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  • Erik L. Schaeffer Earns National Certification

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Michigan- Erik L. Schaeffer, Trust Assistant was recently awarded the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB), a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Washington, DC.

    “Erik’s new credentials will enhance his already strong knowledge of the Trust and Investment Management business” stated Dylan Foster, First Vice President and Trust Investment Officer of Century Bank and Trust. “We are very proud to have someone of Erik’s caliber on our staff at Century Bank and Trust.”

    Schaeffer, is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne with a major in Finance as well as a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute. Within the community, he is a Member of The Coldwater Exchange Club and Member of the Calhoun County Estate Planners Council.  Schaeffer specializes in portfolio and asset management along with personal trust and estate administration.  He can be reached by phone (517) 278-1569 or by e-mail at ErikSchaeffer@centurybt.com.

    The CTFA designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field wealth management and trust.  To qualify for the CTFA certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the trust profession, pass an exam, and agree to abide by a code of ethics.  The CTFA exam covers many areas including fiduciary and trust activities, financial planning, tax law and planning, investment management and ethics.

    Financial services professionals, working through the ICB, initiated the CTFA designation with eight others in order to establish meaningful standards of knowledge in specialty areas of the financial services industry.  ICB certifications formally recognize those who meet these standards and meet professional continuing education and development requirements. 

    The ICB, with over 9,000 certified members, provides financial services professionals with confidence, credibility and recognition through its certifications. As a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, ICB promotes the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise. For more information about the ICB and its professional certifications, call 202-663-5092 or visitwww.aba.com/icb.

    About the Trust and Investment Management Group
    The Trust and Investment Management Group currently manages over $255 million in assets with over 100 years of combined experience. The staff of the Trust and Investment Management Group has the expertise necessary, through CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP) professionals and Certified Trust and Financial Advisors (CTFA) to assist you with all of your investment and trust management needs. All trust officers are trained in financial, estate, tax and retirement planning as well as investments and insurance. In addition, all officers attend annual seminars and educational events to remain current on these disciplines.

    About Century Bank and Trust
    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.  

  • Adult and Pediatric Dental Care offers chance to win free teeth whitening

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    As their November web special Adult and Pediatric Dental Care of Coldwater is offering the chance to win a free chair side teeth whitening, valued at over $250. Visit www.wtvbam.com  and click on their web ad or go to www.smilespreserved.com to register. Adult and Pediatric Dental Care offers a full range of dental services including general dentistry, implants, dentures, bridges, partials and cosmetic dentistry. Adult and Pediatric Dental Care is located at 50 Grand Street in Coldwater.

  • KCC to host career fairs Nov. 14 for future corrections officers

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    In anticipation of the State of Michigan hiring hundreds of additional corrections officers over the next year, Kellogg Community College is hosting a pair of career fairs next month to help people learn more about working in the corrections field.

    The career fairs are 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at locations in Battle Creek and Coldwater. The locations are:

    Classroom 303, Lane-Thomas Building, on the KCC campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.  Student Lounge, KCC’s Grahl Center, 125 Seeley St., Coldwater. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Corrections will be available at the career fairs, as will representatives from KCC’s Student Employment Services and Financial Aid offices.

     Nationally, corrections officers earn a median $39,020 annually and the occupation is expected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    “It’s exciting that the State of Michigan is ramping up its hiring and we at KCC want to do everything we can to help people in our communities obtain those jobs,” said Ronald Ivey, director of KCC’s Criminal Justice programs.

    Job seekers who attend one of the career fairs Nov. 14 also will find information about KCC’s Criminal Justice courses, five of which are designed to be completed together on a fast-track basis to certify future corrections officers and prepare them to take a state exam required for employment. The five-course certification will next be offered at the Grahl Center on weekday evenings over a 15-week period beginning in January 2013.

  • True Trim Donates Lawn care

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    "The True Trim Garden Gnomes will be helping the Naomi Davis Shelterhouse and Laura’s Place this year - as they believe in aiding and supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence by standing up to say "NO MORE".  They know that together we can prevent domestic and sexual violence!

    How are they doing this??? 

    This Saturday, True Trim will have a float in the Halloween Parade. BranchCountyCoalition Against Domestic Violence volunteers and employees will be walking along and handing out 278-safe cards promoting local services. 

