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Mary Gajda

Mary Gajda is the managing editor for 517 Magazine and has an extensive background in radio and television. She enjoys creative writing, photography and spending time with family — and she will never say no to an evening of karaoke.

Mary Gajda


Summertime Social Comes to Downtown Lansing

Get Social with Lansing Social Districts this summer. Grab your friends, neighbors or a co-worker, then pick-up a social district drink to join us within L…

Being Fair and Balanced in an Influencer World

On the Record with television journalist Ann Emmerich Emmy Award-winning WILX TV-10 evening anchor Ann Emmerich has been in broadcast journalism since her…

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

A garage sale is a great way to purge old items and make cash to pay off bills, buy replacement pieces or even take a vacation. Doing it right will make the …

Zesty Radish and Chive Sandwich

Radishes are fresh, crisp and peppery tasting. Not everyone loves them; but if you do, here’s a treat you’ll want to try. Ingredients: 3 radishes, th…

Why Coffee Table Books are a Thing

Coffee table books have long been considered as decorative. They grace your tabletop with beautiful photos. They are nice to have guests leaf through as conv…

On the Record with Aaron Tobias of Century Construction

Aaron Tobias is passionate about the work he’s put into the community for 15 years with Century Construction of Lansing. As a general contractor, the busines…

Hall of Famer Smoltz Makes a Stop in Support of Autism

Lansing Native and Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz has been making headlines again for putting his name behind the Strikeout Baseball Stadium coming to Fe…

Baked Goods by Dominic Reaches Another Milestone

Last July, 517 Magazine shared the story of Baked Goods by Dominic. Dominic Blatnik started his business baking products under the Michigan Cottage Food L…

On the Record with Jim Owens, Financial Adviser for Lansing Community College

As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” When it comes to paying for college, the facts can be a game-changer, and that’s why it’s important…

Starting from the Bottom can Provide Motivation

Having a business is a dream for countless people. Many new business owners have gone all-in, spending every last dime to open their doors. But is starting y…