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City Candidate Forum


About 30 people turned out Tuesday evening for the Cedar Springs City Council Candidate Forum hosted by the Community Action Network and The Cedar Springs Post newspaper.

Six of the seven candidates running for City Council were on hand to answer questions from the emcee and the audience. Candidate Ashley Bremmer was missing due to illness.

The Post and the Community Action Network would like to thank all who attended, and both Metron and Alpha Omega Coffee and Games for their donations of refreshments and other supplies for the evening.

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Don’t forget to vote!


Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 4. There a lot of races on the ballot, at the state, county, city, and township levels. We ran candidate profiles last week for City Council, and many candidate profiles in last August’s primary. All of those can be found on our website by clicking here. Please vote at your local city or township polling location. See your local ballot, go to https://vote.michigan.gov/mvic/SelectPublicBallot.aspx


Here are some other races area residents will vote in:

Sand Lake: 

Roger Towsley is running unopposed for the Village President seat.

Four people are running for three trustee seats: Incumbent David Dewey, Bette Towsley, and write-in candidates Thomas Norton and James Ward.

Cedar Springs Board of Education

Three people are running for three seats: incumbents Matthew Shoffner and Shannon Vanderhyde, and appointee Michelle Bayink.

63rd District Judges 1st Division: Brent Boncher, of Rockford, against Jeffrey O’Hara, also of Rockford.

28th District State Senate: Peter MacGregor (REP) of Rockford, against Deb Havens (DEM), of Grand Rapids.

73rd District State Rep: Chris Afendoulis (REP) of Grand Rapids, against Mary Polonowski (DEM) of Rockford.

74th District State Rep: Incumbent Rob Verheulen (REP), of Walker, against Richard Erdman (DEM), of Grandville.

3rd District Rep in Congress: Incumbent Justin Amash (REP), of Grand Rapids, against Bob Goodrich (DEM), of Kentwood.

US Senate: Terri Lynn Land (REP), of Grandville, against Gary Peters (DEM), of Bloomfield Township.

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Ballot issues


Voters will have several proposals to vote on in next ‘Tuesday’s election.

State: There are two proposals on the ballot in regard to wolves.

Public Act 520 of 2012 would: Allow an open hunting season for wolves and allow the Natural Resources Commission to schedule annual wolf hunting seasons. Require a person who wishes to hunt wolves to obtain a wolf hunting license.

Provide criminal penalties for unlawful possession or taking of wolves; and create a Wolf Management Advisory Council for the purpose of making nonbinding recommendations to the legislature regarding the proper management of wolves.

Public Act 21 of 2013 would: 

Allow the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to designate animals as game for hunting purposes without legislative action.

Allow the NRC to establish the first open hunting season for newly designated game animals without legislative action.

Allow the NRC to schedulde a wolf hunt.

Grant the Legislature the sole authority to remove a species from the list of designated game animals.

Eliminate the $1.00 hunting and fishing licensing fee for members of the military, whether stationed inside or outside of Michigan, subject to any lottery.

Give the NRC the sole authority to regulate fishing.

Kent County: There are two proposals at the county level.

Dedicated millage for Veterans services: Shall Kent County levy .050 mill which is equal to five cents per $1,000 of the taxable value on all Real and Personal Property subject to taxation for the period 2014 through 2021, inclusive, for the purpose of providing dedicated services to veterans of active United States military service and their dependents? The amount raised by the levy in the first year is estimated at $1,001,290.

Nelson Township: Nelson is asking for an additional 0.1068 mill ($0.1068 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of ten years, beginning in the year 2014 and continuing through the year 2023, both inclusive, to provide library services and support and maintenance of the Township library. It is estimated that a levy of the additional 0.1068 mill would provide revenue of $12,718 in the first calendar year. The revenue from this millage levy will be disbursed to the Township of Nelson for distribution to the Library Fund.

