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High-tech cardiac monitors provide life-saving care when minutes count

Paramedics Calvin Penfold and Amanda Godin demonstrate the cardiac monitors with the help of Ambulance Advisory Committee member Lou Fantini.

Emmet County EMS Health Spotlight

This is a series of articles about health issues and Emmet County EMS operations, written by EMS staff and the Emmet County Communications Department.

There’s a saying among emergency medical services when it comes to treating a heart attack: Time is muscle.

The quicker a patient in the throes of a heart attack can be diagnosed and treated, the more heart muscle that can be saved, which prevents additional health problems that can plague patients the rest of their lives and compromise quality of life.

Oftentimes, the first life-saving treatment a patient receives is at the hands of the EMTs and paramedics who arrive by ambulance to transport them to the hospital. In Emmet County, EMS crews are using the latest cardiac monitors that provide life-saving clues about their patients – crucial information needed to begin treatment as quickly as possible.

“In the EMS setting, we say, ‘Time is muscle,’ and that’s because your heart is a muscle. Those first few minutes are an extremely crucial time frame for us to begin treatment on a patient who is suffering a cardiac event,” said Calvin Penfold, Emmet County EMS paramedic and supervisor. “That is why it’s extremely important for people to call 9-1-1 when they are having chest pains or the associated symptoms of a heart attack. Damage can begin within minutes of a blockage.”

Penfold recently demonstrated the state-of-the-art cardiac monitors that are in use in the new Emmet County ambulances to the Ambulance Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee member Lou Fantini was willing to be connected to the cardiac monitor for the demonstration, conducted by Penfold and paramedic Amanda Godin. As they connected the 12 leads to Fantini’s chest, they talked to the Ambulance Advisory Committee about the benefits of having such equipment on Emmet County’s rigs.

To read the complete article, including helpful signs and symptoms that could signal a heart attack, click here

Owl banding and stargazing at the Headlands April 11-12

Children get an up-close look at a Saw-whet owl, in the gentle hands of Ed Pike during the 2014 event.

Reserve your space for this unique annual event!

April 11-12, 8-10 p.m. each evening, at the Guest House, rain, snow or shine

Each year, Emmet County partners with the Straits Area Audubon Society at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park for an evening of learning about the rare and wonderful saw whet owl, an entirely nocturnal creature that migrates through our region along the edge of the receding snow line.

"Night sky protection is not just  for stargazers,"  said Headlands Program Director Mary Stewart Adams. "Creatures of all shapes and sizes thrive in the dark, and need the natural darkness to survive. The saw whet owl is a perfect example. As an entirely nocturnal creature, it relies on total natural darkness for migration, for mating, even to protect itself from predation."

The program takes place both indoors and out, with a presentation by Ed Pike about his work in tracking saw whet owls, instruction on how he weighs and measures and determines the age of the owls, as well as a demonstration of how he casts the mist nets and draws the owls to the area.

In addition to Ed Pike's presentation, Adams will provide a guided tour of the night sky, both what's visible to the naked eye, and with telescopes. Due to the nature of habitat and weather, event is by reservation only,  231-348-1713.

Also in April: April 21, Outdoor Lighting Forum Annual Awards Luncheon, 12 to 1:30 p.m. at City Park Grill, Petoskey

Click here for more information about all April events

Spring migration well under way in Northern MIchigan!

A raven harrasses a golden eagle/Photo courtesy of Steve Baker

 70 golden eagles counted in one day

Spring bird migration has begun, reports the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch. To observe and record the movements of hawks and owls, this local non-profit group has hired three staff people to work out of Mackinaw City and Cheboygan.

Kevin Georg, professional counter, explains “Migration is off to a strong start and I expect Mackinaw City to be one of the best places in the country for seeing birds up close. Hawks, eagles, and vultures are easy to see here, compared to past sites where I and others count. The birds often fly over at close range, perfect for viewing with binoculars and photography.”

