Writing Portfolio

CPA Trendlines (most stories behind paywall)

Accounting Employment Creeps Back Up (April 20, 2017)
With 4 Days Left, Tax Stats Were Still Down (April 20, 2017)
Refunds Edge Up as Tax Season Winds Down (April 13, 2017)
Tax Refunds Catching Up to Last Year (April 7, 2017)
Tax Professionals Accelerate Filing Pace as Busy Season Heads for the Home Stretch (March 31, 2017)
Individual Tax Filings Still Lag Behind 2016 (March 24, 2017)
Readers Sound Off: What Tax Season Decline? (March 21, 2017)
Tax Season Half Over but No One Is Celebrating (March 16, 2017)
Tax & Accounting Industry Shows Signs of Slowdown (March 15, 2017)
Tax Pro E-Filing Down 10% (March 9, 2017)
Tax Refunds Up Slightly (March 2, 2017)
Where the Jobs Are (and What You Need to Get Them) (Feb. 21, 2017)
CPA Firms Post 5% Growth Rate (Feb. 20, 2017)
Tax Filings Data Looking Less Squirrely (Feb. 20, 2017)
Tax Return Filings Still Lag, But Pros Hold 57% of Market (Feb. 14, 2017)
Tax Filings Down, but IRS Blames the Calendar (Feb. 7, 2017)
Reader Sound-Off: Mandatory Saturdays Stir Controversy (Jan. 18, 2017)

Some of my newspaper clips …

Four decades of sound: Handbell choirs offer way to rejoice, praise God (Midland Daily News, April 16, 2017)
Alzheimer’s researchers seek to prevent, treat disease (MDN, April 3, 2017)
Area maple syrup production faces challenges (MDN, March 17, 2017)
Getting excited about science (MDN, March 7, 2017)
Students explore tech at goIT event (MDN, Aug. 16, 2015)
Freeland board dismisses kindergarten teacher; 100+ attend meeting (MDN, May 20, 2014)
Bullock Creek pumpkin catapult smashes record (MDN, Nov. 11, 2013)
Louganis inspires, advocates at local AIDS Walk (MDN, Sept. 22, 2013)
Diverse Ultrabrication exhibition takes over Saginaw Art Museum (MDN, April 30, 2013)
Contractor delay will push reopening of damaged Bay City Hall into 2013 (Bay City Times, Aug. 22, 2012)
Mosquitoes are ‘worst ever,’ say campers, as Bay City State Recreation Area goes without treatment for first time in decades (BCT, June 21, 2012)
Bay City likely to tear down three more blighted houses (BCT, June 18, 2012)
Matrix:Midland to have explosive beginning (MDN, May 30, 2007) with updates, Extreme degrees and delight: Brown brings down the house (MDN, June 1, 2007) and Helping hands were ready for performance (MDN, June 1, 2007)
Draft consent order released (MDN, Nov. 7, 2002) and updates, Tittabawassee floodplain excluded (MDN, Nov. 8, 2002) and 130 attend Dow consent order hearing (MDN, Nov. 21, 2002)
Dow uses reactor for research (MDN, March 18, 2002)

… and most of my other clips

Rene Syler’s Good Enough Mother: Guest Posting: How A Little Bullying Went A Long Way (March 14, 2013)

Contracted writing projects:

  • Renovation report on 7 ways to renovate your bathroom or kitchen for less (Elance, November 2012)
  • 40 blog entries on alcohol server training – benefits, costs, purpose, etc. (Elance, September 2012)
  • Need list of general/personal tweets (Freelancer, June 2011)
  • Need a good writer for retirement homes articles (Freelancer, May 2011)
  • Write about current event issues for young readers (Elance, April 2011)
  • 11 texts about Remington Steele and other popular TV shows (Freelancer, March 2011)
  • Business articles (Freelancer, March 2011)

Newspaper stories:

MDN indicates Midland (MI) Daily News and BCT indicates MLive/Bay City (MI) Times.

