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Moon landing: 50th anniversary

by Judy Reed

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin,Lunar Module (LM) pilot, poses for a photo beside the U.S. flag that has been placed on the moon. The LM is visible in the left field of view. Numerous footprints and the cable of the surface television camera are visible on the lunar surface in the foreground. Image taken at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 Mission. Original film magazine was labeled S. Film Type: Ektachrome EF SO168 color film on a 2.7-mil Estar polyester base taken with a 60mm lens. Sun angle is Medium. Tilt direction is South (S).

Do you know what you were doing on July 20, 1969? There’s a good possibility that if you were alive, you were doing the same thing that 600,000 other people were doing—watching the television with great anticipation as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. took those important first steps on to the moon’s surface six hours after landing. As Armstrong said, it was “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

It took over 400,000 people working behind the scenes to enable the three astronauts—Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins—to land on the moon. It was one of the greatest adventures our country has ever pulled off. And we all felt like we had a ringside seat.

It was an exciting time in our history and you can relive it as NASA celebrates the historic mission. On Friday, July 19 at 1 p.m. EDT, NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and looks to exploration of the Moon and Mars in a live, two-hour broadcast. NASA TV will air Apollo 11 programming all week including replays of the original historic Moon landing footage on July 20. Go to www.nasa.gov for complete coverage and a schedule for all the special events they will be showing on NASA TV (which is on the website).

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A spectacular July 4th celebration

It was a sizzling, spectacular Fourth of July celebration all across Michigan last week. Sand Lake celebrated their 150th, with a carnival, food booths, rodeo, demolition derby, three different parades, fireworks, bands, and more.

We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us their photos of them celebrating Fourth of July events (wherever they were), and they sent us some great photos. Click here to see how everyone celebrated!

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Summer Celebrations in July

By Judy Reed

We are at the midway mark of summer, so that means another round of Summer Celebrations, right here in Cedar Springs. 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their second round of Community Summer Celebrations from Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Each day there will be various activities going on at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…and various other places.

Included is the Jack Clark Memorial Golf outing on July 16p; Story times at the library; live music at CS Brewing; archery for teens at the RF Rod and Gun club; free waltz dancing class on July 19 at Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance and Fitness Studio; the Chamber sidewalk sales on July 20, and much more. 

Visit their Facebook page for a complete lineup of events. Just search for Cedar Springs Community Summer Celebrations.

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Several injured in Amish buggy crash

Six children were treated at Helen DeVos Children’s hospital last week after a car hit the Amish buggy they were riding in.

According to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 10:10 p.m. on July 3, on 5 Mile Rd near 165th Avenue. Deputies who investigated the crash said that a westbound vehicle driven by a Cedar Springs man struck the horse drawn buggy carrying 8 people. The buggy was also westbound.

A 10 year-old female passenger of the horse drawn buggy was transported by EMS and then air lifted by Aeromed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for life threatening injuries. The other five children were in fair condition as of July 4. No other update has been released.

The driver of the car, a 63-year-old Cedar Springs man, was not injured. His name has not yet been released. The crash is still under investigation. Deputies do not believe alcohol was involved.

Assisting deputies at the scene was Mecosta County EMS, Osceola County EMS, Life Ambulance, Morley Rescue, Morley Fire, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Post travels to Tennessee

The Post traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Kaden and Analina Piedra of Cedar Springs during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They traveled to beautiful Lookout Mountain in the Appalachians, where they explored nearly 1,200 feet underground to visit the awesome Ruby Falls, and rode one of the steepest passenger railways in the world with their grandparents, Ward and Tina Kortz, and Aunt Allison. In this photo, they are holding the Post overlooking Tennessee at the top of the Incline Railway.

Thank you so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!

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Trees planted along Cedar Creek

These volunteers came out to plant trees along Cedar Creek last week. Courtesy photo.

Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project – Trout Unlimited recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to plant nearly 17,000 trees along the Rogue River and its tributaries. The project aims to address storm water runoff that pollutes, erodes, and warms the important trout stream by planting trees at critical sites throughout the watershed. 

