The Williamston Sun Theatre renews traditions, focuses on digitalization

WILLIAMSTON- The Williamston Sun Theatre renews its traditions of the past while focusing on a future of digitalization and continued community involvement through the efforts of Owner Dan Robitaille. According to Robitaille, with big box office declines in mainstream theatres, the Sun Theatre has found new ways to appeal to the local demographic and keep their audiences beyond on the Williamston community. “There were originally 250 of these single-screen theatres in lower Michigan,” owner Dan Robitaille said. “Now we are down to about a dozen.”

With the support of their past fan base, the Sun Theatre was able to move forward through new ideas and relationships in the community. “One popular thing is our dinner and a flick with restaurants.

How Old Town stays afloat

You will always find some type of event happening in Old Town. Why? The neighborhood doesn’t receive any money from the state so these events help raise funds to pay for everything from trash removal to hanging baskets. “We don’t actually get any funding from the state,” Old Town Commercial Association board president Jamie Schriner said. “The largest way that we raise funding is through putting on events.”

Schriner said these festivals include the Old Town Oktoberfest, ScrapFest, and the Chocolate Walk.

Sweetie-licious is a small-town bakery with big-time charm

A small-town bakery with big-time charm is what you will find as you enter downtown Dewitt.  From the retro décor to the award-winning pies, the feeling of love and inclusion is a common theme when entering through the front door of Sweetie-licious. “It optimizes that small town feel of being very welcoming.  You get that delicious food, but you get the feeling of comfort so when you come you feel automatically welcomed,” said Melanie Phelps, a frequent customer.  “You feel like you are walking back in time. “It’s an experience rather than just a place.  You walk in and it is the atmosphere of somewhere between nostalgic and cute,” said local customer Janee Penfield. This was the vision that restaurant owner, Linda Hundt, had envisioned when she decided to make her dream a reality and open her own bakery.  She had the vision of creating an environment where she could showcase her baking skills, yet spread kindness and love to anyone who walked through the front door. “I found out my gifts were loving people and baking,” Hundt said.

Known your currency when studying or traveling abroad

The experience of studying abroad has many benefits for students. According to a survey done by the Institute for International Education of Students, 97 percent of students who were surveyed admitted that studying abroad helped increase maturity and 95 percent said it had a lasting impact on their worldview. Before any student should jump into traveling abroad there are some things you need to prepare for. One of the many things is knowing your locations and keeping track of your money, especially when having to change currency. “Many colleges and universities in the U.S. make it so that students do not have to worry about money on a daily basis during their undergraduate career,” says Jarlath McGuckin, an enrollment manager for Council on International Educational Exchange.

Natural beauty no longer free at an Washington state marina.

DES MOINES, Wash. — The Des Moines Marina and Beach Park has long been a natural beauty and hangout spot for kids, teenagers, and adults alike in a town that is otherwise lacking in both. For the first 25 years of its existence, the Beach Park had free entry. As of last month, that is no more. In June, the City Council instituted a paid parking system for the marina, both to help offset the cost of maintaining the marina and also help keep the environment clean and safe.

‘This is the million-dolar question:’ is tourism good for local populations?

CORSICA, Italy — In 2016 the United States had more than 67,000 business focused on tourism with revenues of over $20 billion. In Europe, these numbers doubled with over $40 billion spent in tourism just in 2016. However, as these numbers increase, tourism expands to the less populated places. In recent times going to more rural places has acquired a new form of interest. But is this expansion to more rural area beneficial or detrimental to the local populations?

Rising tides lifting Florida tourist towns like Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The sun set this past Fourth of July over Daytona Beach in much the same fashion as it has for years: accompanied by thousands of people, on the sand, in the water, and on the pier. An Eagles tribute band did stirring renditions of “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” The fireworks show was tremendous, chants of “U-S-A!” sporadically broke out amongst the inebriated Southerners, and the mood was joyous. It was, for a night, like the Recession of 2008 had never happened. “Tourism has definitely been on the upswing since the recession,” Kate Holcomb, the Director of Communications for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in an email.