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Sidewalk chalk event a hit with kids

Kids in Cedar Springs got their art on Saturday, July 8, when the City and the Library held their first Sidewalk Chalk Art event at the Cedar Springs Community Library.

City Manager Mike Womack said they had 39 artists participate in the event.

“We changed it from a contest to an event because I believe all the art was great and deserving of winning prizes,” explained Womack. He said that each artist got to keep their chalk, got to pick a prize out of the prize box (kites, yo-yo’s and sticker pads) and each artist received a gift card for a free meal from a local fast food establishment.

Supplies and prizes were donated by several different local businesses.

“I personally think it turned out really well,” remarked Womack. “The only thing that would have improved it would have been more participants.  We have enough chalk left over to do another similar event and would like to do it again in either the Fall or Spring,” he added.

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Man dies in rollover crash

 

John Andrew Londo

A man died in a single car-crash on US-131 in Montcalm County last weekend.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Saturday, July 8, about 7:30 p.m. on US-131, in Reynolds Township. The driver, John Andrew Londo, 32, of Evart, Mich., was southbound on US-131 when he lost control of his vehicle near Cutler Rd. The vehicle left the freeway and rolled over, causing Londo, who was not wearing his seatbelt, to be ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries. The passenger was not identified.

Assisting at the scene was the Howard City Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS.

According to his obituary, John Londo worked as a truck driver and would give a hand to help anyone who needed it. He enjoyed country and campfires and being on the water. Among those surviving him is a daughter who lives here in Cedar Springs.

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Post travels to Shipshewana

Hannah, 10, and her sister Hailey, 8, pose with The POST.

The Post recently traveled with the Dempsey family, of Solon Township, to Shipshewana, Indiana.

Hannah, 10, her sister Hailey, 8, mom Kathy, and grandma Joyce Petersen stayed over night at the Blue Gate Hotel, where they swam a lot. They had fun at the petting zoo, did lots of shopping at the flea market, and enjoyed lots of good food. They waited to go on a horse and buggy ride, but the line was too long, so they went back to their hotel, and lo and behold, a carriage was parked right in front of the hotel! So the girls got their Cinderella carriage ride after all!

Thanks so much 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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Christmas in July

Christmas is right around the corner—Christmas in July that is!

The fun starts this Friday, July 14, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce holds a Community Potluck Picnic and Movie in Morley Park. The picnic starts at 6 p.m. This is a free event where everyone is welcome. Bring the family down and a dish to pass and enjoy dinner and yard games in the park before the movie starts! Dinnerware and water provided. This year’s movie is Arthur Christmas and starts at dusk.

On Saturday, July 15, over 90 businesses and vendors will line Main Street for the Christmas in July Artisan Market and Sidewalk Sales event. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. They will hold a ribbon cutting for Ryanne Donahue State Farm Agency at 11 a.m.

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City in need of planning commission members

Do you live in the City of Cedar Springs? Would you like to make a difference in the community? The City of Cedar Springs is looking for additional Planning Commission Members.

The Planning Commission helps shape the future of land use and business development in the City. The board consists of eight members of the community and the Mayor. There is currently one vacant seat, and one or two more seats are expected to be vacant within the year.

The Planning Commission is a volunteer board and usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The input from the commission provides citizens the opportunity to have an input on the decisions that will shape the community for many years to come. To get an idea of what the Planning Commission does, you can download a Planning Commission handbook from the Michigan Municipal League at https://www.mml.org/pdf/pcebook.pdf.

Those wanting to apply for a position must  be 18+ year old, a city resident, and fill out the application that you can find online at http://dev.cityofcedarsprings.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/boards-and-commissions-application.pdf. Please email applications to manager@cityofcedarsprings.org or drop them off at City Hall. The City Manager and the Mayor will review the applications and make their suggestion to the City Council for appointment to the Planning Commission. Application deadline for the vacant position will be July 24.

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A Trufant man was injured earlier this week when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a car waiting to turn. Courtesy photo.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a car vs. motorcycle injury crash at approximately 10:52 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 on Wise Road at Youngman Road, Montcalm Township.

According to Sheriff Michael Williams, the investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford Taurus was stopped facing west on Wise Road waiting for traffic to clear and to make a left turn onto Youngman Road. 

