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  • Peg Day Welcomed to Monarch Community Bank

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank welcomes Peggy Day, vice president and regional banking officer to the branch at 107 N. Park on the circle in Marshall. Day comes to the bank from Marshall Community Credit Union and has 26 years of prior experience in finance. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the operations at the Marshall branches and growing business in Calhoun County.

    Day is a graduate of Marshall High School and of Western Michigan University, where she obtained degrees in finance and management. She continues to reside in Marshall with her husband Bob, and their children Joe and Calvin. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage.

    Day is actively involved with the Marshall Rotary Club, Junior Achievement board chair, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, and in 2009 she nominated as one of the Top Women in Finance in the West Michigan Business Review.

    When asked what she’s looking forward to in her new position she said, “I’m excited to work with friends and family in the community”. Don Denney, President and CEO of Monarch Community Bank welcomed Day to the bank by saying, “Peggy’s experience and enthusiasm is a great asset to our bank and to the community. We invite community members to stop in our branch to see her, or introduce yourself”.

    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.


  • Hidalgo Mexican Restaurant to Open in Downtown Coldwater

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Martha Patino owner of Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant is proud to announce she will be open officially this coming Saturday, April 24. Hidalgo’s is located at 13 S. Monroe Street (next to Current Office Solutions) and will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays. To begin with she will be serving lunch and dinner – dine in or take out, but has future plans to add a breakfast menu and open earlier

    Hidalgo’s is a 50-seat authentic Mexican restaurant and will feature such food items as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas with various flavored meats and many choices of fresh-made salsas. In addition to authentic Mexican cuisine, Hidalgo’s will offer a full menu of American items such as cheeseburgers, sandwiches and fries for lunch and steak and chicken for dinner. You will also want to try their selection of Mexican and American desserts from flans, sapodilla and special three-milk cake to cheesecakes and ice cream.

    Hidalgo is the name of the state in Mexico where Martha was born which is about three hours from Mexico City. Martha has lived in Mongo, Indiana since 1987 where she began with a small grocery store in 1990. Since that time she has had businesses in Battle Creek and Sturgis. Martha has nine children (8 girls and 1 boy). Her daughter Sylvia will be helping her in the restaurant.

    Corey Collins, President of the Downtown Business Association (DBA), commented that he “is very pleased that Martha Patino and Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant has joined our downtown business community. We have a very strong business mix and the addition of Hidalgo’s will be a great asset to Downtown Coldwater.”

    Janice Cooper, manager of Taylor’s Books and More welcomes Hidalgo’s to Downtown Coldwater. “Having a variety of businesses and especially a new restaurant that serves lunch and dinner in our Downtown business community is good for not just Downtown Coldwater but everyone in Coldwater and the surrounding communities.”

    Hidalgo’s will employ five people with plans to eventually have delivery service. They have not decided on being open on Sunday as they need to see if there is a desire from the community to have them open.

    Martha and her staff welcome one and all to come enjoy great home cooked food beginning this Saturday. You may call Hidalgo Mexican Restaurant at 517-278-1495.


  • New Doctor Joins Practice

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    A Hillsdale native has joined the practice of Dr Samuel Hammel at Hammel Chiropractic in Coldwater. Dr Daniel Painter is a graduate of Albion College and Palmer College in Iowa. Painter says the position at Hammel Chiropractic is perfect for him, since he wanted to relocate near his family after college.

    Painter is currently accepting new patients and hopes to expand the business at Hammel Chiropractic, located on East Chicago Street in Coldwater..


  • “Monarch Community Bank Welcomes New Employee”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank welcomes Linda Miller. Miller has six years of prior banking experience with Southern Michigan Bank & Trust. Her responsibilities will include Freddie Mac specialist and assisting in the collection department.

    Miller is a graduate of Quincy High School and of Kellogg Community College, where she obtained degrees in accounting and business management. She continues to reside in Quincy and has one adult son. In her spare time she enjoys assisting the Branch Area Food Pantry, reading, canoeing, water sports, and learning to gardening.

    When asked what she’s looking forward to in her new position she said, “I’m excited about the variety of work this position has to offer, and working with customers to help them with their financial problems”. Her office is located at 87 Marshall St. in Coldwater.

    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.


  • Health Department To Hold Meeting On Smoking Ban

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Our agency has received requests from some of the licensed foodservice establishment owners/operators to hold an informational meeting about the new smoke-free workplace law that becomes effective on May 1, 2010. We will, therefore, be holding informational meetings in each of our offices on the requirements for foodservice establishments as they implement this new requirement. The informational meetings are scheduled for our Coldwater office located at 570 Marshall Rd., Coldwater, MI Tuesday, April 27th from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

  • Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at CHC

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Nurses at Community Health Center of Branch County are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.

    The first award recipient at CHC is Dawn Merriman from the Emergency Department. Dawn was nominated to receive the DAISY Award because she has a positive attitude and demonstrates professionalism in the work environment. Her job performance exemplifies the mission and vision of CHC.

