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Weight restrictions in effect on state highways 

 

Weight restrictions are now in effect for all state trunkline highways. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations (such as M-57, or US131).

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

*On routes designated as “all-season routes” (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.

*On routes designated as “seasonal” (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid pavements and 35 percent for flexible pavements.

*All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes.

*Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.

For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT’s website at www.michigan.gov/truckers, under “Restrictions.” All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online at www.michigan.gov/mdot.

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Horse and buggy driver injured in crash

A man was injured when his horse and buggy veered into the path of a pickup truck early Thursday morning.

A man was injured when his horse and buggy veered into the path of a pickup truck early Thursday morning.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a pickup truck versus horse and buggy that occurred about 7:29 a.m. Thursday, March 19, on Fitzner Road, in Montcalm Township. Police said the initial investigation revealed that an Amish horse and buggy was southbound on Fitzner, between Spencer Road and Pakes Road, when it swerved into the path of a northbound pickup truck. The collision caused severe damage to both the buggy and the truck.

The buggy driver, Andrew Miller, 27, of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was taken to United Memorial Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and subsequently flown to Spectrum Health by Aeromed. His condition is unknown.

The pickup driver, Del Ray Christensen, 54, also of Montcalm Township, Greenville, was not injured.

The horse died as a result of its injuries.

Police believed the horse tack may have been incorrectly connected, causing the horse to veer into the northbound lane when the buggy driver attempted to stop the buggy. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash.

 

 

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Easter Coloring Contest

EasterCC-pg12Hey kids, 

Would you like to win an awesome Easter Basket? It’s time for our annual Easter 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: 3-4 years; 5-7 years; and 8-10 years. All finalists will be placed in a drawing and one lucky winner will be the Grand Prize winner of an awesome Easter Basket!

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

Click the link below to download and print your entry and entry form/rules:

EasterColorContest2015.pdf

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Firefighters battle blaze in outbuilding

Firefighters fought a fire in an outbuilding on Wednesday evening. Post photo by J. Reed.

Firefighters fought a fire in an outbuilding on Wednesday evening. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a structure fire just outside of the Cedar Springs city limits Wednesday evening, March 11, about 7:30 p.m.

The fire was in an outbuilding, located outside a home on Cedar Springs Avenue, just off Northland Drive, and north of the Red Flannel Tree Farm. A propane tank and several vehicles were nearby, according to the dispatch call.

Cedar Springs, Solon Township, and Sand Lake Fire departments were all at the scene.

No other information was available at press time. Watch for more info in next week’s Post.

Photo submitted by Keith Coalter

Photo submitted by Keith Coalter

Photo submitted by Keith Coalter

Photo submitted by Keith Coalter

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Firefighters save home on Scram Lake

A home on Nugent was the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy photo by Oliver Johnson.

A home on Nugent was the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy photo by Oliver Johnson.

By Judy Reed

Several fire departments were dispatched to a house fire in Oakfield Township Wednesday, about 2:30 p.m., at 10903 Nugent, on Scram Lake.

According to Oakfield Fire Chief Sam Peterson, they saw heavy smoke coming from the top floor on both ends of the house when they arrived on scene. He said they were able to get the fire under control in about 45 minutes, and cleared the scene by 5:30 p.m.

Peterson said he believes the fire started in an upstairs bedroom, but will know more once the MSP fire investigator inspects the site.

There was one person at home at the time of the fire, and they got out safely.

Peterson said the home was not a total loss. “About 75 percent of the structure is still good. They only lost part of the upper floor. Flames never reached the other side. There is some smoke and water damage, but the structure is still good,” he explained.

Oakfield, Grattan, and Courtland Township Fire Departments all responded to the scene.

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Cedar Creek selected for trout study

Cedar Creek, shown here with high water in 2013, has been chosen for a trout study. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Creek, shown here with high water in 2013, has been chosen for a trout study. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Creek, one of Cedar Springs’ greatest natural resources, will benefit from a $60,000 research project.

A new partnership between National Trout Unlimited, Schrems West Michigan Trout Unlimited, the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team (CBDT), South Peat Environmental, and researchers and students from Grand Valley State (GVSU) has been formed to better understand and improve Cedar Creek as a cold water resource. This $60,000 research project is being funded by the above organizations. Dr. Mark Luttendon, Professor and Biology Graduate Program Coordinator at GVSU and Joshua Zuiderveen, Owner of South Peat Environmental recently outlined their project at the CBDT meeting and gained the organization’s support.

Mark Luttendon, of GVSU (left), and Josh Zuideveen, of South Peat Environmental (right) outlined their trout project to the Community Building Development Team.

