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MYPros On the Town for June 2015

1 Jun

The MYPros Blog is back and better than ever! Every few months we will bring you an exciting new place to visit ‘On the Town’. You never know where we might be or what special offer we might have so make sure you follow Midland Young Professionals so that you don’t miss out on a great new hot spot!

This month’s MYPros On the Town is Crêpes Et Amis! Don’t speak Fren ch? Crêpes Et Amis means “Crêpes With Friends” and is the perfect spot to add a little culture to your lunch. From sweet to savory, this food truck turned café is serving up Crêpes to satisfy even the pickiest of your co-workers. You can even top everything off with a caffeine kick from their selection of artisan roasted coffees and drinks. Go support a local business by indulging in what Crêpes Et Amis has to offer. Bon Appétit!

Location: 130 Townsend St., Midland, MI 48642
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Sat. 7am – 3pm
Phone: (989) 486-3120
Website: crepecatering.com

Display an electronic or hard copy of this article during the month of June to receive $1 off any one crepe!

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We’ll Be Back!

10 Sep

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Thank you for visiting the MYPros blog! The MYPros program is going through some construction right now, and  some staffing changes. We will be back to posting and keeping up on the blog once we get through this staffing change.

Thank you for your patience!

9 Reasons You Know It’s Spring in Midland

28 Apr

 By Mark Kawiecki

With spring in the air, MYPros have finally been coming out from winter hibernation. Here are the top 9 reasons that you know its spring time in Midland!

9. You’ve seen your neighbors for the first time in 5 months.

8. Mobs of people are blocking streets downtown to walk to Great Lakes Loons baseball games.

7. A standard conversation involves discussing how high the Tittabawassee River is flooding.

6. The Farmer’s Market opens!

5. Hundreds of people start planting flowers along major roadways.

4. You can kayak around Chippewassee Park and see the statue family ‘walking on water.’

3. You’ve got your heat on in the morning and A/C on in the afternoon.

2. Great Lakes Ice Cream Company opens and the waiting line stretches down the street.

1.  The Rail Trail becomes a thing again.

Once the weather breaks, the Rail Trail is a great spot for biking or running. Photo by C Hanchey from https://www.flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/. Some rights reserved.

Once the weather breaks, the Rail Trail is a great spot for biking or running. Photo by C Hanchey from https://www.flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/. Some rights reserved.

On behalf of the Communications Subcommittee, we hope all MYPros have been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Are there any things you think we missed? If so, comment below!

 

Summer Breeze: Pure Michigan Campaign Highlights Great Lakes Bay Region

14 Mar

By Mark Kawiecki

Pure Michigan ads aren’t anything new. In fact, the Pure Michigan campaign has now been active for nearly 10 years! Launched in 2006, the campaign has been highly recognized for its effectiveness at bringing tourism and attention to the wonderful state of Michigan.

Pure Michigan’s most recent television ad focuses on the Great Lakes Bay Region. I have really enjoyed all of the Pure Michigan ads, but this one is especially exciting because it will be bringing positive attention to our region. You might recognize some familiar places that are featured in the video like the Tridge, Dow Gardens, Currie Municipal Golf Course, Bay City’s Riverwalk and Frankenmuth’s downtown.

Michigan deserves a big pat on the back from the success of the campaign through the years. Statistics for 2013 show that the Pure Michigan campaign drove more than 4 million trips last year, generating $1.2 billion in economic impact. For the $13 million that was spent on out-of-state advertising, the campaign generated $86.5 million in tax revenue from visitor spending, a return of $6.66 for ever dollar spent.

The 2014 Pure Michigan national campaign will be launching March 17. Due to the success of their efforts, Michigan will also be increasing their international marketing in new areas like Toronto. Presence in global markets like Great Britain, Germany and China will also be increasing.

What do you think of the new ad? Does it represent the region well? Comment below with your thoughts.

