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My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

Part of Calhoun County home collapses in morning fire

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Firefighters had to evacuate a home early Tuesday morning while putting out a fire.

It broke out just after 3:30 at a home near the corner of Meachem and Collier Roads. That location is just north of Battle Creek, near the Calhoun-Barry County line.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they say the home was fully engulfed in flames. They began to fight the fire on the inside of the building, but retreated when part of the home collapsed.

Weekend Wake Up with the hosts of NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me"

(WZZM) -- Carl Kasal and Peter Segel from NPR and WBEZ Chicago's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" say "Wake Up West Michigan!"

Bell's Oberon available in Michigan again

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- People in West Michigan and all across the country can enjoy Bell's Oberon Ale again.

The seasonal beer is available on tap after a long winter at bars and restaurants across our area. Oberon is a brewed by Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo.

Many bars, including TGI Friday's in Walker held midnight parties Monday morning to celebrate the beer's release. Bell's makes Oberon available from the end of March until labor day and many critics call it the perfect summer beer.

According to the Bell's website, Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with "Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer." It is 5.8% alcohol by volume and has a shelf life of six months. It is available in stores in six-packs, 12-packs and a five liter mini-keg.

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My Town Kalamazoo: Driver critically injured in crash dies

My Town Kalamazoo: Driver critically injured in crash dies

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Kalamazoo County deputies say a Gobles woman critically injured in a crash 17 days ago has died.

Abigail Robb, 21,  passed away from her injuries on March 21.   Authorities say Robb was not wearing her seatbelt when she pulled out of a business parking lot and into the path of a vehicle on Stadium Drive. 

Robb was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The other driver, a 22-year-old from Kalamazoo, had non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say visibility was not an issue in the crash.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.


Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.


Syracuse beats WMU 77-53

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse's backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Syracuse (28-5), the third seed in the South Regional, will play 11th-seeded Dayton (24-10) on Saturday. Dayton beat Ohio State 60-59 on Thursday.

Western Michigan (23-10), the Mid-American Conference champion, had won 14 of 16 games and was in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.

The Orange forced 11 turnovers in the opening half and scored 13 points off them in running out to a double-digit lead before the midpoint of the period.

Cooney led the Orange with 18 points, hitting 4 of 8 from beyond the arc, and Ennis had 16 points and six assists with one turnover.