Link Roundup - February 10, 2011

Facebook photo credit: Tim Malott

Hello, Everyone! We hope you’re having a great week so far! This week’s photo was taken in St. Joseph by Tim Malott and posted to our Facebook wall. What a beautiful shot! We have more, so keep reading!

A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the Readers Digest “We Hear You America” contest, and a winner has been declared! Congratulations to Grand Marais for their 1st prize of $40,000!

February is Black History Month, and The Detroit News has put together a great list of events for those living or traveling to the Metro Detroit Area.

Writing in Michigan has compiled a list of writing-themed events happening throughout the year all over the state. From workshops to author signings, scribophiles can’t go wrong with this list.

Four days a year, the Department of Natural Resources allows people to fish for free! The first pair of days is February 19th and 20th. Coinciding with the free weekend, many state parks will have special events, along with clubs and conservation organizations hosting events as well. This is a special treat, so get out there and take advantage of it!

Last year Holland was named the 2nd happiest and healthiest place to live in America, and made national headlines. A Brooklyn, New York woman saw the coverage and was inspired to send Holland $250, and asked them to pay it forward. Inspired by this, the city created the Pay It Forward Holland initiative. Those who perform a good deed are given a card that can be sent to others, encouraging the community to "pay it forward." There is a place to track the cards and see how the good will is affecting others.

Did you know that Detroit was recently named the Angriest City in America? We aren't sure we agree with that decision, and are even more encouraged to join others in Detroit this weekend when they try to break the Guinness record for World’s Largest Group Hug during the Winter Blast Festival. Come to Detroit and make history!