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My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

My Town: Health Care hijinks take center stage in original comedy Aug. 7-9

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich.-- A group of northern Kent County actors are presenting a play this weekend that will have audiences in stitches.

A cast of 13 performs “Seek Immediate Medical Attention’’ at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9.

“Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease,’’ director Dave Schmuker said. “The play highlights the comical interactions in a doctor’s office and deals with everything from hypochondriacs to one-sided romance.’’

Schmuker, who penned the original script, is making his directorial debut. He’s been active in community theater for several years, often appearing with the Rogue River Community Theatre Company.

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

My Town: Health phone survey in Kent County largest of its kind in the world

GRAND RAPIDS – Starting this week, people in Kent County will be receiving letters and phone calls asking families to take part in the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

This health survey is the largest-conducted telephone survey in the world. The survey will help the KCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track critical health issues, as well as creating and evaluating public health programs in Kent County. Issues and Answers, a phone marketing research firm, will be conducting the survey on behalf of the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

My Town: Climb Out of the Darkness at Cannonsburg Ski Area

BELMONT, Mich.—It’s a condition that affects 10 to 15 percent of new mothers: postpartum depression.

Survivors, family, friends and supporters will put on their hiking boots this Saturday, June 21 to raise awareness about this condition.  This is the second year for the Climb Out of the Darkness event.  At 9 a.m., participants will climb Cannonsburg Ski Area to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and rejection of the stigma of maternal mental illness.  The event is open to everyone and registration is free.

The climb is one of more than 100 such events taking place worldwide during Summer Solstice, in conjunction with Postpartum Progress

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

My Town: Dedicated Veterans Millage moves forward for consideration

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—As Memorial Day approaches, Kent County Commissioners are getting ready to hear a proposal to create a millage to support county veterans.

The proposed Dedicated Veterans Millage would be for .050 mill, generating slightly more than $1 million for veteran outreach and emergency services.  The measure would also more than double available federal claims assistance hours. 

On May 8, the Kent County Board of Commissioners Millage Subcommittee unanimously supported forwarding the millage request onto the Finance and Physical Resources Committee for consideration. The proposal will be discussed at the Kent County Commission’s finance meeting Tuesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.  Supporters hope to get the millage on the November ballot.

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

My Town: Rockford Special Olympics athlete graces cereal box

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The face of a Special Olympics Michigan athlete from Rockford is now gracing grocery store shelves.

SpartanNash has selected David Paquette to be featured on boxes of Spartan brand honey and oat crunch with almonds cereal this month.  Paquette was named the 2013 SpartanNash Healthy Athlete of the Year last may during the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics State Summer Games.  He has been involved with Special Olympics Michigan for 15 years.  He has lost 55 pounds because of his dedication to living healthy, sparked by is participation in SOMI.

Paquette will visit the Cascade D&W Fresh Market to sign autographs this Friday, May 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  He will also appear at the Northland Drive Family Fare on Saturday, May 17 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria: