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April 19 2014

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By Krystle Wagner GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Although 7 million Americans have now signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a local free health clinic is seeing a continued need of its services. On any given Thursday, volunteer medical providers see a dozen or more uninsured patients during the Love INC Free Health Clinic. It takes place at the former Ottawa County Health Department location, 16920 Ferris St. in Grand Haven Township. While client numbers dropped in recent weeks, clinic coordinator Erin VanStelle said that could have been caused by the weather or spring break vacations, and not necessarily from residents signing up for insurance. The health clinic was launched in 2010 to provide services for patients with a variety of needs such as prescription refills, diabetes, high blood pressure or other existing conditions. Recently, many patients have been coming in with upper respiratory problems, coughs and colds. VanStelle said they are also seeing patients who are in "limbo," in that they have signed up for health insurance but haven't yet seen a primary care physician because they can't afford it. "For some patients, we're their lifeline," she said. In order to use the clinic's services, patients must be age 18-65; uninsured; and live, work or worship in Northwest Ottawa County. The 2011 Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment found that some of the barriers between residents and health care were the cost and/or lack of health insurance, inability to pay out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays and deductibles, and lack of specific providers in the area. While residents cited a variety of reasons why they didn't have insurance, 46 percent said they couldn't afford it, and 26.4 percent said they lost their job and with it their health care coverage. Spring Lake resident David McVicar said he considers himself lucky to have found the clinic. Currently unemployed and uninsured, McVicar said he's sought medical help at the clinic for his knee, and the clinic has provided him with physical therapy, MRI and X-ray services. If it wasn't for the clinic, McVicar Saturday, april 19, 2014 50¢ Weekday, $1.00 Saturday INSIDE: Gluten movement gains momentum See Living Local, Section C INSIDE: Safety project moves ahead See Story, Page 3 tomorrow's Weather Partly to mostly sunny High 69 Low 41 Grand Haven Tribune Keep up with breaking news 24/7 at Page 9 Spring sports preview: Baseball SPORTS 2013 Newspaper of the Year WEEKEND EDITION Sam Martin, Agent 1475 Robbins Rd. Ste 140 Grand Haven, MI 49417 Office: 616-846-8470 Fax: 616-846-0091 Doug Heins CLU LUTCF ChFC 701 E. Savidge Spring Lake, MI 49456 Bus: 616-846-4040 Michael S Heck CPCU 923 Franklin Avenue Grand Haven, MI 49417 Bus: 616-847-8400 ® 'We're their lifeline' By Krystle Wagner As Terri Giraud works her way around the cir- cuit at Curves Grand Haven, a smile fills her face. "It's always there," Marsha Brownlee, owner/manager of the Grand Haven fitness club, said of Giraud's smile. Giraud, who is devel- opmentally disabled, recently celebrated her 1,000th workout since becoming a member of the fitness club eight years ago. She said her life has changed since she started dedicating 30 minutes, three times a week to working out. Brownlee said they had a small party for Giraud's milestone. "It's a commitment," Brownlee said. Physically, the 58- year-old dropped from a size 18 to a size 10, and her blood sugar is being kept under control for her Type 2 diabetes. Giraud has also gained confidence to do other things, said her care- takers, Lee and Sandi Schuitema. She now talks more and makes choices, Sandi said. Lee Schuitema said the result of Giraud's involvement exceeds what they anticipat- ed when she became involved with Curves "on a whim, thinking it would be good for her." Before the fitness busi- ness opened its Grand Haven location, Giraud walked from home to the Curves location in Spring Lake. Lee Schuitema now drops off Giraud for her workout at the Grand Haven club. Brownlee has worked with Giraud for six years. She said work- ing with Giraud has given her a sense of joy because Curves' goal is to strengthen women of all ages and ranges of motion. During each workout, Giraud completes two laps around machines that work abdominal, pectoral and leg mus- cles. Brownlee and other Curves members interact with Giraud throughout her workout, keeping her on track and rotating sta- tions. Lee Schuitema said it's great that everyone encourages Giraud to do more. "The people there are what made it work," he said. What: love inC Free Health Clinic Where: 16920 Ferris st., grand Haven township When: 5-8 p.m. thursdays Need assistance? Call to pre-register: (616) 502-2658 Tribune graphic/Sandy George A life changes Tribune photos/Krystle Wagner ABOVE: terri giraud works out at Curves grand Haven. BELOW: Marsha Brownlee, owner/manager of Curves grand Haven, right, encourages giraud to fully extend her legs during a workout. Village Council seeks opinions on fire station See LOVE on Page 3 By Marie Havenga SPRING LAKE — Community members will get one final chance next week to voice their opin- ion on rezoning the north- east corner of Fruitport Road and M-104 to pave the way for a new town- ship fire station/township hall. Spring Lake Village Council will discuss the township's request to rezone the 2.4-acre site, from single-family resi- dential to public/semi- public, at 7 p.m. Monday at Barber School. Council is expected to make a final decision that night. Village President Jim MacLachlan said only the rezoning request will be considered. "We won't be discuss- ing building height, set- backs or anything like that," he said. "We'll be deciding if public/semi- public planned unit development is an appro- priate use." MacLachlan, who has heard the township's lengthy presentation sev- eral times, encouraged council members to come prepared with questions. "We will limit the time (township leaders) are allowed to (make a pre- sentation)," he said. "We will take a vote and it will be decided one way or the other." Village Manager Chris Burns said the public may also chime in with ques- tions and input. "We've elected to hear additional public com- ment as a courtesy, even though it's not a formal public hearing," she said. In February, the Village Planning Commission failed to make a recom- mendation to Village Council on the rezon- ing request. That motion ended on a tie vote. Despite data and expert testi- mony that a fire station at that site could improve response times, planning commissioners expressed concerns over the suit- ability of that location, traffic congestion and building height. Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe said after a council work session last week that he is glad the decision is being nar- rowed to the rezoning request and not building plans. "The task at hand is the Tribune photo/Marie Havenga architectural renderings show what a proposed fire sta- tion/township hall could look like on the northeast corner of Fruitport road and M-104. See firE on Page 3

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