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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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Sand Lake to host parade honoring emergency workers


The Village of Sand Lake is hosting a solemn parade of emergency vehicles on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support for their local police, fire and EMS personnel.
All police, fire and EMS across Michigan are invited to be a part of the parade. According to Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams, about 20 agencies have said they will participate, including Cedar Springs Police and Firefighters, Howard City Police and Firefighters, and more from surrounding townships. “There could be up to 60 vehicles,” he said.
The parade lineup will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 8 p.m. at Lake and 7th Street, and end at Lake and 4th Street. The vehicles will make two passes. The first time through they will run lights and sirens, and the second time through it will be a silent, remembering time.
After the parade, everyone is encouraged to stay and meet local emergency personnel, and bring a lawn chair or blanket to Salisbury Park and watch a special outdoor large screen showing of news and documentary footage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and heroic responses.
For more information, call Chief Williams at (616) 799-1900.

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Sand Lake to vote on Tuesday


By Judy Reed

Sand Lake voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose their next village president for the next two years. They will also vote several trustee positions, but none of them are contested.
There are four trustee positions open, and only three people running. Incumbents Dave Tibbe and Roger Towsley are running to retain their position on the board, Duncan Rogers is a write-in for Dave Dewey’s position (Dewey is not running again), and no one has filed for the partial term previously filled by Tonia Parkhurst.

Kirk Thielke

Kirk Thielke is running for his third two-year term as president of the village of Sand Lake. The former business owner said he looks at running again as a continuation of the civic service he’s done in Sand Lake for the last 25 years. During that time he has served on both the fire and police department, coached, served on the Sand Lake Chamber of Commerce and more. “I’ve been the same guy all the way through. I’ve been consistent, with the same tenacity and integrity I’ve always had. That’s what people are going to get. I enjoy it. It’s a challenge. Sometimes we have to make hard decisions that aren’t always popular. But I’ll do what the village asks me to do,” said Thielke. “The village president position is a privilege. With it comes responsibility, not a personal agenda. I think I’ve proven that. If they like what they’ve seen, then vote for me.”
He said that while he’s been in office, they have had several opportunities to cut costs through pay adjustments and looked at ways to absorb increases, and updated policies and procedures. There are also some new people in charge of various departments. One of the big projects that will pay off in the future is a $2.1 million sewer project. They received a $1 million-plus grant to update and repair the sewer system, and a $1 million loan from the USDA to fund the rest. Thielke said that they previously weren’t charging enough to ensure they had money for repairs, and in order to borrow the money, they had to up the user fee from $42 to $69 per quarter to show they could pay back the loan. He said that while some people may not like the increase, without the grant and the loan, they would be paying $135 per quarter for the repairs.
Thielke urges voters to get out and vote and not be apathetic. “We usually have about 60 people vote. There are 500 people in Sand Lake, and about 300 voters,” he said.

Todd Finkel

Todd Finkel is a newcomer to politics and is running against Kirk Thielke for the Village President position. He is manager at Tire Wholesalers Plus in Rockford, and has been a resident of Sand Lake for three years. Finkel said he has no background in politics but was asked by several people to run. “I know how to run a business, and I can’t imagine it is too much more complicated to get into the political end of it,” he said. “I’ve been running businesses my whole life.”
Finkel said he is running with the intent to save the village money, such as by moving the village election from September to November. “It’s costly to the taxpayers to have this special election,” he said. He noted that in Sand Lake they pay taxes to both the village and Nelson Township and that there must be some way to reduce taxes.
Finkel admitted he was one of the people that signed the petition last year to dissolve the Village. The Post asked Finkel, if he was elected, and another petition came around, would he vote for it or support the village? “I believe you are supposed to work for the people, not against them,” said Finkel. “People want the village to remain. It was quite unanimous that people wanted to keep the special amenities of the village. So, if elected, I would not vote for it. I’m not ashamed I did it, though, because we need change.”
Finkel said he would have an open door policy, and that he would return calls.

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Catch of the Week


Kaitylynn Magoon, 9, of Sand Lake, caught this blue gill while fishing for the first time this summer in Sand Lake. The fish was so small that they didn’t bother to measure it. Instead, they threw it back to grow a little more and be caught another day! And who knows? Maybe it will be Kaitylynn that catches it again, because she is planning to do a lot more fishing!

Congratulations, Kaitylynn, you made the Post Catch of the Week!

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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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