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Paula Poundstone coming to Kalamazoo State Theatre

Paula Poundstone coming to Kalamazoo State Theatre

Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity.  The Boston Globe said, “Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.”  Paula is so quick and unassuming that audience members at her live shows often leave complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and debating whether the random people she talked to were “plants”.

Vehicle Slide-Off Leads To Breaking and Entering Arrest

From: http://kalamazoopublicsafety.org/

On January 29, 2012 at approximately 0943 hrs, officers from the Kalamazoo Township Police Dept. responded to the 2100 block of Oak Openings on a report of a vehicle that had slid off the roadway and had become stuck in the ditch.  A witness reported that after the slide-off, the driver fled from the vehicle.  Kalamazoo Public Safety officers also responded to assist.

Township officers followed the tracks in the snow that led up to a house in the 700 block of Fennimore.  When officers knocked on the front door, a male subject ran out the back door and toward awaiting officers.  The suspect resisted arrest and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. 

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

DNR looking for volunteers in West Michigan

From the Michigan Department of Resources:

Join in the effort to Go Get Outdoors and protect critical dune, prairie and forest habitats stretching from Berrien to Muskegon Counties! State recreation officials announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of February as part of the new Volunteer Steward program in Southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  Volunteering for these workdays is a great way to GO-Get Outdoors in many of our cherished state parks, breathe some fresh air, have fun and get a bit of exercise while enjoying beautiful scenery and precious landscapes. 

Volunteers can make a big impact by removing invasive, non-native shrubs in natural areas within state parks and recreation areas. Targeted invasive species include:  honeysuckle, autumn olive, barberry and Lombardy poplar.

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support and generosity of blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can be prepared to do this day-in and day-out, no matter when or where these blood products are needed.

“We are so thankful to our loyal sponsors and volunteers for everything they do each and every day,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “It is because of them that we are able to provide services for people in our communities in their times of need.”

Warrants Issued for North Rose Street Homicide

Warrants Issued for North Rose Street Homicide

Kalamazoo, MI:  On January 8, 2012 at approximately 6:10 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Safety dispatch received a call reporting a subject down in the street with a gun shot wound to the chest in the 800 block of N. Rose.  The first officers on scene located, 21 year old Kalamazoo resident, Romney Hunter, unconscious in the street.  They rendered aid to him until Life Ambulance arrived and transported him to Bronson Hospital.  Sadly Mr. Hunter was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Kalamazoo Public Safety continues to extend their condolences to Mr. Hunter’s family and friends.

A second victim approached officers while they were rendering aid to the first.  He was identified as 31 year old Kalamazoo resident, Troy Whitfield, who reported he had been shot in the leg during the incident.  Mr. Whitfield was also taken to Bronson with non life threatening wounds to his leg.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

Vinny Gets a Second Chance with K.A.R

Vinny Gets a Second Chance with K.A.R

All too often we hear the same sad story within the rescue. Pet owners calling us to take their pets because they have taken on more than they can financially handle or find time for. Vinny's case was different. His owners had both lost their jobs and were unable to afford the substantial vet bills facing them. 

Vinny was taken to Mattawan Animal Hospital with a broken leg.  The top of his femur had completely broken and he needed specialist Orthopedic surgeon was needed as the injuries were too severe for the vet to repair.  The doctor was faced with either putting the poor puppy to sleep or trying to find a rescue group to step up and try to cover the costs. The night before Thanksgiving, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue gained ownership of the puppy and his new foster family drove him to Michigan State to have his surgery the very next day.  

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce - Business Personal Property Tax

By Steward Sandstrom, CCE, president and CEO

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and our members took bold steps in 2011 to eliminate the onerous Michigan Business Tax and related surcharge. In 2012, there is another important step that we need to take as well. Eliminating the Personal Property Tax (PPT) would continue to improve Kalamazoo's economic climate and truly declare to the world that Michigan is once again open for business.