By Patti Samar Editor/Publisher This year, more women will likely run for elected public office than ever before. “What difference does it make whether or not there are women in office?” some people ask. It has been proven that men and women approach problem solving in different ways. It doesn’t mean one is better than … More 2020: Year of the Woman
By Patti Samar Editor/Publisher I feel like such a fraud. As editor and publisher of a women’s magazine, I try to encourage women to just be themselves. Ignore media hype. No body shaming allowed! Just be yourself and it is, indeed, enough. All of that is absolutely true. It is. But I didn’t believe it … More PATTI SAMAR: Feeling Comfortable in Your Own Skin
By Patti Samar Sylvie Hurtubise felt deeply for a friend when her friend’s home burned down in 2018. So when Hurtubise, 17, decided to join the construction trades electrical program at the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) TEC center, she understood that electrical work was more than just an occupation and a … More SYLVIE HURTUBISE: Lighting Up the World
Blue Water Counseling Licensed Clinical Social Worker April Gardner has traveled around the world making a difference. … More APRIL GARDNER: Making a Difference
Mellea Panduren of the St. Clair County office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been named the 2019 recipient of the Laura Newsome Legacy Award. … More Mellea Panduren: Shining a Light
Lori Eschenburg, a planner with the St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission, makes good use of a wide range of land-and-sea skills in her work as a cartographer, or “map maker,” for the county, as well as in her role overseeing the Blueways of St. Clair, a program that ties together more than 138 miles of paddling routes in the county. … More LORI ESCHENBURG: Paddling Along
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
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