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Groundbreaking scheduled for pavilion in Morley Park

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Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m.

By Judy Reed

A Cedar Springs teen, who is trying to earn his Eagle Scout badge, is seeing his dream come true as the community rallied around him to help fund his project of a new community pavilion in Morley Park.

Kevin Galloway, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, introduced his idea for the project to the Cedar Springs City Council in April of 2014. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.

“My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.” His estimated cost was over $17,000.

In December, the Post ran an article about the project, and since then, the community has stepped forward to donate money and materials for the project. In March, the Community Building Development Team gave him the last bit he needed for the project. In fact, according to Kevin’s mother, Brenda Galloway, they raised $18,500. And with the concrete and flat work donated, it means the pavilion can have a metal roof, which will last longer.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for April 24 at 5 p.m. in Morley Park. The public is invited to attend and show support for Kevin and his Eagle Scout project. He hopes to have the pavilion finished by the end of the June. He can then finalize his paperwork and get it approved by the Boy Scouts of America. He hopes to have his Eagle Scout ceremony in the pavilion next fall.

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Post travels to Florida

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, the company that will be moving into the Wolverine World Wide building on West Street, was recently at the 2015 NPE show in Orlando, Florida with his team to inspect their new KMD 90L thermoforming machine, and they took the Post with them. “The final destination of this machine will be at the facility on West St.,” explained Hansen. “Its initial purpose will be to produce the bulk cookie containers for Meijer. The machine was made by Kiefel Technologies in Freilassing, Germany.”

Thanks, Vic, 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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Snowmobile museum moves to Sand Lake

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N-Snowmobiles1West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library would like to invite everyone to visit their new location at 29 East Lake Street in Sand Lake. They purchased the building located on the main drag and also by the White Pine Trail number 5.

The museum’s opening date is Friday, April 17, 2015. The museum’s summer hours will be Fridays 12 to 6, Saturdays 11 to 5, and Sundays 12 to 4.  They’re also open by appointment by calling Ron Knapp at 616-636-7232.

Entrance fee by a requested donation of $5.00 each, children 12 and under are free, $20.00 per family, senior citizens $3.00, and veterans are free.

Please join them as they celebrate their new location in the great friendly town of Sand Lake.

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Cedar Springs McDonald’s manager receives award

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Left to right: Joe Kowal, McCopCo, director in Michigan; Brian Miller, manager at Cedar Springs McDonald’s; Joan Rachelson, McDonald’s QSC vice president; and Terry Alexander, director of field services for McDonald’s in Michigan.

 

Brian Miller, general manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 4141 17 Mile Rd, in Cedar Springs, recently received a McDonald’s Outstanding Manager Award by McDonald’s Corp.

In order to earn the award, managers must meet certain criteria, including:

*Operations at an outstanding level of quality, service and cleanliness on an ongoing basis

*Exemplifies leadership in the implementation and execution of initiatives or procedures to improve McDonald’s

*Recognized as a leader in delivering operational excellence

*Consistently displays hospitality through their actions and attitudes and creates a hospitality environment with their crew and management team

*Positively supports their community by being involved in activities that build sales and good will.

Miller was one of 18 managers in Michigan to receive the award.

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Simple steps to seed starting success

Gardening expert Melinda Myers

Gardening expert Melinda Myers

By Melinda Myers

Get a jump on the growing season by starting your favorite or hard to find plants indoors from seeds. Starting hard to find plants, like many of the heirloom or newly introduced varieties, from seed may be the only way you will be able to add these to your garden. Plus, you’ll be extending the growing season and bringing the fun of gardening indoors.

All you need is a little space, a few supplies and, of course, seeds to get started. Check the back of your seed packets for planting directions. Most recommend when and how to start seeds indoors, as well as any other special care the seedlings will need.

Purchase, recycle or make your own containers from newspaper. Sanitize used pots by dipping them in a one part bleach and nine parts water solution and then rinsing them with clean water.

Fill the containers with a sterile well-drained potting mix or seed starting mix. Once the containers are filled, plant the seeds according to the seed packet directions.

Increase success and encourage even growth by growing seedlings under artificial lights.

Increase success and encourage even growth by growing seedlings under artificial lights.

