Sui Generis Home Furniture Seeks to Honor Veterans This Memorial Day
Newaygo- Local home furniture store, Sui Generis Home Furniture, has partnered with the Memorial Day Flower Foundation to hand out 250 free long-stemmed roses to honor veterans across Newaygo County this Memorial Day weekend. Anyone who would like to give one to a veteran or place on a headstone can pick up their free rose on Saturday, May 26th or Sunday, May 27th.
Memorial Day Weekend is marked as the unofficial kick-off to summer in Newaygo County, but more importantly, a time for the local community to honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces and have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This year, Sui Generis Home Furniture, a locally-owned furniture store in Downtown Newaygo, will give out 250 free long-stemmed roses to anyone who would like to give one to a veteran or place on a headstone this Memorial Day Weekend. The flowers can be picked up at their store location at 1 State Rd in Downtown Newaygo, on either Saturday, May 26th from 10AM to 6PM or Sunday, May 27th from 11AM to 3PM.
Local owners, Theresa + Jake Cooper, are asking for help to make sure that every one of the 250 roses finds a home on Memorial Day. The retailer also donated 150 roses to the Memorial Day Flower Foundation to place on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.
In 2017, the Foundation placed over 120,000 roses at Arlington National Cemetery. It is the goal of the Foundation to honor every one of the soldiers (over 400,0000) interred at ANC with a rose on Memorial Day. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation is a non-profit organization partnering with civic groups, florists, and retailers all over the United States to put long-stemmed roses on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. They have been carrying out this goal since 2011 in Arlington National Cemetery and in hundreds of communities all across the country.
Plan hopes to promote pollinators
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) welcomes public comments through May 31 on a draft conservation plan that provides a blueprint for reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population.
The draft plan, called the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies and private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region stretching from Texas to the Upper Midwest that encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs (see map). Other eastern monarch states are also collaborating with the plan.
The draft plan identifies conservation goals and strategies for improving habitats in various sectors or categories of land use such as natural areas, agricultural lands, urban lands, and rights of way. State wildlife agencies and partners will be working to add milkweed plants where lacking and to ensure diverse, nectar-plant-rich landscapes with blooming species during seasons when monarchs are present.
“In addition to their beauty, pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and other species provide important pollination services critical to our food supplies and economies,” said Terry Steinwand, MAFWA President. “This is the first phase of a long-term strategy that will require increased commitment of people and resources to support enhanced monarch and pollinator conservation and monitoring efforts by many partners over the next 20 years.”
Eastern monarchs, those found east of the Rocky Mountains, have declined by more than 80 percent over the past 20 years primarily due to habitat loss, including reduced milkweed required for reproduction and fewer nectar plants. In 2014 the monarch was petitioned for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act, and a decision on whether listing is warranted is expected in 2019.
Monarchs produce multiple generations each year and undertake a lengthy fall migration from the U.S. and southern Canada to the forested mountains of central Mexico where they overwinter. The goal of the strategy is to coordinate state and partner efforts to restore and enhance habitat to support an average overwintering population in Mexico occupying about 15 acres (6 hectares), consistent with international goals.
The plan primarily focuses on voluntary and incentive-based habitat restoration and enhancement efforts, but also includes priority education and outreach, research, and monitoring needs related to monarch conservation.
For more information, a copy of the draft strategy, and how to submit comments, please visit the MAFWA website at Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy.
LANSING– The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.
Although ticks can spread multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick.
The blacklegged tick is well-established in Michigan’s western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. However, it is expanding into new areas across the Lower Peninsula. In 2017, there were more than 300 human cases of Lyme disease reported, and approximately two out of three cases reported exposure in Michigan. Lyme disease infected ticks have currently been identified in 34 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Information about Lyme disease risk by county is available atMichigan.gov/lyme.
“With the expansion of blacklegged ticks into new areas in Michigan, the best way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “If you find a tick attached to your body, promptly remove it. Monitor your health, and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week that diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas tripled in the U.S. from 2004 to 2016. The report also concludes that Lyme disease is an increasing concern for Michigan. To read the full report, visit the CDC website.
People can protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by following these tips:
Avoid tick-infested areas.
For more information about Lyme disease, visit Cdc.gov/lyme or Michigan.gov/lyme.
On Medical Fitness Week, Gerber Memorial kicks off Momentum medical fitness program
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and Tamarac are unveiling Momentum, a medical fitness program, during Medical Fitness Week on May 7-May 13. Momentum partners an individual’s health provider with fitness experts to help establish a sustainable pathway toward improving their overall health and wellness. Tamarac is the first wellness center in West Michigan nationally recognized for quality and safety through the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) certification.
“Significant, effective changes in lifestyle that result in improved health are very difficult for patients to implement,” said Michael DeWeerd, Gerber Memorial physician and medical director at Tamarac. “A medical fitness program removes some of the barriers and provides me with a safe and realistic option for many patients.”
