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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Bay City’s only store dedicated to men’s clothing now offering suits and a wider selection of sizes

J-B Men’s Apparel, which opened in 1976, recently expanded its offerings to meet a new demand in the community.        

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Voices of Youth: Addressing mental health concerns in Bay City schools

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affects every aspect of life. Ky Tacey, a Bay City Central High School student, talks to counselors and students about how the school is addressing some of those issues.  

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A perfect storm in the region contributes to the ongoing lack of workers

State and local agencies and institutions are working to address the host of issues contributing to a worker shortage in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

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No boat, no problem. Bay County offers many options for water access.

As spring and summer edge nearer in Bay County, a variety of services stand ready and waiting to get residents out on the water and enjoying what the local waterways have to offer.  

Community Calendar

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Studio invited artists C Joanne Grabinski, Carol Irving, Marti Liddle-Lameti, and Sally Rose for this exhibit. Each artist brings a unique creative process to the exhibit, including felting, weaving, organic installation, fashion, and needle art. 
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After two years of Celebrating Pride at Home, the Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival and After Party return this year. The Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 at Wenonah Park in Downtown Bay City.
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The Great Lakes Bay Pride Festival After Party Drag Show takes place at The Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson Street in Downtown Saginaw. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. Reservations required and attendees must be at least 18 years old.
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Midland Center for the Arts, in partnership with Great Lakes Bay Pride, will host a screening of  "America You Kill Me," at 6:30 p.m. June 30 at The Center. Guests are invited to stay for a talkback with director Daniel Land. Registration is required 
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