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Crash takes life of Sparta High teen

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

An Alpine Township family is grieving this week after their 16-year-old daughter died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident involving five teens.

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Alyssa Eggerding

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of an unknown accident on April 10, at 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of 9 Mile and Vinton, in Alpine Township. Also responding to the scene was Alpine Township Fire Department, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

They determined that the vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling north on Vinton, when the teen driver lost control and went off the roadway, and struck a tree at the northeast corner of Vinton and 9 Mile.

There were five teenagers in the vehicle, and they all suffered serious injuries.

One of the passengers, Alyssa Eggerding, 16, of Alpine Township, died Monday, April 11, of her injuries. She was a junior at Sparta High School, and member of the varsity softball team.

The other teens involved in the accident included the driver, Armando Mendoza, 17, of Alpine Township; Alyssa Naughton, 16, of Walker; Kaitlin Keeler, 15, of Alpine Township; and Olivia Lawrence, 17, of Sparta. Lawrence is also a Sparta High School student, and the others are Comstock Park High School students.

Police do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff department’s investigation will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review and formal charges once it is completed.

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Why is there a gate on Sand Lake boat launch?

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People in the area have been using the boat launch on 22 Mile at Sand Lake to get their boats in and out of the lake for as long as anyone can remember. So many people were surprised when it was gated and locked the first part of March. The Post fielded some questions from readers about it, and contacted the Village of Sand Lake to find out what was going on.

According to Sand Lake Village President Roger Towsley, contrary to what people might think, it is not a “public” boat launch. Instead, it’s part of the thin strip of property at 551 W. Lake Street, that runs to the west of the boat launch.

The person who used to live there allowed the public to use it, and the people before him never minded,” explained Towsley. “I’ve lived here 40 years and it was always used. Others have told me that it’s been in use since the early 1900s.” The Village has helped maintain the property by putting gravel in there and mowing it.

He said that the problem is that when the property was sold, the new owner became concerned about the liability of people using it, and decided to put up the gate.

Towsley said that the Village of Sand Lake has spoken to the owner and asked if he’d be willing to sell the east end of the property to the Village, so that the public could use the boat launch. “He said he would be willing to do that. We just need to get it appraised,” said Towsley.

Towsley also said that they had contacted the Village of Sand Lake’s insurance company, and that their insurance would not go up. “As soon as we get a price, we can make an offer, and hopefully open it up to the public. The offer will depend on the assessment, and whether we have the money.” He noted that they would be open to taking donations for the project.

If we can buy it at a fair price, we will,” he said.

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What’s “bugging” you in our streams?

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Volunteers needed for stream insect monitoring

In many cases we think bugs are a nuisance, but bugs in a stream can be very useful. Stream insects are a good measure of water quality. Unlike fish, stream insects cannot move around much so they are less able to escape the effects of sediment and other pollutants that diminish water quality. Stream insects can also be easily identified.

Trout Unlimited National, Cannon Township and Michigan Trout Unlimited will be holding a Stream Insect Monitoring Event on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 North Monroe Street, in Rockford. Volunteers will be assigned to a monitoring group with a team leader. Each group will collect and identify insects from different stream sites in the Rogue River and Bear Creek watersheds. You don’t need any experience with stream insects to participate and all ages are welcome.

What will you need? Please RSVP to Nichol De Mol at 231-557-6362 or ndemol@tu.org if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Please bring waders if you have them and dress for the weather conditions.

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The Post travels to Colorado

N-Post-travels-ColoradoDylan Kolasa and Caleb Bowen spent their spring break traveling to Colorado with family. While there, they made the road trip up to Pikes Peak, elevation 14,110 ft.

Thank you to Dylan and Caleb 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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Camp Grayling Flexes Capacity Muscle with Arctic Eagle 16

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By Tech. Sgt. Dan Heaton, Michigan National Guard

As a Coast Guard rapid response team stormed a ship taken by “terrorists” in Lake Huron, Marine Corps Reservists were conducting infantry maneuvers with a group of soldiers from the Denmark Home Guard. At the local hospital, an incident command center had been stood up as civilian doctors and nurses communicated with sheriff deputies about the possibility that some kind of radiological dirty bomb had been detonated in town—discovered by a specialized team from the Indiana National Guard.

