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State of Michigan public health celebrates 150 years of service to Michiganders

The State of Michigan’s public health system recently celebrated its sesquicentennial: 150 years in service to Michiganders. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has shared a nice collection of sesquicentennial information on its website.   

Development News Midland Mall Comic Con takes place Sat-Sun, March 2 & 3.

Comic Con brings Ghostbusters themed event to Midland Mall for 2024 festival

The 2024 Midland Mall Comic Con returns March 2-3 with artists, authors, comics, toys, collectibles, contests, video game tournaments, food, and more.

Feature Story Firefighter on the job for the City of Midland.

City of Midland Firefighters look to find new recruits

They put their lives on the line every day on the job. The question is who will fill these challenging jobs in the future? 

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Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

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Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

Development News "Build Like A Girl" will be held on Tues, Feb. 27.

Event encourages young females to ‘build like a girl’ with hands-on activities in construction

The free ‘Build like a Girl’ workshop invites females in grades 5-12 to participate in hands-on exploration of the construction industry. The event, hosted by the Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter, is on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at The Great Hall in Midland

Development News Jordan Dice is the owner of the Midland Mall.

Midland Mall continues to see improvements through maintenance and fresh retailers

Profile Q & A with new owner of Midland Mall working to breath new life into the mall as retail stores close across the country.

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Is our community healthy?

Annual report released on the health of our community

Development News Sam Price is the President/CEO of the Ten16 Recovery Network.

Catalyst Community: Ten16 Recovery Network

In the latest in a series of columns from different perspectives in our community, Catalyst Midland presents Sam Price, President/CEO of the Ten16 Recovery Network.

Development News Housing Summit featured several speakers at SVSU.

If we build housing, economic development will come

Regional leaders gathered at SVSU to talk about the positive impact housing has on economic development. During the Housing Summit, they talked about successes in each area and exchanged ideas about public tools to help private developers.

Feature Story Front entrance of LaLonde's Market on the corner of N. Jefferson and E. Sugnet in Midland.

LaLonde’s Market provides Midland community with full-service meat market and much more

Owners Scott and Emily MacNellis put in long hours with hands-on involvement, helping make their family business a success

Partner Content The Grand Rapids location will expand AAoM’s  Upbound Staffing employment program.

Upbound Staffing creates inclusive connections for employers and job seekers

Upbound Staffing helps prepare job candidates living with autism for all parts of a career search and assists businesses in making their work environments more inclusive.

Feature Story Boys in preschool

الأطفال في سن ما قبل المدرسة الذين يعيشون مع التوحد يستفيدون من التعليم المبكر بشكل كبير

تحدثت "تهم التعليم المبكر" عن هذا الموضوع المهم مع هيذر إيكنر، مديرة التعليم على مستوى الولاية في تحالف التوحد في ميشيغان (AAOM) وأم لطفلين يعيشان مع التوحد.

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What do breastfeeding, sanitation, vaccines, and lead paint have in common? Public health.

Q&A with Norm Hess, executive director of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health.

Feature Story Boys in preschool

Por qué los preescolares con autismo se benefician de la educación temprana

Early Education Matters habló sobre este importante tema con Heather Eckner, directora de educación estatal de la Autism Alliance of Michigan (Alianza para el Autismo de Michigan, AAOM) y madre de dos niños autistas.

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Inflation, aging population, and loss of COVID funding impact Michigan Meals on Wheels programs

Many Meals on Wheels providers report that challenges have arisen as their client lists continue to grow thanks to an aging population, even as pandemic relief funding dries up.

Development News Jimmy Greene is the sales director special events for the Memorial Cup and Saginaw Spirit.

One of hockey’s bigger events will soon face off in the Great Lakes Bay Region

The Memorial Cup, a hockey tradition, is the focus of our Profile Q & A with Jimmy Greene.

Development News "The Rainbow Fish" will be performed at the Center for the Arts on Sun, Feb. 4.

Midland Center for the Arts winter programs

Winter is in full swing, and the Midland Center for the Arts has a diverse lineup of indoor winter programming for all ages. Comedy concerts, Broadway shows, educational brunch series, and more await this February

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School-based Health Center opens at Coleman Elementary

Access to care just became more convenient for students at Coleman Community Schools. MidMichigan Community Health Services opened a new School-based Health Center within Coleman Elementary School this month to serve students within the school district ages 5-21. 

Feature Story Julia Kepler, entrepreneur

Spend 24 hours in Midland with Julia Kepler, entrepreneur

Good things come in threes: How a Midland businesswoman balances a trio of stores alongside family and community connections.