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Three injured in two-car pedestrian crash

 

 

An accident in Reynolds Township Tuesday sent three people to the hospital.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred about 3:45 p.m. on M-82 near Almy School Road on December 9.

Police said that Jennifer Christensen, 23,  of Howard City, was traveling eastbound and beginning a left turn into a private drive, when she was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Paul Dupont, 55 years old of Newaygo. The vehicles slid off the road and struck a pedestrian, 16-year-old Felicia Christensen of Howard City, who was retrieving a trash can near the edge of the road.

Jennifer Christensen and her 3-year-old passenger, along with Felicia Christensen were transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth for non-life threatening injuries. Dupont was uninjured.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and the Howard City Fire Department. The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Tree lighting with Santa this Saturday

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Santa parade, tree lighting and more 

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 6, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will start at 10 a.m. with families able to create decorations for the Christmas tree at the Cedar Springs Library from 10-1, then decorate the tree at Main and Ash with their ornaments at 1 p.m. There will also be a bake sale, free hot chocolate, a storytime with Mrs. Clause, a Christmas puzzle time with Santa’s Elves, and a petting zoo, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45. There will also be time to visit with him afterward, as well as tour the Cedar Springs Museum.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 6, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See the ad on page 9 for complete details on times and locations.

 

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Police transition nears month mark

Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

By Judy Reed

 

It’s been almost one month since the Kent County Sheriff Department took over law enforcement in Cedar Springs. Overseeing that change is Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

“The transition is going great,” said Kelley. “Things are running pretty smoothly. I like the challenge. Everyone here has been helpful. I’m enjoying it.”

What people may not be aware of, is that Kelley is no stranger to Cedar Springs. In fact, he said he lives close by, and knows the community well. He already knew the officers here because he has worked them on various cases, and is also familiar with the area because of patrolling out of the north substation.

Kelley grew up in Benzie County and graduated from Benzie Central High School. After graduation he joined the Navy and served on active duty for six years, and earned his degree in Criminal Justice. After leaving the Navy, he attended the Police Academy in Traverse City, and then served with the Benzie County Sheriff Department for two years, from 2000-2002. He was with Rogers City Police Department from 2002-2003, and was hired by the Kent County Sheriff Department in January of 2003.

While at the KCSD, he has worked road patrol out of the Central, North and South substations, had several assignments with the detective bureau including the burglary and theft unit, and served on the major case team. He has most recently been a road patrol day shift supervisor, and road patrol night shift supervisor for the Central/North sector.

The four full time Cedar Springs officers that are now working for the Kent County Sheriff Department are in field training with other KCSD officers. Kelley said that Deputy Ed Good decided that he wanted something other than road patrol and is now in court security. “The other three officers (Chad Potts, Mike Stahl, and Chad Tucker) are doing an excellent job, and were moved up a phase early. They were accelerated into phase 2 of the training,” noted Kelley.

During the training, the officers are doing the police work, and the other officer is a passenger—a trainer that can coach the officer on how they do certain things at KCSD, what paperwork to fill out, etc. The officers train both here and at other spots in the county, depending on what’s being taught. For instance, Deputy Mike Stahl was doing a death investigation in another part of the county. “They are getting the different types of training that will benefit them—experience and knowledge they can bring back here,” explained Kelley.

Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor also likes what he sees. “I think it’s going famously,” he said. “It’s going as smooth as it can be, given they’ve never done this before.”

Both Kelley and Taylor said that people have remarked that there seems to be more police officers in town—and they are right. Cedar Springs is in a central part of the north sector, and some of the deputies on patrol will stop in at Cedar Springs to fill out reports, instead of pulling off the road or traveling to the north substation near Kent City. “The community is getting more than they bargained for,” remarked Taylor. “There have been no negatives.”

Kelley said he has received positive feedback from people in the community. “People in the community have said they are impressed with what they’ve seen,” he explained.

The city still has constant coverage, with deputies patrolling in 12-hour shifts. Residents may see an unfamiliar face on patrol when deputies fill in for officers training elsewhere. Kelley hopes residents will be patient with them as they learn the city’s ordinances. “We have the best interests of the community and the city moving forward,” he said.

 

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Opportunity for new pavilion at Morley Park

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This pavilion is an example of what the one in Morley Park would look like.

Kevin Galloway would like to build a covered pavilion in Morley Park.

Kevin Galloway would like to build a covered pavilion in Morley Park.

By Judy Reed

‘Tis the season for giving, and an area teenager is modeling that with his plan to give back to the community while earning his Eagle Scout rank. And he’s hoping other residents and business owners will come alongside him and help him do it.

Kevin Galloway, 16, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, spoke with City Manager Thad Taylor last year about repairing the gazebo in Morley Park in order to earn his Eagle Scout rank. When it was deemed structurally unsafe and torn down, he came up with another idea. “My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.”

