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Marguerite L. Fifield

Marguerite FifieldMarguerite L. Fifield 93 of Pierson, died Friday, September 19, 2014, at Spectrum Health United Memorial Campus, Greenville. Mrs. Fifield was born March 1, 1921 in Sand Lake, MI, the daughter of Robert and Esther (Anderson) Flintoff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1986; daughter-in-law, Mary; and grandson, Wayne. She enjoyed bingo, quilting and puzzles. Surviving are her children, Robert and friend Lynn, Richard (Alice), Bonnie (Gary) Woodruff, Gary (Dixie), Jim (Sherry), Roger (Nance), Mary (Rix) Robinson, Gerald, Wayne (Terri), Janet (Gerald) Skelonc, Nancy (Jeff) Olsen, Dennis, Donnie, Patty (Jack) Price, Mark (Annette); 33 grandchildren and spouses; 63 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am. Pastor Joel Cooper officiating. Interment Pierson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home.

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Saying goodbye to a piece of history

The building at 95 N. Main (on the right) is set for demolition Thursday morning, September 18, to make way for the new Cedar Springs Brewing Company. See a similar photo taken sometime around 1912-1913 on page 3. Photo by J. Reed.

The building at 95 N. Main (on the right) is set for demolition Thursday morning, September 18, to make way for the new Cedar Springs Brewing Company. See a similar photo taken sometime around 1912-1913 on page 3. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

By the time you read this, work will probably have begun on the demolition of the building at 95 N. Main—a building that has occupied that site since 1890. The building is being razed to make way for a new chapter in the history of that site and in the town, with the building of a brand new business—Cedar Springs Brewing Company.

Photo of Main Street sometime around 1912-1913, 95 N. Main is on the right.

Photo of Main Street sometime around 1912-1913, 95 N. Main is on the right.

The front view of the building located at 95 N. Main St. Post photo by L. Allen.

The front view of the building located at 95 N. Main St. Post photo by L. Allen.

Before the current building, a hotel known as the Wager House sat on the northeastern part of the property at the SW corner of Main and Maple, in the late 1870s, early 1880s. A residence was located on the western portion of the property. According to the Cedar Springs Story, these two structures were spared in the big fire of 1884. It reported that in an excerpt from the Clipper newspaper, “the cinders were carried over the Cedar Springs House (NW corner of Main and Maple) and the Wager House (SW corner of Main and Maple)…” The hotel was reportedly demolished sometime between 1884 and 1890.

According to assessor’s records, the current two-story building was constructed in 1890 on the NE portion of the property. It was used as a flour mill, with animal feed and hay storage. By 1899, it was used as a grocery store, and an ice house and meat storage area were added to the southern portion of the building. Over the years, there were several groceries located there. The Cedar Springs Story reported that  Ed M. Smith had a grocery there, followed by Thomas & Bassett groceries, Esch’s groceries, and it later became an I.G.A. store, between 1950 and 1955. The rear of the building was added between 1950 and 1960, and the second floor was used for apartments. The residence behind the building was removed between 1960 and 1967 to make way for more parking.

On the SE portion of the property, formerly 87 N. Main, was a large lumber storage building in 1929. It was removed during the 1940s to create an open gravel lot.

In 1982, Cedar Springs Auto Supply, a NAPA dealer moved in and occupied 95 N. Main until 2009. A judge ordered the business to vacate the premises after it was condemned by the city for an inoperable central heating system and Kent County foreclosed due to unpaid taxes. The City of Cedar Springs then exercised its right to buy the building before it went up for auction.

The building has been vacant since then, with remodeling being cost prohibitive. Many residents have called it an eyesore, and are glad to see something being done with it. Asbestos shingles were removed last week in preparation for the demolition.

David Ringler, owner of The Cedar Springs Brewing Company, said that they would try to save some pieces of the building to use in the new one. He has updates on the progress of the new facility on the CS Brewing Company’s facebook page.

Stay tuned as a brand new business takes over that corner—and hopefully stimulates some growth in business in downtown Cedar Springs.

