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Student hit while crossing street

By Judy Reed

A car struck a Cedar Springs Middle School student attempting to cross the street earlier this week. 

According to Sgt. Todd Probst, with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Tuesday, November 13, about 7 a.m. He said a 13-year-old girl was on the edge of the road on Northland Drive, about 20 feet south of Beckett Blvd (at Northland Estates), when she stepped into the roadway to cross to the Middle School and was hit by the front passenger side of a vehicle traveling southbound on Northland.  

The impact sent her flying into the air, and she landed on her hip, but reportedly had no visible injuries. She did complain of some hip pain and was privately transported to the hospital by her parents.  

A bus driver nearby called the accident into dispatch. The driver of the car that hit her, a 16-year-old male, stopped at the scene. The driver of the vehicle following that car also stopped and was a witness at the scene. “From what the driver told us and what the driver of the vehicle following told us, it does not sound like speed was a factor,” said Probst. “The driver was not at fault.” He added that the flashers on the speed limit signs were flashing at the time showing the speed limit was 40 mph.

Some students may have seen the accident. “My daughter said that she heard a thud and turned and saw her friend lying in the grass across from the school,” a parent told the Post. 

School Superintendent Scott Smith sent out an email to parents who had students on bus #7156 and may have seen the accident. He explained the 7th grader was struck while attempting to cross Northland Drive and transported by her parents to the hospital. “Staff members and counselors were available throughout the day today to support students as needed at Red Hawk as well as the Middle and High Schools. If you find that your daughter/son needs additional support to process the events of this morning, please reach out to her/his Principal.

“We are thankful that the student was not seriously injured in the accident. We are also grateful for the members of our community who assisted at the scene until the first responders arrived. We appreciate the efforts of the first responders, the bus driver, and members of the Cedar Springs team this morning.  

“Student safety is always our priority. We will assess this situation to see if there is anything we can do to improve safety measures for our students as they make their way to and from school,” Smith said.

Sgt. Probst said that the City and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are going to look into that area near the Middle School also to see if there’s anything that can be done.

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Solon firefighters gain life saving award

Pictured from L to R: Lance Corey, KCEMS Medical Control Authority Systems Administrator; and Solon firefighters Nick Grady and John Elliott.
Courtesy photo

Solon Firefighters Nick Grady and John Elliott were awarded the Kent County Emergency Medical Services (KCEMS) Life Saving Award at the Solon Township Board Meeting on November 13, 2018. Lance Corey, the KCEMS Medical Control Authority Systems Administrator, presented the award. 

The firefighters responded to a medical call of a person in cardiac arrest on June 2, in Solon Township, and helped save the patient’s life.

“The award is meant to recognize the efforts of these firefighters, in partnership with Rockford Ambulance, for successfully converting a person in cardiac arrest (no pulse, no respirations) to a patient with a life-sustaining rhythm (Return of Spontaneous Circulation),” explained Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake. “Days later this patient was discharged from the hospital with a favorable outcome.” 

Congratulations to firefighters Grady and Elliott!

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Post to collect toys for needy

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for needy children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as a drop off site for toys. 

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. Toys for teens are always especially needed.

The program runs now through December 17. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you can’t make that time, call us to make other arrangements.

Together we can make this Christmas special for many children!

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Hometown Hero

U.S. Air Force Airman Logan J. Ogden graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He is a 2015 graduate of Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs, Mich.

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Amash to host Academy Night

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced Academy Night for Third District high school students interested in learning more about the U.S. service academies. Academy Night is scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018, in the Ryerson Auditorium at the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Representatives from the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Naval Academy will provide information about the academies and the application process. The offices of Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters also will be available to answer questions.

Admission to the academies, except for the Coast Guard Academy, requires a nomination from the vice president, a U.S. senator, or a U.S. representative. Students typically begin the admissions process in the spring of their junior year of high school.

More information about the academy nomination process can be found at amash.house.gov.

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Cedar Springs student wins national award

Pictured L to R: American Legion Unit #287 Education Chairman Mary Anne Yuncker, David Vernon, Jasmine Fankhauser, Rachel Vernon, and Deborah Chambers, 2017-2018 Unit President. Not pictured is Unit Poppy Chairman last year LoraLee Nauta.

Congratulations to Jasmine Fankhauser for winning a National award for the best poppy poster in the Poppy Poster contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Ms. Vickie Burke was the art teacher who encouraged her class to enter the contest. Jasmine followed the guidelines and won at the local, district and state levels before winning the National award. 

Her poster was featured at the American Legion Auxiliary National Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. in August. She was presented her certificates and a $50.00 prize for her outstanding talent at a ceremony on November 8. “We hope to have even more entries next year,” said Mary Anne Yunker, Education Chairman for American Legion Unit #287.

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Cedar Springs Schools awarded $478,000 safety grant

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs Public Schools will be making some safety improvements thanks to a $478,713 matching grant they recently were awarded from the Michigan State Police Grants and Community Services Division. 

