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  • Firekeepers Casino To Hold Job Fair Monday

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    (Battle Creek, Mich.) — FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek be holding a job fair on July 16, and are looking to hire 300 additional “thrill makers” to join the FireKeepers team with the opening of the brand new resort-style hotel and event center this fall.

    “Our 1,500 thrill makers are the ones who make FireKeepers the casino of choice,” stated R. Bruce McKee, Chief Executive Officer for FireKeepers Casino.   “We are looking for even more of the best in the region to take the Tribes vision of a four star hotel and make it a reality.” 

    “Our thrill makers are welcoming, engaging, enthusiastic, and appreciative, and they take pride in creating a winning experience for every guest that walks through the casinos doors,” said McKee.

    The job fair will be held at FireKeepers Casino’s Bingo room on Monday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Qualified applicants should bring their updated resume for a chance to participate in the onsite prescreens and interviews. 

    “We are proud to be able to offer team member benefits such as 401(k) with company match and paid time off,” stated Renee Martin, Director of Human Resources for FireKeepers Casino.  “FireKeepers also offers medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, life insurance, on-site medical clinic, workday discounted meals, discounted dry cleaning, and employee assistance programs.”

    FireKeepers will also be holding a company paid Table Games Dealer School beginning Monday, July 30, for qualified applicants. 

  • Tracy Richer Joins Century Bank and Trust

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater, MI- Dylan Foster, First Vice President of Century Bank and Trust, is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy A. Richer as a Trust Assistant to Century Bank and Trust.

     “Tracy’s relationship management skills, community involvement and valuable investment experience will complement our Trust and Investment Management Group well,” stated Foster.  

    Richer joins Century Bank and Trust with over 11 years of financial service experience.  She is a Coldwater native and a graduate of Kellogg Community College.  Richer carries Series 66 and Series 7 licenses as well as a life and health insurance license and a property and casualty insurance license. Within the community, Richer is a member and past president of the Quincy Rotary club, a member and past board member of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Quincy Historical Society.  She also serves on the Education Advisory Group and the Business and Education Partnership.

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

    Tracy can be reached at (517) 278-1500 or by e-mail at TracyRicher@centurybt.com

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

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

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


  • Roland Roth-CHC April Employee of the Month

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    June 14, 2012-Coldwater, Michigan- An Employee of the Month must demonstrate team work, customer services, and leadership. Roland Roth exemplifies those traits, which is why he was presented the Employee of the Month Award at CHC for April.

     Roland was hired in October of 1984 as Director of Materials Management.  Some of his job duties include direction of purchasing; receipt, storage, inventory control of equipment and supplies used in patient care, and patient concern resolution.  Roland is a committee member on the Customer Service Steering Committee, Emergency Preparedness, and Joint Commission Ethics & Patient Rights..  According to his nominator, “Roland serves as an example to all for the values we hold as an organization.  H strives to always make recommendations and decisions that are in the best interest of the organization.  He supports his peers in any way he can and continually does small things to help make everyone’s job easier.  These small things are often time savers and are so very helpful.  Roland is kind and compassionate and genuinely cares about CHC and his coworkers.  He lives by the mission of the hospital and truly sets an example for others to follow.  Roland would make an excellent Employee of the Month.”

     Roland graduated from high school inElmira,Oregon.  He received his degree in Respiratory Therapy from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1978.  Roland received a certification in electrocardiography and became an EMT in 1980.  In 2009, Roland did his masters work in Pastoral Leadership.

     Roland is married to Mary Jo who is an elementary school teacher.  They have been married for 32 years and have two sons.  John Roth is thirty one and an elementary school teacher inBloomington,IN.  Joseph Roth is thirty and is in construction while working on his degree in Christian Counseling inAuburn,IN.  Roland enjoys studying biblical and ancient Near East culture and history, wood carving, reading, and fishing.  He is a church pastor, teaches two bible studies groups, and is a marriage counselor.