The Cedar Springs City Council approved the project, and Galloway is now trying to raise funds for the project. His budget estimate is $17, 325. He has currently raised $9,000. Gust Construction will be the general contractor overseeing the project, to make sure things are done correctly, explained Galloway. He hopes to build the pavilion in the springs of 2015, but the project cannot be started until all the funds are raised. He is looking for both funding and people willing to help work on the project.

The Cedar Springs Rotary is the Boy Scout Charter, and they have a tax-deductible account for all of the money that is raised. Donation checks can be made payable to the Cedar Springs Rotary Club Foundation. The address is: PO Box 73, Cedar Springs MI 49341. Make a note in the memo section that the money is for Eagle Scout Project.

Galloway said he would be happy to meet with area businesses or community members to explain the project in more detail. He said the best way to contact him is through email at tnbgallo@aol.com.

 

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Woman killed in Howard City crash

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Carol Sloma

A Jenison woman was killed last Wednesday, November 26, in a crash at N. Federal Road and West Almy Road in Reynolds Township.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Carol Sloma, 68, of Jenison, was traveling westbound in a 2009 Pontiac on W. Almy Road about 5:49 p.m., when she failed to stop at the stop sign at N. Federal Road. When she entered the intersection, Sloma’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a 2001 Ford F150 pickup traveling northbound on Federal.

Sloma was unconscious and not responding when police arrived. She was later extricated from her vehicle by Police, fire, and EMS personnel and then transported to Kelsey Hospital where she was later pronounced dead prior to being air lifted to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Her 17-year-old granddaughter, from Hudsonville, was also in the vehicle at the time of accident. She was conscious and alert on arrival and was transported to Kelsey Hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Ford pickup, Brandon Beemer, 17, of Howard City, was also transported to Kelsey Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles and all victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of incident. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Montcalm Deputies were assisted by Montcalm County EMS Units, Life Ambulance of Newaygo, Howard City Fire Dept., Michigan State Police, and Air Care.

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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The Post travels to Gettysburg

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N-Post-travels-to-Gettysburg1Bob and Shirley Hegedus took the Post with them on an American Heritage trip last September to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Gettysburg. They visited Arlington Cemetery, Independence Hall, the Flight 93 Memorial site, the cemetery in Gettysburg were President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg address, many monuments in Washington D.C. and more. They said there was 41 people on the trip, which was for Independent Bank’s Horizon Club.

Thanks, Bob and Shirley, 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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It’s time for the tour of lights

N-Tour-of-lightsSome people go crazy at Christmas decorating their home. But you don’t have to go all out (like the photo above) to get listed on the Cedar Springs Post Annual Tour of Lights! If you’ve decorated your home or yard with beautiful lights or know someone that did, please send us the address and we’ll add it to our list of places to visit. Send the name of the homeowner (if known), and the address to news@cedarspringspost.com with “Tour of lights” in the subject line, or mail to Tour of Lights, c/o The Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Watch for the Tour of Lights in upcoming issues!

 

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Post to collect toys for needy

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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 through the first two weeks of December. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 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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Non-profit seeks committee volunteers

 

North Kent Community Services is seeking individuals who live or work in the Cedar Springs and Sparta communities to serve on its committees for the next year. “I am looking for people who have a passion for our ministry,” said Executive Director Claire Guisfredi. “We have launched our new Thrive Empowerment Program and would like to involve people who have expertise in finance, fund development, law, business, health and human services, human resources, marketing and media/public relations.”

North Kent Community Services serves struggling families with basic life needs all over northern Kent County, from 5 Mile Road to 22 Mile Road and east and west to the county lines. “Since 36 percent of our clients are from Cedar Springs/Sand Lake and 26 percent are from the Sparta/Kent City areas, it is very important that our committees represent those areas,” said Claire.

Please check the website at www.nkcs.org for the list of committee descriptions. The deadline to apply is December 15.

 

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Truck hits school bus

A truck ran into the back of a school bus last week in Pierson Township.

A truck ran into the back of a school bus last week in Pierson Township.

A teen driver ran into a Tri County school bus last week Tuesday, when he couldn’t stop on the icy road.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. November 25, on Lake Montcalm Road near Maple Hill Road, in Pierson Township.

Police said that a Tri County School bus was stopped and letting a student off in front of their home on Lake Montcalm Road when a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup struck the rear of the bus. The Ford, driven by a 16-year-old Sand Lake youth, was travelling eastbound and could not stop due to icy roads.

None of the 25 students on board the bus were injured. They were transferred to a different bus.

Both the 16-year-old driver of the Ranger and his 17-year-old passenger were seat-belted and the airbags in the truck deployed. Neither teen was injured.

Police said that all of the lights on the bus were working at the time of the crash and there appeared to be no other contributing factors in the crash. The driver of the truck was cited for failing to use due care and caution while operating a motor vehicle.

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