Northwood Style Show explores history (MDN, April 9, 2017)
Readers’ Choice 2015: Alterations & Custom Sewing voted No. 1 by readers (MDN, Sept. 17, 2015)
Readers’ Choice 2015: Boxwell offers deeper kind of massage therapy (MDN, Sept. 17, 2015)
Super Cross packs grandstand at the fair (MDN, Aug. 22, 2015)
Wixom Lake drawdown date unknown (MDN, Aug. 19, 2015)
Lost Bus working on projects in Coleman (MDN, Aug. 19, 2015)
Falcons return to Midland Cogeneration Venture plant to nest (MDN, July 16, 2015)
Summer climb at Whiting Forest a hit (MDN, June 20, 2015)
World Vision Experience Truck visiting Midland (June 15, 2015) and update, Partnership brings awareness of struggles faced elsewhere to local view (MDN, June 20, 2015)
Phoenix dog Roxy to return home after 9 months in Midland (June 13, 2015) and update, Roxy excited to be back home (MDN, June 17, 2015)
Woodcrest students send off retiring teacher (MDN, June 11, 2015)
Kessler competing in young entrepreneurs contest in D.C. (MDN, June 7, 2015)
Mothers of Preschoolers group welcoming new members (MDN, June 4, 2015)
Dow Corning keeping an eye on sustainability (MDN, Oct. 22, 2014)
A strong heart (MDN, Oct. 22, 2014)
Mack honored by Modern Woodmen for work with Camp Centaur (MDN, Oct. 20, 2014)
St. Louis Citizen Task Force to DEQ: Hold EPA accountable (MDN, Oct. 14, 2014) with Scope of cleanup work in St. Louis detailed (MDN, Oct. 14, 2014)
Transportation Odyssey makes visit to Midland (MDN, Oct. 9, 2014)
Habitat teams up with Consumers to promote energy awareness (MDN, Oct. 9, 2014)
Saginaw Art Museum renovations bring life to collections (MDN, Oct. 9, 2014)
Currie Parkway Bridge renovations continue (MDN, Sept. 25, 2014)
Dogs use local site for disaster training (MDN, Sept. 24, 2014)
BioBlitz begins today at Chippewa Nature Center (MDN, Sept. 19, 2014) and update, Bats topic of CNC BioBlitz program (MDN, Sept. 25, 2014)
Nesting pair of peregrine falcons made MCV home this summer (MDN, Sept. 14, 2014)
Midlander describes life during her time in Saudi Arabia (MDN, Sept. 14, 2014)
Motorcycles of all sizes invade Midland County Fair grandstands (MDN, Aug. 17, 2014)
Dow Chemical employees help renew Bay City park (MDN, June 25, 2014)
Midland County Historical Society hosting Hands-On History Days (MDN, June 19, 2014)
DEQ three years ahead of dioxin cleanup schedule (MDN, June 7, 2014)
ChefSteps brings cooking knowledge to MATRIX (MDN, June 3, 2014) and update, Cooking creatively on display at MCFTA (MDN, June 7, 2014)
Women’s Health Initiative: Doctor discusses non-traditional therapies for heart health (MDN, May 14, 2014)
Michigan gardeners have lots to be grateful for (MDN, May 12, 2014)
SwingShift and the Stars closes its inaugural season (MDN, May  10, 2014)
Compliments shine bright at Freeland (MDN, April 10, 2014)
Northwood University Style Show ‘Runway Rhythm’ set for Friday (MDN, April 3, 2014) and update, Models show off rhythm at Northwood University Style Show (MDN, April 8, 2014)
River Roar introduces new lineup (MDN, March 30, 2014)
‘Walk in Our Shoes’ supports women (MDN, March 27, 2014)
Freeland continues to offer school of choice to kindergartners; meeting Wednesday (MDN, March 25, 2014)
Winter Indoor Kids League program concludes (MDN, March 23, 2014)
Diaper Alliance benefits from SwingShift (MDN, March 18, 2014)
Menu Manager serving people who serve (MDN, March 14, 2014)
GED payment help available for Midland, Bay, Saginaw residents (MDN, March 8, 2014)
Legacy Center hosts Mardi Gras feast (MDN, March 2, 2014)
Freeland board OKs teacher contract (MDN, Feb. 28, 2014)
Let’s dance: Event raises thousands for non-profits (MDN, Feb. 16, 2014)
Weinert to dance for Great Lakes Bay Region charity (MDN, Feb. 13, 2014)
Oxbow group hears about latest Nature Center finds (MDN, Feb. 3, 2014)
Midlanders brave cold for Right to Life vigil on Roe vs. Wade anniversary (MDN, Jan. 23, 2014)
Area auto representatives will strut their stuff for judges (MDN, Jan. 10, 2014)
Dow Chemical Co. helps with design of USA Olympic luge (MDN, Dec. 30, 2013)
Freeland robotics moving up (MDN, Dec. 26, 2013)
Freeland principal getting to know the students (MDN, Dec. 26, 2013)
Memorial Presbyterian to offer quieter service (MDN, Dec. 19, 2013)
Public health study begins in St. Louis (MDN, Dec. 18, 2013)