Mark Luttendon, of GVSU (left), and Josh Zuideveen, of South Peat Environmental (right) outlined their trout project to the Community Building Development Team.

The partnership will combine forces to evaluate current conditions in Cedar Creek, and using that information, implement projects that will enhance the resource. The general plan is to let the fish show us where they prefer to be, then members of the partnership will try to figure out why. To do this, a group of Grand Valley State graduate students will surgically implant small radio transmitters into ten brook trout. The transmitters allow the students to locate a fish to within 1 square yard of its exact location. The transmitters will also be equipped with a tiny temperature sensor, allowing the team to determine the internal body temperature of a fish at any given moment. The hope is that the fish will show the research team where water temperatures are the best for brook trout.

From this information, managers can develop plans to build habitat within the stream that will enhance conditions for trout living in Cedar Creek. Knowing where the best water conditions are within Cedar Creek will also help managers to protect those areas in the future. The project will happen in conjunction with Schrems Trout Unlimited’s Kent County Brook Trout Project, a grant and municipally funded endeavor that improves conditions for trout, including brook trout, in several Kent County streams including Cedar Creek.

The project is slated to begin in May 2015 and run approximately five months. The general public is invited to participate and observe the transmitter implantation process. More details will be released later this spring.

“This is another wonderful partnership that has been created in support of the CBDT’s vision of enhancing the community’s natural resources,” said Kurt Mabie, President of CBDT.

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We want your wildlife photos

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

This bright red cardinal has been hanging around in the trees outside of the Post newspaper offices. This splash of color brightened up the day last week Friday, when he finally let us take his photo.

Do you have wildlife or wildflower photos? We’d love to see your signs of spring! Please send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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The Post travels to Orlando

 

With members of the Cedar Springs High School band

N-Post-travels-Orlando-band1-webN-Post-travels-Orlando-band2-webThe Cedar Springs Post traveled to Orlando, Florida, with members of the Cedar Springs High School Band from February 12 through February 17. While there were blizzard warnings around West Michigan, band members, directors and chaperons enjoyed the sunny skies and 75-degree weather.

The group, led by Mr. Borst and Mr. Hendry, consisted of 40 students and seven adults, who were in Florida four days and three nights. The first night they enjoyed dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and entertainment from Blue Man Group in Universal Studios. During the show, Mr. Borst was chosen to participate by the Blue Men, accurately throwing three pieces of Toblerone into the mouth of a blue man from about 30 feet away. Many students considered this show the highlight of the trip, which uses music, percussion, paint, black lights, Twinkies, audience participation and comedy for an awesome experience.

On Sunday, February 14, the group spent much of the day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios enjoying the rides and the shows. Members watched the show Fantasmic! at the end of the day, which is a show with pyrotechnics, laser lights, 50 costumed characters and more than one million gallons of water that make Mickey’s dream as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice come alive. After that, the group participated in a band clinic with a professional Disney musician to create music for an animated movie trailer for Disney’s Tarzan. Students also learned about what it takes to be a professional musician and work at Disney.

The next few days were spent in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, breakfast at the Rainforest Cafe and time in Animal Kingdom. After seeing and experiencing most everything Walt Disney World had to offer, the group had a long 25-hour bus trip home, which included some standstill traffic, as an ice storm had blanketed much of Tennessee, with over two inches of ice.

Members of the band would like to thank the Cedar Springs Board of Education, Administration and Music Boosters for their support in making memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks to the Cedar Springs High School band for taking the Post 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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Hometown Hero

 

Airman Ryan P. Rich

Air Force Airman Ryan P. Rich 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 earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Rich is the son of Tom J. Rich of Rockford, Mich., and Tracie L. Rich of Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2010 graduate of Rockford High School, Rockford, Mich.

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First graders get library cards

Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

Craig Bruno (right), Branch Manager of the KDL Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, with Cedar Trails student Aiden Contreras, 7, one of the prize winners from the first grade library card drive. Courtesy photo.

March is reading month! The Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Spencer Township and Sand Lake Branches kicked off the month with a showing of the movie, Paddington, based on the books by Michael Bond. All first graders from Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy and Algoma Christian Academy were invited to get a library card before March as a part of the 15th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup, a collaborative partnership between the Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library. The program was actually started by library board member, Michael Metzger, in 2000, after getting the idea from an inspiring magazine article.

In all 216 first graders and family members turned out for the evening events. All the first grade students got to view the movie for free, and any first grade student, who showed his/her library card, received a free bag of popcorn. Several books, posters and gift certificates were handed out as raffle prizes to the newest library patrons, thanks to donations by the libraries and local, children’s author, Amanda Litz. Kindergarteners can look forward to their invitation to this very special event next year!

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