Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?- Stevie Nicks
Wow, what a difficult question, huh?
When it comes to romantic love one can say it is a set of emotions involving intimacy, passion, and commitment, ideally associated with trust, affection, caring and a unique type of closeness.
But love itself, the act of one person loving another, is as unique and individual as a fingerprint or snowflake. Each couple and each person within that couple have a different way of feeling and expressing love, methods carved into our psyche through experiences from our birth to the present day. We all create our own definition of love and on an intellectual level it can be easy to describe it.
But emotionally the feeling of love has no definition. Love just is. At times it seems logical and reasonable and other times it defies rational thought. It can be scary and sublime at the same time but it remains at the forefront of our very being and the reason we are willing to take the quantum leap of committing ourselves to another person.
So here are the latest couples who have made their way to the courthouse to sign on for what one hopes is a lengthy adventure.
Jaxx Miller, Fremont & Jacqueline Cargill, White Cloud
Brian Kowalski, White Cloud & Hope Firovich, White Cloud
Timothy Richardson, Grant & Marilyn Hall, Grant
Justin Croff, Coopersville & Michelle Blawat, Muskegon
Melissa Smith, Newaygo & Juan Orduna, Newaygo
Myasia Hollins, Grant & Fernando Pedro-Velasquez, Grant
“How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet
"You don't spell it...you feel it." - Pooh
“Meaningful & Rewarding”
Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital Celebrates Certified Nurses Day
FREMONT, Mich., March 23, 2023 – Certified Nurses Day was March 19, and Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital, part of Corewell Health, celebrated its nurses who have clinical certifications over and above their RN degrees.
Amanda Cihak, RN, CNOR, is the surgical services nurse manager at Gerber Hospital and also has a Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR) certification. The CNOR credential is offered to operating room nurses who meet the highest standards in their field and focus on best practices to provide safe patient care.
For Cihak, earning this certification has allowed her to expand her knowledge, skills and commitment to patient safety.
“I have always wanted to earn this certification,” said Cihak. “And as a manager, I have also been able to share this knowledge with my team and encourage them to explore obtaining their own certifications.”
Even as a youngster, Cihak knew she wanted to work in the health care field. Having family members in medicine played a large role in guiding her to her chosen career path.
“There were several nurses in my family, including my grandmother, with whom I was extremely close,” said Cihak. “I really admired her work and her love for helping others. Through watching her, I knew I wanted to have a job that was both meaningful and rewarding.”
Cihak earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Valley State University in 2005. She earned her CNOR certification in 2022 from the Competency & Credentialing Institute. In order to get her certification she had to study for and pass a comprehensive exam relating to best practices in operating room standards of patient care.
“I love what I do,” added Cihak. “Nursing was the perfect fit for me.”
Over 30 registered nurses at Gerber Hospital have achieved a nursing certification, demonstrating professionalism and excellence. To commemorate Certified Nurses Day, each advanced certification nurse at Gerber Hospital was recognized in a display at the hospital.
Healthy Eating, Healthy Kids
Corewell Health™ offers free early childhood nutrition class
FREMONT, Mich., March 15, 2023 – Do you wonder if your infant or toddler is getting the proper nutrition at mealtimes? Spectrum Health Gerber Hospital, part of Corewell Health, is offering a free early childhood nutrition class to help moms, dads and caregivers ensure they are providing the best nutrition possible. The free class will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Tamarac Center for Health and Wellness in Fremont.
Attendees will learn about the nutrients that are important for infants and children, transitioning to solid foods, food safety, bottle weaning and how to avoid common picky eating pitfalls among toddlers.
To register for the class, call 231.924.6776 or email
Get Kids on Target through the 4-H Archery Program!
4-H Archery is a very popular shooting sport, appealing to a wide range of ages and easily enjoyed by youth of all skill levels year around. It is one of several disciplines within the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports program which has been active for more than 20 years involving youth in more than 70 counties throughout the state. Now it is time to bring it to Lake and Newaygo County.
Local 4-H volunteers are forming a 4-H archery club and are inviting families to learn more about the 4-H archery program by attending an archery information meeting on Monday, March 20 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the MSU Extension office, located at 4747 West 48th Street in Fremont.
The 4-H archery club, open to youth, ages 9 – 19, will begin club meetings on Mondays beginning April 17 at 6:30 pm in the community room at the Newaygo County Agricultural Fairgrounds and later on the fairgrounds when the weather warms.
The focus of the 4-H archery club is geared toward youth safety and shooting techniques for archery. Youth will learn how to handle both compound and recurve bows responsibly for target practice and learn respect for the natural environment.
The goal of all 4-H Youth Development programs is youth development. All project areas work toward developing skills youth need to be productive and positive adults in society. Decision making, teamwork, problem solving, being responsible and having high self-esteem are just a few of the many skills 4-H helps to develop.
For more information on the Michigan 4-H Archery Program visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/shooting_sports/ . To learn more about the Lake County 4-H program, contact Aaron Myers, 4-H Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or call the MSU Extension – Lake County at 231-745-2732. For Newaygo County, contact Laurie Platte Breza, 4-H Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MSU Extension – Newaygo County at 231-928-1056.
Supporting College Success
Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Receives Generous Donation
The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone has received a generous gift from the Dennis Adama Family of Newaygo. This donation will be used to increase the Promise Zone’s success coaching staff and directly support Newaygo County students through success coaching as they navigate their post-secondary journey.
When asked why his family chose to support the Promise Zone, Dennis Adama shared, “The Promise Zone gives kids the opportunity to go to college, but the goal is not just to go to college. It is to be successful in college. The success coach is a very important part of the Promise Zone program to help ensure successful students.”
The Newaygo County Area Promise Zone provides high school graduates with a tuition-free path to an approved apprenticeship or an associate degree from Muskegon Community College. The Promise Zone believes that every student, regardless of financial means, should have the opportunity to earn post-secondary credentials.
By helping to remove the financial barrier that so many students face, the Promise Zone is helping to shift a cultural stigma that college is too expensive. With the Promise Scholarship, many students are starting to believe that higher education is within their reach and taking steps to plan for their future.
However, once in college, there are still obstacles for students: how to schedule classes, renew financial aid, develop strong study habits, how to manage their time. This is where the Promise Zone’s success coaching program partners with its students to help them reach their goals. The Adama family’s gift will help to continue to provide this valuable support for Promise Scholars.
Students who walk into the Success Coach’s office are often burdened with anxiety, uncertainty, and powerlessness. However, when they leave a coaching session, they do so with reduced stress, a noticeably different demeanor, and the sense that they do have the ability to navigate challenges and succeed.
Scott Swinehart, Newaygo County Area Promise Zone board member shared, “The Promise Scholarship is not just a great way for students to jumpstart their education and career while saving money, but the support they receive through success coaching is a unique and important way students gain personalized assistance in accessing college resources like tutoring or academic advising needs.”
Having positive adult relationships helps students build confidence, improve academic performance, and become more comfortable in seeking help while in college. The Promise Zone’s success coaching program is focused on providing consistent and beneficial connections that aim to encourage students as they navigate challenges.
Since beginning in 2017, the Promise Zone has awarded over $2.2 million in tuition in support of over 300 Newaygo County Promise Scholars who have enrolled in their post-secondary journey.
For more information about the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone visit www.promise.zone, email email@example.com, or call 231-924-8888.