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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

May 20, 2019

AP-Michigan stories for May 26 and May 27. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at (313) 259-0650.

For Sunday, May 26, and thereafter.


LANSING, Mich. _ Gladys McKimmy nearly took a shameful family secret to her grave. Most members of her large family did not know about Richard McKimmy, her husband’s younger brother, who died on Christmas Day 1926 at the Boys Training School in Lansing at the age of 12. It took the persistence of Gladys McKimmy’s granddaughter, Michelle Pohl of Portland, to put Richard back in the family’s history. He’s one of 61 boys who died at the institution between 1860 and 1933. They are buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Except for McKimmy, the youths lie in unmarked graves on a hill. By Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 765 words.


DETROIT _ Colleena Bryant honed her basketball skills in first grade. But she really upped her game when she made a youth sports team at age 6, a moment of acceptance she says impacted her life. “I learned about being more responsible, and it made me a better player,” said the now 11-year-old, who laces up her Nikes and sports a No. 4 jersey for the Top Ten Bad Girls. And what about the volunteers who make it possible for her to play? “I think they’re just awesome,” she replied. Those “awesome” volunteers are part of the Detroit Police Athletic League, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary in its relatively new home — the former legendary Tiger Stadium site in Detroit’s Corktown. By Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1125 words.

For Monday, May 27, and thereafter.


PORT HURON, Mich. _ A few picnic tables and charcoal grills greet visitors pulling off of Gratiot Avenue into Belle River Roadside Park. The ground slopes down to the bank of the Belle River, which winds through the woods. Belle River Roadside Park is slated for a round of habitat rehabilitation and other work. The work will be performed with a $449,750 grant through the Aquatic Habitat Grants Program under the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. By Jeremy Ervin, Times Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 428 words.


MIDLAND, Mich. _ Camp Fish Tales, a barrier-free camp that serves individuals with special needs, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an open house and 5K fun run. Located on 67 acres, Camp Fish Tales provides specialized camping experiences for individuals of all ages with varying types of disabilities — from rock climbing and ziplining to fishing, archery and more. Campers get to do things at Camp Fish Tales that they normally wouldn’t get to do, said Executive Director Shannon Forshee. She said her favorite part about it is the friendships the campers make with one another. By Ashley Schafer, Midland Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 929 words.

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