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AUSABLE TWP. – Members of the AuSable Township Board of Trustees met on Thursday, July 15, for a special meeting, and approved the official documents to make the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) US-23 Sanitary Sewer Improvements Project, a reality. 

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HALE – While the carnival rides and a couple other activities were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the Iosco County Fair will be returning to a full schedule for its 77th rendition in 2021. The entertainment will begin Monday, July 26, and last through the evening of Saturday, July 31.

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OSCODA – With the days before the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon counting down, things are about to get quite exciting for the racers, feeders and spectators. Although it can also be a stressful time for the event’s organizers. The 120-mile long race that spans the river from …

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WEST BRANCH – Those from the Michigan State Police (MSP) West Branch Post officially began operating from their new location, at 2021 Fox Run, on July 12. The former post, situated at 496 E. Houghton Ave. in West Branch, will be vacated by the MSP.

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OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) is continuing to investigate the death of Joseph Theodore Sand, 82, Davison, after his vehicle was found submerged in the AuSable River on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 13. 

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LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Mark David Elliott, 63, East Tawas, has pleaded guilty to causing a crash which killed a 16-year-old last year.

LANSING – One of the men charged with creating fictitious documents while contracted to service breath alcohol testing instruments used by law enforcement appeared in circuit court for the first time Thursday.  

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The duo hails from Escanaba, and their bit, better known as a Lumberjack show, featured chainsaw carving, ax throwing, underhand block chop wood chopping, one and two-man crosscut sawing, modified chainsawing and log rolling, as well as jokes along the way. 

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OSCODA – Canoe racing is finally back; and Saturday’s 27th annual Curley Memorial Canoe Race certainly didn’t disappoint. Wes Dean, 26, of Grayling and Weston Willoughby, 30, of Traverse City managed to separate themselves from the field as the race wore on, giving them first place in a time…

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LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel – in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew Birge, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Michigan State Police – announced …

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WEST BRANCH – Those from the Michigan State Police (MSP) West Branch Post officially began operating from their new location, at 2021 Fox Run, on July 12. The former post, situated at 496 E. Houghton Ave. in West Branch, will be vacated by the MSP.

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OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) is continuing to investigate the death of Joseph Theodore Sand, 82, Davison, after his vehicle was found submerged in the AuSable River on…

LANSING – One of the men charged with creating fictitious documents while contracted to service breath alcohol testing instruments used by law enforcement appeared in circuit court for the fir…

OSCODA – Officials at the Lakewood Shores Golf Resort in Oscoda report that Oscoda resident Austin Poland recorded a hole-in-one on July 1 during his golf round.

A good football coach can harness the talent of a team and help players focus on the intricacies of the game. The same is true of health coaches. They provide a pathway for clients to achieve personal goals and live healthier lives. Health coaches like Taylor Kohr are available to members of the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium. Kohr, who works with Highmark Blue Shield, helps clients set lifestyle goals, including exercise, nutrition, weight control, improved sleep habits, smoking cessation. Kohr, who has a background in exercise physiology, chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation and nutrition, spends time on the telephone with her client,s and guides them through their health journey by providing insights and establishing attainable goals. Kohr has been with Highmark for a little more than a year. She arrived prior to the beginning of the pandemic. Over the course of the pandemic, Kohr says people have been receptive to the guidance provided by the health coaches. “Having this real person on the line is beneficial. Once people talk to us, hear our voice and expertise, they tend to respond better to what we provide,” she says. “We create a personal connection and that helps a lot.” For those clients who want to lose weight, Highmark coaches use the “My Weight Management Journey” program. The coaches use this program to help their clients establish nutritional guidelines, an exercise plan and even an accountability program. Kohr checks in with her clients every two weeks. From that conversation, she will provide them with certain challenges over the next two weeks in order to hit their goals. “The coaches are here to help with these challenges along their journey and the members are typically receptive to them. It’s pretty helpful to have someone call in and check in with you periodically,” Kohr explains. A weight loss journey begins with a baseline of an individual’s height, weight and body mass index. A client’s progress is measured against the baseline and trends are shown in an analytics report, Kohr says. Leslie Ferrari, a reading specialist at Butler Intermediate High School, has been a client of Kohr for the past several months. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with a broken hip led to some weight gain for Ferrari. She wanted to get a handle on her weight before it became a problem and turned to Kohr. “The health coaching program is great,” says Ferrari, 61. “I look forward to the calls with Taylor. We talk for 25 or 30 minutes and it’s so helpful. She provides an objective, supportive source of encouragement. She’s there to guide me along this weight loss journey.” Using the weight management plan, Kohr has set goals for Ferrari and helped her address one of her key weaknesses, what Ferrari calls “mindless eating.” That mindless eating, in addition to the sedentary lifestyle that set in while she recovered from her surgery, led to weight gain. Before the pandemic and accident, Ferrari says she was “super skinny” and wants to get back into her clothing. In addition to her guidance on mindless eating and other nutritional advice, Kohr has also helped Ferrari with some exercise goals. “I’m not as fast as I used to be,” she says. “I exercise the best as I can, given the limitations of my hip.” Under Kohr’s guidance, Ferrari has already lost about six pounds and has her eye on losing about 10 more. “The clothes I wanted to get into were an important motivator,” she says. “If I lose a few more pounds I won’t look like a stuffed sausage in them.” Ferrari’s injury, combined with the pandemic are part of contributing determinants of health that Highmark notes can impact our daily lives. Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of those determinants of health include stable housing, access to food, transportation and the like. In a Highmark YouTube video, Highmark Health Coach Terra Delia, a registered nurse, shares some typical social and economic obstructions to health that people may not consider on their own journey. “What are in people’s environments that affect their health,” she asks. Delia says people will often think they have what they need for good health, but once a health coach begins probing and asking questions, those determinants will begin to come to light. Delia shares a story of a Highmark client who was a high risk pregnancy. The woman and her boyfriend had both lost their jobs, and had no income and little food to eat. As a coach, Delia was able to bring a Highmark social worker onto the case who was able to provide some guidance and direction to find financial resources, food assistance and how to apply for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. That assistance was able to tide the woman over until she found a new job. Delia explains that beyond advice, a Highmark health coach can provide a client with the resources they need to reach a goal or get through a difficult season in life. “It’s very rewarding to have such a positive impact on our members,” she says. For Ferrari, Kohr’s guidance has had an enormous impact. She says she is always excited to talk with Kohr about her goals. While the relationship is professional, Ferrari says she developed a personal bond with Kohr, as well. “She’s a calming influence,” Ferrari says of Kohr.

After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here, and many people are eager to get outside to exercise. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a brisk walk during your lunch break or prefer to start your day with a long-distance run, Allegheny Health Network primary care sports medicine physician Jared Ramsey, DO, shares advice on how to safely re-boot your spring workout routine.

Oatmeal, garlic, flax seeds, beans, almonds and apples — these foods may sound odd when grouped together, but for balancing cholesterol levels they are a recipe for successful health.

Silver linings can be more than poetic fodder and pretty pictures. Studies suggest that people who maintain an optimistic outlook, even when life clouds up with adversity, tend to enjoy a higher quality of life than those whose glasses are half-empty.

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.