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Bus driver cited in crash

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Police cited a Tri County bus driver last week after she lost control of her school bus on an icy road and hit a tree, which injured some students.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to the accident at about 2:56 p.m., Wednesday, December 10. The bus driver, Penny Grear, 41, of Coral, was travelling south on Dagget Road, approaching the curve, where it turns into Tamarack Road. She reportedly lost control as she entered the curve, left the road, and struck some trees.

Five students were on the bus at the time. Both a 7-year-old and a 17-year-old were transported by ambulance DeVos Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two others, a 16-year-old and 12-year-old, were treated for minor injuries at the scene, and then released to their parents. A 15-year-old was turned over to her parents at the scene.

The driver was cited for Failure To Use Due Care/Caution While Operating A Motor Vehicle.

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The Post travels to Cancun

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The Post recently traveled with Ken and Connie Mitz, of Pierson, to Cancun, Mexico on their honeymoon. They visited Mexico for eight stress-free days in September. While there, they saw many sights, and saw first-hand how different their lifestyle is from ours.

Ken was especially amazed by all the small motorcycles they use for transportation. He saw women and children—two and sometimes three or four people—on a motorcycle. He said that a lot of the motorcycles were interesting, although not allowed in the states because of emissions.

“Another interesting thing is that all the bus drivers’ last names must be Andretti because they all drive like they are qualifying for the Indy 500,” he said.

Ken and Connie both took time out of their vacation to read their favorite newspaper, and are talking about returning to Mexico for their anniversary.

Thanks, Ken and Connie, 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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Flu illness on rise in Kent County 

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The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is seeing more cases of suspected flu reported from area emergency departments and health care providers, in comparison to what is typical this time of year. More than 10 percent of people visiting emergency departments in Kent County last week were suffering from flu-like illness, and 6 out of ten patients presenting with flu-like illness were under the age of 18. So far this season, there have been 74 confirmed cases of flu reported to KCHD, but not every person who is sick with influenza goes to a health care provider or gets tested, so the actual number of illnesses is likely much higher.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu viruses can spread when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. Someone might also get flu by touching a surface or object (like a phone) that has flu virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, it can be deadly.

Signs and symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults). Not everyone with flu will experience all of the symptoms.

The flu can have serious complications for children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with already-weakened immune systems. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age to protect against flu viruses. “We know there has been some mutation in the flu virus that was expected for this year when the influenza vaccine was produced,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “But the flu vaccine is still very useful and the best protection you can get against influenza. Even in those cases where people get the flu, the illness is not as severe as it is in those unvaccinated.”

Now is the time to get you and your family vaccinated. It can take about two weeks for the vaccination to become effective. The Kent County Health Department seasonal influenza program provides vaccinations for all individuals six months of age and older. The cost of the vaccine ranges from $39-$55; FluMist nasal spray (a live, preservative-free, four strain vaccine) is available for $41.

Children from six months through eighteen years who have no insurance, or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, will pay a sliding scale administration fee of up to $15. The Health Department can only bill Medicaid and Medicare; private insurance is not accepted. Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover are accepted. To make an appointment at any of our four clinic locations, call (616) 632-7200.

You can also schedule online at www.stickittotheflu.com.

 

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Tour of lights

This home is located on Shaner Avenue, south of 15 Mile.

This home is located on Shaner Avenue, south of 15 Mile.

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! Pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

2. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

3. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights and decorations on the lampposts and the town Christmas tree is at the corner of Main and Ash.

4. The Fieldstone Meadows subdivision, first cul de sac, just off 18 Mile. Head north on Main Street in Cedar Springs, turn east on 18 Mile. Go around curve, past mobile home park, and then east into Fieldstone.

5. 345 Tall Grass Drive (corner of Tall Grass and Prairie Run). Many other homes in this subdivision off of Pine Street also have many lights.

6. 2207 15 Mile Rd, one block west of Algoma Ave. Nolan Patin, 13, set up a Christmas display to music. It runs now through Jan. 6, 2015, every night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Although the light show is small in size (only about 4,000 lights), it is a fun show set to 3 popular songs. Pull right into the driveway to enjoy it completely, tuning your radio to 103.5 FM. and don’t forget to make a donation to him to support the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

7. Shaner Avenue, between 14 Mile and 16 Mile – several homes are decorated, including the one pictured above.

 

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Youth wrestling off to a good start

S-Wrestling-YouthThe youth wrestling season has officially begun! And your Cedar Springs Youth Red Hawks continue with a tradition in youth wrestling that has spanned well over twenty years in the Cedar Springs area. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club is a not for profit program that offers affordable, developmental wrestling for boys and girls ages 4-15. Coaches and board members volunteer their time for their love of the kids in the community, and of course for their love of wrestling as a sport. They spend their time developing youth wrestlers in hopes that they too will learn to love the sport and continue into high school competition. A fun fact, Cedar Springs also has the largest number of girl competitors of any club in the State of Michigan!

