CNS budget, Dec. 11, 2020

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12/11/20 CNS Budget — Week 14

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295;

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Editors: Note that this is the last regular file of the semester. We will move a bonus file next week of still-timely stories reported earlier this semester but that you may have not yet published.

Here is your file:

HUNGERSPIKE: As the holiday season approaches, the demand for food in Michigan is at a record high because of  COVID-19, according to the state’s food banks. The need for volunteers to distribute it is also at record levels. And monetary donations are up. We talk to several regional food bank officials to get a sense for the increased need for food assistance as the pandemic leads to job loss and new medical expenses. Includes references to Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee and St. Joseph counties, West Michigan and Metro Detroit. Zholdas Orisbayev FOR BLISSFIELD, HILLSDALE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, COLDWATER, HOLLAND, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, BENZIE, OCEANA, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, BIG RAPIDS, LAKE COUNTY, HERALD STAR AND ALL POINTS

CANOPY: Poetry can connect readers with the outdoors while the pandemic keeps them indoors, says a Western Michigan University professor. Alison Swan’s newly published book is a collection of poems about nature and the environment. For news and feature sections. By Chioma Lewis. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS.

w/CANOPY PHOTO1: The cover of ‘A Fine Canopy.’ Source: Wayne State University Press.

w/ CANOPY PHOTO2: Poet Alison Swan has imagined a book of poetry about nature since she was a young girl. Source: Western Michigan University.

CURWOOD: There’s a little castle upon a picturesque riverbank, a peculiar sight, standing strong for almost a century, not in a fantasy novel or a period film set in Europe. In Owosso. It was built for action-adventure nature writer and conservationist James Oliver Curwood. For features and news sections. By Claire Moore. FOR LANSING CITY LIMITS AND ALL POINTS.

w/CURWOODPHOTO1: The exterior of the Curwood Castle in Owosso as it appears today. Credit: Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

w.CURWOODPHOTO2: Author James Oliver Curwood sits in his writing studio in one of Curwood Castle’s turrets. Credit: Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

w/CURWOODPHOTO3: A copy of the original blueprint for Curwood’s French-style château castle, which he built in Owosso in 1922. Credit : Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

w/CURWOODPHOTO4: Curwood Castle under construction in 1922. Credit: Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

w/CURWOODPHOTO5: The interior of Curwood’s writing studio in a turret of Curwood Castle as it appears now. Credit: Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

w/CURWOODPHOTO6: Curwood’s typewriter. Credit: Owosso Historical Commission/Owosso City Museums

HOLIDAY BOOKS: Looking for a holiday gift with the spirit of the Great Lakes region? If so, here are some books that Capital News Service has written about this year, including interviews with their authors. For features and news sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS

w/WOLF ISLAND COVER: Credit: University of Minnesota Press.

w/INNER COAST COVER: Ann Arbor author Donovan Hohn explores Michigan’s ‘inner coast’ in his collection of essays.


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