05-18-2017 North Berrien Historical Museum welcomes college intern; Lakeland Hospital Watervliet acq

North Berrien Historical Museum welcomes college intern

 The North Berrien Historical Museum has a fresh new face this summer. Emma Spratt of Ann Arbor joined the museum team earlier this month where she will be interning through August. Emma is studying Public History at Western Michigan University and is set to graduate in December of this year. After graduation she hopes to get a job in a museum or an archive, with the goal of one day working in the Mediterranean region. For now she is happy to be spending her summer in a museum setting, gaining valuable experience she can use in pursuit of her goals. During her internship her main focus will be managing the museum’s extensive archival collection. She will also be assisting staff with new programs and exhibits.

Emma’s love for history spills over into her free time as well. When she is not interning at the museum or working at Bed Bath and Beyond, she enjoys watching historical documentaries, shows, and movies. “My mom always says that as a kid I was more interested in watching historical shows and movies than cartoons,” Emma recalled, “I have always been interested in history. I like to learn about an area’s history to better understand how the people and environment have been shaped by it.”

Stop into the museum to welcome Emma to the area! The North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Avenue, across the street from Coloma High School. For more information please call the museum at (269) 468-3330.

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet acquires new MRI technology

 Lakeland Hospital Watervliet recently acquired a wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system which offers patients the optimized comfort of conventional open systems, as well as the high-quality imaging of closed systems. The wide bore MRI system is 70 centimeters wide and can hold up to 550 pounds to better accommodate claustrophobic patients as well as those who cannot fit into conventional MRI machines, such as obese patients or patients with wide shoulders.

“In the past patients have been limited to conventional closed or open MRI systems,” said Tyson Stewart, manager radiology. “Closed MRIs were only accessible for a select number of patients due to size constraints and the fear and anxiety it would cause for patients with claustrophobia, or fear of tight spaces. While open MRIs provided a more comfortable environment since patients were able to see out all the way around the machine, the systems often provide poor image quality for physicians due to a lack of magnetic field strength as a result of the open sides. The new wide bore MRI system combines the best of both systems and we are pleased to be able to offer this option to our patients at Lakeland.”

MRI is a diagnostic imaging modality that utilizes a combination of magnet and radio waves to produce clear images of the body without the use of x-rays. Actual scan times in the MRI machine range from 25 to 45 minutes. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 556-2810.

Hartford Senior Activity Center

Hartford United Methodist Church

425 E. Main Street, Hartford

 Monday, May 22 – Coffee & Conversation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; cards & games, 1:00 p.m.; Bingo, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – Coffee & Conversation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Euchre/Hand & Foot, 1:00 p.m.; Computer Help/Knitting & Crocheting, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26 – Coffee & Conversation 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Cards & Games, 1:00 p.m.; Knitting, Crocheting, & Needlework, 1:30 p.m.

All seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Van Buren County are eligible to participate in these programs and activities.