    Congratulations, Roland on receiving April Employee of the Month.  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

  • Coldwater McDonald's Grand Reopening Set

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater, MI – (July 6, 2012) – The McDonald’s restaurant located in Coldwater has reopen its doors with several contemporary changes designed to enhance the customer experience.

     The Coldwater McDonald’s, operated by local business owners, Jim and Laura Maynard will host a grand opening celebration from July 10-15 with special activities that will kick off  with a ribbon cutting on July 10 at 9:00 am. The grand re-opening celebration will include daily specials and raffles drawings for a “Kindle Fire”, “Tibbits” tickets, ”Brickyard 500” tickets and 10 lucky people will win Big Macs for a year.

     “McDonald’s is changing with the times to give our customers a dining experience that’s more inviting,” said Jim Maynard.  “Laura and I owe our success as local business owners to the people of Coldwater, and we consider it a privilege to serve our customers quality food in a clean and welcoming environment.”   

     Highlights of the redesigned restaurant include: a new exterior, landscaping that compliments the community and a re-positioned double-lane drive-thru. Inside, customers will enjoy comfortable lighting, contemporary color schemes that reflect the personality of the brand, along with new furniture with natural finishes. Customers can enjoy free Wi-Fi in comfortable seating with additional electrical outlets available. Additionally, the playland has been updated and has a dedicated play area for toddlers.

     “As a local business, we were proud to work with other companies in our area to complete restaurant redesign,” said Jim Maynard.  “At McDonald’s, we take great pride in supporting the economy by investing in local businesses.” 

     In 2011, McDonald’sUSAannounced a $1 billion investment to redesign the majority of its 14,000U.S.restaurants by 2015. Last year, McDonald’s and its franchisees remodeled 600 restaurants and rebuilt 200 nationwide. In 2012, McDonald’s plans to improve on that total, targeting 800 new remodels, 225 rebuilds and 175 new store openings – a 24 percent total increase in renovations over the previous year.


    About McDonald's

    McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United Statesserving a variety of wholesome food made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S.restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the more than 12,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S.restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow McDonald’s on Twitter and Facebook for updates on our business, promotions and products.


  • Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Goes Smoke Free

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Angola,Ind.– Effective July 4, 2012, smoking and the use of tobacco products will not be permitted on the campus of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital (CMCH), any CMCH owned/leased properties, or in hospital owned/leased vehicles.  “As a provider of health care in the community, we are committed to promoting and creating a healthy environment for our patients, visitors, employees, physicians and volunteers who are on our campus,” said Greg Burns, Cameron President & CEO.  “We hope that this initiative sets a positive example in the community.”

    This policy will apply to all individuals working, visiting, or receiving medical care within the boundaries of the hospital property.  It also includes volunteers, physicians, vendors and contractors.  Signage is posted reminding all employees, patients and visitors of the new policy. 

    It is Cameron’s mission to promote the health, well-being, and safety of its patients, visitors and employees while on the hospital campus.  Tobacco is a proven health and safety hazard, both to the tobacco user and to nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke, carrying very serious health risks.  It has been proven to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and is inconsistent with Cameron’s healthcare mission.

    This initiative is an enhancement of Cameron’s current no-smoking policy, but extends it to all tobacco products and restricts smoking and tobacco use in cars on campus.  For those visitors who might find the policy to be difficult to comply with, Cameron will extend its support and offer free gum and hard candy which will be available at the reception desk in the lobby.

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

  • Taylor's Stationers Wins Award

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Taylor’s Stationers of Coldwater  received a Carlson Craft Excellence Award for 2011. Each year Carlson Craft, the nation’s leading wholesale printing company, presents only a few select businesses with this prestigious award for outstanding performance and exceptional sales achievements.   Carlson Craft is pleased to recognize Taylor’s Stationers for this honor.

  • Brian Musselman Promoted to Water Superintendent

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian Musselman to the position of Water Superintendent. He joined the utility in 1998, and most recently has served as the Interim Water Superintendent since October, 2010.

    Brian’s performance and experience has been an asset to the utility and to the community in providing residents with safe and reliable water service. He holds a D1 Water License and an S2 Water License. Brian has the leadership and vision needed for continued success in his new role.