The count started a week earlier this year to study golden eagles, the earliest migrants. To date, Georg has recorded six species of hawks, 77 bald eagles and 136 golden eagles. The count of 70 golden eagles on March 17 may be an all-time record for all hawk observation sites east of the Mississippi River. Mackinaw City is one of 100-plus hawkwatch sites in Central and North America. Michigan's Lower Peninsula funnels the migrating birds through the Straits, as they seek the shortest distance over open water. Our region's natural woodlands and fields serve well as a resting and feeding ground for birds weakened by migration.

This marks the fifth year of local survey work on these birds of prey. “We want to educate people about raptors and show them our rich heritage of species,” says Ed Pike, chair of MSRW, who welcomes guests to visit the hawk count. “Watch for the hawk signs off West Central Avenue near the Recreation Complex, dress warmly, bring a lawn chair, and come anytimebetween 10 am and 4 pm. Raptors fly nearly every day of good weather.”

The hawk count will continue through June 7. Identification and other information is available. To learn about planned outings, visit the website, www.MackinacRaptorWatch.org

Local Revenue Sharing Board announces Spring 2015 grant cycle

The Local Revenue Sharing Board of Emmet County, which distributes a portion of electronic gaming revenues from Odawa Casino each year, has announced the grant award cycle for Spring 2015.

Under its compact with the state of Michigan, the casino is required to give 2 percent of net revenues from its electronic gaming operations to the regional community. Funding priorities have been projects to mitigate impacts from the casino, such as public safety and alcohol and gambling addiction programs. However, grant awards can be made for any variety of projects that impact the Petoskey region as determined by the LRSB; past projects have included recreation and education, for example.

Applications for funding will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 13, 2015. As in prior years, applications must be submitted through a taxing authority, such as Emmet County, a township, village or city. Other organizations wishing to apply for a grant would need to have one of these organizations sponsor its request.

Serving on the LRSB are Emmet County Commissioner Dan Plasencia; Bear Creek Township Supervisor Dennis Keiser; and Resort Township representative Don Caird.

The 2015 LRSB application is available on the County's web site by clicking here.

'Essence of Emmet' history magazine, Part II, now available!


Essence of Emmet PART I          
Essence of Emmet PART II

The second in a four-part historical series covering the history of Emmet County, called the "Essence of Emmet" magazine, is available!

Part II covers the "Century of Change" in Emmet County, from 1813 to 1917. During this timeframe, the way of life in Northwest Michigan underwent drastic changes, from a mostly Native American population to the arrival of the French and ultimately the British. It was the era that saw the railroads arrive and with them, abundant tourism. Marketing of Emmet County began, and some of our "firsts" arrived -- the first doctor, the first architect, and many others. It also was the era that had tremendous impact on the lives of our Odawa residents, who were faced with assimilation, treaties to remain on their lands and pressures to change the only way of life they'd ever known.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Essence of Emmet, contact its editor, Beth Anne Eckerle, at beckerle@emmetcounty.org, or call (231) 348-1704. The magazine series is produced by a collaborative of Emmet County historical organizations, with credentialed historians as writers and contributors.

Essence of Emmet editions: Part I was published in January 2014, covering pre-contact through 1812. Part III will publish in January 2016, covering 1918-1960; the final installment, Part IV, will be out in January 2017, covering 1961 through contemporary times.

New Visitors' Guide showcases the best of
Emmet County!



Take a look at Emmet County's highlights in our new mini visitors' guide, which will be available just after Jan. 1, 2015! In it, you'll enjoy the amenities and assets that make Emmet County the one of a kind place it is to work, live and play! And as you'll see and read through the pages, Quality of Life is Everything in Emmet County.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the Emmet County Visitors' Guide, Imagine magazine, Essence of Emmet history magazine or other maps and brochures, contact Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at beckerle@emmetcounty.org or by calling (231) 348-1704.

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Essence of Emmet history

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