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Feature Story The Cadillac House Inn & Tavern, which dates back to 1860, is one of the most prominent landmarks in the Village of Lexington which is known for its historic, small-town charm.

A Master PlanVillage of Lexington looks to attract year-long residents with historic, coastal-town charm

In the 2020 Master Plan, the Village of Lexington looks to capitalize on what makes the region unique, while also taking into consideration the future of the community with plans to create more housing, increase walkability, and much more.

Feature Story The Wrigley Center and lofts are located at 318 Grand River Ave. in downtown Port Huron.

Wrigley Center brings more housing and entertainment opportunities in downtown Port Huron

“They’re beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments with a prime location in the heart of downtown, so not only will tenants be close to what’s going on at the Wrigley Center, but to all of the other attractions and stores located downtown as well,” says Korissa Kramer, Partner/Associate Broker for Kramer Realty.

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Merrytime Christmas brings holiday festivities to downtown Marine City

This Saturday, Dec. 3, downtown Marine City will be host to its 6th annual Merrytime Christmas. Downtown businesses are looking forward to the community-wide celebration which draws hundreds of visitors each year.

Feature Story Youth program participants work with Friends of the St. Clair River.

Michigan Works! programs offers employment support and career exploration for young job seekers

For first-time workers, looking for employment can prove to be a difficult task, but Michigan Works! offers several programs helping youth in foster care and young professionals discover new careers and obtain job training.

Development News The new StoryWalk at Marysville City Park was unveiled on Oct. 21, 2022 and will feature new stories each month for young readers to explore.

StoryWalk comes to Marysville creating new opportunities for reading and recreation

Supporting efforts to increase childhood literacy, a StoryWalk was recently installed at Marysville City Park offering a fun and interactive way for children and families to experience reading and recreation.

Partner Content “The McLaren Port Huron Foundation’s focus this holiday season is about giving back,” says Sara Tait, Director of the McLaren Port Huron Foundation. Pictured here is a snippet of last year’s display.

‘It’s about giving back’: The 34th annual Festival of Trees returns to Port Huron

“The McLaren Port Huron Foundation’s focus this holiday season is about giving back; to the community through the free family holiday movie matinee, our employees by offering all decorated trees to them in a free drawing, and to our yearly donor club members by celebrating their commitment at a donor appreciation event,” says Sara Tait, Director of the McLaren Port Huron Foundation.

Feature Story Dennis Delor was appointed in September as the new Director of St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission.

St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission welcomes new Director, Dennis Delor

“I’m big about opportunities for everybody in the community,” Delor says. “People have different outdoor activities that they like, so once we know what those interests are, we can develop our parks around what our constituents and users want, creating a more diverse park.”

Development News Churrasco is one of the menu items at Doña Marina’s, a new eatery in downtown Port Huron.

Central American cuisine makes waves in the Blue Water Area

“My inspiration was, and has always been, my grandmother and loving the food she cooked,” says Heather Fagan, owner of Doña Marina’s which recently opened in Port Huron.

Feature Story Teagan Georgia poses for a photo beside her mural in downtown St. Clair.

St. Clair County youth contribute to environmental art initiative about stormwater pollutionMeet the artists: Teagan Georgia and Grace Lucille Mason

Teagan Georgia and Grace Lucille Mason are two of several youth artists whose artwork through an initiative led by Friends of the St. Clair River is helping to increase awareness of stormwater pollution in our waterways.

Feature Story Workers at McCallum's Orchard & Cider Mill pose for a photo outside the storefront.

McCallum’s Orchard & Cider Mill celebrates 90 years serving Michigan’s Thumb Coast

McCallum’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Jeddo offers more than the traditional cider and donuts, continuing a nearly century-long legacy of providing seasonal fun in the Blue Water Area.

Feature Story Cassie Harms, 25, is the owner of Cassie Harms Designs in St. Clair, Michigan.

Quilting success leads young professional and St. Clair business owner to international recognition

St. Clair businesswoman Cassie Harms turned away from a career in accounting to pursue her passion for designing and creating quilts. Today, her work has received international recognition.

Feature Story Penny Roskey and Remi, the inspiration behind Roskey's children's book "The Reminator 2 and B-Yond."

Local children’s book author finds inspiration close to home

“At school I spent most of my time reading and I’ve always loved children's books, so when Remi came along it really inspired me,” says Penny Roskey, author of “The Reminator 2 And B-Yond.”

Development News Halloween in the 'Nac, 2019.

Spooky season bring eerie fun to the Blue Water Area

The Blue Water Area is host to plenty of events this year offering spooky fun for everyone this Halloween.

Feature Story (From left) Maggie Toole, Thelma Castillo, and Heather Fagan participated at the inaugural Hispanic American Heritage Celebration held by St. Clair County Community College.

Local speakers share culture and experience at first-ever Hispanic American Heritage Celebration

“The way to get rid of discrimination and ignorance is through education and sharing our experiences with others who may not be aware of certain aspects of our culture,” says Thelma Castillo, Hispanic American Heritage Celebration moderator.

Feature Story Minority Philanthropy Initiative 2022 — Port Huron Old Newsboys

Port Huron Old Newsboys, other nonprofits receive grants at Community Foundation multicultural event

Several local nonprofits received grants to support their services during the second-ever Minority Philanthropy Initiative, including Port Huron Old Newsboys giving a boost to its efforts to help local youth stay warm this winter.

Feature Story Established in 1836, Murphy Inn is located at 505 Clinton Ave. in St Clair, Michigan.

Murphy Inn resident ghosts make it a top haunting in Michigan’s Thumb Coast

Established in 1836, Murphy Inn in St. Clair is reported to be the home to several spirits — and not of the vodka or gin variety.

Partner Content (From left) SCCCMH nurses Lauren Higgins, Melissa Nicholson, and Mary Croteau, prepare for a vaccination clinic. Offering vaccination clinics on-site with nursing staff works to eliminate barriers to care for some individuals receiving CMH services.

What is integrated healthcare and why is it important?

St. Clair County Community Mental Health shares insight into the benefits of integrated healthcare and how it can better connect mental and physical health to provide patients with more comprehensive care.

Development News Port Huron has already broken ground on the PlayABLE park project. Several accessible structures will soon be added to Gratiot Park, with projected completion in April 2023.

PlayABLE Walk and Roll to bring disability-friendly play to Port Huron’s Gratiot Park this spring

The Port Huron Parks and Recreation Department is working to make Gratiot Park playable for everyone with the addition of several new disability-accessible structures.

Partner Content Volunteers help participants at an accessible kayak launch.

Fort Gratiot Township works to make parks and recreation accessible for all

Fort Gratiot Township has a wide range of parks, trails, and recreation opportunities within the community. From the region’s waterways, bike paths, and, playgrounds, the township is focused on ensuring recreational opportunities are accessible for all.

Feature Story Guests pose for a photo at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron during the Minority Philanthropy Initiative giving circle event in 2021.

Upcoming Minority Philanthropy Initiative a celebration of culture, community, and giving

The Minority Philanthropy Initiative returns to the Blue Water Area this month, a multicultural celebration with community and philanthropy at its heart.