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Scout project helps Bellowood dog rescue


Austin Anderson (center) and friends Jacob Swinehart (left) and Andrew Watts (right) recently completed projects at Bellowood Dog Rescue to help Austin earn his Eagle Scout rank. The fence behind them and Welcome sign were two of the projects. Photo by J. Reed.

Austin Anderson (center) and friends Jacob Swinehart (left) and Andrew Watts (right) recently completed projects at Bellowood Dog Rescue to help Austin earn his Eagle Scout rank. The fence behind them and Welcome sign were two of the projects. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Austin Anderson loves his rescue dog. So when it came time to pick out a project to help him earn his Eagle Scout rank—the highest rank in Boy Scouts—he was inspired to give back and do something to help a local dog rescue. With some help from his mom, he chose Bellowood Dog Rescue in Cedar Springs.

Because of his generosity and help from his friends, family and local businesses, the Bellowood welcome center has a freshly painted fence, new welcome sign, and 20 specially crafted dog bowls.

“I am so thankful,” said Kim Schreuder, the founder of Bellowood. “The boys did a great job.” She explained that the Welcome Center is a place where people come to meet the dogs they want to adopt, so it’s important that it look nice.

Austin, the son of Dean and Kristine Anderson, will be a senior next year at Cedar Springs High School. He and his friends, sophomore Jacob Swinehart and junior Andrew Watts, paid a visit to Bellowood, and Schreuder showed them around and explained what projects needed to be done. They then chose what they wanted to do.

The boys also designed and made dog bowls to help dogs with megaesophagus.

The boys also designed and made dog bowls to help dogs with megaesophagus.

The dog bowls were made to especially help dogs with megaesophagus—a condition that is an enlargement of the esophagus, a muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach. Dogs with that condition have a harder time moving food and liquid down to the stomach. According to Pet MD, some breeds, such as wire-haired terriers and miniature schnauzers can be born with it. Other breeds prone to the condition include German shepherds, dachshunds, great Danes, Irish setter, Labrador retriever, pug, and Chinese shar-pei. With the new bowls, they are up high enough that the dogs will be able to swallow their water and food much easier.

The boys created their own dog bone design from scratch, and made 10 large bowls and 10 small ones. “They are much better quality than the plastic ones you can buy in the store,” remarked Schreuder.

The scouts, with some help from parents, also cleaned, scraped, sanded, and painted the front fence, and created a new welcome sign. The materials were either bought at cost, donated, or paid for with gift cards from local businesses.

“I am so very very thankful for all their hard work and what they gave to us,” said Schreuder. “It’s such a blessing! They are great kids.”

Austin said he now needs to turn in his paperwork as the next step toward getting his Eagle Scout rank. His friend Jacob Swinehart previously achieved his Eagle Scout rank with work on the Kent Theatre.

“I’m so happy to be a part of this, and thankful,” said Schreuder. “It’s fantastic. I think it’s special that the boys do things like this—not just for me, but for others in need, too.”

On their last day there, the boys got to play with some of the rescue dogs up for adoption. (See photo). For anyone interested in adopting one of these or another rescue dog, contact Kim Schreuder at xbellowoodx@yahoo.com, or visit their page on www.petfinder.com.

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Eagle Scout project renovates cabins


Nicholas Bromm, of Pierson, completed his Eagle Scout project at Camp Greenwood.

Nicholas Bromm, of Pierson, completed his Eagle Scout project at Camp Greenwood.

Camp Greenwood, in Gowen, now has several renovated cabins thanks to a local Boy Scout’s quest for his Eagle Scout pin.

Nicholas Bromm, 15, a sophomore at Tri County High School, and a member of Cedar Springs Boy Scout Troop 222, completed his Eagle Scout Project at Camp Greenwood on September 26-27. He and 10 other boys and adult leaders repainted five Adirondack cabins, installed fire escape hatches on the back of each cabin, and built a fire wood shelter. Some materials were donated by local businesses, and additional funds were donated by various businesses in the Tri County area.

Camp Greenwood is a ministry of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan and provides various camp programs throughout the summer.
Nick will now finish his project paperwork, and his Eagle Scout application, and submit it to the Gerald R Ford Council for review. He will then have a final board of review with members of the district council.

Nick is the son of Amy and Gerrod Bromm, of Pierson.

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Pavilion built in Morley Park


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Cedar Springs junior Kevin Galloway stands in front of his Eagle Scout project, a new 20×36-foot picnic pavilion in Morley Park.

 

The dream was a long time coming, but construction was completed last weekend on a new 20 x 36-foot pavilion in Morley Park.

The pavilion is the Eagle Scout project headed up by Scout Kevin Galloway, a junior at Cedar Springs High School this year. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.

His goal was to build a 20 x 36 pavilion that would be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. Over $18,000 was raised for the project. A groundbreaking was held in April.