    Whether it be breast cancer awareness, standing up against domestic violence or other causes in our community; there are ways to help other than with cash donations.  Providing organizations with services can be just as effective.  Kim Hemker from Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence says, "Local companies such as True Trim that donate services or show their support by their positive actions is why I loveBranchCounty.  Who says that chivalry is dead?  Wearing pink shirts or garden gnome costumes is not their heart's desire I am sure, but it is so heartwarming for a group to be so supportive of family issues.  That is why this business will stay in business, because they have heart and integrity.  Thank you True Trim." 

    If you are interested in volunteering in any way, whether it is direct service or by providing a skill that you may possess, we want you! 

    We are providing a volunteer training on November 17th from 9-4.  Please register by November 13th by calling 517.278.SAFE (7233).  Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to meeting you!

  • Diabetes Workshop

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The number of people living with diabetes in Branch County is growing at a rapid pace, some calling it an epidemic and that’s why the Community Health Center of Branch County and Borgess will sponsor a free event next month. It’s happening on  Tuesday, November 13th at the CHC Community Care and Conference Center behind Pizza Hut beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be blood sugar and blood pressure screenings, foot checks, diabetes related exhibitors, and healthy snacks. And there will also be a drawing for a $150, $100, & $50 gift card, but pre-registration is required to be eligible to win.  Dr. Michael Valitutto will be the featured presenter speaking on “Living with Diabetes.” He is the Medical Director at the Borgess Diabetes Center and a National Committee on Quality Assurance recognized physician in diabetes.

    The CHC Diabetic Education Department also holds monthly free support group meetings on the second Monday of every month, and they’re open to the public to inform those who have diabetes about the latest information about the disease, as well as instruct family members about their part in helping their loved one.  Also on the health front….

    Another reason for kids to get their flu shots. A new study shows coming down with the flu can prove fatal even for children who are healthy.  Dr. Karen Wong with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says researchers looked at flu-related deaths from 2004 to 2012 in children up to 18 years old.  The study shows more than 40-percent of the children who died had no risk factors such as asthma or genetic disorders that would have made them more vulnerable to the flu virus.  Dr. Wong says the finding shows how important it is for people of all ages to get an annual flu shot.



  • Southern Michigan Bank and Trust Announces Promotion for Grabowski

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    John H. Castle, Chairman and CEO of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the promotion of Nick Grabowski to First Vice President / Head of Commercial Lending.

    As Head of Commercial Lending, Nick will be responsible for commercial loan functions bank wide. Grabowski is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. He also attended the ABA National Commercial Lending School in Dallas, Texas.

    In 2003, Grabowski began his banking career with SMB&T as the Managed Assets Manager and was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer in 2005 and again promoted to Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer in 2008. Nick is involved in the community as a board member of the Coldwater Noon Exchange Club.

    CEO Castle stated, “Nick is an outstanding leader; his knowledge and experience at Southern makes him an asset as Head of Commercial Lending”. 

    Southern Michigan Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Coldwater, Michigan.  Its subsidiary bank, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, has 15 branches within Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties and provides a broad range of consumer, business and wealth management services throughout the region.



    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Despite the cold and rainy weather, 1,500 residents from the Kalamazoo area, including 50 breast cancer survivors, raised $108,000, while another 650 participants, including 60 breast cancer survivors, raised $50,000 in Muskegon on Oct. 13 for a total of $158,000 at their local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to fight breast cancer and provide hope to those whose lives have been affected by this disease. 

    This noncompetitive event unites communities to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk, and raise funds to end breast cancer. 
    “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Crystal Parish, director for the American Cancer Society Southwest Michigan Office in Portage. “We are so thankful for how our communities have pulled together to encourage everyone to change the course of breast cancer forever. Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping 2.6 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. celebrate another birthday this year. Since Making Strides Against Breast Cancer began 20 years ago, the breast cancer death rate has dropped 32 percent. ” 
    The funds raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer help the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the organization for help and support. Dollars raised also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them. Since 1993, 8 million walkers have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Last year alone, one million walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer. This fall, Michigan residents can participate in 18 walks throughout the state. The American Cancer Society encourages everyone to participate in this inspiring event. 

