Federal grant to boost local prevention efforts
22 percent of the traffic fatalities in Newaygo County involve the use of alcohol.
27 percent of 11th graders have used alcohol within the past 30 days and 19 percent have
binged (five or more drinks in a row).
23 percent of adults smoke in Newaygo County.
27 percent of women smoke while pregnant.
15 percent of seventh graders have taken painkillers without prescriptions in the past 30
are some of the compelling statistics regarding substance use in Newaygo County, all taken
from the brochure of Newaygo County Partners in Prevention and Recovery (NCPPR).
and drug abuse continue to plague Newaygo County communities, and while treatment is
available for those in need, intervening at an earlier stage through prevention is the
preferred and most economical way of curbing the problems associated with addiction.
(formerly the Suicide and Substance Abuse Prevention Affiliate) is a group of
representatives from human service agencies, the courts, schools, law enforcement, faith
based organizations, recovery groups and other area stakeholders who have joined in the
effort to impact the effects of substance abuse in our community. The affiliate is under
the umbrella of the Newaygo County Collaborative Consortium (NC3) and programs are funded
through Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services and the
Mid-State Health Network.
offered through NCPPR include Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Diversion programming through the
Newaygo County Circuit Court Juvenile Division, prevention groups provided at area middle
and secondary schools by Arbor Circle
Counseling, vendor education and youth tobacco checks carried out through the Newaygo
County Regional Educational Services Agency, minor in possession party patrol and alcohol
and tobacco compliance checks by the Newaygo County Sheriff Department, and the
prescription drug disposal boxes.
department officials say that the drug disposal boxes, placed at police departments around
the county, have yielded more than 600 pounds of unused medications since their
introduction two years ago in an attempt to stem the increase in prescription drug abuse.
of these efforts share a common goal: the reduction of substance abuse, particularly among
NCPPR received a Drug Free Communities grant issued through a coordinated effort between
the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration. The grant is administered locally through NCRESAs
Department of Intervention and Prevention
of the reasons we are excited about this grant opportunity for Newaygo County, said
NCRESA Executive Director of Intervention and Prevention Jane Dezinski, is that
statistics show youth substance use has decreased among all grantees since program
inception of the Drug Free Communities Grant. This grant will allow for continued and
enhanced work to increase the awareness of the effects of substance abuse and bring
educational opportunities to our youth.
are looking forward to our continued work with our community partners in reaching the goal
of a Healthy Community.
Coordinator Kaleigh Haase was instrumental in gathering the resources and partnerships
that led to receiving the DFC grant monies. Working with others in the coalition, she has
begun to forge some of the new directions the DFC grant will allow the coalition to
are very excited for the opportunities that the Drug Free Communities Grant will provide
to Newaygo County, Haase said. Through this funding, the NCPPR is planning to
host a Cultural Competency Training, a social media campaign to encourage youth to refrain
from the use of substances, and conduct Life of an Athlete training with the local school
Life of an Athlete is a nationally
recognized, wide-ranging substance abuse prevention program aimed at youth, she
administer the DFC grant, NCRESA has hired Allison Johnson, who will work with Haase in
bringing the programs to fruition.
Johnson is a perfect fit for the DFC Coordinator with her degree in social work and
experience in prevention, said Dezinski. Allison has successfully led groups
of youth in the area of prevention, taught Strengthening Families classes and has been
regularly involved with the work of collaborative councils. She balances her strengths
well with those of Kaleigh.
information about NCPPR is available online at ncsasap.webs.com and on the coalitions
Photo by Ken DeLaat
Alisha Avink left Salon 21 East with a
beautiful look to match her wonderful smile.
Shopping with Ken... By
The importance of
biting on the local bait
whats the big deal about shopping local? I mean, how much can an occasional purchase
from a local business really do besides put a few bucks in the hands of the proprietors?
this one. For every $100 spent locally, approximately $73 stays in the community. For box
box stores, the number is roughly half of that.
supplies, local services, non-profits, investments in the community, marketing, jobs,
wages from those jobs spent locally, local taxes, schools, fire, police and more all
benefit from having more of the money you
spend recycled into your community.
is just one simple monetary reason, the promotion of prosperity in your hometown area.
There are many other reasons, such as enhancing the distinctiveness of your locale by
supporting new businesses who truly are the job creaters. Shopping locally encourages
entrepreneurship in our area, particularly among our young people. Think of type of shops
you would like to see in any of our fine towns. Imagine a business you would like to have
available to you and the variety of restaurants and entertainment venues you would like to
have close to home.
can become a reality when you support the local shops already in place. Prospering
businesses in a town draw other businesses to it. I had an uncle who took us fishing, and
whenever we got a bite, his bobber would suddenly appear nearby. It is the same kind of
thing, I guess. You go where the fish are biting, so we need to start biting.
Look around locally this season and make a
purchase or two. Support your neighbors as well as yourself and, for goodness sake, be
careful out there. The weather can change in a minute.
the shopping suggestion front:
With Ken World Headquarters got a few calls this week and, with Shotgun as co-pilot, the
staff set out for a bit of investigative work.
