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Monday, 28 April 2014 11:50

May is "Building Safety Awareness" Month

(AREA) -- In cooperation with the Sanilac County Building Department, the Sheriff's Department reminds residents that the month of May if "Building Safety Awareness" month. The construction season is right around the corner and citizens are encouraged to protect themselves against criminal and civil loss. To help in the fight against fraud, always ask to see a builders license. Even if your project does not require a permit, the contractor doing the work may be required to be licensed. To help protect yourself, always get estimates, get your contract in writing, never pay for the job in full up front, discuss a payment schedule, and get references if possible. For more information visit www.michigan.gov/lara or your local building department.

(MARLETTE) -- The Hunting for Health Committee celebrated a remarkable fundraising event last month at the Rooster Ranch, LLC in Ubly. Partnering with the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation, the 3rd annual event was record-setting for both fundraising and hunter participation. Thanks to the support of 159 hunters and many event sponsors, over $26,000 was raised during the two-day event, March 21 and 22. Proceeds benefit the PCUPS (Prostate Cancer Understanding, Prevention & Screenings) Program, which provides free PSA screenings for men throughout the Thumb Region.

Pictured: Participants of this year's event Craig Krause (left) with youth participant Owen Strickler (right).

(MARLETTE) -- In recognition of National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 6-12 United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital hosted a celebration honoring  their hospice volunteers. The volunteer appreciation banquet was held at Hope Lutheran Church in Marlette. Musical entertainment was provided by youth members of the Lapeer Symphony Orchestra. It was noted during the event that the willing spirit of a hospice volunteer is a gift to United Hospice Service and the patients they serve. The volunteers' generous contribution of time, energy, and resources was commended.

PICTURED: Hospice volunteers that were in attendance, as well as hospice staff and members of the Marlette Regional Hospital leadership team.

(SANDUSKY) -- Nurse Practitioner Nicole Liccardello, DNP, FNP-BC, will join McKenzie Health System and begin seeing patients in May at McKenzie's Croswell Clinic. McKenzie President and CEO Steve Barnett says Nicole is an accomplished nurse who will complete her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May from the University of Michigan-Flint. Nicole will work with Dr. Matthew Gormley three days a week. Nicole is originally from Sanilac County and says she enjoys treating women's and children's health and will emphasize prevention, nutrition and active lifestyles with all patients.

(AREA) -- I'd Rather Bee Scrapbooking and More in Sandusky was filled to capacity on Saturday, March 29 for the 8th annual Scrapbook and Fun Day fundraiser, which benefits the United Hospice Service bereavement program. A record of 36 participants helped owner Sandy Miller present a donation of approximately $900 to United Hospice Service Bereavement Coordinator Elise Kelly. Those in attendance spent the day creating scrapbook pages, cards, and crafts. The money will help provide bereavement services to hospice patient families and others throughout the Thumb region.

(MARLETTE) -- Each year, Marlette Regional Hospital hosts an Employee Appreciation Banquet to honor exceptional employees that have dedicated many hours of service to the organization. During this year's banquet March 29 in Capac, the hospital recognized employees that have given a combined 696-years of service.

Honored for 3-years of service were Barbara Baird, Ann Bower, Jennifer Callahan, Schelly Farrell, Jennifer Glasgow, Mary Hicks, Jennifer Kile, Shawn Kloss, Wendy Reagin, Patricia Schank, Michele Torrey and Jessica Tracy. Honored for 5-years of service were Jessica Adamczyk, Deanna Anger, Dorothy Broadworth, Carolyn Brown, Sue Cook, Karen Gentner, Kristy Gogolen, Charlene Guitar, Dr. William Halacoglu, Mandy Hanner, Andrea Herron, Linda Klimek, Luann Long, Trisha Ludescher, Meredith Lyons, Gary Schmekel, Bobbi Silverthorn and Annette Sproule. Those honored for 10-years of service were Michelle Bruman, Jacob Cargill, Rebecca Cox, Bryan Gawlas, Betty Hagen, Stephanie Holman, Mary Johnson, Elise Kelly, Janet Langolf, Kari Liebler, Michele Murphy, Thomas O'Connor, Anita Schierlinger, Sally Smith, Kimberly Verellen and Jill Welter. 15-years of service honorees were Daniel Babcock, Deborah Baldwin, Andrea Brecht, Donald Cameron, Barbara Childers, Larry Gerstenberger, Stephanie Gordon, Christina Hackel, Brenda Harneck, Debora Kiley, Gail Laur, Wayne McDonald, Jody McNary, Michelle Peters, Neenah Remick, Rebecca Vislosky, Lisa Wilhelmsen and Laurie Yonkowski. Marlette Regional Hospital employees with 20-years of service are Lane Chapin, Bonnie Pannill, Victoria Park and Carol VanEtten. Laura Bigelow was honored for 25-years of service and Karla Lyons has been with the hospital for 30-years. Retirees that were honored included Nancy Buckley, Mary Kozik, Aldine Odoerfer, Dennis Perry and Sandra Tobi.

PICTURED: Laboratory staff member Karla Lyons was honored for her 35-years of service to MRH. 

(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville Community Hospital's first annual European Pheasant Hunt Fundraiser was a success with seventeen hunters participating and support from 49 sponsors. The event, held March 15 at the Rooster Ranch, LLC in Ubly, raised over $6,700, which will be used to replace the hospital's nurse call system. Plans are already being made for next year's European Pheasant Hunt Fundraiser.

PICTURED: Retired Deckerville farmer and hunter, Keith Williamson with his grandsons Cody and Casey Hoff and friend Jim Nichol.