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Bay City gets Riverwalk grant

A local foundation is putting its money where its mouth is, as the McGillivray Saginaw River improvement fund gave a chunk to Bay City to improve the Riverwalk along the very same river.

Excerpt: Bay City officials secured about $70,000 in grant money this week to build a new section of Riverwalk connecting downtown Bay City to the new Uptown Bay City development.

Representatives from the Bay Area Community Foundation presented a check for $69,558 at a Bay City Commission meeting on Monday, June 16, from the Ronald K. and Greta A. McGillivray Saginaw River Improvement Fund. 

The entire article is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Malt Shop in Mt. Pleasant has new owners

The Malt Shop in Mount Pleasant holds memories for several generations of CMU students, and those will be honored in a new renovation of the old favorite, now under new ownership.

Excerpt: As of 10 a.m. Monday, brothers Tim and Jim Otteman became owners of the Malt Shop, located just north of the CMU campus at 1088 S. University St., and are currently remodeling the business.

Plans call for a few weeks of renovations, including repainting the interior in maroon and gold, putting up vintage CMU-related photographs that ran in local newspapers, like the Majerle basketball era, when the school attained NCAA Division I status, when the football team defeated Michigan State University and other historic happenings.

The whole story is online here.

Source: The Morning Sun

Bicycle advocates gain ground in mid-Michigan

A recent opinion column in the Lansing State Journal explores efforts to boost bicycling and its culture across mid-Michigan.

Excerpt: A couple years ago, we became the first advocacy committee for the Tri-County Bicycle Association, which is one of the oldest and largest bike clubs in Michigan and the country.

This committee has organized and overseen community bike events like the upcoming Greater Lansing Ride of Silence and valet bike parking services (now handled by Mid-MEAC). 

For the whole column, click here.

Source: Lansing State Journal

Midland photographer publishes book

A Midland wedding expert and photographer is branching out into publishing, with a book on photography with the aim of helping others succeed in business. 

Excerpt: Midland-native Dean Titus III wanted to help other entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of becoming professional photographers just like him, so he wrote a book to guide them called "Home Based Photography." The book was published on May 6 through CreateSpace, an independent publishing platform by Amazon. 

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Midland Area Chamber of Commerce

Mt. Pleasant farmer's market celebrates 40 years

Farmers' markets are far more common now than they were 40 years ago, when the Mount Pleasant market opened. 

Excerpt: For 40 years, the Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market has given an avenue for local farmers to sell fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables to eager residents.

The Farmers' Market opens at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday in Island Park. As an important support network for area farmers, the market promotes nutritious lifestyles and organic alternatives to juggernaut grocery chains.

The whole article can be found here.

Source: Central Michigan Life

Bay City business owner starts new career with opening of new store

From IT to furniture design? Well, it's working for SuperChic Designs owner Victoria Trischler, according to this neat profile on the new store in Bay City.

Excerpt: For 30 years, Victoria Trischler worked as a computer specialist, but she always had an eye for design and a creative spark. 

Earlier this year, she left her job at Saginaw's St. Mary's Hospital, where she worked as an information specialist, and on May 3 she opened SuperChic Designs at 108 Third St. in downtown Bay City where she refurbishes vintage furniture and sells her one-of-a-kind pieces.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Church will renovate old Saginaw school into community center

The Fuerbringer elementary school in Saginaw will soon see new life as an new community church effort gets underway, thanks to Crosspoint Chapel. 

Excerpt: Rusty chairs and desks that haven't been used for seven years are piled up in the main hallway, but it's not going to stay that way for long.

Rob Troutman, pastor at Saginaw Township-base Crosspoint Chapel, helped lead a two-year initiative for the church to buy the Fuerbringer building in November 2013.

For the rest of the story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Neil Degrasse Tyson to visit Alma

The show Cosmos is becoming a favorite among kids and adults alike for its populist lessons on science, and its host Nei Degrasse Tyson will be coming to mid-Michigan to speak.

Excerpt: National science communicator and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the popular host of the television series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, will speak at Alma College this fall.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Alma College

Entrepreneur expo returns to Midland

The "Big Leagues" entrepreneurial expo will be hosted in Midland again this year, with a line up of guests, startups and leaders that should have something for any mid-Micchigan businessperson to learn from.

Excerpt: The sixth annual Heading For the Big Leagues Entrepreneur Expo is returning to Midland's Dow Diamond Thursday, May 29.

The expo, sponsored by the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center, brings together regional innovators, start-ups, community leaders and business leaders, according to a Dow Diamond news release.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Farm-to-table restaurant in Saginaw has successful Kickstarter

A new farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Saginaw is opening, with some innovative funding from Kickstarter.

Excerpt: Last year, Saginaw residents Scott and Lisa Kelly announced plans to open a farm-to-table restaurant called Bradley's Bistro in downtown Saginaw.

Bradley's Bistro — named for the moniker they gave to a fox spotted during a family trip on the west side of the state — is opening at 216 Federal.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Midland golf course makes transition to nature trails

A former, closed-down golf course along the Saginaw River is now becoming part of the greening of the city, as it will become connected to nature trails with the help of wildlife groups.

Excerpt: The former Germania Golf Course, adjacent to a hard-pressed residential Saginaw neighborhood, was acquired by The Nature Conservancy through a gift from The Dow Chemical Co. and transferred to the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Midland Daily News

Northwood University alum featured in 20 under 20 list from Crain's

A recent list of Detroit's best and brightest young professionals includes a Northwood University graduate.

Excerpt: Michelle Srbinovich has put WDET 101.9 FM's digital fundraising and marketing efforts into hyperdrive since joining the Wayne State University public radio station in December 2009.

Her efforts over the past four years have earned her promotions, and in August, she was named the station's interim co-general manager along with talk show host Craig Fahle.

For the whole story, go here.    

Source: Northwood University

Longhorn Steakhouse site approved in Saginaw Township

Saginaw Township grows by the year, and the latest addition is a new Longhorn Steakhouse.

Excerpt: The Saginaw Township Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 7, approved a site plan for a new LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant.

"Welcome to Saginaw Township," Planning Commission Chairman Peter W. Brucker said after the motion carried.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Mt. Pleasant man's burger recipe makes it to Fenway Park menu

A burger designed by a local Red Sox fan won a contest to come up with a new stadium menu item.

Excerpt: Joe Garrison has been a Boston Red Sox fan for 15 years, but the Mount Pleasant resident had never made it to Fenway Park for a game.

That all changed in May for Garrison, Central Michigan University associate director of financial planning and budgets, thanks to a hamburger he created.

The rest of the story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Uptown progress moves ahead with contract award on Bay City's Riverwalk

The Uptown development project in Bay City is getting itself connected to the city's Riverwalk with the latest in construction underway.

Excerpt: Work is set to begin in earnest to construct a new section of Riverwalk, as well as a plaza and day dock area, at the Uptown Bay City construction site.

The Bay City Commission on Monday, May 5, voted 8-1 to award a $2.4 million contract to Buena Vista-based Rohde Bros. Excavating Inc. for the project, which also includes various sidewalks, landscaping and electrical work along the east shoreline of the Saginaw River.

The complete article can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com
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