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My Town Kalamazoo: Promise scholarship expands to liberal arts colleges

My Town Kalamazoo: Promise scholarship expands to liberal arts colleges

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Students who receive the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship have even more college options available to them, beginning in the fall of 2015.

The Kalamazoo Promise is teaming up with the Michigan Colleges Alliance to allow scholars to attend any MCA liberal arts college or university in Michigan.  Eligible schools include Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Andrews University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Hillsdale College, University of Detroit Mercy, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Madonna University, Marygrove College, Olivet College, Siena Heights University and Spring Arbor University.  The Kalamazoo Promise board member Janice M. Brown says the partnership brings the number of eligible schools up to 58.  In each case, tuition and fees will be fully and jointly funded by The Kalamazoo Promise and MCA member institution.

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Taste of MyTown: Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM)- WZZM 13's Jennifer Pascua & Alana Nehring stop out to Kalamazoo for this Weekend's Taste of MyTown. Here are the places featured in the segment.

  • Barn Theatre- http://www.barntheatre.com/
  • Henderson Castle: https://hendersoncastle.com/
  • Theo and Stacy's: http://theoandstacys.com/


My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

My Town: Fish for free June 7 and 8

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Grab a rod and head out onto the big lake this weekend for Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend.

On June 7 and 8, the state will be waiving fishing license fees.  Free Fishing Weekend applies to residents and out-of-state visitors on inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish.  All fishing regulations still apply.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, our state offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams. To find inland lakes in your area, click here.

My Town GR North: Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival winners honored

My Town GR North: Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival winners honored

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--- More than a dozen promising student filmmakers will be honored Saturday as they accept awards from the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival.

As part of the competition, students from across Michigan submitted more than 320 Public Service Announcement videos promoting positive choices among two age groups of youth.  A panel of media students and professors from Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University helped whittle down the number of entries to 60.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, the competition will culminate with 18 of the 60 finalists being honored with $21,000 in prizes and awards.  The presentation will take place at Celebration Cinema North at Knapp’s Corner, located at 2121 Celebration Drive NE in Grand Rapids. 

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5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive

5 flavorful Michigan breweries worth the drive

(Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal)-- For many Michiganders, summer and beer go hand-in-hand. Drive through Mitten towns on any given summer weekend, and you’ll likely spot folks sitting on their front porches, sipping on the cool, flavorful drink.

Michigan, of course, has endless top-notch choices when it comes to craft beers and Michigan-made brews. In fact, our state is currently fifth in the U.S. in the number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, according to Pure Michigan.

So, raise a pint and get to know a few great Michigan breweries and distilleries.

Founders Brewery Co.

• Where: Grand Rapids

My Town Kalamazoo: Concerts in the Park lineup announced

My Town Kalamazoo: Concerts in the Park lineup announced

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The lineup is out for this year’s Concerts in the Park.

Organizers of the summertime tradition at Bronson Park say this year’s series will feature a variety of musical acts, including jazz, big band, bluegrass, American roots and blues. After a two-year hiatus, The Verve Pipe will return to the Concerts in the Park stage to close out the season.

Each concert is free and family-friendly.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and meals; grilling will not be allowed.  PopCity Popcorn will be selling popcorn and water in the park during the events.

This year’s lineup includes:

June 8 – Kalamazoo Singers

Boy, 2 men arraigned in shooting death of Kzoo boy


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A judge has ordered a 15-year-old boy and two men held without bond on murder charges in the shotgun slaying of a 13-year-old Kalamazoo boy following a Memorial Day fight that broke out in a large group of people.

Eighth-grader Michael Day was killed by a shotgun blast.

The 15-year-old is charged as an adult. The Associated Press isn't naming him because of his age.

The boy was arraigned Tuesday morning, while 18-year-old Rashid Perez and 23-year-old Octavius Snell were arraigned in the afternoon. They return to court June 17.

All three defendants face open murder, attempted murder and firearms charges.

The Associated Press left phone, email and fax messages Tuesday seeking comment for the teen's lawyer, Scott Wagenaar. It wasn't known if Perez and Snell have lawyers.