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    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Downtown Coldwater has excellent service businesses and the House of Beauty located at 44 W. Chicago Street has been in downtown Coldwater since 1956 is a prime example of a long-standing great downtown business.

    Brenda Roberts, owner of the House of Beauty is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to her downtown business.

    Alisha Gaylord a native of Union City, Michigan, has recently joined forces at the House of Beauty after graduating from the Salon Academy in Coldwater in February of this year. Alisha has been trained in all areas of hairdressing and loves working on formal hair styles as well as hair coloring, great haircuts, waxing and is getting started on gel nails. Her hours of work are Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Patricia Havens joined the House of Beauty as a licensed cosmetologist working on the complete hair service, eyebrow and lip waxing as well as manicures and pedicures. Patricia is a Coldwater native. Havens graduated from The Salon Academy in April of this year. Patricia and her husband, Grant, live in Coldwater with their two daughters and two sons. Patricia’ is available Monday thru Saturday.

    Corey Collins, President of the Downtown Business Association (DBA), commented that he “is very pleased to see that this long-time business is expanding and doing well. We have a very strong service and retail mix and seeing additions to our downtown businesses just proves that downtown Coldwater continues to remain a strong and viable business area.”

    The House of Beauty has four additional members of their salon staff that can handle all your hair care waxing, manicures, pedicures and tanning needs. Karla Heminger, Carol Smith, Denise Akins and Brenda Roberts round out the salon staff that now includes Alisha and Patricia. They invite one and all to stop in and make an appointment or call (517)278-4531.


  • “Two CHC Employee become Registered Polysomnographic Technologists”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Angie Balowski and Demetria Adzic, Sleep Lab employees at the Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC), recently passed their boards becoming Registered Polysomnography Technologists (RPSGT).

    Angie and Demetria both took their board exams in March 2010 and recently received their results. They are now registered through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. To pass the RPSGT credential they had to pass a rigorous four hour, 200 question, computer based examination. This credential represents the highest standard in the field of Sleep Technology.

    “I am proud of both of them, as they worked very hard to prepare for this exam” stated Chris Kelly, Director of Sleep Lab. “They both are very good at what they do and we are lucky to have them here at CHC.”

    What does this mean for CHC? It is a very important step toward the CHC Sleep Lab becoming an accredited Sleep Lab. Our customer satisfaction rate for the Sleep Lab in 2009 was 97 percent, and is at 97 percent for 2010 year to date. “We have always provided quality care and great customer service” stated Chris. “This credential just proves that we have top notch staff in our Sleep Lab.”

    The Sleep Labs performs Sleep Studies Sunday through Thursday nights. Both men and women can stuffer from sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when the upper airway muscles relax during sleep which blocks the flow of air in the windpipe. This can cause the person’s oxygen levels to drop and/or disrupt the person’s sleep.

    If you or your family members have daytime sleepiness, feel tired all the time, don’t feel rested when you wake up, have headaches when you wake up, or snore, you may have sleep apnea. For a Free pre-sleep study screening, contact the CHC Sleep Center at (517) 279-5364. Again, congratulations to Angie and Demetria on passing their boards.


  • “Craun Promoted at Monarch Community Bank”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Sharon Craun to assistant vice president and senior collector for the bank. Sharon has worked in banking for 16 years and has been at Monarch for six years. Previously Sharon worked in the collections department as a collector. Craun takes the place of Sandi Jackson, who is semi-retiring from Monarch.

    Craun is a graduate of Colon High School and of Glen Oaks Community College with her degree in Business. She also holds certifications in Collection Techniques and Law in Michigan.

    In her new position, Craun will be working with past due customers, reviewing the delinquent loan status for the bank, approving collection activities regarding workouts of loan payments on delinquent accounts, remaining current and ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations and assists with litigation and foreclosure activity.

    Craun resides in Colon with her husband, Randy and their four children. In her spare time she enjoys watching softball, camping, and spending time with family. She is involved with the Colon Summer Recreation program, Colon Village Council, Colon Zoning Board of Appeals, and Colon’s Village Planning Commission.