In short, it was just another day at Camp Grayling.

The complexity of this exercise shows the capacity that we enjoy here at Camp Grayling,” Major Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general of Michigan, explained as he stood outside a decontamination tent at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital in the northern Michigan city of Grayling.

This exercise is Arctic Eagle 16, a National Guard-led exercise focusing on emergency response to a terrorist incident on American soil. Arctic Eagle brought some 1,100 troops to the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center for about two weeks in early April amid a late season snowstorm that dropped temperatures below zero and dumped six or more inches of snow on the region, and complemented the exercise’s Arctic name. But this exercise was just one of a series of events that brought nearly a quarter million troops to the camp in Fiscal Year 2015.

We can provide four seasons of a wide range of training scenarios,” explained Lt. Col. Theresa Brown, the deputy garrison commander at Camp Grayling. “In recent years, we have increasingly moved into functioning as a truly joint training environment, where we see multiple different uniforms, often times able to work directly and collaboratively with state and local law enforcement or other first responder agencies.”

Which explains why, on the day Vadnais and several other general officers visited the troops in the field during Arctic Eagle, a senior Coast Guard officer was with the group—on an Army National Guard camp some 75 miles from the nearest coastline.

Our mission brings us in to regular contact both with the various military branches and with local and state law enforcement,” said Coast Guard Capt. Eric Johnson, chief of incident management for the 9th Coast Guard District, which oversees the Great Lakes region. “So an exercise like this—while our personnel may not be operating on Camp Grayling itself, but we are working closely with other teams, sharing communications and coordinating efforts—allows us to practice our mission of homeland security.”

In the Arctic Eagle scenario, Coast Guard and National Guard troops from Michigan and Massachusetts used a museum ship in Mackinaw City, Mich.—the former US Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw—to stage a series of attacks and counter-attacks on the ship. The troops worked closely with the owner of a privately owned industrial shipyard in nearby Cheboygan to stage the raid. The fact that Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Claremont is also a sergeant major in the Michigan Army National Guard helped to ensure smooth coordination between the military units and the locals in Mackinaw City and Cheboygan.

As that was happening in Cheboygan and Mackinaw City, at Camp Grayling’s Combined Arms Training Facility, Marine Corps Reservists from the 3rd Battalion/25th Marines based in Johnson City, Tenn., were focused on another aspect of Arctic Eagle—providing security and response to seek out the “terrorists” in the exercise. Working with the Marines were some 80 members of the Home Guard of Denmark, a volunteer unit somewhat similar to the U.S. National Guard.

This is an opportunity for our Marines to not only work in conjunction with other units, but to gain some great cultural training by working with the Danes,” said Lt. Col. Ford Philips, inspector/instructor for 3rd Battalion. “The Marines are not only working on their skills as infantry, but learning a lot about another culture and how they view military service.

For one of the Danish Home Guard troops, the Camp Grayling training has particular relevance. Pvt. A.J. Manzon said he had a friend who was in Brussels, Belgium, during the March 22, 2016, terror attacks there.

Terrorism has come too close to us,” Manzon said during a break between small squad infantry training. “It is very important for us to be ready, both Denmark and the U.S.”

Working with partner organizations—both at the local level and internationally—is a core competency of the National Guard, Vadnais said.

Having the Danish Home Guard here adds a layer of complexity to the operation. The opportunity to work with the local hospital—and they have just been great partners with us. Our job is to leverage these partnerships in a way that serves our state and our nation,” Vadnais said. “The partnerships and the capacity that we have here at Camp Grayling allows not only the Michigan National Guard to maintain a high degree of readiness, but to be able to share that capacity with our partners.”

Those partnerships benefit not only the National Guard and related agencies, but the medical professionals at the community hospital in Grayling.

