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Marian L. Osech

Marian L. Osech, age 84, of Cedar Springs, passed away on July 4, 2015. She was known to many as “Ma” and had an open door for everyone. She enjoyed routine trips to the casino. She was strong-willed, independent, and when times were tough, she knew to say something to make you laugh. She enjoyed being a part of everyday life with her grandchildren, Stacy (CJ) Meade; and great grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Roger; son, Skeet; two grandchildren, Patrick and Christopher Conway; brother-in-aw, Ken Lockard. Marian will be greatly missed by her five children, Christie (Henry) Slagter, Deric (Terry) Osech, Leslie Osech, Sherri (Alan) Oberlin, Shelly Osech; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Lockard, Karen (Bill) Barnum, Shirley (Roy) Joppie, and Sandra (George) Kenney; several nieces and nephews. Friends will meet the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, 11:00 a.m. at Solon Township Cemetery, 18 Mile at Algoma Ave.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com

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Two hurt in accident; vehicle later catches fire

This SUV appears to have caught fire after being loaded on the tow truck. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

This SUV appears to have caught fire after being loaded on the tow truck. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

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

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 this photo for us.

The Post will update you with more info when we receive it.

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Tagged brook trout released in Cedar Creek


N-Trout-tagging2Brook trout released into Cedar Creek last week will help researchers understand more about the fish and their relationship with our cold water creek.

This summer, the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative in Michigan partnered up with a professor and his graduate students from Grand Valley State University to study brook trout movement in the watershed. Dr. Mark Luttenton, Biology Graduate Program Coordinator, and his students, Justin Wegner and Graeme Zaparzynski, set out to evaluate the response of brook trout to a range of water temperature regimes, specifically summer water temperatures that surpass the temperature for maximum growth (13° C) and upper thermal preference (16° C). They also sought to understand the extent to which brook trout moderate internal body temperatures behaviorally by seeking coldwater refuge and how it relates to diet and fish bioenergetics.

To do so, they implanted 10 brook trout with a temperature sensitive radio transmitter. The transmitter will allow them to track their movements using telemetry and communicate core body temperatures throughout the summer. Every other day, the researchers will locate each fish and collect water temperature data to inform their findings.

Trout Unlimited suggested Cedar Creek in Cedar Springs for the study and facilitated a partnership with the local chapter Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited and the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team, whom helped fund the project. On June 23rd, the research team along with excited community members gathered at Cedar Creek near 15 Mile to watch the surgical implantation of the radio transmitter and subsequent release of the tagged brook trout.

The Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative will use this data to prioritize restoration efforts in the watershed to focus on key trout habitat in the coldwater creek, particularly where groundwater inputs have been identified by the GVSU students

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Rollover fatal for GR man

James Seibold

James Seibold

The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to a single car rollover accident on Summit, north of 14 Mile Road, about 8:19 p.m., Sunday, June 28.

Two people were trapped inside of the vehicle, a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. The driver, a 41-year-old female from Algoma Township, suffered an arm injury, and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

The passenger, James Matthew Seibold, 42, of Grand Rapids, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and the crash is still under investigation.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Newaygo man killed in crash with ambulance


A multi-vehicle accident on M-37 Wednesday involving an ambulance resulted in one person dead and five others injured.

According to information released by the Michigan State Police, a Life EMS ambulance was headed southbound on M-37 between 15 Mile and Phelps about noon Wednesday, July 1, and northbound traffic began slowing down. Douglas Lee Westra, 63, of Newaygo, was traveling northbound, and tried to avoid the traffic slowing in front of him, and went off the roadway, where he lost control in the gravel, and went back out on to the road, where he collided with the ambulance. The impact knocked his vehicle into a third vehicle.

Westra was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others were also injured and transported to the hospital by AeroMed and Life EMS ambulance. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

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Chamber to host movies in the park, sidewalk sales

Polar Express

For the Christmas in July movie the “Polar Express” will be shown at Morley Park on July 10th

August's science fiction movie is planned for E.T.

August’s science fiction movie is planned for E.T.

When the Game Stands Tall is the football movie scheduled for September.

When the Game Stands Tall is the football movie scheduled for September.

Would you like to get some great deals locally and have some fun at the same time? Would you like to try something new on Friday night for family time? If that’s the case, the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has some events coming up you are going to love.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACoC) is hosting Sidewalk Sales the second Saturday in July, August, and September. Each month the sidewalk sales will be themed differently for more excitement. July is Christmas in July, August is Science Fiction, and September is football.

The Chamber is also providing free family-friendly movies in Morley Park during the summer months. The movies in the park will be held on the Friday before the sidewalk sales and will match the themes of the sidewalk sales. If by chance it is rained out on Friday, the movie will be played on Saturday.

On July 10, the movie will be “Polar Express” and start just before dark. It will coincide with “Christmas in July” sidewalk sales on July 11. Come to the CSACoC’s booth in the parking lot in front of the Cedar Chest Retail Shop and Curves/Jenny Craig for details on how to win a free bicycle. Bicycles will be given away at the August movie in the park just before the movie starts. There will also be a dunk tank at the corner of Elm and Main from 11:30 to p.m.

