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Eaton Rapids

Eaton Rapids

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Eaton Rapids Girl is Sparrow’s 2021 Miracle Child

A four-year-old Eaton Rapids girl who has fought and beat cancer twice in her young life is nothing short of a miracle and so it makes sense that she is Sparrow’s Miracle Child for 2021.
Delilah Steiner-Zehender will be the face of the Sparrow Children’s Center – the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital – for the next year, raising awareness about the miracles that happen everyday at Sparrow. Her story is a wonderful reflection of the life-saving work at the Children’s Center and the importance of continued community support for our youngest patients.
Delilah was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was four months old and underwent three rounds of chemotherapy. The disease was diagnosed again in January 2019. This time it was much more extensive, said her mother, Leni Steiner-Zehender, and she underwent surgery and five rounds of chemo to remove the tumor and her adrenal gland.
Leni Steiner-Zehender described the journey as “very humbling, stressful, joyful at times, devastating at times. A whole range of emotions went with it.”
Besides her mother, Delilah’s family includes father Todd and brother, Augustus, 12.
Her mother said the family is “honored and excited” by Delilah’s Miracle Child designation and has no doubt she deserves it. “She has fought and beaten neuroblastoma twice in four years and she’s done it with great tenacity.”
Delilah succeeds young Brenden Scott, the Mason-area boy who recovered at Sparrow from catastrophic injuries suffered when he was hit by a car. Brenden served as the Miracle Child for 2020.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.
To donate, go to SparrowFoundation.org.
Submitted by Sparrow Miracle Network

Mason

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Shop Local – Culligan Water Conditioning

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Almost 60 years ago Philip and Phyllis Carey started a Culligan Water franchise in south Lansing. They’ve both passed now, but the business is still in family hands. Matt Carey, their son, has been part of the business since 1980 and now is the official “Culligan Man.”
“We’re a family-owned, local business,” Carey explained, “but with national backing from Culligan.”
The business serves all of Ingham county, most of Eaton County, parts of Livingston county, and the southern half of Clinton county.
Culligan of Lansing offers reverse osmosis water filtration, water softeners, whole-home systems, bottle-free coolers, bottled water coolers and drinking water filters.
Culligan will service all water treatment equipment, Carey said, any make or model. They will also test your water for free. These tests can determine what is in your water, including arsenic, chlorine, chromium-6, coliform bacteria, lead, magnesium, nitrates, radon, and hydrogen sulfide.
Soft water is water that contains few or no dissolved minerals, Carey explained. Water softening involves a process called “ion exchange.” Calcium and magnesium, which are “hard” ions, exchange with sodium or potassium (salt) ions, to eliminate impurities in the water.
In this time of social isolation, there still are situations in which someone needs to come into your home for service and repairs. Culligan service technicians perform all the standard safety measures, including washing their hands, not touching their face, and wear a mask and gloves while working in your home, Carey said.
“About 98% of what we do involves us going to the customer’s home or place of business, not so much them coming to us.”
Culligan Lansing has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Angie’s List, and 4.6 out of 5 stars on Facebook reviews.  Leah Taylor, a customer, commented: “We have used Culligan for our water softener and drinking water for over 40 years!  Culligan is the most reliable company we deal with.  We give them 5 stars for each of those 40 years.”
For more information about Culligan Water Conditioning of Lansing, you can call 1-800-551-6005 or email matt@culliganlansing.com. Visit them on the web at www.culliganlansing.com or on Facebook at culliganLansingMi. They are located at 3460 Dunckel Road in Lansing.

DIMONDALE

Dimondale

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Wilcox Pharmacy is There to Serve You   

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Wilcox Pharmacy in Dimondale has been there to serve all your prescription and over-the-counter medicinal needs since 2002. It’s located next to Carl’s Supermarket at 140 East Road and is part of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy network, which is a network of more than 3,400 independent pharmacies across the United States. Wilcox Pharmacy offers professional and personalized service, with the friendly, small-town atmosphere that you prefer. In addition to your medical needs, they also sell a variety of gift items.
Vitamins, herbals, homeopathic supplies, durable medical equipment and diabetic supplies are available at Wilcox Pharmacy.
“Our customers have been very accommodating during the COVID-19 situation,” owner and pharmacist Stephan Wilcox said. “We really appreciate that.”
The store is currently only serving customers through the drive-up window at the side of the store, so you don’t even have to park your car when picking up your prescription. Gift items can also be purchased through the convenient drive-up window, and right now Valentine items are featured.
“It’s working out very well,” Wilcox said. “If they have questions or need more information, we can always discuss it at the drive-up window, with a phone call, or I can come out to their car and speak to them directly through their window, properly masked, of course.”
“We are willing to serve our customers however they feel the most comfortable and safe,” Wilcox added.
Prescription delivery service is an option for shut-ins and for those unable to come into the store. Deliveries are generally made on Tuesday and Friday.
“Our Facebook page also offers a wealth of information regarding your health,” Wilcox said. You’ll find health information, recipes, stop smoking advice, valuable contact information for other health services, and much more. It allows you to keep up to date with all that’s going on with the pharmacy and your own health.
Another suggestion, Wilcox said, to make your prescriptions even easier is through the use of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy (My GNP) app on your smartphone which can be downloaded from Apple. It will save you time and allows Wilcox Pharmacy to more efficiently serve you with less wait time.
For more information, you can call Wilcox Pharmacy at 517-646-9274, visit their website at wilcoxrx.com, or like them on Facebook at Wilcox Pharmacy. They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Eaton County

