat belt enforcement zone is marked with a large portable sign. Law enforcement officers are stationed throughout this area looking for and stopping unbuckled motorists.

Law enforcement officers from nearly 160 agencies in Alpena, Antrim, Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Cheboygan, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Genesee, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Leelanau, Livingston, Mackinac, Macomb, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Otsego, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford counties are participating in the national seat belt campaign.

During last year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement, 9,003 seat belt and child seat violation tickets were issued. Of the 15 people who died over the Memorial Day holiday period in 2013, two of the nine vehicle occupants were not wearing a seat belt.

Michigan law requires all drivers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

The new Click It or Ticket ad can be viewed at Youtube.com/ohsp.


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Three arrested in business break-ins


Joint police work between four Michigan police departments has resulted in the arrests of three suspects for 20 business break-ins in West Michigan, including three in Algoma Township in March.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the Westland Police Department made an arrest on May 4 at an in-progress break-in within their city. Westland Detectives shared information with the City of Wyoming Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff Department on the suspect they apprehended. Detectives followed that up, and developed information that the suspect may have been involved in break-ins here, and that led to another suspect living in the City of Wyoming. Several interviews were conducted with the local suspect, which led to a third suspect, who lived in Canton, Michigan.

Kent County Sheriff Detectives conducted search warrants with Canton P.D. and Westland P.D. detectives at the third suspect’s home on May 20. Evidence and statements were obtained connecting the suspect to the break-ins in Kent County. All three suspects have now admitted to eight Kent County Sheriff Department business break-ins (Algoma Township, Plainfield Township and Gaines Township) and approximately 12 others occurring in the City of Grandville and Wyoming. These break-ins occurred overnight on March 22-23 and April 25-26.

The Algoma Township businesses broken into happened in March. Cash was stolen and damage done to Domino’s Pizza, 4324 14 Mile Road; Pinnacle Popcorn, 4320 14 Mile Road; and Hair Taylor’s, 4633 14 Mile Road.

Charges are being sought for all three suspects by multiple jurisdictions over the next week. Two of the three suspects are currently on parole and police said that all three have a drug habit.

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