Trails Project to feature section for children 2-6
On Saturday, May 11, a ribbon cutting event was held to officially open The Mosquito Creek Trails. The 500-acre project is located at 2190 Maple Island Road just south of the border between Newaygo and Muskegon County. This forested valley, part of the Muskegon County Wastewater Management facility and bordering Mosquito Creek, will be a regional, year-round outdoor recreation destination with more than 10 miles of backcountry trails that will increase opportunities for physical activity, connection to nature, adventure, and economic vitality.
The recreation improvement project is a collaborative endeavor spearheaded by Muskegon County and Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association. Trail professionals designed the nearly 12 miles of biking trails that will also be accessible for hiking, walking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail system will include six trails, with 3.35 miles of beginner/easier trail, 6.11 miles of intermediate trails, and 1.5 miles of advanced trail.
“The trail system will offer families a chance to get out in nature and enjoy a vigorous workout on a mountain bike or a serene walk in the woods,” said Catherine Obits of the Gerber Foundation. The Gerber Foundation provided support for the young children’s trail, a ½ mile trail targeting 2-6 year old beginners, which will be completed by the end of June. “We are grateful to be able to offer this opportunity to families in the Newaygo and Muskegon County areas.”
Phase 2 will add 3-4 miles of trails this fall with the remainder anticipated to be open by the end of 2020. “We want people out there just recreating,” said Wagner, a physician with Mercy Health in Spring Lake. “There really isn’t a better opportunity to get out and exercise than natural trails.”
For more on the trails, check out the Facebook page at
Home vegetable gardeners are asked to donate to their local Food Pantry
Feeding America believes that food insecurity impacts 1 in 8 people in western and northern Michigan. To address this issue, Michigan State University Extension is encouraging home gardeners to consider “growing a row” of produce for donation to their local food pantry this season. Many northern Michigan pantries are seeking donations of fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs. All donations are welcome, but please consider popular items such as:
Pantries ask that donated produce is clean, fresh, ripe, whole, uncut, undamaged and separate packaging/bags for different produce types. If using pesticides make sure to follow the pesticide instructions. Please do not donate produce that you would not buy for your own family.
Under terms of the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, donors are protected from liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient. Be sure to check with your local pantry on the best days and times to bring in donated produce.
Michigan State University Extension provides support for home gardeners. This web site (https://www.canr.msu.edu/vegetable_gardening/) provides an extensive list of resources from finding the best location for a vegetable garden in your yard, to planting techniques, to managing pests and diseases. MSU Extension Master Gardeners also staff a toll free hotline during normal business hours in the growing season for gardening questions at 1-888-678-3464.
If you don’t have a vegetable garden at home, you might consider purchasing some fresh produce at a farmers market or from a local farm stand to donate to a food pantry.
Michigan State University Extension works with community partners, such as the Lake County Community Food Council, to address food systems issues. The Lake County Community Food Council meets monthly at St. Ann’s Church in Baldwin. If you would like to become involved in these efforts, please contact Kendra Wills, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator at (616) 608-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"This is one of the best golf outings I've been to. Everything from the food, camaraderie, and love is second to none.” -Quote from Realtor Dean Gibbie about last year’s event
Newaygo Fitness Club and Van Eerden Food Service will be hosting their third annual Charity Golf Tournament at Water’s Edge Golf Course in Fremont on Thursday May 30th. The event is a 4 person scramble so not only is there the opportunity to help support a local organization, there is the chance to see those scramble-produced numbers on the scorecard that most duffers only dare to dream of.
NF Manager Caleb Conklin feels strongly about the importance of health and fitness not just in the lives of individuals, but within the community as a whole. It is his hope events like the golf outing will help raise recognition as well as resources for those who share this vision.
Despite his hectic schedule we managed to catch a few minutes with Caleb to pose a few questions about the event.
How did this get started?
It began 3 years ago with the idea of bringing a community together in hopes of sharing our passion and awareness of health and fitness while raising funds for local programs involved in the community and its people.
How did the partnership with VanEerden come about?
Dean Curtis from Van Eerden was training with me and one day we got to talking about our golf outing. Dean felt this would be a great opportunity for Van Eerden to show it's true colors in our community. Their philosophy on health and fitness directly correlates with ours. I knew then it was a no-brainer and that they would be a partner.
Who are the beneficiaries of this years outing and what led you to select them?
This year we chose Newaygo County Prevention of Child Abuse. I spoke with Tara Nelson (director) at an event awhile back and knew right then the proceeds were to go to NCPCA. It was quite easy after she had spoken with me regarding her view on health and fitness.