No contract for Freeland teachers this year (MDN, Dec. 13, 2013)
Sculptures become permanent at Dow Gardens (MDN, Dec. 5, 2013)
St. Louis testing residents for contamination (MDN, Dec. 2, 2013)
Northwood University hosts annual Family Enterprises Forum (MDN, Dec. 1, 2013)
Midlander’s letter to Jackie ends up in book (MDN, Nov. 22, 2013)
Freeland teachers, officials disagree on finances MDN, Nov. 21, 2013)
SVSU students experience a taste of culture (MDN, Nov. 17, 2013)
Few Steps From Home Animal Rescue needs dog rescuers (MDN, Nov. 12, 2013)
Alton Brown wows MCFTA crowd (MDN, Aug. 24, 2013)
Hindu festival of lights celebrated (MDN, Nov. 4, 2013)
ZENTX Media Group aids young entrepreneurs in chamber program (MDN, Nov. 1, 2013)
Staff pickets Freeland board of education meeting (MDN, Oct. 29, 2013)
Bullock Creek voters facing millage (MDN, Oct. 27, 2013)
American Girl comes to life in Midland this weekend (MDN, Oct. 24, 2013)
Tombstone marks an ending for St. Louis contamination (MDN, Oct. 17, 2013)
Castro’s daughter describes growing up in Cuba (MDN, Oct. 16, 2013)
World cultures center stage at Northwood (MDN, Oct. 14, 2013)
Residents talk about understanding, nonviolence (MDN, Oct. 13, 2013)
Students have fun learning about STEM at Delta College festival (MDN, Oct. 7, 2013)
McGuire retiring; Dow Gardens looking for new director (MDN, Oct. 5, 2013)
Rwandan genocide survivor speaks in Midland (MDN, Oct. 5, 2013)
50th annual auto show opens (MDN, Sept. 28, 2013) with updates Toyota North America CEO speaks at Northwood (MDN, Sept. 29, 2013) and Auto show draws fans of all kinds (MDN, Sept. 29, 2013)
More Midland students biking to school (MDN, Sept. 16, 2013)
No drawdown for Wixom Lake this year (MDN, Sept. 11, 2013)
Save Brian’s House event Saturday (MDN, Sept. 5, 2013)
Navy vet surprised with trackchair (MDN, Aug. 24, 2013)
Alton Brown wows MCFTA crowd (MDN, Aug. 24, 2013)
Wolverine Bank turns 80 years old (MDN, Aug. 11, 2013)
Bay County elephant rides go on, despite protests (MDN, Aug. 9, 2013)
Modern Made Knights (MDN, Aug. 1, 2013)
Bird banding under way at Chippewa Nature Center (MDN, July 29, 2013)
Youths shine at iCan bicycle camp in Midland (MDN, July 23, 2013)
Youths explore trades at Delta College camp (MDN, July 22, 2013)
Habitat blitz starting Friday in Freeland (MDN, July 11, 2013) and update, Freeland Habitat makeover: One home will get a few more days of attention (MDN, July 18, 2013)
Shirlene’s co-founder Shirley Tegels remembered (MDN, July 18, 2013)
SVSU president search firm hired (MDN, July 14, 2013)
Saginaw Diocese celebration on Thursday to feature huge choir (MDN, June 26, 2013) and update, Joyful Celebration: Catholic Diocese of Saginaw marks 75th anniversary with Mass at SVSU (MDN, June 28, 2013)
FERC revisiting Wixom Lake dam issue because of high cost for improvements (MDN, June 26, 2013)
SVSU students to pay 3.73% more for tuition (MDN, June 20, 2013)
Longtime SVSU president, Eric Gilbertson, retiring (MDN, June 19, 2013)
Freeland church plans food giveaways for youths (MDN, June 14, 2013)
FreeMusic Fest combines art, music and fun (MDN, June 6, 2013)
People gather in Bay City for 350 event promoting reducing carbon dioxide levels (MDN, May 29, 2013)
Grow Saginaw looking for new land for community garden (MDN, May 28, 2013)
Artists prepping for weekend’s Summer Art Fair (MDN, May 27, 2013)
Former Scoutmaster calls ruling a good first step (MDN, May 25, 2013)
Wixom Lake may be drained due to lack of funds for Boyce Hydro dam repairs (MDN, May 23, 2013)
King’s Daughters celebrates centennial (May 19, 2013)
Discount tickets on sale Saturday for Rockin’ the River (MDN, May 17, 2013)
Women’s Health Initiative speaker: Red, green, yellow or blue? What color are you? (MDN, May 15, 2013)
500 attend Chefs for Shelterhouse event at Midland Center for the Arts (MDN, April 26, 2013)
Freelanders raise funds for Habitat project (MDN, April 21, 2013)
Freeland, Saginaw and Bay City also facing potential flooding (MDN, April 19, 2013)
Wines Around the World event Friday (MDN, April 18, 2013)
DDT exhibit opens at Alma College (MDN, April 15, 2013)
USS Edson moving to final home as soon as weather cooperates (MDN, April 15, 2013)
Midland Catholic churches receive new leadership (MDN, April 14, 2013)
River Roar returns to Bay City (MDN, April 13, 2013)
