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Cedar Springs Public Schools Honor Rolls

Red-Hawk-art-webHEY proud parents and grandparents!

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Honor Rolls for Middle School, High School, and New Beginnings Alternative HS are now available to download.

Click link below to download the Cedar Springs Public Schools 2nd Trimester Honor roll 2013-2014

 

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Are you prepared for severe weather?

This double tornado was one of 47 tornadoes that occurred on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965 and affected several states in the Midwest, including Michigan. This particular tornado hit the Midway Trailer park in Indiana, killing 33 people.

This double tornado was one of 47 tornadoes that occurred on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965 and affected several states in the Midwest, including Michigan. This particular tornado hit the Midway Trailer park in Indiana, killing 33 people.

Severe weather awareness week April 6-12

 

We don’t see a lot of tornadoes in our area, but they do happen in Michigan. It was on Palm Sunday, 49 years ago, 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.

Are you ready if another strikes? This week, April 6-12, is severe weather awareness week. And the Michigan State Police are asking residents to ensure their safety and reduce damage by practicing emergency preparedness and response procedures for all types of severe weather.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather hazards,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “That includes flooding, thunderstorms and tornados. By taking the initiative and preparing today, you and your family will be ready when an emergency or disaster happens.”

This is the oldest known photograph of a tornado, 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota, August 28, 1884. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection.

This is the oldest known photograph of a tornado, 22 miles southwest of Howard, South Dakota, August 28, 1884. NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection.

Tornadoes, floods, thunder and lightning storms and extreme heat are can occur at any time. Spring and summer brings fast-changing weather conditions, increasing the potential for severe weather. Steps can be taken to prepare before severe weather strikes to minimize damage and ensure safe evacuation or shelter such as understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, creating an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list.

Once again Michigan residents were reminded in 2013 that severe weather can strike at any time. While most Michigan tornadoes occur from May to August during the afternoon and evening hours, a November 2013 severe weather outbreak hit Michigan with three reported tornadoes.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there were two deaths and two injuries in Michigan from severe weather in 2013. The injuries resulted from severe thunderstorm winds. Flooding, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes were responsible for about $277 million in damages in 2013, compared to $210 million in damages in 2012.

In 2013, southeast Michigan had an above average severe weather season while the rest of the state recorded well below average activity. The state experienced less significant severe weather events in 2013 compared to 2012, but there were more days of severe weather, especially for southeast Michigan.

Even with the sporadic activity, the severe weather in Michigan still took a substantial toll on the state.

In 2013, there were 12 tornadoes across the state, which is just below the average of 15. There were three separate events when the 12 tornadoes occurred. Six of the 12 tornadoes developed between Lansing and Flint on May 28, two tornadoes developed around midnight in Livingston County on August 28-29, and the last three developed with the severe weather outbreak of November 17. The strongest tornadoes were rated EF2 and hit areas just north of Fenton and near Goodrich on May 28.

To find out what you should do to prepare for, or what to do during and after a severe weather event, visit our website at www.cedarspringspost.com and click on Severe weather awareness week. Or go to  www.michigan.gov/beprepared.

 

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High school students hope lip dub goes viral

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Students at Cedar Springs High School all got to be part of something special before leaving for spring break—a lip dub that involved all 900 students at the school.

According to TV Production teacher Justin Harnden, it was 100 percent student filmed, planned and directed.

Harnden said that a discussion in their CSTV (Advanced television production) class at the beginning of the year got the idea going for the lip dub, and once they got into the third trimester, senior Alex Hughes took the idea even further. “He got everyone in the school involved, and then, with the help of junior Bryan Taylor, organized the whole event,” explained Harnden.

The video was done during Cedar Pride week, and was put out to showcase the pride that students have in the school. The lip syncers were members of various school clubs and sports. Filming was done by Joel Carter, Cody Hoogerheide, and Derrick Liggett, with Hughes and Taylor directing.

Harnden said they had 10 full runs with the singers, many more times through with just the directors planning the route, and the only time they had everyone involved was for the filming, right before their Cedar Pride assembly on Thursday, April 3, the day before spring break began.

The  video was online on their youtube channel by 4:30 p.m. that day, and had over 12,000 views in less than 24 hours. They currently have just over 20,000.

