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  • Subway Named Official Restaurant of the MHSAA

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Cleveland, OH – August 14, 2012 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) is proud to name Subway as the “Official Restaurant” of the MHSAA. Subway, long recognized as a nutritional leader, will show their support of education-based athletics at MHSAA sanctioned events beginning with the Fall athletic season. The partnership is a perfect match-up, the MHSAA is committed to education-based athletics and Subway is dedicated to healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.  Both organizations will work to encourage student-athletes to make balanced nutritional choices. 

    Subway is a strong supporter of the communities where their restaurants are located. The partnership with the MHSAA will include prominent signage, TV, radio program ads, public address announcements, on-site opportunities, and social media components. 

    “Our restaurants are 100% owned and operated by local people all across the state,” said Bob LeVand, a SUBWAY franchisee from Cadillac.  “Being named the Official Restaurant sponsor of Michigan high school sports gives us one more way to thank the folks in our home towns for their longtime support.  Because giving back to the community isn’t just good business, it’s also being a good neighbor.”

    “We are looking forward to our partnership with Subway, and we’re grateful for their commitment to high school communities throughout the state of Michigan. As the official restaurant of the MHSAA, our student athletes, families, and fans will have the opportunity to see that commitment firsthand.” said John Roberts, Executive Director, MHSAA.

  • Consumers Credit Union Hosts Seminar

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Kalamazoo, Mich. – Join Consumers Credit Union at its Stadium Drive location on Tuesday, August 14th, at 6pm, for this FREE seminar to learn how to keep safe in the world of social media. The seminar, which is open to the general public, will address these key concerns:

     How to stay professional at all times (and why it's important)

    What to look for in scams

    The #1 No-No in Social Media (People lose lifelong friends over!)

    Do any of the privacy settings really work?

     Guest speaker, Lynne Jarman-Johnson, will help attendees understand the social mediums available while keeping safety issues at the forefront. Johnson, who has over 20 years of experience in communications and journalism, will also offer tips on how people of all ages can learn to use social media in an effective, positive fashion. Real examples will be used in her presentation.

     Visit www.consumerscu.org/Seminars to register. All are welcome to attend.

    Social Media Seminar:

    Top Ten Social Media DOs and DON'Ts

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    7040 Stadium Drive (at the corner of 8th Street)

    Kalamazoo, MI 49009

  • Coldwater BPU Employees Receive Certifications

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Bryan Smith, an employee of the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities, has passed the Michigan DEQ examination for certification as a class “D-2” municipal drinking water operator. Smith began his career with the water department in 2007, offering the utility expertise in several skilled trades.Bryanobtained hisMichiganStatelicensure for Journeyman Plumber in 2000 as well as earning Universal Refrigeration Certification.

    Another Coldwater B-P-U employee, Steve Barone, recently completed the necessary 7,000 hours and also the required course material to graduate from the Great Lakes Energy Cooperative Inc. Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program. Barone obtained his Utility Technician Certificate in 2006 fromAlpenaCommunity College. In 2008 he began his career with the electric department as an apprentice lineman, where he has been able to showcase his education and knowledge in the electric field.


  • Michigan's Longest Garage Sale Coming Up This Month

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Michigan's Longest Garage Sale makes its annual return Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th, to communities all along the US-12 Heritage Trail. From New Buffalo, MI to Detroit, MI, this unique event draws in people from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio  for a fun weekend of treasure hunting.   

    This annual event gets bigger and better each year. Don't miss your chance to find hidden treasure at one of the many antiques, collectibles, treasures and garage sales spread along 212 miles of US-12, including through local communities Bronson, Coldwater, Quincy, Allen, and Jonesville.      

    For general information about Michigan's Longest Garage Sale, and a downloadable map of some of the sale sites along the trail, go to   



  • Cameron Receives Gift Toward Building New Hospital

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Angola,Ind.– The Cameron Hospital Foundation announced today that it has received its first group gift to assist with funding for the new Cameron Memorial Community Hospital facility.  The Cameron Hospital Auxiliary recently announced that they are pledging $50,000 toward the endeavor.  “This is a very important project and we are very pleased to be an early contributor toward a new and contemporary healthcare facility in our community,” said Kathy Ankenbruck, Cameron Auxiliary President.

         The Cameron Hospital Auxiliary has been an ardent supporter of the hospital for decades having been organized in 1977 by Evelyn Kintz.  The group was originally started with the focus of opening a gift shop whose proceeds would benefit the hospital.  Since that time, the Auxiliary still runs the gift shop, but the group is now over 65 strong, volunteering in many departments of the hospital.  The Auxiliary supports the hospital’s mission with funds raised from sales from the gift shop along with fundraisers that are held throughout the year. 

         This past year, Auxiliary members donated over $20,000 to the hospital as well as over 8,700 volunteer hours.  Over the past ten years members have given over 263,000 hours of their time.

         “We truly appreciate this commitment from our Auxiliary,” said Greg Burns, President & CEO.  “This group works hand in hand with our staff every day and truly values the importance of a new facility.  We thank them for this gift and for everything that they do for our community each and every day.”

    For more information, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 2337.