Tax credits become available in 2014 for health insurance (MDN, April 12, 2013)
Wixom Lake to be lowered 8 feet during summer of 2014 (MDN, April 10, 2013)
Citizens rally against violence (MDN, March 30, 2013)
Freeland schools considering staff cuts (MDN, March 27, 2013)
SVSU speaker: People must work together (MDN, March 24, 2013)
One-stop shop for summer camps today at MCFTA (MDN, March 23, 2013)
Tall Ship Celebration returning to Bay City (MDN, March 22, 2013)
‘Joseph’ at Bullock Creek a community production (MDN, March 20, 2013)
‘Chillers’ creator leads ‘writeshop’ at Auburn Elementary (MDN, March 19, 2013)
Freeland schools to consider teaching cuts (MDN, March 14, 2013)
Local Catholics gather in prayer for new pope (MDN, March 13, 2013)
Cosmetologists train for Look Good … Feel Better program (MDN, March 10, 2013)
Midlanders offer thoughts at Delta College energy forum (MDN, March 6, 2013)
Langrill honored for flight instruction in region (MDN, Feb. 26, 2013)
World Spay Day Tuesday: Humane Society of Midland County offering half-off special on adoptions (MDN, Feb. 24, 2013)
Star Wars theme during Ren Fair 2013: The Saga Continues (MDN, Feb. 23, 2013)
Dow Corning among honorees at Saginaw Future luncheon (MDN, Feb. 17, 2013)
There’s partnering to be done with local Indian tribes (MDN, Feb. 17, 2013)
Coleman participates in a Week of Nonviolence (MDN, Feb. 16, 2013)
Joyous dancing at the Tridge draws attention to violence against women (MDN, Feb. 15, 2013)
Saginaw Promise moves closer to $1 million goal (MDN, Feb. 15, 2013)
Campaign seeks to prevent wolf hunts in state (MDN, Feb. 14, 2013)
Ash Wednesday marks beginning of Lenten season (MDN, Feb. 13, 2013)
People need treatment of their ‘symptoms, feelings, hopes, fears’ (MDN, Feb. 12, 2013)
Speaker: Engaging patients can improve health care (MDN, Feb. 11, 2013)
SVSU senior performing at Kennedy Center (MDN, Feb. 10, 2013)
Our Redeemer Evangelical Free Church celebrates 60th year (MDN, Feb. 1, 2013)
SVSU, Northwood have new competitor: Concordia University (MDN, Jan. 25, 2013)
Pro-choice supporters see threats, need for action (MDN, Jan. 24, 2013)
’40 Years of Tears’ memorial vigil held in Freeland (Jan. 24, 2013)
Saginaw Diocese announces plans for Catholic churches (MDN, Jan. 21, 2013)
Just how important is a college degree for jobs? (MDN, Jan. 30, 2013)
Bay City Western junior Lezlie Koch heading to the inaugural in Washington, D.C. (MDN, Jan. 19, 2013) and update, Western High student attends Obama inauguration second time (MDN, Feb. 2, 2013)
Central Middle School radio club students work on projects (MDN, Jan. 10, 2013)
Times are changing for St. Louis Pine River CAG (MDN, Jan. 7, 2013)
Recall legislation requires statements to be factual (MDN, Jan. 5, 2013)
77 years strong: Former Midlanders celebrate anniversary today (MDN, Jan. 1, 2013)
Sparkling surprise: Anonymous gift reunites Wheeler girl with dress
Farmer: Milk price won’t jump over fiscal cliff (MDN, Dec. 28, 2012)
Hard to plan for fiscal cliff (MDN, Dec. 27, 2012)
Christmas village comes to life (MDN, Dec. 24, 2012)
Orange fences signifying contamination come down in St. Louis (MDN, Dec. 20, 2012)
Midland County Historical Society’s Bradley House dressed ‘to the nines’ for holiday event (MDN, Dec. 12, 2012)
Bustle By the Bay kicks off in Bay City (MDN, Dec. 8, 2012)
Family musical this weekend at 1874 Bradley Home (MDN, Dec. 6, 2012)
Time running out in fight against Blue Cross deregulation (MDN, Dec. 4, 2012)
Former Midland County administrator a finalist for Tittabawassee Township post (MDN, Dec. 2, 2012)
Northwood University students look to make Midland boy’s wish come true (MDN, Dec. 2, 2012)
Creative 360 hosting performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Sunday (MDN, Dec. 1, 2012)
Power of Dad seeks a few good fathers (MDN, Dec. 1, 2012)
White Pine Middle School principal dressing as cow to promote online contest (MDN, Nov. 30, 2012)
Latter-Day Saints Church Nativity display features hundreds of scenes, opens today (MDN, Nov. 30, 2012)
Local dancers part of production of ‘The Nutcracker’ (MDN, Nov. 29, 2012)
History buff now tackling human health problems (MDN, Nov. 27, 2012)
Dealing with the grief of children (MDN, Nov. 18, 2012)
‘Steal this property!’ land still for sale; 4.5 acres sold benefits Midland Christian School (MDN, Nov. 16, 2012)
