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Hackett Auto Museum receives funding through MHPN Intervention Loan

MAY 3, 2018 - The Hackett Auto Museum has been approved to receive a $15,000 “Intervention” loan from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. Ted O’Dell, project leader and executive director of the museum said, “This funding will allow us to address immediate needs with the roof in order to help stop further deterioration of the building.”

The MHPN Intervention Loan program provides funding for repairs to nonprofit organizations that focus efforts on saving historic buildings. The primary aim of the program is to stabilize historic properties that are threatened by one or more failures of major building systems, like structural elements and rehabilitation of the building.

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HFAH Increases Access to Non Emergency Care

MAY 1, 2018 — Henry Ford Allegiance Health is taking steps to ensure patients have access to the level of care they need in the most appropriate setting. These steps include offering expanded hours at the Henry Ford Allegiance Walk-in Clinic, located at 1401 W. North Street in Jackson.

“Our goal is to provide the most appropriate, most timely care possible to the community. In order to do that, we need the primary focus of our Emergency Department to be on patients with life threatening concerns, such as a heart attack or possible stroke,” said Mark Smith, MD, Henry Ford Allegiance Health Chief Medical Officer. “Offering a walk-in clinic with expanded hours makes it possible for Henry Ford Allegiance Health to provide timely, affordable care for patients with non-emergency health needs."

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Great Lakes Caring announces Jackson Volunteer of the Year

MAY 1, 2018 - Great Lakes Caring recognized Rebecca Butzin as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year in the Jackson branch. Butzin began volunteering with Great Lakes Caring Hospice in 2013 and has donated over 100 hours. Her Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Karasek said Butzin is very organized and keeps projects moving smoothly, as well as helps educate fellow volunteers on their computer skills. 

“Great Lakes Caring Hospice volunteers are compassionate individuals who dedicate their time to enhance the lives of others,” said Becky Matthews, Vice President of Hospice at Great Lakes Caring. “Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year awards recognize an outstanding volunteer in each Great Lakes Caring Hospice branch during National Volunteer Week. It is one of the ways we say ‘thank you’ for all of the valuable work our volunteers do to assist hospice patients and their families.”

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MIS Cares awards $88,007 in scholarships and grants

APRIL 24, 2018 — MIS Cares presented $1,000 scholarships to 13 students from Lenawee and Jackson Counties to further their education. The track’s charity foundation also presented $75,007 in grants to 16 community organizations. 

The scholarships are part of an ongoing initiative to promote learning among students at all educational levels by MIS Cares and Michigan International Speedway. The scholarship was open to any graduating senior in Jackson or Lenawee County who is entering a STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) field at a college, university or trade school in the state of Michigan.

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CNB promotes Johnson to Branch Officer

APRIL 24, 2018 - The Board of Directors of County National Bank approved the promotion of Erica Johnson from Branch Manager to Branch Officer. Johnson joined CNB in December 2016 as the Branch Manager for the Horton Road Office and has 21 years of banking experience, ranging from Teller to Assistant Banking Center Manager. Her familiarity with the Jackson market and clients will be beneficial to CNB in her role as Branch Manager, the company said.

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August Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race named Consumers Energy 400

APRIL 19, 2018 — Michigan International Speedway and Consumers Energy have expanded their relationship in a multi-year agreement to include the entitlement sponsorship of the August Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The race on Aug. 12 will be called the Consumers Energy 400.

“Consumers Energy is proud to support a great family tradition for Michiganders who enjoy seeing NASCAR come to Michigan year after year at MIS," said Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy. "We look forward to powering this event and MIS, spurring economic growth for our hometowns."

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Consumers Energy Foundation announces $500,000 for downtown projects

APRIL 17, 2018 – The Consumers Energy Foundation today announced $500,000 for two major projects near its downtown headquarters, supporting an incubator for chefs to grow their businesses and the relocation and expansion of the Jackson School of the Arts.

“Consumers Energy is doubling down on our commitment to our hometown, and we are excited to support these two efforts that will create opportunities in downtown Jackson,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. Poppe announced the grants at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Luncheon.

“We started more than 130 years ago in Jackson. We are working to create economic and cultural opportunities for all residents in our community, including a vibrant downtown that's an attractive place to live, work and innovate,” Poppe said.

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New Medical Director for HFAH Plastic Surgery collaborates with surgeons to benefit patients

APRIL 17, 2018 - With an enthusiasm for collaboration, Henry Ford Allegiance Plastic Surgery medical director Shoshana Ambani, M.D., is increasing access to specialized surgical care while coordinating with other surgeons—allowing patients needing multiple procedures to have the surgeries at one time. Her areas of clinical interest include breast reconstruction, microvascular reconstruction, facial and body aesthetic surgery, lymphedema surgery and peripheral nerve surgery.

“A lot of what I do involves complementing the work of fellow surgeons, to ensure their patients have the best outcomes and quality of life possible,” said Dr. Ambani.

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CNB employees donate $700 to Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan

APRIL 16, 2018 - Each quarter, County National Bank hosts a Jeans for Charity Day. Employees donate money toward a local charity and in return dress more casual while making an impact. This quarter, employees donated to Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan (RPSM).

For over a decade, the organization has worked with pets and prisoners to affect others positively. Rather than being sent to a shelter, abandoned, surrendered and homeless animals enter into a ‘Companion Program.’ The program allows inmates to train the dogs, with the goal of both being able to re-enter society as productive members.

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