Northern Lights laureates honored in ceremony

Honor: Members of the Lake, Mecosta and Osceola counties community and representatives of the Spectrum Health Foundation gathered at ArtWorks in Big Rapids Thursday evening to honor special people - the laureates of the 2016 Northern Lights Awards. The awards are given once each year in recognition of special efforts and exceptional service in a variety of fields of endeavor. This year’s honorees include (left to right) Tom Hogenson (with a very special Lifetime Achievement Award), Bob and Mikki Garrels (Arts and Entertainment), Ellen Kerens (Education), Stiles Simmons (Civics), Scott Herron (Environment), Cathy Todd (Health and Human Services), John Williams (Outdoor Activities and Sports), and, not shown, Alan Bengry (Business and Industry.)