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Longform Ariane Donnelly, Anne Davis, and Tanya Andrews at the Prescription for Health booth at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market. Prescription for Health is Washtenaw County's produce prescription program.

Prescriptions for fresh produce grow in Michigan through collaboration and new funding

Efforts are underway to better coordinate efforts between produce prescription programs and to create more standardized funding mechanisms for them.

Feature Story Jazmyn Vitro (left) Kanye Cole (right) enjoy a date for two in front of the new sculpture at Thomas Edison Parkway.

Swanky Spreads offers a unique spin on the classic summer picnic

Port Huron resident and entrepreneur Valerie Kelley has taken the love of her family outings and transformed them into a thriving business.

Feature Story Dawn Mitchell playing at Sanborn Park where the 2024 Robinson Tennis Tournament will be held

Game, Set, Match! The Francis J. Robinson Tennis Tournament returns for 67th year

The longest-running tennis tournament in the Blue Water Area returns on July 30. The Francis J. Robinson Tennis Tournament expects to draw more than 200 athletes.  

Feature Story King's Kid Christian Daycare staff members Adrian Robinson, left, Lolita Granger, center and Tamara Jones laugh Wednesday, July 17, 2024, as they play with toys in one of the classrooms in the Detroit child care center.

MiLEAP fund provides essential equipment, upgrades for child care facilities

Quality child care is necessary, but not always available or affordable. The MiLEAP Caring for MI Future: Facilities Improvement Fund has launched a $59 million fund to provide new and expanding home-based and center-based facilities across the state.   

Feature Story Marko Tomko.

Exploring what hides beneath the St. Clair River with Marko Tomko

The blue water area contains a rich history that can be studied by diving the St. Clair River. Marko Tomko, an avid diver, has been exploring the river's past for over 30 years and talks about his dives and the historic treasures he found there.

Feature Story Mike Bica waiting on the number five bus on Pine Grove Avenue.

Blue Water Area Transit upgrades bus shelters, providing safety and modern-look to Port Huron

Blue Water Area Transit is upgrading its system with new shelters for riders around the city. The improvements have been well received by local riders who depend on the transit system.

Feature Story Rosco the clown entertains children during the 2023 Yale Bologna Festival.

Celebrating small-town pride, Yale Bologna Festival returns for 34th year

A staple in the Blue Water Area for over three decades, the Yale Bologna Festival is set to return later this month.

Partner Content Gipson Family.

Kind Human 4 Human Kind awarded $18,500 grant

Giving back is nothing new to the Gipson family, but last fall they turned their passion for helping others into the nonprofit Kind Human 4 Human Kind and recently received a $18,500 grant from the Community Foundation to help with their mission.

Feature Story Harold Powell, Community Correspondent for The Keel.

Q&A: The journey of Community Correspondent Harold Powell

Harold Powell has become a local figure through his role as a Community Correspondent for The Keel. His journey reflects a profound love for his community and commitment to sharing its stories.

Feature Story Michigan Health and Hospital Association represents all community hospitals in the state.

How public health collaborations with hospitals benefit Michigan's communities

Yours, Mine and Ours — Public Health spoke with Lauren LaPine, Michigan Health and Hospital Association senior director of legislative and public policy about how various public health agencies and programs collaborate with hospitals across the state.  

Feature Story The Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in Port Huron.

Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in Port Huron provides local job opportunities

Port Huron officials are reacquainting their community with the city's industrial hub while they give it a long-awaited rebrand.

Feature Story A sign at the start of the Michigan Nature Association trail reads "Leave nothing but your footsteps. Take nothing but inspiration"

Looking to stay active outdoors? Here are 4 local spots in St. Clair County

The summer can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors. In St. Clair County, there are many local spots for the community to enjoy activities like walking, bike riding, fishing, swimming, mushroom foraging, and more. 

Feature Story A participant on tractor at last years Berville Festival's Tractor Pull Competition.

Start your tractors at this years Berville Festival

The Berville Festival, hosted by the Berville Lions Club is celebrating its 45 years on July 13 and 14. They have capitalized on the county residents' love of tractors and the Lions raise money yearly for their important causes while bringing the community together.

Partner Content Jack Besgrove, pitcher for the Australia men's national softball team.

Blue Water Fast Pitch tournament brings international flavor to Port Huron

Sports fans watch out as the Blue Water Fast Pitch tournament brings some of the best-ranked softball teams and players worldwide on June 28-30 in Pine Grove Park.

Longform The Inclusive Health Care Taskforce hosted an information and resource fair on June 13.

Michigan coalition works to address health disparities for older adults

A broad coalition of Michigan organizations has come together to address health disparities that affect Michigan's rapidly growing population of older adults.

Partner Content OUCARES day camps create a space where autistic kids don’t feel judged, gain some independence from parents, and interact with peers.

Summertime is “a time of possibilities” and challenges for autistic kids and adults

Summer break creates opportunities for fun and family adventures along with the challenges of changing routines.

Partner Content Historic Trolley at the Downtown Transit Center in Port Huron.

Blue Water Area transit’s historic summer trolley on the road again

Blue Water Area Transit's 40th season of providing seasonal fixed-route service on its narrated historic trolley. Explore the historical background and current details on the trolley service area, times, and cost, where to board the trolley, and where to find and get more information on the trolley service.

Feature Story (Left to right) Jason Stier, SCAA Vice President, Cathy Ingles, SCAA Office Manager, and Dave Fry, SCAA President.

“There will be something for everyone” at St. Clair’s Art Fair this weekend

This year marks the St. Clair Art Association’s 53rd annual Art Fair featuring unique handmade crafts from 150 talented artists, displaying items at Palmer Park, Riverview Plaza, and the Alice W. Moore Center for the Arts.

Longform Molly Brouwer, infant and family specialist; Bethany Vukusic, Maternal Infant Health Program team su

How public health cares for Michigan's infants and new parents

Michigan’s state and local public health systems make great efforts to ensure that expectant mothers and infants get the best start possible.

Feature Story Display of flowers at Palmer Park done by the St. Clair Garden Club.

St. Clair Garden Club adds charm to the city through floral landscaping

The city of St. Clair is well known for its beautiful landscaping and it is their very own garden club members who are the behind-the-scenes artists investing their time to beautify their beloved town.