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My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

My Town: St. Patrick-St. Anthony's to host hospice talks Sept. 4

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.―On Sept. 4, St. Patrick-St. Anthony parish will host a medical talk about hospice care, titled “Are You Traveling Without a Plan.” 

This talk will help attendees learn how to understand and prepare advance directives, with tips from the experts. The program will be held Sept. 4 at 1:15 p.m. in the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Family Center, located at 920 Fulton Street in Grand Haven.  The general public is invited to this free and open event.

Speakers include social worker Justine Ter Haar and Colleen Van Putten, RN, clinical liaison and educator with Hospice of North Ottawa Community.  The program will walk participants through the approved State of Michigan form and also provide tips as to how to start a conversation about advance directives with loved ones.

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

My Town: AgeWell of Muskegon and Loutit District Library team up for senior fitness program

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Reservations are now open at the Loutit District Library for a new twelve-week senior fitness program meeting on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays beginning Sept.12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program is presented by Gayle Patterson from AgeWell in Muskegon. A one-time registration admits participants to all 24 sessions.  Participants must register by Sept. 5 at www.loutitlibrary.org or by calling (616) 842-5560, ext. 200.

"Fit & Strong!" is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for seniors 60 years of age and older. This 12-week program targets older adults with osteoarthritis and has demonstrated significant functional and physical activity improvements in older adults.

Fit & Strong! helps participants:

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.― Members of the St. Patrick–St. Anthony Parish and several other area churches are planning a free retreat event titled “The Beauty Within” for Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will be held at Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven.

“This will be a grace-filled evening designed especially for young women between the ages of 16 and 23,” said Jeff Andrini, director of faith formation with St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish. 

A light dinner will be served and attendees will hear personal testimonies to help them grow their spiritual strength and faith.

“The topic of brokenness and God’s healing power will be shared, as many individuals have experienced struggles in their lives,” added Andrini.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.