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Celebrate our independence


N-Sand-Lake-bungeeBy Judy Reed

 

It was 237 years ago that our country’s founding fathers created and signed our Declaration of Independence. And Sand Lake has been throwing a huge party to celebrate that independence for 144 of them.

The 144th annual Sand Lake Fourth of July Celebration will take place this year July 3-7. The theme is “Old Fashioned Small Town Pride.”

There is something for kids and adults alike at the celebration. The town’s Parade of Lights will kick it off Tuesday evening, July 2, with lineup at 8:30 p.m. The midway with carnival rides opens Wednesday, July 3; the grand parade is Thursday, July 4 at 1:30 p.m., with fireworks later that evening at 10:30 p.m.; and Kiddies day is Friday, July 5, complete with a kiddies parade, games and carnival rides. More events take place throughout the week and weekend, including a hot dog eating contest, bed races, music and more.

Click link below to download the schedule.

SandLakeFair.pdf

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Miss Sand Lake to be crowned


Miss Sand Lake and Court (L to R): Court members Shana Shquair, Tonya Rivard and Natasha Azur, and Queen Kristina Nozal.

Junior Miss Sand Lake Nicole Masion, and Queen Kristina Nozal.

The Sand Lake Fourth of July Celebration kicks off Wednesday, July 4, and part of that celebration will be the crowning of Miss Sand Lake and Miss Junior Sand Lake at noon.

The Miss Sand Lake and Junior Miss Sand Lake pageant was held on May 3, 2012. Chosen as Miss Sand Lake was Kristina Nozal. She lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri County High School. She is involved with the Equestrian Team and 4-H and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

The Queen’s court includes Shana Shquair, Tonya Rivard, and Natasha Azur.
Shana lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri-County High School. She is involved as a volunteer soccer coach, with the National Honor Society, and enjoys jazz music. Tonya lives in Pierson and graduated from Tri-County High School     in 2011 and is now attending Montcalm Community College, spending her time riding dirt bikes, four wheelers and going mud bogging. Natasha lives in Sand Lake and attends Tri- County High School. She is involved in soccer, cheerleading, and the National Honor Society.

Junior Miss Sand Lake is Nicole Masion, age 12. She is a 6th grader at Tri-County. Her interests are singing and spending time with her friends and family. Runner up was Janaye Dotson, 13. Her interests are singing, reading, and caring for animals.

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Spring cleanups start soon


By Judy Reed

 

As the weather warms up and residents begin to spring clean, some municipalities are offering drop off sites to help get rid of the clutter. Check out the list below to see when it’s offered in your area.

Algoma Township: Spring cleanup days are Wednesday, April 25, through Saturday, April 28. Dumpsters will be available at the township hall at 10531 Algoma Ave. Hours will be Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m to 3 p.m. No shovel offs or loose trash allowed. No liquids, no hazardous waste (no paint, oil, fuel, gasoline etc.) No brush or yard waste, no cement.

All tires must be cut in half, propane and fuel oil tanks must be cut in half. Fencing must be folded or rolled up. Barrels must have one end open or be full of holes. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location (cell phones, computers, TVs, stereos, speakers, etc.). Call the township for more info 866-1583.

City of Cedar Springs: The city will collect E-waste on Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Earth Day cleanup. A dumpster will be located behind City Hall. Bring all your electronic waste for disposal such as computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, radios, stereos, laptops, VCRs, modems, power cords, etc. The trailer will be there until 3 p.m. No TVs or big box appliances will be accepted. TVs may be brought to Comprenew at 629 Ionia SW in Grand Rapids for recycling. A fee will be charged per TV.

The annual brush pickup will be Monday April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please have brush out by 6:00 a.m. and neatly stacked as close to the curb as possible. No brush larger than six inches, tree removals or stumps will be picked up. They will make one pass through town. Final fall pickup is September 24. There is no longer a spring trash cleanup date, since Duncan Disposal, the city’s preferred waste hauler, does that for residents.

The Department of Public Works will be flushing the City’s hydrants on Friday, April 27, 2012 and September 21, 2012. In most cases, hydrants are flushed during the night-time when water demand is at its lowest

Please remember to let your faucet run clear before doing any white or light colored laundry to avoid staining your laundry. Please contact DPW Director Roger Belknap at 616.696.1330 X 108 should you have any questions.

Courtland Township: No spring cleanup, they have a fall cleanup.

Nelson Township/Sand Lake: Spring cleanup days are Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents should bring trash to the water tower in Sand Lake. New this year is a charge of $15 for mattresses and $15 for box springs. Proof of residency required with a tax bill or voter registration AND a driver’s license. Will also collect E-Waste at the same location. Please call the township for more info at 636-5332.

