The Keel News

Friends of the St. Clair River works to protect natural resources and inspire environmental pride
December 3, 2021
- "A sturgeon can live up to 100 years and that's our mentality, always looking ahead at the bigger picture, but realizing that it's the small steps that get you there," says board president Shari Faust. "Through the efforts of our volunteers, scientists, and staff, Friends of the St. Clair River will continue to protect, restore, and educate about our natural resources."

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Local hemp farmers celebrate opening of new Thumb Coast CBD store in Birchwood Mall
December 3, 2021
- For the McCalmons, the growth happening on their St. Clair County farm is just as important as growing the business itself. And helping their customers? Even moreso. “Our main concern is making sure that we have quality products,” Kyle McCalmon says. “Money comes second.”

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Small Business Saturdays, Giving Tuesday, and a wealth of holiday fun planned for the Thumb Coast
November 26, 2021
- “When I think about heading downtown, I think about the experience. It’s a true shopping experience,” Cynthia Cutright says. “Instead of crowded big box stores, you can shop downtown with a cup of coffee or social district drink in your hand. You can end up spending hours walking around under the Christmas lights, the garland wrapped around the lampposts.”

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Festival of Trees expands to include the storefronts of downtown Port Huron
November 24, 2021
- “We were really trying to figure out how we can continue to engage the community and expand the festival in a safe way. And we really wanted to take the opportunity to partner with downtown Port Huron and the local businesses. They supported the hospital so much throughout the pandemic that we want to do the same for them,” says Jamie Guyor, philanthropic officer for the McLaren Port Huron Foundation. “We hope that this will drive some additional patrons to their businesses — and especially over the holidays. It’s a great partnership.”

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Port Huron Museums to host 2nd annual fundraising telethon for innovative visible storage project
November 19, 2021
- “We are pursuing a visible storage project, with the goal of transforming the basement of the Carnegie Center into a visible storage space. This means that we would have glass cases filled with artifacts from our collections storage, moved out into the public eye,” says Kayla Wendt, curator of collections and exhibits for Port Huron Museums.

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Family-owned Country Christmas Tree Farm offers opportunity for holiday traditions old and new
November 19, 2021
- This weekend, Country Christmas Tree Farm & Gifts will be opening its doors for the season. Learn more about the family-owned and operated Christmas tree farm which has been in business for more than a decade. 

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‘We are so excited to be back’: Papaya Branch celebrates new location in downtown Port Huron
November 12, 2021
- “We don’t try to mimic or match other stores; our store is more personal,” says Laura Lyon, owner of The Papaya Branch Boutique. After months away, the women’s apparel boutique returns with a grand opening event on Saturday, Nov. 13, with planned giveaways for the first 100 customers.

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Reflecting on the MPI giving circle, a celebration of the region’s diversity
November 11, 2021
- “We enjoyed the opportunity to meet and network with such a diverse group of people and organizations, and we’re appreciative of the $5,000 grant prize,” says Tony Miller, director of the Unity for Youth program at RC3. “It will support our efforts to spread and cultivate love and unity in our community.”

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Thumb Coast Kitchens opens to the public: ‘An integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem’
November 11, 2021
- “I’m really excited about the opening of the kitchen at Grace Episcopal Church. It opens doors for many new business owners as well as those who are currently running an established business,” says kitchen coordinator Daysha Woodley.

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Drones explore Lake Huron and neighboring waterways for Great Lakes fishery data
November 5, 2021
- Data collected from the experiment will help towards the sustainable management of the Great Lakes fishing industry, a $7 billion-per-year economy.

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