    She collaborates with the health care team to meet patient’s needs, and establishes a special connection with patients and families through trust and emotional support. Dawn models good assessment skills and decision making capabilities. She demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills with peers and co-workers.

    Each quarter, a nurse will be selected by CHC nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The honoree will also be given a special sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

    The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known, but not uncommon, auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

    Said Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation, "When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at the Community Health Center of Branch County are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”

    “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday,” said Chief Clinical Officer, Mary Rose. “It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

    CHC held an award ceremony on March 30, 2010. This was CHC’s first quarterly Daisy Award. The nominees included: Barbara Slomer, Cancer Center; Katrina Young, Emergency Department; Karen Barkman, Emergency Department; and award winner Dawn Merriman, Emergency Department. Congratulations to all nominees. CHC will be awarding a new recipient every quarter.


  • Fall Registration For KCC Set For May

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Kellogg Community College will open for fall registration online and in-person on Monday, May 24, 2010. In previous years, mid-April was the beginning of fall registration and was at the same time as summer registration.

    The change will help students in a variety of ways, explains KCC’s Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar, Kay Keck, “By moving back the registration dates, students will be in a better financial position to enroll for classes. In previous years, when they were enrolling in April, their financial aid paperwork was not complete. In addition, due to the overlap in summer and fall payment plans, students were making two payments at once, which is a struggle for some.”

    Keck also discussed how this change would allow time for prerequisite classes taken during the spring to record on the student's transcript so that they can enroll in the next level of classes. A final benefit is that the separate registration dates for fall and summer mean less confusion as students register for courses. “Overall, we think the change in dates will be very positive for our students and help them financially,” said Keck.

    To view the KCC’s academic calendar, including registration dates, visit www.kellogg.edu/news/collegecal. For more information, contact Customer Service at (269) 965-5522.

    Kellogg Community College was founded in 1956 by the Battle Creek Board of Education, which operated it until 1970 when voters created an area wide college district. The college, situated on sites in Battle Creek, Albion (Eastern Academic Center), Coldwater (Grahl Center), Hastings (Fehsenfeld Center), and Fort Custer Industrial Park (Regional Manufacturing Technology Center), offers nearly 100 pre-professional college/university transfer curricula, approximately 40 occupational associate degree programs aimed toward job preparation, and related training for apprenticeships.

    Kellogg Community College provides customized training services designed and delivered to area businesses and institutions and a wide range of lifelong learning programs or personal enrichment. Over the past several years, hundreds of small businesses have received specialized training for thousands of employees and dozens of small businesses and individuals through the College’s customized training programs.

    The college was fully reaccredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools during the spring semester of 2002.


  • Occupational Therapy Month Celebrated at CHC

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Each year in April, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students in practice, education, research, and science host a month long celebration showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy. It's the time of year when everyone in the profession goes out of their way to tell the world about what they do.

    During the month, the Community Health Center of Branch County’s (CHC) Physical Therapy Department is celebrating Occupational Therapy.  Occupational Therapy (OT) is a type of therapy that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.  People who can benefit from OT range from newborn babies to senior citizens and every age in between.

     Occupational Therapy in the United States dates back to the early 20th century when it was found that “purposeful occupations’ such as crafts, helped patients recover more swiftly from injuries and illness, both physical and mental.  Today, there are more than 100,000 OT and OT assistants practicing in the U.S. helping people master the “skills for the job of living.”

                CHC staffs three Occupational Therapists that help local patients by:

    • Working in the school systems and in outpatient settings with children to help them with learning and playing issues;
    • Helping children with conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome and other health problems;
    • Helping injured workers return to the job; and
    • Working with patients who suffer from arthritis, stroke, Parkinson’s and other diseases and help them learn to carry out the activities of daily living such as dressing and eating.

    If you think occupational, physical, speech or aquatic therapy may be of help to you or someone you know, ask your physician for a referral, contact us by phone or email, or stop by for a visit.  Contact CHC Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services at (517) 279-4559.


  • Fox and Mallar Promoted at Monarch Community Bank

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank is proud to announce the promotion of two local residential and consumer loan officers at the bank. Both Tim Fox and Greg Mallar were promoted to assistant vice presidents. Both employees have been lenders at Monarch for the last three years.

    Fox serves Branch County residents at his office at the bank’s headquarters on Willowbrook Road. He is a graduate of Union City High School and of Central Michigan University, obtaining his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Fox is a Board member of the Coldwater Noon Exchange Club. He resides in Angola, Indiana with his wife, Jessica. In his spare time, Fox enjoys hunting, fishing, basketball, baseball and spending time with family and friends.

    Mallar is also a residential/consumer loan officer at the branch in Hillsdale located on Carleton Road. He is a graduate of Pittsford High School and of Western Michigan University with his Bachelors of Finance/Economics degree. Mallar is on the Board for the Exchange Club of Hillsdale and is also a member of the Moose Lodge in Hillsdale. He resides in Osseo with his wife and two daughters. Mallar is also a sports enthusiast enjoying particularly softball and golf.