Oakfield Township: No cleanup scheduled.

Sand Lake: See Nelson Township.

Solon Township: Spring cleanup dates have been set for two consecutive Saturdays, May 5 and May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the old horse farm, 15185 Algoma. Proof of residency required. Must be residents—not just landowners. One 5×8 trailer with 48-inch sides or one pickup box per household. All items should be boxed or bagged, 45 pounds maximum. Tires must be cut in four pieces, car or light truck only, limit four. Appliances such as washers, dryers, etc. will be accepted, but not appliances that used Freon. Call township for more info  at 696-1718.

Spencer Township: Call township for info at 984-0035.

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction to start on US131 north of Sand Lake


Commuters traveling US131 north of Sand Lake need to be prepared—reconstruction starts Monday on a 12-mile stretch that won’t be completed until next fall.

According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, the work will be done from Cannonsville Road north to M-46. Bridges over Tamarack Creek and Kendaville Road will be improved and widened, as will the freeway access ramps there.

Northbound traffic will be down to one lane, and will use crossovers. Ramp closures with posted detours will be used at M-82 and M-46.

The work is not expected to be completed until November 3.

 

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Sand Lake gets new fire truck


Sand Lake has a new fire engine thanks to a program overseen by the Kent County Fire Commission. Post photos by J. Reed.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Sand Lake Fire Department finally got its brand new engine with the help of Kent County.
All the fire departments in the county are on a rotation system, and each fire department gets a new engine every 17 years, with the county paying a portion and Sand Lake paying a portion. The department also gets the option to purchase the previous county engine.
According to Sand Lake Fire Chief Ed Holtzlander, the new fire truck costed $325,000. “It’s the first engine in the county with a clean burn diesel emission system,” he said.
The engine was designed for not only fire equipment, but also for rescue equipment, such as the Hurst tool.
The Sand Lake Fire Department consists of 20 volunteer firefighters covering two stations—one in the Village of Sand Lake, and one in Ensley Township, at Cypress and 120th. With the addition of the new engine, they now have two engines, two tankers, two grass rigs, and a rescue truck.
Holtzlander said that 1997 was the last time that they purchased a new fire truck.

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Church celebrates 65 years


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The Church of the Full Gospel, at 180 E. Lake Street, Sand Lake, is celebrating 65 years in its present location. They will be celebrating this milestone on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be a special speaker, music, and photos taken through the years. Refreshments will be served during intermission. What follows is a condensed version of the church’s history submitted by the members.
How it all began
A group of young people, in a local church, was hungry for the things of God. Our spiritual needs were not being met. We cried unto the Lord to bring us someone to help us, someone who would be more interested in service than in money.
Meanwhile, Mr. Frank Allen, who lived nearby, had become a widower, and asked his sister, Harriet Eaton, who lived in Washington state, to come back to Sand Lake to help him. It just so happened she was a home missionary.

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Shortly after her arrival in Sand Lake, in the summer of 1942, Frank and Harriet attended the Old Settlers picnic in town. When the time came for regulars and visitors to say a few words, Sister Eaton arose and openly proclaimed, “I left t his place a sinner and have returned a child of God!” Afterward, the first one to seek her out was her old-time friend, Vita Giddings Davies. The two were close friends from then on.
Some young people asked Harriet if she would come and speak for the youth group. She said she would and also bring her guitar. We were delighted and told her so. She said, “Come and see me.” We agreed to do so. This is the way Tuesday evening meetings began in Frank Allen’s home. She started us off studying the book of Genesis. The blessed word of God began to open to us. We learned how to pray. She ministered to us the whole counsel of God.
She told us to bring our friends and we did. A good number of teenagers and older women made their way to the Allen home that snowy winter. We were still attending the other church, and did so for quite some time. Meetings were held in various homes in the area, and we were teaching Sunday School in the church we had been attending. Finally the pastor told us to make a choice and the break with the church came. The new gathering then drew more people together.
The group eventually rented the local Grange Hall for Sunday night meetings, and began to search for their own building. Finally, 1-1/2 lots were purchased from Charles and Maude Williams on E. Lake Street in Sand Lake. The group then found an old schoolhouse, the Cherry Dell School, near Entican, about 30 miles northeast of Sand Lake. Built in 1882, the school was still in sound condition. They purchased it and moved it to their new property on E Lake St. It was a welcome sight to all to see the building moving south on old US131 and into the Village of Sand Lake. The building was replastered and a new chimney built. The first service was held in the building on December 31, 1946.
Sister Eaton had gone back to Washington to live with her son and grandson. Evelyn Rush, who had come for a two-week visit with Harriet in 1944, stayed on to help and became the pastor of the Sand Lake church group. Verta Kibbe was her assistant.
Through the years, there have been different improvements made to the building—a basement dug, a furnace, bathrooms and west wing installed, entry changed from the front to the side, classrooms added, etc.
Many of the original group of believers have died or moved away. New ones have come in and taken their place. But the message preached when the group started has not changed.
The Church of the Full Gospel has several meetings every week. J-O-Y children’s meetings during the school year, daily Vacation Bible School and a youth camp during the summer, three-day Labor Day fellowship meetings, and end-of-year anniversary gatherings on New Year’s eve. They also have gospel meetings at Metron twice weekly.
Verta (Kibbe) Giddings and Gary Giddings pastor the meetings. There are also capable elders, deacons, worship leaders and teachers.
The regular schedule is Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by a worship service at 11 a.m., and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. On Wednesdays Bible study at 7 p.m.

