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(MARLETTE) -- United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital has honored Diana Hutchinson of Brown City as Volunteer of the Year during the 2012 Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer Symposium held in Bellaire, Michigan. Diana has been with hospice for just over 2-years and has embraced many aspects of the services with a welcoming eagerness. Diana immediately became involved in the annual Hospice Walk, Hospice Luncheon, children and teens' grief camp-Camp United, as well as constantly going above and beyond for patients at the Hospice Residence. She is also an active member of the well-known motorcycle group Hog Town Inc. that has devoted their fundraising efforts to the hospice program.
PICTURED: Diana Hutchinson was honored as Volunteer of the Year for United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital during the 2012 MHPCO Volunteer Symposium held in Bellaire, Michigan. Lisa Ashley (left), President/CEO of the MHPCO, and Ruth Charlebois (right), President of the Michigan Hospice Volunteer Coordinators Association, presents Diana with her award.

(MARLETTE) -- The City of Marlette will be celebrating its annual Marlette Country Christmas event in just a few short weeks. The one-day event is scheduled to kick-off at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 15. Residents and visitors can look forward to a Christmas concert, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a chili cook-off. The holiday-themed parade will start at 1 p.m. in downtown Marlette. Parade Coordinator Sara Redman is currently seeking area business and organization entries for the parade. Entries can be submitted via fax at 989-635-4027, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 989-635-4012. A new addition this year will be the Christmas Bizarre Vendor Sale at the Marlette VFW Hall from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Table/space rentals are $15 each and an unwrapped toy for the local Toys for Tots is welcomed. To reserve your space, please contact Vendor Sale Coordinator Mary Anderson at 989-635-3115.

(KINGSTON) -- In anticipation of the 2012-2013 academic school year, Kingston Family HealthCare's Darla Mays, PA-C offered reduced rate sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of $10. Marlette Regional Hospital and its health care offices wanted to help students prepare for the sports season in good health, at an affordable price. They also wanted to support the school's athletic program with additional funding by donating half of the proceeds back to the school's athletic program. Over a 3-day offering during the summer months, 137 student athletes participated. Pictured above, Darla Mays, PA-C (center, left) presented a check for $685 to Kingston Athletic Director Bill Kerr (right) and high school students Crystal Shafor and Cameron Steele.

(BROWN CITY) -- Family HealthCare of Brown City welcomes the addition of family medicine physician Dr. Daniel T. Kulick to their health care team. Dr. Kulick is a graduate of Central Michigan University. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in family medicine at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Clinton Township. He has an additional 5-years of experience providing family health care services to patients throughout the state of Michigan. Dr. Kulick will provide primary care medical services to patients of all ages as he joins the Marlette Regional Hospital health care team.

PICTURED: Daniel T. Kulick, D.O., Family Medicine Physician

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The CMH Players will present the play "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Firebird Theater in Sandusky on Thursday, November 29. Director Bryan Day of Port Huron says the cast is taking an American movie classic and presenting it in a way that many people haven't seen it. The play, by James Rogers, is based on the famous film directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and Donna Reed as his wife Mary. The CMH Players is a theater project of the community mental health agencies in Sanilac, St. Clair and Lapeer counties. According to Jim Johnson, Executive Director of Sanilac County Community Mental Health, one of the main goals of the theater program is helping people build pathways to recovery by participating in the arts. Performances November 29 will be held at Noon and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased ahead by calling Debbie at Sanilac County Community Mental Health at 810-583-0326. Tickets will also be available at the door. Individuals who receive community mental health services may attend free of charge.

 

(SANDUSKY) -- Local officials say that a "Mock Disaster" drill that took place at McKenzie Health System last week went well. The mock disaster scenario involved a mock collision between a Sanilac Medical Care Facility bus on a color tour and a beet truck. The mock scene was staged in the Sanilac Medical Care Facility parking lot with eight members of the Sandusky High School Drama Club playing the parts of both young adult workers and elderly patients. EMS responded to the emergency call. The "injured" were treated at the scene and then transported to McKenzie Health System for further treatment by the hospital's medical staff and clinical team. McKenzie Health System President and CEO, Steve Barnett says the purpose of the exercise was to test the effectiveness of the hospital's emergency response plans for a mass casualty event.

Pictured: SHS Drama Club member Stephanie Sleda (on the stretcher) is attended by Dr. Mark Hamed, McKenzie Emergency Department Medical Director and Karla Abrego, RN. Former SHS graduates, Julie Allen Rudy and Chad Schmidt are the attending EMT's. Also, looking on is Jenny Monzo from McKenzie Health System.

(PORT HURON) -- The Annual Santa Parade through downtown Port Huron is set for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Following the parade, Santa will receive a key to the city and a sing-a-long will take  place in front of the McMorran Place. Santa will visit children inside the Memorial Room from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the movie "Polar Express" will play inside the theatre at the McMorran, free of charge from 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

(AREA) -- An annual survey looking for the average cost of the classic Thanksgiving meal shows that the cost of turkey and side dishes for ten people remains remarkably affordable, with only a 1 percent increase over last year. The American Farm Bureau Federation's 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey show the cost of Americans' favorite November meal barely increasing over last year's. The prices of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and other traditional side dishes rang up to $49.48, just 28 cents more than in 2011. Turkey in Michigan was 30 cents more per pound than the national average, while a gallon of Michigan milk was almost $1 less expensive. Pumpkin pie mix was 90 cents pricier than the national average, but cranberries were 46 cents cheaper. Most of the meal's higher average cost is attributable to a 3 to 4 cents-per-pound increase in the price of the turkey itself, which at $1.39 per pound totaled $22.24 for a 16-pound bird. Since the survey began in 1986, the average cost of the Thanksgiving meal has gradually inched upward from the mid- to upper $20 range. Ten years ago the bill totaled $34.56; a decade before that it was $26.39. This year's survey averaged retail grocery costs found by 150 volunteer shoppers at grocery stores in 35 states.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov sits with John Borkovich (right), former Michigan DNR conservation officer of 27 years. Borkovich testified Thursday, November 8 before the Michigan Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism in support of legislation to strengthen Michigan’s poaching laws. Bills sponsored by Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would raise fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. The measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states. The bills were reported unanimously, and now await a vote of the full Senate.

(IMLAY CITY) -- Friends of the Polly Ann Trail have added a feature for horse riders. Hitching posts have been installed so that horses can be tied while being saddled. The new trailhead is located on the west end of 4th Street near Blacks Corners Road in Imlay City. Barb Yockey, an Imlay City resident, recently attended a meeting and suggested the hitching posts as a way to encourage equestrians to use the trailhead as a starting point for riding along the Polly Ann Trail. Imlay City DDA Director Kim Marrone took the suggestion to the city and the posts were installed. Anyone interested in the trail is invited to attend the quarterly, Friends of the Polly Ann Trail meeting at the Lamb Steele Building in Imlay City at 7:15 p.m. on December 19th.

PICTURED: Left to Right: Gabrielle Hume, Barb Yockey, Frank Demske, and Kat Weigand

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