A 1999 Honda motorcycle, driven by Joseph Petersen, 24, of Trufant, was travelling west on Wise Road. He was not able to stop and struck the Ford from behind. Petersen was thrown from the motorcycle, and was transported to Spectrum with serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford Taurus, Lois Kinyon, age 56, from Greenville, was not injured. Anna Williams, age 88, from Greenville, was a passenger in the Ford and complained of pain, however sought her own treatment.

The occupants of the Ford were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the Honda was wearing a helmet. There were no other known contributing factors in the crash.

The Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Michigan State Police assisted with the crash.

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Stove ventilation fan causes fire

 

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Fire Department responded to a call on a stove fire at 280 Ann St., near Metron, at 3:17 p.m., Friday, July 7.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, when they arrived on scene, there were no flames showing. An adult in the home said she got up and heard a noise in the kitchen and saw a light haze. She also said the exhaust fan was making a weird noise.

Fraser said that when they opened up the cupboard above it, they found charring. There was no access to the attic so they opened up a hole in the roof and found smoke and some fire.

Chief Fraser said the cause of the fire was that the range’s ventilator fan had shorted out. The home mostly suffered water damage.

The three adults in the home and their animals all evacuated safely.

c assisted at the scene, with Rockford Ambulance on standby.

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Woman arrested after car crash at library

A 54-year-old Spencer Township woman was arrested an OWI charge this week after her truck struck two other vehicles in Library/Fire Department parking lot.

The crash occurred on Monday, July 10, at 5:47 p.m. According to witnesses, the woman was parked on the south side of W. Maple Street, and reportedly backed up her pickup truck into the parking lot that is shared by the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Cedar Springs Library, and struck two vehicles in the parking lot. A witness reported several children who had left the library with their parents were also in the parking lot at the time.

When Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs unit arrived, they made contact with the driver of the pickup, a 54-year-old Spencer Township woman. Upon completion of the investigation, the woman was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. She was subsequently lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility. A blood draw was conducted to ascertain the blood alcohol content and/or the presence of drugs. She was later released.

Charges will be sought upon receipt of the blood test. The case remains under investigation.

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Year’s second Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on the way

Motorists should be on the lookout beginning Saturday as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers fan out along state roadways from Ironwood to Detroit picking up litter. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will clean highway roadsides from July 15 to 23 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

“These dedicated Adopt-A-Highway volunteers help maintain our highways as a source of pride for every community in Michigan,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Let’s show our respect for their hard work by staying alert during the summer pickup and driving with extra caution when we see these crews on the roadside.”

Every year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect more than 60,000 bags of trash. The popular program began in 1990 and has grown to involve more than 2,800 groups cleaning 6,400 miles of highway.

Getting involved in the program is straightforward. Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing group names are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.

When working in a highway right of way, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Sections of highway are available for adoption all over the state. Montcalm County, for example, has least 10 sections available. Interested groups can get more information on joining the program at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

The year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for the fall, from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1.

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God sightings

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist churches 

616-636-5659

 

Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (KJV).

Several years ago, we began to use a certain publisher’s vacation bible school material. One of the things we did every day was to share “God sightings”—times that we experienced the presence of God each day. Since then we have begun to use the term almost constantly. It is a good way to stop and look at how God reveals Himself to us in our lives.

Some people write God off when something good happens and this is a shame. Why should we only give God recognition when something bad happens? A tornado, a flood, a hurricane happens and what does the television reporter and the insurance agent say? It was an “act of God.” However, when there is a nice sunny day, they do not say the same thing, do they? They may not but we certainly should.

I challenge you to take a minute each night and look back on your day. Did God make Himself real to you somehow? That truck that almost hit you but missed? The unexpected check that came in the mail just when it was needed? Or how about a beautiful sunset or sunrise? Or a bird singing outside your window just as you sat down to worry about tomorrow? Or a call from a friend? God reveals Himself in lots of ways; the trick is to not miss them.

We are so wrapped up in our worries and our schedules we miss out on God being the loving God that He is. And that is a great loss. See what ways you can experience God this week and make it a daily habit. I think that you will be surprised how often God is letting you know that He is there and that He loves you. Check out your local church and see how He reveals Himself to your neighbors; you may find that He is much more active in your life than you ever thought!

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