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Homes torn down in Saginaw blight demolitions

Blight funding is paying to tear down nearly a thousand abandoned Saginaw properties over the next year, which should open up space for either new development or green space within the city.

Excerpt: After a bullhorn blast from Saginaw Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Browning, four excavators simultaneously began taking swipes at four empty, dilapidated homes on Saginaw's East Side, marking the beginning of a transition for Saginaw's residential neighborhoods.
    
For more of the story, read on here.

Source: Mlive.com

Saginaw goalie signs with Red Wings

A familiar face to Saginaw hockey fans will be even more familiar soon. Saginaw Spirit goalie Jake Paterson got good news this week as the Detroit Red Wings signed him for the next three years.

Excerpt: Jake Paterson has officially secured his hockey future for the next few years after the Detroit Red Wings announced that the franchise has agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract with the Saginaw Spirit goalie.

Paterson has his entire Ontario Hockey League career with the Saginaw Spirit, and the 19-year old has drawn rave reviews since taking over as the starting netminder in the 2011-12 season.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Midland band wins title of best unsigned band in state

A Midland band, Polychromic, earned recognition statewide this month, so hopefully you can expect to see a lot more of them in the future.

Excerpt: Polychromic won the title of "Michigan's Best Unsigned Band," through popular vote, during the ISMA's Third Annual Space Monkey Jam & Gorilla Warfare: The ISMA Circuit Finals, held Sept. 14.

Polychromic, formed in April 2013, is an original hard rock band hailing from Midland.

For the whole article, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

Mlive reporter tours mid-Michigan breweries

A reporter for statewide outlet Mlive is on an ongoing quest to find Michigan's best brewery, so of course he had several stops to make in the Great Lakes Bay region.

Excerpt: The vocabulary got a bit technical with terms like "smokey," "malt complexity" and "hoppy" flying around the table.

But at the end of the day on Saturday, Sept. 21, "beer" was really the only word that mattered as Mlive's John "Gonzo" Gonzalez and beer expert Amy Sherman continued the search for Michigan's Best Brewery with stops in Midland, Bay City and Frankenmuth.

The whole report is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Michigan Recital Project started by Saginaw native

For fans of classical music, mid-Michigan is a good place to be, and even more so with the start of a new project from a Saginaw native.
 
Excerpt: Emily Marvosh might call Boston home these days, but the Valley Lutheran High School grad is well grounded in her hometown.
 
…in early October, Marvosh and a few friends return with the Michigan Recital Project, a vocal chamber group that explores music inspired by their home state.
 
More of the story is available here.
 
Source: Mlive.com

Tri-City Brewing Co. gets named favorite

As part of Mlive's Michigan's Best Brewery event, Tri-City Brewing has been named the best brewery in Bay County. The list of best breweries is expanding as each region is surveyed--check the story below for links to more.

Excerpt: It's official: The place to get craft beer in Bay County and surrounding areas is Tri-City Brewing Co.

More than 400 readers participated in a poll over the last week to pick their favorite brewery. Tri-City Brewing Co. received 280 votes.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Mlive.com

The top 5 things to do this weekend in Saginaw

Summer's end doesn't mean the end of all the weekend fun; in fact, fall in Saginaw is pretty swinging, with beer, music and festivals slated throughout the month. Here's a rundown of what not to miss.

Excerpt: The celebration of harvest is also a celebration of beer and German traditional music at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest, the only Oktoberfest sanctioned by Munich.

All that and more await those who are looking for a fun time this week in the Saginaw area. Here's a list of some of the top attractions.

The whole list can be found here.

Source: Mlive

Mt. Pleasant father and son build popcorn company

Entrepreneurial thinking apparently runs in the family for a mid-Michigan father and son who have created a new popcorn product now being sold in local movie theaters.

Excerpt: A father-son duo from Mount Pleasant is looking to shake up the movie-going experience with their new invention.

Mid-Michigan Community College student and entrepreneur Justin Kovtiz, 22, along with his father, Ray, created the Shake N’ Share, a domed lid for 70 oz. popcorn buckets sold at cinema concession stands.

The whole story is online here.

Source: CMLife.com

Hot air balloon festival decorates Midland

Hot air balloons just have a special magic, one that's leaving its mark on Midland this week.

Excerpt: On Thursday evening, hot air balloon baskets lined Main Street with pilots firing up their propane burners for the Main Street Glow. The event kicks off the 23th annual RE/MAX of Midland Balloon Festival.

The festival continues at the Midland County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13–15.

For the whole article, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Food Court Wars winner opens doors at Midland mall

If you're a Food Network watcher, you might already know that Midland has a new restaurant in the Midland Mall food court, Chip-n-Wich. It's now open after its founders won the show "Food Court Wars."

Excerpt: Customers at the food court in the Midland Mall on Monday, Aug. 5, were drawn to the colorful balloons celebrating the newest addition to the mall.

It was the official opening of Chip–n-Wich, a sandwich-based restaurant created by owners Jonathan Neely, 30, and Craig Jones, 29, and winner of "Food Court Wars," a Food Network-sponsored contest.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Gratiot County wind farm may provide green energy to Bay City

Making our cities sustainable is on everyone's minds, and Bay City is taking a step to make itself more sustainable by partnering with a local wind farm for electricity.

Excerpt: Bay City is looking to buy a chunk of its electric power from a Gratiot County wind-turbine farm.

The Bay City Commission on Monday, Aug. 19, will hear a presentation outlining a proposal to buy $18 million in electricity generated by the wind farm during the next 20 years.

The whole story is online here.

Source: Mlive.com

Old Saginaw News building now to be called Riverview

A rebranding of the former Saginaw News building has taken place, focusing on selling it for development.

Excerpt: Things are "heating up" in the market for properties in downtown Saginaw, says Murray Wikol, president of ProVisions, the company that owns the former Saginaw News building at 203 S. Washington.

In 2010, The Saginaw News moved its staff from the building on Washington to the Ippel Building at 100 S. Michigan in Old Town Saginaw.

For more on the story, click here.

Source: Mlive.com

Mid-Michigan music scene includes bands to watch

Michigan's always been the source of amazing music and great bands, and today's crop of new performers are no exception. The Morning Sun details what is to be found in mid-Michigan this year.

Excerpt: There will always be an ebb and flow to the music scene in the mid-Michigan area, especially in a college town like Mt. Pleasant. Every so often, a band or group of bands will come through that will blow the audience’s minds.

Lights & Caves, a Lansing-based band in their early stages of performance, have taken Michigan by storm.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: The Morning Sun

SPACE redesigns warehouse with LEAN processes

SPACE's specialty is innovative design, which the company recently applied to its own warehouse.

Excerpt: A Midland-based interior design firm has expanded its warehousing capabilities and streamlined its warehouse expenses through the use of lean storage practices.

Paddy Hobohm, director of operations for the office interior design firm SPACE Inc., said they needed a fresh perspective and a new method of managing their warehouse storage capabilities.

For the whole story, go here.

Source: Mlive

First students arrive at CMU med school

All the pieces are in place, including the first class of students, at CMU's College of Medicine.

Excerpt: Central Michigan University welcomed its first group of doctors-in-training for a ceremony Sunday to mark the start of their professional education and the opening of the school's new medical school.

The class of 64 medical students participated in a "white coat ceremony" as members start a 4-year -program.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Source: TheRepublic.com
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