Author Archives: Arielle Breen

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

Japan Culture Center Festival offers unique look at Japanese arts, drums and more.

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

Stone lanturn at Saginaw Japan Culture Center Photograph by Arielle Breen

If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a faraway place, but don’t have the time or money right now, how about a trip to Saginaw instead. At one of the city’s culture centers you can literally set foot in Japan.

At Saginaw’s Japanese Cultural Center you can technically stand on Japanese soil, take a step and you’re back in America. Read more