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Development News The information on how to keep kids safe while online has become “more of a need.”

Free seminar for parents to address how to keep kids safe online

Digital Mitten, a local social media company,  will host a parent seminar at Bay City Western High School on Tuesday, May 17th, at 6:30 p.m. titled “Keeping Kids Safe Online.”  

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The story of Little Red Riding Hood gets updated in a film shot in the Great Lakes Bay Region

Taylor Gradowski of Good Harbor Blue tells a new version of the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.  

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The Butterfly Effect: Local golf courses pitch in to save monarch butterflies by planting milkweed

Golf courses around the Great Lakes Bay Region are planting milkweed to welcome monarch butterflies to their grounds.  

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Bay City Water Works building inspires dreams. Now, it needs to inspire developers.

Dreamers can see a bright future for the former Bay City Water Works Building. Now, the team marketing the empty building need to find the right developer to bring dreams to life.

Smoked Whitefish Chowder

Looking for a new way to enjoy smoked whitefish? The Bay Port Fish Co. offers this recipe for a whitefish corn chowder.

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The freshest catch of the day lures customers into Bay Port Fish Co.

Family-owned Bay Port Fish Co. has grown from a one-person operation in 1978 to a thriving business that provides fish to individual consumers, grocery stores, and restaurants.  

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A 24-hour fundraising frenzy returns to support non-profits in Bay and Arenac counties

Support your favorite local non-profit agency and make each dollar go a little further when you donate through  the Bay Area Community Foundation’s Give Local Bay campaign.  

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Hidalgo Entertainment turns a worship hall into an event venue, and is ready to grow again

Local entertainment veteran Frank Hidalgo has expanded his business to include a hall, a state-of-the-art LED dance floor, and a soon-to-be-available outdoor venue.  

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Art exhibition makes a stop in the region, shining a light on African American artists from Detroit

SVSU hosts a permanent virtual art exhibit that not only features Black artists, but which also seeks to open up a conversation about diversity in art.  

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Sharing space gives local photographers a new studio option for lifestyle and family photos

Studio 308 opened early in 2022, offering space for not only its owners, but also professional photographers in the area.  

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Bay County camps offer the cure for the summertime blues

From paintbrushes to props, and bridles to beakers, summer camps in Bay County keep kids engaged and growing throughout the summer.  

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Get off the dock and into the bay with the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association

Whether you’re an experienced sailor or new to the sport, the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association has something for everyone.  

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New contest for small and emerging Michigan snack makers offers $50K in cash prizes and more

“The growth of new small craft and niche snack food companies in Michigan is exciting,” says Duncan Smith, President and COO of All Star Services, Inc. “All Star Services is a growing small business and we want to help bring more focus to the growing segment of snack food companies in Michigan.”

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Barbecue, bands, and the Bay City riverside await you at the Labadie Rib Fest this summer

One little piggy went to market, one little piggy stayed home, and the rest all hightailed it to the Labadie Rib Fest, coming this July to Bay City.  

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Music in her blood: Long-time music teacher shares her natural talents with generations of students

Beloved music teacher Eileen Harrigan shares her insight on the importance of music and the arts, as well as some of the impressive, and comical, stories from childhood that helped shape her musically.  

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Iron Gorilla gym focuses on building both fitness and family

Melissa Freeman opened the gym in the Midland Street business district five years ago in response to a growing demand for personal fitness services

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Sign painter brings lost art of hand painting and lettering back to Essexville

Justin Stilson is breathing new life into the lost art of creating the hand-lettered signs and custom pinstriping for classic cars.  

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Q&A with a former Western High School exchange student living in Ukraine

Luba Pavlovska, who lives in Kyiv, Ukraine, spent the 2007-08 school year at Bay City Western High School.  

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Crazy Quarters Arcade grows, creating one of the largest collections of pinball games in Michigan

Crazy Quarters has only been open about a year, but it’s already taken its collection of pinball games to a whole new level.  

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Downtown boutique carries fashion for women of all ages and sizes

The owner of Kenz & Rose hopes women walk out of her boutique feeling beautiful. For now, she carries women's clothing, but hopes to add a menswear line.  

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Encore Youth Theatre will take place July 11-Aug. 6. The program will run Monday- Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., except for dress rehearsal (Aug. 4) and performance days (Aug. 5 & 6). Registration opens April 11. More information is available online.   
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If you are a rock music enthusiast, then The Who’s Tommy is perfect for you. It started life as a rock opera on a studio double album by the English rock band The Who, in 1969. Shows: July 28-31.
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A free fun day out with the family! The Family Summer Fun Fest has something for every family member.
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The Bottom Brothers want to write a hit play, but live in the time of “The Bard," a Renaissance rock star. Everything changes when a soothsayer predicts Singing! Not singing! Dancing! Not dancing! Shows: Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
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