Author: Katie Birecki

Manistee “Summer of Success” to Help Incoming College Students

As high school juniors and seniors are considering different colleges, while dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, the Manistee County Community Foundation and Launch Manistee Network wanted to provide extra resources to answer their questions. Their “Summer of Success” program will be hosting live webinars on topics like networking and paying for college. Two college advisors are also available by appointment for…

Cadillac City Council Approves New Social District for Carryout Drinks

Earlier this week, the Cadillac City Council approved a resolution to bring what’s called a “social district” to downtown. This comes after Gov. Whitmer signed legislation that allowed carryout options for alcoholic drinks from restaurants and bars on July 1. The bill also allowed cities to create social districts with businesses The proposed social district is outlined in red. Common…

Up North Arts To Give Out ‘Art Camp’ Bags

Up North Arts in Cadillac is giving kids the opportunity to express themselves with a take home “art camp.” The program will provide each child with supplies like markers, watercolors, construction paper and glue. From there, kids can create things like 3D sculptures, watercolor paintings, and drawings. About 100 students registered for the in-person art camp that got canceled because…

Kalkaska Says Downtown Redevelopment is Going Smoothly

The downtown redevelopment project officially started in the Village of Kalkaska, and the community is getting a new perspective on the renovations with newly-released sketches. The redevelopment is centered around the railroad that runs through town. Plans include a new pavilion with seating for 200 people and a commercial kitchen for lease. The village also plans to add a clock…

Sauble-Elk-Eden Fire Department Asking for Millage Approval for New Station

The Sauble-Elk-Eden Fire Department has two separate stations that serves three communities. Now, the department wants to build one bigger, communal station in Irons for the townships. “About 10 years ago, the previous administration determined a need for more room for our fire department,” said Fire Chief Greg Bombich. “The areas that we have at each station now, storage and…

Rebuilding Dublin General Store: Not Long Now

It’s been nearly a year since a fire destroyed the Dublin General Store in Wellston—now they are almost ready to reopen. Owners Greg and Bonnie Fischer say the new store will be almost double the size. They went from about 28,000 square feet to about 43,000 square feet, which makes the store “a lot more shoppable,” according to Greg. “Everything…

G.T. Butterfly Charity to Host Butterfly Garden Walk

On July 18, Barker Creek Nursery in Williamsburg will be hosting G.T. Butterfly Charity’s first Butterfly Garden Walk fundraiser. Walking tours will take you through the nursery to learn about different butterflies and host plants that attract them. “It’s interactive but yet socially distanced,” said G.T. Butterfly Charity Executive Director Cyndie Roach. “We’re keeping six feet away but we’re still…

Upgrade at Cadillac Wexford Public Library: New Furniture Coming Soon

Coming soon to the library in Cadillac: new options for your favorite place to sit. The Cadillac Leadership Program raised $30,000 for the Cadillac Wexford Public Library to upgrade its furniture and display cases. The Cadillac Chamber of Commerce’s yearly leadership program introduces local—usually new—business owners to the city. Leadership Director Kate Dekam says they decided to seize this opportunity to…