If it bleeds, it leads

Depending on how fast a reader you are, by the time you finish this sentence there will be one or more people somewhere in the country in dire need of blood. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the US needs a blood transfusion, and a single donation can save up to three lives. Terry Hofmeister, Holyoke resident and City Commissioner, donated blood for the first time when his mother needed a transfusion during a cancer-related surgery. Since then, he has made donati

Holyoke sending 14 to FBLA nationals in Atlanta, Georgia

On April 4, Lori Nelson, business education teacher and FBLA adviser at Holyoke High School, and 49 of Holyoke’s Future Business Leaders of America traveled to the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conservation Center in Aurora for three days of competition with over 3,000 other students at the 2023 FBLA State Leadership Conference. “It went really well,” Nelson said. “All the schools around us have zero to one students going [to nationals], and we have 14. So that’s pretty good.” According to Nelson

How to save a life

In the early morning hours of January 15, 2023, Holyoke resident Jerry Brandt woke to a thumping sound and found his wife, Debbie, lying unconscious and unresponsive on the floor. Acting quickly, he alerted his daughter, Nicole, who called 911 and helped him to begin CPR. Jerry, a chiropractor, had been required by his work to participate in regular intensive CPR training, and was therefore able to administer high-quality compressions that returned some color to Debbie’s face, as well as revivin

One chapter ends, another begins at FBLA Awards 2023

Thursday evening, April 27, Future Business Leaders of America President Ethan Schneller welcomed attendees to the 2023 FBLA Awards and Officer Installation ceremony at Holyoke JR/SR High School. The ceremony recognized those who received new member, district, state or special awards, and announced the new officers for the coming year. “But first, we’d like to brag a little bit about how our chapter has done as a whole this year,“ Schneller said. “This year, Holyoke received the most prestigiou

‘It’s the closest we’ve ever been’

Holyoke Community Childcare Initiative is making strides toward reaching the funding necessary for approval on a $1 million Energy Impact Grant through the Department of Local Affairs. If its bid proves successful, the grant would allow the group to begin construction on its 11,500-square-foot childcare facility. For two of the final pieces, it secured $50,000 in funding from Holyoke City Council on Feb. 7 and another $50,000 from outside funding. Organization representative Tom Bennett thanked

‘I just about fell off my chair’

When Tamara Laws, a nurse at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, learned that she had been selected as Population Health Nurse of the Year, a national award, she was, to say the least, pleasantly surprised. “I just about fell off my chair,” Laws said. “It was unexpected for me. I do my job and make sure I do it well, but I did not expect to be nominated, let alone win.” But win she did. As a result she has been invited to attend the 2023 Signify Health Symposium, which will be held May 24 an

A Watershed Moment: Michigan’s (Un)Expected Warm Winter

On today’s episode we hear from WMEAC journalist Jerel Domer as he introduces the research he and fellow journalist Scott Kaplan have done on the perspectives local meteorologists have on global warming. “This [winter] is on its way to being the warmest winter that Michigan has had since 1932,” reports Jerel. The cause of this warm weather is often blamed on global warming and climate change. The existence of global warming is an ongoing debate even amongst experts, but climate change is anoth

Asking the weather experts: Is warm winter evidence of climate change? | The Rapidian

To date, this has been West Michigan’s second warmest winter on record since 1932. As we all know, a lot has happened since then in the way of CFC emmissions and greenhouse gas increases. This year's unseasonably warm temperatures and below average snowfall beg the question, "why is this happening?" Could this have anything to do with climate change or does the weather just do strange things sometimes? Local meteorologists have varying perspectives on the issue but most agree on some level that

The Rowster Experience

Rowster is an unusual coffee shop, even by coffee shop standards. Usually, when you walk into a locally owned Grand Rapids café, whether it’s The Kava House, Sparrows, or The Bitter End, you have some idea of what to expect; you know it won’t look like everywhere else, but you also expect it to conform to ordinary coffee shop standards: soft, ambient lighting, hip baristas, walls adorned with eclectic artwork, and classic indie-alternative tunes floating quietly over people’s heads as they hunch over their textbooks and laptops. Against these typical features, Rowster stands out like an engineering student in the art department.

The Future of the Country: Zombies? A Closer Look at College Students' Sleeping Habits

I have always thought that when it comes to small talk, the weather is easily the most popular subject, but while I was in college it occurred to me that it might finally have been surpassed by the topic of sleep deprivation. By my senior year, it seemed like one out of every three conversations I got into with people on campus - on the path on the way to class, in the library, in bathrooms, etc. - followed this pattern: “Hey, how are you?” “I'm fine. Tired.” “Oh my God, me too. I’m so tired.” “Late night?” “Yeah. I had to write a twenty-thousand-page paper so I only got two hours of sleep.” “Only two hours? Man, I would kill for that kind of sleep…” This is slightly hyperbolic, but the point stands: College students need to get better sleep.

Rain barrel season is here | The Rapidian

April showers bring more than flowers: They also bring stormwater runoff, the largest source of water pollution in West Michigan and the Great Lakes. Contaminated sediments that are deposited in lakes and rivers are difficult if not impossible to clean up, and these sediment deposits are often the result of storm water runoff. Grand Rapids residents Ken and Gail Heffner are watershed experts and have been utilizing a solution to this problem to great effect: rain barrels. The scenario, as Mr.

Calvin College to host native plant sale | The Rapidian

The idea of going "local" has been all the rage in recent years, applying to food, goods, and services. But what about local plants? On May 5, Calvin College will host its annual Native Plant Sale. This is an opportunity for residents to reap the benefits of plants that are native to the Grand Rapids area. Biology professor Dave Warners, who coordinates the sale, said the annual event grew from a project he started with one of his classes. “If you buy native plants commercially they’re very ex

Catherine's Health Center awarded LEED Gold certification | The Rapidian

Catherine’s Health Center, located at 1211 Lafayette in downtown Grand Rapids, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the greenest, most energy-efficient, and high-performing buildings. “Catherine’s Health Center has a long history of stewardship,” said Executive Director Karen Kaashoek. “So it only made sense to approach our new clinic design