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Heirloom Birth Certificate

You can celebrate a newborn or memorialize an ancestor with an Heirloom Birth Certificate issued by the State of Michigan. These certificates are signed by the Governor. The certificates contain calligraphy style printing, are printed over artwork, and are suitable for framing and preserving as family heirlooms, but not intended as legal proof of birth. The commemorative certificates are mailed encased in cardboard shields to ensure protection. Visit Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificates website.

Local Festivals

Take the family on a field trip and explore the history, businesses and people of our county! These festivals offer craft shows, car shows, hot air balloon launch, children's health fairs, carnival rides, parades, food and more!

Sheridan Springfest
Memorial Day Weekend

Carson City Frontier Days
1st Weekend in June

Lakeview Summerfest
3rd Week in June

MCC Heritage Village Festival
1st Weekend in August

Stanton Old Fashioned Days
2nd Weekend in August

Greenville Danish Festival
3rd Weekend in August

Trufant Jubilee
Labor Day Weekend

Carson City Lions Club
Greenville Lions Club
Baker Rader Insurance Agency
Rough Riders Motorcycle Club
First Congregational Church of Sheridan
First Congregational Church of Stanton (Women’s Fellowship)
Vickeryville United Methodist Church (Women’s Fellowship)

Sponsors of WCFK's
Medication Disposal

Medication Disposal Program Safely dispose of unwanted medications today! Did you know that disposing of medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet is unsafe for the environment and the public? Proper disposal of medications helps prevent childhood poisonings, reduce substance abuse and protect the water. If you have medications that have expired, are no longer needed, can’t be identified, or changed color, smell, or taste bad, dispose of them at one of the following locations:
Medication Drop Box Locations
Call for hours of operation or more information.
Sorry, no sharps.
Montcalm County Sheriff
659 N. State St. 989-831-7590
Carson City Police Dept.
123 E. Main St. 989-584-6448
Howard City Police Dept.
125 Shaw St. 231-937-4311
Lakeview Police Dept.
315 S. Lincoln St. 989-352-6211
Greenville Public Safety
415 S. Lafayette St. 616-754-7101

Community Education

Mary Ellen Clery Executive Director We Care For Kids Montcalm County
WCFK Executive Director, Mary Ellen Clery, in one of the MAISD elementary schools. The Protect Yourself Child Abuse Prevention program is being taught to all 1st and third graders in Montcalm county.



Ruth Rondon, Katie Donovan, Esther Combs

Saturday, April 13th Greenville High School, 9am-12pm (doors open @ 8:15)

Ruth Rondon; After falling prey to traffickers as a teenager Ruth became a hardcore drug addict. For 18 years she lived on the streets and lived just beyond the reach of anyone who cared for her, including family. After escaping trafficking and breaking drug addiction, at age 33, she discovered the power she held inside and vowed to be a victim no more. She worked as a clerk for 27 years and retired in 2015. Shortly after retiring she was governor appointed to serve on the Michigan Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board. Her term expires in December of 2020.

Katie Donovan; After experiencing the addiction journey with her daughter Brittany, Katie left her marketing career to focus on family recovery. She has dedicated her life to guiding others through the overwhelming process of finding quality treatment for substance abuse, coaching families through their own recovery, and as a consultant for the treatment industry. Katie is the Executive Vice President of FAN, and a national speaker on addiction. Further, she is a certified family recovery coach and addictions recovery coach. Check out her blog:

Esther Combs; Serves on the Executive Board of the Montcalm County Trauma team – Trauma Champions, works at the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District in the roles of Building Trauma Informed Communities and Homeless Services Coordinator. She is also President of Alternative Counseling Services in Stanton. When talking about trauma it is also important to speak about Resiliency; the skills we do have; and attitudes of Optimism and Hope.


*Free Narcan Kits following the Symposium Distributed by Montcalm Care Network.*

3 MCBAP CEU’s offered


All costs are being covered by local businesses, and the Mid-State Health Network office.

SPONSORS: We are a collaboration of organizations and individuals supporting Prevention, Treatment and Recovery for overall Health and Well-Being. A special thanks to WGLM-M106.3 promotions, Relevant Recovery for the food, Greenville Schools for hosting, the multiple service agencies, and you for participating.

