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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.

Articles by Mary Gajda


Master Gardening For All: A Q&A With Brent Crain From MSU Extension

What is the mission of the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener program? The mission of the MSU Extension Master Gardener program — EMG —fl…

Home Baking and the Cottage Food Industry: A Q&A With Kups N Kakes Plus Owner Kristin Williams

Give us a little history on your business. I have been baking since I was a young girl but started baking for others/ events four years ago. People would …

Melding of the Months: Chicken Pad Thai Deserves A Page in Your Cookbook

When I read that March was National Noodle Month, National Peanut Month and National Sauce Month, it was a no-brainer to simply meld those ingredients into o…

Unique Events for Valentines, Galentines and Without-a-tines

If you’re wondering how to paint the town this Valentine’s Day, a few local businesses have you covered. Fusion Dance Center of Lansing is hosting a Valen…

Potato Cauliflower Soup: Heat Up Those Cold Winter Days With Comfort

They say you are what you eat — which essentially makes me a big ol’ potato.  I’m not ashamed. I grew up on potato soup. It was easy to make and relativel…

Concierge of Charcuterie: On the record with Silas and Lindsey Coffelt of Graze Craze

In 2013, Silas and Lindsey Coffelt probably had no idea where meeting on the job while working for Mayberry Homes would lead them: co-workers turned into coh…

New Class Named in 10 Over the Next Ten Awards

The 10 Over the Next Ten Awards, co-hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and Lansing 5:01, honors young professionals who are expected to contr…

Local Stylist Pens Business Book About On-Location Work

Longtime Lansing-area stylist Carleana DeLaCruz knows her way around the industry. Her career started with a job as hair model at 19 years old. While she …