Career-Tech Center Automotive Technology Student Receives Bruce Hollowell Memorial Gift
Kyle Gabriel of Fremont was selected as Outstanding Student in the Automotive Technology program at the Career-Tech Center for his academic and career-readiness work. For students to achieve Outstanding Student merit, they must maintain a B average grade, have six or fewer absences for the school year, submit a portfolio and include two letters of recommendation.
At the 34th Annual Student & Community Awards, Kyle received a toolbox in honor of the late Bruce Hollowell, who owned and operated his own automotive shop in Hesperia and was an avid supporter of the Automotive program. The Fremont Area Community Foundation helped to coordinate the funds for the tool box.
Additional partnership and support received from these donors: Dave’s Auto Clinic, Fremont Napa, Deur Speet Motors, Freedom Chevrolet, Fremont Tire Wholesalers, Hart Automotive Supply, Fremont Ford, and Fremont Auto Value.
Kyle plans to attend Muskegon Community College in the fall and pursue a career in the automotive field.
Gerber Memorial kicks off new tobacco program July 11
Fremont– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is kicking off a new program designed to help people kick tobacco once and for all. “Quit for Good” starts Tuesday, July 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street, Fremont, and meets every Tuesday for four weeks through Aug. 1.
People who sign up for the class have the option of continuing for an additional four weeks, through Aug. 29 to get extra support so they can stay off tobacco, nicotine and cigarettes for good.
“Tobacco and nicotine use, whether as cigarettes, chew or vaping, is highly addictive – which is why it is so difficult to quit in any form,” said Sally Wagoner, RN, Tobacco Treatment Specialist. “All of these ways of using tobacco or nicotine are also extremely toxic, causing over 12 different kinds of cancers, deadly lung diseases, heart attacks and strokes – even in young people. There are many reasons why people want to quit, including the high cost of tobacco and nicotine products. It is an expensive way to have poor health.”
Wagoner said “Quit for Good” is designed to break the chain of tobacco and nicotine addiction for lasting positive results.
“The class uses the latest tools to help a person have the greatest success rate for quitting,” Wagoner said. “We determine which is the best nicotine replacement, such as the patch or gum, or if one of the prescription medications used for tobacco cessation will be best, including products such as Chantix or Zyban, or maybe it will be a combination of both. We also help each person plan what to do instead of smoking, and how to be a lifelong quitter. Studies show that people can double or triple their success rates by coming to a class, using one of the medications or nicotine replacement products, and follow a plan that is just right for them.”
For more information or to register, call Wagoner at 231.924.7589.
The Gerber Foundation presented an $8,696 check to Ned Hughes of the Newaygo Conservation District for the Full STEAM Ahead-2 project.
Kropscott Environmental Center and Observatory provides hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) education to kindergarten through 12th grade students from Newaygo and surrounding counties.
The Gerber Foundation’s support will provide funding to conduct sessions for groups of up to 50 students at a time in the newly renovated barn. Programs include earth and space science; native wildlife; effects of human activities on water and soil; soil conservation, forest ecology, and other activities.
“The Gerber grant for STEAM 2 is of great importance to the Kropscott Farm Environmental Center,” said Hughes who serves on the Newaygo Conservation District Board of Directors. “For this year, it gives us funding for faculty reimbursement, student supplies and student transportation.”
“Transportation support through the grant is a real blessing since most schools simply don’t have funding available. We work closely with each school to make sure there is a specific need for support, and provide that as necessary.
“Without the grant, we would have struggled to meet student needs this year. That’s for sure!”
The Gerber Foundation supports youth activities and programming in Lake, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties. Over $110,000 was awarded to West Michigan agencies during the most recent spring ’17 funding cycle. Deadlines for grant requests are March 15 and September 15 of each year.
Guest Article: Reeling & Healing
Fly Fishing Retreats in Michigan for Women Diagnosed With or Surviving Cancer
by Dianne Taylor-Chandler
Celebrating our 20th year and over 110 retreats, Reeling & Healing Midwest provides unique fly-fishing wellness retreats for women 18 years or older diagnosed with or surviving ANY type of cancer. Women in all stages are welcome, from active treatment to 20+ years in remission.
Our mission is to provide participants with a one-of-a-kind experience, on and off the river, which renews their spirit, joy and hope through the combined elements of fly fishing, nature, peer coaching, camaraderie and FUN.
This is a retreat AWAY from cancer! We focus on taking a break from that word and as much of what it entails as possible, by replacing it with fly fishing -- something most likely new, adventurous, challenging and fun. Add in time for yourself, being catered to for 2 ½ days, laughter, and the healing power of nature and water.
