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Christmas Coloring Contest

ChristmasColoringPage14Hey kids,

Would you like to win your very own Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid? It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win!  Please color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 finalists from three age groups: 5-7 years; 8-10 years; and 11-12 years. All finalists will be placed in a drawing and one lucky winner will be the Grand Prize winner of a  Star Wars-The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Droid (valued at over $100.)

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

Click on link below and print coloring page, don’t forget to print and fill out the entry form as well.


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Man dies in crash with semi


A Greenville man was killed Monday when his vehicle crossed into the path of a semi on 14 Mile Road, west of Northland Drive. Photo from woodtv.com.

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

A Greenville man died on Monday, November 16, after his vehicle collided with a semi truck in Algoma Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, Jimmy Lee King, 35, of Greenville, was driving westbound on 14 Mile Road, west of Northland Drive, when his vehicle crossed into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer early Monday afternoon.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

Algoma Township Fire and Rescue, Rockford EMS, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department all assisted MSP at the scene.

King is survived by his wife, Shawn, and their two children, Daylyn and Landon, of Greenville. Visitation with the family is from 12-1 p.m. Saturday at Christiansen Cremation Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with a memorial service immediately following.



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Cedar Springs grad shot and killed

Rebecca Sisk Diaz was shot and killed Sunday, November 8. Her husband, Humberto Diaz, has been charged in her death.

Rebecca Sisk Diaz was shot and killed Sunday, November 8. Her husband, Humberto Diaz, has been charged in her death.

Husband charged in her death

Humberto Diaz

Humberto Diaz

The husband of a 2007 Cedar Springs graduate has been charged with first-degree murder in her death and is being held without bond in the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City.

Rebecca Sisk Diaz, 26, was shot and killed on Sunday, November 8, about 5:48 p.m. in the far southeast part of Oklahoma City, where she lived with her husband, Humberto Diaz, 30. Oklahoma City police officers and Oklahoma County Sheriff deputies responded to a 911 call, reportedly from the husband, saying he had shot his wife.

Police found her dead in their home.

According to an interview that Rebecca’s mother, Debra Sisk, gave to News9 in Oklahoma, she had spoken with her daughter earlier that afternoon, and Rebecca reportedly told her mother that she had to leave her husband, because of his abuse.

Neighbors later reportedly heard the couple arguing.

According to the News9 article, Rebecca also has four children that were removed from the home in August due to Humberto Diaz waving a gun around and making threats.

Rebecca’s family and friends created a gofundme page to raise money to bring her back home to Michigan to be buried. Visitation will be Saturday, November 21, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 at Arsulowicz Brothers East Mortuary, 937 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, with a service to follow at 2 p.m.

To see how you can help Rebecca’s family, visit her gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/ex9hhndg.

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Police officers honored 

Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

By Tim Bauer

On Thursday, November 12, Sgt. Jason Kelley, who is stationed in Cedar Springs with the Kent County Sheriff Department, attended an after school program to speak to a group of our middle school young men about courage. The program, headed up by Randy Badge, is called Men of Honor. (There is also a Ladies of Honor program). It focuses on reviving chivalry, honor, courageous leadership, and moral excellence in the next generation, by utilizing a three-pronged strategy of camps, conferences and curriculum. The group wanted to honor our local police officers for their selfless service within the greater Cedar Springs area. By putting into action what they have been taught, the group hopes that other communities will hear about this and do the same thing.

A Shield of Faith was presented to Sgt. Kelley, and the rest of the officers stationed in our city, as a token of appreciation for their daily commitment to protect the citizens of our community. Badge, a teacher at Cedar Springs High School, believes in the vital importance of teaching timeless principles of integrity and character in those who will become our next generation of leaders. Thank you Randy Badge and Sergeant Kelley for your invaluable service to our community. The citizens of Cedar Springs salute you!

To find out more go to http://themenofhonor.org/.

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Sand Lake Village Council fires zoning administrator


By Judy Reed

Verbal and written attacks against Sand Lake Police Chief Jim Reamsma by their zoning administrator, Dan Hula, led the Village Council to publicly fire Hula at their council meeting Monday evening, November 16.

Last week, the Post ran a Post Script from Hula, where he talked about a divide between the residents and the administration that had surfaced recently with the ordeal of the proposed CMC Tavern. He blamed Chief Reamsma for the divide. “Be it fact or perception, he is the catalyst for this current divisive state of the community. It is my opinion that an early retirement is in order, which will allow the Chief to depart with dignity,” he wrote.