Junior Red Hawks competed well in both the Novice and Open divisions at the Mona Shores Tournament on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Six wrestlers earned medals in the Novice division. Those wrestlers were:

In the 4/6yrs age group was Veronica Tapia 1st at 40lbs. In the 7/8yrs age group were Cora Gonzales 1st at 52lbs, Wyatt Cooper 2nd at 102lbs. and Juan Angel Acosta 3rd at 102lbs. In the 11/12yrs age group was Kamden Klaasen 1st at  90lbs. In the 13/15yrs age group was Fred White 1st at 85lbs.

There were also nine medal winners in the Open division.  These wrestlers have had more than two years of experience in wrestling competitions. Those medals winners were:

In the 7/8yrs age group were Keaton Klaasen  2nd at 55lbs, Gavyn Byxbe 4th at 55lbs and Pistachio Gonzales at 61lbs. In the 9/10yrs age group was Landon Demorest 1st at 59lbs. In the 11/12yrs age group were Zoe Gonzales 3rd at 80lbs and Aiden Bouwens 1st at 119lbs. In the 13/15 age group were Reese Gonzales 2nd at 114lbs, Sam Couturier 1st at 122lbs and Allexis Gonzales 1st at 138lbs.

Registration for this wrestling season will continue until mid January for anyone who may be interested in participating in youth wrestling. You can get more information at cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com or Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling on Facebook. Get started with one of the best developmental youth wrestling programs in the state of Michigan for only $75 for the entire season!

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Tree lighting brings holiday spirit downtown

By Judy Reed

 

The annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle” in downtown Cedar Springs gets a little bigger every year, and is starting to become a tradition for families in the community.

Last Saturday’s event, sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, was a day-long affair, and kicked off with about 40 kids and adults showing up at the library to make decorations to hang on the tree. Perry Hopkins, who organized the event for Chamber, said there was also a great turnout for the story time with Mrs. Clause at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas and more, and the Christmas Puzzle time with Santa’s Elves at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games.

There was one glitch—the parade started a half hour late because Santa was running later than expected. But on the bright side, the parade had more participants this year, with the American Legion walking in it, and the cheerleaders leading Santa. Mayor pro-tem Pam Conley also walked in the parade, and helped Santa with his countdown for the tree lighting.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court mingled with residents near the tree, while waiting for Santa, and there was also a petting zoo, and a live nativity by Calvary Assembly of God Church.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society held a tour of the museum after the tree lighting (see page 2).

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Ten-foot wooden horse spotted downtown

This carved wooden horse made a pit-stop at the Post Friday after leaving Cedar Café. Post photo by J. Reed.

This carved wooden horse made a pit-stop at the Post Friday after leaving Cedar Café. Post photo by J. Reed.

If you drove by the corner of Main and Elm Street last Friday, December 5, and thought you saw a 10-foot tall wooden horse, it wasn’t your imagination.

The carved wooden horse is a mascot of the “Citizen Cavalry,” rallying against any attempt by state legislators to alter the term limits voters enacted in 1992.

“It takes a big horse to scare away lame ducks,” said Scott Tillman, state coordinator for Don’t Touch Term Limits! “We’ve formed a citizen cavalry to remind politicians like Rob VerHeulen and Lisa Lyons that they answer to the people on term limits, not the other way around. Term limits were introduced by citizens not politicians. It’s time these two representatives got on the record, letting the people of their districts know if they plan to vote against the citizens and lengthen their own term limits.”

The ten-foot horse made stops in Rockford, Cedar Springs, and Greenville.

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The Post travels to Austria

N-Post-travels-Austria-webDave and Kelley Ringler, who plan to open the Cedar Springs Brewing Company next spring, recently visited Austria and Bavaria and took along a Post. Here Dave is shown in Salzburg, Austria at Kapitelplatz. Note the statue of a man standing on a large golden sphere behind Dave, and a larger than life real chessboard to his left, where people really play chess. A large fortress is behind him, up on the hill.

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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Sheriff Department introduces new K9

Sabre, a new patrol dog, will be teamed up with Kent County Sheriff Deputy Dan Alderink. Photo courtesy of the KCSD.

