Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Receives Support from Newaygo Insurance Agency
The Fundraising Committee of the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone frequently makes visits to groups and businesses seeking support for their Promise Scholars. One recent example of a community business partnering with the Fundraising Committee is Newaygo Insurance Agency.
Holly Moon, Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee, was visiting with Dan Johnson, Newaygo Insurance Agency Owner, in his office when Dan offered to have the Agency’s marketing staff design and produce a banner showing the company's support for local Promise Scholars. Dan has been proudly displaying the banner in front of the office on M-37 in Newaygo and offers “Sponsor-A-Scholar” brochures in the reception area.
"We appreciate the opportunities that the Promise Zone offers to students in our community. We jumped at the chance to support their efforts to promote education, especially for our youth," Dan shared.
In thanking Dan for his generous support, Holly stated, "Our Promise Scholarships and success coaching would not be possible without the generous support of the many individuals and organizations throughout the County."
The Newaygo County community stepped up in 2017 to provide eligible students with the opportunity for a tuition-free, post-secondary education at Muskegon Community College. To date over 300 students have taken advantage of the Promise Scholarship. With this tuition-free option, our students’ dreams of a college education can become a reality.
If you would like Holly or another member of the Promise Zone Board to visit your group or business to share more details, please call 231-924-8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone visit www.promise.zone.
Celebrating Arbor Day with students at Big Jackson Public School!
Arbor Day is a great way to celebrate nature and the importance of trees in our environment. Newaygo Conservation District along with Newaygo County 4-H marked the 151st Celebration of Arbor Day this week by providing white pine seedlings to 2nd grade students in participating school districts throughout Newaygo County. Over 625 seedlings which were grown at the Newaygo Conservation Nursery in Newaygo were given out along with planting instructions to youth to take home and plant with their families.
Arbor Day, much like Earth Day, focuses on nature and encourages people to plant trees. Arbor Day has a long, rich history dating back to 1872 when J. Sterling Morton encouraged his fellow Nebraskans to plant trees in their communities. Nearly 1 million trees were planted in the first year! Within 20 years, Arbor Day was celebrated in nearly every state. It wasn’t until 1970 that Arbor Day became recognized nationwide as a holiday thanks to President Richard Nixon. Now it is celebrated around the world!
FREMONT, Mich., April 26, 2023 – Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital physician Ashok Sriram, MD, will host “Let’s Talk Parkinson’s” during the Regional Parkinson’s Support Group held at Tamarac, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, on Thursday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, online access is also available.
At this month’s meeting, Dr. Sriram will share the latest research and treatments related to Parkinson’s.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Sriram as our host this month,” said Shelly Klochack, community education specialist. “He is a nationally recognized leader and expert in providing care to patients with Parkinson’s. He will be sharing a wealth of information. If you have Parkinson’s, or care for someone who does, I encourage you to attend.”
Dr. Sriram is a board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorder specialist. After earning his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in India, Dr. Sriram earned a Master of Science in applied cognition and neuroscience from the University of Texas in Dallas. He completed his neurology residency training at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri, and a fellowship in movement disorders at the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville. He uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for people with Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, ataxias, and other movement disorders. His clinical interests include surgical treatment/deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremors, and botulinum toxin injections for cervical dystonia, blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms, spasticity, sialorrhea and chronic migraines.
The Regional Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month. All are welcome to attend in person or online. Masks are optional at this event.
For more information or to receive the link to attend virtually, please contact Shelly at email@example.com or 231.924.3275.
Gerber FCU Donates Nearly 700 Books to Local Second Grade Students
FREMONT, Mich. (4/25/23) Gerber Federal Credit Union (Gerber FCU) staff read the book Owl + Otter and the Big Yard Sale which was written specifically for Michigan Credit Unions and the Smart Money Kids Read Program.
It’s the day of the Big Yard Sale, and Owl, Otter, and their friends are selling yummy cookies and lemonade. But adding up how much customers need to pay for these treats can be tricky. With plenty of teamwork, a little bit of chaos, and Otter’s 10 wiggly toes to help, there’s nothing these cheery animal friends can’t figure out.
This charming, humorous story helps children practice counting and addition, and introduces them to the world of money.
Following the book read, staff discussed good money management and presented every student, their teacher and their school library with a copy of the book! Gerber Federal Credit Union donated books to the following school districts: Big Jackson, Fremont, Fremont Christian, Grant Christian, Grant, Hesperia, Holton, Newaygo and White Cloud.
Find out more about Gerber FCU’s youth programs at www.gerberfcu.com/youth.
At-home kits available on a first come first served basis
District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is announcing that due to minimal usage, all COVID-19 Testing Clinics will close until further notice, beginning Wednesday April 26, 2023.
“While the testing sites may be closing, COVID-19 is not going away. It is important that residents continue to take precaution if they have been exposed or are feeling sick,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “To support our residents, DHD#10 offers COVID-19 at-home testing kits as an additional measure to help keep the infection rates down.”
DHD#10 will continue to supply COVID-19 at-home tests. COVID-19 test kits are limited at each DHD#10 office and are available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals are asked to take one kit per person, and up to four kits per household. Test kits are also available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand remains high.