The first tree planting was held on the morning of July 3 along Cedar Creek at the Heart of Cedar Springs Park. 

Trout Unlimited was grateful to all the volunteers who helped out. They especially wanted to thank Perry and Tom and all their partners at the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team; the Trout Unlimited and Plaster Creek Stewards Green Teams; an amazing community of volunteers; Cedar Springs Brewing Company for supplying the volunteers with water; the City of Cedar Springs DPW for supplying wheel barrows; the Cedar Springs Public Library for the photo; and to the U.S. Forest Service for funding this project. 

“It was a great day to work in the community alongside passionate people to protect Cedar Creek and the Rogue River,” said a Trout Unlimited spokesperson.

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Recall on pig ear pet treats sold in bulk

May be contaminated with salmonella

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has issued a consumer advisory for pig ears sold in bulk at retailers statewide because the pet treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased bulk pig ear products may wish to avoid giving them to their pets and consider discarding them.

MDARD is working cooperatively with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an investigation of Salmonella possibly linked to pig ears.

Samples of bulk pig ears were collected by MDARD feed inspectors from two retailers and tested positive for Salmonella at MDARD’s Geagley Laboratory. Both retailers have voluntarily removed these bulk pig ear products from sale.

MDARD inspectors also collected samples of other brands of individually wrapped or bagged pig ears being sold at multiple retail locations. These samples tested negative for Salmonella.

“It’s not clear why some brands of pig ears have tested positive for Salmonella and others have not. Pet owners should consider the possibility of Salmonella contaminating pig ear products before feeding them to their pets. As an added precaution, pet owners should wash their hands after handling pig ears,” said Jeffrey Zimmer, acting director of MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Infected animals can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.

For more information on the CDC and FDA investigations, please visit their websites.

MDARD’s Animal Feed Safety Program staff routinely inspects the manufacturers and distributors of commercial feeds and feed ingredients sold in Michigan to help protect animal health. For more information, visit the MDARD website or contact the program via email.

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Man drives car into Pine Lake

Several people have driven into Pine Lake over the years. This photo shows a car that took the “Pine Lake plunge” in 2016. Post photo by L. Allen.

Robbie Mills was driving east on 17 Mile toward Pine Lake Avenue just before midnight on June 28, when he spotted tail lights ahead that looked like they were in Pine Lake.

“I was driving with my fiancée and son when I saw the car,” he told the Post. “We must have only been about a half a minute behind him. The car was still running and the lights were on. I got out and yelled to see if he was ok. He was yelling for help so I jumped in and went for a swim,” explained Mills.

He said the man had his dog with him, and it took a bit to find the dog. “At the last second I caught the dog’s collar,” he said.

Mills said the man couldn’t make the swim back to shore, so police borrowed a neighbor’s boat to pull the man to safety.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle was a 51-year-old man from Grand Rapids who drove straight through the intersection and into the lake. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries.  OWI (Operating While Intoxicated Charges) are pending, and his name has not yet been released.

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Police investigate fatal crash

A 29-year-old man died Tuesday when his vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree in Reynolds Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred at about 2:20 p.m. on Reed Rd. near Yankee Rd. The vehicle was traveling north on Reed Rd when it traveled off the roadway and about a quarter of a mile through a field before hitting a tree. The 29-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about him has been released.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash; but neither alcohol nor driver distraction are suspected. 

State Police were assisted on scene by, Howard City Fire Department, Montcalm County EMS, McKay’s Towing, and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Sparta Town & Country Days

July 17 – 20, 2019

All the best of a fair and a festival in beautiful downtown Sparta! Enjoy traditional fair events such as tractor and truck pulls, cattle & horse shows and even lawn mower races held in our rural community. Celebrate summer with family and friends in our downtown parks to enjoy free music, daily kid’s activities, carnival midway, parade, fireworks and more! Visit us at www.spartafair.com. Or download the schedule here!

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