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Halloween full of tricks and treats

Trick or Treaters lined up outside of The POST.

Trick or Treaters lined up outside of The POST.

Trick or treaters turned out in droves for the annual Halloween Spooktacular, hosted by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce last Saturday, October 31, despite the damp, drizzling weather.

Businesses, churches, and non-profits in the area passed out candy, hosted carnival games and served refreshments to trick or treaters and their families.  It was another spectacular Spooktacular, and many thanks to all the community organizations that made it great for our kids!


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Local veteran receives Purple Heart 

Spc. Samuel Andres received a Purple Heart and other medals in a recent ceremony. Pictured left to right: Nick Andres, Mary Andres, Spc. Samuel Andres, Rep. Justin Amash, Michele (Andres) Krick, and Andrea (Andres) Lisagor.

Spc. Samuel Andres received a Purple Heart and other medals in a recent ceremony. Pictured left to right: Nick Andres, Mary Andres, Spc. Samuel Andres, Rep. Justin Amash, Michele (Andres) Krick, and Andrea (Andres) Lisagor.

Rep. Justin Amash presented six medals, including the Purple Heart, to retired Army Specialist Samuel N. Andres at a ceremony held at Kent County Veterans Services on Wednesday, October 14.

Spc. Andres is a veteran of the Vietnam War. On Friday, September 13, 1968, Andres and his four-man squad were attacked while on night patrol south of Pleiku. Over the course of the nearly hour-long firefight, Andres was struck by two bullets, sustaining injuries to his right leg. On the request and with the assistance of Andres’s family, including his wife Mary, the United States Army approved Spc. Andres’s medals, including the Purple Heart, in May 2015.

Children of Spc. Andres include Nicholas (Nick) Andres, of Cedar Springs; Michele(Andres) Krick, and Andrea (Andres) Lisagor, both living in Greenville, and Eric Andres, deceased in 2009.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the president of the United States. First issued under the administration of George Washington, this prestigious award signifies that, as the result of hostile actions, the recipient was wounded or killed while actively serving our country in the United States Armed Forces.

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In honor of Veterans Day


World War I—known at the time as “The Great War”—officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It was changed to Veteran’s Day in 1938.

Veteran’s Day is a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces, and here at the Post, we thank the veterans from all eras for their service. We urge each of you to tell a veteran “thank you” today.

Since the late 1990s, the Post has highlighted within its pages each year those Veterans that have served in the armed forces during our most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please download link below to see our current list.


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Veteran’s Day ceremony at Metron

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the American Legion Glen Hill Post 287 will present a flag ceremony at Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffrey, on November 11, at 2 p.m. Opening prayer will be presented by Pastor Steve Lindeman, of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, and music will be provided by the Cedar Springs High School Band. Everyone is welcome to stay immediately following the ceremony for refreshments and musical entertainment.

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The Post travels to Maine


Roger and Mary Miller, of Howard City, recently went on vacation to Bar Harbor, Maine, and took the Post with them.

“Fall is a wonderful time to travel and we enjoyed the trip,” they said.

Thanks so much, Roger and Mary, 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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Update on deputy shot with bow


A Montcalm County Deputy that was shot with a crossbow during an arrest has been released from the hospital.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mike Kotenko was released late last week and is recovering at home.

Deputy Kotenko was shot on Friday, October 9, when officers from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, and City of Lakeview Police Department were in the process of serving an arrest warrant for felonious assault on a 40-year-old male, at a home in Cato Township, Montcalm County. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking Deputy Kotenko. An MSP trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.

The deputy was flown by Aero med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, where he underwent surgery.

The suspect, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He reportedly was being arrested by for an assault on a neighbor the day before.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said that Deputy Kotenko is expected to make a full recovery, and that the family expresses their extreme gratitude to the public for the cards and support he has received.

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Halloween fun at the library and museum

A group of teens decorated the haunted ibrary.

A group of teens decorated the haunted ibrary.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted their haunted schoolhouse on Halloween.

The Cedar Springs Historical Society hosted their haunted schoolhouse on Halloween.

Both the Cedar Springs Public Library and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum were up for some haunted fun on Halloween night.

Local teens created a haunted library at the Cedar Springs Public Library, and the museum hosted their annual haunted schoolhouse.