According to Chief Reamsma and President Pro-Tem Dave Dewey, Hula also had a one on one conversation with Reamsma, which was recorded on Reamsma’s body cam. Hula said some of the same things but also told the Chief that his problem was his “theology.” When the Chief asked what he meant, Hula told him “Christian Reformed.” Reamsma, who is also pastor of Daystar ministries in Grand Rapids, then told him that he is Assembly of God, not Christian Reformed.

When Reamsma told Hula it was his job to uphold the law and asked him what is he supposed to do if he sees someone breaking the law, Hula responded that he should look the other way.

Hula went on to say that when he (Hula comes into Sand Lake) he puts blinders on.

“For me not to uphold the law is a crime,” said Reamsma. “He couldn’t tell me one thing I’ve done wrong. I just don’t understand it.”

The CMC Tavern was in the news recently, with people on social media saying police were harassing the owners and didn’t want them to open. According to Reamsma and the Village Council, that’s not what happened.

The former owners, Meghan Gonzalez and Christopher Saranovic, reportedly worked on the bar without permits, then held so-called “private” parties two weekends in a row in October without the necessary permits or safety features. (The parties were not private because they were posted on social media.) Reamsma said they had no occupancy permit, no fire extinguishers, no exit signs, no health permit, and no liquor license. And they sold raffle tickets, which party-goers turned in for drinks. An officer told Chief Reamsma about the first party on a Friday night. They were told they should not be open without an occupancy permit but were open again on Saturday night.

The following weekend the Kent County Sheriff Department was doing an inspection at the Eagles Club on Friday night when they noticed activity at the bar, which was not yet supposed to be open. They went in and did an undercover buy and told them they needed to close. But the bar opened again on Saturday night.

The following Monday, the Village Council voted to close the bar, after also receiving notice from the health department.

“The Chief may have put up the sign but we voted to close it,” said Dewey.

“We had to tell them that until you show you have the proper licenses, you need to close,” explained Reamsma. “We gave them plenty of opportunities.”

In the end, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission denied their license, based on selling liquor without a license, and several other discrepancies in their permits. It is unknown at this time whether they will face any charges.

The couple sold the bar to Danielle Acton and her brother, Alan Hirshberger, who plan to open it under the name Memory’s.

Reamsma said he went out of his way to not overreact to the situation. But he couldn’t just look the other way. He said that both the Council and people he meet on the street have been very supportive. But he said the conversation he had with Hula was hostile.

And Hula continued his line of reasoning Monday evening at the Village Council meeting. “We have a split in the village between the village residents and the police chief and his henchmen,” said Hula. “The chief needs to leave.  If the police chief retires it goes away. I love this village. Something needs to be done.”

Hula also noted that he had started a recall against trustee Tom Norton.

And he insisted that he was responding as a citizen and not as zoning administrator.

Dewey told Hula that he crossed that line when he responded to an email from Dewey about the CMC Tavern as the zoning administrator. “Your response was, ‘why doesn’t the chief want a bar in Sand Lake?’” said Dewey.

He also told Hula that his meeting with the Chief crossed the line, and the Council attempted to play the body cam video of the conversation for the public, but couldn’t get the speakers to work. Dewey went on to explain that under Title 7, a person cannot discriminate or harass another co-worker based on religion or age. “You were pretty inflammatory in the Post, and you told the Police Chief he needed to ignore the law, to walk away. They are sworn to uphold the law; they have no choice. As zoning administrator, you do, too. If we don’t, we are no better than those who break the law,” remarked Dewey.

Dewey admitted that they didn’t ask the CMC Tavern owners the hard questions about ownership of the bar when they needed to. (Saranovic’s name was not on the liquor license permit. They later found he had legal difficulties elsewhere.) “We have to own that,” noted Dewey.

“That’s irrelevant,” said Hula.

“But your discrimination is not irrelevant,” remarked Dewey.

It was then that trustee Adam Hill made the motion for the Council to uphold the law and dismiss the zoning administrator. The vote was 5-0.

Hula made a few remarks after the vote, then left the Village chamber.

You can read more of what Village trustee Dave Dewey has to say in his Post Script on page 8.

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The Post travels to Las Vegas


The Post traveled to Las Vegas, with Dave and Debbie Kane, of Ensley Center, for the graduation of their youngest son from college. The photo here was taken on Sunday, September 27, and it was 97 degrees.

The Post then traveled with them to Casper, Wyoming, where they celebrated their granddaughter’s third birthday a few days later. It was  a big change in temperature, at only 60 degrees!