Have you seen the video? Help the video go viral by viewing and sharing with friends and family. It can be found on youtube.com, just search for Cedar Springs TV or Cedar Springs High School lip dub.

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Sparta man dies in accident

Timothy Hiemstra

Timothy Hiemstra

A Sparta man was killed last week when his car left the roadway and hit a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, 40-year-old Timothy Hiemstra was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on 7 Mile Road shortly before 11:20 p.m. April 3, and failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Island Drive. The vehicle went through the intersection and hit a tree. Hiemstra was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Both the Plainfield Fire Department and Life EMS assisted at the scene.

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Community Night and Fine arts night merge

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Community Night is a place to try out something new and meet the people who live, work and play in our community.

April 17 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to ONE spot and shop for a place to get your hair done, check out a church you’ve been thinking about attending, buy some jewelry, win a door prize, find a new insurance agent, check out educational opportunities, meet others in the community, and be entertained all at the same time? You can! Just come to the annual Cedar Springs Community Night, on Thursday, April 17, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Cedar Springs High School. Admission is free.

The event, put on annually by the Community Action Network, has become a tradition for many businesses, organizations, churches, and school groups to show the community what they have to offer. And each year, hundreds of visitors visit the 100-plus booths set up throughout the school.

This year, the Cedar Springs Public Schools Fine Arts Department has decided to merge their Fine Arts Night with Community Night.

What does this mean? It means music in the auditorium, art on the walls, and improv drama groups mingling with attendees throughout the building. It means more activities and more fun!

Come on out and enjoy the fun!

 

 

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Post goes to Birmingham

N-Post-goes-to-BirminghanDuane Green recently visited Birmingham, Alabama and took the Post with him. While there, he visited Sloss Furnaces. Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss is open to the public as a self guided museum. It is also open as a haunted house around Halloween. People believe it is really haunted, and it was also featured in the TV Show Ghost Hunters.

Thanks for taking us with you, Duane!

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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Library receives matching fundraising check

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The Modern Woodmen of America recently presented a $500 matching check to the Cedar Springs Public Library as a result of the January quilt show.

The youth group organized, baked and ran a fantastic bake sale and accepted donations to raise money for the Friends at the second annual Quilt Show Fund Raiser on Saturday, January 25. Modern Woodmen youth and parents were very engaged in all aspects of the Quilt Show from setting up to tearing down.

Over the years the Cedar Springs Youth Group has conducted benefits for such projects as the Veterans’ Memorial Park, the Elmwood Cemetery, the Boy Scout cabin, the Cedar Springs Library (stainless steel drop box), the Nelson/Sand Lake Library (flag), winter hat and glove drive for Cedar Trails, light bulbs for trailer park residents on 18 Mile Road, Metron (flags), City Hall (baked goods for police officers), Fire Department (flag), Kent City Fire Department (flag), flags for Cedar View and the middle school, CS Garden Club (assisted in planting flowers) and they are actively seeking new projects.
To find out more about the mission and how to request funds for your non-profit project, contact our very own Junior Director, Annette Nelson, at 616-240-4863. To email Annette, shrjanelson@yahoo.com.

 

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Bicyclist struck by car in Algoma Township

A Newaygo man was injured last Saturday, when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a truck.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Dale Slagle, 53, of Newaygo, was riding his bicycle southbound on Northland Drive, near the shoulder, when he was struck by a passing Ford F150 driven by Ajay Grover, 36 of Caledonia.

The struck both the handlebars and the bicyclist’s elbows, knocking the subject to the ground. The driver of the truck was not injured and stayed on scene to help the person on the bicycle. His injuries were deemed non-life-threatening and he was transported to Butterworth Hospital for treatment.

Courtland Township Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance and Rockford Police also assisted at the scene.

 

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Investigation into open meetings violation will go on

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By Judy Reed

 

The Cedar Springs City Council voted last month to conduct an investigation into whether a violation had occurred under the Open Meetings Act last July, when the Council voted to take Mayor Bob Truesdale into closed session to hear complaints against him.

The Michigan Open Meetings Act states that a closed session may be called to hear complaints against a public officer, when the person requests a closed hearing. It can also be rescinded by the individual at any time.

