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My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

My Town: Kalamazoo Children's Choir to sing during Tigers game

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—West Michigan will be well-represented during the Detroit Tigers’ opening weekend at Comerica Park.

During the game against the Orioles Saturday, April 5, the 120 children that comprise the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.  Taylor Stevens, an alumna of KCC, will be directing the chorus.

"This is so exciting for the children and for me," Stevens said.  "We've never done anything like this before."   

During the game, Mona Shores High School’s ball teams will also be accepting a $10,000 Grand Slam Grant check.  Coach William Lent will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Funeral arrangements are set for a senior priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Reverend John M. Grathwohl was 84 years old when he passed away Sunday, March 30. 

Fr. Grathwohl was a pastor of St. Thomas More Student Parish from July of 1981 until he retired in 1995. He also served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing, including St. Charles of Borrome, St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, St. Monica, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ambrose, Immaculate Conception, and St. Mary in Paw Paw.  Fr. Grathwohl also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam during the height of the war.

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

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: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-  The popular NPR production, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” is coming to Kalamazoo this week.

The fast-paced, humorous news quiz  will unfold at Miller Auditorium Thursday, March 20.  The production will be one of legendary newsman Carl Kasell’s last, after he announced his retirement earlier this month.   Host Peter Sagal will also be on hand for the Peabody Award-winning show, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, comedians Brian Babylon and Bobcat Goldthwait and newspaper columnist Amy Dickenson.

 It appears tickets to the show are sold out, but Miller Auditorium has been having problems with its ticket-selling site, so interested fans are encouraged to call (269) 387-2300 for more information.

The show will be taped and then air on March 22 at 10 a.m. ET on public radio stations nationwide.

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

My Town Kalamazoo: Growlers plan a 'Salute to Selfies'

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It’s a term you probably didn’t even know five years ago: the selfie.

Now the Kalamazoo Growlers are preparing to honor the social media meme with a Salute To Selfies night during their July 24 home game against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.  The team will wear special jerseys filled with fan “selfies”  submitted to the Growlers via social media.  To submit, follow the instructions below:

Facebook

  • Take your selfie!
  • Like the Growlers Facebook page here by clicking the link
  • Find and click “Share Photo”
  • Choose your selfie
  • Tag the Growlers and use the hashtag #SaluteToSelfie

Twitter

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C