21 East specializes
in making people feel special when they enter the stylishly crafted décor of the shop in
Lori Tryon and her staff of two stylists provide a myriad of services, from their
distinctive hair styling, nail and spa treatments to make-up lessons and waxing. The list
of offerings includes names that elude me either in knowledge or practicality. For
instance, it would be doubtful if my scant strands would have much use for texturizing and
Im unsure of what a paraffin hand treatment might involve, but one thing is certain:
the haircut, including what is purported to be a superior scalp massage, is on my list for
this week, since time did not allow for a trial on the day of our visit. Vehicle guarding
quadruped companion Shotgun, the famed nemesis of evil and squirrels, was nearing his
supper break time.
and raised in Grant, Lori Tryon worked and taught in the field of cosmetology before
taking the entrepreneurial plunge two years ago.
wanted to open an upscale shop with high end (Redken) products and give people that
exceptional kind treatment we all love, Tryon said.
addition to gift certificates for any of the multitude of services available in this
comforting outpost of styling excellence, Salon 21 East also offers specialty gifts,
including some that would make good stocking stuffers (in my humble opinion, the best part
of presenting), including pedicure bags, facial bags, sample products bags and more.
is a friendly, warm and inviting store worth a visit. If the goal was to make their
customers happy, they seemed to succeed with Alisha Avink, who left with a stunningly
gorgeous look that was matched by the wonderful smile on her face.
21 East is at 67 S Maple in Grant. The phone number is 834-1934 and you can visit their
page at Salon21East@facebook.com.
next to Salon 21 East is LLP
a shop run by the creatively unchallenged Jason Richards. With a Graphic Communications
background, the Kendall School of Art and Design alumni prides himself on personalized
service and describes his breadth of work as being from spoons to murals.
His store is lined with impressive examples of his
work, including some pieces he has done with mirrors. They defy the imagination.
open to any possibility you might have as an idea, said Richards, who named the
business LLP after his wife Lynette and children Lincoln and Phoebe. We want people
to bring in whatever creative ideas they have or maybe something they found on Google and
let us make it happen.
Editor Wheater might be interested in the work Richards did in placing a photographic
image of Willie Nelson on the face of a guitar. My hunch is hed go more for a Johnny
Cash shot on one of his music makers, but that is purely speculation.
is a place that needs to be visited to capture the broad scope of work, from small to
large, being done here. LLP has a number of rather remarkable examples of their artistry
and they encourage folks to come by and take a peek at some of the creative endeavors
accomplished in the shop. For a truly personal gift or a special personal touch, LLP might
be where you find the item for that hard to buy for and has everything they want
they have really, really good coffee on hand.
Custom Engraving is at 67 S Maple in downtown Grant. Their phone number is 231-519-3250
and you can visit their website at LLPCustomengraving.com.
also heard from Sharry Bailey, a fellow canine enthusiast and Bellwether fan.
our home, our favorite place for holiday shopping is Bellwether
Annual Christmas Bazaar. They have the best
homemade goodies and their pet boutique has a great assortment of collars and leashes. You
can have your pets picture taken with Santa and made into a key chain or framed.
This year, the bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 6. It is a great place to do holiday shopping for
the two-footed and four-footed in your life! I
know you and Shotgun love Bellwether too, so maybe we will see you there!
also shared a quote, from an unknown author, that made SWK a little misty:
came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them and every
new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long
enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and
loving as they are.
Harbor is at 7645 W 48th St. For more information about the bazaar, call Bellwether Harbor
old friend (well shes not old, but our friendship spans a decade and a half, so
Prudi Foster contacted SWK about the fundraiser being undertaken by the Fremont
High School varsity baseball team
whose coach is Jeff Foster, Prudis husband.
baseball players are selling brick pavers to be placed around the press box at the varsity
field with the name(s) you choose to be etched on them as a way of honoring a loved one, a
student athlete, a fan of Fremont sports or someone who likes seeing his or her name on
are working hard to create a facility to make our school and community proud, said
Coach Foster. 20 new box seats have been installed in back of the backstop and
improvements continue to be made on the playing field.
is a great gift for the Packer enthusiast and it will help the baseball program develop a
welcoming venue. It is a bargain at just $25. Contact Jeff Foster at 231-349-0329.
Mrs. SWK and I moved here with just a couple of years left in the previous century, the
was in a small building across the street from its present location and, though
significantly more cramped, still offered some of the best eats and drinks around. One of
the bonuses was the adjacent building which housed the renowned Fly
By Night Gallery.
Many were the occasions spent perusing and purchasing the wealth of items created by local
artists. Well, this season the group has reformed and is offering their one of a kind
pieces at This
the antique and resale emporium owned and operated by the ever entertaining and pleasant
proprietor Donna (Calendar Girl) Friar, located across from the library in downtown
spoke to Val Deur, one of the original FbN folks, about this latest endeavor.
by Night Gallery of Local Artists began as a dream shared around an autumn campfire,
Deur said. We opened in November of 1997 with more than 17 artists. Our artists
offered cool, one of a kind gifts in many price ranges.
always appreciated how much our local people, our friends, supported us by purchasing our
work and we always had great fun together at Full Moon Sales, drumming and other
gatherings and in the process made many new friends who are still friends today.
on Black Friday, the work of some original FbN artists, some who joined later and other
surprises will appear at This Old House at the corner of M-37 and Wood. We hope you will
delight in our offerings and that we need to keep adding more artistic endeavors. We have
enjoyed being ever changing.
will be a must stop for SWKs personal presenting pursuit and, as we stated in a
previous SWK piece, what better way to buy local than from the wealth of artisans who
populate our piece of The Mitten?
there you go. There is a sampling of our call-in ideas to get the ball rolling. If you
still need to engage in some of the weekend warrior shopping, remember Small Business
Saturday follows Black Friday and precedes Cyber Monday, so get out there and support your
local folks as much as possible.
Mania has arrived.