Is marriage easy?
Probably ‘no’ is the most straightforward answer. But, as Tom Hanks said about baseball in the movie A League Of Their Own, ''If it was easy everyone would do it.”
But wait, nearly everyone does it right?
Well, not quite.
The marriage rate has actually dropped a fair amount in the past couple of decades and particularly during 2019-20, likely due to the pandemic. But in 2022 the projected number of couples who take the proverbial plunge is projected to rise to its highest level since 1984. It is estimated 2.5 million marriages will occur this year so 5 million or so are jumping into coupleship.
I guess despite the challenges of sharing your life with another person, for many the benefits seemingly outweigh any perceived difficulties.
Must be where love comes into play.
Here the couples who recently made their way to the county clerk’s office to sign on for nuptials.
Rachelle Zimmerman, White Cloud & Matthew Hickey, Kent City
Rhea Gibson, Muskegon & Matt Baker, Newaygo
Gavin Cornell, Lansing & Sienna Ledezma, Grant
Alyssa Toth, Newaygo &Nicholas Robertson, Detroit
Derrick Stahl, White Cloud, & Sarah Whipple, White Cloud
Katrina Ann Huffman, Hesperia & Paula Joann Glenn, Hesperia
“A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short.” Andre Maurois
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital Recognized With 2022 Maternity Care Excellence Award
FREMONT, Mich., September 21, 2022 – For the fourth consecutive year, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital has been recognized with a Maternity Care Excellence Award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM).
EAM, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the annual EAM Hospital Maternity Care Awards September 15, recognizing hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes.
“This is wonderful recognition for Gerber Memorial and a true testament to the continuing high level of maternity care provided by our physicians and nurses,” said Drew Dostal, president of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial.
Only thirteen hospitals in Michigan earned an excellence award for 2022. This marks the fifth year for the awards.
The awards are part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project. Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mortality rate, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting parents residing in Michigan.
For the award, hospitals were evaluated in four areas: cesarean rates (less than 23.6% of low-risk deliveries), episiotomy rates (less than 5% of deliveries), elective early delivery rates (less than 5% of deliveries), and maternity care processes (90% or greater). The data is from the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Survey performed by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
Why the three day wait for marriage licenses?
Well according to most sources we probed it's meant to allow time for couples to think things out and be certain they are making the right decision.
If you get to the point where you have proposed or been proposed to and made your way to the clerk’s office to sign up for a license one might think you had perhaps mulled the decision over a time or two.
But perhaps not.
In more than half of our states there’s no waiting period at all including Nevada. One wonders how many who decided to tie the marital knot halfway through a Vegas vacay may havelater wished they’d taken a bit of time to ponder the nuptials.
As they say what happens in Vegas…
In Wisconsin it’s a 6 day wait since apparently folks from the Badger state need a bit more time to ponder.
In Florida it’s 3 days but you can marry the same day if you have taken a state-sanctioned marriage preparation course within the last 12 months.
For those of us who may have struggled a bit academically this begs the question on whether it's necessary to pass said course.
“We're sorry Mr. DeLaat. Your fiancee aced the course but you fell quite a bit short so we’ve encouraged her to look for another candidate if she’s set on getting hitched today.”
Recent marriage licenses in Newaygo County:
Allie Dubbink, Grant & Brandon Long, Grant
Nakita Semenetz, Fremont & Edwin Zuniga, New York, NY
Dwight Price, Fremont & Paula Thompson, White Cloud
Meghan Miller, Casnovia & Dillon Curtice, Kent City
Amber Bazzett, White Cloud & Joseph Lyon, Newaygo
Malachi Cubitt, White Cloud & Rebecca Myers, Stanwood
Aubrey Wright, Fremont & Chase Siersema, Hesperia
Chloe West, Fremont & Trenton Taylor, Fremont
Pfizer and Moderna both available
From our friends at DHD#10:
Based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is now offering the Pfizer bivalent booster vaccine for those 12 and older, and the Moderna bivalent vaccine for those 18 and older.
“Having both bivalent boosters available as we head into fall and winter is very important as cases are expected to rise,” said DHD#10 Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Morse. “These bivalent boosters will help protect against Omicron subvariants, including BA.4 and BA.5. Getting vaccinated and boosted is the best defense against the spread of COVID-19.”
Both the Pfizer and Moderna bivalent boosters can be given to those who have completed any FDA-approved or FDA-authorized monovalent primary series (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax). They can also be given to those that previously received monovalent booster doses.
Eligibility for the single bivalent booster dose is as follows:
DHD#10 now supplies COVID-19 at-home tests; however, supplies are limited. 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. Each kit has two tests inside and expire March 2023. Test kits are also available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand remains high.
For more information on COVID-19, visit https://www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.
A group of well wishers celebrated Lou’s retirement after 24 years of involvement as a Newaygo County Road Commissioner. Recognition was given from the Road Commission, Board Chair of the County Commission, Bryan Kolk and a proclamation was read and presented from Rep. Scott VanSingle and Senator Jon Bumstead.
"Reimagining care to meet people where they are"
FREMONT, Mich., September 2, 2022 – David Langholz, MD, Spectrum Health Medical Group cardiologist, provided an overview to the Fremont Rotary Club on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 of cardiovascular services now available at Gerber Memorial hospital and across the lakeshore from Muskegon to Ludington.
The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Fremont library, with speakers available talking about a variety of topics. “The motto of Rotary International is ‘Service Above Self,’” said Steven Radtke, Rotary Club president. “Hearing from a variety of speakers about programs and services in and around the community help us to learn and more easily get involved with community organizations so that we can live our motto. “The presentation from Dr. Langholz was very informative about cardiology services available right here in Fremont.”
Langholz is one of many cardiologists who are now serving patients along the lakeshore for cardiology and vascular needs. It’s part of a “lakeshore cardiology” plan to provide greater access to specialized heart care in smaller rural communities where Spectrum Health facilities are located outside of Grand Rapids.
“We know that the need for specialized heart care is widespread everywhere,” said Langholz. “And Spectrum Health is helping meet that need in its rural service areas by creating more access to these types of services right in these local communities like Muskegon, Fremont and Ludington.
“Many people who need these types of services are elderly and do not want to or can’t tolerate a drive into Grand Rapids that might include longer sitting time in the car, navigating through unfamiliar areas and all of the things that are true of the more urban experience. They want to be able to drive up to the building where they’ve always received care, park in the parking lot, walk a short distance in and see the care team. And that’s what we’re making available now. It’s reimagining care to meet people where they are.”
In Fremont, cardiology services are available at 230 W. Oak Street in the Professional Building. There, a team of five cardiologists specializing in clinical cardiology, electrophysiology and advanced heart failure are available to treat patients for a variety of conditions including heart arrythmias, chest pain, atrial fibrillation, advanced heart failure, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, hypertension, and more.
In north Muskegon, Spectrum Health has opened the newly renovated Specialty Care building at 1845 Holton Rd. that provides even more expanded cardiology services, referrals for cardiothoracic surgery, the structural heart and valve center, vascular and vein care, pulmonology and neurology.
“Our facilities and technology allow us to provide lifesaving care for patients with even the most complex conditions,” said Jason Ross, chief operating officer at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. “Eighty percent of the conditions in cardiology and pulmonology, vascular and vein care can be treated along the lakeshore, with patients only needing to travel to Grand Rapids for major interventions.”
For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call: 855.7.MYHEART.