Susan from Berrien Community Foundation gives us a peek at the huge amount of scholarship winners for 2021 in Berrien County, including Watervliet graduate Grace Weckwerth, winner of the Upton Opportunity Scholarship and the Heart of Cook Scholarship. To get more on scholarships and start one of your own, visit berriencommunity.org.... [Read Full Story]
Kayla from Honor Credit Union joins Zack to chat about the Independence Celebration with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber at Watermark Solarium coming up this Friday for those 21+! Get details on the Honor Facebook page by clicking Events.
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Social Media Day: Otherwise known as Wednesday
Meteor Watch Day: A good day to look up
Sarah with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber joins us to chat about this Friday’s great Independence Kick-off Celebration at Watermark Solarium in Stevensville, plus a ribbon-cutting at Shamrock Station in Berrien Springs on Saturday. Find details on these events and others at smrchamber.com!... [Read Full Story]
Return to my pre-pandemic morning routine — 42%
Wear makeup again — 34%
Chat with co-workers and friends in-person — 34%
Return to daily commute — 33%
Wear nice clothes again — 31%
Small talk — 33%
Looking presentable — 31%
Movie theaters — 30%
Crowded stores — 28%
Traffic — 27%
Jessica from Cornerstone Alliance introduces us to Brandon at the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance and Katie from Holt Bosse, who are working together to launch the “Little Fish, Big Pitch” program where local businesses could win a marketing plan from with expertise from Holt Bosse & Cornerstone Alliance and the Women’s Business Center! Get details at cornerstonewbc.com and be sure to get your application in before August 1st.
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National Paul Bunyan Day
International Body Piercing Day
Get healthier/lose weight – 41%
Travel to an exotic location – 35%
Achieve a wealth goal (e.g. pay off a student loan) – 29%
See a natural wonder – 28%
Own my own home – 27%
Change someone’s life for the better – 27%
Get married – 22%
Learn a new language (including computer languages) – 19%
Have children – 17%
Start a business – 15%
The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Presented by1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services is returning to downtown St. Joe July 10-11 with tickets available at krasl.org. Valerie from Waterfront Framing & Design is a valued Premier sponsor of the event, and talks to Zack East about the great relationship art + design have to make your purchases really pop!... [Read Full Story]
Oliver is a snuggly fellow who craves attention. This one year old neutered male is a classic Tabby Cat with stripes and a distinctive “M” on his forehead. He loves people, kittens, and other cats. Will you welcome him into your home forever? Please contact Animal Aid at 269-934-7729 to schedule a meet and greet with the awesome Oliver.... [Read Full Story]
National Leon Day: Nope, this isn’t a day to recognize people named Leon – although I’m sure they would appreciate some love today. Leon Day actually recognizes June 25th as being six months away from Christmas Day. Leon is Noel spelled backward. So … get out there and do some Christmas shopping?!
Global Beatles Day: A good day to listen to the Beatles.
Take Your Dog to Work Day: It’s hard enough that many of us have to go back to the office. But it’s even harder leaving our furry friends behind. So today’s the day to convince your boss that your mental health depends on fido or fluffy being along side you today!... [Read Full Story]One day after bombshell court testimony, Britney Spears apologized to her 30 million Instagram followers. She wrote, (quote) “I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AT ALL.”Britney’s timeline always showed her happy and enthusiastic. When asked directly, Britney made believe that she was living the dream in her huge California mansion. In all honesty, she was lying and hiding what she suffered under her dad’s iron fist.Britney admitted on Thursday, (quote) “I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years. I did it because of my pride. Instagram actually helped me feel like I matter despite what I was going through and hey it worked.” (Billboard)
Stars are showing support for Britney Spears as the pop star battles to get out of her conservatorship.Britney revealed during a court hearing this week that her legal arrangement forces her to do things she doesn’t want to, including extensive performances and multiple weekly meetings and therapy appointments. It also apparently blocks her from doing things she does want to do, like having another child, by forcing her to get an IUD.Her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, tweeted out a trio of messages supporting Brit. “After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was…what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body… No one should EVER be held against their will…or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for… Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”
