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Early Education Community of Practice brings unified message to state focus on early childhood care

The Community of Practice has expanded to 30+ Michigan organizations focused on early childhood. Members have access to a variety of resources and experts and are able to provide solutions and mobilize quickly.  

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Simple accommodations can eliminate barriers to health care

Because equal and quality access to care is so important, making sure medical practices improve access and accommodations for people with autism is a crucial goal of the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).

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Bay-Arenac ISD gives adults students an edge in redefining success

The Bay-Arenac ISD offers programs for adults who want to earn a GED, high school diploma, or take advantage of technical job training classes

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A new Delta College Public Media documentary focuses on the cannabis industry in the region

Award-winning documentarian takes a look at the cannabis industry in the Great Lakes Bay Region

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Bay City Family Fun Fair on Sat., April 27 promotes summer activities

The Spring 2024 Family Fun Fair highlights summer activities available through a range of local organizations

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Special report: How can Michigan fix a guardianship system that fails some kids and older adults?

Guardianship is designed to protect those who can't care for themselves, but it doesn't always work that way. Advocates are pursuing a variety of solutions to improve the system.

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Michigan ombudsman program advocates for residents in long-term care facilities

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program improves quality of care and quality of life for people living in nursing homes, homes for the aged, and adult foster care homes. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Friends of Bay County Libraries Book Sale takes place at the Bay County Civic Arena from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 3. Prices drop 50% on Aug. 2 and to $4 per bag or box on Aug. 3  
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