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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Economists wary despite Michigan economy recovering

Michigan’s overall economic performance was up at the end of 2020, according to the latest economic activity index released Wednesday by Comerica Bank. The index, released monthly by the Dallas-based bank, hit 108.6 in December, 25 percentage points higher than the all-time low the index fell to in June. Nevertheless, economists say that all is …

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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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Vaccine healthcare provider update – Michigan community voices

Bronson Introduces New COVID-19 Planning Process & Family Health Center provides YouTube message KALAMAZOO, MICH. – As the world begins to vaccinate against COVID-19, local health facilities are also preparing. Plus, they offer dating and education for the community. FAMILY HEALTH CENTER According to Denise Crawford, CEO of Kalamazoo Family Health Center, education is key …

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Michigan Community Rescues Fallen and “Sometimes Crawling” Woman in Winter Storm

It took a village to rescue a woman facing dangerous weather conditions after she got stuck in the snow in a rural area near Lansing. The 42-year-old Mulliken woman stuck her vehicle in a snowdrift at 6:44 a.m. Tuesday as she headed west on the Saginaw Freeway near Fees Road in Oneida Township, according to …

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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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West Michigan community unites six-year-old boy with brain tumor

BELMONT, Michigan – It only took a few moments for Hank Burzynski and his older sister, Charlotte, to settle into their new spaces. “Our room looked so different,” Hank said. “Excited,” Charlotte said. “It was very cool. On Saturday, the siblings, who live in Belmont, returned home to a new bedroom and new e-learning space, …

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Michigan’s economy is bigger than ever. It’s time to diversify

Better than ever, even if it’s not like that Michigan’s economy may be back. But one thing is not: paychecks. “Michigan’s economy is bigger than it has ever been. It may not sound like it, but it is, ”said Charles Ballard, an economist at Michigan State University. This is because, despite all the economic growth, …

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23 cases of COVID-19 variant now in the University of Michigan community, health officials say

ANN ARBOR, MI – Twenty-three cases of B.1.1.7 variant COVID-19, all associated with the University of Michigan, have now been identified by the Washtenaw County Department of Health. The initial case of the most contagious variant was identified on January 16 in the UM community, according to health officials, but not all of the following …

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