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Three-vehicle crash injures two

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A three-vehicle crash in Montcalm County involving a car, a pick up, and a semi, sent two people to the hospital Friday morning, July 10.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Mark Steven Williams, 58, of Leroy, Mich., was traveling northbound on S. Sheridan Road (M66) about 3:42 p.m., in a 2004 Ford F350, while pulling a farm implement, and ran a red light at the intersection of M57 (Carson City Road). His vehicle struck a 2012 Volkswagon Jetta driven by Nichole Nielsen, 35, of Spring Lake, who was westbound on M57. The two vehicles then slid into a 2007 Kenworth semi, owned by J&H Oil, which was facing south on M66, and waiting to turn right on M57.

A passenger in the pickup, Rocky Allen Lockhart, 55, of Leroy, was taken by AeroMed to Butterworth Hospital for his injuries. Nielsen, the driver of the Jetta, was taken to Sheridan Hospital by Montcalm County EMS, with non-life threatening injuries.

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Sgt. Kelley named Deputy of the Year

 

Sheriff Larry Stelma, Sgt. Jason Kelley (2014 Deputy of the Year–Law Enforcement) and Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young. Courtesy photo from the KCSD.

Sheriff Larry Stelma, Sgt. Jason Kelley (2014 Deputy of the Year–Law Enforcement) and Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young. Courtesy photo from the KCSD.

By Judy Reed

Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, was named 2014 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement, by the Kent County Sheriff Department. He was recognized in a special awards ceremony last Thursday, July 9.

“It’s a humbling experience,” remarked Kelley. “A lot of people are deserving of this, so I am humbled by it.”

According to info supplied by the Sheriff Department, Kelley began his career at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a County Patrol Officer in January 2003, and assigned to the Detective Bureau in September 2008. As a detective, he received commendations for his tenacity, investigative skills, and compassion dealing with robberies, an abduction, white collar crime, and death investigations.

In June 2013, he was promoted to County Police Sergeant within the Law Enforcement Division. Sgt. Kelley was assigned as the Central/North D squad supervisor in 2014.

“Sgt. Kelley’s attitude, work ethic and dedication to his job is impeccable,” wrote Sheriff Lawrence Stelma, in a news release about the award. “His positive leadership qualities are something we all strive for. He is personable with his officers and offers constant assistance and support while being highly effective.” He also noted that he is an effective communicator and is highly respected by his officers, fellow sergeants and command staff.

Last fall the Cedar Springs City Council voted to dissolve the Cedar Springs Police Department, and contract with the Kent County Sheriff Department for law enforcement beginning in November 2014. Sgt. Kelley oversaw the transition and still supervises the unit.

“Due to his outstanding performance, enthusiasm and work ethic, Sgt. Kelley was selected to be the Cedar Springs Unit supervisor and was instrumental in making this ‘Change of Command’ transition a huge success,” wrote Stelma. “Sgt. Jason Kelley has exhibited qualities and standards of excellence well worthy of our praise. Along with your fellow officers, Sheriff Lawrence Stelma extends his personal gratitude to Jason for a job well done and congratulations on being named 2014 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement.”

Sgt. Kelley said that things have been going great in the Cedar Springs Unit. “All the officers continue to do a great job. The Cedar Springs officers (that transferred) do an outstanding job providing police services, and have been well received by other deputies in the department. Businesses and citizens have given us a lot of positive feedback,” he said. “We definitely appreciate the welcome we’ve received and have really enjoyed the transition.”

The deputies have been active at community events, and will be at the Library’s summer reading carnival August 5, at Morley Park, from 2-5 p.m., where kids can meet deputies and get some hands-on time with police equipment. “Kids can sit in cruisers, and anything that’s safe, they can touch,” explained Sgt. Kelley.

Several other people were also given awards the same night as Sgt. Kelley. Watch for those in next week’s Post.

