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A Letter From Bruce’s Family

Posted September 3, 2013 by Admin

Dear River Country Journal friends, Bruce passed away on Thursday, August 29. He had sudden onset of symptoms on August 3, and was diagnosed with severe pancreatitis caused by a gallstone lodged in the common bile duct. We were with him throughout 23 days in ICU as he developed one complication after another. Our family, […]

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Returning Soon

Posted August 6, 2013 by Admin

Bruce is currently ill will not be posting for a few weeks – please check back for updates as they come. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!

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New Three Rivers Health Wound Center hires program director – will open in October

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

THREE RIVERS, MI – Three Rivers Health, partnering with Healogics, Inc., is making progress toward opening its Wound Care Program in October and has hired Tiffany McFadden as Program Director. The center will be staffed with a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team made up of physician specialists, nurses and technologists trained to use the latest assessment […]

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Excellence in Action

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The third “Excellence in Action” Celebration was held on July 25th at Three Rivers Health. The “Excellence in Action” program recognizes employees who exhibit the Three Rivers Health Standards of Excellence in their work. “Many employees go above and beyond what is expected of them and we want to acknowledge them for that” says Sara […]

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Upton, Levin, Stabenow strongly urge EPA to pursue “complete removal” option for Allied Site

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) today (August 1st) sent a letter to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the permanent removal of all PCB-contaminated materials from the Allied Disposal Site in Kalamazoo. “Cleaning up the Allied […]

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COA Activity Calendar for August 2013

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

What’s planned in the way of activities and programs by the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging (COA) in August? You can get answers to that question through the COA August Activity Calendar.  To access it, simply click on the following link:  COA August Activity Calendar.

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Government & Politics

Senate committee moves on Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Posted August 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

There’s been movement on Medicaid expansion in Michigan with action Wednesday (July 31st) by the Senate Government Operations Committee. For three reports on the subject, click on the links below to access stories from Michigan Radio, the Associated Press via MLive, and Michigan Capitol Confidential: Medicaid expansion bill clears state Senate committee Michigan Senate panel […]

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Revision in organization of Community Mental Health agencies taking shape in Southwest Michigan

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The reorganization of Community Mental Health agencies is taking shape in Southwest Michigan. You can learn more about the changes through an article by Rick Cordes in Wednesday’s (July 31st) edition of the Three Rivers Commercial-News and the newspaper’s e-edition. For a brief, online version of the story, click on the following link:  Fast track […]

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Downtown Kalamazoo site selected for new health-focused campus

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

(Kalamazoo, MI) – In May, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo Valley) announced a partnership with Bronson Healthcare (Bronson), and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (KCMHSAS) to develop a campus focused on wellness and food sustainability. The project advanced this week with the selection of a downtown location where Kalamazoo Valley will expand […]

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Education

Upton: Bipartisan allergy bill helps save children’s lives

Posted July 31, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Nearly 6 million children in the United States have food allergies – that’s roughly two students in every classroom.  Anaphylaxis, a serious form of allergic reaction, can be fatal in a matter of minutes.  In the event of an allergic reaction, epinephrine can be used to stop deadly swelling of the throat […]

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Scientists concerned about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Scientists are expressing concern about plastic particles found in the Great Lakes. An MLive article by Zane McMillin reports that, “Having already found the ‘microplastics’ in Lakes Erie, Huron and Superior, a team will set sail on Lake Michigan this week to search for the tiny bits.” For more on the story, click on the […]

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Business

Upton discusses health care law challenges with local small businesses

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Upton joins Kalamazoo small business owners for health care roundtable KALAMAZOO, MI – Following a tour of local employer ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo, Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sat down Monday morning (July 29th) with area small business owners to discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is affecting their operations and employees, specifically […]

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New Tobacco Use Ordinance in Sturgis goes into effect August 1st

Posted July 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Tobacco Use Ordinance adopted recently by the Sturgis City Commission goes into effect on Thursday (August 1st). The City of Sturgis has issued a reminder that the use of tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, etc., will be prohibited on City of Sturgis property and recreational areas.  Persons are […]

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American Red Cross blood drive in Mendon Friday, August 2nd

Posted July 27, 2013 by Bruce Snook

An American Red Cross blood drive, sponsored by the Mendon Women’s Club, will be held on Friday, August 2nd, at the Mendon United Methodist Church, 320 West Main Street in Mendon. The blood drive will take place from 12 noon to 5:45 p.m. For more information, click here.

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Investigative report offers update three years after Enbridge pipeline rupture near Marshall and Kalamazoo River

Posted July 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Thursday (July 25th) marks the third anniversary of the pipeline rupture near Marshall that caused what is described as “the largest on-land oil spill in U.S. history.”  An investigative report published in the Glen Arbor Sun offers an update on the topic.  The publication, based in Glen Arbor, Michigan – in Leelanau County – is […]

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Proposed trail to Meyer Broadway Park highlighted during ‘informational public hearing’

Posted July 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A proposed trail from the Three Rivers Health campus to Meyer Broadway Park was in the spotlight during an hour-long ‘informational public hearing’ conducted by the River Country Recreational Authority (RCRA) Board Monday evening, July 15th, at the Fabius Township Hall. Plans for such a motorized pathway have taken shape over the last several years […]

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‘Parenting’ in spotlight during Constantine Rotary Club meeting

Posted July 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Amy Brauer, coordinator of the Great Start Collaborative of the St. Joseph County ISD, showed a PowerPoint – “Parents as Teachers” – on Tuesday (July 23) to members of the Constantine Rotary Club. “Our focus at Great Start is on family and parents, a child’s first teachers.  Every word and action gives a child a […]

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Three Rivers Health stages 2nd annual Health Fair

Posted July 22, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers Health campus was a busy spot during the midday hours Saturday (July 20th) as the hospital staged its second annual Health Fair. Safety Awareness, a Kids Zone with a variety of activities for youngsters, food, fun, giveaways and around 30 healthcare vendors were among the ingredients for the event that utilized a […]

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Government & Politics

Another perspective on ‘Medicaid expansion’

Posted July 21, 2013 by Bruce Snook

‘Medicaid expansion’ is in the news these days in a variety of ways including efforts by Governor Rick Snyder to generate support for what he calls ‘Healthy Michigan’.  For another perspective on the topic, click on the following link for a story from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy:  Michigan Votes:  New Bill Starts Discussion […]

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Community

Some like it HOT!

Posted July 18, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Weather is hot – sweat is dripping, mouth is dry and the sun is blazing – these are the Dog Days of Summer. The “Dog Days” is the name for the sultriest period of summer, which lasts from about July 3 to Aug. 11; and from all indications, we are smack in the middle of […]

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