WORTH THE WAIT

Her premiere may have been a week later than originally anticipated, but the birth of Amelia Liu on Jan. 6 was worth the wait for her first-time parents Ruifu Liu, left, and BinBin Dong of East Tawas. The much anticipated arrival came with a bonus for the new family, as Liu is the first Iosco County baby born in 2020. Delivered at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, Liu is the recipient of a number of prizes from the local merchants who took part in the annual Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press First Baby Contest.

TAWAS CITY – With an original due date of Dec. 30, 2019, the first Iosco County baby born in the new year made her family – and her community – eagerly await the arrival for another week.

Amelia Liu was welcomed into the world on Monday, Jan. 6, at 3:44 p.m., under the care of delivering Physician Dr. Christopher Oravitz.

Born at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, Liu weighed six pounds, 11 ounces and measured 18¾ inches long.

The proud mother and father – and first-time parents – are BinBin Dong and Ruifu Liu of East Tawas.

With Liu being the firstborn in the county in 2020, she and her family have been gifted with an array of goodies to celebrate the occasion. This comes courtesy of the local businesses which participated in the annual Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press First Baby Contest.

The following is a list of the contributors and the prizes they provided:

Branham’s Jewelry of East Tawas, baby’s first spoon;

Cathy’s Hallmark of Oscoda, a basket of baby gifts;

Neiman’s Family Market of Tawas City, a baby gift basket;

Dean Arbour Ford, Charlie Smith, of Tawas City, a free lube, oil and filter change for the first baby’s family vehicle;

Hobart’s Furniture and Jewelry of Oscoda, a $25 gift certificate;

Tawas Bay Big Boy of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;

Miller Shoes of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;

The Lodge of Tawas City, a $25 gift certificate;

Life’s a Stitch Embroidery of Oscoda, Hero or Pink Hero personalized bear;

Lake Effects of Tawas City, a $25 gift certificate;

Fusion Jewelry Boutique of East Tawas, a $25 gift certificate;

Iosco County News-Herald and Oscoda Press, a one-year subscription to the mother’s choice of either newspaper.

Dong, who moved to the area from Tennessee, was set to leave the hospital a couple days after the safe and healthy delivery. She and the baby are ready to enjoy their new family life with R. Liu, a chef at China Buffet in East Tawas.

The bundle of joy came in at a close second to the baby contest winner who made the county wait the longest before his arrival.

It was on Jan. 6, 2018, when Jordan James King was delivered in the same hospital as Liu. King held out about seven hours longer and was born at 10:40 p.m., making him the record-holder of the annual contest.

According to staff at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, three other babies were born at the facility in 2020, ahead of Liu, but they reside in different counties.

According to the rules of the First Baby Contest, in order to claim the honor, the child must be born in Iosco County to a mother whose home has an Iosco County post office or is in Iosco County.