I am not sure about you, but when I hop onto a video call I try to pay attention to anything that might show up in the background. With more and more people attending classes or holding meetings virtually from home, this has become a common challenge. Fortunately, applications like Zoom have features which allow us to block out our background. I sometimes come across pages that offer backgrounds that you can download and use during your video calls. This week, I came across a resource which offered Star Wars-themed backgrounds. This got me thinking about how so many of us are stuck at home,Read More →

Between unemployment and the State of Michigan’s stay-at-home order, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands. In between family and my job hunt, I’ve stayed involved with a few side projects and added a couple of more. My biggest focus, other than my job hunt, was originally going to be on the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, but after the decision was made to cancel the event I found myself with more time than I expected. I find that creative writing can be helpful during stressful situations. For me, it can help me sort out my feelings, or it can be a welcomed distraction.Read More →

The Village of Shepherd is seeking applications for two positions with its Department of Public Works. The job description and instructions follow below: Seasonal Job Posting The Village of Shepherd is currently seeking 2 seasonal laborers. The ability to perform summer mowing, brush chipping, heavy manual labor, and small equipment operations in all types of weather and working conditions is required. A valid Michigan operator’s license is required, and applicants must be 18 years of age. The Department of Public Works performs a wide variety of municipal maintenance and repair duties. Pay is $11.00 per hour at 35 hours per week. Hours of work areRead More →

We would like to know what everybody has been doing during these last few weeks to survive this ongoing COVID19 pandemic, the stay-at-home orders, and other restrictions. What have you turned to for comfort? Or, what advice would you share with others on some of the best ways to handle pandemic related stress? Respond in the comments.Read More →

Businesses and organizations from around the central Michigan area are invited to complete an online survey which asks about the changes they will be making to their hours of operation or to their services. Residents will be able to reference the list below when they want to find out the latest information about their favorite local business. As plans change, businesses can contact Mid Michigan Journal with updates. To add to the list, complete this survey. Send questions, changes, and updates to editor@midmichiganjournal.com.Read More →

On April 17, the Shepherd Police Department posted a message asking followers to share “something that made you smile, laugh, or cry tears of joy in the past 7 days.” Here are some highlights: ●Becky Newport recalled a happy memory: “My mom went for a walk in her neighborhood on Easter Sunday morning. Her neighbor came out on his porch and sang Easter songs to her. That made her day. It made my heart happy!” ●“My daughter colored me a bunch of pictures that said ‘I love mom’ on it, and gave them to me when I went to visit my children. It made myRead More →