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New bar: Mott's Place offers live music, Michigan beers on Saginaw's Michigan Avenue

Saginaw has a new venue for music, as a new bar downtown opens.

Excerpt: Geoff Mott spent the past two months pouring time and effort into Saginaw's newest bar, which is also his namesake.

Mott's Place, 417 S. Michigan, opens Friday, April 25. Those who visit the Saginaw watering hole will find what Mott refers to as a "low-key place to see live music."

For the whole story go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Local dog park nears construction, expects to bring people to Mount Pleasant

A community-funded dog park is coming to Mount Pleasant this year, a key component in making the community attractive to young professionals.

Excerpt: With more than 90 percent of their goal reached this spring, Friends of the Dog Park could see a completed park by the fall.

There are only four fundraisers left to reach the goal of $39,188 set for the nonprofit by Mount Pleasant and Union Township. 

The whole story is online here.

Source: CM Life

The 10 Most Diverse Places In Michigan

Midland ranks as one of the most diverse places in Michigan on this list mined from population data.

Excerpt: With this in mind, the Movoto Real Estate Blog set out to create a new kind of data-driven ranking that looks at how diverse the largest places within a state are. For our first stop, we decided to focus on Michigan, a state that has long embraced and relied on its diverse populace.

The whole list can be found here.

Source: Movoto.com

10 ways to get moving and focus on fitness in Saginaw County

Spring is here, and with it comes time to get up, get active, and get some winter weight off or finally get that exercise routine in place. There are lots of ways to stay healthy in mid-Michigan.
 
Excerpt: Saginaw County is one of the most unhealthy places in Michigan when it comes to diet and exercise, according to a new study. But healthy options are available, if you know where to look.
 
Here are 10 ways to get moving, eat healthy and focus on fitness in Saginaw County.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Two Flint streets to be rebuilt

A new manufacturer moving into Flint is good news in the first place, but some more good news is coming with it; two local streets are getting upgrades to handle the heavier traffic.
 
Excerpt: Two city streets that will carry traffic to and from a new pipe manufacturing facility will be rebuilt with a $2.3 million grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
 
Stewart Avenue from Dort Highway to James P. Cole Boulevard, and Andrew Street, from Stewart to Wagner avenues, will be reconstructed to handle heavier loads, extending the life of the streets and to accommodate employee and commercial traffic, MDOT said in a news release.
 
For the whole story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

High school team wins SVSU innovation competition

A team of Dow High School students won a recent innovation award for their plan for microbial fuel cells as an alternative energy source.
 
Excerpt: If Saturday is any indication, Dow High students Catherine Haslam, Varun Shanker, Vikram Shanker, Blair Subbaraman and Austen Zhu are on the road to turning the world into a better place.
 
Their project, "Microbial Fuel Cell," which takes microbial fuel cells as a source of renewable energy and reduces utility costs, earned first place at the inaugural A.H. Nickless Innovation Competition on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University.
 
For the rest of the article, click here.
 
Source: OurMidland.com
 

Return of STEM festival helps boost mid-Michigan

Science projects were always the most fun projects when you were a kid, and a regional festival is bringing back that fun to science and math.
 
Excerpt: An announcement in Monday’s Midland Daily News that The Dow Chemical Co. will again sponsor the Great Lakes Bay Regional Science and Engineering Festival at Delta College was good news for students, their parents, area businesses and more.
 
The first festival last fall brought thousands of people to Delta to learn more about STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — and to do so in a fun, yet educational manner. 
 
The rest of the story is online here.
 
Source: OurMidland.com
 

Inside the new Flint farmer's market

A farmer's market is a place that sustains and encourages local food, and the new Flint Farmers Market is going to be doing that in more than one way.
 
Excerpt: The new location of the Flint Farmers Market isn't just going to be a place to go shopping, officials say. It will be a place to launch a business.
 
The market, currently under construction and set to open sometime in May, will include two commercial kitchens that can be rented to pretty much anyone.
 
For more on the story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Mid-Michigan cities to participate in redevelopment program

Midland, Saginaw, and Flint are among the Michigan cities to be assessed for redevelopment through the MEDC in the coming year. What that could mean is increased local investment, among other things.
 
Excerpt: The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced the 2014 round of communities to be selected for participation in the statewide Redevelopment Ready Communities® (RRC) program. RRC is a voluntary, no cost program that assists local municipalities in establishing a sound foundation for redevelopment and investment to occur in their communities.

More on what's next is online here.
 
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation
 

Bay City makes list of buildings to fight blight

Bay City officials have identified a list of about 80 buildings that can be considered blighted within the city. Now, the question is what will be done about them.
 
Excerpt: Today, various groups and individuals have big ideas on how to deal with blight and dangerous buildings in the city.
 
Some, like Sibley, say demolish as many homes as possible by obtaining grants. Others say repairs and restoration is the smarter route. At least one commissioner has called for a dedicated blight task force. 
 
For the rest of the story, click here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

CMU student's first film will premiere in Mt. Pleasant

A local filmmaker will be premiering his first full-length movie this week in Mt. Pleasant, showing what's possible through pursuing his dreams.
 
Excerpt: Grant Pichla has finished his directorial debut before he’s even finished his second college degree.
 
Pichla, a Central Michigan University graduate student, will premiere his directorial debut Niner this weekend in Mt. Pleasant.
 
For the rest of the story, read more here.
 
Source: The Morning Sun
 

Bay City Times shows 60 years of St. Patrick's Day in photos

St. Patrick's Day is marked by parades all over the country, and celebrations too. In Bay City, the newspaper has put together a historic look back at what some of those have looked like.
 
Excerpt: This year marks the 60th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bay City. Started in 1955, the parade has become a much-anticipated annual tradition celebrated each year by tens of thousands of people. Over the years, the parade has featured a handful of special appearances and happenings. 
 
The whole photo essay is online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Autism advocate Temple Grandin to speak at CMU

Temple Grandin has inspired people with disabilities all over the world to be themselves and find things that they can succeed at, and she'll speak at CMU this week.
 
Excerpt: Autistic author and professor Temple Grandin is coming to speak at Central Michigan University.
 
Grandin, who wrote the best-selling book "The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's," will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Finch Fieldhouse on Franklin Street.
 
For the whole story, click here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Chemical Bank and Northwestern Bank strike deal

Two of the main community banks in mid-Michigan are becoming one, as Chemical Bank and Northwestern Bank partner under the umbrella of Chemical Bank.
 
Excerpt: Midland-based Chemical Financial Corp., the holding company for Chemical Bank, is partnering with Northwestern Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Northwestern Bank, in an all-cash transaction valued at $120 million.
 
The whole story is online here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Book tells story of jazz music in Saginaw

A Saginaw jazz fan and musician is putting together a book on the history of jazz in Saginaw--a star-studded one at that--with the help of some crowdfunding.
 
Excerpt: Fred Reif started documenting Saginaw's long, yet mostly unknown, history with jazz music in 1972.
 
"Back then, at the record store a lot of these musicians would come in," Reif said. "We started talking and they were saying, 'Hey, I used to play around Saginaw a lot.'"
 
For more on this story, go here.
 
Source: Mlive.com
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