Rotary program trains next generation of peace-makers

Jeanne Schaller of Midland, at her graduation from Rotary's Peace Fellowship program

Jeanne Schaller of Midland, at her graduation from Rotary’s Peace Fellows program

For years, Rotary clubs have been making a difference in communities around the United States. Many people know of the organization’s efforts at the local level… but very few are aware of its efforts to promote peace internationally.

Every year, Rotary International selects 100 people from around the world to be “peace fellows.” These are people who have been actively involved in promoting peace and conflict resolution in their communities. Continue reading

2nd annual Aldo Leopold festival coming mid-May

postcardside1The second annual Aldo Leopold Festival is coming to the Upper Peninsula in Mid-May.

This year the festival is celebrating a new 150-mile long birding trail.
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New cancer center brings treatment close to home 


Traveling over 100 miles to receive cancer treatments is no longer a worry of patients in Chippewa and Mackinac counties, thanks to a new cancer center in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Cancer Care Center is new to the War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Continue reading

Michigan’s hospitals rank across the board on safety

A new ranking of the safety of Michigan’s hospitals show most hospitals are passing.

The Leapfrog Group used survey data and information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assign each hospital a letter grade.

Out of 80 hospitals in the state, 26 received A’s, 13 B’s, and 37 C’s– that’s 95 percent of all hospitals rated. Three facilities received D’s and one, in Houghton county, in the UP, received an F.
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Health chief: Ebola distracted from Genesee County Legionnaire’s outbreak

flintThe state’s health director says an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County did not get the attention it deserved from his agency. He says it was partially due to the department’s focus on a different health threat that never materialized.
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Health officials stress infant vaccines on National Infant Immunization Week

Health educators are using National Infant Immunization Week this week to talk about the importance of getting babies vaccinated.

Infants typically receive their first vaccine, which protects against Hepatitis B, at birth. Over the next two years the CDC recommends children receive 24 vaccines to prevent nine serious diseases.

Amanda Thompson is a nursing supervisor at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. She said it’s also important for adults to keep up with vaccines.

“Those infants can’t get a lot of those vaccines until they’re two, four, six months and they’re not fully vaccinated until they’re older,” Thompson said. “It’s really important for parents and grandparents and anyone who’s around children to also be up-to-date on their vaccinations.”

Most vaccines are for diseases that are unommon in the U.S. Things like polio, measles and meningitis.

Thompson said they are rare because most people have been immunized.

“One of the current challenges that we see is educated young parents and community members who have never seen the effects of these devastating diseases,” Thompson said.

She says if people choose not to get the vaccines they weaken the system making more people vulnerable to more disease.