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A joint program between Do-All Inc. and the United Way of Bay County helps expand the workforce

A partnership between the United Way of Bay County and Do-All Inc. is winning awards and getting people into the workforce.

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Foster care fosters hope for Michigan’s most vulnerable children

Michigan's community mental health agencies, CMHs, provide mental health care for the roughly 10,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system. Here is how Genesee Health Systems and Sanilac County CMH are working hard to help foster children in their counties thrive.

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Q&A with Justin Ralston, Essexville-Hampton Public Schools Superintendent

Essexville-Hampton Public Schools and its new superintendent are looking for community input into a Strategic Plan. Public meetings are set for later this month and in February.

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Bridging the child-care gap is a high-stakes concern for families and employers

A shortage of child-care in the Great Lakes Bay Region has a significant impact on the local economy and our ability to attract and retain talent.

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Community mental health agency call lines connect Michiganders with local crisis care

A call to a local community mental health crisis line can sometimes be more direct and offer services that may not be available when calling 988 or MiCAL.

Longform Tina Swanton, Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) executive director of community impact and strategic partnerships, and MiHIA CEO Heidi Tracy at Hidden Harvest and East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw.

Despite agricultural hub, Michigan's Thumb has high food insecurity. Can collaboration change that?

The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance is taking a new approach to addressing food insecurity in the 14 heavily agricultural counties it serves in central and eastern Michigan.

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Cusicks (and Rotary International) vs. Polio: A local couple is helping eradicate an ancient virus

The fight against polio has been a decades-long process. Organizations and individuals, including Rotary and local couple Chuck and Nancy Cusick, continue to fight for global eradication of the deadly disease.  

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New book club commits to reading banned and challenged books every month

Community connection, cohesion, and cultural awareness are all goals of Leopard Print Books’ proprietress, Andrea Richmond, and the newly-formed Banned Book Club.

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MLK celebration returns to an in-person event to honor students and unsung heroes

Best-selling author and CNN analyst Bakari Sellers is the keynote speaker for the Jan. 18 Great Lakes Bay Region Martin Luther King event at SVSU. 

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Issue Media Group launches new publication ‘The Helm’’ serving Greater Sandusky Region

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the company’s latest online news platform – The Helm Sandusky. This publication will tell the stories of investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, and individuals that are shaping the Greater Sandusky Ohio region.

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Here’s good news for Michiganders’ mental health: Community mental health delivers cutting-edge care

Michigan's community mental health agencies lead the nation in innovation, serve all 83 counties, and help Michiganders of all ages access the mental health supports they need.

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Bay City shines bright like a diamond during the holiday season

Elaborate holiday displays fill Bay City with light and color, thanks to the work of local volunteers and business owners.

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A week in the life of a student at the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center

Brady Falardeau, a senior at Bay City Central High School, spends several days a week in the Marketing & Management program at the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center. Here, he provides a glimpse into his typical week.

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No matter how you take your coffee, there’s always a tasty cup waiting for you in Bay City

Bay City's coffee shops offer warm beverages and fresh baked goods alongside poetry readings and live musical performances. 

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Crafters group at the library is a tight-knit bunch spinning a warmer winter for many

Knitters and crocheters meet inside three Bay County Library System branches to share tips, tricks, and enjoy each other’s company  

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Q&A with Magen Samyn, President & CEO of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

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

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Q&A with Michael Bacigalupo, the Bay City Downtown Development Authority’s new Director

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

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Q&A with Kevin Cole on his upcoming special, 'Cole in your Stocking,' at the State Theatre

Award-winning musician and Bay City native Kevin Cole promises to deliver a few unexpected holiday tunes to his show at the State Theatre this month. 

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Difficult to pronounce but easy to recognize, the Owczarzak name means business in Bay County

For two generations, the Owczarzak family has been a part of the Bay County business community. Ambrose Sr. and Marie Owczarzak owned one bar. Today, their sons own three local eateries with a fourth restaurant to open in 2023.  

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Q&A with Kellie Rupp, the Bay City Downtown Management Board’s new Marketing Director

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

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It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood. Aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. As Gloria fades more, Vera becomes more noticeable. Shows: Feb. 3-5 & 10-12.
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Enjoy an evening at Midland Center for the Arts with the award-winning South Indian classical Carnatic music vocalist, Aditya Prakash, known for his powerful and emotive voice. Tickets available at midlandcenter.org or (989) 631-5930.
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"Cats," winner of seven Tony Awards®, tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Tickets available online or by calling (989) 892-2660
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Enjoy family activities, entertainment, food, and visit with vendors during the Family Winter Fun Fest at the Bay City Town Center on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is part of the Bay-Arenac Great Start Collaborative.
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