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  • MSP Holding A Recruiting Orientation

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Michigan State Police Coldwater Post will be hosting a two hour Recruiting Orientation on Saturday February 4th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Michigan State Police Coldwater Post Conference Room (186 E State Street Coldwater).

    This two hour orientation is open to the public who have or may have an interest in Law Enforcement and a career with the Michigan State Police. The Michigan State Police is preparing to run aRecruitSchoolAcademyin the upcoming summer months.

    The presentation will cover the Selection Process to become a Trooper, Academy Training Expectations and Responsibilities of the Michigan State Police. Trooper Miller encourages people who do attend to also bring their spouses to this presentation. If you have questions prior to the orientation please contact Trooper Jereme Miller of the MSP Coldwater Post at (517)278-2373

  • Ron H. Uhl Named Vice President of Information Technology at Century Bank and Trust

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Ron Reed, President and CEO of Century Bank and Trust, has announced the appointment of Ron H. Uhl to Vice President of Information Technology at Century Bank and Trust.

    “Ron is a key part of our continued success at Century Bank and Trust.  His high standards and commitment to an interruption free working environment make our daily banking tasks easy. We look forward to seeing Ron lead our technology area into the future,” Reed stated.

    Uhl joined Century Bank and Trust in 2002 and with over 17 years of banking experience, he has overall responsibility for the Network Team and Data Processing Department at Century Bank and Trust.  He is a graduate of Cornerstone University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. 

    Within the community, Uhl is Director of the children’s AWANA program and Deacon at Berean Baptist Church.  He is also a board member of the Fiserv Great Lakes User Group, member of the MBA Technology Forum, a Michigan Bankers Association member and assists in the internship program for the Branch Area Career Center.

    Century Bank and Trust was founded in 1890, as an independent community bank. As an independent community bank, Century Bank and Trust makes its business decisions locally for the continued success of its customers.   Century's goal is to keep the local area's communities financially strong and growing and Century uses its deposits to make loans to local businesses and retail customers so the money stays within the community.

    Specializing in building relationships with its customers and communities, Century focuses on long-term, multiple account relationships and customized products that fit customer needs.

    Within the community, Century Bank and Trust, is proud to support over 250 local charities, events and organizations.  

    To learn more about Century Bank and Trust visitCenturyBankandTrust.com or call Toll Free (866) 680-2265.  

     

  • Branch District Library Seeking A Director

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Branch District Library, headquartered in Coldwater, Michigan, seeks a new Director for a six-branch library system, serving the entire county. The Director will manage a staff of 19 FTE and $1,000,000 budget to provide outstanding library service and to set the course for future growth and development. BDL serves a population of 47,000 and is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees.

    MLS plus 4 years post-degree paid professional experience required. Salary range of $58,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, vision insurance, retirement contribution, and two professional memberships.

    For complete job description, all requirements, and application, see www.BranchDistrictLibrary.org/employment. In addition to application, submit cover letter and resume with at least three professional references to Gina Horn at secretary@BranchDistrictLibrary.org by March 16, 2012, though the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is found.

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  • Quincy Historical Society Annual Meeting

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Just a reminder that the Quincy Historical Society annual meeting and potluck dinner are this Thursday, January 19,  at the United Methodist Church at 6 p.m.  The agenda includes the presentation of the Residential Preservation Award to Kevin, Amy and Anthony Paradine in recognition of their efforts to preserve their home and carriage house at 70 W. Chicago Street.

    The Commercial Preservation Award will recognize Jan Reynolds for preservation and enhancement of 5 East Chicago, the location of the Tracy Richer-Edward Jones office.

    An election of Board members,  and annual reports from the Treasurer and President are also on the agenda.  Memberships may be renewed or opened at the annual meeting and 2012 historic photo calendars will also be available.

    As with all the meetings, the annual meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome

  • Dylan M. Foster Promoted to First Vice President of Century Bank and Trust

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Ron Reed, President and CEO of Century Bank and Trust, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dylan M. Foster to First Vice President of Century Bank and Trust.

    “Dylan’s promotion is in recognition of his dedication to growing Century’s Trust and Investment Management Group while keeping the client’s best interest at heart,” stated Reed.

    With over ten years of financial service experience, Foster is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the Cannon Trust School.  He also holds certification as a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and is an active Coldwater Rotarian.  In addition he is the Treasurer of the Calhoun County Estate Planners Council. 

    The Trust and Investment Management Group specializes in both trust and investment management for individuals, businesses and municipalities.  In addition, the group also offers estate, financial, tax and retirement planning services.

    Dylan can be reached at (517) 278-1586 or by e-mail at DylanFoster@centurybt.com

    Century Bank and Trust was founded in 1890, as an independent community bank. As an independent community bank, Century Bank and Trust makes its business decisions locally for the continued success of its customers.   Century's goal is to keep the local area's communities financially strong and growing and Century uses its deposits to make loans to local businesses and retail customers so the money stays within the community.

