Musicians’ Christmas Party–December 23

44613880_10161061948190261_7874507570084315136_oSunday, December 23, 2018 from 4 pm to Midnight, Angels of Action will host the Musicians’ Christmas Party at the Big Rapids Eagles, located at 18361 16 Mile Road in Big Rapids.

Get your dancing shoes and your FA-LA-LA’s ready for a jingle-janglin’ GOOD TIME with our amazing lineup of musicians, including Lisa Carol, Country by Request, Bob Craig, Outlaw Express, Just Jammin’, Sean and Friends, Uncovered, and Deadlight Holiday!

Holiday photos will be available by Cheryl Cooley. $10 for a 5×7 with all proceeds going to The Mid-Michigan Honor Flight. A special tribute to honor the local vets from the area will take place at 6 p.m. Come early and help honor our local hero’s this holiday season.

Dinner will be available. Patrons can choose from a sloppy joe or a hotdog with bag of chips for only $3.

See if you have been naughty or nice, as rumor has it that the big guy will be making a stop on his way to pick up all the toys from the North Pole!

Proceeds from this event will benefit Angels of Action. Tickets are available at

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Spectrum Health Announces Big Rapids/Reed City Leadership Change

Andrea Leslie to take on expanded regional role.

Andrea Leslie

Effective January 1, 2019, Mary Kay VanDriel will transition from her role as president, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals, to vice president, operations, cancer health. Mary Kay will lead the Spectrum Health cancer centers in Grand Rapids and in the communities across West Michigan, including the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer in Reed City. Andrea Leslie will take on an expanded role as northeast regional market leader and president of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. Leslie has been president at United and Kelsey hospitals in Greenville and Lakeview since 2016.

“Mary Kay has done an outstanding job leading Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals through some exciting changes. We are looking forward to her bringing her leadership skills to the cancer health team,” said Gwen Sandefur, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “At the same time, we are fortunate to have Andrea Leslie, an extraordinary leader, ready to take on this expanded role. Andrea has proven to be an invaluable asset to the communities surrounding United and Kelsey hospitals and we anticipate she will also be a very active leader in Big Rapids and Reed City.”

Andrea Leslie began her career as a registered nurse with Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in 1997.  She worked at United Memorial Hospital from 1999 to 2001. Leslie transitioned to Grand Rapids and was promoted to roles of increasing leadership at Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals where she served as director of nursing operations and leader of the Magnet program from 2011 to 2013. From 2013 to 2016, she served as chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals before being named hospital president in 2016. Now as the regional market leader, Andrea will oversee direction for the four hospitals to improve the health of the communities served.

Leslie earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, magna cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy.

Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $459 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.


Home for the Holidays!

Copy of Happy Holidays from the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce (3)Imagine walking down the snow-covered sidewalks of downtown with a brisk chill in the air, the smell of chestnuts roasting, the sound of carolers singing, and snowflakes falling in the glow of the street lamps. Thursday, December 20th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., join The Big Rapids Downtown Business Association as they once again step back in time for “Home for the Holidays,” sponsored by Lake-Osceola State Bank.

Downtown Big Rapids businesses will be open late for shopping,  and sleigh rides and hot cocoa will be available to the public at no cost, and Santa will be at Red Fox Market, located at 112 S. Michigan Avenue. The Big Rapids High School Choir and The Salvation Army will also be on hand, singing on the streets. This is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to get their last-minute Christmas shopping done in this festive downtown holiday setting.  You’ll want to be Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays!

Learn more about the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association at

Your 2019 Chamber Community Guide and Membership Directory is on the way!

Picture1Our 2019 Membership Directory is in the works!
The Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with the Pioneer Group once again to print our annual Community Guide and Membership Directory. The directory is a valuable marketing asset to our chamber members, and an essential reference to both community visitors and residents alike. The publication features full color glossy pages, includes information about Mecosta County and the chamber, and features a listing of all current chamber members. The new directory will be available in January 2019.
As a chamber member, you have the exclusive opportunity to have your business even more prominently featured in this year’s Chamber directory, with the potential to reach over 2,000 prospective customers! Our publishing partner, The Pioneer Group, will be contacting you soon about how you can participate in advertising in this publication. For further information, please contact Tim Hahn from the Pioneer Group at 231-592-8322.
Thank you in advance for your continued support. With your help, this project will once again be a success!
Jennifer Heinzman,
Executive Director,