Lake trout and whitefish leather dyed with natural indigo.

Twenty companies pledge to use all parts of Great Lakes fish

USING FISH: Fish-leather purses and wallets may make their way into Great Lakes fashion with an initiative to use 100% of commercially caught fish by 2025. One of the latest projects is to fully use the region’s whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, walleye and white sucker. Mackinaw City might be one research site. Companies in L’Anse, Detroit, Manistee and Munising participate. It also involves the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. We learn more from the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. By Shealyn Paulis. FOR MONROE, ALPENA, ALCONA, ST. IGNACE, CHEBOYGAN, SAULT STE. MARIE, BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LUDINGTON, OCEANA COUNTY, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, HOLLAND, MARQUETTE, IRON MOUNTAIN, PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.

Big Randy, the sturgeon in Katie Bryant’s seventh-grade class, is pictured in its tank at LakeVille Middle School. Her class is one of several Michigan science classrooms that incorporate sturgeon into their curriculum, using it to teach children about conservation and natural resources.

Kids raise prehistoric fish as a science lesson

KIDS & STURGEON: Students at a Genesee County middle school are raising an endangered young sturgeon in their classroom to learn about conservation and environmental stewardship. It will be released into the wild in the Cass River near Frankenmuth, part of a program designed by Sturgeon for Tomorrow, a group involved with the DNR in the annual sturgeon finishing event at Black Lake near Cheboygan. Other schools participating are in Alcona, Cheboygan, Holt, Indian River, Onaway, Zeeland and Frankenmuth. By Jack Armstrong. FOR PLANET DETROIT, DETROIT, CHEBOYGAN, PETOSKEY, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE, ALCONA, ALPENA AND ALL POINTS.

Howell pepper grower Ryan Karcher grows Friar’s Fury chilis in pots in his backyard.

Pepper wars: Howell grower disputes Pepper X’s record for world’s hottest pepper

PEPPER WARS: Guinness World Records recently announced that the world’s new hottest pepper is a veggie known as Pepper X, grown in South Carolina. But a veteran pepper grower from Howell questions Pepper X’s reported heat measurement. and says he’s developed a pepper that’s tastier and more representative of the pepper community. By Daniel Schoenherr. FOR FOWLERVILLE, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Flames Favorite Record Store: 21 Years of Transforming Lives in Detroit Through Music, Poetry and Inclusivity

In the heart of Midtown, Detroit, sits a store committed to uplifting the lives of Detroiters with disabilities through the power of music and poetry. Flames Favorite Record Store was brought to life 21 years ago by James Carr, a former Child Development Specialist in the city of Detroit.

Originally built as a resale shop, Flames Favorites Record Store underwent a pivotal transformation two years into its operation. Recognizing an opportunity to make a substantial impact on the community, Carr redirected the store’s focus toward music, specifically tailored to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in Detroit.

First Krampusnacht festival brings crowds to Old Town

A haunting celebration of old European folklore filled the streets of Old Town on Dec. 9 with the city’s first-ever Krampusnacht Parade. Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night, is a central and Eastern European holiday, traditionally celebrated on Dec. 5 or the following Saturday. The streets of Old Town were filled with many colorful depictions of Krampus, a horned, half-goat, half-man version of Saint Nicholas, who punishes naughty children, while Saint Nicholas rewards the good children. 

All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre provides meaning beyond performance 

All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will bring the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” to the stage this weekend.  Currently, AECT is in the rehearsal process of “A Christmas Carol” as well as two other shows waiting to premiere in the spring. This year’s AECT productions feature kids from ages 6-18 from both public and private schools in the Greater Lansing area.

A skier at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs, one of the 33 resorts that participate in a White Gold Card promotion, that offers a one-time ski at each of the slopes for $349

Michigan snowsports organization promotes outdoor recreation

SKI PASS: Michigan’s resorts are challenging skiers and snowboarders to visit 33 snowsports areas this winter. It’s part of incentives to boost participation on the slopes. They include slopes in Thompsonville, Traverse City and Harbor Springs. We talk to the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association and Marquette Mountain. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR IRON MOUNTAIN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, HARBOR SPRINGS, CADILLAC, PETOSKEY, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

Great Lakes authors bare their motives

GREAT LAKES AUTHORS: Books usually speak to readers through words and, sometimes, illustrations. But we can learn what motivated their authors by speaking directly to them,. Seven authors who wrote about Great Lakes environmental issues discuss the motivations and goals underlying their books. For news and feature sections. Edited by Eric Freedman. FOR ALL POINTS.

Members of the clay target shooting team at Mid Michigan College.

Community colleges revive sports programs

SPORTS: Some community colleges are expanding their athletics programs as a way to recruit and retain students and help athletes succeed academically, although sports facilities are expensive to build and maintain. Among them are Mid Michigan College in Harrison and Montcalm Community College in Greenville and Sidney. The Michigan Community College Association explains. For news and sports sections. By Kelsey Lester. FOR CLARE COUNTY, GREENVILLE, WKTV AND ALL POINTS.