Sabre, a new patrol dog, will be teamed up with Kent County Sheriff Deputy Dan Alderink. Photo courtesy of the KCSD.

There is a new member of the Kent County Sheriff Department—one with four legs instead of two. K9 Sabre, a new patrol dog, was introduced to the community Wednesday.

K9 Sabre is a 2-year old German Shepard from the Netherlands. He joined the Kent County Sheriff Department in July 2014, and was purchased due to the anticipated retirement of K9 Joe in December 2014.

K9 Sabre’s handler is Deputy Dan Alderink, an 18-year veteran who has worked as a County Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer. In 2004, he was assigned as a Detective with the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and, in March 2006, became a K9 handler specializing in narcotics with K9 Joe. In January 2014, K9 Joe transitioned from a single purpose (narcotics) to a dual purpose Patrol K9 (narcotics and tracking) and Deputy Alderink and K9 Joe were reassigned to the Road Patrol. Shortly after certifying in tracking, K9 Joe tracked a bank robber to his house, resulting in an apprehension by detectives and the suspect confessing to the robbery.

K9 Sabre and Deputy Alderink, attended a five-week tracking and narcotics K9 academy through Vigilant Canine Services Inc. held at the Kent County Sheriff’s Honor Camp. K9 Sabre will be utilized as a Patrol and Narcotics canine trained in tracking and narcotics detection.

Sabre is named in honor of a Lansing Police Department (LPD) K9 that was killed in the line of duty on Saturday, January 23, 1999. The LPD K9, named Sabre, was handled by LPD (ret.) Officer Matt Ramsey. Sabre was shot and killed while attempting to take down an armed suspect following a foot pursuit. The suspect had broken into an occupied residence while attempting to flee officers. As entry was made into the home, the suspect opened fire. Sabre immediately attacked the suspect as officers returned fire. Both K9 Sabre and the suspect were fatally wounded.

“Kent County Sheriff Department is proud to honor fallen Lansing Police Department K9 Sabre with his name selected for our new patrol dog,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma.

 

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Pop Up Wintertime Fun

Red and green sprinkles, chocolate and popcorn make a happy winter treat.

Red and green sprinkles, chocolate and popcorn make a happy winter treat.

(NAPS)—Often defined as a time of quiet hibernation, winter is, in fact, one of the busiest times of the year. Consider the numerous celebratory occasions that begin with the harvest and continue on through the holidays and beyond, not to mention all the fun and frosty get-togethers prompted by skiing, skating and sledding.

Keep popcorn on hand and you’re only minutes away from a satisfying and healthful treat. When friends drop in or as you make your way through neighborhood parties, pop up some wintertime fun by making these simple and delicious popcorn treats.

The following recipes vary a basic method: melt chocolate, drizzle over popcorn and mix in flavorings or sprinkles. You can easily adapt these for any number of occasions—substitute holiday sprinkles with colors of your favorite Super Bowl team, red for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s Day and so on. You’ll love having this quick “go-to” in your recipe file.

 

Easy, Elegant Holiday Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients:

8cups popped popcorn

2ounces white chocolate, melted

2ounces dark chocolate, melted

Red and green holiday sprinkles

Directions:

1.Place popcorn on a large baking sheet. Set aside.

2.Drizzle popcorn with melted white chocolate and melted dark chocolate.

3.Scatter sprinkles over top. Let stand until chocolate is set.

4.Break into clusters if needed. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

White chocolate and peppermint plus popcorn can bring warmth to the coldest night.

White chocolate and peppermint plus popcorn can bring warmth to the coldest night.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Yield: 1 pound

Ingredients:

5cups popped popcorn

12ounces white chocolate, melted

1cup crushed hard candy peppermints

Directions:

1.Cover a baking pan with foil or wax paper; set aside.

2.Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.

3.Melt chocolate in a double boiler OR according to package directions.

4.Stir in crushed peppermints after chocolate is melted.

5.Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and stir to coat.

6.Spread onto prepared pan; allow to cool completely.

7.When chocolate is set, break into chunks for serving.

8.Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Variation:

Cranberries & Almond Bark

Omit candy peppermints. Mix 1⁄2 cup dried sweetened cranberries and 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds with the popcorn. Pour chocolate over the mixture after it is melted.

With these, you can create gourmet gifts for friends and neighbors, and munchable snacks for the whole family. You’ll find more creative wintertime recipes at www.popcorn.org.

 

 

 

 

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