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Forbes: Kalamazoo's Newmind and the cloud

Forbes magazine reports Daniel Jefferies, the founder of Newmind Group, parlayed his growing reputation as an IT expert into his own company when he started Newmind Group in 2003. Today Newmind Group has 15 employees spread across Michigan, South Carolina, Minnesota, and California.  Newmind also works with third-party IT companies to help solve problems that their 900 customers around North America have.  Since Newmind Group has scalable resources, they can send people on-site almost anywhere.
 
Excerpt: One of Newmind’s clients is called Greenleaf Hospitality, a hospitality management company that oversees two hotels, five ice arenas, seven restaurants, two retail shops, and a spa. Greenleaf Hospitality needed a way to transition from a legacy system to a cloud-based system so that they could stay on top of reports from different locations.  Newmind stepped in and managed the deployment.
 
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Source: Forbes

MLive: United Way surpasses goal

The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region has exceeded its 2013 fundraising goals of more than $15.35 million, by raising $15.7 million, report MLive. The Kalamazoo campaign generated $9.6 million this year and the Battle Creek effort raised $6.1 million, both exceeding target goals set at a campaign kick-off in September. The goal for Battle Creek was $5.8 million and the goal for Kalamazoo was $9.5 million.
 
Excerpt: “These results are especially impressive because previous United Way mergers have seen temporary decreases in support,” said Michael Larson, president and chief executive officer of the United Way for the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. “Once again, the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo region proves it’s the generous and compassionate exception to the rule.”
 
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Source: MLive
 

Sturgis Journal: Plan to clean rivers proceeds

The Sturgis Journal reports the third of a five-year plan to clean all 150 miles of rivers in St. Joseph County will begin June 1, when a stretch of the Prairie River in Lockport Township will be the first of seven river and riverbank cleanup events this summer. Members of the County Conservation District recently announced the dates and locations of the 2013 program, which will see about 26 collective miles of debris removed from five different waterways.
 
Excerpt: Jen Miller, conservation district administrator, said the Centreville-based agency plans to stage a high-profile campaign later in the year in hopes of landing a crop of new volunteers and hopefully getting assistance from past participants. "We had eight events last year and participation was across the board," Miller said. 
 
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Source: Sturgis Journal

MLive: Kalamazoo Promise analysis

An in-depth analysis of ACT scores by Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette shows that the rate of improvement in Kalamazoo high schools easily outpaces the state numbers as well as the composite average of seven other urban districts: Battle Creek, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lansing, Muskegon and Saginaw.
 
The analysis looked at the ACT results in two ways: Comparing changes  median ACT scores in each of the four subjects -- reading, English, math and science -- as well as comparing the percent of students who hit the "college-ready" benchmarks set by the ACT.
 
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Source: MLive

Kalamazoo Gazette: It's the 50th anniversary of the K Plan

Fifty years ago, Kalamazoo College threw out the traditional course of study and did away with summer vacation, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette. It was the making of the institution, many said on the golden anniversary of the K Plan. “It did set it apart. It enabled it to grow in stature and grow in the number of students,” said Charlotte Hall, a Kalamazoo College trustee and a member of the Class of 1966 – the first to go through all four years on the K Plan. In fact, Kalamazoo College's enrollment increased by more than a third in size during the first decade after the K Plan was implemented – from 750 to 1,200 students.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Charter school for elite athletes proposed

A charter school that would cater to the specific needs of teenage elite athletes --  specifically in hockey, soccer and figure skating -- is being proposed for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area, reports MLive. Legacy Academy would serve grades 7-12 and be located at The Revolution Arena in Battle Creek, home to the Battle Creek Ice Hockey Association, and also at the Kingdom Indoor Soccer Center in Portage, according to a grant application filed with the Michigan Department of Education.
 
Excerpt: The target student population will be hockey players, figure skaters and soccer players who can train and take classes at the same location. It would be the first such school in Michigan, and the idea is modeled on a school for tennis players in Las Vegas, said Heather Montei, who is serving as spokeswoman for the project organizers. Realistically, the earliest the school would open is fall 2014, Montei said.
 
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Source: MLive

Niles Daily Star: Sixth Generation to invade Britain

Sixth Generation, the quintet, formed in 1966 as a Niles garage band, will be the only American group performing on the bill in the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool’s Cavern Club to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 73rd birthday July 7.
 
Excerpt: When Sixth Generation reunited in 2010 after a 40-year break, no one expected tours, CDs with original songs, hall of fame status or the boomer anthem “That Was the Time,” with more than 100,000 YouTube views. As Dave Walenga likes to say, “Nothing surprises me. And now this opportunity. We’re not reliving our youth. We’ve never been. This is our first time. We take this in stride.”
 
