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Archive | February, 2016

ORV goes through hole in ice

N-Fatal-ORV-crashA Crystal Township man died and a passenger was critically injured last Saturday, when the man’s ORV went through a hole in the ice on Crystal Lake.

According to the Michigan State Police in Lakeview, the crash occurred on Crystal Lake, in Montcalm County, at approximately 8:00 p.m., February 13.

The preliminary investigation found that an ORV being operated by Lee Avery, 52, of Crystal, was traveling across the frozen lake surface of Crystal Lake when control of the ORV was lost and it went into an uncontrolled slide across the ice. The ORV broke through a fenced in portion of the lake, where a Polar Dip event was held earlier in the day, at Crystal Lake’s Winterfest. The ORV then went into the hole that was cut in the ice for that event, submerging the ORV and the four people aboard in the lake.

Two of the passengers were able to exit the water, while Avery and the front passenger were still submerged. Bystanders were able to partially pull the ORV from the water utilizing a tow strap and pickup truck.

Avery and the other passenger were then attended to by rescue personnel on scene and ultimately taken to Carson City Hospital where Avery was pronounced deceased. The front passenger, a 25-year-old Crystal woman, was then taken to Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids in Critical Condition. The two other passengers had no reported injuries.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol consumption is a factor in the incident as the investigation is ongoing.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Carson City Police Department, Crystal Fire Department, and Montcalm County EMS.


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The Post travels to New York City


N-Post-travels1-New-York-HankinsRose Hankins, who has lived in Cedar Springs for over 50 years, took the Post on a trip recently to New York City.  Rose can be seen the photos with her two granddaughters Rebekah and Rin achel in New York City at the Statue of Liberty and Good Morning America. “Rose was adamant about making sure the Post was in her pictures,” wrote Rachel.

Thanks so much, Rose, for taking us with you!

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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Last week we ran article reporting that former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin had been arraigned on multiple felony charges, including possession of child pornography and racketeering. We also noted that the Michigan native had been here in Cedar Springs five years ago to give an inspirational presentation to youth and their parents at the En Gedi Youth Center. We included a photo showing him at En Gedi.

We referenced that appearance in the story because many would remember it, and used that photo because it was the one we had. Skupin is the contestant on Survivor that fell in the fire and burned his hands so badly that skin was peeling off. He said that doctors told him that the way his hands healed was a miracle. He attributed it to God.

The En Gedi board wants the public to know that no children were alone with Skupin at any time during  his presentation, and that they have had no contact with him since his appearance here five years ago. En Gedi was one of many Christ-centered organizations that Skupin spoke to.

In no way did the Post mean to infer that there was any kind of connection between Skupin and En Gedi beyond that appearance.

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National birdfeeding month

Downy and Hairy woodpeckers

Do you know the difference between Downy and Hairy woodpeckers?

According to the Great Backyard Bird Count website, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers are widely distributed across North America. Both commonly visit feeder areas where they feed on suet and sometimes seeds. These are the only woodpeckers with a vertical white stripe on the back. Hairy Woodpeckers are roughly three inches taller and their bills are about as long as their heads are wide. The bills of the Downy are only about one-third the width of their heads.

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker

  • A small (approximately 6.5″ long) black-and-white woodpecker with a short, dainty beak. The beak is about one-third the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.
  • The wings are black with white wing coverts. White is greatly reduced in birds of the Rockies and the Northwest.
  • Some individiuals also show a “comma-shaped” black mark that extends from the shoulder onto the breast, though it is often not as obvious as it is on the Hairy.
  • The white outer tail feathers on the Downy Woodpecker are usually barred in black, giving a spotted effect.
  • Note the distinct tuft of nasal bristles at the base of the beak.
  • The Pacific race is dirtier with a few black spots on the upper sides of breast.
  • Only males have a red patch on the back of the head. Juveniles may have tuft of red on forehead.
  • Over 50 percent of FeederWatch sites host these at their feeders all winter long.
Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker

  • A black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a robin (avg. 9-13″ long), with a long, chisel-like beak. The beak is about as long as the distance from the base of the bill to the back of the head.
  • The wings are black with white wing coverts.
  • Note the well-developed “comma-shaped” black mark extending
    from the shoulder onto the breast. This feature is often less obvious
    in Downy’s and is sometimes a useful distinguishing mark.
  • In most of the Eastern U.S., Hairys have completely white outer tail feathers. Black bars can be found on the outer tail feathers on birds of the Pacific race and in Newfoundland.
  • Nasal bristles are small and inconspicuous.
  • The Pacific race looks darker, dingier and has more streaks on the flanks than the whiter, cleaner Eastern race.
  • Only males have a red patch on the back of the head. Juveniles may have tuft of red on forehead.
  • More likely than Downy to be observed at rural sites (often in pairs).

