Happy 100 Years National Park Service

Just three years after Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountain territories of Montana and Wyoming (in March, 1872), Mackinac National Park was established—becoming just the second National Park in the U.S. After 20 years, in 1895, it was transferred to state control and recognized as Mackinac Island State Park—the first state park in Michigan.

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Promote Michigan Celebrates 12th Anniversary With Michigan-Themed Public Fundraiser at Downtown Market – Grand Rapids

To celebrate the last dozen years of business, Promote Michigan is hosting a public party to benefit the Educational Foundation of the Downtown Market – Grand Rapids on Thursday, August 18 (5-7 pm).

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Turning Off, Shutting Down & Disconnecting…Easier Said Than Done!

Someone asked me recently to “shut it off…” to STOP talking about Michigan, just for one night. They might have had better luck saying “stop breathing…” “stop loving…” “stop living…” I know I can be too much for some people, my intensity and love for Michigan is overwhelming, even for me, at times.

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My thoughts on the Future of America

I’ve made a decision about who I’d like to see as the next President of the United States! After being truly embarrassed by the characters currently in the race (in what, to me, reminds me a remake of The Gong Show), I was wracking my brain about WHO in the world (okay, yes, the country) has the skills and ability that I think would be useful in running our nation.

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Celebrate (Inter)National Astronomy Week, May 9-15, at Emmet County’s Headlands Dark Sky Park

Originally started in the United Kingdom, Astronomy Week has stretched across the globe to the United States—leading up to Astronomy Day (Saturday, May 14). Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, first held Astronomy Day in 1973. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the stars and skies above.

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A Teacher’s Impact is Life-Long!

Many of you may not be aware that was I a teacher in a previous life – well, an educator I guess since I never actually received my certification to “officially” teach. I’m not sure if it is allowed today, but in the 1990s, if you had a degree in certain fields, you could still “teach” in that area. For example, a mechanic could “teach” auto shop, a chef could “teach” culinary arts, a sculptor could “teach” art. As a professional journalist—in both print and broadcast—I was given the opportunity to develop and advise a student-run newspaper program at Otsego Middle School.

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