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Forget the Groundhog! Homeless Walk, Baseball Gifts Signal Spring

Forget the Groundhog! Homeless Walk, Baseball Gifts Signal Spring

News Release:

Two sure signs of spring are baseball and Housing Resources Inc.’s annual A Walk To End Homelessness. Both of these are coming together thanks to generous incentives by baseball legend Derek Jeter and hometown team the Kalamazoo Growlers.

Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop from Kalamazoo who retired from baseball in 2014, donated an autographed 8x10 photo through the Turn 2 Foundation to help encourage more pledges and participants in the walk. HRI will award the photo, with certificate of authentication, to the individual who raises the most funds through the event.

My Town: Community to debate waste collection changes in Portage Feb. 18

My Town: Community to debate waste collection changes in Portage Feb. 18
align="CENTER">-----NEWS RELEASE--- align="LEFT"> The Portage City Council is considering a change to the city collection programs, including the Fall Leaf Collection, Spring Cleanup and Quarterly Curbside Brush Collection programs, to allow for collection of these items along private roads by the City of Portage. Currently, these programs are not available to those residential properties located adjacent to private roads.

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: 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 Kalamazoo: Local Optimist Club to sponsor oratorical contest for students

My Town Kalamazoo: Local Optimist Club to sponsor oratorical contest for students

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The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic: "How my Optimism will help me press on to ‘Greater Achievements of the Future’" as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2014-2015 year. It is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors (GKAR) auditorium, 5830 Venture Park Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Winners will receive medallions and prize money. The winning speeches will be sent to the zone level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.

Students under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate.

My Town: Time to trash the tree! Free Christmas tree recycling locations

My Town: Time to trash the tree!  Free Christmas tree recycling locations

Christmas is over, which means it’s time to trash the tree.

Many municipalities are offering free tree recycling services to residents with a natural tree.  Some communities are planning to put the trees through a chipper and use the remnants to cover park trails and other green spaces.  Here is the schedule for live tree drop-offs:

Ada Township (Through Jan. 12)

  • Ada Township Park, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Alpine Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Behind Township Hall, 5255 Alpine Ave. NW

 

Cannon Township (Through Jan. 10)

  • West side of the township building; RHS Honor Society will help unload trees Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (donations encouraged)

 

Courtland Township (Through Jan. 31)

  • Fire Station #1 on 14 Mile Road