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Men identified in breaking and entering

Joseph Allen Burns

Joseph Allen Burns

Robert Allen Andrews

Robert Allen Andrews

The two Cedar Springs men who were arrested Tuesday, July 7, after breaking into a home in Reynolds Township and stealing plumbing for scrap metal, have been identified.

Robert Allen Andrews, 22, of Cedar Springs was arraigned in Montcalm County’s 64-B District Court and charged with breaking and entering, and possession of burglary tools. Bond was set at $10,000.

Joseph Allen Burns, 32, of Cedar Springs, was charged with breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, and as a habitual offender. Bond was set at $10,000.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crime occurred in the 8000 block of N. Maple Hill Road, in Reynolds Township. The two men broke into a vacant home and a neighbor spotted them removing things from the house and confronted them. When they couldn’t answer questions about the homeowner, he became suspicious and called the police.

The men fled the scene on foot, and were later located by deputies and lodged in the Montcalm County jail.

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Crash injures two in Spencer Township

 

This SUV caught fire while up on the wrecker. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

This SUV caught fire while up on the wrecker. Photo courtesy of Gary Welch.

Vehicle later catches fire

This photo shows a pickup and SUV after they collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake. Photo courtesy of brothers Wesley and Raymond Lewis.

This photo shows a pickup and SUV after they collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake. Photo courtesy of brothers Wesley and Raymond Lewis.

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday morning, July 6, when a pickup and an SUV collided at 17 Mile and Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Spencer Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the vehicle traveling on 17 Mile failed to stop at the stop sign. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The SUV later caught fire, while up on the wrecker. Gary Welch, of Spencer Township, was passing by about 12:15 p.m. and snapped a photo of the blaze for us.

The Sheriff Department said the accident is still under investigation, and they were not releasing any other information at this time.

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Sand Lake celebrates July 4th

People came from near and far to celebrate the Fourth of July in Sand Lake.

The village held its annual celebration July 1-5, with carnival rides, a kiddies day, greased pig contest, rodeo, demolition derby, grand parade, fireworks, live music, classic car show, and more.

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Local man finalist for Michigan teacher of the year

Dave Stuart receiving his award.

Dave Stuart receiving his award.

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs High School teacher Dave Stuart was recently honored by the State of Michigan as one of five finalists for Michigan Teacher of the Year.

He finished as a runner up, out of 487 applicants.

“It’s a huge honor,” said Stuart, who teaches history and English to incoming freshmen.

The Michigan Teacher of the Year is selected by a committee that reviews applications from teachers throughout Michigan. Applicants submit biographies and written essays that describe educational history; professional development activities; philosophy of teaching; and thoughts on emerging education trends and issues.

Stuart said that he was nominated anonymously by someone last fall, and after going through several rounds, he was invited to be a finalist in April.

The top honor went to Rick Joseph, a fifth/sixth grade teacher at Birmingham Covington School.

“I wasn’t really disappointed that I didn’t win,” he said. “It went to such a deserving guy.”

Pictured L-R: Cedar Springs Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, teacher Dave Stuart, CSHS Principal Ron Behrenwald, Anne Kostus Director of Academic Services at CSHS, and retired Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

Pictured L-R: Cedar Springs Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, teacher Dave Stuart, CSHS Principal Ron Behrenwald, Anne Kostus Director of Academic Services at CSHS, and retired Michigan Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

Stuart said one thing he noticed about all the teachers vying for Michigan Teacher of the Year is that they all had a compelling story. “There are a lot of great teachers out there, but being Michigan Teacher of the Year is not about being the best; it’s about being someone who can represent and speak for all teachers in the state,” he explained. “There are 10 teachers in my hallway that are better teachers than me.”

The Michigan Department of Education has used this award annually to honor Michigan’s exemplary educators. The State Board of Education honors the Michigan Teacher of the Year with a seat at the Board table during its regular monthly meetings, and to engage in the discussions on moving Michigan’s system of education forward.

Stuart said that it was kind of a relief not to win, because the Teacher of the Year spends a lot of time out of the classroom. “I’m really excited about teaching and my writing on the side,” he explained. “It fulfills me.”

Cedar Springs High School principal Ron Behrenwald called Stuart a “highly effective teacher, who provides not only high quality instruction for his students day in and day out, but one who also develops character strengths in his students, such as curiosity, grit, zest for life, gratitude, and self control. Our Tech 21 Freshmen Academy students have a deep appreciation for Mr. Stuart and the way he ‘brings it’ everyday in his classroom.”

Stuart released a book last year dealing the English/Language art side of the common core. It’s called “A non-freaked out guide to teaching the common core.” He also has a website www.teachingthecore.com.