    Established in 1934, Monarch Community Bank has branches located in Marshall, Coldwater, Union City and Hillsdale. For more information about Monarch Community Bank products and services, go to www.monarchcb.com or call your local branch.


  • Phil’s Driving School Starts New Projects

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Coldwater – Phil’s Driving School is pleased to announce its partnership with John & Rachel Ayres. The school’s newest instructors will be offering classes this summer on Lake Michigan’s Beaver Island in conjunction with the local school system there. Mr. Ayres has been a driver education instructor for over 10 years. Mr. Ayres is also employed with Central Michigan University to teach and certify new driver education specialists. Mrs. Ayres has also been a driver education instructor for over ten years.

    Co-Owner Tasha Hickey said, “I was pleased when an opportunity came up to partner with John and Rachel. We pride ourselves on providing safe and effective education methods. Apparently that reputation is circulating statewide within the driver education provider community and we believe that helped to make this partnership possible. I’m happy that we will be able to extend the Phil’s Driving School name to serve the residents and vacationers on Beaver Island this summer.” The school also recently announced its new location for the summer of 2010.

    Mrs. Hickey went on to say, “We are pleased we’ve made the move to the former Video Time store in the Felpausch Shopping Center. The store has a terrific location and we hope we receive enough positive feedback that we would consider extending our time there.” Another change for the school is its announcement that it will now accept major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

    Phil’s Driving School, LLC, has been serving south central Michigan since 2003. According to the school’s website at www.philsdrivingschool.net the school strives to provide safe, quality, and affordable driver education. The school primarily provides teen driver education. The school also offers adult driver education. For young people reaching the age of 14 years and 8 months the next segment one driver training class will begin Monday, July 12th. For more information contact the school at 278-8888 or by email to tasha@philsdrivingschool.net.



    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU), is planning to gather soil borings in the near future at the site of a former manufactured gas plant in the City of Coldwater, a Michigan Gas Utilities official said today. Paul Livernois, External Affairs Manager for Michigan Gas Utilities, said the company was coordinating the upcoming study with officials in the City of Coldwater and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ.)

    “Based on historical research at the site known as Upton Plaza, located near the corner of Chicago and Clay Streets, we need to perform these borings to help us determine our next course of action with the site. Results from this sampling will determine if residual material from the former manufactured gas plant operation is present, or not. We are taking these initial actions as part of MGU’s commitment to protect and improve the environment in Coldwater,” Livernois said.

    A predecessor company of Michigan Gas Utilities constructed the original manufactured gas plant on Chicago Street in 1862. The plant operated until 1928. “To make a long story short," Livernois added, "we may interfere with some city parking for a couple days, most likely Monday & Tuesday, June 21st and 22nd , while we’re taking these samples and we’d like to apologize upfront for that inconvenience.”. Michigan Gas Utilities provides natural gas distribution services to nearly 167,000 customers in Michigan


  • Entertainment Under The Stars

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    COLDWATER (WTVB) - The Coldwater Downtown Business Association and the Downtown Development Authority say this summer’s 2010 Entertainment Under the Stars Concert Series is sure to be a winner this year with four great bands and the Tibbits Summer Theater cast showing off their talents. The season kicks off in less than three weeks on Tuesday July 6t with entertainer extraordinaire -- Jim Stout.

    Again this year, the Branch County Association of Realtors will be providing FREE ice cream sundaes as a thank you to the community. The July 13th concert will feature the Daybreak Trio with a wide variety of musical styles. Habitat for Humanity will have a Taco Bar at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall prior to the concert. The July 20th and third evening in the concert series will feature Tidbits from the Tibbits. Members of the Professional Summer Theater Cast will perform some of their favorite songs as well as a selection of songs from the 2010 Summer Theater Season. Randall Hazelbaker and his newly reformed group – The Randall Hazelbaker Quartet will be playing immediately following Tidbits from the Tibbits.

    The United Methodist Men’s Club will be dishing up ice cream sundaes in the Fellowship Hall before the concert. The final concert on July 27th will see Jim Voss and Friends back with The Shades Of Gray, This final concert of the season will also have food available – the Branch Interfaith Hospitality Network will have a hog roast prior to the concert. The D-B-A and D-D-A say bring your own lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy some great entertainment and food. Some chairs will be available, thanks to Putnam Funeral Home..

