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Charlotte

Charlotte

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Charlotte Chamber celebrates local business

Oriole Nutrition owners Wendy and Dwayne Cornish are joined by family and supporters at their ribbon cutting ceremony on October 14, as they celebrate their first year in business. Oriole Nutrition is located at 141 South Cochran Avenue, downtown Charlotte. For more information, they can be reached at 517-794-4095.

Olivet

Olivet

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Thomas Humphreys earns Gamma Iota Sigma Faculty Member of the Year Award

The Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) Grand Chapter recently hosted its virtual awards ceremony as part of the 49th Annual GIS Conference. The event celebrated the achievements and impact of the 90-plus chapters located at colleges and universities across the country. GIS is an international professional fraternity organized to promote, encourage and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professions. Olivet College is home to the Alpha Alpha Chapter.
Thomas Humphreys, CPCU, CLU, ChFC, CIC, Olivet College director of the Risk management and Insurance Center and assistant professor, earned the Faculty of the Year Award during the virtual awards ceremony. In addition, Eric Dawdy ’15 was named Alumnus of the Year and OC’s Alpha Alpha Chapter earned the Superior Chapter recognition. Only seven of the 90 chapters nationwide earned Superior status.
“It is such an honor to receive this recognition. I truly enjoy working with students to improve their skills, teach them about the wonderful world of insurance, get to know them personally and watch them achieve successes. Having my passion acknowledged makes my work even more meaningful,” said Professor Humphreys.
The Faculty Member of the Year Award is presented to a faculty member who has been instrumental in the development of their members, the growth of their chapter and the support of the Gamma Iota Sigma mission.
“This individual received multiple student nominations who shared that their adviser was much more than a faculty adviser — he is a role model, he is a mentor and a motivator,” said Wesley Griffiths, GIS co-president, of Professor Humphreys. “He has inspired students for years, sharing the benefits of Gamma Iota Sigma and the importance of making a difference in the community. With an insurance industry background, he also brings insurance expertise to the classroom. He has been passionate about ensuring diversity and inclusion throughout the chapter while leading with kindness and selflessness every single day.”
Prior to joining the Olivet College faculty, Professor Humphreys led a successful career in the insurance industry and served in other teaching capacities. In 1989, Professor Humphreys created a scratch insurance agency with Farmers Insurance Group, advising clients on appropriate policies and coverage to protect their families. In 1997, he took his experience as a successful business owner to guide and mentor other individuals as a district manager for Farmers Insurance Group in west Michigan. In 2006, in addition to his position with Farmers, Professor Humphreys became an instructor for Kaplan University, teaching property and casualty, life, accident and health, and continuing education courses. In 2010, he opted to get back into sales as an independent insurance agent while continuing to teach at Kaplan, and in 2015, Professor Humphreys joined OC.
In addition, Professor Humphreys is a member of the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, and he serves on its Education Committee. Professor Humphreys was also appointed to the Michigan Auto Insurance Placement Facility’s Board of Governors by the State of Michigan’s Director of Insurance in July 2017.
To demonstrate his dedication to continued education and professionalism, Professor Humphreys has earned professional designations from the American College, The National Alliance and the Insurance Institute of America. He has earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.
Professor Humphreys holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University.
Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu. Established in 1844, Olivet College is a private, liberal arts institution located in south-central Michigan. The College remains dedicated to its academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility by providing a quality higher education to all, regardless of gender, race or financial means. From enrollment to graduation, Olivet College is committed to each student’s personal, academic and career success. For more information, visit olivetcollege.edu .

Submitted by Olivet College

Bellevue

Eaton County

Eaton County

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Vintage motorcycle memorabilia collector

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Wayne Caveney has been riding motorcycles for over 50 years. He owns three motorcycles that are licensed to be on the road and has four more that are being worked on. That’s not so unusual.
What is more unusual, however, is the 30+ year collection of motorcycle memorabilia that fills his basement. His entire basement is full of motorcycle-related items, all carefully displayed from floor to ceiling. Most of the pieces have a story and many perform an action.
Many vintage motorcycle toys fill display cases and line shelves, along with trading cards, oil cans, posters, pennants, and advertising items. He is unsure how many items are in his collection but estimates that there might be a half a million individual pieces. Many items feature Harley Davidson motorcycles, but he collects it all. Most of the colorful items Caveney has purchased at flea markets, auctions, and online.
He has a complete set of cigarette/tobacco cards that feature motorcycle speedway riders. These cards were included in cigarette packs in the early 1900s up until the 1930s.
There is one item he is still searching for, he explained. There are supposed to be six ‘trikes’, or three-wheeled motorcycles, in a set, and he only has five. That missing trike keeps him out there, searching for it. He has seen it in a book, he said, but never in person. He’s pretty good at keeping track of what he has so that he doesn’t have duplicates of too many things.
It was his Uncle “Dude” that influenced him to collect, Caveney said, back in New Hampshire. Uncle Dude always had bikes, he explained. Caveney grew up in New Hampshire where Laconia Motorcycle Week was started, which was the largest motorcycle rally in the country until the Sturgis, South Dakota, event started. He has lived in Charlotte since 1989 and retired from the State of Michigan.
One of his favorite items in his vast collection is a wind-up metal toy made in Germany by the Arnold Company in 1949. It features a rider on a motorcycle, and the rider actually dismounts and remounts the bike, then rides it in a circle and ends up spinning. He has many wind up and battery-operated motorcycles, he estimates about 1,300 of them, many of which are ridden by a police officer.  The oldest one in his collection dates from 1905. His oldest pennant is from 1915.
“I just love it all,” he said. “The toys they used to make are unbelievable.”
He has been contacted by American Pickers about his collection, but so far has not had a visit from them.
Caveney’s wife, Debbie said, “It’s overwhelming,” as she looked around at the collection. “He’s got everything.”
To contact Caveney about his collection, email him at wcaveney@att.net.

Vermontville

Vermontville

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Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has a new K9

Welcome your K9 Roscoe. We can’t thank you enough for the overwhelming response. It was wonderful. Roscoe was submitted by multiple people and was liked by Deputy Studley as well. “Roscoe” is also a name of an Anderson Co. (SC) Sheriff K9 recently killed in the line of duty. So we felt it was fitting to honor their dog. Studley and Roscoe will start training in October and be on the road as a team soon. The dog and training are being paid for by grant funds. The team will be trained in explosives and tracking.

Potterville

Potterville

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Potterville Chamber welcomes Davis Construction

The Potterville Area Chamber of Businesses held a ribbon cutting on October 7 for Davis Construction. Pictured are: Mark Aupperlee, Chamber vice president; Kathy Dobie, Chamber Secretary; Katherine Schmidt, Chamber member; Rodney Davis, owner; Tonya Davis; Robert Catey; Tim Brown; Pennie Lake, Chamber president; Loren Smalley, Chamber Treasurer; and Roger Wickerham, Chamber member.

Eaton Rapids

Eaton Rapids

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ICAL receives national recognition

Island City Assisted Living has been awarded the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) bronze award as part of the association’s national quality award program. Island City Assisted Living is proud to announce that they are one of only two assisted living facilities to receive this prestigious award.
The bronze award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Center for Assisted Living’s National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, the bronze award level provides applicants with the tools and resources they need for continuous improvement in quality care. Through the bronze criteria, based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework, applicants will assess their organization’s mission, vision and key factors that lead to success. This is just our first step, which now leads to our application for silver, then gold. Thank you to all who helped in the processing of our application. This award means so much to us. It shows that Island City Assisted Living is really among the best places to live and work.

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