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Kids practice escaping fire

N-Safety-day1By Sarah Read

Elementary students from Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers enjoyed a fun Fire and Tornado Safety Day at their weekly co-op, at the Oakfield Christian Learning Center on Monday, May 12, thanks to the Oakfield Township Fire Department.

Fire Chief, Don Riker, spoke with approximately 40 students, ages 2-12, about safety measures during emergency situations, such as severe weather/tornado warnings, and fire. Riker also brought the Fire Department’s smoke simulator, a trailer that fills with fog-like smoke, allowing children to practice crawling and window escape.

“I didn’t know you should wear shoes when you take cover from a tornado because of left-over debris,” said Chloe Herzog, age 7. “I’m going to remember that.”

N-Safety-day2-webOakfield Christian Learning Center, previously Oakfield Baptist Academy, is located on the corner of 14 Mile and Wabasis Avenue. For more information about the various homeschool groups and opportunities hosted there, email greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers@yahoo.com.

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Harvard Fire question

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Last week we ran an article about the fire that occurred in the old Harvard fire department building, which was currently being used for apartments.

Fire Chief Don Riker said that someone told him that the building began as a railroad depot back in the late 1800s. However, another source told us that the old Toledo, Saginaw & Muskegon railroad depot was used in a practice burn back in the 1950s, and this building was not the old railroad depot. If there is anyone who knows, or has more information, please contact Judy Reed at news@cedarspringspost.com or cspostjudy@hotmail.com.


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