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Optional kindergarten: outdated idea

December 7, 2015 That 5-year-olds aren’t required to attend kindergarten in Michigan was surprising enough. Even more surprising is kindergarten is optional for school districts in a handful of states. more »»

Child’s birthday wish benefits 2015 Cheer Club

December 5, 2015 At a time when depressing, soul-crushing news seems to be coming in from all sides, we all need a story to remind us of the good in the world. more »»

True meaning of Christmas season is free-will giving

December 4, 2015 Despite our problems, the rest of the world looks to up to the United States. We have a standard of living that is second to none. But that doesn’t mean every American has money to burn. more »»

Double-down on giving this holiday season

December 3, 2015 Even if they don't fully understand the meaning behind Christmas, when young children receive special gifts like toys, they instinctively realize the occasion is something special. more »»

Enhance value of giving food donations

December 1, 2015 This is the time of year when community groups often host food drives to fill local food pantry shelves. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make. more »»

Shop local to support local businesses

November 30, 2015 Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season, which runs through New Year’s Day. more »»

Protect against carbon monoxide poisoning

November 28, 2015 With winter months approaching, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to be safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold weather and heatin... more »»

Report: economic progress but more to do

November 27, 2015 A report from the University of Michigan brought a mixed-bag of economic news over the weekend. more »»

Deeds count in giving thanks: Pay it forward

November 25, 2015 There is more to Thanksgiving than just giving thanks. Words without deeds are just words. more »»

State economy grows but not fast enough

November 24, 2015 Michigan has regained 400,000 jobs over the past five years, roughly half what was lost during the Lost Decade at the start of this century. more »»

Michigan Legislature, heal thyself

November 23, 2015 Since convening 10 months ago, the current Michigan Legislature has cracked down on local minimum wage requirements, authorized commercial quadricycles to serve alcohol and even addressed (however... more »»

Race for your neighbor — be a first responder

November 21, 2015 A medical emergency is a race against the clock, pitting life against death: the sooner a person gets treatment, the better chance life beats death. more »»

VA reaches out to underserved women veterans

November 20, 2015 When people think of veterans, they usually think of specific images. Men standing at attention at a parade. Men in uniform coming home from a deployment. more »»

Children waiting for adoptive families

November 18, 2015 Nearly 300 children in Michigan’s foster care system are waiting for adoptive families to open their hearts and homes. To raise awareness of the need, Gov. more »»

Need to know? There’s a place you can go

November 17, 2015 To everything there is a season. Among a host of seasons this time of year is open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. more »»

Rooting for Bart Starr all over again

November 16, 2015 The clock is ticking for the Green Bay Packers and their fans to what, we hope, will be an unforgettable moment linking multiple generations of Packers fans. more »»

‘Fitz’ anniversary reminds of gales of Nov. danger

November 13, 2015 For people of a certain age, especially residents or former residents of the Great Lakes Basin, an anniversary this week holds a special meaning, albeit one many would simply like to forget. more »»

Bill restores fairness in valuing property

November 12, 2015 How much is your car worth? It has a Blue Book value and a relatively predictable resale price. Assessing property values for tax purposes is supposed to work about the same way. more »»

Illegal trash dumping defiles area woodlands

November 11, 2015 A longstanding issue, which often involves the secrecy the deep woods and dirt roads can provide, was discussed publicly early last week by officials in Marquette Township. more »»

’Tis the season to share blessings with our neighbors

November 10, 2015 Gathering nature’s bounty from the hunt and harvest brings us into this season of giving thanks, counting blessings and sharing the bounty. more »»

 
 

 

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