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Post travels to visit Hometown Hero

N-Post-travels-Connecticut-BrooksThe Post recently traveled to Connecticut and Rhode Island with Rob and Julie Brooks, and their granddaughter Myla Johnson. The ship in the background is the retired submarine USS Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.The trip was to visit their son, local hometown hero, Aaron Brooks. Aaron, a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs, has been stationed in Connecticut for a little over two years, and is ranked as machinist mate second class. He is currently serving on the USS Toledo SSN 769. They are set to deploy this fall.

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Superhero scientist wows crowd

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N-Library-program-Dr.-Zeemo2Over 200 people turned out to see scientist Dr. Zeemo, on Wednesday, July 8, at a family program for the Cedar Springs Library summer reading program, at the Middle School.

Using several volunteers from the audience, Dr. Zeemo astounded everyone with his yo-yo tricks. He even taught them about how kinetic energy, gravity, and centrifugal force make the tricks possible.

This program was one in a series of successful library programs brought to Cedar Springs for the Summer Reading Program. They scheduled 25 programs this summer for families, preschool, tweens, teens, and adults. Over 700 people registered for their summer reading program, and they are giving away lots of prizes, thanks to area sponsors.

Visit http://cedarspringslibrary.org for more info, or call 696-1910.

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Enjoy a variety of events at state parks 

Orchard Beach State Park’s survival skills program provides an interactive experience for practicing the art of camouflage.



Orchard Beach State Park’s survival skills program provides an interactive experience for practicing the art of camouflage.

Summer means more time to spend in the sun, and state parks in western Michigan have plenty of events for people to do just that.The Department of Natural Resources recently shared highlights of some of the upcoming July events:

Monday, July 20:
Rec. 101 Survival Skills at Orchard Beach State Park (Manistee County). Meet the staff of Crystalaire Adventures from 1-2:30 p.m. for this introductory class focusing on the skill of camouflage. Please preregister by calling 231-352-7589.

Programs offered by Michigan state parks, such as a hands-on camping and backpacking class, allow participants to learn about the outdoors, practice using maps and work together

Programs offered by Michigan state parks, such as a hands-on camping and backpacking class, allow participants to learn about the outdoors, practice using maps and work together

Wednesday, July 29: Adaptive Paddling Clinic at Interlochen State Park (Grand Traverse County). Experience this fun and interactive adaptive paddling clinic, provided by Lighthouse Rehabilitation Center, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please preregister by calling 231-263-1350.

Friday, July 31: Rec. 101 & 202: Intro to Camping and Backpacking at Leelanau State Park (Leelanau County). Join the staff of Crystalaire Adventures for a two-part class. From about 1-2:30, a free introductory program will cover camping basics, and afterward (until around 5 p.m.), visitors can learn more advanced backpacking skills during an actual backpacking trip ($35 for advanced class). Please preregister by calling 231-352-7589.

Weekly Programs:

Beach Yoga at Charles Mears State Park (Oceana County).

Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through Labor Day,  starting at 9:30 a.m.

Select Michigan state parks provide active and enjoyable fitness programs such as the beach yoga class, shown here.



Select Michigan state parks provide active and enjoyable fitness programs such as the beach yoga class, shown here.

Great Lakes Beach Yoga at Muskegon State Park, Channel Beach Pavilion (Muskegon County).

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., July 20 through Labor Day.

Beach Fit Boot Camp at Grand Haven State Park (Ottawa County). Come learn about this new fitness craze that utilizes the sand and the Beach Fit Outdoor Tool at Grand Haven State Park.

Saturdays 9-10:15 a.m. and 1-2:15 p.m. and Sunday 9-10:15 a.m. Now through Labor Day

To make camping reservations at any of these state parks, please visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757).

For more information about these events, visit the online calendar of events at www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors, or call the park directly.

Many of these events are free to attend, but camping prices will apply for overnight guests and a Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry to each of these state parks.

