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Feature Story Saginaw River Marine Historical Society

Photographer and self-professed ‘boat nerd’ describes life aboard a Great Lakes freighter

Roger LeLievre, publisher of the annual “Know Your Ships” an annual guide to freighters that sail the Great Lakes, is the guest speaker at the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society on Sat., April 20. Admission is free and open to the public.  

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SAT test is stressful for students

SAT testing is always stressful. When it was offered less than a week after Spring Break, the stress was amped up for students.

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Bay Future celebrates businesses that invested $350 million in Bay County in 2023

During the Bay Future Annual Meeting, the economic development agency highlighted the businesses investing in Bay County

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A Spencer Gellise Salon reveals its updated look

A Spencer Gellise Salon stylists moved out of the Third Street location for months while construction crews updated the look and made room for additional styling stations and shampoo bowls

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John Glenn High School team is one of 20 to qualify for the Nickless Innovation Award competition

John Glenn High School team to compete for scholarships during the 11th annual Nickless Innovation Award competition on Sat., April 20  

Longform Dr. Theresa Hastert (right) helped develop the Michigan Community Outreach to Address Financial Toxicity (MI-COST). Ali Fakih (left) is a research assistant with MI-COST, and Cornelius Wilson (center) sits on its Community Advisory Board.

Here's how Michigan organizations are working to reduce cancer treatment's crushing financial burden

In Michigan, several efforts are underway to help cancer patients prepare for, manage, and alleviate the financial struggles associated with treatment.

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Pickleball serves up fun and fitness for people of all ages and abilities

The number of people playing pickleball is growing across the nation and in Bay County. Indoor and outdoor courts are available throughout the community.

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Sturgeon are making a comeback in the Great Lakes Bay Region

For nearly a decade, conservation organizations have been working to restore the sturgeon population in the Great Lakes

Longform Kimberly Singh (right), Michigan Oral Health Coalition board member and chief community and governmental affairs officer for My Community Dental Centers, chats with Dental Assistant Kortney Jones.

Oral health care is inaccessible to many Michiganders. This coalition is working to change that.

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition brings together a multitude of Michigan oral and general health partners to collaborate on improving oral health for all Michiganders, especially those who have barriers to access. 

Feature Story Summer camp list

From art to archery, summer recreation programs are looking for kids now

The weather may be dreary today, but summer is on its way. Local camps are signing kids up now for summer programs.

Feature Story Zaid Jackson List

Q&A with the 'Youth of the Year' from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Zaid Jackson, a 16-year-old Bay City Central High School student, learns in April if she'll serve as a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Even if that doesn't happen, Zaid says she's gained much from her involvement in the organization.

Feature Story Give Local Bay 2024 list

Give Local Bay – which has raised over $1 million since 2015 – is set for May 7

Give Local Bay, a 24-hour fundraiser with a proven track record, takes place on Tues., May 7. This year, more than 50 agencies are part of the annual event.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

خارطة طريق "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع" تتخذ منهجًا شاملًا لإطلاق برنامج "التعليم ما قبل الاب

في يناير 2023، أعلنت الحاكمة غريتشن ويتمر عن خطتها "التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي للجميع"، والتي ستوفر الوصول إلى التعليم ما قبل الابتدائي المجاني لجميع الأطفال البالغين من العمر أربع سنوات في ميشيغان بحلول عام 2027. في فبراير 2024، أصدرت دائرة التعليم مدى الحياة، التقدم، والإمكانيات في ميشيغان (MiLEAP) خطة الطريق مع توصيات حول كيف يمكن للولاية تحقيق هذا الهدف. شاركت مجموعة السياسات العادلة، وهي منظمة استشارية تعليمية في واشنطن العاصمة تركز على سياسات الرعاية والتعليم المبكرة، في تأليف خارطة الطريق.

Longform Robin Beasley is the director of Garden of Dreams Preschool inside First Congregational Church.

Tri-Share makes quality child care more affordable for working parents

MI Tri-Share is a first-of-its-kind cost-sharing funding model. The state, the employee, and their employer each chip in for one-third of the price of child care.

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Summer concerts are in the works for Bay City's parks

This summer, businesses bring free concerts to Bay City's parks and Feet on the Street districts. The concerts, which will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, begin in June.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

PreK For All Roadmap takes a holistic approach to rolling out PreK For All

The Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) has released the PreK for All Roadmap plan with recommendations on how the state can achieve universal pre-K for all 4-year-olds in Michigan.

Longform Teacher helping child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

La Hoja de Ruta de PreK Para Todos adopta un enfoque holístico para el despliegue de PreK Para Todos

En enero de 2023, la gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer anunció su plan PreK para Todos, que proporcionaría acceso a la educación preescolar gratuita a todos los niños de cuatro años de Michigan para 2027. En febrero de 2024, el Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) publicó el plan de la Hoja de Ruta con recomendaciones

Feature Story Amber Desgranges and Rachel Ruddock of the Michigan Primary Care Association.

New initiative offers Michigan nursing students opportunity to build careers in underserved areas

The Michigan Primary Care Association is collaborating with nine of Michigan’s state universities to provide nursing students with opportunities to train in Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.

Longform Christine Sauvé.

New state law will help ensure health care access for non-English-speaking Michiganders

Michigan's new Statewide Meaningful Language Access Coordination Act will require public services to be more accessible to non-English speakers. 

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Guess who's coming to dinner – Vietnam-era veterans from Bay County

A statewide committee invites all from Bay County Vietnam-era veterans who served in any military branch to a dinner in April. The goal is to honor the veterans and let them know their service mattered.

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