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Santa arrives in Sand Lake


There wasn’t much snow on the ground when Santa made his grand entrance at Sand Lake’s Santa Claus parade last week Saturday, but it was definitely a chilly celebration.
Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the snowman, firetrucks, police and several floats made their way west on Lake Street from Fourth to Eighth, and over to the Sand Lake Nelson Township Library Saturday morning, much to the delight of dozens of children and their parents. Frosty greeted children as they went inside, and once inside, they had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s help.
Later that evening, the community held a tree lighting ceremony. They decorated the tree in Salisbury Park planted in memory of Jennifer Kowalczyk, 12, who died in 1984 of Burkette’s Lymphoma. The VFW served cookies and hot chocolate afterward, and there was music in the gazebo in the park.

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Sand Lake to celebrate community Christmas


This pine tree in Salisbury Park in Sand Lake was planted in memory of Jennifer Kowalczyk, 12, who died in 1984. It is Sand Lake’s community Chistmas tree this year.

Residents in the Village of Sand Lake have stepped up to make this year’s celebration on Saturday even more special than in year’s past.
Not only will they have the annual Santa parade and a visit with Santa at the library, they have decorated a special tree in Salisbury Park and will hold a tree lighting Saturday night.
The pine tree was planted in the spring of 1984 by the Mothers Club of Sand Lake Elementary, in honor of Jennifer Suzanne Kowalczyk, 12, who died of Burkettes Lymphoma. Jennifer, the daughter of Mike and Sue Kowalczyk, was a 7th grader at Tri County Middle School, and attended Resurrection Lutheran Church with her family. Jennifer died on March 30, 1984, at St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Each year, the church holds a fundraising preschool bike-a-thon for St. Judes, that raises awareness of the needs of cancer stricken children like Jennifer. The bike-a-thon has reportedly raised thousands of dollars for the hospital in her memory.
And now the community is lighting her tree.
Volunteers decorated the tree and the fencing around it. “Volunteers too numerous to name came together for a labor of love,” said one resident. “We thank the community for decorating and their donations.”
The fun starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, December 10, with the Santa parade, at the corner of Fourth and Lake St. The parade will go down to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, where Santa will see children beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Christmas tree lighting and caroling will start at 6:30 p.m., and winner of the Gingerbread Contest will be announced at that time. Refreshments will be served afterward at the VFW Hall.

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More fawn photos


Bambi and friend

Ashley Nielsen sent us these photos of an adorable baby fawn they rescued this past summer. “We found the fawn on our property of almost 90 acres outside of Sand Lake,” said Nielsen. The family kept the fawn for four days, until they found a man outside of Fremont that takes in injured or rescued deer at any age and then releases them back into the wild.
“When we rescued the fawn, she slept inside our home with us because we have three dogs that we didn’t trust alone with her,” said Ashley. “We named her Bambi because when she tried to walk through our kitchen, she slipped around just like the storybook Bambi on the frozen pond. It was a really awesome few days.”
Bambi is shown here with Ashley’s daughter, Abbigail, 4. “Abby still talks about missing her,” said Ashley.

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Thielke wins another term


Kirk Thielke

The voters in Sand Lake spoke Tuesday, and gave current Village President Kirk Thielke another two years in office. This will be his third two-year term.
Out of 336 registered voters in Sand Lake, 87 turned out at the polls (25.9 percent).
Thielke got 55 votes (64.7 percent) and candidate Todd Finkel received 30 votes (35.3 percent).
“I am grateful for another chance to serve,” said Thielke. “I thank all those who voted for me, and even those who didn’t—I thank them for coming out and participating in the process,” he said.
There were four trustee positions open, and only three candidates running—incumbents Dave Tibbe and Roger Towsley, and write in Duncan Rogers.
In Kent City, which has 598 registered voters, only 34 people (5.7 percent) turned out. None of the candidates on the ballot were contested.

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