Fall Favorites

23 Sep

Pumpkin PancakesCool crisp air, sweatshirts, football games and warm cider…who wouldn’t love fall? It seems to be a pretty popular season among us Midlanders and I am sure you can see why! Personally I am a summer girl, but fall is definitely my second favorite because I LOVE pumpkin everything! Now this love isn’t just an “I love those shoes” kind of love, it is a “when September hits I make everything with pumpkin in it” kind of love! For instance, last weekend I made pumpkin pancakes (without the yucky whip cream of course)! Subtle flavor, but delicious change of pace from your average plain Jane pancake and I definitely recommend them. I also am a huge fan of the PSL, Pumpkin Spice Latte for those of you non-coffee drinkers. Take your pick: Coffee Chaos, Grounds for a Better World, Journeys, etc. I love the PSL no matter where it is from! Please feel free to share your favorite pumpkin recipe with me or if you are nervous about trying one, send me an email with the recipe and I will let you know how it turns out.

I have come to the realization that not everyone is as obsessed with pumpkin edible delights like I am, so let’s talk about the other fun things you can do in the fall! According to our MYPros Poll Results, several of you also enjoy spending time outside watching the leaves change. The Rail Trail is the perfect spot to observe all of the beautiful changing leaves and if you want you can even take an adventure and journey off onto little side trails for more of a scenic experience! I know Jennelle Maki has found a couple awesome hiking trails off of the Rail Trail, so be sure to ask her about those if you are up for a new challenge this season!

Now if you don’t like being outside AND you hate the taste of pumpkin you will just have to visit our MYPros Poll and let us know what you do like! Enjoy the season…Happy Fall!

Social Media Monday: RSS isn’t dead!

16 Sep

Google-RSS-ReaderAll of us have different interests and find a variety of topics interesting. Newspapers are dying and there’s millions of different resources on the Internet. So how can you get the content you want right at your fingertips? RSS feeds of course! However, how do you know which ones to use and what’s the best for you? Here are a few of my favorites that maybe you’ll like as well!

ZiteZite, a social news app, is one of my favorites. Zite is “an intelligent magazine that helps you discover interesting things to read.” All you have to do is tell the application what your favorite topics are; it can literally be ANYTHING. There’s fashion, sports, celebrity gossip, arts & culture, crafts, productivity and even Michigan! Once you subscribe to your favorite topics, it aggregates articles into “Your Top Stories” and presents it in a very visually appealing, easy-to-read format. It’s even integrated with the app, Pocket.

Pocket lets you recall a web page or article that you’ve saved so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection. Pocket is integrated into more than 362 applications across many platforms you probably already use, such as Twitter. You can also install browser extensions to save articles to Pocket right from your desktop.

FeedlyIf you were a Google Reader user, you know Google has discontinued its service. But don’t fear! RSS is not dead just because Google dropped it! There are a ton of other apps that have picked up the slack, such as Feedly. You can import your Google Reader feeds into the app and read your feeds in a variety of views – “magazine,” “headlines,” “mosaic,” “timeline,” etc. It also lets you send articles to Evernote and Pocket, or save them in an internal “Saved” folder.

If you’re in to social media and want to stay on top of all the fast-changing trends, a great resource to subscribe to is Rabbitgram! Rabbitgram is a daily e-mail from a London agency that gathers together the day’s top social media stories. No need to go exploring for what’s new; it all comes to you!

I could go on and on about all the options and apps we have, but no one would want to read it all. If you want to see what other RSS Reader apps are available, click here for the latest scoop and all the essential ones.

What are some apps you use to aggregate all your news? Which are your favorites? Comment and tell us!

Football, Colorful Leaves, Pumpkins… What’s Your Favorite?

12 Sep

Fall seems to be the most popular season among those in Midland. So we were curious to see what everyone loves the most!

