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Historic barn burns

 The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

The smoke from this barn fire could be seen for miles. Photo by J. Reed.

The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

A beautiful old barn burned to the ground Saturday evening, April 22, in Solon Township, and the smoke could be seen rising in the sky from as far away as Grand Rapids.

Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake said that they were dispatched to the fire at 14631 Hanna, south of 18 Mile, at 6:12 p.m. He said the homeowner, William DeBack, was home at the time and discovered the fire.

Drake said that the property used to be a real working farm, and the barn, which was constructed  of timber and stone, was possibly built in the late 1800s and used to have a milking parlor inside. The homeowner was using the barn for storing classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and as a workshop. Five of the vehicles were destroyed, and two were damaged. The barn was insured.

Drake said they had some exposure concerns with the siding on the house starting to melt, but they got that out before the house caught fire.

Other fire departments assisting Solon at the scene were Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Kent City, and Algoma. They were on the scene for five hours.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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The Post travels to Pictured Rocks


The Post traveled to the Upper Peninsula with Austin and Alyssa Balcam, both Cedar Springs Public Schools students, toward the end of July. They stayed in the Curtis and Newberry area.

One day they went on the Pictured Rocks cruise in Munising with their parents, Al and Sandra Balcam and grandparents Don and Nancy Hanna. The kids left their Post in the truck, and had to go back a block to get it for the picture they wanted.

Thanks to Austin and Alyssa for including us in your trip!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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50th Anniversary




Don and Nancy (McAnally) Hanna of Cedar Springs were High School Sweethearts, both graduated from Cedar Springs. The will celebrate 50 years of marriage on March 5th, 2015. the couple was married at Kent City Baptist Church in 1965. The Hannas are proud parents of Shelli and Robert Hall and Sandra and Alan Balcam. Their grandchildren are, Nichole and Fiancé Joshua Black, Joshua Hall, Austin and Alyssa Balcam. The family will be celebrating at a later date. Nancy was a stay at home mom and babysitter for children after school. Don retired from Knape and Vogt after 48 years in 2010.

Please wish our parents a Happy 50th Anniversary when you see them.

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Response to “Solon family held up”

Dear Editor,

What a surprise to open the Post and to read about my grandparents, Dan and Sylvia Reichelt being robbed (Out of the Attic—Solon Township family held up, printed April 12, 2012). My mom was three years old at the time, the 5th of the 6 kids, the youngest not being born until a few years later. Mom was Marie Reichelt McAnally. I vaguely remember her telling about being robbed. My great uncle was Alvin, not Albert as stated. His daughter lives in Dansville.

The farm is still owned by the Reichelt family. I grew up next door [and lived there] until I was married. My mom passed away 7 years ago, next door to where she was born and raised.

We think things like this only happen in present times!

Nancy McAnally Hanna, Cedar Springs

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Robert & Shelli Hall

25th Anniversary

Robert and Shelli (Hanna) Hall will celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 25th. They celebrated early with a cruise to the Bahamas. Their daughter Nicole will graduate from GVSU, son Joshua is attending Ferris State. The family will celebrate with a dinner at a later date.

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Thank You

As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those who have made my life full and enjoyable. I have been blessed by wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. Thank you to all!

Virginia (Hanna, Elder) Fisher

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