Michigan’s inland lakes are precious resources that provide multiple benefits to the state’s residents. A group of organizations has come together to explore opportunities for ensuring the quality, sustainability and ecological diversity of the state’s lakes, and is inviting others to become involved in its work.
If you share my interest in “local living economies,” you’ll appreciate the announcement of Michelle Long as the new executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Click on the link below to access the announcement from Judy Wicks, BALLE co-founder and board chair.
In this week’s radio address, Governor Jennifer Granholm said people can easily find information about jobs and training, unemployment benefits, food assistance, health care, and housing at Helping Hand, a new state Web site.
One of Michigan’s top industries is taking a hit from a growing problem, and state Rep. John Proos is working to address the issue. Proos has introduced House Bill 5309 to allow farmers to address the increasing deer population and take more nuisance deer that disrupt and destroy crops.
In a follow-up to a news release issued Thursday (August 27th), Congressman Fred Upton says two U. S. Postal Service facilities at Kalamazoo will NOT be closed. For more on the story from Kathy Jessup and the Kalamazoo Gazette, click here.
It was a “standing room only” situation Tuesday (August 25th) as the St. Joseph County Community Health Services Board conducted a public hearing regarding its programs and services.
The Department of Environmental Quality has announced the availability of approximately $5 million of state and federal funding for watershed-based projects. The DEQ is accepting proposals from local units of government, nonprofit organizations, and universities for planning and implementation projects to restore and protect Michigan’s wetlands, lakes, and streams.
The State Transportation Commission (STC) has adopted a unanimous resolution urging the state Legislature to take action to address a projected state transportation funding shortfall.
July’s jobless rates were stable in Southwest Michigan. According to the latest labor market analysis for Southwest Michigan from the Michigan Department of Labor, Energy and Economic Growth (DELEG), both the labor force (people who are employed plus those looking for a job) and employment declined at the same pace, leaving unemployment rates stable.
The HarmonyFest Committee has announced that it will again feature young local musicians in its Guitar Contest during this year’s Three Rivers HarmonyFest.
Traffic around schools and universities will increase this fall as young drivers head back to the classroom, and Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is urging them to exercise caution and control behind the wheel.
An Entrepreneurial Update: A few weeks back I wrote an article about using some extra office space we have as a launch pad for a new business venture in St. Joe County. I wanted to let all my readers know what has happened since that article.
Plan, Do, Finish, Rest. Living in Harmony With Earth A Weekly Almanac Guide Weekend of August 29-30, 2009 Click on the link to access this feature from Larry-Michael and Becky Lynn Hackenberg – The Cycles of Earth – August 29, 2009
The Three Rivers Health Authority Board will engage in an extensive strategic planning session on Tuesday, September 15th. Agreement to take on the task came Thursday morning (August 27th) during the board’s regular August meeting.
Upon learning of an unauthorized study recommending the consolidation of the Kalamazoo Automated Mail Processing facility into Grand Rapids, Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) immediately voiced his concerns directly to the Postmaster General, John Potter. Upton is concerned with the intent of the non-sanctioned study and its recommendations that will have widespread implications upon postal [...]
The Michigan Senate voted Thursday (August 27th) to streamline government by eliminating the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries and keeping its programs intact by returning them to the Michigan Department of State, said lead sponsor Sen. Cameron Brown.