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Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

To change up your hum-drum winter days, the community is invited to experience all these events in one location.

Bring the family to this special weekend at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo. There will be a Flea & Farmers Market in the Main Expo Center, offering 75 booths of used & hand crafted items, along with fresh & local foods plus so much more from 8:00am-2:00pm. The Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo in the North Expo Center offers the chance to buy, sell or trade reptiles, small mammals & other exotic pets from10:00am-3:00pm. And the free Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo features vendors with everything your family needs to help improve your physical & mental health from10:00am-3:00pm.  

Visit www.kalamazooexpocenter.com.

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

Free Day at the Kalamazoo County Parks on June 17, 2015

The regular county park fees are only $5 per vehicle or $25 for an annual pass but on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at all the Kalamazoo County Parks, it’s a free day for everyone. The county is trying to encourage people to get outdoors and explore nature. You can even enter for a chance to win a 2015 Annual Vehicle Entrance Pass.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held at River Oaks County Park on this special day at 11am to celebrate the grand Opening of the new splash pad and dog park.

“Many people don’t realize all the opportunities for recreation at the parks in Kalamazoo and this is a great way to kick off summer and see what all the parks have to offer,” said David Rachowicz, Parks Director.

For additional information, including park locations and maps, go online at www.kalamazoocountyparks.com

WMU student invention wins $10,000 Lemelson-MIT 'Cure it!' prize

WMU student invention wins $10,000 Lemelson-MIT 'Cure it!' prize

News Release:

A Western Michigan University senior and a recent graduate are the winners of a prestigious national prize for their life-saving, low-cost invention, NeoVent, a respiratory support device designed to treat critically ill infants in developing nations.

Household Hazardous Waste Center To Hold Saturday Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Center To Hold Saturday Collections

News Release:

 

The Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center will now be open on the second Saturday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except for August and September). Saturday hours are an addition to the HHW Center’s regular business hours; HHW Center is open year around on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: New director on the job at troubled hospital

My Town: New director on the job at troubled hospital

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  The Michigan Department of Community Health hopes a new director will usher in a new era for a Kalamazoo hospital, under investigation for alleged abuse of patients.

Jill Krause's first day at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital is Jan. 7.   Krause has more than 21 years of experience in behavioral health, most recently serving as the director of the adult mental illness division of Network180 in Kent County.

“As a department, we are committed to providing quality care to the patients at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital,” said Tim Becker, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “We continue to make important progress in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff, and I am confident that Jill’s experience and leadership will help us carry this momentum forward.”