    The Society invests more in breast cancer research than in any other cancer type and has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. For instance, Society-funded research has led to the discovery of lifesaving breast cancer treatments, including Tamoxifen and Herceptin. In addition, the money raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer allows the American Cancer Society to ensure all women to have access to mammograms and treatments – regardless of income – and makes it possible to provide free programs and services that improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. The Society is doing the most to help people with breast cancer today in every community and is working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and is the only organization available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
    It’s not too late to make a donation to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org to help the Society continue saving lives. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org
    The American Cancer Society is joined by media partners WKFR 103.3, Fox 17 and Women’s Lifestyle Magazine of Greater Kalamazoo in taking a leadership position in the community’s fight against breast cancer.

  • New Water Superintendent

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Ken Dey Joins CBPU as Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is pleased to announce the hiring of Ken Dey to the position of Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent. Ken comes to the CBPU from the Saginaw area, where he has over twelve (12) years of wastewater experience at Class A treatment facilities in Saginaw and Genesee County. Ken holds the State of Michigan Class B, C and D wastewater operator certifications. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw Valley State University, with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.

    “Ken’s vast experience and industry knowledge will be a huge asset the utility. We were very fortunate to find someone of Ken’s caliber to fulfill this role”, said Director Paul Beckhusen.

  • “CHC’s July Employee of the Month Awarded to Hannah Musgrove”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Coldwater, Michigan (WTVB) - An Employee of the Month exemplifies CHC’s Mission, Vision, and Values.  Hannah Musgrove, Surgical-Pediatrics Unit Technician, is deserving of this award, and was recently selected by her peers as the Community Health Center of Branch County’s July Employee of the Month.

    Hannah was hired March 24, 2008 as a Unit Technician on the Surgical-Pediatric floor.

    According to her nominator, “Hannah is highly deserving of Employee of the Month.  She exemplifies CHC’s Mission, Vision, and Values.  Upon entering the Surgical/Pediatrics Unit all are greeted with a pleasant smile, demeanor, and eagerness to assist in an efficient manner.  She makes all her customers (patients, family, visitors, and coworkers) comfortable and well taken care of while in her presence.  She goes out of her way to make sure all items brought to her attention are taken care of promptly and accurately.  Many times you will see Hannah going above and beyond the “call of duty”.  She serves as a great example of excellent customer service even while off duty at the facility.  Recently while here as a visitor for a friend, Hannah made sure the patient and family were comfortable and well taken care of during their stay.  She is willing to help out and pitch in when needed, also providing coverage in the Emergency Department and most recently Nursing Office.  Hannah is a well-rounded person who is compassionate and caring of her CHC family.  She follows a family tradition for providing excellent care for all patients, family, and visitors at CHC.”

    Hannah graduated from Coldwater High School and is currently attending Kellogg Community College for Business Management.  She is also a 4-H leader, FFA Alumni secretary, and is involved in numerous community events.  Hannah works as casually for Dr. Kallus, is a Partylight consultant, and a substitute teacher at BACC in the Agriculture & Natural Resources Department.  Hannah is married to Jonathan Musgrove who is in maintenance at Bronson Precision Products.  Together they have a dog named Remi.  Hannah has lived in Coldwater all her life.  She enjoys gardening, canning, and entertaining friends and family.The Surgical/Pediatric Unit provides nursing care to patients of all ages. The majority of CHC’s rooms are private which enhances patients’ experience and confidentiality. CHC care is focused on the post-operative patient, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and children with any acute care needs.

    Patient care providers include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse externs, nursing assistants, unit secretaries, unit technicians, physicians, respiratory technicians, physical therapy personnel, pastoral care personnel, discharge planning staff, radiology technicians, laboratory staff, dieticians, and pharmacists.

    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.  

  • Century Bank and Trust Donates Google Nexus 7 Tablet Package to Tibbits Auction

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    COLDWATER – Technology fans of all ages have fallen in love with the new Google Nexus 7 Tablet, and this year, at Tibbits 33rd Annual Auction on Sat., Nov. 3, you will have your chance to bid on one – courtesy of Century Bank and Trust.

    "We enjoy supporting such strong successful community events such as the Tibbits auction. We are excited to be able donate the popular Google Nexus to this year's auction," stated Rebecca Duke, Marketing Director and Training Officer of Century Bank and Trust.

