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Red Flannel Festival wins state award

Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

The Michigan Festivals and Events Association (MFEA) announced the Red Flannel Festival as the 2nd place winner in the MichiganFun Awards for their marketing and promotional materials.

The MFEA MichiganFun Award winners were recently honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon held November 8 during the 21st Annual Michigan Festivals and Events Association Convention at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center in Lansing, MI.

The MFEA MichiganFun Awards competition draws entries from festivals and events throughout all of Michigan. Entries represented proud communities that celebrate and promote Michigan’s heritage, agriculture, talents, four seasons, history, products, sports, foods and magnificent waterways.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (MFEA) is the largest association of its kind in the nation. Membership includes upwards of 800 Michigan communities and organizations statewide. MFEA programs provide educational and professional development for its member community volunteer organizations that host festivals, fairs and other celebratory events throughout the state. Additionally, by pooling resources and leveraging opportunities, MFEA is consistently helping communities promote their events. To learn more about MFEA, please visit www.michiganfun.com.

The Red Flannel Festival is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization, run exclusively by volunteers and is the 15th oldest Festival in Michigan, celebrating the 75th Festival in 2014.


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Business Bits

Kin of Hope Natural Health


Perry Hopkins, owner of Kin of Hope Natural Health, in Cedar Springs, knows there is more to health than just what you put in your body. Fitness is also a major component, and he’s now expanded his business to include the dance studio space above their current location at 90 N. Main, at the corner of Main and Maple Street in Cedar Springs.

Hopkins said that his business is unique because they are a natural health-based business, which is partnered with a wheat-free/dairy-free herbal tea shop. They offer a variety of health services, including therapeutic massage, natural health consultations, fitness classes, yoga, tai chi, dance classes, aromatherapy, ear candling, natural spa parties, self-help classes, etc.

“We keep our prices competitive and are located in the only building in town where you can have a hot cup of tea, get a massage, do yoga and fitness classes and get your picture taken (next door) all in the same building,” he said.

Kin of Hope is open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday class dates and times vary.


Home Acres Ceramics


Do you like ceramics? Are you looking for craft supplies? Then you will want to check out Home Acres Ceramics, the new pottery studio at 60 N. Main Street, in Cedar Springs.

They offer ceramic and pottery painting, craft supplies, craft classes, a crafting studio, pottery painting studio, and crafty kids classes. “We are a studio with prices within your budget,” said a spokesperson for the Fitzgerald family, who owns the studio. “Our focus is to service the community with an outstanding craft studio.”

They will be expanding in the future and adding new product daily.

Visit them Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 12-8, and Saturday 10-2 and by appointment. Call 616-439-3009 for more info.


Robinet Physical Therapy


If you are looking for individualized, one-on-one, hands-on care with an experienced physical therapist, who creates treatment specific to your lifestyle and not just your diagnosis, check out Robinet Physical Therapy.

The business was opened in June at 11561 Edgerton Avenue, Rockford, by the husband and wife team of Barbara and Jason Robinet, both physical therapists. The couple met in physical therapy school at Grand Valley. In 2009, they helped create the Institute of Neuromuscular Medicine and Rehabilitation in downtown Rockford, and this year they decided to open their own physical therapy clinic. Barb’s sister, Karen Dastick, is the office administrator.

Jason is a manual orthopedic specialist for all ages, with emphasis on spine/back/neck disorders and sports rehab. Barbara is a women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction specialist with a manual orthopedic background. “With both owners as physical therapists, we understand the process of healing and health care and its importance for your family,” they explained. “We work to help each person their own individual goals whether it is walking out to get the mail or running for our college track team.”

They treat neck, upper and lower back pain, elbow and wrist/hand pain, hip, knee, ankle/foot pain, headaches, rehab from surgery, sports injuries, chronic problems, pelvic floor pain, incontinence, and bladder/bowel control.

They are open by appointment from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (616) 866-2729 for more information.


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Spectrum Health United Hospital plans expansion for Obstetrics Department

At Spectrum Health United Hospital, new moms come from all walks of life and with unique birthing plans that staff and physicians seek to accommodate whenever possible. But one variable remains constant—every expectant parent hopes that the welcoming of a new baby will be the best experience possible. To make those hopes a reality, planning is underway to expand and renovate the obstetrics department at United Hospital.