    “Both Tim and Greg have proven their dedication and perseverance in the area of residential and consumer lending. Customers enjoy working with them and it’s obvious that they enjoy their positions at Monarch,” said Don Denney, President/CEO of Monarch Community Bank.

  • “Bell Promoted at Monarch Community Bank”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Monarch Community Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Kirk Bell, new accounts representative at the headquarters on Willowbrook Road in Coldwater. Bell will be opening new deposit and IRA accounts and assists customers with all aspects of opening and maintaining their accounts.

    Bell has worked at Monarch Community Bank for two years as a teller at the Willowbrook Branch. “It’s our pleasure to promote Kirk to this position. Over the years he has proven himself to management and our customers,” said Don Denney, President and CEO of Monarch Community Bank. In the community Bell is involved in the Lockwood Community Church Wild Game Dinner Committee, as well as on the Board for Southwest Ohio Hugh O’Brian Leadership Program.

    He is a graduate of Swanton High School in Swanton, Ohio and currently resides in Coldwater with his wife Kate, and three sons. Bell is currently attending Baker College for his Business Management degree. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and being involved in the community.

    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.

  • CHC Announces Employee Of The Month

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    COLDWATER (WTVB) - 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 January, CHC administration and staff recognized Chelle Clemens as the Employee of the Month.

    Clemens is a Pharmacy Tech in the Community Cancer Center and has worked at CHC since June 1980. Clemens assists in the order, preparation, and delivery of medications and administers IV chemotherapy drugs. According to her nominator, “Chelle does her job well and has such a positive attitude; she brightens the day for all of patients, families, and employees at the Cancer Center.

    However, what puts Chelle above others is all of the little things she does that go above and beyond her responsibilities. She is very involved with the Branch County Relay for Life. She recently went to the local beauty school and found someone to take care of wigs for cancer patients. She visited the family of a recently deceased patient to help them with the wigs their mother left behind. She is a really neat person and we are so lucky to have her here at the Community Health Center.”

    Clemens received her Certified Pharmacy Technician in 1982. At CHC, Clemens sits on the Circle of Friends Committee, Cancer Rehab Committee, and the Relay for Life Committee. She is the “Adopt-A-Hat” coordinator for the CHC Cancer Center which gives hats free of charge to patients during chemotherapy.

    Chelle resides with husband Mark, daughters Allison, 14 years old, and Alexis, 8 years old, and son Adam, 12 years old, in Coldwater. Besides her work at CHC, she enjoys antiques, gardening, crafts, and watching her children at sporting events. She attends Lockwood church and along with her family, supports and volunteers at the Branch County Human Society. Congratulations, Chelle on earning this well deserved award.

  • Altrusa Teen Share Welcomes New Leader

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (BCCADV) serves more than just women; under the umbrella of the Coalition also falls the Altrusa Teen Share, along with Laura’s Place Transitional Housing. Teen Share is a unique program providing safe, stable and supportive housing for youth ages 17 to 20 years old and the Coalition warmly welcomes the new team leader and case manager for Teen Share, Kris Karowski.

    She comes to the Teen Share from Boysville Holy Cross Children’s Services in Clinton, Michigan and carries a temporary Limited License Psychologist certification. This allows Karowski to do counseling with the residents at the center, a certification many small organizations don’t have. This facility where she worked for five years is a residential treatment facility for adjudicated, teenage males who are either in the sexual offenders, learning disabled or general population groups.

    Her current duties at Teen Share will include assessing the eligibility of homeless teenagers as to whether, or not he/she qualifies for the Altrusa Teen Share program. Once the teen is admitted into the program, for the first 30 days that the teen is in the Crisis Shelter she will meet with them twice a week. After the teen fills-out an application and is accepted into the Independent Living Program, she meets with the teen once a month. In the meetings she’ll discuss with the resident the progress on their goals.

    Karwowski will also supervise the RA’s (Residential Aides) that live in the efficiency apartments, as well as any volunteers, interns, or practicum students.

    As a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High located in Wyandotte, MI and Eastern Michigan University, she has her BS degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She has also attained her Masters of Art degree at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, as well as her temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist (LLP) certification, which she’s working on acquiring the remaining 500 out of 2000 hours toward the LLP. Karwoski is also certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

    “I am looking forward to utilizing a balanced perspective while facilitating one-on-one therapy with non-residential clients, and homeless teenagers in hopes of building rapport, trust, and respect in order to encourage each person’s full potential,” said Karwoski. She currently lives in Maybee, Michigan with her husband and four dogs and six cats who were all rescued. Her hobbies include boating, bicycling, and canoeing.

    Kris Karwoski can be reached by calling Altrusa Teen Share at 278-5094. The BCCADV 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 the BCCADV to offer safe refuge, encouragement, support services, food and clothing to victims fleeing domestic violence.

    The BCCADV headquarters is located at 220 N. Michigan Ave. in the Naomi Davis Shelterhouse. For more information about BCCADV, call 517. 278.7432, 24 hours a day.