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Regional task force aims to spread accurate information about reducing the risk of monkeypox

Monkeypox is on the rise in this country. While health officials haven't seen it in Bay County yet, they believe it will be here soon.

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Two nations, one family: Bay City celebrates a 60-year partnership with its sister city in Germany

In September, a sculpture in Uptown Bay City will be dedicated to the sister city relationship. Representatives from Germany will travel here for the dedication.  

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Bay Area Community Foundation invites local nonprofits to apply for ARPA funds

Bay County-based nonprofits are invited to attend a session explaining the requirements and application process. An online session is offered Tues., Aug. 16 and an in-person seminar is Tues., Aug. 30.

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The changing face of Midland Street: New and veteran entrepreneurs aim to transform the district

With new  businesses going in monthly, a team of dedicated Midland Street Business District entrepreneurs are working to re-imagine the district's role in the community. An August fundraiser is one step toward that new image.

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Downtown Bay City gets colorful this weekend with the annual Chalk Walk

The Bay City Chalk Walk brings music, crafts, and chalk art to Downtown Bay City on Sat., Aug. 13.

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The Verve Pipe promises to hit the Wenonah Park stage with a mix of its classic hits and new songs

Members of The Verve Pipe used the 2019 COVID-19 shutdowns to spend time creating new music for its 2022 tour. That tour, also featuring Five For Fighting, stops in Bay City this week.  

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Spark Scholarship gives a John Glenn graduate the opportunity to shine

Take a short tap dance lesson in the streets of Bay City on Sat., Aug. 27 and you'll help fund Spark, a scholarship for students interested in the performing arts. 

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Pandemic problems continue to plague small businesses, but grants ease the pressure

Bay Future and Bay County are distributing $1 million in grants to help small businesses keep the lights on as they continue to deal with difficulties brought on by COVID-19

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John Glenn Pompon dances its way into the hearts of the America's Got Talent judges

After a first-place finish at the state high kick competition in late 2021 and subsequent viral video of their Pitbull-inspired routine, the John Glenn Pompon team got a taste of the spotlight on America’s Got Talent. They would love to go back for more.  

Feature Story Drums Rock the Hill

A two-day musical party in Veterans Memorial Park doubles as a fundraiser for local charities

Award-winning country artist Brantley Gilbert; classic nu-metal Papa Roach; and local favorite Peacemaker, all are part of Rock the Hill in Veterans Memorial Park on Aug. 5 and 6.  

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A mural inside a Bay City gym has become a social media star

Survival Fitness asked local artist Nicole McKay to create a mural inside its gym. Now, that mural is a popular backdrop for selfies and group portraits after workouts.  

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Tipsy Cowboy, a bar and grill in rural Pinconning, celebrates family and friendship

For five years, the Tipsy Cowboy has served up handmade food and worked to build a sense of community camaraderie.  

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Legacy Building in Downtown Bay City earns statewide honors for historic preservation

Developer Jenifer Acosta says she keeps one eye on preservation and another one on community building when she renovates a structure.  

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Happy Glampin’ Slumber Party puts a new spin on old-fashioned sleepovers

The Happy Glampin' Slumber Party Company offers options for kids as well as adults.  

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The first rule of the Freedom Boat Club is to make it as easy as possible for members to set sail

Eight boats at Wheeler Landing are available for members of the Freedom Boat Club. The international organization opened the location in Bay City in May.  

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Breast cancer turns a Bay City woman into an advocate for early screening

Thanks to the support of family, friends, and medical professionals, Kelly Klamer felt optimistic and hopeful while facing breast cancer. Now, she wants to extend that hope to others.

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Q&A with Dow Bay Area Family Y Director Steven Krankota

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. This article is the second in a series of Q&A articles with some of the new leaders in the area.  

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Federal COVID-19 relief funds pave the way for roadwork in Bay City

Bay City received $31 million in ARPA funds. The city is using a big part of that money to fix roads and replace lead water service lines.  

Feature Story Voting list

Your guide to becoming an informed voter

In the information age, it can be hard to know who to trust for the facts on candidates and ballot issues. Here, we offer some tips from the experts on how you can get the lowdown before the election.  

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Q&A with MBS International Airport Director James Canders

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in a time of leadership transition. Today, Route Bay City profiles James Canders, who was appointed Airport Director at MBS International Airport, in 2020.

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Auburn Farmers Market 2022

Tuesdays & Thursdays through Sept. 22, 2022, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Auburn Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 22, 2022.
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Moving Ahead – a free, virtual Economic Empowerment program, educates participants about financial fundamentals including good credit, applying for loans, and budgeting skills. To register, visit ywcaglbr.org or call 989-894-9055.
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All money after expenses will go to benefit the Midland Street Lighting Project. Tickets are $25 each or two for $45 and include a chicken dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are available at VNO and Mode's Tavern.
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Uptown Bay City hosts its sixth Great Lakes Market featuring more than 50 artists and makers and their unique handiworks and crafts. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11, 2022. Free admission/parking.
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