The project will create five additional private postpartum rooms and renovate space to include three private labor and delivery suites. The end result will be eight postpartum care rooms and one additional labor and delivery room. This renovation will allow for enhanced privacy, patient experience and growth.

“We strive to provide the best possible care to our patients” said Andrea Sterling, DO, United Hospital OBGYN. “Through this expansion and renovation, patients and families at United Hospital will be provided with more comfort and an enhanced exceptional experience.”

Philanthropic support is essential to add these new private rooms. Recently, Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals approved the designation of proceeds from the 2014 charity ball to the renovation project. The 2014 charity ball will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

For information on how you can help make the OB department expansion possible, contact the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals at 616.225.6427. To make an appointment with a Spectrum Health United Hospital OB provider, call 616.754.2944.


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Nature Center receives gift

The Great Lakes Energy People Fund has granted/gifted Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC) a new commercial chainsaw.

The nature center had an old chainsaw that broke down more than it was in use and thanks to the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, HCNC hopes to get many years of use from such a magnificent gift.

With this chainsaw, HCNC will be creating major projects they will include the following:

A nature center playground made from only wood items, which will include drums, xylophone (PVC piping that children can play musical tunes on), sandbox, balance beams and more.

Cut up firewood for camping to help create sustainable income for the center.

Cut down some trees around the center. Therefore, the center can consider using solar energy panels to produce alternative energy.

To cut up fallen trees during storms that have become a nuisance or danger to humans.

HCNC is open from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday and 12 pm to 4 pm on the weekends and closed on the weekends for special occasions. Please visit www.lilysfrogpad.com for more information, or call (616) 675-3158.

For more info on the Great Lake People fund, visit greatlakespeoplefund.com.

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Health and wellness expo


MW Memory Care will be hosting a health and wellness expo on Wednesday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the American Legion Banquet Hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive, Rockford.

It will include blood pressure screenings, flu shots, health and nutrition, holistic wellness, chiropractic care, ask-a-nurse, dental health, mental health, vendors, food, fun, prizes and much more!

For more info, call 616-863-9999.

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United Hospital Wound Healing Clinic moves location

If you suffer from a chronic wound, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 2 million Americans struggle with wounds that fail to heal. Patients with poor blood circulation, diabetes or long-term immobilization are most vulnerable to chronic wound conditions. Wounds from traumatic injury or surgical incisions can also require special attention. Spectrum Health recognizes that chronic wounds require specialized care. The Wound Healing Program treats all types of wounds, including:
• Ulcers resulting from poor blood flow in the arteries or veins
• Diabetic foot and leg ulcers
• Pressure ulcers
• Wounds caused by radiation treatments
• Post-surgical wounds

Spectrum Health United Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of Thomas Tavarone, MD to the Wound Healing Program. Dr. Tavarone joins the program in September and is accepting new patients. Dr. Tavarone has extensive experience in general surgery, wound healing and the treatment of burns.
Additionally, the Spectrum Health United Hospital Wound Healing Program was scheduled to be relocated on Monday, September 16, 2013 to 1208 West Oak, Greenville, MI. This move will allow for increased services and better access for patients.

For the comfort and convenience of patients, the Spectrum Health United Hospital Wound Healing Program is available to serve you right here in our community. To contact the office, please call 616.225.6990.

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Planning for retirement

Make the most of the golden years

(NAPS)—If you or someone you love is among the 13 percent of Americans over 65—or soon will be—there are a number of things that may pay to know when it comes to retirement planning.
What You Should Know

*BUS-Planning retirementAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years, meaning retirement could last for decades. To make the most of your retirement years, careful and strategic planning is critical. There will be many decisions to make, including whether you need to make lifestyle changes, whether you want to continue working, what goals and priorities you have, sources of income and benefits, and how you want to spend your time. Often times, it can be helpful to consult with a financial services professional to make these decisions—and maybe, the place that you work.
Six Decisions to Consider

Financial professionals say it’s important for your financial plan to include products that provide lifetime income. Six key planning elements to think about before retiring include:
1.    Decide how you want to structure your retirement savings. If you are married you may wish to consolidate accounts, while others will choose to keep accounts separate.
2.    Communicate openly with your significant other and talk through your financial differences. Set goals and spending budgets so you are in agreement about how to spend during retirement.
3.    Learn about your pension and what rules apply to your pension and retirement savings.
4.    Establish a Social Security game plan. Work through the numbers and decide if it’s more beneficial to draw those benefits through your spouse’s working years or your own.
5.    Consider age when purchasing financial protection products. Is one spouse significantly older?
6.    Seek legal counsel about all your estate planning options. Wills, living wills, trusts and powers of attorney are all legal means of ensuring your wishes are carried out. It is also important to update all these documents any time there is a change in your marital status or family structure.

