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Storms rip through area, leave thousands without power


This tree came down at a house on Fifth St. at Beech. Photo by J. Reed.
This tree stretched all the way across Pine Street, just east of Fifth Street.
Photo by J. Reed.

A severe thunderstorm tore through the area last Friday evening, August 28, with hail, heavy rain, and high winds that uprooted trees, sent branches flying, tore meters from homes, and downed power lines. Thousands in the area lost power.

The City of Cedar Springs, Solon Township, and Nelson Township were among some of the areas hit the hardest.

Roger Morganstern, a spokesman for Consumers Energy verified that. 

“The Cedar Springs area was one of the heaviest hit; there were about 8,500 customers affected, mainly from Saturday night (there were a small number out Friday night and Saturday morning). Just about everyone in the Cedar Springs area was restored by 8 p.m. Sunday night, Aug. 30. We had one small section on Solon Road, involving 42 customers off since 5:21 am Saturday that are scheduled to be restored later this afternoon,” he told the Post on Monday.

“We had a significant amount of tree damage in this small area, bringing down numerous spans of wires and breaking at least one pole and cross arm. This is also a marshy area which took additional time and equipment to make the repairs.”

He said that across all of Kent County, they had approximately 20,500customers affected. In the Greenville/Belding area, there was also a significant amount of damage with about 5,300 customers without power. Statewide, about 63,200 customers were without power.

In the City of Cedar Springs, trees and branches came down all over the city, including a large tree across Pine Street just east of Fifth Street. Several streets were closed off, including Park at Beech Street, while crews cleaned up.

There were also many trees down in Solon Township, including one across the road on Algoma, and another large tree on White Creek Avenue. Cedarfield also saw numerous trees down.

“The Cedarfield 55+ Community sustained extensive damage to trees and some structures during the storm last Friday evening,” said Marilyn Doane, manager. “The loss of 62 uprooted and broken trees saddens the entire neighborhood.  Clean-up crews are on the job this week and replanting will begin when able.”

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Women’s Club chooses Woman of the Year


by Sue Harrison

Marilyn Doane is the Cedar Springs Women’s Club Outstanding Woman of the Year for 2018.

Each year the Cedar Springs Women’s Club recognizes one woman for her exemplary spirit and contributions during that Club year. The candidate is one who is enthusiastic in the promotion and support of Women’s Club as well as being actively involved in community activities.

The 2018 Cedar Springs Women’s Club Outstanding Woman of the Year is Marilyn Doane. Marilyn and her husband, Roger, have constructed and manage the 55-plus Manufactured Housing community Cedar Fields, where Marilyn is the “Crew Chief” with a bevy of staff, contractors, and helpers. Marilyn loves hiking, camping, canoeing and skiing. One year she hiked around the California Coastal Range with her crew of men when the US Forest Service offered her a job as Crew Chief. She even earned her pilot’s license, which enabled her to fly around the U.S., Mexico, and Alaska.

As an active member of Women’s Club, Marilyn takes photos of members and helps put together and print the annual club booklet. She is also the gracious hostess for the Women’s Club Christmas Tea at Cedar Fields each December. The Women’s Club is proud and pleased to have Marilyn Doane as the Outstanding Woman of the Year.

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