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Longform Belinda Orozco

Safe space at Battle Creek’s Voces helps immigrants navigate legal landscape

“We have had generations of people who have emigrated from their native countries and established themselves here (in Battle Creek). It’s a safe and embracing community.”

Longform Orchestra Jammbo'laya

Orchestra Jammbo'laya offers feast of music from African diaspora for under-served BIPOC youth

“We wanted to explore the African diaspora esthetics of music. And while anyone can join, our hope is to encourage underserved Black youth in our community to explore instrumental music by Black composers from the Americans, the Caribbean, Europe, from anywhere."

Feature Story Speman Glee Club

Spelman College Glee Club to perform free concert in Battle CreekBearcat Advantage scholars can see an HBCU in action

“There is an experience going to an HBCU that you just can’t compare. It’s the camaraderie, the cultural experience, and the emphasis on the heritage. You’re able to see how people of color in those days were able to create an institution with so little.”

Development News Photo courtesy of Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie

Prost! in Uptown Bay City creates more than small plates

For the owners and executive chef, Prost! in Uptown Bay City is a bricks-and-mortar symbol of personal growth

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The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub receives federal entrepreneurial hub grantGovernor Whitmer designation unleashes vital resources for local entrepreneurs

The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub has been selected as one of 27 regional grantees to receive funding from the Small Business Support Hubs program. See how 11 partnering area organizations aim to create a dynamic ecosystem for small businesses to thrive by providing essential resources such as networking opportunities, events, programs, and dedicated spaces.

Longform Dr. Kelsey Sala-Hamrick is the Michigan Public Health Institute's MI ACE project director.

200-partner collaborative raises awareness about impact of adverse childhood experiences in Michigan

Partners in the Michigan ACE Initiative are working to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), prevent ACEs, and foster resilience among children who have experienced them. 

Development News Miriam Andrus is the director of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

Profile Q&A with library director, Miriam Andrus

Miriam Andrus is the director of the Grace. A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland. In our Profile Q & A, we learn how our library offers a lot more than books.

Development News Erica Sprague is in her 20th year of teaching.

Catalyst Community: Restorative Practices in Schools

In the latest in a series of columns from different perspectives in the community, Catalyst shares some thoughts from a teacher on the behavior of students and what are called restorative practices in schools.  

Development News Sap collection at the Chippewa Nature Center

Sweeten your weekend with Chippewa Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Day

The Chippewa Nature Center’s Maple Syrup Day invites the community for a sweet day of education and entertainment. The annual event takes place on Saturday, March 16 with a pancake breakfast, family activities, maple syrup demos, tours, and scavenger hunts. 

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Mt. Pleasant pottery studio provides a haven for creativity and relaxation

For about a dozen years, The Painted Turtle has been a haven for creativity and relaxation in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Discover the business’s origins and their plans for what’s next.

Feature Story St. Patrick's Day Parade list

It takes nearly a year to plan the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bay City

The 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off on March 17, but the committee that plans the event began its work late last summer. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to plan the parade.

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New Dimensions and the United Way work together to get people into the workforce

An on-the-job training program, from New Dimensions and the United Way of Bay County, creates benefits for employees and businesses

Feature Story NACD Homes ready for occupancy

Owner-occupied housing is focus of four new homes in Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood

The first four of some 21 homes the Northside Association for Community Development hopes to build in the neighborhood are nearly ready to be offered for sale. 

Feature Story Joe Koliba

5 ways to enjoy the indoors during winter

The winter blues are real. We find five fun indoor spots to connect in Macomb County to beat the cold Michigan months. 

Longform Kate Holcomb and Tajalli Hodge with the WashUp Ministries mobile shower facility at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse.

Food-truck ministry adds free showers at Ypsilanti Warming Center

Ann Arbor-based FedUp Ministries' WashUp program is offering a mobile shower facility with four full baths at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse Mondays through Thursdays.

Longform HART volunteers responding to a fire on North Maple Road in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor nonprofit offers support on the scene for Washtenaw County's emergency repsonders

HART Huron Valley provides food, shelter, water, and many other support services to Washtenaw County's emergency responders.

Feature Story Inventing the Outdoors was originally on exhibit at the Michigan History Center.

The man who opened the U.P. to the world

Webster Marble changed how early 20th century Americans viewed the outdoors. An exhibit honoring his legacy has found a permanent home in Escanaba. “For a region that is working hard to retain and attract talent and to encourage entrepreneurs, Webster Marble reinforces the ‘can do’ U.P. attitude," says Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce,

Feature Story A production of "Matilda" at the Pine Performance Center. Photo: Rachel Bonacorsi

A positive impact on art and culture in the eastern U.P.

The Erickson Center for the Arts serves as an important cultural and education venue in western Mackinac County, drawing regional residents and tourists alike. 

UPHS-Bell ranked among top 100 hospitals

“We’re very pleased to be recognized by Chartis,” said Mitch Leckelt, chief executive officer, UPHS–Bell. “Our top goal is to provide quality, compassionate care to our patients here in the Upper Peninsula—it’s very validating to see on paper what we work so hard for in our community each and every day.”

Enrollment up again at Northern Michigan University

"Most of the enrollment increases are coming from our graduate education and our Global Campus offerings, which are both seeing significant growth in the last year,” said Jason Nicholas, assistant provost and director for Institutional Effectiveness at Northern Michigan University.