From http://gbbc.birdcount.org/learn_about_birds/downy-and-hairy-woodpeckers/. Visit that website to hear their individual calls.

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Rotary 4-Way Test

Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

By Tom Noreen

For eight years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club and Cedar View Elementary have partnered on the Annual 4-Way Test Essay Contest. This year we had eight Fifth Grade classes participating. Each teacher submitted the two best essays to Rotary’s review committee from which four were selected! All essays were written in 200 words or less. Carolyn Davis, Bea Hesley, and Donna Clark were on this year’s selection committee,

Students started with two topics:

1.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped to make them a better person

2.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped make CS a better community.

The committee had 16 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from.  Donna said, “We looked at the writing as a whole with special interest in a clear outcome, such as a lesson learned or character revealed.”

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Latimer noted, “This essay was a great fit for Cedar View. Our vision this year is “Building better students in our community. What they wrote about relates to the real world.”

This year’s winners are:

1st Place: Carter Falan from Mrs. Latimer’s class.

2nd Place tie: Naliya Clark from Mr. Moleski’s class.

2nd Place tie: Aleyna Moleski from Mrs. Kahler’s class.

3rd Place: Dan Dingle, Jr. from Mrs. Gallagher’s class.

Donna provided some comments teachers and parents have made over the years about the essay:

● “This essay-writing emphasis is so great each year as it gets the students to focus with purpose. It also gives the students great incentives to pay particularly close attention to their writing and their message.”

● “We love it that they get to meet Rotarians, local business people who care and work for the betterment of our community at large.”

● “This mutual project gives our students a glimpse into one organization in their community, which is very worthwhile for them.”

The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and is a code of ethics each Rotarian aspires to live by both in their business and personal lives.

“Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Donna said, “The 4-Way test and the HABITS OF MIND are basically the same. People who live by them have integrity and impact their community in a positive way.”

Carter Falan’s winning essay is printed below:

Building Better People

How I Made Cedar Springs a Better Place

By Carter Falan

One day me and my friends were sledding, and we were just about to go down and suddenly, I saw an old lady shoveling. So we went to my house and got all of the shovels we could find and then went back to her house. When we got there, she only had one eight of the driveway done, and we had been at my house for 20 minutes.

When we got to her, she had been sitting on her porch leaning on the railing. I tapped her shoulder. She looked at me and sat up and then I said, “Do you want some help, mam? [sic]

She smiled and said, “Yes, young man. I would love some,” and we pulled it out in 10 minutes! Every Monday, Friday and Sunday we shoveled the driveway.

After all of that hard work we learned, it feels good to make somebody else feel good.

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Crowd turns out for Solon park fundraiser


Web-N-Solon-fundraiser1Web-N-Solon-fundraiser2The Velzy Park Planning Committee’s first fund-raising event was a tremendous success last Friday, according to Solon Township clerk Mary Lou Poulson.

The event raised $1,000 to go toward development of the new park, which will be on the acreage surrounding the township offices on Algoma.

Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner were sold prior to the event and at the door. About 80 people packed the room decorated for Valentines Day. Park committee members manned the display of Velzy Park concept drawings and shared information with diners as they mingled.  Kevin, from Kelly’s Restaurant catered the dinner. Park Committee Chairperson Shelly Aardema introduced emcee Reese Rickards, who also ran a lively auction for the desserts donated by area residents. Some were shared at the table and some taken home to enjoy.  A 50/50 raffle was held, with one lucky township resident benefitting as well as the Park.

The next event is in the planning stages and will help to raise funds for the walking trail and celebrate its construction. The Velzy Park Committee is hoping to coincide the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the opening day of the Farmer’s Market on June 11. Watch for information at www.solontwp.org, which includes the Park’s facebook link.

