Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Movie Review

Transcendence is a new science fiction film starring Johnny Depp as a computer scientist working on advanced artificial intelligence. He and many other people working on artificial intelligence around the country are attacked by a terrorist organization, who want to prevent Depp and others from creating a world where computers can “transcend” abilities of the human brain. Depp’s character is shot with a radiation-laced bullet, the bullet narrowly misses him but he gets radiation poisoning. Read more [...]

Gateway Community Services

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

In 1970, Louis Hekius, a former Michigan State University Dean and professor, started Gateway Community Services. Originally known as the Drug Education Center, the organization was created with the intent of helping people with drug abuse, problem pregnancies, crisis therapy and family intervention. In 1974, Gateway changed its name and shifted its mission to focus on serving the unaccompanied runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Executive Director Mark Morton said, “Obviously, youth who are Read more [...]

A Career in Creating

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Careers for Consideration, Features

The kiln is turned on, handcrafted glass beads are removed from the previous day and Val VanSandt is ready to go. Every morning, this glass jewelry artist from Eaton Rapids gets down to business in her basement studio spending hours creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. “Anytime you’re running a business for yourself, there is no slack,” VanSandt said. “You have to do it yourself or no one else will.” Growing up in a family of artists, VanSandt was born with a creative Read more [...]

New Growth

Written by Susan Combs. Posted in Business Coach, Features

After the wicked winter we all endured, spring is especially welcomed this year. And with spring comes new growth. I was having lunch with my friend, Debbie, and we were discussing the DiSC work style assessment. I provide training on this popular, 4-quadrant work style assessment which helps people understand their style and behavior. On one axis, people identify with being either fast-paced or more moderate and thoughtful in their decision-making style. On the other axis, people are either task-focused Read more [...]

Going Green to Save Green

Written by Sarah Bohan. Posted in Features, Financial Facts

Often, the decision to go green comes down to cost. When trying to go green, we have to adjust our mindsets to look long term, and reasonably assess what will be right for us right now and down the road. Done right, going green can make sense financially. Here are some tips on how you can start the process of making your home or workspace green. Look at your budget and make a plan Know what is important to you. While the initial expense of green materials may be a little higher, the overall Read more [...]

Dusty’s Tap Room

Written by Emily Caswell. Posted in Features, Restaurant Review

Ah, April. Spring showers — hopefully spring flowers and … tax season. Matt and I don’t have the best of luck when it comes to taxes, so after making our appointment with a local accountant, I also made plans for us to have a lunch (and a cocktail or two) at Dusty’s Tap Room. Tucked in a strip mall in Okemos off Grand River, Dusty’s Tap Room is the more casual side of the Dusty’s family, which also includes Dusty’s Wine Bar and Dusty’s Cellar. Arriving on yet another cold Read more [...]

Good News for April 2014

Written by CAWLM. Posted in Features, Good News

Heather Conway Made Committee Chair for Rotary Club of East Lansing Heather Conway, a Certified Public Accountant recently stepped in as committee chair for the Rotary Club of East Lansing’s newest fundraising project, “Pedal for a Purpose.” A long-time member of Rotary, Conway said being a part of the organization allows her to surround herself with people who share a common goal. In addition to her volunteer work with Rotary, Conway is also an active member of the Junior League of Read more [...]

Aggie Mae’s: New Bakery With Old World Charm Opens in Grand Ledge

Written by Ann Cool. Posted in Business Profile, Features

Treat yourself and your next party guests to sweet and savory goods sure to satisfy any palate and appeal to the eye. The new Aggie Mae’s Bakery and Sweet Shoppe opened this year in Grand Ledge. The bakery is named after owner Neva Austin’s mother from whom she learned to bake from scratch. “I don't remember there ever being a mix in the house while I was growing up. My mother taught me everything,” Austin said. “She gave me my foundation.” To this day, the aroma of freshly Read more [...]

Cyrille Aimée: Jazz Artist Brings her Talent to the Wharton Center This Spring

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Jazz music has laid its roots into American culture. On Thursday, April 24, one of jazz music’s upcoming talents Cyrille Aimée will perform at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts! At the age of 26, Aimée has already released four CDs internationally and in 2007, she won the Montreaux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition. “I love the connection music creates between musicians, and also the connection between the musicians and Read more [...]

Komen Mid-Michigan: More Than a Decade of Races and Hope

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Features

Thirteen years ago the Lansing State Journal featured the introduction of the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan affiliate. In the past 13 years as executive director, Chris Pearson, has grown Komen Mid-Michigan to raise more than $1.3 million for those struggling with the disease of breast cancer. Pearson had no idea when she picked up the phone and dialed the Komen headquarters many years ago that the impact would be this great. “I just wanted to find out how to volunteer,” she explained. Read more [...]


Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Movie Review

Divergent is based on the young adult novel of the same name. It’s the first of the series that sets the scene and many of the main characters. The setting is interesting, taking place hundreds of years in the future after a huge war in broken down Chicago. No one knows what is beyond the fields surrounding the city where food is grown and leaders have erected an enormous fence in order to keep something out. Because this movie script fails to fully explain what or who is outside of the fence, Read more [...]

Potter Park Zoological Society

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

When it officially opened in 1920, Potter Park Zoo became Michigan’s first public zoo and has continued to provide visitors with the opportunity to understand the importance of science and nature for almost a century. Situated on nearly 100 acres and featuring more than 600 animals representing 160 different species, Potter Park Zoo is one of Lansing’s greatest assets. “Each day at Potter Park we work to inspire people to become better stewards of our natural world,” said Zoo Director Read more [...]


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