Jeff Gust, of Gust Construction, and his employee, Todd, organized the volunteer members through out the day last Saturday. Grass seed will be planted this week.

Kevin told the Post earlier this year that the pavilion would add endless possibilities of different uses in the park. “I can vision many family and community events here in the future. The pavilion, with its maintenance free design, handicap accessibility, and capacity to hold 10 picnic tables, should serve this community well,” he added.

Kevin can now start the final paperwork that needs to be submitted to the Boy Scouts for review before he can earn his rank of Eagle Scout. They will likely have his ceremony in the spring at the Pavilion.

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Kent Theatre benefits from Eagle Scout project


Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Cedar Springs community has been blessed with several boys making the community a nicer place to be through their Eagle Scout projects. Jacob Swinehart, son of Scott and Angela Swinehart, is the latest Scout to do just that.

Earning Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to do a service project that benefits the community. Jacob Swinehart’s Eagle Scout project was to replace the existing surface flooring on the stage at the Kent Theatre. With the help of volunteers and the generosity of the community, Jacob’s team completed the main stage and also expanded the finished stage flooring to the back of the stage and into the wings.

As Project Manager, Jacob had to coordinate with a contractor, complete the paperwork, and make presentations to community groups to raise funds. Jacob also had to recruit and schedule volunteers, and organize the project with the theatre. Thanks to great community support of the Kent Theatre and this project, Jacob raised enough money to complete the Main Stage and also replace the flooring of the back stage dressing room and Green Room.

The organizations that were involved with this project include the Rogue River Community Theatre Association, Flat River Community Theatre Association, Red Flannel Committee, Cedar Springs Community Players, and the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Support from donors and volunteers made the project a success. Seventeen volunteers participated overall and worked over 140 hours to complete this renovation.

“We encourage you to attend an event at the Kent Theatre to see the new stage floor,” said Len Allington, spokesperson for the Kent. “Jacob and the Kent Theatre would like to thank everyone who participated in this project.”

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Eagle Scout breaks ground on new pavilion


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By Judy Reed

Sixteen-year-old Kevin Galloway hit a new milestone in his Eagle Scout project last Friday, when he held a ceremonial ground breaking for the new 20×36 pavilion that will be built in Morley Park, behind the Cedar Springs Museum.

The sophomore at Cedar Springs High School has been working on the project for two years. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo that used to be in the park. However, it was deemed structurally unsafe, and torn down, so Galloway had to start from scratch. The community rallied around Galloway’s project, and he was able to raise $18,500 to fund the project. Several business people in the community are also working with Galloway on the project.

“I want to thank the City of Cedar Springs and the community for their encouragement and support,” remarked Galloway.

He said that the 20 x 36 pavilion would add endless possibilities of different uses in the park. “I can vision many family and community events here in the future. The pavilion, with its maintenance free design, handicap accessibility, and capacity to hold 10 picnic tables, should serve this community well,” he added.

Galloway said that the pavilion kit is on order, and should be here in six to eight weeks.

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City Council clips


Eagle Scout Charley Nelson, 16, is presented with a “You make the difference award” by Cedar Springs Mayor Charlie Watson. Post photo by J. Reed.

City honors Eagle Scout

The City of Cedar Springs honored Charley Nelson, 16, son of Charles and Ginger Nelson, of Courtland Township, with their “You make the difference” award at their monthly meeting last Thursday evening. He was given the award for recently earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Charley, with the help of his family and friends, took on the building of the gazebo at the White Pine Trail staging area at Maple and Second Street in Cedar Springs as part of his progress toward earning the Eagle Scout rank.

Police officer commended

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent recently commended Cedar Springs Police Officer Mike Stahl for turning a potential life and death situation for a young man into a routine call. According to Chief Parent, Officer Stahl noticed a young man standing in the roadway at 3:45 a.m. January 1, swearing and yelling at others, while holding a 2×4 board with protruding nails. When Officer Stahl approached in his police car, the man ran off. The officer then got ahead of the man, got out of the police car and yelled at the man to get on the ground, but he did not comply. Officer Stahl drew his handgun and pointed it at the man, who had stopped just feet away, and gave the man a second chance to get down and drop the board, which he did.
“Citizens never truly understand that this situation was just a split second away for any police officer needing to make the ultimate decision to use deadly force to protect himself or others,” said Parent, in the commendation. He noted that Officer Stahl did not know that the man was allegedly using the board for his personal protection, or that he was intoxicated. He also noted that police are trained to use a force above the threat they are facing, so a TASER would not  have been used because it would have been considered a lesser threat than the board with protruding nails. “This young man will never know how fortunate he was to have you as the responding officer that night,” wrote Parent. “You were able to de-escalate the situation without a tragic ending.” He credited Stalh’s years of service and training as a Range officer as contributing to his decision-making that night.

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