Under the conditions of the grant, the school will be reimbursed for 75 percent of an upcoming $638,284 project. The school will pay the other 25 percent ($159, 571). According to Cedar Springs School Superintendent Scott Smith, the money will come out of either their general fund, or the building and site sinking fund.

The grant will help fund the following projects: building access controls; exterior doors and frames; electronic door strikes; a public address system; and a Bluepoint Rapid Emergency Response System. They have until next September to complete the projects, and Smith said they would start on them as soon as possible.

“Words cannot express the degree of appreciation Cedar Springs Public Schools has for the efforts of Ken Simon, Deputy Tom McCutcheon, and Jeff Malloch in making this happen for our community,” said Smith.

The grant was part of $25 million in grants awarded by the MSP to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff across Michigan.  

“These grants are part of the proactive approach the state is taking to help prevent tragedies in our schools and provide for the safe learning environment that our kids need and deserve,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “A multifaceted approach is necessary to keep our schools safe and these grants are a component of the comprehensive effort to keep Michigan school children safe.”

Grants were given to 114 public school districts, 42 non-public schools, 22 public charter schools, and 10 Intermediate School Districts / Regional Education Services.

Over $69 million in requests were included in 407 applications submitted. A committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor reviewed the grant applications.

 “The Competitive School Safety Grant Program will provide the resources needed by many schools throughout our state to ensure students have a safe learning environment,” said MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, as it is considered one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve school safety and security.”

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Woman blacks out, topples power pole

This minivan crossed to the opposite side of Main Street and hit a light pole Wednesday. Courtesy Photo.


By Judy Reed

A driver who had allegedly been huffing a can of Dust Off crashed into a power pole on Main Street early Wednesday afternoon, November 14.

According to Sgt. Todd Probst, with the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:16 p.m. He said that the female driver of a minivan was heading northbound on S. Main and had just passed Cherry Street when her vehicle crossed the centerline, proceeded across the southbound lane, and then jumped the curb and hit a light pole. No one was on the sidewalk at the time. 

The driver reportedly told police that she had blacked out, and admitted to huffing a can of Dust Off prior to the crash. 

Probst said just prior to the crash, at 1:57 p.m., they had a report of a reckless driver in a minivan on Northland Drive near 16 Mile Rd that was reportedly stopped and facing the wrong way in one of the lanes. When officers arrived, the vehicle was gone, and then they got the crash call and came to the scene. “We think it was probably the same vehicle,” he said.

The woman was not injured. She was arrested and lodged in the Kent County Correctional Facility. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday. Her name is being withheld until after arraignment.

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Brighton Miller commits to play basketball at Aquinas

On November 1, Cedar Springs had their first student-athlete of the year make their college commitment official when senior Brighton Miller (4.23 GPA) signed to play collegiate basketball at Aquinas College. Brighton is pictured at her signing ceremony with her mom Christine, and her father and coach, Brandon.  

Also attending Brighton’s signing ceremony were numerous family members, friends, administrators, staff, teammates and coaches, including the Aquinas College Basketball staff. 

“We are extremely excited to have Brighton as part of our women’s basketball program at Aquinas College,” said Head Coach Nash, from Aquinas College. “Brighton is an outstanding student-athlete. Her work ethic and knowledge of the game will be a huge asset to our program.”

“Brighton is a multi-sport standout athlete for Cedar, and she has especially shined on the hardwood for the Red Hawks since her freshman year,” said Cedar Springs Athletic Director John Norton.

Brighton is excited about the commitment. “Aquinas just felt like a good fit for me. I like the location, and I am just excited to be able to keep playing at the next level beyond High School. I am extremely thankful to my Mom and Dad for their support, and giving me this opportunity,” she said.

Brighton and the Red Hawks will begin preparing for their coming season next Monday, November 12. With Brighton leading the way, it should be an exciting season for the Lady Red Hawks.

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Flo’s Wood Fired pizzeria

Dan Uccello (left) and Davide Uccello (right) of Flo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria.
Photo courtesy of Perry Hopkins.

If you’d like to taste an authentic Sicilian wood fired pizza, you need to check out Flo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria at 4425 14 Mile Rd (formerly the site of the Crazy Horse Saloon). The restaurant, which opened in September, held a ribbon cutting on Monday, November 12.  

This is a brand new location and concept for Dan and Davide Uccello, who own several restaurants in northern Kent and Montcalm County. “This will be the first wood fired pizzeria in our restaurant group,” they told the Post earlier this year.

The pizzeria offers authentic wood fired pizzas, traditional appetizers, salads, and flat bread sandwiches. They provide an open kitchen concept so you can see the staff make your food, and for those who would like a glass of wine with their pizza, St. Julian’s Winery has a tasting room right next door.

The Post asked how business has been so far, and how it’s working out having St. Julian’s right next door. “Business has been great so far,” said Dan Uccello. “We are executing our projections, and we believe that once the highway opens back up our lunches will thrive just like our dinners do. Having the winery next to us has been extremely helpful in many ways. We enjoy having them as our neighbors and partners in this venture!”

Hours are Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m. To see the menu or to order online, visit https://floswoodfired.com/.

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