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City of Midland calls for best photos of city for calendar

Midland is seeking great photos of the city for the upcoming 2015 calendar, so if you've got that perfect shot of some place in Midland, now's the time to submit it.

Excerpt: If you have captured a photo that's uniquely Midland, the city would like to see it. 

The deadline to submit photographs for the city of Midland's annual calendar photo contest is Friday, Sept. 19.

The 2015 city calendar and services guide will include pictures of the city of Midland.

For more about the contest, click here

Source: Mlive.com

Frankenmuth restaurant launches new cookbook

The Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth is one of the most well-known landmarks in mid-Michigan, and if their food is what brings you back, there's a new cookbook out that reveals some of the favorite recipes. 

Excerpt: In a much-anticipated reprise of her successful 2011 "Come Cook With Me" collection of recipes, wisdom, and stories comes Bavarian Inn 92-year-old matriarch Dorothy Zehnder's newest tome, "From My Kitchen to Yours."  Featuring 195 hand-picked, family-favorite recipes from her vast 1,000-plus personal collection, this 196-page edition features more recipes, kitchen tips and memories from both her home and the restaurant.

For the whole press release, go here

Source: PR Newswire

Mt. Pleasant hunter invents new arrow attachment

A mid-Michigan entrepreneur has invented a new addition to bow hunting that has the potential to reduce game loss and speed up kills.

Excerpt: Saying Mt. Pleasant’ Ron McIvor is passionate about hunting would probably be an understatement.

The Midland native has been bow hunting all his life, and he knows the joy and the loss that comes with the sport.

More on the entrepreneur's story is online here.

Source: The Morning Sun

Saginaw Old Town buildings to be rehabbed

Saginaw Old Town is getting more interest from developers lately, including a recently announced new project.

Excerpt: Three historic buildings in the center of Saginaw's Old Town are about to get a facelift.

An Ann Arbor developer told Saginaw City Council on Aug. 11 that the project will feature newly-renovated apartments and retail space on a major Saginaw intersection.

The whole story can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com

Saginaw father and daughter make viral video

Saginaw's Ricky and Kayliyah Weems are a YouTube hit for their father-daughter project, which is showing up all over the Internet.

Excerpt: Ricky Weems and his 10-year-old daughter are receiving attention from around the globe.

The father-daughter duo has gained the attention after posting a video of their original rap "Kickin' It With My Daddy" on YouTube.

For more of their story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Bay City prepares to welcome immigrant children

Unaccompanied immigrant children might be a big political talking point right now, but Bay City folks are just focusing on how to help those who will be living in the area soon.

Excerpt: Volunteers in central Michigan are rallying to provide blankets and other supplies to unaccompanied children who crossed into the U.S. at the Mexican border.

Dozens of people gathered in Messiah Lutheran Church on Wednesday night to make fleece blankets for 24 immigrant children, the Bay City Times reported.

The full story is online here.

Source: Washington Times

Mid-Michigan school tries out year-round schedule

School year-round? It might not be as bad of an idea as it sounds, at least in educational terms. Not so sure about getting up that early all year, though.

Excerpt: Everyone seems to be loving it. The superintendent said the Beecher school district has long been known for athletic achievement and now it's also known for its so-called year-round school program. There are the same number of instruction days and the same number of vacation days as they're used to.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: WNEM

Midland choirs shine on international stage

An international competition gave some local singers a chance to travel Europe and even come home with an award.

Excerpt: Center Stage Choirs of Midland Center for the Arts was awarded The Silver Diploma Award recently at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. The choir won the award in the "Mixed Chamber Choir" category. Joining 34 singers from Center Stage Choirs' Chorale and Camerata were singers from the Great Lakes Bay Region.

The whole news release is here.

Source: PRNewswire.com

Closed Kmart to become storage, shipping facility

Not every aging strip mall or closed department store has a happy ending, but a Kmart in Saginaw Township will, as it's been bought by a company with plans to renovate and use the property.

Excerpt: A company plans to convert a shuttered Kmart store in Saginaw Township into an indoor, climate-controlled self-storage facility, with secured boat and RV storage located behind the building.

Los Angeles-based DealPoint Merrill, a subsidiary of The Merrill Group of Companies, which is a real estate development and property management firm, has purchased the former Kmart store and vacant plaza on Bay Road.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Uptown Bay City opens for business

New job, new location, new lunch spot. At least, that's what downtown Bay City businesses are hoping for with the new Uptown Bay City development opening.

Excerpt: A new chapter for Bay City begins this morning when hundreds of employees from Dow Corning Corp. begin working in their new offices at Uptown Bay City.

Signs are posted around town welcoming the Dow Corning employees, and hoping for their business.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

American Idol tour will have local ties

If you're an American Idol fan, you might already know that several of the finalists this year have Michigan ties, including two who are coming to the area on the American Idol Live Tour who have family in mid-Michigan.

Excerpt: As the American Idol Live Tour edges forward, bringing winner Caleb Johnson and eight of the remaining finalists on Thursday, Aug. 7, to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto is leaving critics floored.

More on the tour can be found here.

Source: Mlive.com

Michigan's top execs talk about how to innovate

Several CEOs in Michigan got together to talk innovation, and among them was Dow Chemical exec Bill Weideman.

Excerpt: Innovation is a constant, every-day target and the key to future growth in a global economy, say the top executives of seven large companies with significant Michigan operations.

"I think the current life-cycle of companies is five years," Jeff Fettig, chairman and chief executive officer of major home appliance maker Whirlpool Corp., said. "If you don't reinvent yourself every five years, you run the risk of being extinct."

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Old Saginaw City Lawn Chair Film Festival turns to Kickstarter for support

The Old Saginaw City Lawn Chair Film Festival is expecting a big crowd this year for its headliner film, an outdoor showing of "The Big Lebowski," but it looks like it'll need some financial support from its fans to make that happen.

Excerpt: Now in its 13th year, the festival is turning to Kickstarter to try to raise $20,000 by 2 p.m. Aug. 22 for the purchase of a new screen, projector and sound system.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Fix It Bay City app gets fixed, itself

The idea for an app that lets you notify the city about problems like potholes and streetlights is a great one, and it's being improved upon with a new update in Bay City's version of such an app.

Excerpt: The app, which allows residents to submit and monitor complaints about potholes, blighted properties and burnt out streetlights, was updated on Friday, July 11, with a new user interface, streamlined request submission workflow and better overall functionality.

For more of the article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

CMU launches Food Truck Friday event

In bigger cities, a gathering of food trucks is often the perfect spot for lunch or late-night snack. In Mt. Pleasant, it's a new thing hosted by a CMU organization to boost local entrepreneurs and serve up tasty lunch options at the same time.

Excerpt: Central Michigan University Research Corporation, an on-campus organization devoted to helping small businesses, hosted its second “Food Truck Friday,” event Friday.

Three different local vendors capitalized on the opportunity which Elissa Richmond-Gagne, marketing and public relations director for CMU called exciting.

More on the story can be found here.

Source: CM Life
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