School districts:

Cedar Springs Public Schools: Is asking for a renewal of its operating millage. Homeowners will NOT see an increase in their taxes. This renewal is for the 18 mills currently established on non-homestead property. ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation.) It is not a new tax. A Yes vote allows for the continued quality education programs offered at Cedar Springs Public Schools, with no additional cost to homeowners. A no vote does not mean a reduction in homeowner taxes, but it would mean a loss of over $2 million used to maintain current educational programs and services. They are asking for a 10-year renewal.

Tri County Area Schools: Is asking for a renewal of its operating millage. Homeowners will NOT see an increase in their taxes. This renewal is for the 18 mills currently established on non-homestead property. ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation.) It is not a new tax. The first year would bring in $661,000. They are asking for a four-year renewal.

Other school districts asking for renewals in our area include Rockford, Greenville, and Montcalm Community College.


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Three northern Kent County residents hurt in Lowell crash

A Rockford man is in critical condition and a Cedar Springs couple is in stable condition after a traffic accident in Lowell Township Sunday morning, October 26.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Joseph Kelly, 66, of Rockford, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Prism southbound on Segwun Avenue, about 9:26 a.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Cascade Road. He was hit by an eastbound 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by David Ladd, 65, of Cedar Springs.

Both vehicles drove off the roadway and into a field. Kelly was not responsive at the accident scene and was transported by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He is in critical condition at this time. Lad,d and his wife, Vickie,63, were transported by ambulance to Spectrum. They are in stable condition.

The accident is still under investigation at this time. Neither Alcohol nor speed appear to be factors.

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Traveler in Kent County being monitored for Ebola

N-Kent-County-logoThe Kent County Health Department said today that they are monitoring a traveler who visited a country where an Ebola outbreak has been declared. They said the individual did not provide care for or have contact with anyone who has Ebola, and has a very low risk for Ebola infection by CDC standards. The person is not exhibiting any signs of illness, and the Kent County Health Department will continue to contact the person twice a day over the 21 day surveillance period to monitor for symptoms and report their measured body temperature, as recommended by the MDCH and CDC. No further information regarding the traveler is being made public.

“The Kent County Health Department is sharing this information to remain open and transparent, and most importantly, to recognize that this is the first notification of a traveler, and it probably won’t be the last,” said Adam London, Kent County Health Department Officer. “The most important take-away from this is that this is not an imminent health threat, and this individual is at very low risk for illness. We want the general public to remain informed, and trust in our capabilities.”

Kent County was notified of the traveler as a result the of the CDC airport monitoring system. This week, the CDC started a program to actively monitor all individuals who arrive in the United States after travel to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. All air travelers with this travel history are now being routed through five major airports (Atlanta, Dulles, Newark, JFK and O’Hare) where screening for Ebola symptoms and risk factors will take place. This information is entered into a national system and is then provided to state health departments for distribution to local health departments, who are responsible for monitoring the health of these travelers.

“Increased surveillance and monitoring has been critical in recent weeks and will continue to be critical as long as there are cases of Ebola in the world,” said London. “Contact tracing and monitoring has been extremely successful in Senegal and Nigeria, where Ebola outbreaks were contained and now, the countries are Ebola-free. We have confidence in the systems and protocols that are in place, and Kent County is fully prepared to monitor anyone with a travel history to an Ebola outbreak region.”

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) continues to work with local partners and state and federal agencies to stay on top of the Ebola outbreak. Ebola is a rare, serious viral infection. It is not airborne or waterborne. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear, which can take up to 21 days. The virus only spreads by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a person who has symptoms. Although the initial signs and symptoms of Ebola are flu-like in nature (i.e. fever, headache, muscle pain), health care workers and the family and friends who provide care for a person sick with Ebola are at highest risk for infection and the general public should not be concerned about Ebola if they develop flu-like symptoms. Risk factors for Ebola have not changed and include recent travel history to Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia or direct contact with someone who is sick with or died from Ebola.

It is important to note that the Ebola virus does not show up in a blood test until the person is showing symptoms, and there are only 12 labs in the U.S. that can test for Ebola. Therefore, the CDC has very pointed, specific guidance about the testing process, and must approve any testing. Results can take 24 to 48 hours to confirm.

