Author: Marissa Van Alst

Draw a Kirtland Warbler for the Huron Manistee National Forest

The Huron Manistee National Forest is searching for young artists to submit photos for the 2020 Kirtland’s Warbler Young Artist Contest. The contest is open for kids in grades kindergarten through eighth and it is meant to teach kids about the rare bird, and its habitat — Northern Michigan’s Jack Pine Forests. This year, students from the Bahamas will be…

Business in Focus: B2 Outlet in Ludington

You can give back to your community through direct purchases at B2 Outlet stores all across the state and today we told you all about a new location that is opening its doors on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Ludington. Michelle met with CEO Jason Hoffner and store manager, Kellie Shilander to talk about how they are serving the community one…

Northwestern Michigan College Wants YOU to be a Northern Naturalist

Becoming a northern naturalist allows you to learn about topics like growing mushrooms, birds, water control, and even climate change. We met with Northwestern Michigan College’s Laura Matchett from Extended Education Services to hear about how you can get involved. This program is perfect for people who love to explore and learn about northern Michigan’s natural beauty and all its…

Michelle Cooks: Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

The biggest football game of the year is just around the corner and people are scrambling to find the perfect dish to pass. That is why Michelle is helping you out with a buffalo chicken celery stick recipe. Here it is: Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks Prep Time 50 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 55 minutes Ingredients ½ cup…

Artist Profile: Roger Chase

Inspiration can come from so many places, but for one local photographer, his inspiration is you! We met Roger Chase of Farwell who told us all about how he turned his passion into a career in this week’s Artist Profile. To learn more about his work, click here. Categories: the four

Kick Cabin Fever to the Curb at BrrrewFest

It’s time to break free of your cabin fever and hit the tents in Ludington’s Rotary Park for some local beer, cider, and wine at the Brrrewfest. Michelle met with the head brewer of Ludington Bay Brewery, Corey Wentworth, to talk about what you can expect when attending. The event is Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m….

Become a Big: Garryn

Young students all across the state are in need of a good role model to keep them on track and learn new things. And you have the opportunity to change one of their lives right here in northern Michigan. This week we have Garryn from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Garryn is an energetic 9-year-old that likes Legos…

Grant Me Hope: Isabella

Thousands of Michigan children are patiently awaiting their chance to meet their forever family. And Isabella is just one of them. This tech-savvy and energetic 14-year-old would be perfect as the youngest child where she can get plenty of love and effort. Isabella is this week’s Grant Me Hope. Bella said, “I am sort of a tech nerd. I have…

Positive Parenting: Reading Spanish Can Help You Read in English

More than 12 million kids in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home, but how can learning to read first in their parents’ native language affect how they learn to read in English? We got the details in this Positive Parenting. Researchers at the University of Delaware and North Carolina State University studied 312 kindergarteners and examined…