“It’s always worthwhile to practice emergency preparedness as a hospital because we know that we will almost always be involved in an external disaster and the more we practice the better prepared we will be in the future, explained Stephanie Riemer, president of Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. “Being able to practice with our long standing community partner, the National Guard, was not only an honor, it gave the hospital the opportunity to practice an entirely different scenario than our usual community wide drills would offer and we learned so much from the exercise that will strengthen our ongoing efforts in emergency preparedness.”

Among the 1,100 troops supporting Arctic Eagle 16 was an Indiana National Guard soldier on her first major exercise. Private 1st Class Rakiya Lyons was part of the team that helped create the emergency decontamination treatment center near the simulated bomb blast site.

Seeing how it all really comes together, seeing how the parts of the team all work together—it’s really something,” Lyons said.

Arctic Eagle 16 is a National Guard led, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational exercise based on the President of the United States, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, state of Alaska and international partners’ Arctic strategies. It is conducted in live and constructive environments, focused on humanitarian assistance, consequence management and infrastructure protection.

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MCC presents ‘Carmina Burana’ concert collaboration

WHAT: “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, performed by MCC’s Alumni & Friends Choir, MCC’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company

WHEN: April 17 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Greenville High School Performing Arts Center

HOW: Tickets are general admission and are $3 each. Purchase tickets at the UPS Store at 703 S. Greenville West Drive in Greenville or in the Montcalm Community College Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building at 2800 College Drive in Sidney. Payment must be cash or check made payable to MCC.

 

 

By Samantha Mack

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company rehearse for the April 17 performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Members of Montcalm Community College’s Alumni & Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company rehearse for the April 17 performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

SIDNEY—Montcalm Community College’s Alumni and Friends Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, along with members of the Greenville High School Orchestra and Flat River Dance Company, have joined for a production of epic proportions April 17 at 5 p.m. at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.

Performed by more than 150 area artists, “Carmina Burana” will feature powerful rhythms, unforgettable vocal parts and flowing dancers.

Carmina Burana” is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection “Carmina Burana.” The original manuscripts, written in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, reflect the life and worldviews of poets at that time.

MCC Performing Arts Coordinator Val Vander Mark, who is coordinating the production, said she is excited to bring this cultural opportunity to a local audience, and to pay tribute to Orff, who was an influential music educator.

Part of Orff’s educational philosophy was that children learn best by encountering rhythm first. That philosophy is evident in this piece,” Vander Mark said. “This work is not very difficult pitch-wise for singers, but it has some passages that are very difficult for the orchestra.

With its fast tempos and constantly-changing meters, it is quite challenging rhythmically for everyone,” she said. “It is also written in Latin and German. That is difficult enough, but we are using the pronunciations of the languages that would have been used in the time when the poetry was written, so even those singers who are familiar with the languages have a challenge mastering the differences between the modern and ancient versions.

The Philharmonic Orchestra is tackling the challenge extremely well, and the string section of the Greenville High School orchestra is joining them for extra rehearsals,” she added. “The difficulty will stretch everyone’s abilities in reading and playing music, but beyond that, the rewards of performing and getting to know this great work so intimately cannot be described. We have a huge amount of talent in Montcalm County. I have been just overwhelmed by the quality of musicianship that is represented in this group.”

A special aspect of the ‘Carmina Burana’ production is our partnership with the community in this endeavor,” said MCC Dean of Instruction & Student Development Gary Hauck. “This is a stellar example of our college and community relationship.”

Vander Mark said this epic composition takes a lot of work from many performers and requires two pianos. In addition to Greenville High School’s grand piano, an 1890 Steinway grand piano will be featured during the performance. The classic instrument is on loan from Alex Kapteyn, owner of Central Michigan Pianos, in Carson City. Kapteyn acquired the piano from the estate of longtime Greenville resident Dorothy Oliver, a musician and founder of the Danish Festival. Kapteyn spent about 10 months restoring it, and it is now in his home.

