2021-03-27

Compassionate care honored with DAISY and BEE Awards

Spectrum Health United Hospital ICU, inpatient staffs also recognized

Spectrum Health United Hospital leadership honored staff members in its ICU and inpatient departments Tuesday with a DAISY Team Award for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carol Dwyer, chief nursing officer of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals, nominated the departments for the special recognition.

TIM SKUBICK: Michigan letting its guard down

To some, it must have felt like a mixed signal.

On one hand, the state’s chief medical officer warned everyone that, “we could be at the beginning of another surge.”

Fit 4 U Weight Management classes to begin


Are you ready to lose weight and get fit, but need a helping hand? The free Fit 4 U Weight Management program through Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital may be just what the doctor ordered.

Registration is now open for the 8-week program designed to educate and empower you in your weight loss journey by promoting positive changes in your lifestyle leading to a better quality of life and overall wellness. Virtual classes via phone or computer will take place Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting April 14.

Hometown News for March 27, 2021

Hometown News for March 27, 2021

PUBLIC FORUM: Turbines don’t belong here

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns regarding development of wind farms in Montcalm County.

It amazes me that the state of Michigan awarded $1.8 million to “preserve agricultural property” last week and yet this county, which is basically agricultural, is offered to Apex to build wind turbines on farm land.

GUEST VIEW: Ionia-Montcalm judge reflects on Parent Awareness Month

We are well into March! Hopefully the last of the snow has melted. A robin flew into the yard the other day looking about in preparation for the nest building and parenting that robins do in the spring.

This time of year brings with it the important opportunity, no matter where we are in our life journey, to pause and ponder the importance of positive parenting recognizing that March is Parenting Awareness Month in Michigan. 

AMISH COOK: Hatching egg salad at Gloria’s

The children have been waiting for weeks — 21 days, to be exact.

Last fall, we purchased 30 quail. Quail eggs are easier to digest than chicken eggs, motivating us to buy these cute little fowls. Naturally, their eggs are much smaller than chicken eggs. Five of these mini eggs equal to one chicken egg.

PUBLIC FORUM: Stand up for a rural way of life

If Michigan residents support wind turbines, why have wind companies lost 24 out of 24 times when wind-friendly ordinances have been brought to a referendum?

If townships are “enjoying a new and substantial source of tax revenue,” why are they having to fight for those revenues?

Freedom of movement

Ramon Holcomb is somewhat of a regular fixture around Lakeview. The 40-year-old can be seen either walking the sidewalks and chatting with neighbors or at committee meetings for community events like Summerfest.

MAUREEN BURNS: She’s mad as hell

She’s mad as hell and she’s not taking it anymore. She’s sick of people taking advantage of her, taking her for granted. It’s never about her. It’s always about them. 

 They believe she’s bottomless and always want more from her.