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CBDT begins cleanup on new property


Members of the Community Building Development Team began a cleanup last Saturday of some recently acquired land

Members of the Community Building Development Team began a cleanup last Saturday of some recently acquired land

Nick Andres working the chainsaw.

Nick Andres working the chainsaw.

The Community Building Development Team, a local non-profit looking to make a positive difference in Cedar Springs, began a cleanup last Saturday of some recently acquired land.

The clean up along the White Pine Trail and storage area that previously belonged to Tony Johnson, located at the west end of Maple Street, began on a cold and windy January 10, when a bunch of supermen from the area got to work. Nick Andres, Kurt Mabie, and Dave Ringler, from the Community Building Development Team, pulled the event together. The West Michigan Hawks, a semi-pro football team in the Minor League Football Alliance league and based in Cedar Springs, brought 10 of their finest guys to help out. Several other men from the community came along for a total of nearly 20 guys wielding chain saws and basic brawn to cut down trees and brush.

Everyone got started at 9:00 a.m. and had made a huge dent by 11:30 a.m. Dave Ringler and Rose Powell opened the Brewery and former Red Flannel Festival offices for a warm place to eat and Little Caesar’s Pizza of Cedar Springs donated enough pizza to feed everyone.  Dave provided beer (of course!) and Rose provided hot chocolate. There was also pop and coffee for all the workers.

CS Manufacturing recently purchased the property from the Tony Johnson Estate and plans to donate a portion to the CBDT. Permission from the appropriate organizations had been granted to the CBDT for a clean-up prior to Saturday’s work.

There will be lots of other opportunities to work together as a community to plant rain gardens and stream buffers, clear land, clean up Cedar Creek and much more. You, too, can join the team of volunteers working under the name of Community Building Development Team and help to make a positive difference in Cedar Springs. The team meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the board room on the 3rd floor of Hilltop School at 6 pm. Facebook fans can also “Like” the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team or check out the website at CSCommunityCenter.org to get information as it becomes available.

 

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Walk the White Pine Trail on New Year’s 


Thursday, New Year’s Day, is the 14th Fred Meijer New Year’s Resolution Walk, put on by Friends of the White Pine Trail.

They assemble in front of the Rotary Pavilion in Rockford at 10 a.m. for a photo, then walk to 12 Mile Rd.  There is no distance requirement, so you can walk as far as you like.

According to Dave Heyboer, Chairman of the Friends of the White Pine Trail, volunteers will have refreshments available for the walkers when they return to the Rotary Pavilion. Items include brats, hot dogs, cookies, granola bars, coffee, hot chocolate, hot tomato soup, and instant cider, with the menu subject to change.

Heyboer said everyone is welcome, including controlled and well-behaved pets. There is no charge, but they will accept donations to help defer the cost of the event.

“The weather will be cold, possibly with snow. Come prepared for somewhat icy conditions, as the trail will not be salted or sanded,” advised Heyboer.Please come on out for a great time!”

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Annual cleanup beautifies creek and trail


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A cleanup crew with bags of debris they picked up during the Cedar Creek and White Pine Trail cleanup last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Craig Owens.

The Logo for this year created by Lily Fulkerson, a student at Creative Technologies Academy. Photo courtesy of Craig Owens.

The Logo for this year created by Lily Fulkerson, a student at Creative Technologies Academy. Photo courtesy of Craig Owens.

It was a warm, sunshiny day last Saturday, April 26, for the annual Cedar Creek and White Pine Trail Clean up. The event takes place every year in Cedar Springs the Saturday after Earth Day.

About 30-40 people were split into groups and cleaned up assigned areas along Northland Drive, 17 Mile along the creek, Main Street, and other areas. Besides bags of trash being picked up, the e-waste trailer was set up behind City Hall and manned by the Cedar Springs Rotary. The police department also auctioned off bicycles.

Volunteers received a special t-shirt, with the winning logo created by Lily Fulkerson, a 7th grade student at Creative Technologies Academy. She also won the logo contest last  year.