For most seeds, plant them twice their diameter deep and gently water. Continue to water often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Extend the time between watering and increase your seed starting success by covering the container with plastic. Or purchase a seed starting kit, like the self-watering Growease seed starter kits.

Move your containers to a sunny window as soon as the seedlings emerge from the soil. Turn plants often to encourage even growth. Or increase your success by growing seedlings under artificial lights. You can make your own light system or purchase tabletop, shelf units or easy to assemble light systems, like Stack-N-Grow (gardeners.com). Keep the lights four to six inches above the top of the seedlings for best results. As the seedlings grow, be sure to maintain this distance by simply raising the lights or lowering the containers.

Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves. The first leaves that appear are rather indistinct and are called seed leaves. The next set of leaves look more like the mature plant’s leaves and are called true leaves. Once the next set of true leaves forms, it is time to transplant overcrowded seedlings.

Use a fork or spoon to carefully lift out the seedling. Clusters of seedlings can be dug and carefully teased apart before planting in individual pots. Be careful not to pinch and damage the young tender stems.

Place seedlings in their own clean container filled with moist sterile potting mix. Plant the young plants at the same depth they were growing in the original container.

Thin seedlings started in individual containers as needed. If you planted several seeds in each small container remove all but the healthiest one. Prune the weaker seedlings to ground level, so the remaining seedling can develop into a strong transplant for the garden.

Continue to grow your plants in a sunny window or under artificial lights and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist.

Soon it will be time to move your homegrown transplants into the garden.

Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. Myers’ web site, www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips.

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WMP wrestlers at NUWAY nationals

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This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the 2015 NUWAY Nationals. There were tough wrestlers from coast to coast, many champions and All-Americans from multiple states taking home the NUWAY Eagle super-sized trophies and All-American status. West Michigan Pursuit brought 10 grapplers to compete and 8 placed in the top eight. The team battled 44 times with 28 ending in victory.

Luke Egan entered Division 2 in the 52 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler and is a first grader of Cedar Trails Elementary. Luke finished 6th in the Nation with a final record of 37-15 securing an All American Status.

Gage Bowen entered Division 2 in the heavy weight class. He is a fourth year wrestler and is a third grader of Woodview Elementary of Belding. Gage finished 5th in the Nation with a final record of 39-7 securing an All American Status.

Lee Braun entered Division 2 in the 56 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a third grader of Jamestown Elementary of Hudsonville. Lee finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 36-8 securing an All American Status.

Blake Peasley entered Division 2 in the 64 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a second grader of Lakes Elementary of Rockford. Blake finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 38-10 securing an All American Status.

Zak Schmid entered Division 4 in the 135 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a seventh grader of Cedar Springs Middle School. Zak finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 33-5 securing an All American Status.

Josh Vasquez entered Division 2 in the 49 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler as a third grader of Oriole Park of Wyoming. Josh finished 3rd in the Nation with a final record of 54-5 securing an All American Status.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz entered Division 1 in the 45 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a first grader of Grandview Elementary. Jayden finished 2nd in the Nation with a final record of 45-5 securing an All American Status.

Patrick Depiazza entered into Division 6 as a wild card in the High School division. Patrick is a sophomore of Cedar Springs High School and has been wrestling for thirteen years. He finished 2nd in the Nation, securing an All American Status.

There were over 270 teams competing this past weekend. Team awards were available for the top six programs. West Michigan Pursuit finished 3rd overall with a team score of 176. Region Wrestling of Indiana took first place with a score of 212.5 and Contenders Wrestling of Indiana took 2nd place with a score of 193. West Michigan Pursuit also finished 2nd for the win by fall category. Shore Sports Club of Ohio finished in first place for the win by fall category. Overall, West Michigan Pursuit ended the season on a high note. The program would not have its current success without its dedicated coaching staff: Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus; William Ketchum; and Dominick Chong. We look forward to next season and will watch our numbers continue to grow and succeed. We are the Pursuit of Champions.

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Fiery crash results in arrest

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The driver of this truck, Jeremy Gard, of Stanwood, allegedly hit a motorcycle, then continued driving with it wedged beneath the vehicle. His truck caught fire about a mile from the scene.

