2014-07-17 / Lifestyles

Lifestyles Briefs


Tara Varoni Tara Varoni Former resident graduates residency program

MARQUETTE – In ceremonies held recently, Mandeep Gill, MD, Timothy LaBonte, MD, Thomas Massie, MD, Ashwaty Menon, MD, Michelle Seguin, MD, and Tara Varoni, DO, graduated after completing three years of training with the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a fine group of residents for the last three years and to see how their individual skills strengthened as they advanced through the program,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Director.

“While we are sorry to bid farewell to these fantastic individuals, we are pleased that they will be utilizing their outstanding skills with their own patients, some right here in the Upper Peninsula,” said Dr. Johnson.

Tara Varoni, DO, a native of Manistique, earned her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tara plans to join the Marquette General team at Doctors Park Family Physicians later this year.

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Upper Peninsula Region works in conjunction with Marquette General Health System to coordinate the training of family medicine residents and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine medical students.

Since its inception in 1978, 242 medical students and 175 resident physicians have graduated from the two programs.

‘Stories of Days Gone By’ focuses on region

MARQUETTE – Hometown Memories is wrapping up its publication of local stories in a book, “A Living History of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wood Fire Saunas and Iron Mines”. The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from the Michigan residents who actually lived them.

The Michigan’s Upper Peninsula book will be hard bound and coffee table-sized (8.5 by 11 inches) with over 350 pages and hundreds of old photographs. Each copy will be library quality, manufactured to last for centuries. The Michigan residents who appear in this book hail from all walks of life.

“We are delighted that over 310 folks shared their memories and pictures for the book,” Todd Blair, publisher at Hometown Memories. “The memories in this book are an extremely valuable part of the region’s history and heritage and we are grateful for the opportunity to save and share them. Like our previous books, its purpose is to preserve the spirit and character of a time that will never be seen again. It will tell future generations what life was really like back in the good old days in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”

Hometown Memories includes a contest for the best stories and for the book’s cover photo.

“With so many submissions, it was very hard to choose the prizewinners,” said Blair. “All of the stories and pictures are wonderful in their own way, but the story cash winners we chose are: Sandy Kangas of Menominee, Jim Brusoe of DePere, Wis. (grew up in Gladstone); and Jayne Brady of Marquette. The cash prizewinner for the book’s cover photo goes to Bob Weeks of Iron River. We would also like to give Honorable Mention to the stories written by John Spears of Mesa, Ariz. (grew up in the U.P.); and Helen Jackson of Watton, Mich. Congratulations to these and all other folks who contributed to the book.”

Anyone interested in the book can call toll free, at (877) 491- 8802, or visit the website at www.hometownmemoriesonline.com.

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