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Bay City band spins positive stories while collecting awards and producing new music in Nashville

In little more than a week, Bay City-based band ADABOY! will release an album filled with music recorded at a Nashville studio

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Bay City Boat Rental launches first season of business

Jared Greshow and Jonah Joppich, friends for nearly 30 years, founded Bay City Boat Rental together. The business currently has two pontoons available, but hopes to expand.

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

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From ghost hunting kits to telescopes, the Bay County Library System loans out much more than books

The Bay County Library System debuted its Library of Things in February, making a range of sporting equipment, gaming systems, and technology available to library cardholders

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Bay City lands four fishing tournaments this summer

Hundreds of anglers will visit the Saginaw Bay and Saginaw River in June and August for four high-profile fishing tournaments. The tournaments should have a substantial impact on the local economy.

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Talent recruitment: Hey, Bay City! focuses on reversing the decline in populationTalent recruitment:

Businesses, government, colleges, and economic development agencies are working together to attract and retain young people in the Great Lakes Bay Region

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Supplier Summit held in Bay City helps match businesses with new vendors

Private businesses and governmental units met with small business leaders to talk about potential new partnerships

Longform Robert Sheehan  and colleague, Valerie Jamerson, take a look at the new Tool Kit.

Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

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Your guide to Bay County's 2024 summer festival schedule

Summer festivals bring music, food, and fun to communities throughout Bay County, Here, we highlight some of your options for summer entertainment.

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Mental health webinar, a fundraiser, and a Town Hall event all are on the Bay City calendar

In the next few weeks, you're invited to a virtual mental health workshop; a Town Hall on LGBTQ+ civil rights; a free movie for dads and male caregivers; and a special fundraising performance to help a local family

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Four Bay-Arenac Career Center students qualified for an international competition held in April

Olivia Maurer, a Voices of Youth correspondent for Route Bay City, writes about four Bay-Arenac Career Center students who recently traveled to California to be part of an international competition

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Stop the Bleed teaches bystanders how to save lives

Stop the Bleed kits and training give bystanders the tools to respond after someone suffers a traumatic, life-threatening injury

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Half of U.S. families struggle to pay for diapers; Bay-Arenac Diaper Bank can help

The Bay-Arenac Diaper Bank relies on donations, grants, and volunteers to provide thousands of diapers to families in two counties

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Early Education Community of Practice brings unified message to state focus on early childhood care

The Community of Practice has expanded to 30+ Michigan organizations focused on early childhood. Members have access to a variety of resources and experts and are able to provide solutions and mobilize quickly.  

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Simple accommodations can eliminate barriers to health care

Because equal and quality access to care is so important, making sure medical practices improve access and accommodations for people with autism is a crucial goal of the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).

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Bay-Arenac ISD gives adults students an edge in redefining success

The Bay-Arenac ISD offers programs for adults who want to earn a GED, high school diploma, or take advantage of technical job training classes

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A new Delta College Public Media documentary focuses on the cannabis industry in the region

Award-winning documentarian takes a look at the cannabis industry in the Great Lakes Bay Region

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Bay City Family Fun Fair on Sat., April 27 promotes summer activities

The Spring 2024 Family Fun Fair highlights summer activities available through a range of local organizations

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Special report: How can Michigan fix a guardianship system that fails some kids and older adults?

Guardianship is designed to protect those who can't care for themselves, but it doesn't always work that way. Advocates are pursuing a variety of solutions to improve the system.

Longform Shelby Coolbaugh, administrative assistant for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP), and Salli Pung, state long term care omubdsman for MLTCOP.

Michigan ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program improves quality of care and quality of life for people living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. 

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The Friends of Bay County Libraries Book Sale takes place at the Bay County Civic Arena from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3. Prices drop 50% on Aug. 2 and to $4 per bag or box on Aug. 3  
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