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Michigan's community mental health agencies take action to reduce stigma around getting care

During May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, many Michigan CMHs are offering opportunities to take action to "stomp out stigma" that prevents Michiganders from seeking mental health care.

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Give Local Bay: Mark your calendar for the 2nd of May

The ninth annual Give Local Bay event helps donors maximize their gift to more than 50 different nonprofit agencies in Bay and Arenac counties  

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Employee happiness is serious business at SK Siltron CSS in Bay County

Human Resources Manger Tiffany Kukla is proud of the award-winning policies and pay at the semiconductor manufacturing firm. SK Siltron CSS has invested millions in two Bay County facilities and now employs more than 200 people.  

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Veterans Workshop & Learning Center to celebrate its Grand Opening in May

Volunteers, donors, and grantmakers have worked together to create a special place for veterans in Bay County.

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Lifelong Bay Cityan – with deep roots in the community – finds his forever job at SK Siltron CSS

Bryan Draves says he's found the job of a lifetime at SK Siltron CSS. It lets him be part of a cutting-edge industry while staying close to extended family.  

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Mental Health First Aid turns adults into allies for teens facing tough times

About 40 people participated in the first Mental Health First Aid training in March. Organizers are looking for funding to offer additional trainings, both for adults and teens.  

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Q&A with Matt Nemode from Mode’s Tavern

An April 4 fire raced through the building that housed Mode’s Tavern, JR’s All-Star Haircuts for Men, and two apartments. Within hours, nearby businesses were organizing fundraisers to help people affected by the fire. Matt and Jill Nemode are grateful for the support from the community and say they expect to bring Mode’s back.

Partner Content April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Autism Alliance of Michigan is the trusted resource for the autism community

The Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM) is here to help ensure Michiganders with autism reach their greatest potential.

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Research scientist devotes career to silicon carbide industry and creating sustainable energy

Edward Sanchez has spent more than a quarter-century in the research and development of silicon carbide wafers used to power electric vehicles and other technology. He now serves as Vice President of Operations and Technology at Bay County’s SK Siltron CSS, a silicon carbide wafer manufacturer.  

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CAN Council recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month and its volunteers for making a difference

The CAN Council is trying to raise awareness and recruit volunteers during April's Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Bay County families find limited child-care options for children with special needs

Lack of training, staff turnover, and licensing concerns all contribute to the shortage of child-care for Bay County families of children with special needs, according to local parents and early-childhood experts.  

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Tim Marciniak retires after 31 years of making memories with Bay City schools students and staff

During his 31-year career with Bay City Public Schools, Timothy Marciniak has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He's been at the helm of Bay City Central for 18 years.

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Smaller does mean better for residents in adult foster care homes

OnPoint and Northern Lakes Community Mental Health share how adult foster care homes empower Michiganders with disabilities while enriching our communities.

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Through joyful play of Sibshops, youngsters find new ways to relate to siblings with disabilities

Sibshops give kids who have siblings living with disabilities the opportunity to connect, share their experiences, ask questions, and offer advice.

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For Eric Moore, working at SK Siltron CSS is all about professional growth

Eric Moore's job is to grow the crystals that go into the silicon chips at SK Siltron CSS. The lifelong Bay County residents is excited about the manufacturer's ability to grow more jobs for the community.

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Bay City State Park celebrates a century of memories

As Bay City State Park nears its 100-year anniversary, the local DNR team prepares for exciting renovations and family events. Park Manager Rich Fenner and Lead Ranger Mike Barker share some park history and future plans.  

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Music is the language of building community for Bay Chorale

Bay Chorale celebrates its 56th year with a tribute to American composers in its Spring Concert, set for 7 p.m. Fri., April 21. New members are welcome to join the group.

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With short wait times and quality care, MyMichigan Emergency Department marks 1 year in Bay County

With high-quality, efficient care the new Emergency Department in Bay City surpassed its five-year projected volume in the first five months of being open, showing that it is filling a longstanding need in the community. Now in its second year, the Emergency Department is looking forward to continuing to serve area residents.  

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Carter Kits help first responders take better care of patients with Autism Spectrum DisorderNorthern Michigan community mental health agencies providing the kits.

​North Country Community Mental Health and Northern Lakes Community Mental Health provide Carter Kits to first responders. The kits contain sensory items that help distract children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from the stress of being involved in an emergency situation.

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Bridgeport mom sees a bright future at SK Siltron CSS in Bay County

For Rose Dugan, SK Siltron CSS is personal. She’s proud that her job helps meet the growing demand for chips to power electronic devices. And she’s touched that the CEO of the international firm greets her by name.  

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A family-friendly event featuring regional organizations.  Learn about the organization while completing a fun activity. On June 13, we feature the Castle Museum.  Admission is free.  
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Join Early On for a Playgroup: Camping in the Museum. This playgroup is for Bay and Arenac county residents and geared toward children ages 0-5. Admission is free.    
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June 15 City Hall Tour

Thurs., June 15, 2023, 11 a.m. to Noon
Tour Bay City's beautiful City Hall. Learn the history and climb the clock tower. Meet in the lobby of the Bay County Historical Society's museum. Cost: $1.    
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The Bay City Cooperative Market is hosting a Golf Outing fundraiser to help with startup costs for a grocery store. Tickets are $75 each, including golf, games at the hole, a drink ticket, silent auction, and snacks at the turn. Click here to learn more.   
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