    Specializing in building relationships with its customers and communities, Century focuses on long-term, multiple account relationships and customized products that fit customer needs.

    Within the community, Century Bank and Trust, is proud to support over 250 local charities, events and organizations. To learn more about Century Bank and Trust visitCenturyBankandTrust.com or call Toll Free (866) 680-2265.  

  • New Golf Shop To Open In Coldwater

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    The Gotta Golf Shop will soon be open for business in Coldwater. The golf-related business, owned by Ben Eby of Coldwater, opens Monday, January 9 at 28 South Hanchett Street, just south of the Tibbits Opera House. The Gotta Golf Shop will feature a Golf Simulated Driving Range and Golf Courses, where up to 4 players can play 9 or 18 holes. Prices will be $20 per hour for 1 player and then $5 per hour for each additional player.

    According to their new Facebook page, men's, women's and junior clubs will be available for purchase as well as other golf accessories. Hours will be 10am - 6pm, Monday through Friday and 10am - 2pm on Saturday.

     Meantime, The Boathouse Restaurant at Coldwater Lake has announced they will be closed through the end of January for our annual shutdown. Boathouse management say they apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but look forward to serving customers again soon.

     

  • “CHC Medical Records Gets a Name Change”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC)’s Medical Records Department is changing their name.  As of January 1, 2012, CHC Medical Records will be called the CHC Health Information Management Department. 

    The name change reflects CHC’s position in keeping with the industry standards in securing quality and accuracy in the way health care information is collected, processed, and managed.  These industry changes will ensure improvement in patient care, safety, confidentiality, and privacy.  The changes will also allow CHC to work within the hospital and with other agencies to control the cost of health care. 

    Why Health IT?

    Health information technology (health IT) makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people's health information.

    Improving Patient Care

    With the help of health IT, health care providers will have:

    • Accurate and complete information about a patient's health. That way they can give the best possible care, whether during a routine visit or a medical emergency.
    • The ability to better coordinate the care they give. This is especially important if a patient has a serious medical condition.
    • A way to securely share information with patients and their family caregivers over the Internet, for patients who opt for this convenience. This means patients and their families can more fully take part in decisions about their health care.
    • Information to help doctors diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

    Improving Our Nation's Health Care System

    Widespread use of health IT can also:

    • Make our health care system more efficient and reduce paperwork for patients and doctors.
    • Expand access to affordable care.
    • Build a healthier future for our nation.

    In recent months the Health Information Management Department not only managed the change from paper medical records to electronic records, but staff also has the responsibility of safeguarding the confidentiality of protected health information by obtaining proper authorization for disclosure.  Staff collects, analyzes, and reports statistical health information.  The Health Information Management Department works with other departments to develop policies for accurate documentation of health information.  They work with other departments and regulatory agencies to analyze and evaluate the requirement that maximizes reimbursements while providing quality care to the community.  CHC advocates a system to electronically exchange health information in times of emergencies as well as day to day patient care.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com.  Join us on Facebook today!

  • “New Fund for Domestic Violence Prevention Set up at Foundation”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Branch County Community Foundation is excited to announce a new fund at Foundation named the Coalition Against Domestic Violence Prevention & Education Fund.  This fund will help assure that the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (BCCADV) can continue to provide the very best in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education and programming at the facility located in Coldwater. 

    This is a great time to donate to the Coalition’s Fund because it’s not too late for donors to capture the Michigantax credit to gifts to this new fund before the end of the year.  For more details about the types of programs the fund will support, feel free to contact Kim Hemker, executive director at the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Donations can be made through the Community Foundation’s website at www.brcofoundation.org or by stopping by our office or mailing a check.  Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation BCCADV in the memo line.

    The Branch County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally accredited and state-certified community grantmaking foundation that serves communities inBranchCountyandColon,Michiganby supporting charitable giving, building permanent endowments, and connecting community resources.

    The BCCADV headquarters is located at 220 N. Michigan Ave. in the Naomi Davis Home and has a wide range of services for the community to take advantage of including 24-hour crisis line for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors, Legal Advocacy Program for domestic violence survivors involved with the criminal or child protective services system, and the Circle of Care program for families with school age children who are homeless. 

    Donations from area individuals and organization make it possible for BCCADV to offer safe refuge, encouragement, support services, food and clothing to victims fleeing domestic violence.

  • “CHC Presents Depew with November Employee of the Month Award”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    A model Employee of the Month is made up of team work, customer services, and leadership. TerraDepewexemplifies all those characteristics and more, which is why she was presented the Employee of the Month Award at CHC for November.