Ed Sheeran‘s website says he currently has no shows scheduled, but that didn’t stop him from grabbing his guitar and playing for England’s national soccer team at their training facility today (Thursday).The acoustic set took place outdoors at St. George’s Park, the English Football Association’s National Training Center in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. According to World Soccer Talk, Sheeran received special permission to enter the COVID-secure bubble to entertain the players.Midfielder Jordan Henderson called Sheeran “very warm,” and said “as a performer everyone knows how good he is.” He added, “It was a bit surreal at times. He was just sitting playing the guitar while we were eating. I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person. The lads really enjoyed it.” England plays Germany on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the UEFA Euro 2020 championship.A couple named Marc and Kristin have been dealing with problems their pug — Puggaroo Shorty — when Marc leaves the house and travels on business.It seems that Puggaroo Shorty deals with some pretty severe separation anxiety. He barks and cries and nothing seems to calm him down.Well, Marc and Kristin came up with a solution — and it seems to be working. They brought a mannequin into the house and dressed the mannequin just like Marc.Sure enough. Puggaroo Shorty — along with other dogs that Marc and Kristin are caring for — have been finding comfort by cuddling up with the mannequin version of Marc, which everyone calls “Farc,” short for Fake Marc.Marc admits that he’s a little hurt that Puggaroo Shorty could be fooled by “a brainless dummy,” but is also relieved that Shorty has found something that makes him happy while Marc is away. (Sunny Skyz)Britney Spears demanded the immediate termination of the conservatorship that has stretched more than 13 years.Wednesday’s virtual appearance before the judge was the first time Britney personally addressed the court. She had remained silent out of fear that she would not be believed. Though she desired her freedom a long time ago, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny, (quote) “I did not know I could petition to terminate the conservatorship.”Speaking in a crisp clip for 23-minutes, Britney said the conservators separated her 12-step friends from her and lied to her for years. (quote) “I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol for what they’ve done to my heart. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship — including my management – should be in jail.”She added, (quote) “My own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the [2018 Piece of Me] tour. It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to. The conservatorship should end.”Earlier in the day, her boyfriend of four years, Sam Asghari, displayed his support by flaunting a #FreeBritney T-shirt. Britney wished out loud to “get married. I wanted to take the IUD out and have a baby, but conservator won’t let me because they don’t want me to have a baby.”Changes Britney demanded include a new lawyer, an end to regular drug testing, mental evaluations and twice-weekly therapy sessions. If she must visit a shrink, Britney wants a private entrance away from paparazzi. She admitted, (quote) “I do know I need a little therapy. I’ve been so angry. I cry every day. I just want my life back. I want to own my money. For my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car. I want to sue my family.” (People)
Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to endanger children and disseminating material harmful to juveniles.According to Deadline, the charges against the Drake & Josh star “stem from a December 2017 meeting between the then-31-year-old actor and a 15-year-old girl, when Bell was in Cleveland to perform a concert. Police have not specified what occurred at the club, but say the meeting followed months of inappropriate social media messages, and that the two had known one another for several years.”His sentencing is set for July 12th. Bell faces 18 months for the felony charge of attempting to endanger children and six months for the misdemeanor charge of disseminating material harmful to juveniles.
Harrison Ford suffered a shoulder injury on the set of the latest Indiana Jones movie.According to Disney, the 78-year-old actor was rehearsing a fight scene when he got hurt. There’s been no word yet on the severity of his injury. Production on the UK set will continue on an adjusted schedule while he is on the mend. Ford is reprising his role as Indiana Jones for the fifth and final time. The film is scheduled to be released next year. (BBC)
Daniele checks in from St. Joe Today with a great list of events and deals to check out! Don’t miss out on their Facebook page or at stjoetoday.com!... [Read Full Story]TODAY IS:
Bomb Pop Day: A good day for an ice pop.
Swim a Lap Day: A good day to get in the pool.
Fairy Day: A good day to believe in magic.
