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WMU trombone students hit high notes, ready for Paris competitions

WMU trombone students hit high notes, ready for Paris competitions

Five trombone students in the Western Michigan University School of Music hit high notes in recent international competitions, with three of them heading to Paris as a result. Eric Bowman of Portage, Mich., Kristen Schaffert of Sanford, Mich., and Evan Clifton of Howell, Mich., have all been named finalists in recent International Trombone Association solo competitions and will be traveling to Paris this summer to continue competing.

Bowman, a senior trombone performance major, was named a finalist in the Frank Smith Trombone Solo Competition, which includes students to age 25, mostly master's and doctoral students. Bowman has won a number of prestigious competitions during his tenure at WMU.

Schaffert, a music education senior at WMU, was named a finalist in the Larry Wiehe International Solo Competition. The competition is for students through age 23.

Amtrak gets OK for 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to northwest Indiana

Amtrak trains will reach 110 mph starting Feb. 15 between Kalamazoo and Porter, Ind., the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak said today.

That’s 15 mph faster than trains are allowed to travel now on that stretch of tracks, MDOT and the rail carrier said in a joint news release. The higher speeds are expected to shave 10 minutes off the trip between Detroit or Port Huron and Chicago on Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water trains, which pass through Battle Creek.

“This is the first expansion of regional high speed rail outside the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor,” Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said in the news release. “With our partners in Michigan, we will extend this 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to the state’s central and eastern regions...

Weeklong celebration honors student employees

Weeklong celebration honors student employees

by Tonya Durlach
from http://www.wmich.edu

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will recognize some 4,000 student employees during the 26th annual Student Employee Appreciation Week Feb. 20-24.

The theme for this year's appreciation week is "Student Employees are Superheroes." Career and Student Employment Services, which sponsors the week, is accepting nominations through Monday, Feb. 13, for the awards it bestows in conjunction with the observance.

The week is a time to honor all student employees for their hard work and the many ways they contribute to WMU. It also provides an opportunity to showcase the University's outstanding student employees and the outstanding staff members who supervisor them.

Students may make nominations for the Supervisor of the...

Drugs and guns seized in Kalamazoo bust

Drugs and guns seized in Kalamazoo bust

Contributed by Kalamazoo Public Safety

Kalamazoo, MIOn February 2, 2012, officers from the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s SWAT team, simultaneously executed 3 search warrants in the City of Kalamazoo.

One of the warrants was executed at a residence in the 2200 Block of South Burdick Street.  Officers located and seized a quantity of crack and powder cocaine at that location. 

The second warrant was executed at a business in the 1000 Block of West North Street.  Officers located and seized a quantity of crack cocaine at that location.

The third warrant was executed at a residence in the 600 Block of Jefferson Place.  As officers entered the basement of this residence, they encountered an aggressive, unlicensed pit-bull in the stairwell.  One officer fired at the dog in self defense.  The

Local newspaper deliveries reduced this week

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Subscribers to the Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle and Kalamazoo Gazette will notice big changes this week.  

Friday will mark the first day the newspapers will go to a reduced home delivery schedule, delivered on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.   Daily printed editions will be available on newsstands and in vending machines.

Booth Newspapers, which publishes all three, is switching its focuses to delivering news on digital devices like cellphones, iPads and computers.  Booth has restructured into the MLive Media Group.  

Dan Gaydou, MLive Media Group's president, told WZZM 13 Wednesday, "This is exactly what we need to do today if we're going to respond to what the consumer wants, if we're to respond to what the public demands. These are the kind of steps we have to take because we have to be responsive on every platform."

Comets bury Pennfield

Comets bury Pennfield

Written by Bill Broderick, The Enquirer

Kalamazoo Christian put on a clinic on how to run an offense in the first half.

And unfortunately, Pennfield didn't match that level of execution early and the Panthers dug themselves a hole too big to climb out of.

Kalamazoo Christian defeated Pennfield, 61-47, in this Kalamazoo Valley Association boys' basketball contest at Pennfield High School on Tuesday.

"In the first half, we played really good basketball. We shared the ball, we set good screens, we passed the ball crisply, we caught it, we shot with confidence and if we did miss, we rebounded. Everything you could want," Kalamazoo Christian coach Jerry Mastenbrook said.

A lot of those open shots were 3-pointers early and after Brennan Heidema hit his...


KPS - Kindergarten Orientation Is March 21: Find Out More!

KPS - Kindergarten Orientation Is March 21: Find Out More!

if you have a child who will be five years old by December 1, 2012, we invite you and your family to visit our schools and to enroll your child in kindergarten during the districtwide Kindergarten Orientation event. You can also apply for PEEP enrollment! PEEP is the KPS Prekindergarten Early Education Program for students who will be four years old by December 1, 2012. You can print all of this information by opening the attachment at the bottom of this post.

What is Kindergarten Orientation? It's a chance for families to register incoming kindergartners, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn more about the many programs KPS offers.

Where is Kindergarten Orientation? Every KPS elementary school will...