Thank you Dave and Debbie, 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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Know Your Neighbor 

A new report finds Michiganders trust their neighbors but don’t interact much. Credit: MMAARRSS/morguefile

A new report finds Michiganders trust their neighbors but don’t interact much. Credit: MMAARRSS/morguefile

Strong civic life for strong communities

By Mary Kuhlman, Michigan News Connection

LANSING, Mich. – Borrowing a cup of sugar from the next-door neighbor can not only help when there’s a baking crisis but also helps to build better communities.

Civic health is a community’s capacity to work together to solve problems, said Chelsea Martin, civic-engagement manager for the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

The new 2015 Michigan Civic Health Index found that Michiganders are very connected to family and friends and volunteer their time. But Martin noted that while about 60 percent say they trust their neighbors, it’s a sharp contrast to how much they actually talk.
“They only interact with their neighbors like 35 percent of the time, which is significantly different,” she said. “So we’re curious to know, and would like to pursue in the future, why there is so much interest in neighbors but a lack of interaction.”

The index ranks Michigan eighth nationally for voter registration and 14th for voting in national elections, but Martin said voting behaviors differ between age, education and affluence.

Martin said strong civic health is good for physical, emotional and mental health and has a positive impact on local economies and student educational success.

“We know that on all of the indicators in the civic health index, the better we’re performing on those, the better our communities are,” she said. “That’s where people are living, that’s where they’re engaging, that’s how they’re engaging with their local and state governments.”

The report noted that generations engage in civic life differently, with the “Silent Generation,” those born from 1931 to 1945, demonstrating the most robust participation. Martin said there was less interaction from millennials in traditional ways of participating such as public meetings and voting.

“We saw that there was little participation in the index,” she said, “but we think that that’s because millennials are engaging in systems differently so we need to continue to encourage them to participate in systems.”

Martin said millennials are more vocal about volunteering, boycotting or buying products, and using the Internet to express opinions.

The index is online at mnaonline.org.

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Tyson Foods recalls chicken wings


From the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 – Tyson Foods Inc., a Pine Bluff, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 52,486 pounds of chicken wing product that may be adulterated because of having an “off odor” scent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday, November 17.

The fully cooked buffalo style chicken wing section item was produced on October 24, 2015 and October 25, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

*28-oz. retail bags containing multiple pieces of “Tyson® Any’tizers® Fully Cooked Hot Wings® CHICKEN WING SECTIONS COATED WITH A FLAVORFUL HOT, TANGY SAUCE” with use by/sell by dates of October 24, 2016 and October 25, 2016, packaging dates 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01 and case codes 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01.

The product subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13456” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as on the back of the bag above the heating instructions. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when Tyson Foods Inc. received consumer complaints about the product being “off-odor” as well mild illness associated with consumption. After these consumer complaints, Tysons Food Inc. brought this to the attention of FSIS.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products by FSIS. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations, (toll free) 866-328-3156.

Consumers with food safety questions can «Ask Karen,» the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.


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Out of the attic


N-Out-of-attic-Old-photo-73-S-Main-webBy Judy Reed

The Post recently received an old photo from reader Jennifer Bell. She said that her family has lived in Cedar Springs for many years, and that her grandfather, Orville Moore, recently passed away. Before he died, he passed on quite a few old photos to Jennifer’s sister. One of them is of a building they think is 73 S. Main, where there is currently a pet grooming shop. Jennifer said all she knew was that back when the photo was taken, a woman named Rose ran the store.

“We’re not exactly sure her exact relation to us but it’s pretty neat for us to have a photo this old and thought we would share,” she said.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

73 S. Main Street today is the home to Peacock Pet Parlor.

We passed this photo on Sharon Jett at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, and she agreed that the building looks like 73 S. Main. She directed us to page 211 in the Cedar Springs Story by Sue Harrison and Donna DeJonge, which lists three millinery shops in the building from 1885-1931. From 1908 to 1931, it was run by a Mrs. Rose Dorman, which could be the Rose that Jennifer mentioned.

We thank Jennifer for sending us the photo, and Sharon, of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, for helping us with the information.

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School hires consultant to oversee business office


With former associate superintendent Dave Cairy moving on to another job, Cedar Springs Public Schools has hired Donald Sovey, CPA, owner of School and Municipal Advisory Services P.C., to oversee the business office and spearhead the search for a new associate superintendent of business.

Sovey was introduced to the Cedar Springs Board of Education last Monday, November 9, at its regular board meeting. Sovey introduced Tom Tebeau, of T2 Professional Business Services, who will help with some of the accounting and budget amendments that will need to be done. His services will be billed at $100 an hour.

Besides hiring Cairy’s replacement, Sovey plans to do a long-term financial outlook; develop a proactive financial leadership team; make sure staff  are properly trained and keep them trained; establish fiscal sustainability goals; install best business practices for finances and operations; and more.

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