Apparently, People Are Forgetting How To Dress Themselves During The Pandemic
Sign outside of Fruchey's in Beaverton, MichiganPhoto by Keara Lou. This week, I noticed something strange in my community. I went to get some groceries at the local grocery store and dollar store, and I saw a new sign hanging on the door. The dollar store had the same sign. Even A&W has a sign on their door too!Read full story
This Coffee Shop Has A Confusing Name, But Some Great Drinks
Sign outside the Northern Expresso Coffee ShopPhoto by Keara Lou. Every time I'd drive through Gladwin, I'd get annoyed when I'd see the sign for the Northern Expresso Coffee Shop. The English minor in me wanted to go inside and demand to know if the name was a play on words or if someone thought espresso was spelled with an X. Every day I drove by, I'd tell myself one day I'd stop in and ask about the name of the coffee shop.Read full story
What The CDC's New Mask Regulations Mean For Michigan
A sign hanging outside a church in BeavertonPhoto by Keara Lou. This week, the CDC announced new recommendations, confusing the population. As of now, the CDC recommends anyone living in a COVID-19 hotspot to return to wearing masks indoors. Your vaccination status doesn't matter anymore if you're living in a COVID hotspot.Read full story
The Gladwin District Library Has A New Event For Adults Every Thursday
This August, the Gladwin District Library is allowing adults to put more creativity into their lives. The Library is working with the Gladwin Area Art Guild to make the event, Creative Thursday! The event is free for anyone who wants to participate!Read full story
Here Is The Fastest Soup Recipe I've Seen With The InstantPot That's Not Chicken Noodle Soup
Like many InstantPot users, I experimented a lot during this pandemic. I looked through the InstantPot cookbook and went searching online for interesting recipes to try on people. So far, I have had the best success cooking soup recipes and a Ranch Chicken pasta that everyone in the house likes.Read full story
Try These Two Campbell's Recipes If You Can't Get Your Child To Eat Vegetables!
One of the best cookbooks for beginner cooks and college studentsPhoto by Keara Lou. As the pandemic starts (hopefully) winding down, it's time to get back into the world again. Some of us feel we need to improve our bodies and lose some weight; if that's not you, awesome! If you're someone who struggles to lose weight or is trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables, come on over!Read full story
An Afternoon Exploring Fenton
Sculpture outside Downtown FentonPhoto by Keara Lou. Growing up in Northern Michigan, I found myself thinking about going to places like Midland, Saginaw, and Detroit as adventures. Unless we needed to shop for school clothes at the mall, went on a school field trip, or wanted to see our relatives in Monroe, we didn't often go downstate.Read full story
An Afternoon of Touring Beautiful Gladwin County Gardens
Foxglove on Wiggins Lake at the Garden TourPhoto by Keara Lou. Today, nine beautiful gardens and the Riverwalk opened their gates for people to come and enjoy. Homes all over Gladwin County wanted to show their pride and give aspiring gardeners some ideas for their future utopias. Every place had something unique to offer their visitors, and you could see the pride in every homeowner's face.Read full story
The Gladwin County Fair Is Here!
The Gladwin County Fair SchedulePhoto by Keara Lou. This week kicked off the annual Gladwin County Fair! From Sunday to Sunday, families can come and see animals, ride some rides, and shop for some unique souvenirs from your day!Read full story
Teachers Can Find Some Relief At The Dollar General!
Coupon for teacher discounts at Dollar GeneralPhoto by Keara Lou. Teachers have it rough, especially after having to teach through a global pandemic. They need to go through four years of college for a job that doesn't pay well, then work on their Master's degree while in the classroom. Then, when school gets canceled, angry parents come after them with torches and pitchforks--fun fact: It's the superintendents who call off school, not the teachers.Read full story
Tickets For The Gladwin County Garden Tour Are On Sale Now!
Flyer of the Gladwin County Garden Tour hanging outside of Beaverton Dairy BarPhoto by Keara Lou. Summer brings up a lot of images. Some of us think of cooking out on the grill while enjoying a day on the lake. Others think of fireworks, county fairs, and national festivals! More people are going out camping, and people who hate the sun typically sing a different tune when they find something they like to do.Read full story
Ace Hardware Just Made My Day
Since the pandemic hit, it's the little things I miss the most. Things like smelling candles and free food samples were things I thought disappeared forever. Even as we saw more and more people get vaccinated, I waited patiently for the little things to reappear, but it took a while.Read full story
An Evening Of Fireworks At Ross Lake
The 4th of July is one of the best holidays in Beaverton! The moment June hits, every business in town has a tin asking people for donations to that year's fireworks show. My partner, his children, and I went to last year's show, and we had a lot of fun watching it. It was the first time I saw any place add music with the fireworks. While we watched, kids jumped in the water and swam.Read full story
July Vaccinations Are Eligible For The $50K A Day Drawing
Sunset at Rifle River CampgroundPhoto by Keara Lou. Yesterday, Governor Whitmer announced the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes. The state is giving up to $5 million in cash prizes for vaccinated individuals as a way to say thank you for doing your part to end the pandemic.Read full story
The Michigan Vaccine Sweepstakes Starts Today!
On Thursday, Governor Whitmer announced the MI Shot To Win Sweepstakes! The state is offering up to $5 million in cash prizes for any vaccinated people who enter. There are 32 cash prizes and nine scholarship offers for kids ages 12-17.Read full story
Beaverton Schools Released Their Back To School Plan Today
Beaverton Jr/Sr High School TrackPhoto by Keara Lou. Parents across the Beaverton School district received the text message they'd been waiting for all summer. The superintendent released the 2021-2022 Back to School Plan, with guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.Read full story
The Circus Is Coming To Beaverton This July!
July is an exciting time for the city of Beaverton. Right now, businesses across the city are asking for donations for the Fireworks show. We gather at Ross Lake to watch the fireworks from the beach. People like to swim while the fireworks are going. Maybe this year, I'll bring my kayak and be on the water watching the fireworks.Read full story
Thanks To The Biden Administration And The CDC, Struggling Homeowners And Renters Have A Moratorium Extension
As June 30th approaches, landlords, tenants, and homeowners scrambled to fill out paperwork for rent assistance and forebarances on mortgages. Procrastinators wished they didn't put off everything until the last minute.Read full story
Feeling InstantPot Burnout? Try This Dish Instead!
Pasta Primavera in the Campbell's cookbookPhoto by Keara Lou. All right, I'll admit I'm cheating a little bit with the picture on this one. The truth is I forgot to take a picture of my meal after I cooked it. The picture on the book looks almost the same, except mine turned out with more creamy sauce. Then again, I did double the recipe.Read full story
A Camping Trip At Ogemaw County's Rifle River
Grousehaven Lake at Rifle River CampgroundPhoto by Keara Lou. We're at the tail end of the pandemic, and sometimes it's hard to figure out what we can and can't do without a mask or social distancing. The pandemic confused us about whether or not campsites were open for the summer, for they opened late last year.Read full story