Her belief is that healthy children lead to healthy adults. And healthy adults are more productive and drive a healthier economy. Ensuring the physical and emotional well-being of our children through the prevention of child abuse and neglect must be one of our top priorities.
The second beneficiary is Randy's House the recovery houses in Newaygo. Tommy and Tabitha Rake have been involved in this in hopes of creating a positive influence for those who have struggled with alcoholism and addictions. Creating a second chance through honesty and accountability is their objective in starting this wonderful program in our up and coming area. Randy's House uses exercise, nutrition and healthy living support, and provide holistic therapy including meditation and acupuncture. Their vision is based on providing multiple paths of recovery to those suffering from a substance use disorder.
Golf outings are traditionally a lot of work and take a lot of volunteers so…?
The entire Newaygo Fitness staff volunteers each year. We also have a few special people who back us in everything we do.
Why should people enter and take part in this years event?
We have prizes for Men and Women closest to the pin and longest drive. We also have a putt putt challenge. We give money for first place and second place will be a free foursome golf package at a secret location. We will be serving OLD IRON BAR AND GRILL'S BBQ EXTRAVAGANZA for the second year in a row. We pride ourselves on providing good food.
You can sign up online at newaygofitnessclub.com or call Caleb at 616-217-1650.
Gerber Memorial certified car seat techs at Family Expo on Saturday
Fremont- Parents wondering if their child’s car seat is installed correctly can get some expert help on Saturday May 18, during the 2019 Family Expo at Fremont High School, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jill Pulaski and Kirsten Telfor of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will be at the expo to assist parents and caregivers with the correct way to strap in infants and young children, properly install car seats, and use everyday items to ensure car seats are safe and secure. Pulaski and Telfor received their national certification as child passenger safety technicians in November. They primarily assist parents who deliver babies at Gerber Memorial’s labor and delivery center, offering their service for those who request it.
“I think what we do can help make a difference for families,” Telfor said. “Babies are safe when they leave here and that’s good to know.”
Since February, Pulaski and Telfor have helped more than 24 families with their car seats. To help them with their demonstrations, they enlist the assistance of “Sammy the Baby,” a toy infant. “Sammy,” training materials and the certification training were funded by the 2018 Beards for Babies event, a local fundraiser by Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial.
“We volunteered to be part of the project and we really enjoy what we do,” Pulaski said. “I find it rewarding to be able to educate parents so they know their child is safe when they’re driving.”
Telfor said she and Pulaski practiced installing more than 100 car seats during the training for their certification, which led to some bruised knees. Altogether, they each spent 40 hours of classwork and education for the certification. Telfor and Pulaski work in Gerber Memorial’s medical records department.
Some of the lessons they learned during their class was sobering, Telfor said. “More than 90 percent of car seats aren’t installed correctly,” she said. “Parents aren’t anchoring the seats the right way. The chest clips are too low.”
And when a car seat tech isn’t around?
Pulaski said: “Read the car seat manual, read the vehicle manual, be familiar with all the parts of the car seat. And if you’ve lost the manual, Google it.”
In addition to Pulaski and Telfor, other Newaygo County resources to help parents properly install car seats include Newaygo County Great Start, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, the Fremont Police Department, the Newaygo Police Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information about Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial and how you can help the car seat program or others areas at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, please call 231.924.3681 or email email@example.com.
Gerber FCU Donates 700 Books to Local Second Grade Students
FREMONT- John Buckley, President/CEO of Gerber Federal Credit Union (Gerber FCU), read the book Money Madness by David A. Adler to second grade students at local schools during the month of April. This beginning guide to economics has readers thinking about the purpose, and not just the value, of money. It is a clear and thorough introduction to money discussing bartering, early forms of currency, credit cards, and even digital payment.
Following the book read, Buckley 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 a total of 700 books to the following school districts: Big Jackson, Fremont, Fremont Christian, Grant, Grant Christian, Hesperia, Holton, Newaygo and White Cloud.
“It is always a pleasure to read to these kids and have them interact with me and the stories,“ said Buckley. “It’s so important to start these conversations while children are young and lay a foundation for financial literacy. Prepare your kids to be Money Smart adults, practice saving with them and start talking about what money is and how it is earned.”
Find out more about Gerber FCU’s youth programs at www.gerberfcu.com/youth.
Front: Trent Jones, Madison Smith, Ella Bowman, Alexis Strait, Hannah Brown, Allison Schulz, Isabelle Schulz & Jemi Perrin Back: Jan Tuman, Rylee Hewitt, Kaylyn Kaiser, Cassie Watson, Jordan Richmond, Adrian Rodriguez, Kenzie Keith, Brittney Ringler, Hallie Schulz, Emily Feldpausch, Naomi Thompson & Aleeya Grifford
During this year's Day of Service, White Cloud High School's Voice of Reason group worked on community projects for the City of White Cloud from 8:00am until 6:00pm.