Fido or Facebook? A bunch of heartless pet owners picked social media over their pets. Yep, a survey found that 40% of respondents would give up their pets rather than social media. It’s not just pets. That same 40% said they would give up their TV and even their car before deleting their social media accounts. Even cash didn’t sway them. More than 70% said they would not give up their social media accounts for less than $10,000. (Reboot)
There’s great news regarding a cure for hiccups. A new product is scientifically proven to do what holding your breath, swallowing three times, or standing on your head can’t do. It’s called HiccAway. It’s an L-shaped plastic straw with small holes on each end that makes it harder to suck water through. The designers say that the effort it takes to sip the water causes a contraction of the diaphragm and activates a nerve that shows a 92% effectiveness in stopping hiccups. (The Guardian)
Is it possible the pandemic took years off your life, even if you never got covid? According to a new poll, most Americans say YES. 55% think that dealing with all the stress from the pandemic . . . and sitting on their couch so much . . . made them age faster than they would have. And 46% say they’ve had more aches and pains because of it. 76% of people admit they need to be more physically active going forward, so they can start “aging better.” Our top reasons are to avoid chronic issues like back pain . . . to live independently for as long as possible . . . and to make sure we can still be physically active well after the age of 50.
Christina Clemons clinched her spot on the U.S. Olympic team with her performance in the 100-Meter Hurdle trials. But it was something on her ears that got people’s attention: a pair of dangly mini Cool Ranch Doritos chips earrings. In an interview posted to her Instagram story, Christina explained why she wore the earrings, which are something of a good luck charm: “I love Doritos, so why not? And they match my uniform, and my husband calls me Dorito because I have broad shoulders and small hips so it was just fitting.” No doubt Doritos will be following Christina’s performance at the Olympics. In the meantime, if you want a pair of the earrings, there are a number of options available on Etsy. (Delish)Britney Spears demanded the immediate termination of the conservatorship that has stretched more than 13 years.Wednesday’s virtual appearance before the judge was the first time Britney personally addressed the court. She had remained silent out of fear that she would not be believed. Though she desired her freedom a long time ago, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny, (quote) “I did not know I could petition to terminate the conservatorship.”Speaking in a crisp clip for 23-minutes, Britney said the conservators separated her 12-step friends from her and lied to her for years. (quote) “I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol for what they’ve done to my heart. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship — including my management – should be in jail.”She added, (quote) “My own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the [2018 Piece of Me] tour. It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to. The conservatorship should end.”Earlier in the day, her boyfriend of four years, Sam Asghari, displayed his support by flaunting a #FreeBritney T-shirt. Britney wished out loud to “get married. I wanted to take the IUD out and have a baby, but conservator won’t let me because they don’t want me to have a baby.”Changes Britney demanded include a new lawyer, an end to regular drug testing, mental evaluations and twice-weekly therapy sessions. If she must visit a shrink, Britney wants a private entrance away from paparazzi. She admitted, (quote) “I do know I need a little therapy. I’ve been so angry. I cry every day. I just want my life back. I want to own my money. For my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his car. I want to sue my family.” (People)
Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift are never going to agree.The mega-manager contradicted Taylor’s account of trying to acquire her back catalog. He purchased Swift’s master recordings then leveraged their value in a billion-dollar deal with the South Korean company that owns K-Pop stars, BTS.Taylor has said that she tried to buy her music, but Scooter would not make a deal. Speaking with Variety, Scooter shared his side, (quote) “I don’t know what story she was told. I asked for her to sit down with me several times. I offered to sell her the catalog back and went under [non-disclosure agreement], but her team refused.”Here’s what Taylor wrote late last year. (quote) “Scooter Braun wanted me to sign an ironclad NDA stating I would never say another word about Scooter Braun unless it was positive. I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work.” (Billboard)Starting this Friday, June 25th, 54-year-old accountant Wai Law of Bethpage, New York, plans to run 555 miles over the course of 10 days — all for charity.Wai will run the 555-mile length of the recently completed Empire State Trail, while pushing a baby stroller stocked with 50 pounds of supplies.Along the way, he will stop to sleep and eat, mostly using the supplies packed in his stroller. And, of course, he expects some visitors along the way, but mostly expects to take on the journey by himself.Wai will be running the equivalent of 21 marathons to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s research.Last year, he raised more than $10,000 while running “only” 103 miles. Wai hopes to double that amount this year.Wai says that he definitely expects to be in pain during this run, but the effort is well worth the trouble because he’s running for those who can’t. (Newsday)