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Sand Lake Lions


Guy and Karen Hayden, both 20-year members from the Sand Lake Lions Club, attended the Greenville Lions Club’s 75th Anniversary Event held at the Candlestone Inn in Belding on June 24, 2011.
Guest speaker was past International Director, Lion Dr. Dennis Cobler from Muskegon, Michigan. According to the Haydens, Lion Cobler pointed out that of the 25 top world relief agencies, three have annual budgets of $1 billion or more, yet Lions relief workers are nearly always among the first to arrive with help at disaster zones.
Lion Guy is 1st Vice President, and Lion Karen is Secretary of the Sand Lake Lions.

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Mister Pizza, hometown flavor


Mister Pizza, a pizzeria and restaurant in Sand Lake, changed owners in the last couple of years, but still offer the same recipes and hometown taste customers have come to expect.
Owner Justin Hoogerhyde has 13-14 years experience with the restaurant, having started as employee before taking over ownership of the business.
They offer pizza, subs, ribs, spaghetti, lasagne, Stromboli, and breadsticks, and also offer a large delivery area. Three miles or less is still free delivery.
“We’re all laid back here,” said Hoogerhyde, “but we take our work seriously.”  He said they are willing to accommodate late or early orders with enough notice.
“We plan to keep providing our customers with good product and service, and expand to surrounding customers who have not tried us out yet,” said Hoogerhyde.
Mister Pizza is located at 31 N. 4th Street, Sand Lake, MI. Hours are Monday through Thursday 3-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 2:30-11 p.m.; and Sunday 2:30-10 p.m. Call 636-4000 for more info.

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Carnival worker dies in accident


By Judy Reed

A carnival worker died early Tuesday morning while folding down the Fire Ball, a ride at the Sand Lake Fourth of July celebration. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Fourth of July celebration in Sand Lake ended in tragedy early Tuesday morning when a carnival worker was electrocuted while taking down a ride.

According to Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams, the accident occurred about 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, while workers from McDonagh’s Amusements were folding up the Fire Ball, a tall circular ride that replaced the Ferris Wheel.

“The ride was set up in a safe location, and the public was never in any danger,” explained Williams, “but when folding it up, the arms swing out to the side and there was a power line nearby it came in contact with.”

One worker manned the controls, while another was on top of the ride, pushing away a power line with a wooden stick covered with electrical tape on one end. During that process, the man on top was electrocuted. “A witness said someone yelled to him to jump but it was too late,” said Williams.

The man caught on fire and fell 36 feet to the pavement. “It was a horrendous sight for those that saw it,” remarked Williams.

Sand Lake Police, Consumers Energy and MIOSHA at the scene of the accident Tuesday morning. Post photo by J. Reed.

Workers from Consumers Energy and MIOSHA were on scene this morning to try to determine what happened. Because the stick the worker used was not burned, they suggested that either the ride came into contact with the power line, or that the victim did. “It’s hard to tell how close you are to a power line when looking straight at it,” explained one Consumers Energy worker. “(After pushing the line away) it may have come back and hit him.”

The victim, identified as Steven McCann, 41, of Jackson, Michigan, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:26 a.m. An autopsy will be done either today or tomorrow to determine whether he died from electrocution or from the fall.

McDonagh’s Amusements is based in Chesaning, Michigan.

 

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Sand Lake officers recognized


Sand Lake Police Officer Steven Brandow (left) is presented an award by Chief Ken Williams (right).

Sand Lake Police Officer Steven Brandow and intern Zachary Gregory were awarded the Village of Sand Lake Excellence Award and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Certificate of Recognition, Saturday, June 25, for quick thinking and action regarding an arson incident last spring.
Gerald Lee Krug set fire to an historic building located at 20 W. Lake Street in downtown Sand Lake, on March 14, 2010, at approximately 3:00 a.m. According to Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams, Brandow and Gregory’s keen observations and dedication to duty helped them to recognize Krug as a suspicious person at approximately 9:00 p.m. on March 13. As a result, they were able to continue observation of Krug later that night.

