01-09-2020 Lakeland welcomes first baby of 2020 for Southwest Michigan; Watervliet District Library’

Lakeland welcomes first baby of 2020 for Southwest Michigan

(Press Release) The BirthPlace at Lakeland Hospital Niles welcomed Southwest Michigan’s first baby of 2020 at 12:59 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Ashley Swisher and Austin Zavoral of Buchanan are the proud new parents of a son, Ryker James Zavoral. Baby Ryker weighed in at six pounds, four ounces, and measured 18-1/4 inches long. In keeping with their annual tradition of celebrating the first baby of the year, the Lakeland Auxiliary provided the family with a gift basket full of baby items valued at $100.

Lakeland is served by a team of 23 obstetrics and gynecology providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. In 2019, the Economic Alliance of Michigan (EAM) awarded Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph with the Maternity Care Excellence Award for demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes. Lakeland Hospital Niles was also awarded the 2019 Maternity Care Improvement for demonstrated decreases in cesarean rates, episiotomy, and elective early delivery over a two-year period.

For more information about the BirthPlace, visit www.lakelandhealth.org/birthplace

THESE KUTE KIDS ARE… the eight great-grand kiddos of David & Esther Rodney helping them celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary. In the photo with the Rodneys are Myla (4), Charlotte (4), Vivian (4 months), Maisy (5 months), Sloane (4), Logan (20 months), Molly (2) and Elizabeth (8). David & Esther Rodney are currently living in Arkansas and are formally of Eau Claire/ Berrien Springs, Texas & Illinois. Parents of Elizabeth, Charlotte and Vivian are Sarah & Brad Manning of Hartford. Parents of Sloane & Logan are Ryan & Ashley Isbrecht of Texas. Parents of Myla, Molly & Maisy are Melissa & Michael Tepool of Coloma.

Watervliet District Library’s Legacy Brick-Walk takes shape

People strolling through Watervliet District Library’s Garden Park today will see more than dormant plant-life. The park’s brick pathway includes many familiar names, each dedicated to a special person and memory. Always a part of the vision for the park, the brick walkway provides a means to share a remembrance or an honor with the purchase of an engraved brick. These add to the beauty of the park and truly make it a local landmark.

The process, however, does take time. Once an engraving order has been received by the library, it’s added to a growing list of requests. These are turned in to the engraver when a sufficient number are received. Proofs are exchanged several times to verify accuracy. Engraving is then done in batches of ten or more before ready for pick-up.

At this point, further work is determined by temperatures, snow cover or rain, occasionally prohibiting placement of the bricks until well into May. When the weather is warm enough, the engraved bricks are swapped out with blank bricks, already on the path.

The Library Garden Park was designed as a place of beauty, inspiration and contemplation. The engraved bricks along the walk-way provide an additional incentive to stop and enjoy this community gem. Anyone wishing to add an engraved brick of their own is encouraged to stop by the library to pick up a form, or print one out from the library’s website, at www.watervlietlibrary.net.