A pick up truck on fire early Tuesday morning, in Reynolds Township, turned out to be more than just a routine fire call.

Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies and the Howard City Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on Church Road just East of Amy School Road, about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, morning, April 7.

While extinguishing the fire, a motorcycle was discovered wedged underneath the pickup truck. While still at the fire scene, deputies were notified of a personal injury motorcycle crash at the intersection of M-82 and US-131.

A Michigan State Trooper responded to that scene, and found a male victim who appeared to have been the operator of a motorcycle, but no motorcycle was located at the scene.

It was determined that the pickup truck involved in the fire had earlier collided with the motorcycle at M-82 near US 131 and continued to drive, while dragging the motorcycle to the point where it stopped on Church Road and caught fire.

The motorcycle operator, a 58-year-old Howard City man, was taken by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The motorcycle driver’s condition is not known at this time.

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Jeremy Gard

The driver of the truck, Jeremy Gard, 43, of Stanwood, and his passenger, were not injured in the crash or subsequent fire.

Gard was arrested at the scene for suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense and was lodged at the Montcalm County Jail. He was arraigned later in the afternoon in Montcalm 64-B District Court on two felony charges: Operating While Intoxicated causing serious injury, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. Both are 5-year felonies. Gard is being held at the Montcalm County Jail on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

Montcalm County Deputies were assisted at the accident scene by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Howard City Fire Department, and the Michigan State Police.

 

 

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Post publisher injured in accident

Damage to Allen's black Chrysler Sebring convertible can be seen here

Damage to Allen’s black Chrysler Sebring convertible can be seen here

By Judy Reed

Lois Allen, owner and publisher of The Cedar Springs Post, was injured and hospitalized for several days following a two-vehicle crash last weekend in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 6. Deputy Chad Tucker, the officer at the scene, said that Allen was southbound on Shaner Avenue, in her black Chrysler Sebring convertible, when she failed to stop at the stop sign at 17 Mile. She then collided with a westbound 2004 silver Saturn Ion.

Allen was transported to Butterworth hospital by Rockford Ambulance, where she was diagnosed with several broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a cracked verterbrate in her neck.

Sara Butler was the driver of this Saturn Ion.

Sara Butler was the driver of this Saturn Ion.

According to Lt. Marc Burns, the driver of the Saturn was Sara Butler, 34, of Grand Rapids. She was also transported to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Allen’s small dog was also in the vehicle, but escaped without injury.

Assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance.

The Post would like to thank everyone at the scene for their help.

Lois hopes to be back up and around soon!

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Sand Lake Elementary going to World Finals

Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competitive program which emphasizes creative problem solving.  Team members work together to design and create their own original performance which includes creating costumes, props, sets, writing scripts and building mechanical devices.  Thousands of teams compete annually throughout the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.

At this year’s regional tournament all three of Tri County’s Sand Lake Elementary teams advanced to the state finals. The teams each created unique solutions which included a TC Pizza delivery vehicle which was guided by a track and needed to overcome obstacles, a performance which took the audience into a video game world and provided an interpretation of the myth of Pandora’s Box and a side splitting play which combined chemistry and math humor into a silent movie theme.

Tri County was proud to have received a 1st place finish in the Vehicle problem, a 2nd place finish in the Classics problem and the coveted Renatra Fusca award for exceptional creativity in the Theatrics problem. MacNaughton Elementary also sent two primary teams to the regional tournament. While these were non-competitive teams, we have high expectations for them in the future.

On Saturday, March 21, the teams competed at the state finals and the 5th grade Vehicle problem team finished 2nd and will be advancing to the 2015 World Finals hosted at Michigan State University this May 20-24, for the first time in Tri County School’s history!

Visit the team’s go fund me account to help their trip:  http://www.gofundme.com/pzr58k.  They are also collecting pop cans and loose change. If you are interested in donating your pop cans or loose change you may contact Tory Mulholland by email: petetory13@gmail.com.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

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Cedar Waxwing

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Ron Parker, of Courtland Township, sent us this beautiful photo of a Cedar Waxwing eating berries. He said he first spotted them in late March. Thanks, Ron!

We would love to see your wildlife photos! Snap a photo and send it to us with some information and your contact info. Send it to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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