The August 7 movie will be “ET” to coincide with the August 8 Science Fiction-themed sidewalk sales (pending city council approval).

The September 11 movie will be “When the Game Stands Tall” to go along with the football-themed sidewalk sales on September 12  (pending city council approval).

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the local businesses to get in the spirit and decorate their businesses and/or storefronts to the theme of the month. The decorating doesn’t have to be limited to just the weekend of the movie/sidewalk sales. Feel free to use the theme all month long. For more info, contact Chamber president Perry Hopkins at Perry’s Place at the corner of Main and Maple Streets or email kinofhope@yahoo.com.

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The Post travels to Alaska


Pictured from left to right is Julie Kent, Candy Jacobs, Mary Balon and Kim Gillow.

Pictured from left to right is Julie Kent, Candy Jacobs, Mary Balon and Kim Gillow.

The Post recently traveled to Alaska with Julie Kent and Candy Jacobs, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Mary Balon and Kim Gillow, of Cedar Springs.

The group travelled by train from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The Salmon Bake Cabins at Denali Park were just one of the fun places we stayed. “We had the issue covering the bear sightings and had just seen a momma grizzly and 2 cubs while on a bus tour into the park,” they said. “We also saw a momma moose and her baby in a kettle pond next to the road, lots of caribou and Denali (Mount McKinley) was visible top to bottom for over 12 hours. It was awe-inspiring!”

Thank you Mary and Kim and friends 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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Everyday heroes at the library

Sgt. Jason Kelly explained that one of an officer’s tools is a bulletproof vest.  Post photo by J. Reed.

Sgt. Jason Kelly explained that one of an officer’s tools is a bulletproof vest. Post photo by J. Reed.

It was great week of summer reading fun at the Cedar Springs Library this past week, with programs highlighting everyday heroes and animal super powers.

Fire Chief Marty Fraser and Firefighter Stacey Velting from the Cedar Springs Fire Department showed up for preschool storytime, Wednesday, June 24. They showed the kids what firefighters look like dressed up in their turn out gear, and then the kids were able to try it on themselves. The children were also able to climb up and inspect the fire truck.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate these everyday heroes!

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoon Nature Center talked about the superpowers of animals in our own backyards. Courtesy photo.

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoon Nature Center talked about the superpowers of animals in our own backyards. Courtesy photo.

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoo Nature Center visited educated kids and parents alike on June 24, at the family program at Cedar Springs Middle School, with the superpowers of some animals we can see in our own backyards. “He started off with the tale of Charlie the Caterpillar, aka Double Identity, and taught us about the beaver, Master Builder, the turkey culture, Super Stomach, and more!” said Kelly Roach, who is in charge of the children’s programming, at the library. “And we taught him what a great community Cedar Springs is with our record attendance!” The program was attended by 188 kids and parents.

Preschoolers got to try on firefighter equipment. Courtesy photo.

Preschoolers got to try on firefighter equipment. Courtesy photo.

On Tuesday, June 29, Sgt. Jason Kelly, and Deputy Jason VanDyke, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, taught kids in fourth through sixth grade about being a police officer. Sgt. Kelly talked to the kids about becoming a police officer, what the physical training is like, the kinds of tools and weapons they use, and more. He and Dep. VanDyke allowed the kids to get hands-on and try out some of their tools, like touching a bullet-proof vest, checking out handcuffs, talking through a megaphone, putting on a gas mask, lifting a police shield, etc. They also got the chance to sit in a police cruiser and switch on the lights. It was a great way for kids to become acquainted with our own police officers. A big thank you goes out to these everyday heroes who help keep us safe!

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Meth lab suspect sentenced

Jason Butler

Jason Butler

Jason Andrew Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs, was sentenced to prison last Thursday, June 25, for maintaining a meth lab in his home.

Butler was arrested on April 15, by Kent County Sheriff deputies and detectives on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry, in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in his home.

Butler pled guilty, and was sentenced to 8-20 years each on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, and delivery or manufacturing methamphetamine. Two charges of stealing a financial transaction device were dropped.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team  (KANET) led the investigation.

Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to the scene to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.

Butler’s older brother, Joseph Clayton Butler, was sentenced to prison in April, for the same offense.

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Man arrested for trying to steal plasma cutter

Jacob Abraham Savickas

Jacob Abraham Savickas

A man believed to be involved in several thefts around the county was arrested this week for attempting to steal merchandise from a local farm store.

On Friday, June 19, the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit responded to a possible retail fraud attempt at Family Farm and Home on 17 Mile, in Cedar Springs.

They reported that a white male attempted to steal a valuable plasma cutter. Employees recognized the man as someone who previously stole welders. The theft was interrupted and the suspect fled the scene.

Store employees provided a thorough vehicle description, including the license plate number to police. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Jacob Abraham Savickas, 31.

Savickas was arrested, and is currently being held in the Kent County jail, on six charges, several for retail fraud.

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