TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources plans a stepped-up effort to boost public awareness of water trails. The agency says it hasn't paid as much attention to boating and paddling trails as it has to trails designed for hiking, biking and other land activities. But the DNR is now developing a policy to include water trails in its trail program. A conference on the matter is scheduled for Sept. 15 in Traverse City.
CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Three occupational therapy students at a Michigan university plan to live among retirees as part of a social and communication-based research project. The Western Michigan University students are expected to move in Monday to a Grand Rapids-area Clark Retirement Community facility for 19 months. The project builds on collaborations between the retirement community and the Kalamazoo university's regional location in Grand Rapids.
DETROIT (AP) - Police and firefighters in Detroit head to the softball diamond for a tournament and food donations to help those in need. Each department will field an all-star team Sunday afternoon in the best two-out-of-three event. Residents are invited to attend the tournament at King Boring Field in Dearborn, west of Detroit. Canned goods and non-perishable items are requested and will be given to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is waiving more public schools from a decade-old law requirement to open after Labor Day - a nod to increasingly popular year-round schooling, the addition of more mandated class days and other factors. The trend is alarming tourism officials and giving hope to some legislators who say it is evidence that the law should be revoked.
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