Helpful Resources

An easy, but often overlooked resource in retirement planning is your current employer and the resources it offers. Through the workplace, many Americans can take advantage of a program that provides an opportunity for personalized guidance.

For example, one St. Louis woman never knew she’d be an entrepreneur in retirement until she participated in an employer-offered program, and met Todd Gentry, CFP, ChFc, CAP, a Financial Services Representative and Special Needs Planner. Through the retirewiseSM program, a MetLife-driven comprehensive educational program offered to individuals in the workplace, Gentry was able to assist this woman facing early retirement reach unexpected success.
“Through the retirewise program, we help participants identify and achieve their retirement goals,” Gentry noted. “We cover topics from savings and investments, employer benefits and creating an income plan for retirement years.”
Tim Essman, a Financial Services Representative with Wealth Strategies Group in San Diego, helped another woman who had worked for 35 years achieve her dream of visiting her Italian relatives, which included the purchase of a condo in Italy.

“Programs like retirewise encourage individuals to think about their retirement and provide tools and resources to help them reach success,” says Jeff Tulloch, vice president at MetLife. “At the conclusion of our program, for example, participants and their spouses have the opportunity for a complimentary face-to-face consultation with a specially trained representative to take the training to the next level and move toward execution. It can be extremely helpful to ask your employer or HR representative if they offer such a program.”

Overall, it’s a good idea to first envision what you want your retirement to look like and then work with an advisor to see that vision come to life. He or she can help you articulate the retirement you want and help you finance and plan based on current and future financial planning trends.

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Student wins $1,000 from Family Fare

Nicole Bouwens, a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, was the lucky winner of a $1,000 gift card from Spartan Stores after she filled out a customer survey in August for the local Family Fare Store.
“There is one ($1,000 gift card) given out every four weeks company-wide,” explained Ernie Collins, Store Director at Family Fare in Cedar Springs.

Nicole is currently a student at Lake Superior State University.

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Free Red Cross seminar helps workplaces prepare for emergencies


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 9, 2013 – The Red Cross of West Michigan will be hosting a free, half-day seminar in which individuals will learn how to keep their workplace safe and prepared in case of a disaster.

The Workplace Emergency Preparedness Seminar will be at the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids Chapter at 1050 Fuller Ave. NE on September 19 at 9:00 a.m.

“More businesses are realizing the importance of having a plan, so the American Red Cross is making this course available throughout the state,” said Kelly Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “The Greater Grand Rapids Chapter began teaching the seminar in 2011, and has had close to 100 schools, non-profits, and other businesses in West Michigan attend.”

The Workplace Emergency Preparedness Seminar originated in Detroit after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. During that time, many businesses wanted to get prepared but were unsure on where to begin. Attendees will learn what disasters could happen at their workplace, based on their location and nearby facilities, and how to communicate a plan and train employees.

Pre-registration is required to attend the seminar, which is being offered at no cost. To sign up or learn about other dates and locations, contact Jen Moore at jennefer.moore@redcross.org or call (616) 456-8661 ext. 3412.

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Beware Corporate Records Service solicitations

BUS-BBB-logoThis week you may have received your annual Michigan Corporation Information update, a regular annual filing required of all Michigan corporations. You may also have received a green envelope with a very similar looking document from “Corporate Records Service” in Lansing, MI, asking for the form to be returned with a $125.00 fee.

According to information provided by many area businesses and non-profits, the company sends unsolicited mailings to businesses outlining State laws that require businesses to file an “Annual Minutes Records Form.” For a fee of $125, the company states they will complete the required form for the businesses. Even though the correspondence does state that Corporate Records Service is not a government agency, many recipients state they believed the material was from a state office.

Corporate Records Service is identified as a scam on the State of Michigan website: http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-53480_53484-295672–,00.html.

BBB advises businesses and non-profit corporations to ignore mailings from Corporate Records Service, and to report solicitations from this company to the state Attorney General’s office.

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