Author: Jamie Thompson

Huron-Manistee National Forests Accepting Entries for Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest

Calling on some creative minds, the Huron-Manistee National Forests are now accepting entries for the 2019 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artists Contest. The contest is open to students in grades K-8.  They’re looking for original artwork that shows an understanding of the rare Kirtland warbler and its habitat. All submissions should be in color, horizontally-oriented, and completely fill one side of…

Gov. Whitmer Encourages High School Girls to Participate in Cybersecurity Competition

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging young women to showcase their computer science talent in the Girls Go CyberStart competition. The competition aims to get high school girls interested in careers in cybersecurity.  It’s one of the fastest growing professions in the country, with only 11 percent of the workforce made up of women. In Michigan, at least ten high school…

Quit Smoking With McLaren’s Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program

If quitting smoking was one of your New Year’s resolutions, and you still haven’t picked the habit back up — congrats! You’ve made it 50 days! If you haven’t quit yet, this might be your chance for a fresh start.  McLaren Northern Michigan and the American Cancer Society are offering the Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program. It’s a $25, 4-week…

Feedback at Four: Old Toys Make a Comeback

From Lite Brite to Lisa Frank, tons of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s toys are making a comeback. If you could go back in time and save ONE of your favorites, what would it be and why? Comment below or email your response to thefour@9and10news.com. Categories: the four

‘Don’t Quit’ 3 Michigan Schools to Win New Fitness Center

New research shows nearly 16 percent of children ages 10 to 17 are now considered obese. Now there is a chance to help three Michigan schools each win a brand new “Don’t Quit” fitness center. The $100,000 centers are a part of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils 2019 “Don’t Quit!” fitness campaign. The winning schools must each demonstrate…

Free Summer MSP Youth Leadership Academy for Mecosta, Osceola Counties

Michigan State Police are teaming up with local teens as part of this year’s Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy. They’re partnering troops with 14 and 15 year old boys to help them learn leadership and mentor skills. It’s a free five-day crash course from July 7 to 11. They’ll cover physical activity, water safety, nutrition, alcohol and drug awareness,…

How Families Affected by Alzheimer’s Can Still Celebrate Valentine’s Day

This time of year is all about love and care. And this Valentine’s Day we have some ideas to help if you are a family affected by Alzheimer’s. First, find ways to reconnect. That can mean simply eating together, looking at old photos, or just taking a walk. Second, identify their love language. Those include physical touch, words of affirmation,…

Producer Chat: DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

If you’re trying to find something fun or funny for the ones you love this Valentine’s Day, look no further! You can “cook up” a couple great ideas with Executive Producer Jamie Thompson for this week’s Producer Chat. Bacon Roses | Delish.com For the bacon lover in your life, here’s a nice treat, easy to make: bacon roses! All you…

Send Us Your Snow Day Plans

We know thousands of Northern Michigan kids are home again today because of the weather. What are some fun/creative things you are doing to keep busy? Send us your pictures and videos and you could see them today on the four, just get the OK from your parents first! Email thefour@9and10news.com. Categories: the four