    Brian moved to Coldwater with his family from Union City in 1998. He and his wife Suzanne have one child, Trey and are all active members of the community. Brian is currently a member of the AWWA and MEWA.

    For more information about CBPU services or the City of Coldwater, please visit www.coldwater.org or call (517) 279-9531.

  • Popcorn Theatre

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Popcorn Theatre 2012 begins its summer season with the antics of a wooden puppet who wants to be a real, live boy in... “Pinocchio!”

    “Pinocchio” is the classic tale of a shoemaker who carves a puppet who longs to be a real, live boy. The puppet finds being a boy quite challenging, especially with whales, donkeys, other boys who lead him astray and a nose which grows with each lie he tells. The puppet’s adventures create havoc for him while at the same time teaching him important issues in life like learning to tell the truth!

    Tibbits Artistic Director Charles Burr directs the show which is written by playwright Kathryn Schultz Miller. According to Burr, “This is a very clever script; it’s a new version—one that makes the most of ‘theatre magic.’” He adds, “It is a great show for young and old alike.”

    Professional cast members include Matt Haupert as Pinocchio with Kiersten Vorheis, Katherine Lozon, Altamiece Cooper, Chad Tallon and James Wencel. Four of the six are returning to Tibbits this summer—Vorheis, Lozon, Cooper and Tallon—and all six will be appearing in other shows this season.

    This production is generously sponsored by Honor Credit Union. Popcorn Theatre is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Jon & Seibra Herbener and Dr. Nichole Ellis.

    “Pinocchio” opens on Friday, June 22 and runs again June 23, 29 and 30 at the Tibbits Opera House.  All Popcorn Theatre productions begin at 10 am. Tickets are $7 which includes free popcorn donated by Dr. Ed Lake and Dr. Young Yoon. Juice is donated by McDonalds’s of Branch and Hillsdale counties and White Pigeon, Centreville, Tekonsha and Marshall. Children are invited to meet the cast following the show for pictures and autographs.

    The Popcorn Theatre season will continue through August 11 with “The Frog Prince,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Abracadabra Magic Show.”Each show runs two weeks.

    Tibbits is located at 14 S. Hanchett St, Coldwater, MI. Tickets are available on line at www.Tibbits.org, at the theatre box office or by calling 517-278-6029. While restoration work is being done on the façade, the theatre entrance is covered with scaffolding, but remains open for performances throughout the year.

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    The plan, which is modeled after one in effect down in Indiana, is expected to be approved by the governor soon.

  • Josh Smith Promoted to Assistant Network Administrator

    Posted by Pat Thomas
    The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Josh
    Smith to the position of Assistant Network Administrator. This new position will provide
    support to their System Administrator as well as their Internet Engineer. His responsibilities will
    include helping to manage, maintain, support and install network equipment and software.
    Josh joined the CBPU in March of 2011 as a help desk technician where he was able to
    showcase his strong technical skills. 
    He graduated in 2007 from ITT-Technical Institute Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Information System Security and
    acquired an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Network Systems in 2005.
    For more information on the technology services and solutions by the CBPU, please contact
    (517) 279-9531 or visit www.coldwater.org
  • Maple Lawn’s Mitchell Recognized

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Maple Lawn’s Barbie Mitchell, registered nurse and rehabilitation coordination recently received the “Essential Piece” award from Great Lake Caring, a home health and hospice company that works with Maple Lawn. 

    The recognition is for "Believing in the importance of good communications and working in partnership with the Great Lakes Caring staff, for keeping in mind the needs of residents and patients and the importance of making timely referrals, and for supporting and understanding the importance of home health and hospice care."

    Jane Sabaitis, administrator of Maple Lawn said, “This is an award well deserved.  Congratulates Barbie on this honor and thank you Great Lakes Caring for recognizing Barbie and her hard work getting patients back on their feet and home sooner.”

    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. 