    Free BATA service will be provided to senior housing residents thanks to Gillespie, Dutcher and Putnam Funeral Homes. Entertainment Under the Stars is made possible this year by support from Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, Infinisource, Monarch Community Bank, Branch County Community Foundation, Dairy Queen of Coldwater, the Coldwater Downtown Business Association (DBA) and Coldwater Downtown Development Authority.


  • Baker College Of Coldwater Now Enrolling For Summer And Fall Quarters

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    COLDWATER, Mich. – Baker College of Coldwater, a satellite campus of Baker College of Jackson, is currently enrolling students for summer and fall 2010 quarters. Summer classes begin Monday, June 28, with registration continuing through the first week of classes. Fall quarter starts Monday, September 27.

    Baker’s Coldwater campus will offer two new programs this fall: a Microsoft networking professional certificate, and a computer networking technology, Microsoft option, associate degree. Some of the other programs available at Baker College of Coldwater include medical insurance specialist, medical assistant, accounting, business administration/accounting concentration, management, medical receptionist and medical administrative assisting.

    Financial assistance is available to students, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans and work-study programs. For more information, e-mail Kevin Pnacek at kevin.pnacek@baker.edu, or call the Baker College of Jackson admissions office at 517.788.7800, or the Coldwater satellite campus at 517.781.4484. Students may also schedule an appointment via the Baker College Web site:www.baker.edu.

    The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a non-profit higher education institution, serving more than 43,000 students on 12 campuses and in four satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our Web site at www.baker.edu.


  • Jazzilyn Dubois Appointed To Coldwater Downtown Development Authority As Youth Rep

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Jazzilyn DuBois, a sophomore at Coldwater High School, has become the second youth representative on the Coldwater Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  Jazzilyn was sworn in by City Clerk Ruth Ann Volkmer at the DDA Board meeting Wednesday, May 6th.  Jazzilyn will sit on the DDA Board for the next three years.

    Brad Rockey, DDA Board President remarked, “We are pleased to have Jazzilyn as a part of our board.  It is an exciting time to have youth sit on this board.  As we begin planning for the downtown for the next 5, 10 and 15 years, we need different perspectives.  Certainly the youth need to be heard and we need to understand their needs to keep our downtown vibrant and growing.  This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to listen and work with all the various segments of the population that make up Coldwater and Branch County.  Cody Littley was our first youth representative so Jazzilyn has big shoes to fit, but I am certain she can do just that.”

    DDA Director Barb Rosene, noted “Involving youth is a priority for the HomeTown Competitiveness Program (HTC).”  (HTC is a unique approach to rural development.  Based on four pillars - entrepreneurship, charitable assets, youth and leadership, HomeTown Competitiveness is a locally-based framework built on Branch County's strengths, not someone else's idea of what we need!)  “I am pleased that the Coldwater Downtown Development Authority Board stepped up and became one of the first public boards to include youth as a partner in redevelopment activities.”

    Jazzilyn DuBois is 15 years old, who moved to Coldwater at the age of three from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a straight A student and will be a sophomore at Coldwater High School this fall.  In addition to AP courses, Jazzilyn participates in Basketball, Softball and is a proud member of the French Club.

    The DDA coordinates and supports activities to promote, recruit, and retain the economic viability of the downtown area.  It also acts as an advocate for a safe, clean, and attractive central business district.  A strong downtown center is a major attraction for development and enhances the quality of life in the community.  As part of its mission, the DDA promotes economic growth by combining public and private community resources and initiatives which, together, help drive development and position Coldwater and its downtown for success.

  • CHC Honors Kingston as the April Employee of the Month

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Each month the Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) honors its Employee of the Month with a special recognition and gifts. Nominated by his or her peers, this employee exemplifies positive work ethic and customer service.

