There was another hit on our geocache here at the Squire Newspaper. The cache isn’t ours, but we gave permission to have it on our property. Free Since 1871 is a reference to the age of the company, which is the oldest in the City of Rockford. Actually, the paper used to be by subscription back in the day, with delivery through the post office horse and buggy. We have a few from that era with simply the subscribers last name hand written across the top of the paper, no address necessary. It simply said Briggs. Anyone know what family that might have been in the late 1800s? Anyhow, pictured are Ryan, 12 and his mom Marcie with Olivia 11 and Nicole. They were out for a day of fun in downtown Rockford, stopping for some ice cream and doing the kids first ever geocache. If you haven’t done one before, give it a try. Go to geocache.com and put in your zip code to find plenty right nearby. It’s a very family friendly activity.
Spectrum Health is the first health system in West Michigan and among the first in the nation to offer patients ROSA™, an advanced option for neurosurgery. ROSA is a surgeon-directed robotic arm designed to assist during brain surgery. The use of ROSA improves accuracy and can significantly reduce total surgery time, including the time a patient is under general anesthesia. The robot can be used for cranial procedures requiring precise positioning and handling of instruments. The ROSA™ robotic device was designed to increase the safety and reliability of various neurological procedures without compromising established surgical protocols. ROSA™ is an integrated multi-application console that acts as a reliable and accurate surgical assistant. “Robotic technology is at the forefront of the next generation of surgical treatments for epilepsy,” said Sanjay Patra, MD, MSc, neurosurgeon, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “With these new technologies, we are accessing the deepest areas of the brain and expanding treatment of neurological disorders.” ROSA can be used to assist with implanting electrodes that map regions of the brain affected by seizures. Additional applications of ROSA include placing electrodes for deep brain stimulation in patients with diseases like Parkinson’s, taking biopsies in critical, hard-to-access areas of the brain, and using the Visualase® laser ablation system to destroy tissue in areas of the brain where seizures or tumors originate. “An important capacity provided by the ROSA technology will be our ability to unite a number of technologies to achieve improved patient outcomes,” said Kost Elisevich, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, co-chair department of clinical neurosciences, chief, division of neurosurgery, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “These include utilization of additional tools such as Visualase, iMRI and advanced 3D neuroimaging.” Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging technology or iMRI enables a surgeon to promptly confirm progress during surgery. The iMRI provides feedback during the procedure indicating critical areas near the tumor that need to be avoided and helping surgeons confirm that as much of the tumor as possible has been removed. Visualase® provides precise MRI-guided laser technology for thermal ablation of brain tumors that were previously impossible to reach due to their position in the brain. The use of this technology enables most procedures to be completed in less time, minimal suturing and hair removal, reduced scarring and shorter hospital stays. Spectrum […]
Consumers Energy is moving forward with plans to add new sources of renewable energy in Michigan, launching its community solar program called Solar Gardens. Solar Gardens is the first program of its kind for Consumers Energy, and customers will be able to participate. Grand Valley State University in Ottawa County and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo County are potential sites for solar facilities that could start operating next year. “We are excited to be making progress as we seek to develop new sources of renewable energy,” said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president for energy supply operations. “We look forward to watching Solar Gardens grow as we continue our relationship with Michigan residents to protect and preserve the environment.” Consumers Energy customers can start enrolling in the Solar Gardens program later this year. They can express interest and learn more about how to support solar energy online at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/solargardens. Consumers Energy has been active in developing renewable energy sources in Michigan. Last year, the company reached its target of generating 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources a year ahead of schedule. That includes two wind farms, one near Lake Michigan and one in the Thumb, and contracts to buy electricity generated by wind, landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and hydroelectric generation. Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
Olga R. Boos (Coudray) died peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on August 28, 2015 at the age of 83. Olga worked for the Rockford Public Schools as a school bus driver and retired as the Transportation Supervisor. She was also active in the Myers Lake Association for many years. Olga was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Joseph Boos, May 28th, 2000. She is survived by her children, Cary (Caroline) Baker and their children, Tammy Irvin, Skyler, Mirela and Elizabeth Baker; Cherie Grant and her children Connie Gross and Cathleen Copeland; John (Linda) Baker and their children John C. Baker, Ryan Baker and Angela Baker; Linda (Ken) Oosterhouse and their children, Shelly Pung and Arus Kinney; Robert (Kim) Baker; Susan (Tim) Hartman and their children, Roger Bouwkamp, Steven Bouwkamp, Victoria Bouwkamp and Stacie Rublein; Barbara Baker and her son, Eric Hirzel; Fred Baker; Mary Baker and her children Alexandra Holthof , Kevin Byrnes and Dana Johnston; and Joe’s children Michelle (Dennis) Lucas and their children Rachel Dine, Emily Lucas and Jennifer Lucas; Joseph (Mandy) Boos many great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and her sister Barbara Ann Walls. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be given to the continuing care of Olga’s loving pets. Donations to the trust can be sent to: 10455 Tefft Ave NE, Rockford MI 49341. The family will have a private memorial service in honor of Olga’s wishes. Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com
Frances Lee Clemens passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at her home of 54 years, surrounded by the love of her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Herbert Clemens. Fran was an accomplished wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an owner and operator of Blythefield Memory Gardens. Fran was an intelligent, beautiful, competitive and loving woman. She has taught all of us how to live by her example. Fran lived her life giving, loving, laughing, and working hard. Fran was a top flight bowler, outstanding golfer and bridge player. She enjoyed bowling and golfing up until she was 88 years old. Fran’s spirit touched everyone she met. She is survived by her loving sons— Curtis (Susan) and Ronald. Her adored grandchildren— Alexas, Cameron, Nicholas, and Samantha. Also surviving, are her brothers Edward and John Loznak and sister Dorothy Signs. We thank God and will continue to thank Him for the wonderful gift of a truly outstanding and beautiful Mother, Grandmother, and friend. There was a time of visitation from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The Mass of Christian Burial for Fran was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1120 4 Mile Road NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Fr. Tom Page presided. There was also be a one hour visitation prior to Mass at church. Fran was laid to rest, next to her dearest husband Herbert, in Blythefield Memory Gardens, immediately following Mass. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Blythefield Memory Gardens and Pederson Funeral Home. Blythefield Memory Gardens and Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com