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Three car crash sends teen to hospital

A woman that ran a red light caused a three-car crash at 17 Mile and White Creek on Wednesday, September 14. Post Photo by J. Reed.

A woman that ran a red light caused a three-car crash at 17 Mile and White Creek on Wednesday, September 14. Post Photo by J. Reed.

A three-car crash at the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek sent a young teen to the hospital last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 4:34 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, at the intersection of 17 Mile Road and White Creek Avenue.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of KCSD Cedar Springs unit, a 2002 Dodge Stratus, driven by Jamie Wachter, a 46-year-old White Cloud woman, was travelling eastbound on 17 Mile Road and disregarded the red light at White Creek. That vehicle struck a southbound 2013 Ford Explorer driven by Tracy Bucholtz, a 53 year old Pierson woman, causing her vehicle to strike a third vehicle. The third vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, was northbound and driven by Karen Pursley-Wood, a 48-year-old Cedar Springs woman. After colliding with vehicle 3, the Ford Explorer flipped onto its side, coming to rest on the driver side.

A passenger in the Dodge Stratus, a 14-year-old White Cloud female, was transported to DeVos Children’s Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Wachter, who ran the red light in the Stratus, was cited for Careless Driving.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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The Post travels to Iceland


Leslie Anne Wood, of Oakfield Township, took the Post along with her on a summer trip to Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. This picture was taken August 14 at Iceland’s natural hot springs, affectionately known as the Blue Lagoon. It was a nine-day adventure offered by a local Michigan-based travel company.

Thanks, Leslie, 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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Officials warn of deadly drug

This is a photo of pure carfentanil. Just touching it can be lethal.

This is a photo of pure carfentanil. Just touching it can be lethal.

The Kent County Sheriff Department is warning people about a deadly new drug turning up in Kent County.

Over the past two weeks, in three separate cases, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office has encountered heroin that likely contained the drug carfentanil. Carfentanil is a Schedule II controlled substance opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

Carfentanil is typically used as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants. This substance could lead to tens-to-hundreds of overdoses in a short amount of time within the same geographic region. Administering Narcan, which is commonly known to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to someone that has ingested carfentanil may not be effective and additional doses may be required.

If you come across an unknown substance and chemical, use extreme caution as people and animals can absorb carfentanil and fentanyl via skin contact, inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion. Symptoms such as disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest typically occur within minutes of exposure. Incidental contact with this substance can also be lethal.

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Red Hawks rock homecoming game

Senior Collin Alvesteffer scored four touchdowns in the game against Northview last Friday, September 16. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Senior Collin Alvesteffer scored four touchdowns in the game against Northview last Friday, September 16. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on the Northview’s Wildcats for their fourth game of the season, the first in their own stadium this season, and also the school’s homecoming game.

With a huge student section pushing for a win, senior Collin Alvesteffer started the game with a pick six within a minute and a half of the first quarter. The kick was good and the Hawks found themselves up 7-0 with 10 minutes and 57 seconds left. Cedar held off the Wildcats with tackles by juniors John Todd and Nate Patin, as well as senior Austin Basso. Alvesteffer got another touchdown, with 5 minutes and 8 seconds remaining, while Dustin Shaw had a successful kick giving the Hawks a 14-0 lead.

Thirty seconds into the second quarter, Alvesteffer ran in for another touchdown, leaving Cedar up by 21 points. Only 10 seconds later, senior Jacob Hooker scored a touchdown with 11 minutes and 12 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 27-0. Northview finally got on the board with a long run and touchdown with 3 minutes and 34 seconds left on the clock, making the score 27-7. Runs by seniors Hooker and Basso led to a touchdown by sophomore Lucas Pienton, with a little under 2 minutes remaining. The halftime score was Cedar up 33-7.

After the Homecoming Queen and King announcement, the sideline cheerleader routine, and the marching band performance, lightning struck and the game received a thirty-minute delay. Fans were asked to leave the stands during the delay.

Alvesteffer got his fourth touchdown shortly after the beginning of the second half, increasing the Hawks’ lead to 41-7.

In the fourth quarter, Northview made a long run and got a touchdown after a penalty was called on Cedar Springs, with 9 minutes and 20 seconds left of the game. With the score 41-13, the Northview fans got riled up to make a comeback and pushed their team to get another touchdown, which they did, with 5 minutes and 15 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, making the score 41-19. A long run by Lucas Pienton led to a touchdown by junior Darius Barnett, 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was good making the score 49-19. Tackles by sophomore Ryan Ringler and junior John Todd closed out the game with the final score being 49-19.

Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in conference and 3-1 overall. Their next game is Friday, September 23, when they host Grand Rapids Christian (4-0) in the MLive Game of the Week.

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Kids find success in annual Youth Hunt


Last weekend, September 17-18, was the annual Youth Hunt here in Michigan. At least three area youth bagged a deer last weekend, all for the first time.

Hunter Hankiewicz

Hunter Hankiewicz

Spencer Township youth gets first deer

Ten-year-old Hunter Hankiewicz, of Spencer Township, pictured right, went hunting for the first time on September 17, in Mason County, and got his first buck. It was an 8-point with a 14-1/2 inch spread. Good job, Hunter!

Brothers both get first deer

Coty Youngs Jr.

Coty Youngs Jr.

Coty Youngs Jr., 10, of Ensley Township, went hunting with his dad, Coty Youngs Sr., on the first day of Youth Hunt, September 17, and got his first deer. It was a nice 8-point buck. He was hunting in the Hardy Dam area, on his Uncle Bill’s place, in Big Prairie Township.

