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Community News, Page 4
Special appearance, Page 5
Photographs from Winterfest, Page 6 & 7
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Don’t forget to check to makesure your dog license is up-to-date. Newaygo County made achange some years ago to havedog licenses expire on the anni- versary of the dog’s rabies vac-cination. For example, if a dog’srabies vaccination was given inFebruary, you may purchasethe license anytime in February without a late fee.Dog owners should check their rabies vaccination cer-
ticate to be sure their dog’s
vaccine is current, and anyoneneeding to purchase or renew a license, can mail their com-pleted application and proof of vaccination to the County Trea-
surer’s Ofce or stop by their of
ce to purchase a license.
License Fees:Male/Female (sexed) 1-yr.License: $15 3-yr. License: $40Male/Female (unsexed) 1 yr. License: $ 6 3-yr. License:$15*If dog owners are late inpurchasing their licenses, a $3late fee must be charged.Dog owners are encouragedto schedule regular check-ups with their veterinarian for the well-being and health of theiranimals and to obtain vaccina-tions. Anyone with questions orin need of a dog license appli-cation, should visit the County Treasurer’s website at www.countyofnewaygo.com or call
Holly Moon’s ofce at 689-
Greenville fth graders participate in ‘Mini Medical School’
GREENVILLE — On Thursday, Janu-
ry 20th, fth graders at Baldwin Heights
lementary school experienced some-hing few — if any- 10 and 11 year olds do— performing surgery.
Baldwin Heights Elementary teacherindy Hepinstall has taught fth gradetudents for 17 years, 10 at Baldwin
eights. Annually, she teaches a sciencenit focusing on the human body, includ-ing how each of the body’s systems func-tions. This year, she’s making this unitdecidedly more hands-on in nature.Last Spring, Hepinstall came across anews story featured by a local television
station, proling a school in New York
that had partnered with local physiciansto implement a “Mini Medical School.”The school, P.S. 4 Duke Ellington School
in Manhattan, New York, created replicas
of the human body out of everyday mate-rials, such as clay and paper mach. They then worked with local doctors to performmock surgeries and procedures on them.Inspired, Hepinstall saw this exampleas an opportunity to expand her own hu-man body unit and also partner withGreenville’s local hospital, SpectrumHealth United Hospital. She soon contact-ed Greenville Public Schools Superinten-dent, Pete Haines, who, in turn, was ableto assist in connecting Hepinstall with key individuals from Spectrum Health UnitedHospital. Together, they formed a plan tocustomize and implement a similar pro-
gram at Baldwin Heights in early 2011.
Hepinstall’s Mini Medical School lastsapproximately four weeks. During the
rst few weeks, students will build replica
body frames and organs out of a variety of materials in order to deepen their learn-ing how each works in the body’s systemand affects the entire human body. The
fth graders will be assisted by parent vol
-unteers, school nurses and art teachers tocomplete their human creations.
Baldwin Heights Elementary students use artistic talentto replicate the human body then perform mock surgeries
SERVING THE PEOPLE
A TIME TO REMEMBER:
State Rep. Rick Outman was sworn into ofce. Pictured here with the representative are family
friends, and neighbors. (Courtesy Photo)
Outman sworn in, receives committee assignments
State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes,
was sworn into ofce at the Capitol yester
day at noon, ofcially taking his place as amember of the 96th state legislature, rep
-resenting Michigan’s 70th House District.Outman, a small business owner, waselected to his House seat in November. This
will be his rst term in the State House.
“It hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m taking it
all in and going with the ow,” Outman
said.Committee assignments were also dis-tributed. Outman will sit on the Agricul-ture, Energy and Technology, and Redis-tricting and Elections committees.“It is a great honor to serve on thesethree important committees. Coming froman agricultural district and background, I will be able to contribute immensely.” Out-man said. “At this point, our state needsa comprehensive energy and technology plan. I look forward to working with my colleagues to usher in a new era of devel-opment in Michigan.”Joining Outman at the swearing in wasa collection of family members, friends,and neighbors.