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Solon Twp Ordinance on Lot Size


The current Solon Twp Board has gone against the wishes of voters and passed an ordinance requiring a 2-acre home site. They have passed this despite citizen’s survey responses of 61 percent wanting to leave lot size at 1-acre.

When the township master plan was updated in the 90’s, a majority of the residences responding to a similar survey also preferred the 1-acre lot size and the board followed their recommendations.

The board’s idea of saving farmland and natural resources is nonsensical. Requiring lots to be twice the size encourages urban sprawl, reduces tillable farmland, and disturbs wildlife habitat and resources.  

Residents’ quality of life would not be improved either. Under the ordinance, homeowners would be required to mow and rake lots twice the size as a 1-acre lot. Larger lot sizes require more time to maintain, reducing quality time with family and friends or overall enjoyment of their property.  

This ordinance is bad for residents and even worse for the future of Solon township.  Vote “NO” on Proposal 18-4-Z.

John Cornell

Retired Solon Twp Supervisor

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Post travels to Rocky Mountains

The Post traveled to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, 11,800 feet, well above the timberline, with Mary Ann Misner and John Cornell, both of Cedar Springs. This was part of their two and a half week trip exploring the Rocky Mountain region – from Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to northern Red Lodge, Montana, to Durango, Colorado.

They drove over several mountain passes that were above 10,000 feet, including the million dollar highway of Durango through the mining towns of Silverton and Ouary. One of the hightlights of the trip was watching a horseback rider and two dogs on top of a mountain above the timberline in northern Wyoming, herding a large herd of sheep (approximately 500) across the road in front of them. They also saw wild mustangs in Montana before traveling over Bear Tooth Pass into Yellowstone National Park, and about 200 buffalo in the park. Arches National Park was also beautiful, with the evening sun shining on the arches.

The most dangerous part of the trip was dealing with a herd of free range cattle in the middle of the road after dark. Unlike our Michigan deer, their eyes didn’t shine in the headlights and they didn’t dash out of the way. The cattle have the right-of-way there, and if you hit one you have to pay the rancher. The cattle seemed to know this. At night time, they recommend driving slowly or not at all, if you ever have the chance to visit free range country in this beautiful area. 

Thanks so much 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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The Post travels to the North Pole and the Arctic Circle


N-Post-travels-to-North-Pole2-Misner-Conolly-webThe Post traveled 15,000 miles with Mary Ann Misner and John Cornell this summer, starting May 31, when they crossed into Canada at Sault Saint Marie, and traveled northwest across Canada to the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek. Their trip included a side trip into the NW Territory, posting a sign “2,856 miles from home” at Ft. Watson, Yukon home of over 80,000 signs in a two-block area. At Skagway, Alaska they followed the gold rush prospectors route up over White Mountain Pass, to Dawson, Yukon. They ferried across the Yukon River and traveled the “Top of the World Highway” to Chicken, Alaska, back down to the Alaska Highway, then on to Delta Junction the end of the 1,400-plus mile highway. Their trip took them to the North Pole, Fairbanks, and finally the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

They traveled south through Denali Nat’l Park and Anchorage, and their trip included visits to the Gulf of Alaska seaports. They rode two days on the Alaska ferry highway down the inside passage to Prince Rupert, B.C., and then down into the lower 48 states. They visited several western National Parks and drove down the Pacific Coast, through the redwood forest and across the California, Mojave Desert into Arizona, then to Roswell, New Mexico to visit a niece. They drove across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, to Graceland at Memphis, then on to Knoxville, Tennessee to visit a granddaughter. They arrived home in Michigan, near the end of July, a seven-week fun-filled trip.

Thanks for taking us with you on your Alaskan adventure.

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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