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Car Bash to benefit Velzy Park


Michigan vs. Michigan State

Just in time for football! The first annual Car Bash for Velzy Park, on Saturday, September 10, features a rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State fans as they try to bash the corresponding colors on the donated car. The Car Bash is the brain child of Velzy Park Committee’s Shelly Aardema, as the group continues its efforts to raise funds for the planned park located behind Solon Township Hall at 15185 Algoma Ave.  All proceeds will go to support the park. Participants should come prepared with closed-toed shoes. You must be at least 16 (with parents signature) and everyone must sign a waiver.

The Car Bash runs concurrent with Solon Market at 15185 Algoma Ave. but the hours for the Bash are from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., while Market hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the bash are $2.00 a hit, $5.00 for 3 hits or $10.00 for 7 hits.  The Township is being assisted in these endeavors by donations from area automotive and retail businesses. Solon Fire and Rescue will be on hand to provide any needed services. Hammers bats and goggles will be provided. For more information, please contact Shelly Aardema at 616-696-1848 or check out Solon Market’s facebook page.  Like them for updates.

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E. Ray Gordon, 89, of Cedar Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 6, 2015. E. Ray Gordon was born on January 17, 1926 in Sand Lake, Michigan, the son of Fay and Cora Gordon. After graduating valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then married his high school sweetheart, Janet Gunnell on December 29, 1945. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. He was a founding partner in WBDC, Inc. He was a past president of the Exchange Club of Grand Rapids and a past officer of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He had been a scout master for Boy Scout Troop #222. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and attending Cedar Springs School athletic events. He was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and the Cedar Springs School Board for 29 years. Surviving are his children, Susie (Ken) Parker, Doug Gordon, Pam (Tim) Covell, Joel Gordon; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brother, Murry (Eva) Gordon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cliff Snyder, Fred (Carollee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell, Nancy (Ed) Bremmer, Shirley (Charlie) Gumina, Cam (John) Teusink, Maxine Gordon, Suzanne Gordon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Gunnell) Gordon; son, Tom Gordon; brothers, Ken Gordon, Don Gordon, Fay Gordon; sister, Lillian Snyder; brother-in-law, Tom Gunnell; sisters-in-law, Helen Gordon and Lorraine Gordon. The family received friends Monday, Nov. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Tuesday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Hometown Hero celebrates 25 years of service

Command Sergeant Major  Michael Jorge Poll II

Command Sergeant Major
Michael Jorge Poll II

Command Sergeant Major Michael Jorge Poll II, a native of Sand Lake, is celebrating 25 years of serving his country in the United States Army.

CSM Poll is the son of Michael and Linda Poll. He is a graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science where he graduated Summa Cum Laude 4.0. He is a current student of the University of Michigan majoring in Applied Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice.

CSM Poll enlisted in the Army in September 1989, as a Military Policeman. He attended basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort McClellan, AL, assigned to B Company 795th MP BN as a Private. In February 1990, PVT Poll moved to Camp Zama, Japan, his first duty station assigned to the 294th Military Police Company where he attained the ranks of PV2, PFC and SPC. In February 1992, he was assigned to the 7th Military Police Company Fort Ord, CA, where he was mobilized in support of Operation Garden Plot (TF Los Angeles) during the Rodney King riots. In 1993, he was assigned to the 571st Military Police Company Fort Lewis, WA, where he was mobilized 3 times, once in 1993 in support of Operation Restore Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1994 in support of Operation Continue Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia and in 1995 in support of Operation Safe Haven Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In September 1995 he entered the US Army Reserves in the 180th Transportation Company, Muskegon, MI, where he attained the ranks of SGT and SSG. While assigned there he was cross-leveled to the 946th Transportation Company in 2003, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2005 he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 337th Infantry Regiment as an Observer, Controller and Trainer and was mobilized from 2006-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Atterbury, IN, where he attained the ranks of SFC and MSG. In February of 2011 he was assigned to the 236th ICTC as the First Sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom mobilized to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In Aug 2012 he was assigned as the First Sergeant of the 2nd Battalion 338th Infantry Regiment until March of 2013. In March 2013 CSM Poll was selected as A Sergeant Major and immediately assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the 391st Military Police Battalion. He is currently deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

His military education includes Military Police School, Stinger Missile Gunner School, NBC NCO Course, Transportation School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course, Advanced Non Commissioned Officers Course, Unit Prevention Leader, Combatives Level I, The First Sergeants Course, Battle Staff, and The Sergeants Major Academy.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (with 2 knots), Army Reserve Commendation Medal (5 OLC), National Defense Medal (Campaign Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Campaign Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Bronze Hourglass, M Device and numeral 3), Army Non Commissioned Officers Development Ribbon (Numeral 4), Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Ribbon (Numeral 4) United Nations Service in Somalia Medal (Campaign Star), NATO ISAF Medal, Joint Services Unit Award (OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation (OLC) and the Army Superior Unit Award (2 OLC).

CSM Poll was married to Amy Poll in February 1995. He has one son, Jonathan Poll, 28, a medically retired Army Sergeant, who is married to Sonya Poll. CSM Poll has four grandchildren: two grandsons, Aiden Michael-Lee age 5, and Elijah Jorge age 2, and twin one-year-old granddaughters, Addisin and Emmalynn Poll.


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West Michigan site of new safety program

If you drive aggressively around trucks on US131,  you may be stopped and ticketed under a new education and enforcement program designed to reduce crashes.

If you drive aggressively around trucks on US131, you may be stopped and ticketed under a new education and enforcement program designed to reduce crashes.

From the Michigan State Police

Drivers urged to leave more space for trucks

A new enforcement and education initiative in West Michigan seeks to reduce crashes, fatalities and serious injuries involving cars and trucks by reminding motorists to leave more space for trucks.

The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program combines outreach, education and evaluation with enforcement activities for safe driving around trucks.  The Grand Rapids area was selected after a review of crash data by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute showed high crash rates associated with aggressive behavior.

“Crashes between cars and trucks can be catastrophic, both in terms of the loss of life and loss of goods and services, no matter which vehicle driver is at fault,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “The method used in the TACT program of focusing enforcement and education efforts on car and truck drivers has been successful in other states, and we look forward to similar results in West Michigan.”

In 2012, truck-involved fatalities in Michigan increased 10 percent, from 73 in 2011 to 80.  There were 9,388 truck-involved crashes in 2012, with 986 of those crashes occurring in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Officers from six West Michigan law enforcement agencies will conduct TACT program enforcement on U.S. 131 and I-196 in Kent and Ottawa counties, Oct. 7 through Oct. 18.  Officers will be on the lookout for violations by both passenger vehicle and truckdrivers such as improper lane use, careless and reckless driving, speeding, following too close and failure to yield the right of way.

The participating agencies are the Michigan State Police, Kent and Ottawa county sheriff offices and Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming police departments.  Additional TACT program enforcement will take place Nov. 4-15 and Dec. 2-13.

To help increase awareness and encourage compliance, TACT advertising will be seen on billboards and heard on West Michigan radio stations throughout October.  The messages encourage drivers to leave more space for trucks by allowing one car length forevery 10 miles of speed and not tailgating.

OHSP is supporting the TACT enforcement and public information effort with funds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Michigan Truck Safety Commission dedicated for this purpose.  This is the first time this type of programhas been conducted in Michigan.  The FMCSA has supported similar TACT programs in several other states including Kentucky, North Carolina and Washington.

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February.


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