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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

Courier Leader: Paw Paw blood drive honors kindergarten cancer patient

Kevin Linder of Paw Paw was diagnosed with cancer when he was 2 years old. It's been in transmission twice but has now returned. The community is rallying around Kevin.
 
Excerpt: Administrators, teachers and families from Kevin’s school are reaching out to show their support. "Although Kevin's treatment and care is currently preventing him from attending school, his school family embraces the opportunity to provide him and his family support during this difficult time," said Paw Paw Early Elementary Principal Melissa Dahlinger. "We are honored to show our support for Kevin and others in need of blood through this blood drive."
 
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Source: Paw Paw Courier Leader
 

MLive: Bell's Brewery to open sports bar

Larry Bell, a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, is planning to open a sports bar at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, reports MLive. Larry Bell's Chicago-Biased Thinking Person's Sports Bar is in the redesigned Beer Garden and it will emphasize Chicago teams. 
 
Excerpt: Bell said he plans to embrace any rivalries between Chicago and Detroit teams, including when the Bears and the Lions play. "It could be an interesting place to go," Bell said of those games.
 
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Source: MLive.com

Kalamazoo Gazette: Runners wear colorful garb to county park

Snowy Spring Valley Park was awash with vibrant color recently, as more than 950 runners and walkers took part in the 2.2-mile Tutu Run, an inaugural event to benefit the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run, reports the Kalamazoo Gazette. This year nearly 2,400 girls have signed up to take part in the 10-week program that aims to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development using running as a tool.
 
Excerpt: Participants embraced the theme, wearing tutus in every conceivable color -- store-bought and homemade. 

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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

MLive: Frog, turtle, seal add family friendly element to mall

Three pieces of playground equipment appeared on the Kalamazoo Mall earlier this month, gifts from a benefactor who wants to help Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. make the Kalamazoo Mall inviting for families, reports MLive.
 
Steve Deisler, president of Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. told MLive a key downtown partner who was instrumental in helping develop the Arcadia Creek Festival Place, stepped up to provide funding for the equipment.
 
Excerpt: "He is adamant that if you make it an exciting place for children then you bring the mothers, then you bring more shoppers," Deisler said. "He's adamant that these little amenities support retail and support business downtown."
 
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Source: MLive
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