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Gazelle Sports Ranked Top Four

Gazelle Sports Ranked Top Four

Gazelle Sports store in West Michigan has received national recognition from Competitor Magazine for being one of 2012's "50 Best Running Stores in America," placing in the top four.  Gazelle has stores locally in Holland, Kalamazoo, and Kentwood.  This is the seventh year in a row that it has made the list.

Each store that is nominated is put through an evaluation process that includes mystery shopping to assess customer service, credit ratings from vendors, and assessments about local programs and community commitment.

Gazelle Sports Co-Owner Chris Lampen-Crowell says, "We are very proud to be recognized as one of the best running stores in America. It is a tribute to the Gazelle Sports staff. It means that they are living our mission to pursue, encourage and celebrate a healthy lifestyle, and providing the best customer care in the world.

Start the year right, give blood

Start the year right, give blood

Michigan Blood wants you to continue the season of giving by donating blood to start the new year.

If you attempt to donate at one of these blood drives, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse

       Grand Rapids
       December 31  •  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
       January 2  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
       January 3  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

       St. Joseph
       January 2  •  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Hope College Nursing Student and Professor are Honored

HOLLAND – A Hope College professor and student each received individual recognition for excellence during the recent induction and installation ceremony of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

The chapter recognized Donna Garrett, assistant professor of nursing, with its “Award for Excellence in Education” and senior nursing major Christine Springer of Ann Arbor as the college’s recipient of an “Outstanding Student Performance Award.”

The event was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.  The chapter includes the Calvin, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Hope nursing programs.

Turn your Halloween Candy in to Great Lakes Dental

Turn your Halloween Candy in to Great Lakes Dental

Great Lakes Dental Excellence of Muskegon will host Operation Gratitude, an event that sends a taste of Halloween to our troops currently serving overseas, starting the day after Halloween.


 As part of a Halloween Candy Buy Back program, every pound (up to 5Lbs) of unopened candy brought in to GLDE will result in $1 given back to those donating. All candy received will go directly to the troops along with toothbrushes provided by GLDE.


“We are doing this event because we want to show our support for our troops as well as give them the chance to enjoy the holidays as much as we do,” said Rosie Reilly, Dental Assistant at GLDE.

Muskegon Alzheimer's Walk Fundraiser Report

Muskegon Alzheimer's Walk Fundraiser Report

Muskegon area has reported they have raised more than $37,500 made possible by the 270 plus residents who participated in their recent Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and to reclaim the future for millions of people. The Walk was held recently at Heritage Landing.

Jennifer Howard, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, commented: “I was inspired by local residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in this walk.”

Participants also learned more about this debilitating disease and the Association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials and how they can become more involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, DC.

For additional information or to make a donation, please visit alz.org/mglc

Turkey Trail 5K Run at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Turkey Trail 5K Run at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

This year will signify a change in the Annual Turkey Day Event at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park and the Gillette Nature Association on Lake Michigan.

A Turkey Trail 5K Run has been added and the challenging 5K run through the sand dunes along the shores of Lake Michigan will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, November 3rd. To pre-register, go to www.gillettenature.org or www.goracego.com  Early registration fees are $25 but fees paid November 1st through 3rd will be $30. You may register at Gillette Visitor Center November 1st – 3rd from 10am -3pm or on race day at the day beach bathhouse starting at 7:30am.

Prizes will be given for 1st-3rd place in 14 age groups, including one for best-dressed turkeyJ

Even children will have a chance to run in the 1-Mile Little Turkey Trot at 10:30am.

Hope College Lecture to Reflect on How Outlook Changes when One’s Child Has Cancer

Hope College Lecture to Reflect on How Outlook Changes when One’s Child Has Cancer

HOLLAND – The experience of having a young child diagnosed with cancer and the impact that has on one’s outlook on life will be the focus of a lecture at Hope College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

Derek Emerson of the Hope College staff, whose young son Oliver was diagnosed with stage-four Neuroblastoma in August 2010, will present the address “The Blessings of Disruption: Ramblings from the Children’s Cancer Ward” through the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the national Mortar Board honorary society.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Oliver, who is six and is in remission, has experienced an extensive variety of treatments and surgeries since his diagnosis.  He was in remission in November 2011, but relapsed in January 2012.  After undergoing an experimental treatment he went back into remission in May, and is currently undergoing additional treatment.