TO REGISTER or FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact John Kroneck at: or 989-831-4591 (Registrations appreciated).

Please provide name(s), email address and phone number.

Foster Families Needed

    Would you consider becoming a foster parent? Montcalm DHS is always looking to recruit new prospective foster families and have found this to be quite a struggle in rural communities often hit hard by economic downturn. Montcalm DHS is looking for homes in Montcalm and Ionia Counties so that our most vulnerable children (foster children) might remain in their schools, with their friends, and everything else that is comfortable to them.
If you are interested, contact:

Kristina Syjud- Montcalm County Children’s Foster Home Licensor
Phone: (989) 304-0882
Sarah Gorby – Ionia County Children’s Foster Home Licensor
Phone: (616) 902-9909

Safe Sleep, do you know our facts?

Safe Sleep, do you know our facts?
A sleep‐related infant death is the death of an otherwise healthy infant with no obvious trauma or
disease process present, birth to one year of age, where elements of an unsafe sleeping environment
were present. This encompasses infant deaths classified as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), ASSB
(Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed) and Undetermined.
An unsafe sleep environment includes soft bedding, articles in the crib or bed, infant sleeping in an adult
bed or on other sleep surfaces such as a couch or chair, infant sleeping with another adult or child, and
infant sleeping in a non‐supine position (i.e. on the stomach or side). (1)
Montcalm County Statistics
There were 8 sleep‐related infant deaths in Montcalm County from 2010‐2014. Our county is ranked 6th
highest in the state for sleep‐related infant deaths and has a death rate that is nearly double that of the
overall Michigan rate.

75% of infants who died of sleep‐related causes were placed in an adult bed.
25% of infants who died of sleep‐related causes were placed to sleep in a crib, bassinet or
portable crib.
50% of sleep‐related deaths occurred among infants who shared a sleep surface.
57% of infants who died of sleep‐related causes were found on their stomach and 14% were
found on their side.
9 in 10 infants died before the age of 4 months
1 in 4 infants was born preterm (less than 37 weeks)
38% of mothers of infants who died of sleep‐related causes in Montcalm County smoked during
pregnancy compared to 18% of all Michigan mothers.