Intern Zachary Gregory receives his award from Chief Ken Williams

“Brandow and Gregory’s decision to conduct a foot patrol of the area that evening showed exemplary dedication to duty and led them directly to the scene of an arson fire set less than a minute prior to their arrival,” explained Williams. “They observed Krug walk from the area and attempt to avoid contact with them. Officer Brandow acted quickly to apprehend the suspect and assigned his partner, Intern Zachary Gregory, to extinguish the fire.”
Williams said that their ability to make quick decisions under great stress proved commendable.  “They are a true heroes,” said Williams. “Thanks to their actions on that night, they not only apprehended an arsonist, but saved an historic building and half of downtown Sand Lake.”

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Lions honor 30-year charter member


Charter member Carl Paepke, Past District Governor Lynnwood Mast, wife Lion Jan Mast, Sand Lake’s First Vice President Guy Hayden, and Johh Monahan, soon to be District Governor.

On Wednesday, June 8, the Sand Lake Lions Club held an invitational, informative meeting for people to learn about Lions International. Lion dignitaries present were 1st Vice District Governor John Monahan, of Mt. Pleasant, who will become District Governor on July 1 for 2011-12, and past District Governor Lynnwood Mast and wife, Lion Jan, from White Cloud. Both gentlemen gave brief explanations of the Lions projects in which they are most involved. The invited guests’ questions were also answered.
The highlight of the evening was the surprise presentation of the “President’s Appreciation Award Medal” to charter member Lion Carl A. Paepke, in recognition of 30-plus years of serving. King Lion Erin Allen, who gave a summary of the life of service that Carl has lived made the presentation.
Lion Carl refers to himself as “just a farm boy” but he is much more than that. His whole life has been exemplary of service. He served in World War II, has served the local, national and international communities for over 30 years as a dedicated Lion, and serves as County Commissioner in Montcalm County.
He said, “I like people.” And he lives the Lion motto: “We serve.”

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Amusing Legal Notice


Dear Editor,

I am amused to see the Legal Notice that Sand Lake Village Clerk, Judy Howard, put in the Cedar Springs Post. She explains the Moratorium on all aspects of Medical Marijuana in the Village.
When people complain regarding visible marijuana use in the downtown City Park Clerk Howard tells them that the marijuana use is hard to discipline and so the City officials and Village Police do not take notice.
In good weather the doors to the Fire Station are open and in front of it a group of Police and Fire & Rescue personnel have chairs and some stand around for most of each day, unless they receive the infrequent call. One only has to visit the ice cream store to see the group of people in the park gazebo and the police and fire & rescue facing them.
My amusement comes from knowing people who have complained, what Clerk Howard has told them, and the fact that the Village has such high hopes when their Police are incapable of doing anything about the really illegal marijuana. Theft of materials while the library was being built was clearly not dealt with either. Also evident in Clerk Howard’s Legal Notice is that she cannot spell the word marijuana.

Sand Lake Resident
Beth Williams

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Sand Lake man dies in fire



Firefighters responded to the scene of a tragic house fire on Northland Drive, just south of Sand Lake, Thursday morning, January 20, that killed a man and sent his sister to the hospital.
According to Sgt. Steve Dabkowski, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, the homeowner, Sandra DeVault, 57, came out of her bedroom a little before 7 a.m. to find the living room, where her brother slept, engulfed in flames. She was unable to get him out.
Both Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire Departments fought the blaze. Dabkowski said they had initially knocked the fire down, and firefighters were inside, and ambulance workers almost inside, when it caught fire again. The man, William Samalot, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dabkowski said according to DeVault, her brother was on oxygen and often smoked. “That looks to be the probable cause of the fire,” said Dabkowski.
DeVault was taken to Spectrum Butterworth, where she was being treated for smoke inhalation.
The fire is still under investigation.