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Man attempts to pick up 13-year-old


The Kent County Sheriff Department reported that a man tried to pick up a 13-year-old boy as he walked home from the bus stop after school Thursday, in Cannon Township.

The suspect reportedly pulled up next to the juvenile and said, “Boy, I’m supposed to give you a ride.” The youth said he had to call his mom first, and the man said, “No, it’s fine.” The boy then ran home, and the vehicle drove by the house and then left the area. Neither the man nor the vehicle are known to the boy or his family, and have not been seen in the area before.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 50 years old, 6-feet tall, slim build, with a short black goatee. The suspect was wearing a green winter hat and a brown leather jacket.

The vehicle is described as an older model four door sedan, black with a greenish tint and all four hubcaps were missing. There is rust covering the lower portion of the doors with several rust holes visible in the body of the car.

According to Deputy Pat Frederick, with the Community Services Unit, the young man responded very well to the incident. “He did not approach the car, told the suspect he was calling his mom and then ran home and locked the door. He remembered a good description of the suspect and vehicle. His mother called the Sheriff’s Department in a timely manner to report the incident,” said Frederick.

He added that parents should remember to talk to their children about “Stranger Danger.” Suspicious vehicles can be reported to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 616-632-6100.

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Rockford man dies in crash


A 76-year-old Rockford man died Tuesday in an accident in Courtland Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, William Leroy Billings was westbound on 10 Mile Road, about 2:20 p.m., February 16, when he lost control of the silver 2006 Mitsubishi Galant he was driving. The car spun around and struck a power pole in the 5600 block of 10 Mile Rd NE. The impact was severe enough that it snapped the wooden pole, and power was out in the area for several hours.

Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance both assisted at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

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El Shaddai

Rockford-Springs-Church-webPastor David Vander Meer

Rockford Springs Community 

14 Mile Road NE • Rockford


El Shaddai is one of the wonderful names of God. This two-part name is usually translated from the Hebrew into English as “God Almighty.” The first time God shares this name is with an old man who is no longer the strong man of his youth. His name is Abram. He is about to be given a new name from the one who is now to be understood as the “God Almighty.”

In Genesis 17, God comes to Abram to renew a promise He had made with him years prior. In Genesis 12, God had promised Abram, who had no children, that He would make him into a great nation, that He would bless Him, and make his name great. He promised to protect him and ultimately use him to bring a blessing to all nations. But as the years went on waiting for this promise to unfold, there were times that Abram and his wife failed to fully trust the Word of God. In Genesis 17, he is a 99-year-old man. His strength is no longer sufficient. His stamina is no longer vigorous. He is no longer capable of carrying out this promise on his own. Now comes the El Shaddai to bring His power to an old man.

So Abram (exalted father) becomes Abraham (father of many) because of the El Shaddai. God Almighty is able to take the powerless and bring them power. He is able to bring the barren a family. He is able to make the lame walk, the blind see, and the deaf to hear. He is able to raise the dead and make them live abundantly. The El Shaddai of Genesis 17 will be displayed from this first book of the Bible to the last book of the Bible in such amazing ways that His glory will be unmatched by any.

This almighty power of the “God Almighty” is best revealed in Jesus Christ through His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. In His life, His power stands against all sin so that He is fully righteous. In His death, His power takes upon Himself the sins of His people and satisfies the just wrath of God. In His resurrection, His power is seen with the open empty tomb. And today His power is exhibited as He sits on the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning over His kingdom. Jesus is “God Almighty.”

Remember that this God Almighty used His power to fulfill every promise made to Abraham. Abraham is the father of all those that take up his faith in El Shaddai. He is able to meet all our needs as we come to His power and admit to being powerless without Him. May God Almighty now bring blessing to your life. AMEN.

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Thanks to all the wonderful people

Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out on a blustery February night last Friday to show their support at the first fund-raising event for Velzy Park. It was an awesome success, raising over $1,000 for park construction. Also a big thank-you to the volunteers, the local residents who donated the delicious desserts, B93’s Reese Rickards for wonderful emcee and auction work, Kevin from Kelly’s Restaurant for a fantastic dinner, and park committee chairperson Shelly Aardema for all her work behind the scenes. We are excited to begin construction of the walking paths this Spring and hope you’ll join us at our next event. Keep watch for information on our website and facebook page on upcoming plans – www.solontwp.org.

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