In the darkness of a November night in 2010, a terrible, traumatic and tragic event changed Mara McCalmon’s life forever.
And though the ordeal could have left McCalmon a permanently broken woman, she instead rose like a Phoenix from the burning ashes of her life, and decided to help others. … More MARA MCCALMON: Rising From the Ashes
When Pauline Repp retired as the Port Huron City Clerk, she expected to turn in her keys, walk out the door and never look back.
Boy, did she get that wrong. … More PAULINE REPP: Making a Difference
By Dale Hemmila Melinda Johnson knows exactly what it feels like to be a client walking through the doors of the Blue Water Community Action Agency (BWCAA). She knows because, years ago, when she was a young mother, she was a client. Her introduction to the wide range of helping-services that is offered by BWCAA … More MELINDA JOHNSON: Leaving a Legacy
The key to life is education.
No one knows this better than Port Huron-based dentist Randa Jundi-Samman, D.M.D.
Jundi-Samman, a native of Damascus, Syria, understood from a very young age that education could carry a person out of the dark, abysmal crevice of poverty. … More RANDA JUNDI-SAMMAN: Champion of Education
By Patti Samar Editor/Publisher Blue Water Woman The post-vacation pile of mail was teetering on top of my desk. A large percentage of the snail mail received during my November vacation was from nonprofit organizations. Their envelopes were filled with their annual fundraising “ask.” I opened them all, quickly scanning the letters, reading about the … More PATTI SAMAR: Blue Water Area Should Resolve to Create Gender/Cultural Balance in 2019
By Patti Samar Elizabeth Dewey and Anna Senkmajer are the leaders of the band. And yet, the drum majors of the Port Huron Northern Marching Band also march to the beat of their own drummer. Put them together and they are able to make beautiful music. Their hard work paid off, recently, when the PHN … More ANNA SENKMAJER & ELIZABETH DEWEY: Port Huron Northern Students Share Drum Major Duties
By Patti Samar God does, indeed, work in mysterious ways. Just ask Alana Kelley, pastor of the First Congregational Church of St. Clair. It was never Kelley’s intention to become a pastor. But, apparently, God had other plans. She originally enrolled in a seminary, in mid-life, for purely personal reasons. “I was more interested in … More ALANA KELLEY: St. Clair Pastor Answered When God Called
By Patti Samar Sometimes, life doesn’t go according to plan. That is the situation that presented itself to Laura Scaccia of Marine City when her longtime life partner and fiancé, Gary Kohs, died unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism, in December 2017. Scaccia, who, along with Kohs, has been instrumental in the reinvention and economic revival … More LAURA SCACCIA: changing course
By Patti Samar Sometimes, there is just no escaping the family business. For Jennifer Montgomery, MSA, RN, FACHE, president and CEO of McLaren Port Huron, the “family business” was the practice of medicine and healthcare. “My mom was a nurse, my aunt was a nurse and my uncles were physicians,” she said. “This is not … More JENNIFER MONTGOMERY: caring for a community
By Patti Samar In the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it has been a long and winding road that has led Barbara Payton back to her hometown of Port Huron. To simply call Payton a musician would be a disservice to her wide array of creative talents, and her holistic approach to living. … More BARBARA PAYTON: coming home