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A spectacular July 4th celebration

It was a sizzling, spectacular Fourth of July celebration all across Michigan last week. Sand Lake celebrated their 150th, with a carnival, food booths, rodeo, demolition derby, three different parades, fireworks, bands, and more.

We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us their photos of them celebrating Fourth of July events (wherever they were), and they sent us some great photos. Click here to see how everyone celebrated!

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Summer Celebrations in July

By Judy Reed

We are at the midway mark of summer, so that means another round of Summer Celebrations, right here in Cedar Springs. 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their second round of Community Summer Celebrations from Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Each day there will be various activities going on at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more…and various other places.

Included is the Jack Clark Memorial Golf outing on July 16p; Story times at the library; live music at CS Brewing; archery for teens at the RF Rod and Gun club; free waltz dancing class on July 19 at Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance and Fitness Studio; the Chamber sidewalk sales on July 20, and much more. 

Visit their Facebook page for a complete lineup of events. Just search for Cedar Springs Community Summer Celebrations.

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Several injured in Amish buggy crash

Six children were treated at Helen DeVos Children’s hospital last week after a car hit the Amish buggy they were riding in.

According to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 10:10 p.m. on July 3, on 5 Mile Rd near 165th Avenue. Deputies who investigated the crash said that a westbound vehicle driven by a Cedar Springs man struck the horse drawn buggy carrying 8 people. The buggy was also westbound.

A 10 year-old female passenger of the horse drawn buggy was transported by EMS and then air lifted by Aeromed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for life threatening injuries. The other five children were in fair condition as of July 4. No other update has been released.

The driver of the car, a 63-year-old Cedar Springs man, was not injured. His name has not yet been released. The crash is still under investigation. Deputies do not believe alcohol was involved.

Assisting deputies at the scene was Mecosta County EMS, Osceola County EMS, Life Ambulance, Morley Rescue, Morley Fire, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Post travels to Tennessee

The Post traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee with Kaden and Analina Piedra of Cedar Springs during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. They traveled to beautiful Lookout Mountain in the Appalachians, where they explored nearly 1,200 feet underground to visit the awesome Ruby Falls, and rode one of the steepest passenger railways in the world with their grandparents, Ward and Tina Kortz, and Aunt Allison. In this photo, they are holding the Post overlooking Tennessee at the top of the Incline Railway.

Thank you so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!

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Trees planted along Cedar Creek

These volunteers came out to plant trees along Cedar Creek last week. Courtesy photo.

Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project – Trout Unlimited recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to plant nearly 17,000 trees along the Rogue River and its tributaries. The project aims to address storm water runoff that pollutes, erodes, and warms the important trout stream by planting trees at critical sites throughout the watershed. 

The first tree planting was held on the morning of July 3 along Cedar Creek at the Heart of Cedar Springs Park. 

Trout Unlimited was grateful to all the volunteers who helped out. They especially wanted to thank Perry and Tom and all their partners at the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team; the Trout Unlimited and Plaster Creek Stewards Green Teams; an amazing community of volunteers; Cedar Springs Brewing Company for supplying the volunteers with water; the City of Cedar Springs DPW for supplying wheel barrows; the Cedar Springs Public Library for the photo; and to the U.S. Forest Service for funding this project. 

“It was a great day to work in the community alongside passionate people to protect Cedar Creek and the Rogue River,” said a Trout Unlimited spokesperson.

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Recall on pig ear pet treats sold in bulk

May be contaminated with salmonella

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has issued a consumer advisory for pig ears sold in bulk at retailers statewide because the pet treats have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers who have purchased bulk pig ear products may wish to avoid giving them to their pets and consider discarding them.

MDARD is working cooperatively with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an investigation of Salmonella possibly linked to pig ears.

Samples of bulk pig ears were collected by MDARD feed inspectors from two retailers and tested positive for Salmonella at MDARD’s Geagley Laboratory. Both retailers have voluntarily removed these bulk pig ear products from sale.

MDARD inspectors also collected samples of other brands of individually wrapped or bagged pig ears being sold at multiple retail locations. These samples tested negative for Salmonella.

“It’s not clear why some brands of pig ears have tested positive for Salmonella and others have not. Pet owners should consider the possibility of Salmonella contaminating pig ear products before feeding them to their pets. As an added precaution, pet owners should wash their hands after handling pig ears,” said Jeffrey Zimmer, acting director of MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms. If your pet has consumed this product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Infected animals can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household.

For more information on the CDC and FDA investigations, please visit their websites.

MDARD’s Animal Feed Safety Program staff routinely inspects the manufacturers and distributors of commercial feeds and feed ingredients sold in Michigan to help protect animal health. For more information, visit the MDARD website or contact the program via email.

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Man drives car into Pine Lake

Several people have driven into Pine Lake over the years. This photo shows a car that took the “Pine Lake plunge” in 2016. Post photo by L. Allen.

Robbie Mills was driving east on 17 Mile toward Pine Lake Avenue just before midnight on June 28, when he spotted tail lights ahead that looked like they were in Pine Lake.

“I was driving with my fiancée and son when I saw the car,” he told the Post. “We must have only been about a half a minute behind him. The car was still running and the lights were on. I got out and yelled to see if he was ok. He was yelling for help so I jumped in and went for a swim,” explained Mills.

He said the man had his dog with him, and it took a bit to find the dog. “At the last second I caught the dog’s collar,” he said.

