Algoma and Cortland Fire Departments conduct training burn

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

There were 4 separate repetitions where fire attack crews entered the structure and had to put the fire out. After the training we let the structure fully develop and stud by until the structure was completely consumed. The owners hope to build on the lot at a later date. If you have any further questions feel from to contact me. Thanks A training burn was conducted on Summit Ave just north of 13 Mile. This was a cooperative Training between Courtland and Algoma Fire Departments.

Bear sightings in Algoma, Solon

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Judy Reed Bear sightings have continued in northern Kent County in the last two weeks. The most recent sighting reported to the Post was last Saturday, June 20, at 19 Mile and Algoma, in Solon Township. Russ DeBoer, of Solon Township, said he was traveling north on Algoma about 1:00 p.m. last Saturday, June 20, with his son, Nick, and grandson, Ethan, when a bear crossed the road at Algoma 19 Mile. He said it ran behind Solon Center Wesleyan Church, on Algoma, toward the Solon Fire Department to the west. “I saw a lot of cars in the church parking lot, so I pulled in, and saw a playground in back, so I went inside and told people. They were having a baby shower, and they had young kids, so I wanted to tell them so the kids didn’t go out on the playground,” he explained. DeBoer said that he thinks it was a younger bear because it was smaller. “It wasn’t a cub, but it wasn’t full grown,” he said. The Post called the church to check out the story, and while talking with Kathy Mabie, she told us about a parishioner who had also recently caught footage of a bear on his game camera. Luke Tonneberger, who lives on 13 Mile near the intersection of Algoma, said that they had been gone on Saturday, June 13, and when he came home, he found a note taped to his door that said a neighbor across the street had seen a bear cross his driveway. “I think the bear headed toward 13 Mile, then went back along my fence, by my house, and by my garden and compost pile,” said Tonneberger. He also has woods behind his house with trail cams. Friday, June 19, he decided to check his game cameras, and sure enough, there was the bear. “If I was standing there, it couldn’t have been any clearer that it was a bear,” he said. Tonneberger said that he has seen evidence in the past—6 to 8 years ago—of bears on his property, but nothing recent. “I see pictures on my camera of other wildlife, such as deer, raccoon, skunk, etc., but it’s pretty cool to get pictures of a bear,” he […]

Teen killed in Solon crash

August 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

A 19-year-old Rockford youth was killed in a two-car accident Thursday evening, August 11, in Solon Township. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kyle James Alberta, 19, of Cannon Township was traveling westbound on 19 Mile Road in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata at about 6:52 p.m. when he stopped at the stop sign at Algoma. He reportedly then pulled out in front of a northbound vehicle driven by April Marie Proctor, 25, of Kent City. Proctor’s vehicle then struck Alberta’s vehicle on the driver’s side. Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kristin Nicole Martin, 19, of Rockford was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with possible internal injuries. Proctor was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by AeroMed, with multiple fractures on her right side. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation. Assisting at the scene was Solon Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, AeroMed and the Kent County Road Commission.