The oldest known religious site is 11,000 years old. Ever since gathering together has been an important part of many religious practices. With large gatherings being tied to the spread of COVID-19, religious organizations have to adapt services
Riverview Church used to have a group meeting at MSU’s Union every Sunday. The church began meeting online in March and plans to continue online services until the pandemic passes. Similarly, the Shaarey Zedek, a Jewish Synagogue in East Lansing went virtual in March.
For decades, Michigan was a Democratic stronghold. George H.W. Bush won Michigan in 1988, and that was the last time a Republican won the state. That is until President Trump won much of the Midwest in 2016. He was able to make a new coalition of states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. To keep that coalition strong this time around, Trump is campaigning hard Michigan and other bue-collar Midwestern states.
Thousands of dorm rooms at Michigan State lay empty. Each year, campus normally is home to around 14,000 students, many of them freshman. This year, that number is down to less than 2,000. COVID-19 is the thing to blame. Thousands of freshmen are starting their college experience in the same bedroom they grew up in.
Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu — which each report tens of millions of users — are challenging the status quo and the business model of Hollywood’s film industry. But their impacts have the potential to hit closer to home, in the dwindling number of small-town theaters like those in Grand Ledge, Williamston and Charlotte.
The Capital Area Humane Society held a fundraiser in Grand Ledge earlier this month. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward its operations and helping animals in the shelter’s care find their forever home. Kelly Chesser of Grand Ledge is one of the many who have adopted a furry friend from the Capital Area Humane Society.
Cheryl Mulder started Crafting for a Cause in fall 2016 as a way to give back to the Grand Ledge area. Group members spend their time around a large table knitting and talking with one another. They started off making hats and other items. Their finished products go to multiple area charities.