Development News Sarah's Sweet Escapes list

Local confectioner perfects her craft as she creates sweet treats in Downtown Bay City

The owner of Sarah’s Sweet Escapes says she learned her skills from her mother and by working at area chocolate shops. She sees great potential for her business in Downtown Bay City.  

Development News Replenish Juice Bar list

Replenish, a popular juice and smoothie bar, re-opens in a new West Side Bay City location

From inside the newly-renovated Bay Professional. Building on Bay City's West Side, Replenish offers gluten-free and dairy-free options without sacrificing flavor  

Longform Emily Miller, Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project managing attorney.

Scams rob Michigan elders of millions, but health providers and nonprofits offer help

Michigan organizations that provide health care and other services for older adults are working to reduce the impact of scams through education and legislative help.

Feature Story Bay City murals list

Murals fill Wenonah Park with art, but their purpose goes much deeper than beauty

Public art ­– such as murals recently unveiled in Wenonah Park – beautifies communities, builds the economy, gives voices to marginalized people, and more. Public art also can improve safety and raise awareness about issues facing a community.  

Longform Home-based early childhood educators are essential to Michigan's childcare and preschool landscape.

Mixed delivery of Michigan’s PreK for All could include home-based early childhood educators

A common concern about PreK for All that came up during listening sessions was the role of home-based childcare and early education providers.

Feature Story Early Education Matters,

Pre-K para Todos mejorará a largo plazo la salud, la educación y los resultados sociales de los niño

Cuando se trata de educación, el Kids Count Data Book (Libro de datos sobre el recuento de niños) de 2023 sitúa a Michigan en el puesto 42 de los 50 estados. Una de las muchas maneras en que el estado está trabajando para mejorar la calidad y la equidad en la educación es mediante el avance de Pre-K gratuito para todos.

Development News Warmbier Christmas list

Santa Claus has already come to town for two Bay County businesses

Warmbier Farms and Begick Nursery & Garden Center give the gift of holiday décor to the community every year, transforming their businesses into something merry and bright. 

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Inspiring Generosity: New series showcases the impact of the Bay Area Community Foundation

In its Inspiring Generosity series, Route Bay City highlights projects of the Bay Area Community Foundation. This week, the focus is on Walt and Carol Weinlander and the creation of the Legacy Society.

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Music and family-friendly fun will fill Midland Street in September

Welcome Table invites you to a family-friendly party on Midland Street.

Feature Story Photo courtesy of the River of Time

River of Time debuts in its new location later this month

River of Time fills Johnson's Pumpkin Farm with living history later this month.

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Hidden Harvest is taking a bite out of food insecurity in the region

Hidden Harvest relies on donations to help soup kitchens, food pantries, and more provide millions of meals to people in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw counties  

Longform A number of financial incentives for post-secondary education help those interested in an early education career.

Michigan looks to create a better career path for early childhood educators

Improved career pathways, state incentives, and improved wages are essential to recruiting and retaining the early education workforce needed for the PreK for All roll-out.

Development News Photo courtesy of Bonejacked Vintage Apparel

Wearing hand-me-downs as a kid turned out to be opportunity knocking for a Bay City entrepreneur

Musical history is on display in the merchandise at Bonejacked Vintage Apparel on Columbus Avenue

Feature Story Trombley House list

Trombley/Centre House celebrates its legacy in the community with an old-fashioned ice cream social

Jill Pfeiffer, Media & Outreach Coordinator at the Bay County Historical Society, writes about the different roles the Trombley/Centre House has played in Bay City over the decades  

Feature Story fishing list

Saginaw Bay fishing tournaments and a conference lure international media and tourists here

The Outdoor Brand Team Writers Conference held in Bay County in August drew well-known publications and top-tier anglers here to explore what the Saginaw Bay offers to fishing enthusiasts and their families. Experts expect a subsequent boost in tourism.

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September Arts & Entertainment Roundup

Fall means more than sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Bay County has independent films, music, ice cream socials, yoga, and more on September calendars.

Longform Participants at Ypsilanti PreK for All listening session.

PreK for All listening sessions gather feedback from parents, childcare providers, and educators

PreK for All listening sessions in Michigan's 10 prosperity regions gather feedback from parents, childcare providers, and educators.

Feature Story The passing of MI SB0227 would improve mental health care ofr Michigan's children.

Community mental health agencies want more options for helping Michigan's children

Michigan's community mental health agencies address children’s mental health care but need legislative change to do it better.

Partner Content MyMichiganCommunityGarden-list

Thyme in the garden, just what the doctor orderedCommunity garden at MyMichigan Health Park Bay provides bounty of health benefits

Five years after opening to the public, the community garden at MyMichigan Health Park Bay is flourishing. While organizers initially hoped the project would provide additional access to fresh produce for community members, they couldn’t have foreseen the widespread benefits that would happen in the coming years.

Feature Story Masonic Temple exterior

The Historic Masonic Temple raises the curtain for three local playwrights

Art was meant to be seen. To help local artists get their work in front of audiences, the Historic Masonic Temple created an incubator. This fall and winter, three locally-written plays will take the stage.

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