BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI
AP-Michigan stories for the weekend of June 10 and June 11. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, June 10, and thereafter.
KALKASKA, Mich. —There’s a new baseball field in Kalkaska and it is entirely the community’s doing. The town collectively raised $190,000 in cash donations, plus at least $52,000 through in-kind services donated to the effort. It took several years to get there, but now the new ball field is where the varsity team plays its home games. No taxpayer dollars were spent on the project. Kalkaska High School now has two baseball diamonds, one for varsity and one for junior varsity. By Sheri McWhirter, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 467 words.
EXCHANGE-BOOKSTORE TO GALLERY
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —A building that housed an adult bookstore for about five decades is now showcasing art. An interactive art gallery, Muse opened this month on the west side of Grand Rapids. When Stephen and Taylor Smith took ownership of the site, the building’s windows were still covered and adult books were stacked inside. The couple hung before-and-after photos showing the transformation from adult bookstore to art gallery during the grand opening. By John Gonzalez, Grand Rapids Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 400 words.
For use Monday, June 11, and thereafter.
DETROIT —When the Allied Media Conference returns to Detroit in June for its 20th year, a new dynamic will be in place to highlight Detroit-owned food businesses and connect global chefs to local farms who have community and social justice in mind. One focus of the DIY media summit will be a “Dream Cafe” where a group of chefs will take over the Cass Cafe to serve pop-up meals using locally grown food. The cafe, prominently featuring female chefs, will be open to conference attendees and the public. By Melody Baetens, Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1191 words.
DETROIT —After graduating from WMU-Cooley Law School in January, Matt Super aced the bar exam the following month on his first attempt. Super had been driving to the law school when a car ran a red light and hit him. Turns out, not only did Super have a traumatic brain injury, he also had post-traumatic stress disorder. Currently working at Romano Law Firm, Super is interested in working with people with head injuries, disabilities or special needs, military veterans and in estate planning. By Sheila Pursglove, Detroit Legal News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1001 words.