    More about the Google Nexus 7 (from: http://www.google.com/nexus/#/7/features): The Google Nexus 7 is a no compromise Android tablet, designed to go wherever you go. With a stunning 7 display, powerful quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use, Nexus 7 was built to bring you the best of Google in a slim, portable package that fits perfectly in your hand. The tablet, with respect to the media-lovers of the world, was built for Google Play. With this feature, all the entertainment you love is right in your hand: more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of eBooks and songs, thousands of movies, and a growing selection of TV shows and magazines. Enjoy entertainment on an Android device and your computer without wires or syncing. It also comes complete with up-to-date Google Apps such as Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. Easy to use apps stay in sync automatically across your tablet, phone and PC. Nexus 7 brings the best of Google together in one simple, beautiful device.

    Century Bank and Trust, founded in 1890 as an independent community bank, has continually shown their support for Tibbits by providing unique technology-based items to the annual auction. Century Bank and Trust provides a comprehensive range of corporate, trust and retail products and services through Branch, St. Joseph and Hillsdale counties. To learn more about Century Bank and Trust visit CenturyBankandTrust.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/CenturyBankandTrust  to learn more about how Century supports the community.To try your hand at bidding on the Google Nexus 7 Tablet and many other items, come to Tibbits 33rd Annual Auction on Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 at Tibbits Opera House located at 14 S. Hanchett St. For more information on the auction or ways you can donate, please call Tibbits at 517-278-6029.

  • Event Wraps Up 20th Year Anniversary Celebration for Community Foundation

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    September 27, 2012 – Coldwater, MI –  On Thursday, October 4, the Branch County Community Foundation will wrap up a year long celebration with a gathering of donors and community members at the CHC Community Care and Conference Center.  The event will feature author, Carolyn Friend, co-author of “The Legacy Conversation:  The Missing Gem in Wealth Planning.”  This is a free event with light refreshments beginning at 5:30 and the program beginning at 6:15.

    During the event, Friend will talk about confronting the complex and sensitive issues of the "inheritance” including legacy conversations, family wisdom, or other generational issues.  The book has been known as a invaluable contribution to the art of legacy planning. Friend is also the founder of Inheriting Wisdom a specialty consulting firm that designs Legacy Plans for families with intentional strategies for passing on more than just assets to the next generation.


    Friend and her husband James M. Weiner co-founded the Gen-T Legacy Institute to assist families in passing on the non-financial, intagible legacy from one generation to another through their Inheriting Wisdom process. A husband and wife team, they reside in Chicago.


    To RSVP to attend this event, please call the Branch County Community Foundation at 278.4517.  The CHC Community Care and Conference Center is located at 370 E. Chicago St. in Coldwater.

    The Branch County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization and a nationally accredited and state-certified community grantmaking foundation that serves communities in Branch County and Colon, Michigan by supporting charitable giving, building permanent endowments, and connecting community resources.  For more information about making a donation, please contact the Branch County Community Foundation by calling 278.4517 or their website at www.BCCOFoundation.org.

  • CHC Foundation Gala Features Live and Silent Auctions

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    For the second consecutive year, Community Health Center Wound Healing Center is sponsoring the live and silent auctions at the 2012 CHC Foundation Gala.  Thanks to overwhelming support from community businesses, guests of the 2012 CHC Foundation Gala will have the opportunity to bid on more than 50 items, from local delicacies to trips far away.  The event, which will honor Dr. Joudat Daoud as 2012 Physician of the Year, will feature a delicious hors d’oeurves buffet from Caruso’s; live entertainment by The Delbert Walling Group; and unlimited spirits by Beverage Catering.  The live auction will be emceed by the infamous Tim Hart and attendees will be dazzled by the auctioneering skills of Spieth and Satow Auctioneers.

    All proceeds from the 2012 CHC Foundation Gala will benefit the construction of a new nurses’ station in the CHC patient room renovation project.  This $6 million renovation project will provide our community with a new hospital within CHC’s existing walls.  The main goal of the project is to increase the number of private patient rooms available to our patients and their families. With upgraded HVAC equipment and integrated technology solutions, the results of the project will be an improved patient experience, increased privacy for patients and their visitors, and more efficient care delivery. 

