Author Archives: Amy Robinson

About Amy Robinson

I enjoy being an observer and reporter of issues related to education, the environment, the economy, (sometimes) politics and (always) human behavior, and I believe that nobody does news better than NPR.

Ford recognizes women-owned part suppliers.

Ford logoOne of Michigan’s big three automakers is celebrating National Women’s Month by recognizing women making strides in a non-traditional field.
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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

MDCH logoThe state has named March Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, and is hoping to improve awareness of people with developmental disabilities. Read more

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Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism targets international and culinary tourism

Tourism confState tourism officials are taking a break from their winter work this month to discuss trends in the Michigan travel industry. The annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism begins Sunday in Traverse City. Nearly a-thousand travel industry insiders are expected to attend. Read more

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Boyne City receives $583,000 grant to improve downtown

Boyne City officials receive ceremonial check for downtown improvements.

Boyne City officials receive ceremonial check for downtown improvements.

Boyne City in Charlevoix county is looking forward to an improvement project worth nearly 900-thousand dollars. Read more

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Michigan unveils new statewide Sex Offender Registry

MI_-_State_Police_logoA statewide website has received a makeover. The new Sex Offender Registry has debuted in Michigan. Read more

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Department of Ag announces grants for Michigan county fairs

ferris wheelIn the midst of a chilly Michigan winter, some state officials are already focused on the summer county-fair season.
The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded grant money to counties for improvements to their fairgrounds. Read more

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CMU hosts artist/author to speak on living with Multiple Sclerosis

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An event coming to Central Michigan University Monday night is aimed at raising disability awareness through the power of images.

Artist and author Patricia Lay-Dorsey will be speaking about her photo exhibit and book Falling Into Place; A self portrait about day-to-day living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The 71-year old Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with MS 25-years ago. As a marathon runner and bicyclist, she says she couldn’t imagine how her life would change.

Lay-Dorsey said she became frustrated with stories or images of people with disabilities. They were often created by non-disabled persons. She said she thought someone who was disabled themselves finally had to tell the story from the inside and hopefully prompt conversations.”I want this to be a trigger, these pictures. I don’t want these to be pictures of me or you know, or even disability, per sae. But what it is to me is saying “look, we all have something that we deal with, and if you haven’t had it yet, you’re gonna have it. And the key is, how do we handle it?”

Lay-Dorsey’s presentation Falling Into Place is scheduled for Monday night at 7:00 in the Park Library Auditorium on the campus of CMU.
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Midland county diaper alliance takes shipment of 153,000 diapers for area babies

diapersMother Nature made a bit of a nuisance of herself again last night, dumping snow during the evening commute and causing school cancellations and delays today. One unexpected delay was in a shipment of diapers bound for Midland. More than 150- thousand diapers are heading for distribution to low-income families in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties. Read more

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CMU President testifies before State Senate Higher Education Subcommittee

2009-788-086 Ross George_CMU presidentCentral Michigan University President Dr. George Ross testified Thursday before the State Senate subcommittee on Higher Education. Read more

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DNR says keep an eye out for stranded waterfowl this winter

waterfowl-1This winter’s persistent deep-freeze is causing some problems for waterfowl. Read more

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