“He has put a tremendous amount of personal and professional time in studying the English common core to create purposeful meaning from it and develop practical approaches for students …” noted Behrenwald. “Mr Stuart has even created his own blog to share his thinking with other educators and last year started traveling the professional development circuit speaking with school districts and faculty across the country about the common core and his practical approaches to it.”

Stuart is humbled by the support he has received from both the administration and his peers. “My career has changed so drastically since coming to Cedar Springs,” he remarked. “There are so many seriously intelligent and caring teachers and administrators here. There are some highly supportive folks, who helped make this happen. I feel rich beyond measure.”

“The students, faculty, staff, and administration of Cedar Springs High School could not be prouder of Mr. Stuart’s accomplishment as one of the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year Runners-up,” said Behrenwald. “I encourage the greater Cedar Springs community to join us in celebrating not only the outstanding teacher we have in Mr. Stuart for our school age children to learn from, but also to have Mr. Stuart and his family living and serving in our community.”

When we talked, Stuart was flying out to Philadelphia for the kickoff of a $10,000 research grant he received having to do with building character in students—which is another one of his passions.

The other educators selected as state-level finalists for the Michigan Teacher of the Year Award are Mr. Michael Craig, special education and agriculture teacher, Charles R. Drew Transition Center, Detroit Public Schools; Mrs. Emily Pohlonski, science teacher, Novi High School, Novi Community Schools; and Mr. Luke Wilcox, math teacher, East Kentwood High School, Kentwood Public Schools.

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Men arrested for breaking and entering

 

Two Cedar Springs men were arrested Tuesday after breaking into a home in Montcalm County and stealing plumbing for scrap metal.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crime occurred in the 8000 block of N. Maple Hill Road, in Reynolds Township. The two men broke into a vacant home and a neighbor spotted them removing things from the house and confronted them. When they couldn’t answer questions about the homeowner, he became suspicious and called the police.

The men fled the scene on foot, and were later located by deputies. The men, ages 22 and 32, were arrested about 12:47 p.m., on charges of breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools. They were lodged in the Montcalm County jail. Their names were being held until after arraignment, and had not yet been released at press time.

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The Post travels to Maui

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Gage Lundquist, 12, and his family traveled with the Post on a “Make-a-Wish” trip to Maui, Hawaii, last week. Gage is an eighth-grader at Cedar Springs Middle School.

“He battled leukemia all last summer in the hospital, so this was a huge deal to our family,” explained his mom, Kristen Winchel. “He asked to bring the Post along for a snap shot.”

While in Maui, the family went parasailing, took a bus tour of the island, and experienced an authentic luau. They also visited the aquarium, where they saw sharks and sea turtles, and did lots of swimming in the ocean, both day and night!

Thank you, Gage, for taking us with you! We’re glad you had fun!

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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Movie in the park and sidewalk sales this weekend 

July's movie will be “Polar Express”

July’s movie will be “Polar Express”

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off their monthly themed sidewalk sales this weekend with a movie in the park on Friday night, followed by sidewalk sales on Saturday, with the theme “Christmas in July.”

On Friday, July 10, the movie “Polar Express” will be shown at Morley Park and start just before dark. Gather up the family and bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy this free movie in the park.

On Saturday, July 11, check out some great deals at sidewalk sales in front of local businesses. There will also be a free hot yoga demo class at 9 a.m. at Kin of Hope Natural Health Dance/Fitness Studio, located at 90 N. Main, above Perry’s Place. Find out how to win a free bike at the Chamber’s booth in the parking lot in front of the Cedar Chest Retail Shop and Curves/Jenny Craig. Bicycles will be given away at the August movie in the park just before the movie starts. There will also be a dunk tank at the corner of Elm and Main from 11:30 to 3 p.m.

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American Legion rifle winner

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The Sons of The American Legion, Glen Hill Squadron 287, of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate Gordon Frost. Gordon’s winning ticket for their Rifle Raffle was drawn on July 4.  Pictured are SAL Finance Officer Keith Tyler, Gordon Frost holding his new Remington .270, and “Squadron Mom” Pat Merlington.

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City to start water and sewer work 

 

By Judy Reed

City residents and those traveling in and around the city of Cedar Springs will soon see various roads closed for water and sewer work.

The city’s 2015 utility reconstruction project is set to begin on July 20, and end in November. According to the city’s Department of Public Works Director, Tom Stressman, the city will replace antiquated sewer lines and construct a new water main on Muskegon Street.

Phase 1 will begin on July 20, with the reconstruction of Cherry Street, from Main Street to just east of Park Street, and then Park Street from Cherry to Ash Street.

Phase 2 will include reconstruction of Ash Street, from Park Street to Ann Street, Ann Street from Ash to Beech Street, and Linda Street from the Beech Street intersection.

Phase 3 will be water main construction along Muskegon Street from Red Hawk Drive to the well fields.

Phase 4 will include sanitary sewer lining and spot repairs around the city.