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Eco-friendly mosquito control  

 

Weeding the garden, adding some birdhouses, eliminating standing water and using fans and citronella candles are just a few of the eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitoes at bay this season.  Courtesy of James Gathany CDC.

Weeding the garden, adding some birdhouses, eliminating standing water and using fans and citronella candles are just a few of the eco-friendly ways to keep mosquitoes at bay this season.
Courtesy of James Gathany CDC.

By Melinda Myers

Courtesy of James Gathany CDC.

Courtesy of James Gathany CDC.

Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

Start by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Drain water that collects in these as well as kids’ toys, tarps and pool covers. Store these items in the garage or turn them over to keep them from becoming a mosquito breeding ground. Even small containers hold enough water for hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes to breed.

Change the water in birdbaths at least once a week. Consider installing a small pump to keep water moving to prevent mosquito breeding. Or use an organic mosquito control like Mosquito Dunks and Bits (SummitResponsibleSolutions.com) in rain barrels and water features. The Mosquito Bits quickly knock down the mosquito larval population, while the Mosquito Dunks provide 30 days of control. They are both certified organic and safe for pets, fish, wildlife and children.

Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. These pests are less attracted to the lighter colors and can’t readily reach your skin through loose clothing. And be sure to cover as much of your skin as possible with long sleeves and pants.

Add a few birdhouses to the landscape to bring in the birds. You’ll enjoy their beauty and benefit from their diet of insects, including many garden pests and mosquitoes.

Keep the garden weeded. Mosquitoes rest in shrubs, trees and weeds during the day. Removing weeds and managing neglected garden spaces will make your landscape less inviting to these pests.

Consider using a personal repellent to protect you against disease-carrying mosquitoes. For those looking to avoid DEET, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also approved products with the active ingredient picaridin (found in Skin so Soft products), IR3535, and the synthetic oil of lemon and eucalyptus. Avoid products that contain both sunscreen and insect repellents, as you need to apply the sunscreen more often than the repellent.

Add a bit more protection while sitting or eating outdoors. Use a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak flying mosquitoes away from you and your guests. Some gardeners even take a small fan into the garden, while weeding.

Then add a bit of ambience to your next party by lighting a few citronella candles for your evening events. Citronella oil and the scented candles do have some mosquito repelling properties. Scatter lots of candles throughout your entertainment space. Position the candles within a few feet of your guests. This can provide some short term relief from these pests for you and your guests.

Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening book. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ web site, www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips.

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Crash injures two in Spencer Township

 

This SUV caught fire while up on the wrecker. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

This SUV caught fire while up on the wrecker. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

Vehicle later catches fire

This photo shows a pickup and SUV after they collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake. Photo courtesy of brothers Wesley and Raymond Lewis.

This photo shows a pickup and SUV after they collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake. Photo courtesy of brothers Wesley and Raymond Lewis.

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday morning, July 6, when a pickup and an SUV collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Spencer Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the vehicle traveling on 17 Mile failed to stop at the stop sign. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The SUV later caught fire, while up on the wrecker. Gary Welch, of Spencer Township, was passing by about 12:15 p.m. and snapped a photo of the blaze for us.

The Sheriff Department said the accident is still under investigation, and they were not releasing any other information at this time.

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Sand Lake celebrates July 4th

People came from near and far to celebrate the Fourth of July in Sand Lake.

The village held its annual celebration July 1-5, with carnival rides, a kiddies day, greased pig contest, rodeo, demolition derby, grand parade, fireworks, live music, classic car show, and more.

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The Post travels to Maui

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Gage Lundquist, 12, and his family traveled with the Post on a “Make-a-Wish” trip to Maui, Hawaii, last week. Gage is an eighth-grader at Cedar Springs Middle School.

“He battled leukemia all last summer in the hospital, so this was a huge deal to our family,” explained his mom, Kristen Winchel. “He asked to bring the Post along for a snap shot.”