  • CHC Volunteers Hold Installation Luncheon and Present the 2012 Scholarship Winners”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    CHC Volunteers gathered at the Community Care and Conference Center on May 9, 2012, for their annual Installation Luncheon and Scholarship Awards.  There were over 50 members and guests in attendance.  New officers were installed to the CHC Volunteer Board and three scholarships were given to area students. 

    Before the luncheon,Randy DeGroot, CHC President and CEO, thanked the Volunteers for their efforts and being a valuable spoke in the CHC wheel, noting that the hospital greatly benefits from their services.  Volunteer Bud Carpenter offered a prayer in recognition of the Volunteers efforts.  The luncheon was catered by Grant’s Catering.  Volunteers and guests enjoyed lasagna, bread, vegetables, and an assortment of desserts. 

    Following lunch, scholarship committee member, Patty DeGroot presented three scholarships.  The rest of the scholarship committee consists of Loraine Brooks, Anne Boltz, and Jack Ferguson.  The 2012 scholarship recipients were Julia Carpenter, Manvir Mangant, and Katilyn Lyons.  Each will receive a scholarship for $1000.  The scholarship is designed to financially assist full or part-time students pursuing or completing a health-related career.  Recipients are eligible to renew the scholarship. The funding is available forBranchCountyresidents and CHC employees, and may be used for tuition, books, or other education-related expenses. Applicants must complete the application in full and submit one written letter of reference.

    Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates South West District Past President, MAHA Membership Director, & CHC Volunteer Marilyn Ashdown installed the 2011/2012 officers.  The new officers are Sonya Wilkins, President; Deloris Eley, Vice President; Monica Wyss, Secretary; Pat Widlitzki, Treasurer; Bill Rodgers, Assistant Treasurer; and Cathy Bulter, Counselor.  The luncheon ended with a 50/50 raffle and a thank you from outgoing Vice President Pat Gooldy.    

    The Community Health Center of Branch County Volunteers are a group of dedicated men and women who donate thousands of hours of their time every year to support, assist, and advocate for CHC and provide services to assist in meeting CHC’s mission and vision. They serve in nearly every department of the hospital. Some volunteer as much as 20 hours per week while others work as little as two hours a month.

    Volunteers do everything from delivering mail and mowing grass to assisting cancer patients and helping with fund raisers. Volunteers help in patient areas such as the emergency room and nursing units. They lend clerical assistance in many of the office areas. They assist with patient and guest relations at the information desk and help in dietary and environmental services. Volunteers knit or crochet hats for every baby born at CHC to prevent heat loss and provide bereavement layettes as well as booties and blankets. A group of sewers stitch pediatric surgical hats to help alleviate the anxiety of the littlest patients having surgery as well as make cough pillows for patients having abdominal surgery. 

    In addition to the individuals who volunteer on a regular basis within the hospital, many volunteers focus their activities on fundraising for CHC. Their efforts help to run the gift shop and plan events throughout the year, such as their annual used book sale, bake sale, and raffle.  The proceeds from these events make the scholarships possible.  In addition, the volunteers are close to paying off their pledged $80,000 towards the refurbishing and renovation of the cafeteria.  

  • Pat Swan Retires From Community Health Agency

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    After 27 years of service, the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency would like to take this has announced the retirement of Pat Swan., Environmental Health Clerk in the Coldwater Office. Pat began her career at the Health Department working as a Receptionist. She then transferred to the Hillsdale office when she joined the Environmental Health Program. Eventually, Pat came back to the Coldwater office where she spent most of her career, taking applications, handling questions and serving as a resource person to those in need of well and septic permits or other environmental health concerns. Steve Todd, the Department’s Health Officer, says “Pat was a great resource to anyone who happened to come in or call the office. Her calm demeanor and efficient manner, combined with her strong work ethic, was a winning combination for both our staff and our customers, alike.”

    Swan says now that she’s retired, she’ll enjoy some of the hobbies she had put on hold, including sewing and quilting. She also plans to spend more time reading, gardening and spending time with her six grandchildren.

    Pat’s last day was May 18th. Friends and family members honored her at a retirement picnic held on May 19th atHeritageParkin Coldwater.