    In April, CHC administration and staff recognized Lisa Kingston as the Employee of the Month. Kingston is a Medical Technologist in the Laboratory and has worked at CHC since September of 1983. Kingston monitors quality control, performs testing in hematology, and also is part of CHC’s Cost Containment Committee. According to her nominator, “Lisa is hard working and dedicated to quality patient care. She is professional in every aspect of her job. Lisa is always willing to provide input on how processes can be improved and is committed to being part of the solution. She also provides excellent customer service and is conscientious of the quality of her work, which is always error free. Lisa represents all of the qualities you would expect in an Employee of the Month”.

    Kingston received a B.S. in Medical Technology from Ferris State University in 1983 and graduated from St. Johns High School. She has been married to husband Jess for 25 years and together have two children, Adam, 21 and Lindsey, 19. In her spare time, Lisa likes playing tennis, reading, playing the piano, working out, gardening, crafts, and scrapbooking.

    Congratulations, Lisa on earning this well deserved award.

  • Holly Lyons Receives SWMPA Perinatal Excellence Award

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Southwestern Michigan Perinatal Association (SWMPA) recognized outstanding individuals in the perinatal health field at their annual spring conference on May 19, 2010 at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University. The winner of this year’s SWMPA Perinatal Excellence Award for the Community Health Center of Branch County is Holly Lyons. Holly was voted by her peers to receive the award for her caring and compassion as an OB nurse with many years of experience.

    Holly’s skills in perinatal nursing are superior and enable her to provide safe and high quality care to the moms and babies on her watch. She treats all of her patients with dignity and respect. She is a very valued co-worker, especially when there is a newborn requiring resuscitation. Holly has taught her co-workers Neonatal Resuscitation for many years, and is very conscientious in ensuring that our OB nurses maintain their NRP Certifications for the safety of the newborns.

    The Southwestern Michigan Perinatal Association consists of members from various disciplines such as nursing, medical social work, physical therapy, physicians, childbirth educators, public health, and more. Individuals are chosen to represent their institution from the various disciplines.

    To be a recipient of the Perinatal Excellence Award, the person must demonstrate an energetic and positive attitude toward maternal/child health, successful implementation of new strategies for coping with maternal/child issues, sensitivity and understanding while delivering optimal care to maternal/child health families, and contributed to the knowledge base of the region by providing or assisting with educational opportunities with their setting and beyond. Each hospital in the region is given the opportunity to select one individual deserving of the award.

    Holly is very deserving of the award and demonstrates the type of care that represents the SWMPA Perinatal Excellence Award. Congratulations, Holly, on a job well done.


  • Quincy After Business Hours

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Quincy Chamber of Commerce will be holding an, “After Business Hours” event on Thursday, May 20th. The event will be held at the Marble Lake Resort & Marina at 224 Englewood Drive in Quincy, which is just North of the public access on Wildwood Road.

    There will be a cook-out starting at 5:00pm and the program will be from 5:30 – 6:30pm. There is no charge for Chamber Members and a $5 charge for non-members. This will be a great opportunity to learn what business in our community have to offer, as well as a chance to talk with other business owners.

    The featured business will include: Marble Lake Resort & Marina, Cottonwood Resort, Canopy’s R Us, Sunset Cove, Quincy Heights Party Store and PNC f/k/a National City. Other businesses are invited to bring marketing material to place on the display table.

    For more information, call Marilyn at 517-250-0373.


  • Mulka Welcomed as Commercial Lender to Monarch Community Bank

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank welcomes Charles Mulka, assistant vice president and commercial lender to the branch at 87 Marshall St. in Coldwater. Mulka comes to the bank from Bank of America and has 20 years of prior experience in banking. His responsibilities at the bank will include obtaining commercial loans and working with current customers.

    Mulka is a graduate of Redford Union High School and of Madonna University, where he obtained his Masters degree in business. In his spare time he enjoys playing and teaching guitar and staying active in karate. When asked what he’s looking forward to in his new position he said, “It will be great to work at a community bank and I look forward to meeting customers”.

    Monarch Community Bank has branches located in Marshall, Coldwater, Union City and Hillsdale. For more information about Monarch Community Bank products and services, go to www.monarchcb.com or call your local branch.