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Source: Niles Daily Star

Niles Daily Star: Sixth Generation to invade Britain

Sixth Generation, the quintet, formed in 1966 as a Niles garage band, will be the only American group performing on the bill in the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool’s Cavern Club to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 73rd birthday July 7.
 
Excerpt: When Sixth Generation reunited in 2010 after a 40-year break, no one expected tours, CDs with original songs, hall of fame status or the boomer anthem “That Was the Time,” with more than 100,000 YouTube views. As Dave Walenga likes to say, “Nothing surprises me. And now this opportunity. We’re not reliving our youth. We’ve never been. This is our first time. We take this in stride.”
 
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Source: Niles Daily Star

Kalamazoo Gazette: ABC's 'Extreme Makeover' crew to visit

The production crew of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" will be in Kalamazoo on May 22 to film the "reveal" of Alyssa Stommen and everyone is invited, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette.
 
Stommen will be featured on the third season of the reality TV show that follows a group of people for 12 months as they try to lose weight. The 5-foot-6 Stommen, 22, said recently that she weighed more than 400 pounds when her "journey" started nine-and-a-half months ago. Stommen signed a contract with ABC and is not able to talk specifically about her appearance.
 
Excerpt: "Anyone who personally knows me says I've lost an amazing, incredible amount of weight," she said.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Women Who Care give $14,200 for children

Warm Kids Project will receive $14,200 from the new charitable organization Women Who Care of Kalamazoo County, reports MLive. At its inaugural meeting Feb. 20, the 117 members of Women Who Care of Kalamazoo in attendance chose Warms Kids Project from among 20 charities nominated to receive its first donation. At four meetings to be held each year, members will each pledge $100 to a charity to be chosen that night. Members who are present have the opportunity nominate a charity, hear presentations on three of them and then vote. Members then write $100 checks to the charity that receives the most votes. 
 
Excerpt: "It gives the organizations the opportunity to do what they do best and not have to worry about raising money," Kalamazoo City Commissioner Barbara Miller said.

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Source: MLive

Kalamazoo Gazette: Otsego gets Michigan Main Street designation

Otsego is set to celebrate its designation as a Michigan Main Street and the five years of intensive help it will get from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) in revitalizing its downtown. The city made a pitch to the state to receive the assistance with a video complete with Wizard of Oz characters and a flash mob that brought out several hundred people. 
 
Excerpt: "Like many communities, we've had a decline in business in recent years," Otsego city commissioner and Otsego Main Street chairperson Molly Wieber said at that time. "We realized we need to step it up. And people have come out in droves to support this effort. It's overwhelming."

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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: New Air Zoo president shares joy of science, aviation

Troy Thrash took over as president and CEO of the museum when Bob Ellis retired at the end of January. Thrash's love for aerospace began at age 7 when his parents bought him a telescope, reports MLive.
 
Excerpt: "My two passions are aerospace and education, and here it is at the Air Zoo," said Thrash. "I want kids to see that science isn't about a textbook, studying science trivia, but it's about what you do with your hands."
 
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Source: MLive.com

Kalamazoo Gazette: Polar Plunge part of winter carnival

The Kalamazoo Polar Plunge was the high point of a number of activities during the recent MyWMU Winter Carnival at Goldsworth Valley on Western Michigan University's campus, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette. Participants raised money for Special Olympics Michigan by collecting at least $75 before being able to jump into Goldsworth Valley Pond.
 
Excerpt: Many who jumped into the freezing water wore costumes and outfits while some stripped down to just the bare essentials in clothing and others wore stuff as simple as shorts and T-shirts. Participants in the event included WMU President John Dunn, who proclaimed it was his final year jumping into the water. New head football coach P.J. Fleck and his wife, Tracie, joined in for the event along with WMU alum and current Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive end Jason Babin.
 
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

Cassopolis Vigilant: Three Cass County expansions in works

During 2012, Cass County saw 327 jobs created by 14 different companies that also invested $8 million in the community, the Cassopolis Vigilant reports. There also are three large expansion projects being examined for 2013. 
 
Excerpt: Cass County Economic Development consultant Cindy LaGrow said, "I can’t say what those all entail just yet, but they are existing businesses looking to grow, and all three are talking about investments of over $1 million, with many jobs attached to them. It’s really important to have that connection and relationship with those companies, so they have someone to go to if they need permitting assistance, rezoning assistance or brand-related assistance."
 
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Source: Cassopolis Vigilant

B.C. Enquirer: Festivus draws hundreds

The Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Mustache Society is dedicated to making Battle Creek a fun place to be. Or as founder Jeremy Andrews puts it to "encourage young people to like their city again and not say that Battle Creek sucks." Toward that end, each year they have a number of events like the one dedicated to winter fun: Festivus. Watch the Battle Creek Enquirer's video of the event here

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer
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