Dow High performing ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ (MDN, Nov. 15, 2012)
Bay County voters approve three of four millages; elect Democrats (MDN, Nov. 7, 2012)
Food Pantry Network, Diaper Bank, SAMS Pantry open new facility (MDN, Nov. 5, 2012)
Bay County could see party majority shift on county board (MDN, Nov. 3, 2012)
‘Last Call’ movie argues a water crisis has arrived (MDN, Oct. 31, 2012)
EPA to sample yards in St. Louis’ Pine River area (MDN, Oct. 20, 2012)
DDT, PBB fences in St. Louis to finally come down (MDN, Oct. 18, 2012)
Sampling planned in St. Louis neighborhoods to be discussed tonight (MDN, Oct. 17, 2012)
Young Life wants community to join 50th celebration (MDN, Oct. 10, 2012)
Many Midlanders part of Bay City theater scene (MDN, Oct. 6, 2012)
Tour buses showcasing Great Lakes Bay Region today (MDN, Sept. 28, 2012)
Local AIDS walk nets $55,000 (MDN, Sept. 23, 2012)
Today is American Business Women’s Day (MDN, Sept. 22, 2012)
Social media conference Thursday in Midland (MDN, Sept. 19, 2012)
Parkapalooza a late summer Sanford Lake tradition (MDN, Sept. 6, 2012) and update, Parkapalooza at Sanford Lake Park draws geocachers, nonprofits, bands and more (MDN, Sept. 10, 2012)
Freeland residents take in sights at Arts in the Park fundraiser (MDN, Sept. 9, 2012)
Freeland’s new turf the talk of the town (MDN, Sept. 3, 2012)
Bay City firefighters would bear brunt of cutbacks under public safety proposal (BCT, Aug. 23, 2012)
Police officers union ‘fully supports’ public safety proposal for Bay City (BCT, Aug. 22, 2012)
Bay City Commission being asked to OK $3.3 million in electrical upgrades (BCT, Aug. 20, 2012)
Mayor Chris Shannon’s veto of public safety millage is up for override at Monday meeting of Bay City Commission (BCT, Aug. 17, 2012)
Torrential rains flood roads; half the parking lots near Bay City Mall expected to be under water (BCT, Aug. 10, 2012) and update, After the floods, the insects: Bay County Mosquito Control promises to be ready (BCT, Aug. 12, 2012)
Firefighter union president, some commissioners don’t believe public safety department is Bay City’s only answer (BCT, Aug. 10, 2012)
Bay City Mayor Chris Shannon adds voice to those opposed to 25 percent energy mandate (BCT, Aug. 9, 2012)
Voters say they want to keep Bay County Register of Deeds Vicki Roupe (BCT, Aug. 8, 2012)
Bay County Democrats tap Rivet as drain commissioner choice (BCT, Aug. 8, 2012)
Tom Herek wins new District 5 in Bay County (BCT, Aug. 8, 2012)
Battle of incumbents yields win for Tilley in Bay County’s 6th District (BCT, Aug. 8, 2012)
Poirier leads exit polls for GOP in newly created 7th District in Bay County (BCT, Aug. 7, 2012)
Police, fire unions divided on public safety department for Bay City (BCT, Aug. 6, 2012) and update, Bay City residents, fire union president object to putting public safety millage on November ballot (BCT, Aug. 6, 2012)
Digital billboards might expand in Bay City, but not downtown (BCT, Aug. 6, 2012)
Democrats Mark Kaplenski, Thomas Herek vie to be Democratic candidate for District 5 (BCT, Aug. 3, 2012)
Cynthia Luczak faces Howard Wetters in contentious race for Bay County Clerk (BCT, Aug. 2, 2012)
Trio compete for Democratic nod as Bay County drain commissioner (BCT, Aug. 2, 2012)
Bay County seeks millage renewal to battle gypsy moths, emerald ash borers (BCT, Aug. 2, 2012)
Bay City Commission to discuss police-fire consolidation tonight (BCT, July 30, 2012) and update, Police, fire chiefs answer Bay City Commission questions about consolidation: ‘I’d like to stay in the EMS business,’ fire chief says (BCT, July 30, 2012)
Bay County Executive Thomas Hickner faces familiar political opponent in Mark McFarlin (BCT, July 27, 2012)
Challenger Kellie Daniels nearly matches Vicki Roupe’s spending for Bay County Register of Deeds (BCT, July 27, 2012)
Bay City looking at alternative sites for new Euclid Avenue water main (BCT, July 27, 2012)
Bay County Register of Deeds Vicki Roupe faces former deputy Kellie Daniels in August primary (BCT, July 24, 2012)
Motorcyclist injured in crash on Veterans Memorial Bridge (BCT, July 19, 2012)
Digital billboard concerns aired at Bay City Commission meeting (BCT, July 17, 2012)
Bay City eyesore turned into rubble, 21 months after fire gutted the house (BCT, July 20, 2012)