DeWeerd said Momentum can benefit patients with a range of illness, including those with chronic diseases, diabetes, obesity, COPD, chronic pain, coronary artery disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression. The program is open to anyone who wants to incorporate the health benefits of exercise into overall wellness.
Tamarac certified fitness specialist Matt Purtee said Momentum can help improve the health of the community.
“Having a medical fitness program will help more people in our community get and stay active, safely and effectively, under the supervision of a qualified fitness specialist,” Purtee said.
With Momentum, a patient is referred to the team at Tamarac, either through a healthcare provider or through a self-referral. Certified fitness specialists like Purtee would set up an initial assessment and collect some preliminary fitness data. The specialist would go over the benefits of both cardiovascular and resistance training and then prescribe a personalized exercise program. The patient would then be scheduled for two supervised workouts a week. After eight weeks, the patient would be retested to collect data on their progress and improvements, and that information would be sent to the patient’s healthcare provider.
DeWeerd defined success for a patient enrolled in Momentum as steady results with improved strength, flexibility, weight loss, improved blood pressure, which then provide encouragement for long term success. Purtee added that success is when a participant in the program makes fitness part of their lifestyle.
“Our community has high rates of diseases associated with physical inactivity,” Purtee said. “The Momentum program will allow our providers to have a direct line to certified and qualified fitness specialists who will be able to safely and effectively guide patients into a personalized exercise program. Exercise has the potential to prolong and enrich people’s lives.”
The eight-week Momentum medical fitness program costs $125 per person and financial assistance is available. For more information about the program, call 231.924.2193.
FHC honored for Q.I.
BALDWIN – Family Health Care (FHC) is pleased to announce it is one of 10 health centers in the State of Michigan named a Quality Improvement Leader for fiscal year 2017. This designation is made by the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA).
Health Center Quality Leaders are among the top 30% of all HRSA-supported health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes, demonstrating high-quality across their clinical operations. Characteristics of a Quality Improvement leader include quality of care with positive, long-term health outcomes focused specifically on low birthweight, controlled hypertension, and controlled diabetes.
“This national recognition would not be possible without the dedication and compassion our staff shows by living our organization’s mission,” said Kathy Sather, President/CEO of Family Health Care. “We strive on a daily basis to ensure every patient receives the best possible care with a focus on their overall health and well-being.”
The Bureau of Primary Health Care Digest stated, “As part of HRSA’s commitment to recognize health centers as quality leaders, we recently delivered Health Center Quality certificates to the 47 National Quality Leaders and 393 Health Center Quality Leaders. This effort follows the August 2017 Quality Improvement Awards of nearly $105 million to 1,333 health centers to recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide, as well as those health centers that have made significant quality improvement gains.”
By Jan Tuman
The Relay For Life has always been one of the signature events White Cloud’s Voice of Reason has participated in as a group activity. With its absence form the schedule in our county this year the group decided to alter plans a bit and launched their first “Day of Service” on Saturday, April 21st.
It was a day of much work and many laughs.
Beginning at 8:00am, the group raked and hauled leaves at and around the city offices.
At 10:30, it was trash pick-up time along M-37, from the river to the city office, then at noon, we were served lunch at the White Cloud Methodist Church by their ladies group.
Well fed and re-energized the VOR did a little work in the Methodist Church Food Pantry, moving furniture out to the garage and tearing down a ceiling while discarding all of the old drywall and the subsequent mess created outside.
From there the group tackled the proliferation of leaves that tend to gather in large numbers at the White Cloud Cemetery. Reports indicate that while millions of leaves were relocated their brethren remain in force.
At 6:30 it was time for a little dinner at the high school cafeteria followed by games,videos and general merrymaking that occurs after a day long successful group effort..
The first “Day of Service” was deemed a success with members are already talking about “DOS II”.
Participants to be found in the various photos are: Ella Bowman, Emily Feldpausch, Madeleine Seabrook, Olivia Bowman, Hannah Brown, Allie Schulz, Madison Smith, Naomi Thompson, Jemi Perrin, Haley Foster, Cassie Watson, Chloe Stevens, Trent Jones, Hallie Schulz, Elexis Plotts, Isabelle Cruzan and Jan Tuman
Fire trucks and family fun headline free Gerber Memorial health & safety festival
Fremont – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will feature fire trucks, crash scene demonstrations, free screenings and family fun activities such as children’s bounce houses and an inflatable kids’ slide – at its Health and Safety Day at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street, Fremont on May 19.
The event is free and the public is invited to join in the fun and informative event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is thrilled to host our Health and Safety Day to showcase information that can keep families safe, and offer fun activities for the whole family,” said Josh Gustafson, director of community health. “Gerber Memorial is grateful to our community partners for taking part in Health and Safety Day, and for helping promote safety and wellness in Newaygo County. This event really is for our community so they can learn about the great work our first responders and health professionals do, and have a fun day out with the family.”
