Spectrum Health Pennock Expands Surgical Team

Spectrum Health Pennock is pleased to announce the addition of David Dargis, DO to the General Surgeons team in Hastings. Spectrum Health Pennock is pleased to announce the addition of David Dargis, DO to the General Surgeons team in Hastings. Dr. Dargis is a board-certified physician specializing in general surgery. He earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed his general surgery residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. “The addition of Dr. Dargis to our diverse team of providers will allow Spectrum Health Pennock to increase access to high quality surgical care in our community. His background and experience are a welcomed attribute to the team,” stated Andrew Parsons, MD, chief of staff. Dargis is a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS). His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, foregut (esophageal and gastric disease related surgery), anti-reflux surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. “I’m thrilled to be at Spectrum Health Pennock, not only for the advanced technology, collaborative spirit and progressive thinking of the medical community, but also for the addition of the new surgical center,” explained Dargis. “The advanced technology is already in place, it will be wonderful to have a surgery center to match,” he stated when referencing the new Baum Family Surgical Center, siting the center ­­­­­­­­as one of the significant reasons he chose to join the Pennock team. The surgery team is excited for the future of Pennock with a growth in surgical services available to the community, expanding technological advancements, personalized service and timely access for our patients. Recently, Sarah Roy, A-GNP, under Spectrum Health Medical Group (SHMG) Gastroenterology, began providing additional services to patients at the General Surgeons office. Roy provides treatment for diseases such as Chron’s Disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and more.  Providers Thomas Rupp, MD and Matthew Nelson, MD also visit Pennock weekly. This partnership with SHMG Gastroenterology ensures patients can receive care they need close to home. The Spectrum Health Pennock General Surgery team consists of Brigit Brennan, MD, David Dargis, DO, Andrew Parsons, MD, Max Rappaport, MD and Tami Pettenger, A-GNP. To schedule an appointment with David Dargis, DO, or any of our other providers at Spectrum Health Pennock General Surgeons, call 269.948.8411. Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,300 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to...

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Wayland VFW Post #7581 Offering Weekly Fish Frys

The Wayland VFW Post 7581 have announced that they will offer a weekly fish fry every Friday through April 10th. These dinners are OPEN to the public and are from 5:00pm-7:00pm. These “All-You-Can-Eat” Fish dinners are $10.00 for ages thirteen and above. Children five through twelve are $5.00 each. Children four and younger are free. Take-Out meals are also available for $10 per meal.  In addition to the dinner, guests can enjoy potatoes, rolls, a beverage and dessert. A bake sale will also take place during the February 14th and March 13th dinners. All are invited to come out to support your local Veterans and VFW Post. By popular demand, City of Wayland Mayor Tim Bala will be making his famous cole slaw to compliment the fish dinner.  According to VFW Volunteer and former Men’s Auxiliary President Andy Tobolic, “Many have claimed that the Mayor’s famous cole slaw is the BEST around.” Mayor Bala has been volunteering his culinary skills for years making the cole slaw from scratch. The VFW would like to express thanks to all who volunteer at this great event and to everyone who supports it. Wayland VFW Post #7581 is located at 735 S Main Street in Wayland. Take-Out meals are available by calling...

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Chamber Ambassadors Welcome New Chamber Ambassador

Alexis Bolo, Chamber Ambassador & Community Relations Coordinator, Gun Lake Casino The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Alexis Bolo to the Chamber Ambassador committee.  Alexis is the Community Relations Coordinator for Gun Lake Casino. Prior to working for GLC, she was a part of the Children’s Mobile Crisis team at Barry County Mental Health. She loves working with the community, volunteering, and looking for new ways to give back and get involved. Alexis possesses a degree in Health and Human Services from Western Michigan University. She was born and raised in Hastings, Michigan. She currently lives there with her family and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, gardening and cooking. Alexis is thrilled to become a Chamber Ambassador for the Wayland Chamber. She is excited to meet members of the Wayland community. Alexis may be reached at...

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Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade & Santa Visits

Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade & Santa Visits! On Saturday, December 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Wayland’s Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior. Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is Christmas Wonderland which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. Interested in taking part in the parade?For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. Warm Clothing and Non-Perishable Food WANTED!The Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these items along the route. Items can be handed to the Scouts as the walk by. All items will go to help local families in need. Presenting: Our 2019 Grand Marshals Lindy & Eva Anderson Grand Marshals Lindy and Eva Anderson will lead the parade as their 2019 grand marshals.  The Andersons have lived in Wayland for over 50 years and have been married for 53 years. Lindy began his career in Wayland as a teacher prior to moving into an assistant principal role.  In addition, Lindy served on the City of Wayland Planning Commission, Community Fair Board, eight years on City Council, eight years as the Mayor, Allegan County Planning Commission, City of Wayland DDA, Wayland Union Education Foundation and the Gun Lake Casino Revenue Sharing Board. In his spare time, Lindy enjoys vegetable gardening and playing golf.  Eva worked as a Cosmetologist at Harlequin Hair Salon in Wayland for over thirty years prior to her retirement. Eva enjoyed...

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UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT Warm hearts coming together make a real difference to those who struggle to stay warm during the winter months. That’s why United Bank is continuing its Blanket the Community Project, collecting blankets at all its locations and distributing them to those in need.  The bank is encouraging anyone who can help to drop off new blankets to their local United Bank branch now through the end of the year. The bank will deliver those blankets to local organizations that serve families who are homeless or simply struggle to afford heating costs. Last year, United Bank collected over 1,200 blankets– enough to cover the length of 26 football fields. This year, United Bank will donate one dollar to Family Promise of Grand Rapids for every blanket received. Family Promise of Grand Rapids is a local nonprofit that partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children. “As a community bank, we feel it’s our responsibility to help support struggling local families,” said United Bank President & CEO Joe Manica. “These blankets do so much more than just meet an immediate need. They serve as a reminder to our neighbors in need that they’re not alone during difficult times, and that their community cares about them.” Founded in 1887, United Bank has more than $700 million in assets. The bank operates 12 locations throughout West Michigan, plus mortgage, wealth management and insurance divisions. A leading business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of business and personal banking products that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized...

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Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details

Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details The first full weekend of December has been set for a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities in Wayland. The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00pm which will be the start of the Wayland Main Street Annual Art Hop from 5:00pm-9:00pm. During the Art Hop, the downtown streets will be transformed into an Art Hop celebrating with many Christmas festivities. The street will closed so guests so can walk safely from the different venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many family friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming stations, strolling carolers, musicians, an annual Christmas tree lighting, and much more. Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. For additional details on Art Hop, please call 269. 525.2323, visit www.downtownwayland.com or email info@downtownwayland.com. On Saturday, December 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Christmas Parade.  Leading the parade are the 2019 Grand Marshals Lindy and Eva Anderson. The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior.  Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is “Christmas Wonderland” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. For additional information, please call 269.792.9246. In addition, the Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats for charity. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these...

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