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(MARLETTE) -- Mike Hollenbeck of Marlette was recently honored as United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital Volunteer of the Year during the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer Symposium held in Bellaire, Michigan. Each hospice organization throughout the state honored a volunteer of the year during the annual event. Co-workers say Mike willingly makes frequent visits to the hospice residence staff, hospice office staff and hospital employees in hopes to make someone's day special. He is described as a humble man with a gentle spirit and enthusiasm for life.

PICTURED: Left to Right--Lillian Comment, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Iris Kappen, Pat Boegner, Joyce Hollenbeck, Mike Hollenbeck, Sharon Klawender, Sharon Beutler, Joyce Frye and Lois Sugden.

(PORT HURON) -- Beginning Monday, October 21 the Mercy Women's Health Center will launch a Comprehensive Breast Center, which is designed to identify women at increased risk of developing breast cancer. The new enhancements to the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital women's center include the provision of MammoPlus, RiskPlus, and Rapid Results. The ultimate goal of the program is the reduction of breast cancer deaths. President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy, RN Rebekah Smith says the hospital is working with CHE Trinity Health's statewide Mercy Cancer Network to provide the most advanced cancer technology and support to the women in the community, region, and across the state.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Rev. Dr. Jason Garwood (right) to the Michigan Senate. Garwood is the lead pastor at Colwood Church in Caro, Michigan. He delivered the invocation before a Senate session.

(AREA) -- Three students from three elementary schools in St. Clair County will have a special pizza party in their classroom after winning the first-ever Lauwers Summer Reading Contest. 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers says the winners include Capac Elementary School 3rd-grader Paul Camire, 1st grader Conner Clark from Orchard Primary School in Almont, and Gardens Elementary of Marysville 5th grader Lawrence Smafield. Lauwers will attend each classroom party and talk with students, provide free booklets and play games. Representative Lauwers, of Brockway Township, sponsored the contest to help retain and improve upon students' reading skills over the summer months. Another summer reading contest is planned next year.

(CROSWELL) -- The National Safety Council recognized local Defensive Driving Course Training Center, UDriveSafe Driving Academy, Inc. as the award winner for the second year in a row for Best Performance, Defensive Driving Course 6/8 Hour Course for Michigan. On September 28, during the National Safety Council's Congress and Exposition in Chicago, IL, UDriveSafe Driving Academy, Inc. of Croswell received honors for their 2012 Defensive Driving Course training. The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course, the first name in life saving defensive driving courses, began in 1964. With over 10,000 instructors worldwide, the Defensive Driving Courses have graduated over 70,000,000 drivers worldwide.

PICTURED: L to R Christine Meddaugh - Owner/President of UDriveSafe Driving Academy, Inc. & Janet Froetscher, President and CEO at NSC