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Families lose home in fire


This mobile home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates was destroyed by fire on Friday, March 25.

This mobile home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates was destroyed by fire on Friday, March 25.

A mobile home fire broke out on Linda Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates shortly after 10:30 a.m., on Friday, March 25. Post photo by J. Reed.

A mobile home fire broke out on Linda Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates shortly after 10:30 a.m., on Friday, March 25. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Two families lost their home last Friday, March 25, when a fire broke out shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Linda Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, the Cedar Springs Fire Department was on scene within seven minutes of getting the call, and it took 20 to 30 minutes to knock it down.

He said the fire started in a bedroom, though the cause is undetermined.

Two adults and two children were home at the time of the fire, and everyone got out safely. A 21-month-old reportedly had some minor burns to the chest and index finger, and was treated at the scene.

The home is reported to be a total loss.

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Smokin’ hot wedding causes 911 call


The bridal party of Esther Couturier poses with the Cedar Springs Fire Department, who came and saved the day for Esther and her groom. Photo by M. Ellick.

The bridal party of Esther Couturier poses with the Cedar Springs Fire Department, who came and saved the day for Esther and her groom. Photo by M. Ellick.

Some unexpected, but not unwelcome, guests turned up at the wedding of a local graduate last weekend.

Esther Couturier, a native of Cedar Springs and a former Red Flannel court member, was marrying her fiancée from Zimbabwe at Pine Lake Campground last weekend, January 16. She had met him on a mission trip to Zimbabwe and many of his family had traveled here for the ceremony.

Just before the ceremony was to begin, the Master of Ceremonies lit the fire in the fireplace, but the vent was not completely open, and smoke filled the room, necessitating a visit from the Cedar Springs Fire Department.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, it first came across dispatch as a fire alarm, then that there was smoke in the building. He said they took two engines, and ventilated the building with fans.

The bridal party joked around with the firefighters and had the photo above taken to commemorate the unusual event.

The wedding then went on as planned.

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A message from the Cedar Springs Fire Department


 

By Fire Chief Marty Fraser

The members of the Cedar Springs Fire Department would like to remind the citizens of the community that when approaching an incident scene, whether fire or accident, to please use caution and pay attention to the area.

This department recently had a structure fire and a citizen drove around fire apparatus that was blocking the street, and ran over a section of fire hose. Not only could this have caused damage to the hose, but could possibly endanger firefighters actively fighting fires. If, in this case, the hose would have ruptured, causing failure, the firefighters on the nozzle could have lost water in their suppression efforts.

Please be observant as to the situation and DO NOT drive through an area shut down to normal traffic flow. The firefighters of all communities thank you for being observant and cautious.

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Special meeting Thursday night: City of CS and Solon Township


Cedar Springs and Solon Township fighting a fire together in Solon Township in February, 2014.

Cedar Springs and Solon Township fighting a fire together in Solon Township in February, 2014.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs City Council and the Solon Township board will hold a special public meeting on Thursday, December 17, at 7 p.m., at the Solon Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Avenue.

The officials from the two adjoining municipalities are meeting to discuss the findings of the consulting service that did an operational evaluation and shared services study for their two fire departments.

Municipal Consulting Services LLC did the evaluation. They are the same consulting firm that evaluated the Cedar Springs Fire Department in 2009.

The consulting service evaluated each fire department to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and how they can improve. They also evaluated opportunities for the two departments to share resources, including possibly consolidating.

They said that with both communities growing, and already sharing a number of services, such as County dispatch, Rockford ambulance, MABAS automatic aid, the school system, CS Area Parks and Rec, etc., that the fire services should not be segregated between the two communities. They said it could mean full consolidation or something less, such as Solon contracting Cedar Springs to respond to certain areas in Solon Township that lie just outside the Cedar Springs limits.

Other recommendations for shared services include joint master planning by the two fire chiefs (CS Chief Marty Fraser and Solon Chief Jeff Drake); combining some training; joint reviews by command staff of standard operating procedures; grant writing, etc.

The consulting service did not feel that service consolidation would yield a dramatic cost savings, due to the departments being understaffed. But they did say consolidation was feasible, and gave some ideas on what that might look like and what the cost would be.

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Cedar Springs Firefighters promoted


Dave Barnes was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain.

Dave Barnes was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain.

Steve Schipper was promoted  to Lieutenant.

Steve Schipper was promoted
to Lieutenant.

Two Cedar Springs firefighters received promotions effective October 1.

Dave Barnes was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain. He has been a member of the Fire Department since 1998.

Steve Schipper was promoted to Lieutenant. Steve joined the Department in 2010.

According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, Dave and Steve have been through numerous training classes and have assisted with everyday functions at the Department.

“Both officers have been a great asset to both the department and the community that they serve,” noted Fraser. “They have spent countless hours away from family and recreational activities to serve the department. It is with great pride that we thank both Dave and Steve for their commitment.”

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Everyday heroes at the library


Sgt. Jason Kelly explained that one of an officer’s tools is a bulletproof vest.  Post photo by J. Reed.

Sgt. Jason Kelly explained that one of an officer’s tools is a bulletproof vest. Post photo by J. Reed.

It was great week of summer reading fun at the Cedar Springs Library this past week, with programs highlighting everyday heroes and animal super powers.

Fire Chief Marty Fraser and Firefighter Stacey Velting from the Cedar Springs Fire Department showed up for preschool storytime, Wednesday, June 24. They showed the kids what firefighters look like dressed up in their turn out gear, and then the kids were able to try it on themselves. The children were also able to climb up and inspect the fire truck.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate these everyday heroes!

