Win a Mackinac Island Getaway During Pure Michigan’s “A Love So Grand” Love Letter Contest

LANSING – Before there were telephones, emails, or texting, people wrote letters to express their love. Fans of Pure Michigan are invited to bring back the love letter for an opportunity to win a trip for two to Mackinac Island – a well romantic getaway destination.

Whether it’s Michigan’s sandy beaches, scenic golf courses, or a night of food and culture on the town, fans are invited to write a letter, in 1,000 characters or less, on what they love about Michigan or why they would like to visit.

The Pure Michigan “A Love So Grand” contest runs through April 30 and includes accommodations at Grand Hotel for two nights, full breakfast and five-course dinner and 18 holes of golf on The Jewel. Airfare and/or transportation to Grand Hotel is not included.

“The Pure Michigan campaign evokes emotion and creates stories and memories about the moments and places in Michigan people love,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This contest is a way to continue that conversation with our fans and hear first hand about their passion for our state.”

Participants can submit their Pure Michigan love letter through the entry form on michigan.org, Pure Michigan Facebook contest tab, or Grand Hotel Facebook contest tab starting today and running through Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at midnight. Entries are limited to one unique entry per participant.

All submissions will appear on michigan.org, the Pure Michigan Facebook contest tab and Grand Hotel Facebook contest tab from April 24 – 30, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry. You must be a fan of Pure Michigan (when participating via the Pure Michigan Facebook contest tab) or Grand Hotel (when participating via the Grand Hotel Facebook contest tab) on Facebook to view and vote on the entries.

The winner will be chosen from the top 10 entries, as voted by fans, based on which letter best reflects a passion for or the desire to experience Pure Michigan. The winner will be announced during the week of May 5. Official rules and regulations are available on michigan.org.

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: michiganbusiness.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.

New Single “You Call Me By Name” by Brittany Cordaro!

Brittany Cordaro is a 23 year old singer/song writer/worship leader. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, she began playing the piano at age 5. At age 16, she began leading worship in youth group and into her young adult years. It was at that time that she discovered her calling to be a Christian songwriter.

She studied classical piano at Vanguard University for two years, and felt God calling her out of school and called to pursue her music career full time. Brittany has been a part of multiple worship teams and led worship at churches in Southern California, West Georgia and in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. She now resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is working on providing fans with new music and showing people what a true, raw, and vulnerable woman of God she is: “I’ve always been amazed by the power of influence that music has on the human soul. Words settle beneath our skin, they stay there, we ponder them, and they either inspire us to move, or remind us that we are right where we need to be. No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or where you are going, you want to be accepted and you want to be loved. We search for this acceptance and love in others and more often than not, I have found we are tremendously disappointed. We connect with people everyday, we have the ability to impact people on a daily basis. How we impact them, is always the question.  Your words stay, they create, and they paint a picture of the world to someone. I want the picture that I create to be a picture of faith, of love, and of His grace. I want my words, my song, to be a song of hope, acceptance, and vulnerability. I am weak, I am broken and I am perfectly imperfect. You will never forget how someone makes you feel. With a propensity to be accepted, to be loved, and to discover my purpose for living, I have but discovered one thing with an abundance of certainty: When you can feel something so strong that cannot be seen, when you can hear a voice with words not actually spoken, you know you were created already accepted, already loved, and you are breathing for the very purpose of His grace.”

www.brittanycordaro.com

Fish Stocking Creates Abundant Fishing Opportunities Throughout Michigan

The Department of Natural Resources announced it is in the middle of its new fish-stocking season. This spring, DNR trucks will be spotted pulling up to hundreds of lakes and streams throughout the state to release prized, recreational cargo.

Fish stocking is a valuable tool used by fisheries managers to restore, enhance and create new fishing opportunities in Michigan’s inland lakes and streams and the Great Lakes. The DNR’s Fisheries Division accomplishes this task by rearing fish at its six fish-production facilities located throughout the state, cooperatively managing up to 50 rearing ponds and 12 Great Lakes net pen locations, and maintaining a fleet of 17 specialized fish-stocking vehicles.

Over the course of the year, the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 370 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and four coolwater species such as walleye and muskellunge. DNR fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 137,000 miles to stock more than 1,100 locations.

Michigan anglers have access to four Great Lakes, 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. That puts residents and visitors no more than 10 minutes away from great angling opportunities and world-class fisheries.

Visit the DNR’s website at www.michigandnr.com/fishstock for information on local fish-stocking locations.