I am very pleased to have this piano utilized for the concert, for in a small way it allows me to pay tribute to Dorothy Oliver and her years of service to the Greenville school system,” Kapteyn said.

Vander Mark said the performance will be a rare event.

We are hoping that the large audience will give many people who knew Dorothy a chance to see and hear this equally-rare instrument,” Vander Mark said. “Having known Dorothy personally, I know what an extraordinary person and musician she was, and how much this will mean to so many people in our community,” she added. “It just makes the whole experience that much more meaningful for both the musicians and the audience. The idea that this is probably a once-in-a-lifetime event that we are privileged to be part of is exciting.”

Tickets for “Carmina Burana” are general admission and cost $3 each. They may be purchased at the UPS Store, located in the parking lot south of Applebee’s at 703 S. Greenville West Drive, Suite 7, Greenville, and at Montcalm Community College’s Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building at 2800 College Drive, Sidney. Payment must be cash or check made payable to Montcalm Community College.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the Montcalm Community College Foundation Ash Community College Enhancement Fund.

 

 

 

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DNR: Keep Michigan’s wildlife wild

Baby rabbits are among the young wildlife often encountered by those getting out in nature. Photo Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Baby rabbits are among the young wildlife often encountered by those getting out in nature. Photo Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

Each spring and summer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is flooded with calls as people across the state run into a common dilemma—they have come across a baby animal and desperately want to help.

Hannah Schauer, a DNR wildlife education technician, spends time talking with the public about why it is better to leave baby animals in the wild.

The vast majority of the time these wild animals do not need our help,” Schauer said. “Wildlife can survive on a day-to-day basis without help from humans.”

Survival adaptations

White-tailed deer fawns often are left alone by their mothers in an attempt to keep predators from finding them. Baby rabbits are among the young wildlife often encountered by those getting out in nature. Photo Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

White-tailed deer fawns often are left alone by their mothers in an attempt to keep predators from finding them.
Baby rabbits are among the young wildlife often encountered by those getting out in nature.
Photo Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Most wild critters have a few survival tricks up their sleeves. Take white-tailed deer, for example.

Female deer typically birth their fawns in May and June. A newborn fawn is unsure of its footing and is unable to keep up with its mother. So, the mother deer hides her small, spotted fawn in a secluded spot for safe keeping.

The mother deer then intentionally leaves her fawn alone to help increase its chances of survival. Beyond the spotted camouflage and the instinct to lie very still, fawns have an additional survival adaptation. Fawns are born with very little scent, making it challenging for predators to find them.

An adult deer, however, has plenty of scent to it, and—being a large animal—is fairly easy to spot,” Schauer said. “So, rather than hang around and draw attention to where she has carefully hid her fawn, the mother deer opts to graze elsewhere.”

The doe returns periodically to nurse her fawn and is usually not too far away. It doesn’t take long before the fawn is strong enough to keep up with its mother and then has a better chance of outrunning a predator. Fawns are rarely abandoned.

Wildlife concerns

DNR wildlife staff suggests that if you happen to find a fawn or other baby animal, please leave it in the wild.

Taking an animal from the wild is not only illegal, it is dangerous. A wild animal, especially a baby, may seem harmless, but they rarely are. If you bring a baby animal into your home and it actually survives, it will eventually grow up.

As animals grow, they will experience hormonal changes as well as physical and behavioral changes,” Schauer said. “Raccoons, for example, are known for exhibiting aggressive behavior as they age.”

An animal may act tame, but it is instinctively a wild animal and will act like one.

Besides aggressive and potentially dangerous behaviors, wild animals can carry diseases and parasites, many of which can be transmitted to your pets or to you or your children. The laws prohibiting possession of wild animals are in place to keep people, as well as the wild animals, safe.

Tougher rules

In some cases, the DNR must put even stricter regulations in place to look after the health of an entire species. Such is the case in central Michigan, where in May 2015 the state’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was confirmed in a free-ranging, white-tailed deer from Ingham County.