  • Shades of Grey Closes Out the 2012 Entertainment Under the Stars Concert Series

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Get ready Shades of Grey will have your toes tapping and fingers snapping with the sound of Good Ole 60’s and 70’s Rock and Roll for the final concert of the 2012 Entertainment Under the Stars series.  Yes, Shades of Grey are back again for the final concert this Tuesday, July 31st, at Cannon Park next to Putnam Funeral Home in Downtown Coldwater beginning at 7 p.m.

    Featured this evening will be original members Jim Voss, Chris Edwards, Tom Puyear, Betty Sale and special guests Jeff McGinnis.  Jonathan Voss a member of Shades of Grey, the next generation will round out this prestigious group.  Chris Edwards will be playing guitar and hails now from Warrenton, Virginia; Tom Puyear will be on keyboards and is now living in Lansing, Michigan; Jeff McGinnis will be lead vocalist and hails from Battle Creek, Michigan; Jim and Jonathan Voss will be playing drums and are both live in Coldwater  

    Shades of Grey do a mix of popular songs covering the 60’s and 70’s and maybe even one from the 80’s.  Among the songs are –Love Train; Mustang Sally, My Girl and other great toe tapping songs that you can dance or sing along with.  They always mix it up with a variety of styles.

    Don’t miss the hog roast the Branch Interfaith Hospitality Network (BIHN) will be hosting at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall adjacent to the concert venue from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. 

    Free BATA service will be provided to senior housing residents thanks to Gillespie, Dutcher and Putnam Funeral Homes.   Call BATA at 278-5889 to schedule a ride.  In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Masonic Temple (45 E. Chicago), one block east of the park.

    Entertainment Under the Stars is made possible this year by support from Southern Michigan Bank & Trust,  Infinisource,  Monarch Community Bank, Branch County Community Foundation, the Coldwater Downtown Business Association (DBA)

  • Special Dementia Training Coming To Maple Lawn

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater has been selected as one of 20 nursing homes in Michigan to participate in a state-wide project focusing on dementia care training and consultation from 2011 to 2013.  Approximately 70 percent of all nursing home residents have some form of dementia, according to the National Alzheimer’s Association.

    Staff will gain enhanced skills in problem-solving to help reduce resident distress, including agitation and distressing behaviors, that can occur with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.   “There has been documentation the training and education has helped some staff to handle behavior issues.  The staff at Maple Lawn has been very welcoming and easy to work with; our goal is to have fewer behavior issues and more content residents,” commented Julie Hurley, dementia educator for Maple Lawn.

     The Michigan Dementia Intervention Support Project (MDISP) for Nursing Homes is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health with the use of state Civil Monetary Penalty funds.  As the regional dementia educator, Hurley is providing the co-training and consultation within Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility. 

    Hurley has an extensive experience in working with dementia patients since 1997. She currently works as the program director for Pines Behavioral Health Senior Respite services.  She is a member of MDEN (Michigan Dementia Education Network) and has been a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association Support Group in Branch County since 1998. 

    “Julie’s extensive knowledge in dementia is helping our staff learn more about the disease and how we can better relate and accommodate the large population we have of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.  Over 100 staff members have attended the training,” said Jayne Sabaitis, Maple Lawn Administrator.

     Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility has been recognized by the governor and other agencies for providing quality care through extended-stay nursing care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities.  Rehabilitation services are also available for physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy for short or long term care. 


  • Cathy Morrill Named CHC May Employee of the Month

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    June 29, 2012-Coldwater, Michigan- 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, which is why Cathy Morrill was presented the Employee of the Month Award at CHC for May.

    Cathy was hired on December 19, 1994, as a Health Information Management Clerk.  Some of her job duties include clerical functions as it pertains to identifying and analyzing physical or electronic medical records.  According to her nominator,” Cathy is a dedicated member of the CHC Health Information Management Department and the hospital and most assuredly deserving of the recognition as Employee of the Month.  She is dependable, conscientious, and demonstrates team commitment and quality customer service each and every day she is here.  She responds promptly and professionally to customer requests.  She is committed to meeting the goals set forth by herself and by her customers.  She is always seen pitching in for the benefit of her peers before being asked and is well respected by her peers.  Cathy has generously put forth her personal time to assist coworkers inside and outside the department; organizing a fundraiser for staff members in need, dropping off meals to a volunteer after surgery, and loaning personal equipment to help someone in need.  Cathy is cheerful and pleasant, works hard and can always be seen hustling about her day with a focus to produce timely, quality work and always seems to be enjoying herself.  Cathy shows each of us through example how to be a great coworker, team player, and friend of the hospital.  She is an excellent example for each of us to follow.”

     Cathy graduated from Coldwater High School and attended the Branch Area Career Center.  Born in Blue Island, IL, Cathy has a twin sister.  At thirteen years old her family moved to Coldwater.  Cathy has been married to her high school sweetheart, John Morrill, Sr., for 34 years.  Together they have a son, John Morrill, Jr. who is 31 years old and works as a plumber for Donay’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning and a daughter, Leslie Morrill-Stumpf who is 27 years old and works for Dr. Sennish at Coldwater Surgery, P.C.  Cathy enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren, Emma, Harper, Nolan, Madison, & Archer.  She also enjoys walking and working in her flower gardens.



