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A need for direction

A need for direction

By Ron Witbeck 
Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church We sometimes find ourselves in need for direction for traveling both in life and the different events of life. We may find ourselves traveling over the next few weeks as we approach the coming of Christmas and family get-togethers. Sometimes we will not need directions, because we […]

Supper Night program receives donation

Supper Night program receives donation

Submitted by Bill Kaiser MECOSTA — A program offering free meals on Mondays got a shot in the arm with a donation of $1000 from Ice Mountain. The Mecosta Community Supper Night Program received the money to help fund the continuation of the program. It began late last year when Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church, seeking […]

Area churches announce service times

As Christmas Eve and Christmas Day approach, area churches have submitted their holiday service times to the Pioneer. All of these churches welcome anyone who would like to attend any of these services. BIG RAPIDS The United Church of Big Rapids, located at 120 S. State St., will have a 4 p.m. Dec. 24 Christmas […]

Angel Tree program wraps up for the season

Angel Tree program wraps up for the season

BIG RAPIDS – After three days of keeping the Salvation Army open for families in need, the Angel Tree program finished on Dec. 19. Parents from the community who needed gifts for their families, were given the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. “The Angel Tree Program helps local families provide a joyful Christmas without […]

The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Christmas Truce of 1914

During World War I, 100 years ago on Christmas Eve, German and British troops made history in a way that was unexpected. According to John McCutcheon, an American folk singer and songwriter, this particular Christmas Eve was the first one during The Great War. Troops took cover in small, crowded, cold, mud-filled trenches across from […]

Tips for managing and preventing diabetes during the holiday season

By the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan MICHIGAN — The holiday season can be a difficult time for managing and preventing diabetes — holiday gatherings, football playoffs and other celebrations make it hard to stick to a healthy diet because of all the unhealthy foods that are readily available. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is providing […]

Health department announces holiday closures

By the Central Michigan District Health Department OSCEOLA COUNTY — The Central Michigan District Health Department branch offices in Standish, Harrison, Gladwin, Mount Pleasant, Reed City, Marion and Prudenville will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, through Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, as a cost-savings measure. If you have a life threatening emergency during this time, please call 911. Your […]

Winter can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder

By MSU Extension OSCEOLA COUNTY — For most of the U.S., winter came early this year. According to The Weather Channel, since mid-November there have been more than 400 cold and record breaking lows covering 43 states. With this weather change, those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may need to prepare for a longer season of symptoms […]