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Detroit Lions name Kapolka coach of the week

Red Hawk Varsity football coach Gus Kapolka at last year’s game against Greenville. He has been named the coach of the week by the Detroit Lions. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk Varsity football coach Gus Kapolka at last year’s game against Greenville. He has been named the coach of the week by the Detroit Lions. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Detroit Lions have named Gus Kapolka, the Cedar Springs High School varsity football coach, the week three recipient of the 2014 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

On September 12, Kapolka led his Red Hawks to a 46-7 victory over Belding to go to 3-0 on the season. Currently in his 2nd year at Cedar Springs, Kapolka spent nine seasons as a head coach at Manistee, taking the Chippewas to three state playoff berths. He also spent four years as an assistant at Boyne City and four years as an assistant at Warren Lincoln.

This Friday, the Red Hawks go on the road to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Forest Hills Northern, in what will be the MLive Grand Rapids Press Game of the Week.

In terms of student-athlete health and safety at Cedar Springs High School, all Cedar Springs coaches from varsity to the middle school are first aid, CPR, and AED certified. Student-athletes in varsity football, boys/girls soccer and wrestling are also administered baseline concussion testing through Concussion Vital Signs. This scientifically based system, as part of a medical evaluation, helps facilitate confident return-to-play decisions, while helping to protect the future of student athletes in sports, academics, and life.

Each week throughout the 2014 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community.

The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members: Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), Scott DeCamp (Mlive.com/Muskegon) and James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle).

Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2014 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $4,000 donation to his school’s football program. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Caldwell and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, a personalized game ball as well as acknowledgement at an upcoming Lions home game.

This season’s program will award $22,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions, the NFL Foundation and presenting partner, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.

Currently in its’ 18th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $323,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.

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Two injured in Solon crash

The driver of this car failed to stop at the stop sign at White Creek and 20 Mile and crashed into a pickup truck Wednesday. Photo by J. Reed

The driver of this car failed to stop at the stop sign at White Creek and 20 Mile and crashed into a pickup truck Wednesday. Photo by J. Reed

A Grattan man was sent to the hospital Wednesday, September 17, after a Grand Rapids woman ran a stop sign in Solon Township and t-boned his vehicle.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Jason VanDyke, the 54-year-old Grattan man was headed westbound on 20 Mile late Wednesday morning, when the Grand Rapids woman, who was headed north on White Creek to visit relatives, failed to stop at the stop sign at 20 Mile and crashed into the Grattan man’s pickup truck. The truck rolled and landed on its roof. Both vehicles ended up on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The driver of the pickup was injured when his vehicle was struck and then rolled.

The driver of the pickup was injured when his vehicle was struck and then rolled.

The Grattan man suffered left shoulder and facial injuries, and was taken to the hospital by Rockford ambulance. The woman complained of pain in her lower extremities and went to the hospital with family.

Solon Township Fire and Rescue assisted the victims at the scene.

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The Post travels…underwater?

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Roger Louck, of the Cedar Springs area, completed his Scuba Instructor certification at Gilboa Quarry, near Findlay, Ohio, in June. This popular dive site has many interesting items to explore including this airplane, which sits at 40 to 50 feet down.

Roger took a Post and laminated it because he knew he was taking it underwater. Thanks so much Roger, for this unusual photo, and 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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Home invasions across the county

 

 

The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into neighbor’s homes. According to Deputy VanSingel, of the Community Services Unit, in the past few weeks there has been several home invasions occurring from northern Kent County down to Caledonia, Gaines and Byron Townships.

“Most of the B&E’s have occurred during the day time hours,” said VanSingel. “Suspects are entering through unlocked garage doors or using force to enter through a window or door.”

These incidents are under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau. If you have any information pertaining to any of the B&E’s, please call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6100 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.

“We encourage everyone to take the time to be diligent and make sure your residence is secure, all doors and windows are locked. If you see a suspicious subject or vehicle in your neighborhood, please contact the police immediately and report the situation,” said Deputy VanSingel.

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Michigan drivers beware of deer

 

New data shows odds Michigan drivers will collide with a deer are declining

 

Michigan drivers are more than two percent less likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. However, the odds that drivers will hit a deer in Michigan in the coming year are 1 out of 94—still above the national odds of 1 in 169.

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 any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months state by state.

More 2014 State Farm deer collisions facts:

  • Michigan is ranked 11th in the country for the most deer collisions
  • The national cost per claim average is $3,888, up 13.9 percent from 2013 when the average was $3,414.
  • The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Michigan, mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are:
  1. November
  2. October
  3. December
  • For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely with 1 in 39 odds. Hawaii rounds out the bottom of the list, also for the eighth year in a row, with 1 in 10,281 odds.

