Author Archives: Arielle Breen

Art and music event comes to Mid Michigan for a seventh year

Organizers are counting on good weather to boost attendance at an outdoor art event this weekend.

Katrina Stock is with Isabella County Parks and Recreation. She says this is the seventh year for the “Art from our Parks” event.

The day focuses on what organizers call park inspired art. And it gives local artists a chance to share their talents. Read more

Approved House bill aims to help foster children afford college

A bill creating a permanent college endowment fund for foster children was approved by the state House this week, and is now on it’s way to the Senate.

Kathy Lockhart is the coordinator for foster programs at Eagle Village in Osceola County.

She said young people in foster care are often excited when they start pursuing higher education, but they can easily become overwhelmed. Read more

Bra decorating, chocolate and wine for women’s health services

Mid Michigan Health Courtesy photo.

Mid Michigan Health Courtesy photo.

Mark your calendars if you want an afternoon filled with wine, chocolate and bras.

MidMichigan Health is teaming up with businesses in Clare County to host “Bras for a Cause”. It’s an event raising money for women’s health care services.

Millie Jezior is with Mid Michigan Health. She said people can decorate bras for auction and the money goes towards breast cancer prevention. Read more

Local farmers on display in Michigan grocery stores


Photo courtesy of Mary Dunckel.

Photo courtesy of Mary Dunckel.

If you can’t bring the shopper to the farm, bring the farmer to the grocery store.

This is the idea of a Michigan program connecting shoppers with local farmers.

The Faces of Michigan Farmers initiative is a program that brings volunteer farmers into local supermarkets. Read more

AARP and Commission on Aging to offer Smart Driver course


In the age of smart phones, and smart cars, perhaps it’s no surprise that AARP is offering a course for smart drivers.

The Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging has partnered with AARP to host a driving class specifically designed for older drivers.

Georgia Durga is the Director of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging. Read more

MDOT is looking to make roads safer with “Road Watchers”

Winter can be rough on northern Michigan roads, and a new program aims to keep drivers safe this winter.

The Michigan Department of Transportation Is looking for what they call “Road Watchers” who would rate driving conditions in the Upper Peninsula. Read more

Bike path expected in central Michigan by next fall


A new bike trail is expected to debut next fall in central Michigan.

Officials say the proposed path would extend from Clare to Alma and connect two existing trails: the Pere Marquette and Fred Meijer Heartland trails.

The path is proposed to run more than 40 miles through Clare, Isabella and Gratiot Counties. It would largely run parallel to US-127. Read more