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My Town Kalamazoo: Marti Hearron's final gift to WMU establishes a fine arts professorship

My Town Kalamazoo: Marti Hearron's final gift to WMU establishes a fine arts professorship

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After decades of joyfully supporting the fine arts and students at Western Michigan University, the late Martha "Marti" Hearron of Kalamazoo made one final major gift to be revealed only after her death.

Hearron, a renowned biostatistician for the Upjohn Co., died Nov. 29. Her estate included a $2 million gift to WMU that will establish the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron College of Fine Arts Distinguished Professorship. It also will provide funding for some of her favorite arts programs as well as endow a new Medallion Scholarship for students in the fine arts.

The gift, and the fact that the endowed professorship is the first in College of Fine Arts history, were announced Feb. 5 by Dean Daniel Guyette at the college's annual Dance Advocacy Award ceremony that was part of the Winter Gala Dance Concert.

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 13

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission needs the communities input and support in developing its parks and recreation master plan.

The commission is holding public workshops Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and  Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. to help identify issues and establish goals specific to parks and recreation. Community members are invited to attend this meeting to express their thoughts and ideas.

These workshops will be taking place in Room B at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information, call (269)383-8778.

My Town: Coffee with the Chiefs Feb. 12

My Town: Coffee with the Chiefs Feb. 12

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On February 12, 2015, the Portage Department of Public Safety will be hosting a “Coffee with the Chiefs” at the Portage Senior Center.  This is an invitation to the public to come and meet with staff from the Public Safety Department.

Present at the event will be the Public Safety Director Richard White, Deputy Police Chief of Operations Nicholas Armold, Deputy Police Chief of Administration Daniel Mills, and other command officers and staff.

The event will be from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  The Portage Senior Center is located at 320 Library Lane, Portage, Michigan 49002.  The parking lot is adjacent to the Portage Public Library.

Refreshments will be provided by the Senior Center.

My Town Kalamazoo: Challenge grant sparks new round of United Way support

My Town Kalamazoo: Challenge grant sparks new round of United Way support

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Anonymous donors are putting up $50,000 with a challenge for the community to match it with donations to United Way of the Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR).

"The generosity of our region is simply amazing," said Michael Larson, president & CEO. "These donors recognize the impact United Way has on our community, an impact that comes from all of us working together for the common good. This challenge grant underscores that collective work."

Larson said the anonymous grant is aimed at encouraging the community to meet it dollar-for-dollar to support United Way programs and partnerships in education, income and health.

"At United Way, we’re driven by a firm belief that every child deserves a good education, every person deserves a good-paying job, and everyone deserves accessible health care. Real, lasting change like this requires everyone to get engaged," he said.

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 12

My Town Kalamazoo: Share your ideas for county parks Feb. 12

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- The Kalamazoo County Parks and Recreation Commission needs the communities input and support in developing its parks and recreation master plan.

The commission is holding public workshops Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and  Friday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. to help identify issues and establish goals specific to parks and recreation. Community members are invited to attend this meeting to express their thoughts and ideas.

These workshops will be taking place in Room B at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  For more information, call (269)383-8778.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet.