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Archive | July, 2017

Police search for missing man

Daniel Kloosterman, 73, is missing.

An Endangered Missing Advisory (EMA) has been issued for a 73-year-old man from Galesburg, Michigan.

According to the advisory, Daniel Scarlett Klosterman, 73, left his residence in Galesburg Tuesday, July 18, around 1 p.m. He was confirmed to have arrived at his destination in Paw Paw, Mich. around 2 p.m. but did not return home and has not been seen since. Mr. Klosterman suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has several properties in and around Kalamazoo as well as some land in the Newaygo area.

Mr. Klosterman is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches, 155 pounds, grey hair, and blue eyes. He was wearing a dark-colored shirt with pinstripes, blue jeans, white shoes and glasses. The vehicle he was driving was a 2010 black Ford extended cab pickup truck, with license plate 4482J3.

If you have information on Mr. Klosterman’s whereabouts, please call 911 or call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Section at 269-383-8714, or after hours dispatch at 269-383-8821 ext. 6.

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Cedar Springs Community Library is paid-in-full

Presenting the final check to Nugent builders is: back row, L to R: Bob Ellick, Chairperson, C.S. Library Board; Julie Wheeler, Independent Bank; Tom Mabie, community supporter; Claudia Mabie, community supporter; Duane McIntyre, Library-appointed Construction Supervisor; and Darla Falcon, City Finance Director, representing the City of Cedar Springs. In the front row, L to R: Louise King, C.S. Library Board; George Germain, Project Manger/Safety Director for Nugent Builders; and Donna Clark, Library Director.

The completion of the new Cedar Springs Community Library was a dream come true, and it came with a lot of hard work on the part of dozens of people. And now, the $1,845,190 project has been officially paid off.

“We are so excited to be able to announce that our community’s library building is now completely paid for,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “With a lot of substantial financial help and support of the Community Building Development Team, the Library Board’s Building Committee and the wonderful members of our community, we have no mortgage, no interest, no debt!”

Credit for this amazing accomplishment goes largely to the generous donations of money and/or time by local individuals, families, business professionals and artisans, some  donations over $30,000 apiece. Leading the way was local Cedar Springs graduate and builder, Duane McIntyre, who researched, developed and drew the initial library building plan, in seven different versions, over the last four years.  He then saw it through with the help of Kurt Mabie, Sue Wolfe and others from the Community Building Development Team, the Library Board’s Building Committee, City and Solon Township officials, several local community groups and organizations, Andrus Architecture and Nugent Builders, who subcontracted companies, many from the Cedar Springs area.

“Our fabulous, new building is drawing a lot of attention from area residents, greatly increasing the numbers of those coming in  and those checking out and ordering materials,” said Clark. There were 6,932 items checked out in June, up from the Library’s average of 2200. There were 1,048 people who attended Opening Day for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program on June 12. Since then around 1,500 patrons of all ages from the Cedar Springs area have signed up for reading, prizes and fun.  She said there has been an average attendance of 230 – 300 people per day since the Library opened on May 8.

While the library building itself is paid off, there are still some outstanding needs. They include a an electronic, digital sign on Main Street identifying the building as the Cedar Springs Community Library.  “A conservative estimate for the sign is $14,000,” noted Clark. Other signs are also needed: a handicap parking sign (2), staff parking signs (2), do not enter (1), a sign identifying the drive-by as “one way book drop only,” all for $995. They also need additional security measures between $8,000 to $10,000; 10 round tables and 40-80 chairs; electronic tags to put in all library materials for security measures at around $7,000.

There is also a focus on selling the last of the $1,000 Retaining Wall Blocks. There are eight left of the 40 set in place on the north side of the Library. The brass plate inserts are presently being engraved by CS Tool Engineering, Inc. The last $8,000 will go to help build up the CBDT’s project budget to begin the amphitheater down by the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail and Cedar Creek. In August of this year a cement foundation will be laid for the amphitheater, with plans to hold a concert during the festivities of this year’s Red Flannel Festival to raise money to get it up as soon as funds allow. The $50 and $100 bricks are also still for sale. Stop by the Library for more information.

If you would like to give toward any of these projects, they will be pleased to hear from you.  In the meantime, CBDT groups are still meeting and are always trying to come up with ways and means to bring in funds to continue to Build the Heart of Cedar Springs, which will include a Community Building, and eventually a Recreational Center.

And if you haven’t been by to see the building yet, please stop in on Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Visit online at cedarspringslibrary.org.

“We look forward to meeting all of you, and yes, your KDL card is good at your local, community library in Cedar Spring and in seven other counties in the WestMichigan area!” said Clark.

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Possible bear sighting in Cedar Springs

A bear and her cub were sighted in a field at the end of West Street last month.

By Judy Reed

The Post was alerted this week that there was a possible bear sighting early last month at the end of West Street.

According to Sally Hoornstra, she saw what she thinks was a mama bear and her cub in a field behind where the Wolverine Skyhawks fly their remote-control airplanes. It was on June 4, at about 8:57 p.m.

“It sure looked like a bear to me,” she said, and noted that she wasn’t going to get any closer.

Hoornstra said that was the first time she had seen it, and has not seen it since. She did not report it to the DNR but said she would in the future if she sees another bear.

The sighting was passed on to Victor Hansen, the owner of Display Pack, (which is near the site) last weekend, who passed it on to the Kent County Sheriff Department. The City then passed it on to the Post, to make people aware that there could be bears in the area.

According to Nick Kalejs, with the Muskegon State game area, he did not hear about the bear sighting, so couldn’t confirm it. But seeing one in Kent County isn’t as unusual as it used to be. “Twenty years ago, it would’ve been a real eye-opener,” said Kalejs, “but now it’s irregular.”

He said they know there are denning bears as close Newaygo County. “Reports are usually of young bears. They can wander quite aways from their den,” he said. “So it’s not so much a matter of them passing through as heading back north.”

Kalejs said that if you see a bear, back away slowly, stand tall, look large, and make noise. “Black bears are shy, and will usually head in the other direction,” he said.

He also noted that if you have bears near your home, try to get rid of food sources such as bird feeders and grills.

For more tips on what to do if you see a bear, watch this video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB5AS6BRuY8.

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Construction begins on new assisted living facility

This property on the south side of Solon Rd near White Creek will be the site of a new retirement facility called The Brook. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Come spring next year, seniors in Cedar Springs will have another new retirement home ready to be filled. The Brook of Cedar Springs, a new 42-unit facility that will offer both independent and assisted living, is currently being built on Solon Street, just east of White Creek Avenue.

“We are very excited to be coming to Cedar Springs in the spring of 2018,” said Kim Pappas, marketing and communications specialist for The Brook. She added that they will employ 15-20 people, and they will have a nurse on staff for 24-hour care.

“We offer the comfort of worry-free living,” she said. Pappas explained that there are many activities for the residents, three meals a day, a theater room, billiard room, and a van that will take residents to sporting events and other activities.

“We help them to be as independent as possible but we are still tailored to their specific needs,” she said.

The Brook has ten locations throughout Michigan, with Cedar Springs being the 11th.

You can read more about them at www.brookretirement.com/.

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US-131 project transitions to stage 2

The US-131 project from 14 Mile Road (M-57) to White Creek Avenue has reached the halfway point, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The project transitioned to Stage 2 Wednesday morning, July 19, then implemented the split merge on northbound US-131 Wednesday afternoon. This will mirror the split merge that has been in place during the reconstruction of southbound US-131.

One lane of northbound US-131 will be maintained on the northbound roadway, and the other northbound lane will be shifted across the median onto the southbound roadway between 14 Mile Road and White Creek Avenue.

Also, the on and off ramps at northbound US-131 and 17 Mile Road (M-46) closed for reconstruction at 7 a.m. today (Thursday) through August 3.

When 17 Mile Road ramps are closed: 14 Mile Road, 22 Mile Road, White Creek Avenue and Algoma Avenue will be utilized for detours.

This reconstruction project will provide a brand-new pavement section for this corridor which will enhance drainage, improve ride quality and increase traffic flow along mainline and at ramp interchanges.

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Ruff readers at the library

Pictured is Chase with his handler, Judy Nortier, and Amy Hall, Library Board member, coordinating children and their turn to read. 

Fifteen children read for 15 minutes each to one of two trained therapy dogs on Thursday, July 13, from 11-12 p.m. at the Cedar Springs Community Library.

One dog on hand was Chase, and his handler Judy Nortier. The other dog was named Chewy, and he was handled by Sandee Hermann.

Hermann said she takes him to hospitals, schools, libraries, and nursing homes. “Anywhere to share comfort, joy and fun,” she said.

The Ruff Readers will go on again this Thursday (today) from 11-12.

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Rockford Marching Band selected to play Macy’s Thanksgiving parade


Band holding fundraisers to support trip

The Rockford High School Marching Band has been chosen as one of ten music programs to perform at the nationally televised 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday, November 23.

Rockford High School Marching Band completed a rigorous two-year application process in order to perform at the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The application process included extensive screenings and review of letter of recommendations, resumes, and video footage.

Rockford HS Marching Band was chosen from a field of over 200 of the best high school, college, military and specialty bands across the country. Since the conception of the Macy’s Parade in 1924, they are the first West Michigan High School Marching Band and third in the State of Michigan to have the honor to perform.

The 350-member music program, under the direction of Brian Phillips, is asking the community to assist in multiple fundraising efforts to aid their March to Macy’s. The band is looking to raise $500,000 for the trip.

