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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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Are you prepared for severe weather?

The Swan Inn was demolished in the April 11, 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The building was at the intersection of Alpine Avenue and 6 Mile Road. One of the guests was fatally injured. Photo credit: Walter L. Nelson, via The National Weather Service.

The Swan Inn was demolished in the April 11, 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The building was at the intersection of Alpine Avenue and 6 Mile Road. One of the guests was fatally injured. Photo credit: Walter L. Nelson, via The National Weather Service.

We don’t see a lot of tornadoes in our area, but they do happen in Michigan. It was on Palm Sunday, 50 years ago this Saturday, April 11, 1965, that 47 tornadoes broke out in several Midwest states—including here in Kent County—killing and injuring hundreds of people.

That F4 tornado traveled over 20 miles north of Grand Rapids and caused five deaths and injured almost 150 people. Thirty-four homes were destroyed and nearly 200 others damaged near the northern suburbs of Comstock Park and Alpine. Damage amounts were estimated at almost $15 million. And it didn’t stop in Comstock Park—the storm tracked west of Rockford and up to the Cedar Springs area.

This photo shows the path of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado, from Allendale to Cedar Springs. Photo from the National Weather Service.

This photo shows the path of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado, from Allendale to Cedar Springs. Photo from the National Weather Service.

Many areas where the Palm Sunday storm tracked were fields and farmland, but now are more densely populated. If we had a storm of that magnitude again, would you be ready?

April 12-18 is Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week. Last year, there were 13 tornadoes across the state of Michigan. The most damaging was an EF1 tornado in Kent County in July. The tornado started near 60th and Clyde Park SW, moving northeast through Kentwood, and ending near 44th and Kalamazoo SE. The twister traveled 6 miles, damaging homes and causing six injuries in its path. Michigan had 13 tornadoes (just short of the annual average of 15) and fortunately, no one was killed in these storms. Other severe weather incidents in the state caused one death, 13 injuries, and the most damaging severe weather season in Michigan’s history, due to flooding in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. Be vigilant whenever severe weather is in the forecast.

This year, as we enter Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week, it’s a great time to refresh your supplies and make sure you are prepared. Make sure you have a flashlight, fresh batteries, enough water for three days, canned food items and a can opener, an all-weather radio, and a first aid kit. You should also remember the difference between a watch and a warning:

WATCH: The potential exists for the development of storms/tornados. You can continue your normal activities, but be mindful of changing conditions.

WARNING: Severe storms are imminent or occurring. Move indoors to a place of safety. If it is a Tornado Warning, take shelter in a basement or the inner-most closet of your home.

“While no location is completely safe from a tornado or severe thunderstorm, it is important to seek all possible protection,” said Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator. “Make sure you and your family take cover in a location on the lowest level of the building, like the basement, or in a small, windowless room at the innermost part of the building. Protect yourself by covering your body with items such as a coat or blanket.”  In the event of a tornado, kneel down and bend into a ball-like position, using your arms to cover your head and neck. If flooding occurs, move to higher grounds and evacuate quickly if told to do so.

Plan in advance for disasters to know how you and your family will get to a safe place, how to contact each other and what to do in different situations. Determine a location where you would meet in an emergency, both near your house and further away, in case your neighborhood streets are closed. If a disaster occurs, it may be easier to make a long-distance phone call to a designated out-of-town contact, as phone lines may be overwhelmed. Make sure that person is aware that he or she is the designated contact. You should also have a disaster plan for your pets as well.

Check out our Severe Weather Awareness packet here – Severe Weather awareness week.pdf 

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Scott Hazel Memorial Game 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

Cedar Springs and Rockford soccer teams honor teacher

The Scott Hazel Memorial Game will be hosted by the Rockford Rams on April 16 at 7 p.m. (The JV game will be played immediately prior to this game.)

Scott Hazel lost his battle against cancer last summer. The Rams and the Red Hawks are coming together to raise money for the Purple Community in his memory. Mr. Hazel coached soccer at both Rockford and Cedar Springs at various levels, and was a well-known and much loved teacher in Cedar Springs.

Yes, there will be a game but this night will be so much more as both communities come together to honor Scott Hazel and raise money for cancer research in memory of him.

Rockford’s school colors are orange and black and Cedar Springs are red and black. However, on April 16, both communities will come together in a sea of purple for the man who influenced so many.

 

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