07-02-2020 Outdoors; Watervliet Auxiliary awards scholarships to area students; Paw Paw Lake special

Watervliet Auxiliary awards scholarships to area students

Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary recently awarded scholarships to three area high school students during a virtual scholarship awards ceremony held by Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation. Trever Pelton and Joel Soto each received a $2,000 scholarship on behalf of the auxiliary. Jessica Cardoso was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Community Hospital Foundation. Pelton graduated salutatorian of his class at Watervliet High School and dual enrolled at Lake Michigan College. He completed four seasons of MHSAA wrestling and cross-country.

Pelton volunteers at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, the Center for Outpatients Services, and within the emergency department at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. He also volunteers for the City of Watervliet and Watervliet Public Schools. Pelton will attend Grand Valley State University and plans to become a physician assistant.

Soto is a recent Hartford High School graduate and dual enrolled at Lake Michigan College for the last two semesters.

He is involved in many extra-curricular activities and sports including soccer, basketball, National Honor Society, Student Council, Upward Bound at Western Michigan University, Spanish Club, and a translator for Redwood Elementary School parent-teacher conferences. Soto will attend Western Michigan University majoring in exercise science, working toward a master’s and doctorate degree in physical therapy.

Cardoso is a recent Hartford High School graduate and was active in Student Council, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and played varsity soccer and volleyball.

She also volunteered in her community through food drives, fundraisers, helping at local homeless shelters and taking children shopping for winter clothing. Cardoso plans to attend Lake Michigan College to study sonography or radiology.

Plugging into the power of public lands

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) begins updating strategy for managing more than 4 million acres What do mountain biking, bird watching, snowmobiling, and hunting have in common? Besides being hobbies many Michigan residents and visitors love, these opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors are available across the state thanks to the careful, thoughtful way the Department of Natural Resources takes care of the state’s public lands. The DNR is responsible for nearly 4.6 million acres of public lands owned by Michigan residents. When these lands – state parks, trails, game and wildlife areas, forests and other resources – are well managed, they contribute significantly to the health of Michigan’s residents, environment and economy. The condition and availability of these outdoor spaces close to home are now more critical than ever, with more people out enjoying Michigan’s natural resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hiking a wooded trail, fishing a trout stream, paddling a lazy river – the comfort provided by these outdoor activit