“Whether you live in Pennsylvania or Hawaii, it’s important that drivers are practicing safe driving habits and watching out for animals on the road. Wearing your seat belt and practicing defensive driving tactics could make a significant difference,” says State Farm Spokesperson Angie Rinock.

Avoid becoming a statistic

Injuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2012, 175 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These tips could help drivers avoid a collision:

  •  Use extra caution in known deer zones
  •  Always wear your seatbelt
  •  At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
  •  Avoid swerving when you see a deer
  •  Scan the road for deer and other danger signs
  •  Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:

  • Deer are on all roads
  • Deer are unpredictable
  • Deer often move in groups
  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall
  • Dusk and dawn are high risk times

 

 

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City Council renews City Manager’s contract

 

By Judy Reed

 

The Cedar Springs City Council renewed the contract of City Manager Thad Taylor at a City Council meeting August 21. The vote was 4 to 3.

Under the terms of the agreement, Taylor was given a raise from $70,000 to $72,100 this year, and it would increase to $73, 540 next year, and up to $75,000 in 2016. Vacation days stayed the same at 30 per year.

Those who voted against the contract—Dan Clark, Jerry Hall, and Bob Truesdale—noted that they did not have time to digest it. And, in fact, did not know they were going to be voting on it that night. It was not on the agenda. Mayor Mark Fankhauser told the council during the workshop portion of the meeting that they needed to go into closed session because he had correspondence from the attorney, and it was added to the agenda that way.

No formal evaluation was released with the contract.

The Post read a letter to the council last Thursday evening expressing concern over the process they chose to get the contract approved. Read the letter here.

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Why we need children

Courtland-OakfieldUMCPastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford

 

Among the first stories you’ll come across if you read a Bible from the beginning concerns a man named Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Part of their story is a promise God makes to them that they will be the matriarch and patriarch of an entire nation. “I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore,” God says in the story.

However, at age 100 and 90, respectively, Abraham and Sarah are skeptical; in fact, they fall down laughing. But in this tale what is impossible for mortals turns out to be possible for God who does just as God promised. Sarah conceives and bears a son and celebrates his birth with a different kind of laughter: “Sarah said, ‘God has given me laughter. Everyone who hears about it will laugh with me.’”

We all know how an infant’s coo or a child’s smile can soften the hardest heart. But children mean more to our world than sentimental warm fuzzies. Children are the counterbalance to disappointment, cynicism, and regret. Unfortunately, the scales tip disproportionately toward pessimism when the seniors outweigh the juniors, a trend we have seen in this country, as the baby boom, following World War II, with its average of 25 births per 1,000 population between 1945 and 1959, tapered off to 16 or fewer births per 1,000 population since 1972 (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005067.html).

I’m not maligning folks at the upper end of the age continuum, I just turned 60 myself, but when a person can reasonably conclude that he/she is somewhere in the final 25 percent of his/her life, impending loss produces grief; grief breeds anger and depression; and the anger and depression of unmet expectations and unfulfilled goals is frequently expressed in variations of the lament that everything is worse than it ever was and the country is going to hell.

When one of my now adult sons was a child, there was a day he went to great lengths to turn his bedroom into a mini-theater, created and gave tickets to his parents and brothers, and put on a one-boy show. It was delightful. God gave me the gift of laughter and with it reasons to be optimistic and joyful. Recently his young son, with sword in hand, announced, “I’m a pirate; I’m here to steal your golden balloons!” It was another gift of laughter; another reason to hold on to hope.

Children give all of us a reason for living, a reason for being productive, honorable, charitable, and faithful. But, please don’t read anything into this from your own perspective on the several issues that fall under that nebulous heading of “family values.” I’m not making a political statement here. And please don’t take offense; it is not my intent to disrespect anyone who is uninterested in having children nor to be insensitive to anyone unable to have children.

It’s just that I was listening to the news on my car radio today, wondering whether everything is worse than it ever was, when I caught the smile on the face of the girl in the car next to me as she waved and giggled with the child in the seat beside her and found myself thinking, “along with fresh air and clean water, we desperately need children.”

 

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