The disease is a central nervous system affliction found in deer, elk and moose (cervids). It attacks the brain of infected animals, creating small lesions that result in death. Chronic wasting disease is transmitted through direct animal-to-animal contact or by contact with saliva,urine, feces, blood and carcass parts of an infected animal or infected soil.

Once it arrives, CWD can spread through the deer population and all deer infected with the disease will die. Because infected deer may not exhibit symptoms right away, you cannot tell just by looking at a deer if it is suffering from CWD.

Taking an unhealthy deer from the environment and attempting to rehabilitate it has the potential to increase the spread of CWD. Bringing infected deer into contact with other deer in rehabilitation centers, can risk contaminating those facilities. For that reason, rehabilitation of deer in Clinton, Shiawassee and Ingham counties in Lower Michigan is prohibited. As new cases of CWD are discovered, the list of counties where rehabilitation of deer is prohibited may grow. 

So far, CWD has not been found in the Upper Peninsula. To continue monitoring the situation, the DNR plans to ask hunters this fall to voluntarily submit deer heads for testing in the counties bordering Wisconsin.

In Lower Michigan, there is mandatory testing for deer harvested within the CWD Management Zone and voluntary testing occurring elsewhere for any hunter who wants to submit a deer head. To learn more about CWD and how you can help, visit mi.gov/cwd.

Wildlife rehabilitators

Ultimately, a wild animal’s best chance of survival is staying in the wild. This is especially true for baby animals.

Only licensed wildlife rehabilitators may legally possess abandoned or injured wildlife. Unless you are licensed, it is illegal to possess a live wild animal in Michigan. The only time a baby animal may be removed from the wild is when you know the parent is dead or the animal is injured. However, a licensed rehabilitator must be contacted before removing an animal from the wild.

Licensed wildlife rehabilitators must adhere to the law and have gone through training on proper handling of injured or abandoned wild animals. These rehabilitators will work to return the animal to the wild where it will again realize its best chance for survival.

A list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in Michigan can be found by visiting mi.gov/wildlife or by calling your local DNR office.

Look for #KeepMiWild on the DNR’s social media this spring and summer and share the importance of keeping wildlife in the wild.

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A Gift for families: financial planning at the end of life

Financial worries compound the stress that families feel when a loved one is dying. Judy Trepeck of the Michigan Association of CPAs led efforts to provide resources to help families be financially prepared for the end of life.

Financial worries compound the stress that families feel when a loved one is dying. Judy Trepeck of the Michigan Association of CPAs led efforts to provide resources to help families be financially prepared for the end of life.

Every day, when Judy Trepeck goes to the mailbox, she wonders if she’s going to find another bill she has to pay. That’s been pretty much the norm since her stepfather died four months ago, and she stepped in to manage his financial affairs.  She’s working through her grief and a myriad of issues related to settling his estate.

Our job as a survivor begins the day a loved one’s life ends,” said Trepeck, senior vice president and chief knowledge officer for the Michigan Association of CPAs. “What I’m learning now, for example, is that you have to give notice to creditors for four months in case someone has a claim against the estate. There’s a process that starts after death that needs to be managed, but nobody tells you about that.  Who knew?”

 Trepeck’s colleagues at MICPA knew. In fact, they convened a task force of certified public accountants from across the state to address the matter. After nine months of work, including some long nights during tax season, the organization produced Financial Affairs at the End of Life” for Hospice of Michigan patients and families.

The booklet, which can be downloaded at www.micpa.org, provides a wealth of assessment and planning tools designed to ensure families can be financially prepared for the end of life.  Sections range from caring for dependents to advanced directives to estate planning with a single goal in mind: Providing objective financial information and resources.

We had been talking at a Hospice of Michigan board meeting about the fact that social workers were often asked about financial issues for a family and didn’t have the resources or the wherewithal to answer those questions,” said Trepeck, who also serves on HOM’s board of directors. “We saw the need at MICPA to give social workers the objective information they needed to provide to the families from an honest broker standpoint, if you will. Our goal was to be a resource book that has all the information on the various things that families should think about, then gives them phone numbers or points them to websites.”