According to Library director Donna Clark, about 750 people went through the library, and Museum director Sharon Jett, about 200 visited the haunted school house.

“We appreciate the Chamber and their efforts to promote everything going on that day,” said Jett.

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Chamber of Commerce to hold pre-holiday open house


The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is promoting a community-wide pre-holiday open house on Saturday, November 14.

According to Chamber President Perry Hopkins, they would like people to shop our community, and find out what Cedar Springs has to offer.

“The second weekend in November is the same weekend of opening day of (gun) deer season. On this weekend the majority of the people are hunting, shopping, or dining out. For some, this is when they start their Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping. There really is no need for people in the Cedar Springs Area to drive down to the bigger city to shop or dine out,” explained Hopkins.

He noted that there are a wide variety of stores to choose from, including an eclectic herbal tea shop, lumber/hardware store, two large farm stores, two antique stores, a video game store, two cell phone stores, two auto parts stores, a large grocery store, two ice cream shops, four dollar stores, a pool/water supply store, flooring store, ceramics and gift store, a custom shirt-making business, several pizza places, a home brew store, over a dozen fast food restaurants, at least five sit-down restaurants, a dozen places to get hair and nails done, the historic Kent Theatre, a new brewery and restaurant, and much more!

Watch next week’s Post with an advertisement for area specials on November 14.

Shop local, save money, and invest in your local community!

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Billboard campaign launched to generate new leads in 1993 cold case


There is a new effort in an attempt to solve the 1993 murder of Kathleen Vanslyke.  The Kent Metro Cold Case Team has partnered with the Grand Rapids Police and Silent Observer to highlight the victim in their unsolved homicide billboard campaign. –

On July 23, 1993 at 3:30pm, Kathleen Vanslyke, a 45-year-old mother and wife, was shot at close range while she waited in her vehicle in a parking lot near Burton Street, SE, and Eastern Avenue, SE, in the City of Grand Rapids. After the shooting, Vanslyke’s car rolled backwards and collided with an adjacent building. The location was a busy area surrounded by businesses, including the former Old Kent Bank, Silver Derby Tavern, and Bucks.

In an effort to generate tips on this brutal murder, a billboard will highlight this victim for 30 days near the intersection of Burton Street SE, and Eastern Avenue SE, on November 2, 2015.

The family of Kathleen Vanslyke is supportive of the billboard campaign and hope, after 22 years, someone with information will come forward.

To see a photograph of Kathleen Vanslyke and crime scene photos, a Facebook page has been created called Kathleen Vanslyke 1993 cold case homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616-632-6123.

The Kent Metro Cold Case Team consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff Department and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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Flu season is here


Vaccinations available

From Kent County Health Department

Last year, three children in Michigan died due to complications from influenza. It takes about two weeks for the vaccination to become effective, so this is a great time to protect yourself and your family. Starting this week, you can schedule appointments through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) for vaccinations for the 2015-2016 Flu Season. New this year: KCHD can accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Blue Care Network for flu vaccinations with no copay from subscribers.

The flu can have serious complications for children under the age of five, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with already-weakened immune systems. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age to protect against flu viruses. “Over the past three years, we’ve seen people wait until flu season is in full swing to get vaccinated,” says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “We hope this year, everyone makes a plan to get vaccinated early, before the virus starts spreading. In addition to our clinics, there are many pharmacies and health care providers offering vaccines.”

KCHD’s seasonal influenza program provides vaccinations for all individuals six months of age and older. The cost of the vaccine ranges from $39-$55. KCHD offers FluMist (nasal mist vaccine) for $41, preservative-free options for $40-$44, and injectable three-strain egg-free vaccines or high-dose vaccines for $55.

Influenza viruses infect the nose, throat, and lungs and cause respiratory illness. Flu viruses spread when people with flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. Someone might also get flu by touching a surface or object (like a phone) that has flu virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, eyes, or nose. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and in some cases, it can be deadly. Signs and symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults). Not everyone with flu will experience all of the symptoms.

Children from six months through eighteen years who have no insurance, or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, will pay a sliding scale administration fee of up to $23. The Health Department can bill Medicaid and Medicare, and we accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Blue Care Network. (No other private insurance is accepted at this time.) Cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover are accepted. To make an appointment at any of our four clinic locations, call (616) 632-7200. You can learn more about flu prevention at www.stickittotheflu.com.

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