Hot Air Balloons, Oktoberfest, Chili & S

29 Aug

Hot Air Balloons, Oktoberfest, Chili & Salsa Cook-off, Dracula, Canoeing Trips, Racing, Big Band Night (think Frank Sinatra), Gourmet Gone Wild. MYPros Marquee Check it out! http://ow.ly/onEw5

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Bumpy Ride

23 Aug

Bicicletta. Fahrrad. Bicicleta. Biciclo. Bisiklet. Bicycle…Midland, MI is filled with people from many different languages and although we may not all come from the same background, bicycling is a common outdoor activity in all countries. Luckily in Midland we have the opportunity to bike not only on the Rail Trail, but on sidewalks that run throughout the city. I truly believe that you could get wherever you want to go in Midland, by bike! With that being said, traveling by bike is not always the smoothest or safest when you have cracked sidewalks, untrimmed greens covering the paths and no bike lanes on main streets.

Let’s first talk about the sidewalks. Yes, I am 100% grateful that they weave and wind everywhere throughout Midland, however some of those turns can easily cause a crash, because they are so sharp and abrupt. The sidewalks are also uneven in many areas and although there are spots which are fixed, there are still several “drops” in the paths. These cracks make it easy for quick accidents to occur and are hard on the structure and tires of the bicycles themselves.

Trees and greenery add a color ambience to a scenic bike tour. Midland Blooms does a wonderful job at making Midland look beautiful in the summer months, filling the sides of the roads with bright flowers and colorful plants. As plants and trees continue to grow more maintenance is required. There are locations throughout Midland that have overgrown their planted “homes”. I am specifically talking about the tree branches that hover the sidewalks, like door frames, and the plants that have grown across the ground, like carpet. These plants create visual impairments for riders making the journey quite dangerous, unless you travel off the sidewalk, through the grass, to avoid them.

Bike Lanes are placed on main roads to keep bikers out of the way of walkers/runners. These paths travel alongside the road and are marked with a white line and a bicycle symbol. Although Midland has been improving their non-motorized transportation paths, more bike lanes through the city would eliminate the first two problems stated above, keeping biking safe and protecting the riders.

I know that Midland is an active town. People love to be outdoors whether it is biking, running, swimming or walking. I do not believe that the cracked sidewalks, untrimmed greenery or lack of bike lanes will hold anyone back from enjoying the beautiful summers we have here, however it would make for a smoother ride!

Learn more about what the City of Midland is doing today to improve transportation in our area at http://www.midland-mi.org/government/departments/planning/Planning/NMTCommittee.htm.

Follow the City of Midland online for transportation updates and information and view the map of the current routes through the city.Biking in Midland

 

 

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Local Library Gets Tech Savvy

31 Jul

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What do you think of when you think of a library? Quite, silent, dark, old…am I forgetting anything? I think of innovative, current and online! The Grace A. Dow Library is just that. No longer your ordinary library, our public library offers book rentals through your hand held device! Now I don’t have to worry about accidentally tearing a page, carrying around heavy books in my purse or driving to the library in general!

Yeah, it’s possible to rent a book through your hand held device simply by visiting the library website and clicking on Overdrive EBooks to view the online selection of thousands of books! You will be prompted to Log In with your library card number when you get to the Overdrive page. (If you do not have a library card, visit the library and the ladies there will hook you up in just a few minutes. Just be sure to bring your Driver’s License. Don’t worry, they will not take your picture.)

If you have a Library card you can search for your book by title, category, author, etc. and find the book you are interested in. My current read is “Picture Perfect” by Jodi Picoult (one of my ultimate favorite authors). I love the way that she reels you into the story and makes you feel like you are living with the characters, through every flip of the page. I also love how the chapters are divided by characters’ viewpoints…but I digress. The fact that the library offers this program makes my interest to read more prevalent, because it is so quick and easy!

After you find your book and pick your download format you will be walked through how to finish the rental process. Instantly, seriously within seconds, your book will be digitally delivered to your device (just be sure to sync it when you turn it on next time).

The option to digitally download books onto your hand held devices is not something offered by all libraries. It is awesome that our library here in Midland offers something different and fresh for those of us that are a little more technologically advanced!

Now head to the Grace A. Dow Library website and search for that summer book you have been wanting to read and enjoy the fact that our library is as tech savvy as we are!