For MICPA, which has nearly 18,000 member-CPAs statewide, the opportunity to fill an educational need was motivation for the project.  For Hospice of Michigan, the largest non-profit provider of hospice and palliative care services in the state, the resulting booklet filled a gap.

We walk alongside patients and families during one of the most stressful times of life,” said Robert Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan. “Financial worries compound that stress and magnify it. We are grateful to the MICPA for giving our social workers and clinicians a valuable tool for their toolboxes with ‘Financial Affairs.’

The booklet, which has gone through multiple revisions and updates, encourages families to start by gathering detailed information on their assets and liabilities.  Sections detail what kinds of information is needed, right down to the location of safety deposit boxes and a list of employer fringe benefits.

The Planning section focuses on family, offering lots of questions to prompt discussion before decisions are made when it comes to guardians, property and advanced directives. Whom does the patient trust? Whom do the children love and trust? Is this what the patient wants? Important but difficult conversations to have.

The section also covers the basic financial tools including life insurance, pensions and other retirement accounts, as well as basic estate planning including wills, probate and trusts.

An extensive “Meeting Financial Needs” section provides an overview on short-term and long-term expenses and commitments, which often undergo a significant shift during a prolonged illness or death. Accessing resources, managing affairs and handling funeral expenses are all covered at length.

The third and final section is the one Trepeck finds herself referring to a lot: “Survivor’s Issues.” It offers a practical timeline and checklist of tasks immediately after death, two weeks after, and a month after, detailing the types of benefits from Social Security, life insurance and retirement accounts that are available.

It’s a gift for people to be able to leave their families with detailed financial information and end-of-life directives,” Trepeck said. “While they may not be easy conversations to have, they are essential to a family’s peace of mind because during a serious illness or after a death, you’re not going to be able to get this information, let alone be in a frame of mind to process the conversation.

 

MICPA developed “Financial Affairs at the End of Life” for Hospice of Michigan patients and families. The booklet can be downloaded free of charge, along with the organization’s Financial Inventory, at https://www.micpa.org/resource-center/resources-for-the-public/financial-literacy.

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Cedar Creek floods roadways, yards

Cedar Creek overflowed into Main Street last Thursday, March 31. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Creek overflowed into Main Street last Thursday, March 31. Post photo by J. Reed.

This area, north of the Creek, flooded and sent water out on to Main Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

This area, north of the Creek, flooded and sent water out on to Main Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

An spring storm with heavy rainfall whipped through the area on Thursday, March 31, during mid-afternoon (about 3-4 p.m.) and a surge of water caused Cedar Creek to overflow her banks.

The water was high all along the creek, and a flood watch was out for the Rogue River. The storm surge sent the water into Main Street, just north of Oak Street, and areas of Fifth Street were flooded as well. Cars were lined up along Main Street, waiting to drive slowly through the affected area. The flooding had subsided by later that evening.

The last time Cedar Creek overflowed on to Main Street was in 2013. Prior to that it was the mid-1980s, so it’s a fairly rare occurrence. However, there was a flood in 1905 or 1906 in that same area that washed out the wooden bridge across Main Street, and the cement sidewalks. It was reportedly two to three feet deep, and people used rowboats to get up and down Main Street.

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Eagle standing watch

By Mindy Abbott

By Mindy Abbott

A couple of weeks ago we ran a photo of an eagle on a barn just off Northland Drive. This week, Mindy Abbott gave us another eagle photo—this one up close and personal from her home in Solon Township.

Got to get a good look at a bald eagle today sitting in the rain,” she wrote. “I’ve heard he has been seen in our neighborhood lately.” She took the photo while standing on her front porch.

That’s a great photo, Mindy! Thanks so much for sending it!

If any of you have wildlife photos you’d like to send us, email them to news@cedarspringspost.com, and include some info about the photo, and about yourself. We will run them as space allows.

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