Andrew Youngs

Andrew Youngs

Later that day, Coty’s younger brother, Andrew Youngs, 8, also shot his first deer at Uncle Bill’s place. The boys say thanks for a great place to hunt

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Welcome Back Chargers

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!


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The Alchemist


Last Monday, September 12, residents enjoyed the Readers Theatre put on by Actors del Arte at the Cedar Springs Public Library. The group presented Paulo Coehlo’s book, “The Alchemist.”

“We had a really great time,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “Seven actors, including Patricia Rose, Charlotte Ambrose, Shannon Rop, Tim Madden, Sr., Tim Madden Jr., Lucinda Zamani, and Brian Thomas did an outstanding job with their rendition of the Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. The audience loved the book and the entire evening was inspiring.”

She said that everyone also enjoyed the lasagna and apple crisp dessert provided by Diane Fish, local library enthusiast and long-time fan of the Actors del Arte.

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Final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of year starts Saturday


It’s that time again: a chill is in the air, leaves are beginning to turn, and crews are getting ready for the year’s last Adopt-A-Highway pickup along state roadways. Participants in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will be picking up litter along highway roadsides from Saturday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 2.

“We’d like to thank our thousands of Adopt-A-Highway crews for their dedication and hard work to help keep Michigan roadsides clean,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Every year, these volunteers provide a financial boost for MDOT and our entire state. Their service is greatly appreciated.”

car-final-adopt-a-highway2There are three scheduled Adopt-A-Highway pickups each year: one each in the spring, summer and fall. Michigan volunteers have been participating in the program since 1990. Every year, Adopt-A-Highway crews collect about 70,000 bags of trash. The volunteer efforts of nearly 3,200 Adopt-A-Highway groups generate about $5 million annually in value for state taxpayers.

During the pickup period, motorists should be on the lookout for volunteers wearing high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.
Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups should check the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway website at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway for more information and the name of their county’s coordinator, who can specify available roadsides. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years; there is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups are recognized with signs bearing a group’s name posted along stretches of adopted highway.

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Red Flannel Festival to see change in leadership

Michele Tracy, President Emeritus of the Red Flannel Festival (front right), with the 2015 Red Flannel Festival Queen Bailey Lachniet (front left), and her court (back row left to right) Jessica Plowman and Megan Zinn. Courtesy photo.

Michele Tracy, President Emeritus of the Red Flannel Festival (front right), with the 2015 Red Flannel Festival Queen Bailey Lachniet (front left), and her court (back row left to right) Jessica Plowman and Megan Zinn. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed


Michele Tracy has been the guiding hand and president of the Red Flannel Festival since she joined the organization 15 years ago. But she is now easing out of that role after a recent move to Hershey, Pennsylvania to work for Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

She is still active on the RFF board, however. “I’ve been voted in the position of President Emeritus (Past President), a non-voting member of the Board,” Tracy explained. “I am extremely active this year,  ‘virtually’ helping new President Randy VanDuyn transition, and am honored to stay in that position as long as the Board decides they benefit from this advisory position,” she said.

The Red Flannel Festival has blossomed under Tracy’s leadership, adding many new events and drawing 40,000-plus annually to the unique celebration. The RFF also broke away from the prior Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce and became a non-profit organization in its own right, and purchased its own building on Maple Street, and another on Main Street a few years later.

Her tenure, however, has not been without controversy. Most notably was when the RFF board threatened to sue the city over its use of the logo, and the city voted to no longer be called The Red Flannel Town. With new leadership in place at City Hall, the two entities have since come to an agreement over that issue.

So how does Tracy feel about her time on the Festival board?

“The Red Flannel Festival truly has been a labor of love for me,” she remarked. “Quite simply, I love the Red Flannel Festival! It’s been such an honor and privilege to be a part of the 77-year tradition of all of the volunteers that have made this Festival great. It truly is the heart and soul of Cedar Springs and the pinnacle of our community pride. I’m hoping Grace and Nina would be proud of my service, as I always tried to have them in mind. I am confident the current Board of Directors, Matt Andres, Laura Nozal, Lea Drake, Rick Knapp Jr., Liz Thorington, Mark Laws, and Andrew Bartoszek, with the outstanding leadership of new President Randy VanDuyn, will continue the legacy in all of the great traditions! Of course, I’ll ALWAYS be home for Red Flannel Day!”

For some of the Red Flannel events coming up next week, turn to pages 8-9.

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Car bash raises money for Velzy Park


Michigan/Michigan State rivalry was alive and well at Solon Market this past Saturday!  Under a mostly overcast sky, fans vied to size up and destroy each other’s colors in Velzy Park’s first Car Bash fundraiser. Tony Owen led the charge, circling to find the most vulnerable spot on the State side before taking his swings. Combatants had their choice of weapons, from an array of bats and sledge hammers.  Solon Fire and Rescue was on hand to assist should a participant’s enthusiasm turn to injury. A good time was had by all who attended.

Despite the best combined efforts of Solon Market and Solon Park committees, few took advantage of the promised entertainment, however. Threatening weather was likely a factor in the low turnout, though rain held off until after Market hours. The weather did not dampen participants’ enthusiasm as they did their best to destroy the vehicle. The rivalry heated up when firefighters, Chris Paige, Matt Schievink, Jordan Nielsen, and James Taylor got into the action, bringing in some of their own equipment. The result, as you can see, was a satisfying crunch. Who won? You be the judge!

The event was made possible with donations from local auto and hardware businesses, Solon Township, Solon Fire and Rescue, and the many volunteers who assisted. All proceeds went to benefit the planned park, to be located behind Solon Township Hall. Monies generated were close to $200.00. For more information on the event, please visit Solon Market’s Facebook page. Like them for updates.

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