Category Archives: Causes

Coalition pushes for marijuana decriminalization

With marijuana reforms sweeping the nation, several cities in the state of Michigan may soon be seeing some changes as well. Read more

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Health officials reflect on deadly flu season

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With the flu season coming to an end, doctors and health department officials are saying they saw an increase in influenza H1N1 hospitalizations. Read more

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Michigan communities work on developing local “brands”

michigan1The concept of self-identity for communities in the state of Michigan has become a trend over recent years, partially due to the growth of the “Pure Michigan” campaign.

Some cities, like Alpena, are already engaged in the process. Others, like Mount Pleasant, are just beginning the process to answer the question “Who are we?” Read more

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New Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce comes to Midland

Doris Mariani photoPeople in mid Michigan wanting to make a difference in the push for peace around the world have an outlet for their efforts through a Midland-based chapter of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.
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Alma College hosts 2nd annual Health Symposium


Alma College hosted their 2nd annual Health Symposium on March 8th to address concerns on how to address a growing autistic adult population. Read more

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AARP offers tax help for Michigan seniors

gr-37857-1-1Tax season is here, and so is free help for those in need.

AARP’s Tax-Aide program, the nation’s oldest free tax-preparation service, can help middle- and lower-income older Michiganders prepare basic federal, state and local income tax returns – for free.
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Petoskey Robotics Team fundraising for Super Regionals


A sport for the mind. Robotics teams in Michigan have been experiencing significant growth, now boasting more than any other state in the nation.

One particular team comes from Petoskey Middle School, where the team is now experimenting with a different kind of technology. 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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Anti-Bullying “Relentless Tour” stops by Beal City


Kids will be kids. Boys will be boys.

Anti-bullying leaders say those are scapegoat phrases. Read more

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United Way investment requests at a record-high

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A popular umbrella non-profit is seeing record-breaking requests for support from local agencies in Northwest Michigan.
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