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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.

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WMU student dies in dorm room overnight

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) - A Western Michigan University freshman died overnight in her dorm room after a medical emergency.

Alyssa Olafson, was a freshman from Allendale and was a pre-health and human services major who made the Dean's List her first semester on campus last fall, according to the school. She was a 2013 graduate of Allendale High School.

Emergency responders were not able to revive Olafson after being called to her fifth-floor Eichre Hall room at about 1:20am. WMU officials say that there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the her death. They believe a pre-existing medical condition may have been a factor in her death. The exact cause of death may not be know for several weeks.

The school has counselors on site to work with students and hall personnel.

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town Kalamazoo: Coffee with a Cop March 20

My Town Kalamazoo: Coffee with a Cop March 20

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Community members are invited to enjoy some coffee while airing their concerns during “Coffee with a Cop” this Thursday, March 20.

Members of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will take questions and discuss the department’s work within neighborhoods during the event, which is meant to break down barriers, allowing for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Public Safety Officer Brandon Noble. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at Fourth Coast Café, located 816 S. Westnedge Ave.