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‘It really opened up my world’: Users welcome health benefits of accessible trails

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan worked closely with Disability Network West Michigan to develop an accessible trail system that gives visitors like Jeffrey VanDyke access to the health benefits of being in nature. 

Innovation News Show Love Saturdays founder Gordon "Big" Dooley shows off wares from his business, Husky Life.

New weekly holiday pop-up market in Ypsi spotlights diverse local businesses

Show Love Saturdays will host a rotating cast of food, clothing, and beauty vendors throughout the holiday season, while also providing some space for local nonprofits.

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Farm to School: Lessons in fresh, local food

A new project by the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development aims to bring fresh produce to school children in two intermediate school districts. Farm to School will also expand understanding of and access to fresh, local food through a variety of activities. 

Longform James Ribbron reads to Dwayne Sharpe and Elizabeth Brooks.

Detroit Champions for HOPE empowers parents as their children’s first teachers

Through a focus on advocacy, community leadership, and parent engagement, Detroit Champions for HOPE works to better the lives of Detroit’s children by empowering parents and caregivers to be their child’s first champions.

Feature Story Holiday Pop-Up

Battle Creek Holiday Vendor Pop-Up to showcase local food and artOn the Ground Battle Creek to celebrate 5th year of local coverage

Join the On the Ground Battle Creek team to celebrate its 5th Anniversary during the first-ever Holiday Vendor Pop-Up event, featuring local artists and food artisans, on Dec. 7 at 32 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek.

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Surviving Holy Childhood: Indigenous woman shares story after 50 years of silence

“I say to other survivors, what happened to one of us happened to all of us. We met in Harbor Springs and we bonded together,” says Sharon Skutt, an indigenous survivor of a Michigan boarding school. “The more I speak about it, the more healing there is."

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Mt. Pleasant holiday murals add festive flair throughout town thanks to local artists

It’s hard to miss the holiday murals painted on storefront and business windows throughout town recently—and who would want to!? Enjoy a photo essay of several of the downtown Mt. Pleasant holiday art murals and hear from the artists themselves.

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