 

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Fall colors nearing prime


By Judy Reed

 

Now is the time to take a drive and take in all the beautiful fall colors Michigan has to offer in our area.

Color is filling in fast in our area, and some leaves have already dropped. Trees are expected to peak in the next couple of weeks.

Most of the Upper Peninsula is nearing peak. According to Pure Michigan’s fall color update, this week, traveling I-75 north of St. Ignace, you’ll find brilliant reds, greens and yellows covering a variety of trees. In the northern lower peninsula, The Grand Traverse Bay region is showing brilliant crimson color, especially at the edge of the forests, while sugar maples are starting to glow with reds, oranges and gold. There’s dusky purple in the ash trees and warm gold in the walnuts, while the cottonwood trees near the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the Leelanau Peninsula are turning a bright buttery yellow now, and the honey locusts are a warm gold. Full peak color is still at least a week away in most parts of the Grand Traverse Bay region.

A drive around our community shows an array of bright, beautiful leaves, as shown in the photos on this page. These photos were taken in areas just in townships surrounding Cedar Springs. Take a walk along the White Pine Trail, or a drive through our surrounding townships—Solon, Nelson, Courtland, Oakfield, Spencer, and Algoma—and you are sure to be delighted with the colors in this fall’s fashion show!

 

 

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Running the trail


Runners in the White Pine Trail 200 Mile Relay passed through Cedar Springs last weekend. Post photo by L. Allen.

Runners in the White Pine Trail 200 Mile Relay passed through Cedar Springs last weekend. Post photo by L. Allen.

It’s not unusual to see people running the White Pine Trail through Cedar Springs. But last weekend’s runners had a big challenge ahead of them—to compete in a 200 mile relay from Comstock Park to Cadillac and back.

It was the second year for The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail 200 Mile Relay. Thirty-three teams of 6-12 runners each set out at different times during the morning of August 9. The relay included 36 relay “spurs” or legs, each ranging from 2 to 9.5 miles in distance.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Friends of the White Pine Trail and go for trail upkeep.

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Lions plant trees along trail


Photo courtesy of Friends of White Pine Trail.

On April 14 and 17, the Cedar Springs Lions Club planted 400 Red and White Pine seedlings along the White Pine Trail between 16 and 18 Mile Roads. This is the area that the Lions Club maintains. A portion of the trees also went to three locations on the school grounds.

Volunteers that helped plant the trees included Cub Scout Troop 3222 and Boy Scout Troop 222. “They did a great job,” said Lions Club member Jerry VanderWal.

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11th annual New Year’s Resolution Walk


The Friends of the White Pine Trail are planning their 11th annual New Year’s Resolution walk this Sunday, January 1, 2012. While it now has a new name (the board decided to rename the walk the “Fred Meijer New Year’s Day Resolution Walk” to honor Fred Meijer), most of the details are similar to year’s past.
Meet at the Rotary Pavilion in the beautiful downtown Rockford at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. There will be a quick gathering in front of the pavilion for a few quick comments and pictures, and then it’s off to the trail to walk north to Twelve Mile Road (or whatever distance suits you best) and back.
The Friends will be serving refreshments upon your return in the pavilion. The pavilion is a good place to meet friends and get acquainted with other trail users.
Everyone is welcome!  Being a member of the “Friends” is not a requirement.
Dave Heyboer said they enjoy seeing a lot of people that have been brought out by their dogs for a great time. (Well behaved pets are welcome! )
If there is snow, the trail will be plowed but they will not be putting salt or sand on the trail, so be careful if there is a chance of ice.
If possible, please send an email to sheeepdog@msn.com so they will have a rough idea of how many people are likely to attend.
As a reminder to winter trail users, they will be plowing the trail from around the Fifth Third ball park in Comstock Park to the Russell Road Staging area this winter. This is done with the help of the City Rockford, who does the area from Rockford to Russell Road. “If you are on the trail when we come through plowing, please step off to the side of trail beyond the normally plowed area,” said Heyboer. “We are required to plow only 5-6 feet, leaving the other portion of the trail for cross-country skiing. We do not want to endanger someone out there and we must move swiftly to do the proper plowing.”
“If you encounter problems on the trail please let us know as soon as possible so we can address the problem,” he added. “Too many times we do not hear about issues as soon as they happen and we can only deal with that which we know about.”