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Charlotte Baseball Legend/War Hero Passes

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Many in Charlotte remember the name “Terwilliger.” Willard Wayne “Twig” Terwilliger, age 95, was the son of Ivan and Doris Terwilliger of Charlotte, and passed away on February 3, 2021, in Weatherford, Texas, where he lived with his wife, Lin.  He is survived by his children Marcie and Steve, and stepsons Mike and Kevin. His sister, Mary Lou Terwilliger Schneckenberger passed away in 2018.
Terwilliger was a star athlete at Charlotte High School, was a United States Marine radioman and machine gunner present at the Battle of Iwo Jima and at Saipan during World War II, was a Major League Baseball player, and was a major and minor league baseball coach for five decades, totaling 62 years in baseball.
“Nothing in my 62 years of baseball was more important than my two years in the military,” Terwilliger later said.
As his niece, Patti Wright, said, “He was such a downright all-American guy.”
Terwilliger played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1949 and 1960 for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, New York Giants, and Kansas City Athletics.
He had multiple brushes with baseball’s all-time greats, like Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.
“It was cool to have an uncle who was famous,” said Wright. “He was a great father figure to us kids growing up. When he wasn’t away doing stuff, he was with us.”
In 1926 his family moved from Clare, Michigan, to Charlotte.  He played football at Charlotte High School and made all-conference as a quarterback. When he graduated in 1942, he attended what is now Western Michigan University. After flunking a class that made him ineligible to play baseball the next spring, Terwilliger decided to enlist in the Marines in 1943.
After his discharge from the military in 1945, Terwilliger hitchhiked the 200 miles home to Charlotte. In 1946 he married Mary Jane Locke, and they had two children. He returned to college at Western Michigan in 1946.
Terwilliger started his career in the minor leagues in 1948. He quickly rocketed to the majors. Terwilliger was a player, manager, and coach for about 30 teams from 1948 to 2005. He played, coached, and managed in more than 7,200 baseball games since 1948, and was still coaching at age 80.
Terwilliger married his second wife, Lin, in 1974 and returned to Charlotte.
His father had a bar which was located where the Eaton Pub is now, originally known as The Tavern, and was a gentlemen-only drinking establishment. When his father retired, Terwilliger took the bar over, renamed it “Twigs” and ran it when he was not playing ball. The walls of the bar were covered with baseball memorabilia. Lee Strickland managed the bar when he was playing or at spring training, Wright said.
Wright remembered Terwilliger being a mentor to children. “He was a substitute teacher for the Charlotte Schools for a while. When the children from the country schools played baseball, he came every Friday to umpire the games, and did a little coaching to help improve their baseball skills, along with teaching them the importance of teamwork,” Wright said.
In 2002 the Terwilligers moved to Texas to be near his wife’s father who was in poor health.
Terwilliger was inducted into the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2020, one of nine individuals inducted. However, the ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more about Wayne Terwilliger, you can read his book, written in 2006, called “Terwilliger Bunts One.”

Onondaga

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Shop Local – Culligan Water Conditioning

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Almost 60 years ago Philip and Phyllis Carey started a Culligan Water franchise in south Lansing. They’ve both passed now, but the business is still in family hands. Matt Carey, their son, has been part of the business since 1980 and now is the official “Culligan Man.”
“We’re a family-owned, local business,” Carey explained, “but with national backing from Culligan.”
The business serves all of Ingham county, most of Eaton County, parts of Livingston county, and the southern half of Clinton county.
Culligan of Lansing offers reverse osmosis water filtration, water softeners, whole-home systems, bottle-free coolers, bottled water coolers and drinking water filters.
Culligan will service all water treatment equipment, Carey said, any make or model. They will also test your water for free. These tests can determine what is in your water, including arsenic, chlorine, chromium-6, coliform bacteria, lead, magnesium, nitrates, radon, and hydrogen sulfide.
Soft water is water that contains few or no dissolved minerals, Carey explained. Water softening involves a process called “ion exchange.” Calcium and magnesium, which are “hard” ions, exchange with sodium or potassium (salt) ions, to eliminate impurities in the water.
In this time of social isolation, there still are situations in which someone needs to come into your home for service and repairs. Culligan service technicians perform all the standard safety measures, including washing their hands, not touching their face, and wear a mask and gloves while working in your home, Carey said.
“About 98% of what we do involves us going to the customer’s home or place of business, not so much them coming to us.”
Culligan Lansing has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Angie’s List, and 4.6 out of 5 stars on Facebook reviews.  Leah Taylor, a customer, commented: “We have used Culligan for our water softener and drinking water for over 40 years!  Culligan is the most reliable company we deal with.  We give them 5 stars for each of those 40 years.”
For more information about Culligan Water Conditioning of Lansing, you can call 1-800-551-6005 or email matt@culliganlansing.com. Visit them on the web at www.culliganlansing.com or on Facebook at culliganLansingMi. They are located at 3460 Dunckel Road in Lansing.

Charlotte

Charlotte

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CHS Varsity Cheer Team Scores High at Competition

Charlotte High School Varsity Competitive Cheer Team had their first competition of the year Friday February 12th at Portage Northern High School. Due to the pause in contact sports the girls learned round 3, the stunting round, on Monday night then competed an almost complete routine just four days later. Despite the setbacks of virtual practices, no contact, no stunting, and the uncertainty of if there would even be a season, CHS came out on top with a score of 633.82. Coach Kerry White and Assistant Coach Jade Bowhall were proud to see the girls’ hard work and dedication pay off.

Submitted by Charlotte High School Cheer Team

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