Greenville Area Community Foundation and Education Foundation of Greenville Award Spring Grants

Because of the combined efforts and resources of the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) and the Education Foundation of Greenville (EFG), over $101,640 in grant funding will enhance the education of Greenville Public School students for the 2021-22 school year.  This funding will serve to enhance programs and projects not included in the latest Greenville Public Schools bond proposal.

BIRTHDAY: Alnora Emmons

Alnora Emmons will celebrate her 100th birthday May 18.

STACIE SMITH: Living with an RA diagnosis

I love the water. Being near a water source gives me an immense sense of tranquility.

Last summer, I took two of my sons — Sammy and Paxton and Sammy’s best friend — to the beach in Muskegon. I packed a cooler, a beach tent and chairs for all of us. It was an extremely windy day and attempting to set up the tent for the first time was comical at best.

United Hospital recognized with an ‘A’ for safety

Spectrum Health United Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

This is the 10th consecutive “A” grade for United Hospital dating back to 2016.

Spectrum Health leader named DEI Champion

Jon Ashford recognized by National Diversity Council

Spectrum Health executive Jon Ashford was recognized as a diversity champion by the National Diversity Council on April 22 for his leadership and commitment to advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Ashford, the chief operating officer at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals, was given a Diversity Champion Award virtually at the 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference last week in Houston.

GUEST VIEW: Renewable energy is key to a balanced portfolio

It’s common knowledge in the investment world that “putting all your eggs in one basket” is not a wise strategy.

A diversified portfolio is the way to balance risk with reward, ensure a good rate of return and buffer against unexpected events — and energy production should be guided by the same principle.

TIM SKUBICK: Legislators hesitant to disclose conflicts of interest

The coronavirus is not the only illness that has invaded our state. A sorrowful and disheartening lack of trust in our political system is also on life support if the polling data is correct.

Understanding arthritis

Greenville native Dr. John Tower offers advice for Arthritis Awareness Month

May is Arthritis Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control, it affects up to one in four adults in the United States. Under the umbrella of arthritis are different forms of the disease, which include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout and childhood arthritis.

Dr. John Tower is a rheumatologist affiliated with Beaumont Health in the Detroit area and as a Greenville native, he also offers some office hours locally as well. He helps distinguish different forms of arthritis, treatments and explains how the various forms of arthritis affect the body.

Special Olympics looks to re-start events, fundraising efforts

Say the words “Special Olympics” and many people think only of the Summer Games. But according to Richard Nostrant, Special Olympics is much more than that — for both the athletes and the volunteers who support them.

Nostrant is director for Area 6 of Special Olympics, which encompasses Ionia and Montcalm counties. Special Olympics offers individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 7 to 99, opportunities for developing new skills and abilities, and finding joy and confidence that they can bring to other areas of their lives, through sports.

MAUREEN BURNS: Admiring the admirable

Who have you admired? Why? What qualities did they have that inspired you? I was thinking about this the other day and two people immediately came to mind. They both died recently and that gave me pause and memories of them to reflect on.

Mary Scott had more health problems than I could count, including blindness. Although I only knew her casually, I felt we really connected. I always walked away from seeing her with a big lift and a smile. I admired her strength, positive attitude, caring and her love of everything in her life. I was in awe of her resilience and spirit. I couldn’t imagine going blind.