Those involved raked and hauled leaves at the City Office and the Welcome Center, cleaned out some of the community garden containers around town - near the airport and at the cemetery, scraped paint and painted picnic tables at Raceway Park, raked and cleaned out two garden areas at the high school, and picked up garbage near the railroad track and at the recycling center.
After having our dinner grilled by Mr. Canning, the group relaxed at the high school until midnight with games and laughter. Everyone involved worked hard for the White Cloud community and should be commended for working the "Day of Service".
Stop the Bleed event at Tamarac
Fremont – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host a free Stop the Bleed training aimed to turn bystanders into rescuers, giving them the training to save lives.
Shelly Klochack, MSN, BSN, RN and Susie Gatrell, trauma coordinator with Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial are leading a free two-hour class on Wednesday, May 29, at Tamarac, a member of Spectrum Health, that teaches community members how to take simple actions immediately after trauma.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event, can result in death. Stop the Bleed is a program started by the Department of Defense and is supported by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus Group, an organization focused on stopping preventable trauma deaths.
“The program is designed to work in any situation where there might be a bleeding emergency, not just in the event of an active-shooter situation,” Klochack said. “A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. If bystanders know how to respond, a victim’s odds of survival are much higher.”
Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets, Klochack said.
“Anyone can do this,” Klochack said. “We encourage all employers, educators and community members to prepare themselves to assist injured people following a traumatic event and register for this training.”
For more information or to register, call 231.924.3275.
Free Commemorative T-shirt if registering before May 12
Run Forrest Run is the largest fundraiser for Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter & Training Center, the island of compassion for abandoned, abused and neglected dogs and cats located just west of Fremont. This year the runners, walkers and canine companions will be participating in the 15th Annual pet-friendly race.
RFR has three events with levels to fit every athletic ability. Runner, walker and virtual participant registrations are now being taken for the 15th annual event on Saturday, June 1, at Summer Breeze Golf Course at the Commons in Fremont.
According to Danielle Merrill, Bellwether executive director and trainer, the event is named after an unforgettable beagle at the shelter who took every opportunity to stretch his legs around the facility without a leash much to the chagrin of the staff.
“In Forrest’s honor, we encourage participants to run with their dog,”said Merrill. “Dog participation is free but we require all canines be up-to-date on vaccines.”
The 5K race is timed with medals awarded to the first two fastest finishers for males and females. The first male and female finishers running with a canine companion are awarded the top dog and lucky lady awards.
The one-mile event is geared to walkers, isn’t timed and will have a trivia scavenger hunt along the way. The virtual race is for anyone who is or isn’t a runner, can’t make the event or just wants to support the shelter.
Every participant receives a free t-shirt and the first 50 to register will receive a commemorative key ring. Registration fees increase after May 12.
“We couldn’t help the animals we do without the support of the community,” added Merril. “We want to thank our sponsors who make Run Forrest Run possible.”
Gold sponsors for RFR are the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Magna Mirrors of America, Inc., MPH Logistics, Noah’s Pet Cemetery, and Heil/Paulsen Heating & Cooling.
Race registrations are available online at http://www.bellwetherharbor.org and available at the shelter, 7645 W. 48th Street, Fremont during open hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3-7 p.m.; Wednesdays & Fridays: 1-4 p.m.; and Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The race fee is $25 for the 5K and walk and $30 for the virtual to cover the cost of postage.
Free introduction session coming Wednesday
Life is pretty stressful for a lot of folks these days and finding ways to deal with some of the tension and anxiety associated with stress can be a challenge. There are, of course, a number of unhealthy alternatives that are easily turned to for temporary relief but none provide any long term solutions for coping with the pressures life can present.
For over half a century, people all over the world have found peace of mind in the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
“Research has shown that TM meditators have less anxiety and depression, sleep better, and are mentally and physically healthier,” said Mike Hummel a long time practitioner who began instructing the method over 10 years ago.
“Transcendental Meditation is a simple, easy to learn, mental technique that reduces stress, gives us more energy, and leads to the development of our full mental potential.”
On Wednesday May 8th at 7pm he will be presenting a free ‘Introduction to Transcendental Meditation’ session at Tamarac 1401 West Main Street in Fremont
In recent years Hummel taught the method to veterans with PTSD, a program that yielded positive results with PTSD symptoms decreasing among those practicing TM.
He also brought TM to White Cloud Schools under a Fremont Area Community Foundation grant. N3 ran a story on this program last year.
For more information, please come to the workshop.
After all, we could all use a little less stress in our lives.