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoon Nature Center talked about the superpowers of animals in our own backyards. Courtesy photo.

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoon Nature Center talked about the superpowers of animals in our own backyards. Courtesy photo.

Mr. Pete from the Kalamazoo Nature Center visited educated kids and parents alike on June 24, at the family program at Cedar Springs Middle School, with the superpowers of some animals we can see in our own backyards. “He started off with the tale of Charlie the Caterpillar, aka Double Identity, and taught us about the beaver, Master Builder, the turkey culture, Super Stomach, and more!” said Kelly Roach, who is in charge of the children’s programming, at the library. “And we taught him what a great community Cedar Springs is with our record attendance!” The program was attended by 188 kids and parents.

Preschoolers got to try on firefighter equipment. Courtesy photo.

Preschoolers got to try on firefighter equipment. Courtesy photo.

On Tuesday, June 29, Sgt. Jason Kelly, and Deputy Jason VanDyke, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, taught kids in fourth through sixth grade about being a police officer. Sgt. Kelly talked to the kids about becoming a police officer, what the physical training is like, the kinds of tools and weapons they use, and more. He and Dep. VanDyke allowed the kids to get hands-on and try out some of their tools, like touching a bullet-proof vest, checking out handcuffs, talking through a megaphone, putting on a gas mask, lifting a police shield, etc. They also got the chance to sit in a police cruiser and switch on the lights. It was a great way for kids to become acquainted with our own police officers. A big thank you goes out to these everyday heroes who help keep us safe!

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Man ejected in crash


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Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon, shortly before 4 p.m., June 10, when a vehicle disregarded the red light at the intersection of White Creek and 17 Mile Road.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, witnesses at the scene said that a woman driving a white pickup truck was driving eastbound on 17 Mile, when she disregarded the stoplight, and struck a red Blazer that was southbound on White Creek. The truck then careened off the roadway to the right and drove down the hill into the BP gas station lot.

The driver of the Blazer, a Sparta man, was ejected.  His front seat passenger, a woman was also injured. Both were sent to the hospital by ambulance, with unknown injuries.

The driver of the pickup, a woman from Sand Lake, was not transported.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department assisted at the scene.

No other details were available at press time.

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Calling all kids: the blessing of the bicycles


 

N-Blessing-of-the-bikesA fun family event

By Judy Reed

Does your child have a bike? Do they need one? All kids are welcome at the Blessing of the Bicycles, in the parking lot of The Springs Church, on the corner of First and Maple, in Cedar Springs, Saturday, June 6, from 1-3 p.m.

According to organizer Johna Alexander, there will be stations set up with fun stuff for kids. Kids are welcome to bring their bike and helmet if they have one, and if they don’t, some gently used bikes will be given away, as well as helmets. There will also be a drawing to give away four new bikes.

There will be a blessing said over the bikes, a station to decorate them, free t-shirts, a bike safety handout, a station for minor repairs that need to be made, info on helmet safety, chalk art, face painting, and possibly the Cedar Springs Fire Department.

Johna said she would love to see the blessing of the bicycles eventually become an annual community event. “We just really are hoping to get kids and families out to do some fun stuff,” she said.

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Community Night reels in residents


The Red Flannel Queen and Court and the Cedar Springs Fire Department  were both present at Community Night last week.

The Red Flannel Queen and Court and the Cedar Springs Fire Department were both present at Community Night last week.

There was a lot to see last Thursday, April 16, at the annual Community Night, sponsored by the Community Action Network. Their partnership with the school to also make it a Fine Arts night has added another dimension to exploring what the Cedar Springs area has to offer.

Amanda Gerhardt, of CAN, estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people visited the event. “We felt like it was a great turnout, especially going at the same time as the Hazel Soccer game,” she said, referring to the purple game played in memory of former teacher and coach Scott Hazel.

A martial arts demonstration was performed by students of American Martial Arts.

A martial arts demonstration was performed by students of American Martial Arts.

Community Night featured various businesses, churches, and other non-profits in the community, demonstrations of martial arts and Zumba, music and artwork of Cedar Springs students, face painting, the Cedar Springs Fire Department, Red Flannel Queen and Court and more.

N-Community-night3If you missed it, be sure to join us next year!

 

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Cedar grad dies in car vs bicycle accident


Jackie Remmele

Jackie Remmele

A Cedar Springs graduate died Tuesday of injuries he suffered after he was hit by a car last week while riding a bicycle.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the accident occurred about 6:08 p.m., on Friday, January 16, 2015, on Montcalm Avenue, north of M-57.

An initial investigation reports that a 2008 Buick Enclave, driven by Charles Bliss, 32, of Cedar Springs, was traveling north on Montcalm Ave (W. County Line Rd.), and collided with 37-year-old Jackie Remmele of Greenville, who was riding a bicycle. The victim was transported to United Memorial Hospital in Greenville by Montcalm County Emergency Services, then to Spectrum Downtown, Grand Rapids by Aeromed, in critical condition. He died Tuesday, January 20.

Jackie Remmele was a 1995 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and had been a volunteer with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. (See obituary here)

State troopers are continuing to investigate the incident. The driver and passenger of the Buick were not injured. They were wearing safety belts, no airbags deployed, and there was no alcohol use. An independent witness was at the scene.

State Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the MSP at 855-677-9178.

 

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