Julie Stafford’s family has been profoundly impacted by blood cancers. Her dad passed after a battle with multiple myeloma and her nephew and brother are both leukemia survivors.
That history was front and center for Stafford when she was asked to be one of 11 candidates in the 2022 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s West Michigan Man & Woman of the Year fundraising challenge — even though she waffled because she had a lot on her plate.
A treasured community landmark on the Ionia Free Fair grounds needs expensive renovations, and a local woman has stepped up to lead efforts to raise the necessary funds.
Just shy of two months from celebrating his one-year anniversary of opening a new bar and restaurant, Lee Hawes already has his mind focused on finding a way to give back to the community that has supported his business.
Co-owner of True North Tavern on Lafayette Street in Greenville, Hawes and his fellow owners opened the new establishment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and in the time since, Hawes said he’s felt nothing but support from the community.