Month: February 2021

Western Michigan community rallies around teacher with rare bone cancer

BYRON CENTER, Michigan – Less than a month after being diagnosed with rare bone cancer, the western Michigan community is supporting a beloved teacher at Byron Center. “It will be a long process,” Sierra Zylstra said. “It was definitely a shock for me and my family. “ Earlier this month, doctors diagnosed Zylstra with osteosarcoma …

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6 women from the MSU community and Mid-Michigan honored with the 2021 Inspiration Prize

On February 3, the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) presented six exceptional women with the 2021 Inspiration Award. The Inspiration Awards spotlight MSU’s Mid-Michigan employees, students and community members who demonstrate inclusive action and influence for gender equality and social justice, according to the GenCen website. Three award categories have been awarded …

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Ice rink brings Michigan community together during bleak winter

When that inner voice spoke to Scott Chittle and told him to “build it,” the Manton, Michigan resident felt compelled to listen. When the pandemic forced the closures, Chittle decided Manton needed an outdoor rink more than anything. It doesn’t matter that his own kids haven’t even skated – or that hardly any kid in …

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Hometown Kid featured in Gilmore and in a book – Michigan Community Voices

KALAMAZOO (MICH.) – When Edward Callahan started playing the piano at the age of 5, he might not have realized that his journey would inspire others. Callahan, a 2006 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, will be the featured artist at Gilmore Keysfest on Friday February 19 and 20. In addition to giving a virtual …

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Healthify Creates Michigan Statewide Community Network to Address Social Disparities

NEW YORK, February 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Healthify, a company that works with managed care organizations to integrate the social determinants of health (SDoH) into the healthcare ecosystem, today announced that it is building a network of community organizations to l statewide in Michigan. The network will enable health plans to collaborate with …

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Futures for Frontliners program boosts Michigan economy

KRISTIA POSTEMA This story has been updated to correct the proportion of tuition paid by the program for participating students who do not live in a community college district. In the spring of 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Futures for Frontliners program to thank essential workers, but the program could also prove to be …

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