During phase 1 and 2, residents will be able to get in and out, even when the road is torn up. “Dean’s Excavating (who is doing the work) has to provide access at all times,” explained Stressman. “At least one side will be passable.”

At times the water may be disconnected, but Stressman said that they will alert residents ahead of time. “We will try to keep the water outage minimal,” he said. He also noted that residents may get brown water every now and then. “It will clear up if they let the water run,” he said.

Phases 1 and 2 will include removing the existing road surface, aggregate base and sub-base, and installing new sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main and reconnection of sewer and water services.

Residents can expect replacement of the asphalt road, aggregate and sub-base materials, curb and gutter, and drive approaches, as well as topsoil placement, seeding, and pavement markings and signage.

Stressman said most of Main Street will get the new sanitary sewer lining. “It’s pretty cool to see. It’s like a resin sock turned inside out and pushed through the sewer main. Steam blows it up. It’s like putting a resin pipe inside the sewer line. Then a robot goes inside to cut holes to the laterals. There’s no major construction with it.”

The total cost of the project is $2.6 million.

Those with questions can call Tom Stressman at City Hall at 696-1330.

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Rotary celebrates members

Five Cedar Springs Rotarians became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. From left to right is past district governor Jim White; Karen Noreen representing her father, Tom Noreen; Denise Gates; Amanda Gerhardt; Kim Burge; and Ron McDermed.

Five Cedar Springs Rotarians became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. From left to right is past district governor Jim White; Karen Noreen representing her father, Tom Noreen; Denise Gates; Amanda Gerhardt; Kim Burge; and Ron McDermed.

On Wednesday, June 17, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club ended the fiscal year with a grand celebration. Carolyn Davis, concluding her term as club president, thanked her fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians for a fun and successful year. Davis thanked the entire club saying, “It takes everyone stepping up to do their part in order for this club to be successful in their avenues of service.” She did recognize a few for their special assistance in various capacities to include Pat Capek, Program Chair; John Rohrer, Foundation Chair; Kim Burge, Treasurer and Grant Writer; Donna Clark, Assistant Secretary; Jane Webster, Food Service; Dan Davis, faithful supporter of all events; and Sue Wolfe, Community Relations.

Davis herself was recently presented the Governors Citation Award at the District Conference held in Traverse City. She was one of only two club presidents in our district of 60-plus clubs to be recognized for her outstanding service and leadership as a president.

Family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe were recognized. From left to right is Past District Governor Jim White; Sue Wolfe; Sue’s husband Tim Wolfe; Sue’s daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla; and her daughter-in-law Krista, representing Sue’s son, Nick.

Family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe were recognized. From left to right is Past District Governor Jim White; Sue Wolfe; Sue’s husband Tim Wolfe; Sue’s daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla; and her daughter-in-law Krista, representing Sue’s son, Nick.

The current Rotary District Governor, Al Bonney, was not able to attend the awards meeting due to medical reasons but sent a pre-recorded video message that was played. In addition, Past District Governor (PDG), Jim White, was in attendance and made presentations of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award (PHFA) to five Cedar Springs Rotarians and three family members of Rotarians. This award is given by the Rotary Foundation, in appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The PHFA was established in 1957 and named after its founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. The Foundation provides an array of programs and projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world, enhancing international friendship and understanding.

Rotarians Amanda Gerhardt, Ron McDermed, Denise Gates, Kim Burge, and Tom Noreen (represented by his daughter Karen Noreen) became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. Jim White stated, “These five people understand the on-going needs of our Rotary Foundation, and are providing for a wide array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world—improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitations for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace. Your support is truly a selfless action.”

The family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe, an existing PHF, receiving the award were her husband Tim Wolfe, son Nick Wolfe (represented by his wife Krista), and daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla.

The family of Jack and Marge Clark (center) were in attendance to see them receive their award.

The family of Jack and Marge Clark (center) were in attendance to see them receive their award.

Only a few Rotarians ever achieve the level of giving called Major Donor. With great recognition and honor, PDG White presented Marge and Jack Clark with this distinguished award. “These two people have a life-time of ‘Service Above Self,’ along with financial support to the Foundation. Not only would I like to bestow this title of Major Donor but would also like to wish them a happy 69th wedding anniversary,” he said.

PDG White called the Clarks up to receive their crystal recognition piece and pendant and lapel pin, while club members rose with a standing ovation to express appreciation for the Clarks. Most all of the Clark’s children, Marilyn Clark, Barb and Gene Waller, Mark and Sue Clark, and granddaughter and Lowell Rotarian Karen Noreen were in attendance. Nancy and Tom Noreen were out of the country and unable to attend.

A certificate and PHF pin were given to each of these eight individuals. The Cedar Springs Rotary Club ranks in the district’s top ten for charitable giving to both the Rotary Foundation and Polio Eradication Program.

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