     “TheCHC Wound  Healing Center is honored to partner with the CHC Foundation to provide a live and silent auction at the 2012 Gala,” statedDiane Bishop, Wound Healing Center Director.  “We are grateful to be part of an event that raises much-needed funds for the Community Health Center of Branch County.”

    The main live auction item of the evening is the “What Dreams Are Made Of” package.  This exciting vacation package includes accommodations for a family of 2 adults and 2 children for 4 nights at Disney's new Art of Animation Resort.  Each Art of Animation Resort building offers character themed rooms from one of the four beloved animated films:  Finding Nemo, Cars, Lion King and Little Mermaid.  Package includes 5-day park hopper tickets which allow the flexibility to come and go as desired throughout all four Walt Disney World parks:MagicKingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Also included is the Magic Your Way dining package which provides one table-service meal, one quick service meal, and one snack per person, per day.  Airfare, round-trip Magical Express transfers fromOrlandoAirport and Disney’s cancellation-insurance policy are all included.  Thanks to All Season’s Travel in Coldwater, the winning bidder can create the perfect vacation for their family. 

    Other exciting items in the live auction include:

    • Dinner for four at Element 112, Chef Chris Nixon’s (formerly of the Boat House) new restaurant inToledo,Ohio.  Winning bidders will experience a 9 course small plate feast with a bottle of wine creatively presented by Chef Nixon and the Element 112 staff.
    • A furnace including installation to warm those long winter nights from Shamrock Heating and Cooling.
    • Hunting and fishing excursions guaranteed to excite your favorite outdoor enthusiast!
    • Winter Solstice Celebration for 6 atColdwaterLake.  Enjoy a winter evening at Rick and Kathy Merrill’s and enjoy dinner including hors d'oeurves; your choice of pot-au-feu or osso buco; accompaniments; and dessert - cooked in their outdoor kitchen. 
    • The famous Mystery Package from Kiess Jewelry.  We can’t tell you what it is!  That would ruin the “Mystery.”
    • Sports, fitness, and fun from custom cornhole boards to country club, and health club memberships.
    • More food and fun including a wine tasting and dinner and a home audio system.
    • It’s a New You Package which includes a year membership to Great Lakes Health and Fitness, a $75 Mary Kay Gift Certificate fromBrenda Kidney, services from Chicago Pike Inn and Spa, a gift certificate for personal training, and an iPod Touch and $25 iTunes gift card from Monarch Community Bank
    • A water heater from Shamrock Heating and Cooling

    But the opportunity to splurge doesn’t end there!  Local businesses have come together to provide a myriad of silent auction items for bidding.  Some things to look forward to are:  Nook Color; Kindle Fire; 1-year memberships to Great Lakes Health and Fitness; limo rides; wine; Biggby Coffee Basket; Thirty-One Gifts Basket; McDonald’s birthday party; gift certificates CCW classes; and a custom stained glass piece from CHC Board of Trustee member David Smoker. 

    In addition, the CHC Foundation Gala Committee is also selling raffle tickets for a chance to win an iPad.  Tickets are available for purchase for $10 with a 1 in 200 chance of winning.

    “The CHC Foundation Board of Directors is grateful to all of the supporters of our event,” stated Terra Depew, Fund Development Coordinator.  “The live and silent auction components of the event help raise needed funds while infusing the evening with fun and excitement.”  The live and silent auctions are the result of the work of the Auction Committee which consists of:Steve Franks,John Fulmer,Barb Brady,Cynthia Carpenter,Karmen Case,Teddy Foote,Bill Hamilton, Tracy Kelley,Martin Lepper,Jon McKinley, Ken McKinley,Brenda Kidney, Don Shemel, Tawney Sterett,Deborah Tomlinson,Joe Ward,Carrie Welsh, and Jay Wright.

    Reservations for the Gala are selling quickly!  If you are interested in attending, contact Terra Depew, Fund Development Coordinator at 517-279-5414 or terrad@chcbc.com.

    The CHC Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve lives by ensuring the best healthcare for our community.  Any individual or organization who is interested in contributing an item for the auction or information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Terra Depew at 517-279-5414 or terrad@chcbc.com