Emily DeRuiter

Michelle Cooks: Corn Casserole for Thanksgiving

We asked and you delivered! We received a handful of family recipes for side dishes you like to cook for Thanksgiving. Thank you to Halie Howard for sharing her mom’s homemade corn casserole recipe! Watch Michelle try it in the video above, or make it yourself with the recipe below. Corn Casserole Mix together 1 can of cream corn 1 can…

Traverse City Artist Builds Artistic Career Wearing Many Hats

Fine art, illustrations, and graphic design. Rob Schewe, from Traverse City, is one Northern Michigan artist who did it all in the advertising field. Now he shares his work in other ways. He says beginning of his artistic fervor was born in childhood, but matured through hard work and study. “I’ve always been drawing ever since I was young, like…

Project Christmas in Wexford, Missaukee Counties Approaches

Project Christmas has been caring for families in the Wexford Area for 30 years. It’s an opportunity for some to donate, others to volunteer, and still more to shop for new and gently used items for their families. “It’s a wonderful way for families to get involved,” Judy Coffey says. From a bag of food to a gift for each…

Spectrum Health Festival of Trees Raises $3,000 More than Last Year

A great update from the Festival of Trees in Big Rapids: this year’s event raised $12,300! That’s $3,000 more than more than last year. Along with uniquely decorated trees, including the four’s tree, the event also raised money from wreaths, dining and auction items. Proceeds will go toward Spectrum Health Big Rapids and the Reed City Free Flu vaccination program…

Positive Parenting: The Power of Music

Singing to babies provides plenty of benefits, from music development to growth in language skills. But music may also have a surprising effect on those spending time with little ones. Clapping, snapping, and tapping can be a whole lot of fun, but it can also help babies bond with unfamiliar faces. Research psychologists in Canada observed 14-month-old infants as their…

Health in Focus: Herniated Discs

A herniated disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness in an arm of a leg, but there are plenty of treatments designed to help. Board-Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Jay Jagannathan, with Jagannathan Neurosurgery, describes how this condition happens and potential treatment options. “The disc is the material that is in between the vertebrae,” Jagannathan says. “It is usually composed of fluid…