RECORD - ENTERPRISE
The River Valley
Serving Portions of Montcalm, Mecosta, Newaygo and Kent Counties
Generosity of communityoutstanding
“I’ve been impressed. Thepeople’s generosity has beenoutstanding,” said Jan Aten,Assistant Manager, Firstbank.“We’d love to do this againnext year if the Chamber let’sus!” A total of 78 families fromHoward City, Sand Lake andLakeview areas were adoptedthis Christmas. Firstbank em-ployees shopped for severalfamilies with donations total-ing $1000.00. They wouldlike to thank the community for all the support of gifts, foodand money for the Adopt A Family Program.“The Panhandle AreaChamber of Commerce wouldlike to thank Firstbank for vol-unteering to manage the Adopt A Family program.” said Cham- ber Director Marianne Shepa-rd. “The Chamber was excitedto continue the program thatthe River Valley Shopper hassupported for so many yearsand continues to support withtheir publication.”
NEW YEAR’S BABY
NEW YEAR’S BIRTH:
It’s a boy! The Elliott family welcomed newborn Samuel
Elisha Elliott on January 2 as the rst baby of 2010 born at Carson City Hospital.Pictured are Angela, Samuel and John Elliott of Stanton.
CARSON CITY – Samuel Elisha Elliott
was the rst baby born in 2010 at Carson
City Hospital. Samuel was born at 7:05 p.m.
on January 2. The proud parents are Angela
and John Elliott of Stanton. Samuel weighed8 lbs. 13 oz. at birth.Carson City Hospital staff presented theElliott family with several gift baskets with baby items donated by several hospital de-partments and community businesses, in-cluding: the Carson Apothecary Shoppe,the Center for Women’s HealthCare,Blanchard’s Thriftway, Independent Bank,Chemical Bank, Michigan One Community Credit Union, the Flower Garden, Single Mo-ments Photography, the Elm Tree Gift Shoplocated inside Carson City Hospital, and thefollowing Carson City Hospital departments: Adolescent and Pediatric Specialists, Quality Improvement, Service Excellence, and Pub-lic Relations.
“It was fun to nd out he was the rst
baby born,” said Angela, whose due date was
supposed to be Jan. 12. She said Samuel has
three brothers: John, Isaiah and Caleb.Samuel was delivered by Dr. JenniferCarman of the Center for Women’s Health-Care.
Carson City Hospital staff surprises familyof first baby of 2010 with gift basket
Community collegeenrollment soars:What’s next?
ANN ARBOR — Michigan’scommunity college enrollment hassoared by 49.8 percent since 1999-
2000 even as K-12 enrollment has
fallen by 104,090 students or 6 per-cent.Michigan community collegeenrollments have grown to the full-
time equivalent of 161,223 students
as economically displaced workerschange careers and as new govern-ment incentives, including a new GIBill, encourage people to return toschool.Peter Riley Bahr, a University of Michigan expert on community colleges, has completed the rareourney from community collegestudent to Ph.D. scholar. Bahr him-self spent a portion of his early col-lege years at a community college,and he began his research career at
the state ofce that administers all
of California’s community colleges,which collectively constitute thelargest postsecondary system in theworld.Besides conducting a great dealof research on the rapidly evolvingcommunity colleges, he is teachinga new course in January on com-munity college students.“More than any other type of higher education institution, thecommunity college draws studentsof incredibly varied backgrounds,pursuing academic objectives thatare equally varied,” said Bahr, anassistant professor of higher educa-tion at U-M’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Edu-cation.More growth is expected in theyears ahead. President Obama vis-ited Macomb Community Collegein Warren last July to detail his
plans to invest $12 billion to meet
MSU Extensionto honor 4-H youth, volunteers
EAST LANSING — Young people,their families and volunteer leaders with Michigan State University Exten-sion (MSUE) 4-H Youth Development will cheer on the MSU women’s basket- ball team as it takes on the Ohio StateBuckeyes on Saturday at the MSU Bre-slin Center.MSUE 4-H Day with the Lady Spar-tans is a celebration of the MSUE 4-Hprogram.Tickets are free for 4-H members, volunteers, MSUE staff members andtheir families. To order tickets, contact
the MSUE county ofce at (888) 678-
3464.This year’s women’s basketball cele- bration will pay special tribute to Michi-gan 4-H nutrition, health and well-be-ing programs. There will be activitiesand displays to help Michigan residentsmake smart food choices, learn aboutnutrition and apply what they learn,manage their food budget, managechronic diseases, prevent disease andimprove their overall physical, mentaland social well-being.“Health and nutrition is importantto teach 4-H youth because sometimes youth don’t always get that informationat home or school,” said associate pro-gram leader B’Onko Sadler. “If youthlearn how to eat right and stay physically
t at an early age, they become healthier
adults.“They also take that information back home and share it with their caregiv-ers. Being healthy leads to fewer doctor visits and an increase in overall health,helping families spend less on medicalservices.”Besides learning about health andnutrition, 4-Hers will also sing the na-tional anthem and lead the 4-H pledge before the game. There will be an op-portunity to get photos with Sparty, theMSU cheerleaders and possibly the Lady Spartans. Attendees are asked to show off their