New Bay City fireworks ordinance could take effect Thursday (BCT, July 13, 2012) with update, Bay City Commission falls in line with other municipalities in fireworks ban (BCT, July 16, 2012)
Euclid Avenue is site of two more Bay City water main breaks (BCT, July 15, 2012)
Community members asked to help plot Bay City’s future at planning kick-off tonight (BCT, July 12, 2012) and update, Public planning session brings wishes for beach, zoo in Bay City (BCT, July 13, 2012)
Bay County clerk candidate Howard Wetters wants videotape to see when incumbent closes office (BCT, July 9, 2012)
Commissioners, public tour Bay City electric power plant to see where $3.1 million would go (BCT, July 9, 2012)
High temperatures, critters causing some Bay City power outages (BCT, July 6, 2012)
Bay City utility customers seeing higher customer service charge for water this month (BCT, July 5, 2012)
Bay City Commission exempts special events, like the Bay City Fireworks Festival, from new fireworks ordinance) (BCT, July 2, 2012)
Hand-painted Margaritaville camper is turning heads in Bay City (BCT, June 27, 2012)
Environmental advocates unhappy about coal ash at Consumers Energy, seek EPA rule that has been in theworks for two years (BCT, June 22, 2012)
Bay City Commission orders three houses demolished (BCT, June 18, 2012)
Bay City Commission decides against eliminating minimum sewer charge for now (BCT, June 18, 2012)
Bay City Commission sends general fund budget back to city staff for revision (BCT, June 4, 2012) with Bay City Commissioner Elizabeth Peters offers specific budget cuts (BCT, June 4, 2012)
Police-fire consolidation would ‘decimate the fire department,’ says Kurt Wagner, president of Bay  City firefighters union (BCT, May 30, 2012)
Mayor Chris Shannon says revitalization is key to keeping young people in area (BCT, May 30, 2012)
EPA awards $400,000 grant for Uptown at RiversEdge (BCT, May 30, 2012)
Bay City’s noxious weed program in effect; neighbors can report offending properties (BCT, May 24, 2012)
Boaters camp out overnight at Bay City’s Liberty Harbor Marina for prized Fourth of July fireworks festival slips (BCT, May 19, 2012)
Independence Bridge to have more tests, remain closed to vehicles (BCT, May 17, 2012)
Test movements of Independence Bridge could begin tonight, but it still will be closed another week (BCT, May 11, 2012)
Bay City’s Independence Bridge to remain closed another week (BCT, May 10, 2012)
One week later, Bay City’s Independence Bridge still stuck in the ‘up’ position (BCT, May 10, 2012)
Independence Bridge repairs costing Bay City nothing, says City Manager Robert Belleman (BCT May 8, 2012) with Bay City’s Independence Bridge has history of repairs, closures (BCT, May 8, 2012)
Steve Black, Bay City deputy city manager, resigning for private sector (BCT, May 8, 2012)
Robin Brandt, ‘Prince of Birney Park,’ is taking back his neighborhood (BCT, May 4, 2012)
Indoor soccer could replace one sheet of ice year-round at Bay County Civic Arena (BCT, April 30, 2012)
Three more homes could be demolished, Bay City code enforcement official says (BCT, April 23, 2012) with Most neighbor complaints about homes are legitimate, Bay City code enforcement official says (BCT, April 23, 2012)
Bay City electric department director explains where our power comes from (BCT, April 20, 2012)
Gimme five! ‘High 5 Guy’ celebrates the day in downtown Bay City (BCT, April 19, 2012)
Business owner wonders whether anyone is interested in restoring Bay  City’s existing murals (BCT, April 19, 2012)
Treatment to cut lead, copper exposure has begun at Bay City Water Treatment Plant (BCT, April 18, 2012)
Chris Cabala one of the volunteers who tend Bay City’s garden areas (BCT, April 18, 2012)
Some Bay County homeowners work out deals to avoid tax foreclosure; Beaver Den bar and Cornerstore Mission to be auctioned (BCT, April 18, 2012)
Bay County Electronics Recycling Drop Off draws 262 donors, packing semi (BCT, April 14, 2012)
No digital billboard in downtown Bay City … for now  (BCT, April 13, 2012)
Rep. Charles Brunner says Pure Michigan works, and airport needs a new name (BCT, April 13, 2012)
Pinconning Park to offer kayak rentals this summer (BCT, April 11, 2012)