While in Maui, the family went parasailing, took a bus tour of the island, and experienced an authentic luau. They also visited the aquarium, where they saw sharks and sea turtles, and did lots of swimming in the ocean, both day and night!

Thank you, Gage, for taking us with you! We’re glad you had fun!

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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Rotary celebrates members

Five Cedar Springs Rotarians became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. From left to right is past district governor Jim White; Karen Noreen representing her father, Tom Noreen; Denise Gates; Amanda Gerhardt; Kim Burge; and Ron McDermed.

Five Cedar Springs Rotarians became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. From left to right is past district governor Jim White; Karen Noreen representing her father, Tom Noreen; Denise Gates; Amanda Gerhardt; Kim Burge; and Ron McDermed.

On Wednesday, June 17, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club ended the fiscal year with a grand celebration. Carolyn Davis, concluding her term as club president, thanked her fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians for a fun and successful year. Davis thanked the entire club saying, “It takes everyone stepping up to do their part in order for this club to be successful in their avenues of service.” She did recognize a few for their special assistance in various capacities to include Pat Capek, Program Chair; John Rohrer, Foundation Chair; Kim Burge, Treasurer and Grant Writer; Donna Clark, Assistant Secretary; Jane Webster, Food Service; Dan Davis, faithful supporter of all events; and Sue Wolfe, Community Relations.

Davis herself was recently presented the Governors Citation Award at the District Conference held in Traverse City. She was one of only two club presidents in our district of 60-plus clubs to be recognized for her outstanding service and leadership as a president.

Family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe were recognized. From left to right is Past District Governor Jim White; Sue Wolfe; Sue’s husband Tim Wolfe; Sue’s daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla; and her daughter-in-law Krista, representing Sue’s son, Nick.

Family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe were recognized. From left to right is Past District Governor Jim White; Sue Wolfe; Sue’s husband Tim Wolfe; Sue’s daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla; and her daughter-in-law Krista, representing Sue’s son, Nick.

The current Rotary District Governor, Al Bonney, was not able to attend the awards meeting due to medical reasons but sent a pre-recorded video message that was played. In addition, Past District Governor (PDG), Jim White, was in attendance and made presentations of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award (PHFA) to five Cedar Springs Rotarians and three family members of Rotarians. This award is given by the Rotary Foundation, in appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The PHFA was established in 1957 and named after its founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. The Foundation provides an array of programs and projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world, enhancing international friendship and understanding.

Rotarians Amanda Gerhardt, Ron McDermed, Denise Gates, Kim Burge, and Tom Noreen (represented by his daughter Karen Noreen) became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. Jim White stated, “These five people understand the on-going needs of our Rotary Foundation, and are providing for a wide array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world—improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitations for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace. Your support is truly a selfless action.”

The family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe, an existing PHF, receiving the award were her husband Tim Wolfe, son Nick Wolfe (represented by his wife Krista), and daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla.

The family of Jack and Marge Clark (center) were in attendance to see them receive their award.

The family of Jack and Marge Clark (center) were in attendance to see them receive their award.

Only a few Rotarians ever achieve the level of giving called Major Donor. With great recognition and honor, PDG White presented Marge and Jack Clark with this distinguished award. “These two people have a life-time of ‘Service Above Self,’ along with financial support to the Foundation. Not only would I like to bestow this title of Major Donor but would also like to wish them a happy 69th wedding anniversary,” he said.

PDG White called the Clarks up to receive their crystal recognition piece and pendant and lapel pin, while club members rose with a standing ovation to express appreciation for the Clarks. Most all of the Clark’s children, Marilyn Clark, Barb and Gene Waller, Mark and Sue Clark, and granddaughter and Lowell Rotarian Karen Noreen were in attendance. Nancy and Tom Noreen were out of the country and unable to attend.

A certificate and PHF pin were given to each of these eight individuals. The Cedar Springs Rotary Club ranks in the district’s top ten for charitable giving to both the Rotary Foundation and Polio Eradication Program.

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