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June is National Pet Preparedness Month 

In honor of June as National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or disaster.

“Pet Preparedness Month is the time of year to make sure you and your pets are ready for emergencies and disasters,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Pets are often overlooked when creating an emergency plan. This month, take a few moments to consider what you will do and where you will go with your pets during an incident.”

More than half of households in the United States include pets, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The human-animal bond Michiganders have with their pets is very strong. In fact, most pets are considered family members,” said Dr. James Averill, State Veterinarian for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “So, when you are planning for how to protect your family in the event of an emergency, be sure to include the health and care of your family pets. Planning now will help protect your pet’s life and health for many more years of happiness.”

To create a pet preparedness kit, ensure the following items are readily available in a safe location:

  • Food (your pet’s regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash and collar
  • Bowls
  • Photo of your pet or ID and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medications your pet needs
  • Immunization and vet records (keep both updated)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, and out-of-town friends and family
  • Toys, rope, and sanitation bags
  • Pet carrier

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miready.

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UK resident comments on Glen Hill story

The monument to American soldiers at Montsec. It was built during the 1930s by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The monument commemorates American forces involved in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. Photo credit: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=396335

By Judy Reed

Last week we ran a story on Corp. Glen Hill, the first man from our area to be killed in WWI in France, in October 2018. He is the young man that American Legion Post #287 is named for.

The story popped up online for a woman in the UK, and she decided to leave us a very nice comment.

The story talked about how Hill was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross July 12 by General Pershing for conspicuous bravery in action on April 12 and 13, and about the same time received the French Croix de guerre. He participated in the battles of Champagne, Aisne, Saint Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne.

After being decorated twice for gallantry in action, Corporal Glen Hill died of wounds received in battle in the Argonne Forest in France, on October 19, 1918.

After reading the story online, Jane Brook left a comment on our website.

“I am British but lived for several years in the Meuse department of Lorraine, actually in Saint-Mihiel itself. The sacrifices of so many thousands of brave American soldiers like Glen Hill are not forgotten there. There is a very beautiful monument to the American war dead at Montsec, just a few km from Saint-Mihiel. I lived in the street next to rue Pershing, named after the US general who led operations to free that part of France. Even if French and European politicians forget the sacrifices made by US soldiers, the ordinary people of Europe never will. Thank you to the great country you are,” she wrote.

The Post contacted Jane, and she said she came upon the story by chance in her Google alerts, since she tries to keep track of what’s happening in the small town of Saint Mihiel, though she no longer lives there. She spoke a little more of the monument there, and the role of the American troops during WWI.

“The Montsec Monument is very beautiful and very well maintained. Saint-Mihiel was occupied by the Germans for four years from 1914 to 1918 and was only liberated by General Pershing’s American 40th Division, and the town is about 20 miles from Verdun so the whole area suffered very badly. The role of the American troops is not forgotten. The town of Saint-Mihiel has a rue Pershing and an avenue de la 40ème Division, so there are daily reminders of the liberation of the town by the US Army.”

It is good to know that the death of Corp. Glen Hill almost 100 years ago, and all the others that have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, have not been forgotten. Thanks so much, Jane, for your comments!

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Beach student a winner in work zone safety competition


Adeline Bender, a third-grader at Beach Elementary, is shown with her winning sign from the Work Zone Safety Poster Contest put on by the Kent County Road Commission and Kentwood Public Works Departments. Photo courtesty of Maura Lamoreaux, Kent County Road Commission.

Adeline Bender was one of four students selected as winners

“Avoid distractions. Somebody needs you!” Hritvi Mahajan, a third grade student at Orchard View Elementary, incorporated this powerful warning into her winning entry for the first annual Work Zone Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) and the Kentwood Public Works Department.

For the contest, third grade students from throughout Kent County were invited to design caution signs promoting safe driving habits through a work zone.

“It is critical to the safety of motorists and our workers, alike, that extra caution is taken when driving through work zones. We want to instill these values early so that good habits become second nature by the time these students are ready to drive,” said Steve Warren, managing director of Kent County Road Commission.

To assist teachers, an online work zone safety resource folder was created, which included a letter to families explaining the contest, a three-minute work zone safety video, and a hand-out identifying the American Society of Safety Engineers’ safety tips for driving through a work zone.

Student submissions were judged on creativity, originality, and their ability to strongly convey a message. Out of 54 submissions received, four winning entries were selected:

• Adeline Bender, of Beach Elementary, Cedar Springs, Teacher Kim Rockwell

• Maria Huston, St. Patrick Parnell, Ada. Teacher Elizabeth D’Aurora

• Hritvi Mahajan, Orchard View Elementary, Forest Hills, Teacher Angie Wagaman

• Faith Rogers, Appleview Elementary, Sparta, Teacher Linnea Hurley

Every contestant receives a certificate of appreciation for participating in the competition and the winners receive their design replicated on a 10×10 aluminum sign, along with a KCRC sweatshirt. The four winning entries were also transferred onto 18×18 aluminum signs and will be used at local events by KCRC to promote work zone safety.