Union alleges possible fraud, antitrust violations in MDOT contract for operating Bay City bridges (BCT, April 8, 2012)
Red Cross focused on core missions after last year’s consolidation (BCT, April 5, 2012)
Jeff Rahl says as Bay County commissioner, he would be accessible to constituents of 3rd District (BCT, April 4, 2012)
Rick Brzezinski says his work as Bay County Treasurer has contributed to county’s good financial condition (BCT, March 30, 2012)
Eyesore on the chopping block: Burned-out home to come before Bay City Commission (BCT, March 29, 2012)
Joshua Novak says if elected Bay County Sheriff, he won’t ask board of commissioners for any extra money (BCT, March 29, 2012)
Bay County Sheriff John Miller says he will make department ‘even more efficient’ if re-elected (BCT, March 27, 2012)
Candidate Robert ‘Bobby’ Lee wants to return Bay County Sheriff’s Department to the community (BCT, March 22, 2012)
Warm weather won’t bring Bay City yard waste collection any sooner (BCT, March 22, 2012)
Bay City Commission gets first look inside Bay City Hall in nearly a year (BCT, March 21, 2012)
Mosquitoes aren’t out yet, but continued warm weather could change that (BCT, March 20, 2012) with No-see-ums to blame for rash of bites, entomologist says (BCT, March 20, 2012) and Midges, not mosquitoes, plaguing residents as warm weather arrives (BCT, March 16, 2012)
Essexville City Manager Doug Alexander resigning to take position in Algonac (BCT, March 15, 2012)
Bay City couple will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with wedding in an Irish pub (BCT, March 14, 2012)
St. Patrick’s Day brings Irish soda bread to Bay City (BCT, March 14, 2012)
New refrigerator from Bay City program makes woman’s life easier (BCT, March 10, 2012)
Leadership Bay County project could make Bay City ‘Mural City (BCT, March 9, 2012) with Have you seen these Bay City murals? Help us find more (BCT, March 9, 2012)
Pinconning Park gets $10,000 boost for beach amenities from ITC (BCT, March 7, 2012)
Bay City Commission puts 180-day moratorium on future digital billboards (BCT, March 5, 2012)
Bay City Hall will be ready to occupy in six to eight months, Muscott says (BCT, March 4, 2012)
Michigan primary: Bay County Board of Canvassers certifying election results, to be posted online by morning (BCT, Feb 29, 2012)
Brunner’s bill makes sure dirt washed off sugar beets isn’t classified as solid waste (BCT, Feb. 27, 2012)
Universal Printing receives tax break on $80,000 tunnel furnace from Bay City Commission (BCT, Feb. 21, 2012)
Monitor Township DDA to disappear when Fabiano Bros. loan is repaid (BCT, Feb. 17, 2012)
Decision delayed on digital billboard in downtown Bay City (BCT, Feb. 16, 2012)
Bay City manager says suspicion of drug activity led to Trenton Robinson’s traffic stop (BCT,  Feb. 15, 2012)
LED billboard still sought for downtown Bay City (BCT, Feb. 13, 2012)Bay County Green Party Chairman Matt de Heus elected state party c0-chairman (BCT, Feb. 13, 2012)Bay City’s Citizens District Councils have new members (BCT, Feb 11. 2012)
Bay City Commission hears three hours of comments on prevailing wage, casts same votes as two weeks earlier (BCT, Feb. 7, 2012)
Bay City Commission repeals prevailing wage ordinance, 5-4 (BCT, Feb 6, 2012)
Crowds gathering for Bay City Commission prevailing wage repeal (BCT, Feb 6, 2012)
Citizens have their say at Bay City Town Hall meeting (BCT, Jan. 31, 2012)
Michigan Girl Scouts realign councils, name new CEO (MDN, Oct. 28, 2008)
A moveable feast: Tailgate options are many and varied (MDN, April 10, 2007)
Matrix gets a-maze-ing (MDN, June 7, 2004) and update, Ixilum enchants (MDN, June 10, 2004)
Dioxin worries aired at Freeland meeting (MDN, Aug. 20, 2003)
‘Flaming Idiots’ take the stage on Saturday (MDN, May 28, 2003) and update, Flaming Idiots bring humor, physical feats to Matrix (May 31, 2003)
Dow board makes changes (MDN, Feb. 12, 2003
Burns named new Dow Corning president (MDN, Feb. 10, 2003)
Second chance for comment on Dow license (MDN, Jan. 27, 2003)
Waste handling at Dow on the table (MDN, Jan. 26, 2003)
More cuts at Michigan Operations (MDN, Jan. 14, 2003)
Dow CEO seeks to restore company profitability (MDN, Jan. 12, 2003)
Dow seeks injunction against protesters in India (MDN, Jan. 9, 2003)
Dioxin level pulled (MDN, Dec. 20, 2002)
Consent order under fire (MDN, Dec. 19, 2002)
