AP-Michigan stories for Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.
For use Sunday, Aug. 26, and thereafter.
LANSING, Mich. — Nekeyta Brunson was “the girl with the wig.” The Flint native was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disease that manifests in hair loss, when she was in the first grade. Brunson is working to help women with their hair loss through her consulting business UnCovered. By Haley Hansen, Lansing State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 677 words.
EXCHANGE-HOLY FAMILY WINE
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some say wine is good for the soul, a sentiment appreciated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Old Mission Peninsula. The church campus is home to three vineyards where grapes are grown to make a special sacramental wine used among the five Traverse City parishes: St. Joseph, St. Francis, St. Patrick, Immaculate Conception and Christ the King. The vines are cared for by volunteer parishioners from across the area and once harvested, are produced into a special rosé wine at nearby Chateau Chantal. By Sheri McWhirter, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 483 words.
For use Monday, Aug. 27, and thereafter.
EXCHANGE-BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM
DETROIT — The Belle Isle Aquarium, North America’s oldest, has seen its share of challenges over the decades and was shuttered for a seven-year period until it reopened in 2012. But with its operations now securely in the hands of the nonprofit Belle Isle Conservancy, the aquarium continues to reinvent itself with new exhibits and structural improvements. At least three new tanks are poised to open this fall. By Maureen Feighan, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1048 words.
EXCHANGE-ART AMID RUINS
VICKSBURG, Mich. — The historic site of the Lee Paper Mill has become a workshop for artists brought from across the world to Vicksburg, Michigan through the Prairie Ronde Artist Residency. The residency program started earlier this year and was made possible by Paper City Development, who owns the paper mill and plans to redevelop the historic site into a mixed-use facility. Plans for the site include a brewery and beer garden, restaurant, retail center, craft food and beverage production facility, offices, arts community, museum, 42 apartments and events spaces. By Winter Keefer, The Kalamazoo Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 808 words.