Each participant and volunteer who joins in a Reeling & Healing retreat is touched in a way that is truly magic. It happens … every single time, and as a 6-year retreat volunteer/river guide, I’ll vouch for it.
New Participant Retreats for 2017 are scheduled for:
Arrival at Gates Lodge, just outside of Grayling, Michigan on the beautiful and gentle Au Sable River, is between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday; departure is around 1pm on Tuesday.
The cost to attend is only $30 and includes riverside lodging (2 per room), all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, quality fly fishing equipment including waders, hands-on instruction, up to 8 hours of in-stream fishing and support from trained river guides, and more. You will need to purchase a 24-hour fishing license for $10 prior to or upon arrival.
No prior fishing experience is required or expected (really)!! Approximately 95% of the women who participate at our retreats have never fly fished.
We do our best to accommodate dietary requests and physical limitations. You will be expected to participate in learning about fly fishing and trying it out, even if that means you fish from a resin chair placed in the river. So your health status does matter and you’ll want to assess your current physical abilities and stamina, perhaps discussing it with your doctor and our retreat coordinator.
For more retreat information, see Frequently Asked Questions or register to participate or volunteer, visit FishOn.org. Still have questions, email Info@FishOn.org or leave a voice mail at 616-855-4017.
Reeling & Healing Midwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is 100% donor supported and 100% volunteer staffed. It is headed by a former Orvis fly fishing instructor who grew up on the Pere Marquette River.
Come join us! Renew Spirit. Renew Hope. Fish On!
DNR offers tips for avoiding problems with beautiful but plentiful birds
Perhaps one of the most recognizable birds in Michigan is the large, regal-looking Canada goose. Once a rare sight in Michigan, Canada geese now are very plentiful in the state – so plentiful that some people tend to think of them as pests. The Department of Natural Resources reminds Michigan residents that, with a little patience, understanding and perseverance, homeowners can learn to respect and appreciate these beautiful birds.
The subspecies of goose that is most plentiful in Michigan is the giant Canada goose. Because they are so abundant, many would never suspect that the giant Canada goose subspecies nearly was extinct in the 1950s because of unregulated overhunting and wetland habitat loss.
n recent years, the giant Canada goose has experienced population explosions in areas throughout North America due, in part, to the success of wildlife management programs and the adaptability of these birds. In Michigan today, the number of giant Canada geese counted each spring is well over 300,000. They nest in every Michigan county, but are most common in the southern third of the state, where 78 percent of the goose population is found.
Geese are herbivores and prefer grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, seed heads and various grains. Adult Canada geese have very few predators.
“In general, geese have benefited from the way humans have altered the landscape,” said Holly Vaughn, DNR wildlife communications coordinator. “Canada geese are attracted to areas that provide food, water and protection. Urban and suburban areas with lakes and ponds and neatly manicured lawns offer all the resources that geese need to survive.
“During the summer months, Canada geese can be a problem for some property owners, as they are very adaptable creatures and can live close to humans.”
These simple tips can help keep geese away from your yard:
Vaughn said that the key to success is using a variety of techniques to keep the geese guessing, as they will get accustomed to just one scare tactic. Some sites have good luck with hiring a contractor that specializes in goose control, including using dogs to scare birds away when they first arrive in the spring. If multiple techniques have been tried and have been unsuccessful, the DNR offers a Resident Canada Goose Program that can permit nest and egg destruction and roundup and relocation by a licensed contractor in some areas of the state.
Goose hunting in Michigan helps to keep goose populations in check. Michigan regularly ranks in the top three states in the nation for Canada goose hunters and harvest. The plentiful geese provide excellent opportunities for goose hunters. To learn more about goose hunting, visit michigan.gov/waterfowl.
Gerber Memorial program to help people understand Alzheimer’s-related behavior is June 28 at Tamarac
Fremont- Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host its special quarterly program designed to help families coping with Alzheimer’s disease on June 28 at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street in Fremont. The program titled “Understanding dementia-related behavior” is set to run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features Sarah Hicks of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s West Shore Region.
“Behavior is a powerful form of communication, and it’s one of the main ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs when they can’t speak or use language anymore,” said Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Sally Wagoner, RN, who oversees the hospital’s Alzheimer’s support program. Wagoner is also the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s West Shore Region volunteer of the year for 2017.
“Some behaviors can be very challenging for caregivers to manage,” Wagoner said. “We’d like to invite everyone in our community who is facing Alzheimer’s to join us and learn how to read behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn ways to address some of the most common behavioral challenges related to Alzheimer’s disease.”
To register for a space or for information, please call Wagoner at 231.924.7589.
Gerber Memorial also offers a monthly Alzheimer-Dementia support group for people with memory loss and their families. It meets the fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Tamarac. No registration is needed to join the support group.