Last week, the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) was reactivated. MMRS is a program that supports the integration of emergency management, health, and medical systems into a coordinated response to mass casualty incidents caused by any hazard. MMRS is operating to ensure a coordinated response between public health, first responders, law enforcement, hospitals, and community leaders. KCHD continues to be in contact with their partners in MMRS on a regular basis as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols and guidance continue to evolve.

KCHD will provide updates as necessary at www.accesskent.com/Health/ebola.
















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Fake bomb threat at Rockford Schools

Rockford RamAuthorities determined that a bomb threat at Rockford Public Schools earlier today was “not credible.”

Superintendent Mike Shibler reportedly received an anonymous email Friday morning stating that a bomb would go off in each of their 13 buildings and that he should be concerned.

The Rockford Department of Public Safety worked with the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police, FBI and Rockford Public School Security to investigate. They said it was quickly determined the threat was not credible. Area law enforcement and Homeland Security are investigating the source of the anonymous threat.

As precautionary measure, thorough searches were conducted on the interior and exterior of all schools buildings. All schools proceeded through the day as normal.

They said that at no time were the students in any danger.


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Fall colors 

We asked for your beautiful fall photos, and many of you took the time to post them on our Facebook page. The photos on this page show the splendor of the fall colors in the West Michigan area.

Now is the time to take a drive and take in all the beautiful fall colors Michigan has to offer. Get out and see them before they are gone. You are sure to be delighted with the colors in this fall’s fashion show!

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Pedestrian dies in accident

A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man was killed on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs about 6 p.m. Friday evening, October 17, while crossing the street.

Police identified the man as Bruce Hickman, 53, of the City of Cedar Springs.

Chief Chad Potts said the man had just left a store and was trying to cross the road.

A witness at the scene told the Post that while he was waiting to pull out of the Family Fare driveway, he saw the victim on the south side of the road, near the mailbox at 4186 17 Mile (just east of the Cedar Christian Academy sign), enter the roadway heading north. The witness looked away to the west, and when he looked back east, he saw the man get hit by a westbound vehicle.

The vehicle skidded to a stop in front of Choice One Bank.

Chief Potts said that according to another witness, the victim looked west before he crossed the road, but not east.

First responders gave the man CPR, but he did not survive his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol was not a factor on the part of the driver. A toxicology report on the victim is not yet available.

Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

A memorial service for Mr. Hickman, reportedly a longtime resident of an adult foster care home here in Cedar Springs, is set for Thursday, October 23, at the Pentecostal Church of Kentwood, 2627 44th St. SE, Kentwood, from 6-8 p.m.


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Trick or treat in Cedar Springs


Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

It’s only one week until Halloween—are you ready for a night full of fun? Does the thought greeting scores of trick or treaters make you break out in a cold sweat? Forget staying home! Pack up the kids and come out Halloween night for the Annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular in Cedar Springs! Sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and churches, the fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with spooky storytime at the library, at the corner of Cherry and Second. That is followed by trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. at Main Street businesses.

The Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad will hand out hot chocolate and donuts at the Cedar Springs firebarn at W. Maple and Second St. again this year, and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will host a haunted school house at the museum in Morley Park. Calvary Assembly of God will host a carnival at Main and Ash, and The Springs Church will host Trunk-or-Treat from 6pm-8pm, in their parking lot at the corner of Maple and First Street, along with a giant slide, and refreshments. For more info, see ad below.




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Post travels to Washington

N-Post-travels-to-Washington-DavisThe Post traveled to Taholah, Washington, on an Amtrak train in July, with Dick and Hattie Davis, of Algoma Twp. They visited with Dick’s sister, Marian Davis Curley, who graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1959, and after graduating from Trinity College in Chicago, in 1964, went on to teach elementary school in Taholah.

Taholah is the administrative village of the Quinault Indian Nation, where the Quinault River empties into the Pacific Ocean, in the Olympic Peninsula.

Dick and Hattie enjoyed visiting Marian, her husband of 48 years, and four generations of the Curley family.

Thanks, Dick and Hattie, 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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