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Memorial bike repair station placed in honor of trail enthusiast

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A memorial for Ron Sorensen was placed in McBride at a trail head of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail on Sept. 26.

Sorensen, who passed away in 2022, was a long-time community member who helped develop and maintain the trail. Sorensen’s memorial is a bike repair station for cyclists to use along the trail.

Yellow Jacket King and Queen

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Pair of history presentations coming to the Flat River Historical Museum this month

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The Flat River Historical Museum is hosting Dr. Gary Hauck for a pair of presentations this month.

Hauck is a former board member of the Flat River Historical Society and a good friend and supporter of the museum. He is also an educator, author, world traveler and historian. He will share his knowledge and experiences to show how foods and traditions of the past and from other countries affect what and how we eat today. He will also speak about Montcalm County’s pioneer preacher Rev. Ole Amble.

Tri County royalty

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Annual Women of Faith gathering set for Saturday

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A local group of women is working to put the “unity” back in community.

West Michigan Women of Faith has the goal to deepen relationships between women from churches across the greater-Greenville area. 

New Corewell Health virtual behavioral health program supports area youth

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Corewell Health in Greenville is now offering virtual behavioral health services to area youth between the ages of 14-18 through the Lifestyles School Behavioral Health Telemedicine Program.

Students served by this program will be able to have 30- or 60-minute sessions with a licensed social worker from the comfort and privacy of their own homes.

Meijer partners with Blue Cross Blue Shield on health insurance

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For the first time, Meijer is entering into the health insurance space through a new partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on a Medicare Advantage plan, called Medicare Plus Blue PPO + Meijer. The new plan offering will be available to seniors this annual enrollment period, beginning Oct. 15.

The plan’s benefits, which include a $0 monthly premium, $0 annual deductible, $0 primary care visits, $0 copay on many generic prescription drugs, and a $660 in-store-allowance, will offer an affordable, convenient plan option to Meijer shoppers and Blue Cross members.  Medicare-eligible persons enrolling in Medicare Plus Blue PPO + Meijer between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 will have the benefits take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

Ruth Boyce: Nurse extraordinaire

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As we stand at the threshold of the closing of the Kelsey Hospital with its more than a century of service to the community of Lakeview, I wanted to highlight one of the heroes of medical care during that time.

She became the director of nursing at the age of 26. Later in her career she trained a generation of nurses at the collegiate level. She was part of the Red Cross medical teams that responded in the aftermath of Katrina and 9/11. And, did I mention, she was also a pilot!

MDOC retirement

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State Sen. Rick Outman, right, and his son, Rep. Pat Outman, left, welcomed Bryan Griswold of the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia to Lansing to honor the occasion of his retirement from the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

Belding homecoming king and queen

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Belding High School crowned its homecoming king and queen on Friday night at halftime of the Black Knights’ victory over Kelloggsville.

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