    Terra was hired by the CHC Foundation in March 2010 as Fund Development Coordinator.  She serves on the CHC customer service steering committee and the Welcome Our Worker committee (W.O.W.). 

    According to her nominator, “Terra has become a great asset to CHC and the Foundation.  She exhibits consistent excellent customer service; she promotes both CHC and the Foundation internally and in the community.  She is a loyal hardworking member of the CHC staff.  If she has a weakness, it is her inability to say no.  She’s always ready to lend an extra hand.  She brings a fresh perspective and new ideas to committees.  All in all she’s a pleasure to work with and an excellent candidate for the employee of the month.”

    Terra graduated from Gull Lake High School.  She received her Bachelor’s degree fromPurdueUniversityin Health Sciences.  Prior to working at CHC, she lived inAtlanta,Georgia, and worked at Visiting Nurse/Hospice.  Terra has also worked as a Medical Technologist and Medical Transcriptionist. 

    Terra is married to Mic Depew who is a trust assistant at Southern Michigan Bank & Trust.  They have two children: Evan who is 3 years old and Avery who is 1 year old.  They reside in Coldwater.  Terra enjoys playing co-ed volleyball and recreational softball.  She loves spending time with her family and attending community events.  Currently, Terra is the Fellowship Chair of the Sunrise Rotary and part of Branch County Business Networking International.

  • CHC to Observe Holiday Season

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    In observance of the Christmas and New Year holiday, the Outpatient Laboratory at the Community Health Center of Branch County will be closed Monday, December 26,, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2012.  The Outpatient Laboratory provides several laboratory services including specimen drop-off, blood draws, copies of lab reports, EKG testing, and pre-surgical testing.

    Other departments that will be closed for the holiday include Substance Treatment and Referral Services (STARS), Community Cancer and Hematology Center, Outpatient Radiology, Outpatient Respiratory Care, Outpatient Surgery and Pre Admission Testing, OR and Recovery, Physical Therapy,Cardiac Rehab, Lobby Gift Shop, Sleep Lab, Wound Healing Center, Business Office, Union City Medical Center,Family Medicine Clinic, CHC Orthopedics, and Quincy Clinic.  The CHC Adolescent and Pediatric Clinic will also be closed Saturday, December 24, 2011.  All departments will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 and Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com.  

  • Branch County Realtors Donates Money From Auction

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Branch County Association of Realtors held their annual Christmas Party and Charity Auction in celebration of the holidays. Members donated items to be auctioned at the event, and local realtor and Auctioneers Bruce Hauska and Steve Burns presided over the auction.

    Top sellers for the night were a pecan pie by Dennis Dirschell, which tied with a popcorn machine donated by Pam Uetrecht.
    The auction, which raised $4000 for the Branch County United Way is just one of the many ways the BCAR helps the community throughout the year. The organization and its members sponsored an ice cream social at Entertainment Under the Stars last summer, and adopted a family for Christmas. The proceeds from this year’s auction will be used to help families in need with heat bills. The Branch County Association of Realtors has donated over $11,000 to the Branch County community in 2011.

  • Local Business Hosts Poetry and Music Night

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    As a way to bring peace and calmness to this time of the year, Integrative Somatics Institute of downtown Coldwater will have two evenings of entertainment planned during Christmas week.  On December 21st there will be a family music night to benefit the Branch Interfaith Hospitality Network (BIHN).  Also planned is a poetry slam on December 23rd to benefit theColdwaterHigh School’s Poetry Guild.

    Bring your family, your musical instruments, your voices, and a snack to share for an evening of fun and informal music to ring in the winter season.  The Winter Solstice Family Music Night will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st and there will be no charge to participate.  Wade Adams, of Parr and Adams, will be there to help begin the evening with song.

    Donations to BIHN will be accepted at this event as well.  If you’d like to make a financial donation at this event, BIHN has a promise from some long-term supporters to match any financial donation made during the month of December.  Other acceptable and needed donations include paper towels, dish soap, disposable diapers, band aids, Ajax, and sponges.

    Also scheduled at the Integrative Somatics Institute is a poetry slam on Friday, December 23rd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to benefit the Coldwater High School Writer’s Guild.  Come to listen and share dramatically read poetry written by some of our local young writers ofColdwaterHigh School.  Students will be reading their works and there will be time for others in our community to share some of their writings in an open mic format.

    This event is free to the public.  Donations will be accepted to help the CHS Writer’s Guild publish their annual book or work, and to purchase materials to help them continue their passions to write.

    For more information about these events, please contact Lauri Rowe at 517-227-0475 or via email at laurijean.rowe@gmail.com.  Integrative Somatics Institute is located at73 West Chicago Street in downtown Coldwater.

    Integrative Somatics Institute offers counseling and various body work therapies, as well as classes for relaxation. Connect with Integrative Somatics on Facebook or at www.IntegrativeSomaticsInstitute.com.