Branson is a city located in the Ozark mountains of Missouri.  For many in the Midwest, it's a popular tourist destination known for many musical performances including Dolly Pardon's Dixie Stampede. Other local attractions include Hollywood Wax Museum, Silver Dollar City, Mount Pleasant Winery, Cave Tours, National Tiger Sanctuary and much more. The community was named…

Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, dreamed of a network of "Kroc Centers" in underserved communities, each providing opportunities in arts, education, and athletics for children, adults, and families. The Kroc foundation teamed up with the Salvation Army to head up the project.  There are now 26 "Salvation Army Kroc Centers" across the…

Historic skylight at Bay City Hall

What is the largest US city on or near Lake Huron?  With almost 35,000 citizens the answer is Bay City Michigan.  In 1831 when Leon Tromble built his log cabin by the Saginaw River, he became the first citizen of what would become Bay City. As the city grew, a need for civic services was…