Michigan Statistics
Since 2010, 712 babies have died due to sleep‐related deaths1. In 2014, 152 infants died due to
sleep‐related deaths1.
Sleep‐related infant death is a leading cause of death among infants less than 1 year1.
Nearly 50% of infants who died of sleep‐related causes were found on their stomach and 15%
were found on their side1.
Based on the sleep‐related infant deaths that were reviewed in 2014, nearly 50% of infants that
died were in an adult bed, 20% were place on a couch, chair, or floor and 10% were placed in
other unsafe sleep locations1.
Of the sleep‐related infant deaths that were reviewed in 2014, approximately 60% of the infants
that died involved suffocation hazards present in the sleep environment, such as blankets
(84%), pillows (25%), bumper pads (15%) and stuffed toys (5%). In some cases, more than one
of these items was present in the infant’s sleep environment at the time of death. (1)
1 Michigan SUID Case Registry. Contact Lindsay Gross 517‐324‐7340 for more information.
Myths & Facts
MYTH: Cribs cause “crib death.”
FACT: Cribs don’t cause “crib death.” “Crib death” is an old term that was used when the deaths of
babies were not well understood. Now, from research, autopsies, death scene investigations and more,
we know better. Cribs save lives.
MYTH: Babies will choke if they spit up while lying on their backs.
FACT: This is not true – babies are actually safer on their backs. When a baby is on his or her back, the
airway (trachea) is on top of the esophagus (the tube that carries food). If a baby spits up while on his
or her back, the food and fluid run back into the stomach and not to the lungs. When a baby is on his or
her stomach, the esophagus (or food tube) is on top of the trachea and any food or fluid that is
regurgitated or refluxed can more easily pool at the opening of the trachea, making it possible for the
baby to aspirate or choke. When babies sleep on their backs, their airways are more protected.
MYTH: Babies have slept on their stomachs for generations and they survived.
FACT: Many babies have slept on their stomachs and survived, but that doesn’t mean that was the
safest way for them to sleep. For reasons that doctors are still trying to understand, some babies who
sleep on their stomachs become unable to take a breath when needed. This can cause them to suffocate
because of their inability to change position and take a breath. It is also possible that stomach sleeping
can increase an infant’s risk of “rebreathing” his or her own exhaled air, especially if the infant is in an
environment with soft bedding near the face. As baby breathes the exhaled air, the oxygen level in the
body can drop, carbon dioxide can accumulate and the baby can experience a lack of oxygen. Babies
are safest sleeping on their back for every sleep – at nap time and at night time.
MYTH: Baby will get cold with no blankets and will be uncomfortable on a firm surface.
FACT: Babies should be dressed in as much or as little clothing as an adult would need. If you are
worried that your baby may be cold, use a footed sleeper or a sleep sack. Babies don’t need blankets,
pillows, comforters or stuffed animals, to feel comfortable. These items tend to get in babies way and
can cause suffocation if baby becomes entangled in them. If parents still want these items for baby’s
nursery, stuffed animals can be decoration on a shelf, quilts can be hung on the wall and blankets can
be used on the floor for supervised “tummy time.” Keep soft objects, loose bedding, pillows and
bumper pads out of the crib.
MYTH: Babies will get lonely in the crib.
FACT: It is possible to bond and develop strong attachments during “awake” time with baby. Cuddling,
holding while feeding, making eye contact, and talking with baby are all ways to develop strong
attachments. When baby goes to bed, those feelings don’t go away. If baby cries while in the crib,
soothe baby and then lay him or her back to sleep in the crib. Baby will feel comfort and will develop
ways to self‐soothe and calm on his or her own, which is a critical skill. There are many techniques that
parents can use to help when baby is crying. Resources such as the “Period of Purple Crying,” advice
from a doctor, nurse or other health provider, and others are available to help teach parents skills to
soothe baby. The safest place for baby after soothing is on his or her back in the crib.
MYTH: Baby is safe sleeping in an adult bed.
FACT: Unfortunately, baby is in danger sleeping in an adult bed, or on couches, armchairs or cushions.
An adult can roll over on baby or another person’s arm may cover baby’s head or neck, smothering the
baby, making it impossible for the baby to breathe. Also, baby can roll or move on her own and end up
in a dangerous place such as stuck between the mattress and the headboard or between the bed and
the wall or pressed up against a sofa cushion or other loose bedding. Many parents think that they will
hear the baby and wake if this happens, but tragically, this isn’t often the case. Many parents also think
that bed‐sharing is only risky if they have been drinking or taking drugs. Doing those behaviors does
increase the risk, but bed‐sharing is dangerous even if the parent is not impaired. Babies sleep safest
when sleeping in their own crib, bassinet or portable play yard – parents will sleep more soundly
MYTH: Breastfeeding can only be done successfully when the mother bed‐shares with her infant.
FACT: This is not true. Breastfeeding does provide the best nutrition for baby, builds the immune
system and promotes bonding, as well as many other health benefits. But breastfeeding can make
mother sleepy, so it needs to be done outside of the bed, in a chair, for example, and baby needs to be
placed back in the crib once feeding is finished. Some mothers have found it helpful to set a timer or
alarm to help wake them after feeding. Partners are also helpful in returning baby to the crib when
feeding is done. Breastfeeding is encouraged and can be done safely.
2. Sleep‐Related Infant Deaths in Montcalm County. Fact Sheet May 2016. Provided by the Michigan Public Health

OK2SAY Campaign Launch

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office reports the launch of OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative available to Michigan students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.  OK2SAY enables sutdents to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees.  The program will operate as an early warning system in our schools to thwart tragedies before they occur.  Created as a result of the Student Safety Act (183 PA 2013), OK2SAY's focus is on early intervention and prevention.  For more informaton on OK2SAY, please click here.

State of Michigan Child Protection Registry

Want to protect your family from unwanted adult advertising?

The State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails and mobile phones (text messaging).  The Michigan Child Protection Registry, created by the Michigan State Legislature in 2004, allows Michigan schools and families to protect their students from receiving adult-oriented messages.  Registered addresses and numbers are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol and gambling.

For more information and/or to sign-up please visit