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.

Articles by Mary Gajda


Michigan Outlines MI COVID-19 Safer Dining Program

Restaurants will be gradually reopening across Michigan as safely as possible, with a curfew and other safety restrictions in place. Part of the state’s effo…

$39M in Going PRO Talent Fund grants awarded

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60% by 2030 has been given a boost th…

Red Bike Delivery Transports Meals on Two Wheels

Through rain, sleet and even some snow, Jeremy Hurt and Red Bike Delivery LCC intend on giving grocery and restaurant car delivery services to locations near…

MLK Day: Collecting Coats for Those in Need

A national nonprofit, One Warm Coat, has called on volunteers nationwide to help address a critical shortage of coats for those in need. As you consider what…

Nonprofits Get Support from Economic Club Sponsors

Nonprofit organizations have been coping with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic for months. For many, this is a critical time as the lack of funding is …

Keeping Company Culture Alive While Working from Home

COVID-19 vaccinations are underway, and the thought of having light at the end of the tunnel for the virus may give those who haven’t yet been vaccinated a f…

MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit to be Televised

The annual Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Student Art Exhibit is back for 2021, with the exhibit on display at MSUFCU headquarters in East La…

Autism Advocate Returns to Lansing after White House Internship

Lansing’s Xavier DeGroat said he feels like a new man — more confident, more knowledgeable and perhaps even a little famous. The advocate and founder of t…

Dealing with the Unexpected

For years, the commercial jingle for Kellie’s Consignments was “Expect the Unexpected,” pointing to the unique, quality finds in the store on Marsh Road in O…

Best of 517: Breakfast Foods

Best of Breakfast We asked readers: Where is your favorite place to grab breakfast in the 517? What do you love on the menu?   Soup Spoon Cafe …

Williamston Theater Provides Popcorn-To-Go Option

While some businesses are able to remain open during these pandemic times, the reduced capacities allowed for patrons sometimes aren’t worth the operational …

Resolutions: A Success Coach says Focus on the Small Changes

Ringing in the new year is often a time for reflection and resolution. We want to change and better ourselves, and the dawning of a new year has often been t…

Wharton Center Presents a Virtual Concert with a Familiar Face for New Year’s Eve

Actors and performers become familiar faces to us because we see them on the screen or stage so much. We almost feel as if we know them. We embrace them even…

Coronavirus Protocols: Pause to Save Lives Extended by MDHSS

It’s not the “12 days” we think of as we head into the holidays. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state has extended the health order originally set fo…

2020 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards Winners

Ah, 2020. The year of twists, turns and new territory. In our case, TV land. COVID-19 obviously caused the cancellation of thousands of events across the …

Best of the Holiday

We asked our readers in a social media poll for their thoughts on the holiday food traditions they can’t live without   Casseroles From green b…

Real Talk with Brian Posey of the Ticket Machine

While some businesses are finding a way to thrive during the coronavirus pandemic, the struggle has been real for others. 517 Magazine sat down with 2019 Gre…

2020 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards Goes Prime Time

Ah, 2020. The year of twists, turns and new territory. In our case, TV land. COVID-19 obviously caused the cancellation of thousands of events across the …

Blue Owl Owner Challenges Local Business to Step Up for Pennies for Power

According to its website, more than 4,000 Lansing Board of Water and Light customers participate in BWL’s Pennies for Power program, contributing almost $40,…

MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit to Return for 2021

While the novel coronavirus has stopped high schools from operating normally, it hasn’t stopped high school art students from creating. Now more than ever…

Masking Up Gains Momentum

At the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, certain groups were more likely to mask up than others, according to a Ball State University researcher. D…

Driving Change

Davies Project needs volunteer drivers, community support Imagine having a sick child who needs to get to appointments one, two or more times a week — may…

Best Of 517: Turkey Tips

In your quest for the perfect bird, you may be forgetting a few important tips.   Choose the right size turkey Whether you’re in it for the lon…

Region’s Top Young Professionals Honored At 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

The annual 10 Over the Next Ten Awards recognizes Greater Lansing’s top young professionals who are viewed as ones to watch. These professionals are known go…

Coming to A Consensus

Meet the 2020 Entrepreneurial Awards Judges The Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Award judges are a key component in making each year’s event a successful…

Road Completion Brings Significant Development Opportunity

For months, passersby at the corner of Coolidge and Coleman roads on the edge of the East Lansing/Lansing border have wondered when the project would be comp…

517 Living Hosts Weeklong Community Event

517living.com is not just an events website, it’s an experience. More than community events, the page is about physical community and has played a role in…

Continuing the Legacy of Jack Davis

Jack Davis was many things — respected attorney for over 50 years, family man and business leader. Davis’ long list of commitments included chairing the L…

Best Of 517: Pumpkins

It’s autumn, and that means pumpkin “everything” has made its way to menus everywhere. We asked our readers what their favorite pumpkin product is.  …

Providing Care in a Crisis

A Q&A with Dr. Lakeeya Tucker Dr. LaKeeya Tucker is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a partner at Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology since…

Best of 517: Farmers Market Fare

We asked our readers in a social media poll for their thoughts on the best farmers market items in the 517.   Eggs and Locally Produced Meat 51…

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Community support needed now more than ever If you’ve been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll understand. Looking into the eyes of someone you have sp…

Longtime Furniture Business Purchases Okemos Space, Creates Jobs

Klingman’s Furniture & Design, founded in 1896, has purchased a new location in Okemos, making this the company’s third showroom in Michigan. Klingman…

Former Travelers Club Owner Details Her Experience and Recipes in New Book

Jennifer Byrom co-owned the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum in Okemos in its heyday. Byrom’s experiences with the iconic restaurant…

Governor Creates Black Leadership Advisory Council

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders Wednesday that recognize racism as a public health threat in the state and create an advisory council of Black …

Local Photographers Learn to Pivot Amid COVID-19

You could say the novel coronavirus changed the big picture for photographers; but like many other business owners, they have adapted and are still trying to…

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