07-27-2017 Hartford Seals Nominations for Mayor and City Commissioners; special meeting set for Augu

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS 4-H KIDS… going to 4-H State shoot at Centerline of Calhoun County, Saturday, July 29, 2017. Pictured are (from the left) Maggie Avery shooting trap, RJ Sinnett shooting trap and Darlene Mattson shooting target archery. Adults going to the state competition but not pictured are archery and rifle leaders Herman Mattson and Julie Holtsclaw, and rifle, trap, muzzleloader and archery lead-ers Keith Kreiger and John An-drasi. Good luck kids!


Hartford Seals Nominations for Mayor and City Commissioners; special meeting set for August 16, to discuss Medic 1 contract

By Nancy Albright

Three Hartford City Council commission seats and the position of Mayor of Hartford will be placed on this year’s November 7 election ballot.

Current Mayor Theodore C. Johnson and current Mayor Pro-Tem Rick Hall, owner and operator of Rick Hall Construction in Hartford, are the nominees for Mayor, and current City Commissioners Dennis Goss and Terry Tibbs are up for reelection to their seats on the council. Hartford resident Helen Sullivan will also appear on the ballot as a candidate for City Commissioner.

Anyone can file a Declaration of Intent form by 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 27 at City Hall to run as a write-in candidate for either Mayor or Commissioner.

Special meeting set to discuss Medic 1

 At the regular meeting of the City Council on July 24, commissioners set a special meeting to discuss retaining Medic 1 as Hartford’s emergency services provider for the upcoming year. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at City Hall.

The City of Hartford met with the Hartford Township Board in May where the group agreed to form a joint committee to help improve Medic 1 service to the Hartford area. As there has been no movement on the part of the township, the council has decided to take action in light of the fact that Hartford is required to give Medic 1 notice six months prior to March 1, 2018 in order to terminate service.

Plans to demolish 1 East Main progress

 The council accepted a bid in the amount of $3,165 from environmental contracting firm DeLisle Associates, Ltd. of Portage, Michigan to assess the amount of asbestos present in the former Huffman Furniture building at 1 East Main Street.

The structure is slated for demolition and the harmful chemical must be removed prior to destroying the building to prevent contamination of the site. The assessment must be submitted to the state before work can begin.

State Representative addresses council

 Michigan State Representative Beth Griffin attended the meeting and told the council that the Van Buren County Road Commission received an additional $700,000 this year for county road improvements.

Hartford City Manager Yemi Akinwale pointed out that those funds are restricted to townships and asked Griffin how the city can obtain a portion of those funds to improve city streets. Griffin told the council that she will meet with the transportation committee and provide Mr. Akinwale with an update.

Griffin will host a coffee hour at City Hall on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. to report on happenings in Lansing and address any questions and concerns of those in attendance.

Lakeland Health Wellness Events

Is your heart pumping as well as it should?

Free class discusses heart failure

 Lakeland Health will offer “Living Well with Heart Failure,” a free class for community members about congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic condition characterized by the heart’s inability to meet the blood flow needs of the body. The program will take place on Tuesday, August 1, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Classroom B at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, located at 400 Medical Park Drive.

Participants will learn to identify common causes and symptoms of heart failure, as well as new daily routines that can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. Preregistration for the class is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Bariatric surgeons to discuss weight loss options

 The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight… Find Health.” The seminar will be held on Wednesday, August 16 in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, located at 1234 Napier Avenue. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Bariatric surgeons Jill Gorsuch, DO, and Michael Schuhknecht, DO, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center specializes in working with each person to create a customized lifestyle plan, including medical weight loss management through diet or bariatric surgery, nutrition counseling, individualized exercise programs, and monthly support groups.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 190 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese. Individuals more than 40% overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as 5-15% of your initial body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes and other illnesses, and can even eliminate your need for some medications.

For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.lakelandweightlosscenter.com or call (269) 687-4673 or (877) 467-3858.

Learn to reduce your risk of diabetes

 Lakeland Health is offering a free program designed to help anyone with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels learn about lifestyle changes which may help them avoid or delay the onset of diabetes. The class will take place on Thursday, August 3, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Classroom B at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet, located at 400 Medical Park Drive.

During the first hour of the program, a registered nurse will guide attendees through the disease process of diabetes and introduce healthy lifestyle changes. The final hour will be spent with a registered dietitian who will suggest meal selections that can help you maintain health and manage weight.

This program does not require a physician referral. Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2868.

Bones in Balance classes helps individuals with osteoporosis

 Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator.

Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from August 8 to 31 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture.

A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.