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Feature Story Elaina (left) and Tom (right) Turner with Trash the Clown.

Trash the Clown hopes to shift perspectives and spread kindness by cleaning up Port Huron

A colorful character, Trash the Clown, is out on a mission to spread kindness, inspire compassion, and shift perspectives. This volunteer community trash crusader fills bags of discarded items throughout the Port Huron community and invites fellow residents to join the cleanup crew.

Partner Content Intuitive Ion staff using the Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy technology to check a patient.

Robotic biopsy technology saves hundreds of lives at McLaren Port Huron

McLaren Port Huron is one of a few hospitals in the state to utilize robotic-assisted bronchoscopy technology. The use of the innovative tool is helping to diagnose lung cancer earlier, and giving patients better outcomes.

Feature Story Bosco's Bees honey bees.

"Getting Buzzed" Bosco’s Bees discusses the health of pollinators in St. Clair County

St. Clair County is facing a decline in its European honeybee population and native pollinators. Bosco's Bees is a local apiary weathering this crisis and discusses how their farm has dealt with the resulting challenges.

Partner Content McMorran Plaza in downtown Port Huron.

The Community Foundation's economics of placemaking

The downtowns of Port Huron and St. Clair are enjoying the economic impact of recent placemaking projects which lure young people, couples, and families to hang out. 

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

Feature Story Nate Perry, owner of Michigan Honey Hole Fishing holding a King Salmon.

Michigan Honey Hole Fishing provides individualized fishing experience

Lexington resident Nate Perry launched Michigan Honey Hole Fishing in 2022, attracting people from as far as Japan and Australia to glean from his expertise in navigating some of Michigan’s best-known waters in search of all kinds of fish.

Partner Content Clarissa Lademer

The Community Foundation to support veterans through new fund

After receiving donations, the Community Foundation launched the veterans fund to support programs, projects and initiatives that benefit veterans living in St. Clair County.

Longform Robert Sheehan  and colleague, Valerie Jamerson, take a look at the new Tool Kit.

Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

Feature Story Outside of Devine Designs Downtown located at 225 Huron Ave.

Divine Designs Downtown brings affordable fashion to downtown Port Huron

Michele Radle-Seib has been a thriving business owner in the downtown area for over a decade. She ventures out into a new industry to win the hearts of residents and brings a unique and affordable shopping experience for all to enjoy. 

Feature Story Stacy Elliott holding her book Grandfather's Whispers.

Stacy Elliott to publish her first book Grandfather’s Whispers in August

Stacy Elliott, the Grant and Program Manager at the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County talks with The Keel about the process of writing her first published novel and her book launch party set in August.

Feature Story Marysville Community Center is located at 876 E. Huron Blvd.

100 years of community spirit: The history of Marysville

Explore the history of Marysville as the city celebrates its 100-year anniversary on May 10 at Alexander's Premier Banquet Facility. 

Feature Story Clara Garcia at the Port Huron Senior Center Talent Show on February 20, 2024.

Music makes Clara Garcia's feet wiggle

Clara Garcia is an 86-year-old retired nurse and member of the Port Huron Senior Center who loves to dance. She takes exercise classes, hula hoops, and has visited over 30 countries.

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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.  

Partner Content Accommodations can help create a successful visit.

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).

Feature Story Dillon Barr works with students in a classroom, teaching them about how to find to find their path.

Port Huron author turns imagination into reality

Dillon Barr, a Port Huron-based author, uses his passion for comic books to inspire imagination in kids worldwide.  

Feature Story On the right, Bill Bundy at the old Colony Bar in Port Huron between 1958 - 1961. On the left, Bill Bundy rehearsing at the Port Huron Senior Center for the talent show in February 2024.

The music goes on for Bill Bundy

Member of the Port Huron Senior Center, Bill Bundy has played guitar in the Blue Water area since he was 15. 

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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.

Partner Content Chuck Kelly and Donna Niester.

Community Foundation selects Donna Niester & Chuck Kelly for Lifetime Achievement Awards

This upcoming May, The Community Foundation of St. Clair County is honoring Donna Niester and Chuck Kelly with Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

Longform Shelby Coolbaugh, administrative assistant for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (MLTCOP), and Salli Pung, state long term care omubdsman for MLTCOP.

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. 

Feature Story A Beautiful Me — Dress Repurposing

Youth at A Beautiful Me learn new skills, transform former dresses into new creations

At local nonprofit A Beautiful Me, teenage girls are creating new life for dresses not fit for sale through the emerge360 program, helping reduce textile waste while also gaining valuable new skills.