Neal Shine Dies

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One of the greats in Michigan journalism died today. Neal Shine started at the Detroit Free Press "as a copyboy in 1950 and by 1995 had carried the titles of reporter, city editor, managing editor, senior managing editor, columnist and publisher." In his 45 years, Mr. Shine stood up for the common man and stood up to those who would take advantage of the common man. His leadership in covering the Detroit riots of 1967 earned the Freep a Pulitzer. Hail to the Irish poet-scribe.

Orange Cone Season Returns

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And Paving the Way 2007, MDOT's road repair map, will help you locate major road and bridge projects on state roads. The map covers state trunkline (I, M, and US) routes. Separate Detroit and Grand Rapids maps detail construction projects on state roads in these cities. There is also a regularly updated list of lane closures.

Mapping Michigan Roads

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The Michigan State University libraries have mounted another stellar online history exhibit, Footpaths to Freeways: The Evolution of Michigan Roadmaps. The exhibit traces how roads have been depicted on Michigan maps from the time it was a territory to the present. In addition to maps, it includes photographs, unique short-lived route guides and artifacts. Visit the physical exhibit in the MSU Main Library, 4th Floor West Wing Exhibit Cases March - June 2007.

Keep The Heat On

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The State of Michigan has a new website, Be Winterwise, to assist qualifying seniors and low-income customers who may be eligible for help in paying heating bills. The 2007 Michigan Energy Assistance Directory, developed by the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm, provides information on private and public programs that offer energy assistance, and a county by county listing of utilities, programs and resources available. There’s also energy savings tips for your home and energy efficient products lists.

Make It a Michigan Career

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Look no further than the Michigan Career Portal for employment and training opportunities in Michigan. This one-stop-shopping site provides hundreds of links to job postings, career guidance, local labor market data and a wide range of services for job seekers who want to make their future here in Michigan.

Cabin Fever Relievers

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Cross-country ski by lantern light at Hartwick Pines State Park on Saturday Feb. 10th and Saturday Feb. 24th, 6 to 9 p.m. It’s free and you can call 989-348-2537 for up-to-the-minute ski conditions. Closer to home, the Hudson Mills Metropark’s 3.5-mile paved hike/bike trail is cleared all winter for walking, jogging and cycling. Something even warmer in mind? Walk, swim, dribble and dance at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center on Washtenaw Ave.

Happy Birthday Michigan

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Michigan turns 170 on Friday, January 26th. It was on that date in 1837 that Michigan joined the Union as the nation's 26th state. Join in the birthday celebration at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing on Saturday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hands-on activities, exhibits and even birthday cake for the first 100 visitors. In what city was the Frostbitten Convention held that paved the way for Michigan's admission to the Union?

New DVDs on Michigan history

We've recently added several documentaries on Michigan history to the collection. Check out Indian History of Michigan's Thumb Region; Mackinac Island: A 600 Year History; and Michigan's Lumbering Days.

More DVDs on Michigan History.

Help Shape Michigan's Transportation Future, Part II

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the State Library of Michigan, in conjunction with public libraries around the state, are giving you the opportunity to help MDOT set its priorities for transportation infrastructure development through 2030. You can take the MI Transportation Plan's short, one-page survey from January 3 through January 31. MDOT is hoping to gather thousands of opinions from the public to plan a future transportation system that is responsive to the needs of all transportation users, especially those who walk, bike and ride buses. This is your opportunity to let MDOT know what you think about road improvements, expansion, mass transit, safety, and more.

The on-line questionnaire and additional information will be available through any Internet connection, 24-hours a day on the MI Transportation Plan Web site at http://michigan.gov/slrp. This is the second of three, four-week sessions that MDOT will conduct during the next 10 months to involve the public in its planning process; the first survey session took place in June 2006.

Please note that your personal information is not required to participate in the survey, and be sure to tell them how you usually get to the library. Thanks for your participation!

President Gerald Ford 1913-2006

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Former President Gerald Ford, the only non-elected chief executive, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor provide exhibits, history and papers of Michigan’s only president and his family. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press have extensive coverage of the President's life.

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