  • Consumers Credit Union To Host Youth Day July 24th

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater, Mich. – On Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 from 10am till 2pm, Consumers Credit Union’s Coldwater office will be having a Youth Day to celebrate its younger members and children in the community while promoting fire safety and safe bicycling habits. The Coldwater office is conveniently located at 829 East Chicago Street.

    During Youth Day, fire safety experts E.S.C.A.P.E. will be onsite with the ‘smoke trailer’ along with the Quincy Fire Department to help teach children how to react if ever involved in a fire emergency. Jake the Fire Safety Dog will also be present to greet and mingle with participants. Fun games and refreshments will be provided.

     Courtney Rus, Coldwater Assistant Office Manager, says, “I believe it is important to educate our children about fire safety starting at a young age so they can be prepared in the event of a real fire emergency. E.S.C.A.P.E. provides an environment conducive for the children remembering the steps to take if they are ever involved in a fire.”

     FREE bike helmets will also be given away during Youth Day in a variety of colors and sizes for members under the age of 18* – compliments of AAA. Representatives from AAA will be on-hand to assist kids and teens with their helmet fitting and to provide safety tips for bicycling.

     Jill Carroll, Group Relationship Manager of AAA-Michigan, speaks on the importance of events like these, “Unfortunately, too many children are injured each year while riding their bikes. Experts estimate that 85 percent of all head or brain injuries could be avoided if cyclists wore helmets correctly.”

    The helmet give away is reserved for members of Consumers Credit Union under the age of 18. Children and teens must be present to receive a helmet and helmets will only be given away while supplies last.

  • Sarah Algardi Receives Scholarship From Baker College

    Posted by Ken Delaney
    JACKSON, Mich. – Baker College of Jackson officials have announced Sarah Algaradi as the recipient of the 2012 Ed Kurtz Leadership Scholarship award. Algaradi received a $2,500 scholarship that is awarded to a Baker College student who demonstrates academic achievement and either a commitment to community service or a successful balance of work, family and school obligations.

    “Sarah has demonstrated academic achievement while balancing family and work obligations,” said Patricia A. Kaufman, Ed.D., Baker College of Jackson president. “We are very pleased to present the 2012 Ed Kurtz scholarship to Sarah this year." 

    In addition to supporting her family, Algaradi works part time at Legg Middle School in Coldwater. She is an English language learner support assistant, helping "English as a second language" students translate information and understand lessons and homework assignments. She was recommended for the Ed Kurtz scholarship by the principals at Legg Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School.   

    A Coldwater resident, Algaradi is working toward a bachelor's degree in business administration – accelerated program. She currently maintains a 3.40 Grade Point Average (GPA) and has been taking an average of 23 credit hours per quarter for the past six quarters. Algaradi plans to graduate from Baker College of Jackson winter 2013.

    Baker College established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of Ed Kurtz, retired president and CEO of Baker College. Kurtz, a dynamic leader whose vocabulary does not include the word “impossible,” also exhibited extraordinary service to his neighbors, friends and community throughout his 34 years at Baker College. The Ed Kurtz Scholarship fund honors the efforts of Baker students who exemplify Ed’s leadership style and who serve their communities as leaders and volunteers or balance work and family obligations.  

    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 nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 40,000 students on 12 campuses and in three 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 website atwww.baker.edu.
  • Chamber Ribbon Cuttings For Carlson Wealth Advisors and Curtis Funding Group

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    The Branch County Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting ribbon cuttings this Friday, July 21, 2012 at 1 pm for the new locations of Carlson Wealth Advisors and Curtis Funding Group. Both businesses are located in the chamber building at 20 South Division Street, Coldwater, The public is welcome to attend.

  • Whelan Goes From Hitting Golf Balls To Dropping Them

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    July 16, 2012 – Coldwater, MI  -  Jim Whelan, news director for AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB  in Coldwater, has officially confirmed that he will be dropping thousands of golf balls out of a helicopter on Saturday, August 25 to benefit the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (BCCADV) Sue Nagle Help from Above Golf Ball Drop.  Whelan will drop the balls from a helicopter and the ball that drops the closest to the pin or goes in the hole will win $1,000, 2nd closest will win $500 and furthest from the hole wins $250. 

    Golf balls are now being sold for $10 a piece at The Golf Club of Coldwater, Wilber’s Furniture, Iyopawa Island Golf Course, or by calling the Shelterhouse at 278-SAFE.  Participants need not be present to win. 

    All of the monies raised from the event will help provide services to those that use the Naomi Davis Home, Altrusa Teen S.H.A.R.E, and Laura’s Place.  The Shelterhouse 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 Shelterhouse to offer safe refuge, encouragement, support services, food and clothing to victims fleeing domestic violence.

    The Shelterhouse headquarters is located at 220 N. Michigan Ave. in the Naomi Davis Home.  For more information about the Sue Nagle Help from Above Golf Ball Drop, call 517. 278.7432.