According to Truesdale, he did not ask for the closed session, but was instead told by two of the council members that they were going to do this in closed session. Truesdale said he voted with the council figuring he had nothing to hide, and was not aware of his rights to end it at any time.

Two of the council members—Patricia Troost and Ashley Bremmer—are up for recall and the alleged open meetings violation is one of the reasons listed.

While Councilmember Dan Clark originally voted for the investigation, he began to have second thoughts last week, after reviewing two opinions by former State Attorney General Frank Kelley in connection with recalls and using public funds to defend the members up for recall. So he asked to have the matter revisited when the council met last Thursday for a special goals workshop session.

“I voted for it (the investigation) last month because I was not a councilmember at the time it occurred and did not want to interfere, “ he explained. “But when I realized that there was a conflict with an attorney general opinion, I tried to have them change the language to take it away from the recall.”

At the workshop, Clark proposed that they delay the investigation until they could find out whether the two opinions he read would cause the council to do something illegal. “In connecting the investigation with the recall, we are putting together two areas that should not be—the electoral and the judicial,” he explained.

The two opinions he cited were from former State Attorney General Frank Kelley.  In opinion 6704, dated March 22, 1991, Kelley answered the question on whether a municipality can use its funds for the purpose of paying expenses incurred by its city commissioners in the defense of a recall petition arising out of their performance of their duties as elected officers. He answered that no officer has any duties regarding the…outcome of  a recall election, and that his opinion was that the township may not expend public funds to challenge the sufficiency of  recall petitions.

The second opinion, no. 6715, dated March 17, 1992, also addressed public funds to pay legal fees of village council members who are subject of a recall. He again stated that a village may not use its funds for the purpose of paying legal fees to legal counsel opposing a recall petition.

Clark likens those opinions to what he sees the council is now doing—performing an internal investigation using public funds to exonerate the two members under recall. But Mayor Mark Fankhauser sees it differently. He says the investigation is not on behalf of Troost or Bremmer.

“We rely on our lawyer to act legally on our behalf. The recall was the catalyst that caused the entire to be compromised, and I felt it was important to address whether the council had done anything improper. It will be a small impact financially.”

City Manager Thad Taylor told the council that he had asked City Attorney Jeffrey Slugget whether they were using the funds improperly, and he told them that the city’s charter says they can use public funds as long as they are using it for a public purpose. He explained that the city must do the initial gathering of information, then show any evidence they gather to the prosecutor. If the prosecutor feels there is a case, it gets turned over to the Michigan State Police for further investigation.

Fankhauser said he felt the investigation should continue so that the public knows whether or not something illegal has been done.

Troost agreed, saying the investigation would tell them if five of them still on the council did something wrong.

Clark said the real issue is that they shouldn’t spend money on an electoral process.  “I want us to have a good image. I don’t want to spend public money on this. As a public body, we are influencing the electorate unintentionally.”

He said if there had to be an investigation, he felt it should come from a private source, not one funded by the city.

Clark also took issue with lawyer Sluggett’s response when asked at a previous meeting about who can call a closed session. “Mr. Sluggett said over and over that anyone can call a closed session and it is not so. I would like to have more than his opinion. As a council I don’t want to be diametrically opposed to what the attorney general says.”

Clark moved to amend their motion to investigate and asked for Taylor to stop the investigation and not restart until further info was gathered. It was defeated 6-1, with Truesdale saying he accidentally voted no when he meant to vote yes. That may have been true for one other council member as well.

Mark Laws, the Cedar Springs resident who has filed the recall petition, has also filed a complaint against the Council under the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. Under that act, a public body must maintain strict neutrality in each election and not attempt to influence the outcome of an election.

 

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Vandalism update

Cody Steven Quay

Cody Steven Quay

The name has been released of the 19-year-old arrested last week for vandalism in Cedar Springs. Cody Steven Quay, a homeless Cedar Springs teen, was arraigned on Thursday, April 3, in 63rd District Court on a charge of Malicious destruction of property—building, $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 (a felony), and one count of malicious destruction of property—personal property, $200 or more but less than $1,000 (a misdemeanor). Bond was set at $1,000 on the felony and $500 on the misdemeanor. He has a preliminary examination set for April 16 at 2 p.m.

At least two or three others were also arrested in the case, but all were juveniles.

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