The Cedar Springs community has a chance to help raise funds for the Rockford band on Tuesday, July 25, when Cedar Springs Brewing Company will hold a community giveback night. Between 4-9 p.m. they will donate 10 percent of all food sales to the Rockford Marching Band.

If you’d like to donate directly or find other events to participate in, visit http://www.rockfordbands.org/wp/.

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Kent County to pilot mental and physical health treatment integration


Network180, Mercy Health’s Affinia Health Network and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services have been authorized to implement a pilot program integrating physical health care and behavioral health services in the State Budget signed by Governor Rick Snyder Friday. The pilot in Kent County is specifically designated in Section 298 of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services budget, a fairly rare occurrence in State budgets. The Kent pilot is considered a “public” pilot because mental health funding will continue to flow through the public mental health system. In addition to Kent’s pilot, the budget also calls for up to three additional private health plan pilots in other parts of the State.

This pilot, entitled, “The Kent Total Health Collaborative,” is designed to offer comprehensive and integrated services for all levels of physical health, mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental disability. Budget language provides $3.1 million to support the State’s implementation costs relate to four pilot projects and demonstration models in Michigan. The funds will support an independent project facilitator, evaluation costs, modifications to state contracts, and three additional full-time State employees.

“This is an incredible honor and responsibility. We have the opportunity to implement our integrated care service model that we believe will significantly improve the physical and mental health outcomes for those involved,” said Scott Gilman, Executive Director of Network180. The Kent pilot is based on a risk-bearing provider-led integration model that requires savings to be reinvested into services and supports in the County. What that really means is the mental health and primary care providers work together to address all the social determinants of health.

“For example a patient can have the best hospital and surgeon in the world, but if they happen to have a mental illness and are discharged back to the street, the outcome and recovery from surgery isn’t going to be that great,” said Gilman.

“The partners involved in this pilot understand to have successful health outcomes, behavioral health providers must work together with primary care physicians and health systems,” said Mary Boyd, Executive Vice President of Regional Operations at Mercy Health. “Patients will have access to a full range of mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery options which will be fully integrated into physical care.”

The Facilitator will report back to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding:

  • Improvement of the coordination between behavioral health and physical health.
  • Improvement of services available to individuals with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders.
  • Benefits associated with full access to community-based services and supports.
  • Customer health status.
  • Customer satisfaction.
  • Provider network stability.
  • Treatment and service efficacies before and after the pilot projects and demonstration models.
  • Use of best practices.
  • Financial efficiencies.

“Our goal is to design the system of care around the patient to achieve the best quality of life possible,” said Dr. Mark Eastbrook, CEO of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

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Suspect arrested in car theft

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating numerous nighttime home invasions in Cannon Township, where purses and wallets were stolen.

On July 17, a Cadillac Escalade, stolen during a home invasion that occurred in the City of Grandville on July 15, was recovered by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office near Lincoln Lake Avenue and 14 Mile Road. A suspect was seen on video exiting the stolen Escalade. The suspect was the same person suspected of being involved in the home invasions in Cannon Township.

On July 17, the suspect was taken into custody and a search warrant was executed at a residence in Cannon Township. On July 18, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office charged the suspect with receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

Detectives are continuing to investigate these incidents and analyze evidence that has been collected. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Tanis at (616) 632-6015 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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MDOT video reminds drivers of their role in reducing fatalities

Driver behavior is a contributing factor in at least 90 percent of all fatal traffic crashes and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reminding motorists of the critical role they play in traffic safety.

A new video released on the department’s YouTube channel promoting the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) campaign highlights what MDOT is doing to reduce highway fatalities and encourages drivers to do their part to help reach the goal of zero traffic fatalities. Watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odKDsbjKWps.

“We have a lot of new safety features being built into our cars and technology is providing new engineering tools to improve safety on our roadways,” said MDOT Traffic and Safety Engineer Mark Bott. “But the most important safety feature in any vehicle is still the driver.”

The TZD campaign was born at a national strategic highway safety workshop in 2009. Since then, many states have adopted the safety campaign that brings together stakeholders and transportation partners to improve safety through education, engineering, enforcement and emergency response.

“With driver behavior factoring into about 90 percent of all fatal crashes, one key to changing driver behavior is educating the public on the scope of the issue,” Bott added. “The 1,064 people who died on our roadways last year is a larger group than the entire population of towns like Lake Linden, North Branch, Concord, or Lakeview. This is a serious public safety issue that not enough people are aware of.”

For more information on how you can help reduce traffic fatalities visit the Michigan TZD website. Go to Michigan.gov/mdot and then click on roads and travel, then safety, then Toward Zero Deaths. You can also visit the national site at www.towardzerodeaths.org.

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