When arriving at DHD#10 for your COVID-19 at-home testing kits, please do not enter the lobby if you have been exposed or are sick. Please call your local DHD#10 office and someone will bring the testing kits to your vehicle. To find your local DHD#10 office, please follow:
Many COVID-19 at-home testing kits have extended expiration dates. To check your COVID-19 at-home test kit’s expiration date, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/home-otc-covid-19-diagnostic-tests#list.
For those wanting to schedule their Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster, or any COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://www.dhd10.org/schedule or call 888-217-3904. If no appointments are available, you may also be able to schedule a vaccine with a pharmacy or your primary health care provider.
Additional vaccination sites can be found at https://www.vaccines.gov/search.
For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.
An Exciting Opportunity to Support Newaygo County High School Students
WE CAN! Newaygo County, in partnership with Michigan State University College Advising Corps (MSUCAC), is currently seeking to hire a College Adviser at Hesperia High School and Newaygo High School for the 2023-2024 school year.
College Advisers serve as near-peer mentors in local high schools. They assist students and their families with the transition to post-secondary education, such as four-year or two-year institutions as well as trade or technical schools. They also help students navigate the specific steps to accessing their pathway after high school. College Advisers offer students and families Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) support, plan college campus visits, encourage participation in college access initiatives, and celebrate student milestones in accessing higher education.
Candidates must be either alumni of Michigan State University or a Newaygo County high school and have a passion for service and equity in education as well as be a college graduate who received (or will receive) their bachelor’s degree between 2020 and summer 2023.
College Advisers earn a living stipend and receive full health, vision and dental benefits. During their time of service, they develop their career through training, conferences, and one-on-one support. Many Advisers choose this program to gain professional development, along with sharing their passion in assisting students in their postsecondary journeys.
By joining MSUCAC, College Advisers also become an AmeriCorps Member and receive advanced training and an education award that goes toward education debt or future education expenses to prepare them for the next step in their career.
To apply visit, linktr.ee/msu_cac, or for more information, please contact Angela Magbag, Associate Program Coordinator and Recruitment Specialist for MSUCAC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A good marriage is where both people feel like they're getting the better end of the deal.”-Anne Lamott
Why do people get married?
The Pew Research Center, who seem to probe everything under the sun, took a look at this as part of a 2019 study of marriage and cohabitation in the U.S.
Of course there are many factors in such a decision.
Ten percent say they signed on for convenience.
Really? The judgmental part of me is all over this but hey, convenience is important to our lives. If you think about it many things we do are motivated by convenience. We live in pretty busy times so we like things easy. Of course hitting the drive through at the bank and committing to a life together might be at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to seeking convenience but…
31% said having children was part of the decision.
13% say it made sense financially. Speaking from experience I might infer this group is either oblivious to the cost of having children or not planning on any.
On the higher end are companionship (63%) and wanting to make a commitment (66%)
But the number one? The overwhelming winner?
Why it's love of course. In 9 out of 10 surveyed it was that most tender of all emotions driving the move to married life.
The other 10%? Well, given the challenges marriage can deliver it is hard to imagine giving it a shot without a significant boatload of love.
Even if it seems convenient
Here are our latest visitors to the County Clerk’s office.
Shannon Jordan, Newaygo & Jason Lucas, Grant
Nakoia Owens, Newaygo & Zachary Sterling, Grant
Nathan Eisenhardt Oakland & Breanna Frein, Newaygo
“The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them.”- Steve Hall
Keep oak trees healthy by helping prevent oak wilt disease
During the period between April 15 and July 15, beetles actively carry spores of fungus from tree to tree, meaning oak trees are at high risk for infection with oak wilt. Oak trees with wounds in their bark are susceptible to the disease, which can weaken white oaks and kill red oaks within a few weeks.
“Oak trees should not be pruned between April 15 and July 15. These pruning guidelines can help keep infection from spreading,” said Simeon Wright, forest health specialist in the DNR’s Forest Resources Division. “Once a tree is infected there is no cure. Without expensive treatments the disease spreads to other trees and may in time kill all nearby oaks.”
If you have an oak tree that gets damaged during the high-risk period from April 15 to July 15, immediately cover all wounds with tree-wound paint or latex-based paint. Painting tree wounds is not recommended for other trees species as it can reduce the effectiveness of the healing process.
Besides being carried by the nitidulid beetle, which is active in spring and early summer, oak wilt also can spread from tree to tree through roots that are grafted, or grown together underground. Spores also can be carried long distances to living trees when you move firewood cut from an infected tree and beetles pick up the spores.
Become a Lake Monitoring Volunteer Today!
Enrollment for the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) is now open for the 2023 sampling season. CLMP volunteers monitor water quality, invasive species, and habitat conditions in their favorite lake. Volunteers receive detailed instructions, training, and equipment. The data volunteers collect are used by state agencies, researchers, and local lake communities to better understand and manage Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes.
The CLMP has been an important component of Michigan’s inland lake monitoring program for nearly 50 years, which makes it one of the oldest volunteer monitoring programs for lakes in the country. The primary purpose of this cooperative program is to help volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lake and document changes in lake quality over time. Volunteering for the CLMP also provides an opportunity to connect more deeply with the lakes we love.
Interested volunteers are encouraged to enroll now.
Questions? Visit MiCorps.net or contact Erick Elgin (email@example.com, 218-340-5731) or Jean Roth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and is administered in partnership with MSU Extension, the Michigan Lakes and Streams Association and the Huron River Watershed Council.