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With an economic development organization that is the envy of many communities, Battle Creek is building on its food industry roots and maximizing the space that makes it the state's third largest city in land area. For fun each year Cereal City, world headquarters to the Kellogg Co., celebrates the most important meal of the day with the World's Longest Breakfast Table. Bikers, joggers and nature explorers have a trail system of parks, forests and streams linked by a 24-mile linear park. Campers and outdoor-lovers visit Fort Custer Recreation Area for fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and boating. For animal lovers, Binder Park Zoo is a must. The Battle Creek Art Center and Battle Creek Symphony stoke the city's many cultural offerings and the new Firekeeper's Casino adds to the city's fun side. B.C's Math and Science Center is acclaimed and secondary education needs are met by Kellogg Community College, Robert B. Miller College and a branch of Western Michigan University. As a touchstone to the city's history, Sojourner Truth, who lived here, watches over downtown from a memorial built in her honor.
Mrs. Buckley (left) demonstrating videos

Kindergarten teacher takes to YouTube to promote reading

For parents who can't come to school for advice on how to help their youngster learn to read, now there's Mrs. Buckley's videos on YouTube. 

Early head start

Community Action Agency: Putting the early in early childhood education

For some children regular Head Start is not enough. For them, Community Action Agency offers Early Head Start. 

Burmese Grocery

Battle Creek's Burmese now find the tastes of home in their own backyard

There are more than 132,200 Burmese in the U.S. and about 1,800 of those live in Battle Creek. Today they are finding new ways to fit into the community, including introducing the tastes they love.

James Hettinger, interim Chief Executive Officer

4 C's of making Battle Creek more attractive to young entrepreneurs

As Battle Creek's economy becomes new again, what will it become?

Driver Harry Gamble, Reverand Ivan Lee and Sheri Harris, Jonah President

B C Rides helps people get to work

When people work together to get things done solutions to obstacles can be overcome. BC Rides is one of those solutions. It's helping workers get to their jobs. 

Barrel aged imperial Stout and  Neopolitan Milk Stout

A buy local gift guide with a high alcohol content

From underwear to T-shirts to barrel aged beers, this collection of holiday gift ideas offers something for the hops head on your list.

Arts and  craft Participant Ronald Thayer with Jim Pearl

Community Inclusive Recreation: Taking inclusion downtown

Community Inclusive Recreation brings together those with disabilities and the community at large. And its helping both.

Inge's Place

Battle Creek's co-work space helps fledgling businesses grow

The tiniest businesses are finding a place to find their niche in co-working space in downtown Battle Creek. As they grown room for more businesses will grow, too.

Totem at Jackson St, Battle creek

ArtSensical finds ways to paint the town and create colorfully

Used tires reborn as whimsical art work is just one of the projects ArtSensical has going around the region. Jane Parikh talks with the organizers to find out about art for all the senses going up in public places.

Borgess Health Park, Battle Creek

Borgess celebrates opening of Health Care Park in Battle Creek

On 21 acres of rolling wooded land in a park-like setting that’s close to I-94 and M-66, Borgess has opened its latest facility: Borgess Health Park. Jane Parikh finds out what it means for the community.
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Festivus 2011

Mustache Society changes the face of charity

More than 800 people dressed for the cold and headed out to the Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Mustache Society's (BCMAMS) third annual Festivus celebration to raise more than $2,000 for the Leila Arboretum Society. And that only begins to tell the tale of the hair growing fundraisers' event.
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