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Walnut Hills Elementary Recess Relay fundraiser sets school record

Walnut Hills Elementary Recess Relay fundraiser sets school record

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Students at Walnut Hills Elementary have set a record in their battle against cancer.

Principal Susan Ayers says the children raised $2,319.15 for the American Cancer Society this year, as part of their Recess Relay.  Students collected the funds over a two week period, through a penny war and several other special events, including Hat Day (students paid a quarter to wear a hat) and Beach Day.  Last year, Walnut Hills raised $1,556 for the American Cancer Society.

Students celebrated their success with Recess Relay Monday.  Children enjoyed a variety of activities in between walking on the track.

The funds raised by Walnut Hills will go towards Montcalm County’s Relay For Life event, which will take place June 14 through June 15.

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

Recycle your e-waste for free May 31

If you need to get rid of some e-waste for free, now is your chance. 

On May 31, Metron Integrated Health Systems is teaming up with Advanced Technology Recycling to accept electronics at Metron’s Lamont facility, located at 13030 Commercial St.  Visitors can drop off their e-waste from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Metron will accept anything that plugs into a wall that contains a circuit board and/or batteries.  Devices that contain Freon, lighting fixtures and large household appliances will not be accepted.

Organizers say Metron wanted to coordinate this free recycling event to help clear out clutter that poses a risk of tripping and falling.  The company plans to hold additional e-waste recycling events throughout the year.

Metron has six facilities across West Michigan providing a variety of services, ranging from rehabilitation to blood pressure clinics.  Locations include:

  • 414 E.

Free vision plan available for families in need

Free vision plan available for families in need

BELDING, Mich.-- A group of companies are teaming up to improve the vision of struggling Ionia County residents.

The Vision Service Plan provides benefits, services, products and solutions for those who normally cannot afford it.  Qualified recipients will receive a free comprehensive eye exam from a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist.  Adults may be provided with single vision, bifocal or lined trifocal glass lenses.  Children under 18 years of age can get framed polycarbonate lenses. 

To be eligible, residents must:

  • Have a family income at or below 200% of the poverty level.
  • Not be enrolled in any other vision insurance company.
  • Be an Ionia County resident of 90 days or more.
  • Be a U.S.

Tick prevention tips from the Ionia County Health Department

Tick prevention tips from the Ionia County Health Department

BELDING,  Mich.— Tick activity is expected to high this year, so Ionia County health officials are sharing some tips to help you avoid the pest, which can carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, anaplasmosis, ehrlichosis and babesiosis.

 

  • Avoid shady and moist areas with overgrown grass, brush and leaf litter.
  • Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave so ticks can be spotted easily.
  • If conditions permit, wear closed toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.  Tuck in your shirt and tuck your pants into your shoes or socks.
  • Check clothes and exposed skin frequently for ticks.
  • Use EPA-aproved repellents such as those containing DEET, Pcaridin, lemon oil or eucalyptus oil.
  • Create a tick-free zone around your home by keeping your grass mowed and eliminating clutter such as brush and wood piles.

Renovated hospital will open to the public May 9

Renovated hospital will open to the public May 9

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Spectrum Health United Hospital is getting ready to celebrate the completion of its renovated facility in Greenville.

Spectrum Health United Hospital now features a larger emergency department, a heart  & vascular center, a diagnostic imaging center and a new main lobby.  Work on the $9.61 million project started in 2011. Spectrum Health says the changes were needed because 70% of United Hospital’s business is now performed on an outpatient basis.

Spectrum Health will hold a grand opening for its newly renovated United Hospital May 9 at 4 p.m.  The dedication ceremony will take place 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Self-guided tours and refreshments will be available

Pennies for Patients drive returns next week

Pennies for Patients drive returns next week

GREENVILLE, Mich. – Students at Baldwin Heights Elementary will begin their annual Pennies for Patients drive next week.

According to the school district’s website, each classroom will put out a collection box for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society April 8.  Students can drop off coin or cash donations for three weeks. The classroom with the heaviest collection box by April 26 will be eligible for a pizza party.

Prescription Drug Drop Box

Prescription Drug Drop Box

If you have outdated or unwanted medications you need to get rid of, you can take them to the Belding Police Department. Trashing or flushing medications is unsafe for the environment and the public. Disposing of the medications properly can also help prevent a child from accidently being poisoned, reduces substance abuse, and protects the water. If you have medications that are expired or you no longer need, you can take them to the Belding Police Departement, 120 Pleasant St., in Belding. No needles are accepted.

The drop-box is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.