A display exhibiting all of the contest’s entries was showcased at the 2017 APWA Family Event on May 17 at the Kentwood Public Works building.

“Community support is crucial to the work that we do and to the safety of our motorists and workers. We applaud our newest ‘safety advocates’ for helping us spread the word and sharing important tips for driving through a work zone,” said Warren.

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Southbound off ramp to close for two weeks

If you use US-131 to travel to Cedar Springs from the north, you will need to get off at an alternate exit beginning Thursday, June 1. That’s when the southbound off ramp to 17 Mile closes for two weeks, until June 15. You can either get off at 22 Mile Rd in Sand Lake or 14 Mile Rd.

However, also on Thursday, June 1, ONLY—the local lane of southbound US131 will be closed from White Creek Avenue to 14 Mile from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. while crews realign traffic control devices and place temporary pavement markings for a stage change. The ramps at 17 Mile Road (Exit 104) and 14 Mile Road (Exit 101) will also be closed during this time. The last exit before this closure will be Exit 110 for Sand Lake/22 Mile Road. The first exit after the closure will be Exit 97 for Rockford/10 Mile Road. The southbound US-131 express lane will remain open on the northbound side.

The work is weather dependent.

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Hometown Hero

Brandon M. Empie

Brandon M. Empie, 23, a 2012 graduate of Tri County High School, is currently home on leave and took part in Memorial Day ceremonies with the Cedar Springs American Legion. He joined the Air Force almost five years ago on September 11, 2012. Brandon has served two years at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England; was deployed from there to Arba Minch in Ethiopia for six months; and is currently stationed at Andrews Air Force base near Washington D.C.

Brandon is a security forces member and is certified as a response force leader.

He is the son of Matthew Empie and Jenifer Smigiel, and grandson of Rusch and Pat Merlington, and Don and Lucille Empie.

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Cedar Springs Women’s Club selects c


Kristina Kornoely, Cedar Springs Women’s Club 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year, with her family. Courtesy photo.

By Sue Harrison

The May Cedar Springs Women’s Club meeting was full of lots of activities. The most exciting was the presentation of the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year award. Each year one woman is recognized for her exemplary spirit and contributions during the Club year. She must be enthusiastic in the promotion and support of Women’s Club and be active in community activities.

The 2017 recipient of the Women’s Club Outstanding Woman of the Year was Kristina Kornoely. Kristina is one of the Directors of Women’s Club and serves on the Archival Committee, the Holiday Tea Committee, and the Social Activities Committee.  She is usually the first person at the meeting to open up and often the last to leave.

Kristina’s husband, Michael, and friend Soonja Koole, were instrumental in getting biographical information secretly to prior award recipients, Carolyn Davis and Penny Dietrich, to organize for the surprise presentation. Kristina’s biography was read by Carolyn Davis, last year’s recipient of the award. A copy of the biography was presented to Kristina along with a plaque and a certificate commemorating the event. Kristina was presented with a dozen red roses by Women’s Club President, Sue Harrison, also a former award recipient.  Kristina’s husband, Michael, daughter Rachel, and mother Ellen Moore attended the ceremony and lunch.

Women’s Club meets the first Thursday of the month from September to the following June.  Any woman wishing to join Women’s Club needs to attend two meetings, then fill out an application and have two sponsors who have been members for at least one year. She then can be inducted into membership during the month following the receipt of her application. No members are inducted in the month of June.

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State police investigate fatal crash

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post responded to a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at approximately 4:46 a.m. on M-46 near Cedar Lake, in Home Township in Montcalm County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 42-year-old man, from Vestaburg, was driving westbound on M-46 Hwy and struck a 40-year-old male pedestrian who was standing in the middle of the lane of travel. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was identified as Steven Hax from Six Lakes, Mich.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured in the crash.

Police said it was dark at the time of the crash and the victim was not wearing any reflective clothing. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor for the pedestrian.

The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting with the scene were personnel from the Home Twp Fire Department, and Montcalm County EMS.

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Detective exposed to dangerous drug


The detective bureau at the Kent County Sheriff Department was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after a detective showed medical signs of being exposed to an opiate.

According to Sgt. Joel Roon, a Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team detective with the Wyoming Police Department was conducting routine testing of suspected narcotics that were in the form of a white powdery substance. The substance in question was collected on Monday, May 29, as part of an ongoing investigation. While testing, one of the detectives began to experience symptoms that could possibly be related to a drug exposure, and so NARCAN was administered. That detective was transported to a local hospital to be checked, and was conscious and alert.