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Improvements made at cemetery


By Judy Reed

N-Sand-Lake-CemeteryFunds from a community development block grant recently enabled the village of Sand Lake to make improvements at the Sand Lake Cemetery, located on Ritchie Avenue, just south of 22 Mile Road.

According to Beth Miller, Sand Lake Village Clerk, they put up a new fence, a new sign, and put vinyl siding on the old brick building in the cemetery. “We’re pretty proud of what they’ve done,” remarked Miller. “It gave it a complete facelift.”

Miller said they allocated $38,000 to the project, and completed about $23,000 worth of work.

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Sand Lake weighs election date change


By Judy Reed

Only a handful of voters in Sand Lake trickled into the village offices on Tuesday, September 15 to exercise their right to vote. And that, along with budget cuts, is causing Sand Lake to look at the possibility of changing their election date to November in future years.

According to Beth Miller, Sand Lake village clerk, 16 people made it to the polls, and six more voted through absentee ballot. That’s out of 322 registered voters.

But Miller wasn’t that surprised. “It was an uncontested election,” she noted.

Board president Kirk Thielke received 22 votes, trustees Carol Simpson 18, Billi Jo Thielke 20, and newcomer Celena Rosset 15.

Two years ago 48 voters turned out, in a contested election.

Miller estimated that this year’s election cost the village about $1,200.

“We’re considering moving the election to November to consolidate it with Nelson Township elections to save on costs,” explained Miller.

Sand Lake is one of approximately 90 villages in Michigan to exercise a special option that permits them to hold elections on the first Tuesday, after the second Monday in September, in odd-numbered years.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land urges villages to make the change to November. “In these tight budget times, I strongly encourage cities and villages holding their elections in September to consider changing them to the even-numbered year November election,” said Land. “It’s more convenient for the voter and saves cities and villages taxpayer dollars.”

Miller noted that if they did decide to change the date, that they would have to do it by resolution, and that terms of currently elected officials would need to be extended.

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Young Sand Lake reader visits Capitol


Rep. Pearce welcomes 2009 reading contest winner to Lansing

Katarina Michnick, 8, of Sand Lake, and her family, spent a day learning about the Michigan Capitol and the state Legislature with Rep. Tom Pearce as the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program, in conjunction with local libraries.

Children who participated in their local summer reading program were able to enter their names in a random drawing, with each library forwarding a semi-finalist to Pearce. The Rockford lawmaker then drew the winner from those names.

“Reading during the summer is a great way for young people to continue to build and maintain their skills so they are ready for school to start,” Pearce said. “Reading is a key to success in all aspects of your life, as well as an enjoyable activity that can lead to enrichment as well as learning. I thank all the parents, librarians and teachers who help promote the importance and excitement of reading.”

Katarina Michnick, her mother and father, Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, visited Lansing last week as the guest of Rep. Tom Pearce. Katarina was selected the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program in conjunction with local libraries.

Katarina Michnick, her mother and father, Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, visited Lansing last week as the guest of Rep. Tom Pearce. Katarina was selected the winner of the lawmaker’s third annual reading program in conjunction with local libraries.

Katarina, her mother and father Mary and Gregory, and her brother Alexander, toured the Capitol building, went on the House floor, attended a House committee session and visited the Michigan Historical Museum, along with being treated to lunch with Pearce.

“I liked the chandeliers in the hallways with the deer and elk on them and the big door hinges with the state Seal,” Katarina said of her first visit to the Capitol building. “It was also neat when Rep. Pearce told us about the first elevators working with water buckets as weight.”

The home school family was happy to add the Lansing visit to lessons on government learned while closely following the 2008 presidential election and inauguration. Even though Katarina is currently focusing her future on horse riding and ballerina training, she got in some legislative experience with Pearce by discussing her views against abortion with the lawmaker.

Katarina and Alexander each participated in the contest through the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library.

Pearce’s reading program was available at Plainfield Township Library, Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, Spencer Township Library, Tyrone Township Library, Krause Memorial Library, Comstock Park Library, Sparta Carnegie Township Library and Cedar Springs Library.

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