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Woodworker and craftsman carries on family legacy at Hescott Design Co. in Downtown Bay City

After years of working from home and designing furniture for family and friends, Josh Hescott opened Hescott Design Co. on Third Street.  

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An old motel near Downtown Bay City is getting new life as studio apartments

LRC Commercial Real Estate bought a two-story motel in Downtown Bay City in 2023. The company is turning the space into studio apartments for college students or young professionals.  

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You're invited inside Studio 23 to create art during Thelen Free Art Fridays

Studio 23/The Arts Center and Thelen Auto Group teamed up to offer Free Art Fridays inside the Downtown Bay City studio.

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Bay Commitment Scholars get the support they need to succeed at SVSU and Delta College

Grace Wrzesinski, a 2024 John Glenn High School graduate, says she'll use the Bay Commitment Scholarship to become a school counselor and help other kids find success.

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Renaissance on Midland Street blends historic charm with modern appeal

Entrepreneurs are moving into the historic Midland Street Business District, expanding what's available in the area. The five-block district is home to retail stores, salons, and professional offices as well as restaurants and bars.

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YAC members make sure students start the school year strong

Local teens make sure all kids have what they need to feel confident on the first day of school. The Helen Wirt Lee Back 2 School Clothing/Backpack Program is accepting applications now for the 2024-25 academic year.

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Keeping the kids entertained this summer can be educational

Keeping the kids engaged in learning over the summer is important. It's also not as difficult to do as you might think.

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Cool cars will cruise through a historic West Bay City neighborhood in July

The Cool City Car Show and Cruz, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, returns to Bay City's West Side this year.

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Quilting and herbs keep two local groups connected to Bay City's heritage

Old Thyme Herb Society of Bay County and the Bay Heritage Quilters Guild keep historic skills alive and celebrate our past.

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Michigan's free school meals yield high returns for student health and academic success

Michigan has become one of eight states to make free school meals available to all, creating notable benefits for students' health.

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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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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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