The detective bureau was temporarily evacuated and remained closed while the Grand Rapids Fire Department hazmat team completed air quality tests. It reopened shortly after noon.

K.A.N.E.T. is made up of detectives from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Police Department, Walker Police Department, Grandville Police Department, and East Grand Rapids DPS. K.A.N.E.T. is operated out of the KCSO located at 701 Ball Ave NE.

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Click It or Ticket continues through June 4


Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police (MSP) continued last week with the kick off May 22 of a “Get Your Click On” Click-It-Or-Ticket mobilization to increase seat belt use in Michigan and across the Midwest region.

Tapping into state pride, the goal is to again make Michigan number one in the nation for seat belt use. Michigan has extended a friendly challenge to its neighbors in Indiana and Ohio to see which state can achieve the biggest improvement in its seat belt use rate this year.

“We can think of no better way for the people of Michigan to help us celebrate our 100th birthday than joining the ‘Get Your Click On’ challenge to increase seat belt use and save lives,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. “The Michigan State Police is excited to partner with drivers, passengers and law enforcement officers across the state to make Michigan number one in seat belt use because we all win when we wear our seat belts.”

Michigan had the top seat belt use rate in the nation at 98 percent in 2009. In 2016, Michigan’s seat belt use rate was 94.5 percent.

“Cars are safer than ever before and seat belt technology has improved dramatically,” said Matt Reed, Ph.D., professor and head of the Biosciences Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. “The most important decision you can make to keep you and your loved ones safe is to buckle your seat belt—in the front seat and in the back seat.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,874 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States in 2015—188 in Michigan. It is estimated that if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, 2,804 lives could have been saved nationally in 2015.

“Our goal is to make Michigan the best when it comes to seat belt use, for drivers and passengers,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We know that the people of Michigan have a tremendous amount of state pride. We look forward to partnering with law enforcement officials and residents to make Michigan number one once again.”

The “Get Your Click On” Click-It-Or-Ticket mobilization will continue through June 4. Residents are encouraged to show their state pride by using #ClickOnMI across social media platforms to help spread the word.

As of May 30, 2017, 18 people died on Michigan roadways since last week making a total of 381 this year. In addition, 143 more were seriously injured for a statewide total of 1,959 to date.

Compared to last year at this time, there are 33 more fatalities and 475 more serious injuries.

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Lest we forget

This photo shows Roger Allen walking the Avenue of Flags at Elmwood Cemetery in 2003. Photo by L. Allen.

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those that gave their lives while defending our country. It’s also a day to remember all those that have served and are now deceased. Inside this issue are the names of veterans buried in area cemeteries, and we honor them with this issue of The Cedar Springs Post, click here to download. If you know of a veteran’s name that is missing from the list, please let us know and we’ll add them for next year.

There will be several memorial activities and ceremonies taking place this weekend that residents are encouraged to take part in:

The Cedar Springs Historical Society will hold its 17th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. to honor veterans of all wars. This year’s veterans will be Samuel Andrus, Civil War; Burton Smith, Spanish/American War; Leon Marsh, World War I; Neal Mackey, World War II; James Remington, Korean War; John Gardell, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 pm and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentation in the museum.

The American Legion Glen Hill Post #287 in Cedar Springs will hold their annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 29. They will be at Elmwood Cemetery at 9 a.m., Solon Cemetery at 10 a.m., East Nelson Cemetery at 10:45 a.m., and Veterans Memorial Park, (corner of Main and Oak in Cedar Springs) at 11:30 a.m. In case of bad weather, services will be held only in the American Legion Hall at 9 a.m. Lt/Col. Tom Noreen will be the speaker.

The Algoma Township Historical Society will hold Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Algoma Township Memorial Park, located on the south end of the Algoma township cemetery on Grange Ave., south of 13 Mile Rd.) The service this year will honor Algoma Township’s WWI veterans, in memory of the 100-year anniversary. There will be music, readings, 21-gun salute and taps. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be served by the Algoma Township Historical Society.

The Sand Lake/Cedar Springs Tri-Corner Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7912 will have ceremonies on Monday, May 29. They will be at the VFW Post in Sand Lake at 10:30 a.m. and at Pierson Cemetery at 11 a.m. Rain or shine. The Tri County Band will also be at Pierson Cemetery.

The Sparta Township Historical Commission will hold their Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Lamoreaux Memorial Park, 150 Park St, in Sparta. The speaker will be Dwight Anderson, Sparta High School Class of 1970 and former SHS principal. The Sparta High School Band will perform under the direction of Jim Walsh. The Kent County Sheriff Color Guard will also be in attendance. There will be a dedication of the John Paul “Sharkey” Badgerow Memorial Bench. Immediately following the ceremony, the Michigan Memorial Wall will be displayed for the balance of the day.

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