Fremont Area Community Foundation Awards $2.6M in Fall Grant Round
Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) recently announced the results of its fall community grant round, awarding more than $2.6 million to local agencies and programs.
Among the wide variety of organizations and programs receiving funding was a $10,000 grant to Goodwill Industries of West Michigan for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services in Newaygo County.
The VITA program offers free tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. Trained and IRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers complete and file their returns, ensuring that...
Newaygo County Promise to Begin With Class of 2017
At their January 17 meeting, the Newaygo County Area Promise Zone Authority Board announced that the graduating class of 2017 would be the first class to receive the Promise scholarship.
The Promise Zone will provide a tuition-free path to an associate degree at either Muskegon Community College or Baker College.
Eligible students must be...
Learning About And Coping With Alzheimer’s, Dementia -SHGM Offers Free Program
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is offering programs for people to learn more about the risk factors, diagnostic process and brain changes related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, starting with a quarterly program on February 8 and an individual consultation on February 16. Both events are free and open to the public.
“When you or your loved one doesn’t seem to remember things as well as you or they once used to, it can be overwhelming and frightening,” said Sally Wagoner, RN, who is organizing the programs. “That is why it’s important to understand and know the signs and differences between...
NHS Trip To DC: “Unforgettable”
By Dana duChemin
Last year about this time, my class learned about an opportunity to go to Washington DC for the inauguration and much more. My initial thought was I wanted to go, but I didn't know if I would come up with the money to make it happen. After looking at the plan of what we would do, I made my decision that I would find a way to go. Little did I know that being able to see the monuments and other events in the city was going to be worth my money and more.
Leaving Wednesday night, I was so ready to see all that the city had in store. I had been to D.C. a couple of times before, but I knew this was...
Treasury Says Let The Filing Begin!
Michiganders Encouraged to E-File for Quicker Tax Refunds
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s individual income tax filing season officially begins today, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury).
Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2016 tax year state individual income tax returns online or through the U.S. Mail. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
“The easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get their refund is...
The first set of photos from the Newaygo High School students trip to the inauguration courtesy of their instructor and trip organizer Kim Gellise.
Story to follow.
New Year and New Board Members
By Charles Chandler
In the January 11th 2017 meeting incoming Commissioners Brian Kolk representing District 2 and Lavern Willett representing District 5 and County Clerk Jason VanderStelt were seated. Other County Officials attending included Sheriff Bob Mendham, Treasure Holly Moon, Register of Deeds Stewart Sanders and Commission on Aging Director Joseph Fox.
The agenda and the Board meeting were short and sweet and the Board moved efficiently and effectively through the County Business that was set before them.
During Public Comment former Representative Jon Bumstead thanked the Commissioners for their support during...
Giving Back To The Community
Gerber Memorial employees spend afternoon volunteering on MLK Day
FREMONT – More than a dozen employees from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial spent their afternoon Monday volunteering at TrueNorth Community Services as part of the national observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Martin Luther King Jr. embodied the spirit of giving back to the community and standing up for those who are less fortunate, so today is a good opportunity to put those ideals into action,” said administrative assistant Kerri Wiseman. “Gerber Memorial employees are actively involved in our community 365 days a year because we live and work here in Newaygo County. Today gives us the chance to renew our commitment and to...
Community- The First and Last Word in Michigan Economic Development
By Charles Chandler- White Cloud City Council Member and N3 Contributor
Last Wednesday on January 10th some 16 hardy Michiganders traveled through a growing winter storm to attend a presentation about the Michigan “Redevelopment Ready Communities” (RRC) program. The event was arranged by Mark Guzniczak Business Development Coordinator for Newaygo County and held in the excellent conference room at the Stream in downtown Newaygo.
The event arrangements and logistics at the Stream were professionally managed by Rhonda Wert-Carr and Kim Goodin. This quality facility was a perfect place for this event because “it had weight”. The MEDC facilitators from...
Bitten By The Flu Bug? Try MedNow-Free Sessions Provide Info
Fremont-With the flu season expected to hit the area soon, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is offering one easy, convenient solution for avoiding crowds and long waits to see physicians or advanced practice providers: Telehealth through a smartphone, laptop or personal computer.
The service, known as MedNow, allows people to connect with a Spectrum Health provider no matter where the patient is in Michigan. Through MedNow, patients can communicate with a provider based in Grand Rapids anytime via video or through e-visits. Patients can typically set up appointments...
Community Foundation Scholarship Application Open
Fremont Area Community Foundation (FACF) is currently accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors. The online application opened on January 1 and will close on March 1.
Each year the Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to college-bound students and residents pursuing career training. Last year, 422 local students received scholarships totaling more than $630,000.
High school students interested in applying for an FACF scholarship must...
Community Foundation Grant Deadline February 1
The deadline to apply for Fremont Area Community Foundation’s first grant round of 2017 is February 1. This round includes community grants and Fremont Area Elderly Needs Fund grants.
Eligible nonprofit organizations and public agencies must be located in, or directly serve, the people of Newaygo County.
Grant-seekers for community grants can apply using the general grant application or apply under one of the...
Developing The Dragon
From an article posted on the MSU Extension website
By Ryan Coffey - Extension Educator, Land Use, Government & Public Policy
A massive, non-motorized hiking and biking trail being developed around the Hardy Pond in Mecosta and Newaygo counties will put west Michigan on the map when it comes to outdoor adventure destinations.
The state of Michigan boasts many notable outdoor adventure venues that cater to a variety of groups. Snowmobiling, hiking, paddle sports and ORV infrastructure is well established in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. At the same time, mountain biking, snow biking and all-weather hiking enthusiasts enjoy several remarkable, yet shorter courses scattered throughout the state. But no trails in this category can be found anywhere in the world at this scale—until now.
The Dragon trail will be a truly...
Let There Be Books! Bay Leaf Buyer To Reopen Store
By Ken DeLaat
Bay Leaf Books will indeed be departing Newaygo, but thanks to John Reeves and his wife Marsha there will still be a bookstore gracing the shopper-friendly downtown landscape.
The Reeves will be the new owners of the eclectic emporium of reading treasures that has drawn loyal customers from across the region, customers who will be breathing a most welcome sigh of relief at the news.
“I’ve done a lot of volunteer work since we moved up here from Ann Arbor but was looking for something more,” said Reeves. “When I heard about the bookstore I thought ‘You know I could probably do that.'”
That thought pattern led to a conversation with...