Mills said the man couldn’t make the swim back to shore, so police borrowed a neighbor’s boat to pull the man to safety.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the vehicle was a 51-year-old man from Grand Rapids who drove straight through the intersection and into the lake. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries.  OWI (Operating While Intoxicated Charges) are pending, and his name has not yet been released.

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Police investigate fatal crash

A 29-year-old man died Tuesday when his vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree in Reynolds Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred at about 2:20 p.m. on Reed Rd. near Yankee Rd. The vehicle was traveling north on Reed Rd when it traveled off the roadway and about a quarter of a mile through a field before hitting a tree. The 29-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other information about him has been released.

Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash; but neither alcohol nor driver distraction are suspected. 

State Police were assisted on scene by, Howard City Fire Department, Montcalm County EMS, McKay’s Towing, and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Scoop up a special treat during ice cream month

L to R: Maverick Hunt, 2, and Atlas Hunt, 4, enjoyed their first taste of Blue Moon ice cream this summer. Post photo by J. Reed

Did you know that nine out of ten people love ice cream? Or that vanilla is the best selling flavor? Or that President George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790? Those are just some of the facts being celebrated National Ice Cream month.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. 

A passionate gourmet, Thomas Jefferson acquired a stock of standard French recipes. Among the most popular of these recipes at Monticello was this one for vanilla ice cream, written by Jefferson, with his own recipe for Savoy cookies to accompany the dessert on the back. 

The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, when confectioner Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was available “almost every day.” Besides Washington spending $200 on ice cream, inventory records of Mount Vernon taken after Washington’s death revealed “two pewter ice cream pots.” President Thomas Jefferson was said to have a favorite 18-step recipe for an ice cream delicacy that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska. Check out President Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream on this page. In 1813, Dolley Madison served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at President Madison’s second inaugural banquet at the White House.

Wide availability of ice cream in the late 19th century led to new creations. In 1874, the American soda fountain shop and the profession of the “soda jerk” emerged with the invention of the ice cream soda. In response to religious criticism for eating “sinfully” rich ice cream sodas on Sundays, ice cream merchants left out the carbonated water and invented the ice cream “Sunday” in the late 1890’s. The name was eventually changed to “sundae” to remove any connection with the Sabbath.

Ice cream became an edible morale symbol during World War II. Each branch of the military tried to outdo the others in serving ice cream to its troops. In 1945, the first “floating ice cream parlor” was built for sailors in the western Pacific. When the war ended, and dairy product rationing was lifted, America celebrated its victory with ice cream. Americans consumed over 20 quarts of ice cream per person in 1946. Today, Americans consume about 23 gallons of ice cream each year.

In the 1940s through the ‘70s, ice cream production was relatively constant in the United States. As more prepackaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets, traditional ice cream parlors and soda fountains started to disappear. Now, specialty ice cream stores and unique restaurants that feature ice cream dishes have surged in popularity. These stores and restaurants are popular with those who remember the ice cream shops and soda fountains of days past, as well as with new generations of ice cream fans.

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Parks and Rec to hire interim director

Late summer and fall programs to continue

By Judy Reed

North Kent Community Enrichment, formerly Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, voted at its board meeting on Monday, July 8, to hire an interim director to replace current director Amanda Gerhardt, who is leaving the position after 13 years. They also plan to continue late summer programming, and have the new interim director begin planning fall programs.

“I’ve really loved what I’ve done,” Gerhardt told the board. “I’ve loved meeting new people and watching it grow.”

Amanda Gerhardt is leaving the Director’s position after 13 years. Facebook photo.

The board released a statement Wednesday about their decision and officially thanked Gerhardt for her tenure. “Her passionate commitment to providing affordable recreational activities for members of our community has made a real difference. The Board of Directors of NKCE is grateful for Amanda’s vision and leadership, recognizing that the program is what it is today because of her efforts,” they wrote.

Gerhardt’s last day is July 22. She will be pursuing a career in real estate, but will be available to help train the interim director on a consultant basis.

Members of the community have expressed concerns about the NKCE dissolving after the board met last month to start discussions on the fate of the cash-strapped program. 

Hundreds of kids and adults take part in the various enrichment activities offered each year through NKCE. While the number and variety of programs has increased exponentially, the funding level has not. The program is funded through the member municipalities and the fees charged for programs. While the 2018 audit shows that revenues from the programs have also increased, the organization continues to have more expenses than income, especially in the areas of payroll, insurance, and technology. This is causing their net position to decrease to the point where they may not be able to cover program costs in the coming year. 

The board formed a subcommittee last month to explore what the future of the organization might look like. Matt McConnon, the new board president, and Supervisor in Courtland Township, made it clear at Monday’s meeting that they don’t want the organization to dissolve. “Is it going to look the same or is it going to look different? We don’t know yet what it will look like but we are committed to supporting the existing programs through the end of August,” he said.

Since they do have a contract and budget for the year, the board agreed that a new interim director could begin to plan fall programs. They hope to have the person in place within a month.

“NKCE plans to hire an interim director by mid-August,” they wrote in the press release. “The Board acknowledges the need for time to clarify the future plans to collaboratively provide recreational programming for residents of the partnering townships of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, and Solon and the City of Cedar Springs. The interim director will provide stability to continue to run existing programs while the Board of Directors determines the best plan of action for the future provision of affordable recreational activities for residents in our community.”  

If you or anyone you know is interested in the position of interim director, please see the full list of qualifications and details at csaparksandrec.com.. 

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