Engler to take council post; EPA appointment not likely (MDN, Dec. 19, 2002)
Shakeup at Dow (MDN, Dec. 12, 2002)
Groups sue to halt dioxin order (MDN, Dec. 4, 2002)
Dow CEO talks to supporters of Bhopal survivors (MDN, Dec. 3, 2002)
Dow, Bhopal survivors have different view of events on anniversary of disaster (MDN, Dec. 2, 2002)
Groups petition to stop dioxin proposal (MDN, Dec. 1, 2002)
Dow rail operations jobs cut (MDN, Nov. 19, 2002)
Midland inventor remembered (MDN, Nov. 19, 2002)
Republicans land at MBS (MDN, Nov. 4, 2002)
Dioxin becomes topic at meeting on Dow licenses (MDN, Oct. 29, 2002)
What you need to know: Waste handling at Dow on the table (MDN, Oct. 26, 2002)
Carbide declares partial victory in asbestos case (MDN, Oct. 24, 2002)
Dow to freeze salaries, take other steps to deal with tough economic times (MDN, Oct. 24, 2002)
Dow earnings post modest increase for third quarter (MDN, Oct. 23, 2002)
Dioxin testing still eyed in Midland (MDN, Oct. 23, 2002)
DEQ discusses Dow draft license (MDN, Oct. 22, 2002)
State officials attend River Watch meeting (MDN, Oct. 21, 2002)
Dow, DEQ targeted (MDN, Oct. 21, 2002)
Dow attends dioxin meeting (MDN, Oct. 15, 2002)
Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto reach agreement on licensing of biotechnology (MDN, Oct. 9, 2002)
Dow might combine licenses, permits (MDN, Oct. 6, 2002)
Residents air concerns about dioxin study (MDN, Oct. 3, 2002)
Seven Dow work groups fail to match competitive bids (MDN, Oct. 3, 2002)
Dow reports progress, challenges (MDN, Oct. 2, 2002)
Dioxin questions (MDN, Sept. 26, 2002)
Security tightens at chemical plants (MDN, Sept. 10, 2002)
Dow to change way it reports stock options (MDN, Aug. 27, 2002)
Dioxin warnings greet Freeland residents (MDN, Aug. 27, 2002)
Dow: Results ‘surprising’ (MDN, Aug. 26, 2002) with Sites and samples (MDN, Aug. 26, 2002)
Dow expects to meet Wednesday deadline (MDN, Aug. 12, 2002)
Dow breaks ground on plant expansion (MDN, July 23, 2002)
Steelworkers meet Tuesday, no plan details released (MDN, July 16, 2002)
Hot Project: Work continues on Dow incinerator (MDN, June 28, 2002)
Dioxin answers hard to get (MDN, June 10, 2002)
Dioxin meeting set for Midland (MDN, May 30, 2002)
Meeting sparks curiosity, excitement (MDN, May 22, 2002)
Residents hot about dioxin (MDN, May 13, 2002)
Local governments, company unite in criticism of report (MDN, May 10, 2002)
Activist persists with long battle (MDN, May 10, 2002)
Dow to get medal at White House (MDN, May 9, 2002)
Dow upbeat (MDN, May 9, 2002) with Annual meeting draws protests, questions (MDN, May 9, 2002)
Dioxin input still being sought (MDN, May 6, 2002)
Michigan Operations pipefitters told jobs eliminated (MDN, May 2, 2002)
Dow offers domestic partner benefits (MDN, April 30, 2002)
Dow to be part of bio-defense conference (MDN, April 29, 2002)
No action yet on Bhopal reparations (MDN, April 24, 2002)
Consent order OK’d (MDN, April 18, 2002)
On the path to change (MDN, April 16, 2002)
Everyday hero: Suzanne Cratin (MDN, March 29, 2002)
Dow execs take hit in pocketbook (MDN, March 21, 2002)
Additional soil sampling for dioxin ordered (MDN, March 7, 2002)
Few voices at public hearing (MDN, Feb. 28, 2002)
DEQ explains the revision process (MDN, Feb. 27, 2002)
Activists: State trying to relax dioxin rules (MDN, Feb. 26, 2002)
EPA hears comments on Dow variance (MDN, Feb. 20, 2002)
Dow T-pond price tag: $1.2 mil (MDN, Feb. 12, 2002)
Dow reports on tough 2001 (MDN, Jan. 30, 2002) with Dow reports fourth-quarter loss (MDN, Jan. 30, 2002)
AG seeks millions from Radian (MDN, Jan. 23, 2002)
T-ponds issue moves forward (MDN, Jan. 22, 2002)
Analysts send Dow stock sliding (MDN, Jan. 16, 2002)

Newspaper stories I wrote from 1988 to 2001 are available only through a paid archive, if at all.

Interactive fiction: At the Midland (MI) Daily News we tried this as an experiment. Questions were posed both in print and online, and voting took place online. In the interest of posing options that would appeal to a wide range, I left myself open to the story turning romantic, which is not something I ever wanted but I dutifully followed the voted path. Here are the Vote Me a Story premise and chapters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19


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