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Local nonprofits find creative ways to help Isabella County residents in need with annual traditions

Non-profit organizations such as the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club and Christmas Outreach are focusing on ways they can creatively help those in need around the community with their annual holiday traditions. Read the story.

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Tis the season to give back: How local organizations are supporting the community

The giving spirit is abundant in the greater Mt. Pleasant community. Isabella Bank, Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Mid Michigan College, Shoe Sensation, the Mt. Pleasant Chamber, and Krapohl Ford & Lincoln are a few local corporations that are giving back this holiday season. See how you can partake in their generosity.

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Downtown Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration kicks off Friday, Dec. 2

For almost three decades, the downtown Christmas Celebration has been a community tradition for Mt. Pleasant families. Join in the holiday spirit Dec. 2 and 3 with live music, holiday shopping, fun runs, sleigh rides, Santa visits, a lighted parade and more festive activities!

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Ladies’ Day Out 2022 brings shoppers out to support local businesses and win prizes

The 18th annual Ladies’ Day Out event was held downtown Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, Nov. 12. Unofficially the “kickoff to the holiday season” notes downtown development director, Michelle Sponseller, discover the event where people chose to shop local in this photo essay.

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Creating student success: Paul Hungerford continues as Gratiot-Isabella RESD superintendent

In his second year as the Gratiot-Isabella RESD superintendent, Paul Hungerford remains committed to his mission of creating student success stories inside and outside of classrooms via services and programming. Read the story here.

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New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth visits Mt. Pleasant

New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, well known for the “Divergent” series, spoke to an auditorium full of students, faculty, and community members about the role technology plays in our world and in personal creativity. Read the story here.

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Letter from the Editor: Meet Courtney Jerome

Issue Media Group welcomes Courtney Jerome as the new Managing Editor of Epicenter, after Kathy Roberts (Managing Editor of Route Bay City) has done an instrumental job as Interim following Jennifer Veitengruber’s recent return to freelance writing for our publications. Meet Courtney with this “Letter from the Editor.”

Feature Story Three Dogs Play at Hannah's Bark Park in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

The Lasting Legacy of Hannah's Bark Park

Hannah’s Bark Park continues the legacy of a young woman who wanted to give back after she was gone. The bark park sees dozens of visitors every day in Mt. Pleasant — discover your dog’s new favorite place to play.

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Get some outdoor exercise or take a class to end your 2022 on a good note

How you doing on those 2022 resolutions? Don’t worry. We’re not judging you. In fact, we’re here to tell you it’s not too late to start.

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Volunteers are working now to make winter warmer for everyone in Isabella County

Donations are needed now for the Christmas Outreach of Isabella County. Registration for the program runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 11.  

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Big Brothers Big Sisters offers to train mentors to match with kids in the region

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Area is ready to train mentors to match with kids from throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

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Home is where the ice hockey is played

The Amateur Hockey Association of Mt. Pleasant provides opportunities, including free gear and low-cost lessons, to encourage people to try the team-oriented sport.

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When women lift each other up, it has a profound and lasting impact

For more than 20 years, the Women’s Initiative Fund at the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation has raised money to support organizations that benefit women and girls.

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Five fun fall weekend activities to take advantage of now

While CMU celebrates homecoming this weekend, that's not the only game in town. Step off campus and you can pick your own sunflowers, explore a hemp farm, discover mushrooms, and more.

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Isabella County Human Rights Committee events shine the spotlight on peace, empathy, and justice

Isabella County Human Rights Committee hosts peace event to celebrate International Day of Peace while raising awareness of the committee's role as community advocates.  

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Mid Michigan College offers short-term training programs to fast-track your career

Short-term training programs at Mid Michigan College may be the ticket to opening doors for job-seekers and filling staffing shortages for local employers.  

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Issue Media Group relaunches Upper Peninsula publication

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the relaunch of its online, community-informed, digital publication in the Upper Peninsula. UPword will focus on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and community development, while featuring U.P.-based talent.

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MMDC networking mixer hopes to draw ‘boomerangs’ back home and retain local grads

The 2022 Coming Home: Middle Michigan event focuses on connecting local employers to young professionals looking to start a career and put down roots in the Great Lakes Bay and Middle Michigan regions.  

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Enjoy a brew at the Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival and feel good about helping your community

For almost a decade, the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees have staged a craft beer festival to support nonprofit organizations throughout the community. This year’s event is set for Sept. 24.  

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Fall activities will have residents falling further in love with the Mt. Pleasant area

If fall fun is what you seek, opportunities abound in Isabella County. Whether you're looking for football games, markets, apple and pumpkin farms, or spooky-themed fun, we've got you covered!

Community Calendar

The annual Friends of the Veterans Memorial Library Book Sale will be held in the Veterans Memorial Library Annex will be open to the public Sept. 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Oct. 1 is $2 Bag Day. Bags provided.) 
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