22

Jun

It Takes a Village: Lawnchair Film Festival

For the past 14 years, hundreds if not thousands of folks have been gathering in a parking lot in Old Town Saginaw on Sunday evenings during the summer. They bring blankets, chairs and even an occasional sofa to enjoy movies projected on a screen attached to the side of a building. The free event: The

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22

Jun

It Takes a Village: Angels Among Us, Inc.

From a national perspective, most municipal animal shelters no longer have the means or the readiness to support the persistently high number of felines arriving at their facilities. Locally here in Saginaw County, our animal control shelter shares in these statistics. Annually, Saginaw County Animal Control Center admits more felines than they can humanely house

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22

Jun

It Takes a Village: Hartley Outdoor Education Center

The sounds. The woods. The wildlife. A simple mention of the name “Hartley” brings a smile to most faces with the memories of a first trip to the wooded outdoor education center located in St. Charles during elementary school.   “If you were a student in Saginaw County, coming to Hartley was an iconic part

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22

Jun

It Takes a Village: Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy

Imagine easily accessible kayak and canoe launches, woodland trails, and regularly programmed events for youth to play and learn in nature, all integrated into existing urban environments. A grant awarded last year to the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy for its Outdoor Urban Recreation (O.U.R.) Saginaw hopes to transform vacant, neglected, or under-utilized spaces into portals

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24

Jun

Canine Connections

Saginaw Police K9 Units provide vital public safety functions Back in 2010, illegal drug use began to skyrocket in the community of Standish, especially in the high school. With an immediate need to eradicate this growing problem, Arenac County resident Jody Wilk began to take steps to reinstate a K9 unit for the Sherriff’s Department.

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24

Jun

Child on Top of a Greenhouse

Unique experience improving literacy skills in children Thousands of people pass by a neat, well-kept two-story white house with dark gray trim every day located at 1805 Gratiot Ave. in Saginaw without even a thought of its significance. Yet contained within its walls and spilling onto the grounds surrounding it, something remarkable is happening.   

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24

Jun

Saginaw Community Writing Center

SVSU creates first community writing center in Michigan at local library According to a recent National Center for Education Statistics report, 10% of the population of Saginaw County lacks basic literacy skills, one of the highest rates in Michigan. Literacy skills are critical to helping find employment, where in Saginaw County the unemployment rate stood

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24

Jun

Saginaw Teen MOPS

Mentoring support group established for teen moms Regardless of age or experience, being a mother is demanding with unlimited challenges. These demands are magnified for teen mothers who face challenges such as security quality, reliable childcare; completing educational milestones; trying to overcome difficult living arrangements with stressed family relationships; along with other issues like loneliness,

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24

Jun

Invent Now // Camp Invention

Area school districts partner to host summer STEM camps During the summer of 2015, elementary students in Saginaw participated in the weeklong Camp Invention, an educational program of North Canton, Ohio based Invent Now, Inc. The camp is a weeklong summer program led by local teachers in over 1,300 schools nationwide. Its curricula focused on

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08

Jul

To Protect and Learn

Each year an estimated 25,000-50,000 people attend free or low-cost events in Saginaw Township, such as Party on McCarty, homecoming parades, Saginaw Greek Festival and many others. Local law enforcement officials work tirelessly to ensure the venues are safe and stand ready to assist in case of an emergency. Assisting in those efforts are a

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