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Month: March 2015

HGB employees recognized at 12th annual Fulton Awards

Three Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital employees recently received the Fulton Award of Excellence, the hospital’s highest honors, at an annual award ceremony Wednesday, March 11. HGB congratulates the employees who were recognized for their exceptional contributions to its success: Mackenzie Stults, emergency department technician, received the clinical service award. Jackie Pennington, patient accounts representative, received the non-clinical service award. Karen Wilson, perioperative services director, received the leadership service award. Prior to being hired at HGB in November 2012, Stults volunteered in the emergency services department. Her Fulton Award nomination was a result of her continuous demonstration of leadership...

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Olivet College mini-Relay continues to grow, raise awareness

Kristin Ormsbee, a sophomore at Olivet College, has seen cancer touch her family in too many ways. Her grandmother and aunt are both cancer survivors and her mother is currently battling her own cancer scare. It is because of the strong women in her life that she stepped forward to help lead Olivet College’s fight against the disease. Ormsbee served on the committee of the Olivet College mini-Relay for Life and helped organize one of the most successful mini-Relays March 25 that Olivet College has put on to date. This year’s event featured 13 teams, up from nine teams...

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McGill’s Crossfit program designed to allow problems to fade away

Fitness can mean a variety of things to different people. For some, it’s an elusive goal. For others, it’s merely a hobby. For Eric McGill, fitness has long been a way of life. He first got serious about his personal fitness more than 15 years ago when he started competing in strong man competitions throughout the Midwest. That led to competitions in Olympic Weight Lifting, then kettle bell sport. His journey eventually led him to crossfit. “I was introduced to so many variations of fitness,” McGill said. “When I found crossfit, it was right up my alley.  The fitness...

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Chamber of Commerce engages business community in revitalization efforts

Bryan Myrkle has made it clear in his presentation of Charlotte’s Downtown Revitalization Strategy that it is going to take “everyone pulling in the same direction” to achieve any kind of success. To that end, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce held a special “Revitalizing Charlotte” meeting March 26, personally inviting most, if not all downtown business owners. The meeting, which was attended by representatives of more than 35 local businesses, served to provide an update on revitalization efforts currently in place. But, more importantly, invited business owners to get involved. Myrkle, who is past president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the City of Charlotte Community Development Director, opened the meeting with an update as to what each of the six revitalization task forces have accomplished since forming in January. Task forces include Michigan Main Street, marketing, recruiting, M-50 truck traffic, community events and farmers market. Betsy Smith, owner of Bella Grande in Charlotte, said she plans to join at least one of the task forces already in place. “I’m encouraged by the way everything has been broken down to identify specific needs,” Smith said. “I think it is important to recruit families to live in our community and to create more festivals. But, I’m not sure everyone understands that all that stuff does not increase traffic in our stores. It may increase awareness of our community, but...

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Bellevue man moved to tears by Crandell Bros.’ gesture

There is a sign that hangs on the wall at Crandell Bros. Trucking that reads: “We’re not just a company, we’re a family.” The sign always stood out to Harry Augustine, a Bellevue resident and 11-year employee of the company. This winter, Augustine found out that sign is more than words hung in a frame, it holds true meaning within the company. Augustine went into the hospital in November of last year for what he thought was a routine procedure on his medically replaced knee. Four months later, he’s fighting to get back to work. “The plan was to...

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