In addition to checking out fire trucks and other emergency vehicles from the Fremont Fire Department, visitors to the event can also see what it’s like to drive while distracted through a simulator provided by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s office and the Michigan State Police.
Fun activities for the whole family include:
Newaygo County Medication Take-Back Events April 28th
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The Headway Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Newaygo Police Department are partnering to host a medication collection event to help people safely dispose of unused and/or expired medications.
Medications can be dropped off Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office in White Cloud or Hometown Pharmacy in Newaygo. This event is free and anonymous; people participating will not be asked any questions when dropping off medications.
Items that will be accepted include: prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, needles, and pet medications. Items that will not be accepted include: bio-hazardous materials and household hazardous waste.
Newaygo County also has permanent collection boxes available at all law enforcement agencies, Newaygo Hometown Pharmacy, TrueNorth Community Services, and Newaygo County Commission on Aging. At these locations, medications can be dropped off during business hours. Since these collection boxes started in 2014, 3,285 pounds of medication have been collected in Newaygo County.
The take back events and permanent collection boxes aim to address prescription drug abuse. Local survey data reveals that 47% of youth who have abuse medication in the past 30 days obtain the medication from their parents or grandparents medicine cabinets (SYS, 2016).
“Unused or expired medications can cause several problems, one being medications that are flushed down the toilet or thrown into the garbage can and do find their way into our water systems. Second, medications lying around can find their way into children’s hands which can and have led to deadly consequences,” says Undersheriff Chad Palmiter.
The event coincides with the DEA National Take Back Day, which is sponsored by the DEA to collect unused controlled substances. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.
Free Quit Tobacco and Nicotine Classes for Moms-to-Be and Others
Three new classes are being offered in May to help people quit tobacco and nicotine for good!
Moms and Moms-to-Be can get the special help they need on four weekly Wednesdays, from May 2 through 23, 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Tamarac, 1401 W. Main Street, Fremont. Free smoothies and day passes to Tamarac, plus free child watch at Tamarac Tree House, are special offers to those who attend the classes.Others who wish to quit cigarettes, chew, e-cigs or other nicotine addictions can come to four weekly classes offered in Newaygo or Fremont:
Tuesdays, May 1 through 22, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Tamarac, 1401 W. Main Street, Fremont; or
Wednesdays, May 2 through 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at The Stream, 1 State Road, Newaygo.
The classes are free and are run by Sally Wagoner, RN, Tobacco Treatment Specialist at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial.
“The four weekly classes will give the information, motivation, tools and help you need to quit,” states Sally Wagoner. “However, I encourage everyone to continue for another 4 weeks after these classes, to make sure you get the support you need during those first important weeks of quitting.”
“I also meet with people one on one, or even with families and couples to help them quit, if these classes do not work out for them. I am dedicated and very eager to help anyone quit the deadly nicotine addiction.”
Smoking tobacco causes more preventable chronic diseases and death than any other daily lifestyle behavior. This includes over 12 kinds of cancers, emphysema and COPD (chronic obstructive lung disease), heart disease and stroke, among others. Plus mothers-to-be who smoke can contribute to premature birth of their baby, increased infections and higher SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) rates in their newborns.
Even e-cigarettes are dangerous to those who vape and to those around them. The vape from e-cigs is not just water vapor, but a combination of small particles and toxic fumes from the flavors and additives in the e-juice, some of which are cancer causing. The e-devices are not federally controlled, so many of them do not list their ingredients, plus there have been many cases of them blowing up and igniting while in use.
“I want to help people live long and healthy lives free of nicotine and tobacco addiction,” added Ms. Wagoner. “And I want them to have the added bonus of saving money that can be used for other important things in their lives.”
Pre-registration is needed for the classes. To sign up, or for more information, contact Sally Wagoner, RN, TTS: 231.924.7589; or email email@example.com.
Don't prune or injure oak trees during greatest risk period
Have an oak tree on your property? To keep it healthy, don’t prune it from mid-April through the summer. That’s a key time for infection with oak wilt, a serious disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within weeks.
Oak wilt, caused by a fungus, has been reported throughout the Midwest, including Michigan, said Ryan Wheeler, invasive species biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Red oaks are most susceptible to the disease. These trees have leaves with pointed tips and include black oak, northern red oak and northern pin oak. Trees in the white oak group have rounded leaf edges and include white oak and swamp white oak. They are less susceptible.
Symptoms most often appear from June until September.
"Affected trees will suddenly begin to wilt from the top down, rapidly dropping leaves, which can be green, brown or a combination of both colors," Wheeler said.
Oak wilt is spread above ground mainly by sap-feeding beetles that carry the disease spores from an infected tree, or wood cut from an infected tree, to fresh wounds,