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Former exchange student to attend 50th reunion

Annika Sandberg - 1964

Annika Sandberg – 1964

Annika Sandberg Eklov, former Swedish exchange student with the Class of ’64, is returning to Michigan to attend the 50-year reunion with the Cedar Springs Class of 1964 this Saturday, October 4. The reunion is being held at the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd NE  following the Red Flannel Day Parade.

Annika is arriving in Cedar Springs Friday afternoon and staying with Joyce and John Hansen over the weekend. Annika last visited for the 40-year reunion and is looking forward to seeing many of the people she knows from her 1963-64 stay in Cedar Springs.

Former classmates and friends are invited to visit with Annika Friday evening after 6:00 p.m. at the Hansen’s home at 4171 Indian Lakes Road. Light snacks will be provided. Please contact Joyce Hansen at 696-2173 or jkhansen@surfmagnus.com for more information or to let them know you will be visiting.

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Library creates strategic plan


Asks for public comments

The Cedar Springs Public Library is looking to the future and planning for growth—and they want the public to be involved. With a new library planned as part of the growth on the corner of Maple and Main Streets, the Library Board has developed a strategic plan to guide the Library as it grows. The board would like the public to read and comment on the plan. It is available for viewing on the Library’s website at cedarspringslibrary.org or at the library, 43 W. Cherry Street.


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Emergency management reminds residents to be prepared 


As autumn approaches, many people are wondering what this winter will bring. Freezing temperatures and extended, heavy snowfall last winter was dangerous. What if the power goes out? What if your car gets stranded at the side of a road? The Kent County Emergency Management Division and Kent County Health Department Emergency Preparedness team remind residents to be prepared.

“There are incidents where people literally get a few seconds to make life-or-death decisions,” said Jack Stewart, Emergency Management Coordinator for Kent County. “If you have a plan on how you will respond to the conditions of disasters, whether it’s an act of terror or an act of nature, it can make the difference in the outcomes for you and your family.”

Build a basic emergency kit, which should include three-to-fourteen days of water and non-perishable food, a first aid kit, an all-weather radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a one week supply of medications and personal hygiene items. A good way to prepare is to consider camping at a rustic campground where there is no electricity. “Perhaps you built an emergency kit complete a few years ago,” said Adam London, Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “But batteries lose power, food expires, and even personal hygiene items could go bad over time. September is a good time to make sure those items are still usable.” Keep a road emergency kit in your car, including a warm blanket that is within reach of the driver.

Before a disaster, family and friends should arrange a meeting place, in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other as well as what to do in a variety of situations. Also remember to check on our special needs populations (elderly, non-ambulatory) during times of emergencies. The Kent County Emergency Management office offers training free of charge through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). This training prepares individuals to help themselves, their families, and the community in general.

Websites for more information on preparedness:






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State confirms 25 Enterovirus D68 cases


The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that 25 patients out of 34 persons tested so far are positive for enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Most were hospitalized and one patient, a child less than 1 year of age from Washtenaw County, developed lower extremity paralysis.

The United States is currently experiencing a nationwide outbreak of EV-D68 associated with severe respiratory disease. Michigan has seen an increase in severe respiratory illness in children across the state, and the department is working with the CDC, Michigan local health departments and hospitals to monitor the increase.

Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Symptoms of EV-D68 infection can include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization.

Enteroviruses are known to be a rare cause of acute neurologic disease in children, such as aseptic meningitis, less commonly encephalitis, and rarely acute myelitis and paralysis. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided.

Young residents with asthma may be at an increased risk of severe complications and are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. Further, Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

For additional information about EV-D68 or the national investigation, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html.


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Going, going…gone!

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

By Judy Reed


Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

The building at 95 N. Main—almost as old as the town of Cedar Springs—made way for a new chapter of history to begin at the corner of Main and Maple Streets.

Built in 1890, it housed a flourmill and was used for hay storage. Later it housed several grocery stores, including the IGA store that many of the older folk in town remember. In its last days, it was an auto parts store—Cedar Springs Auto Supply. It was sold for unpaid taxes in 2009 to the City of Cedar Springs.

The dilapidated building was demolished Thursday, September 18, to make way for the development of the Cedar Springs Brewing Company—a new business featuring a full-menu restaurant, with full kitchen, and outdoor biergarden that will be both family and community-friendly, according to owner David Ringler.

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

The brewery is a 25-year dream of Ringler’s, who apprenticed as a brewer in Germany. He said the brewery would produce a full range of craft beers, focusing on German styles, and other drinks as well. “We will also serve our own spirits and wine, for guests who prefer, and create a few craft sodas and soft drinks for both the young and young at heart. Our chef and head brewer will be announced as we get closer to opening and we will utilize local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.”

Construction will depend on the weather, but he hopes the brewery will be open early next year. And he’s been excited about the support they’ve received. “If the community supports us once we open, I certainly believe that this project can serve as a catalyst for future growth, development and jobs and can help draw commerce from outside the community to Cedar Springs. We’re excited to be a part of that.”

Ringler expects the site to be completely cleaned up before Red Flannel Day.

Check out their Facebook page to keep updated on progress of the brewery. Just search for Cedar Springs Brewing Company. You can also check out their website at cedarspringsbrew.com.


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75 acts of kind hands

Kindergartner Emma Barger shows off her painted hands. Courtesy photo.