Teeing It Up For The Cancer Center
Fremont– Friends, supporters and community partners from across Newaygo County and beyond teed up on a sunny Friday morning to raise $35,000 in support of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s fundraiser for its cancer center in Fremont. The annual Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Golf Scramble presented by RTS Construction Group attracted 84 golfers who helped set a new high mark today in the event’s 17-year history.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is truly grateful to so many generous individuals and local businesses who stepped up to support a facility that serves so many families in our community,” said Gerber Memorial Fund Development Director Paul Bedient. “As our cancer center sees more and more patients every year, we are committed to growing to meet our patients’ needs so they continue to get quality care and exceptional patient experience right here in our backyard. We’re appreciative to our title sponsor, RTS Construction Group, as well as more than 50 sponsors and donors who helped make this community event a success.”
The Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Gerber Memorial sees 875 patients, an increase of 75 patients compared to a year ago, with many of them from the Newaygo County area.
In 2016, Gerber Memorial’s annual cancer golf fundraiser raised $31,000 for the cancer center – the previous record. Those funds helped remodel patient treatment rooms, get two iPads patients can use during treatment sessions and purchase two automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, for the cancer center.
For further questions about Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial, please contact Specialist Loretta Towne at 231.924.3681 or email email@example.com.
‘The Longest Day’ Promotes Alzheimer’s Awareness
Activities in Fremont hopes to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, relief
FREMONT– The Michigan Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is raising funds June 21 across Fremont as part of an event called The Longest Day, designed to bring people together in the effort to raise awareness about the progressive and fatal disease.
As part of The Longest Day, the association and community partners ranging from local businesses to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will be engaging in activities starting at 6:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. The activities are open to the entire family, and donations of any amount at each of the activity sites will go toward the care, research and support efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The events are:
Hungry, Hungry Hippos is a live version of the popular children’s table game. Players will be in teams, and will vie for gathering the most balls in a basket while being scooted across the floor on a wheeled cart. This human version creates a lot of chaos, fun and laughter. Teams are needed for this tournament. If your family, group or friends are interested in becoming a team, please contact Kayla Myers 231.780.1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re excited to support an important effort that can help provide support and relief to so many families facing this terrible disease,” said Gerber Memorial’s Sally Wagoner, RN, and the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s West Shore Region volunteer of the year for 2017. “The Longest Day is a great opportunity for parents and their kids to come out, have fun doing fun things and raise much needed money that can make an impact in Michigan and beyond.”
Jena Zeerip will be volunteering at the screening of Still Alice, and Wagoner is volunteering at the Create-a-Card location.
“The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful to businesses, groups and individuals throughout Newaygo County who are donating their time and their energy to support our work,” said Kayla Myers, Special Events Coordinator Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter. “We invite everyone to come to The Longest Day, be part of the activities and help us make a difference.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal disease which affects over 5 million Americans and 180,000 Michiganders. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the state, which is home to more than 510,000 caregivers. According to the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released earlier this year, nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease – 3.3 million – are women.
Camp Newaygo Celebrates Opening
Peggy Stone Center Ribbon Cutting
Story and photos by Marianne Boerigter
Another goal was reached by Camp Newaygo on Friday afternoon in the grand opening of the new Peggie Stone Center, an arts education and community facility. As part of the “Building a Healthy Future” capital campaign, this newly renovated facility is a much needed addition as the use of camp continues to increase.
The facility renovation, with Kurt Sanderson as the general contractor, is not only beautiful but will be extremely functional for many camp art classes and activities, including pottery and photography. The attention to detail and craftsmanship in the build is evident from the first step inside.
With remarks and thank you's made by Jane Vitek, Camp Newaygo Executive Director, and Bev Cassidy TrueNorth Community Services CEO, the crowd of well over 70 guests cheered at the ribbon cutting done by Vitek, Cassidy, Sanderson, and Capital Campaign Chair Marcia Logie.
With many of the renovation volunteers, craftsman, business partners and supporters on hand, the overall sentiment of pride was evident. Artist Cara O'Brien designed the interior signage for the facility, using her skills in combining clay work and wood. The facility will be used in many ways and will increase creative opportunities for all who participate in programs at Camp Newaygo.
Contact Camp Newaygo at 231.652.1184 for more information on the rental options available for the Peggie Stone Center or any of their programs.
All Marine Service in Croton is seeking applicants. The position would be mostly light mechanic work, opening and prepping boats. Mechanical ability is a must if you are interested in applying.
The job would be 40-45 hrs per week. Pay will be based on experience.
All Marine Service has general mechanic tools and all of the specialty tools to use, or you may bring your own.
Please call the shop at 231-652-1635 or contact Matt Wormmeester through Facebook to set up a meeting.