Find the bee, park for free

Construction keeps spreading in East Lansing… between road closures and traffic, parking can be impossible. However, there is a bee flying around town that might help take the sting out of finding a place to park. “Find the Bee, Park for Free,” happens two times a week in the downtown East Lansing area near the shops and restaurants. “We post a picture on social media, five parking meters are covered, and that provides free parking for the day, that’s over $700 a month in free parking,” said Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, Community Development & Engagement Manager of East Lansing.

Lighthouse keepers shift attention to empty nesters, modern marketing


Capital News Service

LANSING — Larry Stowitts said his mood was dreary during his first few days on an offshore lighthouse in 1959. He’d imagined a lawn to keep tidy and neighbors nearby. Instead White Shoal Lighthouse offered a 72-square-foot concrete base and miles of open water. Stowitts sometimes heard cars rumble across the distant Mackinac Bridge, but dry land was nowhere in sight. He remembers the moment his mood finally shifted:

“There was a front porch on White Shoal, and the officer in charge came around, and he had a bucket and a brush in his hand and I thought, ‘Oh crap, I’m in trouble,’” Stowitts said.

A depiction of Fort Mackinac from the 1890 book, "A lake tour to picturesque Mackinac via the D & C."

Remembering the soldiers of Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island bustles with 850,000 to a million visitors annually. But for British and American soldiers stationed there from 1780 through 1895, the strategic but remote outpost could be a place of loneliness, spectacular beauty, harsh discipline, even death. A new book tells the stories of those who served there until 1895 when the only remaining squad “marched out of Fort Mackinac for the last time,” victims of Army skepticism about its military value and a national cost-cutting movement that closed many forts.

Sweet historical discoveries at maple sugaring camps

Archaeological research at four sites in the U.P.’s Hiawatha National Forest sheds new light on how Native Americans and French-Canadians made maple sugar in the late 1700s through late 1800s. Maple sugar was more than a mere commercial product for them, and the seasonal sugaring camps offers insights into social structure, diet and lifestyles, the archaeologists tell us.

White Shoal Lighthouse.

Lighthouse keepers shift attention to empty nesters, modern marketing

Lighthouse owners are looking at new marketing techniques to draw visitors and funding for preservation. State grants have helped Keweenaw Waterway Lighthouse in Chassell, the DeTour Reef Light on Drummond Island and the Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse. The Harbor Beach Lighthouse Preservation Society spent nearly $1 million over the past 30 years to maintain its lighthouse. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association spent millions to renovate St. Helena Island Lighthouse. Lack of funds has stalled major restorations of the Cheboygan River Front Range Lighthouse. We also talk to a former lighthouse worker at White Shoal, the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance and the state Historical Preservation Office.

Renovation underway for inconic lighthouse


Capital News Service

LANSING — Renovation started this summer on a multi-year and multi-million dollar project to restore a Great Lakes icon and, for the first time, open its doors to the public. White Shoal Lighthouse is offshore 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s not visible from land and is a rare sight for boaters, but its red and white, barber pole stripes make it a popular memorabilia item throughout the Great Lakes. Michigan even featured the light on fundraising license plates until private owners purchased the lightstation for $110,000 in 2016. The sale was finalized in June.

Artists gather for Grand Haven’s 57th art festival

Grand Haven hosted its 57th art festival this past weekend. This festival brings in nearly 100 artists and puts their work on display for viewers to either browse through or purchase. The event was held on Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven. All kinds of art were on display, from photography to pottery to jewelry. “The goal of the Grand Haven Art Festival is to provide the visitors of West Michigan area with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist,” festival director Mary Sherman said.

River Days is an outlet for some Detroiters

Waking up every morning not having anything on your summer agenda when your mother at work is and just overall being bored with the summer? Then hearing the carnival is coming to Detroit — and it’s free before 5 p.m. on Friday — is good news. 

This past weekend the 12th year of the Detroit River Days carnival took place. There were rides, face-painting, and many other things for the kids to enjoy. 

“Being able to see my kids laugh and play gave me so much joy. Seeing them able to run and play, just being kids is what put this big smile on my face,” Kyra Frailey, a River Days participant, said.”Especially since I am always at work now that it’s summer time.”

“Just seeing black kids being kids is awesome, the smiles on their face bring a smile to my face. Not having a worry in the world, just running around being free,” Demario Hunter, a River Days participant, said.

5 things to do in downtown Detroit

There are many renovations coming to Downtown Detroit. It’s almost becoming a tourist city. Since the NBA decided to move the Pistons to downtown Detroit have been

Now all three of the sports teams are located in Downtown Detroit. There is going to be constant traffic and people Downtown. There are many new features in Detroit a lot of people that’s not from Detroit or never been to Detroit don’t know much about.