Kindergartner Emma Barger shows off her painted hands. Courtesy photo.

This year’s Red Flannel theme is “75 years of volunteers.” Kindergarten teacher Rhonda Bellamy decided to take that theme and tie into what her students were learning.

“For 75 years Red Flannel Volunteers have given their time to help others in our community celebrate,” explained Bellamy. To connect this theme to student learning, [we] decided to complete 75 acts of kind hands.”

“Kind hands” is one of the Habits of Mind (behavior model) that Cedar Trails focuses on.

Rhonda Bellamy’s class listed 75 acts of kindness on Red Flannel long johns and a nightgown to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Red Flannel Festival. Courtesy photo.

Rhonda Bellamy’s class listed 75 acts of kindness on Red Flannel long johns and a nightgown to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Red Flannel Festival. Courtesy photo.

“Students were very eager to volunteer their kind hands by helping others take care of their classroom and their school,” remarked Bellamy. “During the week students picked up extra trash in the lunchroom, pushed in chairs, helped others at recess, and some even talked about ways they were using kind hands at home.”

Bellamy painted their hands and they wrote the kind acts on a large red flannel long john and red flannel nightgown.

Last Friday, the kindergarten class recorded their 75th act of kind hands. What a great way to model the spirit of service in the community!



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Police seek info in business break-ins

Police are asking for the public’s help to solve a rash of break-ins throughout Kent County, from as far north as Patriot Motors on Northland Drive (between Cedar Springs and Sand Lake) and all the way out to 28th Street.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said that during the past week there have been 15 business breaking and enterings that have occurred in

Kent County. In most of the break-ins, entry was made in the overnight hours by smashing or prying open a door and money was taken. The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating these complaints and encourages you to call if you have any information regarding any of these break-ins or if you observe any suspicious activity. Call them at 632-6100 or 911. You may also call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. The following businesses were targeted:

September 13 to 14, 2014

Alpine Trailer Sales: 5614 Alpine Ave NW

Northeast Tan: 5614 Alpine Ave NW

Zylstra Door: 7350 Broadmoor Ave SE

September 16 to 17, 2014

Inspiration of Art Studio: 6504 28th St SE #C

The Difference Hair Salon: 6200 28th St SE

Pomp and Artistry: 6504 28th St SE #S-1

September 18 to 19, 2014

Francis Reality: 825 Parchment #400

September 20 to 21, 2014

Gebhardt Seamless Gutters: 15551 Northland Dr. NE

Patriot Motors: 16252 Northland Dr. NE

Farm Bureau Insurance: 4150 East Beltline Ave NE #2

Tee 2 Green: 5300 East Beltline Ave NE #C

China Kitchen: 5150 Northland Dr. NE #L

Amigo Mobility Center: 4280 Plainfield Ave NE

Great Clips: 5150 Northland Dr. NE #C

Hulst & Jepsen Physical Therapy: 4120 East Beltline Ave NE

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Post travels to Curacao

Tracy Merlington, of Pierson, with the Post, at the Caribbean island of Curacao.

Tracy Merlington, of Pierson, with the Post, at the Caribbean island of Curacao.

Angela LaBay and Tracy Merlington on their Best Friends Forever Cruise.

Angela LaBay and Tracy Merlington on their Best Friends Forever Cruise.

Tracy Merlington, of Pierson, and Angela LaBay, of Cedar Springs, went on a Best Friends Forever Cruise of a lifetime encore last spring. The two had previously gone on a 12-day cruise in June of 1985, with Angela’s parents, on the cruise line Stimar, on the beautiful Fairwind. “ We had visited many ports along with Curacao, and I couldn’t wait to take her and revisit that port along with Grand Turk and Aruba,” explained LaBay.

Last spring’s cruise was out of Port Canaveral on the Carnival Sunshine and lasted 8 days.

Thanks for taking us with you on your beautiful cruise!

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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Winners of Red Flannel Art Review


The winners were announced Tuesday, September 23, of the 2014 Red Flannel Art Review. Winners are:

Red Flannel Theme: Chris Powell (shown with Turner Powell)

First place 2D work: Doug Gordon

Second place 2D work: Frank Haik

First place in 3D work: Michelle Donk

Second place in 3D work: Roy Bills

Popular vote: Julie Ketcham.

Jen Leonard (shown with some of the artists) is the RF Art Review Chair.

There is still time to visit and see all the lovely pieces of artwork around town. Just look for the artist palate in windows of area businesses featuring artwork, or pick up a Red Flannel Brochure for a complete list of the 19 businesses participating. Artwork will be on display until October 6.

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Teen driver injured in crash


A Howard City teenager was reported to be in critical condition after an accident Friday, September 19.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 5:37 p.m. They reported that a 16 year-old female from Howard City was driving west on Washburn Street just East of Sycamore Street in her 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, when she entered the dirt section of Washburn and attempted to fish tail her truck and lost control.

The vehicle ran off the north edge of the roadway and, upon re-entering the roadway, rolled over 1-1/4 times. The driver was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Campus by Aero Med and was reported to be in critical condition.

The two passengers in her vehicle—a 16-year-old girl from Pierson and a 16-year-old girl from Howard City—were transported to the hospital by private vehicle. Both were treated and released.

They were all wearing seatbelts. Police said neither alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

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