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Indecent exposure on White Pine Trail


Kent County Sheriff deputies are looking for a man who exposed himself to three females on the White Pine Trail in Plainfield Township.

According to police, the three females were on the trail on Monday, August 1, from Childsdale and House and south to Belmont Avenue, when the suspect approached them about 9:30 a.m. and exposed himself.

The suspect is described as a white male, 17-21 years old, skinny, with black, short, spiky hair and wearing black spandex shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 632-6125 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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Drug dealer robbed


Allan McKay

An 18-year-old Cedar Springs man was robbed Wednesday evening when he met four other teens on the White Pine Trail to complete a drug deal.
Officer Paul Feutz responded to a call of an armed robbery that occurred Friday night, April 13 at 9:25 p.m. Little did he know at that time that he would eventually charge those involved in addition to arresting the victim who reported the crime.
The 18 year old victim, Allan McKay, first reported that a group of men assaulted him with boards and bottles while on the White Pine Trail behind Vanderhyde Ford. Officer Feutz did not see signs of an assault and there was no need for medical assistance. The victim told the officer that they took $120.00 dollars from him. The victim knew some of the young men by first

Cordeil Boyce-Burden

name only.

At first those interviewed denied even being on the trail. Follow-up interviews resulted in Officer Feutz getting to the truth, with the group admitting they set up McKay to come deliver drugs, with the intention of stealing his marijuana. Those involved admitted they swung at McKay, acting like they wanted to hit him, and then chased him on the trail until he fell into the brush filled ditch. He then gave up his marijuana to avoid being harmed.
Allan McKay eventually admitted that this was in fact what took place. He was mad and called the police. Unfortunately for him, he was living with a female friend who had filed a police report against him. In that case a “Bond

Austin Mosher

Conditional Release” was issued, ordering that he have no contact with this victim. Officer Feutz arrested and lodged him in jail.

The robbery investigation was reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office and resulted in charging three young men, ages 17, 18 and 19, and one juvenile, age 15, with a 10 year felony, “larceny from a person.” All of the suspects involved live in the City of Cedar Springs.
Arrested were Cordeil Lea Boyce-Burden, 18, Austin Lee Mosher, 19, and Brandon Clay Bates, 17. Boyce-Burden and Mosher were arraigned in 63rd District Court Monday. They were given a preliminary hearing date of May 3 at 3:30 p.m., and bond was set at $5,000 cash/surety. Bates was set to appear

Brandon Bates

in court Wednesday.

Allan McKay was brought before the judge and was given a $300.00 cash bond for violating his “Bond Conditional Release” order. According to Chief Parent, he was not charged with a drug-related offense because no evidence of the drug was found, and he was already headed to court on three other unrelated charges.

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New Year’s walk a winner


Over 300 people enjoyed the New Year’s Resolution Walk on the White Pine Trail on New Year’s Day. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the White Pine Trail

The 10th annual White Pine Trail New Year’s Resolution Walk on January 1 was an overwhelming success, according to Dave Heyboer, chairman of the Friends of the White Pine Trail.
“We had our biggest turnout ever, with 325 participants and 21 dogs!” remarked Heyboer. He said that it was more people than they had anticipated.
The group met at the Rotary Pavilion in Rockford, and trekked north on the trail to 13 Mile Road about 10 a.m. and then headed back, where they enjoyed hot dogs, snacks and hot coffee.
Although the forecasts for the day were less than stellar, Heyboer said the weather was great for the event. “I was concerned the weather and trail conditions would be lousy, but at 10 am when we gathered for the picture and the group start, we had blue sky and about 45 degrees,” he commented.
Heyboer is grateful to those who made the event a success, and also thanked those who participated. He also had a message for those that didn’t make it. “If you missed it, you really missed it! Plan on being there next year!” he said.

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