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Woman killed in two-car crash


Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that killed a 74-year-old Howard City woman Monday in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 6:17 p.m. on Pine Lake Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Rd. Police said Todd Matthew Urbanski, 39, of Nelson Township, was southbound on Pine Lake in a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora, when he lost control and crossed into the path of a 1996 GMC Safari van traveling north on Pine Lake. The driver of the van, Lorraine Jean Bradford, 74, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. Urbanski was found lying in the roadway with minor cuts and abrasions, and transported to Butterworth Hospital.

Roads had become icy, but police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was the Michigan State Police, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Sand Lake Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Old postcard shows Main Street


By Judy Reed

When cleaning out his great-grandmother’s house after her death, Keith Coalter, of Nelson Township, said they came up with an interesting find—a postcard sent to her with an old-time picture of Cedar Springs on the front.

His great-grandmother, Mrs. Herman (Pauline) W. Grey, was from this area, but living in Grand Rapids at the time the postcard was mailed to her from someone named “Wanda.” It was postmarked Greenville, with a date of October 28, 1950, and carried a one-cent George Washington stamp. “Wanda” was thanking Mrs. Grey for telling her about the death of a mutual friend.

The postcard photo appears to be a picture of Main Street in the early 1900s. Off to the left there is a couple with the woman wearing a long dress, and one of the early cars is parked on the left side of the street.

Craig Cole brought in the same postcard as part of a collection. His postcard was not hand-colored, however, but a sepia-toned card. The message was signed by someone named “Sam,” and addressed to his parents, J.H. Echelberger, in Tustin, Michigan, announcing that they had a new boy, born at 5 a.m. May 23. It was postmarked Cedar Springs, and the year looks to be about 1915. The last number is illegible.

If you have an old photo you’d like to send us, email it to news@cedarspringspost.com, or drop it off in our office at 36 E. Maple St.

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Cemeteries benefit from Eagle Scout project


Levi Velting kneels beside the gravestone of Carl Meitz, a friend of the family. The Velting family has known the Meitz family for 40 years, and thought it would be appropriate to honor him in a photo to be turned in for Levi’s Eagle Scout project.

Levi Velting kneels beside the gravestone of Carl Meitz, a friend of the family. The Velting family has known the Meitz family for 40 years, and thought it would be appropriate to honor him in a photo to be turned in for Levi’s Eagle Scout project.

Cemeteries are a place a lot of kids don’t want to visit. But they don’t bother Levi Velting, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cedar Springs High School. He spent a lot of time with his family doing geneaology in cemeteries across the county while growing up, and so it was only appropriate that he do his Eagle Scout project in a cemetery where he could honor fallen soldiers.

“It has been a joke at our house that he and his brother learned their ABCs in the cemetery looking for gravestones,” said Levi’s mom, Stacey Velting.

On August 22, Levi and 13 other Boy Scouts and their parents set out to East Nelson Township Cemetery to help Levi on his eagle project, which was making foundations for the veteran flag holders. They put 63 combined work hours into digging holes and cementing the flag holders in place. With the extra materials they also made foundations for the holders at Punches Cemetery on Ritchie.

Levi’s father, Brien, is a Gulf War Veteran, and hopes that when his time comes, his grave will be honored in the same way.

Levi and and the scouts took the Memorial Day issue of the Cedar Springs Post with the listing of all the veterans buried in the cemeteries, and checked to make sure they found all the names. There were a few they couldn’t find, and a few they said we need to add. We’ll be checking on this in the near future. Thanks so much for doing this!

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