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Volunteers search Mount Fuji for missing Portage man

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) -- An online message says volunteer hikers have ascended Japan's Mount Fuji in search of a missing Michigan businessman.

The update was left Wednesday on the "Please pray for Matt Johnson" Facebook page.

Matthew Johnson last was seen hiking Jan. 13 on the 12,388-foot snow- and ice-covered peak.

The message left by Johnson's sister says two volunteer climbers "made it up to the 5th station ... and camped overnight." It says they were planning to climb to the top and asks readers to "pray for a miracle."

The 33-year-old from the Kalamazoo suburb of Portage is a software engineer for Eaton Corp. He went to Japan on business
Mount Fuji is treacherous in wintertime. Japanese police say another person is missing and a third has died there this winter.

Rock of Ages comes to Miller Auditorium on January 31

Rock of Ages comes to Miller Auditorium on January 31

Straight from Broadway, Rock of Ages comes to Kalmazoo, January 21, 2012, at Miller Auditorium, to help celebrate the music of the 80's.

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80’s. It’s five time 2009 Tony® nominee ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind–blowing, face–melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

Don't miss your chance to relive the 80's and hear the biggest hits of the decade performed live on stage whenRock of Ages plays Kalamazoo!

Tickets $25.00 - $55.00

Click Here to purchase tickets.

Some 175 employers expected to participate in 2012 Career Fair

KALAMAZOO--Preparation events will begin soon for Western Michigan University's 34th annual Career Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.

Organized by WMU's Career and Student Employment Services, the event is expected to attract some 175 employers and 3,000 job seekers. Although open to the public, it is tailored to WMU students and alumni.

The participating organizations represent such diverse areas as engineering, technology, health care, government, the nonprofit sector, insurance, transportation, construction, retail and consumer products, and environmental sciences. Visit www.wmich.edu/career and click Calendar for a full list.

Secretary of State gathers six tons of food for Michigan’s hungry

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that Secretary of State employees and customers donated more than $4,400 and nearly 12,000 pounds of food to the 2011 Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign, significantly topping last year’s efforts.

“Secretary of State employees and the people of Michigan continue to demonstrate their generosity and caring – even in these challenging times,” Johnson said. “I want to thank everyone who donated to the Michigan Harvest Gathering for helping feed those in need. Because of you, many of your neighbors had a happier holiday season and will have an easier time as we move into the new year. ”

The 2010 campaign raised $1,770 and nearly 9,000 pounds of food.

Harvest Gathering collection boxes are placed in Secretary of State offices and state office buildings during the fall food drive.

Police investigating Portage toddler's death

PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are waiting for autopsy results on a toddler found dead in his crib.

The parents of the 13-month-old boy called for help when they found him unresponsive this morning at their home in the 5900 block of Nevada Avenue in Portage.

Rescue workers determined the toddler was already dead.

Police say foul play is not suspected in the child's death, but say the case is still under investigation.

O'Brien to hold coffee hours in Portage, Kalamazoo

Rep. Margaret O'Brien today invited residents to two upcoming constituent meetings in Portage and Kalamazoo.

The first opportunity to meet with O'Brien will be a coffee hour held Jan. 30 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Chocola-Tea, located at 7642 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage.

Residents will have a second opportunity on Feb. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Asiago’s Bakery & Deli, located at 6997 West Q. Ave. in Kalamazoo.

O'Brien hopes residents will take the opportunity to meet with her in order to provide feedback on recent developments in state government.

"Past coffee hours were a great success and residents have expressed continued interest," said O'Brien, R-Portage. "This is sure to be a busy year, and I hope to get as much input as possible from my constituents."

Lovell Street Closure

From: http://www.kalamazoocity.org

Kalamazoo, January 19, 2012 - Tuesday, January 24, 2012 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Lovell Street between Burdick and Rose Street will be closed to allow the placement of a crane in the street. 

Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route.